Noted for playing the bassoon “with such a smooth tone that it reached the ears like a gentle summer breeze” by Twin Cities Arts Reader, Benjamin Atherholt enjoys a versatile career as chamber musician, educator, and orchestral musician. Ben has played Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Contrabassoon with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2006 & 2015 respectively. He is the bassoonist and primary composer and arranger for Lyrica Baroque, and is the Instructor of Bassoon at Loyola and Tulane Universities. Ben plays a Mollenhauer contrabassoon and a Heckel bassoon and holds a B.M. in performance and composition from Oberlin Conservatory.
The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt has served as Principal Oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007. She is also the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A native of Alaska, Jaren has performed to stellar reviews as a featured concerto soloist and has been guest Principal Oboist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, as well as guest Associate Principal Oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jaren spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Jaren plays Loree oboes.
Jennie Brent is a cellist and educator from New Haven, CT. She studied with Ole Akahoshi at Manhattan School of Music Pre-college, Peter Wiley at Bard College Conservatory, and Julia Lichten at Manhattan School of Music. Jennie is a passionate chamber musician and was a member of the Annellie String Trio for over a decade. She has performed in venues such as Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. She has attended a number of music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Sejong International Music Festival, and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Jennie is a dedicated, Suzuki-certified cello teacher and has been teaching privately for many years, as well as at the Harmony Program in New York City, Festival de Música in San Juán de Colón, Venezuela, the JosiahQuincy Youth Orchestra Program, and Bridge Boston Charter School. She is certified in a method of early-childhood music education, Music Learning Theory, which she has taught at Horizons for Homeless Children and Head Start. From 2017-2018, she served as Co-Artistic Director, Co-Education Coordinator, and cellist of Palaver Strings, a non-profit string ensemble based in Boston, MA. In addition to music, Jennie is a certified yoga instructor and loves to explore the ways that music and body awareness can overlap and serve one another.
Rebecca Corruccini joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in 2008. She was named Acting Assistant Concertmaster in spring 2014, and then served as Acting Associate Principal Second for the 2015-16 season. Before assuming her Minnesota post, Corruccini performed two seasons with the Houston Symphony. Corruccini has recorded for PBS as a charter member of the All-Star Orchestra’s first violin section. This season she joined the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, serving as their Principal Second Violin.
An avid chamber musician, Corruccini founded Paragon Ensembles, a group devoted to community outreach, in her hometown of Davis, California. In Minneapolis, she spent several seasons performing as a member of the Isles Ensemble. Corruccini appears regularly on Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts.
Corruccini has been featured at festivals across the country, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where she has been a member since 2007. That same year, she served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival. Past festival experience also includes serving in the Grand Teton Music Festival, as faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and at the Mainly Mozart Festival.
Corruccini earned a bachelor of music degree with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil. She then graduated with a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where her teacher was Kathleen Winkler. A teacher herself since the age of 12, Corruccini maintains a private studio, and she particularly enjoys teaching adult amateurs. Her non-musical passions include the environment and animals, especially Sunshine, her rescue dog.
Matthew Daniel is a writing teacher living in New Orleans and working in the ever changing, never changing education landscape. He spends his days encouraging students to explore, to stretch their writing muscles, and to trust the process. Together, they take important steps towards becoming the people and artists they want to be. Matthew graduated from the University of New Orleans, receiving his degree in secondary English Education, and currently teaches Technical Writing at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School.
Violinist Gabrielle Fischler is a fourth year New Orleanian, having moved from Boston where she was a co-founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Palaver Strings. Palaver Strings is an ensemble committed to diversifying the accessibility of classical music and promoting social justice and human welfare through cross-collaboration of the arts and unconventional partnerships. She currently works as a teaching artist and freelancer in the greater New Orleans area, serving on faculty at the Ellis Marsalis Center and Make Music Nola. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings. Gabrielle also serves as the Community Director of Lyrica Baroque where she helps facilitate arts integration projects built to enhance social-emotional learning, as well as projects such as NOLA Chamber Fest, a chamber music festival for young aspiring musicians and community members. In April of last year, Gabrielle helped to launch the New Orleans chapter of Groupmuse, an organization dedicated to fostering and building community through art and classical music house concerts. Gabrielle makes local appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera, Lyrica Baroque, New Orleans Chamber Players, Musaica, Crescent Chamber Artists, the New Resonance Orchestra, the Saenger, Groupmuse, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and other performances around the city and greater New Orleans area.
American tenor Paul Groves enjoys an impressive international career performing on the stages of all the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. An avid concert performer, he can be seen singing with the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. Highlights of recent seasons include his first performances in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal with Lyric Opera Chicago led by Sir Andrew Davis, appearances as Admète in Gluck’s Alceste with Madrid’s Teatro Real, Nicias in Massenet’s Thais with the Los Angeles Opera, and Pylade in Iphigénie en Aulide with Theater an der Wien. Groves returned to the Metropolitan Opera last season for Berg’s Lulu, and was seen in the East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain with Opera Philadelphia. Mr. Groves has appeared frequently in recital throughout the United States and Europe. In 1996 the tenor gave his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall with James Levine accompanying him at the piano, and he has returned twice to Lincoln Center’s prestigious “Art of the Vocal Recital” series accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. In addition to his several recordings with Maestro Levine, Paul Groves’ performances in the Salzburg Festival’s productions of Die Zauberflöte and La damnation de Faust were recorded for release on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon and Naxos Records, respectively. He recently recorded Roger Water’s new opera Ça Ira opposite Bryn Terfel for SONY Classics as well as Ravel cantatas with Michel Plasson for EMI Classics. He can be heard as Tebaldo in Teldec Classic’s recording of I Capuleti e i Montecchi, led by Donald Runnicles. He also recorded the role of Belmonte in a video and audio recording of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, filmed in Istanbul and led by Sir Charles Mackerras, for the Telarc label. Mr. Groves’ performances as Admète in Alceste at London’s Barbican Centre were recorded for CD and DVD on the Philips Classics label. In 2002 Paul Groves made his debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, recorded on DVD for Philips Classics. In 2003 Mr. Groves completed a solo recording of songs by Henri Duparc for Naxos Records. In 2004 Mr. Groves was invited to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in front of a live national television audience.
Hailing from Flint, Michigan, cellist Rachel Hsieh joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013, previously holding a position in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in a variety of festivals and projects including the Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City with Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, YouTube Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Since moving to New Orleans, Rachel has had the opportunity to appear as a cellist on the television shows NCIS: New Orleans and On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the University of Michigan where she studied with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson. A recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship, Rachel earned a master’s degree and graduate performance diploma at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky, former Associate Principal Cello of the New York Philharmonic.
Yun-Ting Lee joined the second violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2013. A native of Taiwan, Mr. Lee grew up in Arizona, and holds bachelor and master degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a recipient of the Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music. His principal teachers have included William Preucil, David Updegraff, Phyllis Skoldberg, and David Cerone. Mr. Lee has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Academy of the West, Phoenix Youth Symphony, National Repertory, Phoenix Symphony, and Spoleto Festival USA orchestras. Mr. Lee’s performances have been heard on WCLV 104.9 and NPR’s “Performance Today. His chamber groups have performed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. He has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Cavani, and Tokyo String Quartets. Mr. Lee was invited to perform as guest concertmaster for Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia fall of 2011. Principal 2nd violin appearances include Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. He has also played in concerts with the San Diego Symphony, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Yun-Ting won a position with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2012, and has been a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland. He is an alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Holland International Music Sessions, Encore School for Strings, and the Pacific Music Festival.
Described by the Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk started playing the cello before the age of five. Today, he is the assistant principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an internationally award-winning musician. Daniel has performed in important venues and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has also played solo cello recitals by invitation for European royalty.
Tiffany M. Lewis’ mother told her that she always knew Tiffany would become a teacher. Tiffany’s educational philosophy is derived from Joao Coutinho’s quote: “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” This quote inspires Tiffany to educate both the minds and hearts of her students and encourage them to develop empathy and a sense of duty. Tiffany is a Secondary English Teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School, the top performing high school in Louisiana. She has taught in Orleans Parish Public Schools for 17 years. She currently teaches English II Gifted and African-American Literature. Tiffany is transitioning into a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion role at Ben Franklin High School, the first of its kind in New Orleans public high school. She is passionate about partnering with allies to work toward creating a culturally competent school. A New Orleans native, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English (Writing) from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master’s +30 in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. Tiffany also has academically gifted and reading specialist certifications. Her area of focus is increasing literacy achievement in African-American adolescent males. Tiffany is fiercely committed to serving the children of New Orleans and believes that her hometown can be the first great urban school system. This goal begins not only with teachers, but also with students who are confident in their own abilities to excel.
Brit Lindsey is an educator, creative entrepreneur and community advocate. Hurricane Katrina and a full scholarship to play basketball at Tulane University drew her to New Orleans from Atlanta, Georgia in 2006 and she has resided here, in the city that care forgot, ever since. A deep admiration for the city of New Orleans and its’ people has created a need to share her gifts and talents with the community that keeps her. Brit is the owner of Master Minds Private Tutoring llc., a private tutoring concierge service, established in 2011. In 2016 she founded the HUEman Development Project, a nonprofit whose mission is rooted in community service, the arts and entrepreneurial equity in New Orleans. The HUEman Development Project is particularly interested in assisting children of HUE along their journeys of ethnic and racial identity formation, through intergenerational mentorship and community service. Our developing HUEmans (age 13-18) are paired with a transitional HUEman (age 25-35) and a rooted HUEman (age 35+); research shows that inter generational mentoring improves social emotional skills, social connectedness as well as physical and mental health. She is the Chief Operating Officer and academic contributor to Writebrained, a New Orleans based writing club, currently housed at The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. Most recently, December 2017, she completed her Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University.
Sasha Massey was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has been singing from a very young age. Her earliest influences were jazz, classical and musical theater. Sasha is a lyric soprano with amazing improvisation, and coloratura capability with dramatic flare. Lerone Rubin and Holly Grefe were her most encouraging teachers in middle school and high school respectively. Lessons began at 14 with Lee Cooke of Asbury Methodist and later professional opera singer Dolly Hawthorne. Sasha graduated from ULL in 2009 where Shawn Roy, Director of Opera Studies, combined techniques and characterization to fully develop her voice and stage presence. Under Roy’s guide she was able harness deep emotional connection in performance to operatic and musical theater characters. Sasha is Cantor at St. John’s Cathedral, a position she has held since 2015. She teaches private voice lessons and performs weddings, funerals, graduations and other events. She also performs solo recitals with pianists Jake Spinella and Hannah Mayo a few times each year and as soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
Hailed by The New York Times as “bright, active, and fastidiously musical,” and by Opera News for her “golden sound,” Sarah Jane McMahon has sung on opera and concert stages throughout the U.S. and abroad, recently performing opposite Placido Domingo, who selected her to join the Los Angeles Opera. A Masters graduate of Yale University, the many companies and orchestras she has performed with include the San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera, New Orleans Opera, Dallas Opera, and New York City Opera. She will make her debut at Teatro Colon in Argentina this Spring. She has recorded three albums available at: WWW.SARAHJANEMCMAHON.COM
Bradley Moore is Head of Music Staff at the Houston Grand Opera and Music Di-rector of the HGO Studio. In the coming season he will become the company’s Associate Music Director, and will conduct the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gor-don’s The House Without a Christmas Tree and performances of La traviata. In recent seasons at HGO he has conducted the world premiere of Laura Kamin-sky’s Some Light Emerges and a revival of The Little Prince, as well as perfor-mances of L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, and The Magic Flute, in addition to leading the initial musical workshops of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players and Jake Heg-gie’s It’s A Wonderful Life. He has conducted The Crucible at the Miami Music Festival, where he returns this summer for The Cunning Little Vixen and Dead Man Walking. He has also conducted Madama Butterfly at the Castleton Festival and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado. He has been an assistant conduc-tor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Opera. In 2014 he made his Met debut as the onstage pianist in Wozzeck.
Widely acclaimed as a recital partner, Mr. Moore has appeared with Susan Gra-ham in venues including the Casals Festival and the Gilmore Festival. In recent seasons he and Jamie Barton were heard in recital at Oper Frankfurt, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (including the world premiere of Mr. Heggie’s The Work at Hand), at the Kennedy Center, and several other venues; he also appeared with Ms. Barton and Angela Meade in recital at the US Supreme Court. He has collab-orated with Renée Fleming and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall and on several national tours, and he enjoys partnerships with Ms. Meade, Christine Goerke, Al-ice Coote, Eric Cutler, Eric Owens, Denyce Graves, and clarinetist Julian Bliss. He has performed live on A Prairie Home Companion with Ms. Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, and with Joshua Bell on CBS Sunday Morning News and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His discography includes a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut Series, a recital with Mr. Bliss for Signum Classics, and a recital of songs by American composer Daron Hagen for Arsis Audio.
Mr. Moore has been piano soloist with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He performed the Martinu Harpsichord Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet for the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, and has also been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Met Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Los An-geles Philharmonic, and the Met Chamber Ensemble.
A founding member of the Catalyst Quartet, Karla Donehew Perez maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the US and abroad. Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players.
Born in Puerto Rico, Karla began playing the violin at age three. At age twelve, Karla and her family moved to California where she continued her studies with Anne Crowden, director and founder of The Crowden School. Karla completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying performance with the heralded violin teachers Paul Kantor, David Cerone, and William Preucil. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with artists such as Fredericka Von Stade, Garry Karr, members of the Guaneri, Juilliard and Takacs Quartets, among others. As a soloist she has performed with many ensembles including the Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Karla also spent two years as a fellow at the New World Symphony, where she was often concertmaster or principal second violin.
Karla is married to Paul Laraia, Violist of the Catalyst Quartet. She performs on a violin made in 2013 by renowned German luthier Stefan Peter Grenier, supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, and a fine violin bow by Victor Fetique on generous loan from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.
Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. His performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling…astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and “ ….he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality. We are on the eve of a great soloist” (El Pais, Spain).
Eric has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world, including solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, London Philharmonia, Danish National Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de México, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others. Conductor collaborations include Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Dimitri Kitajenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, and others. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Moscow International House of Music in Russia, Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, Royal Festival Hall in London, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Centre in Canada, and more. Among numerous television and radio appearances in the United States, Asia, and Europe, he was featured on Radio France, STV in China, KBS in Korea, and WQXR, WFYI, FOX 59, WISH-TV, and NPR, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Eric frequently performs chamber music internationally. He also has a special collaboration with bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, among others. He was also mentored by Maestro Lorin Maazel. Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757 on generous loan from the Sau-Wing Lam collection.
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with the violinists Augustin Hadelich, William Hagen, Benjamin Beilman, James Ehnes, and Arnaud Sussman; the pianist Shai Wosner; and the cellist Julie Albers; and the Ariel, Parker, and Pacifica Quartets. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with Shai Wosner.
Mollie Pate has served as the principal hornist of the Louisiana Philharmonic since 1996 and has been a Faculty member of Loyola University since 2007. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance in 1993 from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and her Master’s and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1995, 1996, where she studied with Jay Wadenpfuhl, third horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mollie’s musical career has taken her all over the country and much of Europe. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Pacific Symphony, where she joined them on their European Tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She has been the lead studio horn player in Nashville, and has also done some recording in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Pate frequently tours with the Burning River Brass based out of Cleveland, OH. This group is one of the premier brass ensembles in the country and has been featured on many concert series, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, she is the guest Principal hornist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Mollie held the principal horn position with the Pageant of the Masters, Festival of the Arts Orchestra in Laguna Beach, CA for 11 years and resigned to open her gym, CrossFit Nola in 2010. She has participated in numerous other festivals including the Tanglewood Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Music Festivals in both Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy. One of her passions other than teaching and performing, is competing. In September 2009, Ms. Pate placed 12th at the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Australia. Most recently in April 2017, she placed 31st Worldwide in the Masters 45-49 category in the CrossFit Regional. Her hobbies include pottery and gardening and taking care of her cats, Remus and Rabbit.
Christopher Pell is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Second Clarinetist of The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. He was previously principal clarinetist of The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Christopher has also performed as principal clarinetist with The Toronto Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City) for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, second clarinet with The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and a variety of positions with The American Ballet Theatre. He appeared as a soloist with The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in February of 2013 when he filled in at a moment’s notice to perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto. Mr. Pell has performed as soloist with The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, The U.S. Army Band at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall, and The Long Island Sound Symphony. He has also won first prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition. As a chamber musician, Christopher has performed with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Twickenham Fest, The Orlando Chamber Soloists, the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, NOLA 360, and the Lake George Music Festival. As a teacher, Christopher is an adjunct professor of Clarinet at the University of New Orleans and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Christopher graduated from The Juilliard School in 2013 as a full-scholarship student of Jon Manasse and has twice been a fellow at The Tanglewood Music Center.
Jesse Reeks has been organist of St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica since fall 2013, after previously serving as music director/organist at St. Francis of Assisi. In 2014, Jesse was honored as one of Gambit Weekly’s 40 under 40 and continues to distinguish himself in the New Orleans musical community. In 2009, he graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with the distinction of Outstanding Jazz Major in Jazz Studies. He recently returned to Loyola as the Elise Cambon organ scholar and earned his Master of Music, studying with Dr. Marcus St. Julien, and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Performance. In addition to being staff accompanist at Loyola since 2006, he has been an in-demand collaborator and recitalist, making frequent appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the John Mahoney Big Band, and Lyrica Baroque.