Noted for her "beautiful tone and vibrato," Kristen Holritz makes her home on stage as a remarkably versatile flutist. Ms. Holritz made her solo debut with the United States Air Force Band in 2005 as winner of the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition. In the fall of 2013 she was pleased to accept the Principal Flute position with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She has also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Memphis Symphony, and as a substitute flute with the Alabama Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, and Charleston Symphony.
Equally invested as a teacher, Ms. Holritz serves as Adjunct Flute Professor at Lee University, Southern Adventist University, and teaches privately out of her home in Chattanooga. In 2017 she became the new flute Artist Faculty for the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan.
Ms. Holritz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from the Juilliard School. Her primary teachers include Tadeu Coelho, Robert Langevin and Angela Jones-Reus, with additional study with Gretchen Pusch and Carol Wincenc.
In 2008 she soloed with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and in spring of 2013 was featured as a concerto competition winner with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, winner of the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition and received third prize in the MidSouth Flute Festival Young Artist Competition. Previous orchestral summer engagements have included the Festival Institute at Round Top, the MasterWorks Festival and National Music Festival.
Clarinetist Cecilia Kang enjoys an active career as a concert clarinetist, educator and an adjudicator. A prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, she is a recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington DC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, and the Hendrickson Foundation.
An avid chamber musician, she has been invited to perform at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), Grumo Music Festival (Italy), Castleton Music Festival (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (China) and Interflow Music Festival (Hong Kong). She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Jeonju Wind Orchestra (South Korea) and Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band (Hong Kong).
She is frequently invited as a guest artist and master class clinician at renowned institutions, including the University of Toronto (Canada), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), Sai Wan Ho Civic Center (Hong Kong), Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), Yonsei University (South Korea), Thailand Clarinet Academy (Thailand), and many other universities and conservatories around the world.
Her notable engagements include lectures, recitals and clarinet pedagogy workshops at various conferences hosted by Music Educators Association across the United States, the College Music Society, the Midwest Clinic, the Clarinet Colloquium and the International ClarinetFest (Baton Rouge, Lawrence, Ostend, Knoxville). As an adjudicator, she has served on judging panels for the International Clarinet Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the Interflow Band Festival of Hong Kong and the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition.
Cecilia Kang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her main teachers have included Daniel Gilbert, Yehuda Gilad, Joaquin Valdepenas, Joseph Orlowski, Avrahm Galper and Zeng-Ming Liao. Dedicated to life-long learning, she has also participated in professional development residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music (Austria) and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany).
She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Kang is a Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician. For more information, please visit www.kangcecilia.com.
Coalescing dual roles as artist and teacher, Aaron Brant performs a heavy volume of orchestral and chamber music concerts as well as teaches a wide array of students.
Aaron serves as principal hornist with the Dayton Philharmonic where he has been featured as a concerto soloist. Additionally, he serves as principal horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Aaron also performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony, periodically as guest Associate Principal Horn.
As an educator, Aaron teaches horn at the University of Dayton and at Wright State University. He has previously taught at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Educational Brass Quintet, AKA the Carillon Brass. Aaron also spent seven years teaching SPARK lessons in select 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in the Miami-Valley (SPARK was a DPO educational program where musicians teach State of Ohio common core curriculum using musical vehicles).
Before moving to Dayton Aaron was the principal horn of the South Bend Symphony for four seasons. In South Bend he made his solo debut in 2009, performing the Horn Concerto No. 1 of Richard Strauss. Aaron also spent four seasons as third horn of the Ann Arbor Symphony, frequently filling in as principal horn. He has also worked extensively with the Grand Rapids Symphony.His primary teachers were Alan DeMattia of the Cleveland Orchestra, Randy Gardner (CCM) formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Peter Landgren (Peabody Institute) formerly of the Baltimore Symphony.
Sara Fraker is Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Arizona and a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She plays principal oboe with True Concord Voices & Orchestra, whose 2015 recording of music by Stephen Paulus was nominated for two Grammy awards. Sara has attended summer festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Chautauqua, Spoleto Festival USA, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), and the Shenandoah Bach Festival. She has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Illinois Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, and Broadway in Tucson.
Sara has presented recitals at four recent conferences of the International Double Reed Society, including the 2015 conference in Tokyo, Japan. She performs regularly as a member of the Arizona Wind Quintet and has given masterclasses at universities and performing arts schools throughout the Western US. She has been featured as English horn soloist in TSO performances of Copland’s Quiet City and Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela. Sara holds degrees from the University of Illinois (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM), and Swarthmore College (BA). Her principal teachers include Robert Botti, John Dee, Mark McEwen, Sandra Gerster Lisicki, and John de Lancie.
From childhood as an Iowa farm girl, Jill's musical talents led her to the University of Michigan where she completed the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Wind Instruments. Her musical career spans nearly 40 years as performer, teacher and arts administrator. With Quintessence Chamber Ensemble, she toured from Alaska to the Panama Canal and California to the Caribbean, performing to nearly half a million people in an amazing array of concert and educational settings and for 25 years served as Arts in Education Roster Artists with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Ms. Marderness represented Quintessence on panels addressing "The Performer as Educator" at the Chamber Music America National Conference, the Music Educators National Conference and “Outreach Within Residencies” for the Western Arts Alliance Conference.
Renowned as an artist teacher, Ms. Marderness has taught on the faculties of Saint Cloud State University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa Community Colleges and performed as an Educational Recording Artist for Carl Fischer Publishing Company with Trade Winds in Tampa, Florida. She has performed with Chamber Music Sedona, Red Rocks Music Festival, for children at Matsumoto Gakuen in Tokyo, Japan, and with the Flint Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic and more. Her awards include the Silver Medal of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition presented by Neville Marriner and both the Fischoff Competition Best Wind Group prize and Munich Competition semi-finalist selection with Quintessence.
Ms. Marderness is currently contracted with the Arizona Opera Orchestra and regularly engaged by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra. Since 2004, Jill has served as Administrative Assistant for the Red Rocks Music Festival, and in 2007 she Co-Founded Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place www.yoursnap.org where she is currently Director of Operations. In 2012 Artistic Director David Shifrin appointed Ms. Marderness as Artistic Manager and in 2014 Operations Associate for the Winter Festival of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society.
In Michigan as resident artist at the Bay View Music Festival since 1979, Jill has “worn many hats” including performing all musical genres on bassoon and saxophone, performs with the Bay View Wind Quintet and Festival Orchestra, coaches chamber music, teaches Thriving in the Arts and Income from Outreach, and has accompanied Choristers and served as Music Librarian. Since 2008 Ms. Marderness has served as Youth Music Coordinator to develop the Music & Munchies, Tunes for Tots, and Behind the Scenes series plus The Rising Stars concert for the community music students of Bay View. Jill resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Fred Marderness, percussionist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Their daughter Emily is a Geography and Linguistics double major at the University of Arizona. Jill practices Bikram Yoga, enjoys healthy cooking, and loves riding the many beautiful bike trails in Scottsdale and the Little Traverse Bay area of northern Michigan.
Dr. Danielle Breisach’s exuberance and compassion permeate her performing and teaching. In demand as a collaborative musician and teacher, Dr. Breisach has performed all over the United States as well as in Canada, Asia and Europe. In addition to teaching as Associate Lecturer of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, she maintains a private studio of over 30 highly successful students in Madison, WI. In the summer, Dr. Breisach teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Summer Music Clinics and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Flute Camp. She has adjudicated competitions for the National Flute Association, the Florida Flute Association and the Wisconsin Flute Festival.
As Co-Artistic Director of the Madison Flute Club since 2012, Dr. Breisach has extended the reach of the organization through founding the Chamber Ensemble, which gave its debut performance at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Breisach founded the Middle School and High School Flute Ensembles in 2013, giving young, Madison-area flutists the opportunity to collaborate with one another and gain experience on piccolo, alto flute and bass flute.
Dr. Breisach has appeared in performances, masterclasses and festivals in United States, Canada, Italy, and China including the Bay View Music Conservatory, Le Domaine Forget, and the Banff Centre. She has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been a concerto soloist with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. In addition to modern flute, she is a Baroque flute and Celtic flute enthusiast, and has participated in baroque masterclasses with Kim Pineda and Barthold Kuijken.
Previously, Dr. Breisach has been on the faculty at Western Michigan University, Middleton High School, and the West Michigan Flute Association. She lives in Madison, WI with her husband Jeff and their two dogs and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Bay View, MI, kayaking, hiking, and reading.
Andra Bohnet is a flutist who embraces a rich variety of musical styles with both virtuosity and sensitivity. In addition to her position as Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama where she teaches flute, music history/literature and chamber music, she is the principal flutist with Mobile Symphony Orchestra where she has been a featured soloist on several occasions. Her newest chamber ensemble, the Trebuchet Wind Trio (www.trebuchetwindtrio.com), released their debut CD Perpetuum Mobile in 2016. She also plays Irish flute, whistle and Celtic harp in a variety of settings including Mithril (www.mithril.us), a high-energy Celtic/world music band which has released seven CDs, and Liminal (www.liminalduo.org), a new flute and percussion duo, which crosses the threshold between ancient and modern musical idioms with a bit of technology added into the mix.
Her solo CD, Clinton on Clinton, rediscovered the music of John Clinton (1809-1864), an Irish flutist, composer and flute maker who was a major figure in 19th century flute design. For this project, she performed Clinton's music on seven flutes manufactured by Clinton & Co. over 150 years ago! This research has been presented to the National Flute Association and the British Flute Society (www.clintonfluteproject.com).
She also recorded and toured previously with her chamber ensemble for flute and strings, the Silverwood Quartet, which has performed throughout the United States and in Japan, including a gala performance for the National Flute Association. The group has recorded six CDs and explores popular and world music in addition to the classical repertoire. Also the group's primary arranger, Andra's creative charts capture the musical essence of styles ranging from Irish traditional to Tibetan Chant and alternative rock and roll. The CD, A Celtic Mosaic, explores a variety of unique and original music from Celtic sources including music from Riverdance, Lord of the Rings, Ballykissangel and a trilogy of tunes by Loreena McKennitt. About The Classic Rock Album, rock icon Ian Anderson, flutist and leader of Jethro Tull, said, "Many thanks for the CD. I enjoyed it very much and especially the variety of musical styles it incorporated. Keep up the good work and help bring the worlds of pop/rock and the Classical traditions together."
Andra performs and records on flutes of all shapes and sizes (classical, traditional simple system, baroque and a variety of ethnic instruments), as well as Celtic harp. She has performed and presented at several National Flute Association Conventions, the Canadian Flute Convention, British Flute Society, World Flute Societies and Boxwood Canada. In addition to fluting, Andra is a master martial artist, yogi, avid snow skier, techno-geek, and alternatively wishes she was a hobbit or a Jedi knight!
Tara Schwab is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player who is an in-demand performer of new music and a frequent collaborator with some of the leading compositional lights of our time. She has earned praise as “a true technician of the flute” (Acoustica Americana), whose playing is "alive with warmth, imbued with incredible acrobatic facility" (Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith). Her playing has been described as “splendid, accomplished, and totally committed–performance of the highest level,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran and her recent appearance as soloist in Frank Ticheli’s new flute concerto was lauded by the composer for its “perfect energy, pacing, balance, and precision”.
Actively involved in commissioning, editing, arranging, performing, and recording new works for flute, in particular for her chamber ensemble Duo Amantis with guitarist Michael Kudirka, Tara has collaborated with composers Jeffrey Holmes, Charles Young, Shulamit Ran, Veronika Krausas, Miroslav Tadić, Patrício da Silva, Simon Hutchinson, Benjamin Krause, and numerous others. She has performed in such notable venues as REDCAT, Capitol Records, Paramount Studios, The Wild Beast @ CalArts, and Newman Hall in Los Angeles, as well as the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tara has been a featured artist at CalArts, Chapman Conservatory, the University of Southern California, Loyola University Chicago, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, among others. She has also performed on KPFK’s Global Village with John Schneider, which airs on 90.7FM in Los Angeles, as well as on Live from Studio A with host Tim Burke, which airs on 88.7FM, Interlochen Public Radio.
Dr. Schwab’s recordings include cutting edge microtonal new music by Jeffrey Holmes (May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way… MicroFest Records, 2018), modernist reworkings of Depression-era songs (Now & Then: Music of the Great Depression(s) 2010/1929 conducted by Ensemble Intercontemporain Assistant Conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Ralph Votapek, and CalArts Jazz’s Cause Nothing Cause (Living River) recorded at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Duo Amantis’ debut album consisting of 21st-century music for flute and guitar with Michael Kudirka is due to be released by the Quebec-based label Doberman-Yppan in late 2018.
Tara received her DMA in Flute Performance with a supporting area in Ethnomusicology from the University of Oregon where she studied with Grammy award winning flutist, Molly Barth. She completed her MFA in Flute Performance at the California Institute of the Arts, and her BM in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Tara has also studied with Jim Walker, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Wissam Boustany, Tadeu Coelho, Alexa Still, Rachel Rudich, Fay Roberts, and Nestor Torres, and has studied Baroque flute with Kim Pineda and Linda Pereksta. Tara’s research in historical performance practice earned her the 2014 Fritz Thelen Recognition Award from the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB), for her dissertation, A Flute Player’s Handbook for the Development of a Rhetorical Approach to W.A. Mozart’s Concerto in G Major, K. 313.
Tara currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Flute at Arkansas State University. Prior to coming to Arkansas, she was Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Literature at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Tara has also taught at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow.
Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox) and “real flair” (The Well-Tempered Ear). He has been a prizewinner at multiple major flute competitions, including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Australian International Flute Competition, and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. As a soloist, Hagen has appeared in concert at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center in addition to multiple concerto performances with the Missouri Symphony. He was Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony from 2009-2016 and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Dallas Wind Symphony. His experience as a chamber musician includes fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Atlantic Music Festival.
In addition to his experience as a performer, Dr. Hagen’s compositions are commissioned and performed by professional musicians across the country. Both his music and his pedagogical writings are published under the Owl Glass Music imprint, and his scholarly work has appeared in the journals of the National Flute Association (USA) and British Flute Society.
Dr. Hagen is currently on the faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as flutist in the Wingra Wind Quintet. He has previously taught at Oklahoma State University and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as in partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Education, and Dallas Symphony. His teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Jim Walker, Philip Dunigan, Renée Siebert, Tadeu Coelho, Chelsea Czuchra, Felicia McNaught, and Tina Ballard.