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Jupiter Players 2016-2017

  Lisa Shihoten, winner of the Grand Prize at the Marcia Polayes National Violin Competition and the Nakamichi Concerto Competition, Lisa made her debut in 1995 performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Juilliard Orchestra under Kurt Masur. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has appeared at the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and at Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series. Lisa Shihoten, violin
  Rebecca Anderson from Portland, Oregon, won first prize at the 2013 American String Teachers competition. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics, and the bronze medal and Bach Award at the 2008 Stulberg competition. She recently made solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and members of the eighth blackbird. She is also a passionate chamber musician, and a fellow with Ensemble ACJW for 2016-2018. Rebecca Anderson, violin
  Yoo Jin Jang, praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation, is winner of numerous prizes and awards, including first prize at the 2013 Munetsugu competition, for which she received the 1697 “Rainville” Stradivari on loan for 2 years and second prize at the 2009 Michael Hill competition. Performing since the age of nine, Yoo Jin has appeared as soloist in her native Korea with the top Korean orchestras— KBS Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic; with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Erato Ensemble with Sholomo Mintz, Exremadura Orchestra led by Jesus Amigo at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; and the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in the Hoam Art Center New Year’s Concert, among others. As a chamber musician, she has performed as guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet in Jordan Hall and participated at Caramoor, Ravinia on Tour, and Marlboro with such artists as Menahem Pressler and Peter Wiley. Her first CD release—“Korean Young Musicians”— is under the KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label. ~ www.yoojinjang.info Photo by Bonsook Koo Yoo Jin Jang, violin
  Siwoo Kim, a recipient of the 2012 King Award for Young Artists and top prizewinner in the Corpus Christi, California, Chengdu, Crescendo, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Juilliard, Schadt, Sejong, and WAMSO competitions, has been described as “incisive” and “compelling” by the New York Times. He made his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with conductor James DePreist and the Juilliard Orchestra, followed by his Disney Hall concerto debut and many performances with orchestras. Siwoo gave the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s first violin concerto and will be recording the work in Berlin next season. He is also founder of Quartet Senza Misura, praised for its “whip-smart performances” by the New Yorker, and the founding artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. And he has performed chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets, and with Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Kim Kashkashian, among others. Siwoo Kim, violin
  Adelya Nartadjieva, praised as “outstanding enough to grace the stages of the world’s great orchestras” by the Singapore Straits Times, has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, and the U.S. A dedicated chamber musician, she has participated at festivals such as Yellow Barn, the Heifetz Music Institute, Lausanne, and Moscow Meets Friends; and has collaborated with Gil Shaham, Timothy Eddy, Hsin-Yun Huang, and members of the Emerson and Juilliard string quartets. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Adelya began her violin studies at the age of six and performed as a soloist with orchestra nine months later. She is currently a member of Sejong Soloists, a fellow with Ensemble Connect (formerly ACJW) for 2016-2018, and co-concertmaster of Symphony in C this season. ~ www.adelyanartadjieva.com Adelya Nartadjieva, violin
  Emily Daggett Smith, who plays both the violin and viola, won first place in the 2009 Juilliard concerto competition and made her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume. As an active chamber musician, Emily has performed with such artists as Andrés Diaz, Claude Frank, and Joseph Kalichstein, and is the founding first violinist of the Tessera Quartet and a founding member of the West End Trio. She has also appeared on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” and NPR’s “From the Top.” ~ www.emilydaggettsmith.com Emily Daggett Smith,violin
  Xiao Wang won First Prize at the 2012 Szigeti, 2016 William Byrd, and 2016 New York Concert Artist competitions; he is also a laureate of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth and 2015 Seoul competitions, and first prize winner of the Heida Hermanns, Waldo Mayo, and Eisenberg-Fried Concerto competitions. Xiao has performed as soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Gewandhaus Academisches Orchester, and with the Kodaly Philharmonic on tour in Hungary, among others. As a passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with Phillip Entremont and the American String Quartet, as well as members of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and New York Philharmonic. Xiao began playing the violin in China at age 5. He is currently on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s precollege division. He plays the ex-Sándor Végh Guarneri Del Gesù generously loaned by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Xiao Wang, violin
  Maurycy Banaszek, from Warsaw, Poland, is a recipient of numerous violin, viola and chamber music awards. As a founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, he has played in such venues as Carnegie, Wigmore Hall, and the Gewandhaus. He performed with the Amadeus String Quartet for their 50th Anniversary Gala concert in London, and was also chosen by Gidon Kremer to participate at the World Festival in Kronberg, Germany, where he performed with the Guarneri String Quartet. Maurycy Banaszek, viola
  Ayane Kozasa is winner of the 2011 Primrose, 2012 Astral, and Irving Klein competitions. An avid chamber musician, she has participated in several festivals including Marlboro, Angel Fire, Ravinia, Aspen, Mimir, Norfolk, and West Cork in Ireland. Ayana has also toured in the U.S. with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn as part of “Curtis on Tour” and is a member of “Steans on Tour” as well. She has been featured in The Strad and Strings, and her performances have been broadcast on “Live from the Mayne Stage” for WFMT in Chicago, and on Philadelphia’s WHYY. ~ www.ayanekozasa.com  Photo by Andy Cook Ayane Kozasa, viola
  Sung Jin Lee, from South Korea, is a recipient of several awards, including a Special Prize at the 2013 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, and First Prizes at the 2009 Just Viola Festival and 2006 Seoul Youth Chamber Music competitions. She has since appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, and Academie Ensemble. She was Principal Violist of the Curtis Symphony, and is a substitute violist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphony in C. Sung Jin has also performed many solo recitals in Korea and participated at Music at Menlo, Angel Fire, Chamber Music Connects the World (Kronberg, Germany), Heifetz Institute, Carl Flesch Academy (Baden-Baden, Germany), and Great Mountains Festival. The artists she has collaborated with include Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Mate Bekavac, Peter Wiley, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer, and Keith Robinson. Sung Jin Lee, viola
  Dimitri Murrath, a native of Brussels, is First Prize winner of the 2008 Primrose competition as well as laureate of the Tokyo Viola, ARD and Verbier Viola prizes. The Strad has noted that “Murrath has phenomenal technical ability…astonishing skill. He is a very accomplished musician indeed.” He has made his mark internationally as a soloist, in venues such as Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and is also keen on performing new works. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, who invited him to his festival in Lockenhaus, Austria and to Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music project. ~ www.dimitrimurrath.net  Photo by Hannah Shields Dimitri Murrath, viola
  Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has been praised by Strad Magazine as having “lyricism that stood out...a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines.” Among her winnings are First Prize and every special award at the 2013 Banff String Quartet Competition, the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Competition, First Prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo and Sphinx competitions. She has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her festival participation includes Marlboro, Bowdoin, Bravo and Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. Milena is also the founding violist of the Dover String Quartet, the resident quartet at Northwestern University. Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
  Vicki Powell has been called “a star“ with “a voluptuous tone” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and praised by the New York Times for her “probing introspection.” She is winner of a Gold Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and top prizes at the Primrose, Greenfield, Johansen, and Aspen Low Strings competitions. Vicki has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony, among others. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Vuilliani String Quartet, and has been invited on tours with Ravinia, Marlboro, and Curtis. ~ www.vickipowellviola.com Vicki Powell, viola
  Cong Wu recently won Third Prize and Best Performance in the 2014 Primrose Viola Competition. He performs in North America and Europe, and has collaborated with musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, Itzhak Perlman and the American String Quartet. He was Principal Violist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, and James Levine. His festival participation includes Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program and Schleswig-Holstein. Born in Jinan, China, Cong had his first violin lesson at the age of four and began his viola studies in 2004. Cong Wu, viola
  Ani Aznavoorian is one of the premier cellists of her generation. Among her winnings are prizes from the Julius Stulberg, Paolo (Finland) and Bunkamura competitions, and she was also named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. In 2001 she substituted (to critical acclaim) for Natalia Gutman on 12 hours notice in 3 performances of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto. Her playing is indeed “breathtakingly lovely” Naples Daily News. Ani is a member of the Corinthian Trio, and she plays a cello made by her father Peter Aznavoorian. Chicago is her hometown. ~ www.aniaznavoorian.com Ani Aznavoorian, cello
  Zlatomir Fung, of Bulgarian and Chinese parentage, won first prize in the 2016 Enescu and 2015 Johansen competition and gold medals in the 2014 Stulberg and Irving Klein Competitions, as well as a silver medal in the cello division of the 2012 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland, among others. He has soloed with Symphony Pro Musica, the New England Philharmonic, Cambridge Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony and Lausanne Sinfonietta, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top in 2013. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Walden Chamber Players and the Arneis Quartet. Now 17 years of age, Zlatomir plays chess competitively, composes, and reads philosophy and literature in his spare time. ~ www.zlatomirfungcello.com Zlatomir Fung, cello
  Arlen Hlusko, a native of Canada, is a dynamic and versatile musician who has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with many of Canada’s foremost orchestras, including the National Arts Center Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic, and has been a featured performer on WHYY. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with Donald Weilerstein, Ida Kavafian, and members of the Guarneri, Orion, and Tokyo String Quartets, among others. She has also appeared at festivals, including Angel Fire, Perlman’s Workshop, and the Taos School of Music; and has performed as principal cellist of several ensembles. Committed to using her music to serve her community, Arlen served as a 2015-16 ArtistYear fellow, and won a 2016 Tarisio Trust Grant to present her own series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism. ~ www.arlenhlusko.com Arlen Hlusko, cello
  Christine Lamprea, noted for her “supreme panache” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, is First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx and Schadt competitions, winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions and recipient of an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As soloist, she has appeared with the Houston and New Jersey Symphonies, among others. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has participated at the Kneisel Hall, Banff Centre and Yellow Barn festivals. Christine has also played with members of the Baroque group Les Arts Florissants, studied sonatas on fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, premiered several new pieces, and worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on John Zorn’s game piece Cobra for musical improvisers and prompter. ~ www.christinelamprea.com Photo by Kate L Photography Christine Lamprea, cello
  Mihai Marica, winner of the Irving Klein, Vina del Mar, and Salon de Virtuosi competitions, made his debut recitals at Weill and Zankel Halls with Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He has performed as soloist with orchestras, in recitals, and at festivals; and is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. He began his cello studies at the age of seven at the Music High School in Cluj, Romania. Upon winning the Klein competition, its director Mitchell Sardou Klein exclaimed, “We just witnessed a future superstar. Mihai is a brilliant cellist and interpreter of music. His playing is spellbinding.” Mihai Marica, cello
  Karen Ouzounian, whose playing has been described as “radiant” and “expressive” by the New York Times and “nothing less than gorgeous” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, approaches music making with a deeply communicative and passionate spirit. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, currently the resident quartet at Curtis, Caramoor, and the Barnes Foundation. Her commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has led to her membership in A Far Cry and the new music collective, counter)induction. She has also played with such groups as the Knights and Trio Cavatina, and performed as guest principal of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Highlights of Karen’s recent seasons include performances of the Elgar Concerto in Chile with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, a tour in Japan with Orpheus, and a performance with the Silk Road Ensemble at the TED Conference in Vancouver. Born to Armenian parents in Toronto, Karen was a prizewinner at the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts competition. ~ www.karenouzounian.com Karen Ouzounian, cello
  Timotheos Petrin, a Russian-Greek native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is winner of the 2015 Astral Artists Auditions. He has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In 2016 he made his debut performance with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting. He has also performed with the Athens and Thessaloniki state orchestras, among others. In 2014 he appeared in Asia and Europe with Curtis on Tour; and has been heard regularly on WHYY and ERT TV. Timotheos is currently at Curtis, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. Timotheos Petrin, cello
  David Requiro, First Prize winner of both the 2006 Irving Klein and Washington string competitions, is emerging as one of America’s most promising young cellists. His accomplishments include a premičre performance of Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June for cello and percussion at the Aspen Music Festival and the completion of the first half of the cycle of Beethoven’s works for cello and piano at the Phillips Collection, with future cycles scheduled. A native of Oakland, California, David is cellist of the Baumer String Quartet. ~ www.davidrequiro.com David Requiro, cello
  Xavier Foley, from Marietta, Georgia, won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists Auditions and 2014 Sphinx Competition, which led to performances as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Brevard Concert Orchestra; his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi; and a tour with the group as a featured soloist in cities on the East and West coasts. Xavier was also the First Prize winner of the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) Bassists Society competition and Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as principal bassist of the New York String Seminar Orchestra, and appeared on NPR’s “From the Top.” Xavier is a composer as well, and was recently commissioned by Astral Artists to write a string trio, which received a stellar review from the Philadelphia Inquirer. His is currently writing a concerto for double bass and orchestra. Xavier’s bass was made by Rumano Solano. ~ www.xavierfoley.com Xavier Foley, Double Bass
  Barry Crawford was principal flute of the Jupiter Symphony. The Southampton Press has called his playing “superb,” admiring “his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.” He has performed in Spoleto and with Mostly Mozart, in Tunisia and Poland, and with pianist Peter Serkin on U.S. tours. Barry Crawford, flute
  Beomjae Kim has been featured in festivals such as the Alba (in Italy), Dani Muzike (in Montenegro), A Classical Christmas in Bali, Bowdoin and Gamper (in Maine), and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He was a fellow of ACJW in 2014-16; and has also appeared in various concerts at Zankel and Weill halls; Paul Hall at Juilliard, SubCulture, National Sawdust, Zankel Center at Skidmore College, and Trinity Wall Street. A recipient of scholarships, Beomjae is a graduate of Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music, and is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at MSM. Beomjae Kim, flute
  Hassan Anderson, from Jacksonville, Florida, is an avid chamber musician. He currently serves as Oboist with the innovative New York-based Shuffle Concert Ensemble; freelances in New York, often performing as Principal Oboe with several ensembles; and was an oboe fellow at Marlboro for three summers on full scholarship. Dedicated to music education and pedagogy, Hassan is in his third year as a Teaching Artist with Jazz House Kids. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New Jersey, and was recently appointed to the Teaching Artist faculty of Carnegie Hall. Hassan Anderson, oboe
  Rita Mitsel has performed as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra, and as a chamber musician with the Orion String Quartet and at Bargemusic, among others. She earned her doctorate at Juilliard and is currently principal oboe of Symphony in C. She has also performed as a substitute in several orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, and in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. Rita Mitsel, oboe
  Stanislav Chernyshev, born in St. Petersburg and widely-known in Russia, is rapidly capturing audiences by his extraordinary musicianship, charisma and flawless technique. He is winner of Ukraine’s International Competition of Wind Instruments, the Rimsky-Korsakov (Russia), LISMA Foundation and Mary Smart Concerto competitions (US). As soloist, Stanislav performs as soloist in the US, Russia and Europe, and is also a regular participant of the St Petersburg House of Music projects, Mariinsky Clarinet Club (Russia) and Curtis on Tour. Stanislav is currently a member of ensemble ACJW and principal clarinet of Symphony in C. ~ www.stanislavchernyshev.com Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet
  Vadim Lando, who was born in Kiev, was principal clarinet of the Jupiter Symphony. A winner of top prizes in the CMC Canada, Yale, and Stony Brook competitions, he has been praised by The New York Times for his “consistently distinguished” and “vibrant, precise virtuosic playing.” His concerts have been broadcast on NPR. Vadim runs his own music school, the Great Neck Music Conservatory ~ www.greatneckmusicconservatory.com Vadim Lando, clarinet
  Andrew O’Donnell is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Juilliard as a student of Jon Manasse. He has performed in the Juilliard Orchestra under conductors such as Alan Gilbert and Gianandrea Noseda, and recently collaborated with pianist Emmanuel Ax, performing Mozart’s Quintet for piano and winds. He has also performed as principal clarinet with Symphony in C and in various ensembles at the Aspen Festival. An avid proponent of new music, he plays regularly with Juilliard composers and performs in the New Juilliard and AXIOM ensembles. Andrew O’Donnell, clarinet
  Gina Cuffari is a founding member of the prize-winning Scarborough Trio, which gave its New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2003. She performs frequently with orchestras such as Orpheus and the Opera Orchestra of New York, plays with the contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and performs live music to silent films with the BQE Project at Lincoln Center. She is also on the faculty at NYU and Western Connecticut University ~ www.scarboroughtrio.com Gina Cuffari, bassoon
  Sarah Tako is currently studying bassoon performance at Curtis with Daniel Matsukawa. She began her musical studies on piano with Inese Krievans from the age of four until she graduated high school. She also studied oboe for nearly five years with Stacy Kern, but hearing her play the bassoon at the end of a lesson, Sarah fell in love with the rich, lyrical sound of the bassoon, which soon became her primary instrument. Sarah has performed solo works with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony, and has also performed on Minnesota Public Radio. She is now principal bassoon of Symphony in C, and has substituted in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sarah Tako, bassoon
  Oleksiy Zakharov, a native of Ukraine, is an active freelance musician in New York City. He has been acting Associate Principal Bassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and from 2009 to 2015 was Second Bassoon of Indianapolis Symphony. In 2013 he was also Principal Bassoon of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, and has also been guest principal bassoonist with the Columbus ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and Richmond Symphony, among others. His festival participation includes Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Music Academy of the West. Oleksiy Zakharov, bassoon
  Karl Kramer, from Norway, was principal horn of the Jupiter Symphony. His winnings include top prizes from the American Horn and Nordic Horn competitions. He is a member of the Dorian Quintet, a founding member of Concerts in the Heights, and a faculty member at Rowan University in New Jersey. He also performs as artist-member and guest artist at festivals. ~ www.karlkramerjohansen.com Karl Kramer, horn
  Audrey Flores, a native of Texas, is currently Principal Horn of Symphony in C. A graduate of Juilliard, Audrey has played in such orchestras as the New World Symphony and Albany Symphony, and was Principal Horn of the American Russian Youth Orchestra for their final world tour. She also performs as a chamber musician with the 85th Street Wind Quintet, the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, and Big Apple Brass Trio ~ www.audreyfloreshorn.com Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka Audrey Flores, horn
  Trumpeter Paul Futer has received critical acclaim for his performances with the Yale Philharmonia at Carnegie Hall under the baton of William Christie, and is Principal Trumpet of Symphony in C. He has recorded and performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet, Vince DiMartino, and Yale Brass Trio, and has frequently been presented on WRTI radio. This year, he released a new solo album, Running at the Top of the World, for trumpet and piano under the MSR Classics record label. The album features new works by living composers that have never been recorded before. Paul received his doctorate from Temple University. ~ www.paulfuter.com Paul Futer, trumpet
  Ehren Valme, currently studying bass trombone, is an award-winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and has been immersed in the world of music since the age of five. Music is his life. He is Section Leader of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and a bass trombonist in Symphony in C. He has performed on trombone and euphonium, and arranged music for the PYO’s Bravo Brass ensemble. He also volunteers and mentors regularly for the PYO’s Tune Up Philly Program, an after-school program that serves inner city students. Ehren has performed on bass trombone with the NAFME 2015 All-National Honor Orchestra at the Grand Ole Opry as one of the top four high school trombonists in America. Clarinetist Robert Huebner has said, “…he has the drive, work ethic, and talent to succeed as a professional musician.” Ehren Valme, bass trombone
  Jonathan Fowler, our serpent player, performs regularly with Symphony in C, the Westfield Symphony, and New Jersey State Opera. He has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and has played the ophicleide with the Lancaster Symphony. He also performs regularly with Solid Brass, Grammercy Brass, and Hora Decima Brass. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Temple, and Rutgers (DMA), Jonathan currently teaches tuba and euphonium at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. When not making music, Jonathan likes to brew his own beer, “the hoppier the better.” Jonathan Fowler, serpent
  Soprano Gina Cuffari, a versatile singer of many different styles, has been complimented by New York Times critic Alan Kozinn in a review of a Jupiter concert: “Gina Cuffari, a soprano (though she is usually the group’s bassoonist), sang them (a set of Toscanini songs) with the right balance of gracefulness and passion.” Gina has performed several shows of contemporary classical music at the Undergroundzero Festival, Metropolitan Club, and Soho Playhouse. She has also commissioned new works integrating her two passions—the voice and the bassoon—into the same piece, premiered at Stony Brook University and Subculture. As a musical theater performer, Gina’s recent credits include Snow White in The Princess Palace, and a featured singer/performer in Some Enchanted Evening: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Review at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Past credits include Tuptim in The King and I, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Maria in The Sound of Music. An avid jazz and pop music fan, Gina has been featured with several jazz, pop, and r&b bands in clubs in New York and Connecticut. Gina Cuffari, soprano
  Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Olga Perez Flora has been lauded by Opera News for her “smoky tones” and “lively poise.” Known for her sultry Carmen, Olga has performed this signature role numerous times, including her debut with Amarillo Opera. She has also performed widely with opera companies across the U.S. and internationally. Notable roles include Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Charlotte in Werther, Luisa in Luisa Fernanda, Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. Recent solo performances include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata 147, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. While at the Pullin Opera Studio Program at Arizona Opera, she sang in over twenty productions. As a recitalist, Olga has appear as soloist with Pittsburgh Opera, Music in a Great Space, and the Idyllwild Festival, among others. She was a finalist at the American-Berlin Competition at Metropolitan Opera and a NATS regional winner. Olga is currently on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. ~ www.olgaperezflora.com Olga Perez Flora, mezzo-soprano
  Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee’s performances have been described as “vocally sumptuous,” “musically distinctive,” and even “acrobatically agile.” He has appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, the Philadelphia and Saint Luke’s orchestras, Collegiate Chorale, and at the Caramoor and Aspen festivals; and his recent performances include Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus. He has also worked to preserve and expand the performance of Negro Spirituals here and abroad with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Recently Albert performed a recital of art songs set to Langston Hughes’s poetry in Weill Hall; sang in the world premiere of Buffalo Soldier, an opera based on the story of the segregated 92nd Infantry in Italy during WWII, with the International Opera Theater in Cittá della Pieve and Rome, Italy; and the role of Jesus in Massanet’s oratorio Marie Magdelene. Included in a recently released recording of works by George Walker on Albany Records, he sings musical settings of Walt Whitman’s “When lilacs last in dooryard bloomed.” Albert is on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. Albert Rudolph Lee, tenor
  Flutist Barry Crawford was bass section leader for the choir at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd Church in Inwood for seven years, and was also bass section leader in his high school choir. Barry Crawford, bass

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