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Meet The Players

 Willie Docto, violin, Eleva Chamber Players 
 WILLIE DOCTO
Founder & General Manager
Violin
Willie enjoys combining his musical background with his management experience. He has served as general manager of the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra working with conductors Andrew Litton and Fabio Mechetti. He has also worked with the Fairfax Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra League. Since 1996, he has owned an association management company providing event planning and marketing consulting services to clients in the U.S, Poland and the Philippines. Willie has served on the boards of the Monteverdi Music School and the Vermont Arts Council. In 2012, Willie was appointed to the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Willie performed as a freelance musician in the Washington, DC area for over 15 years. He has performed in the Georgetown Symphony, Capital City Symphony, Prince William Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, the Veterans Administration Medical Musical Group and Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. He is a principal player in the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. Willie studied violin at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Willie performs on the "Aunt Lulabelle" violin handcrafted by Thurmond Knight of Glover, Vermont.

 G. Richard Ames, Eleva Chamber Players
G. RICHARD AMES
Compère
G. Richard Ames is an actor and activist from Burlington. He performs regularly for QuarryWorks Theater in Adamant, Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, and at many other venues in northern and central Vermont. He is an activist for civil rights, litter eradication, and for peace. Rick is pleased to be at these concerts, both as emcee and as an eager listener to Eleva's musical offerings.

  Mary Jane Austin, piano
MARY JANE AUSTIN
Piano
Mary Jane Austin earned her Bachelor's Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Olga Radosavljevich and Vivian Weilerstein. She then pursued graduate studies in vocal coaching and accompanying, studying both art song and opera at Duquesne University with Warren Jones and Claudia Pinza. She has worked as an accompanist and coach for six summers at the EPCASO opera program in Oderzo, Italy, with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, soprano Young Ok Shin, and baritones Richard Bernstein and Michael Chioldi, among others, and returned there this past July to work with Maestro Maurizio Arena. Closer to home, she performs regularly with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses, and the Mad River Chorale. She has played for several silent films at the Vergennes Opera House. She was the music director/rehearsal pianist for Unadilla Theater's Gilbert and Sullivan festival this past summer, and recently was the rehearsal pianist for the Opera Company of Middlebury's productions of Thais and Madame Butterfly. She currently teaches at Johnson State College and is the organist at the Waterbury Congregational Church.

 
MICHAEL CLOSE
Cello
Michael Close is a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, VT. He graduated from Bennington College
in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music composition and a master of arts in education. He teaches cello
and chamber music classes at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier. He has been a composer-mentor with "Music-Comp" since 2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing and arranging music. He is also the music teacher at Moretown Elementary School and Doty Memorial School. Michael plays cello with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups around Vermont. He has been the section leader of and has been a soloist with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He is a prolific composer and some of his most recent works have been performed by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club of Detroit, and the Eleva Chamber Players. His new work, 'Joyful Bells' will be premiered by the Vermont Choral Union in December of this year and his song cycle, "Songs About Cheese" will be performed by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble in January 2015.

 
John Dunlop has been performing in the Northeast for over twenty five years as Principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera North, Vermont Mozart Festival, Vermont Virtuosi and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with notable area musicians. John is also the cellist with the fledgling new music ensemble TURN, which features many of the most interesting young composers of our time. He studied under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory, and has played in master classes for Yo Yo Ma, Jerry Grossman, Steve Doane and others. John has also composed and recorded several award-wining film soundtracks for short films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont, where he called on his skills as a guitarist and bouzouki player in addition to cello. He has played for Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett and Phish. Besides his work at Dartmouth, John teaches privately in Richmond, Vermont.

 Jennifer Flaster, violin, Eleva Chamber Players
JENNIFER FLASTER
Violin
Jennifer Flaster is a member of the Vermont Philharmonic and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society. She served as concertmaster of the McLean Orchestra in Virginia and played with the Washington Savoyards and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra along with many other Washington, DC music ensembles. She was a member of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in New York City before moving to Vermont in 2006. In addition to performing classical and chamber music, she was a founding member of 24fps, a Washington-based rock band.

 
SOFIA HIRSCH
Violin
Inspired by her mother, also a violinist, Sofia began studying violin at 4. She loved playing in the VYO ('84-88) and her VYO string quartet, competed nationally at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Junior Division. College took her in other directions, and it wasn't till 2000 that she joined the Vermont Symphony, then BCO as a founding member, and many other groups across the state including Dartmouth Handel Society, Dartmouth Symphony, Middlebury Opera, Middlebury Bach Festival and others. She performs regularly in Brandon, Stowe and Burlington with the Northern Third Piano Quartet. Her latest ventures combine live music and live dance, involving two of her dance mentors, past and current. She provides the music. Threads and Threshholds with Hannah Dennison in East Calais' historic Kent Museum, and across the state with Farm to Ballet, performing the solo in Vivaldi's 4 seasons. Sofia lives in Shelburne.

 
AKIKO HOSOI

Violin

Born in Japan, violinist Akiko Hosoi has had an international career from an early age. While attending the Purcell School of Music in London under the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship, she performed throughout the country, as well as toured throughout Malta, Russia, Japan, and Finland, and as a third-prize winner in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, she performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. She then moved to the USA and enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Ronald Copes, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her previous teachers include Kazuki Sawa, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch and David Cerone.

Currently residing in New York City, Akiko enjoys an extensive performing freelance career. Aside from being a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Stamford Symphony Orchestra, she regularly performs chamber music with musicians in NYC as well as solo recitals annually in Tokyo. As an orchestral player, she has worked with many prestigious conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Fabio Luisi and Kurt Masur.

Always trying to inspire the younger generation, Akiko is in high demand as a violin instructor. As well as teaching privately in New York City, she has been an active member of Nesin Cultural Arts, where she is a co-founder and violin/chamber music faculty of the Summer Academy and Aspiring Young Musicians Program. For more information please visit www.akikohosoi.com.

Owen Kevra-Lenz, violin
OWEN KEVRA-LENZ

Violin
Vermont-born violinist Owen Kevra-Lenz is a recent graduate of the State University of New York - Purchase Conservatory. His career has featured a variety of performing opportunities ranging from solo, to orchestral to chamber music. He has played for some of the world's leading musicians including Jamie Laredo, Joseph Silverstein and Lawrence Dutton. Owen was a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for 7 years where he was concertmaster during his senior year of high school. Owen has also performed as a member of the Green Mountain Opera Festival. In 2010 Owen was part of a Piano Trio that performed the Mendelssohn C Minor trio for the renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. At SUNY Purchase, he was an active member of the Symphony Orchestra and chamber programs. Owen's teachers have included Lynn Chang, Theodore Arm, Evelyn Read and Mary Gibson. He currently studies with Laurie Smukler.
 Lou Kosma - Eleva Chamber Players - chamber orchestra
 LOU KOSMA
Principal Bass
Lou Kosma is was a long-time member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He teaches privately and is an adjunct double bass instructor at New Jersey City University. Past affiliations include principal bassist for the American Ballet Theatre, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and acting principal for the New Jersey Symphony. He was also a member of the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years. Lou continues to play radio and television jingles and industrials. He received his degree in music education with applied double bass from Temple University. During the summers of 1967 and 1968, he was a fellowship student at Tanglewood. Lou is Music Director of the Vermont Philharmonic, the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the Junior Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County.
 John Lindsey, violin, Eleva Chamber Players
 JOHN LINDSEY
Concertmaster

JOHN LINDSEY, Concertmaster and Distinguished Professor of Violin

Violinist John Lindsey holds the State University of New York's highest rank, the Distinguished Service Professorship, bestowed upon him in 2009. Previously he was awarded the 1993 President's Award and the 2003 SUNY Chancellor's Award, both for Excellence in Teaching. In a teaching career that has spanned nearly 40 years, he has taught in the Dallas (TX) Public Schools, Baylor University, The University of Kentucky, and the Crane School of Music, where he has been teaching since 1981. Mr. Lindsey is currently the Concertmaster of both the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Eleva Chamber Players. He is the first violinist of the Aurora String Quintet and is the violinist of the Potsdam Piano Quartet and Baroque Ensemble.

In the summers, Mr. Lindsey has been on the faculties of the Ameropa Festival in Prague (CZ), The Woodstock Mozart Festival (VT), The Interlochen Arts Adult Chamber Music Camp (MI), The Canna International Fesitival in Italy, The Stage de Musique in Marcillat-en-Combraille, France, The 2008 International Chamber Music Festival and Tour in Bulgaria, The National music Camp at Interlochen, MI, The Thailand Chamber Music Festival, and The 2014 Viaden Festival in Luxembourg.

In 2010, he presented a five-day residency at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. Along with his wife, Amornrat, Mr. Lindsey is co-owner of the only Thai style Bed and Breakfast in all of North America, The Siam Classic Inn and Spa.

 
LAURA MARKOWITZ
Violin
Laura Markowitz is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music from Indiana University. Her teachers include Paul Biss, Peter Marsh and Larry Shapiro. Laura discovered Vermont after college, when teaching summers at the Kinhaven Music School. Before moving to Vermont in 1991, her professional career included the Florida Orchestra (Tampa), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland) and the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile). Laura takes part in various chamber recitals in the area. An avid fiddler in swedish and celtic styles, she is a member of the band Symphony Reel, which plays for children across the state through the VSO's Symphony Kids program. Laura teaches violin at the Brown's River Middle School and maintains a teaching studio in Richmond alongside her life partner, cellist John Dunlop.

Moby Pearson, violin, Eleva Chamber Players

MOWRY PEARSON
Violin
Mowry Pearson grew up in the Boston area where he studied with Lucy Parker and George Zazofsky. He received his degree from Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Soetens and Steven Staryk. Mr. Pearson's active chamber music career has included extensive periods as principal violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and the Atlanta Chamber Players, with concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection (Wash., DC), as well as tours to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has performed with many Boston area orchestras and ensembles including Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Boston Musica Viva, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Mr. Pearson has been a soloist with the Concord Chorale and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and given many solo recitals including Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, and WGBH radio. In addition, Mr. Pearson has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and major concert halls throughout Europe. Recordings include the Deustche Grammaphon, Centaur, and Koch labels. Presently he resides in Brattleboro and is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center where he coaches chamber music and conducts the senior orchestra. His violin is by Bartomoleo Tassini, Venice 1752.
 Olga Pineda - Eleva Chamber Players - chamber orchestra
OLGA PINEDA
VIolin
Olga Pineda received her B. M. Magna Cum Laude in Music Education at the St. Scholastica College in 1995, after receiving a B.S. and MS in Marketing at De La Salle Univeristy in the Philippines. She was a member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and was a violinist in the touring company production of Miss Saigon. As a pianist, she was a piano soloist with the Pasaknungan Chamber Orchestra and has served as accompanist for Broadway musicals with the Philippine Artists International. Olga was also a member of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble, Manila's premier chamber music organization. Olga was also a faculty member at the Joy of Music Program School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
 Reginald Pineda - Eleva Chamber Players - chamber orchestra
REGINALD PINEDA
Violin
Reginald Pineda received a B.M. in Violin performance at University of Santo Thomas (UST), where he received a full scholarship granted by The Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines and UST Conservatory. He received a Graduate Performance Certificate in Violin performance at Boston Conservatory of Music. Regie has served as Concertmaster of Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the UST Conservatory Orchestra and as principal violinist of the second violin section of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Regie is a member of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble, Manila's premier chamber music organization. In addition to being a freelance musician, Regie teaches violin, viola and chamber music at the Joy Of Music Program School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

 Marla Rathbun, violin
MARLA RATHBUN
Violin
Marla Rathbun performs with her piano partner, Maria Rivera in the Rathbun/Rivera Duo as well as various other small chamber ensembles, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and freelances in the greater New York area. For many years she was first violinist of the Taghkanic String Quartet and principal second violinist with the Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra. Rathbun received her B.M.E. from Capital University then worked as principal second violinist with the Savannah Symphony and Savannah String Quartet and taught at Savannah State College. While earning her M.M. in violin performance at Southern Illinois University, she was assistant concertmaster of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Quito, Ecuador, she played in and directed a small chamber orchestra, performed with a string quartet as first violinist, and was concertmaster of Quito National Symphony. She is a former student of Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. She has directed the Suzuki program at Dutchess Community College and coordinated the music program at Poughkeepsie Day School. Normally a Poughkeepsie resident, in Brazil she and her husband can pursue their passion for trekking to out-of-the way places seeking beautiful and interesting birds.

 
ELIZABETH REID
Viola
Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in Vermont.She performs with the groups ARIOSO, the Northern Third Piano Quartet and in a viola-piano duo with the pianist Alison Cerutti. In Northern New England Ms. Reid has been featured on concert series as a soloist with the vocal group Counterpoint and various concert series as a chamber musician and soloist, including Cathedral Arts Burlington, Paine Mountain Arts, Chamber Works at Dartmouth College, Norwich University Concerts and the Barre Opera House. She has also performed live on Vermont Public Radio in various performances, including the Rebecca Clarke Sonata with Alison Cerutti in June 2015. Ms. Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, and is a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She has played with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Burlington Ensemble, Green Mountain Opera, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Music-COMP, Vermont Virtuosi, TURNmusic and Capital City Concerts. She has a passionate interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. A native of Hamilton, Canada, Ms. Reid started violin at the age of seven and at ten she switched to viola. She went on to study for her bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance at Western University in London Ontario, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

 
PAUL REYNOLDS

Viola
Paul Reynolds has served as Principal Violist with the Sarasota Opera Company, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the New World Symphony of Miami, with whom he also performed as soloist. While in D.C, he played in the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera and served as associate professor of Music at George Washington University. Over the years he has participated in many festivals including Sun Valley, Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Santa Fe Opera and the National Repertory Orchestra. Paul studied viola with Roberto Diaz, Robert Vernon and Martha Katz. Donald McInnes and Michael Tree were also very influential. He has had the privilege of performing with orchestras in some of the world's great Concert Halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Kitara Hall in Japan. As a chamber musician he has been invited to play concerts at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Steamboat Springs, and in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Paul is currently Principal Violist of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He also performs with the Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Capital City Concerts, and has often been heard live on Vermont Public Radio. He is a founding member of the Sky Meadow Chamber Players, and is on the faculty of the Monteverdi Music School and Middlebury College. He lives in Montpelier.
 Shelly Tramposh, viola, Eleva Chamber Players
 SHELLY TRAMPOSH
Viola
Dr. Shelly Tramposh is an avid recitalist and chamber musician, and has performed recitals in Europe, Central America, and throughout Northern America to critical acclaim. She is also a member of both the Perron Trio and the Potsdam String Trio. Before joining the faculty of the Crane School of Music, Dr. Tramposh was a member of several orchestras,
including the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Colorado Springs Symphony, where she was Associate Principal viola. She is currently Principal violist of the Orchestra of Northern New York and Associate Principal of the Eleva Chamber Players. Her teachers include Martha Katz, Steven Tenenbom, and Burton Kaplan. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Tramposh teaches a course titled “The Art of Practicing” at the Crane School of Music, and has conducted workshops on practicing, orchestral excerpt preparation, and
pedagogy.
  
ANDREW TROMBLEY
Bass

Andrew Trombley, a graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School, has performed actively around New York City and abroad. In addition to his position as Principal Bass for the New Haven Symphony orchestra he is a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra has performed with ensembles such as The New York Philharmonic, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, and Mostly Mozart Orchestra. In addition Andrew is active musician for film scores and can be heard on the sound tracks for “A Dog’s Purpose”, “Hundred Foot Journey”, “Noah”, the Oscar nominated film "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

Active as a chamber musician, Andrew has collaborated with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Weekend of Chamber Music, and with the JP Jofre Hard Tango Band. Andrew has also performed concertos with the Eleva Chamber Players and The Chelsea Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous recitals and benefit concerts for Nesin Cultural Arts where he collaborated with the late American composer, Lee Hoiby to perform “Three Songs for Solo Double Bass and Piano”

Andrew is co-founder of The Aspiring Young Musicians program which offers private lessons and performance opportunities to the students of Sullivan County, 80% of the students receive financial assistance. He is also on the co-founder and faculty member of the Nesin Summer Music Academy. In the summer 2016 through a partnership with Nesin Cultural Arts Andrew founded and accepted the role of Artistic Director of the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra.

 Scott Woolweaver - Eleva Chamber Players - chamber orchestra
 SCOTT WOOLWEAVER
Viola
Scott Woolweaver graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate work with the violist Walter Trampler. He was a founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the Quartet, performed across the United States and in Europe. He is violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque, and spends his summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, and the Adult Chamber Music Seminar at the Interlochen, Michigan Arts Camp. Mr. Woolweaver formally joined the Ives Quartet in 1998 after performing with the other members for seven summers as quartet-in-residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Telluride Chamber Music Festival. A champion of 20th century music, he has premiered numerous works for viola, many of which were written for him. He is a faculty member of the All Newton Music School, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, and has recorded for the Orion, Koch International, Teldec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca and Northeastern labels. Scott is the conductor of the popular Messiah sing-along in Woodstock, Vermont.


GUEST ARTISTS for 2017


JOHN WELSH
Music Adviser
John Welsh is Music Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. His past conducting engagements include Music Director positions with the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Prince William Symphony, the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Mr. Welsh has conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Festival International Echtenach Chamber Orchestra in Luxembourg, the Metropolitan Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, the Arlington Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Shenandoah Music Festival Orchestra. He has also held residencies at Indian University. He regularly conducts the San Miguel Philharmonic in Manila Philippines. Mr. Welsh holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Miami University in Ohio and a Masters in Conducting from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. While serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, he was assigned to the United States Air Force Band and Symphony and Military Airlift Command Band. His mentors include Richard Lert, Leo Mueller, Leon Barzin, Leon Fleisher, Kiril Kondrashin, Max Rudolph and Gustav Meier.

 
MARIKO FURUKAWA, piano
Featured July 13, 2017
Japanese pianist Mariko Furukawa began her studies of the piano at the age of five and graduated high school from the Toho Conservatory where she studied with Yoriko Takahashi and Koji Shimoda. While studying in Japan, Mariko won the First prize twice at Piano Teachers National Association Competition(PTNA) in Japan both at the age of twelve and sixteen, resulting in an invitation to perform in Salt Lake City. In 1998 she was First Prize winner in the All Japan Piano Competition. Since Mariko moved to the United States in 2001, she has won numerous awards including the Grand Prize at the annual Mannes Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance with the Mannes Orchestra in Lincoln Center; Grand Prix for excellence in piano performance at the summer festival at American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) in 2003; Third Prize at The Chopin Competition in Asia, which sent her as a delegate to the International Chopin Competition 2005 in Poland. Her most recent achievements are the First Prize at Dorothey MacKenzie Competition (NY), and Third Prize at Porto International Piano Competition (Portugal). She was also a finalist at the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York in 2003. In 2004 her performance of Chopin was broadcast on the Radio as part of the “Young Artist Showcase” at WQXR. Mariko is also an active chamber musician and she has collaborated with such musicians as The Orion String Quartet, Charles Neidich, Jasmine Choi and Anthony McGill. She was invited as an official pianist to Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, Kita-Karuizawa Music Festival, and Clarinet Seminar in Korea. She has performed at numerous major venues throughout New York and Japan which include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Steinway Salon, Yamaha Salon, Bechstein center, German consulate and French Consulate. She has appeared in master classes given by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Krainev, Richard Goode, Cyprien Katsaris, Idil Bilet, Philippe Entremont, Dmitri Bashkirov, Ewa Poblocka. Mariko obtained her Master's degree from The Juilliard School and BM from Mannes College of Music where her major teachers were Jacob Lateiner and Jerome Rose. She is currently a part-time faculty at SUNY Purchase College.


FRED FURNARI

Lyric Bass
Featured August 17, 2017

Lyric Bass Fred Furnari began his vocal career as an adult under the tutelage of mentor and vocal teacher Daniel Sullivan. He went on to pursue an Artist Diploma at the Hartt School on a full scholarship. Further apprenticeships included full scholarships at the Des Moines Metro Opera's acclaimed Young Artist Program, and the Opera Theatre Festival of Lucca, Italy.

Fred's voice has been called mellifluous and commanding and his singing musically sensitive. His colorful vocal palette and strong presence have allowed him to perform stentorian, heroic, and comedic roles in the bass repertoire. Notable performances include Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera, Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Fort Collins, Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Crested Butte Music Festival, and Timur in Puccini’s Turandot at Opera Company of Middlebury.

An accomplished concert soloist, Fred performed the role of Doctor Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in Boston Lyric Opera’s popular Hatch Shell Series, Pater Profundis in Mahler’s 8th Symphony and appeared as Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and Verdi’s Requiem .

Fred lives in Boston, MA, and works with notable coaches and conductors James Myers, Michelle Alaxander, Sondra Kelly and Laurent Philippe.

When he is not singing, Fred is an avid bicyclist, gardener and cook.


JAMES MYERS, piano

Featured August 17, 2017
A native of Portland, Oregon, keyboardist James J. Myers is in demand as vocal coach, lecturer, composer and music educator. Sharing the stage with leading artists of our age, he has collaborated with Christine Brewer, Thomas Hampson, Kelly Kaduce, Robert McDuffie, Nadine Sierra, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming, and with composers Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, and Philip Glass. He has assisted masterclasses for a range of clinicians including Jane Eaglen, Sylvia McNair, John Perry, Abby Simon, Wagnerian Linda Watson, and the late violin virtuoso Zvi Zeitlin. Mr. Myers performances have been enthusiastically received at renowned North American and European venues, and he’s had the distinct pleasure of working with acclaimed conductors David Angus, Christopher Franklin, Alexander Joel, Bernard Labadie, Peter Oundjian, and the late Marvin Hamlisch. In 2008 he was featured on synthesizer with Opera Colorado’s Naxos recording of Nixon in China, under Marin Alsop. He serves the collaborative team at Boston Conservatory, and is Vocal Coach/Pianist and Lecturer with Boston Lyric Opera where he has prepared Madama Butterfly, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Katya Kabanova, In the Penal Colony, and The Merry Widow. With Beacon Hill Seminars he has presented lecture cycles on the Austrian contribution to musical culture, and topics ranging from Architecture and Music, Brindisi, and Matisse to Tonadilla and Zarzuela at the Museum of Fine Arts. Directing a dynamic coaching studio, his students have secured roles at Vienna State Opera, Glimmerglass, Central City, Santa Fe, Merola, Bregenz, Sarasota and Idyllwild festivals, scholarships to Juilliard, Indiana and Eastman, and two First Prizes Classical Singer National Voice Competition, Artist’s Division. Recent engagements have included National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, clinician with Music Teachers National Association, competition adjudicator in New England, Boulder Music Institute Summer Opera Festival in Colorado, and the Berklee-BoCo Opera Intensive Summer Festival with Placido Domingo in Valencia, Spain. Mr Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany, where he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship. He and his husband Justin VandenBosch reside in Boston.