Here is a guide to Ensembles and Guest Performers who have been a part of our Musica Sacra series. Scroll down or click on a name for a more detailed overview and biographical information.
St Cecilia Consort Members
Musica Sacra Ensembles
Musica Sacra Performers
- Donald E. Allured: Organist
- Mary Anne Ballard: Viols, Rebec
- Will Breytspraak: Piano
- Andrew Cox: Cello
- Phillip D. Crabtree: Professor of Musicology
- Mark Cudek: Cittern, Bass Viol
- Janos Czifra: Domkappellmeister, Salzburg Cathedral
- Gregory D'Agostino: Organist
- Richard Deane: Horn
- Cynthia Dobrinski: Conductor, Handbell Composer
- Raymond Dudley: Pianist
- Dr. Nancy Elton: Pianist, Soprano Soloist
- Laura English-Robinson: Soprano Soloist
- Piotr Folkert: Pianist
- Mac Frampton: Pianist
- Karl Haas: Daily NPR Broadcaster
- Gere Hancock: Organist
- Christopher Herrick: Organist
- Walter Huff: Pianist
- Mark Hughes: Trumpet
- David Hurd: Organist
- Janice Joyce: Flute
- Candace Keach: Flute
- Father Francis Kline, OCSO: Organist
- Custer LaRue: Soprano
- David Lawrie: Organist
- Jean-Pierre Leguay: Organist, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
- John Lemley: Broadcaster, NPR
- Cary Lewis: Piano
- Larry Lipkis: Bass Viol, Winds
- Charles Little: Horn
- Christopher Martin: Trumpet
- Sean McCarthy: Trumpet, Organ
- Michael Morre: Tuba, Artistic Director
- Alan Morrison: Organist
- Jeannine Morrison: Pianist
- Dr. David Morrow: Director
- Arie Motschman: Harpsichord
- Lyle Nordstrom: Director
- James O'Donnell: Trumpet, Organ
- Charles W. Ore, DMA: Organ, Composer
- Eugene Pierce: Director
- Christa Rakich: Organist
- Nella Rigell: Harpist
- Joanne Rogers: Pianist
- Timothy Schwarz: Violin
- John Scott: Organist, St. Paul's Cathedral, London
- Dr. Marilyn Seelman: Conductor
- Jennifer Stumm: Viola
- Teresa Texeira: Flute
- Linda Tsatsanis: Soprano Soloist
- Robyn Ulman: Clarinet
- John Walker: Organist
- Eugenia Watson: Oboe
- John and Marianne Weaver: Organ-Flute Duo
- William Whitehead: Organist
- Nathan Whittaker: Cellist
- Colin Williams: Trombone
- Daniel Worley: Bassoon
Overview of St Cecilia Consort Members
Overview of Musica Sacra Ensembles
The Atlanta Baroque OrchestraOrchestra
(As of April 5, 1998:) The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra was founded by a group of musicians who felt the need for a permanent historical instrument orchestra in the Southeast. The benefits of having such a group available are enormous, not only to perform its own concerts, but to be available for choirs in the area for the wonderful cantatas, oratorios, operas and passions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The colors of the historical instruments, as well as the varieties of articulations and transparency of sound that are only possible with these instruments, allows voices and instruments to blend into a unified, yet clear, sound that is very difficult to achieve on modern instruments. Playing at Baroque pitch (a half step below modern pitch) produces freer-sounding string instruments and more mellow wind colors. It also allows greater flexibility and enhances a singer's ability to enunciate the voice.
Through the wonderful generosity of Embry HIlls United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, two concerts were scheduled for this season, first at Embry Hills United Methodist Church in Chamblee and the second here at First Presbyterian Church. A larger concert season is in the planning stages for next year. We are also interested in talking with choirs and vocal soloists who might be interested in collaborative projects.
Players: Peter M. Marshall,(harsichord) Jennifer Phillips, (harpsichord) Daniel Pyle, (harpsichord) Catherine Bull,(Baroque flute) Janice Joyce,(flute) Jeanne Johnson-Watkins (violin), Karen Clarke, (violin) Brad Knobel ,(cello) George Riordan, (oboe) James Sullivan, (oboe) Charles Keith Collins, (bassoon) and Lyle Nordstrom, Musical Director
Atlanta Musica Antiqua
(As of February 10, 1991:) Principal players: Teresa Texeira, founder and Artistic Director, flute; Janice Joyce, flute; Arie Motschman, harpsichord; Andrew Cox, cello.
The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6, 2005:) Christopher Martin, trumpet; Mark Hughes, trumpet; Richard Deane, horn;Colin Williams, trombone; Michael Morre, tuba and artistic director.
The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet began thirty-four years ago as the "Ceremonial Troupe" of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, having performed for numerous dignitaries including HRH Prince Charles. The Quintet presents an incredibly varied repertoire, from originial transcriptions of Renaissance and Baroque music through theatrical pieces and commissioned works by Southeastern composers. The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet has appeared on numerous occasions on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and in the summer of 1996 was the "house band" for four days of live radio broadcasts over NPR to 40 countries. The Quintet's performances are also featured on the "Spirit of '96" NPR CD. In October 1992, The Quintet provided all of the music for the Tribune Broadcasting live worldwide broadcast of The Search for Scarlet, performing civil war salon music in the State Capitol. In June of 1993, the Quintet presented "A Norwegian Brass Odyssey," playing in Oslo, Lillehammer, and at the Bergen International Festival in Bergen, Norway. The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet is also the Official Brass Quintet of the 1996 Cultural Olympiad. In June 2004, the ASBQ performed at the G-8 Summit on Sea Island for the President of the United States. These concerts are part of our fourth year in residence at Kennesaw State University.
Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 1990:) The Atlanta Woodwind Quintet has been in existence for 8 years during which time it has performed extensively in the Atlanta area. The Quintet has participated in school concerts and demonstrations, chamber music workshops, mall performances, music club and college recital series, and arts festivals such as the Atlanta Arts Festival and Much Ado About Midtown. All five musicians teach extensively in the Atlanta area and thoroughly enjoy introducing young people to the joy and wonder of music.
Principals: Candace Keach, flute; Eugenia Watson, oboe; Robyn Ulman, clarinet; Daniel Worley, bassiib; Charles Little, horn
The Baltimore ConsortStrings
(As of November 21, 2004:)
(As of February 10, 2002:)
Mary Anne Ballard -viols, rebec
Mark Cudek -cittern, bass viol, bandora
Custer LaRue -soprano, bodhran
Larry Lipkis -bass viol, recorder
Ronn McFarlane -lute, bandora
Chris Norman -flutes, pennywhistle, bagpipes, bodhran
Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare's time, the Baltimore Consort has explored English, Scottish, and French popular music of the 16th to 18th centuries, focusing onthe relationship between folk and art music. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional song and dance preserved in North America. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, and the CBC's OnStage.
Cantus Male Vocal EnsembleVocal
(As of March 22, 1007:) For the past ten years, Cantus has gained recognition as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles. As one of the few full-time vocal ensembles in the world, the ensemble enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours, subscription concerts in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, several innovative residencies, collaborations, educational programs, and recording. Cantus has been praised by critics and the public alike for its broad repetoire, bold ensemble singing and engaging stage presentation.
Cantus' repetoire spans all periods and genres, including contemporary works, art songs, early music, world music, and pop. The ensemble regularly commissions new works. Recently Cantus premirered "A True Heart is Waiting" by Twin Cities composer Eddie Hill. Cantus and Hill are also the recipients of the 2005 Chamber Music America commissioning program grant and will premier "A Sound Like This", a setting of the poetry of Kabir translated by Robert Bly in the spring of 2007. Cantus also spearheads the Male Choir Commissioning Consortium, whose first commission, "Private First Class Jesse Givens" by Lee Hoiby, is a setting of a letter by a fallen U.S. soldier in Iraq. Cantus' "Music for Men's Voices" choral series is published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and features works written for and by the members of Cantus.
Cantus' coast-to-coast tours have included performances throughout the United States, appearing on major concert stages from New York to San Francisco. In the summer of 2003 the ensemble made its European debut at France's Polyfolia Festival. Cantus made its orchestral debut withthe Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in December 2001 in a program titled "Cantus and Carols", and now appears annually in what has become a holiday tradition for both Cantus and the SPCO. Cantus has also sung with the SPCO in programs featuring works by Mozart, Holst, and Part, as well as performing with the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Doc Severinsen.
The ensemble has performed at the American Choral Directors' Association's national and regional conventions and numerous choral festivals. In the summer of 2002 the ensemble sang to great acclaim at the Oregon Bach Festival and at the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis. In accordance with its founding mission statement, Cantus is an active proponent of music education, encouraging people of all ages, especially young men, to sing. Its members are frequent clinicians at festivals, schools and universities throughout the country.
Cantus has recorded seven CD's on its own label, Cantus Recordings. Their most recent CD's , a Christmas collection entitled Comfort and Joy: Volume 1 &2, received rave reviews from the critics and public alike. A recent Gramophone review stated, "Means and ends join in genuinely glorious music making. The complexity of the music is fully expressed, the diction is perfect, the emotions alive. If comfort is defined as a warm bath of choral sound, then this is perfect."
The Chattanooga Girls ChoirVocal
(As of November 10, 1996:) The Chattanooga Girls Choir was founded by John Dyer, the present artistic director, in 1987. The choir is affiliated with the Cadek Conservatory of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It is a community choir with singers from 62 schools in Chattanooga and surrounding communities.
The organization of the choir is based upon a sequential system of training that is taught through four graded choirs.
The choir has sung in the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, where they won the prize for treble choirs. They competed in the Bournemouth Music Festival in England and won two first places. In 1994, they received one of only two prizes awarded at the Princeton University Invitational Choir Festival. The choir toured in Italy in 1995 and concluded their concert tour with singing mass at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican.
The choir has appeared at the White House, singing for "Christmas at the White House" in 1993. They have presented a concert at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, and have sung concert tours in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC. They sang a concert at the Washington National Cathedral in 1992. They have presented concerts in England, including Coventry Cathedral and St. Margaret's Chapel at Westminster Abbey, Wales, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.
(As of March 14, 2004): ensemble amarcord was founded in autumn 1992 by former members of the renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig. The current line-up comprising Wolfram Lattke (tenor), Dietrcih Barth (tenor), Frank Ozimek (baritone), Daniel Knauft (bass) and Holger Krause (bass) has remained stable since 1995.
Its musical work focuses on music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as collaboration with contemporary composers. For example Bernd Franke, Ivan Moody, Marcus Ludwig, Siegfried Thiele, and Dimitri Terzakis have all written compositions for amarcord. Yet amarcord's repetoire also contains a variety of different programmes covering all facets of vocal music ranging from madrigals through romantic compositions to a cappella arrangements of well-known songs. The young singers gained valuable stimulus from attending master classes witht eh Hilliard Ensemble and the king'singers.
This vocal quintet has won several international competitions, including in Tolosa (Spain), Tampere (Finland), Pohlheim (Germany), and the 1st Choir Olympiad in Linz (Austria). In 2002, amarcord won the German Music Competition for Chamber Music in Bonn. Two years previously, ensemble amarcord had received a grant from the German Music Council, and won the Crown Prize awarded by Holsten, a major German brewery.
Alongside the Gewandhaus Orchestra and St. Thomas Boys Choir, amarcord is one of Leipzig's main musical representatives in both Germany and abroad. The ensemble regularly appears at important international music festivals, and has undertaken several concert tours all over Europe and North America, where it was enthusiastically received in cities like San Francisco, Washington, New York, Atlanta, Houston, or Salt Lake City.
In addition to its concert activity, amarcord has also made its mark by establishing and organizing "a cappella", the regular Leipzig festival of vocal music, which has already hosted such ensembles as the king'singers,the Hilliard Ensemble, Chanticleer, the Huelgas Ensemble and the swingle singers. More information on the festival can be found at www.a-cappella-festival.de. In the United States, CD's can be ordered at any time at www.towerhill-recordings.com For further information on the ensemble amarcord please visit www.ensemble-amarcord.com or contact Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists: email@example.com, Tel: (860)560-7800
Ensemble Buffardin: Catherine Bull, Daniel Pyle, Dorothy RocklinChamber Musicians
(As of January 26, 1992:) Ensemble Buffardin, which performs chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries on original instruments, was formed in 1983 in the Netherlands by American musicians Catherine Bull, flute and Daniel Pyle, harpsichord, who were then working and studying there. They have since returned to the United States,where they were joined by cellist and violist-da-gamba Dorothy Rocklin. They have continued their transatlantic activities, which have encompassed performances at two years of the Utrecht Early Music Festival, St. Martin-in-the Fields in London, and the Atelier series at the American Church in Paris, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In America their work has centered in the Southeast, particularly in Atlanta, Birmingham, the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. One of their concerts at the University of Alabama was the first program from the State of Alabama to be featured on NPR's Performance Today
First Call Brass Ensemble
(As of November 12, 1989:) Trumpet: Phil Elkins, Steve Everett, Mark Hughes- Percussion: Sherwood Mobley - Trombone: Ed Nicholson, Robb Smith, Wendel Watterson
The Gabriel Chamber EnsemblePiano Quartet+
(As of October 21, 2001:) The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble now in its twelfth year was formed to create a chamber music series in Schuylkill, Pa. A non-profit organization, the Ensemble has reached out to audiences new to chamber muisic who become enthusiastic subscribers each year. The group's goal is to maintain high standards of performance yet keep a certain informality in presentation.
Once established, the group has also found audiences in Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont where they are the resident piano quartet at the Vermont Music and Arts Center. Although the basic group is a piano quartet, the repertoire played includes every possible combination of chamber music from duos to quintets and once a year the group expands to a small chamber orchestra with harpsichord in order to present Classical and Baroque works.
In addition to its artistic achievements, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has initiated community and educational outreach programs to develop chamber music audiences and the musicians of the future. Its elementary and middle school programs have reached over 2800 children in the county. Every year the ensemble also presents a special class to the music students of Penn State Schuylkill Campus.
Members include: Simon Andreas Maurer, Agnes Maurer, Gerall Hieser, and Anita Gordon.
Georgia SinfoniaChamber Orchestra
(As of January 19, 2003:) The Georgia Sinfonia conducted by Marilyn Seelman, is the first resident professional chamber orchestra active in this region in more than a decade. Patterned after the prestigious Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Sinfonia is a coooperative orcehstra comprised of up to 40 free-lance musicians from the Atlanta area. The ensemble is devoted to performing great works that require the expertise of a smaller number of fine orchestral players. Past concerts have included a world premiere of "A Thousand Lifetimes" the vocal suite of composer James Oliverio, "Concerto for Alto Saxophone" by Lars-Erik Larsson, a work for string bass and orchestra by Atlanta musician Michael Kurth and Gershwin's "Lullaby" along with works by the great classical period composers such as Haydn and Mozart. With this framework the Sinfonia continues to have the opportunity to be versatile yet traditional, imaginative but familiar and to support the talent of Georgia's component, bringing live music to inner-city children.
The Jasper QuartetStrings
(As of November 20, 2005:) The Jasper Quartet (J. Freivogel and Evan Few, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson, cello) formed in 2003 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing quartet literature ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, Jasper has collaborated with vocalists, dancers, and visual artists, and is dedicated to bringing music into schools through outreach. For the past two years the quartet has received the Oberlin-Smithsonian Fellowship to perform in the museum's Hall of Musical Instruments.
In 2004, they performed Morton Subotnick's "A Fluttering of Wings" for string quartet and electronics, with the composer a teh computers. A recipient of the Presser Music Award and the Kaufman Chamber music prize at Oberlin, the Jasper Quartet has twice been featured live on WCLV, Cleveland's classical music station.
Highlights of the lst year include performances at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. In the coming year Jasper anticipates International debuts in Europe and the Middle East. The Quartet spent the past two summers at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, most recently as participants in the Advanced Quartet Studies Program. After graduation from Oberlin in 2006, the Jasper Quartet plans to continue their pursuit of chamber music together.
Jitro Children's ChoirVocal
(As of February 28, 1993): Jitro is the world-renowned children's choir from the East Bohemian city of Hradec Kralove. The choir has toured internationally for more than ten years and has found great success in both national and international choral competitions. Jitro has produced numerous recordings and has been featured frequently on radio and television broadcasts. The group is comprised of 25 young people between the ages of 8 and 18 and specializes in both traditional classical repetoire and contemporary musical styles.
Dr. Jiri Skopal, Artistic Director and Conductor
Michal Chrobak, Pianist
The Morehouse College Glee ClubVocal
(As of October 17. 1999:) The Morehouse College Glee Club embraces an eighty-seven year tradition of musical excellence and achievement, which has continued through the dedication and committment of its members and directors throughout the years. It is this tradition that has given us a vast history of attainment and shall provide us with a secure future of even greater accomplishments. It is the mission of the Morehouse College Glee Club to surpass its greatest achievements and never look back on them with complacent satisfaction.
The origins of the Moorehouse College Glee Club precede its official founding date in 1911. Morehouse College, which was then Atlanta Baptist College, had a music professor named Georgia Starr. She served the College from 1903-05 and again from 1908-11. In Miss Starr's absence, Miss Lucy Z. Reynolds served for two years and Miss Grace D. Walesman served for one year. Miss Starr directed the choral ensemble, which consisted of ten to twelve students, and the orchestra that consisted of five to six students. Edmund Jenkins, a brilliant music student, also led both groups. Miss Starr was followed by Kemper Harreld, who served as director for forty-two years and Wendell Phillips Whalum, Sr., who served until his death in 1987.
Under the direction of Dr. Whalum, the Glee Club has performed for the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the Second International Choral Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. In 1972 the Glee Club toured five African countries. The Glee Club sang for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977, and in the East Room of the White House with Coretta Scott King in 1978. In the spring of 1987, the Glee Club recorded "I'm Buildin' Me a Home", arranged by former Glee Club Member Uzee Brown, Jr., '72, for the sound track of Spike Lee's "School Daze".
In the Fall semester of 1987, David Edward Morrow, '80, assumed directorship of the Glee Club. Morrow was a prized student of "Doc" Whalum, as "Doc" was of Kemper Harreld. The Glee Club continues its busy performance schedule under Dr. Morrow. It participated in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in the summer of 1996 with Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, and Trisha Yearwood. In the same summer, the Glee Club toured cities along the Volga River in Russia, and last summer the Glee Club toured Poland at the invitation of opera performer Maria Folton in celebration of her 50 years as a peformer.
The Glee Club's history is to be treasured, and inspires us to reach greater heights as our tradition of excellence continues.
The Peachtree BrassTrombone, Trumbet, Horn, Tuba
(As of October 24, 1993:) Founded in 1974, The Peachtree Brass has established itself as the premier brass ensemble of the Southeast. They have performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to their in-residence concerts at Georgia State University, The Peachtree Brass performs concerts in public and private schools and colleges throughout Georgia under the auspices of Young Audiences of Atlanta. The ensemble's television appearances have included such shows as "Between the Lines", WTBS and "State of the Arts", GCTV.
Other performances range from the opening of the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to the Atlanta, Cobb, and Decatur Arts Festivals. The Peachtree Brass has been featured at the Music Educators National Conference and the National Business Committee for the Arts in New York City.
Players: Richard Brady, Trombone -Alan Brown, horn - Donald Strand, Tuba - Thomas Wallace, Trumpet - Steven Winick, Trumpet
Stillman College Choir-Tuscaloosa, AlabamaVocal
(As of November 17, 1991:) Stillman's Concert Choir is made up of forty-four young singers who are selected by audition each spring from the 100 voice college choir. The Choir is under the direction of James Arthur Williams, Chairman of the Stillman Fine Arts Department; and its repertoire includes a wide variety of music encompassing all periods and styles. During the past twenty years, the choir has appeared in concerts in thirty-five states, the District of Columbia, the Republic of Mexico, and the Bahama Islands. In October, 1988 the group was featured at the banquet and dedication services for the new National Headquarters building of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. The group was commissioned to perform The Mozart "Requiem" with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and was featured twice on National Public Radio. The Choir was also featured at the Evangelism Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Atlanta, Georgia, and in May of 1991 the Choir was showcased at the Governor's Arts Awards Program. The Presbyterian Church Foundation used the voices of the Stillman College Choir as background music for its video report to the 203rd General Assembly. The Choir's acclaim continues to grow.
The Schola Cantorum of AtlantaVocal
(As of April 5, 1998:) The Schola Cantorum of Atlanta has for more than 20 years specialized in the performance of Renaissance polyphony, notably the motets and masses of Josquin and Palestrina, and the works of the great Elizabethan composers Tallis and Byrd. Exploring earlier repertory, the group has offered the first local performances of Hildegard von Bingen and the Las Huelgas Codex, as well as providing the core casts for the medieval dramas The Play of Herod and Ordo Virtutum. The group has been led by Eugene Pierce since 1997.
Soprano: Carol Baker, Elizabeth Carroll, Nancy Frampton, Julie Green, Julia
Matthews, Karen Morris, Vicki Porter-Fink
Altos: Laura Akerman, Leslie Barrows, Linda Blazer, Debra Gallo, Deborah
Jolly, Sue Reynolds, Sally Sanders, Laura Schneider, Jenny Stover,
Tenor: David Carr, Everett Gill, Lorraine Litster, Kevin Turner, Todd Guenzi,
Ian Kincaid, Dave Mitchell, Bill Toups
Bass: Newell Baker, David Gillman, Scott Green, Jim Mathis, Mark Miller,
Kelly Morris, Mark Tullis, Rand Wentworth, Dowman Wilson
(As of February 20, 1994:) The Schola Cantorum was founded in 1974 as part of Kelly's Seed and Feed Theatre....the group has from time to time performed a good deal of early American music, especially the hymns of the Southern shape-note or Sacred Harp tradition.....For more than twenty years, this amateur chorus, without any church or institutional affiliation - and under a succession of directors (Pat Paine, Martin Herman, Elizabeth Carroll, Ned Tipton, and now John Austin) has sought to bring to life the exquisite, stirring music of distant eras. The group has devoted itself to this music of profound belief, deep feeling, and soaring architecture by seeking a pure tone and a selfless, tightly focused blend of voices.
Overview of Musica Sacra Performers
Donald E. AlluredOrganist
(As of April 14, 1991:) Donald E. Allured, of Birmingham, Alabama, is the only full-time specialist in the field of handbells. He is now in his 14th year in this capacity (his 16th year in handbells.)
Mr. Allured is a native of Lansing, Michigan and a graduate of Alma College. He holds a Master's Degree in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has served as organist-choir director in four different states, and is a past faculty member of Westminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey. He is a past-president of The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc. and currently serves as Music Editor of the organization. He has more than 100 compositions and arrangements of handbell music in print.
Mr. Allured is very much in demand for workshops, seminars and concerts. He travels more than 75,000 miles annually in his profession, sharing his expertise in the art of handbell ringing.
Mary Anne BallardViols, Rebec, The Baltimore Consort
(As of February 10, 2002:) Mary Anne Ballard researches most of the Consort's programs. She also plays with the Oberlin Consort of Viols and Daughters of Galileo. Formerly, she directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she founded the Colelgium Musicum. She is currently on the faculty of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
Andrew CoxCello, Atlanta Musica Antiqua
(As of February 10, 1991:) Andrew Cox (Atlanta Musica Antiqua), born in Tokyo, received his training at the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Universities of Arizona and Texas. He has performed in numerous symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and appears frequently in chamber and solo recitals. Since moving to Atlanta in 1982, Andrew has performed with the Atlanta Chamber Players, Atlanta Virtuosi, and is currently cellist of the Renaissance String Quartet.
Phillip D. CrabtreeProfessor of Musicology
(As of April 9,1989:) Phillip D. Crabtree, Professor of Musicology: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Mark CudekCittern, Bass Viol, The Baltimore Consort
(As of February 10, 2002:) a versitile musician who plays many early instruments, also appears with ensembles such as Hesperus and Apollo's Fire. In recognition of his work as Founder/Director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble at Johns Hopkins University and also the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Mark received the 2001 Thomas Binkley Award given by Early Music America.
Janos CzifraDomkappellmeister, Salzburg Cathedral
(As of April 10, 1991:) Janos Czifra was born in 1951 in Budapest, where he studied organ and church music at the famous Liszt Academy. He later studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He holds diplomas as choir master and conductor from both institutions and also has a diploma in church music.
From 1972 through 1980, Janos Czifra was the choir master and organist at Budapest's main parish "Szent Imre". In 1979, he won the first prize in a competition for choral directors.
In 1987 Janos Czifra was chosen for the prestigious position of Domkapellmeister for the Salzburg Cathedral, a position equivalent to the position held by W.A. Mozart's father, Leopold Mozart.
In addition, Janos Czifra is the music director for the Archdiocese of Salzburg and has been involved as the guest conductor to various international festivals as well as to the annual Mozartwoche in Salzburg.
(As of February 9, 1997:) Gregory D'Agostino has established himself as a performer of national stature whose innovative and exciting programs receive high praise from musicians and audiences alike. His repetoire embraces the entire organ literature as well as his own transcriptions of piano and orchestral scores.
As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Convention Orchestra, New York Sinfonia, and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the United States, including a performance on the world-famous organ at West Point, and made two consecutive appearances as a featured recitalist at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. He can be heard in the Harrison Ford feature film Presumed Innocent playing Bach's "Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele" and for seven years performed weekly on the Theodore Kuhn tracker organ at Alice Tully hall in Lincoln Center, New York City.
At the invitation of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. D'Agostino performed the world premiers of Dan Locklair's new concerto for organ and orchestra, "Ere long we shall see....," and a recital program including Milton Babbitt's "Manifold Music" at the AGO 1996 Centennial National Convention in New York. He recorded the first CD of the Moller organ at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC, entitled Monuments of Germanic Music-works by Bach, Liszt, Wagner and Karg-Elert- which was released by Qualiton in the fall of 1995 in the United States, Europe and Japan. Recent performances include recitals and masterclasses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington state, and in June will make his third appearance as a featured soloist at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina.
Gregory D'Agostino has concertized in France and Germany, where he performed on four historic Silbermann organs dating back to the early 1700's. He has been a Performing Artist with the Lincoln Center Institute as well as Artist-In-Residence at Monmouth College, New Jersey. Mr. D'Agostino has also performed in the Focus Festival of Contemporary Music in New York and has been heard on National Public Radio's Pipedreams. He has achieved distinction as a performer of Handel concertos and is the author of the treatise Handel: A Guide to Extempore Playing. In 1985 he won the Handel Organ Concerto Competition in New York and subsequently performed three Handel concertos in Alice Tully Hall.
Mr. D'Agostino earned the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from The Juilliard School where, as a scholarship student, he studied organ with Jon Gillock and Vernon de Tar and harpsichord with Lionel Party. He also coached with Xavier Darasse and Bernard Lagace in Toulouse, France, and has taught at Juilliard.
Richard DeaneHorn, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6, 2005:) Richard Deane is a native of Richmond, Kentucky. He joined the Atlanta Symphony in 1987, two years after winning 1st prize in the American Horn Competition. Mr. Deane received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has played principal horn with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Soloisti New York, and the Lexington, KY. Philharmonic. Mr. Deane is also currently on the music faculty of Emory University.
Cynthia DobrinskiConductor, Handbell Composer
(As of May 2, 1993): Cynthia Dobrinski is well known as a composer, arranger, and handbell clinician. With about 100 works in print, her compositions are performed regularly at national and area festivals and are known and loved by bell choirs around the world. She was the winner of both the 1986 American Guild of English Handbell Ringers National Composition Contest and the national "We the People Contest", in honor of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution, and has been named Kansas Composer of the Year for 1993.
Ms. Dobrinski is in great demand as a clinician and conductor for festivals and workshops, and her advanced choir was the only handbell choir invited to perform concerts at the world conference of the International Society for Music Education in Innsbruck, Austria in 1986. She also served as a guest conductor and clinician at the Fifth International Handbell Symposium.
Ms. Dobrinski teaches handbells and organ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her BM degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and her MM degree in organ performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied organ and harpsichord in Cologne, West Germany. Ms. Dobrinski has also served as Chariman and Secretary/Treasurer of Area IX American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and as Dean of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
(As of January 15, 1989:) Canadian-born pianist Raymond Dudley received his early musical training from his mother. He later attended Toronto's Royal Conservatory, where he studied under Alberto Guerrero. After being awarded the "Unanimous Medal" at the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva at the age of 21, he embarked upon an international concert career. His many appearances with orchestras have included the New York Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic.
Mr. Dudley is widely acclaimed as a specialist in the keyboard music of Joseph Hadyn. He was the first pianist to perform the complete set of 53 known Haydn Sonatas in a series of eight weekly concerts in London. Recordings of these sonatas were chosen by Saturday Review as "Record of the Year".
In the past year, Mr. Dudley, who serves as artist-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, has toured the Orient, where he performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He has just returned from a tour of Chile.
Dr. Nancy EltonPianist, Soprano Soloist
(As of January 23, 1994): Nancy Hill Elton received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Carolina and Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Texas at Austin in piano and voice. Her piano teachers included John Adams at USC and John Perry at UT-Austin, as well as private study with the late Frank Mannheimer.
Dr. Elton's concert experience includes performances as a solo piano recitalist, song recitalist, accompanist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, and opera singer. While solo piano repertoire has been the main focus of Dr. Elton's devotion, she has also been active as a church musician through the years variously as a director of music, organist, and soprano soloist, and has worked with several choral and chamber groups, and with children's choral and musical activities.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Elton is an active clinician and adjudicator in piano workshops and festivals throughout the south, including such organziations as the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Atlanta Music Teacher's Association, the Piano Guild, the Altanta Music Club, the South Carolina Music Teachers' Association, the South Carolina Piano Festival, and most recently the American Matthay Festival in Orlando, FL. She currently teaches piano in her private home studio in Atlanta. Dr. Elton and her family recently joined First Presbyterian Church.
Laura English-RobinsonSoprano Soloist
(As of October 30, 1994) Laura English-Robinson, a native of Atlanta, is one of the premier sopranos in America. A graduate of Spelman College and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, she has performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall as well as the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood Massachusetts and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She was the winner of Italy's Golden Puccini International Vocal Competition and recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Artisitic Achievement Award. She is accompanied by Walter Huff on the piano.
(As of October 19, 2003:) Piotr Folkert is widely regarded as one of the most gifted virtuoso pianists performing today. His stellar technique and insightful interpretations have won him consisten critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide. He regularly performs at great concert stages of North America, Europe and the Far East. He is the winner of the 1995 Annual Young Artist International Piano Award in New York and the 1990 International Chamber of Competition in Italy among others. Mr. Folkert gave the New York premiere performance of J.M. Gorecki's Concerto for Piano and Strings, and during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, he performed a musical tribute to the Polish President and Olympic Committee. His first compact disc was recorded with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has since recorded solo and chamber music for European and American labels. Piotr Folkert received his master's degree from the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Poland and continued his studies at Yale, Indiana University, and Mannes College of Music in New York City.
(As of November 22, 1992) A native of South Carolina, Mac Frampton received his early musical training from First Presbyterian Church's Minister of Music Emeritus, Herbert Archer. Upon completion of his undrergraduate degree in Music at Erskine College, where he studied with Elizabeth Owen, he continued his training with Raymond Dudley at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, attaining the degreee of Doctor of Musical Arts in 1986. Dr. Frampton was a medal-winning semi-finalist in the 1969 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, an event which lead to solo appearances with orcehstras in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and many regional ensembles. In his twenty year career, he has appeared on nearly two thousand stages as a soloist and with his ensemble. His tours have taken him to 48 states, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. He has released 16 recordings, including Projections, recently selected by Columbia Record House as its Worldwide Selection of the Month. In addition to performing, Dr. Frampton has produced several revues and theatrical productions for national tours. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at his alma mater, Erskine College.
Karl HaasDaily NPR Broadcaster
(As of September 29, 1996:) Karl Haas broadcasts from his studio in New York City and appears regularly as recitalist and conductor throughout the country, as well as on radio and television. In his daily broadcasts of ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC, he is heard by millions of music lovers throughout the world. In the United States, his network comprises well over one hundred and fifty cities, from Alaska to Florida and from the West coast to the Eastern seaboard, and his program is also broadcast from Mexico City in Mexico. At the request of the South German Broadcasting Corporation (Suddeutscher Rundfunk), Karl Haas ahs made available a selected series of ADVENTURES in German, heard via shortwave throughout Europe. Never in the history of broadcasting has a daily hour of good music been so widely acclaimed, nor has it continued for and uninterrupted run of thirty six years.
Karl Haas, renowned pianist-conductor and a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel, conceives, plans, and hosts his ADVENTURES with great love and unabashed enthusiasm. Without ever using a script, he delves into his life-long experience and knowledge of music, a true and lasting "love affair", as he readily admits to anyone.
In 1991 Karl Haas received the National Endowment for the Humanities' prestigious Charles Frankel Award, which was presented to him at a ceremony conducted by President Bush at the White House. Dr. Haas twice has been awarded the coveted George Foster Peabody Award (most recently in 1988), the "Emmy" Award of Broadcasting, a rare honor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
An active performer on the recital concert tour circuit, he regularly sells out concert halls (standing room only). The fall of 1994 will mark his 32nd series (bi-annual) of live ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a series which is sold out by subscription, also with standing room only. He has given a similar set of concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. Since 1995, Dr. Haas has been engaged to perform in a series entitled "Music and Humanism" at the Smithsonian Institutions of Washington, DC.
As President and founder of the Detroit Chamber Music Society, Mr. Haas was the first in America to commission a work by public subscription: a composition by Samuel Barber. He has served as "Distinguished Visiting Professor" at leading universities in the United States and is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates in music, fine arts and humanities, awarded by various American universities and colleges. A scholarship recently was established in his name at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for the most deserving young music student.
Karl Haas' comprehensive music reference work, INSIDE MUSIC, is published by Doubleday. Now in its seventh printing, INSIDE MUSIC is also available in trade paperbacks from Anchor Books. This invaluable guide deals with all phases of music, and includes a chapter onthe interrelationship of music, the arts and current events, as well as a section on how to build a home record library. A series of CD's (The Romantic Piano, The Story of the Bells, Song and Dance) which features his piano playing with commentary is now available.
(As of February 7, 1999:) Gerre Hancock is Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. Until this appointment, Dr. Hancock was Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati where he also served on the Artist Faculty of the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Prior to this he was Assistant Organist at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City.
Dr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and his Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He also studied in Paris as a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Fellowship and was a finalist at the Munich International Music Competitions. His organ study has been with E. William Doty, Robert Baker, Jean Langlais and Marie-Claire Alain.
A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Gerre Hancock was a member of its National Council and is a founder and past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians. In addition to his duties at St. Thomas Church, he serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School in New York City and the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, and teaches improvisation on a visiting basis at The Eastman School of Music. In 1981 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, and was awarded the Doctor of Music degree by Nashotah House Seminary in 1986. He is listed in "Who's Who in America".
(As of January 9, 2000:) Christopher Herrick has been in great demand as a recitalist since the early days of his appointment at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. But it was not until 1984, having relinquished his subsequent post at Westminster Abbey, after ten years of service there, that he fully realized his ambition to concentrate on a career as an international concert organist and recording artist. Now at the peak of his career, he performs regularly both as a soloist and with orchestras to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim throughout the world. He is known for his all-incompasing repertoire, scrupulous musicianship, and quick rapport with audiences everywhere.
Christopher Herrick has been associated with some of Britain's finest musical establishments. As a boy, he sang in the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, and later returned to serve as Assistant Organist there. During his decade-long tenure as Organist at Westminster Abbey, London, he played for many royal and state occasions and in the Westminster Abbey alone gave over 200 recitals. He earned a music degree from Oxford University and was awarded a post-graduate Scholarship for further study at the Royal College of Music in London. In addition to his busy career as a concert and recording organist, Christopher Herrick now conducts two one-hundred-member London choirs which regularly perform the major choral literature in important London venues.
Christopher Herrick's recordings appear on several labels including Decca< Meridian, Priory, Musical Heritage, Vista, and Virgin Classics. He now has an exclusive contract with Britain's largest and most highly respected recording company, Hyperion Records, which has issued 22 of his solo organ CD's; the most recent of which is the first in a series entitled, "Organ Dreams." His Organ Fireworks series on the Hyperion label has won such accolades from critics as "If you only want one CD of a grand organ in your collection, this has to be it." (Grammophone on "Organ Fireworks from Westminster Abbey") and "Here is the present I would give all my friends if I had the money." (Organists' Review on "Organ Fireworks II from Royal Albert Hall") The latest recording in this series, which now totals eight volumes, has been released featuring the organ at Hong Kong's Cultural Centre.
So greatly have Christopher Herrick's thirteen Bach recordings been received that New York's Lincoln Center invited him to perform the complete organ works of Bach during the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival. Mr. Herrick presented 14 afternoon recitals in 14 consecutive days at Alice Tully Hall during the festival. Almost fanatically received by his audiences, each performance drew louder and louder applause and repeated standing ovations. The performances prompted the New York Times reviewer to comment that, "He is a virtuoso, no doubt, and he took risks accordingly. He was at the peak of his considerable form, combining precision with panache, interpretive freedom with sheer joy in virtuosity. The playing was, in a word, triumphal."
A demanding concert schedule in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim ahs been complemented by a number of imortant recordings for radio stations world-wide. At home in Britain, for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Guilmant, the BBC aired eight programs by Christopher Herrick in which he performed the composer's eight organ sonatas on the van den Heuvel organ at Katwijk-aan-Zee in the Netherlands. Other such projects commissioned by the BBC have included the several Marcussen organs in Scandinavia. The BBC turned to him once again to give the Organ Prom in the 100th season of the prestigious Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, London, in August 1994.
(As of October 30, 1994) Accompanied Laura English-Robinson, soprano
Mark HughesTrumpet, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6, 2005:) Mark Hughes is Associate Principal Trumpet of the ASO. He received a B.Mus. in performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz, and was the winner of the 1983 Concerto Competition. Mr. Hughes also studied with Adolph Herseth while a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Recently, Mr. Hughes has appeard as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, where he has played extra trumpet since 1979. He has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Civic Opera, the Charleston Symphony, an dthe Atlanta Brassworks. Mr. Hughes, a native of Jonesboro, GA, has also toured for several years with organist Rishard Morris. Mark is on the faculty of Kennesaw State University.
(As of Feb. 4, 2007:) Concert organist David Hurd enjoys widespread recognition as a performer, composer, and lecturer both at home and abroad. He has concertized throughout North America, performing both at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1981 he was invited to perform at the International Orgelgestival Haarlem, which meets in Gouda, the Netherlands, during which he received the diploma for improvisation at the Stitchting Internationaal Orgelconcours. In 1977 he was awarded first prizes both in organ playing and improvisation at the International Congress of Organists.
As a composer, he has received numerous commissions for choral, organ, and instrumental works, and has composed a great amount of liturgical music. he served on the Standing Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church from 1976 to 1985. The Humnal 1982 (Episcopal) and Worship-Third Edition (Roman Catholic) are two of several collections that include his liturgical compositions and arrangements.
He was appointed to the faculty of Duke University in 1972 concurrent with graduate studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1973 he returned to New York as Organist and Music Director at the Chapel of the Intercession, a position he retained until 1978 when he was named Composer in Residence for a season. In 1976 he was appointed to the faculty of the General Theological Seminary in New York City where he is currently Professor of Church Music and Organist.
In the 1982-1983 academic year, while on sabbatical leave from General Seminary, he was appointed visiting lecturer at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. he was appointed to the organ faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1984. In 1987 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa by the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. The following year he received honorary doctorates from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, and from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston.
David Hurd was born in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, he attended both the High School of Music and Art and the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation from Oberlin, he was appointed Assistant Organist of Trinity Parish in lower Manhattan. His organ teachers were Bronson Ragan, Garth Peacock, Arthur Poister, and Rudolph Kremer.
Janice JoyceFlute, Atlanta Musica Antiqua
(As of February 10, 1991:) Janice Joyce (Atlanta Musica Antiqua) studied flute at the Royal College in England and has performed with the Charleston Symphony, the Atlanta Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Orpheus Quintet. In 1988, she won the University of Georgia Concerto Competition and performed for the International Composers Convention. Currently, Janice performs and teaches in metropolitan Atlanta.
Candace KeachFlute, Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 1990:) Candace Keach graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. She continued her formal education in the Master of Music program at the New England Conservatory. There she studied with Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony and also studied with Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, and Warren Little. She participated in the 1983 Geneva Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. She is principal flutist with the Macon Symphony.
Father Francis Kline, OCSOOrganist
(As of November 20, 1994:) Joseph Kline played his first organ recital in Philadelphia at age 15. He went on to study privately with Alexander McCurdy of the Curtis Institute before entering the Juilliard School as a student of Vernon deTar. During his last year at Juilliard (1970-1971), he played the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in fourteen recitals in two halls of the school, as well as at the Church of the Ascension and St. Michael's Church. The Christian Science Monitor took notice of the Bach Year in an editorial and the New York Times ran a feature article on the twenty-one year old. The Philadelphia Musical Fund Society (founded 1820) sponsored the Bach cycle the next year at St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia. Each of the thirteen recitals was recorded by Albert Borkow of Columbia Records the night before the performance. These concerts are still heard on radio.
Mr. Kline has played recitals in many of the major churches of New York City. He has broadcast on the Voice of America and has been featured soloist at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
His musical career came to an abrupt halt in 1972 when he enterred the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where he took the name of Francis. He studied theology in Europe from 1980 to 1984, and was ordained a priest in 1986. On January 21, 1990, he was elected third Abbot of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Bishop David B. Thompson of Charleston gave him the Abbatial Blessing on March 19. 1990.
As a young monk, Br. Francis received the permission of his superiors to take up music again and to integrate it into his monastic life. He has played very few recitals since then. In 1984, he was the featured recitalist at the Stage des jeunes organistes at the Cathedral of Lucon (France), the home of the great Cavaille-Coll organ of 1852. He was invited back to Lucon in 1990 and 1993. He also took part in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston in 1992 with an all-Bach recital at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. Of a recent Bach recital in France, the reviewer wrote:
Not very often does an audience hear such music-making: a perfect interpretation, the spiritual intent of Bach finely articulated, a performance that lifted the screen between the music and the listeners.- Abel Gaborit in Harmoniques.
*Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist-Cistercian monastery founded in 1949 on Mepkin Plantation, a gift to the monks by Clare Booth and Henry R. Luce, on the banks of the Cooper River outside Charleston. The twenty-eight brothers of the community pray, work and study on land that played an important role in the American Revolution and in the subsequent history of South Carolina. The monks support themselves by egg production and a large timber farm. Those wishing to make a retreat in the Guest House of the Abbey are welcome to use the woods and the luce Gardens for prayer and meditation.
Custer LaRueSoprano, The Baltimore Consort
(As of February 10, 2002:) has specialized in singing medieval and Renaissance music, as well as traditional ballads. Her prize-winning CD's The Daemon Lover, The True Lover's Farewell, and Lullaby Journey, have received the highest ratings in such publications as Billboard and CD Review. She also tours as a ballad singer and sings with Canticum Novum of Virginia.
(As of March 4, 1990:) David Lawrie, a native of California, began piano study at the age of seven and organ study at the age of twelve. He has studied the piano with Barbar Simons, Jeanne Jackson, and Dale Anthony. He has studied the organ with Charles Whittaker, and with Joan Lippincott and Eugene Roan at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In July, 1988, he studied at the Oundle School in Oundle, England, with internationally acclaimed organists, Jesper Madsen, Jaques van Oortmerssen, Albert Richenhagen, and Gillian Weir. In February of 1989, David won first place in the Westminster Choir College national competition for high school organists. He has played in many churches throughout the Washington area, and is currently organist at the First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia.
Jean-Pierre LeguayOrganist, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
(As of May 7, 1995:) Even before there existed the great Cathedral of Notre Dame, begun in 1163, Paris was at the center of musical development. In the middle ages, an influential school of music was founded upon the work and development of early Parisian musicians called the Notre Dame School.
Through the centuries, music continued to flourish in Paris. Time after time, Notre Dame ahs been at the center of countless celebrations, coronations, and funerals in which music has played a significant part.
Our guest performer, Jean-Pierre Leguay, though blind from birth, is currently organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. Among his predecessors at the organ of Notre Dame were Alexandre Guilmant in 1868, Marcel Dupre in 1916 and Louis Vierne, appointed in 1900, until his death at the keyboard in 1937. Mr Leguay has studied with such notable French musicians as Olivier Messiaen and Andre Marchal.
John LemleyBroadcaster, NPR
(As of October 19, 2003:) John Lemley is Assistant Program Director for WABE. The Oneonta, Alabama native also serves as the host for WABE's weekday afternoon classical music program, Daytime. He also presents 90.1's Tapestry, a Sunday evening program that features the world's greatest choral music. Atlanta public television viewers will also recognize John's dulcet tones from PBA 30, WABE's companion television station. John is the "official voice" of WPBA, Atlanta's PBS affiliate. His voice is heard 24 hours a day announcing and promoting the television station's various programming and events. John joined the staff of Public Broadcasting Atlanta in June 1997 after serving for five years as Music Director amd afternoon classical music/news host at WBHM, Birmingham's public radio station. John received a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre performance from Birmingham-Southern College. However, he stopped short of embarking upon a career in musical theatre to explore the world of arts management as Administrative Assistant for the Birmingham Music Club, the South's oldest arts organization. After hearing his voice on a BMC promotional spot, a member of the WBHM staff asked John to apply for a then-vacant on-air position. Dick Deason, long-time afternoon classical music host for the station, had retired earlier that year and the station was having trouble finding a replacement. WBHM wanted to hire someone that could also serve as local news anchor during the station's daily broadcasts of All Things Considered. John applied and auditioned for the post and was chosen to fill the position a week later. His first day on-the-air at WBHM was November 5, 1992.
(As of February 25, 2001:) Cary Lewis is in constant demand as a collaborative pianist for soloists and chamber music groups. He joins William Preucil (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Dorothy Lewis as members of the Lanier Trio, which recently was featured on NPR's Saint Paul Sunday broadcast. Their recording of the complete Dvorak Trios was honored by TIME magazine as one of the ten best music recordings of any kind in 1993. With degrees from the University of North Texas as well as a doctorate and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, he was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Vienna. His teachers included Eugene List, Brooks Smith, and Dieter Weber. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and in other music capitals of the United States and Europe. Dr. Lewis is on the faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta and in recent years he has participated in festivals in Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Hawaii, and Turkey, with additional concerts in Australia, Southeast Asia, and South America. He has recorded works from the standard literature as well as music by American composers on the Turnabout, Vanguard, Educo, Coronet, Crystal, Orion, Musical Heritage Society, ACA Albany, and Gasparo labels.
Larry LipkisBass Viol, Winds, The Baltimore Consort
(As of February 10, 2000:) is Composer-in Residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA where he also served as Chair of the Department of Music. His cello concerto, Scaramouche, appears on the Koch label, and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin, was premiered in May 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to rave reviews. He is currently composing a bassoon concerto under a commission from the Houston Symphony.
Charles LittleHorn, Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 2000:) Charles Little received the Bachelor of Music in French horn from Kent State University and the Master of Music in Musicology from Georgia State University. His private instructors include Robert Elworthy, Myron Bloom, and William Slocum. He also performs with the Southwind Brass Quintet and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.
Christopher MartinTrumpet, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6. 2005:) Christopher Martin, has been praised as a "polished soloist" with "effortless, understated virtuosity," and is currently in his fifth season as Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in October 1997, Mr. Martin was also offered the Principal Trumpet position with the Buffalo Philharmonic. As soloist, he has performed concertos with the Atlanta Symphony and with the national champion Katsushika Wind Orchestra from Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Martin also recently completed a very successful tour of Japan witht eh Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, and this summer performed at the Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and this year with the Atlanta Chamber Players. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1997 under Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. Mr. Martin has been an Affiliate Professor at Temple University and gives master classes at music conservatories and colleges around the nation, including the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Martin is currently on the faculty of Emory University. He is originally from Marietta, Georgia. In January 2005, Chris was selected to be the next Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.
Sean McCarthyTrumpet, Organ
(As of February 26, 1995:) The O'Donnell-McCarthy Trumpet and Organ Duo was formed in 1987, when the performers began to explore exclusively Baroque concert literature for the trumpet and organ. As established soloists the Duo sought to bring their competition and performance experience to use in programs designed to please the audience. Many performances later, the Duo has continued in this goal while expanding their concert repetoire to include numerous twentieth-century works. Since its inception the Duo has been fortunate enough to perform in a variety of settings, from liberal arts colleges to major universities and churches of all sizes. Their joint awards include the "Artists of Special Mention" designation in the Concerts Atlantique (NYC) management agency's national auditions. In addition, they were chosen in 1993 to represent the United States as semi-finalists in Germany's Project 4 International Music Competition.
Sean McCarthy holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America and is Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida. In addition, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Milligan College (Milligan, TN) and is active as a solo recitalist and choral conductor.
Michael MorreTuba, Artistic Director, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6, 2005:) Michael Morre was born in Blackwell, Okla., but raised in Decatur, GA. He joined the Atlanta Symphony in 1968 and at the age of 18 was the youngest tubist in any major symphony. Mr. Moore received a B.Mus.Lit. with a minor in composition from Ga. State U. He now serves on the faculty there, at Emory and at Kennesaw State U. He teaches tuba and euphonium, coaches, and conducts the Emory Brass Ensemble. He has contributed numberous arrangements to the brass quintet and solo electric tuba repetoire. Mr. Moore is the founder of the Atlanta Brass Society and the ABS Press. he has performed the Vaughn WIllimas and Gregson Tuba Concertos, and has played hundreds of Tubby the Tuba. He will perform the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto in April 2005 with the ASO, Robert Spano conducting. He ahs been guest tubist witht eh Chicago Symphony. His studies have been with Arnold Jacobs and Ed Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony, Ward Fearn of the philadelphia Orchestra, William Hill and his father, former ASO tubist, E. W. Moore.
(As of November 16, 2003:) Alan Morrison has become one of the most sought-after organists of his generation, having concertized extensively in venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Spivey Hall, The Crystal Cathedral, Balboa Park, and colleges, cathedrals and churches throughout the US and in Italy. He has been a featured artist for two national conventions, among them the Silver Medal at the Calgary International Organ Festival and first prize in the Mader and Poister national organ competitions. Morrison has recorded several CD's for Gothic, ACA Digital and DTR. These and other performances have been featured on , National Public Radio and the CBC. He is Director of Music at Philadelphia's historic First Baptist Church and College organist at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA).
(As of March 1, 1992:) Jeannine Morrison, awarded the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, in 1979, has presented recital debuts in Town Hall, New York City; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and at Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada.
Mrs. Morrison, born in Atlanta, GA, attended Rollins College, where she performed in duo-piano with Joanne Rogers and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. Her Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Music Education is from Columbia University in New York City. She studied with the eminent pianist-teacher Edwin Hughes, until 1965.
Mrs. Morrison is a Professor of Music at Clayton State College and previously a faculty member at Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur, GA, with her husband, Don Morrison, as knowledgeable musician, teacher and pianist. The mother of three children has re-entered the field of professioonal performance as a duo-pianist as a second career. The duo has been back together since 1976.
Dr. David MorrowDirector, The Morehouse College Glee Club
David Morrow, a native of Rochester, NY, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors, and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and was elected pi Kappa Lambda. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has studied conducting with Wendell Whalum, Thomas Hilbish, Elmer Thomas, John Leman, Early Rivers, Elizabeth Green, Teri Mural, Flora Contino, and Donald Neuen. He has taken conducting master classes with Stephen Darlington, Jan Szyrocki, Dale Wariand and Sir David Willcocks.
Dr. Morrow has been on the music faculty at Morehouse College since 1981. He served as Assistant Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club until 1987, when he succeeded Dr. Wendell Whalum as Director of the Glee Club. He is also Director of the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus (formerly the Atlanta University Center Community Chorus), Co-Director of the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus, and Conductor for Onyx Opera Atlanta. In December 1991, Mr. Morrow conducted the Glee Club for the Kennedy Center Honors as part of the tribute to Robert Shaw, Conductor Laureate, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On January 18, 1993, he conducted soprano Jessye Norman and the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus at Atlanta's Symphony Hall in a concert celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In January, 1994 Mr. Morrow conducted the combined choruses of the Atlanta University Center and Natalie Cole singing the National Anthem for Super Bowl XXVIII. In April of that same year, he conducted the Glee Club in a concert with the Black Music Repertory Ensemble at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Illinois.
In June of 1990, Mr. Morrow conducted combined choirs and brass from the Atlanta University Center schools for the Academic Convocation for Nelson Mandela at Morehouse College. He was choral director for the film "Trumpet of Conscience", which was produced by Turner Broadcasting in December of 1985. He lectured on "African-American Music, The Oral Tradition" for the 1992 and 1993 Choral Conferences at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Morrow has served as a clinician and/or lecturer at the Hampton University Ministers.Musicians Conference, the Iowa Choral directors Association, the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, the South Carolina Choral Directors Association Meeting, Detroit Public Schools, and the University of Cincinnati. In the fall of 1994, he read a paper entitled, "The Choral Music of Wendell Whalum" for the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH.)
Dr. Morrow is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association, and is a board member of the National Association of Negro Musicians. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Sigma Alpha Iota. He also serves on the board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, Inc.
Arie MotschmanHarpsichord, Atlanta Musica Antiqua
(As of February 10, 1991:) Arie Motschman( Atlanta Musica Antiqua) was harpsichordist of the Baroque Artists of Shreveport, La. prior to her move to Atlanta. She was a Presser scholar studying organ and harpsichord with Dr. John Mueller at Salem College, N.C. and a Fulbright scholar at the Essen Folkwang Hochschule fur Musik. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Arie is presently organist of Marietta First Methodist Church.
Lyle NordstromDirector, The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
(As of April 5, 1998:) Lyle Nordstrom is former Music Department head of Clayton College and State University in Morrow, Georgia and continuing head of the Early Music program there. He is founder and co-director of "The Musicians fo Swanne Alley", the well-known Elizabethan music ensemble and has recorded several albumns on the Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Focus labels with them. His arrangements of music for the ensemble were used in teh MGM movie, "Rob Roy." In addition he teaches lute at the Indiana University Early Music Institute, and is President of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance Board. Nordsrom also has many years of experience as a choral and opera conductor.
James O'DonnellTrumpet, Organ
(As of February 26, 1995:) The O'Donnell-McCarthy Trumpet and Organ Duo was formed in 1987, when the performers began to explore exclusively Baroque concert literature for the trumpet and organ. As established soloists the Duo sought to bring their competition and performance experience to use in programs designed to please the audience. Many performances later, the Duo has continued in this goal while expanding their concert repetoire to include numerous twentieth-century works. Since its inception the Duo has been fortunate enough to perform in a variety of settings, from liberal arts colleges to major universities and churches of all sizes. Their joint awards include the "Artists of Special Mention" designation in the Concerts Atlantique (NYC) management agency's national auditions. In addition, they were chosen in 1993 to represent the United States as semi-finalists in Germany's Project 4 International Music Competition.
James O'Donnell is the trumpet professor at East Tennessee University (Johnson City, Tennessee), and holds the Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University as well as the Artist Diploma from the World Federation of International Music Competitions. He is a contributing editor of the music education publication Fanfare, a music reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and an artist/clinician for the G. LeBlanc Corp. , makers of Holton trumpets.
Charles W. Ore, DMAOrgan, Composer
(as of February 5, 1995:) Charles W. Ore, DMA (b.1936) is a nationally recognized organ recitalist, compser of organ and choral music, and leader in use and development of improvisation in organ playing. He is a 1958 graduate of Concordia College-Nebraska and has attended numerous Lutheran and public colleges and universities. He was awarded the Master of Music Degree at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1961) and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1986). He is Chairperson of Organ Instruction and Professor of Music at Concordia College-Nebraska. His music is published by Augsburg-Fortress, Concordia, and MorningStar Publishing Houses.
Eugene PierceDirector, The Schola Cantorum of Atlanta
(As of April 5, 1998:) Eugene Pierce is the newly appointed Music Director of the Schola Cantorum. He is also Director of Music at Saint John United Methodist Church in Atlanta and has served as music director for numerous community-based and college choruses, including the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus, has directed symphony choruses in Texas and West Virginia, and has directed the choral programs at colleges in Colorado, California, West Virginia and Georgia.
(As of March 23, 2003:) Concet and recording artist Christa Rakich teaches in the Organ Department at New England Conservatory in Boston. She also directs the music program at the Jesuit Urban Center, Church of the Immaculate Conception in Boston, Massachusettes, where she plays the renowned 4-manual 1863-1902 E. & G.G> Hook & Hastings organ.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Organ and German form Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa). After receipt of her Master's degree with honors from New England Conservatory, hse was asked to join the faculty there, where she taught for several years. Before returning to teach at NEC, she served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College and the University of Connecticut, as Assistant Universtiy Organist at Harvard, and as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Active in the American Guild of Organists, she has served as Dean of the Northeast Connecticut Chapter and as a judge for competitions at both regional and national levels. She has been a member of the National Committee for Organ Improvisation, and appears regularly as a performer and presenter at AGO conventions.
A prizewinner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. Also a harpsichordist and fortepianist, Christa Rakich is a founding member of Ensemble Duemila, and performs regularly with The Fanfare Consort, As a soloist, she performs under the aegis of Independent Concert Artists.
Rakich's performing career has taken her throughout the United States and Europe. Of her featured concert at the Year 2000 National AGO Convention in Seattle, critics said, "Rakich's wonderfully natural ebb and flow went right thorugh to the music's heart. The urbane charm and wit certainly came across, as did just the right bit of wildness..." (The American Organist< October, 2000) "Christa Rakich's performance and playing ability were exquisitely matched to the justly famous Flentrop at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. She seemed to inately sense the length of phrase for the magnificent acoustic of this formidable box of a room..." (The Diapason, November 2000)
REleased recording include J.S. Bach's Clavierubung III on the Titanic label, Deferred Voices: Organ Music by Women Composers, and Transcriptions from St. Justin's, both for AFKA Records and Christa Rakich in Recital at St. Mark's Cathedral on the ReZound label. Christa Rakich can also be heard on the 4-CD set Historic Organs of Connecticut, released in 1997 for the Organ Historical Society.
(As of January 10, 1999) Ms. Rigell has been a guest soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and the Agnes Scott Orchestra, performing the works of Handel, Ravel, Reinecke, Mozart and Debussy. Ms. Rigell is principal harpist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and performed as second harpist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for elevene years. She has played principal harp with the orchestra of the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Pops, Savannah, Chattanooga, Spoleto, and other regional orchestras. She regularly performs with Broadway shows and is active as a studio recording musician.
Ms. Rigell has appeared with chamber music groups such as the Atlanta Virtuosi, Atlanta Chamber Players, Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, and Musica da Camera and is a member of the group Kokopelli. She is also a frequent recitalist playing the concert grand, Celtic and lap harps.
Ms. Rigell studied with Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.
(As of March 1, 1992): Joanne Rogers is prominent in the musical community where she and her husband, Fred Rogers, (creator of Public Television's Mister Rogers) make their home. She served onthe faculty of Carlow College several years before concert committments became too demanding. Although the duo-piano medium is foremost in her interest, she continues occasional solo appearances, and is an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She isthe mother of two sons.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Jacksonville, Fla. She entered Rollins College on a National Guild of Piano Teachers honor scholarship, and there she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.
A Graduate Fellowship at Florida State University led to the Master of Music degree. During this period she was accepted for study by renowned Hungarian composer-pianist, Ernst von Dohnanyl, later a naturalized citizen, continuing her studies with him until his death in 1960. Joanne Rogers presented a program of his piano works via Munich, Germany's Radio Free Europe, celebrating his 75th birthday. Dohnanyi's works are represented in the repertory of the Rogers and Morrison Piano Duo.
(As of January 23, 1994:) Timothy Schwarz was born in Abington, PA, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. He showed a strong interest in music almost from birth, and by age five could read notes and play simple tunes on the violin. Solo performances in recitals and with community orchestras soon followed. At age nine he wond the Philadelphia Orchestra's annual Children's Concerts Auditions and performed with that orchestra the following year. He continued to give recitals and solo performances with orcehstras in the Philadelphia area until his high school graduation in 1986.
In 1986 Mr. Schwarz was a winner of the Starling International Scholarship Competition held in Aspen, CO. He was awarded a five-year full scholarship plus a stipend to study under the direction of Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati Colle-Conservatory of Music (CCM). While in Cincinnati, he was a winner of the WGUG Classical Radio Competition three years in a row. In 1990 he wond the CCM COncerto Competition whch led to a performance fo the Bartok Concert No. 2 witht he CCM Orchestra. He also appeared as soloist withthe CCM Baroque Ensemble and was concertmaster of the CCM Philharmonia.
During his undergraduate years, Mr. Schwarz spent three summers at the Aspen Music Festival where he was assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and two summers in the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Fellowship program where he worked as principal second violin under Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein.
In 1993 Mr Schwarz received the Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg. While at Peabody he served as concertmaster of the Peabody Symphony ORcehstra and was awarded the mary Liu Becker Prize for excellence in violin performance.
Since graduating from Peabody, Mr. Schwarz has soloed with the Richmond Philharmonic and played with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as principal second violin. He currently studies with Mitchell Stern and Victor Danchenko.
John ScottOrganist, St. Paul's Cathedral, London
(As of February 15, 1998:) English concert organist John Scott is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, continuing a long and distinquished line of musicians to hold that post over the centuries. Prior to this appointment, he served as Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul's and London's Southwark Cathedral. Among the highlights of his work at St. Paul's was serving as soloist in the organ voluntaries and accompanist to Kiri Te Kanawa at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981.
In 1977 he became the youngest organ soloist to appear at the proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 1978 he was the first prize winner of the Manchester International Organ Competition, and in 1984 he became the first British musician to win the prestigious International J.S. Bach Organ Competition in Leipzig, Germany.
John Scott was born in Wakefield, England, in 1956 and received his earliest musical training as a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral where he later served as Assistant Organist. His teachers included Ralph Downes and Gillian Weir. He was the Organ Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he served as assistant to George Guest.
He is heard frequently on BBC broadcasts and has given recitals throughout Britain, Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. He records commercially on the Hyperion label.
Dr. Marilyn SeelmanConductor, Georgia Sinfonia
(As of January 19, 2003:) Dr. Marilyn Seelman is the music director and conductor of the Georgia Sinfonia. She has held conducting positions at Georgia State University, the University of New Mexico, Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas and the University of Miami. She is currently in the seventh season as music director and conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta which recently performed at Carnegie Hall. Along with teh university appointments, she has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, maintains an active viola studio and adjudicates festivals across the United States.
(As of February 25, 2001:) A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jennifer Stumm has been lauded as one of the nation's rising young violists. She began playing the viola at the age of 8, for six years a student of conductor and violist Marilyn Seelman prior to entering the celebrated Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. At Curtis, she is a pupil of legendary viola pedagogue Karen Tuttle, as well as Joseph De Pasquale, longtime principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her chamber music instructors have included Felix Falimir, Ida Davafian, and Steven Tenenbom.
Jennifer has distinguished herself with numerous awards, most recently winning the first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Solo Competition. She has also won top honors at the Wendell Irish National Viola Awards, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition, and the competitions of the Montgomery and La Grange Symphonies. Her festival appearances include performances at such festivals as the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and Steans Institute for Young Artists of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, whre she interacted with some of the world's renowned musicians. She was chosen to return the following season to perform on Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, broadcast nationally on National Public Radio.
Ms. Stumm's performances span such wide-ranging venues as the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, and Atlanta's Eddie's Attic. She performed in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Andre Previn, and toured Europe's major music venues with Previn and Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. Other concert engagements include appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Series and several other Chicago venues, at the University of Richmond and Anderson College, and solo recitals in Phladelphia and across the Southeast.
While in Atlanta, Jennifer directed two inner-city string programs offering musical instruction to children who did not benefit from such in their schools. In addition to her musical studies, she is pursuing interests in politics and astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. She performs on a viola made in Paris, 1804, by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Teresa TexeiraFlute, Atlanta Musica Antiqua
(As of Feb 10, 1991:) Teresa Texeira, founder and Artistic Director of Atlanta Musica Antiqua, studied Baroque flute with Stephen Preston. A Fulbright scholar, she has performed in Austria and Germany, and toured Italy and Spain with the Atlanta Virtuosi. Teresa plays ethnic flutes and panpipes for, and is a founding member of , the World Music Consort, which was invited to perform in the Soviet Union in 1988.
Linda TsatsanisSoprano Soloist
(as of January 29, 2006:) Linda Tsatsanis, soprano, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She attained a Bachelor's degree in music and drama from the University of Toronto and was awarded teh Alta Lind Cook Prize for her musical abilities. Ms. Tsatsanis developed her interest in early music as an undergraduate student during which time she had the opportunity to learn from leading early music scholars including Timothy McGee and Andrew Hughes. She went on to attain her Master's of Music at Indiana University receiving the Madge Wilson Music Scholarship from the School of Music. While studying voice with Mr. Alan Bennett, she also had the opportunity to work with Nigel North, Paul Elliott, and Elisabeth Wright.
Ms. Tsatsanis' professional work includes performances as a member of Canada's leading professional choir, The Elmer Iseler Singers. With this ensemble Ms. Tsatsanis had the opportunity to work with Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir David Wilcox, Bernard Labadie and Helmuth Rilling. Ms. Tsatsanis has freelanced as a soloist with several early music groups such as The Toronto Chamber Choir (David Fallis, director) and acted in the film and television business in Toronto. Last summer Ms. Tsatsanis performed at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, performing a Baroque opera with The Atwater Consort and the Boston Early Music Festival, performing with Les Brunettes. Her performance in Boston caught the attention of the New York Times that hailed the performance as "ravishing".
Robyn UlmanClarinet, Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 1990:) Robyn Ulman graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. There she studied with Joe Allard and Harold Wright. Other teachers include Norman Baker, Alan Balter, and Robert Marcellus. She has been a featured soloist with the Musica da Camera Ensemble and is principal clarinet with the Atlanta Ballet and the Macon Symphony.
(As of October 18, 1992:) Concert organist John Walker is recognized for his warm, precise playing that involves the listener in the musical experience. He is in great demand as a recitalist and clinician, performing throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Recording credits include several commercial labels such as Gothis, Pro Organo, and Xpressions. He has performed for National Public Radio and for nationally-broadcast services from the Riverside Church in New York City.
John Walker is Director of Music and Organist at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor of Organ at Chatham College and Westminster College in Pennsylvania following thirteen years at The Riverside Church and the Manhattan School of Music. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University and double master's degrees with honors from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. His teachers have included Herbert Nanney, Robert Lodine, Raymond Ocock, and Stanley Tagg, and he has coached with Carl Weinrich, Jean Langlais, Andre Marchal, Anton Heiller, and Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier.
A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, John Walker has served the Guild in many capacities including National Treasurer, Dean of the San Jose and New York City Chapters, as well as holding other offices in The Chicago and New York City Chapters. He has appeared as regional and national AGO conventions and was the first chairman of a task force established by the AGO to address teh critical issue of the growing shortage of young organists throughout the country.
Eugenia WatsonOboe, Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 1990:) Eugenia Watson received her Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Georgia and subsequently taught oboe at the University and at Clayton Junior College. She attended the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with Ronald Roseman and Phillip West. Other instructors have included Elizabeth Camus and John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is on the faculty of the Red Lodge (Montana) Music Festival and is principal oboist with the Atlanta Ballet.
John and Marianne WeaverOrgan-Flute Duo
(As of January 21, 2001:) Currently John is the head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School in New York and the Director fo Music-Organist at the Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church. His wife, Marianne, is an accomplished flutist and will join him in this recital.
(As of January 21, 1990:)
(As of June 28, 1992:) AGO Pre-Convention Recital
(As of January 29, 2006:) Nathan Whittaker began musical studies at the age of three and played his first public performance on the piano at age five. He received his first cello at age eight and pursued serious study three years later at the Georgia Academy of Music where he won the Alice B. Williams Award. In 1995, he was awarded the Woodward Scholarship at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut; while at the Taft School, he studied cello with the acclaimed performer and teacher, Peter Wiley. He graduated Cum Laude and was the recipient of the P.T. Young Music Award. He has studied and performed at the Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Killington Music Festival. In 2003, Mr. Whittaker graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University the following year. His private instructors have included Helga Winold, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Stanley Ritchie, Shelley Taylor, and Robert Marsh. For four seasons, he has performed in the Bloomington Early Music Festival and was twice appointed cellist at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Currently, Mr. Whittaker is enjoying a career of teaching and performing. He has served on the cello faculty at the Indiana University String Academy and continues to teach privately throughout Indiana. He has served as principle cellist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and associate principle cellist with the Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra for the past two seasons. In addition to his activity as a modern cellist, Mr. Whittaker has pursued the Baroque Cello and has performed as a solosit and a continuo cellist in various Early Music ensembles throughout the Midwest. Recently, he performed four concerts at the Bloomington Early Music Festival with such groups as The Atwater Consort, The Meridian Vocal Consort, and the Bath Street Studio.
Colin WilliamsTrombone, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
(As of February 6, 2005) Colin Williams is in his third year as Principal Trombone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this, he played three seasons as Principal Trombone with the San Antonio Symphony. Colin took a strong interest in music in high school when under the instruction of Douglas Wright. He continued his studies in New York with David Finlayson at the Manhattan School of Music and Joesph Alessi at the Julliard School. He was selected to participate in the Music Academy of the West and as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Colin has won several solo competitions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth concerto competition, the Juilliard concerto competition, and the IWBC 2000 trombone competition. He ahs appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the U.S. Military Academy Band. Colin has also enjoyed spending the last two summers playing with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In October, 2004, he performed the Paul Creston Fantasy with the ASO. This is Mr. Williams' second year on the Kennesaw State faculty.
Daniel WorleyBassoon, Atlanta Woodwind Quintet
(As of February 11, 1990:) Daniel Worley received both the Bachelor and Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Juilliard School. There he studied with Russell Bedford, Sol Schonbach, William Polisi, and Sherman Walt. He has performed extensively in the New York area with the Arioso Woodwind Quintet. He was a member of the American Wind Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, and was solo bassoonist with the Engadiner Festival Orchestra in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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