Musician Bios

VIOLINS

ELLA MARIE GRAY, Assistant Concertmaster
Ms. Gray began her career in New York as a member of the Kronos Quartet. She is a founding member of the adventurous new music ensemble, Quake, and the Rainier String Quartet. Since 2003 she has been an artist in residence at the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival.  She currently performs with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Symphony, and the Seattle Opera. Ms. Gray has also performed with the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Chamber Orchestra. She has been a faculty member at Western Washington University, Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts.

DAVID HANDLER, Acting Principal Second
After completing his studies at Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Meadowmount, Mr. Handler joined the Alabama Symphony, where he has played since 1977 and currently serves as assistant principal second violinist. He has also served as principal second violinist with the Missouri Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

SASHA CALLAHAN, Violin
Violinist Sasha Callahan has established a vibrant and diverse career as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a founding member of the Lunaire String Quartet and Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. Highlights include a solo Bach performance at the National Cathedral (D.C.) memorial service honoring Senator Eugene McCarthy, and as a member of the World Youth Orchestra 2005, an international orchestra assembled to present concerts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  She can be heard as a member of the Portland Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic and with the Boston Pops.

JOHN FETTER, Violin
Mr. Fetter came to the New Hampshire Music Festival at the age of two with his mother, violinist Therese Fetter.  He joined the orchestra in 2000. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music and a youth orchestra director at the Hochstein School. He has also conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, Finger Lakes Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia Chamber orchestras, and has performed with the Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Cheyenne symphonies.

KRISTINA HANDLER, Violin
Ms. Handler began her violin studies in the Boston area, where she attended Tanglewood and the New England Conservatory. She also attended the University of Michigan and received her degrees from the Shepherd School of Music and Kent State University. She has performed with the Canton, Akron and West Virginia symphonies. Currently, Ms. Handler is a member of the Alabama Symphony.

JULIE FOX HENSON, Violin
Ms. Henson was founding first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet. During her tenure with the group, the ensemble won prizes at the Coleman, Monterey and Evian Chamber Music Competitions. She is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, and has been concertmaster of the West Virginia and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphonies. Ms. Henson enjoys a successful teaching studio in the Ames/Des Moines area, and was voted the 2010 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year by the Iowa String Teachers Association. Since the summer of 2001, she has performed with the Belin String Quartet, which has a summer concert series in Des Moines.  She has been a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1988.

KATHRYN LANGR, Violin
Kathryn Langr has worked for many years as a chamber musician, orchestral musician and violin teacher. Past orchestral positions include principal second violin of the West Virginia Symphony, the Milwaukee Ballet and Des Moines Symphony. She is currently a member of the Ballet West Orchestra, the Utah Chamber Artists and a substitute musician for the Utah Symphony. During her tenure as a violinist with the Montclaire String Quartet, she was awarded prizes from the Evian, Banff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions and recorded for the Koch and Leonardo Labels.  She continues to play chamber music and appears regularly on the Nova Series. In addition to being a longtime member of the NHMF, Kathryn has played at the Swannanoa Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival. She is also an active studio musician and runs a large private teaching studio in Salt Lake City where she lives.

BOZENA O'BRIEN, Violin
Bozena O'Brien was born in Poland and, at age 10, came to the United States. She continued her musical education in this country with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony and as a “Young Artist” member at Tanglewood. Bozena also trained at Boston University, where she was a student of Walter Eisenberg, and later studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She holds a certificate for Suzuki pedagogy and Suzuki Book 1, and teaches at Concord Community Music School, where she is string department chair. Bozena has taught at St. Paul’s School for 20 years and also at the Holderness Preparatory School and Kimball Union Academy. She performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, Brinkler Piano Trio and continues to perform as a freelance violinist throughout New England.

PHYLLIS SAUNDERS, Violin
After receiving a master of music degree from Boston University, where she was a student of Joseph Silverstein, Ms. Saunders began her professional career as a member of the San Diego Symphony. Later she joined the Nashville Symphony as principal second violinist and was an active studio musician in Nashville. She has been a member of the Albany Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Currently she is in the Boise Philharmonic and is a high school orchestra director in the Boise School District.

CORY SMITH, Violin
Cory Smith is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and serves on the string faculty at the University of Akron in Ohio. Cory is also a member of Akron Baroque, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and performs with the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his university teaching, Cory thoroughly enjoys teaching violinists of all levels and runs an active private studio with students ranging from the ages of 8 to 80. This is Cory’s 16th season with the NHMF.

KRISTIN VAN CLEVE, Violin
Kristin Van Cleve is chairperson of the music department at the University of Dallas, where she has directed the chamber ensemble program since 2007.  She is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata, is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and performs regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony.  Ms. Van Cleve began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas.  As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Washington, DC, France, Mexico and throughout the southwest. Ms. Van Cleve is concertmaster of the Orchestra of New Spain and in 2011 traveled to Bolivia with the orchestra to teach and perform. Ms. Van Cleve is active as a clinician for violin students of all ages and also maintains a private teaching studio in Dallas.

VIKTORIA TCHERTCHIAN, Violin
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Viktoria Tchertchian began playing violin at the age of five. She received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Lousiana State University in 2001 and her performance diploma and master’s degree at the Longy School of Music in 2006. Her principal teachers include Laura Bossert, Kevork Mardirossian, James Alexander and Dora Ivanova. Ms. Tchertchian has participated in festivals including the Round Top International Music Festival, the Lyrica International Chamber Music Festival, and the Heber Springs Chamber Music Festival. She was a featured soloist with the Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and the Plovdiv National Catholic Choir in performances in France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and the Czech Republic. Ms. Tchertchian’s orchestral experience includes positions in the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Acadiana Symphony, and she currently performs with the Portland Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Simon Sinfonietta.  Ms. Tchertchian is a dedicated violin teacher at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and the Melrose Middle School in Melrose, MA.

VIOLAS

BERNARD DI GREGORIO, Viola
Bernard Di Gregorio has been a member of the NHMF since 1988. He is currently Principal Viola with the West Virginia Symphony and a member of the Montclaire String Quartet, the symphony’s resident ensemble. He is an Artist-in-Residence through the joint program of the West Virginia Symphony/Kanawha County Public Schools, teaching string classes in the public schools around Charleston, WV. He is a strong believer of music being part of the public school curriculum and his career is a result of such a program encountered while growing up in the Boston, MA area. Mr. Di Gregorio has also held the position of Principal Viola with the Roanoke (VA) Symphony since 1991 and has appeared as soloist with that orchestra. Mr. Di Gregorio also works with the West Virginia Youth Symphony as a sectional instructor and chamber music coach. He has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and holds a diploma in viola performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where his principal instructor was George Neikrug.

ANN SMITH, Viola
Ms. Smith is a violist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Baroque, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. She has earned degrees from Roosevelt University and conducted studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. Ms. Smith has been a member of the Great Falls Symphony and the Cascade String Quartet. She has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Music Academy of the West, the Grand Teton, Aspen, Spoleto, Banff, Blossom, and Sarasota Music Festivals. This is Ann’s 16th season with the NHMF.

CELLOS

DAVID GOLDBLATT, Cello
David Goldblatt is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Philly Sound, which won a 1973 Grammy for best instrumental rock ‘n’ roll recording, and the Skywalker Orchestra. Presently a member of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he also plays with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He appears regularly on the concert series in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony chamber music series and Chamber Music Sundaes.

WALTER GRAY, Principal Cello
Walter Gray has just finished his 35th season with the Seattle Symphony and is enjoying music more than ever before. Recent solo performances include the Dvořák and Elgar Cello Concertos and sonatas of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven. He returned to Moscow last spring with the ODEONQUARTET and has traveled with the Liverpool Trio to Korea and Mexico. Mr. Gray has been teaching for over 40 years; previous faculty positions include Seattle University, the University of North Texas, Western Washington University and the State University of New York at Geneseo. This summer he will be returning to the Olympic and New Hampshire music festivals and has appeared at the Cabrillo, Grand Teton, Marrowstone, Mostly Mozart, Olympic and Waterloo music festivals, among others.

ANDREA DI GREGORIO, Cello
Andrea Di Gregorio is the principal cellist of the West Virginia Symphony and cellist in the Montclaire String Quartet, the prizewinning resident ensemble with the WVSO. She received degrees from the University of Colorado and Yale University.

BASSES

JOSEPH HIGGINS, Principal Bass
Mr. Higgins is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony and the Portland (ME) Symphony. Other orchestra performances include the Boston Pops Esplanade, Metamorphosen Chamber, Boston Ballet, Pro-Arte Chamber orchestras as well as with festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Recordings include two Mendelssohn string symphonies with Metamorphosen, and "John Harbison World Premiere Recordings" with Emmanuel Music.

MICHAEL LELEVICH, Bass
Michael Lelevich is Assistant Principal Bass of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphonies. He received his Bachelor of Music from Temple University and his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Stuart Sankey.

ELIOT PORTER, Bass
Mr. Porter has played as principal bass in many area orchestras including Great Woods Festival Orchestra and Newport Music Festival, as well as the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Ballet, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Portland and New Haven symphonies. He teaches bass at the Music School, the Wheeler School, Brown University, Rhode Island College, St. George’s School, UMass Dartmouth, Community College of RI and Providence College in addition to maintaining his own studio.

FLUTES/PICCOLOS

VALERIE WATTS, Principal Flute
Valerie Watts is principal flute with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and professor of flute at the University of Oklahoma, School of Music. Her appointment at the University of Oklahoma includes membership of its resident faculty quintet, The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet. A finalist for the 1993 Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas Enterprises, Dr. Watts has been the featured performer at festivals abroad and performed solo and chamber music engagements as well in the United States. Recently, she was artist-in-residence at Xu Beihong, School of the Arts, Remni University in Beijing, China. In 2001, she was featured on a concert promoting music by Oklahoman composers performing Michael Hennagin’s Sonata for Flute and Piano at the National Flute Association convention in Dallas, Texas. An enthusiastic student of early music performance practice, Dr. Watts was granted a fellowship to attend the 1994 Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook, NY. She has recorded with CBS Masterworks, Integra and W.W. Norton labels.

RACHEL BRAUDE, Flute/Piccolo
Rachel Braude has been the piccolo player of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland (ME) Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Opera Boston Orchestra and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Rachel was also a frequent guest with both of the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Ballet Orchestra. She is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival and Arizona Music Fest.  Ms. Braude has made many recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on the Chandos, Naxos, New World and BMOP Sound labels. Her debut solo recording can be heard on the album In Media Res in a piece written especially for her by the composer Lisa Biewala, long time BMOP collaborator and recent Prix de Rome winner.  Rachel is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and her principal piccolo and flute teachers include Geralyn Coticone, Cindy Meyers, Lois Schaefer, Trevor Wye, Bradley Garner and Stephanie Mortimore.

MARY KAY ROBINSON, Flute/Piccolo
Flutist Mary Kay Robinson has risen to national prominence as a versatile flutist who has performed with the Symphony Orchestras in Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Kansas City, Toledo and Cleveland, among others. …“dazzling virtuosity...a hugely talented soloist” critics heralded of her New York solo debut. She has been a featured soloist with the Southern Tier Symphony (NY), Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She is the founding member of the award winning mixed chamber ensemble, Panorámicos. Other orchestras include Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Red {an orchestra}, Akron Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Playhouse Square Orchestra. She is the former Chair of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee and founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society. She has championed the commissioning of new solo and chamber works for Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute, and can be heard on recordings by Polyhymnia, Hyperion, Azica, TelArc, and Albany Records. Currently she is on the faculties of Ithaca College, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

OBOES

SANDRA FLESHER-SHELDON, Principal Oboe
Ms. Flesher-Sheldon received bachelor’s and master’s degrees and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle. More recently her teachers included Ray Still and John Mack. She has held positions as Principal Oboist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic, and in Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic and oboe/English horn of the Toronto Symphony, National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and as recitalist on the CBC. Ms. Flesher is currently retired as Principal Oboe Laureate/English horn soloist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She has served on the faculties of four Oklahoma Universities, was Artist-in-Residence at L'Ecole des Americains, under Nadia Boulanger, Fontainbleau, France, performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and at the Library of Congress. This season marks her 47th year as Principal Oboe and 10th as Chamber Music Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Festival. As a composer, several of her works have been premiered at the New Hampshire Music Festival, and one work was recently premiered by the Verdehr Trio at the Phillips Collection Concert Series in Washington, DC.

JANE HARRISON, Oboe
A native of Ohio, Ms. Harrsion earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Ohio Wesleyan University. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with John Mack, and later received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Elaine Douvas. Before moving to New England, Ms. Harrison played professionally with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Virginia and New York City. She is currently a member of Arcadian Winds, a wind quintet specializing in contemporary music, and Emmanuel Music, where she has performed frequently with late Music Director Craig Smith as well as John Harbison, and guest conductors Seiji Ozawa and Christopher Hogwood. She has participated for many years in the New Hampshire Music Festival. An active freelancer, she has appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera, The Cantata Singers, Opera Boston, ProArte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, among many others. She has participated in several commercial recordings and radio broadcasts. Ms. Harrison is an Affiliated Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is on the faculty of Boston College, Northeastern University, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the All-Newton Music School.

CLARINETS

ELIZANDRO GARCIA-MONTOYA, Co-Principal Clarinet
Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is an active performer and educator. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. An active freelancer in Chicago, Mr. Garcia-Montoya performs with some of the most important music organizations in the Chicago area. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Mr. Garcia-Montoya continues to pursue his chamber music career. He has performed with groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point new music project, Pilgrim Chamber Players and The Chicago Ensemble, among others. 
Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his master's degree at Rice University. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and pursued additional post-graduate studies at DePaul University. Mr. Garcia-Montoya has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. His primary teachers include Franklin Cohen, Richard Shanley, Michael Webster and Larry Combs.  Mr. Garcia- Montoya lives in Chicago, IL, and is currently co-principal clarinetist of the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago.

BILL KALINKOS, Co-Principal Clarinet
Originally from Queens, New York City, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, and National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble.  In addition, Bill has played with groups such as Eco Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and East Coast Contemporary Ensemble.  Recognized by the The Washington Post as a "notable contemporary music specialist," he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by many acclaimed composers.  As an orchestral player, Bill is a member of IRIS Orchestra, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and CityMusic Cleveland. Upon arrival to the San Francisco Bay area in 2011, Bill joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, and was appointed principal clarinetist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.  As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Nonesuch, Euroarts, Naxos, Mode, Orange Mountain, and Albany Records labels.

DANIEL WILLIAMS, Clarinet
Clarinetist Daniel Williams is a member of The New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago and has performed locally with the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta and many of the suburban orchestras including those in Highland Park, Northbrook and Skokie. Daniel played principal clarinet with the Elmhurst Symphony for the 2009-10 season and has played with the da Corneto Opera of Chicago as well as with the Elgin Choral Union. He has also played with the South Bend and Green Bay symphony orchestras. He has performed at the Ravinia Festival with the New Millennium Orchestra, participated in the Music Academy of the West, and the New Hampshire, Chautauqua, Aspen, and Bowdoin Summer Music festivals. In addition to performing, Daniel is an active teacher at the Merit School of Music as well as the Musical Chairs Studio and several suburban high schools. He received his bachelor's of music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his master's of music degree at the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Yehuda Gilad, Linnea Nereim, Daniel Gilbert, Eli Eban, Franklin Cohen, Charlene Zimmerman, Monica Kaenzig and David Howard.

BASSOONS

NICOLASA KUSTER, Principal Bassoon
Bassoonist Nicolasa Kuster joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California in the Fall of 2008 and is Principal Bassoon of the Stockton Symphony. Previous orchestral positions include the Wichita Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  While at the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, she recorded as Principal Bassoon on Gian Carlo Menotti’s operas The Consul and The Saint of Bleeker Street; two CDs of Gian Carlo Menotti’s orchestral, vocal and instrumental works; and Prokofiev’s War and Peace (Chandos). Ms. Kuster has been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including the Anchorage Music Festival; New Hampshire Music Festival; Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic; Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, CA; and the Marrowstone Festival in Bellingham, WA.  Ms. Kuster is a Founding Co-Director of The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, a biennial competition for young women bassoonists from the Americas. She is featured on Lieurance Woodwind Quintet’s 2010 release, Music from the Americas (Summit). Her first solo recording, Metamophosis, is available at NicolasaKuster.com.

MARGARET PHILLIPS, Bassoon/ Contrabassoon
Margaret Phillips is a free-lance bassoonist and contrabassoonist in the Boston area. She regularly performs with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and frequently appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as an extra player. As a chamber musician, she is a member of Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Ms. Phillips holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University. She is currently Associate Professor of Bassoon at Berklee College of Music and teaches at Brandeis University.

ERIC ANDERSON, Bassoon
Eric Anderson has been playing bassoon with the NHMF since 2004. He is currently Principal Bassoonist of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since since 1996, and has served as Personnel Manager for the CSO since 2003.  He also plays Third Bassoon/ Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony. Eric attended the University of Cincinnati/ College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, & the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra.

HORNS

DAVID SAUNDERS, Principal Horn
Mr. Saunders is professor of horn and music theory at Boise State University. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New York City Opera, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony and Northeasterly Winds Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Saunders earned his doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook and holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and St. Louis Conservatory of Music.

SCOTT BRUBAKER, Horn
Mr. Brubaker has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1973, when he won his position at the age of 21.  He has also developed a notable career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Brubaker has performed chamber music with the Marlboro Festival, the Emerson String Quartet, Speculum Musicae, Harmonie Ensemble, I Musici de Montreal, and the MET Chamber Series. He has appeared with such eminent orchestras as the Boston Symphony, the NY Philharmonic, the Leningrad Philharmonic, St. Luke’s, and Orpheus, while summering with such festivals as the Colorado, Grand Teton, Manchester and Mostly Mozart Festivals. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Mr. Brubaker has taught on the faculties of the Brooklyn Conservatory and Princeton University.

NINA ALLEN MILLER, Horn
Nina Allen Miller has been a member of the NHMF orchestra since 1981.  She also performs with several orchestras in New England including the Portland Symphony, PORTOpera, Springfield, Vermont, Hanover Chamber, Nashua, and the White Mountain Bach Festival.  Her eclectic performances include concerts with Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Three Irish Tenors, Beach Boys, and the Brahms Requiem with the Dartmouth Glee Club Alumni at Carnegie Hall. Nina has taught horn at Bates College, University of Southern Maine, and in the Wellesley, MA public schools. A New York native, she earned her BM in Horn Performance from Northwestern Unversity.  Her teachers include Dale Clevenger, Arthur Berv and Phillip Farkas.

TRUMPETS

KEITH JOHNSON, Co-Principal Trumpet
Mr. Johnson is professor of trumpet in the College of Music at the University of North Texas.  He performs with the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Sundance Brass.  He has also performed with the orchestras of Kansas City, Cape Town and Dallas.  He is the author of two books, The Art of Trumpet Playing and Brass Performance and Pedagogy, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild. 2013 marks Keith’s 50th season with the New Hampshire Music Festival.

TROMBONES

DAVID LOUCKY, Principal Trombone
Dr. Loucky has been professor of trombone at Middle Tennessee State University since 1989.  He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and numerous jazz and popular artists.  He is known as a doubler on all low brass instruments and is frequently heard performing on bass trumpet, euphonium and his period 19th century ophicleide.  He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Yale School of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook.

MAUREEN HORGAN, Trombone
Maureen Horgan is Professor of Music at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, Yale University, and SUNY Stony Brook. In 30 years as a free-lance musician, she has performed with the Opera Company of Boston, the Honolulu Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Pro Arte Orchestra, John Oliver Chorale, Aaron Copland, Henry Mancini, and others. Ms. Horgan has recorded for the CRI, Gunmar, and Ladyslipper labels, and is a board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference. An active proponent of new music, she has commissioned four works and her solo CD of new works for trombone, “Moe’s Bit o’Blues” will come out on the Centaur label this year. This is her 28th season performing with the NHMF Orchestra.

DONALD ROBINSON, Bass Trombone
Holding degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Robinson currently performs and teaches in the Boston area.  He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Pops, Ballet and Lyric Opera Orchestras.  In addition to maintaining an active private studio of low brass students, he is an elementary band teacher in the Plainville (MA) public schools.  This is his 27th season performing with the NHMF Orchestra.

TUBA

VELVET BROWN, Principal Tuba
Velvet Brown enjoys a professional career as an international soloist and chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor and orchestral player. She has made regular appearances throughout Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, France, England, Hungary, Slovenia, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States. Ms. Brown is principal tubist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Brown currently serves as secretary of the Executive Committee for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA), and she is also a board member of the International Women's Brass Conference. Ms. Brown is noted for receiving the 1999-2000 William Fulbright Fellowship Vinciguerra Award. She has released two solo CDs (Velvet and Music for Velvet) on the Crystal Records label.

PERCUSSION

WILLIAM MANLEY, Principal Percussion
Mr. Manley performs and teaches throughout New England. He holds degrees from the State University of New York and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He has recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Berkshire Opera Company and the Catskill Klezmorim. Mr. Manley also performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the National Lyric Opera Company, the Portland and Boston symphony orchestras.

PIANO

LESLIE AMPER, Piano
Leslie Amper, recipient of the NEA Solo Recitalist Fellowship Grant, has delighted audiences with her piano recitals in cities across the nation including Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Chic¬ago. She has appeared in concerto performances with the Boston Pops, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. A founding member of the Jubilee Trio and a member of the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, her chamber music concerts have included Emmanuel Music, Bargemusic, Monadnock Music Festival, and in Strada Italy. Ms. Amper has created performances related to art shows for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Ms. Amper was invited by the cutting edge theater director , Peter Sellars, to be an onstage pianist for his American National Theater production of Chekov's  A Seagull.  Accomplished in contemporary music, her recording of Andrew Imbrie's ShortStory was selected for "The Art of the States" an international broadcast. Leslie Amper is a faculty member of Wheaton (MA) College, New England Conservatory Preparatory, and Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

FRANCES RENZI, Piano
Pianist Frances Renzi has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including those of Dallas, Houston, Toledo, and the New Hampshire Music Festival.  She has performed throughout North America, Taiwan, and China, giving recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, at the Phillips Collecton in Washington, D.C., at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and at the China Conservatory in Beijing.  She appears regularly as a featured guest artist on the Toledo Symphony Chamber Series, performs each summer at the New Hampshire Music Festival, and has performed as a solo pianist for the New York City Ballet.  Ms. Renzi has recorded both solo and chamber music for Educo, Centaur, Koch International, the Musical Heritage Society, Azica, Audite, and Decca-Argo.  Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television across the nation including a presentation on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.  An experienced teacher as well as performer, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Toledo.  In 2000 she received a commendation from the Ohio Senate honoring her outstanding university career of 27 years.