Harpsichord & Piano
BYRON SCHENKMAN is a Queer Jewish keyboard player and scholar with a background in Historical Performance and a passion for connecting people through music. In addition to performing live on piano, harpsichord, and fortepiano, Byron can be heard on more than forty CDs, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum, Vermillion, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They can also be heard in numerous online performances with Byron Schenkman & Friends and with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for which they served as Artistic Advisor for the 2021/2022 season. A founding director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Byron received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music” and was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the readers of Seattle Weekly. Their piano playing has been described in The New York Times as “sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.” In recent seasons Byron has been a featured artist at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Vancouver Bach Festival, and has premiered new works by Damien Geter and Jonathan Woody. Byron is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and received a master’s degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. byronschenkman.com
Jessica Evotia Andrews-Hall
Jessica Evotia Andrews-Hall is an award winning pianist who is in demand as a collaborative performer, teaching artist and arts advocate. Her past teachers include Michi North, Dr. Peter Mack, Dr. Rebecca Steele, Francis Walker-Slocum and Dr. Karen Walwyn. Under their guidance, she has performed at venues like Carnegie Hall, the White House and Benaroya Hall. In 2011, Jessica became a Seattle Symphony teaching artist where she was an early education childhood specialist and created music curriculum for babies and preschool. She also led Carnegie Hall Link Up residencies that taught hundreds of students to perform along side the orchestra. She also helped homeless families write and record songs with Seattle Symphony musicians for their children during The Lullaby Project. In 2013, she was featured in a traveling museum exhibit called Treemonisha: Celebrating African Americans in Classical Music. In 2019, Jessica became a pianist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and recently completed her third tour with the Seattle Opera. As an avid arts advocate, Jessica uses music to inspire, motivate and empower people. She is the owner of JAM Studios which is a large vibrant piano studio where she teaches private and group lessons for ages two to senior citizen. www.jessicaandrewsmusicstudio.com
Praised by Opera News as a “vocally charismatic” performer with a “golden tenor”, Martin Bakari continues to distinguish himself as a dynamic artist in a wide array of musical and theatrical genres. A 2018 George London Competition award winner, Mr. Bakari’s 2021-22 season includes the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, Prince Claus in Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus with Chicago Opera Theater, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Sportin’ Life in Porgy & Bess at Nashville Opera (COVID19), Goro in Madama Butterfly at Dallas Opera, a United Kingdom recital tour with Mirror Visions Ensemble, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro at Seattle Opera and Japan’s Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, and The Cartography Project with the Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera. He also joins the Metropolitan Opera roster covering Mingo in Porgy & Bess. Mr. Bakari’s 2022-23 season includes Charlie Parker in Yardbird at New Orleans Opera and Dayton Opera, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera, the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s A Nation of Others at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, and a recital at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. In the 2023-24 season, Mr. Bakari will join Houston Grand Opera for two productions to be announced.
Cellist Nathan Chan discovered his talent for music at an early age through conducting. Before he was two, he could emulate the styles of conductors he saw on music videos such as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, using a chopstick as a baton. As a toddler, his imitations were so intuitively musical that he caught the attention of San Francisco Opera Assistant Conductor Sara Jobin. Under her eye, he made his debut as a conductor at age three, leading the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in a set of Mozart variations, despite not yet being able to read music. This was followed by a guest appearance with the Palo Alto Philharmonic a year later, conducting the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Initially drawn to the sounds of low strings, he began formal music lessons with cellist Irene Sharp at age five. He later studied with Sieun Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Nathan Chan has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Alexander Prior, Benjamin Simon, Donato Cabrera, Alasdair Neale, Edwin Outwater, Laura Jackson, and David Allen Miller, among others.
Caitlin Edwards began studying the violin at the age of eight through the Music Opportunity Program in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She went on to be the recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the Gateways Music Festival. In 2020, Caitlin was featured as a soloist in the “Dreams of Hope” documentary, which premiered on PBS stations across the US and has received awards nationally and internationally. She has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Nairobi Philharmonic, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the ReCollective Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and more. Caitlin has performed and recorded with artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common, PJ Morton, Yolanda Adams, India Arie, and on John Legend’s “Bigger Love” album, for which she received a Grammy Certificate in 2021. She also recorded for the Disney movie score, “The Lion King ”, at Sony Studios in 2019. In addition, Caitlin released her debut solo album, “Exhale” in August 2021. Caitlin is a 2021 3Arts/Walder Foundation awardee. Her current projects include writing, arranging, and recording for upcoming projects, performing with her ensemble D-Composed, teaching, and preparing for forthcoming solo performances.
Cellist Sterling Elliott is a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the winner of the Senior Division of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. His orchestral appearances in the 2021/2022 season include Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 with the San Antonio, Richmond, West Virginia symphony orchestras and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; the Popper Hungarian Fantasy with the Orlando Philharmonic and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and the Elgar Concerto with the Midland Symphony. He will appear in a Tuesday Matinee recital at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Society, and Tuesday Musicale, as well as chamber music at Festival Mozaic and with Shai Wosner and friends for Peoples Symphony Concerts. During the summer of 2021 Sterling debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl performing the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations led by Bramwell Tovey, with further appearances at Chamberfest Cleveland, and Music@Menlo. Previous orchestral engagements have included the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the New York Philharmonic with Jeffrey Kahane, the Boston Symphony with Thomas Wilkins, the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony with Mei Ann Chen, the Dallas Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic among others.
J Freivogel is the founding and current first violinist of the Jasper String Quartet, winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award and the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. With the Quartet, J has released 6 albums, commissioned numerous string quartets, performed across the globe, won the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. An active chamber musician and teacher, J is also a core member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
J attended Oberlin College and Conservatory for Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Politics and, during his time there, won the Kauffman Chamber Music prize three times, the Presser Music Award, the Hurlbutt prize for most outstanding violinist, and the concerto competition. He received his Master’s in String Quartet Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist’s Diploma at the Yale School of Music.
Bassist Ross Gilliland performs regularly on modern and baroque bass, performing with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO), Seattle Modern Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Auburn Symphony, Northwest Symphony, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He is also active freelancing in theater and studio sessions, recording soundtracks for feature films, pop, bluegrass, video games, and other ‘attractions’. A Madison, WI native, Ross has been a long-time and continuing performer with the Madison Bach Musicians, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, collaborating closely with famed composer John Harbison, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. He has been a featured soloist with Seattle’s Mostly Nordic concert series and live on Wisconsin Public Radio. Mr. Gilliland holds degrees in music performance, physics, and environmental policy.
American vocalist Katherine Goforth shares her “noble, colorful and iridescent vocal sound” (Magazin Klassik) in strong and heartfelt performances. “Goforth… does not hold back,” (The New York Times) offering vivid character portraits sung with the utmost commitment and finesse. Winner of the 2019 Oregon District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards regional competition, she is a distinctive vocalist, representing the best of next generation operatic talent.
Goforth, who is transgender, excels in a wide-range of roles across the gender spectrum. A member of the International Opera Studio of Oper Köln for the 2018/19 season, Katherine sang Il Conte di Bandiera in Salieri’s La Scuola dei Gelosi in the Kammeroper, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder and 3rd Jew in Salome on the main stage. Of these performances, The German Stage noted that Katherine was “stunningly charming,” the General-Anzeiger wrote that her “tenor projects clearly… (and her) piano passages reveal lyric qualities as well,” and Opern Magazin stated that she “rose to the highest form.”
Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his ‘warm hearted playing and mellow tone’, Philadelphia based violist Andrew Gonzalez lives a fulfilling career as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues throughout the United States, as well as halls all over Asia and Europe. As a sought after chamber musician, his playing has allowed him to collaborate with respected ensembles such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Sejong Soloists, as well as members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion, Borromeo, and Vermeer quartets. In the fall of 2020, Andrew became the new violist of the Jasper String Quartet.
Also passionate about historical performance, Andrew Gonzalez frequently performs baroque viola and the violoncello da spalla. Andrew is one of the few people in the world who plays the Violoncello da Spalla, a five stringed mini cello that is played on the shoulder. In 2018, Andrew gave the New York City premiere of the entire sixth cello suite at Barge Music. Andrew is also a founding member of the New Amsterdam Consort, a New York based ensemble that centers around late renaissance and early baroque music.
A recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Andrew holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree under the direction of renown violists and pedagogues Michael Tree, Heidi Castleman, Steve Tenenbom, and Hsin-Yun Huang. When not performing, he spends his time playing tennis, kayaking, hiking, and playing with his two rabbits. Andrew performs on a 1930 Frederick Haenel viola modeled after a Gaspar da Salo.
For over three decades, David Greenberg has enjoyed a double career as a Baroque violinist and Cape Breton fiddler. His fluency and experience in these two genres makes him uniquely qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland. David is a graduate of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where he studied with Stanley Ritchie.
He has performed, taught, and recorded in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East. David has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik, Red Priest, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Concerto Caledonia, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque, Les Voix Humaines, Chris Norman, and Suzie LeBlanc. He has recorded over 80 CDs, including three groundbreaking Scottish-Cape Breton-Baroque recordings in the 1990s with his ensemble Puirt A Baroque.
David co-authored The DunGreen Collection, a treatise on Cape Breton fiddling. He is also a composer and arranger, and he shares his passion and knowledge about Baroque and Cape Breton music in intensive online courses he developed during the pandemic. David’s brand-new solo recording called Multiple Voices for One will be released on Dec 2nd. davidgreenbergviolinist.com
Rachel Henderson Freivogel
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, a dedicated performer, teacher and collaborator, is the founding and current cellist of the Jasper String Quartet. Having performed, recorded and taught extensively with the group since its 2003 inception, Ms. Freivogel has received many honors, including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Fischoff Educator Award, and top prizes at the Fischoff, Plowman, Yellow Springs and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. Her recordings feature music by Caroline Shaw, Judd Greenstein, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Annie Gosfield, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Donaccha Dennehy and others.
A passionate educator, Ms. Freivogel is an Artist-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and maintains an active private studio in Philadelphia. She is on the summer faculty at St. Paul Chamber Music Institute, Credo and Brevard Music Center. She also works with students at Swarthmore College and has taught chamber music at Oberlin Conservatory.
Ms. Freivogel began her cello studies with her mother in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of four. She earned degrees in Cello, Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music working with Darrett Adkins and Catharina Meints, and degrees in String Quartet Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Yale School of Music, where she worked with Norman Fischer and Clive Greensmith.
Michelle M. Jacob loves imagining a future in which kindness, fierceness, and creativity saturate our lives and institutions in delicious and inviting ways. Dr. Jacob does this in her popular The Auntie Way Writing Retreats and professional development workshops in which she draws from her Yakama Indigenous cultural teachings to encourage and support attendees in developing clear visions that bring about radical and sustainable social justice change that help us become stronger individuals who contribute to our communities. Doing so is part of a long-standing tradition of protesting structures that oppress and suppress Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Dr. Jacob is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Director of the Sapsik’ʷałá Program in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon where she also serves as Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and in the Environmental Studies Program. Dr. Jacob has won numerous awards for her scholarship, leadership, mentorship, and teaching, including most recently the United Academics Strong Voice Award and the University of Oregon College of Education’s Equity and Inclusion Award. Michelle has published seven books and has numerous articles published in social science, education, and health science research journals. Dr. Jacob founded Anahuy Mentoring to support her vision of sharing Indigenous methodologies with a broad audience through her books, writing retreats, professional development workshops, coaching, and consultation. anahuymentoring.com
Jasper String Quartet
J Freivogel – violin, Karen Kim – violin, Rachel Henderson Freivogel – cello, and Andrew Gonzalez – viola.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary in 2022, the Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today. A recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling,” (The Strad) and described by Gramophone as “flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced.” The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017. The Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. In addition, the Quartet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts. The Jasper Quartet is committed to celebrating the diverse array of compositional voices writing for string quartet on every program.
In the fall of 2022, the quartet will record the complete string quartets of Vivian Fung for the Sono Luminus label. Other highlights of the 2022-23 season include premiere performances of new commissions by Ingrid Arauco and Reinaldo Moya, and residencies at Michigan State University and Shenandoah Conservatory. In the 2022-23 season, the Jasper Quartet also continues in their seventh season as Artistic Directors of Jasper Chamber Concerts. Jasper Chamber Concerts is dedicated to encouraging curiosity, community, and inclusivity through world-class chamber music performances.
Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro
Violinist Carmen Lavada Johnson–Pájaro, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a community–based artist living in New York City. Raised in a family of music lovers, Carmen began her musical studies with jam sessions in the living room and eventually found herway to the world of historical performance. Recent engagements include performances with Twelfth Night, Washington Bach Consort, Teatro Nuovo, New York Baroque Incorporated, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Bach Akademie Charlotte, Washington National Cathedral, Early Music Access Project, and Juilliard415. She’s had the opportunity to work with renowned early music figures such as Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, and Rachel Podger, among many others. Beyond traditional performing, Carmen’s commitment to community engagement and education has led to years of administrative nonprofit work as well as work in schools, shelters, and detention centers across the world. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in historical performance at The Juilliard School, studying with Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, Rachel Podger,and Cynthia Roberts. Carmen holds degrees in violin performance from the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, where she was a Lois Rogers and Links Scholar.
Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. Her performances have been described as “compellingly structured and intimately detailed” (Cleveland Classical), “muscular and gripping” (New York Classical Review), and having “a clarity that felt personal, even warmly sincere” (The New York Times). She has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. She received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011 for her recordings of the complete quartets of György Ligeti.
Esteemed for her versatility across a broad spectrum of musical idioms and artistic disciplines, Ms. Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She is a member of the Jasper String Quartet, winners of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. She is also a member of the critically acclaimed Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Échappé, and Deviant Septet, and she is a founding member of the “forward-looking, expert ensemble” Third Sound (The New Yorker).
Courtney Kuroda, a native of Southern California, first played violin when asked by a friend to join the school orchestra. After continuing her studies at the Colburn School, she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from UC Irvine. Her first introduction to early music was in a performance practice seminar at UCSB – it was love at first sound! She went on to receive her master’s degree in historical performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie.Courtney now resides in Seattle and is an active performer of early music in the area with ensembles including Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Bach Choir and the Salish Sea Early Music Festival. She has also performed throughout the U.S. and Canada with period ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque in Los Angeles, Pacific Baroque, Ensemble Mirable, Indianapolis Baroque and has recorded with Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. She has also participated in the Bloomington and Boston Early Music Festivals, Pacific Baroque Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. Her playing has been described as “plangent of tone and right on the mark technically” by the Herald-Times.
Cello & Viol
Multi-instrumentalist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer is highly sought after as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician across the United States and Europe. She splits her time and passion equally between cello, baroque cello, and all branches of the viola da gamba family. From her home base in Portland, Adaiha performs with a variety of ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Voice of the Viol, which she is Artistic Director of. As an educator she is Adjunct Professor of Cello at Linfield University, maintains a studio of private students, coaches the Bridgetown Baroque Ensemble, Trillium Baroque Orchestra, substitute teaches for youth orchestras and chamber ensembles across the Pacific Northwest, and is a regular guest instructor of workshops nationwide. Miss MacAdam-Somer holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her principal teachers include Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Elisabeth Reed, Uri Vardi, and Laszlo Varga. In the summer you can find her performing with various festivals and teaching chamber music and cello at Kinhaven Music School.
Shelby Erin Mass
Shelby Erin Mass is a baroque violinist and scholar currently based in Seattle, Washington. She is a recent graduate from the Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute where she studied with Stanley Ritchie and Ingrid Matthews, and received a master’s degree in baroque violin. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Miami University of Ohio where she studied with Harvey Thurmer and was awarded Outstanding Music Scholar in 2017.
Formerly based in the Midwest, Shelby became involved in Early Music through the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. While living in Indiana she also enjoyed playing with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Bach Choir, and Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, among others. Shelby has also performed and completed courses at notable venues in the United States and Europe, including the Dartington Summer School in Devonshire, Urbino Musica Antica, Summerakademie Bad Leonfelden, the American Institute of Musical Studies, and the Pierre Monteux School. Shelby’s current research and performance interests include improvisation and folk influences in 18th century English and Scottish chamber music.
Ingrid Matthews, Music Director Emeritus of Seattle Baroque Orchestra (1994-2013), won first prize in the Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, and was a member of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra before founding SBO with Byron Schenkman in 1994. She has performed around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and guest director with groups including the New York Collegium, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Ars Lyrica (Houston), and many others, and is currently a member of the esteemed Bay Area group Musica Pacifica. She has won high critical acclaim for her extensive discography; her recording of the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach is the top recommendation for this music by both American Record Guide and Third Ear’s Classical Music Listening Companion. Matthews has taught at Indiana University, the University of Toronto, Oberlin College, the University of Southern California/Los Angeles, and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She also plays jazz and swing styles and is active as a visual artist.
Breana H. McCullough is a Karuk Baroque and Modern violist from Bozeman, Montana. McCullough started her career at a young age and has since performed with various ensembles including the Sinfonia Spirituosa, I-90 Collective, Battle Creek Symphony, Carpe Diem String Quartet and others. She began a masters degree in Historical Performance at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music but has since started a gradate degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles as a fully funded Cota-Robles Fellowship recipient. Her research focuses on Indigenous representation in Early Music as well as Karuk epistemological and cultural practices. She currently sits as a co-chair in the IDEA Taskforce for Early Music America and is the student representative in the Indigenous Music section for the Society of Ethnomusicology. McCullough currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Brain Raphael Nabors
Brian Raphael Nabors (b.1991, Birmingham, AL) is a composer of emotionally enriching music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language. With an eclectic musical palate and crafty compositional technique to match, Nabors’ music draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel with the modern flair of contemporary classical music. Nabors’ music has been performed by the Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Worth, and Munich Symphonies. His music has been performed at many events across the US, including National Orchestral Institute (NOI), and the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was named a 2019 composer fellow in the American Composer’s Orchestra Earshot program with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; a 2019 composer fellow with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Lab; and 2019 cycle five grand prize winner of the Rapido! National Composition Contest. Nabors is also a 2020 Fulbright scholarship recipient to Sydney, Australia, studying with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Violinist Anna Okada holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Whitman College and a Performer Diploma in Early Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie.
Anna has performed with period ensembles around the U.S., including the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bach Akademie Charlotte, Pacific MusicWorks, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Alchymy Viols, the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, and Bourbon Baroque. Anna also enjoys performing at music festivals, such as the Oregon Bach Festival, the Montana Early Music Festival, the Princeton Festival, and Festival Internacional de Música Sacra in Quito, Ecuador. Anna is a member of Las Aves, a research-oriented ensemble that produces historically informed programs of Renaissance and early Baroque chamber music. Anna was a finalist in the 2020 Indianapolis International Baroque Concerto Competition.
In her spare time, Anna loves cooking, spending time outdoors, learning and writing fiddle tunes, and playing with her baby, Antonio.
Cellist Sarah Rommel is a top-prize winner of the 2014 George Enescu International Cello Competition, as well as the recipient of several grants and awards including a Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Sarah has given recitals at Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars Showcase and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has toured with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Musicians from Marlboro. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has been invited to perform at Marlboro Music, Yellow Barn, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and Music from Angel Fire, NM, as well as the Music in May Festival, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Chamber Music Palisades, Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars Series, Chamber Music New Zealand, and IMS Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music. Sarah is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and USC Thornton School of Music where she studied with Peter Wiley and Ralph Kirshbaum respectively.
Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed. She works often in collaboration with others, as producer, composer, violinist, and vocalist. Caroline is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, several Grammy awards, an honorary doctorate from Yale, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. 2022 will see the release of work with Rosalía (on upcoming album MOTOMAMI), the score to Josephine Decker’s film The Sky Is Everywhere (A24/Apple), the premiere of Justin Peck’s Partita with NY City Ballet, the premiere of the new stage work LIFE with Gandini Juggling and the Merce Cunningham Trust, a premiere for NY Philharmonic and Roomful of Teeth, the premiere Wu Tsang’s silent film Moby Dick with live score for Zurich Chamber Orchestra co-composed with Andrew Yee, a second album with Attacca Quartet called The Evergreen (Nonesuch). Caroline has written over 100 works in the last decade, for Anne Sofie von Otter, Davóne Tines, Yo Yo Ma, and many others. She has produced for Kanye West, Rosalía, and Nas. Her work as vocalist or composer has appeared in several films, tv series, and podcasts. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite smell is rosemary.
Joe Williams is a celebrator, artistic director, producer, teacher, advocate, pianist and coach. With the support of Lakewold Gardens, Williams founded Music from Home in 2019. The mission of this concert series is to celebrate the live musical expression of womxn and people of color. As artistic director, he is intent on supporting the work of numerous living composers, under-resourced performing artists, and arts institutions authentically committed to anti-racism, equity and belonging. Last summer, Music from Home proudly sponsored mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges’ appearance at a fundraising event for Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. T.U.P.A.C.’s goal is to provide our most deserving racially and socioeconomically diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts. He recently provided musical performances for a fundraising event on behalf of the International Florence Price Festival.
In 2018 he founded Tukwila Kids Make Music. In 2017, he was invited to perform at Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY. He is a member of the International Society for Black Musicians. In 2020, Williams was honored to produce a docu-concert featuring pianist and scholar Dr. William Chapman Nyaho. He then served as creative director for “A Long Way from Home.” His most recent film project synthesizes poetry, modern dance, guided meditation, somatics and solo piano pieces by 16 living composers. He is a juror for the 2021 Seattle Black Film Festival.
Rachell Ellen Wong
Recipient of a prestigious 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant – the only early music specialist in the respected program’s history – and Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition, violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is a rising star on both the historical performance and modern violin stages. Her reputation as one of the top historical performers of her generation has resulted in appearances with renowned ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Jupiter Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, and others. Equally accomplished on the modern violin, Rachell made her first public appearance at age 11 and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá and the Seattle Symphony. She also serves as the concertmaster of Seattle Baroque Orchestra. Alongside acclaimed keyboardist David Belkovski, Rachell is co-founder of her ensemble Twelfth Night, based in NYC.
Originally from Seattle, Rachell holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She performs on a violin made in 1953 by Carlo de March, and a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke ca. 1700. For more information, please visit rachellwong.com.