It is my pleasure to introduce you to
the outstanding faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.

Kathy Judd, Director

JuddKATHY JUDD, Executive and Artistic Director (violin): M.M.A., Yale University; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Wichita State University. Former member, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Idyllwild Trio, Mariposa Piano Trio; concertmaster, Boulder (CO) Bach Festival, Las Vegas Symphony. Lead commercial musician, Las Vegas. Orchestral, chamber music, festival performances throughout the U.S., Europe, and Taiwan. Faculty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Idyllwild (CA) School of Music and the Arts. Instructor, Elizabethtown College. National and State grants panelist. Executive and Artistic Director, Music at Gretna (PA) chamber music and jazz concert series.


AdcockMICHAEL ADCOCK (piano): D.M.A., M.M., Artist Diploma, Peabody Conservatory; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; studies with Leon Fleisher, Ellen Mack, Julian Martin, Joseph Schwartz; adjunct faculty, Peabody Conservatory; faculty, Musicorda Summer Festival; associate faculty, Sarasota Music Festival. Winner, Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize, first prize, Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Washington International Piano Competition prize winner, finalist, Concert Artists Guild Competition; soloist with Baltimore and Richmond Symphonies, recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, La Gesse Festival, France, Phillips Collection, Embassy Series; chamber music at Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery. Performances with Denyce Graves, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Jamie Buswell.

Woman's portraitAUDREY ANDRIST (piano): D.M.A., M.M., Juilliard School; B.M. University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada); studies with Herbert Stessin, William Moore. First prize winner, Mozart International Competition, San Antonio International Competition, Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Juilliard Concerto Competitions; performances throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Europe, China, and Japan, including Alice Tully Hall in New York, Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and in DC, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museums; member Stern/Andrist Duo, Strata trio, Verge Ensemble; over a dozen recordings.

Gowen, Bradford LYDIA FRUMKIN (piano): Honors Diploma, Leningrad University. Former Professor of Piano, Oberlin Conservatory. Master classes and festivals in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Mexico, Russia, and in the US at University of Michigan, University of Toledo, Tulane University, among others. Concert, TV, and radio performances throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and in US cities including New York (Merkin Hall, WMP Concert Hall), Cleveland (Severance Hall), Washington DC (Phillips Gallery, Strathmore Hall, Corcoran Gallery, McCathran Hall), Chicago, Pittsburgh, New Orleans. Has collaborated with internationally-known performers, including members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet and Cleveland Orchestra Quartet.

Gowen, Bradford BRADFORD GOWEN (Piano): M.M., B.M., Eastman School of Music. First Prize winner, 1978 Kennedy Center/Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for Excellence in the Performance of American Music. Soloist with National Symphony with conductors Aaron Copland, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Shostakovich. Performances at Library of Congress with the Kronos Quartet and Guarneri String Quartet. Adjudicator, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer, Sydney competitions. Faculty member and Chair, Piano Division, University of Maryland School of Music. Duo performances with Maribeth Gowen.

Gowen, Maribeth MARIBETH GOWEN (piano):M.M., University of Alabama; B.M. and B.M.E., Emporia State University; post graduate study in chamber music and accompanying with Menahem Pressler and Guarneri Quartet members, solo piano with Nelita True. First prize winner MTNA Collegiate Artist Piano Competition; First Prize Baltimore Chamber Music Award. Solo appearances with Alabama Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Lake Placid Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Tucson Symphony and the University of Maryland Orchestra. Summer chamber music festivals include Picolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, Lake Placid Summer Chamber Festival, International Bellapais Music Festival in North Cyprus and the Kredi Arts Festival at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul; other performances include the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Terrace Theater, the Barns at Wolf Trap, Constitution Hall, Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museums, the Cosmos Club, the German, Austrian, Australian, French, Finnish, and Turkish embassies, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Chautauqua Institute,Chicago Symphony Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Recital Hall, appearances in Ismir, Istanbul and Yucatan, live radio recital in Rotterdam, Holland, soloist on public television's "Debut" series. In addition to numerous chamber music collaborations - Duo piano performances with Bradford Gowen.

Chen HUI-CHUAN CHEN (piano): D.M.A.,M.M., Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; B.M. National Taiwan Normal University. Adjunct faculty, Peabody Institute. Festival participant: Chigiana Accademia, Siena, Italy, Universität Mozateum, Salzburg. Staff accompanist, Aspen Music Festival. First prize, Wonderlic Piano Competition, Second prize, Music Academy International Competition, Sienna, Italy, Prizewinner, Kaohsiung City Competition, Kawai Competition. Chamber music performances including Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Terrace Theater, the Supreme Court, the Phillip’s Collection, Cosmos Club, Heifetz Festival Faculty Concert Series, Barge Music Festival, NY.

Chen HELEN XIE GEARY (piano): M.M., B.M, piano performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Artist Diploma, Shanghai Conservatory of Music. First Prize, University of Central Florida Concerto Competition, First Prize, Wednesday Music Club Competition, Orlando, FL. Piano Faculty, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program; Piano Faculty, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, Connecticut, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. Instructor, Classroom Piano and Music Theory, Sichuan, China. Accompanist for various soloists and ensembles including recital with Yunan Philharmonic concertmaster, Pinchang Li, Chongqing, China.

Ivanova ANASTASSIA IVANOVA (piano): D.M.A., University of Maryland, M.M., B.M. (with Distinction), Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory; post-graduate studies, Trinity College of Music, London, UK. First prize, International Piano Competition Petar Konjovic, Belgrade and Homer Ulrich Award, U of MD. Performances at Caramoor NY, also in Yugoslavia, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Pushkin State Museum of Art, Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica, Alti Hall, Kyoto, Japan; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Laufman DIONNE LAUFMAN (piano): B.A., Sarah Lawrence; further studies at Peabody Conservatory; pupil of Leon Fleisher (1966-73), Konrad Wolff and Frank Glazer. Chamber music studies with members of the Fine Arts Quartet, the New York Woodwind Quintet and pianist Frank Glazer. Winner, l975 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Performed throughout U.S., Europe, Canada. East Coast concert venues have included Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Wolf Trap, Dumbarton Oaks Concert Series, Corcoran Gallery, 13 embassies (pianist in first American chamber group ever to perform in the Russian Embassy and Russian Ambassador's Residence, l992). Former pianist and co-director of Summer Serenades Chamber Music Festival, Strathmore Hall. Repertory member of the Washington Music Ensemble since 1987; participating member of Embassy Series since l995; member of the National Chamber Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2007. Radio and TV broadcasts in U.S. and over of America. Co-founder, Washington Conservatory, with Liova Kaplan, Miron Yampolsky and Diana Young.

SANA LEBEDEV (piano): Graduated with honors from Baku State Conservatory in the former Soviet Union. Diploma for outstanding accompaniment in All-Russia vocal and instrumental competitions. Performances with Fidan and Khuraman Kasimov, Cecylia Barczyk. Accompanied young artists at the beginning of their careers, including violinist Hilary Hahn, violinist Ilya Dobrovitsky, violinist Patricia Wnek. Played in numerous masterclasses, including for Mayer Brenner and Georgi Sharoyev. Teaches at Peabody Preparatory School (Baltimore) and accompanies at Goucher College. Performed extensively in Washington-Baltimore area with members of the Baltimore and Alexandria Orchestras and the former Mt. Vernon Orchestra.


Lee JAEWON LEE (piano): B.A , M.A. (piano performance) Seoul National University; Artist Diploma, The Cleveland Institute of Music; Advanced Studies, New England Conservatory of Music; Private studies, Sergei Babayan. Prize winner, William Kurzban award, CIM; Winner, Seoul National University concerto competition. Faculty member, The Cleveland Music School Settlement; Director/Founder CMSS Piano Camp; Concerto performances with Cleveland Philharmonic, Cleveland Central Philharmonic Orchestras, Lakeside and Suburban Symphony Orchestras; Solo recitals, Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland Concert Series, Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland.

Minkstimas EDVINAS MINKSTIMAS, Chair, Piano Dept. (piano): Steinway Artist; D.M.A., M.M., The Juilliard School; Artist Diploma, Paris Conservatory; M.M., B.M., Lithuanian Academy of Music; piano studies with Jerome Lowenthal, Michel Beroff, Joseph Kalichstein, Idil Biret, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sviatoslav Richter. US representative and guest faculty, Lithuanian Academy of Music; guest faculty at UAA, USC, GU, CA music programs, guest faculty at the Washington International Piano Festival, resident artist of Phillips Collection Music Series, Embassy Series festivals in USA, Malaga Clasica festival in Spain. Solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Echegaray, Teatro Cervantes, Salle Pleyel, Salle Faure, Cite de la Musique, CNSMDP, Kennedy Center, Strathmore, National Gallery of Art, Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow) and others. Winner of eight international piano competitions and recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Regular broadcasts can be heard on WETA radio (USA), Mezzo classical music TV channel (Europe). Soloist with Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Ecuador, Bolivia Symphony Orchestras, Mozarteum, Mahler Philharmonic, Ile-de-France, New Juilliard Ensemble, Arlington Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony, Amadeus, St. Christopher Chamber and other orchestras.

Small HASKELL SMALL (piano and composition): San Francisco Conservatory and B.F.A. Carnegie-Mellon University. Piano studies with Leon Fleisher, William Masselos, Harry Franklin and Jeanne Behrend, composition studies with Roland Leich and Vincent Persichetti. Award winner, Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition. Featured in PBS special, "A Celebration of the Piano." Recorded numerous CDs. Concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, Italy, Vienna, South America, Japan, China, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival. Commissions by Phillips Collection, including Renoir's Feast celebrating 2006 return of Renoir's painting, “Luncheon of the Boating Party. Other commissions from Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony, Paul Hill Chorale. Winner, Marin Ballet Dance Score Competition. Composer-in-Residence, Mt. Vernon Orchestra, 2002-03.

Watson JEFFERY WATSON (piano, music theory): D.M.A., University of Maryland; M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., DePauw University. Pianist Jeffery Watson has appeared as soloist with the Honduran National Symphony, the Pan American Symphony, the Rosario (Argentina) Chamber Orchestra, The Alexandria Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra with the Kirov Ballet. Dr. Watson is pianist with the internationally acclaimed tango quintet, QuinTango, including performances with the Wichita Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes (Mexico), as well as at Lincoln Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Buenos Aires, the Amalfi Coast Festival, and at the International Tango Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 2009 he performed along with soprano Susan Bender in Croatia for the International Conference of the College Music Society and was guest artist at the Fairbanks (Alaska) summer music festival. In March of 2011, he was soloist and clinician at the 3rd International Piano Festival in Lima, Peru. This past season he toured Uruguay and Argentina with QuinTango, conducted Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and performed with the WCM piano faculty at a TEDMED conference that was simulcast to 80 countries around the world. In June he taught and performed in Dutch Harbor, Alaska under the auspices of the Aleutian Arts Council. Dr. Watson is on faculty at George Washington University and the Washington Conservatory of Music.

Wilentz WAYNE WILENTZ (jazz piano, pop, R&B): B.S., Northwestern University. Winner WAMMIE award for Contemporary Jazz CD, received Gold Record for chart-topping album with SKYY. Performed American and Brazilian jazz throughout the DC area since 1989. Numerous recordings as a performer and producer. Former member of and composer for 80's funk band, SKYY. Performed with The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, Carl Garner's Coasters, and Jimmy Horman. Recent recordings of Wayne Wilentz Quartet include original compositions.


MICHAEL ADCOCK (theory): See piano biographies.

MARCEL MAICAN (theory): See brass biographies.

HERMAN MEYER (theory):See guitar biographies. (Leave of Absence)

HASKELL SMALL (theory and composition): See piano biographies.

FRED WILCHEK (theory): See guitar biographies.

JEFFERY WATSON (theory, composition): See piano biographies.



Brudvig DEBORAH BRUDVIG (cello): M.M., University of Maryland; B.M., Boston University; studies at University of Michigan. Performances with the Washington Concert Opera and Washington Ballet, at the National Cathedral, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery, and the Phillips Collection. Recordings with cabaret singers Sally Martin and Beverly Cosham. Frequent member of the pit orchestra at Arena Stage.

Cho DANIELLE CHO (cello): M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Fulbright Scholar in Barcelona, Spain. Performs regularly with Washington National Opera, the Palau de Les Arts Orchestra in Valencia, Spain, Sarasota Opera. Performances at Cabrillo Festival, the Spoleto USA “Music in Time” Series, Santa Fe New Music, Atlas Theater, Lucerne Festival Academy, International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove (UK), Fontfroide (France), Music in May (CA), the Holland Music Sessions, Taos, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), and the New York String Seminar at Carnegie Hall. Collaboration with multimedia artist DJ Spooky; performances at the Freer and Corcoran Galleries, the Metropolitan Museum in NYC with a CD release of the score for the Korean film “Madame Freedom.”

Cluggish JENNIFER CLUGGISH (Suzuki violin, co-coordinator, WCM Suzuki Academy): M.M., violin performance, Miami University, Oxford; B.M., Music Education, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Co-director, Cincinnati Suzuki School, Wyoming Fine Arts Center and CCM Prep, Adjunct Violin Faculty, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Substitute Orchestra Teacher, The New School Montessori Cincinnati Ohio, Judge, American String Teachers Association Certificate Achievement Program, Violin Faculty, Touchstone String Outreach Project.

Jang KEVIN JANG (violin): D.M.A., Catholic University; M.M., B.M., Peabody Institute. Concertmaster, Peabody Symphony, Catholic University Symphony. J.C. Hulstyen Award for excellence in violin, Peabody Institute. Guest concertmaster, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Artist-in-Residence concert, Strathmore Mansion, Soloist, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Catholic University Symphony and Aspen Mozart Orchestra. Member, Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. Joseph Gingold Award for excellence in chamber music, Kent/Blossom Festival.

Judd KATHY JUDD (violin): M.M.A., Yale University; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Wichita State University. Former member, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Idyllwild Trio, Mariposa Piano Trio; concertmaster, Boulder (CO) Bach Festival, Las Vegas Symphony. Lead commercial musician, Las Vegas. Orchestral, chamber music, festival performances throughout the U.S., Europe, and Taiwan. Faculty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Idyllwild (CA) School of Music and the Arts. Instructor, Elizabethtown College. National and State grants panelist. Executive and Artistic Director, Music at Gretna (PA) chamber music and jazz concert series.

Kitayama STEFFANI KITAYAMA (violin): M.M. (violin and pedagogy) Northwestern University; B.M. (summa cum laude) University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; Suzuki Training with William Starr, Edmund Sprunger, Kathleen Spring, James Hutchins, Teri Einfeldt. Studies with Blair Milton, Gabe Bolkosky, Vermeer and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Teaching and performances with Phoenix Ensemble, Ann Arbor, MI, MusiCorps String Quartet, Chicago, IL, Northwestern University Academy, Evanston, IL, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department (Suzuki instructor. ) Member of Orchestra Iowa, Michigan Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra. CCM Spoleto, Aspen Music Festival.

Loud C. ANN LOUD (violin, viola): Studies with Japp Schröder, Stanley Ritchie; B.M., Converse College. Principal violist, Washington Bach Consort, Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra; Founder/Director, Meherrin Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra; Artist-in-Residence, Chowan College; Director, Baroque orchestra, College of William and Mary; Lecturer, teacher, performer of 17th and 18th century music at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Performed with Virginia Symphony, Chatham Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, solo and chamber music performances in Japan, Germany, Holland, France.

Ohlson GEORGE OHLSON (viola, violin): B.A., Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri). Member, National Gallery Orchestra, Washington Chamber Symphony and American Chamber Orchestra. Member, Belmont String Quartet. Lecture/demonstrations at Washington-area schools. Violist at Grand Teton Music Festival.

Owen DREW OWEN (cello): Drew Owen (cello): M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M., College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati; Aspen Music Festival, Fellowship student. Instructor, Howard, Tulane Universities. Former member, New Orleans Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Performs with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and Washington National Opera; has toured Japan with the Washington National Opera, and China and Korea with the National Symphony.

Pawel MAYUMI PAWEL (violin): M.M.; B.M., Ueno-Gakuen College, Tokyo; studied with Toshiya Eto; M.M., University of Wyoming; studies at Eastman School of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg. Former faculty member, Ueno-Gakuen College. Solo and chamber concerts in Japan and U.S. Performance for Royal Family at Emperor's Palace and Japanese Embassy, Washington. Former member, Cezanne Trio. Principal second violin, National Philharmonic, and member, Washington Ballet Orchestra.


Butler JOHN BUTLER (classical, jazz, rock, pop and Suzuki guitar): B.M. (magna cum laude), guitar performance, Howard University. Faculty member of Charles County Community College and Prince Georges Community College. Performed at the Kennedy Center, Austrian Embassy and Smithsonian Institute. Orchestra guitarist for musicals such as "Annie" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Herberman STEVE HERBERMAN (rock, blues, pop, classical, jazz, folk and Brazilian guitar): B.M., Berklee College Of Music. Performances at Birdland (NYC), Spazio (Los Angeles), NAMM shows (Anaheim, Nashville), North Wales jazz guitar weekend (U.K.) as featured guest artist. Performances at Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Drew Gress, Chuck Berghofer, Mark Ferber, Jim Snidero, Chuck Redd, Ali Ryerson, Steve Williams, Steve LaSpina, Jeff Hirshfield, John Pisano and others. CD's include Ideals (Top 10 on JazzWeek chart for national airplay for 16 weeks) & Action:Reaction, a CD of his original music (one of top 50 CD's of 2007 by Jazz Improv magazine). Jazz guitar faculty at Towson University, Sidwell Friends School, Maryland Summer Jazz. Presented masterclasses in U.K. and U.S. universities. Author of instructional material for Downbeat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar, National Guitar Workshop newsletter and columns for Fingerstyle 360 and Fingerstyle Journal webzines.

Man's portrait MIKE KLIGERMAN (folk guitar, folk guitar classes): B.A., Fine Arts and Music, (Renaissance Music/Javanese/Gamelan/Sculpture/Painting) Goddard College, Instituto de Bellas Artes, Mexico DF. Taught folk guitar at Glen Echo Park for over 30 years. Performer/ teacher in Washington, DC Area. Musical perspective informed by work as active visual artist. Instructor of sculpture, Trinity College. Performs on violin, viola, bass, and accordion. Former member of Nairobi (Kenya) Opera Orchestra, faculty, Kenya Conservatoire of Music. Principal viola, Montgomery Philharmonic. Member, Hancock Waltz Kings and Peasant Ridge Gospel Quartet & Mike.

Meyer HERMAN MEYER (classical, jazz and pop guitar; music theory; music history): In Memoriam ~ WCM Guitar Faculty 1987 - 2016. B.M. (Guitar Performance), Peabody Conservatory; B.A. (English Literature) UMBC (1974). Performed and taught in the Baltimore-Washington area for more than 30 years as both a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. His students have been awarded many prizes and distinctions in exams and competitions. Lecturer in music history.

Novosel STEVE NOVOSEL (acoustic bass, electric bass): Performed and recorded with Andrew White, Roland Kirk, Stanley Cowell, David “Fathead” Newman and Eddie Harris. Performed with other jazz greats including Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Harry “Sweets” Edison, James Moody, Archie Shepp and Blue Mitchell. Accompanied many singers including Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Donny Hathaway, Anita O’Day, Roberta Flack, Betty Carter. Performed on Verve recording releases of singer Shirley Horn. Tours with Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, Al Grey and David “Fathead” Newman. Over 60 recordings. Faculty, University of the District of Columbia.


Gori, Aurelius AURELIUS GORI (voice): D.M.A., M.M., B.M., University of Maryland. Fulbright scholar, at Hochschule für Musik in Munich; award to study at Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, UK; special training, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria. Semifinalist, International Belvedere Competition, Vienna; finalist, National Opera Association Competition, Los Angeles. Soloist with National Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax, Amherst (New York) Symphonies, North York Symphony, Toronto. Concert, operatic, choral society performances. Faculty, Frederick Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Washington Bible College.

Suess, Jennifer JENNIFER SUESS (voice): M.M. (voice/opera performance) University of Maryland; B.M. (opera performance), Boston Conservatory of Music, summa cum laud; A.A. (music, vocal performance) Montgomery College, MD, Rockville Campus. Certification, Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method (SVM), Levels I, II & III, Shenandoah University. Post-Certification Coursework, SVM (The Body Sings: Deepening the SVW Experience, Classical Voice Studio, Evaluation & Treatment of the Injured Singing Voice: Tools for Every Singing Teacher), Shenandoah University. American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria. Former voice faculty member at LevineMusic and vocal coach for ACT II's musical theater productions. Soloist at First Church of Christ Scientist in Chevy Chase, MD.



Gekker SUZANNE GEKKER (clarinet): Artist Diploma, Yale University, M.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory, B.M. Northwestern State University (Louisiana). Studied with David Shifrin, Joaquin Valdepenas, Ron De Kant, Bil Jackson and Carmine Campione. Performs with National Philharmonic at Strathmore, Washington Concert Opera, National Cathedral Choral Society, Wolf Trap, Alexandria Symphony, Amadeus Orchestra, and the Embassy Series. Previously performed with Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, American Symphony (NY), Stamford Symphony (CT), Broadway show pit orchestras.

Hill CHERYL HILL (clarinet): M.M., State University of New York (Stony Brook); B.M., New England Conservatory of Music. Taught in Concord (Mass.) public schools, Rye Country Day School in New York and Moravian College in Pennsylvania. Past member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra New England and the Quartet of Montage. Participated in Marlboro Music Festival. Member of National Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

Libelo CAROLE LIBELO (oboe): M.M., New England Conservatory of Music. Assistant Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Performs for Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center Productions, musicals, educational concerts, and Millennium Stage Concert Series. Other performances include the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Featured soloist with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra; founding member, National Gallery of Art Chamber Players. Former faculty of St. Mary’s College, Maryland; current faculty, George Washington University.

Lonkevich DAVID LONKEVICH (flute): B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff, and Ransom Wilson. Teaches at George Washington University. Performed with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; principal flute, National Theater Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera. Performs regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Recitals at Austrian Embassy, French Embassy as part of the "Embassy Series," and Anderson House Museum.

Nanzetta VIRGINIA NANZETTA (flute): M.M., University of Illinois; B.M., Converse College School of Music. Studied with Charles DeLaney, Samuel Baron, Maurice Sharpe, workshops With Robert Dick, Carol Wincenc, Trevor Wye. Taught at University of Illinois, Stockton State College, St. Mary's College, Tidewater Music Festival, Illini Summer Youth Music. Member, Kapelle Woodwind Trio, Nanzetta Trio, Granby Trio. Nominated, first round Grammy Awards for two recordings with American Camerata for New Music. Collaborated with composers Haskell Small, Alec Wilder, John Stephens, Russell Woollen.

Nau MARTY NAU (saxophone): Former lead alto sax, Navy Commodores. Member, Capitol Quartet. Performed with Tommy Dorsey and Dorsey Brothers orchestras, "Blues Alley Big Band," Bill Potts Big Band, Guy Lombardo, National Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Symphony with musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Daniels, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Maureen McGovern. Lead alto, Great American Music Ensemble. Selmer jazz clinician.

Tsai EMILY TSAI (oboe): M.M. oboe performance , University of Maryland; B.M.,oboe performance; Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester, B.S. , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester, Principal oboe, Moritzburg Festival (Mortizburg, Germany, Soloist with the Washington Asian Philharmonic Orchestra and with oboist Mark Hill and the Alba Festival Orchestra in Alba, Italy. Performed in orchestras including Amadeus, National Philharmonic, Arlington Orchestra, Alexandria. Member of WindSync wind quintet - Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition.


Barrick CHRIS BARRICK (drums, percussion): M.M. (Percussion Performance) Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, B.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Taught jazz percussion and world music at Northern Kentucky University and percussion, jazz improvisation and music theory at Cincinnati Christian University. As jazz vibraphonist and drummer performed and recorded with Mike Darrah, Michael Sharfe, Rusty Burge, Marc Wolfley, Brad Myers, Dan Dorff, John Von Ohlen, Brent Gallaher, Brian Hogg, Dan Karlsberg and Tom Buckley. Performed as a timbalero with salsa and Latin jazz ensembles such as Tropciso, Clave Son and Mambo Diablo and as a drummer with the Cincinnati Frequency Band. As a classical percussionist performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Lexington Philharmonic, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati Ballet New Works Series, Richmond (IN) Symhpony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

McDonald DAVID MCDONALD (drums, percussion): B.M. (cum laude) DePaul University; studies at New England Conservatory, Catholic University of America. Drummer, Airmen of Note the US Air Force premier jazz ensemble. Taught drums and percussion in greater Chicago area. Performed with ensembles including the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Orchestra and a national Off-Broadway tour of “Crazy for You”. Former member, New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, Concertante de Chicago and Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

NAYAK DEBU NAYAK (tabla) Studies with Pt. Radhakanta Nandi of the Benaras Gharana, tabla taalim from Maestros Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Anindo Chattergee and Pt. samir Chatterjee. ‘Ganda Bandha’ shishya of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Performed with renowned artists including Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Pt. Ramesh Mishra, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Habib Wali Mohammad, Asif Ali Khan, Shahanaz Begum, Gaurav Mazumdar, Partha Bose, Mitali Banerjee-Bhawmik, Tulika Ghosh. Featured in collaborative CD project of Indian Classical Music and Jazz with performances at the Smithsonian Institution. East coast performances including NYC, Kennedy Center and Indian Ambassador’s residence.


Bedlington EILEEN BEDLINGTON (trumpet): B.M. (trumpet performance), University of Puget Sound. M.M, Professional Studies Certificate (orchestral performance), Manhattan School of Music. Member, United States Navy Band. Performances with Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Appearance on Good Morning America with Shakira. Studied with Robert Sullivan, Vincent Penzarella, Tom Smith, Russell Campbell, Judson Scott and Kevin Cobb. Soloist with Navy Band, Montclair Chamber Orchestra and University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble. Attended Aspen Music Festival and received fellowship at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with Echelon Brass Quintet. Instructor for New York Pops Salute to Music program, Bergen Academy of Music. Performed educational concerts with Echelon Brass Quintet in New York Public schools and for educational concert tour in Texas.

Amy Horn AMY HORN (French horn): DMA, University of Maryland; MM, The Catholic University of America; BA, Bowling Green State University. Studies with Herbert Spencer, Ted Thayer, Greg Miller, and Martin Hackleman. Finalist American Horn Competition (1994, 1989). Frequent soloist in Washington, DC area; performer of Gilbert Vinter’s Hunter’s Moon in southern United States. Soloist and clinician in Ohio, New Mexico, Georgia, and New York. Member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band (29 years), Washington Symphonic Brass. Principal horn, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra & American Pops Orchestra. Performances with most Washington area symphony orchestras and choirs, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA), Richmond Symphony (VA). Adjunct applied faculty, George Mason University. Adjudicator at school music competitions and auditions.

Maican MARCEL MAICAN (trombone, jazz ensemble, music theory): Ph.D., M.M., (trombone), M.M., (conducting), Ciprian Porumbescu College of Music, Bucharest. First prize, National Competition for Brass and Wind Instruments. Principal trombonist, National Symphony of Romania. Performed in Europe, Kuwait and Asia as a conductor and soloist with "The Romantics." String Orchestra. Conductor and Director of Jazz, St. Anselm's Abbey School. Chairman of Composition for Washington Music Teachers Association.


Wood A. SCOTT WOOD (conducting): M.M., B.S., University of Illinois. Music Director: Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, National Cathedral School Orchestra. Guest Conductor: Washington Symphonic Brass, McLean Orchestra, American Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Orchestra Society (PA), Rutgers Sinfonia (NJ), Brevard Philharmonic (NC), Signature Theatre, Trujillo Symphony (Peru), Vienna Choral Society, Kennedy Center Messiah Singalong, Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. Educational Conducting: American University Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic, DC Youth Orchestra, Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony's Serage Award for Music Education.


Man's portrait KEITH CARR (Celtic Bouzouki): M.A. University of Oregon; B.A. State University of New York at Albany. Plays the bouzouki, ten-string Irish cittern, tenor banjo, and mandolin. Veteran performing guitarist, classical training in trumpet and piano. Teaches bouzouki, banjo, mandolin. Performs with ensembles including the duo Tir na nÓg and with Tina Eck in the duo Lilt.

Woman's portrait TINA ECK (Irish flute): TTCT Teaching Diploma, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Dublin). Performances on Irish concert flute and Irish tinwhistle. Over 15 years experience playing at sessions, festivals, dances, and concerts. Frequent traveler to Ireland, where she studied technique and repertoire. Regularly performs at the Irish embassy, the Folk Festivals in Glen Echo and Takoma Park, and the Potomac Celtic festival. Assisted with classes at the Augusta Irish Week in Elkins, WV. Performs with ensembles including the bands Rambling House and Cuil Mor, and with Keith Carr in the duo Lilt.

Man's portrait MITCH FANNING (Irish Fiddle): B.M., Violin Performance, Catholic University; traditional Irish fiddle studies with Brendan Mulvihill; violin/fiddle teacher for over 10 years; performs in local Irish festivals, ceilis, sessions; founding director Bog Band and CCE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week.

Man's portrait MIKE KLIGERMAN (folk guitar, folk guitar classes): B.A., Fine Arts and Music, (Renaissance Music/Javanese/Gamelan/Sculpture/Painting) Goddard College, Instituto de Bellas Artes, Mexico DF. Taught folk guitar at Glen Echo Park for over 30 years. Performer/ teacher in Washington, DC Area. Musical perspective informed by work as active visual artist. Instructor of sculpture, Trinity College. Performs on violin, viola, bass, and accordion. Former member of Nairobi (Kenya) Opera Orchestra, faculty, Kenya Conservatoire of Music. Principal viola, Montgomery Philharmonic. Member, Hancock Waltz Kings and Peasant Ridge Gospel Quartet & Mike.

Man's portrait JESSE WINCH (Irish bodhran): Founding member of the internationally acclaimed band Celtic Thunder; discography includes Celtic Thunder, The Light of Other Days, and Hard New York Days. Known for his mastery of the bodhran and his ceili band drumming. Introduced to Irish music by his parents, Irish immigrants who came to the US in the 1920s. Has taught bodhran in the Washington, DC area since the early 1980s.


Cluggish JENNIFER CLUGGISH (Suzuki violin, co-coordinator, WCM Suzuki Academy): M.M., violin performance, Miami University, Oxford; B.M., Music Education, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Co-director, Cincinnati Suzuki School, Wyoming Fine Arts Center and CCM Prep, Adjunct Violin Faculty, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Substitute Orchestra Teacher, The New School Montessori Cincinnati Ohio, Judge, American String Teachers Association Certificate Achievement Program, Violin Faculty, Touchstone String Outreach Project.

Patricia Hurley-Carpenter PATRICIA HURLEY-CARPENTER (early childhood music): B.M. (Musical Theater) The Catholic University of America; Teacher, Kids Therapy Works, Inc., “Over the Rainbow Camp for children with sensory integration problems; Substitute Teacher, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, professional theater experience in New York and regionally, Olney Theater, Imagination Stage, Source Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre, DC.

Meghan O'Connell MEGHAN TOUEY O’CONNELL (early childhood music): B.M. (Musical Theater) The Catholic University of America; Early Childhood Music Instructor, Brooklyn, NY and New York City; Musical choreographer, City of Hope Orphanage and Day School, Lusaka, Zambia; instructor, Sitar Music Center; professional theater experience at Kennedy Center, Fords, Signature, Roundhouse and Studio Theaters. Member, Actors Equity Association.



JOHN BUTLER: See guitar biographies.

DAVID MCDONALD: See percussion biographies.

MARTY NAU: See woodwinds biographies.

STEVE NOVOSEL: See guitar and bass biographies.

WAYNE WILENTZ: See piano biographies.


KATHY JUDD (Executive and Artistic Director): See above.

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