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. Loren Silvertrust Loren Silvertrust grew up outside of Chicago, where she began to play the violin at age 4. She attended Williams College and Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. At Indiana, Ms. Silvertrust’s quartet won the Kuttner Quartet Competition in 2006. In 2010, after three years with the New World Symphony, she joined the first violin section of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ms. Silvertrust has been a member of numerous other ensembles, including Spoleto Festival USA, Colorado Music Festival, Florida Grand Opera, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. She especially enjoys chamber music and performs throughout the year with the Buffalo Chamber Players. Violinist Emily Cornelius is an active freelancer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She plays in the first violin section of the Canton Symphony, and serves as principal second violinist of the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Heights Chamber Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Emily is a dedicated teacher, maintaining a large private teaching studio. Emily received her M. M. degree with honors from the New England Conservatory in 2007, and holds a B. M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory. She made her solo debut at age fifteen, and has since appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. Hannah Yim Hannah Yim is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic. She has a B. M. and M. M. from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she studied with Alexander Kerr and Henryk Kowalski. She is an active chamber musician, sharing the New Orleans Tribute to the Classical Arts Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2010 and 2012. Hannah also enjoys cross collaborations and has performed with tango pianist Pablo Ziegler, jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra, and at Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest, and the French Quarter Festival. This is her tenth season with the BMF. Guillaume Pirard Born in Belgium, Guillaume Pirard studied the modern and baroque violin at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Den Haag Royal Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. His teachers include Vera Beths, Hyo Kang, Anner Bylsma and Mira Glodeanu. As a founding member of the chamber orchestra The Knights, he has played in major festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Ojai and Caramoor. He has performed with the Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Pacifica, A Far Cry, the Sejong Soloists and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. Guillaume Pirard has taught at New York University and San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn. Violinist Rachel Sandman is a Los Angeles native now living in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Sandman holds a M. M. degree in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a B. M. degree from Rice University. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony and a faculty member of the Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio. Principal teachers have included Cho-Liang Lin, Sergiu Luca, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Joel Smirnoff, and Ivan Zenaty. Ms. Sandman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at CIM under the tutelage of William Preucil. This is her second summer with the Festival Orchestra.
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.
Loren Silvertrust grew up outside of Chicago, where she began to play the violin at age 4. She attended Williams College and Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. At Indiana, Ms. Silvertrust’s quartet won the Kuttner Quartet Competition in 2006. In 2010, after three years with the New World Symphony, she joined the first violin section of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ms. Silvertrust has been a member of numerous other ensembles, including Spoleto Festival USA, Colorado Music Festival, Florida Grand Opera, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. She especially enjoys chamber music and performs throughout the year with the Buffalo Chamber Players.
Violinist Emily Cornelius is an active freelancer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She plays in the first violin section of the Canton Symphony, and serves as principal second violinist of the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Heights Chamber Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Emily is a dedicated teacher, maintaining a large private teaching studio. Emily received her M. M. degree with honors from the New England Conservatory in 2007, and holds a B. M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory. She made her solo debut at age fifteen, and has since appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra.
Hannah Yim is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic. She has a B. M. and M. M. from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she studied with Alexander Kerr and Henryk Kowalski. She is an active chamber musician, sharing the New Orleans Tribute to the Classical Arts Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2010 and 2012. Hannah also enjoys cross collaborations and has performed with tango pianist Pablo Ziegler, jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra, and at Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest, and the French Quarter Festival. This is her tenth season with the BMF.
Born in Belgium, Guillaume Pirard studied the modern and baroque violin at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Den Haag Royal Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. His teachers include Vera Beths, Hyo Kang, Anner Bylsma and Mira Glodeanu. As a founding member of the chamber orchestra The Knights, he has played in major festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Ojai and Caramoor. He has performed with the Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Pacifica, A Far Cry, the Sejong Soloists and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. Guillaume Pirard has taught at New York University and San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn.
Violinist Rachel Sandman is a Los Angeles native now living in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Sandman holds a M. M. degree in violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a B. M. degree from Rice University. She is Associate Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony and a faculty member of the Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio. Principal teachers have included Cho-Liang Lin, Sergiu Luca, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Joel Smirnoff, and Ivan Zenaty. Ms. Sandman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at CIM under the tutelage of William Preucil. This is her second summer with the Festival Orchestra.
Violinist 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 wide 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 both privately and at the UCSD Department of Music and is a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician.
Born in Finland and raised in the buy levitra mexico nz Boston area, Miika Gregg has been an active musician from a young age. Mr. Gregg studied at Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Ik-Hwan Bae and Alexander Kerr. He also pursued graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil and at Southern Methodist University with Emanuel Borok. Mr. Gregg is currently a member of the Dallas buy levitra mexico nz Symphony Orchestra.
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 of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Lewis Kaplan. A recent New World Symphony alumnus, 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, Meghan 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. Meghan has performed in music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and Encore School for Strings. Originally from Edina, MN, Meghan earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University and her Master of Music at Boston University. She has been playing with the Festival Orchestra since 2002.
Dianna Joiner earned a Bachelor of Music from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. In May 2015 she graduated with a Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Brian Lewis. Dianna served as Concertmaster of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and Butler Opera Orchestra. She also attended summer festivals including Brevard Music Center, Round Top Festival Institute, and Colorado College Music Festival. Dianna has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and Round Rock Symphony. This is her second season with BMF.
Violist Katie Magill Carrington originally hails from Chicago, IL, 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 performance 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, TX.
Violist Susan Pardue is a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Jacksonville, Florida. 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 degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree 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. Jan-Marie is former Principal Violist of the Canton (OH) Symphony. In the summer of 2005, she was invited to perform in Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen.” Ms. Joyce 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, Matt received a B. M. from UC Santa Cruz and a M. M. buy levitra mexico nz and Performer Diploma from Indiana University.
James Holland has played with the BMF since 1998. He was Principal Cellist of the Charleston Symphony from 1996-2007. Now living in Albuquerque, NM, he maintains a large teaching studio and plays extensively in solo, orchestral, and chamber music settings across the state. He is featured with jazz greats Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway on their award-winning 2013 CD release Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe, and he performed with them again at the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival. James holds cello performance degrees from the University of Alabama and the Eastman School.
A native of Los Angeles, cellist David Rosen received his B. M. from The Cleveland Institute of Music, his M. M. from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. David was a winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California and has participated in the music festivals of Aspen, Banff, Blossom, Breckenridge, Chautauqua and Heidelberg. David has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera. He was a member of the New Orleans Symphony and has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 1991.
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, and this season in Salzburg and Vienna. His varied interests have led to recordings for film, television and commercials, collaborations with dance companies, studies of baroque cello and performances 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 2006-7 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 Gaines earned her Master of Music from USC. She received fellowships from Tanglewood and Aspen festivals, was Co-Principal Double Bassist for the National Repertory Orchestra for two summers, and was a member of New York String Ensemble and Spoleto Festival, Italy. She was Principal Bassist with Tulsa Philharmonic, won auditions as substitute with St. Louis Symphony and as a member of the New Jersey Symphony. She joined BMF’s Festival Orchestra in 1990, has performed solos with NRO, the Rockford Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic (twice) and Breckenridge Music Festival (twice). She is orchestra conductor at College of DuPage and freelances in the Chicago area.
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. Browne was previously a member of the Canton (OH) 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 completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University, where he was a student of Timothy Pitts. Browne has spent summers at Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood Music Center.
Helen Blackburn – Principal Flute
Helen Blackburn is principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and a core member of the modern chamber music ensemble “Voices of Change.” Helen is also the Artist Teacher of Flute (Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair) at West Texas A&M University. She performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Ms. Blackburn received her B. M. (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her M. M. from Northwestern University. She is the founder of the Big, Fat Flute Shindig, held each June at WTAMU.
Amy Casper plays Piccolo with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and Second Flute with the Abilene Philharmonic. In addition, she has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the MSO Young Artist Competition. She holds degrees from Indiana University and The University of Texas at Austin, and has studied with Immanuel Davis, Thomas Robertello, and Marianne Gedigian. Amy resides in Austin, TX, where she maintains a large private teaching studio.
Sandra Stimson is Principal Oboe of the Bozeman Symphony and English horn with the Billings Symphony. Previous orchestral engagements include Principal Oboe with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Billings Symphony, and Acting Associate Principal Oboe with the Omaha Symphony. Sandra earned her B. M. from Ithaca College and M. M. from Yale University. Ms. Stimson has her own business (sandysreeds.com) making oboe and English horn reeds, with sales nationwide. An avid hiker and cross country skier, she and her husband Ken Decker, a woodwind repairman and oboe maker, reside in Montana.
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, she was chosen for Eastman’s Freiburg Exchange Program, bringing her to Germany to study with soloist Heinz Holliger. The New York Concert Review stated of her October 2005 Carnegie Hall debut, “…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. “Johanna will have a positive impact on the world of music, on those who study with her, as well as those who hear her perform.” – Eastman School of Music
Principal Clarinet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Lewisville Lake Symphony and Wichita Falls Symphony, Kenneth has performed with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony orchestras. He has recorded with Anshel Brusilow as Principal Clarinet of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and with Howard Dunn and Frederick Fennel while Principal of the Dallas Wind Symphony. Kenneth has performed as Principal Clarinet with the Breckenridge Music Festival for 16 seasons. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and North Texas State University. In addition to his work as a free-lance musician Kenneth is President of the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association, and is an instructor of clarinet at the University of Texas at Arlington.
John Klinghammer is Assistant Principal Clarinet with the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2001. During the 2014-15 season he served as Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the University of South Dakota, and has served as staff conductor for several of the Omaha Symphony’s educational programs. John has a B. A. from the University of Oregon and an M. M. and D. M. A. from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.
Thomas DeWitt is currently the Associate Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoonist 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 fifth season with the Breckenridge Music Festival.
Maxwell Pipinich is pleased to be rejoining the Breckenridge Music Festival this summer. Max Currently plays in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has completed a Master of Music degree from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with George Sakakeeny.
Timothy McFadden earned his B. M. from Duquesne University and did graduate work at Bowling Green State University. Tim is currently Principal Trumpet and Orchestra Manager with the Tulsa Symphony, and Principal Trumpet with the Tulsa Opera Orchestra. He has served as Principal Trumpet for the Charleston Symphony and Tulsa Philharmonic, where he was a featured soloist. Tim is currently on faculty at the University of Tulsa. Principal Trumpet for the past nine years for the BMF, Tim has been a featured soloist, performing the Haydn Trumpet Concert and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. In addition to orchestral playing, Tim is a founding member of Bravo Brass Quintet.
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 Trombone 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 he spent a season as solo trombonist with the versatile sextet Rhythm & Brass. John has been Principal Trombone in Breckenridge since 2009.
Jemmie Robertson is an active musician in the Chicago area, where he has performed with Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra and many other regional ensembles. Jemmie is Associate Professor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University. He also performs as Principal Trombone of the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic. Jemmie studied at Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of Northern Colorado. Jemmie is returning for his 15th BMF season, and enjoys spending July and August 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 & HR Coordinator. Tom 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. Tom 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, Tom performed in the Seattle Opera production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”
Anne-Marie Cherry is an active free-lance horn player and music educator. She held the title of Principal Horn with the Round Rock Symphony from 2008-2012, and has performed with the San Antonio and Austin symphonies as well as the Dallas Wind Symphony, Victoria Bach Festival and the Austin City Brass Ensemble. In 2007 Ms. Cherry received third prize at the International Horn Competition of America, and in 2005, first prize in the Mid-South Division of the International Horn Society Solo Competition. She is a founding member of the Texas Chamber Group, which received the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance.
Nicholas Hartman was hired as Fourth Horn of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2012 by Music Director Pinchas Zuckerman. He is a frequent guest performer with groups including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Houston Symphony Woodwind Quintet. He was a 2011 and 2012 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, a 2010 National Repertory Orchestra Fellow, and in 2009 was invited to Quebec to record the complete Beethoven symphonies with l’Orchestra de la Francophonie Canadienne. He is a graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, where he studied with Houston Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen.
Mary Beth Orr grew up in Charleston, SC, attending Charleston’s Governor’s School for the Arts, then Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. She has been a regular player with the Detroit, Charleston, and Lansing symphony orchestras, and UANL Orquestra Sinfonica of Monterrey, MX. She has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Horn Institute. In 2013 she won second prize in the Professional Division of The International Horn Competition of America. She has performed with St. Augustine Music Festival and Bayview Music Festival, and will be featured in the first annual Variance Brass Workshop in Tucson, AZ in June, 2015. She currently holds the position of 3rd horn with The Grand Rapids Symphony.
Born in South Korea and raised in Hawaii, Young Kim now plays in the Sarasota Orchestra as Fourth Horn. He studied with Eric Ruske at Boston University and with William VerMeulen at Rice University for his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, respectively. During the summers, he has participated in numerous festivals such as Eastern, Aspen, Mahler, and Pacific Music Festivals, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012. He is returning to BMF for his second summer.
Raúl I. Rodríguez is Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University, where he teaches tuba and euphonium and conducts the tuba-euphonium ensemble. His diverse performance credits range from symphony and pops orchestras to brass quintet, solo recitals and jazz. He frequently performs 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. 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 degree 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. Emily 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, Emily 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 23rd season with the Breckenridge Music Festival.
Rajesh Prasad, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is currently a percussionist in Columbus’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Rajesh held a percussion fellowship with the New World Symphony from 2011 to 2014. He has performed with orchestras in the United States including the Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, North Carolina and Columbus symphony orchestras, and previously held a percussion position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Rajesh earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, and his Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. He is thrilled to be joining the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra this summer.
Michael Linville has established a rich and varied professional life as a pianist, percussionist, harpist, conductor, arranger, and educator. As the Associate Dean for Chamber Music 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.
Alexandra Soumm, violin
French violinist Alexandra Soumm is a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home in concerto and chamber repertoire, collaborating with orchestras around Europe, in Israel and Japan, and appearing as a chamber musician throughout Europe.
In the 2013/14 season, Alexandra made her US debut with the Detroit Symphony performing the Sibelius concerto with Leonard Slatkin, who subsequently invited her to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer season at the Hollywood Bowl. 2015 promises to be an equally exciting season. In addition to her debuts with the London Philharmonic and Munich Symphony, she also returns to the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and Orchestra svizzera italiana.
In the spring of 2008 Alexandra’s debut recording of concertos by Bruch and Paganini was released on the Claves label. Le Monde de la Musique described her interpretation as ‘displaying a passionate and lyrical personality’. Her second disc with Claves, a recording of the violin sonatas by Grieg, was released in spring 2010.
Born in Moscow, Alexandra started to learn the violin with her father at the age of five and gave her first concert two years later. She later moved to Vienna to study with the renowned pedagogue Boris Kuschnir, and won the Eurovision Competition in 2004. She is very involved with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland and has been taking part in the project for the past 10 years. Now based in Paris, she, along with two friends, founded non-profit organisation Esperanz’Arts in 2012, which was the culmination of four years’ involvement in charity projects aimed at creating opportunities through the arts. In January 2013, Alexandra was named Godmother of the newly established El Sistema France.
Kathrin Danzmayr, soprano
Bavarian soprano Kathrin Danzmayr came first to international attention when she sang the role of Pamina in a production of W. A. Mozart’s “Magic Flute” during the Salzburg Festival Summer. During this production she had the pleasure to collaborate with Grace Bumbry, who became one of her most important mentors. Further career highlights include the role of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) in Dinkelsbühl and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) in Hamburg.
In 2010 Kathrin became a member of the distinguished Salzburg Concert Society, where she sang more than 70 concerts a season, touring throughout central Europe, including Munich and Stuttgart. Further concerts include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Glasgow Sinfonietta, Mozart’s Requiem with the Greenock Philharmonic Orchestra and she sang with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming engagements are currently scheduled in the United States with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.
Kathrin Danzmayr received her musical training at the University of Leipzig and the University Mozarteum in Salzburg where she studied with Lilian Sukis and graduated with the highest honors. Further teachers include Barbara Bonney, Angelika Kirchschlager, Malcolm Martineau and Patricia MacMahon. Mrs. Danzmayr has received several awards, was the youngest finalist at the Robert Stolz competition in Hamburg and one of the winners of the Samling Foundation in the UK.
Kathrin has recorded for Universal Records as lead singer of the band “iMozart” and has also toured extensively with the group in concerts. Their debut album “iMozart Lounge” topped the Austrian album charts.
She currently resides in Naperville, Illinois with her husband, conductor David Danzmayr and their two children.
Robin Sutherland, pianist
Principal Pianist of the San Francisco Symphony, Robin Sutherland earned his appointment while still an undergraduate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At the time, he was the youngest principal musician in the Orchestra’s history. First appointed by Seiji Ozawa, this appointment has been reaffirmed by subsequent music directors including Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Sutherland has a long association with the Breckenridge Music Festival. Born in Denver, Sutherland grew up in Greeley, entering the studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department, at the age of four. He soon came to the notice of another faculty member, the founder of the BMF, Dr. Kenneth Evans. This 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.
Sutherland’s 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.”
Dvorak: Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastorale)