Kelly Savage, Music Director
Kelly Savage performs frequently as a soloist, continuo player and chamber musician,
recently working with many New York City based groups, including Opera Feroce,
Vertical Player Repertory, Morningside Opera, Musica Nuova, Big Apple Baroque, Ensemble 212,
and Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall. She plays regularly with her own chamber groups Biber Baroque,
SIREN Baroque and is co-founder and music director of the newly formed orchestra Vilas Baroque.
The New York Times praised Ms. Savage’s “deft accompaniment” in the pasticcio opera
Amor & Psyche, and also recently highlighted her accompaniment in Morningside Opera’s production of
“The Judgment of Paris”. She holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University,
where she studied with Arthur Haas, and also holds graduate degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory
and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Savage is the co-creator of
Partifi, a free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores.
She is the organist and choir director at St. Stephen and St. Martin’s church in Brooklyn, New York.
In her free time, Ms. Savage likes to draw, and illustrates the popular social science blog
Kathleen Flynn, Soprano
Described by the Globe and Mail as having, “a voice imbued with theatrical intensity and shimmering beauty” and by the New Yorker, “a lush voice and hidden reserves of power”, soprano Kathleen Flynn has performed a repertoire spanning five centuries and in locales ranging from Japan to Europe. A Sullivan Foundation award winner, Ms. Flynn has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Julius Rudel, Robert Spano, Christopher Hogwood, Mario Bernardi and Jane Glover. She has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, at the National Arts Center of Ottawa with the Winnipeg Ballet, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Juilliard Theater, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She is an accomplished recitalist singing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center Theater, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Flynn is a graduate of the University of Toronto, The Juilliard School and received her doctorate at Stony Brook University in 2007. She is a founding member of the new chamber music ensemble Ensemble Poema.
Brett Umlauf, Soprano
Soprano Brett Umlauf is a founding member of the female early music trio
Charites and co-creator of Bellman om Bellman, an educational musical show
about the Swedish rococo poet-composer CM Bellman, which has enjoyed
success in Scandinavia and the US. She is both board member and principal
artist at Morningside Opera where she has sung “Edonide” in JA Hasse’s Alcide
al bivio, “T” in the company’s GF Handel pastiche Atra, ossia, l'amore ricordato,
“Athena” in the The Judgment of Paris and the voice of the Prima donna with a
grunge/klezmer band, providing sound for the silent film Mysterien, or Mysteries
of a Barber’s Shop. Brett is also proud to be a part of the new all female music
collective SIREN Baroque. This December Brett joins Charites in debuting the
trio’s German Baroque program on Artek’s Early Music Series. Next January
she will sing in Morningside Opera’s production of GB Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
“Fabulosa,” a cabaret-style reimagining of the composer’s sacred masterwork
with choreography by Laura Careless of Company XIV and video installations
by Hong Kong based artist Jessica Ng. She is thrilled to be joining the talented
members of Vilas Baroque.
Dongmyung Ahn, Baroque Violin
As a baroque violin student of Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University, Dongmyung Ahn performed with the New York Collegium, Apollo’s Fire, and the Bach Ensemble under Joshua Rifkin. Since moving to New York in 2001, she has also performed with Concert Royal, Bach Vespers, St. Matthew Passion at BAM, the Clarion Music Society, Sinfonia Players, Opera Omnia, Green Mountain Vespers, and Early Music New York. She has also served as concertmaster for the Greenwich Music Festival’s baroque opera productions and co-founded Guido’s Ear. In December of 2008, she was heard playing rebec for The Play of Daniel at the Cloisters. As director of the Queens College Baroque String Ensemble, she has led students in performances of major works from the 17th and 18th centuries. A recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship, she is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Tatiana Daubek, Baroque Violin
Tatiana Daubek holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music from Boston University. Currently, she is working on her second Masters degree at the Juilliard School in Historical Performance in which she was awarded a full scholarship to study under the direction of Monica Huggett. Her principal teachers and inspirations have come from Julia Bushkova, Cynthia Roberts, Dana Mazurkevich, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Monica Huggett. Ms. Daubek is currently pursuing a career as a Baroque violinist because she feels there is an endless amount of variety and color within the style and an endless choice of tools to use when performing. As a free-lance artist, Ms. Daubek plays with various period ensembles throughout the country including Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, New Trinity Baroque, Les Bostonades, and L’Academie. A founding member, Ms. Daubek also plays with Cambridge Concentus, an upcoming period ensemble having recently finished their first international tour in Japan of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, under the direction of Joshua Rifkin. In her spare time, Tatiana enjoys photography and dancing Argentine Tango.
Claire Smith, Baroque Violin
A Texas native, Claire received her Masters of Music in violin performance at The Boston Conservatory where she studied under David Kim. Claire's teachers have also included Lynn Chang, Roy Lewis, Anna J. Choi, Magdalena Richter and Ronan Lefkowitz. She has performed in Master Classes for Julie Andrijeski, Bernard Greenhouse, Denis Zsigmondy, the Manhattan String Quartet and the Lydian String Quartet. She currently studies baroque violin with Judson Griffin and modern violin with Joey Corpus. In the early music world, she has performed with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Biber Baroque, Big Apple Baroque and the Vox Ama Deus ensemble in Philadelphia. She has also performed at the Amherst Early Music Festival. As a modern player, Claire performs with the Astoria Symphony and with Sinfonia Celestis, where she is Concertmaster, the Greenwich Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Di Capo Opera Company, the Bronx Opera Company and the Orchestra of the Bronx, the Staten Island Philharmonic and Connecticut Grand Opera. In a past summer season, she also played with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. She has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Radio City Music Hall and at the Apollo Theater. She has also performed with Sean “Puffy” Combs on “Saturday Night Live,” “David Letterman” and “The View” in recent months. Claire has done recordings for albums including Shakira’s latest album “She Wolf” and has played in a Broadway show. While in Boston, Claire was on the chamber music concert series at Harvard University and played as Concertmaster for the MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra. She also played with the Boston Philharmonic, Opera Aperta and other Boston based orchestras. Also a dedicated teacher, she is a member of the violin faculty at Third Street Music School Settlement, Bank Street College, and the Spence School.
Beth Wenstrom, Baroque Violin
Beth Wenstrom’s performances have been described by The New Yorker as “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild.” As an early music specialist, Ms. Wenstrom can be heard performing in the ensembles Apollo’s Fire and Concert Royal, groups in which she has recently recorded. She has also performed in Early Music New York, Fred Renz/director as well as Clarion Music Society. Ms. Wenstrom is committed to emerging artistic visions such as Chicago based, Wayward Sisters as well as Flying Forms and their collaboration with acrobats, Paradizo Dance.
Born, raised and musically trained in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ms. Wenstrom continued her education and graduated with a BM from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from NEC and a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently finishing her Graduate Diploma degree at The Juilliard School in the inaugural class of the historical performance division. Her principal teachers have included Marilyn McDonald, Lucy Chapman, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim, Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett.
Rachel Evans, Baroque Violin
Rachel Evans has performed as a violist with the Santa Fe Opera, the jazz group String Fever, the contemporary music ensemble Continuum, Eliot Sharp and The Soldier String Quartet, and the Meridian Quartet. On period instruments, she has performed on the vielle across the globe with medieval ensemble Sequentia’s production of Ordo Virtutem and on both violin and viola in Germany with Oh Ton, and La Stravaganza Köln, and in the US has been a principal player with Apollo’s Fire, Concert Royal, Washington Consort, the Dryden Ensemble, Publick Musick, Rebel, the New York Collegium, Foundling, Carmel Bach Festival, Early Music New York, The Gotham Chamber Orchestra and BOOM. She has performed as a recitalist with La Fiocco, Pegasus, Brooklyn Baroque and the Carmel Bach Festival, and appeared at the Boston, Berkeley, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, and the Victoria Festival in Australia. Rachel can be heard on more than 20 recordings, spanning the middle ages to the present. A recipient of the Coleman Chamber Music Award, she holds BM and MM degrees from The Julliard School of Music.
Emily Rideout, Baroque Viola
Emily Rideout is an active performer on both modern and baroque viola. She was Viola Prize winner of the Boston University Bach Competition in two consecutive years, and has performed solo Bach live on WBUR, and as a featured young artist at the Boston Symphony’s Open House at Symphony Hall.
Ms. Rideout has collaborated with Dawn Upshaw, Julianne Baird, Arthur Haas, Martin Pearlman, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Jacques Ogg, and plays regularly with ensembles including Lyra Baroque Orchestra, L’Academie, Exsultemus, La Donna Musicale, and Saltarello. She has recorded a period-instrument soundtrack for the PBS documentary “Seeing in the Dark,” and recently toured Japan with Cambridge Concentus and Joshua Rifkin.
As a modern violist, Ms. Rideout has collaborated with the Emerson, Muir, and Avalon string quartets. She is a registered Suzuki instructor, and has served as a guest clinician across the United States. She holds a doctorate from Boston University, and degrees from Moravian College and Stony Brook University.
Elizabeth Weinfield, Baroque Viola
Elizabeth Weinfield is a member of the viol consort, Long & Away, and has appeared as a baroque violist and viol player with such ensembles as Anonymous 4, Lionhart, The New York Consort of Viols, Ensemble 212, Biber Baroque, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, and Parthenia. She is a PhD candidate in historical musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she is writing on 17th-century French pastoral music and iconography, and holds a Master’s degree in music from Oxford University. A former researcher at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, she is currently the content editor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Helibrunn Timeline of Art History,” a publication to which she also contributes as a writer on music, an adjunct in the department of music at the City College of New York and Yeshiva University, and teaches for Oxbridge Academic Programs in Paris.
Sarah Biber, Baroque Cello
Sarah Biber graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda from the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 2003, earning degrees in Classics and cello. She completed her masters degree in performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005. Whilst in Australia, Sarah performed in the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony under numerous conductors including Gianluigi Gelmetti and Vladmir Ashkenazy. Sarah has attended or been a fellow at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Sarah co-founded Till by Turning, an ensemble devoted to new works and improvising, and Biber Baroque, a New York based early music ensemble named after the baroque composer Franz Ignaz Biber. Sarah is passionate about her role as an educator of a younger generation of classical musicians and owes huge debts of gratitude to her own teachers Peter Rejto, Catharina Meints, and Georg Pedersen. Sarah started her own orchestra program at an inner-city charter school in SE Washington, DC, one of the most underserved communities of the country. Sarah is a regular member of Bourbon Baroque, Louisville Kentucky’s premiere early music ensemble, and recently collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Cello Concerto, called “Passionate and insightful” by the Louisville Courier Journal and recently aired nationally on NPR’s Performance Today. Sarah recently completed a DMA with Colin Carr at Stony Brook.
Benjamin Wolff, Baroque Cello
Benjamin Wolff performs on modern and baroque cello, is Assistant Professor of Music at Hofstra University, and is a member of the Hofstra String Quartet. As a baroque cellist he performs regularly with Concert Royal, Early Music NY, and the Baroque Orchestra of Maine, among other area ensembles. He is also the creator and director of “Galileo’s Muse,” a concert program that introduces audiences to Galileo’s elegant problem-solving methodology, bringing that process to life with a live reenactment of one of Galileo’s most important experiments and performances of the 17th century music that inspired his breakthrough insight. “Galileo’s Muse” has recently been presented at the CUNY Graduate Center’s “Science and The Arts” series, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Hofstra’s IDEAS Institute.
Andrew Arceci, Violone
Andrew Arceci performs regularly on viola da gamba, violone, and bass throughout North America,
Europe, and Asia. In the United States, he has appeared with the Washington Bach Consort,
Tempesta di Mare: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Pro Musica Rara, Harmonious Blacksmith,
and L’Académie. Solo/chamber radio credits include WETA-District of Columbia, WLOY-Maryland,
WBJC-Maryland, WQXR-New York, Harmonia-Indiana Public Media, NPR: National Public Radio,
DeutschlandRadio (Germany), and Taipei Broadcasting Station (Taiwan). Mr. Arceci graduated from
the Peabody Conservatory with a B.Mus. in Double Bass, a B.Mus. in Viola da Gamba, and an Academic
Concentration in Art History from the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently pursuing a master’s
degree in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. Mr. Arceci recently won a Double Bass
fellowship with England's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and will perform with the orchestra
Motomi Igarashi, Double Bass
Motomi Igarashi was praised by the New York Times for her “deft accompaniment”
in the opera Amor & Psyche. Motomi has played the double bass since she was 12.
She received first prize at the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass competition,
has given double bass solo recitals and appears as a concert soloist with orchestras in the USA,
England and Japan. Motomi studied double bass with Eugene Levinson at the Juilliard School.
After graduating from the Juilliard school, she went to France to study viola da gamba.
She traveled throughout Europe and spent several years in intensive study with Marianne Muller,
Wieland Kuijken, and Paolo Pandolfo and lirone with Erin Headley.
Since returning from Paris she has been playing the viola da gamba, violone, the baroque double bass
and lirone with various groups such as The American Classical Orchestra, Anima, Artek, Bach
Collegium Japan, BEMF, the Concert Royal, Foundling Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist,
performing the Brandenburg No. 6 with the New York Philharmonic. Motomi does more than early music,
and is featured on the Natalie Merchant album “Leave your Sleep”.
Kristin Olson, Baroque Oboe
A native of Seattle, WA, Kristin Olson has performed modern and baroque oboe throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. During her tenure as oboist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinloa de las Artes in Culiacan, Mexico, Kristin founded and acted as Artistic Director of La Capella Real de las Americas, a baroque chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing baroque music to small villages in northwestern Mexico. She holds degrees from California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Historical Performance at The Juilliard School, studying with Gonzalo Ruiz.
Rie Thiesson, Baroque Oboe
Rie Thiesson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, where she studied with Merete Hoffmann. She has since then focused on the baroque oboe and has studied with Alfredo Bernardini in Barcelona at ESMuC and at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen. She is currently studying in New York with Gonzalo X. Ruiz, and recently performed in his acclaimed oboe band, Symphonie des Dragons, in performances on the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series. In addition, she also performs with various early music ensembles in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. And she has delivered hundreds of new citizens as an authorized midwife.
Stephanie Corwin, Baroque Bassoon
Bassoonist Stephanie Corwin plays extensively on baroque, classical, and modern
instruments. As a soloist, she was named the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley
Vivaldi Bassoon Competition in June 2005 and was a semifinalist in the 2007 Ima Hogg
Young Artists Competition. An avid performer of chamber music, she has received
prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs national chamber music
competitions. Stephanie has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of ensembles,
including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Classical Orchestra, Handel
and Haydn Society, the Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, Musica Sacra, Cambridge
Concentus, Opera Lafayette, the Aulos Ensemble, REBEL, Arcadia Players, Concert
Royal, the Classical Music Consort, the Washington Square Ensemble and the New
Haven Symphony Orchestra. Under the tutelage of Frank Morelli, she received her
Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and her Master of Music
degree from Yale University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and German
from Davidson College. Stephanie also holds a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons
from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where she studied with Michael
Beth Wenstrom (Concert Master)