BCO Musicians

2017-2018 SEASON

 

Violin

Ivan Stefanovic (Acting Concertmaster)

Ivan Stefanovic(Concertmaster)

Ivan Stefanovic was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and began his violin studies at the age of five. At sixteen, he came to the United States to continue his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Cerone, Victor Danchenko, David Updegraff, and Cathleen Winkler. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1989 and an Artist Diploma in 1991, both with honors, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2003, the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the fields of Violin Orchestral and Chamber Music Performance.”

Mr. Stefanovic joined the second violin section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1991 under David Zinman, moving up to a third chair position a year later. In 2004, Yuri Temirkanov named him Assistant Principal Second Violin. He was named Associate Principal Second Violin by Marin Alsop in 2012.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Stefanovic has won many first prizes in local and national competitions in Yugoslavia. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV Belgrade and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has made live recordings for Radio and TV Belgrade, Radio Yugoslavia, and WCLV in Cleveland, in addition to numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Yugoslavia, Spain, and the United States.

Mr. Stefanovic is Principal Second Violin of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, a baroque violinist in Pro Musica Rara, and a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of “Chamber Music by Candlelight,” a series featuring BSO members. He is a violin teacher and chamber music coach, and conducts orchestra sectionals, at both the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts. He has conducted master classes in the United States and Japan, and is a member of the Clipper Mill Quartet.

At the invitations of their respective Music Directors, Ivan has served numerous times as Guest Concertmaster with Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA). He has served on the faculty as a coach and a conductor at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Peabody Utah Summer Music Festival and School, and Peabody Chamber Week. He was chosen to be a member of the All-Star Orchestra, comprised of some of the best orchestral players in the country, in a PBS taping in August of 2014.

Mr. Stefanovic plays on a violin made by Nicholas Lupot in 1810, on a generous loan from the private collection of the family of Marin Alsop. 

Ronald Mutchnik (Assistant Concertmaster)

Ronald Mutchnik (Assistant Concertmaster)

Violinist Ronald Mutchnik graduated from the University of Maryland summa cum laude, where he studied with Robert Gerle. While there, he won the Baltimore Music Club’s and Baltimore Musicians’ competitions. He earned his Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Gingold and Masuko Ushioda. He continued post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Mr. Mutchnik is active as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. He has served as Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, Handel Choir and Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestras, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Maryland, as well as orchestras in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Minnesota. He appeared in the film Washington Square, performing his own composition. He was a featured soloist for the Maryland Ballet Theater and performed in Maryland and Alabama in a special recital, “Music of the Jewish Soul.”

Mr. Mutchnik has taught in several universities and colleges and currently teaches privately. He was President of the American String Teacher’s Association’s Maryland/DC Chapter and produced a video for violinists and violists entitled “Posture & Balance: The Dynamic Duo.” He has toured Korea, coaching and performing chamber music. Mr. Mutchnik is a founding member of and performer with the chamber music series based in Columbia, Maryland “ Sundays At Three” and is Chair of its artistic committee. Most recently, he performed in the United States State Department's concert series and also formed Howard County's first all professional chamber orchestra, The Orchestra of St. John's. Upcoming concerts include performances of Bloch's Three Pictures of Chasidic Life with the Columbia Orchestra and the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Frederick Symphony.

Celeste Blase

Celeste Blase

As a violinist, playing in a small ensemble is the way to go, allowing greater expression within the context of a tight ensemble.
I also enjoy singing in a choir, gardening, studying a little Latin, and visiting grandkids!

Andréa Boecker

Andréa Boecker

Violinist Andréa Boecker’s musical and social involvement has brought her to perform in the most diverse venues, from Carnegie Hall to the slums of Delhi, India. As a recitalist and chamber player, Ms. Picard Boecker has been heard in Italy, France, Hungary, and across the United States and Canada. An avid chamber player, she regularly tours Québec and the Mid-Atlantic region with pianist Irene Kim, playing in various concert venues for enthused audiences. Originally from Québec, Andréa Picard Boecker earned the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal's Award with highest distinction in violin performance and chamber music. She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Violin Pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a faculty member at Peabody Institute where she coaches Conservatory chamber music, teaches violin for the Preparatory and is director of Young People’s String Program. Picard Boecker also plays with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a faculty member at Towson University and at the Camp Musical des Laurentides in Canada.

Professional affiliation(s), activities: Faculty, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Faculty Towson University
Hometown: Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
Family status, kids: Very happily married, expecting a baby in February 2013
Hobbies: reading with a warm cup of tea, walking, hiking, hanging out with friends
What you love in/about Baltimore: the variety of neighborhoods and their defined characters
Favorite thing about playing your instrument: the fabulous repertoire written for violin, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues
What you like about BCO: great team, fabulous musicians, positive atmosphere

Nicholas Currie

Nicholas Currie

Canadian-born violinist Nicholas Currie is Concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony, and the Assistant Concertmaster of Concert Artists of Baltimore. He is also a member of the Azimuth String Quartet, and was the Assistant Principle Second of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

Nicholas has performed as a soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Londontown Symphony. His chamber music experiences include performances with the former Mariner String Quartet, the Cueto Quartet, the Melos Ensemble with Clarinetist Gervaise de Payer and the Principles of Concert Artists Quartet. He has collaborated in recitals with pianists Virginia Reinecke, Diana Greene, Ernest Barretta, David Kreider, Frank Akers and Carl Banner.

Mr. Currie is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where he studied with the late Berl Senofsky. Nicholas also studied under the late Bernard Eichen, member of the Beaux Arts Quartet and violinist for the NBC symphony. A summer at the American Conservatory in Fontainbleau, France contributed to Nicholas’ musical experiences.

When Nicholas is not performing, he is teaching at McDaniel College, UMBC and the Carroll County Community College. He resides in Catonsville and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Netanel Draiblate

Netanel Draiblate

Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has appeared across four continents. His performances as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and concertmaster serve to emphasize his versatility.   

This seasons’ highlights include concerto appearances with the Brasilia Concert Society Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony. This fall he will lead a string quartet in a special concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at Carnegie Hall with chanteuse Adrienne Haan.  The program, Tehorah, will have an encore performance at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C.

Recent solo engagements include his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the National Theatre Orchestra of Brasilia, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists and the Bursa Symphony Orchestra in Turkey.  Recognized as a violinist whose artistry “combines confidence and eloquence,” he also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on a tour throughout China.

As a chamber musician, Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Mauro Bertoli and Cho Liang Lin, performing in many of the world’s premiere venues, including Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Washington, DC based PostClassical Ensemble whose mission is to perform works created after 1900.  Draiblate and his duo partner, pianist Lura Johnson, who perform as Times Two, continue to explore the lesser known works for violin/piano duo.

Perspectives, Draiblate’s first solo recording with Johnson as Times Two was recognized by American Record Guide as “very exciting and engaging.” The Azica recording features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Elgar, Grieg and Kreisler. Future projects include a recording of his original arrangement of Introduction/Theme and Variations on The Star Spangled Banner for solo violin and an encore disc with Lura Johnson.

A sought-after teacher, Draiblate is the Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University and serves on the faculty of the Dali Quartet Summer Festival, Annapolis Young Artists Program, ArcoNet in Lancaster, PA and The Levine School serving greater metro-DC area. He has led master classes at Towson University, Goiania University (Brazil), Brasilia University (Brazil), Recife Conservatory (Brazil), the Holon Young Artists Festival (Israel) and has previously taught at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, for the World Youth Orchestra and the Campina-Grande International Music Festival in Brazil.  

Currently concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Draiblate is the newly appointed concertmaster of the Lake Forest Symphony.  He has also served as concertmaster of the Tel-Aviv Soloists, the World Youth Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic, and held a leading position with the historic West Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

Celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Draiblate performed in a special concert hosted by the King of Norway.  His awards include first prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory's Yale Gordon Competition (2006).  He was the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation and performed in the foundation’s Gala concert at Carnegie Hall.  Early in his career he was honored to play on the personal violin of Ms. Feher. Scholarships have been awarded to him from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.  

In 2012 Draiblate created ND-Publishing to publish his original compositions as well as cadenzas for celebrated concertos. His Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concerti performances this season will feature his newly composed cadenzas for these works that will also be published later this year.

Draiblate studied with the renowned Pamela Frank, Vali Blutner, Hagai Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Salness, and has participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried.  

When not concertizing, Mr. Draiblate enjoys cooking, and watching and playing soccer.

Lysiane Gravel-Lacombe

Lysiane Gravel-Lacombe

Lysiane earned both her BM and MM from Peabody, studying with Herbert Greenberg.  She loves being a freelance violinist, and regularly performs with the Baltimore Opera Company, the Annapolis and Delaware Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Mountain Safety ski patroller at Ski Liberty, and as a gardener for the Thorpewood Foundation.

Lysiane also regurlarly swims, hikes, bikes, tends to her organic gardens and hug trees. She proudly lives in a 1804 historic stone house rebuilt by her husband Paul, a professional french horn player. Bessie the Irish Setter and Mischa the barn cat add warmth and fuzziness to their home.

Jina Lee

Jina Lee

Jina Lee began playing the violin when she was 7 years old. She studied violin and recording arts and sciences at the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 2007. She has spent many summers at different music festivals including Aspen, Spoleto USA and Tanglewood. Most recently, she just finished three years as a violin fellow with the New World Symphony. This is her second summer playing with the Artosphere music festival.

Rebecca Racusin

Rebecca Racusin

Violinist Rebecca Racusin is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed in venues across the United States, Canada, and Italy including Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia's Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Miami’s New World Center for the Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Ms. Racusin is a principal player in the Washington, DC based group Inscape whose recently released album on the Sono Luminus label has gained critical acclaim. Her string quartet, Inscape Quartet, performs regularly in the Washington area and has played at the Strathmore Mansion and in the Wintergreen Performing Arts Concert Series. Ms. Racusin is a tenured member of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, performs regularly with Smithsonian Chamber Players, and is a member of Wintergreen Performing Summer Music Festival Orchestra. In addition to her classical activities, she is the electric violinist with the band SOL. Ms. Racusin received her BA from Harvard University, studying with James Buswell at New England Conservatory, and her MM with a graduate assistantship from University of Maryland’s School of Music, studying with Elisabeth Adkins.

Colin Sorgi

Colin Sorgi

American violinist and violist Colin Sorgi is the Concertmaster of the National Philharmonic and Hopkins Symphony. He is the Director of the National Philharmonic Chamber Players and has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (Lucerne, Switzerland), Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony and York Symphony. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Colin holds degrees from both the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University studying with renowned musicians Herbert Greenberg and Jaime Laredo.

He made his solo debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and has since been heard as soloist and in recital on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and at the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, among others. In August 2015, Colin made his debut at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland giving the European premiere of the concerto for electric violin and orchestra, “Forever and Ever”, by Tod Machover (Musical America’s 2015 Composer of the Year). With the National Philharmonic, he most recently performed the complete violin concertos of J. S. Bach.

Eco de violin…, Colin’s first commercial recording alongside pianist Jooeun Pak, was released in October 2012 on the IUmusic label for the Latin American Music Center and featured premiere recordings of works by living Latin American composers. He has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s most influential musicians including Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Jorja Fleezanis, John Adams, Matthias Pinscher, Wolfgang Rihm and members of the Parisian Ensemble Intercontemporain.

An advocate of community engagement and arts education, Colin is a devoted faculty member for the National Philharmonic’s yearly Summer String Institute and is the Publications and Media Coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program,

Colin currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Jaclyn. their cat Giuseppe and their dog Vincenzo. He is also a freelance graphic/web designer and photographer.

Collette Wichert

Collette Wichert

Member of BCO virtually since its inception. Currently also with Gettysburg Symphony, Howard County Concert Orchestra, and Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. Prior core-member of Baltimore Opera Orchestra. Freelance musician. Maintains her “Pieces of Strings” private violin studio, conducts her private Chamber Music Invitational Program (CMI), and teaches strings at Garrison Forest School. Originator and leader of the highly respected “FAME Youth String Orchestra.”

Family Status: Married. Two married sons. Four grandchildren.
Hobbies: Loves baking fancy pastries and making holiday candies. Avid gardener and outdoor person. Loves our Labrador Retrievers.
Favorite thing: Having the gift and privilege of leading young people into the wonderful world of classical music through teaching and performance.
Tidbits: “2005 Outstanding Teacher of the Year,” awarded by the American String Teachers Association for 3 States and D.C. Toured Central and South America with University of Illinois Orchestra. Studied with Guarneri String Quartet in N.Y. as well as with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. Chamber musician for 3 summers in Austria.
Master’s Degree in Violin performance from University of Illinois under Prof. Paul Rolland.

Viola

Chiara Dieguez (Principal)

Chiara Dieguez (Principal)

Chiara Kingsley Dieguez holds a Master's Degree in Viola Performance from the University of MD, College Park, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Arizona State University. Her main teachers have included Daniel Foster, William Magers, and Michael Tree. An active chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Dieguez has been a member of the Sonore String Quartet, the Downtown Chamber Series of Phoenix, and has also been a member of the Mainly Mozart Festival of San Diego since 2002. She also performs each summer at the Grand Teton Music Festival, playing both in the orchestra and performing regularly on the Spotlight Series chamber concerts. As a soloist, Ms. Dieguez has performed with the Maryland Chamber Symphony, the University of MD Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra, and has also appeared as an alumni soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of AZ.

Ms. Dieguez moved to the DC area in 2008, where she performs regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and is also a member of the Fessenden Ensemble of Washington, DC. Before relocating to the DC area, Ms. Dieguez served as Associate Principal Viola of the Phoenix Symphony for 7 years.

Joan Bob

Joan Bob

Elizabeth Gopal

Elizabeth Gopal

Elizabeth Gopal joined Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in the summer of 2013. She is also a member of Richmond Symphony and performs regularly with Baltimore, Annapolis, and Delaware Symphonies. Ms. Gopal completed her Bachelor of Music at Rice University in 2008 and her Master of Music at University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. Her principal teachers were Karen Ritscher, James Dunham, and Daniel Foster, respectively. In past summers, Elizabeth has participated in National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto USA, and Pacific Music Festival. Elizabeth plays a 2003 Marilyn Wallin viola.

Sandra Van de Geijn

Cello

Seth Low (Principal)

Seth Low (Principal)

Professional activities: I'm a longtime member of Baltimore Symphony, coming up on 30 years as a professional orchestra musician. I love to play chamber music.
Hometown: I'm from Silver Spring, MD
What I love about Baltimore: You can live in the country and commute. I live on a farm near the PA line.
What I love about the cello: That it involves the whole person. It's a very physical instrument, very challenging, you've got to know what you're doing – but it also has great depth – heart and soul."
What I love about BCO: Years ago a reviewer called the BCO a "crackerjack" orchestra. He was right! It's a group with a high playing level and a good spirit. To play the role of principal cello is a delight and an honor.
Something people would be surprised to know about you: People would be surprised that I have done 100-miles bike rides and I love to kayak.

Peter Kibbe

Peter Kibbe

Cellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles, was raised in a loving family of classical musicians and composers, has had the pleasure of studying and playing with some of the finest teachers and performers on both coasts of the US, and currently enjoys a career as an orchestral and chamber musician in Baltimore. Mr. Kibbe has had the privilege of working with many of today's most respected performers and conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Grant Gershon, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend, to name a few. He has performed with numerous orchestras for capacity audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. Currently he's a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, performing a diverse range of classical and romantic era pieces, and Lunar Ensemble, an acclaimed group dedicated to new and cutting edge works, and specializing in performances of Arnold Schoenberg's masterwork "Pierrot Lunaire." He has enjoyed finding himself in many varied and eclectic performance settings during his career, including symphony halls, historic cathedrals, coffee houses, summer festivals, recording studios, night clubs, libraries, grassy fields, cruise ships, kindergartens and amphitheaters. In his spare time, Peter enjoys moonlighting as a DJ and is working on the craft of rehairing instrument bows. Peter plays on a 2004 Cremonese instrument made by Roberto Collini.

Todd Thiel

Todd Thiel

Bass

Laura Ruas (Principal)

Laura Ruas (Principal)

Laura Ruas, double bassist, has developed a prominent role in music performance and is a tireless educator in the Maryland arts community. As a freelance bassist she is a frequent solo, recital and chamber musician whose interests and abilities extend outside of classical to Tango and Afro Cuban music.

She holds Adjunct Professor positions with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Goucher College and Montgomery College. She is the double bass instructor at Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and maintains a private studio of students from all musical tastes and genres. She is deeply committed to bringing music to city students through the BRIDGES and BSATWIGS programs in Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra ‘In School Education’ program in Washington, DC. Additionally, Laura is the double bass coach at the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) based in Strathmore Hall in Rockville, MD.

Ms. Ruas is Principal Bass of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; Principal Bass of Concert Artists of Baltimore; was a member of the former Baltimore Opera and Martha Graham Orchestra in New York. She has regularly performed with the Harrisburg, Alabama, National and Baltimore Symphonies. In 2005, Laura was invited to join the Cabrillo Music Festival by music director Marin Alsop.

Laura was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, attended the High School of Performing Arts and received her Bachelors and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with the renowned bass pedagogue, Homer Mensch.

Flute

Kristin Winter-Jones (Principal)

Kristin Winter-Jones (Principal)

Kristin Winter-Jones, originally from Laguna Beach, California, is currently Principal flute with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She served twenty years as second flute with Baltimore Opera Orchestra, was Principal flute with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons, and has performed with Baltimore and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

Ms. Winter-Jones was awarded the Bronze Medal at Madeira International Flute Competition, was a winner of New York Flute Club Competition, and was awarded second prize in National Flute Association’s Young Artists Competition.

As a soloist, she has appeared with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony, and Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra. While a student at Juilliard, Kristin was featured as a soloist with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

Ms. Winter-Jones received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Julius Baker.

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California
Family status, kids: Married to BCO trumpet player Ted Jones; one daughter
Pets: 3 cats, a yellow Lab and a Chihuahua
Hobbies: Drawing, baking
Favorite foods: Avocados and any type of pudding!
What you love in/about Baltimore: Lots of character and rich in history
What's on your iPod: Don't own an iPod (and don't want one!)
Something people would be surprised to know: As a child, I lived is Spain for 2-1/2 years.
Anything else interesting and/or unusual: My mother is a concert pianist. My father – and artist – for a time was a cartoonist for King Features Syndicate - i.e. The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound!

Sara Nichols

Oboe

Fatma Daglar (Principal)

Fatma Daglar (Co-Principal)

Fatma Daglar, oboe, is the principal oboist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. She also held the position of Acting Assistant Principal/Second Oboe with the Louisville Orchestra during their 2003 - 04 season. She works actively as a freelance musician: she has performed on oboe and English horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Washington Concert Opera Orchestra, WolfTrap Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Opera Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble, Green Mountain Opera Festival Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She has performed Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Oboe Concerto with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marcello's Oboe Concerto with the Chesapeake Orchestra, John Harbison's Oboe Concerto with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and Nicholas Maw's Oboe Concerto with the Peabody Camerata.

Fatma Daglar is an enthusiastic performer of early music. She has been playing the baroque oboe since she first attended Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute as a scholarship student. She has performed with Washington Bach Consort, AmaDeus Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque, Modern Musick, Opera Vivente, and recently appeared and recorded with the Bach Sinfonia.

Music critics of The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Annapolis Capital, have described her playing as: "a dexterous technician with attractive tone and a nifty sense of phrasing", "a concerto performance of virtuoso caliber, enthusiastically received"; "touching, bittersweet tone"; "terrific"; "well-rounded tone with a beautiful vibrato"; "extraordinary playing." She has been featured on WETA, WBJC, and Voice of America Radio.

Fatma Daglar attended the Robert College High School of Istanbul and the Istanbul Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music. She also holds a Master's Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Oboe Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Sara Watkins. She teaches at Towson University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Peabody Preparatory.

Emily Madsen

Emily Madsen

Musician First Class Emily Madsen is from Reston, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in oboe performance and music education in 2001. In 2004, she earned a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from the Yale School of Music and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland in May 2010. Her primary teachers have included Carol Stephenson, Richard Killmer, Mark Hill, and Jacqueline LeClair.

Prior to enlisting in the Navy, MU1 Madsen played the oboe and English horn with the U.S. Army Field Band from 2004 to 2007. In the Army Field Band, she performed as a soloist with the concert band, and as a clinician with the Woodwind Ambassadors.

In 2007, MU1 Madsen auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following Veterans' Training at Great Lakes, she reported to Annapolis in January 2008 and serves as principal oboist of the Chamber Winds. Additionally, she performs as oboist in the wind quintet and ceremonial units, and plays saxophone in the marching band. MU1 Madsen is the Recital Series Coordinator, serves as Leading Petty Officer of both the wind quintet and the Chamber Winds, and is a Command Fitness Leader Assistant.

MU1 Madsen has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Clarinet

William Jenken (Principal)

William Jenken(Principal)

William Jenken joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second clarinetist in January of 1998. He is originally from northern Alberta, Canada and has been a member of several orchestras in that country over the years. Most recently, he spent eight and a half years (1989-1998) as Assistant Principal Clarinetist and Bass Clarinetist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Sergiu Commissiona in British Columbia where he was also an active teacher and chamber musician. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Copland Clarinet Concertowith Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as well as with Peter Minkler in a movement of the Bruch Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with the Baltimore Symphony. More recently, he performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Winds with the Baltimore Symphony along with other BSO members. While in Vancouver, he was a member of the Curio Chamber Ensemble, performances of which were broadcast nationally. In Maryland, he has been an active Chamber Musician, performing often with other musicians in many different series including Columbia's Sundays at Three, An Die Musik, The Chalice Series, and he has been a frequent performer in the BSO's Music by Candlelight series at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He has also performed in several BSO Chamber Concerts including Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and pianist Eric Conway.

Edna Huang

Edna Huang

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Edna Huang is an active freelance musician and is Principal Clarinet of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. She currently can be seen performing with orchestras such as the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, Washington Concert Opera, Annapolis Symphony, Cathedral Choral Society, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, and South Florida Symphony (formerly known as Key West Symphony).  She has performed with Choral Arts Society, Soulful Symphony at the Meyerhoff, New Hampshire Symphony, Boston Chamber Ensemble, Hingham Symphony (MA), Wellesley Symphony (MA), and was the bass clarinetist of the former Baltimore Opera Company and Principal Clarinetist of the former Opera Vivente.

Prior to her return to the Baltimore/Washington area in 2001, Ms. Huang was Assistant Principal, Second, & Auxiliary Clarinet in the Monterrey Symphony (OSUANL), in Monterrey, Mexico. She was also Principal Clarinet of the Monterrey Chamber Orchestra, and Second Clarinet in the Opera Orchestra. During her time in Mexico, she performed with the Beethoven Wind Quintet and was the professor of clarinet at the University of Nuevo Leon.

Ms. Huang received a bachelor's degree with honors from Boston University in Clarinet Performance and Music Education and earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory. She has studied with Julie Vaverka and Tom Martin of the Boston Symphony, and Chris Wolfe of the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed in master classes for Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony, Mitchell Lurie, and George Silfies of the St. Louis Symphony. She currently teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Bassoon

Bryan Young (Principal)

Bryan Young (Principal)

Winner and finalist in competitions including the Gillet International Bassoon Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Bryan has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post writes that his playing ‘dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument,’ and the Baltimore Sun has praised his ‘particularly beautiful playing, technical agility and understated elegance.’ Bryan tours the US and internationally as bassoonist for the Poulenc Trio. Bryan serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli.

As a musical collaborator and chamber musician, Bryan has toured and performed with violinist Hilary Hahn, clarinetist Anthony McGill, soprano Hyunah Yu, Guggenheim- winning poet Lia Purpura, and appeared with legendary jazz-leader Cab Calloway in his final performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Bryan has premiered new works written for him by composers Octavio Vazquez, Steven Gerber, Thomas Benjamin and David Fetter, in addition to more than 20 new works he co-commissioned and premiered with the Poulenc Trio.

Bryan is on faculty at Morgan State University and Washington Adventist University. He has been invited as featured lecturer and given masterclasses and workshops at NYU, Princeton, Tulane, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, Brigham Young University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, Regents University, MD Institute College of Art (MICA), and Towson University. He is a recipient of the Yale Alumni Ventures Grant and the UNCF Award for Excellence.

In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is the former leader of Intertwine Systems, a healthcare and educational software company that he founded. At Intertwine, Bryan was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Business Journal as a mobile software entrepreneur to watch. As a technologist, Bryan worked with the State of Maryland in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the Alvin Toffler Institute to develop iPad-based software for cardiologists, and with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in conjunction with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop new research tools for endocrinologists. Bryan is a partner and former chief technology advisor to SailTime, the world’s largest fractional sailing company, and currently serves as Chief Technologist at JobJybe, an Austin-based startup focused on business communications. 

Bryan is a frequent guest on Maryland's WBJC-FM radio show, Face the Music. Bryan writes about music, medicine, culture and technology at his blog, Amalgamated Humanity.

Holden McAleer

Holden McAleer

Holden McAleer has been servicing bassoons for some of the world’s finest players for more than thirty years. He has extensive academic training in bassoon performance and music education (the University of Michigan), a diploma in the repair of band instruments, and has extensive professional playing experience in such groups as the Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has been a featured speaker at IDRS conventions and for other groups.

Horn

Ken Bell (Principal)

Ken Bell (Principal)

Professional affiliation(s), activities: Adjunct Faculty, Gettysburg College; Board Member, Musician's Association of Baltimore

Hometown: Buffalo, New York, Go Bills!
Family status, kids: Single, 2 sons
Pets: None of my own
Hobbies: Tennis, Skiing, Hiking
Favorite foods: Real Foods (Paleo)
What you love in/about Baltimore: Good people, Hometown feel, location
What's on your iPod: Mozart, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Enya, and Queen
Favorite thing about playing your instrument: Always opportunities to grow and learn new things
What you like about BCO: the chance to make great music with talented colleagues in a friendly atmosphere.
Something people would be surprised to know about you: I'm a grandfather Brass Instrument Repairman

Paul Hopkins

Trumpet

Christopher Shiley (Principal)

Christopher Shiley (Acting Principal)

Christopher Shiley was born in Silver Spring, Maryland where he grew up in a musical family. After moving to the Philadelphia area, he began his studies of trumpet at age 15 under the direction of John Thyhsen. Chris is a recent graduate from Temple University where he received his Masters in Music while studying with Jeffrey Curnow. In addition, he received a Bachelors of Music from the Peabody Conservatory under the direction of Edward Hoffman and Joe Burgstaller. In addition to his studies, Chris is also an active freelancer in the Philadelphia and Baltimore regions. He plays a wide variety of music from orchestral repertoire to broadway and big band styles. Chris has performed with several groups including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on their critically acclaimed performance of Circus Maximus by John Corigliano. He has participated in the Sun Music Festival where he played principal trumpet in the Festival and Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School and has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra and Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Chris also enjoys playing in the broadway style and has played runs of several musicals, including: Chicago, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sound of Music. He has performed with such artists as actor Geoffrey Rush, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Wanda Sykes, Justin Guarini and the R&B group Boyz II Men. Chris was a recipient of the Grace Clagget Ranney Prize in Chamber Music, as well as a nominee for the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphias 2010 Career Advancement Award. He is a founding member of the Clipper City Brass Quintet and currently performs with the group throughout the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. Clipper City has performed as concerto soloists with the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble and as featured performers in the Garret Lakes Arts Festival in.

Chris' future plans and ambitions include continuing his extensive performing of both orchestral and solo repertoire for trumpet, performing actively in brass quintet and other chamber music settings, and passing his knowledge of music onto others through teaching.

Ted Jones

Timpani/Percussion

Barry Dove

Barry Dove

Barry Dove, a native Baltimorean, is acclaimed as one of today's outstanding percussionists. The Washington Post's critic cited Dove's "...superhuman dexterity [which] made his marimba seem to play itself...Barry Dove [is] a marvelous player...Barry Dove played with assurance and amazing agility...Exceptionally virtuosic marimba playing." He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education, his Performer's Certificate, and his Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Dove also attended the University of Ghana in Accra studying West African drumming styles of the Ewe, Akan and Dagarti people. In addition he has studied at the University de la Havana with special interests in Santeria Bata drumming. Mr. Dove's primary teachers have been Buster Bailey, Fred Begun, Shirley Givens, Jonathan Haas, Dennis Kain, Dale Rauschenberg, Berl Senofsky, Leigh Howard Stevens, Scott Stevens, Glen Velez, Sandip Burman and Ganesh Kumar. He is the Principal Percussionist of the Washington Contemporary Music Forum, Principal Timpanist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra and is a section percussion player with Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Dove also plays extra with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is a percussionist for the National Theatre Playbill in Washington, DC. Mr. Dove is a vibraphonist and founder of the Barry Dove Jazz Quartet, Global Percussion Trio and is percussion instructor at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Loyola College.

In 1987 Barry Dove was the First Prize Winner in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, a prize which included a solo performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in May of that year. He has also been a soloist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Mr. Dove has been heard as a recitalist at Franklin and Marshall College, Hood College, Levine School of Music, Loyola College, The Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall, Strathmore Hall, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Bucknell University, Western Maryland College, Music in the Great Hall, the Walden School of Music and the Walters Art Gallery.

Barry Dove performs on a four and one-half octave Kori Marimba, for which he has premiered twenty-one new works in the past fifteen years, thirteen of which were commissioned for him. He is active as a recitalist and clinician for the Kori Marimba Company and is a Gordon Artist. Mr. Dove has recorded Judith Lang Zaimont's Hidden Heritage on Arabesque CD, Dominick Argento's A Water Bird Talk, Baltimore Chamber Live and Robert Macht Suite for Javanese Gamelan. He also records for National Geographic Explorer Channel, The Discovery Channel, a PBS special with Wynton Marsalis, Denyce Graves, Take 6, Patti LaBelle and numerous radio and television jingles.

Harp

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller has been acting as principal harpist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Additionally, she is the principal harpist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Her playing has been hailed by the Baltimore Sun as both "refined" and an "impressive flash" which "stood out" from the orchestral texture and the Delaware News Journal described her solo Debussy performance as "exquisite.”

Outside of the orchestra, Ms. Fuller leads an active musical life. As a soloist she has performed concerti by Debussy, Ravel, and Mozart with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and as a chamber musician she frequently performs on series such as Chamber Music by Candlelight in Baltimore. She also collaborates with notable groups such as the Philadelphia contemporary ensemble, Network for New Music (with whom she has made several recordings including two world premieres) and Dolce Suono. In January, 2009, Ms. Fuller was the solo artist on an evening of harp music for the Delaware Symphony's Champagne Chamber Series, which was broadcast on Philadelphia's NPR station WHYY.

A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Fuller holds a master’s degree in music from Indiana University and studied at the New England Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School for her bachelor’s degree.

Ms. Fuller has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland since 2011 and in the summers teaches at the National Orchestral Institute.