John K. Leupold, II
John K. Leupold, II is an Annapolis, MD based composer and percussionist whose music combines a wide variety of influences including popular music and world music with a deep grounding in classical forms and traditions. His music often centers on rhythm and utilizes elements of minimalist textures. While often not explicitly stated, Leupold's works often communicate a narrative left up to the listener to decifer. The Washington Post described his music as "an imaginative exploration of instrumental timbres and ranges impelled by repetitive melodic figures." His works have been performed by such groups as Inscape Chamber Orchestra, the Left Bank Quartet, and Capital Reeds.
Leupold received undergraduate and masters degrees in percussion performance and music theory/composition from Appalachian State University. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts under the instruction of Dr. James Fry and the University of Maryland, College Park. Leupold is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Washington College in Chestertown, MD where he teaching music theory, composition, percussion, and directs Steel Revolution, the Washington College Steel Band. More information can be found at www.johnleupold.com.
Sarah D’Angelo, violin
Violinist Sarah D'Angelo is a freelance musician and teacher in the Washington DC area.An active chamber musician, Ms. D'Angelo has been a principal player with Inscape since it's inception in 2004 and has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Washington Arts Club, the Mansion at Strathmore, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Wintergreen Performing Arts Center, and The Parilla Arts Center. As an orchestral player, Ms. D'Angelo performs frequently with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Concert Opera.
Ms. D'Angelo holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the University of Maryland. Her principal teachers include Joan Kwuon, Herbert Greenberg, and Violaine Melançon.
Noelle Drewes, oboe and English horn
Noelle Drewes is a freelance oboe & English horn player in Washington, DC. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Washington Concert Opera, Washington Chorus, Cathedral Choral Society and many others. Additionally, Noelle plays principal oboe with the Apollo Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Capital Reeds trio. She also maintains a private teaching studio and works as a woodwind repair technician. Ms. Drewes received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, and attended the University of Maryland for graduate school, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Visit www.ndrewes.com for more information.
Zachary Hollister, bass trombone
Zachary Hollister has served as bass trombonist with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC since 2014, after more than eight years with the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. A graduate of both the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Maryland, he has performed with such groups as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Triton Brass Quintet, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, and the Brass of the Potomac. He has additionally performed in big bands, including the Commodores Jazz Ensemble, appearing with such jazz artists as George Russell, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Wilson, and Wayne Bergeron, among others; and was featured in a brief interview and bass trombone demonstration on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Grace Eun Hae Kim, piano
Praised by The Washington Post as a pianist whose playing is "rich with emotional contrasts," and “hypnotic from the first note to the last note” by Die Rheinpfalz, Grace Eun Hae Kim has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto in Spain. Solo performances with orchestras include the Minnesota Orchestra, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Cherokee Symphony Orchestra, and Siouxland Youth Symphony. Chamber orchestral appearances include the New Juilliard Ensemble and New Millennium Festival Orchestra in Gijón, Spain. Ms. Kim has won prizes in numerous competitions including the Minnesota International Piano E-Competition, Washington International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, Russell Wonderlic Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, and Corpus Christi International Competition, and has performed in notable festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Fellbach Sommer Musik Festival, Banff International Keyboard Festival, Pianofest, and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Ms. Kim currently serves on the faculty at Loyola University Maryland and Georgetown University. She has also served on the faculty at Washington College and Levine School of Music. Ms. Kim received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School, studying principally with Herbert Stessin and Julian Martin, and holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory where she worked with Boris Slutsky.
Francis Liu, violin
With an inclination for eclectic projects, violinist Francis Liu specializes in period interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. He has appeared at the festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie,” working with members of Les Arts Florissants. He has also been on tour with the ensemble Musica Angelica and the actor John Malkovich in two productions, “The Infernal Comedy,” and “The Giacomo Variations.” Other projects include collaborations with new music ensembles Hotel Elefant and W4 New Music, as well as period ensembles the Sebastians and the Bach Players of Holy Trinity. Mr. Liu was a founding member of New Vintage Baroque, which combines new commissions with Baroque repertoire and narration. He has received degrees from Rice University, the University of Maryland, and the Juilliard Historical Performance program.
R. Timothy McReynolds, piano
Enjoying a career that embraces art song, opera, chamber music, and cabaret, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds is also active as a teacher and vocal coach. He is a member of the Voice/Opera faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music. He has participated as vocal coach/pianist for the Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. Most recently he was the Artist-in-Residence at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
He has toured internationally in concerts, cabarets, and masterclasses in Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Austria, as well as across the United States. He also performed in recital with acclaimed bass-baritone, the late William Warfield, as well as Delores Ziegler, Linda Mabbs, Isabel Leonard, Danielle Talamantes, and Corinne Winters. The Washington Post hails him as the, “perceptive accompanist”, the Baltimore Sun, an “excellent pianist”, while the website Classical Journal proclaims him as the “brilliant accompanist” in a recital with mezzo-soprano, Delores Ziegler. He continues his close association with UrbanArias and Vocal Arts DC, both of Washington, D.C. Recent concert venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., a state tour of Maryland with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony, the Egyptian Embassy Concert Series in Vienna, Austria, and both the Stern Auditorium with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In the Spring of 2012 he played (and sang) the world premier of Dominick Argento's Cabaret Songs with Linda Mabbs at the University of Maryland. He recently returned from Assisi, Italy where he was invited to perform at International ClarinetFest.
Dan Shomper, cello
Dr. Daniel Shomper is an active performer and educator in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area. The Baltimore Sun praised his ‘virtuoso playing’ and complimented his ‘masterful performance’ and ‘lyrical expression.’ He is a member of the Annapolis and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras, performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Artists of Baltimore and other local ensembles.
In addition to his work as an orchestral performer, he is an active chamber musician and recitalist. He has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, the National Art Gallery, and the Washington Arts Club, among others. Additionally, he has performed concerts and in prestigious music festivals in the United States and abroad, including venues in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Budapest, Helsinki, and Quebec.
Dr. Shomper is also a founding member of Quartet 122, a new and innovative ensemble that includes four multifaceted musicians. Their diverse backgrounds create a seamless blend of classical, jazz, Latin, and popular music. Quartet 122 simultaneously combines the esthetics of a classical chamber group with the freedom, spontaneity, and improvisation of a small jazz combo—all these elements are captured in the ensemble’s compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions. Quartet 122’s eclectic nature gives them the opportunity to deliver a unique, innovative, and highly charged concert experience.
Daniel is currently on faculty Washington College and at the Anne Arundel Community College, actively participates in musical outreach programs through the Annapolis Symphony and other programs and and maintains a robust private studio.
Evan Solomon, clarinet
Evan Ross Solomon is widely-known for his versatility, depth of tone, and technical brilliance on both clarinet and bass clarinet. He has performed in recital at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, and Montgomery College. He is a freelance artist in the Washington DC area and appears frequently with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with The National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Mid Atlantic Symphony. Mr Solomon has performed under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, and Michael Stern.
Mr. Solomon holds the BM degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the MM from the University of Maryland. His principal teachers include Anthony Gigliotti, Loren Kitt, and Paul Cigan.
Since 2005, Mr. Solomon has served as Executive Director of Inscape.
Natalie Spehar, cello
Natalie Spehar has made her mark in classical, rock, and folk music, performing most recently with artists including Donovan, Roses & Revolutions, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, Michael Bublé and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Natalie is a graduate of Eastman School of Music (BM’ – Cello Performance & Arts Leadership) and the University of Maryland (MM’ Music Performance), and is a current member of DC’s Great Noise Ensemble and the NYC-based piano quartet, Paperwing. An avid supporter of new music, Natalie has presented 45 world premiere performances, including works by Zoe Keating, Sarah Lipstate, Cornelius Duffallo, Hannah Lash, and famed Syrian recording artist Malek Jandali. As a soloist, she has traveled to perform & lecture on her work in string performance with electronics at universities across the United States.
Natalie is also an active composer and studio recording artist, working most recently with The Young Romans, Chris Brown, Starbucks artist Jesse Thomas, singer/songwriter Brad Carter (Red Parade Music), producer D.A. Doman (RCA Records) and jazz pianist Joel Pierson. Her playing appears in the soundtrack for the 2014 motion picture Decoding Annie Parker, as well as the television documentary Through the Eye of the Needle and the award-winning animated short film Test Anxiety, for which Natalie composed and recorded the original soundtrack.
With a strong interest in arts leadership, Natalie has worked closely with Young Audiences, Inc. and Music For Life, and is currently a performing member of the national MacDowell Music Club, promoting music education and outreach. In 2014, she founded the Annapolis Young Artists Program as well as the Urban Initiatives String Program in the greater D.C. metro area, encouraging young artists to be effective, creative & community-minded collaborators.
Natalie currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
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