The Festival Orchestra is an established ensemble of professional musicians drawn from symphony orchestras across the nation, in residence for the summer season. Many also hold faculty positions at universities in their home regions. A partial list of home orchestras of recent Festival Orchestra members includes:
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Chicago Civic Orchestra – Dallas Symphony Orchestra – Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra – IRIS Chamber Orchestra – Honolulu Symphony Orchestra – Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Omaha Symphony Orchestra – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – New World Orchestra- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – San Antonio Symphony Orchestra – San Diego Symphony Orchestra – San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Tulsa Symphony – Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Artists of the Festival Orchestra perform orchestral and chamber concerts in the Riverwalk Center as well as the Champagne Series, concerts of chamber music in homes around Summit County.
Browse through the bios of the top musicians below to get an insight into how these exceptionally talented people came to be involved in this year’s BMF.
Nathan Olson holds the position of Co-Concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas. He has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Omaha, and Tucson, and as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Nathan is a silver medal winner at the Fischoff Competition and has served on faculty at the Innsbrook Music Festival. A member of the Baumer String Quartet, he serves on faculty at the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop and the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop. Emily Cornelius received her M.M. degree from the New England Conservatory in 2007, and her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory. An active freelance performer based in Cleveland, Ohio, she holds leadership positions in numerous ensembles, including the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. She is also a dedicated teacher with a large private teaching studio. Emily has appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. Emily is delighted to return to Breckenridge for her eighth season with the BMF. Rachel Sandman is a Los Angeles native now living in Miami Beach, Florida, where she is a fellow with the New World Symphony. Previously, she was the associate concertmaster of the Canton Symphony in Canton, Ohio and on faculty at the Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree at Rice University. She completed Master’s degrees in Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal teachers include William Preucil Jr., Joel Smirnoff, Ivan Zenaty, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sergiu Luca. This is Rachel’s fourth summer with the BMF. William Shaub William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. He has garnered distinction as a frequent concertmaster and chamber musician at festivals such as Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, and Da Camera of Houston and has been praised in the press for his “unquestionable virtuosity” and described as “a wonderful ambassador for music” (Cleveland Classical). In addition to his studies in Rice University’s Artist Diploma program, he serves as Concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra under conductor Larry Rachleff. He was previously a recipient of the Louis Persinger Scholarship at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Cho-Liang Lin and received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. William Shaub performs on a violin by J. B. Vuillaume, from 1865. Hugh Palmer Hugh Palmer is currently a member of the Utah Symphony, joining the first violin section in January of 2016. Previously he was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and his Artist’s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Almita Vamos and Robert Lipsett, respectively. Solo engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival orchestras. Chamber collaborations include performances with Menahem Pressler, Lera Auerbach, Ronald Leonard and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Juliette Javaheri Violinist Juliette Javaheri of San Francisco is a substitute performer with the San Francisco Ballet, Opera San Jose, Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Santa Cruz Symphony. She was a founding member of the Axiom Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony, Spoleto USA, Aspen Music Festival and as Concertmaster of the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. She also enjoys performing at nursing homes and schools and is a member of The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. She studied at Rice University and Indiana University and her teachers have included Alexander Kerr, Miriam Fried, Kenneth Goldsmith and Zoya Leybin, Mimi Zweig and Doris Preucil. www.juliettejavaheri.com
Nathan Olson , Concertmaster
Nathan Olson holds the position of Co-Concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas. He has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Omaha, and Tucson, and as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Nathan is a silver medal winner at the Fischoff Competition and has served on faculty at the Innsbrook Music Festival. A member of the Baumer String Quartet, he serves on faculty at the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop and the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop.
Emily Cornelius received her M.M. degree from the New England Conservatory in 2007, and her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory. An active freelance performer based in Cleveland, Ohio, she holds leadership positions in numerous ensembles, including the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. She is also a dedicated teacher with a large private teaching studio. Emily has appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. Emily is delighted to return to Breckenridge for her eighth season with the BMF.
Rachel Sandman is a Los Angeles native now living in Miami Beach, Florida, where she is a fellow with the New World Symphony. Previously, she was the associate concertmaster of the Canton Symphony in Canton, Ohio and on faculty at the Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree at Rice University. She completed Master’s degrees in Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal teachers include William Preucil Jr., Joel Smirnoff, Ivan Zenaty, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sergiu Luca. This is Rachel’s fourth summer with the BMF.
William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. He has garnered distinction as a frequent concertmaster and chamber musician at festivals such as Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, and Da Camera of Houston and has been praised in the press for his “unquestionable virtuosity” and described as “a wonderful ambassador for music” (Cleveland Classical). In addition to his studies in Rice University’s Artist Diploma program, he serves as Concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra under conductor Larry Rachleff. He was previously a recipient of the Louis Persinger Scholarship at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Cho-Liang Lin and received the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. William Shaub performs on a violin by J. B. Vuillaume, from 1865.
Hugh Palmer is currently a member of the Utah Symphony, joining the first violin section in January of 2016. Previously he was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and his Artist’s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Almita Vamos and Robert Lipsett, respectively. Solo engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival and Chautauqua Music Festival orchestras. Chamber collaborations include performances with Menahem Pressler, Lera Auerbach, Ronald Leonard and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Violinist Juliette Javaheri of San Francisco is a substitute performer with the San Francisco Ballet, Opera San Jose, Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Santa Cruz Symphony. She was a founding member of the Axiom Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony, Spoleto USA, Aspen Music Festival and as Concertmaster of the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. She also enjoys performing at nursing homes and schools and is a member of The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. She studied at Rice University and Indiana University and her teachers have included Alexander Kerr, Miriam Fried, Kenneth Goldsmith and Zoya Leybin, Mimi Zweig and Doris Preucil. www.juliettejavaheri.com
Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of Art of Élan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a variety of North American orchestras and has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Strings Music Festival. She teaches privately and at the Coronado School of the Arts and is a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician. Ms. Hatmaker will serve as concertmaster of the Festival Chamber Orchestra from July 20 through July 29, 2017.
Romanian violinist Constantin Adrian Pintea has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and chamber music player. Winner of several international prizes, Mr. Pintea obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Lewis Kaplan. A recent New World Symphony alumni, he is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony.
Meghan Jones is the Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Sarasota Orchestra. Prior to accepting her position in Sarasota, Ms. Jones was a member of the New World Symphony and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician and teacher in the Sarasota area. She has performed in music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and Encore School for Strings. Originally from Edina, MN, Ms. Jones earned her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University and her Master of Music at Boston University. She has been playing with the BMF orchestra since 2002.
Originally from Seattle, Maya Cohon now lives in Miami and is a member of the New World Symphony. She received her B.M. degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Almita Vamos. In the past few years, Maya has performed with the Seattle Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has spent recent summers at Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. In addition to playing in orchestra, Maya loves playing chamber music, running, hiking, and swing dancing.
Megan Prokes began studying the violin at the age of four. Her first 14 years of instruction were completed at Buffalo Suzuki Strings, where she was a student of Alice Keith Knowles and Mary Cay Neal. Megan continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees in violin performance as a student of Cyrus Forough. Megan has appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and has attended the Lake George Music Festival for the past four years. Megan has just completed her fourth season as a section first violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Elizabeth Furuta is the 2nd Associate Concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony. She received her B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil and David Updegraff. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Elizabeth has participated in the Banff Chamber Music Residency, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Fischoff competition, and the Taos School of Music. She has performed as a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. Elizabeth was featured on NPR’s nationally broadcast “Says You,” and gave a solo performance for former United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Katie Magill Carrington originally hails from Chicago, where she began her studies with Mr. Michael Hining. While under his guidance she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Telemann Viola Concerto. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Rice University, where she had the pleasure of working with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and James Dunham. In addition to her performing career she enjoys a rewarding teaching schedule. She previously served as Artistic Director of the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum, and currently maintains private studio in Houston.
Susan Pardue is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she played with the New World Symphony in Miami. A native of North Carolina, she earned a high school diploma and Bachelor of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. Her viola teachers have included Sally Peck in North Carolina, William Lincer at Juilliard and Piero Farulli, with whom she studied in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship. She is founder and artistic director of the Florida Chamber Music Project. She enjoys running.
Jan-Marie Joyce is in her seventeenth season as Principal Violist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, where she has appeared frequently as soloist, most recently in Mozart “Sinfonia Concertante” and Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy.” She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stanley Konopka, Assistant Principal Violist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Joyce is former Principal Violist of the Canton Symphony. In the summer of 2005, she was invited to perform in Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen.” She can be heard on a CD of chamber music for oboe and strings with members of her family.
Violist Matthew Carrington enjoys a diverse performing career, from chamber ensembles to large orchestras. He currently is a member of Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined, which performs music of all eras on period instruments to enthusiastic audiences. Prior to joining Mercury, he performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the New World Symphony. As a member of the Apollo Chamber Players for three seasons, he helped illuminate the intersection of classical and traditional folk music from around the world. A native of Fresno, Mr. Carrington received a Bachelor of Music from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Music and Performer Diploma from Indiana University.
James Holland holds degrees in cello performance from the University of Alabama and the Eastman School of Music. From 1996-2007 he was Principal Cellist of the Charleston Symphony. Now living in Albuquerque, James maintains an active career as a cellist and teacher. Among other activities, he is Artistic Director of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and principal cellist of Santa Fe Pro Musica. He has recorded with jazz legends Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway, and is featured on the Smithsonian Folkways recording “Letters from Iraq” with oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj. This is his 20th season with BMF.
A native of Los Angeles, cellist David Rosen received his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, his Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. His major teachers include Stephen Geber and Steven Doane. Rosen was a winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California and has taught courses in chamber music at Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana University. He has participated in the music festivals of Aspen, Banff, Blossom, Chautauqua, Heidelberg, and Steamboat Springs. Rosen has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Opera. He has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 1991 and has been spending his summers at the Breckenridge Music Festival since 1992.
Born in New York, cellist Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. A long-time member of The Knights, he has performed and recorded with the group throughout the U.S. and Europe, appearing at the festivals of Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg, Vienna and this year in Aix-en-Provence. His varied interests have led to recordings for film, television and commercials, collaborations with dance companies, performances on baroque cello and throughout Mexico. Alex plays a cello crafted in 2006 by Michele Ashley.
Cellist Ian Jones attended UCLA and Indiana University, continuing at IU for studies with Eric Kim and Janos Starker. For the 2006-2007 concert season, he joined the cello section of the Honolulu Symphony. He has benefited from coaching with Indiana faculty members including Atar Arad, Alexander Kerr, and Paul Biss, and has collaborated onstage with Joshua Bell and members of the Orion Quartet, among others. Ian joined the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2011, where he was recently appointed Assistant Principal Cello. He has appeared regularly in the Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Concert Series. An avid tennis player, Ian competes in USTA leagues in Tucson.
Alison Gaines, Principal Bass
Alison holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from U.S.C. in bass and the University of Kansas in conducting. Previous experiences include serving full-time as principal bass in Tulsa for 8 years, a Tanglewood fellowship, New York String Ensemble, the Spoletto, Italy Festival, St. Louis Symphony, and co -principal with the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) for 2 summers. She has been a soloist with the NRO, Tulsa Philharmonic, Breckenridge Festival, and Rockford, IL Symphony. She is Assistant Conductor for Elmhurst Symphony, adjunct professor and Orchestra conductor for the College of DuPage and is a freelance bassist and conductor throughout Chicagoland.
Nicholas Browne joined the bass section of the San Antonio Symphony in 2014. He also currently performs as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Browne was previously a member of the Canton Symphony and has also performed with the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Grand Rapids Symphony. A native of Pittsburgh, Browne earned a Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University under Jeffrey Turner, and his Master of Music at Rice University as a student of Timothy Pitts. He has spent summers at Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood Music Center.
Jessica Petrasek (née Anastasio) grew up in San Antonio, Texas and lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her Master of Music from Rice University and her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. Jessica has been the Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Piccoloist and 2nd Flutist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She has received additional training at the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her recordings can be heard at JessicaPetrasek.com.
Amy Casper Pintea
Amy Casper Pintea holds degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington and The University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Thomas Robertello and Marianne Gedigian. A recent transplant to Richmond, VA, Amy performs frequently with the Richmond Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphony. She has also played with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the MSO Young Artist Competition. As an active educator, Amy also enjoys all avenues of teaching, from private lessons to clinics and masterclasses.
Alexandra von der Embse, Principal Oboe
Alexandra von der Embse currently plays in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, she founded Ensemble39, a chamber group based on the Prokofiev quintet dedicated to artistic collaboration and expanding the reach of classical music. Under her leadership, they premiered 19 commissions and collaborated with groups such as the Pennsylvania Ballet, World Café Live’s LiveConnections, and eighth blackbird. Alexandra graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Richard Woodhams, and Oberlin where she studied with Alex Klein, Robert Walters, James Caldwell, and Laura Griffiths.
Claire Chenette hails from Iowa via Los Angeles and has been principal oboe with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She enjoys an active freelance career in Southern California as a member of wildUp, the folk band Three Thirds, and she regularly appears with the San Diego, Pacific, Long Beach and New West Symphonies as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others. Claire holds Bachelor’s degrees in religion and oboe performance from Oberlin College and an MFA from CalArts. When she’s not making reeds or practicing, Claire loves hiking, dancing, camping, folk music, and making pottery.
Johanna Cox is Associate Professor of Oboe at Louisiana State University School of Music. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Cox was chosen for Eastman’s Freiburg Exchange Program, bringing her to Germany to study with soloist Heinz Hollinger at the Freibur Musikhochschule. She performed her Carnegie Hall debut in October of 2005, of which the New York Concert Review stated, “…a solid recital of high standard, excellent musicianship, and a sense of taste and proportion.” She can be heard on the CD Gale Force (Albany Records) with the woodwind quintet Prairie Winds.
Kenneth is Principal clarinet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. He is also Principal of the Lewisville Lake Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, and has performed with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded with Anshel Brusilow while Principal of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010, and with Howard Dunn and Frederick Fennel while Principal of the Dallas Wind Symphony. Krause holds degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with Larry Combs, and North Texas State University, having studied with Dr. James Gillespie.
Danny Goldman is a multi-faceted clarinetist, musician, and producer. He is the clarinetist of Trio Kavanáh, and has been featured around the country: recently Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with The Amaryllis Quartet in New York City, Schoenbergs’ Pierrot Lunaire with The New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, and a world premiere – Clarinet Concerto by Peteris Vasks‘ in Alice Tully Hall, NYC. Orchestral performances include his tenure with The Dallas Opera Orchestra and IRIS Orchestra as well as concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and The Dallas Chamber Symphony. He produces music for commercials, documentaries, and pop artists. Danny holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a Master’s degree from Rice University.
Thomas DeWitt, Principal Bassoon
Thomas DeWitt is currently the Associate Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon of the Kansas City Symphony. Previously, he was the Second Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Kristin Wolfe Jensen. At UT, he was a winner of the Winds Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. He continued his studies at Rice University, earning a Master of Music studying with Benjamin Kamins. This is his seventh season with the Breckenridge Music Festival.
Maxwell Pipinich currently plays in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He completed his Master of Music from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins, and received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with George Sakakeeny.
Timothy McFadden, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earned his Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University before doing graduate work at Bowling Green State University. His past teachers include Roger Sherman, of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Edwin Betts. Tim is currently principal trumpet and Orchestra Manager of the Tulsa Symphony. In addition, Tim is also principal trumpet with the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, and has served as principal trumpet for the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Charleston Symphony. Tim was a featured soloist on all of the Tulsa Philharmonic’s series. Tim has served as principal trumpet for the Breckenridge Music Festival since 2001. Tim has been a featured soloist at BMF as well, performing the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos, and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto.
Steve Haefner received his early training from Richard Metzger, Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony, and studied with Charles E. Geyer at the Eastman School of Music. He has lived in the Tulsa area since joining the Tulsa Philharmonic in 1988 as Second Trumpet. He is Principal Trumpet with the Oklahoma Light Opera Festival Orchestra, Trumpet Instructor at Oral Roberts University and performs with the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Bravo Brass and Light Opera Oklahoma Festival. He has been a substitute player with the Milwaukee and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, as well as Acting Principal Trumpet for BMF. He frequently appears as a lecturer/recitalist with the Oklahoma and Green Country Organ Guilds.
John P. Allen is Principal Trombonist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and teaches at Oklahoma City University. An active recitalist, John was featured on Oklahoma City’s Kemp Concert Series in March of 2013 in a program of music for trombone and organ. He performed on two recent CD releases from the Dallas area, including the Imperial Brass and John Wasson’s CoolBrass Jazztet. Mr. Allen has toured and recorded with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and spent a season as solo trombonist with the versatile sextet, Rhythm & Brass. John has been Principal Trombonist in Breckenridge since 2009.
Jemmie Robertson is Associate Professor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University and is a founding member of the American Trombone Quartet. Jemmie is an active musician throughout the Midwest where he has performed with Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Jemmie studied at Northwestern, Yale, and UNC Greeley. Jemmie has three published solo CDs: A New Day Dawning (2008), Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014), and Collaborations (2017). Jemmie enjoys spending the summer in Breckenridge with his wife, Christine, and son, James.
Thomas Joyce has been Bass Trombonist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for twenty seasons. He also serves the orchestra as Personnel Manager and HR Coordinator. He graduated the University of Puget Sound summa cum laude with degrees in Mathematics/Physics and Music, and then pursued performance studies at New England Conservatory and Boston University. Mr. Joyce has been a member of Burning River Brass, a Cleveland-based large brass ensemble, and he can be heard on that group’s five critically-acclaimed CDs. In 2005, Mr. Joyce performed in the Seattle Opera production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Yousef Assi, Principal Horn
Yousef Assi was appointed third horn of the Dallas Symphony in 2014. Prior to winning his new position, he held the post of Principal horn with the Sarasota Orchestra for six years. Assi has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and many others. Yousef studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and his instructors have included Scott Brubaker, Jerome Ashby, Jennifer Montone and Julie Landsman. Mr. Assi will be joining the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra for his third season as Principal horn.
Mary Beth Orr grew up in Charleston, South Carolina where she attended the Governor’s School for the Arts, then Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. She has performed with Detroit Symphony and Charleston Symphony and during the summers of 2010 and 2012 she was faculty for the Interlochen Horn Institute. In 2013 she won 2nd prize in the professional division of The International Horn Competition of America and this summer she will be debuting at the Spoleto Festival as a featured Recital soloist. Currently she lives in Michigan and holds the position of 3rd horn with The Grand Rapids Symphony.
Anne-Marie Cherry currently performs as Assistant Principal Horn of the Spokane Symphony. She has performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio, and Austin Symphonies, and held the title of Principal Horn with the Round Rock Symphony from 2008-2012. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Bainbridge Symphony, Iowa Center for New Music, UT New Music Ensemble and UT Jazz Orchestra. A strong advocate of performer/composer collaboration, Anne-Marie actively commissions new works for the horn in diverse contexts. Ms. Cherry has recorded for several music videos and independent film soundtracks.
Raúl I. Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University. He teaches tuba and euphonium and conducts the tuba-euphonium ensemble. His performance credits are quite diverse, ranging from symphony and pop orchestras to brass quintet, solo recitals and jazz, and he is occasionally called upon to perform with the Austin and San Antonio symphonies. An advocate of music education, he makes time to get out into the public schools to teach beginners and work with concert bands. Low Blows for Tuba, published by Balquhidder Music in April 2015, is his latest contribution to the repertoire of method books for tuba. When he is not performing or teaching, Mr. Rodríguez makes sure to get in a round of disc golf when he can. Raúl has performed with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra since 2001.
Emily Melendes, originally from Waukesha, WI, holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under Delaine Leonard-Fedson. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in harp performance at The Juilliard School under Nancy Allen. She has won concerto competitions with the Milwaukee Youth, the University of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, soloing with the Debussy Dances and the Ginastera Harp Concerto. A two-time finalist in the American Harp Society’s Advanced Division competition, she recently won the national Anne Adams Harp Competition and received honorable mention in the Lyon and Healy Awards.
Chandler Teague is the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Shreveport Symphony, Longview Symphony, Shreveport Opera, and for 13 summers was the timpanist of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, touring Broadway shows, has been a soloist in timpani and percussion concertos, was the hand-drum soloist in a performance of Ravi Shankar’s Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, and works regularly with a jazz trio. Mr. Teague teaches percussion at Centenary College and Grambling State University and was awarded the 2008 Music Fellowship Award from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. This is his 25th season with the BMF.
Rajesh Prasad, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is currently Acting Assistant Principal Percussionist with the North Carolina Symphony. Rajesh has previously held a percussion fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, in addition to a percussion position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with many orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Columbus Symphony. Rajesh earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and a Master’s in Music as well as a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his position as Principal Percussionist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Rajesh is also a percussionist in the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
Michael Linville has established a rich and varied professional life as a pianist, percussionist, harpist, conductor, arranger, and educator. As the Dean for Chamber Music and Fellow Development at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Mr. Linville curates three different concert series as part of the Symphony’s season, programming repertoire and coaching its Fellows. As a concert pianist, Linville has performed with NWS, the San Francisco Symphony, the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and regional orchestras around the U.S. An avid skier, Linville enjoys spending as many winter days as he can on the slopes of Breckenridge with his partner Cesar.
Robin Sutherland, pianist
Born in Denver, Robin Sutherland grew up in Greeley, entering the studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department of what was then Colorado State College, at the age of four. As a boy, he was befriended by another faculty member, Dr. Kenneth Evans; which led to many musical experiences including the first of many solo engagements with the Breckenridge Music Festival. Sutherland is an alumnus of the Aspen Music School and Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Hawai’i and Juilliard.
While still an undergraduate at SFCM, he was appointed Principal Pianist of the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa; an appointment reaffirmed by subsequent music directors Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. At the time, he was the youngest principal musician in the Orchestra’s history. His association with Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety,” has taken him all over the world. In addition to numerous performances on tour with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas requested it for his farewell tour with the London Symphony, and Sutherland was Seiji Ozawa’s soloist of choice when he programmed the piece for his celebrated guest appearance at La Scala in Milan in 1994.
Of Sutherland’s recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, Newhouse News Services has said, “…Sutherland has given us what may very well be the most totally satisfying Goldberg Variations available.”
An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, pianist, clarinetist, and composer. Music Director of both the Louisville Orchestra and Britt Orchestra, he also serves as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011. Teddy’s 2016-17 season includes debuts at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, and with the Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey Symphonies, as well as a return to the New World Symphony. See him conduct the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra on July 20 for The Best of Bernstein’s Broadway.
A classically trained vocalist, Broadway veteran and recording and touring artist, Morgan James has recently appeared in concert with the Colorado Symphony, performing her solo Bernstein show, conducted by Teddy Abrams. Ms. James has had the honor of being in the Bernstein MASS three times: with the Louisville Orchestra (conducted by Teddy Abrams), the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with Baltimore Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. On Broadway, Ms. James appeared in the Original Broadway Casts of Motown: The Musical, Godspell, Wonderland, and The Addams Family. Her videos on YouTube have garnered over 75 million views. Her vocal talents will accompany the Festival Orchestra on July 20 for The Best of Bernstein’s Broadway.
Elizabeth Hainen has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity – and virtuosity – of her modern-day instrument. As Solo Harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra for over 19 years, she has presented numerous featured performances to captivated audiences and appeared as a featured soloist with the City of London Sinfonia, Iris Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall, among many others. Hainen will return to the Riverwalk Center stage as solo harpist on July 27 for Serenade for Strings.
Aniello Desiderio is a wildly gifted musician and one of the strongest interpretive voices on the classical guitar. He has performed around the world extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, leaving critics and audiences in awe throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Southeast Asia. His performances include many prestigious venues, including Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Konzerthouse in Vienna and Mercadante in Naples. In 2014 he toured America, and made his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Aniello’s recordings include music from Tarrega, Paganini, Aguado, Llobet, Jose, Brouwer, Dyens, and Ginastera. Aniello is a Professor at S. Giacomantonio University of Music in Cosenza Italy. He will be featured alongside the Festival Orchestra on July 29 for The Classical Guitar and again for the intimate chamber performance Tango & Fandango on August 1 at the Breckenridge Theater.
Children’s book author and illustrator, Zachariah Ohora is the illustrator of the New York Times best seller Wolfie the Bunny. His debut as an author, Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founders Award and was the 2012 Pennsylvania One book. His follow up, Not Fits Nilson! was named the Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2013 and won a Kirkus star. His book My Cousin Momo! was named by the Boston Globe a Best Picture Book of 2015 and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. His latest book The Not So Quiet Library is about a pair of brothers who encounter a monster at the library, which he will be reading from at the Summit County Library in Breckenridge on July 28 prior to his appearance at the free family concert where his live illustrations will be projected alongside the music of The Story of Babar the Little Elephant on July 30. Ohora lives and works in Narberth, PA with his wife, two sons and two cats.
Wonderbound Dance Company
Wonderbound is a contemporary ballet company based in Denver, CO. Under the leadership of husband-and-wife team Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, Wonderbound is committed to the development and sharing of collaborative artistic experiences. These undertakings have come to define Wonderbound, producing creations that erase boundaries between mediums and engage artists and audiences in candid explorations of the human experience. Enjoy an evening of contemporary ballet and baroque music as Wonderbound performs alongside the Festival Orchestra in Unbound Baroque on August 3.
With mounting success in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He has recently been named the new Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia. Jayce Ogren began the 2016/17 season leading concerts with the Utah Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival, and the Colorado Symphony, and performances of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna in Montreal – a work he premiered in New York and recorded for Deutsche Grammophone with the BBC Symphony. Ogren will be conducting the Festival Orchestra on August 10 for BalletX & Orchestra and again on August 12 for Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.
Philadelphia-based BalletX is one of the nation’s premier contemporary ballet companies and unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding group of dancers – forging new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. BalletX creates new works of the highest caliber that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance. “…you feel how dance, music and you are enmeshed in a single weave.” –The New York Times. BalletX will perform alongside the Festival Orchestra on August 10 for BalletX & Orchestra.
Dvorak: Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastorale)