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Flute Kate Steinbeck • Elizabeth Baptista-Gaston
Oboe/English Horn Alicia Chapman • Cara Jenkins
Clarinet • Fred Lemmons
Bassoon Rosalind Buda • Eric Dircksen
Horn Jennifer Merrell
Trumpet John Bryant • Larry Black & Casey Copenbarger Appalachian Brass Quintet
Trombone Greg Love Appalachian Brass Quintet
Tuba William Bryant Appalachian Brass Quintet
Violin Jamie Laval • Amy Lovinger • Daniel Vega-Albela and Blake Espy Cuerteto La Catrina • Dan Skidmore • Corine Brouwer • Ginger Kowal • Linda Plaut • Leslie Warlick
Viola John Ravnan • Jorge Martínez Cuerteto La Catrina • Simon Értz • Kara Poorbaugh • Andrew Levin • Lisa Zweben
Cello Franklin Keel • Alan Daowz Cuerteto La Catrina • Elizabeth Austin • Phillip von Maltzahn • Mary Beth Hussey • Elizabeth Gergel • Maria Parrini • Jennifer Alexandra Johnston • Tim Holley
Viola de gamba Gail Ann Schroeder
Bass Ian Bracchhitta • Fred Bretschger
Guitar Amy Brucksch
Harp Jacquelyn Bartlett
Harpsichord Barbara Weiss
Piano Fabio Parrini • Kimberly Cann • Vance Reese • Kyle Ritter • Dewitt Tipton • Judy Bevans • Karen Sams • Dan Weiser
Organ Eric Wall
Percussion River Guerguerian • Byron Hedgepeth
Voice Tena Greene soprano • Bradley Howard tenor • Tito Amaya • Mara Simmons & Nancy Sokolove readers • Elizabeth Spragins speaker • Rick Chess poet
Flutist and artistic director Kate Steinbeck has distinguished herself across the US and abroad as a unique interpreter, passionate teacher and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College studying with William Hebert (Piccolo Emeritus Cleveland Orchestra) and a Master’s in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Tim Day (Principal Flute San Francisco Symphony). A former Fulbright scholar to Belgium, Kate won a First Prize in chamber music from the Belgian Royal Conservatory in Liège and thereafter spent several years in Germany while performing and teaching throughout Europe. Prior to moving to Asheville, she spent a decade free-lancing in San Francisco, where she was widely recognized for her work in contemporary music and was featured on many of the Bay Area’s most prestigious stages. Kate has produced two critically acclaimed CDs ~ Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch. She plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co. www.katesteinbeck.com
A versatile and engaging musician, Barbara Weiss’ diverse musical experiences range from recording and performing ancient classical Cambodian music to directing a baroque opera company to chairing a university’s early music program. She has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, as well as Concordia College and the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania. She regularly teaches at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Recorder Academy. This July she will be on the faculty of the Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop in Cullowhee, NC. Ms. Weiss has performed at the Boston, San Antonio and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Her collaborations include Belladonna, the Newberry Consort, Quicksilver, Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the King’s Noyse, Apollo’s Fire, the Chicago Opera Theater and Piffaro. Ms. Weiss has recorded with the Dorian, Flying Fish and Harmonia Mundi labels. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she performs with a new group, Muses Delight.
Rosalind Buda, an Iowa native, moved to Asheville from Boston in 2011 after finishing her masters of music degree at the New England Conservatory. Since her arrival, Rosalind has been working as bassoonist and Project Coordinator for Pan Harmonia chamber music, playing with the Asheville and Johnson City Symphonies, and teaching bassoon and bagpipes at the Asheville Music School and Gardner Webb University. She also performs and tours with Brizeus, a dynamic pipe and drum band. Rosalind’s combined skill in both classical and traditional music brings a unique perspective to the stage.
Byron Hedgepeth enjoys performing on a wide array of percussion instruments, embracing classical, jazz, contemporary, and world music. His passion for drumming began while studying piano and violin as a child. After completing a Bachelor of Music at Mars Hill College, Byron continued his studies with music educator Charles Leonhard and percussionist Tom Siwe at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Master’s Degree.
Byron pursues a full career as performer, composer, and educator. He was the founder and director of Percussion Studies at UNC-A for 24 years. He currently teaches percussion at Appalachian State University, where he assists Professor Rob Falvo. Improvisation has always been a passion, reflected in his compositions and collaborative ensembles. Notable groups include InsideOut, Con Clave, Jack Coker Trio, and Byron Hedgepeth & Mike Holstein. He also performs several times a year as a timpanist and percussionist with the Charlotte and NC Symphonies. Byron has been active as a timpanist/percussionist with Asheville’s All Souls Cathedral since his first performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors in 1975.