Catherine Beeson (Artistic Director, Viola) has served as a Teaching Artist and performer for Colorado Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Friends of Chamber Music - Denver, Lenape Chamber Ensemble (PA), Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Music Chamber Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra (San Diego) and Loon Lake Live. She curates community based performances with Ensemble Faucheux, and leads programs on performing arts supporting social change - most recently as Social Justice Performing Artist in Residence at Chicago's Roosevelt University. Catherine is a proud advocate for inclusion practices in the musical arts, lately focusing on concert and performance opportunities for the neurodiverse community. She comes from a family of musicians, educators, and community builders. She enjoys connecting diverse groups of people through community and school residency programs that encourage music composition and performance. In service to this, Catherine has designed and published teachers' guides and lesson plans to support the education and outreach endeavors of the New York Philharmonic, Up Close and Musical orchestra (Denver) and Friends of Chamber Music (Denver). Catherine has also been a facilitator for adult lectures through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, led workshops at the Colorado Music Educators' Association conference, and twice been a panel presenter at Denver Comic Con. In her spare time Catherine enjoys supporting social action events with the Non-Violins Marching Band, playing board games, reading, and having random adventures. Known for her anti-gym enthusiasm, she has surprised herself and pretty much everyone who knows her by training for the first ever Loon Lake "Try-athlon" which she hopes to complete without major embarrassment this August. She is the only competitor, so that's a bonus.
Flutist James Hall has enjoyed a varied and impressive career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. He has performed with Joshua Roman, Eileen Eivers, Jennifer Koh, Paquito D’Rivera, Benny Kim, Carol Wincenc, Allan Vogel, Robert Weirich, Jim Walker, Art Garfunkel, Pink Martini, Carter Enyeart, Catalyst Quartet, Boulder Bach Festival, and the Colorado Symphony. The Kansas City Star called him “red-hot” and the Denver Musical Weekly called his performance “...the best flute performance I have witnessed in my life.” As a concerto soloist, James has played with the Orquesta Nacional del Paraguay, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de Panamá, Orquesta del Congresso Nacional del Paraguay, and the Southeast Kansas Symphony. After giving his Carnegie Hall debut recital as a winner of Artists International in 2004, James began to receive invitations to perform as a recitalist, and has since played across North, Central, and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. He is half of Duo 1610, with pianist Willem Van Schalkwyk, and the two tour the world performing flute and piano works from the baroque to the contemporary. Hall was founder, flutist, and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Kansas City, which opened its debut season to critical acclaim. This group brought together musicians with international profiles, living and working in Kansas City, to give world-class performances of chamber music repertoire for mixed instrumentation. Performing in non-standard concert spaces, such as art galleries, design firms, and patrons' homes, the CMSKC brought a much needed musical art form to Kansas City audiences, and the concerts were received with great enthusiasm in sold-out performances. James has been invited to play for chamber music concerts with Loon Lake Live!, the New York based Vail International Dance Festival, the Colorado Symphony's Beethoven and Brews series, the Pittsburg Solo and Chamber Series, and the Dordt Artist Series. He has also performed and taught at music festivals in the U.S. and in Central and South America. James has been invited to perform as a guest principal flutist with the Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and Southeast Kansas Symphony, and has held principal flute positions with the Topeka Symphony and the Missouri Symphony. As an educator, Hall has been invited to give master classes at national conservatories and music schools throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Thailand, and Switzerland. Since 2009, he has been the professor of flute at the University of Northern Colorado where he has had the great fortune to work with many talented young musicians. James is a performing artist for Burkart Flutes and performs exclusively on his handmade 10k gold Burkart Elite flute with platinum head joint.
Susanna Kleinoriginally from Stuttgart, Germany, currently serves as assistant professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prof. Klein has enjoyed a varied career as a violinist, researcher, educator and arts innovator. She has performed in orchestra and chamber music settings in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil and Israel as well as throughout the United States. Ms. Klein serves as violinist with both Trio 826, based in Iowa, and the trailblazer group Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (ACE) in Richmond. Ms. Klein served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for six years, and continues to play in the section. Previous orchestral appointments include the Colorado, Memphis, and Vermont Symphonies. Ms. Klein is co-director and founder of the Orchestra Project, a summer camp that serves 140 string players. Prof. Klein holds a Bachelor of Music degree from VCU and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she was an assistant to the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg.
Born to a family of music-lovers, cellist Susanna Mendlow Susanna sang her way through childhood. Her musical activities included chorus, family gatherings, unrequested wake-up calls, and complimentary background vocals for her lucky house-mates. After discovering the cello at the age of 6, Susanna soon earned the most shiny star stickers of anyone in her extended family. Her parents' bribery successfully launched Susanna into the realm of classical music, where she happily settled for many years. As time passed, however, Susanna realized her interests included more than performing the canonized works of old European men. She began to explore other musical areas and techniques, which she now incorporates into many of her shows.
Susanna loves to play and sing in a wide variety of styles, including classical, folk, contemporary, and improvisation. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, Central Asia, and the United States in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, the Verizon Center, the National Cathedral, and the National Gallery. She has collaborated with many artists, including members of the Emerson and Brooklyn Rider Quartets, Colin Carr, Suren Bagratuni, Dmitri Berlinsky, Alan Kay, and Kevin Cobb. Susanna was a founding member of both Moyindau--a quartet that integrated experimental jazz, free improvisation, modern classical, and ethnic folk music--and the string quartet Kamea. She currently plays with Kassia Music, QuinTango, and Noam Faingold's Burning City Orchestra (BCO). She also teaches piano at the Washington International School.
Susanna holds degrees from SUNY Stony Brook (D.M.A.), Michigan State University (M.M.), and Barnard College at Columbia University (B.A. in music and psychology). She has studied cello with Suren Bagratuni, Colin Carr, and Misha Quint. Her vocal instructor is Donald Roberts.
Susanna currently lives in Washington DC.
Aaron Packard holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, both in Violin Performance. He is a founding member of Cuatro Puntos, a chamber music ensemble whose mission is to bridge cultural gaps through performance and teaching worldwide. Aaron is currently a faculty member at the Groton School and the Joy of Music Program in Massachusetts. He can be heard on The Rosegarden of Light, a Toccata Classics release.
Violinist Erika Sato is a native of Portland, Oregon, and enjoys a varied career based in the Washington DC area. Praised as “elegant” and “riveting” by The Washington Post, she is a former titled and tenured chair member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and has been a frequent guest performer with groups such as The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony. She is currently a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra, with which she has made numerous solo performances; other guest solo appearances include Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has been a regular performer on the chamber concert series Loon Lake Live! for over a decade, appeared as a guest artist with The American Chamber Players, a guest performer with Strings in the Mountains, and participated at music festivals including Banff, Norfolk, Spoleto ITALY, Spoleto USA, Aspen, and Tanglewood. She has given clinics and masterclasses at schools and universities to include Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland - Baltimore County. She trained under Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Erika Sato’s participation with this group is in an unofficial capacity and neither the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band nor the U.S. Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government has endorsed this activity. Photo by Ars Nova Images
Annie Trépanier's violin playing has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful." She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been heard regularly in national broadcasts on Radio-Canada, CBC and NPR. She is a founding member of Avery Ensemble and a co-director of Cuatro Puntos, a collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the performance and teaching of music worldwide. She also performs regularly as a guest with the Adaskin String Trio and as Concertmaster of the Salisbury Sinfonietta, a New England based chamber orchestra. She is a former member of the New World Trio and the Diabelli String Quartet and has recorded for the Zephyr, Toccatta Classics, Ablaze Records and Navona Records labels. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, a Master of Music from the University of Ottawa, and a Graduate Professional Diploma and Artist Diploma from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
Debra Sherrill-Ward, French horn, is the proud founder and director of the Charleston Horn Camp. She is the Principal Horn of Chamber Music Charleston, the North Charleston Pops, and plays 3rd horn for the Savannah Philharmonic and the Hilton Head Symphony. During the summers she plays for the St. Augustine Music Festival and Loon Lake Live. In May 2018, she will be a featured artist for the Musica En Segura Festival in Spain. Before moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Debra held the positions of Associate Principal Horn of the Barcelona Symphony and Principal Horn of the South Dakota Symphony. Debra studied with Froydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway, Jerome Ashby at the Juilliard School, Erik Ralske at the Manhattan School of Music and Roger Collins at Western Illinois University.
Lynette Wardle is principal harpist of the Richmond Symphony and the Albany Symphony. As a freelance musician she performs with New Jersey Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra and New York City Chamber Orchestra. For the holiday seasons, she has been the harpist for A Christmas Story, the Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She also performs regularly at Wicked, and with her husband Chad Smith in Sax-O-Philm, Sounds and Sights of the 20’s. Lynette was the harpist for the national tour of the Tony award-winning musical Light in the Piazza. She has a number of recordings, most notably her work with Trilogy, a flute, harp, viola trio, AREA 31, Grammy award winning Albany Symphony recordings and several movie soundtracks. Lynette has performed with many artists, such as Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, David Burnham, Megan Hilty, Bjork, Olivia Newton John, Ann Hampton Callaway, Deborah Voigt, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Joshua Bell.
Cellist Melissa Westgate maintains a busy freelance career in CT and NYC performing many different styles of music. She is a substitute cellist with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra and in the spring of 2015, won the position of Principal Cello for the Radio City Music Hall Spring Spectacular. In addition, Melissa has added her talent to several CD’s and recordings including music for daytime TV’s ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by the 12.14 Foundation. She was the Principal Cellist with the Ridgefield Symphony from 2000- 2013. In April 2010 she performed Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in e minor with the Orchestra. Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Hartt School of Music, where she studied with David Wells. While in attendance there, she received a full scholarship towards an Artist Diploma and performed with the Emerson String Quartet as a winner of their student competition. She also performed with Jaime Laredo and Isaac Stern as a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her achievements at the Hartt School were rewarded with a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music where she completed her Master of Music Degree. Upon graduation, she began performing professionally in many orchestras and chamber groups throughout the northeastern region including the Albany, New Haven and Springfield Symphonies. Melissa resides in Redding, CT with her husband and two children.
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