Debra is founder and director of the Montage Music Society and also performs with the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, the Breckenridge Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, Taos Chamber Music Group and the Taos Trio. She has collaborated with the Aspen Music Festival Chamber Players, Apple Hill, La Catrina and Vega string quartets. A proponent of contemporary music, she has recorded premieres of Ofer Ben-Amots and Jeff Harrington and is featured in the Milken Archive.
Alexandra is a Manhattan-based composer and violinist whose musical imagery has attracted commissions that honor world events. Heard in concert halls across five continents—she is connected tangibly to the countries that inform and inspire her work. She found her early musical voice through the violin, and as a child she began hearing music in the natural world around her, which inspired her to compose and underscores her music to this day. The Kronos Quartet commissioned her first, third and fifth string quartets, and recorded the first quartet, Oculus. Ms. Du Bois was composer-in-residence with Southwest Chamber Music’s Ascending Dragon Festival, described by the U.S. State Department as the largest cultural exchange between the U.S. and Vietnam in history.
Pamela Epple is Serenata of Santa Fe’s Artistic Director. She studied at the Juilliard School with Ronald Roseman and Elaine Douvas. In New York she maintained an active freelance career as a member of the American Composer’s Orchestra, P.D.Q. Bach, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company orchestra. A founding member of the Aspen Woodwind Quintet and the New York chamber group, Tafelmusik, Ms. Epple also toured widely with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Festivals include Aspen, Monadnock, Angel Fire, Ouray, Moab and Yale-in-Norfolk. She has played English horn with Musica da Camera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Desert Chorale, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Outreach Program. In the summer, Ms. Epple is a member of the guest faculty at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, New Hampshire.
David Felberg is Artistic Director and co-founder of Chatter Sunday, Chatter 20-21, and Chatter Cabaret. He is concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony, Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic, and associate concert master of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and conducts contemporary music with Chatter. Mr. Felberg teaches at the University of New Mexico, receiving a Master of Music in Conducting from the university. He made his New York debut in 2005. He was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Felberg plays an 1829 J.B. Vuillaume violin.
Sally Guenther studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School. After performing with several major orchestras in the United States, she was appointed solo cellist with Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for over twenty years. She was a founding member of the internationally recognized and recorded BIT 20 Ensemble for contemporary music. Since settling in New Mexico in 2006, Ms. Guenther devotes her time to chamber music, performing widely throughout the Southwest. She is also an active teacher, maintaining a private studio as well as serving on the faculty of the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Keith Lemmons is Associate Dean, Professor of Clarinet, and prestigious Presidential Teaching Fellow at the University of New Mexico. He combines an international reputation as a sought after soloist, teacher and chamber musician with a distinguished teaching and administrative career. Critics acclaim his performances as, “virtuosic and amazing,” “a consummate artist,” and “he had the audience in sheer ecstasy.” Mr. Lemmons has performed throughout Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Sweden, and also performs with the Taos Trio, the Taos Chamber Music Group, the New Mexico Winds Woodwind Quintet, and La Catrina String Quartet. He is an Artist-Clinician for Buffet Crampon and D’Daddario.
Toni Lipton was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1979 until 2008. She has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the North Country Chamber Players, the MET Chamber Ensemble and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Since leaving the MET, Ms. Lipton has served on the faculty of the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, and has performed with the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet, Serenata of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Canticum Novum, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
Ruxandra Simionescu-Marquardt, violin, is from Romania and attended the George Enescu Conservatory in Bucharest.
In 1986, she defected to the United States, studied with Joseph Gingold at Indiana University, joined the faculty of Syracuse University and held numerous Principal Violin positions.She has appeared as soloist in Bucharest, Syracuse, Jacksonville, and Boston among others, and has participated in chamber music festivals of Bayreuth, Eastern, and Grand Tetons. Ms. Simionescu-Marquardt is a dedicated, sought after violin teacher, coach and clinician. In 2012, she moved to New Mexico with her husband, Paul Marquardt, a composer and pianist with whom she concertizes as a musical partner in recitals and chamber music.
Kathleen McIntosh performs widely in festivals in Havana, Lima, Deia and Tsuyama, and with the Santa Fe Chamber Festival since 1996. She has been soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow, the Vietnam National Symphony in Hanoi, Solistas de La Habana, Santa Fe Friends in Tsuyama, and with many American groups. Ms. McIntosh teaches regularly in Cuba and Peru, and this year has added Poland. In 2015 she presented the entire Clavier-Ubung of J.S.Bach in Los Angeles with organist Ron McKean. Ms. McIntosh has recordings on Gasparo and Maricam.
Frank Murry is a freelance bassist and educator in Albuquerque, and a member of the Santa Fe Symphony. Chamber ensemble appearances include Chatter and Musicos Chamber Players of New Mexico. Formerly a member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Mr. Murry performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, and the Shreveport Symphony. He plays in festivals in the United States and Europe, including AIMS, Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals. Mr. Murry studied with Paul Ellison, earning his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.
Shanti Randal attended the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has performed frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and on the “Sundays Live” radio broadcasts. Shanti Randal was assistant principal violist with the Ojai Chamber Music Festival, and has performed in over three hundred fifty motion picture scores (Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, The Incredibles, A Beautiful Mind.) As a member of the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Mr. Randal worked extensively with John Williams, Randy Newman, James Horner and the late Jerry Goldsmith. Mr. Randal plays a 1790 Cuypers viola.
Gail has performed as a singer, dancer, actress, and pianist since her first appearances on Albuquerque TV at age five. She received her music degrees from the University of New Mexico. Gail was professor of theater and voice at College of Santa Fe and University of Art and Design from 1980-2016, where she developed one of the first Musical Theatre BFA programs in the country. She has directed over forty Greer Garson Theatre Company productions.
Ron has served a director, accompanist, composer and arranger for productions in New York and San Francisco, and composes for theater and dance as well. He has composed commissions for the Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and his works have been performed by Serenata of Santa Fe. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. His recent work, “Los Bufones”, is a song cycle is based on paintings by Velázquez.
Scott Temple began his career in Philadelphia, playing with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and with a chamber music residency at the University of Delaware. In New York City, he played with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has played chamber music at Grand Teton Music Festival, and with the Sylvan Winds. In New Mexico, Mr. Temple plays with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Serenata of Santa Fe, and the Taos Chamber Music Group.
Dana received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Julliard School. She has performed with the American Composer’s Orchestra, American Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony and in several Broadway shows. Since 1999 Dana has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony (now New Mexico Philharmonic). In addition to private teaching, she is a mentor in the Santa Fe Public Schools and has recently been named Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association.
Yi-heng Yang has appeared as pianist at Boston Early Music Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and in other American cities, as well as the Cobbe and Finchcocks Collections in the UK. A dynamic collaborator, she works with such groups as The Sebastians, Gretchen’s Muse, and Trio Pasqualati. Upcoming recordings include the complete Mendelssohn Violin Sonatas with Abigail Karr on period instruments. Ms. Yang holds a doctorate in piano performance from Juilliard, studying with teachers Veda Kaplinsky, Julian Martin, and Robert McDonald. She also earned a Masters of Fortepiano, summa cum laude, from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she studied with Stanley Hoogland.