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GUEST MUSICIANS

Tyler Abbott
Michael Anderson
Jed Barahal
Wayne Bennett
Julia Brown
David Chinburg
Catherine Consiglio
Louis DeMartino
Alexandre Dossin
Jason Duckles
Lauren Elledge
Guy Few
Fritz Gearhart
Martha Griffith
Kristen Halay
Amy Goeser Kolb
Andrew Kolb
Kathryn Lucktenberg
Holland Phillips
Jonas Pologe
Elizabeth Rachev
Anne Ridlington
Noah Seitz
Leslie Straka
Steven Vacchi
Lydia Van Dreel
Laura Decher Wayte

Tyler Abbott
Season 1, Concert 2, November 23, 2009
Season 2, Concert 2, Novmeber 22, 2010
Season 5, Concert 5, May 19, 2014

Tyler Abbott maintains an active performance schedule as an orchestral bassist, chamber musician, jazz bassist, clinician, and soloist, performing throughout the region and the nation. He has recently performed with, or is a member of , the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Spokane Symphony, OFAM's "American Symphonia," Eugene Opera Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, ORegon Mozart Players, and Salem Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Oregon String Quartet, Pacifica Trio, Beta Collide, and the Aspen Contemporary, Ensemble. He also performs regularly in jazz festivals and on radio broadcasts. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with Tom Grant, Ben Monder, Randy Porter, Roswell Rudd, Danilo Perez, Dave Pietro, Scott Wenholdt, Nancy King, George Mitchell, Arnie Caruthers, Ryan Keberle, Randy Halberstadt, Dick Hyman, Howard Levy, Warren Rand, and John Stowell. At the University School of Music Abbott is an instructor of double bass, jazz bass, and music theory.

Michael Anderson
Season 1, Concert 1, October 12, 2009
Season 2, Concert 2, November 22, 2010
Season 3, Concert 3, February 27, 2012

Michael Anderson is Principal Clarinetist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. He performed for twenty years as Principal Clarinet of the Oregon Bach Festival where he is now Director of Artistic Administration. He has performed with Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Chamber Music Northwest, and the festival Le Domaine Forget (Quebec, Canada). His CD credits include Pen­derecki’s Credo (Hänssler/Oregon Bach Festival/Grammy winner) and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Dorian/Smithsonian Chamber Players/Santa Fe Pro Musi­ca/Grammy nominee). Anderson has performed chamber music with pianists Jef­frey Kahane and Robert Levin; fortepianist Richard Egarr; classical and baroque violinist Jaap Schroeder; jazz musician Dick Hyman; composers Tomas Svobo­da, John Cage and Steve Reich; new music group Third Angle; and the Oregon String Quartet. He has appeared three times as a recitalist at the Shedd Institute in Eugene, and has performed as concerto soloist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players. His clarinet studies were with David Shifrin at USC and with John McManus and Wayne Bennett at the University of Oregon.

Jed Barahal
Season 4, Concert 2, December 3, 2012
Season 5, Concert 5, May 19, 2014

Jed Barahal, born in California, began studying cello at the age of nine. As a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, he studied with Harvey Shapiro and Lorne Munroe and participated in master classes with Pierre Fournier, Paul Tortelier and Janos Starker. After earning his Master’s degree from Yale in 1979, under Aldo Parisot, he became principal cellist with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. This was the beginning of a twenty-five year career performing abroad. For two years in France he was principal cellist of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In 1989 he became principal cellist with the Oporto Orchestra (Regie Sinfonie) in Portugal. He has performed widely as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the U.S., Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Rumania, and Turkey. A member of the Oficina Musical do Porto, which performs contemporary music in Portugal and abroad, Barahal also teaches aspiring young cellists at the Oporto College of Music and the Performing Arts (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo), where he has served as department chair. Since 1993 he has returned periodically to the US to give recitals and perform concertos. His discography includes Works by Freitas Branco and Lopes Graça (2005).

Wayne Bennett
Season 1, Concert 4, April 19, 2010

Wayne Bennett joined the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music in 1978 as Director of the Wind Ensemble and Faculty Artist in Clarinet. He was Music Director and Conductor of the Cascade Festival of Music from 1984 to 1995 and also served as Conductor of the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in 1991.  He has conducted, performed, and taught master classes in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and Mexico, as well as in many parts of the United States. The featured clinician for the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors national meeting in Brisbane in 1991, he presented conducting workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.  While in Cyprus, he received Arts America and Senior Fulbright awards, as well as the Cypriot National Prize for his contributions to the Ministry of Culture. He became Director of Orchestral Activities and conductor of the University of Oregon Symphony in 1989, and he continues to teach clarinet and perform regularly as an orchestral player, soloist, and chamber musician.

Julia Brown
Season 3, Concert 2, November 21, 2011
Season 4, Concert 5, May 20, 2013
Season 5, Concert 5, May 19, 2014

Julia Brown was born in Rio de Janeiro, where she studied piano, harpsichord and organ before earning her MM and DMA degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Wolfgang Rübsam. She has appeared in concert in North and South America and in Europe, having performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, American Guild of Organists Regional and National Conventions, Latin American Organist Conventions, and on National Public Radio.  She performs with several early music ensembles in this community. Brown is a Naxos recording artist, with releases of Scheidemann and Buxtehude on Brombaugh and Pasi organs, as well as harpsichord and organ works of Wilhelm Friedmann Bach. Discography also includes Christmas Concert on the historic organ in Mariana, Brazil, and Bach Organ Favorites and harpsichord Fantasias of W. F. Bach. She is currently Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon, while also maintaining a full schedule of teaching, performing and recording.

David Chinburg
Season 3, Concert 1, October 10, 2011

David Chinburg, conductor of Arts Umbrella’s Little Symphony, holds degrees in music education from the University of Oregon and cello performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his conducting and teaching duties, he serves as a cellist in the Eugene Symphony and performs with the Oregon Bach Festival and Oregon Festival of American Music. When he is not involved in musical activities, he shares the country life with his family on a twelve-acre farm in southwest Eugene.

Catherine Consiglio
Season 1, Concert 3, February 22, 2010

Catherine Consiglio is Associate Professor of Viola at Wichita State University and Principal Viola with the Wichita Symphony. Her degrees include a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory, as assistant to Heidi Castleman. Teachers include Jeffrey Irvine and Eugene Lehner. She has taught and performed at festivals across the United States, Mexico and Europe and has played hundreds of concerts throughout the Midwest with the Fairmount String Quartet. Former orchestral playing positions include: Principal Violist of the Oklahoma Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, New England Chamber Orchestra, Orchesta Sinfonia de Jalapa and Assistant Principal of the Houston Chamber Orchestra. In 2007 and 2008 her technique book for violists was requested for use at the Julliard School. Her students have performed at the International Viola Congress, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. Ms. Consiglio is co-founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at The Barn in Wichita.

Louis DeMartino
Season 5, Concert 2, December 7, 2013, 2012

Louis DeMartino, originally from Staten Island, NY, is assistant principal and Eb clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado, as well as bass clarinetist of the Artosphere Music Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  A past member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, he has also performed with the Oregon Symphony, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree at Rice University. He was also a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center and member of the New Fromm Players. He has spent three summers performing with the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Currently, he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he performs with the Northwest New Music Ensemble and the Third Angle Ensemble, and commutes to Eugene to teach clarinet at the University of Oregon School of Music.

Alexandre Dossin
Season 5 Concert 5, May 19, 2014
Season 6, Concert 1, October 27, 2014

Alexandre Dossin is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Sergei Dorensky. In 2001 he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Gregory Allen. He has won prizes at the Maria Callas Grand Prix competition and the Mozart International Piano Competition, as well as the First Prize and Special Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. Before joining the University of Oregon music faculty in 2006, he taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Having performed in international festivals in Japan, Canada, the United States, Brazil and Argentina, he has recorded five albums for Naxos (Verdi-Liszt Paraphrases, Kabalevsky Sonatas, Kabalevsky Preludes, Liszt in Russia and piano music by Leonard Bernstein) and is an editor for the Schirmer Performance Edition Series (Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Tchaikovsky Album for the Youth, Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Liszt Consolations and Liebesträume, and two volumes of Rachmaninoff Preludes). As a performer, he has been praised as a "master of contrasts," "master of expressiveness," and “a stunning pianist with a symbiotic relationship with the instrument."

Jason Duckles
Season 3, Concert 3, February 27, 2012

Jason Duckles of Corvallis is the Conductor of the Arts Umbrella Youth Symphony Orchestra and professor of cello at Willamette University. He is also cellist of the Amelia Piano Trio, which includes his wife, violinist Anthea Kreston, and pianist Andrew Armstrong. Formed in 1999, the Amelia trio came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. As a result, Mr. Stern became their mentor and presented the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CD’s with Cedille Records and Naxos. They have toured widely in the U. S. and overseas and in 2003 were chosen as the Young Ensemble in Residence at National Public Radio. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison wrote his first full-length piano trio for this group, a recording of which was released on the Naxos label in Spring 2007. The trio’s most recent commissioning project is a new triple concerto, Orpheus and Eurydice, composed by Daron Hagen. The Chicago Tribune said of the premiere, “together they dug into the piece with a gusto and polish that did the piece proud.” This is Jason Duckles’ first, but we hope not last, performance with Chamber Music Amici.

Lauren Elledge
Season 3, Concert 5, May 21, 2012

Lauren Elledge, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, began her musical studies with the piano at age 3. She holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in viola and piano from the University of North Texas. As an undergraduate at UNT she also studied jazz and harp. At age 17 she began her orchestral career with the Richardson Symphony, traveling with it in the U. S. from coast to coast. As a founding member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, she participated in West Coast premieres of works by Jonny Greenwood and Lisa Bielawa, and performed onstage with Sting and The Fifth Dimension. Now a member of the Eugene Symphony, she also enjoys playing violin with the CRPDX String Quartet and fiddle with the Portland band Walkfast. She performs regularly with the Modesto Symphony in California and as a recording artist in Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent recording projects include collaborations with Justin Jude, Rend the Heavens, Naomi LaViolette, and a self-titled EP with Walkfast. An advocate of 21st century composers, she has recently recorded new works by Danny Hansen and Andrew Klein.

Guy Few
Season 5, Concert 5, May 19, 2014

Guy Few’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, "outrageous...simply phenomenal" (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times). He has performed with many Canadian and US symphonies as both trumpet and piano soloist, remains a committed chamber artist in ensembles guy and nadina, Bellows and Brass, Project Aria and the Few Mara duo, and has been a guest at many summer festivals including The Festival of the Sound, The Ottawa Chamber Festival, Tanglewood, Takefu International Music Festival and The Oregon Bach Festival. A prolific recording artist, Guy has released CDs on numerous labels including S.N.E., Arsis Classics, CBC SM5000, Naxos, MSR Classics and the Hänssler Classics labels.  Recording awards include a Grammy for Penderecki Credo (OBF principal trumpet/Rilling/Hänssler), Best Classical Orchestral Album from Just Plain Folks Music Awards (guy and nadina/TCO/Kevin Mallon/MSR) and a 2014 JUNO nomination, (guy & nadina/g27/Paetkau/MSR). Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio and NPR. He is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he coaches chamber music and teaches trumpet. Guy was the 2010 CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year.  He is a Yamaha artist.

Fritz Gearhart
Inaugural Concert, June 1, 2009
Season 1, Concert 1, October 12, 2009
Season 1, Concert 5, June 1, 2010
Season 2, Concert 2, November 22, 2010
Season 2, Concert 3, February 28, 2011
Season 2, Concert 4, April 11, 2011
Season 2, Concert 5, May 23, 2011
Season 3, Concert 1, October 10, 2011
Season 4, Concert 2, December 3, 2012
Season 4, Concert 4, March 3, 2013

Fritz Gearhart earned his Master’s Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Earlier teachers at the Hartt School included Charles Treger and members of the Emerson Quartet. He has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie and been heard on National Public Radio, including live broadcasts on Performance Today. First violinist of the Chester String Quartet in the early 90’s, he now performs with the Oregon String Quartet, which has released two discs on Koch Entertainment: The OSQ and All That Jazz, featuring jazz violinist Diane Monroe, and a disc containing music by African-American composer William Grant Still. In 2001 Gearhart appeared as soloist with the Oregon Festival of American Music, performing Bernstein’s Serenade, and in 2004 he performed Corigliano’s Red Violin. Equally at home on the viola, he is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oregon School of Music.

Martha Griffith
Season 3, Concert 5, May 21, 2012

Martha Griffith is a third generation harpist. She began playing the instrument at the age of five, under the watchful eyes of her mother, Sally Maxwell, and grandmother, Doris Calkins, both professors of harp at the University of Oregon. Soon she was performing with local chamber ensembles and orchestras, often featured as a soloist. For three consecutive years at the University of Oregon School of Music she won the Ruth Lorraine Close Award for harp performance. After graduating in 1989 with degrees in music and romance languages, she combined her love of music and travel in a career as a solo harpist on cruise ships. She spent eight years at sea, which encompassed three world cruises, then returned to Eugene with her husband, Glenn. She now serves as Principal Harpist with the Newport Symphony Orchestra, where she has performed as a soloist. The proud mother of eight-year-old son, Miles, Martha also works full time as a physician assistant, specializing in sleep medicine.

Kristen Halay
Season 3, Concert 5, May 21, 2012

Kristen Halay is principal flutist with the Eugene Symphony. She also regularly performs with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, Oregon Bach Festival, the Cascade Festival of Music, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. She has appeared as a soloist with over a dozen orchestras across the United States. Her performance of the Nielsen Flute concerto with Oregon Mozart Players was broadcast on KWAX in Eugene.  In 2011, when she performed John Harbison’s fluete concerto with the Eugene Symphony, the reviewer Tom Manoff singled out her “musical integrity” and called her performance “radiant and riveting.” Halay was the winner of the 1994 Lillian and Paul Petri Competition, and has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She initially studied flute with Joanne Tanner at the University of Massachusetts and later with Richard Trombley at the University of Oregon.  This is her first appearance as a guest musician with Chamber Music Amici.

Amy Goeser Kolb
Season 4, Concert 4, March 3, 2013

Amy Goeser Kolb is the founder and Executive Director of The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra program and principal oboist of the Amarillo Symphony. She is a new music enthusiast and has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works collaborating with composers from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Central and South America, and the United States. While living and studying in Europe she toured and performed with Ensemble Cologne and Ensemble Avance; she was also a member of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She has traveled to Central and South America, Canada and Japan with Trio Akkobasso, Trio 335. She has also performed with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Opera Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and Portland Opera and Ballet. During summers she performs with the Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music at The Barn in Kansas. In 2013-2014 she will participate in a national consortium-commissioning premiere of a new work by American Composer John Harbison with the Harrington String Quartet. She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone, West German Radio Koch/Schwann/Aulos, Antes, and Equilibrium. A founding core musician with Chamber Music Amici (2009-2011), she now lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, Andrew Kolb, and son, Alexander.

Andrew Kolb
Season 1, Concert 1, October 12, 2009
Season 1, Concert 3, February 22, 2010
Season 2, Concert 1, October 11, 2011
Season 2, Concert 4, April 11, 2011

Cellist Andrew Kolb has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States as well as in Canada, England, Switzerland and Sweden. For six years he was a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Committed to new music, Andrew has premiered several works as a member of Acidophilus (live culture), a new music sextet made up of young American and Scandinavian musicians. They have toured Sweden and gave their U.S. debut at the Scandinavian House in New York City. He has also premiered works in New York City as a member of the Stony Brook Chamber Players. Andrew studied with Timothy Eddy at SUNY Stony Brook, Ross Harbaugh at University of Miami and Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music. He has taught on university faculties in Newfoundland (Canada) and Kansas. Summer festival appearances include Taos, Norfolk, Spoleto, Sarasota, Bach Aria, Fontana, Coos Bay, Casade, Oregon Bach Festival, Ernen and Prussia Cove. He is currently principal cellist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the cellist of The Columbia Trio.

Kathryn Lucktenberg
Season 1, Concert 2, November 23, 2009
Season 2, Concert 2, November 22, 2010
Season 2, Concert 3, February 28, 2011
Season 3, Concert 1, October 10, 2011
Season 3, Concert 2, November 21, 2011
Season 4, Concert 3, January 28, 2013
Season 5, Concert 2, December 7, 2013
Season 5, Concert 4, April 7, 2014

Kathryn Lucktenberg is a fouth-generation violinist. She entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 15, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1980, studying with Jascha Brodsky, Jaime Laredo, and Ivan Galamian. She made her professional debut playing the Barber Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a member of the Kasimir Striing Quartet, she toured England, France, and Italy. She has also performed throughout the western United States and Asia with concerts in Tiawan, Thiland, Korea, New Zealand, and Hawaii. She has given recitals at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and performed on the popular Bargemusic series in Brooklyn. Concertmaster of teh Honolulu Symphony for 11 seasons, she co-founded and co-directed the Honolulu Academy of Arts' Academy Camerata series. A regular participant in the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Killington Music Festival, Lucktenberg joined the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music in 1993, where she is a Professor. Concertmaster of teh Eugene Symphony since 2005, she tours the Pacific Northwest with the Oregon String Quartet and Trio Pacifica. She has recorded for CRI, Koch, and Altarus labels.

Holland Phillips
Season 2, Concert 1, October 11, 2010
Season 2, Concert 5, May 23, 2011

Holland Phillips, a native of Mississippi, is principal violist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and a violinist with Oregon Mozart Players. She began her violin studies at the age of 4 at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Since age 14, she has been an active recitalist, as well as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus (Germany), and Leeds Town Hall (UK). While living in Boston, she was a violin instructor and chamber coach at Gordon College (Wenham, Massachusetts) and taught violin in the Milton Public Schools (Milton, Massachusetts). She won the 2008 University of Oregon Concerto Competition with the Nielsen Violin Concerto and competed at the 2008 International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in Odense, Denmark. Her teachers include: Ray Cheng, Cornelia Heard, James Buswell, and Kathryn Lucktenberg, on violin, and Leslie Straka on viola. She is currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon, in violin performance and music history. She also teaches violin and coaches a chamber ensemble at the UO Community Music Institute.

Jonas Pologe
Season 3, Concert 2, November 21, 2011

Jonas Pologe started performing as a pianist at the age of four and began playing the flute six years later, studying with Alice Burke and Nancy Andrew.  As a high school junior, he became Principal Flutist of the Oregon Allstate Orchestra.  In 2006, he was accepted to University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a full-tuition scholarship.  At UNCSA he studied under Tadeu Coelho, performed frequently as a chamber and orchestral flutist, and toured with the UNCSA flute ensemble.  He has participated in summer music schools and festivals at Kinhaven, Encore-Coda, and Interlochen.  In 2008 he entered the University of Oregon and expects to graduate in Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and minors in Chemistry and Music.  He plans to enroll in medical school next fall.

Elizabeth Rachev
Season 1, Concert 3, February 22, 2010

Soprano Elizabeth Racheva is consistently praised for her vivid portrayals and artistic versatility. Recent role debuts include Klärchen. (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Gretel (North Carolina Symphony Orchestra), Musetta (Lubbock Symphony), and Barbarina (Greensboro Opera). She has also appeared with Baltimore Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Opera Vivente in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles and with the symphonies of Fort Worth, Charleston, and the Mid-Atlantic as a featured artist. Last summer she made her debut with Eugene Symphony’s Symphony in the Park at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, under the ba­ton of her husband, Danail Rachev. A popular recitalist and chamber musician, her many concert engagements include Philadelphia’s Lyric Fest, Fort Worth’s Cliburn at the Modern with composer Jake Heggie, New York’s Trinity Concerts at One and Columbia Bach Society, Baltimore’s Music at Second Series, and The Vienna Project:Vienna in Song for the Clark Art Institute in Massachussetts. Ms. Racheva is artistic director of Voces Intimae, a Dallas-based art song series. She was educated at Emory University, Peabody Conservatory, and Austria’s Franz Schubert Institute.

Anne Ridlington
Season 3, Concert 4, April 16, 2012
Seasson 4, concert 4, March 3, 2013

Anne Ridlington, a native Oregonian, began her musical studies on violin at age three before discovering the cello in a school strings program. She earned a cello performance degree from Indiana University School of Music where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Following graduation she performed in an opera orchestra in Lubeck, Germany for a year, before getting too cold and moving to Santa Barbara, California. Eventually she returned to Oregon where she is a member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, with whom she performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto in 2011. She also performs often with the Corvallis Repertory Singers as well as the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival. Anne Ridlington lives in Corvallis and teaches both privately and in the Elementary Strings Program in Corvallis public schools. She plays on a modern cello made by Portland woodworker Steven Moore.

Noah Seitz
Season 3, Concert 5, May 21, 2012

Noah Seitz, a Corvallis native, is an Adjunct Professor of Cello at Pacific University, where he also teaches chamber music and serves as Principal Cello in the university orchestra. In 2001 he earned a Bachelor Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He returned to Oregon to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oregon where he won the School of Music’s 2003 Concerto Competition, performing Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo” Hebraic Rhapsody. He has participated in master classes with Jeffrey Solo, Steven Isserlis, Zara Nelsova, The Tang Quartet, Ying Quartet, Emerson Quartet and St. Lawrence Quartet. Since 2003, he and his family have lived in Keizer, Oregon, where he teaches cello and performs regularly with the Oregon State University Symphony, the Camerata Musica Chamber Music Series in Salem, and Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis.

Leslie Straka
Season 4, Concert 5, May 20, 2013
Season 5, Concert 3, March 3, 2014

Leslie Straka earned her BM, MM and DMA degrees from Arizona State University. In 1987 she joined the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music, where she is Professor of Viola and Director of the UO Community Music Institute. She teaches viola and chamber music and performs regularly as principal viola with the Eugene Opera Orchestra. She served as chair of the UO School of Music String Department from 1993-2006. Prior to joining the University of Oregon faculty, Straka was on the faculty at the University of Miami. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. With pianist Walter Cosand, she recorded the Brahms viola sonatas, released in 2004. As a member of the Oregon String Quartet since 1987, she has recorded two compact discs, both released by Koch International Classics.

Steven Vacchi
Season 1, Concert 4, April 19, 2010

Steve Vacchi holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM/Performer’s Certificate), The Hartt School (MM) and Louisiana State University (DMA). An advocate of contemporary music, he has performed in twenty-three countries and recorded for Argo, BMG Classics, Centaur, NMC, Equilibrium, North Pacific, Sony Classical, Edward Hines Music, 8bells, and Imagine Records.  A member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Eugene Opera Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Wind Quintet, Musicians on the Hill (RI), and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (CA), he has also performed with the Santa Fe ProMusica, Florida Orchestra, Rochester, Tulsa, and Rhode Island Philharmonics, and the Colorado, New Haven, Kansas City, Honolulu, Shanghai, Oregon, Eugene, Baton Rouge, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance since 2000, Vacchi also performs early music on historical bassoons and contemporary jazz chamber music/improvisation with the AnyWhen Ensemble.

Lydia Van Dreel
Season 1, Concert 4, April 19, 2010
Season 2, concert 1, October 11, 2010

Lydia Van Dreel earned her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of William Purvis, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is assistant professor of horn at the University of Oregon and a member of the Oregon Wind Quintet and the Oregon Brass Quintet. She also performs regularly as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The IRIS chamber orchestra (Germantown, TN), the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Mozart Players.  Before joining the Oregon Faculty in 2006, she was for ten years Co-Principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra (FL).  She was also a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO.  Currently she maintains an active schedule, performing as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician throughout the United States and recording music of all styles, including a recent collaboration with the 'Cherry Poppin' Daddies' and a recording on the BUZZ record label with the eclectic new music group, 'DaDaDah'.

Laura Decher Wayte
Season 3, Concert 2, November 21, 2011
Season 4, Concert 5, May 20, 2013

Laura Decher Wayte holds a B.A. in philosophy as well as a master's degree in voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is a former newspaper reporter for the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Symphony, Nevada Opera, Mendocino Music Festival, and Berkeley Opera. Since joining the UO Voice Faculty in 2006, she has also performed with the Oregon Mozart Players (Rodrigo's Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Copland's Tender Land Suite), the Eugene Concert Choir (Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem) and the Eugene Opera (Zerlina in Don Giovanni). This season she returns to Eugene Opera as Madame Mao in John Adams' Nixon in China and to the Oregon Mozart Players singing the soprano solo of Handel's Messiah. She particularly enjoys performing German and French art song, as well as new chamber music. In 1999 she premiered a piece written by her husband, Lawrence Wayte, while she was on tour in Holland with Amsterdam's Nieuw Ensemble. She can be heard on The Past Keeps Changing  by D'Arcy Reynolds on Dharma Gate Music.

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