BCO Musicians

Violin

Madeline Adkins (Concertmaster)

Madeline Adkins (Concertmaster)

MADELINE ADKINS violin joined Baltimore Chamber Orchestra as Concertmaster in May 2008.

In April 2005, she was appointed to the position of Associate Concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. She joined BSO in 2000 as Assistant Concertmaster. She has appeared frequently as soloist with BSO, performing works by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Prokofiev. Other recent engagements include a recital as part of the Embassy Series at the Romanian Embassy in Washington.

The daughter of noted musicologists, Ms. Adkins is the youngest of eight children including four violinists, two cellists, and a soprano. The siblings, who include titled players in National, Dallas, and Houston Symphonies, join together to perform several times a year as Adkins String Ensemble. She received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from University of North Texas and her Master’s from New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell.

She has served as guest concertmaster of Hong Kong Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony, as well as concertmaster of Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. Ms. Adkins won first prize in a number of competitions, including Stulberg International String Competition, ASTA National Solo Competition, and New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. She was also a second prize winner in Irving Klein International String Competition.

Since 1989, Ms. Adkins has been active in early music, having performed baroque violin with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Dallas Bach Society, and currently with Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore. While in Texas, she led the baroque orchestra Les Petits Violons for several years, including for a DVD of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Élémens with New York Baroque Dance Company.

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.

Ivan Stefanovic (Principal Second Violin)

Ivan Stefanovic (Principal Second Violin)

Associate principal second violin, BSO; Baroque violin, Pro Musica Rara; Violin teacher, chamber music and orchestra coach, Preparatory Department of Peabody Institute of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts; Co-founder and co-artistic director, Chamber Music by Candlelight.

Home: From Belgrade, former Yugoslavia.
Family: Married, three boys.
Pets: Two cats.
Hobbies: No time for hobbies, used to collect stamps and build model airplanes as a kid.
Favorite food: I don’t discriminate food. Lucky enough to love raw fruits and vegetables, but also love everything that’s bad for you. That’s why I move a lot!
What do you like about Baltimore? Love the small town feel of Baltimore, proximity of water and nature.
What’s on your iPod? My iPod has no music on it except for whatever I need to learn soon (a piece of chamber music, new orchestral piece I am not familiar with). Other than that, podcasts (This American Life, Science Friday, Wait…Wait Don’t Tell Me!, etc.)
Favorite thing about playing violin: Watching people enjoying the music I make (when I can sneak a peek!)
What I like about BCO: The size of the ensemble, and the repertoire
Something people would be surprised to know about you: People might be surprised to know I am an avid skier (was once even offered a ski patrol job in Vermont). Also love kayaking (often travel, even fly, with an inflatable kayak), take rollerblades with me on orchestra tours, have finished three half marathons (just recently started running), grew up spear-fishing in the Adriatic.

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 Picard Boecker

Andréa Picard Boecker

Violinist Andréa Picard 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

Kasia Bryla

Kasia Bryla

Praised for her virtuosity and versatility, violinist/violist Katarzyna Bryla was born into a family of musicians and has gone on to earn more than two dozen prizes and awards in the United States, France and her native Poland. Bryla regularly works with orchestras, in chamber groups and as a soloist in a burgeoning career that has already taken her across three continents.

Bryla’s orchestral work in the United States currently includes the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, as a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York and, most recently, as Principal Second Violin of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Past orchestral work has been with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. On the other side of the Atlantic while still a student, her orchestral work included the Poznan Chamber Orchestra.

Katarzyna’s many solo appearances include “Fall” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in April 2013. She was a soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in their tour of China in 2010 and that same year was heard in a solo recital at the Kolbrzeg Music Festival in Poland. With Sinfonia Cracovia in Poland, Bryla was soloist for the noted Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition in 2001. Most recently she and her mother, harpsichordist Maria Bryla, were presented in recital in Poznan in June 2013.

Bryla is a member of the Tallis String Quartet as well as the Lunar Ensemble and has frequently been a guest member of other chamber groups such as the Monument Piano Trio, Midnight Moon Ensemble, various Baltimore Symphony chamber music groups and numerous others that included a performance of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” at An die Musik in Baltimore. In addition, she has toured throughout the United States and Europe with guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski.

Katarzyna Bryla has participated as a soloist and in chamber music at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, TX, Bach Dancing and Dynamite in Madison, WI, the Singapore Sun Music Festival, the Las Palmas Music Festival in Grand Canary Island, Spain, the Darlowo International Music Festival in Poland and numerous festivals in Poland. Among the outstanding musicians with whom she has performed are violinists Martin Chalifour, Ellen dePasquale, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, and Carmit Zori, and cellists Anthony Ross, Beth Rapier Ross, and Fred Edelen.

She has participated in master classes given by such renowned artists as The Juilliard String Quartet, Qian Zhou, Maasao Kawasaki, the Assad Duo, Manuel Barrueco, Jaime Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, the late Isadore Cohen, and was invited by Christian Tetzlaff to participate in his master class at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

Studying under full scholarship, Katarzyna Bryla has received three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University – a Graduate Performance Diploma in 2005, a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music in 2008, and an Artists Diploma in 2011, having previously earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Poznan, Poland. Her teachers have included Herbert Greenberg, Christian Tetzlaff, David Cerutti, Bartosz Bryla and Jadwiga Kaliszewska.

Rui Du

Rui Du

Rui Du joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2012 as 4th chair first violin, and was immediately appointed Acting Assistant Concertmaster. He was formerly Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra for two years at the Aspen International Music Festival and School.

Rui Du has won numerous violin competitions including the Grand Prix at the 2006 Canetti International Violin Competition in France. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in concert halls throughout the world, including the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Massachusetts, USA, Antalya Culture Park Hall in Turkey, Esplanade Concert Hall and Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Grand Concert Hall in Shanghai. He has also been featured as an artist with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra and the Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra, and was also soloist at the Baroque Evening Concert Series in 2011 Aspen Music Festival under the direction of Nicholas McGregan.

Born in Hefei, China, Rui Du received his early training in violin performance at the Middle School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before accepting a full scholarship to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Following his mentorship with Qian Zhou in Singapore, Rui Du was further offered full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with violinists Herbert Greenberg and Victor Danchenko in 2008.

Rui Du currently plays on a 1750 Nicola Gagliano, generously loaned by Mr and Mrs Rin Kei Mei.

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.

Tamara Seymour

Lisa Vaupel

Lisa Vaupel

Violinist Lisa Vaupel is an accomplished ensemble player who concertizes in the United States and abroad; she joined Serafin String Quartet in 2013. She has been a returning collaborative guest artist at Colorado Music Festival, Delaware Symphony's Champagne Chamber Series, Sequoia Chamber Workshop (Arcata, California), Sundays at Three (Columbia, Maryland), The Bach Concert Series of Baltimore, and Yogurt Concerts held at Goucher College.

Ms. Vaupel's recent solo appearances include Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Frederick Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Russia and is a featured guest artist on World Cafe's Live Connections Bridges programs in Philadelphia and Wilmington. In addition to her chamber music and solo appearances, Ms. Vaupel enjoys orchestral playing with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and as a principal player for both Orchestra of St. John's (Ellicott City, Maryland) and Delaware Symphony Orchestra (Wilmington), which presented her with 2010 Albert Beekhuis Award for excellence in performance and community engagement. Devoted to engaging young musicians and young audiences in creative new formats and philosophies, Ms. Vaupel serves as Teaching Artist for School Partnership Program of Philadelphia Orchestra. She is also a faculty member at University of Delaware and is dedicated to teaching private students of all ages.

Ms. Vaupel received her bachelor’s degree in music with high distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington and earned her master’s degree in music at Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. She plays a violin made by Carlo Antonio Testore (1741) courtesy of Dr. William Stegeman.

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Hobbies: climbing mountains and biking out west
Favorite foods: Thai and Indian
What's on your iPod: Pink Martini
Favorite thing about playing your instrument: expressing myself without words
What you like about BCO: making great music with friends and for friends

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

Sandra Van de Geijn

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.

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 is one of the regions most sought after double bassists. She is a member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Principal Bass of the Concert Artists of Baltimore.  She has also played with National Philharmonic, and both National and Baltimore Symphonies.

She holds the positions of Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Goucher College and Double Bass instructor at Baltimore School for the Arts. Laura is also the Lead String Instructor and Conductor for the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program, which provides free music lessons and classes for Baltimore City children.

In 2005 Laura was invited to join the Cabrillo Music Festival by Maestra Marin Alsop. She has had the privilege of working with such esteemed conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Neemi Jarvi, Leonard Bernstein, Christof Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Gunther Herbig and Robert Spano. Tours have included South America, France, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

Bachelor and  Master of Music degrees were earned  from The Juilliard School where she studied with renowned bass pedagogue Homer Mensch.

Marta Bradley

Marta Bradley

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!

Chester Burke

Oboe

Fatma Daglar (Co-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.

Ryan Jones (Co-Principal)

Ryan Jones (Co-Principal)

Praised for his "exotic oboe work" by 'Cleveland Classical', Ryan Jones holds the position of Co-Principal Oboe with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Jones is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, He completed his Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in Music Performance and Music Education at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He received a full talent scholarship from both institutions, as well as numerous awards. Distinctions of note include Peabody Institute’s Richard Franko Goldman Award in Music Performance and a Semper Fidelis Award of Musical Excellence from The United States Marine Corps. An avid lover of chamber music, he has performed in such venues as Eggenberg Palace in Graz, Austria, and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones studied with Katherine Needleman and Robert Walters.

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland.
Hobbies: running, hot yoga, vegetarian cooking.
What you love in/about Baltimore: Fell's Point.
Favorite thing about playing your instrument: the beautiful orchestral solos.
What you like about BCO: the intimate atmosphere that the BCO brings to Baltimore's classical-music community.
Something people would be surprised to know about you: People might be surprised to know that I started on the violin in the fourth grade and switched to the oboe in the fifth grade.

Clarinet

Bill Jenken (Principal)

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.

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)

A winner of the Gillet International Bassoon Competition, 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 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.

In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is the leader of Intertwine Systems, a software company that he founded in 1999. Bryan was recently featured on the front page of the Baltimore Business Journal as a mobile software entrepreneur to watch. Intertwine was recently awarded a large grant by the State of Maryland to develop iPad-based medical software for cardiologists, in collaboration with the University of Maryland and futurist Alvin Toffler. An avid sailor, Bryan is a co-owner and chief technology advisor to SailTime, the world’s largest fractional sailing company.

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

James Gollmer

Trumpet

Christopher Shiley (Acting 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

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

Susan Saurwein