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 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.



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 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.

Flute Intensive Faculty


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 (, released their debut CD Perpetuum Mobile in 2016. She also plays Irish flute, whistle and Celtic harp in a variety of settings including Mithril (, a high-energy Celtic/world music band which has released seven CDs, and Liminal (, 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 (

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.


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.


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.


Distinguished American tenor Roderick George made his New York Lincoln Center debut at David Geffen Hall as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the National Chorale, and he has appeared at Carnegie Hall as a soloist for the Gotham Sings Choral Showcase. Regularly engaged as a soloist in major concert and oratorio works, his recent seasons have included performances of Mozart Requiem with Northwest Florida Symphony and Pensacola Symphony, Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes for his debut with Nashville Symphony, Carmina Burana with Huntsville Symphony, Bach Magnificat and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with El Paso Choral Society, and Dett’s Chariot Jubilee as a guest artist with the Aeolians of Oakwood University for the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization National Convention in Baltimore. 
As an international artist, Mr. George’s highlights include performances throughout Russia as a featured soloist with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic. He has also made appearances at numerous international festivals and venues including Festival Internacional de Musica Sacra in Ecuador, La Folle Journée Festival in France, Spain’s Festival Internacional de la Porta Ferrada and Festival Internacional de Santander, the Cayman Arts Festival of the Grand Cayman Islands, Notre-Dame Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris, Lensoveta Palace of Culture in St. Petersburg, the Royal Dublin Society and Wexford Opera House of Ireland, and the Spaso House of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. 
Mr. George has performed a diversity of leading lyric tenor opera roles including Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Gérald in Lakmé, the title role of Albert Herring and Camille in The Merry Widow. Recent seasons have included role debuts as the Leader in Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Union Avenue Opera and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham. A champion of American art song and an avid song recitalist, he specializes in the study and performance of song literature based on the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes. He sang the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s “Four Romantic Love Songs” and regularly presents his “Poetry in Song” programs dedicated to the writings of Dunbar and Hughes. He has also recently performed Douglas McDonnell’s chamber work, “Langston’s Lot,” for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano at Heidelberg University and Susquehanna University. As a regular soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, he has recorded and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Ireland and South America.
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. George is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Voice Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Montevallo. He holds graduate degrees, including a doctorate, in performance, opera and music theater from The Florida State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with advanced studies in Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies. He is also an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singers.


Tenor and Assistant Professor William Joyner joined the Division of Vocal Studies of the UNT College of Music in 2014. Over the course of his career, he has performed 55 different roles, singing in 12 countries on 3 continents. He has been engaged by some of the world’s foremost opera theaters, including Teatro alla Scala, Gran Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Washington National Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Joyner has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and has worked with some of the greatest conductors of our time, including Daniel Barenboim, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Kurt Masur, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, and the late Marcello Viotti.

Born in North Carolina, William Joyner holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Catholic University of America. He has been the recipient of the Feinstein Artist of the Year Award from the Washington National Opera, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, a Sullivan Foundation Award, and a Silver Medal from the Rosa Ponselle Foundation. He is a member of AEA, AGMA, CAEA, the College Music Society, NATS, and SAG-AFTRA.


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.


Praised for her “musical maturity and masterful technique,” (Leipziger Volkszeitung) Korean-born violinist Soo Yeon Kim regularly performs as a solo, chamber, and orchestral performer throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Kim has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, St. Cecilia Music Center, Cornell University’s Barnes Hall, Yamaha Hall at Ginza in Japan, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hall in Germany, as well as in France, Holland, and South Korea. As a soloist, she has garnered both national and international recognition and has soloed with Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, New Jersey High Mountain Symphony Orchestra, City College of New York Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, among others. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the leading composers of her generation and has worked closely with the New Juilliard Ensemble and Focus! Festival at Lincoln Center and premiered a number of contemporary chamber works by living composers around the world including Andrew Ford and Aleksander Lasoń, which were live-streamed on New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Her recent premiere of the renown contemporary American composer Samuel Adler’s A Euphonious Quartet is now available on major digital platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. As a young artist, she has been featured in major music festivals both in Europe and in the U.S. including Kronberg Academy Festival and Leipzig Internationale Sommer-Musikakademie in Germany, Holland Music Sessions in Netherlands, the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard in NYC, and American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

As a sought-after pedagogue, Dr. Kim is a current Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, as well as the Director of String Chamber Ensembles at Houghton College. Previously, she has served on violin faculty positions at Luzerne Music Center and Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, NJ. This is her first summer teaching at the Bay View Music Festival.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Juilliard with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees on full scholarship and has recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. (


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 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.


Laurielle Warren began her serious musical studies with Sheridan Kamberger Currie and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied under Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Dr. Dominic DeStefano. She continued her studies with Dr. Misha Galaganov while earning her Master of Music degree at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she served as the Graduate Assistant for the program. Laurielle is an active pedagogue and performer, teaching on the faculty of the TCU Music Preparatory Division and at the Fort Worth Suzuki School, and currently performing with The Jackson Symphony (TN). Laurielle has performed in several orchestras in five states.

Laurielle enjoys performing as a chamber musician and has performed in chamber music groups in the United States and in Italy. Currently, she performs with The Jackson Symphony String Quartet and with her husband, a clarinetist, in the Warren Trio. Laurielle coaches in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra chamber program, which prepares students to perform string quartet repertoire in the United States and abroad. In the summer, Laurielle serves as a Faculty Artist at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan, teaching and performing in the Bay View Faculty String Quartet.

Laurielle is also the director and co-founder of a teaching business in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex called DFW Strings & Piano. (


A native of Austin, Texas, cellist Laura Andrade is a prizewinner of the 2019 Sphinx competition and has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Festival appearances include IMS Prussia Cove, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Taos School of Music, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Moritzburg Festival in Germany. Laura holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School with Natasha Brofsky. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate studying with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. 


Originally from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, cellist Meghan Berindean is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Low Strings at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. An enthusiastic performer of chamber music, Berindean has performed as a member of the Tallahassee-based Eppes Quartet and the Cleveland-based Judson String Quartet, with whom she was the recipient of the Francis E. Sykora Outreach Grant through the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previously, she was a first prize-winner of the MENC Pennsylvania State Chamber Group Competition as a member of the Valens Piano Quartet. Berindean enjoys spending her summers at Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where she coordinates the string chamber music. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan for the summer of 2019.  

As an orchestral player, Berindean is currently co-principal cello of the Clarksville-based Gateway Chamber Orchestra, She has served as principal cello of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northern Tier Symphony, and Altoona Symphony, as well as assistant principal of Williamsport Symphony and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. She has performed with Charleston Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony. As the winner of the 2016 Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition. Berindean was a featured soloist in the University Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season. She has performed in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Andrés Diaz, Lynn Harrell, and David Finckel. Berindean completed her doctoral degree in cello performance at Florida State University as a student of Gregory Sauer, writing her dissertation on the cello music of Bohuslav Martinu. She received her Master of Music degree of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Sharon Robinson. She achieved her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the Pennsylvania State University, as a student of Kim Cook, where she was the recipient of the Eleanor Beene Scholarship Prize.


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 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 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.


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 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 (

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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


Pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn was trained at The Juilliard School (MM), Indiana University (DM), and University of Michigan. Her teachers include Leonard Hokanson (a pupil of Artur Schnabel), Arthur Greene, Martin Canin, and collaborative pianists Martin Katz, Marshall Williamson and Jonathan Feldman.

As a soloist, Hee-Kyung has appeared with New York Classical Players, Pine Bluff Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción, among others, and has recorded Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach on MSR Classics. The American Record Guide noted her playing as “sensitive and imaginative”, the Gramophone wrote “her acumen for voice-leading lends impressive clarity.” The New York Concert Review called Juhn “a top notch, superb pianist, technically brilliant. . subtle.”

As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Hee-Kyung has performed in venues such as Seoul Arts Center, Kumho and Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Teatro Municipal in Asunción, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Paul Hall in New York, etc. She has also worked as an opera coach, staff accompanist, and a church musician (organist and choir master) in various churches in California and Arkansas, and is is currently serving as the music director at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. As an academic, Dr. Juhn has taught at the University of California in Santa Barbara and Henderson State University in Arkansas. In the summers, she has served as the faculty pianist at the Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc. in New York City, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Hee-Kyung joined Bay View’s piano faculty in 2019, and also serves as the organist and leads the worship music for Sunday services.

Hee-Kyung’s recording of the Goldberg Variations is currently available at and as well as digital download sites.



Pianist Lei Cai started his music training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. He later came to the United States with full scholarships, and secured the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Florida State University. Cai has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on CDs under the Taiwanese label, Wei Xian. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto in Knoxville, TN, was described as “one of the finest performances of this work…” (Knoxville News-Sentinel). He has been invited to judge national competitions, to perform at world-famous music halls including the Sydney Opera House, to hold master classes in the United States, Korea, and China, and to perform as the featured artist at the national conventions. Together with his wife, Hee-Kyung Juhn, they regularly perform and teach master classes together, most recently in China, Korea, and Portugal. Dr. Cai has been the Professor of Piano at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas since 2001.


Active as a chamber musician, and vocal coach, Mariah Boucher frequently performs in recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists, and has been a featured soloist with orchestras performing the concerti of Mendelssohn and Ravel. She has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter, Lisa Raschiatore, and Jennifer Goltz to perform at the art space Trinosophes. She has worked closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music. As an opera enthusiast, Mariah has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.


Jack Barben began his musical journey at the age of 5.  After five years of piano lessons, he began playing the trombone in band which became his primary instrument through high school and early college. In high school, he won a national competition which awarded him a two year scholarship to attend music school. He studied music at the Cedarville University, studying trombone, piano, and voice. At that time he attended the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive summers. At the Aspen festival, he met a piano teacher who encouraged him to take up piano as his primary instrument.  Leaving Cedarville to study piano full-time in New York, he prepared auditions and was accepted at the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Julian Martin. 

Since that time, Jack has been working as a musician and music teacher, first in Seattle and then in the San Francisco Bay area.  He has continued his musical education, studying styles including jazz, folk, pop, Hindustani classical, and West African drumming. An avid educator, he created and ran the Island Beat Summer Music Camp for three years, a children’s music summer camp inspired by Victor Wooten’s Music Nature Camps and the Creative Kids Music Project, a once a week experimental group music class for kids. He spent 2018-2019 studying Buddhist language and philosophy at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal and has most recently taken a job at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New London, New Hampshire as Music Director.


Paul Melcher grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance as well as an Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University in Piano Performance. With the St. Olaf Choir, he performed all over the United States and in Norway and has played in prestigious halls such as DeVos Hall, Heinz Hall, Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.

In 2003, Paul was the First Place Winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in DeVos Hall. In 2005, Paul was awarded first prize for the Schubert Club Competition of Minnesota. In 2007 and 2009 Paul was the concerto competition winner both at St. Olaf College and Central Michigan University playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Under the direction of Anton Armstrong, Paul’s playing was featured in the St. Olaf Choir production of “A Christmas in Norway” aired on PBS from 2005 through Christmas 2013.

In addition to his keyboard studies, Paul has experience in opera and has sung roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi with the opera program at Central Michigan University. Since 2012, Melcher served for the Cabaret Series/Opera on the Edge of Opera Columbus and has performed as the pianist for their “Opera on the Edge” production of La Boheme, as a tenor soloist in the 2014 production of Pagliacci and will perform this fall as pianist for La Traviata.

Paul is currently the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he is the Church Organist, Pianist, Cantor and Choir Director. There Paul is the visionary for the yearlong concert series called “Music on the Hill.” Between July, 2013 and May, 2018 Music on the Hill hosted  concerts which included professional as well as pre-professional musicians. Paul has brought in talent from major Conservatories such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Belgrade Conservatory, Oparto Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, Notre Dame and Ohio State University.  

Paul lives in Marysville, Ohio with his wife, Chelsea and their son, Michael. 


Pianist Nanyi Qiang has established a wide-ranging career spanning chamber musician, soloist, vocal coach, and pedagogue. He is in much demand as a concert artist in solo & chamber recitals and new music concerts throughout the US, Canada, and China. Dr. Qiang has appeared to public acclaim in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (NY), Hahn Hall (Santa Barbara, CA), MacMillan Theater (Toronto, Canada), and Grand Concert Hall at Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu, China). A promising soloist, Dr. Qiang recently performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with CSU Symphony Orchestra in Dayton. Qiang was a Collaborative Piano Intern at the prestigious NATS 2017 Intern Program (Toronto). Also an alumnus of Music Academy of the West, he has appeared in numerous music festivals. A strong advocate of new music and technology, Dr. Qiang has been commissioning and performing new music written for Piano and Electronics exclusively. Dr. Qiang also serves on the Board of Directors and performs regularly with “Onethirteen Composers Collective”, a new music organization based in Twin Cities, MN. Dr. Qiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Central State University, OH. He completed his DMA in Collaborative Piano and Coaching from the University of Minnesota.


Carson Rose Schneider is a collaborative pianist and coach currently based in Minneapolis, MN.  She has given recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and is an active performer and coach of chamber music, art song, choir music, opera, and musical theatre.  She is currently the Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Gate City Bank Young Artist Program, where she just finished her second season.  Before that, she worked as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera and as a resident artist coach at Opera North in Lebanon, NH.  She is thrilled to join the S.O.A.R.S. piano faculty at Bay View Music Festival. 

Before moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Schneider worked as a staff accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University, where she played for voice and instrumental studios, along with faculty and student recitals. She also served as Assistant Director and Tour Pianist for University of Kentucky’s Schmidt Opera Outreach Program.  Passionate about arts outreach, she has been involved in other opera outreach programs in Minneapolis-St Paul, sponsored by the Twin Cities’ Opera Guild.  When she isn’t traveling, she freelances in the Twin Cities and is the pianist and choir accompanist at Union Congregational Church in Elk River, MN.

She finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2017, where she studied with Timothy Lovelace. As a graduate teaching assistant, she played and served as assistant coach for the Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop departments. Additional study includes time abroad as a collaborative piano fellow at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and as a piano fellow for Bay View’s mainstage opera program. Productions include Cosi fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Speed Dating,Tonight!, Alcina, Carmen, Suor Angelica, and Madama Butterfly. Along with her doctorate, she has other degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BM).


Pianist Dr. Hyun Kim collaborates with instrumentalists from prominent orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New World Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and São Paolo Symphony orchestras and with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Opera Center, Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera Company, Central City Opera, and Kentucky Opera companies.  She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Grandin Music Festival, the Festival de Musique de Sully et de Loiret in France, the Lucca Opera Festival in Italy, and Sintonize Produtora Cultural New Music Festival in Brazil.  Kim has appeared as an orchestral pianist and harpsichordist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.  She has served as a pianist for several competitions, including the Sterling String Competition, Metropolitan Opera national council auditions, Denver Lyric Opera Competition, Ekstrand Competition, Corbett Opera Competition, and various young artist competitions.  Her performances and interviews have been broadcast on KVOD-FM Colorado Public Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas, Kim taught piano and chamber music and coached opera productions at several music institutions in the United States as a faculty member, such as at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Miami University.  She has also been appointed internationally as a guest artist and clinician at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

Kim is active with several scholarly organizations internationally and her most recent projects have been with Song of the New Generation in Asia, an organization that she founded to promote the research and performance of the contemporary art song medium, and Kim has served as a committee member with Sintonize Produtora Cultural, a new music festival in Brazil.  Kim earned her master degree from College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Currently, she teaches as a visiting assistant professor in piano at the University of Arkansas. 


Professor-Emeritus of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Hale retired in 2008, following a 32 year career with the opera department at CCM. He remains an active coach, conductor, accompanist, organist and composer of church music. An Oklahoman by birth, he studied at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin, New York and Italy. His performances have taken him to sixteen different countries from Austria to New Zealand. Dr. Hale will accompany festival artists and serve as Assembly Organist. He also teaches Yoga classes through the adult education seminars. Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Festival since 1979.


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 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.


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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.


A founding member of the S.O.A.R.S. program, Sarah Stone returns for her fifth season at the Bay View Music Festival. Mainstage credits include TitanicFalstaff, and Così fan tutte. The Petoskey News Review states her work is “fast paced, full of action, tightly as well as imaginatively directed…in her typical style”, and “It doesn’t get any better than this!”. Stone currently serves as Chair of Fine Arts at the Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, KY.


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).


Adam is a Philadelphia/NYC-based music director, composer/lyricist, and pianist. He has worked as a music director all around the Northeast region, NYC, and for Norwegian Cruise Lines. His work as a songwriter has been featured in the New York Musical Festival (NYC) and A Little New Music (LA). One of his songs for the award-winning musical web series, Merce, was named the “World AIDS Day 2017 Anthem” by Poz Magazine. His new musical, The Naked Truth, written in collaboration with librettist/lyricist/producer Ian Connor is currently in development and has had two NYC readings. Adam received his B.A. in Music with a performance emphasis in piano from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and completed additional studies in songwriting and film scoring through Berklee College of Music. He is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Collaboration (Composer/Lyricist Concentration) at Temple University of Pennsylvania.


Madia is a New York and New Jersey-based director, choreographer, and designer. Directing/Choreography Credits include: Two Star Motel (The Dare Tactic) , Bonnie and Clyde (TDT), Little Women (NJ Rep),  …Spelling Bee (NJ Rep), Blood Brothers (NJ Repertory Theatre), Gathering Sparks (GenWhy, International, Thailand), Rent (NJ Rep Theatre), and more. Tech Production Credits: Tennessee Williams 1982 (Off-Bway, Projections), Embodi(ED) (Girl Be Heard, HERE Arts Center, Proj.), Our Class (dir. Cosmin Chivu, Proj), 4.48 Psychosis (TDT, Projections & Lights), Fires in the Mirror (TDT, Projections & Lights), and more. Pace University Directing, International Performance Ensemble. Quentin also works at The Drama League (Development Associate), Dixon Place (Production Manager), and is the Executive Director of The Dare Tactic, a non-profit theatre company in NYC.


Caroline Duffin is a New York-based Stage Manager. She is excited to be working with the Bay View Music Festival. She has interned for the Alley Theatre and is the Technical Director of The Dare Tactic. She has production stage managed for other performances in New York, including Implied Consent with the Badass Lady Productions, Two Star Motel and A Roller Rink Temptation with The Dare Tactic, and Marie Antoinette and Machinal with Pace University. She is thrilled to be a part of this production.


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.


Olivia Ragan is a New York-based Theatre Artist committed to sharing stories that challenge social constructs and societal expectations, especially those regarding women. Stage management credits include Pippin (New Millennium Prod. Co.) and Ratcatcher (Marymount Manhattan College). Assistant directing credits include Relentlessly Pleasant (dir. Jake Lipman), Company (dir. Julianne Boyd), Speech and Debate (dir. Jessica Holt), The Boys From Syracuse (dir. Emily Clark), Tartuffe (dir. Ellen Orenstein). She has worked as a Core Company apprentice with the Orchard Project and as an intern in the Artistic Department at The Drama League. She also co-directed the Musical Theater Conservatory in several cabarets the summer of 2017.  Support young artists and accelerating new work is both an inspiration and a privilege. Olivia holds a Bachelors in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.


Nick Gisonde is a stage director, fight coordinator and actor. He will be returning for his fourth season as co-stage director for the SOARS program in the summer of 2019. Nick recently directed Cosi fan tutte for North Shore Music Festival. He directed a workshop of Macbeth, which led to a full production of the play at the Secret Theatre in Queens, New York for Endless River Arts. Nick staged the premiere of Shakespeare Cabaret, a series of songs based on Shakespeare’s monologues written by Emmy Award winning composer Glen Roven, accompanied with scenes from the plays. The program featured Soprano Risa Renae Harman and pianist Casey Robards at Central Michigan University. The program will be performed this year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He co-directed a production of Pierre Corneille’s El Cid for the Pendragon Ensemble in New York.

Nick has coordinated fights and stunts for film, theater and opera for over 25 years. He has been the resident fight coordinator for The Bay View Music Festival since 2001. He was a cast member, fight captain and assistant to fight choreographer J. Steven White for the 1998 Tony Award Winner, A View from the Bridge, directed by Michael Mayer and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney. Nick has collaborated with acclaimed opera director Crystal Manich on many productions as fight coordinator and stage violence consultant for such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opera Omnia in New York City. He choreographed the fights for George Cederquist’s modern edgy staging of Carmen for the Bay View Music Festival. Other Bay View credits include FalstaffCosi fan tutteLa BohemeDon Giovanni and Kiss Me Kate. He staged the fights for the Off Broadway play, Beautiful Thing at the Cherry Lane Theatre.


Who am I? I am a cottager who has been teaching grades 1-8 for the last 27 years in Ohio, Illinois, and now sunny California. Currently I teach English in a middle school in Venice, where I am also the vice principal and director of theater arts. I really enjoy theater but more importantly, I love seeing children get opportunities to be creative and independent in their artistic expressions. I have been married to my husband Michael for 25 years and have a 23-year-old named Ryan who is starting graduate school in the fall.


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.


Active as a chamber musician, and vocal coach, Mariah Boucher frequently performs in recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists, and has been a featured soloist with orchestras performing the concerti of Mendelssohn and Ravel. She has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter, Lisa Raschiatore, and Jennifer Goltz to perform at the art space Trinosophes. She has worked closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music. As an opera enthusiast, Mariah has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.


Alex will be a junior in the fall at Elon University in North Carolina. She is an Arts Administration major with minors in Communications and Art History. Alex spends her time serving as the Vice President of Public Relations for Elon’s Panhellenic community as well as being an active member of the Tri Delta sorority and the Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity.