Jennifer Gartley, flute, is a native of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina and moved to Saint Louis in 2006. She graduated with the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Dr. Jonathan Keeble and was the teaching assistant for the flute studio. Dr. Gartley received the Master of
Music degree from Louisiana State University in 2003 and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2001. She has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, and the Owensboro Symphony and currently serves as the principal flutist for Winter Opera Saint Louis and Associate Faculty at McKendree University. Dr. Gartley is an Artistic Director and founding member of Chamber Project Saint Louis and is the Manager of Public Outreach and Applied Music for Washington University in St. Louis.
Laura Reycraft, viola, received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 as a student of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. In 2005 she earned her Master of Music diploma from the University of Maryland College Park where she studied viola with Daniel Foster and Michael Tree and Suzuki Violin Pedagogy with Ronda Cole. Laura has participated in a number of music festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She has played as substitute with National Symphony Orchestra and is currently a regular substitute with the Saint Louis Symphony and an active freelancer in the St. Louis area. Ms. Reycraft is a string faculty member of the Community Music School of Webster University and City Academy and maintains a private teaching studio. Laura is an Artistic Director of Chamber Project.
Dana Hotle, clarinet, can be heard performing in both her home state of Missouri and in Illinois. She is currently Principal Clarinet with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and performs with Winter Opera St. Louis. Dana is a former member of The Equinox Chamber players and the Cedar Rapids Symphony. She performs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a regular substitute musician. She a Bachelor's of Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an Master of Music from The Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with David Krakauer. Additionally she teaches at the Community Music School of Webster University and is the Festival Director for the Gesher Music Festival, as well as serving as the Executive Director for Chamber Project. She lives in South St. Louis with her husband, son and dog.
Nina Ferrigno, described by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "a magnificent pianist," is a collaborative artist at home in a multitude of diverse musical settings. Her playing is said to be, “...always precise with superb accentuation and warmth of feeling...”. Nina is a founding member of the Boston-based Calyx Piano Trio which has excited audiences throughout the United States with expressive ensemble playing and brilliant virtuosity. She has appeared in major concert venues throughout North America. She has performed in such ensembles as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), with whom she was principal keyboard from its inception to 2007. Nina is committed to commissioning and performing new works in a variety of settings, expanding the repertoire and bringing classical music to new audiences. The New Music Connoisseur has said of her, “pianist Nina Ferrigno [brings] out the inherent horizontal logic...all the while imparting sonic beauty from end to end.” Her chamber music recording of Lansing McLoskey’s “Tinted” was released by Albany Records in 2008. She is featured soloist on the BMOP Sound recording of the Elliott Schwartz Chamber Concerto III: Another View released in 2009. Nina is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with distinction. Her principal teachers were Wha Kyung Byun and Randall Hodgkinson. Other festival appearances include those at Tanglewood, Banff, Norfolk, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Carolina Chamber Music Festival where the Calyx Piano Trio is in residence. Nina makes her home in Webster Groves with husband Scott Andrews and their children Ava and Zachary. Nina and Scott are Artistic Directors of The Missouri Chamber Music Festival.
Valentina Takova, cello, was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria,where she began cello studies at age six. She has appeared as soloist and with orchestras in her native Bulgaria and the United States, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Zankel Hall. In addition, Ms.Takova has recorded extensively for National Bulgarian Radio and has appeared on National Public Radio. She is a former member of Boston’s Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and for the past three years, as Fellowship recipient of the Aspen Music Festival, she has held the Assistant Principal Cello position with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. From 1999 -2002, Ms. Takova toured Canada and the United States with the V.A.V. Piano Trio. Ms. Takova is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music where she studied with Aldo Parisot. Other primary teachers include Dennis Parker, Rhonda Rider, and Alan Harris. She currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
Manuela Kaymakanova was born in Rousse, Bulgaria, and began her violin studies at the age of five. She emigrated to the States in 1995 with her family. Manuela holds a Bachelor of Music from Webster University, where she received the Buder scholarship for gifted students and studied with Yuly Iliashov. She was associate concertmaster of the St Louis Youth Symphony for three years. Further studies led to a Master's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where she was awarded a graduate string quartet assistantship for three years. Her teachers there include Benny Kim and Gregory Sandomirsky. While in Kansas City, Manuela was a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony. In 2001 she was awarded the Women's Guild Award of the UMKC. That gave her the opportunity to attend the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy. Presently Manuela teaches at the Community Music School of Webster University and maintains a private studio. She is also an active chamber music and orchestral performer in the St Louis area. Manuela is a member of Trinity Piano Trio and Perseid String Quartet. She has played as a soloist with the SLYSO and Webster University Orchestra under David Amado.
Megan Stout is a highly trained freelance harpist in the Saint Louis region. Megan began her studies at the age of nine in Philadelphia under the direction of the principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Elizabeth Hainen. She has attained both a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Harp Performance from Indiana University under the tutelage of Susann McDonald. Megan is an avid chamber musician and has had the honor to collaborate with many fine musicians. She regularly performs chamber music in Breckenridge, CO and has become highly involved in the Saint Louis musical community including performances with members of the Saint Louis Symphony at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Chamber Project Saint Louis, and with the Saint Louis Symphony Community Partnership Program. Megan Stout’s performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Powell Hall and many other incredible performance venues. She has performed withthe Saint Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Megan was also a prizewinning performer in the National Society of Arts and Letters and the American String Teacher’s National Solo Competition.
Kyle Andre Lombard, violinist, is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated with honors from Indiana University, and received his Masters Degree from Yale University. Mr. Lombard enjoys a variety of musical activities. As a chamber musician, Mr. Lombard has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. He has recently performed on chamber music programs at Carnegie Hall and at the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series. As part of the Ritz Chamber Players, he featured in the University of Washington’s esteemed “World Series of Chamber Music”, which included radio broadcast on Seattle’s KING FM classical music station. As a member of the Goffriller Piano Trio, Mr. Lombard’s performances were broadcast on Israeli Public Radio during Isaac Stern’s 3rd International Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem. He also performed, as a member of the Gateways Chamber Music Ensemble, in a weeklong residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Mr. Lombard made his debut with the Kansas City Symphony. At age sixteen, he was the first area musician ever invited to perform with the ensemble. He has also concertized with the Savannah Symphony, the Sphinx Symphony, as well as recitals at the MOJA Festival in Charleston, S.C. and on the recital series at Southern Illinois University. Mr. Lombard was also featured in “Young Heroes of Music”, a live radio broadcast for Classic 99 FM of Saint Louis.
Mr. Lombard completed at two-year fellowship with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He has been performing with the orchestra since the 1999 season, and proudly maintains a regular presence with the SLSO Community Partnership Program, which brings symphony musicians to many schools, churches and community events around Saint Louis.
Jane Price, violin, grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers have included James Buswell, Paul Biss, and Yuval Yaron. Jane has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Institute, the Norfolk Festival, the Spoleto festival in Italy and the United States, and spent one year as a member of the New World Symphony. Since 1994 she has been an extra member of the Chicago Symphony with whom she has toured the United States, Europe, and South America. Ms. Price has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, and has been an extra member the St. Louis Symphony since 1996. Ms. Price is an adjunct violin instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, and for the past several years, has been a featured performer at the Festival of Music (FEMUSC) in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Soprano Katherine Jolly most recently appeared as an Artist-In-Residence with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and with the Evansville Philharmonic, in the Messiah, broadcast on wnin.org. She was in residency at SongFest in 2016, where she performed works by Previn, Strauss, Debussy, and Libby Larsen. Katherine has appeared in principle roles with companies including New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Houston Grand Operaco., Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Virginia Opera, Piedmont Opera, Amarillo Opera and Union Avenue Opera Theatre. Concert engagements have included the Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, Musica Sacra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Jolly was a winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Grand Council Auditions and has received awards from the George London Foundation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the McAllister Foundation, among others. Jolly is known for “her agile, bright lyric soprano voice” (New York Times), and her “tender and expressive soprano” (operaworld.com). In 2017 Jolly, will give recitals in Saint Louis, Cincinnati, and Sacramento and will be recording André Previn’s song cycles Honey and Rue and Four Songs for Soprano, Cello, and Piano with Dr. Emily Yap Chua. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters of Music from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. As an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Louis University, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, she recently was awarded a Mellon Faculty Career Grant, and is a Finalist for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jolly’s students have been accepted to the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, Pomona University, St. Mary’s University, and others. They have appeared on stages including Broadway tours, the Muny, Porthouse Theatre, The Lex, and Lyric Stage.
Peter Henderson, piano, is active as a performer in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Mr. Henderson is currently Associate Professor of Music at Maryville University in Saint Louis, where he has served on the faculty since fall 2005. He performs frequently as an ensemble keyboardist with the Saint Louis Symphony, and made his debut as a subscription-concert soloist with that orchestra in January 2008. Over the past several seasons, he has often given pre-concert lectures from the Saint Louis Symphony's Powell Hall stage.
Peter Henderson has been an orchestral and chamber keyboardist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since its 2004 season, and coached chamber music ensembles at the week-long San Diego Chamber Music Workshop each summer from 2001 to 2010. Mr. Henderson holds the degree Doctor of Music from Indiana University-Bloomington (having studied piano there with Dr. Karen Shaw); before attending IU, Mr. Henderson studied piano at the University of Idaho-Moscow with Dr. Jay Mauchley.
Peter Henderson’s ongoing musical partnerships include the Ilex Piano Trio, featuring Saint Louis Symphony musicians Kristin Ahlstrom, violinist (his lovely wife), and Anne Fagerburg Jacob, cellist. Mr. Henderson is an advocate of new music, having given several premieres of solo piano works during the past several years. He and Kristin live in Saint Louis's South City with their lively puppy Zinnia.
Stephanie Hunt is a versatile musician, performing on both modern and baroque cello. She plays frequently as a continuo cellist and was the continuo cellist for the Tanglewood Music Center’s Bach Festival. Stephanie is a member of Trio Lumea, a piano trio that performs on historical instruments. Trio Lumea has performed throughout the Netherlands and was recently invited to perform at the Royaumont Abbey in France.
Stephanie has attended a number of music festivals, some of which include Festivalensemble Stuttgart, the Meadowmount School, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and two summers as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in modern cello summa cum laude from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and received a Master of Music in modern cello from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She graduated with both a Bachelor of Music honours and a Master of Music in baroque cello from the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands). Her teachers include Viola de Hoog, Norman Fischer, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Ross Harbaugh, and Monique Bartels. After living five years in the Netherlands, Stephanie returned to the States in June and is teaching cello privately in St. Louis and through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki program.
Tricia Jostlein, horn
A native of Lexington, Nebraska, Tricia Jostlein received her early training at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In 1996 she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with William VerMeulen, followed by graduate studies at the University of Michigan.
She previously served as Principal horn of the Omaha Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as second horn of the Richmond and Honolulu Symphonies.
Ms. Jostlein has participated in numerous summer music festivals, including AIMS in Graz, Sarasota, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Bellingham Music Festival (American Sinfonietta), Pierre Monteux School, and, most recently, the Peter Britt Festival in Oregon. She lives in University City with her husband, hornist Thomas Jostlein, and their two young sons, Klaus and Max.
Elizabeth Ramos is a St. Louis based professional freelance violinist who specializes in classical, popular, and mariachi music. Formally trained since the age of two, Ms. Ramos attended such prestigious music programs as the Interlochen Arts Academy and Aspen Music Festival, before completing her bachelor's degree in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2006. Since moving to St. Louis, Elizabeth has performed extensively with the Bach Society at Powell Symphony Hall, the Pittsburgh Ballet at the Fox Theatre, and has twice premiered new pieces for chamber ensemble with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Solo appearances with orchestra include a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Belleville, IL Philharmonic. More recently, Ms. Ramos performed with famed pop group "The Black Eyed Peas" at the Edward Jones Dome, and with Alejandro Escovedo at Off Broadway.
Eliana Haig, viola
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Eliana Haig enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Eliana has served as a section violist in the Erie and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestras and as a substitute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She was recently awarded a section position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and will be performing as a substitute in the 2012-2013 season. A few of her favorite musical experiences include working with Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower on her interpretation of “Wild Purple for Solo Viola”, playing Bach on a baroque viola for the Rochester Early Music Festival, and performing in a viola ensemble of over 50 players for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 International Viola Congress.
Eliana has spent summers performing in the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute. An avid chamber musician, she has been coached by the Orion, Enso, Daedalus, and Fine Arts quartets and the Amelia Piano Trio.
With over 7 years of experience teaching students of various ages and levels, Eliana has taught most recently on the faculty of the Kanack School of Music and at the School No. 19 "Strings for Success Program" in Rochester, NY. She has also served on the faculties of the Amadeus Conservatory of Music in Chappaqua, NY, RCSD School No.17 in Rochester, and Appleton, Wisconsin’s “String Project” sponsored by the American String Teacher’s Association. Eliana is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and maintains an active studio of both Suzuki and traditional students. She recently relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, and is eagerly accepting new viola and violin students.
Eliana holds a Master of Music in Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University. As an undergraduate student, Eliana spent a year in Austria, where she studied music and German at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. Her primary teachers include Ira Weller, George Taylor, Matthias Maurer, and Matthew Michelic.
Vince Varvel, guitar
Born and raised in St. Louis, Vincent started playing music early on, taking lessons on piano, clarinet, and organ. He began playing guitar at age 16 and attended college at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he had the opportunity to perform with jazz greats such as Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, and Dan Gottlieb. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. Varvel began his professional career while in college, freelancing with many different performers in the St. Louis area. Artists he has worked with recently include Peter Mayer, Sarah Cloud, Autumn's Child featuring Mark Holland, Erin Bode, and Dan Rubright. He has two albums to his credit, Pictures and Postcards and ...Not A Creature Was Stirring... and is currently teaching jazz guitar at Washington University in St. Louis.
Antonio Innaimo, cello, was born and raised in Connecticut and began cello studies at age 11. As an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Antonio has performed in North America, South America and Europe. He studied at the Hartt School and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where his primary teachers were Emilio Colon and Steven Thomas, and he has also worked closely with renowned cellists David Finckel and Janos Starker. He has participated in the Tanglewood, Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, Brevard, Siena Summer Session (Italy), and Southern Illinois music festivals. Antonio is an active chamber musician in the St. Louis area and is also the Principal Cellist of the MUNY Orchestra. Mr. Innaimo is a Cellist in the Naples Philharmonic, the Assistant Principal Cello of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and a frequent guest with The Chrysalis Chamber Players in South Florida.