Christian Aldridge , NOLA Chamber Fest Program Manager
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.
Jane Koelsch , Social Media
Jane Koelsch is a current fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). She is in the studio of Dr. Oskar Espina-Ruiz studying clarinet performance. Jane’s love for music began first through piano lessons, and progressed when she began studies on the clarinet at nine years old. Through her education at the School of the Arts she discovered her passion for community outreach and arts engagement. Jane currently serves as the Events Manager for Cross the Line, which is a student-led organization that provides free concerts to the community. Its purpose is to explore the boundaries of what the relationship between audience and performer can be. She also works for ArtistCorps at School of the Arts. This organization, through the Office of Community Engagement, places UNCSA students in local schools to provide arts education as a resource and creative outlet for preschool through high school classes. In addition to these organizations, Jane also enjoys teaching clarinet and piano lessons, as well as working in the aural skills classroom at UNCSA as a teaching assistant. Through these opportunities, Jane has fostered a love for giving to her community through both performing and teaching. She is planning on continuing her education both in clarinet performance as well as arts management so she can learn how to best serve those around her. She is excited to continue to advocate for community engagement in music through her new work with Lyrica Baroque and NOLA Chamber Fest.
Jennie Brent , Power of Language Program Director
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.
Benjamin Atherholt , Music Coordinator and NOLA Chamber Fest Director
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 and 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.
Gabrielle Fischler , Community Director
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.
Omarius Credle , Social Media
Omarius Credle is a fourth year voice major at the University of North Carolina School of The Arts (UNCSA). Most recently, Omarius Credle was seen on the UNCSA Stevens Center Stage as Johann in Massenet’s “Werther” in the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute’s February production. Previous to that, in the Fall of 2018, Omarius had the honor of participating in the opera chorus for the Piedmont Opera’s production of “La Bohéme.” Highlights in Omarius’ performance history include the North Carolina premiere of “Silent Night” in the Fall of 2017 with Piedmont Opera under the musical direction of Jamie Allbritten. He has had the opportunity to be a chorus member in “Il cappello di paglia di Firenze” (2015), and “Florencia en el Amazonas” (2016). For the past two summers, Omarius has had the opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs and participate in the Opera Theatre of the Rockies Vocal Arts Festival where he has performed scenes from Mozart’s “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” In the upcoming Summer, Omarius will be seen in “Nixon in China” as a part of The Princeton Musical Festival. Omarius has a particular love for Lieder and Chanson. Additionally, Omarius loves to perform new music and contemporary opera works.
Josh Sierre , Social Media
Originally from Puerto Rico, cellist Joshua Sierra-Delgado moved to Virginia at the age of 13 and began playing cello at his public school. During his senior year of high school, Joshua was hired to perform in the pit orchestra for Gloria, presented by Sea World Parks & Entertainment, Virginia. This opportunity sparked his passion to become a professional musician. Joshua is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at Loyola University, studying with Philip Von Maltzahn. He also previously studied with Allen Nisbet. Joshua performs regularly in the greater New Orleans area including Loyola University concerts, musicals and local freelancing. Prior to attending Loyola, Joshua competed in multiple competitions earning 1st Place Soloist with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, Liberty Orchestra, and Woodside Orchestra. Joshua has been a guest judge for several all-city/state competitions, and a guest educator for Summer Institute for the Arts as well as Liberty Academy for the Arts in Virginia.
Jaren Atherholt , Executive Director
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randy C. Gardner is Professor Emeritus from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department. During his tenure, he was honored to receive the University of Cincinnati Award for Faculty Excellence and CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. Recently retired from CCM, Gardner is an adjunct Artist-In-Residence at Temple University. A successful and dedicated teacher, his students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the US and abroad.
Prior to joining the CCM faculty, Gardner was Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, under the music directorships of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, and Eugene Ormandy.
Professor Gardner maintains an active schedule as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and clinician. He performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, and he was a long-time member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Gardner has also performed as a substitute/extra musician with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh. Professor Gardner presents innovative and popular Modular Music Masterclasses, and is the author of the acclaimed International Opus publication Mastering the Horn’s Low Register and self-published Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players.
An enthusiastic member of the International Horn Society, Gardner was elected to serve several terms on the IHS Advisory Council. In 2018, he was honored to receive the International Horn Society’s Punto Award for his contributions to the horn world.
For more information about Randy Gardner, visit randygardnerhorn.com.
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years following a 12 year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16, he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an artist’s diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music.
A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio and has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Philadelphia and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and is a participant at the Marlboro and Santa Fe chamber music festivals. As a member of the Johannes Quartet he collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on a tour including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen.
Concerto appearances have included the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at the Aspen Festival among others. Solo recitals have been at Jordan Hall in Boston, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series in Los Angeles and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition.
He has served on the cello faculties at the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California.
Dr. Charles Taylor is Professor of Music and Director of the School of the Arts. Dr. Taylor holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Terence Milligan and clarinet with Carmine Campione and Emil Schmactenberg. Prior to his appointment at the University of New Orleans, Dr. Taylor taught middle school and high school instrumental music in Ohio. Dr. Taylor also serves as the conductor of the New Orleans Concert Band and the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Taylor has been a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada and a guest clinician at the MidWest Clinic, the International Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Under his direction, the New Orleans Concert Band performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Houston, Texas and the University of New Orleans Wind Ensemble performed at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference. As an advocate for new music, Dr. Taylor has premiered over 50 works in various media and has worked collaboratively with many composers and performers, including Michael Torke, Steven Bryant, John Mackey, James Syler, Lisa Kaplan, Brad Garner, Mark Babbitt, and Helen Kim. At UNO, Dr. Taylor teaches graduate and undergraduate theory and conducting; he additionally serves as the conductor of the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Concert Band, and several new ensembles. He has presented sessions at the Mid-West Clinic, Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Louisiana Music Education Association. Under his direction, the New Orleans Concert Band performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert bands in Houston, Texas. He has served as guest conductor for ensembles in Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, and New York. During the 2010-11 year, Dr. Taylor also served as Visiting Associate Professor at Louisiana State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble.
Cathy Richardson, violinist, violist, and Baroque violinist, is an experienced performer and teacher, holding degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from the University of North Texas. Currently serving her twenty first year as Instructor of Violin and Viola and String Methods at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, she also serves as Instructor of Upper Strings and Music Appreciation at Mountain View College and Cedar Valley College in the Dallas Community College District, Instructor of Violin and Viola at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Instructor of Violin and Viola at Grayson College. Ms. Richardson’s chamber music experience includes performances with the Galliard String Quartet, the Grand Avenue Trio, the New Millenium Quartet, and the Knoxville Symphony String Quartet. A past member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera Orchestra and the Knoxville Symphony, Ms. Richardson has also served as Concertmaster of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra in Texas and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee. A frequent adjudicator in the North Texas area, Ms. Richardson most recently served on the panels for the Plano Symphony Young Artist Competition and the New Texas Symphony Orchestra Fourth Annual Concerto and Aria Competition.
LEONE BUYSE is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Previously a principal flutist of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops and member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic, she has appeared as soloist with those orchestras and also with the Utah Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico City and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma. A renowned educator, she has taught at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the University of Michigan, and the Aspen, Sarasota, and Norfolk music festivals, and has presented recitals and master classes across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Her solo and chamber music recordings are available on the Crystal, Boston Records, Albany, Camerata Tokyo, Centaur, CRI, Danacord, Elektra/Nonesuch, Nami, New World, and Ravello labels. In 2010 Ms. Buyse received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide. Her former students hold positions at major universities and in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Kansas City, Adelaide, and Singapore; the Cleveland Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia. Ms. Buyse maintains a web presence at www.leonebuyse.com.
Jack Peña, bassoon, is currently the Principal Bassoon of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jack began his playing the bassoon at age fourteen. Since then, he has appeared as guest Associate Principal with the Toronto Symphony and performed with the Milwaukee Symphony and Los Angeles Opera. In 2013, The New York Times hailed him for his “deft solo work” in performances at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Also an active soloist, Mr. Peña most recently appeared with the Louisiana Philharmonic in 2017 playing a showpiece that required him to wear a bear costume. Other solo performances include Villa-Lobos’ Ciranda das Sete Notas with the 2016 Spoleto Festival Orchestra and multiple appearances with the Colburn Orchestra from 2013-2015.
His summers have been spent as a member of the Colorado Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Sunflower Music festival and as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival USA, and Aspen Music Festival and School.
Jack received his undergraduate degree in 2015 from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles where he studied with Richard Beene and spent a year at Rice University’s Shepherd School where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.
Jeanne Jaubert moved to New Orleans in 1998 to join the Louisiana Philharmonic, and she is an active solo and chamber music performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Rutgers University, where she studied with the renowned soloist Zara Nelsova. Jeanne is a sought after teacher and has maintained a thriving private studio everywhere she has lived. Her other lifelong passion has been dance and she was (she is mostly retired now) lucky to pursue that seriously for many years alongside her musical work. She garnered many accolades in this area including the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in choreography.
Robert Lyall is widely known as a conductor of opera, symphony, ballet, and musical theater and as a creative Artistic Director and producer. Named General and Artistic Director of New Orleans Opera in 1998, he has also served as General Director and as Artistic Director of Opera Grand Rapids in Michigan from 1989 to 2015. Mr. Lyall has been frequently recognized for artistic excellence in these and other positions he has held: Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, General Director of the Knoxville Opera, and Artistic Director of the Mississippi Opera. In addition, Mr. Lyall served as one of the International Guest Conductors of the Istanbul State Opera in Turkey from 1998-2001.
During 2007 Mr. Lyall gained special recognition following the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the City of New Orleans. Placido Domingo accepted his invitation to join the NIGHT FOR NEW ORLEANS GALA in March 2006 to help re-launch the city’s arts seasons. Numerous opera celebrities, such as Denyce Graves, Frederica von Stade, Richard Leech, Paul Groves, Elizabeth Futral, and many others, joined Domingo in this grand affair held in the New Orleans Arena. The Night for New Orleans Gala became the single largest operatic event in the history of New Orleans, the city that boasts the longest operatic heritage on the North American continent (since 1796). As a result of this success, Mr. Lyall was recognized with a Creative Achievement Award by New Orleans’ Big Easy Awards and Mr. Lyall along with the New Orleans Opera board and staff received a Special Achievement Award at Opera America’s 2007 national conference. In May 2007, Mr. Lyall was also elected to the Knoxville Opera Hall of Fame for the role that he played in the development of that organization.
Mr. Lyall made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 with the New England Symphonia and European guest appearances include performances of Giselle for Italy’s Arena of Verona, the Bulgarian State Opera’s tour of the Netherlands (Verdi’s Nabucco), and his 2002 Russian debut at the Rostov State Musical Theatre with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Mr. Lyall’s production of Madama Butterfly was nominated for Russia’s leading arts award, “The Golden Mask,” for which he also conducted performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2003. Mr. Lyall returned to the Rostov State Musical Theatre in June 2006 to conduct Madama Butterfly for their 75th Anniversary Festival. Mr. Lyall has transcribed the English-language score of Thomas Pasatieri’s opera The Seagull into the original Russian of Chekov’s celebrated play for the opera’s planned Russian premiere. Recent guest performances include Faust for the Cleveland Opera and New York’s Chautauqua Festival, The Three Maestros Gala concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, productions of Menotti’s The Medium, Gluck’s L’ile de Merlin, and Stepleton’s The Awakening for Music at Madewood (2007, 2008, and 2010), Don Giovanni for Opera Carolina (2008), and Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, Donizetti’s Rita, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann for Martina Arroyo’s operatic institute, Prelude to Performance, in New York City.
Performance highlights for Mr. Lyall include a production of Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio at Istanbul’s Topkopei Palace in honor of the 700th Anniversary of the founding of the Ottoman Empire; the world premiere (Knoxville Opera) of Kenton Coe’s opera Rachel; the world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s opera, Pontalba, commissioned for the 2003 bicentennial celebration of the Louisiana Purchase; a production of the American classic, Susannah, by Carlisle Floyd, whose telecast regionally was underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation; the Russian “Golden Mask” awards; the Arena of Verona (Italy) production of Adam’s Giselle; the mounting of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with New Orleans Opera (Gotterdammerung was postponed due to Katrina); and “Big Easy” Classical Arts Awards for New Orleans Opera productions of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (2001), Wagner’s Die Walkure (2002), Puccini’s Turandot (2003), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2004), Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (2005), Wagner’s Siegfried (2006), Puccini’s Il Trittico (2007), Verdi’s Rigoletto (2008), and two of the city’s awards in 2009 for productions of Puccini’s Tosca and the Placido Domingo Gala that opened the renovated Theatre for the Performing Arts. Additional “Big Easy” awards include The Magic Flute (2010), Il Trovatore (2011), Salome (2012) Madama Butterfly (2013), and Rusalka (2014). Mr. Lyall has enjoyed particular success with “grand” arena productions of Verdi’s Aida and Bizet’s Carmen in both Michigan and Tennessee.
Other notable engagements include the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Opera, Chautauqua Opera Festival, and Akron Opera. Symphonic engagements also include the Las Palmas Symphony, Guadalajara Symphony, Guanajuato Symphony, The New World Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Philharmonic, the Ashville Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Pueblo (CO) Philharmonic, Southeast Kansas Philharmonic, and Victoria Symphony. Mr. Lyall has led ballet productions for the Dallas Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, San Antonio Ballet, Corpus Christi Ballet, Chattanooga Ballet, and the Oak Ridge Ballet.
Mr. Lyall was a winner of the American Symphony League’s National Conducting Auditions and was a Conducting Fellow with that organization during which time he studied with Richard Lert (Orkney Springs/Shenandoah Valley Festival). He later studied in Amsterdam with Kyril Kondrashin, conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic. He was also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (“Performance Practices in the Music of Beethoven”) and was recognized by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for his work in composition. Mr. Lyall studied at the University of North Texas where he earned a Ph.D. in Musicology and a Master of Music degree in Composition. He has served on the music faculty of the University of Houston-Victoria and as a guest lecturer at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. He is widely known as a judge for national and international instrumental and vocal competitions and as a lecturer on opera. Mr. Lyall for many years led lecture tours for the International Council for Cultural Exchange to the world’s major opera houses and summer festivals of Europe.
CURRENT AND FORMER POSITIONS
New Orleans Opera Association, General and Artistic Director, (1998 to present) Opera Grand Rapids, Artistic Director, (1989-2015) Knoxville Opera Company, General and Artistic Director, (1982-999) Istanbul State Opera, Guest Conductor, (1998-2001) Mississippi Opera, Artistic Director, (1996-1999) Victoria Symphony Orchestra (TX), Music Director, (1974-1990) Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (TN), Music Director, (1979-1990) HONORS Artistic Merit Award of the Knoxville Arts Council for the world premiere of Rachel (1989) Individual Artistic Merit Award—Knoxville Arts Council (1986) American Symphony Orchestra League National Conducting Auditions winner (1978) ASOL Conducting Fellow Shenandoah Valley Festival– study with Richard Lert (1978) Woodrow Wilson Fellowship honorable mention (1968) Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music honor Society)—elected 1973 Leadership Knoxville (1991)
EDUCATION, TEACHING AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Ph.D. in Musicology—University of North Texas (1975) Master of Music in Composition–University of North Texas (1973) Bachelor of Music in Performance (Oboe)—Mississippi College Study in Amsterdam with Kyril Kondrashin, Conductor, Moscow Philharmonic (1978) National Endowment for the Humanities study grant–“Performance Practice in the Music of Beethoven” (1980) Music Faculty, University of Houston Victoria (1975-1979) Guest Lecturer, Instituto Allende–San Miguel, Mexico (1979) Consultant to the first International Opera Workshop (now the Opava Opera Festival), Czech Republic (1994)
Frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (nationwide), vocal and instrumental competitions (such as the Turkish National Vocal Competition, Corpus Christi International Concerto Competition, Southern Regional Opera Competition), and for fifteen years lecturer for International Council for Cultural Exchange tours to major opera festivals in Italy, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Savonlinna and St. Petersburg, Russia
New Orleans trombonist Matthew Wright is a performer, composer, and pedagogue. Matthew has played all over the world in orchestras, big bands, and chamber ensembles. He has recorded with Bela Fleck and was in the first horn section to play with the band Cake. He was a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, but he was dressed as Santa Claus at the time. He has played in orchestras backing James Moody, Andy Williams, Yo Yo Ma, Randy Newman, and Placido Domingo. As a composer, Matthew has written and arranged many pieces for his own solo recitals as well as for his group, Versipel New Music. Currently, he holds positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Loyola University, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of New Orleans. His primary teachers include Jeannie Little, Matthew Vaughn, Per Brevig, Steve Norrell, and Scott Hartman.
Amelia Clingman graduated from UMass Amherst with a BM in violin performance, and in 2008 she completed her Master’s degree in viola performance at the New England Conservatory. She has attended the Killington, Musicorda, Heifetz, and Kneisel Hall music festivals, and served as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009. During her time in Boston, she performed with various groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a substitute with the New World Symphony. In 2014, she was named a Quarterfinalist in the 14th Primrose International Viola Competition. During the summer, Amelia is Principal Viola at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon.
As an avid chamber musician, Amelia became a founding member of the New Orleans-based Polymnia Quartet in 2015. She is also a new music enthusiast, and has taken part in many world premiere performances. In other genres, she has played with pop and rock artists, including Kanye West and Peter Gabriel. Amelia teaches violin and viola lessons privately but has also served as a teaching assistant in a range of environments, from Holyoke, MA public school system to the School for Strings Chamber Music Workshop in New York City. In recent years, she has worked in various school music programs in New Orleans, through a grant from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
Amelia joined the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra in 2008 and lives in New Orleans. Teachers include Marylou Speaker Churchill, James Buswell, Ed Gazouleas, Carol Rodland, and Kathryn Lockwood.
Stephen Orejudos has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic since 2012. Previous to joining the LPO, Mr. Orejudos had been Principal Trumpet of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and 2nd /Acting Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Orejudos has performed as guest trumpet with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wichita Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and currently serves as Principal Trumpet with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Michigan City Music Festival, New Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras.
Mr. Orejudos is an active teacher and avid proponent of music education in the public schools. He has over 17 years of experience as a private instructor, brass sectional coach and master class clinician, and has been an instructor with the Merit School of Music in Chicago, IL and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previous to moving to New Orleans, Mr. Orejudos served as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Indiana University South Bend. Mr. Orejudos is currently the trumpet and brass ensemble instructor at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and is on adjunct faculty for Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. He is also involved in the community and educational projects that partner with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, helping to bring music education to the under served neighborhoods of New Orleans. Recently, he has represented the LPO at Carnegie Hall for the “Play USA” initiative, which seeks to partner orchestras nationwide for the purpose of improving student access to music education.
Mr. Orejudos holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from Wichita State University. His teachers have included Judith Saxton, Kevin Hartman, Mathew Lee, Larry Knopp, Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler.