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. Her performances have also taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wiener Konzert Haus, Bremen’s Die Glocke, and the Santo Domingo Festival. She has recorded three albums available at: WWW.SARAHJANEMCMAHON.COM
Celebrated for playing the bassoon “with such a smooth tone…it reaches the ears like a gentle summer breeze” by Saint Paul’s Twin Cities Arts Reader, Benjamin Atherholt is bassoonist and primary composer and arranger for Lyrica Baroque. Benjamin has played Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006, and Contrabassoon with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C, St. Louis Symphony and Alabama Symphony. Benjamin has participated in several summer festivals including Tanglewood, Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival. He has also performed several summers with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Benjamin is Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Loyola University and Tulane University. He plays a Mollenhauer Contrabassoon and an 11,000 series Heckel Bassoon made in 1974.
The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly appointed 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, Florida Orchestra, and Syracuse Symphony, 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. She has served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Oboe Institute, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes.
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 renowned musician, having received an award from the Angela Prokopp Foundation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel has performed in important venues and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Daniel has played solo cello recitals by invitation for European royalty. He has given chamber music concerts with such musicians as Alex Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Steve Wryczynski, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Ashley Vinson, a New Orleans native, went to Cabrini High school and is currently attending the University of New Orleans as a senior in Marketing.
Omarius Credle is a vocal performance major in his senior year at the University of North Carolina School of The Arts (UNCSA). Most recently, Omarius Credle was heard in the North Carolina premiere of “Silent Night” with Piedmont Opera.He has served as a chorus member in “Il cappello di paglia di Firenze” (2015), and “Florencia en el Amazonas” (2016) ” La Cenerentola” (2017) with the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute. Last Summer, Omarius took part in the Colorado Springs Vocal Arts Festival intensive where he performed scenes. Returning to Winston-Salem, Omarius performed as “Cox” in “Cox and Box” for his Undergraduate Opera Scenes presentation. He is currently in the opera chorus for an upcoming production of “La Boheme”with Piedmont Opera . He will also be heard in an upcoming production of “Werther”with the AJ Fletcher Opera institute in the Spring. Omarius has a particular love for Lieder and Chanson. Additionally, Omarius loves to perform new music and contemporary artists.
Violinist Christian Aldridge currently resides in New Orleans where he is a regular substitute with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he is a section member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony, the Rapides Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and performs frequently as a freelancer in the greater New Orleans area. Christian also works actively as an arts administrator, helping local arts organizations effectively execute their mission. Most recently in the summer of 2018, Christian returned as a two time alumnus to the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas, where he served as Orchestra Manager. During the six week festival he oversaw orchestral operations, personnel, and concert production, for over 50 orchestra concerts and recitals.
Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Christian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina with Dr. William Terwilliger, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music in Performance degree from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dr. Lin He and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Violinist Gabrielle Fischler is a third 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 with Make Music Nola. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings, as well as visits to Musicollaborative, a community based music education service dedicated to exposing youth and families to culturally relevant music and learning. In April of this 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, Crescent Chamber Artists, the New Resonance Orchestra, Groupmuse, Musaica, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and other performances around the city and greater New Orleans area. For questions about The Power of Language or NOLA Chamber Fest, contact Gabrielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly appointed 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 and Detroit Symphony, 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. She has served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Oboe Institute, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes. Contact Jaren at email@example.com.