Meet our 2019 Artists

Kaleigh Acord, violin

Violinist Kaleigh Acord is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. There, she is a student of Soh-Hyun Park Altino and a recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship. She holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, as well as a Masters of Music and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. She was a recipient of Peabody’s Valerie SIingluff Violin Scholarship for the 2016-17 year. Her previous teachers include Violaine Melancon and Laura Bossert. Kaleigh served three years as Ms. Bossert's teaching assistant at Longy and Wellesley College. In March 2014, she made her radio debut on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase playing Schoenfield’s Souvenirs for Violin and Piano. She has appeared in chamber music performances with the Hausmann Quartet, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Michael Kannen, and Tchaikovsky International Gold Medalist Sergey Antonov.

ARTemis Ensemble

From Kathleen Otterson, artistic director & conductor:

"I’ve long been inspired by the sound of women’s voices singing together. Whether it’s the acoustical properties of combined treble voices or just the magic of women making music, there’s a richness to that sound that strikes my ear and a powerful feeling that compels me to fit my own voice into the mix. When I was approached by LunART’s founders about gathering and leading a women’s choir for the 2018 Festival, I jumped right in. Madison has such a rich and diverse choral scene, but it has no adult women’s ensemble! Hence - “ARTemis:" date of birth, 2018. This is a longtime dream come true. Thank you to all the friends - old and new - who jumped in with me!"

Yana Avedyan, DMA piano

Yana Avedyan, pianist, is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she studied with Glazirina Tatiana majoring in piano performance. She studied with Dr. Karen Becker at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2007 and has participated in master classes with Evgenia Tzarov and Helen Huang. In the spring of 2011 Avedyan made her debut as soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488. She completed her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Accounting in May 2012. In the spring of 2013 Yana Avedyan and Danielle Breisach (flute) won the Annual Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition. In the Spring 2014 Avedyan won Annual Beethoven Competition. During her studies at UW-Madison Yana participated in masterclasses with Peter Miyamoto and Joel Hastings. In the Fall of 2016 she was one of the finalists of the UW-Madison Concerto Competition. She performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with a UW student orchestra in the Fall of 2017. She attended festivals such as Brevard Music Festival and Bay View Music Festival. Avedyan is currently in the DMA program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she is a student pianist Christopher Taylor. She is working on her dissertation, promoting the solo piano works of the Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk.  

Jose Ignacio Santos Aquino, clarinet

Jose Ignacio Santos Aquino is a clarinet player from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He graduated from the National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo in classical clarinet performance. While in DR, he performed as a soloist and second clarinet with the National Symphonic Orchestra a number of times and as a soloist and first clarinet in the National Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

Mark Bridges, DMA cello

A native of the Boston area, cellist Mark Bridges received his bachelor's degree from Boston University where he studied with David Soyer and Leslie Parnas. He holds an M.M from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Steven Doane, and earned an Orchestral Studies Diploma as a section cellist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently the assistant principal cello of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Mark holds a Doctorate in cello from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a student of Uri Vardi. A former adjunct cello teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, he teaches a private studio in Madison and coaches chamber music for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed with members of the Borodin, Muir, and Pro Arte String Quartets, attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, performed at the Token Creek Festival and has appeared several times on the CBC and WPR for “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen.” He is a core member of Madison’s Willy Street Chamber Players. Mark is a member of the duo “High Plains” with Vancouver-based electronic musician Scott Morgan with which he has released two records since 2017. He has been the recipient of artistic residencies at the Banff Centre and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

Melanie Cain, DMA voice

Melanie Cain, Soprano, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of Carroll, Iowa, she received her BA in both Music and Art from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Dr. Cain is currently artistic director and founder of Fresco Opera Theatre and owner of Maven Vocal Arts in Madison, and is also President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Wisconsin Chapter.

Linda DiRaimondo, aerial dancer

Linda DiRaimondo was born on Long Island, New York and grew up in Wisconsin. She has always loved art, dance, and the sciences. At age 9 she taught herself to sew and began designing clothing and costumes. Early on, her love of movement was channeled through athletics – initially basketball and track, with the addition of rugby and tennis in college, where she also split her passions for art and science between a  Studio Art Minor and a Biology Major (Pre-Med). While in Medical School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she took an introductory workshop with Cycropia Aerial Dance and, to her delight, found the perfect blend of dance, athleticism, strength, technicality, grace, and creativity. She has been flying and dancing through the air ever since. For the past 20 years, in addition to pursuing her dream of practicing medicine as a psychiatrist, Linda has been serving on the Board of Directors of Cycropia Aerial Dance and performing, choreographing, costume designing, and directing aerial dance performances.

Ross Duncan, DMA bassoon

Dr. Ross Duncan is a freelance bassoonist and recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow. While pursuing his studies, Ross has had the pleasure of playing with a variety of groups including the Sheboygan Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic and the Chinese Artist Society of Toronto, among others. In 2010, Ross was a featured soloist with the North Coast Concert Band led by William Woycitzky. Ross’s former teachers include Marc Vallon, Fraser Jackson and Nathaniel Zeisler.

Kimi Evelyn, dancer & choreographer

Kimi Evelyn was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where she began dancing at the tender age of 4. Her dance training began with ballet but, as she got older, she expanded her horizons to other styles including modern, contemporary and African dance. Her love for dance was revealed when she began dancing with Signature Dance Company. Signature allowed her to explore her purpose in dance and it initiated Kimi’s desire to grow and experience dance on a higher, more personal level. During her college career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi had the opportunity to work with faculty like Li Chiao-Ping, Chris Walker, and Kate Corby. She also had the pleasure of working with former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member, Shayla Vie Jenkins while she attended the American Dance Festival. In her final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi developed a short work that focused on the self-love and identity of African American women. Kimi continues to dance and develop work that focuses on the African-American experience specifically pertaining to the African-American woman. She is extremely excited to perform at the LunART festival and hopes that you enjoy her work.

Vincent Fuh, piano

Vincent Fuh, piano, performs genres spanning classical to avant-garde, jazz to rock, and frequently collaborates with visiting guest musicians in recital. He has appeared with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Bach Dancing Dynamite Society, Oakwood Chamber Players, Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, Madison Chamber Choir, Madison Choral Project, and Opera for the Young, an arts outreach organization that brings fully staged opera to schools throughout the midwest. He was pianist and writer/arranger for 12-piece salsa/Latin-jazz ensemble Madisalsa for over twenty years and currently performs with Orquesta Latin Pride and Orquesta MAS. His studio recorded work includes Laura Medisky (oboe), Marc Vallon (bassoon), Charles Tibbets (horn), Thomas Pfotenhauer (trumpet), Tom Curry (tuba), and Mark Hetzler (trombone).

Sarah L. Gillespie, DMA horn

Dr. Sarah L. Gillespie holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hosts a private studio of 22 students aged 9-90 and believes that music education is for everyone and for life. Sarah is third horn of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and freelances with various symphonic and pit orchestras in Wisconsin and Iowa. Her favorite performing experiences take place in quintets she co-founded, the Lake Edge Brass Quintet and the Odyssey Wind Quintet. Sarah is an advocate for women composers. She has premiered works at the International Women in Brass Conference and will be performing Wisconsin premiers of four works for horn by female composers at the National Women’s Music Festival this July. When she is not performing, Sarah, a native of Louisiana, might be found cooking Creole or Southern cuisine.

Aaron Gochberg, percussion

Aaron is a percussionist based in Madison, WI. In recent years, he has been privileged to enjoy a widely eclectic range of musical experiences as a performer, composer, student, and teacher, all of which contribute to his distinct artistic identity and perspective. He is an active performer who advocates for the programming of works by living composers. Aaron is the co-founder of Filament, a percussion duo who have
commissioned works from composers such as Wally Gunn, Elliott Cole, Alyssa Weinberg, Juri Seo, Jason Treuting and Dorian Wallace, and given numerous world premieres. He has performed with ensembles including Stockholm Brass Quintet, Sō Percussion, Clocks in Motion, Sound Out Loud, and the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra. In 2016, Aaron was a Performance Fellow at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival. He has performed in venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Overture Center. In 2015, Aaron was privileged to tour with the UW- Madison Percussion Ensemble to Beijing and Shenyang, China. In 2018, he won the University’s Concerto Competition, and performed as soloist with the UW-Madison Symphony. Today, he regularly performs with Acoplados Latin Jazz Project, Golpe Tierra, Filament, and Kainalu.

Brian Grimm, cello

“Brian Grimm is something of an experimental-music powerhouse in Madison." - Scott Gordon, Tone Madison, 2016 “Orbis Obscura” CD review


Multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm is a composer, performer, and teacher based out of Madison, WI.  Besides his Classical cello upbringing and Jazz bass training, Grimm has also studied Traditional Chinese instruments, Flamenco, North Indian Classical, Composition, and Free Improvisation.  For over a decade Brian has found a niche composing and performing original scores for dance and theatre. A frequent collaborator in Madison’s Jazz, Improv and Experimental music scenes, Brian has released over 20 albums since 2011 via his label GrimmusiK Records.  Grimm currently splits his time between teaching cello (Monroe Street Arts Center, Prairie Music & Arts) and performing 100+ shows per year. For more info, visit www.grimmusik.com

​Todd Hammes, DMA percussion

Through the breadth of his musical endeavors and his own unique inner vision of sound and music, Todd creates meaningful connections between himself, his students, colleagues and audiences everywhere. Enraptured audiences, fellow musicians and participants in his engaging
workshops experience a special connection to the raw energy and sensitivity he possesses. His work includes performances both domestically and abroad, extensive musical composition, and teaching and outreach programs to groups large and small. He has trained with some of the world’s leading percussionists and is a life-long student of the percussive arts. “Through my clinics, workshops, artist residencies and the Hand Drum Exploratorium,” says Todd, “I’ve seen thousands of students become engaged and enthralled by the sheer joy of making music.” Residing in Madison, Todd has a thriving private teaching studio and is Director of UW-Madison’s Pan-Global Percussion Ensemble. Is a disciple of the late tabla drum master Pandit Sharda Sahai. And holds a B.M. from University of Arizona (1992), and D.M.A. from UW-Madison (2010). www.toddhammes.com

Amy Harr, cello

Amy Harr is a freelance cellist and private teacher in the Madison area. She works with the Camerata String Quartet and Triple Play trio, the WYSO Chamber Music program and Capital City Theater. She was Principal Cello of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Denver Center Theater Company, Assistant Principal/Acting Principal Cello of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and has performed with the Colorado and Houston Symphonies and Houston Grand Opera. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Orchestral Studies from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She has performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and Tanglewood Institute. She is also the mother of a teenage son, a teacher of yoga and a student of karate.

Satoko Hayami, piano

A native of Japan, Satoko Hayami​ is an active collaborative and solo pianist, also performing on harpsichord and toy piano. A versatile artist, Satoko has performed and taught piano chamber music and accompanied instrumental and vocal repertoire all over the world and in the United States, most notably, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, Hungary and Italy. Satoko has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.; Millers Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX; Harris Hall in Aspen, CO; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; as well as in unconventional performance spaces. She is currently on the piano faculty of Ripon College for the Spring of 2018 and in her third year pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Martha Fischer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deborah Hearst, actor & theatre artist

Deborah Hearst is a professional actor, theatre collaborator, writer, and storyteller. In Madison, she's worked with Forward Theater, Children's Theater of Madison, TheatreLila, Are We Delicious?, Strollers, Madison Theatre Guild, Mercury Players, Bricks Theater, and UW Madison's Theater Department. Outside of Madison, she is best known for her portrayal of Helen in Profiles Theatre's Midwest premiere of Neil Labute's Fat Pig, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best Actress. Special thanks to Whitney and Eden, who shine light into every experience.

Malia Huntsman, oboe

Originally from Los Angeles, Malia Huntsman began piano at age five and oboe at age fourteen. Her artistic proficiency afforded her many opportunities to perform at prestigious concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. She completed undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the direction of James Caldwell and Alex Klein, and followed suit with her master’s from Rice University under Robert Atherholt. Currently, Malia performs in the Edgewood Chamber Orchestra and several chamber groups in the Madison area. She loves being a stay-at-home parent to her two toddler boys and Australian Shepherd.

Kyle D. Johnson, DMA piano

Pianist Kyle D. Johnson received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the UW-Madison in 2018 and currently works in the music publishing sector. His performing experience ranges from solo and festival appearances throughout the U.S. and U.K., co-founding the Madison-based contemporary music ensemble Sound Out Loud, and as a performance fellow in the Longitude Contemporary Ensemble in Boston, MA. His research projects strongly correlate to his interest in 20 th -century piano repertoire, of which he produces an Apple podcast series around (Art Music Perspectives). In April, Dr. Johnson was appointed as Editorial and Programming Associate at the National Association of Schools of Music in the Washington, D.C. area, where he will relocate later this month. For information about past and current projects, visit www.kyledjohnson.com.

Linda Kimball, horn

The exciting musical life of hornist Linda Kimball includes orchestral and chamber music performance, teaching, composing and arranging. Linda is principal horn of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She is also principal horn of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, where she worked with colleagues to develop and produce a chamber music series, focusing on little-known, or seldom-performed music for mixed winds and strings. Linda has served on the faculty of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a member of the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, teaching horn and playing with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. Linda is the creator of the annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival, a day of fun and camaraderie for hornists of all ages. The festival attracts horn players from across the mid-west, and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The need for enjoyable, age-appropriate music for the festival was the start of Linda’s composition and arranging projects. The horn has taken Linda to Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, and Sweden, and around the state;. The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival is a favorite, and Linda can often be found in the orchestra pit in Madison’s Overture Center for opera, ballet, and Broadway shows - that’s where you’ll find her in August, playing “Anastasia.”

Kristin Knutson, soprano

Kristin Knutson (soprano) is a versatile musician known for her “sparkling, fluid soprano with admirable flexibility” (Opera News). She has recently appeared with Haymarket Opera, Great Lakes Baroque, Indy Baroque Chamber Players, and Sonata à Quattro. Kristin is a member of the New Milwaukee Consort, dedicated to the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque, crafting intimate performances around words and music whose stories resonate across the centuries. They particularly relish bringing lesser known sounds of the 17th century to modern audiences, from the work of women composers such as Barbara Strozzi to music from handwritten manuscripts documenting the early development of the cello and ongoing experiments on the lute.

Jason Kutz, piano

Jason Kutz grew up in Kiel, Wisconsin, a small town in the Wisconsin countryside. He received his BM in Recording Technology/Music Industry from UW Oshkosh and MM in Piano Performance from UW Madison, studying both classical and jazz. In Madison he works as a pianist, composer, teacher, arranger, artist, graphic designer, and sound engineer. He writes and performs in a quartet called Mr. Chair (mrchairmusic.com), which performs original music and, for instance, Stravinsky's ballet, Pulcinella.  He has recently been commissioned to write music for the Wisconsin Children's Choir and the UW Geoscience Department. He tours around the Midwest with Opera for the Young.  He is a three-time concerto competition winner, and last year traveled to Beijing, China to teach a summer program at the Magic Piano Arts Academy. You might also find him performing with Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Willy Street Chamber Players, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Paul Dietrich Big Band, and the Ben Ferris Octet, among others. Jason's passion abounds outside of music, in soccer, technology, cleaning, painting, traveling, and discovery.

Beth Larson, violin

Wisconsin native Beth Larson is a diverse musician with extensive experience as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, educator, and administrator. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music where she studied under Prof. David Perry. She recently earned her Masters of Business Administration from the Wisconsin school of Business Bolz Center for Arts Administration. After completing her undergraduate degree, Beth performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as well as the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Willy Street Chamber Players, and several other Midwest performing ensembles. Beth currently performs as a core member with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Lucia String Quartet. Outside of the performing world, Beth acts as Development Manager for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Karl Lavine, cello

Karl Lavine is Principal cellist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Heartstrings Quartet Program, Karl performs in many special needs communities throughout the Madison area. Karl appears regularly at John and Rose Mary Harbison’s Token Creek Festival in Wisconsin. He has held faculty positions at Luther College, Illinois Wesleyan University and UW Whitewater. As a past member of the Milwaukee based contemporary music ensemble, Present Music, Karl has recorded compositions with the ensemble as well as solo repertoire. He is also a member of the Kepler Quartet, a string quartet which resulted from performances of works of American composer Ben Johnston. With the help of generous grants from the Aaron Copland Recording Foundation and support from New World Records, the Kepler Quartet has recently finished recording the complete string quartets of Ben Johnston under the New World Records label.

Dawn Lawler, flute

Dawn Lawler is an active performer and teacher in the Madison area.  In addition to teaching a full studio, she plays regularly with both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She served as a Lecturer in Flute at UW Platteville from 2011-2013, and at UW Madison in the spring of 2010. She was also an Artist-in-Residence with the Wingra Woodwind Quintet at UW Madison from 2008-2010. Ms. Lawler was a semifinalist in the 2006 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, as well as prizewinner of the 2004 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Solo Flute Competition in Boston. She has performed with the Dubuque Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Hingham Symphony, the Texas Festival Orchestra, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, and as the flutist for the Latin American group Sotavento.

Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Leuwerke has been seen on the operatic stage, as concert soloist, recitalist, and as chamber musician throughout the United States. Highlights include appearances with the Billings Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, North Star Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Madison Opera, Florentine Opera, the Madison Choral Project and the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Madison Choral Project, and Madison Bach Musicians. Ms. Leuwerke received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Immediately following degree completion, she became an apprentice artist with the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program. Praised on the stage as being “fresh-voiced and broadly comic…” (Colorado Springs Gazette), some of Ms. Leuwerke’s operatic credits include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Siebel (Faust) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Cephise (Pygmalion). She has been heard as soloist in Verdi Requiem, Bach B minor Mass, Mozart Requiem, Durufle Requiem, Handel Messiah, Colomba Mea (Kenneth Leighton), Stabat Mater (Szymanowski), King David (Honneger) and Brahms Alto Rhapsody.ite a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Jennifer Lien, DMA soprano

Soprano Jennifer Lien has appeared as a soloist in concerts and operas in Singapore as well as in California, New York, Florida, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She is a keen collaborator in chamber music, a proponent of contemporary music, and is known for her innovative recital programming. Recent engagements include Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s VCH Presents series, and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites with New Opera Singapore. She will appear as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this August. Ms. Lien is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She holds a DMA in Voice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as MA degrees in Voice and Musicology from San José State University and UW-Madison. She currently teaches voice at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

Isabella Lippi, violin

Isabella Lippi, called “A standout, even among virtuosos," has performed in numerous recitals and appeared as guest soloist with orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Europe and the Far East. She has performed with Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao of Spain, and the Moscow Symphony. Lippi has won numerous competitions and awards including the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, First Place in the Young Musicians Foundation National Debut Competition, Highest Honors in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Talent Search, the Henryk Szerying International Competition, and the Illinois Young Performers Competition. In addition to her work as a soloist, Ms. Lippi has participated in numerous chamber music festivals including those of Santa Fe, La Jolla, Mainly Mozart and the Aspen Music Festival. She was Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony from 1999-2002 and is currently Concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony. She is featured on a CD on the Koch International label which contains complete works for violin and piano and the solo works by the late composer, Miklos Rozsa.

Thomas Macaluso, DMA trombone

Thomas Macaluso is a trombonist, educator, and clinician in Southern Wisconsin. Tom is the brass specialist at Getzen/Edwards Instrument Co. in Elkhorn, WI. As the company's brass specialist, Tom is responsible for fitting musicians to custom instruments, final assembly, play testing instruments, quality control, R&D, order fulfillment, and social media. Tom has earned degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A.), The University of Louisville (M.M.), and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (B.M.Ed.). As an active musician and teacher, Tom has performed in several states throughout the U.S.A. and teaches a private studio of trombonists in Madison, WI.

Laura Mericle, violin

Laura Mericle holds a Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with David Perry, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, where she studied music and economics.  While a student at Barnard she studied violin at the Manhattan School of Music with Peter Winograd.  She studied piano through college and also frequently performs on viola. A dedicated educator, Laura teaches violin, viola, and piano to students of all ages and levels.  She maintains a large private studio, and co-directs the strings program at EAGLE School, a K-8 school in Madison.  She is an orchestra coach for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. An active orchestral and chamber musician, Laura currently plays in the first violin sections of the Madison Symphony, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Middleton Community Orchestra, and La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in recent years.

Tim Sterner Miller, lute

Tim Sterner Miller (lute) is a musicologist whose lifelong fascination with instruments has led him to explore technologies and traditions from across history and the globe. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and performs around the region on lute, viol, mandocello, and pedal steel. Tim is a member of the New Milwaukee Consort, dedicated to the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque, crafting intimate performances around words and music whose stories resonate across the centuries. They particularly relish bringing lesser known sounds of the 17th century to modern audiences, from the work of women composers such as Barbara Strozzi to music from handwritten manuscripts documenting the early development of the cello and ongoing experiments on the lute.

Andrea Musher, poet

Andrea Musher is a Poet Laureate emerita who served as Madison’s second Poet Laureate from 2001 through 2007 and an associate professor emerita who taught English and Women’s Studies at UW Whitewater for twenty-six years. Raised amid the seasoning influence of cherry blossoms and federal politics, she grew up in the DC suburbs of Maryland, and went on to earn a BA cum laude in English and Theater Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.] She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she took, and then taught some of the earliest classes offered in Women’s Studies including the class she created on Women and Poetry. Since retiring from teaching, she has found herself becoming a composer/librettist. A concert version of her chamber opera, Frieda and Caroline, performed in 2016, featured Leslie Cao and Melanie Cain in the title roles. Currently, she is at work on two more operas, and is the proprietor of DreamCatcher Studio where she makes paintings, composes music, and holds salons and fundraisers.

Matthew Onstad, DMA trumpet

A Wisconsin native, Matthew Onstad is Principal Trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (IA, IL), and is currently on trial as Principal Trumpet with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH).  He is the Adjunct Trumpet Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW, Matthew served the Mead Witter School of Music as a Project Assistant performing with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence, where they are regarded as one of the "superb brass ensembles in the USA" (Musicweb International) and praised for "remarkable musicianship and versatility" (International Trumpet Guild Journal). Matthew holds the rank of Sergeant in the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band, and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Isthmus Brass. An avid teacher throughout the Midwest, Matthew has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota. Matthew received his MM at UW- Madison and his BM at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His teachers include John Aley, Alex Noppe, Jean Laurenz, Marty Robinson, and Robert Levy. Matthew is an Edwards Instrument Artist and Clinician.

Kathleen Otterson, conductor

Kathleen Otterson, conductor is Music Director at Madison’s Christ Presbyterian Church, where she conducts the Chancel Choir and other ensembles. She is Senior Lecturer at Edgewood College, teaching voice and directing the Women’s Choir. She also maintains a private voice studio in her home. Her students have gone on to careers in singing, acting, commercial music, K-12 music education, and teaching at the college level. She holds degrees in Music Education (Instrumental and Choral) and Vocal Performance from the UW-Madison, where her teachers and mentors included renowned choral director Robert Fountain, Soprano Ilona Kombrink, and UW Opera Founder and Director Karlos Moser, and Director William Farlow. Professionally, Kathleen sings with the acclaimed Madison Choral Project and the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, and has appeared as oratorio soloist and in principal roles on the opera stage. Since 2001, Kathleen has been a regularly featured artist in Bayfield (WI) as part of their “Summer Concerts” series. Currently, she serves as North Central Regional Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Marie Pauls, viola

Marie Pauls (viola) is a versatile freelance musician, residing in Madison, WI.  Classically trained since the of age 3, she can be seen performing in venues ranging from the Overture Center to local wineries. She earned both the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a full scholarship to study with Professor Sally Chisholm.  Marie is a founding member of Arbor Ensemble, a classical chamber music group dedicated to the promotion of women composers. A seasoned orchestral musician, she frequently performs with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and formerly held principal positions in the Illinois Valley and Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestras.  Beyond the classical realm, she performs with the acoustic rock group Evan Riley Band, with whom she has recorded two original albums. As a committed string educator, she maintains a private studio and has taught at the American Suzuki Institute.

Orlando Pimentel, clarinet

Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”. From 1989 to 2009, he was a member of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and performed with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sergiu Comissiona, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Mata, Sergei Senkov, among others. Orlando Pimentel has participated in master classes held by Luis Rossi, Anthony Pay, Walter Boeykens, Kalman Berkes, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Michel Lethiec, Mario Frogionni, Walter Seyfarth, Judit Jaimes and Raquel Adonaylo. In 1988, together with three other colleagues, he formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet (1996 National Artist Award: Best Classical Ensemble), a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, South America, and The United States of America. The Caracas Clarinet Quartet released three CD’s: “Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas” (1995), “Aires Tropicales” (1997) with guest artist Paquito D’Rivera, and “Suelos” (2007) with guest artists Anat Cohen. Orlando Pimentel performs regularly with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, and Festival City Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pimentel has been invited to perform as part of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Sphinx Symphony Orchestra Competition, and most recently to the Four Seasons Arts Festival in Berkeley, CA. Mr. Pimentel received his Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying under the tutelage of Todd Levy (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera). Most currently he has been appointed as Faculty of clarinet at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Andrea Potos, poet

Andrea Potos is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Mothershell (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), and Arrows of Light (Iris Press). She has received several Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, and the William Stafford Prize in Poetry from Rosebud Magazine. Andrea was a longtime bookseller at independent bookstores in Madison. You can find her poems published widely online and in print.

Charlie Rasmussen, cello and viol

Charlie Rasmussen (cello and viol) is a specialist in baroque cello who performs with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, the Madison Bach Musicians, and Sonata à Quattro. He teaches at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and his debut album, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall'Abaco, was released by Centaur Records. Charlie is a member of the New Milwaukee Consort, dedicated to the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque, crafting intimate performances around words and music whose stories resonate across the centuries. They particularly relish bringing lesser known sounds of the 17th century to modern audiences, from the work of women composers such as Barbara Strozzi to music from handwritten manuscripts documenting the early development of the cello and ongoing experiments on the lute.

Stacy Fehr Regehr, piano

Stacy Fehr Regehr, a native of Kansas, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Emporia State University. After holding a ballet accompanist position with Northern Arizona University, she completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance and  Pedagogy at Kansas State University. Stacy has taught piano and flute for over 20 years, including an adjunct teaching position for piano and theory at Kansas State. Since moving to Madison in 2006, she has served as a staff accompanist with the School of Madison Ballet. Stacy is a founding member and the pianist of Arbor Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to promoting music by women composers. Her freelance career includes performing with Fresco Opera Theatre, as well as accompanying private studios and high schools in the area.

Evie Robillard, poet

Evie Robillard is a former children's librarian; she writes for both children and adults. Her fourth chapbook of adult poetry, tonight the poem. is forthcoming from FireWeed Press. Also forthcoming is a children's book called Gertrude and Alice in Paris. She spends much of her time traveling from her Madison apartment to her friend Michael's farm on Portage Road . . .

​Elena Ross, percussion

Elena Ross is a Madison-based percussionist, vocalist, and music instructor. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Elena moved to Madison to study at The University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she received the Bachelor of Arts degree in percussion performance under Anthony DiSanza. In addition to an extensive Western Classical background, she has a passion for performing, studying, and teaching Brazilian styles of percussion, including Afro-Brazilian music in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador do Bahia, Brazil. Currently, Elena devotes much of her time to coaching vocal ensembles in local schools and colleges and is a singer and percussionist in a wide variety of music groups, including: The Handphibians, Inc., a community based samba school; Grupo Balança, an ensemble dedicated to performing Brazilian samba pagode; Metabaque, a group that fuses Brazilian maracatu rhythm with funk and hip-hop; Panchromatic Steel, a steel drum band that plays a variety of styles from classical and calypso to pop and jazz; Madison New Music Ensemble, a chamber ensemble with a focus on compositions by contemporary composers; and Purple Veins, The Essential Prince Tribute band.

Fabio Saggin, viola

Born in Blumenau, Brazil, Fabio Saggin began playing the viola at age ten at a private school of music. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, studying with Dr. Leonardo Piermartiri, Professor Fausto Kothe and Professor Marcelo Lemos. As an orchestral musician, he has been a member of many orchestras, including Orquestra Filarmonica de Goias, one of the most renowned in Brazil. In 2011, Saggin won the Concurso Rosa Mistica competition for chamber music and in 2015 he won the first National Viola Competition in Paraíba, Brazil. Saggin holds a Master's degree in Viola Performance from the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied with Dr. Timothy Deighton. Currently, Saggin is a DMA candidate at UW-Madison, where he studies with Professor Sally Chisholm and he is also the violist of the Hunt Quartet.

Kelly Parks Snider, visual artist & activist

Kelly Parks Snider explores contemporary cultural and social issues. Using art and words, she stimulates dialogue about targeted issues and creates social change. As a visual artist, Kelly’s work exhibits nationally through both public and private galleries. Kelly is the co-founder of Project Girl (www.projectgirl.org), a nationally recognized non-profit, award-winning program and touring exhibition that combines art, media literacy and youth-led activism into a unique educational experience for children, parents and educators. Project girl was recently featured in Family Circle Magazine and was an awarded youth program in the new national youth empowerment and philanthropy program called Best Buy’s @15 Change Exchange project. Activism is the foundation for all of Kelly’s endeavors. Her objective is to educate young people, parents, educators and  communities about targeted issues in the hopes of shaking up the status quo, creating a catalyst, examining the questions that shape and inspire all of us. Kelly lectures nationally, serves in artist-in-residence programs and produces workshops.

Liz Sexe, dancer & choreographer

Liz Sexe is a dancer, educator, performer, and choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance Company, established in 2014. She is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and having ”toughness under her grace.” Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, UW-Madison, Danceworks in Milwaukee, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, and the UW-Eau Claire here she was an artist in residence. In her process, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. She also performs both regionally and nationally with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, Marlene Skog and Dancers, and works with many local choreographers curating work. She received her M.F.A. in performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Currently, Sexe is a lecturer in UW-Madison’s Dance Department. When Sexe is not dancing, she is a Pilates instructor at Pilated Central right on the square in Madison, WI.

Jeff Takaki, double bass

A member of the Madison and Dubuque Symphony Orchestras, Jeff Takaki remains an in demand freelance artist and performs regularly with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Takaki’s appearances at the Bowdoin International Music Festival have sparked his advocacy for the importance of the Double Bass within chamber music. As a proud addition to LunART’s 2019 season, Takaki continues to pursue unique chamber music opportunities on the Double Bass. Additionally, Takaki’s summers are occupied by performing with the Finger Lakes Opera Company in Canandaigua, New York. Takaki holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from Indiana University. While he is not performing, Takaki enjoys maintaining a private studio and coaching with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Bethany Schultz, clarinet

Bethany Schultz is a freelance clarinetist and teacher residing in Madison, Wisconsin. As an avid chamber musician, she performs with the Madison New Music Ensemble, was a founding member of Black Marigold, and frequently performs with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Bethany has performed in and around Madison with the Madison, Kenosha, and Lake Geneva Symphonies, Fresco Opera, Madison Savoyards, and Oakwood Chamber Players, among others. As a teacher, Bethany maintains a studio of private clarinet and saxophone students of all ages and levels. Her students are members of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, WSMA middle and high school honor bands and orchestras, and Winds of Wisconsin. Bethany’s students have been recipients of Exemplary Soloist Awards at the WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festival as well as the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic Tuition Remission Scholarship. Bethany has served on faculty at Maranatha Baptist University and Beloit College, and is currently on faculty at Madison Country Day School. She holds degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her principal teachers include Robert Spring and Linda Bartley

Samantha Sinai, cello

Samantha Sinai, cellist, music therapist, and cello teacher, is extremely passionateabout bringing music to people in accessible, meaningful ways. Currently, Samantha is working on an initiative called Communities in Harmony, which is a bridge- building project that utilizes music and facilitated conversation to build community, connection, and understanding between groups of people who normally do not interact. Samantha is also contracted with UW Health, where she developed and is now implementing a music therapy program for the American Family Children’s Hospital. Through her music therapy work, she has brought music to patients in a hospital setting, kids with special needs, veterans who were previously homeless, and women who have experienced trauma. Samantha recently completed her Master’s degree in cello performance under Professor Uri Vardi. During the program, Samantha took a special interest in pedagogy and now holds a studio of eleven cello students in Madison. Samantha looks forward to cultivating her musicianship to continue to create experiences that touch the hearts of her listeners.

​Greg Smith, clarinet

Greg Smith is a native of Madison with a music degree from UW-Madison where he studied with Glenn Bowen and Daniel Harris. Greg performs throughout Wisconsin on clarinet, saxophone and flute in a wide variety of musical organizations and styles, and has also toured internationally in Japan, Argentina, and India. Orchestrally, he is in his fifth decade with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and enjoys joining the pit orchestras for local productions such as Forward Theatre’s Fun Home, and Capitol City Theatre’s Gypsy, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and On the Town, as well as for Broadway tours that visit Madison, including The Producers, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Addams Family, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Chicago, and the upcoming Anastasia. Greg is the clarinetist for Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble, which recreates the traditional music of the Jews of Eastern Europe, often in some not-so-traditional arrangements. On the jazz scene, he can be found dishing out hot Dixieland with the Dixie Sizzlers and Django Reinhardt-influenced swing with Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble. Greg joins his wife, vocalist and trumpeter Anna Purnell, in Intemperance Collective, performing old-school Balkan folk dance tunes, and in Forward! Marching Band, Madison’s activist street band.

Katrin Talbot, poet

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Blind Lifeguard, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She has four other chapbooks, including The Little Red Poem, & noun’d,  verb, both from dancing girl press, Freeze-Dried Love from Finishing Line Press, and St. Cecilia’s Daze, published by Parallel Press. She has recently been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry, was voted Madison Magazine’s Best of 2015 Spoken Word Artist/Poet and once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run.

Sarah Whelan, poet

Sarah Whelan has been actively working in theatre for 70 years both acting and directing. She has performed in many US states and a number of European venues on stage, films, commercials and radio programs. She has performed with most of the theatre groups in Madison and served as president of many and creator of some. She was instrumental in the building of the Bartell which is home to six performing arts groups and two theatres.

Jacqueline Wilson, DMA bassoon

Bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson is Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University. As an active soloist, she regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics including recent engagements at the International Double Reed Society Conference, and the College Music Society Conference. She has performed concerto engagements with the St. Louis Wind Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Des Moines Community Orchestra, and numerous college music ensembles. As an active chamber musician and founding member of both the Wilson Duo (bassoon and marimba) and the Driftless Winds reed trio, she has been featured on various college campuses and festivals, including the Ashland Chamber Music Society, and the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute. As an avid supporter of new music, Dr. Wilson has premiered and commissioned works by Juantio Becenti, Chia-yu Hsu, Jonathan Middleton, Brian Van Winkle, and Anthony Donofrio. Dr. Wilson (Yakama) is especially passionate about diversity and American Indian representation in classical music and currently serves as the diversity advocate for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium.

Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva, poet

Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva grew up in Milwaukee, went to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and never left. She worked for many years as a journalist, editor and writing teacher. Her poetry chapbook, The Beauty of This World was published by Parallel Press in 2014. Many of Zurlo-Cuva's short stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines, and her novel, Travel for Agoraphobics, was published as an e-book in 2011.

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