Audrey Wright (concertmaster)
Audrey Wright violin is thrilled to join Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as its newest Concertmaster in the 2019-2020 season. She has been a member of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and won the position of Associate Concertmaster there in 2018.
A versatile performer in solo, chamber music, and orchestral realms, Audrey has previously held positions with Excelsa Quartet (2014–16) and New World Symphony (2013–14). Her repertoire spans the early 17th-century to modern day; her performing experience includes the full spectrum of these musical styles from Baroque performance practice to the premiering of new and personally commissioned works.
As a participant of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland) for six years, Audrey performed with Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and was concertmaster under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, and Charles Dutoit. Audrey appears on many concert series in the area, including Community Concerts at Second, Pro Musica Rara, Noel K. Lester Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Smithsonian Chamber Society, where she has performed on the exquisite instruments within the Smithsonian Instrument Collection. She has collaborated with ensembles such as St. Lawrence String Quartet, Axelrod String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, and Boston Trio, and with artists Mayron Tsong, Paul Watkins, Roger Tapping, John Heiss, John Gibbons, and pianist Christopher O’Riley on NPR’s From the Top.
Audrey completed her undergraduate and masters studies at New England Conservatory, studying with Lucy Chapman, Bayla Keyes, and Jennifer Frautschi. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2019 at University of Maryland, studying with David Salness. Audrey plays on a 1763 J.B. Guadagnini violin, personally loaned to her by conductor Marin Alsop, and a violin bow made in 2000 by Paul Siefried, generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation.
Jeongmin Lee (assistant concertmaster)
Bio to come
Andréa Picard Boecker (principal second violin)
Originally from Québec, Canada, violinist Andréa Picard Boecker has performed across Europe, Asia and North America as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her engaging and dynamic performance style delight audiences and she is heard regularly in chamber music series and festivals as well as faculty concerts. Andréa Picard Boecker is the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Second Violin, and is an active performer in the Baltimore-Washington area.
As a teaching-artist, Andréa Picard Boecker has served on the chamber music faculty of Peabody Institute’s Conservatory and Preparatory Divisions, and also as violin faculty at Towson and Susquehanna Universities. She teaches every summer at the Camp Musical des Laurentides and regularly serves on adjudication panels for young artist competitions. Her extensive teaching experience has led to giving teacher-training sessions and masterclasses in France, Canada, and the U.S., including the national conference of the American String Teacher’s Association. Andréa Picard Boecker co-directed the Young People’s String Program at the Peabody Preparatory for nine years and maintains a vibrant studio of passionate young students at the Peabody Institute. She firmly believes in the giving power of music, and is intentional about bringing her performances and those of her students to the broader community by organizing innovative outreach concerts and events.
Andréa Picard Boecker received the “Prix” with Highest Distinction at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance and chamber music. She holds a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the Josef Kaspar Award for Strings. Her primary teachers and influences have included Johanne Arel, Raymond Dessaints, Victor Danchenko and Violaine Melançon.
When she isn’t teaching or performing, Andréa Picard Boecker is wholeheartedly involved in the adventure of family life with her husband and three children.
Kristin Bakkegard is a freelance violinist and teacher stationed in the Washington DC area. She is a member of the Annapolis Symphony and Symphony Number One, and plays in many other groups in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. She has toured and performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Canada.
Prize-winning violinist Lauren Basney has performed all over the world as soloist and chamber musician. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, she has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall six times in the past decade. After a 2007 quartet recital in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Bernard Holland of The New York Times praised the performance as “musical, well-trained and [with] an unusually elegant sound,” as well as “boiling over with an edge-of-the-seat eagerness.”
For me as a violinist, playing in a small ensemble is the way to go. It allows for greater expression in the context of a tight ensemble. When I am not playing violin, I also enjoy singing in a choir, gardening, studying Latin, and visiting my grandkids!
Claire is an artist who cares deeply about musical storytelling, dedicated to giving audiences an “in” to musical experiences and opening their ears to sonic discovery. A compassionate and empathetic musician, Claire is not afraid to talk with and listen to people, forming deep relationships with both individuals and audiences alike. Her experiences growing up in a musical family have enabled her to follow her passion for community performances and the collaborative nature of the creative process. Through engaging demonstrations, she is able to share with audiences what she loves most about music, and continuously reevaluate her own perpetual devotion to the artform.
Yalira Montejo Walker
Cuban violinist Yalira M. Walker performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician across the United States. Formerly concertmaster of Havana’s Youth Symphony Orchestra and Gran Teatro de la Habana Symphony Orchestra, she was also a member of the Yucatan and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestras, both in Mexico. As a member of Camerata Romeu from 2004-2007, she took part in several recordings with well-known guitarist and composer Egberto Gismonti, “Saudaçoes.”including “Raigal,” “Tampa-Habana-Oslo,” and “Non-Divisi” in addition to later recording the CD “Improbable Encounters” with music by Joseph Klein.
Since arriving in the United States in 2012, Ms. Machado has held principal and section violin positions with the Ashland, Baltimore Chamber, Corpus Christi, Canton, Lima, Midland- Odessa, Springfield, and Tyson McLean Symphony Orchestras. A devoted teacher, Ms. Machado had taught at Paulita Conception Conservatory in Havana, Cuba, and Jose Jacinto Cuevas Music Center, in Yucatan, Mexico and has also served on the faculty of Esperanza Azteca Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, the Mexican equivalent of “El Sistema” in addition to teaching at schools in Houston, Dallas, and Cleveland. Her students have joined the Gran Teatro de la Habana, Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana, the Cleveland Youth Contemporary, Annapolis, and Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestras.
A fervent advocate for the power of classical music in community, Ms. Machado is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Project Utopia Insitute, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote diversity in classical music through programs that develop the musicians and audiences of tomorrow. Ms. Machado has studied with Maria Verdecia, Augusto Diago, Gary Levinson, Nathan Olson, William Preucil and Joan Kwuon and has earned degrees from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, University of North Texas, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently she teaches in the Baltimore/D.C. metro area.
A BCO member virtually since its inception, violinist Collete Wichert performs with the orchestras of Gettysburg and Howard County, as well as the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. She maintains her private violin studio “Pieces of Strings” and conducts the annual Chamber Music Invitational (CMI) program in addition to teaching strings at the Garrison Forest School.
She is the Founder of the highly respected “FAME Youth String Orchestra” and was awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” in 4 different states in 2005 by the American String Teachers Association. Ms. Wichert has toured Central and South America with the University of Illinois Orchestra, studied with the Guarneri String Quartet and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and performed as a chamber musician for several summers in Austria. She holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois where she studied under Prof. Paul Rolland.
Ms. Wichert is married, has two sons, four grandchildren and loves her labrador retrievers, baking fancy pastries, making holiday candies, and pursuing her passion as an avid gardener and outdoor person.
Chiara Kingsley 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.
Soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator, Nana 那奈 Vaughn is a violist based in the MidAtlantic region. A freelancer with the Baltimore Symphony, Washington National Opera, and National Symphony, she is a member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and assistant principal viola of the Reading Symphony. She has performed as principal viola with Opera Italiana at the Lincoln Memorial, Baltimore Choral Arts, Postclassical Ensemble, Alexandria Symphony, and was principal viola of the Richmond (Indiana) Symphony for fourteen seasons. In 2022, Ms. Vaughn performed in the orchestra for the Kennedy Center Honors attended by President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and other dignitaries.
Currently Adjunct Applied Faculty in Viola at George Mason University and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Viola at Gettysburg College, Ms. Vaughn also has an active private home studio in Ellicott City, MD. Her pre-college violin and viola students have been accepted into nationally prestigious programs both local and abroad such as the National Youth Orchestra, Interlochen Viola Institute, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and Howard County GT Orchestras.
Nana is founder of Violin2Viola, a workshop for violin players learning to play or teach the viola at the Baltimore Symphony Academy, Luzerne Music Center (NY) and Boston University Tanglewood Institute, sponsored by Shar Music. Ms. Vaughn also serves on the BSYO Advisory Council and the BSO Musicians Foundation Board.
Her father was a self-taught guitarist from WV and her mother is from a musical family in Okinawa. With her husband, violinist Michael Vaughn, the couple have a musical and artistic family including three young adult children. She performs on a beautiful d’amore style viola made in 1980 by Hiroshi Iizuka.
Seth Low (Principal)
Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, cellist Seth Low has been a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1985. Before joining the BSO, he was principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony and taught cello at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Low holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and from Queens College of the City University of New York. His teacher at Oberlin was Richard Kapuscinski, an early student of Leonard Rose. It was Kapuscinski’s teaching, with its special emphasis on the bow arm and fine tone production that became Low’s main formative influence as a cellist. Later at Queens College and at the Aspen Festival, he also studied with Claus Adam, long-time cellist of the Juilliard Quartet.
Having been born into a musical family — his grandmother was a violin teacher, his mother an amateur violist and his father played the recorder — he began cello lessons at age eight. During high school he studied with Evelyn Elsing, professor of cello at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Low has appeared twice as soloist with the BSO, performing the Bruch Kol Nidrei and the Caprice and Elegy by Frederick Delius. In addition he appears occasionally as a chamber musician in the Baltimore area, teaches cello, and is the principal cellist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
Cellist Peter Kibbe grew up in Los Angeles, trained in Baltimore, and is enjoying a career as a performer on both coasts. A tenured member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and a frequent player with other regional symphonies, he is also a founding member of several diverse ensembles that have focused on providing niche and avant-garde musical experiences for those with curious ears.
After spending several years developing a Pierrot-style octet called Lunar Ensemble, Peter went on to jointly found Pique Collective, a modern mixed quintet of instrumentalists with its roots in minimalism, drone tones, puppetry, graphic scores, and socially-minded concert engagement. He is also a member of Naked Eye Ensemble, which commissions and performs eclectic works with an amplified, wall of sound, post-rock aesthetic, and he is a member of Mind On Fire, a large modular ensemble that fearlessly delves into the deeper strangenesses of modern instrumental music. Most recently, he has been a member of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra for the last several years, a group that tours the US performing music from the American pre-jazz tradition, alongside silent films from the early 1900s.
Mr. Kibbe plays all styles of music, including but not limited to those in the European classical tradition, those derived from the Afro-Cuban diaspora, and also pop songs and jazz standards, lots of ragtime, some monastic chants, and even just playing a G-sharp for thirty minutes if that’s what you’re into. Peter plays on an exquisite 2004 Cremonese cello by maker Roberto Collini (which recently had its entire scroll replaced), and also on a bright blue amplified cello for which he paid 50 dollars while on a road trip. He has a cat named Bjorn.
Todd Thiel is the principal cellist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, associate principal cellist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Baltimore Chamber, Harrisburg and Delaware Symphony Orchestras. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Ronald Thomas and studied chamber music with noted faculty including Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard String Quartet, Marian Hahn, Ellen Mack, Robert MacDonald and members of the Peabody Trio.
His cello teachers have also included Steven Doane, Anthony Elliot and Michael Haber. He has participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the Center d’Arts Orford in Quebec, Canada; as well as the Bowdoin, Musicorda, Encore and Chautaqua Music Festivals. He has appeared in performances in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center and Suntory Hall, and has been on tour to Japan, China, England, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe. For five years Mr. Thiel was principal cellist of the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, a Baltimore-based contemporary music ensemble with which he’s been Artist-in-Residence at the Composers’ Institute of the Walden School in New Hampshire. As a member of the New Horizons String Quartet, he has recorded for the “Living Artists Recordings” label and the Baltimore Composers’ Forum. In addition to performing, Mr. Thiel teaches cello and is on the faculty of Loyola University and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Marta Bradley (principal)
Marta is a 30+ year veteran freelance bass player in the D.C./Baltimore metro area. She received her B.M. from Indiana University and her M.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Larry Hurst and Hal Robinson. She began her career in the orchestras for the national tour of the musical “Gypsy,” and the European tour of “My One and Only.” She was asst. principal bass with the Baltimore Opera Company for 15 years and has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Maryland Lyric Opera, Washington Ballet, Wolf Trap Orchestra, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Fairfax Symphony, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (co-principal bass -10 years). Marta has played on multiple recordings and appeared on several television specials, including one of the last Victor Borga PBS programs.
As Secretary-Treasurer of the musician’s union Local 161-710 Marta attended meetings with U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (MN), Andy Levin (MI), and Marcia Fudge (Ohio) at the request of AFM Legislative Director, Alfonso Pollard. She secured a group of Local 161-710 members to play for Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (NY) memorial service held in the Capitol. In the summer of 2021, Marta gathered a group of musicians to represent the AFM at the press conference on Capitol Hill for the launch of the American Music Fairness Act.
Christina Hughes is a native of New Jersey and began her flute studies at the age of seven with Wendy Stern. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Christina received her Master’s of Music under the tutelage of Ransom Wilson. Previously, she attended New England Conservatory for her Bachelor’s Degree as a student of Fenwick Smith. In September 2021, she joined the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra flute section. Following that in April 2022, she joined the President’s Own Marine Band. In the years prior to these appointments, Christina was a freelance musician and has performed with several orchestras around the country including the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Houston, Fort Worth, New Jersey, Virginia, and San Antonio Symphonies, New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2016, and has also participated in AIMS at Graz, Sarasota, and Aspen Music Festivals in addition to the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Other primary flute mentors include Bart Feller and Mark Sparks.
Flutist Marcia McHugh became a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after performing with the orchestra during the 2005-2006 season as Second Flute. She was the BSO’s acting piccolo player for the 2017-2018 season. With five concertos performed since joining the BSO, Ms. McHugh has also been featured in the BSO’s annual New Music Festival chamber music concerts. She has performed with the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and most recently with the Cincinnati Symphony on their 3-week European tour in 2017 and March 2019 recording project. Before joining the BSO, Ms. McHugh was second flute and a soloist with the Omaha Symphony. Her solo performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Halil was broadcast live on Nebraska radio.
Her flute, viola, and harp trio, Trio Sirènes, has performed throughout the East Coast including the Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, which she is the Co-Artistic Director. During the summer, Ms. McHugh performs chamber music and orchestra concerts at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She graduated from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Robert Willoughby and was awarded the Britton Johnson Memorial Flute Prize.
Fatma Daglar (principal)
Fatma Daglar is the oboist of the acclaimed wind quintet, Zéphyros Winds. In addition to being the principal oboist of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Post-Classical Ensemble, Fatma Daglar has also held the position of assistant principal oboe with the Louisville Orchestra and has performed on oboe and English horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Wolftrap Opera Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra, among many others. Some recent highlights in solo work include Martinu, R. Strauss, John Harbison, Lukas Foss and Vaughn Williams oboe concertos. She has toured and performed throughout the United States, Japan and China.
An enthusiastic advocate of historical performance, she studied baroque oboe at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and has appeared with the Washington Bach Consort, Ama Deus Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque, Modern Musick, and Bach Sinfonia.
By music critics of the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and the Annapolis Capital, her playing has been described as such: “extraordinary playing”, “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”.
Fatma Daglar attended the Robert College of Istanbul and the Istanbul University 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. She currently teaches at UMBC, Towson University, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Bio to come
William (Bill) 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.
Bio to come
Bryan Young (principal)
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.
Ken Bell (principal)
Professional affiliation(s), activities: Adjunct Faculty, Gettysburg College; Board Member, Musician’s Association of Baltimore
Hometown: Buffalo, New York, Go Bills!
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
As a performer and teacher, Dr. Bradley Tatum is in demand throughout the DC, MD, and VA area. Brad serves as Co-Principal horn of the Apollo Orchestra, 2nd Horn with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and 4th horn for the Washington Concert Opera Orchestra. He is heard throughout the nation as a Baroque period hornist, performing as Principal Horn or soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Minnesota Bach Society, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and the Kentucky Bach Choir. In the summer, he can frequently be heard at the Endless Mountain Music Festival, Shippensburg Music Festival and Staunton Music Festival. Dr. Tatum holds a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland in Horn Performance, an M.M. from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, and a Performance Certificate from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
As a music teacher, Dr. Tatum currently teaches Band and Orchestra at Elizabeth Seton High School. He is also the director and founder of the DC Horn Choir Camp and Seton Summer band program. Outside of school, he maintains one of the largest private horn studios in the DC/MD area. These students have received top honors in County and State Solo Festivals, All-County and All-State Band, the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, various youth orchestras, and included a finalist in the Navy Band’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Luis Engelke (principal)
Luis Engelke is Professor of Trumpet at Towson University and holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Lancaster, Kennett, and Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestras, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Shippensburg Music Festival. He performs well over one hundred engagements annually as a soloist and orchestral/chamber musician and serves as Music Reviews Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A former member of Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Concert Artists of Baltimore, Engelke has performed and been a featured soloist with more than fifty professional orchestras in several countries and has performed with such diverse musicians as Andrea Bocelli, Sierra Boggess, Celtic Woman, Irish Tenors, Il Divo, Manheim Steamroller, The Moody Blues, and Brazilian legends Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Sivuca, and Zé da Velha. Engelke has recorded trumpet solos for several film soundtracks and appeared on more than fifty commercially released recordings for the Pro-Arte, Decca, Innova, Aurora, Canyon, and several other labels.
Engelke’s solo albums A Brazilian Collection; Songs, Remembrances, and Impressions; and Sounds of the Chesapeake have received critical acclaim, including Global Music Awards. His anthology of Brazilian trumpet solos published by Balquhidder Music contains first editions of significant works from his home nation. His most recent solo album Revelation is a collection of original compositions for trumpet and fixed media (audio and video) inspired by recent world events. More than 300 articles penned by Luis have been featured and published in numerous journals around the globe in addition to his compositions, arrangements, and editions. He has enhanced the solo trumpet repertoire with both his personal commissions and as chair of the ITG’s Commissions Committee, performing new works by Clarice Assad, Gwyneth Walker, Michael Daugherty, Antônio Guerreiro, R. Carlos Nakai, Wang Ning, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Omar Thomas, Nestor de Hollanda Cavalcanti, and Julian Wachner.
Bio to come
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.