Alan R. Kay (Clarinet)
Clarinetist Alan R. Kay is an Artistic Director and a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also performs as principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.” Mr. Kay is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Bravo! Vail Valley and Yellow Barn Festivals, and his innovative programming at for the New York Chamber Ensemble is a feature of the Cape May Music Festival. The NY Times recently called his performance of Messiaen’s Abîme des Oiseaux “spellbinding” and acclaimed his performance of Busoni’s Concertino with the Riverside Symphony in Alice Tully Hall for its “infectious enthusiasm and panache.” Mr. Kay taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany in 2004 and teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Festival in Trapani, Italy, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. A virtuoso of wind repertoire, Mr. Kay has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, Orpheus and numerous other ensembles.
Elaine Jorgensen (Flute)
Elaine has a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music in Flute Performance, a 3-year Special Doctoral Studies Fellowship from Juilliard School of Music in New York , a Master's of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Utah. Dr. Jorgensen has studied flute with the major flutists of our generation - Julius Baker, William Kincaid, Jeanne Baxtresser, Sandra Church, and Linda Chesis. She has concertized in Italy, Germany, China, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. She has been a member of the Utah Symphony, the American Symnphony, the Tanglewood Orchestra at the Berkshire Music Festival, and recorded for Columbia Records with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Jorgensen has taught at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley State College, Riverdale School of Music (NY), and the Waterford School (UT). She is currently Professor of Flute, Director of the Snow College Flute Choir, Director of the Horne Youth Conservatory, and teaches woodwind pedagogy, class piano, conducting, chamber ensemble, introduction to music, and is responsible for summer music workshops at Snow College. She has conducted professional flute choirs and choral groups in the United States and Europe. Her students have won many national and state prizes for their performances and many have one on to graduate programs at nationally ranked universities and conservatories for their master's and doctorate degrees.
Randall Wolfgang (Oboe)
Randall Wolfgang, oboe, is an acclaimed musician whose career has led him to perform throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East. Currently holds the position of Principal Oboe with both the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera orchestras. A frequent performer and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Wolfgang also enjoys an active freelance career in the New York recording scene. His past accomplishments include many years as principal oboe and faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and Guest Artist and faculty member at the Aspen music Festival in Nagano, Japan and appeared at the Marlboro and Monadnock Music Festivals. Mr. Wolfgang has recorded extensively on the Deutsche Grammophon, Pro Arte and Nonsuch labels, including a recording of the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He was on the faculty of Queens College and Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Leonard Hindell (Bassoon)
Leanard Hindell was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1972 until 2005. He studied with Stephen Maxym at the Henry Street Settlement Music School and later at the Manhattan School of Music where he won the coveted Harold Bauer Award. Following his graduation in 1964, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Hindell has given solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and at Merkin Concert Hall. In 1975 The Metropolitan Opera invited Mr. Hindell to accompany them as principal bassoon on their first tour to Japan. He was a featured soloist at the 1979 International Double Reed Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Also active in chamber music, he appeared with outstanding chamber music ensembles in the metropolitan area; at Newport, Rhode Island; Marblehead Festival in Massachusetts and The Waterloo Music Festival in Stanhope, New Jersey. For ten years he was a member of the ‘Lark Woodwind Quintet.’ Mr. Hindell also served on the committee that helped establish the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic. From 1988 to 1992 he toured Japan and Hong Kong during the summers with the New York Symphonic Ensemble as soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. He has performed on the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” series with violinist Vladimir Spivakov. In 1993 was invited by Zubin Mehta to join him and the Israel Philharmonic on their South American summer tour. Mr. Hindell has taught at The Manhattan School of Music and at Brooklyn College Concervatory of Music. He currently is on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and New York University Steinhardt School of Music.
Mr. Hindell has given Master Classes at the University of Florida, Gainsville, Peabody Conservatory, New York University, U. of California, Fresno as well as having guest taught at Ithaca College Conservatory of Music.
Ronald Beitel (French Horn)
Ron Beitel is currently a member of The Utah Symphony horn section. Prior to moving to Utah, he performed as Associate Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony and Principal Horn of the Memphis Symphony, and has toured, performed and recorded with The Cleveland Orchestra. His solo and chamber music appearances include performances with The San Antonio Symphony, The Cactus Pear Music Festival (San Antonio), The Olmos Ensemble (San Antonio), NOVA(Salt Lake City), Vivaldi by Candlelight(SLC), The Salt Lake Symphony and Intermezzo(SLC). Mr. Beitel is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. Jeffrey Langford received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the music history faculty of Manhattan School of Music in 1982, after teaching at Skidmore College for six years. In addition to his teaching, he presently serves as chair of the music history department and as assistant dean of doctoral studies. Dr. Langford has devoted much of his academic research and writing to the music of Hector Berlioz, especially it’s literary and autobiographical connections. He is the author of an annotated bibliography of research materials on Berlioz titled Hector Berlioz: A Guide to Research. In addition Dr. Langford has appeared as a pre-concert lecturer at the New York Metropolitan Opera for the past ten years, where he presents talks on both French opera and the works of Verdi. His recent book Evenings at the Opera is a collection of essays addressing the question of the relationship of music to drama in opera from Mozart to Britten.
André-Michel Schub (Piano)
Pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by The New York Times as “pianistically flawless… a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity.” He has repeatedly performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bournemouth Symphony.
Since 1997 he has been music director of the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Series, planning its chamber music programming and performing on a number of programs each year. He is currently an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Schub was the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1977 recipient of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, and 1974 winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition.
Born in France, Mr. Schub came to the United States with his family when he was eight months old; New York City has been his home ever since. He began his piano studies with his mother when he was four and later continued his work with Jascha Zayde. Mr. Schub first attended Princeton University and then transferred to the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin from 1970 to 1973. André-Michel Schub’s recordings, for Vox Cum laude, Piano Disc, Musical Heritage Society and CBS Masterworks (now SONY Classical), include works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Liszt, as well as an all-Stravinsky album with Cho-Liang Lin. He is currently on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.
Lynn Vartan (Percussion)