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Members' biographies

Clarinetist BENJAMIN BARON. Hailed as a player of great "emotion, skill, and intensity" (Sioux City Journal), who "played with reverence" (New York Sun) and demonstrated "clean, incisive clarinet playing" (American Record Guide), New York–based clarinetist Benjamin Baron enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, and clinician. Formally a member of the orchestra for the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of On the Town, Benjamin has performed on several other shows including Wicked, The King and I, and The Phantom of the Opera. Baron has also performed with the New York Pops, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, West Point Band, Belgian Radio Orchestra, and the London Winds, and has toured across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Baron can be heard as principal clarinet and soloist on recordings with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Knights Chamber Orchestra, all currently available on the Sony, Naxos, and Orange Mountain Music labels. As principal clarinet with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Benjamin performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on the orchestra's thirty-fifth year of summer tours throughout Japan.

As an educator, Benjamin serves as the director of instrumental music at Manhattan's Calhoun School, and is an adjunct associate professor of music at Lehman College, City University of New York. He regularly presents master classes and clinics at universities throughout the United States, and has also taught within the precollege departments of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College The New School for Music.

Baron's book, The Audition Method, written in collaboration with Mark Nuccio, is currently available through GIA Publications. He is a D'Addario Performing Artist and an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Music Group. For more information, see Ben's web page at www.benjaminbaron.com.

 

Flutist KARLA MOE has an active career as both an orchestral and chamber musician, frequently playing with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony and its Bard Summer Festival, the Colonial and Westfield Symphonies, Long Island Philharmonic, and Principal Flutist of the New York Grand Opera, New Jersey State Opera and the St. Cecelia Orchestra. She has been Principal Flutist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Musica Aeterna Chamber Orchestra which performed an acclaimed series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has played under such conductors as James Levine, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, and was asked to play with the St. Petersburg Orchestra on their American tour. For the past ten years, Karla has been the flutist with The Queen's Chamber Band, a Baroque ensemble.

An active educator, Karla has taught in the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, and has played for the New York Philharmonic Education Programs. She is on the faculty of Nassau Community College and Long Island University - C.W. Post College, where she is also the Director of Woodwind Studies. Karla plays for many Broadway shows, including Lion King and Wicked, and can be heard on many recordings with the Queens Chamber Band, as well as television, numerous films and other classical albums. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Ms. Moe received a Master's degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where she also won First Place in the school's Annual Concerto Competition.

 

Horn player BARBARA OLDHAM is a founding member of Quintet of the Americas. Her other appearances as a chamber recitalist include performances with Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Music Festival, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and Festival Brass. She has presented recitals at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the American Landmark Festivals, and has appeared as a soloist at the Westchester Chamber Music Festival and with the Contreras Chamber Ensemble. She was the recipient of a 1999 Brooklyn Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for a series of recitals in Brooklyn. She has served as principal horn of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia in Bogotá, Opera Northeast, National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and as a member of the Queens Symphony and West End Symphony. Active as a freelance player, she has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Radio City Music Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and on Broadway for West Side Story, Woman of the Year, Cats, and Aspects of Love.

As a member of Quintet of the Americas, Ms. Oldham has performed in hundreds of concerts in tours across the United States, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Her activities include researching repertoire from Latin America and developing educational programs and workshops. She has served on the music advisory board of the Americas Society in New York City, and the Latin American music committee of Queens Symphony. In addition to New York University, she is on the faculty at Brooklyn College and Summertrios, and has taught beginning band to elementary school students in a public school in Brooklyn as part of Project Arts.

 

Oboist MATT SULLIVAN has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as both a virtuoso performer and teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his gorgeously lyrical playing and the New Yorker has called his inventive programming the cutting edge. As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and compact discs, have been featured on National Public Radio and on Voice of America. In addition to his active teaching and solo recital schedule, he is a member of Musicians Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players (Princeton University), the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, First Avenue, and Heliosphere. He serves as Assistant Professor of Woodwind Studies - Director of Double Reed Studies at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. He is also a teaching artist at Princeton University Matt is a Performing Artist for Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes. For more information, see Matt's web page at http://www.oboematt.com. For more information, see Matt's web page at www.oboematt.com.

 

Bassoonist Dr. SASHA ENEGREN is Assistant Professor of bassoon and Woodwind Coordinator at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She is a founding member of the Montclair Woodwind Quintet which mentors young chamber ensembles through a pre-professional residency program. Her academic publications can be found in the journals of the International Double Reed Society and the International Alliance for Women in Music.

As a soloist she has performed fifteen concertos with orchestra and recently premiered seven new compositions by local composers. In orchestra, she has been a member of the Savannah Philharmonic since 2010 and freelances extensively in the NY/NJ area. Frequent performance venues include Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Symphony Space with orchestras such as American Symphony Orchestra and the New York Pops.

Committed to community engagement, Sasha volunteers in local high schools and elementary schools where she gives group and individual music lessons. She has also played for the New York Philharmonic’s “Very Young People’s Concerts.” She worked for four years in the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music and implements career guidance and scheduling skills into her teaching.

At Manhattan School of Music, Sasha was honored as the outstanding graduate from the doctoral program, where she also received her master’s degree in orchestral performance. She has also studied at Mannes College of Music and Wake Forest University.


 

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