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Evan Blanchard, tenor saxophone: Evan is a junior at the University of Michigan, pursuing a dual degree in music education and French studies. He has studied saxophone with Zach Shemon and is currently a student of professor Donald Sinta. He plays in the concert bands at the university of Michigan, has several solo performances throughout the year, and is also actively involved with a student saxophone quartet. In addition to his own study of saxophone, Evan teaches private lessons and high school band camps throughout Southeast Michigan.
Dan Boyce, horn Dan is Minister of Music Emeritus at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, and has a B. Mus and M. Mus from the University of Michigan, having studied horn with Louis Stout and Ernestine Barnes.
Natalie Bruno, trumpet: Natalie is a free-lance trumpet player in Metro Detroit area, who has degrees in Music Performance from Arizona State University and in Musicology from Northwestern University. Bruno has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, and most recently, the Dearborn Symphony.
John Bryant, narrator: John is a retired high school/middle school teacher. He is a member of both the Deep River Choir in Detroit and the Voices of Naples in Florida and also performs piano.
Maria Pia Bucco, violin: Maria started her music education in her native country, Venezuela, where she performed with the world-renowned “El Systema.” At age 18, Maria moved to Moscow, Russia where she studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After graduating from the Conservatory, Maria returned to Caracas, Venezuela where she performed as a soloist and section violinist with the National Philharmonic, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Camerata San Cristobal and UPEL Chamber Orchestra. At the same time Maria served as the director of the strings department at the Foundation of the “Judit Jaimes” School for the Arts in San Cristobal. In 1999 Maria moved to the United States, completing her Artist Diploma at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While living in Pittsburgh, she played with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony, West Virginia.
Maria lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, trombonist John Paxton, and her daughter Alejandra. Maria maintains an active teaching career at the Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. In 2006 she became a member of the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra and also played with the Saginaw and Kalamazoo Orchestras. Maria is a member of the Fair Isle String Quartet and the South American music ensemble Sonidos de America.
Stephen Burian, horn: Steve teaches music at Rochester College, and CASA in Oak Park. He performs in several musical groups including the Warren, Pontiac-Oakland and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, a 19th Century brass band based in Ann Arbor.
Jenise E. Collins, oboe: Janise is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she studied oboe and English Horn with Roger Rehm. She performs in various ensembles, including Southfield Philharmonic, Grosse Pointe Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Windsor Community Orchestra, as well as the Orquestra Sinfonia de Truijillo in Peru and Toluca Chamber Orchestra in Mexico. She actively freelances and has a private oboe studio in the Metropolitan Detroit area. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women and works for Michigan Opera Theatre in the Communications Department.
Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, piano: began piano lessons at age five at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. Her musical education continued through the Honors College of Michigan State University where she graduated cum laud in piano performance under Joseph Evans. She holds a masters degree in piano performance from Indiana University studying with Menahem Pressler of the famed Beaux Arts Trio. Her concert career and teaching career at George Mason University was cut short when she developed a repetitive stress syndrome in her right hand and spent many years in rehabilitation and retraining. She co-authored a book on the mechanics of piano technique entitled, A Symposium for Pianist and Teachers, and travels throughout the United States giving workshops and seminars to music teachers. Since her remarkable recovery, Ms Csurgai-Schmitt has performed extensively in the Detroit area with orchestra and in solo and chamber music performances, receiving the Dearborn Mayor Arts Award for Performance. She is the pianist with the Dearborn Symphony, the Verdi Opera Theatre, co-founder and Artistic Director of Musica da Camera. She is currently on the music faculty of Marygrove College as collaborative pianist and vocal coach.
Lillian Dean, clarinet: Lillian Dean is Principal Clarinet of the Royal Oak Symphony and also plays with the Warren Concert Band. She is a founding officer of Woodward Corridor Musicians and performs with the WCM Woodwind Quintet and other chamber music ensembles. Lillian works as a planner and environmental landscape education specialist with municipalities, SOCWA, and volunteer gardeners.
Walter Dean, bassoon: Walter is a chemistry professor at Lawrence Technological University. He plays bassoon with the Royal Oak Symphony, and local chamber groups.
Keith Elder, tuba: Keith graduated from Indiana University where he studied tuba with Harvey Phillips. He has performed with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Boston, Big Apple Circus, recorded with Wynton Marsalis and is currently the tubist with the Motor City Brass Band and the Plymouth (Massachusetts) Philharmonic.
Wesley Fishwick, piano: Wesley Fishwick has appeared with orchestras in solo recitals and chamber music groups throughout the Midwest. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in piano performance from Wayne State University, where he studied with Mischa Kottler . Wesley made his concert debut at the age of fourteen and has received scholarships and prizes for competitions, including the Grinnell Piano Competition and the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition. Wesley has conducted master classes at several colleges, and has a recent CD release, “Beethoven, Three Romantic Piano Sonatas”. Well-known as a composer, he has written over 100 compositions including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice, solo piano, and choral ensembles. He is a classroom teacher at Cheyenne Elementary School, Macomb, Michigan (See his website, wesleyfishwick.com for further information).
Tammy Goldfaden Sherman, violin: Active as a chamber musician and orchestral player in the Detroit area for more than two decades, she has performed in the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Symphony, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras, and numerous small ensembles. She holds music degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
John Hipol, horn: A native of Detroit, John has performed in the orchestras of Lansing, Midland, Traverse City, Jackson, West Shore, Birmingham Bloomfield, Pontiac Oakland, and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony. He holds a music degree from Michigan State University where he studied horn with Janine Gaboury-Sly. He has also studied with Corbin Wagner of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Yawen Hsu, cello: A Taiwan native, Ms. Hsu began her music education in piano at the age of five and then switched to cello at twelve. She received her Bachelor and Master degree from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, and accomplished her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University and the Certificate in Orchestral Studies from Wayne State University. She has studied with Su-Jr Dzeng, Suren Bagratuni and Marcy Chanteaux.
Before coming to the states, Hsu was appointed as the full-time section cello in the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and lectured in Taiwan Formosa University. Her solo and chamber appearances include recitals and performances in various cities, such as Taipei and Taichung in Taiwan; Banff and Quebec in Canada; Paris in France; as well as Muncie and East Lansing in United States. Currently, she serves the principal cellist of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and spends equal amount of time in teaching and performing.
Molly Hughes, violin: Molly Hughes holds a Bachelors of Music in violin performance as well as a graduate certificate in Orchestra Studies from Wayne State University where she had the privilege of studying with Geoffrey Applegate. Molly is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Flint Symphony. She freelances in the Detroit area with various chamber music groups, including the Fair Isle String Quartet.
Erin Hufford, trumpet: Erin is a music educator and trumpeter. She earned her undergraduate degree in music education from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing her masters at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Hufford teaches instrumental music at John Page Middle School and conducts the Motor City Youth Brass Band.
Connie Hutchinson, French horn: Connie has been performing and teaching French horn in southeast Michigan since 1983. She played in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for fourteen years, and has maintained an active free-lance schedule in the Detroit are since then, performing with the Michigan Opera Theater orchestra, the pit orchestras at the Fisher, Fox and Masonic theaters for touring Broadway shows, the Flint Symphony Orchestra and other area orchestras and chamber groups. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in French horn performance. She taught horn and performed in faculty chamber groups at Southern Illinois University and Western Michigan University before moving to Farmington Hills. She currently teaches private French horn lessons to students of all ages in her studio in her home in Farmington Hills. She also serves as a clinician and sectional coach at several area middle and high schools. She has been married to Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist, Larry Hutchinson, for thirty-one years, and they have two children.
Marshall "Larry" Hutchinson, double bass: Larry is in his twenty-eighth season with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the DSO, he was Assistant Professor of Music at Western Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music form Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and his Master of Music degree from Indiana University. A nationally recognized teacher and clinician, Larry annually presents programs for students all over Michigan. He has received many awards including Michigan String Teacher of the Year in 2001, and he has twice received the Distinguished Service to the Arts award from the Farmington Hills Arts Council for his work as a teacher and advocate for the arts.
Arianna Kalian, oboe: A native of New York City, Arianna studied oboe from the age of eight with Livio Caroli of the New York City Opera. She placed highly in the 1990 and 1996 Artists International Young Musicians Competitions in New York City. She has since participated in master classes with oboists from several American symphony orchestras, as well as from the Berlin Philharmonic and Basel (Switzerland) Conservatory. In 1998, while living in Germany, Ms. Kalian played in the orchestra Rheinishes Collegium Musicum. Ms. Kalian is currently Principal Oboist with the Southern Great Lakes Symphony, plays English horn for the Dearborn Symphony, and performs on both these instruments, as well as on oboe d'amore, in local symphony and chamber orchestras. Ms. Kalian appears regularly in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Chamber Music Series as soloist and in chamber music ensembles. She has performed in several recitals at Merton College, Oxford University, England.
Norma Keil, clarinet: A graduate of the Cass Technical High School Vocational Music Program, Norma received her bachelor's degree in Music Performance / Music Therapy from Wayne State University. While at Wayne State University she co-founded the Music Therapy curriculum and was one of the first 7 graduates. She received her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has worked for many years in the field. Currently she is employed as a Social Worker/Music Therapist in the field of Gerontology. She began music study on the piano with Lawrence Lagore and the clarinet with Paul Schaller, former Principal Clarinetist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Currently she studies with Laurence Liberson of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has had chamber music coaching with Eugene Bossart and Pauline Martin. She is a regular performer of chamber music for several community organizations. She is in the Royal Oak Symphony. She performed chamber music with her mother, the late Zelda Keil Miller. Her greatest joy is raising and coaching her daughter, Maral on the clarinet, currently a student of music and science at the University of Michigan.
Amy Kesler, oboe: Amy has performed with the Macomb Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony. She holds a degree in oboe performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Harry Sargous, Alex Klein, and Brian Ventura. She has performed as soloist with the Macomb Symphony, University of Michigan Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony. A freelance performer in the Detroit area, she also teaches oboe and piano privately.
Duane Kimmel, narrator: Duane volunteers with with theatre productions at both Stagecrafters and Village Players. He also performs with the East LaSalle Street Band. By day, Duane does technology support for Daimler.
Lisa Kimmel, narrator: Lisa is an active member of the performing arts community. She plays violin with the Royal Oak Symphony, is a board member of the Royal Oak Arts Council and volunteers with Water Works Theatre Company and Stagecrafters. Lisa is a fourth grade teacher at Ojibwa Elementary in Chippewa Valley Schools.
Leonard Kim, piano: Graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan, where he received a doctorate in harpsichord performance. He is a part-time music faculty member at Schoolcraft College.
Bernhard Kirchner, horn: Mr. Kirchner holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University and The University of Akron. Some of his former teachers include Willard Zirk, horn, Bill Hoyt, horn, Louis Stout, horn, JR Smith, tuba, Tucker Jolly, tuba, and Jerry Young, euphonium/tuba. He received several awards and scholarships while in college, and won a concerto competition where he played Hindemith’s Horn Concerto. Unique among brass players for his unusual doubling on horn and tuba, he has also trained himself to play all of the brass instruments, as well as the woodwinds (including recorders), to a large degree of proficiency, for example, performing the Poulenc Sextour for a college recital-- the bassoon part; at Interlochen All-State Band was 2nd chair euphonium. He currently free lances in the Detroit area, under the title of brass specialist; for the past several years has been Principal Horn in Macomb Symphony (currently co-principal), Fourth Horn in Jackson Symphony, and on sub lists for several local orchestras. He is also currently Solo Tenor Horn with the newly formed British-style Oakland Brass Band. He played for several years with Michigan Chamber Brass, has subbed with Kalamazoo Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, and two local brass quintets-- Light Metal Band (horn), and Artistry in Brass (tuba). Some of his freelance work has included recording film score, and he has been in the bass sections of both the Plymouth Oratorio Society and Measure for Measure (men’s chorus). Several CD recordings include Clarion Wind Symphony, two CDs with Measure for Measure, and two CDs with the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, a 19th century style community brass band using authentic instruments of the Civil War, where he is their staff arranger, instrument curator, and a performer; their latest CD, Home Sweet Home, features two of his arrangements.
Annette Kline, clarinet: Annette received her Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education and her Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 1991 she was honored with Oakland University's Distinguished Musicianship Award. Ms. Kline currently teaches Band at Waldon Middle School in the Lake Orion Community School System. Her ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festivals. Also, Annette is the Conductor and Musical Director of the North Oakland Concert Band (NOCB). She is the Bass Clarinetist for the “Sweet Licorice” clarinet quartet. Annette has performed with Grosse Point Symphony, Macomb Symphony Orchestra, Oakland University Symphonic Band, Pontiac Oakland Symphony, Southfield Symphony, and Warren Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, in 2004 she toured Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Community Band. Ms. Kline studied clarinet with Douglas Cornelson and conducting with Dr David Daniels.
Stefan Koch, cello: Stefan is a native of York, PA and received his musical training at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied with Hirofumi Kanno and Orlando Cole. For a time he combined a performing career with a variety of positions in the record industry, including as a national buyer for Borders Books and Music, as a leader of corporate training seminars, and as a consultant to a consortium of independent record labels. Returning to full-time performing in 2001, Mr. Koch is a member of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent performer with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Windsor (Ontario) Symphony, Green Bay (WI) Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre and Grand Rapids Symphony. In 2004, 2006 and 2007 he toured the US and Canada with the Carl Rosa Opera Company (London, UK). He is a founding member of the Fair Isle String Quartet and has been heard a number of times in chamber and solo recitals in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has spent the last two summers in Logan, UT performing with the Utah Festival Opera. Outside of the classical realm, he has also performed with Sarah Brightman, Anne Murray, Barbara Cook, Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, John Davidson, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Garrison Keillor, Dave Brubeck, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Mannheim Steamroller, Bernadette Peters, and Amy Grant. An ardent baseball fan, Mr. Koch has visited over 100 major and minor league parks in North America.
Steven Landino, oboe: Registered nurse and works in the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He plays Principal Oboe in the North Oakland Concert Band, teaches private oboe lessons, and also performs in a woodwind trio and other quintets.
Matthew Landry, baritone saxophone: Matt Landry is an active musician and educator in the Ann Arbor and metro Detroit area. He plays the tuba regularly with the Plymouth Symphony and Orchestra Canton, has played saxophone and clarinet with these orchestras as well as with the Dearborn Symphony, and has been playing the piano for 16 years, professionally for 8. He is currently a senior studying saxophone with Don Sinta at the University of Michigan and his degree is in Music Education. He has a private studio of saxophone, clarinet and piano students, aims to be a progressive music educator in the classroom and hopes to teach elementary and middle school instrumental music upon graduating. Matt can be heard playing baritone saxophone on several recordings between two separate University of Michigan Symphony Band records--Raise the Roof (album released Fall 2008) and a new album to be released this Fall featuring William Bolcom's first symphony for band.
Susan Lazar, flute: Susan graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Wayne State University. Presently, Susan teaches flute and piano lessons in her home based studio in Ferndale. She is a freelance flute soloist, specializes in flute and guitar duo literature, Principal Flute in the Royal Oak Symphony, and Principal Flute and Director of the Rose Flute Ensemble. Susan is a piano tuner/technician and certified Legal Assistant.
Ann Lemke, oboe: Ann performs on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in various ensembles in southeastern Michigan. She is the oboe instructor at Cranbrook Schools and maintains a large teaching studio in Troy. She studied oboe performance with Elaine Douvas at The Manhattan School of Music and with Ray Still at Wheaton College. A Fulbright Scholar to Germany, she holds the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and has numerous publications on German women composers and authors. While residing in Germany, she performed with the Freiburg Philharmonic and as Principal Oboe for the American Sinfonietta’s European Tour. See www.lemkestudio.com
David Levine, cello: David Levine is a Detroit native who began his studies with Paul Olefsky while still a student at Cass Tech High School. David has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Adventure Cello Quartet and teaches cello from his home-based studio in Huntington Woods.
Naomi Levine, cello: A graduate of the University of Michigan who performs in a number of ensembles specializing in weddings and private parties. In addition to The Adventure Club, she is the leader of the Scandinavian String Quartet.
Light Metal Band: After being asked to form a brass quintet and play a few tunes at an Oakland University concert in 1989, the members of the Light Metal Band couldn't "put it away". Now, almost 20 years later, the Light Metal Band has continued to perform regularly in and around metro Detroit. Although most engagements have been within the Detroit area, the Light Metal Band has performed in Germany, Austria, Prague, Washington D.C. and Boston. Locally, The LMB has performed at many community events, including Greenfield Village, Rochester's Arts and Apples and the Clarkston Art Fair.
Ellen Luby, violin: Formerly violin instructor for the Detroit Institute of Music and Dance, Cranbrook Schools, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Currently she teaches in her Huntington Woods home.
Constance Markwick, viola: Constance Markwick has been a freelance musician in the Detroit area for many years, playing both viola and violin. She performs with many notable groups, including the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, as well as various chamber music ensembles. Connie enjoys teaching chamber music to young string players during the two-week summer camp "Adventures in Chamber Music", which is held at the lst Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak.
David Menard, tuba: David is currently living in Ann Arbor, MI. He has a performance degree in tuba under the tutelage of Robert Whaley from Western Michigan University and has completed work towards a masters degree at James Madison University under Kevin Stees. He has maintained his interest by performing in numerous large and chamber groups in Southeast Michigan.
Mimi Morris-Kim, cello: Received cello performance degrees from Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan, where she received her doctorate studying with Anthony Elliott. She is a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Alan Posner, saxophone: Alan Posner is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Instrumental Music Education. He will spend this fall student teaching at Saline High School. Alan has spent the past four years studying privately with Professor Donald Sinta and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including The Robert H. Reynolds Marching Band Scholarship, The James Tatum Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, the Betty Hickson Saxophone/Clarinet Scholarship, as well as many more. Alan has also performed as a featured soloist at Orchestra Hall in Detroit as well as on the Mitch Album Radio Show. Alan is also the director of the Kids Klezmer Band of Michigan.
Blake Ray, piano: Blake is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, studied piano at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. He teaches piano, performs chamber music, and accompanies other musicians in metropolitan Detroit.
Jacob Robbins, violin: Former teaching assistant to Erick Friedman at the Manhattan School of Music, Jack Robbins has been a member of the Detroit Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, and concertmaster of the American Philharmonia Orchestra (NY). He has performed in recital at Lincoln Center, NY, and recently premiered the Gottlieb Violin Concerto as soloist with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony.
The Rose Flute Ensemble: Directed by Susan Lazar, The Rose Flute Ensemble was formed in 1981. Over the past 25 years, the group has performed in concerts for their own enjoyment and to support social justice and environmental organizations. Members play varied flutes, including the alto flute, piccolo, bass flute, and the concert C flute.
Helene Rottenberg, guitar: Helene is a Professor of Music at Madonna University and also teaches guitar at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a Master of Musicology degree from the University of Michigan and was a student of the late Argentinean guitarist, Manuel Lopez-Ramos. Helene has performed extensively in the Midwest- particularly in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, since 1975. She has often played as a featured performer in chamber music concerts at the "Festival of the Lakes" in Alexandria, Minnesota, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio. She plays professionally in a flute/guitar duo, Divertimente, with flutist Susan Lazar, and they recently have released their first CD, featuring music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bela Bartok. She performs as a soloist and also enjoys playing in various ensembles. She has often played with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club.
Paul Schoenfield, composer: Paul, a native of Detroit, was born in 1947. He began studying piano at age six and wrote his first composition the following year. He eventually studied piano with Julius Chajes, Ozan Marsh, and Rudolf Serkin. He holds a degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, as well as a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Arizona. A man of many interests, he is also an avid scholar of mathematics and Hebrew. He held his first teaching post in Toledo, Ohio, lived on a kibbutz in Israel and was a free-lance composer and pianist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Mr. Schoenfield has received commissions and grants from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Commission, Chamber Music America, the Rockefeller Fund, the Minnesota Commissioning Club, American Composers Forum, Soli Deo Gloria of Chicago, and many other organizations. Although he now rarely performs, he was formerly an active pianist, touring the United States, Europe, and South America as a soloist and with groups including Music from Marlboro. Among his recordings are the complete violin and piano works of Bartok with Sergiu Luca. His compositions can be heard on the Angel, Decca, Innova, Vanguard, EMI, Koch, BMG, and the New World labels. (Notes by Joel Sachs)
Deborah Schuster, viola/cello: Performs with several Detroit-area orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and the Dearborn and Rochester Symphonies. She is an active chamber musician, performing with the Clef Dwellers String Quartet and the Motor City Strings. She has played with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and was principal violist in the orchestra of the Teatro Lirico e Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy. Deborah studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado. She maintains a private teaching studio and coaches chamber music groups. She is a member of ASTA.
Jack Slater, clarinet: Jack began his college career at Western Michigan University as a music major. He completed his education in the business school, obtained a BBA degree, and eventually became a CPA. Since then, he has maintained music as a major part of his life, and has played almost continuously with various groups. These include the Farmington Community Band for over 20 years, Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble, North Oakland Concert Band, Genesee Wind Symphony, Clarinet Connections, and Tuxedo Junction big band. In 2002 and 2003 he toured Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Community Band. In 2007 and 2008 he toured China as a member of Windiana, a band from Valparaiso University. Jack studied with Daniel Kyser.
Ryan Shaw, saxophone: Ryan is currently the director of bands at Berkley High School and Norup International School, where he directs 5 concert groups, 2 jazz bands and a marching band. Ryan graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's of Music Education. While at U of M, Ryan studied classical saxophone with renowned Professor Donald Sinta, and studied conducting with Professor Steven D. Davis.
Kelly Smith, clarinet: Kelly has been teaching private clarinet lessons for over 29 years. She is teaching her students via web conferencing and is a homemaker. Prior to being a homemaker, she worked in the Computer Industry as a Logical Security Expert. Kelly is currently performing with Rochester College Concert Band and the Sweet Licorice Clarinet Quartet. In the Quartet, Kelly plays Eb soprano and Bb Clarinets. She has performed with Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Pontiac Oakland Symphony, and Royal Oak Symphony. Kelly has also performed with the Birmingham Concert Band, Birmingham Straw Hat Band, North Oakland Concert Band, Oakland University Wind Symphony, Warren Concert Band, and Windsong Clarinet Choir. Additionally, she has toured Europe with the Blue Lake International Adult Community Band in 2001 and 2003. Her teachers include Joel Warner, Eddie Marks, Doug Cornelson, and Dr Bill King.
Tom Smith, clarinet: Tom works in the computer industry in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his computer career he has maintained an active musical performing schedule. Tom currently performs with the North Oakland Concert Band and the Rochester College Concert Band and Sweet Licorice Clarinet Quartet. In the Quartet, Tom plays Bb Clarinet and Basset Horn. He has performed with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony, Southfield Symphony, Lake St. Clair Symphony, and the Pontiac Oakland Symphony. Tom has also performed with the Oakland University Symphonic Band, University of Illinois Bands Clarinet Choir, Illinois State University Symphonic Band, Birmingham Concert Band, and Birmingham Straw Hat Band. Additionally, he has toured Europe with the Blue Lake International Adult Community Band in 2001 and 2003. His principle teachers include Howard Klug, Aris Chavez, Douglas Cornelson, and Dr. Bill King.
Ania Soroktei, piano: Ania Soroktei was born in Lviv, Ukraine. As the age of nine, she debuted as a soloist with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and when she was twelve, she performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 under the baton of her father, Maestro Volodymyr Shesiuk. Ms. Sorotkei attended the Lviv State Conservatory where studied under Maria Krykh, Etella Chupryk, and Olexander Kozarenko. During Ms. Soroktei's studies, she performed several concertos, including Mozart No. 24, Haydn Concerto in D, Grieg's Concerto in A Minor, J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Minor, Frank's Variations Symphoniques, Prokoviev Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Concerto No. 3, and Brahms Concerto No. 1 and No. 2. After completion of her studies at the Conservatory in 1996, she continued teaching piano at the Lviv Special Music School.
Ms. Soroktei was invited to perform a recital at Madonna University in 1997, and she also performed Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she performed Myrslav Skoryk Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra in April 2013.
Zach Stern, soprano saxophone: Zach Stern grew up in the town of Kingwood, Texas in the Houston area. He is currently in his third year of study in pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Michigan. He has performed with the University Concert Band and Jazz Lab Ensemble. Zach has received honors such as the Larry Teal Saxophone scholarship, being one of five finalists in the U.S. Air Force Young Artist Competition, and being named an Outstanding Performer at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition. He was recently featured as a soloist with the Kingwood Park High School Symphonic Band in Kingwood, Texas, performing Joseph DeLuca's Beautiful Colorado. He currently studies with Donald Sinta, and he has also studied with Scott Plugge and Erik Leon. As a chamber musician, Zach is the alto saxophonist in the Yersinia Saxophone Quartet. YSQ has performed in Fairfax, Virginia, at the U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposium as well as in various venues in the state of Michigan. Yersinia won the Silver Medal at the internationally renowned Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2009.
Scott Stefanko, viola: Received bachelor's degrees in both performance and math/physics from Albion College in 1992. Scott has been a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra since 1997. Besides chamber music recitals and studio work, Scott has recently toured with the New York City Opera and performed at the Lake George Opera Festival in upstate New York.
Irina Tikhonova, cello: Performed with the Dearborn (principal) and Flint Symphonies. Irina first studied cello at the Music College in Kiev, USSR and holds a Master of Music from the State Conservatory of Music in Kiev. She was a member of the Harmony Philharmonic Orchestra (assistant principal), all also in Kiev.
Tom Warren, guitar: Freelance musician, and teaches both classical and popular styles. Tom is a Huntington Woods resident.
George White, trombone: Georgre majored in music at Eastern Michigan University. He studied trombone with Allen H. Chase, former principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and then with Dennis Smith, who followed Chase as principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. George played first chair with The United States Army Band (Pershings Own) and was featured as soloist with the group. Following that he played with the Ann Arbor Brass Quintet for 14 years and now currently plays principal trombone with the Motor City Brass Band.
Karen Wingert, cellist: Karen is a private music instructor in the Farmington Hills area. She also freelances with various chamber music ensembles. Ms. Wingert graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in cello performance. Her primary teachers were Samuel Mayes, Oliver Edel, and Douglas Marsh.
Barbara Woolf, piano: Barbara holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan, where she also completed all but the dissertation for a PhD in musicology. She has taught class piano at the University of Michigan, and music history and appreciation at Oakland Community College. She is Pianist and Director of Music at the Birmingham Unitarian Church and maintains a private piano studio, as well as doing free lance chamber and solo performances.
Jonathan Yanik, saxophone: Jonathan is currently a Masters student at the University of Michigan in Saxophone Performance and Jazz and Improvisation studies. Jonathan recently received his Bachelors of Music Education from Indiana University with high distinction where he received his music teacher’s certificate. Jonathan’s Saxophone teachers include Donald Sinta, Otis Murphy, Andrew Bishop, and Doug Mastroianni. Jonathan recently got back into the United States after being a musician on Cunard Cruise Lines, travelling throughout Northern Europe and the Western Mediterranean for the summer. Jonathan recently received runner up for a Saxophone position in the West Point Army Band in West Point, NY and has recently traveled there to 'sub' with the group. Jonathan has also been successful at numerous competitions, recently winning first prize at the Heida Hermann’s International Woodwind Competition. Aside from music, Jonathan enjoys travelling, running, playing tennis, and international cuisine.
Roberta Zald, bassoon: Roberta is an Industry Expert/Senior Business Coach with UEP Detroit 150, a program of the Kauffman Foundation, a freelance musician, and has been the Principal Bassoonist for the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra since 1992.