Musicians

Janice Ahn (violin)
Violinist Janice Ahn is a versatile musician based in New York. An active chamber musician, she has performed with both string and wind chamber ensembles in numerous concerts and master classes, working with the American String Quartet, the Great Wall String Quartet, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, among others. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Ahn has performed with various orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Also active as an educator, Ms. Ahn teaches as Adjunct Violin Faculty at New York University. Ms. Ahn received her Bachelor degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently a Masters candidate at New York University. Her former teachers include Kurt Sassmannshaus, Jan Mark Sloman, and Ronald Neal.
Joel Alcorn (violin)
I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Started playing violin at age 13 and graduated from the National School of Music in Honduras. While in school, I played as a soloist in many concerts and international trips. After Graduation, I worked as principal violin in the National Philharmonic. In 2006 I got accepted at the University of Southern Mississippi where I assisted for 3 years. In 2009 I was the winner of the Gaul scholarship for a full ride at the University of North Dakota where I received an undergraduate and masters degree. Throughout my music career, I have performed with great musician such as Nadja Salerno-Sonnernberg, The Pointer Sisters, Sandi Patty, Ricky Skaggs, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Charley Pride, Patti LaBelle, Alejandro Drago and Tim Fain. I am currently getting a second masters degree in Violin performance at the University of Delaware.
Georgeann Banker Georgeann Banker (bassoon)
A native of the New York metropolitan area, bassoonist Georgeanne Banker earned her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in history. She earned her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, where she was also happy to have had the opportunity to study harpsichord and continuo. Georgeanne is an active freelancer on both modern and baroque bassoon and can be heard on several pop and film recordings, including the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated short The Dam Keeper. She is also a co-founder of the conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound.
Rose Marie Bart Rose Marie Bart (cello)
American cellist, Rose Bart currently resides in New York City and is an active performer and teacher. Miss Bart has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the world and has been a top prize winner and finalist in many competitions including the New York International Artists Competition, Hellam Young Artist Competition, the Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition and the Schubert Club Competition. Miss Bart is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Brooks Berg
Vijay Chalasani Vijay Chalasani (viola)
Vijay is a versatile and commanding artist known for his imaginative and passionate performances. Equally at home on both modern and historical violas, Chalasani was featured as a soloist in performances ranging from the Walton Viola Concerto and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with modern orchestras, to Bach's 6th Brandenburg concerto and the Telemann Concerto for Two Violettas with period orchestras. Chalasani's recent projects have included debut performances with Pacific Northwest ensembles ranging from early music group Pacific Music Works to contemporary music collective Inverted Space, collaborations and performances with new music luminaries Garth Knox and Brian Ferneyhough, and chamber music with members of the Seattle Symphony. A native of Northern California, Chalasani is currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Music, where he studies with Melia Watras and teaches viola and chamber music as the Viola Department Teaching Assistant.
Alexander Curtis Alexander Curtis (oboe)
Alexander Curtis, a native of Livermore, California, received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. This fall, Alexander will begin enrollment in the Professional Studies program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before moving to Cleveland, Alexander was a member of the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra. Alexander has also performed with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, and Castleton Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, Alexander has performed with the Pacific Chamber Symphony and the UCLA Philharmonia. Alexander has collaborated with world renowned artists including James Conlon, Lynn Harell, Fabio Luisi, and John Williams and can be heard on Yarlung Records and Sono Luminus recording labels. Alexander's principal teachers have included Jonathan Davis, and currently, Frank Rosenwein, principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Laura Lydia Dahl (violin)
Laura has played violin professionally since 2001, and for the last seven years, has served as assistant concertmaster in the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and Amadeus Chamber Symphony. She plays violin and viola with the L'unica Quartet for various events and educational outreach. Laura graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Cloud State University, with Summa Cum Laude honors. During her studies there, she played in a master class taught by Midori in April 2014. Besides music, Laura earned an associates degree in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies. Personally, she has been an avid vegan since 2009.
Ashley Dyer Ashley Dyer (violin)
A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Ashley Dyer is an active performer and teacher in Ann Arbor, MI. She serves as concertmaster of the Dearborn Symphony and frequently performs as principal 2nd violin with the Lansing Symphony. She also performs regularly with the Toledo, Saginaw Bay, Flint, and Jackson Symphonies. Ashley is a member of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, a touring group with whom she has performed across the US and China. Additionally, she has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the National Repertory Orchestra.

A dedicated teacher, Ashley holds Suzuki certification for Violin Books 1-10 and maintains a full violin studio. She holds degrees from East Carolina University and the University of Michigan where her primary teachers included Ara Gregorian and Yehonatan Berick.
Rebecca Fathman Rebecca Fathman (french horn)
A native of Falcon, Colorado, Rebecca Fathman completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the direction of Michael Thornton. Previously, she spent a year as second horn with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia-Herzegovina where she toured regionally, playing in cities including Mostar, Banja Luka, and Zenica. Rebecca also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and participated in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She is currently in her second year traveling around the United States and Canada playing solo horn on the national tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In addition to music, Rebecca enjoys spending time outdoors and recently hiked 500 miles through the Rocky Mountains on the Colorado Trail with plans in the works to hike the 1800 mile Te Araroa in New Zealand beginning in November.
Sophia Han (violin)
Having performed both as a soloist and chamber musician across the US, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, Sophia made her concerto debut with the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in 2012. As an orchestral violinist, Sophia performs professionally with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Symphony Orchestra Inc. In 2014, Sophia joined the quartet in residence at Florida State University, the Eppes Quartet. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Music from FSU with professor Corinne Stillwell, Sophia is also completing a Specialized Program of Study in Arts Administration. Sophia's primary teachers have included Dr. Richard Luby and professor Aaron Berofsky.
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Jennifer Hunt Jennifer Hunt (flute)
Flutist Jennifer Hunt pursues a versatile musical life as a passionate performer and educator. She has played flute and piccolo with the Russian National Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, Montana Lyric Opera, and Symphony Napa Valley and has been featured on National Public Radio. She is adjunct flute faculty at Pacific Union College and Napa Valley College anda teaching artist at Performing Arts Workshop, Salvador Elementary School, and Napa Valley Language Academy. Combining her passions for music andservice work, Jennifer created and performed in "Bach and Roll for Haiti," a series of concerts to benefit Save the Children relief efforts in Haiti and has worked to incorporate the performing arts into education by orchestrating music and theater projects at schools in Peru and on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. She received her BM from the University of Montana-Missoula where she studied with Margaret Schuberg and her MM and GPD from The Hartt School where she studied with Janet Arms.
Jeremy Laureta (violin)
New York native Jeremy (Jay) Julio Laureta recently completed his second year at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Karen Ritscher. A prizewinner in national competitions held by the Music Teachers National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the YoungArts Foundation, he has been featured on Interlochen Public Radio and SiriusXM, and as violist of the Madkoi Quartet, he has performed extensively in collaboration with composers, singer-songwriters, and for audiences such as the CEO of Groupmuse and the prince of Italy. Films that he has recorded for, scored, and, acted in have played at the White House, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and Cannes. He began his formal musical training at the age of fourteen through the Mannes Preparatory Division, and counts among his mentors Daniel Avshalomov, Renee Skerik, and Earl Carlyss. Jay plays on a Douglas Cox viola, graciously on loan from the Virtu Foundation, and a bow borrowed from the American Viola Society. He is on strings faculty at the Catalano Music Center and the Center Stage Music Center.
Jisoo Lee
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Caitrine Massoud
Caity Piccini Massoud received degrees from Temple University (BM), New York University (MM), and University of Houston (DMA). Her primary teachers were David Cramer, Keith Underwood, and Aralee Dorough. She currently holds a position with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and actively teaches and performs in her hometown, Brewster, NY.
David Nelson
David Nelson is an avid outdoors man and incorporates environmental elements into his music. His July 19th 1969 tone poem for full orchestra is a musical setting of the prose found in John Muir's diary on the day he walked into Yosemite Valley for the first time. He recently completed The Dream of Sitting Bull, another tone poem describing the prophetic vision that Sitting Bull had before the battle of Little Big Horn. His composition for Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Sketch No. 1 for String Orchestra, consists of two basic themes, beauty and restless energy, that are put through a variety of permutations. The first theme has a rolling quality with a meter of six and slowly attains full speed and the contrasting second theme has a slow rising quality.
Erin Paul Erin Paul (horn)
Erin has performed with a variety of ensembles across the globe, including the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony, and Opera Tampa. Currently a freelancer in New York City, Erin regularly performs in pit orchestras on Broadway, and with major artists including Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban.

Erin is a founding member of Calliope Brass, a new ensemble committed to the art of storytelling through brass. Combining the traditional brass quintet with a variety of guest performers, we present the narrative through a new medium. We draw upon personal experiences, traditional pieces, new commissions, and innovative arrangements to tell our stories in an exciting and engaging way. As a bonus, Calliope is composed of entirely female brass players. For more, visit calliopebrass.com.

Erin is on faculty at the Horace Mann School (horacemann.org), and maintains a private horn studio in New York and via Skype. She studied with Daniel Grabois and Peter Reit at The Hartt School, and with Bill Bernatis at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lavinia Pavlish
Paolo Reyes Paolo Reyes (assistant conductor)
Paolo Reyes is an up and coming conductor based in Sacramento. Reyes graduated in 2013 with his Masters of Music Degree with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting from Sacramento State under the tutelage of Leo Eylar. He has appeared as guest conductor in numerous orchestras in the Northern California Region such as the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Napa Valley Youth Symphony, Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra, and as an assistant conductor for the 2015 Lake Tahoe Music Festival and Townsend Opera during its production of La Boheme. Reyes was also conductor for the Sacramento State Opera Program during its 2014 production of Orpheus in the Underworld. Reyes is currently Music Director of Camellia Juniors and Cadets and the Sacramento State Summer Symphony Orchestra.
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin)
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo performs regularly on period and modern instruments in the US, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as viola d’amore soloist with Juilliard415 and New York Baroque Inc., and has performed as violinist and violist under Nicholas McGegan (as principal second), Masaaki Suzuki (as violinist and principal violist), William Christie, Richard Egarr, Jordi Savall, Monica Huggett, Mark Morris, Manfredo Kraemer, and Jeffrey Thomas.

Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo has performed with Juilliard415, New York Baroque Inc, Clarion Music Society, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Lyra Baroque Orchestra (under Jacques Ogg), San Jose Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, UC Berkeley Chorus, and many more. Her summer festival appearances include Lake Tahoe Music Festival (as concertmaster), American Bach Soloists Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and the Bear Valley Music Festival.

A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo teaches throughout the Bay Area and regularly coaches the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Workshop.

Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock and at the Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She plays a 1690 Caspar Borbon violin, made in Brussels. When not making music, Laura enjoys baking, photography, knitting, and playing with her cat, Sherbert.

  Alex Winter (cello)
Alex Winter was born in San Francisco and started playing when he was 7 years old. He began taking lessons with Julie Hochman in Davis, and currently studies with Andrew Luchansky, Professor of Cello at CSUS. Before graduating in Spring of 2012 with a BM in Performance, he was awarded scholarships from the Sacramento Saturday Club, Camerata Capistrano, and the A.J. and Susana Watson Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Valhalla String Quartet. Alex devotes his spare time to playing Frisbee and searching the meaning of life, among other activities.
Robyn Watson Robyn Watson (Bassoon)
Bassoonist Robyn Watson hails from Houston, TX, where she is an active freelancer and teacher to over 50 young bassoon players. She earned her BM from Belmont University and her MM in bassoon performance from the University of Houston. Her major teachers have been J. Jeff Robinson, Cheryl Huddleston, and Elise Wagner. Robyn has performed in and around southeast Texas and Louisiana, with the Clear Lake Symphony (TX), Baton Rouge Symphony (LA), Rapides Symphony (LA), and The Symphony of Southeast Texas. She has been a part of many summer music festivals, including the Texas Music Festival, Banff Centre Summer Music Programs, Cubertou Chamber Winds, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestral Academy.
   
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