KRISTEN HOLRITZ, FLUTE

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.


SPENCER PREWITT, CLARINET

Spencer Prewitt currently serves as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Austin Peay State University and beginning in the summer of 2020 he joined the faculty at Bay View Music Festival. Prior to BVMF, Spencer was on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in for six years. Prewitt earned his B.M. from the University of Oklahoma and his M.M. and D.M.A. from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

As an orchestral musician Spencer has performed with the symphonies Nashville, Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and performed for six seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and recorded 11 CDs with the company. Additionally, he is also an active studio musician in Nashville and can be heard on the soundtracks for movies such as Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Harriet, My Little Pony and the video game scores for Destiny 2, Minecraft, Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft.

In demand as a recitalist and clinician, Spencer has given recitals and masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. On recent trips to China he visited Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, and Zhengzhou to perform recitals and give lectures and masterclasses.

As a chamber musician he won a silver medal at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston with the PVC Trio and with The Fawn Trio won a judge’s prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Spencer is a Buffet Crampon performing artist and clinician.


SARA FRAKER, OBOE

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.


JILL MARDERNESS, BASSOON

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.

RISA RENAE HARMAN, SOPRANO

American soprano Risa Renae Harman has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. For her recital at Trinity Church, The New York Times noted, “But she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist…she seemed to have something to say in all five languages she was singing in.”

Noted for her diverse repertoire, recent engagements include soloist in Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the NY premiere of The Wooden Sword, a chamber opera by Sheila Silver, at Symphony Space, a solo recital at the Brooklyn Library and guest artist with the Greenwich Chamber Players. Other engagements for the soprano include Samuel Barber’s The Prayers of Kierkegaard at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Chorus (The Washington Post stated, “Risa Renae Harman sang the solo part in a warm and sweetly lyrical soprano.”), Dorine in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe with Lake George Opera (The Post-Star, “Her exquisite voice and spunky acting shone in each and every scene.”).

Favorite operatic performances have included Violetta in La Traviata, Hanna in The Merry Widow, The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and Massenet’s Manon. The Cincinnati Enquirer observed that she “was a playful Zerbinetta with a big coloratura” in her debut in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with the Sorg Opera in Ohio. Her debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus with Lyric Opera of Cleveland prompted The Cleveland Plain Dealer to remark that she “sparked the action with her vivid portrayal of Adele.” For Miss Harman’s engagement as the Queen of the Night in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s The Magic Flute, the press lauded her performance, “The real payoff comes in the vocal pyrotechnics of Risa Renae Harman. She nails them.” She has several operatic world premieres to her credit, including creating the roles of the Fair Witch in The Witch Boy by Tim Lloyd, and Louise in William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera, a portrayal The Wall Street Journal called “exciting.” Miss Harman has been on the roster for New York City Opera, toured with their National Company and served as a Teaching Artist. A frequent recitalist, oratorio and concert soloist, Miss Harman has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center. For her debut with the Cathedral Choral Society in an all-Baroque program at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post described her voice as “luminous” and “outstanding”. Miss Harman’s international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri, and concerts with Orchestra ProArte Marche.

From Richmond, Virginia, Miss Harman received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degrees from Stony Brook University, an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Hartt School of Music and a Diploma with Distinction from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards and career grants, including the Lee Schaenen Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Lola Hayes Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, YWCA Studio Club, Washington International, the D’Angelo Vocal Competition and a winner of the Dalton Baldwin Mélodie prize in the Lotte Lehmann Vocal Competition. As a winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, she made a concert tour of Sweden and appeared with Elisabeth Söderström in a gala benefit concert honoring Jenny Lind’s birthday.

An Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Voice Department at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan for the past several seasons, her performances have included Broadway and Opera favorites, and recitals that boasted such diverse repertoire as Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Andre Previn’s Four Songs for soprano, cello and piano, Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle, Haydn’s Welsh Airs and Scottish Songs and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate. In appreciation of her artistry, the Karen Schuilling Endowed Chair was created. Miss Harman currently resides in New York.


ELISE DESCHAMPS, MEZZO SOPRANO

With elegant, polished vocalism, and committed dramatic portrayals on stage, Mezzo-Soprano Elise DesChamps appeals to audiences and critics alike as a compelling and charming artist in opera, oratorio and concert. She has been praised by Opera News for her “ability to handle coloratura effusions while bouncing with exhilaration about the stage”, her latest Carmen was described as “rich, powerful, sensuous…the audience who observed her actions and heard her control her lovers with her dark, rich mezzo-soprano voice admired her vocal and dramatic skills”, and her debut with Opera Columbus was celebrated as “vocal brilliance and radiant beauty…the warmth of her voice and the fragrance of her beauty lend themselves to her sprite-like believability”.

Up next, Ms. DesChamps debuts with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as Mercedes in Carmen, returns to Linworth United Methodist Church in Vivaldi’s Gloria conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor William Boggs, and joins the Bay View Music Festival as an Artist-in-Residence. Recent engagements include portrayals of Carmen with Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Operanauts and Asheville Lyric Opera; a feature in Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy with Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth; a debut with Opera Project Columbus as La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica; a return to Opera Columbus as Stephano in Roméo & Juliette and to Southminster Concerts Ottawa as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; concerts of French songs and arias, including Viardot’s mélodies with MDA Québec and Saurel Festival, Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio with Linworth United Methodist Church, and collaborated work with Ballet Met Columbus and Columbus Dancer Theater. Other engagements have included returns to Asheville Lyric opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Gertrude in Roméo & Juliette, and to Opera Columbus as Thisbe in La Cenerentola, Annina in Traviata, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as Iolanthe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. During her Young Artist residencies, Ms. DesChamps sang Zinnia in L’Étoile of Chabrier and a Handmaiden in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera, toured as La Cenerentola in La Cenerentola, and performed several recitals and scenes throughout Ohio with Opera Columbus.

In Concert, Ms. DesChamps sang Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Columbus State College and Ohio Christian College, Pergolesi’s Stabat mater with Capital Chamber Orchestra, as well as recitals in repeat engagements for Opera Columbus, Cincinnati Opera, Southminster Concerts Ottawa, Piedmont Opera, Capital University, St-Joseph’s Cathedral Scola Ensemble, MDA Québec, Saurel Music Festival, Bon Pasteur Historical Chapel, SRC Radio Young Artists’ series, and La Maison Alcan.

Ms. DesChamps studied vocal Performance at The Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she received a Master of Music in Voice with legendary Soprano Virginia Zeani. She is a grateful recipient of numerous grants, scholarships and awards, including those of the Canadian Music Competition, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Robert Bourassa Foundation, the Charles-Émiles Gadbois Competition, the Académie Internationale d’Été De Nice and was invited by the Vermont Opera Theater to the Foliage Art Song Master Class with Dalton Baldwin. She is originally from Montréal, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Montréal Conservatory with degrees in Cello and Musicology. She is currently on the voice faculty of The Capital University Conservatory of Music and the Alto Soloist at Linworth United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.


EVERETT MCCORVEY, DIRECTOR (AMERICAN SPIRITUAL INTENSIVE)

Dr. Everett McCorvey is a tenor soloist, conductor, and professor of voice. He is the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, the director and executive producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and president of Global Creative Connections, a production and management company for musical and theatrical events. Dr. McCorvey is also the artistic director of the National Chorale for the 2014-2015 season.


BRIAN BANION, BASS

Bass-Baritone Brian Banion’s combination of physical and vocal acting combined with his versatile, warm, well-projected bass-baritone voice are demonstrated in a variety of roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Figaro and Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo and Zuniga in Carmen, Baron Douphol, Marquis and the Doctor in La Traviata, Doctor in Vanessa, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette.

This season includes a return to Piedmont Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Handel’s Messiah with The Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach and The Boise Philharmonic, as well as recitals in Philadelphia and Montreal. Recent engagements include Zuniga in Carmen with Asheville Lyric Opera, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Columbus, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore with Piedmont Opera, and a debut with The Princeton Festival as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Future engagements include a return to The Princeton Festival as Simone in Gianni Schicchi. Brian joined the faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in 2012.

Mr. Banion recently created the role of Reverend Arthur Baines in the world premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, making his Nashville Opera debut. He reprised Baines in Montclair, New Jersey. Additional engagements include a debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as Leporello in the internationally acclaimed Gunter Kramer production of Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Requiem on tour throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain with The Robert Page Festival Singers, a debut with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as returns to Opera Columbus in La Traviata, The Merry Widow, and as Leporello in Don Giovanni. Brian returned to kick off the finals of The 2010 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Competition, singing the National Anthem for the fourth straight year.

Brian has collaborated with a number of major opera companies, symphony orchestras and has been a featured soloist at festivals here and abroad. These include the Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Columbus, Kentucky Opera, Greensboro Opera, Nevada Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Roanoke, Columbus Light Opera, the Cincinnati May Festival, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Symphony Orchestra, the Mansfield Symphony, the Carmel Symphony, and the Anderson Symphony. His concert performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Fauré Requiem, Bach Passions, and Schubert Mass in A-flat and G.

EVIE CHEN, VIOLIN

Evie Chen is on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where in addition to teaching her violin studio, she is also the director of the UTK String Project and coordinates chamber music. A passionate educator, she has instructed music theory at Rice University and has given masterclasses around the Houston area on musicianship, methods of practice, injury prevention, Alexander Technique as a resource, and ways of approaching contemporary music. In her private practice, she fosters independence and autonomy of learning with ergonomic versatility as key trademarks of her studio. 

Evie made her debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8 after being the youngest to win the Nafisa Taghioff Award in the FSO’s Young Artists Competition. Since then, she has received recognition at several competitions and performed concertos with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, California Youth Symphony, Eastman Philharmonia, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, the Houston Symphony Orchestra where she premiered Erberk Erylmaz’s Second Violin Concerto.

An equally versatile artist with a deep experience in a variety of musical fields, she has enjoyed playing symphonic works alongside the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Evie also values the importance of bringing novel musical genres to diverse audiences, particularly through the evolving communication of chamber music. Her interest in collaboration has led to her ongoing performances with Hoppa! Project, a group of musicians dedicated to presenting both folk and new works by composers from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She has also been a part of several contemporary string chamber concerts for MUSIQA, a new music initiative based in Houston that seeks to integrate new music with other modern art-forms. Additionally, as a recurring guest artist at Kalmia Garden Music and Arts, she enjoys playing in their summer chamber music series. 

Evie earned her master’s degree with Paul Kantor at Rice University and continues working towards her DMA. She received a BM in violin performance and a BA in psychology through the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, where she was additionally awarded the Performer’s Certificate under the tutelage of Mikhail Kopelman.


JOSH HOLRITZ, VIOLIN

Hailed for his “particularly outstanding” playing (Chattanooga Times Free Press), Josh Holritz is a violinist and violist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States.

Josh is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. He has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and served as concertmaster for the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). Josh has performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and New World Symphony and currently substitutes with the Charleston and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Josh was a founding member of the Emmaus Quartet which gave over 100 performances in the Southeast between 2004-2006. Josh currently maintains a busy performance schedule with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife, CSO principal flutist Kristen Holritz. Additionally, Josh performs weekly with the CSO String Quintet in their effort to bring classical music to local schools and the great Chattanooga community. Josh is currently collaborating with Lee University professor Dr. ChoEun Lee to perform the entire Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle over four semesters between 2017-2019.

Josh is an advocate for newly composed music and improvisation. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “A Player’s Guide: Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46”, includes a complete recording of Auerbach’s Op. 46 preludes. Josh’s free improvisation work can be heard on Spotify under the album title Blow-Fi. In 2017 Josh performed two world premieres of chamber works by Chattanooga composers Douglas Hedwig (Movable Borders) and Jonathan McNair (All a-Cryin’). Josh is also an active studio musician in Nashville and has played on multiple soundtracks for many of today’s popular films, television shows, and video games.

Dedicated to training the next generation of musicians, Josh currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Violin for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Adjunct Professor at Covenant College where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. He has also served on faculty for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently a faculty artist for the Bay View Music Festival.

Josh holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a M.M. from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia.


LIBOR ONDRAS, VIOLIN/VIOLA

Libor Ondras is a viola recitalist, conductor and educator. Dr. Ondras began his studies as a recipient of the Slovak Ministry of Culture fellowship to study viola at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory with Yuri Bashmet. To further his career and experience, Ondras continued his studies at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, and completed his M.M and D.M.A. degrees at the University of Houston. Among the highlights of his graduate studies years are fellowships at the Pacific Music Festival established by Leonard Bernstein (Japan), the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute (University of Maryland), Encore (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Sir George Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project.

Dr. Ondras has performed with major orchestras throughout the US and Europe including Florida Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Philharmonics… He has given lectures and played recitals for the American Viola Society and International Viola D’Amore Society. His research and scholarly writings were published in the Journal of American Viola Society. Ondras’ conducting engagements include Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra of Grand Rapids and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra of Petoskey and a guest conductor for the Slovak State Opera.

Prior to coming to MI, Dr. Ondras served as a Director of Orchestras at the University of Tampa, FL, where he also founded and lead Quartet-de-Minaret. Among their frequent chamber music appearances and residencies are such festivals as Haydn International Festspiele (Austria) and Sarasota International Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Ondras currently serves as a Director of Orchestras and String Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College.


KAITLYN VEST, CELLO

Kaitlyn Vest has taught and performed throughout the U.S., China, and Indonesia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Performance from the University of Memphis with Leonardo Altino, and her Master’s degree in Performance from Carnegie Mellon University with Anne Martindale Williams. Kaitlyn performed as soloist with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and has given chamber concerts with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Vest spent a year in Indonesia as a Lecturer in Cello and Chamber music at the Universitas Pelita Harapan, as well as teaching and performing in the Jakarta area. She now resides in Huntsville, AL, where she is a section cellist with theHuntsville Symphony, and substitutes with Nashville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, and other regional orchestras. In addition to a private studio in Huntsville, Kaitlyn works with the Decatur Youth Symphony program, and teaches cello/bass at The University of the South.


PHILIP ALEJO, BASS

Philip Alejo is the Assistant Professor of Bass at the University of Arizona. Previously he performed as Associate Principal Bass in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, taught at St. Ambrose University, and served as Visiting Professor of Bass at the University of Michigan. A former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and an orchestral mentor with the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Philip has played with Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Ensemble Dal Niente, Flint Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony.

As a chamber musician, Philip collaborates regularly with harpist Claire Happel in River Town Duo. River Town Duo recently premiered newly commissioned works by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and Yale composer Hannah Lash during appearances at the International Society of Bassists 2015 Convention and the American Harp Society 2015 Summer Institute. Philip’s additional performances have taken place alongside Menahem Pressler, Yehonatan Berick, Martin Beaver, Paul Coletti, the Prazak Quartet, the Jasper Quartet, Maiya Papach, Spencer Myer, Katinka Kleijn, and David Bowlin.

Philip has performed at numerous music festivals, including Spoleto Festival USA (SC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival (NC), Mackinac Island Music Festival (MI), Oaxaca Instrumenta (Mexico), Aldeburgh Festival (England), Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival (AZ), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and Aspen Music Festival (CO). As a fellow at the Center of World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan, Philip studied tango performance during a residency in Buenos Aires with bassist Horacio Cabarcos.

He teaches at the Milt Hinton Institute at Oberlin College, AZ ASTA Bass Jam, and the Richard Davis Conference for Young Bassists at the University of Wisconsin. Philip holds degrees from Oberlin College (BA, BM), Yale University (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), where his principal teachers included Diana Gannett, Donald Palma, Peter Dominguez, and Thomas Sperl.

FRED MARDERNESS, TIMPANI/PERCUSSION

Fred Marderness has been a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Percussion Performance. Fred has a history rich in Band performances including solo appearances with the last band conducted by John Philip Sousa, The Ringgold Band of Reading, Pa. He has also been invited to perform on a number of occasions with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. Orchestras with which Fred has performed include Colorado Philharmonic, Flint Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also served on the faculties of Saint Cloud State University, College of Saint Benedict, Grand Canyon University, and Interlochen’s National Music Camp. This is Fred’s 30th summer at Bay View.

ANDREW MITCHELL, TROMBONE

Andrew Mitchell has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe. In 2018, he joined the faculty of Youngstown State University as Assistant Professor of Trombone. Mitchell is a member of Spectrum Brass, and is Second Trombone of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Summers, he is an Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival.  He frequently performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles in his native Metro Detroit, including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Motor City Brass Quintet. He has previously held positions in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the orchestras of Kalamazoo, Toledo, Tallahassee, Flint, Lansing,  Ann Arbor, Youngstown, and Grand Rapids. Mitchell earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He was previously Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University. Mitchell is an artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.


SCOTT THORNBURG, TRUMPET

Trumpeter Scott Thornburg has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Following undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Miami and the Juilliard School, Mr. Thornburg lived in New York City where he was principal trumpet with the New York City Symphony, the Summerfare Opera Orchestra, Philharmonica Virtuosi, the Stamford Symphony, Musica Sacra, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He performed at the Caramoor Festival as principal trumpet with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, and toured South America, Europe, and the U.S. with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Thornburg is a member of the New York Trumpet Ensemble and has performed with the Canadian Brass, Parnassus, and the New York Brass. He was invited to fill in for one of the regular members of the American Brass Quintet who was on leave during the fall 1997 season. Mr. Thornburg spent two months performing around the country with the group and conducting masterclasses and chamber music coachings at the Juilliard School where the American Brass Quintet is in residence. For four years he toured the U.S. and Canada for Columbia Artists with the trumpet and organ duo Toccatas and Flourishes. He has also appeared as soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Symphony, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and, most recently, on U.S., European, and South American tours with the New York Chamber Soloists. 1996 held performance and master class tours in Spain and Russia and in the Spring of 2000, a tour with the Summit Brass.

Mr. Thornburgs recording with pianist Silvia Roederer was released in 2001 and he has recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, and with the organist Richard Morris.

Since the fall of 1989, Mr. Thornburg, his wife Sue Larsen and their three children, Laura, Lee and Eric, have lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he is a Professor at Western Michigan University as well as a member of the acclaimed Western Brass Quintet and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In the summer he teaches and performs at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan.


BRIAN BUERKLE, TRUMPET

Brian Buerkle holds music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Duquesne University. Currently, he serves as Principal Trumpet of the Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL) and has held positions as Acting 4th/Utility Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2006-2007), Acting 2nd/Sub-Principal Trumpet with the West Virginia Symphony (2007-2010), 2nd Trumpet with the Lexington Philharmonic (2000-2001), and 2nd Trumpet with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1999). He is also a member of several new and innovative chamber ensembles, including the Spectrum Brass, the Pittsburgh Brass, and the Motor City Brass. Brian is a former member of the prestigious faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI).

As an active freelance musician, Brian has performed and recorded with some of America’s finest orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and Kentucky Symphony. His extensive chamber music experience has led to additional performances and recordings with the Spectrum Brass, Pittsburgh Brass, Motor City Brass, Canterbury Brass, Queen City Brass, American Wind Symphony, and Burning River Brass. He can be heard on the Telarc, PentaTone, BrassJar, Centaur, Albany, Summit, PSO, and AWSO record labels.

Brian has earned notable awards from the Music Academy of the West, the International Trumpet Guild, and the National Trumpet Competition. In October of 2010, Brian was featured in a profile article–of the International Trumpet Guild Magazine–recognizing his many achievements as a professional musician. Aside from his skills as a trumpeter, Brian is also an accomplished conductor and arranger. His publications for brass have been performed and recorded by groups worldwide and his conducting experience ranges from brass ensembles and vocal choirs to symphony orchestras. In 2009, he joined the classical music review team at the American Record Guide and also became the Owner and President of the Southern Ohio Music Company – a business specializing in the sale and distribution of high quality brass sheet music (http://www.somusic.com).

During his free time, Brian can be found doing a number of activities including playing tennis, racquetball, golf, baseball, darts, billiards, and ping-pong. He is also an avid audiophile and maintains an extensive collection of classical music recordings. He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH, where he enjoys an active and diverse playing career.


MATTHEW LYON, TUBA

Matthew Lyon is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Brass Area Coordinator at Ball State University. Previously the Instructor of Low Brass at the University of Windsor, he holds degrees from DePaul University, The University of Michigan, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was the first tuba player to receive the New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and the Dean’s Creative Endeavor Award at Ball State University

Professor Lyon has performed recitals and held master classes in South America, China, Canada, Austria, and throughout the United States. He has been a featured soloist with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and is a regular guest artist at various national and international music conferences. As a chamber musician, he has performed with MusicNOW, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Motor City Brass Quintet, Today’s Brass Quintet, the Da Camera Brass Quintet, and the Great Lakes Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of the Peninsula Brass.

As an orchestral player, he was Principal Tubist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons and has performed with the orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Tuba of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to teaching at Ball State University, Professor Lyon is summer faculty at the Interlochen Low Brass Institute and the Yamaha Music for All Summer Symposium. 2018 will be his first summer at the Spectrum Brass Seminar in Bay View.

MATT MCFARLANE, PIANO

A musician of diverse abilities and interests, Matt McFarlane has been a part of the Bay View Music Festival since 1998. McFarlane studied Music Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and dual majored in Piano and Trombone. After teaching instrumental music at the Lamoni School District, he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. New York performances have included choral performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Minnesota Chorale, McFarlane has performed with the Minnesota Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and The Ordway in Saint Paul. His teachers have included Dalton Baldwin and JJ Penna. Conductors have included Osmo Vanska, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, and Colin Davis. Matt has accompanied in many voice studios, including those of Martha J. Hart and Sharon Sweet. Master Classes have included Diana Soviero, Virgina Zeani, George Shirley, William Preucil, and the Scholars of London. When not at Bay View, he spends time as the co-director of music with his wife Molly at Discovery Methodist Church in Chanhassen and spends his school year at the Main Street School of Performing Arts wrangling high school musicians.


ANTHONY PATTERSON, PIANO

Anthony Patterson began to study the piano at the age of three. At the age of eight he made his debut with the Lima Symphony and at age 12 he was chosen one of seven finalists in the American Federation of Musicians Young Artist Competition. In 1989, he was a finalist in the American Federation of Music Clubs national competition while winning the state and regional competitions. His teachers have included Richard Syracuse, Andre Watts, Jerome Rose and Earl Wild. He has served on the faculty of the University of Charleston, West Virginia; Capital University and Alma College, Alma, Michigan. Mr. Patterson joined the Bay View faculty in 1986.


CASEY ROBARDS, COLLABORATIVE PIANO

Casey Robards has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia.  She gave her Carnegie Hall debut with baritone Christiaan Smith, performing a program of Top 40 pop songs sung as original art song arrangements. Her repertoire includes art song, opera, musical theatre, gospel and popular vocal music, string, brass and wind. In 2017, she served as associate music director of the University of Kentucky world premiere of “BOUNCE: The Basketball opera” co-produced with Ardea Arts.

Dr. Robards is Lecturer/Vocal Coach at the University of Illinois and Head of Collaborative Piano at the Bay View Music Festival where she serves as conductor/coach/pianist for the vocal young artist programs. Casey held prior faculty appointments at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory (postdoctoral) and Central Michigan University. She is interested in the intersection of music and social justice and has led benefit recitals for Musicambia, a non-profit organization that creates music conservatories in prisons.

Robards attended the Tanglewood Music Festival (04, 05), receiving the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.She has a DMA in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois.

www.caseyrobards.com

WALTER CHASE, MUSIC DIRECTOR/SOULSTICE

Walter Chase is a founding member and producer for the world renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser. The ensemble has performed around the world in support of their seven albums with Atlantic Records.  The group has been accompanied by artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins, Jason Mraz, Sara Barellies and Kristen Bell.  Walter’s most notable composition, “The Christmas Can-Can”, has become a international holiday standard.  Walter is also active as a producer, arranger, music publisher.  He currently is producing and arranging shows for Celebrity Cruise Line and Silver Dollar City Casino in Branson, MO.  Mr. Chase is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN.  Originally from Easton, PA, his family currently calls Newtown, PA home.


JEROME COLLINS, SOULSTICE

Jerome Collins is known for his smooth approach reminiscent of the classic R&B singers of our time, yet with a fresh sound that appeals to today’s audiences. Jerome is a founding member and lead singer of the world renowned a capella group Straight No Chaser. A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in music and theater, Jerome’s diverse talent as taken him in many directions, most notably as a featured performer in productions of Grease as Teen Angel, Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, and a workshop performance of Change Gonna Come: The Story of Sam Cooke. People get ready to sing and dance the night away, as we embark on soulful musical journey.

AKROPOLIS QUINTET

Celebrating their 13th year making music with a “collective voice driven by real excitement and a sense of adventure” (The Wire), Akropolis has “taken the chamber music world by storm” (Fanfare). As the first reed quintet to grace the Billboard Charts (May 2021), the untamed band of 5 reed players and entrepreneurs are united by a shared passion: to make music that sparks joy and wonder. 

Winner of 7 national chamber music prizes including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, Akropolis delivers 120 concerts and educational events each year and has premiered over 130 works. They are the first ensemble of their kind to grace the stage on noteworthy series like Oneppo (Yale University), Chamber Music San Antonio, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Summerwinds Münster (Germany), Flagler Museum (Palm Beach), and many more. 

“There’s nothing tentative in [Akropolis’] approach, and that extends to their programming of multifariously challenging and imaginative new works” (The Wire). Currently, Akropolis is collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf and drummer Christian Euman on their Are We Dreaming the Same Dream? project, an album and touring program drawing classical and jazz idioms together to reflect on American identity.

Akropolis’ 22-23 season will include premieres of the music of Augusta Read Thomas and Omar Thomas; imaginative renditions of music by Ravel, Bernstein, Rameau, Shostakovich, and Gershwin; and touring their 4th album, Ghost Light, lauded for its “range, agility, and grace” (The Whole Note).

Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and a nonprofit organization which has received 5 consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Akropolis runs a festival in Detroit called Together We Sound and an annual, yearlong residency at three public Detroit high schools. 

The “pure gold” (San Francisco Chronicle) Akropolis Reed Quintet performs worldwide and is represented exclusively by Ariel Artists. 


TIM GOCKLIN, OBOE

Known for his “remarkably beautiful oboe playing” (Fanfare Magazine), Tim Gocklin is oboist of the Akropolis Reed Quintet and serves as Artist-in-Residence in Oboe and woodwind chamber music coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Prior to his present position in Colorado, Tim lived in New Haven, CT and performed in a wide variety of settings with ensembles such as The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Le Train Bleu, New York Chamber Soloists, Mozart Orchestra of New York under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, the Argus String Quartet, and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. 

 Tim is a two-time winner of the Yale School of Music’s Chamber Music Competition. In 2013, he performed works by Hindemith in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall as part of the Yale in New York series. He has performed at Chamber Music Northwest with David Shifrin and oboist Allan Vogel in a program of Dvorak’s Wind Serenade, Op. 44 and Mozart’s Gran Partita in B-flat, KV 361. He has appeared at the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Cape Cod Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival under the direction of Peter Oundjian, and held fellowships at the Norfolk and Sarasota Chamber Music Festivals.

Tim can be heard on the NAXOS and Block M record labels, including two recordings with the University of Michigan Symphony Band. These works were taken on a tour to China where the band performed at Beijing’s National Centre for the Arts and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. 

 In 2012, Tim received his Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. He subsequently completed his Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma at Yale University studying with Stephen Taylor.


KARI LANDRY, CLARINET

Kari Landry is a Backun Artist and clarinetist of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, as well as the Marketing and Development Manager of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She manages the organization’s branding, marketing, web design, advertising, social media, fundraising, and more. Since 2016, Kari has been an intermediate lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance where she teaches music entrepreneurship courses. 

For six years, Kari served as the Marketing & Programs Manager for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a month-long arts and music festival that presents over 175 free concerts and events. She oversaw the organization’s annual $100,000 marketing budget, created its digital and print content, managed press and advertising efforts, and programmed over 50 artistic, educational, and community events. While working in Ann Arbor, Kari received a Michigan EMMY for best historical documentary for her work on A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone, showcasing 100 Years of University Musical Society Performances in Hill Auditorium. She has also been an intern at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Kari received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist Dan Gilbert. Committed to increasing arts access within communities, Kari earned an additional Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Eastern Michigan University. 

Kari attended the Aspen Music Festival for two summers during college and was the E-flat clarinetist in the University of Michigan Symphony Band’s 2011 tour to China, performing in “The Giant Egg” National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Kari owes her musical success to her instructors Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Ted Oien, and Suzy Dennis-Bratton.


MATT LANDRY, SAXOPHONE

Matt Landry is the Akropolis Reed Quintet’s saxophonist and Executive Director of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Matt was selected by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as a 2018/19 Rising Leader among arts and cultural organizations in Michigan. He is a former middle school band director and worked as a community engagement specialist for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce for four years. He teaches two courses for music majors at Michigan State University on entrepreneurship and fundraising and leads dozens of arts entrepreneurship workshops each year at universities nationwide.

Matt has been featured on several concerts with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, including Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, which he also performed in Portland, OR with eminent chamber musicians including Jennifer Frautschi and Tara Helen O’Connor. He has also performed Bernstein’s On the Town with the Dearborn Symphony. As well as Akropolis’ three studio albums, he can be heard on two CDs produced by the UM Symphony Band under the Equilibrium Records label, Raise the Roof and Classic Structures. He was also an adjudicator for the 2019 Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition.

Matt received his Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Education and Saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta. He was a James B. Angell Scholar and commencement flag bearer.


RYAN REYNOLDS, BASSOON

The Akropolis Reed Quintet’s bassoonist, Dr. Ryan Reynolds, is Lecturer of Bassoon at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. He received his education at the Interlochen Arts Academy (‘08), University of Michigan (BM ‘12, MM ‘14), and Florida State University (DM ‘17) where he studied with Eric Stomberg, Jeffrey Lyman, and Jeff Keesecker.

As a performer, Dr. Reynolds has won many awards with Akropolis, and in 2018, his collaboration with legendary clarinetist David Shifrin on the studio recording of a new chamber music version of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto was released on Delos Records and nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Additionally, Reynolds has performed on occasion with orchestras throughout the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra.

An educator, Dr. Reynolds is on the summer faculty of the Renova Music Festival, and has given masterclasses and lectures in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and at many top American universities, including the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. Reynolds was a judge for the junior level at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and was Akropolis’ representative to judge the Barlow Endowment’s first prize for a reed quintet commission the same year.

Reynolds contributes to the International Double Reed Society as the Lead Bassoon Recordings Reviewer for the quarterly journal The Double Reed, and as an officer on the IDRS Commissioning Sub-Committee. At the Society’s conference at Granada, Spain in 2018, he premiered composer Ethan Wickman’s Cuatro Escanas del Cante Jondo for bassoon and piano, Per Bloland’s Asemic Patterns for oboe and bassoon, and Chiel Meijering’s the green reed which blows in the wind for 12 bassoons and string orchestra. At the Society’s 2019 conference in Tampa, FL, Dr. Reynolds performed a set of masterworks for the reed quintet to a full house with Akropolis.


ANDREW KOEPPE, BASS CLARINET

The Akropolis Reed Quintet’s bass clarinetist and an Ann Arbor, MI native, Andrew Koeppe majored in clarinet at the University of Michigan and studied with Chad Burrow, Deborah Chodacki, and Monica Kaenzig. Andrew can be heard on two University of Michigan Symphony Band albums, including interactions with acclaimed soloists Nancy Ambrose King and Adam Unsworth, as well as the premiere of William Bolcom’s Symphony for Band. He was the featured clarinet soloist in Bolcom’s band orchestration of “Graceful Ghost Rag” on the University of Michigan Symphony Band CD release, Artifacts. He has also performed with the Final Fantasy Symphony in Ann Arbor and with New Music Detroit, performing Annie Gosfield’s Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Andrew also attended the Buffet-Crampon USA Clarinet Academy in Jacksonville, FL in 2009 where he studied with clarinetists Eugene Mondie, Dan Gilbert, Andre Moisan, and Ixi Chen. In 2009 he played principal clarinet and bass clarinet in a small orchestral ensemble of select University of Michigan students in a weeklong multimedia workshop and final performance of Ask Your Mama with composer Laura Carpman, curator Jessye Norman, and conductor George Manahan. This new work later premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Andrew enjoys teaching a large and exuberant studio of clarinet and bass clarinet players in Ann Arbor, MI.

DR. CHRIS LUDWA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR; CONDUCTOR – FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, CHOIR AND MUSICAL

(231) 225-8877 • chris@bayviewassociation.org

Newly named Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College and Artistic Director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Chris has served as Artistic Director of Bay View Music Festival since 2007. Prior to his appointment in Kalamazoo, he served as Director of Performing Arts and Ensembles for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH before accepting the position of Music Director for The Federated Church from 2014-2017. He also served for 10 years as Artistic Director of Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis, Conductor of Bloomington Pops and Bloomington Symphony, and is founder of Kaleidosong, a professional vocal sextet.


MATT MCFARLANE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

A musician of diverse abilities and interests, Matt McFarlane has been a part of the Bay View Music Festival since 1998. McFarlane studied Music Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and dual majored in Piano and Trombone. After teaching instrumental music at the Lamoni School District, he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. New York performances have included choral performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Minnesota Chorale, McFarlane has performed with the Minnesota Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and The Ordway in Saint Paul. His teachers have included Dalton Baldwin and JJ Penna. Conductors have included Osmo Vanska, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, and Colin Davis. Matt has accompanied in many voice studios, including those of Martha J. Hart and Sharon Sweet. Master Classes have included Diana Soviero, Virgina Zeani, George Shirley, William Preucil, and the Scholars of London. When not at Bay View, he spends time as the co-director of music with his wife Molly at Discovery Methodist Church in Chanhassen and spends his school year at the Main Street School of Performing Arts wrangling high school musicians.


GALIA BACKAL, DIRECTOR (SOUND OF MUSIC)

Galia Backal is a director of new works, plays, dance theatre, and musicals. She received her BA in Directing from Pace University and has worked with The Drama League, Samuel French, Atlantic Theatre Company, La MaMa, The Broadway League, Theatre for a New Audience, The Tank, Standard Toykraft, TADA Theatre, and the Roundhouse. This past October her immersive, devised theatre piece A Very Girly Story was seen at Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series Festival. In November 2017, she was the Assistant Director for The Drama League’s Benefit Gala Honoring Steve Martin.

Galia acted as director and creator for collaborative works including One Day Older (Theatre Row), Silence (The Tank), Nightcap (Match:Lit Theatre Company), and If I Dare (Layton Studios). Other productions include Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Schaeberle Studio Theatre), July 7, 1994 by Donald Margulies (Schaeberle Studio Theatre), Macbeth the Musical (DTASC Festival), God’s Country by Steven Dietz (DTASC Festival), Buried Child by Sam Shepard (DTASC Festival), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You by Christopher Durang (NSLC at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios), and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies (DTASC Festival).


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CASEY ROBARDS, OPERA CONDUCTOR

Casey Robards has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut with baritone Christiaan Smith, performing a program of Top 40 pop songs sung as original art song arrangements. Her repertoire includes art song, opera, musical theatre, gospel and popular vocal music, string, brass and wind. In 2017, she served as associate music director of the University of Kentucky world premiere of “BOUNCE: The Basketball opera” co-produced with Ardea Arts.

Dr. Robards is Lecturer/Vocal Coach at the University of Illinois and Head of Collaborative Piano at the Bay View Music Festival where she serves as conductor/coach/pianist for the vocal young artist programs. Casey held prior faculty appointments at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory (postdoctoral) and Central Michigan University. She is interested in the intersection of music and social justice and has led benefit recitals for Musicambia, a non-profit organization that creates music conservatories in prisons.

Robards attended the Tanglewood Music Festival (04, 05), receiving the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.She has a DMA in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois.

www.caseyrobards.com


RICHARD GAMMON, STAGE DIRECTOR (LA BOHEME)

Richard Gammon, a Filipino American New York City-based stage director, is known for the use of modern dance and movement in his contemporary interpretations of classic operatic repertoire and theatre.

Richard is the Director of Opera Maine’s Studio Artist Program and has worked extensively with Young Artist Programs around the country. For Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons Richard co-directed Center Stage, a concert of opera scenes featuring the Gerdine Young Artists and Richard Gaddes Festival Artists with the St. Louis Symphony. Richard was the stage director for the Charlottesville Opera Young Artist Program for four seasons (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Susannah, La bohème, Gianni Schicchi); a Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera directing the Wolf Trap Opera Studio in An Evening of One Act Operas: Hin und züruck, Gallantry, A Hand of Bridge, La Divina, Again; a Young Artist Director at Opera North, and most recently a Stage Director/Acting Coach in Greve in Chianti, Italy for Bel Canto in Tuscany.

Richard is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.


EVERETT MCCORVEY, DIRECTOR (AMERICAN SPIRITUAL INTENSIVE)

Dr. Everett McCorvey is a tenor soloist, conductor, and professor of voice. He is the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, the director and executive producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and president of Global Creative Connections, a production and management company for musical and theatrical events. Dr. McCorvey is also the artistic director of the National Chorale for the 2014-2015 season.