Violinist Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Art of Elan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego-based chamber music organization that has been building community through music since 2007, and has been a tenured violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a wide variety of North American orchestras, including the San Diego Symphony, and has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and the Breckenridge Music Festival, among others. She has served on the faculty at the University of California-San Diego and the Coronado School of the Arts, and is a frequent chamber music recitalist, guest clinician, and keynote speaker. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors and degrees in both Political Science and French.
Meghan Jones is the Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Sarasota Orchestra. Prior to accepting her position in Sarasota, Ms. Jones was a member of the New World Symphony and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician and teacher in the Sarasota area. She has performed in music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and Encore School for Strings. Originally from Edina, MN, Ms. Jones earned her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University and her Master of Music at Boston University. She has been playing with the BMF orchestra since 2002.
Violinist William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and has performed in many of the nation’s most important venues, and in concert halls throughout the world. Since his recital debut in New York City at Juilliard’s Starling-DeLay Symposium in 2013, he has captivated audiences as a soloist, in recitals, and from the concertmaster chair. The winner of an inaugural Academy Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been praised in the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music” (Cleveland Classical) and for performances “full of passion and energy, exquisitely rendered with refined details that escape one in recordings”.
Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. A dedicated chamber musician and active collaborator, Kyle has worked with distinct artists such as J. Cole, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Vijay Iyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Mitsuko Uchida, and John Zorn. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and teaches at Ithaca College in New York.
Born in New York, cellist Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany and the Canary Islands, and appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Salzburg. He has recorded for Ancalagon, Arc, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records. His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, studies of early music and performances throughout Mexico. He lives in San Diego
Nicholas Browne regularly performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra, with whom he has toured China and appeared in Carnegie Hall. Formerly a member the bass section of the San Antonio Symphony (2014-2020), he appeared as guest Principal Bass with the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in the spring of 2018 and 2019. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh, Houston, and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and the Rochester Philharmonic. A native of Pittsburgh PA, Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University and a Master of Music at Rice University, studying with Jeffrey Turner and Timothy Pitts respectively. As a student, he enjoyed summers as a fellow at Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood Music Center.
Jessica Petrasek is Acting Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she is an alumna of Princeton and Rice Universities. Jessica lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Joe and daughter Sophia. She enjoys riding her horse, Rav, who loves babysitting Sophia.
Oboist Nicholas Tisherman has served as Second and Assistant Principal Oboe of the Colorado Symphony since 2017. As a guest he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony and locally with the Boulder Bach Festival. Nick has performed at the Verbier, Tanglewood, and Brevard festivals, as well as the New York String Orchestra Seminar. A 2016 tour of Europe with the Orchestra of the Americas instilled in him a love of travel, though Nick is an educator wherever he goes: he has helped bring music to communities from Tallinn, Estonia to Los Angeles, California, and maintains a small private studio in Denver. Nick holds his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, and his favorite “14er” is Quandary Peak.
Israeli born clarinetist Ran Kampel is the Principal Clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior to his appointment in Jacksonville, he was the Interim Principal Clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony and a fellow with the New World Symphony.
During the summers, Ran has performed at Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Krzyżowa-Music, Lakes Area, Aspen, Norfolk, Colorado College, Britten–Pears and Sarasota music festivals.
Ran is a Buffet Crampon Artist and exclusively plays on Buffet Crampon clarinets. Outside the concert hall, he enjoys cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.
TK DeWitt is the Associate Principal Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist of the Kansas City Symphony, a position he has held since 2013. Previous appoints include Second Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Adjunct Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has attended the Breckenridge Music Festival since 2011, and one day hopes to visit Breck in the winter in order to ski. In Kansas City, he and his husband Bryan enjoy cooking, running, and playing with their beagle Abby.
Philip is the Associate Principal/2nd Trumpet in the Colorado Symphony. In addition to his tenure with the Colorado Symphony, has appeared in guest roles with the San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, and Columbus Symphonies. He is an avid chamber musician, performing with the Colorado Symphony Brass Quintet regularly.
Philip has served on faculty as Instructor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado since 2016. His primary duties include teaching studio lessons and Orchestral Excerpts class in addition to performing faculty recitals. Philip is passionate about early education and has led a private studio for 10 years teaching beginners through professionals.
You can hear Philip on his solo album, “The Trumpet Sings: Lieder, Songs, and Art Pieces” and in ensemble on the album, “Studies in Nature: new music by Karim Al-Zand.” For more information, visit www.philiphembree.com.
Dilon Bryan, age 26, is a British-born hornist from Birmingham, United Kingdom, living in Boulder, CO. He is the newest member of the Dark Horse Collective, a chamber group comprised of CU Boulder’s top-performing brass musicians. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying under Colorado Symphony’s principal horn, Michael Thornton and CSO’s second horn, Carolyn Kunicki. Dilon also performs as a substitute horn with the Longmont Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, as well as the Colorado Symphony. He was formerly a member of the acclaimed Bulldog Brass Society, hailing from the University of Georgia. They were 2018 American Brass Quintet Seminar fellowship recipients at the Aspen Music Festival. Upon being named the winner of the 2019 Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition, he was offered the opportunity to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. While in Salzburg, he had the privilege of performing in the beautiful Wiener Saal as a result of also being named a First Prize winner in the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. Dilon’s notable teachers have included Anna Dodd, Natalie Higgins, Catherine Kilroe-Smith, Jean Martin-Williams, Achim Reus, and Johannes Hinterholzer.
Michael Linville has established a rich and varied professional life as a pianist, percussionist, harpist, conductor, arranger, and educator. As the Dean for Chamber Music and Fellow Development at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Mr. Linville curates three different concert series as part of the Symphony’s season, programming repertoire and coaching its Fellows. As a concert pianist, Linville has performed with NWS, the San Francisco Symphony, the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and regional orchestras around the U.S. An avid skier, Linville enjoys spending as many winter days as he can on the slopes of Breckenridge with his partner Cesar.
Joseph Petrasek was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and Principal Percussionist of the Colorado Music Festival in 2019. Mr. Petrasek is also on the percussion faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Previously, he served as Associate Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony for 8 seasons, and as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Joseph has appeared as Guest Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Petrasek and his wife, Jessica, live in Atlanta their daughter Sophia, and their two cats. He enjoys cooking and learning about wine.
Brian Sayre graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in percussion performance. He has performed in Europe and across the US. Former Principal Percussion with the Debut Orchestra, he also has extensive performance experience in jazz and show drumming. He studied classical percussion with Todd Miller and Steve Schmidt and drum set with Jimmy Ford, Steve Houghton and Paul Kreibich. Brian currently resides in Pittsburgh with his wife and family. As always, he would like to thank Narky and George for helping him practice by tap dancing on his djembe.
Caleb Breidenbaugh, age 23, is a percussionist from Lancaster, PA. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Temple University where he is a student of Chris Deviney. Caleb has been a fellow in the National Repertory Orchestra as well as the Texas Music Festival. Outside of music, Caleb enjoys billiards, disc golf, and hiking.