Lewis Baratz is a harpsichordist, recorder player, and music historian. He has performed with Abendmusik, The Academy of Sacred Drama, Bethlehem Baroque, Biber Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, The Queens Consort, Voices Chorale, Vox Ama Deus, and the Voyces Ensemble, and as artistic director of the period instrument ensemble La Fiocco. Lewis holds performance degrees from SUNY Buffalo and Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in musicology from Case Western Reserve University. He was visiting professor of music at Seton Hall University and adjunct associate professor of music history and theory at Mercer Community College. His syndicated radio show, Well-Tempered Baroque, airsFriday nights at 11 on The Classical Network, and as webcasts at wwfm.org. At Lafayette College, Lewis is interim director of the Marquis Consort and instructor of harpsichord.
Violinist Julie Bougher has been playing the violin since the age of five. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University and has performed in orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Julie is a member of the Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Riverside Symphonia, and is the founder of the Elysium String Quartet. She is actively involved in string pedagogy, having participated in the Starling-DeLay Symposium at The Juilliard School; she has also taught at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts and at Temple University, where she was Artist in Residence. In addition, Julie is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and teaches at Lafayette College, in the Central Bucks School District, and privately.
Since graduation from the Eastman School of Music, Ken has performed in 25 countries around the world. While still a student at Eastman, he performed with the Chuck Mangione Orchestra including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Central Park in NewYork City. Ken has toured as lead trumpet, featured soloist, and assistant musical director of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and appears on various recordings with them. He also performed on the Glenn Miller Orchestra alumni All-star band recordings “In the Christmas Mood” (platinum), “In the Christmas Mood” vol. 2, and “In the Nutcracker Mood.” Ken has played lead trumpet for the Phil Woods Big Band including the “Celebration” album (Grammy nominee), and has gone on several tours of Europe. He has also played jazz trumpet on the “Children’s Suite” recording released in 2009 by the Phil Woods Little Big Band. He played lead trumpet on the “Patti Page Live in Carnegie Hall – the Fiftieth Anniversary Concert” which won a Grammy award. Ken is currently, and has been, the lead trumpet for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for the last fifteen years. In 2010, Ken’s private students are First Chair in NJ All-Sate Band and Lead Trumpet in PA All-State Jazz Band. Ken has had three students play lead trumpet in All-East Jazz Band (12 state area).
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Susan Charlton received the Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance and the Master of Fine Arts degree in chamber music study and performance from the University of Wisconsin. She has appeared as a soloist and as an orchestral and chamber musician with various performing ensembles throughout the Midwest, greater New York area, the Delaware Valley, and the Lehigh Valley. Her flute studies have included lessons and masterclasses with Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger, Paula Robison, Carol Wincenc, Robert Cole, Ernestine Whitman and Mary Robert Wilson, and she has coached with many instrumental and vocal artists throughout the United States. Ms. Charlton has been a member of the Lafayette College Department of Music faculty since 1992, teaching flute and coaching wind and string chamber ensembles. She performs with musicians in a variety of ensembles and colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Todd Collins has been teaching private lessons on mandolin and clawhammer banjo for over thirty years developing a comprehensive approach. Depending on the student, lessons can include fretboard study, solo construction, improvisational concepts, harmony, sight reading, solo analysis and developing repertoire. He performs in a variety of styles ranging from traditional and progressive bluegrass (Tom Hanway’s Blue Horizon) to swing (Blueswing Trio), contemporary jazz, acoustic blues (The Booglerizers), rock (The Humphries), and classical. His original bluegrass CD “Blue Soul” received national and international airplay. He has published several books with Mel Bay, including “Classic Bluegrass Solos (of Bill Monroe)” and “Fretboard Studies for the Improvising Mandolinist”. Todd was the mandolin instructor for the “Bluegrass Masters Workshops” at the popular Big Apple Bluegrass Festival in New York City. Currently, he is associate professor at County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, where he coordinated the music recording program and developed the popular music history class American Roots Music. He earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Music from Montclair State University.
Bassist Tom DiCarlo obtained a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. He has performed with world-renowned musicians Claudio Roditi, Norman Simmons, Dave Schnitter, Ralph Bowen, Roseanna Vitro, Jim Ridl, Don Braden, Mark Sherman, Tim Horner, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Larry McKenna, Jerry Weldon, Tia Fuller, Gap Mangione, Pat LaBarbara, Joe LaBarbara, Sean Jones, Frank Lacy, Orrin Evans, Richard Wyands, Bob DeVos, Joe Magnarelli, and Steve Johns. Tom has appeared on Cablevision television with groups such as the Ralph Peterson Quintet, Gordon Lane Trio, and his own quintet. He has performed at a variety of music festivals including the Morges Music Festival in Morges, Switzerland, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival, and the induction of the Duke Ellington Day in New York City. Tom was recently selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the 2010 ‘Rhythm Road’ tour of Russia, China, South Korea, and the Philippines for the U.S. State Department.
A native of Yonkers, New York, Alexis Firstenberg Fisher has taught piano at Lafayette College since 1986. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music and also attended Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. She was a member of the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and also taught piano at Santa Clara University and San Jose City College. Fisher studied with pianists Adolph Baller, Leander Dell’Anno, Constance Keene and Abbey Simon.
She has appeared as piano soloist in performances in California, Wisconsin and in the Lehigh Valley. Since 1992 she has collaborated with flutist Susan Charlton in the Charlton/Fisher Duo
Additional chamber music performances include recitals of music for cello and piano and repertoire for piano trio.
Frank Flandorffer (Guitar) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition and Arranging from the Greenwich conservatory (a division of New York University), and has studied with Watts Clarke, Dennis Sandole, Howard Roberts, and the eminent maestro Alberto Valdes Blain. Currently, he performs with the Pennsylvania Guitar Quintet and with the Pennsylvania String Ensemble. Additionally, Frank has toured with Sonny and Cher, Bobbie Vinton, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, and Tony Orlando. He has made several recordings, commercials, and videos as a studio musician. He teaches guitar and directs guitar ensembles at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and DeSales University, Center Valley, PA.
Tony Gairo maintains an active schedule as a composer, performer, and educator of jazz, the saxophones, flutes, clarinets, jazz composition, arranging, theory and analysis, and jazz history. Voted the 2004 Jazz Musician of the Year-Lehigh Valley (PA.) by Pulseweekly Magazine, he is the leader of the Tony Gairo Band, an 11-piece jazz ensemble whose “book” consists mostly of his compositions and arrangements with monthly performances at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia and the Tony Gairo Big Band, a 17-piece modern jazz orchestra whose repertoire consists entirely of his original compositions. Their debut recording, Treacherous, was released January 2006 on Sea Breeze Jazz Records. Gairo is on the instructing faculty at Lafayette, Moravian, and Muhlenberg Colleges.
Sean Gough is a pianist, teacher, and writer who has appeared in concert from New York City to San Francisco. He has taught in classroom and in lessons, and has had his writing featured at NPR.org and JazzTimes. As a member of several improvising bands, he appears most frequently with Go Trio, “a shining example of both a trio’s tightness and its elasticity” (Washington City Paper). As a freelancing jazz musician, he plays mainly with veteran musicians of the New York scene. As a solo pianist, he plays completely improvised music, as well as improvising through the American Songbook and popular songs. Sean also accompanies widely, from musical theater, to premieres by composer-performers, to various classical ensembles, particularly voice and piano. He is a graduate of the M.A. program in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University, and of Lafayette College (B.A. music and history).
Stephen Groat, double bassist, graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is Principal Bass of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and a member of the bass sections of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Ongoing affiliations include the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (formerly Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia), and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He performed for many years as Principal Bass of the Lake George Opera Festival and the Opera Festival of New Jersey, and was a member of the Delaware and Reading Symphony Orchestras, as well as Principal Bass in the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Additional activities have included performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
American soprano Risa Renae Harman has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, “But she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” Favorite operatic performances include Violetta in La Traviata, The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adele in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as creating the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera, and as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Miss Harman’s international credits include recitals in Sweden as winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Miss Harman is the recipient of numerous awards including the Lee Schaenen Foundation, Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Washington International Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. She received her DMA from Stony Brook University and currently is Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival, Michigan. Dr. Harman teaches applied voice at Lafayette College.
Heath Hitchcock holds a Master of Music in Classical Guitar from The Peabody Conservatory, of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and a BSED in Music from West Chester University, Pennsylvania. At Peabody, Heath studied under Julian Gray while working toward his degree. He also attended master classes with master guitarist Manuel Barrueco and Ray Chester. Heath briefly studied with lutenist Ronn McFarlane and guitarist Benjamin Verdery, and has taken lessons from Jason Vieaux and the late Aaron Brock. Heath performed widely in the Baltimore area as part of the flute and guitar duets, Calliope and Windwood. He continues to perform in venues throughout the Lehigh Valley as a soloist and with ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Guitar Quintet, of which he was a member for 12 years. You can find him often at first Friday events in Southside Bethlehem. Heath’s solo album “Five Centuries of the Guitar” features selections from Tarrega, Sor and Mertz. In addition to teaching all forms of guitar, Heath teaches ukulele which both he and his students have come to enjoy in its playfulness, variety and range of expression. Heath also holds a student concert once a year and performance classes semi-monthly, with student talents ranging from classical to electric guitar, singer songwriters, and ukulele.
Nobuo Kitagawa, a graduate of Tokyo University of Arts, received Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. He was the winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition, NHK Young Artists’ Audition, and Katz Young Musicians’ Competition which sponsored his 1986 debut recital in New York City. He is a member of Bach Choir of Bethlehem Festival Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. He appeared as a concerto soloist with Denver Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Orchestra New England, and Pennsylvania Sinfonia. He has recorded for Koch International, Delos, and New World Records. On Broadway, he has been heard in Phantom of the Opera, Beauty And The Beast, and Miss Saigon. For two years, he served as the principal oboist for the national tour of Music Of Andrew Lloyd Weber. Morning Call described his performance as “sweet, velvety sound simply melted into every corner of the hall.” He taught at Connecticut College and Queens College (New York). He currently teaches at Lafayette College and Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop. He has given master classes and lectures at Wesleyan University, Harlem School of Performing Arts, Kutztown University and Kinhaven Music School. He is the author of Rhythmic Exercises: Book 2 – Intermediate to Advanced. He regularly posts exercises for oboe and other wind instruments on YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/nkitanyc), and publishes articles on practice technique and teaching on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/nkitagawa).
Tom Kozic is an experienced teacher and lecturer on contemporary guitar styles and jazz improvisation. He toured for four years as lead-guitarist with Eddie Rabbit. Other performing credits include: Eddie Fisher, Frankie Lane, Jerry Vale, Vic Damone, Phil Woods, and many others.
Conductor Darin Lewis has toured throughout Europe and conducted in many of the major cities including: London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Budapest, and Vienna. In 2005, he was asked to be conductor in residence at the First International Orchestra Festival in Hallé, Germany, where a combined German/American orchestra premiered two of his works. He has toured throughout the United States and has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, as well as in many other important venues in the New York City area. He has given master classes along the East Coast and in California, and works with Heritage Music Festivals. He was on the faculty at Horace Mann School for 19 years and developed a nationally recognized program. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Simpatico Chamber Ensemble in New York City.
Anna Maria Marzullo (Piano) received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Masters degree in Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She has served on the piano faculty of the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore and, upon moving to the Lehigh Valley, held the position of Executive Director of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching piano at Lafayette, Ms. Marzullo also serves as accompanist for the music department and pianist in Lafayette’s Concert Band. Outside of Lafayette, Ms. Marzullo collaborates in concert with professional musicians, is pianist for the Concord Chamber Singers, and maintains a private teaching studio.
David Moulton, Cello and viola da gamba, received Bachelors and Masters degrees with distinction in cello performance from the University of Michigan. He has served as Principal Cellist in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and has performed at the Colorado, Aspen, and Spoleto Italy Music Festivals. Currently, Mr. Moulton is a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra, and is Principal Cellist of the Allentown Symphony. He also performs regularly with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Mr. Moulton’s chamber music activities include the Lukens Piano Trio, the period instrument ensemble Bethlehem Baroque, and the mixed strings and winds group Satori. He is a faculty member at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, and Lafayette College, Easton.
Laura Oltman has received acclaim for her recital and chamber music performances throughout the world. The New York Times described her debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall as “remarkably successful–sensitive, well proportioned, and large on lyrical feeling.” Laura was chosen to perform in a nationally televised master class conducted by Andrės Segovia at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to her position at Lafayette College, Laura is guitar instructor at Princeton University, partner in the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo—Ensemble-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College of Music since 1987.
Since making her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, Holly Roadfeldt has continued to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Holly’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber and she regularly mixes newly composed music with established masterpieces. With her most recent endeavor “The Preludes Project”, she commissioned 16 composers to write preludes to be performed alongside works from the standard repertoire. Holly premiered 64 preludes in 16 states as a guest artist at multiple venues including Oklahoma State University, Wichita State University; the Peabody Institute; University of Nebraska-Kearney; Western Carolina University; Carson-Newman University; the College of Southern Maryland; Westminster College; the University at Albany; Manchester University and Lafayette College.
The Preludes Project CD is Holly’s debut solo album and was released by PARMA Recordings in November 2016. The double CD includes Chopin’s Op. 28 Preludes and Kirk O’Riordan’s Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano (2014). Holly’s performance on this CD has been lauded as “utterly convincing [with]…every note of her Chopin sound [ing] fresh and alive and her varied touch perfectly match [ing] the mood of each piece — and all are conjured up with a breathtaking sense of elation.” (Raul da Gama, World Music Report). Núria Serra of Sonograma Magazine says the double album deserves “all our highest praise” for Holly’s “expression, agility and perfect articulation.” Additional reviewers describe Holly’s playing as “exquisite… demonstrating her excellent expressive abilities and technique.” (Cinemusical), state that “the clarity of [her] playing on the faster and more complicated preludes is jaw-dropping” (Mainly Piano) and “Roadfeldt plays all 50 pieces with finesse” (Infodad).
Holly currently teaches at Lafayette College, serves as master piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware and is Master Faculty at the Community Music School in Allentown. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Indiana University.
Holly received performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Colorado in Boulder (D.M.A.).
John Schwartz received his bachelor’s degree from West Chester State and a master’s degree from Temple University. His principal clarinet teacher was Anthony Liberio, a protege’ of Gino Cioffi, former principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. John’s tenure in the Bethlehem School District included teaching at Freedom High School. During that time, he also taught clarinet and woodwind techniques at Moravian College. Currently, he teaches at the Community Music School in Allentown. Mr. Schwartz Is principal clarinetist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Allentown Band, Pottstown Symphony, Reading Symphony, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. Additionally, he performed in the following chamber ensembles: Leval Woodwind Quintet, Chaleureux Trio, and the Allentown Symphony Woodwind Quintet. Most recently, he performed the Mozart Quintet with the Copeland String Quartet.
Bill Smith, a native of Bethlehem, PA, has been a professional musician and educator for most of his life and served for over 23 years as a jazz and classical trombonist in the U.S. Air Force. He has performed with many top artists, including Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Toots Thielemans, Conrad Herwig and the New York Voices to name a few. Bill has been a featured jazz soloist at many U.S. and International jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Berks Jazz Fest and Hampton Roads Jazz Festival. In the classical music genre Bill has served as Principal Trombonist in the Concert Bands of The Air Force Band of the East (NJ) and the Air Force Heritage of America Band (VA). He was appointed by Air Force Bands Branch in Washington, D.C. as the trombone SME (Subject Matter Expert) from 1999 to 2007, overseeing the audition requirements for all prospective Air Force trombonists. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. Bill has also been a clinician and educator throughout his career, for both private students and seminars. Most recently he presented “100 Years of Jazz Trombone” at the PAJAZZ/Moravian College November (2015) Jazz Series, performed as a clinician for the 2015 Music in the Schools program in Berks county and was a clinician/guest artist with the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts (2014).
A Mississippi native, Eric van Hoven debuted at three of NYC’s prestigious music venues within twelve consecutive months. His New York City Opera debut was Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, followed by his concert debut at Avery Fisher Hall with American Symphony Orchestra singing the roles of Hermes in Bruch’s Odysseus, 3rd Soldier in Hindemith’s Murderer Hope of Women, and 2nd Player in Weill’s The Protagonist, and then his Broadway debut in Candide directed by Hal Prince. Mr. van Hoven has performed principal roles with Opera De Las Americas, Portland Opera, Opera Omaha, Chautauqua Opera, South Carolina Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Knoxville Opera, Sacramento Opera, and Augusta Opera. Recent engagements include performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Mobile Opera Orchestra, and Lake George Opera. Eric is a vocal instructor at Lafayette College.