William Amsel

William Amsel was appointed principal clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2017-2018 season. Previously, he was second and Eb clarinetist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, principal clarinetist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has been a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2016. He has performed with many orchestras across the country, including as guest principal with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. An accomplished chamber musician, he has performed with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buffalo Chamber Players, Marlboro Music Festival, and with the Borromeo String Quartet, among others. He has also performed internationally, most recently with the Buffalo Philharmonic Wind Octet during the BPO’s 2018 tour of Poland. Originally from Austin, Texas, he is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Thomas Martin; and received a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, studying with Ricardo Morales. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, and was also a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. In addition to teaching privately, he is currently on faculty at Buffalo State College, and has given masterclasses throughout western New York, the US, and abroad. He lives in North Buffalo with his wife, bassoonist Rose Vrbsky, and their daughter Penelope.

Benjamin Atherholt

Benjamin Atherholt is the Music Coordinator and NOLA Chamber Fest Director with Lyrica Baroque, and the Contrabassoonist and Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the Contrabassoonist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performing each summer in upstate New York. His specialty as a Contrabassoonist has engaged him in performances with orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony, where he is featured on the 2013 Grammy Award winning recording of Berg’s Wozzeck. A passionate educator, Ben is the Instructor of Bassoon at Tulane University and frequently teaches as a featured guest artist in masterclasses and residencies across the country. Ben grew up in Houston, Texas and holds a B.M. in performance and composition from Oberlin Conservatory studying under the tutelage of George Sakakeeny and Jeffrey Mumford respectively.

Jaren Atherholt

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.

Jaren Atherholt

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 jaren@lyricabaroque.com.

Maria Fernanda Castillo

Hailed by the New York Times as a flutist who performs with “…virtuoso panache,” Maria Fernanda has participated in international competitions, wining the ‘Gildardo Mojica’ National Flute Competition in Mexico and making it to the Semi-finalist of the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York City, Throughout the years Maria Fernanda has developed a career in Latin America and The United States as a chamber musician, soloist, recitalist, orchestral performer, musicologist and educator.

Maria Castillo debuted in New York City with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in 2008, under Alondra de la Parra. Additionally, in 2009 she had her professional debut as a soloist in Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under Mtro. Carlos Riazuelo. She has also performed as a soloist with the Caracas Municipal Symphony under Mtros. Rodolfo Saglimbeni and her husband, Régulo Stabilito.

Co-founder of the Latin American Music Initiative (LAMI) with her husband Régulo Stabilito, they are advocates and ambassadors of Latin American compositions. LAMI has allowed them to raise the awareness and importance of Latin American music by performing, recording, lecturing and editing Latin American works. As a musicologist, she has created an online flute catalogue with 143 flute works by Venezuelan composers, helping the repertoire be known and accessible for performers all over the world.

As an orchestral musician Mrs. Castillo was the Associate Principal of the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra until 2015, and has performed with a great deal of orchestras in México, Venezuela and the United States such as, the Caracas Municipal Symphony, the Venezuelan Symphony, the Venezuela National Philharmonic, the Miami City Ballet, the New World Symphony, the Sphinx Symphony, the Mazatlán Sinfonietta, the “Sinaloa de las Artes” Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony and the Lake Charles Symphony.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Maria Castillo began her flute studies at the age of nine with Venezuelan flutist Luis Julio Toro. She holds a Bachelors and Specialist of Music from the University of Michigan as a student of Amy Porter; and a Masters of Music with honors from the University of Miami under Christine Nield-Capote. Mrs. Castillo currently resides in Ann Arbor where she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree with certificates in musicology; Arts Administration; and Diversity,Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of Michigan.

Jennie Brent

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 of Music, 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 Josiah Quincy 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, Education Coordinator, and cellist of Palaver Strings, a non-profit string ensemble based in Boston, MA. In 2019, Jennie became Lyrica Baroque’s Power of Language Program Manager, which inspired her recent move to New Orleans. 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

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.

Gabrielle Fischler

Before moving to New Orleans, Gabrielle was a co-founding member of the conductor-less 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. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings. Gabrielle also serves as the Community Coordinator 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 2018, 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.

Gabrielle Fischler

Before moving to New Orleans, Gabrielle was a co-founding member of the conductor-less 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. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings. Gabrielle also serves as the Community Coordinator 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 2018, 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.

Paul Groves

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.