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 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 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 Director of Programming and Public Outreach 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.
A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Katherine Jolly has appeared in leading roles with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and others. In the concert arena Ms. Jolly, has performed recently as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, with the Evansville Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony. She also was featured with the Phoenix Symphony in performances of Brundibar, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Carmina Burana, with Northwest Florida Symphony, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, with the Sacramento Choral Arts Society. In 2012 the soprano returned to the Sacramento Choral Arts Society, as the Soprano Soloist in the Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. “Jolly’s voice enraptured the audience, as she sang the ethereal Domine Deus”, Sacramento Press.
Katherine made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2012, performing as part of their East/West Chamber Opera series, in a premier of New Arrivals. “Katherine Jolly, also making her HGO debut, employed tender and expressive soprano vocals to make her portrayal of Iris poignant and unforgettable”, Operaworld.com. She also made her debut with Virginia Opera, reprising Yum-Yum, in The Mikado, and was featured with the company as one of three sopranos in their Simply Sopranos Gala. The soprano returned to New York City Opera in 2010 for performances as Laoula in L’Etoile following her performances of the Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon, in 2007. A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote "Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Jolly returned to the Met in the spring of 2010 to workshop An Enchanted Island with the company, and was featured with City Opera’s VOX series for new operas, in Acquanetta, and Josephine, broadcast on NPR.
In addition to her Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Ms. Jolly has been the recipient of other awards including a 2007 George London Finalist Honorable mention, a 2005 McAllister Career Grant. She received the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award for Outstanding Teacher/Performer from SongFest in 2016. Recent 2017 engagements in 2017 have included Opera Tastings with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, SPEAK, with Chamber Project Saint Louis, and a staged version Bach’s Coffee Cantata with the Bach Society of St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Dr. Jolly received the Doctorate of Musical Arts, as well as the Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She taught as an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Louis University, from 2013-2015, where she has received a Mellon Career Grant, and was a finalist for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Katherine will join Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music voice faculty as an Assistant Professor of Voice in August 2017. Upcoming engagements in 2017-2018 will include performances with Chamber Project Saint Louis, Music For All Seasons, recitals in Bloomington and a Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass as part of the John Hamm Performing Artist Series at Covenant College.
American bass-baritone, Robert McNichols, Jr. has been making a name for himself as an “artist worthy of being noticed” (The Kansas City Star, 2010). Upcoming performances for Mr. McNichols include the role of Oloferno in the world premiere of The Borgia Infami with Winter Opera, and being a guest soloist with the Gateway Men's Chorus performing Vaughn-Williams' Five Mystical Songs. His most recent performances include being the baritone soloist in Manchester United Church's performance of The Last Seven Words of Christ, and the roles of Mr. Bascombe, Starkeeper, and Dr. Seldom in Union Avenue Opera's production of Carousel. He began the 2017 season as the Emcee for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ community concert tour Opera Tastings, and as the Narrator for The Lincoln Portraits with the St. Louis Symphony. He also performed as co-producer, musical director, and soloist of A Classical Cabaret: Featuring excerpts of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with The Black Rep as part of their New Works Festival.
Mr. McNichols ended 2016 with being selected as an Regional Arts Commission Fellowship Artist Grant recipient. Another highlight of 2016 performance was singing Chucho in Lucrezia with St. Louis’ Gateway Opera, for which he was acclaimed for having a “booming bass” (Ladue News) that’s “rich and powerful” (Broadway World). He has also been proving himself to be a versatile performer through show-stopping performances as the Narrator in the Afro-punk-rock musical Passing Strange at the Edison Theatre (St. Louis) and Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (Kansas City, MO).
In 2015, Mr. McNichols showed his versatility as a performer, portraying roles such as the title character in Phillip Hayes Dean's two-man play Paul Robeson with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, as well as Tonton Julian in the company’s award-winning production of Once on This Island. The success of Mr. McNichols’ performances in Paul Robeson led him to reprise the role at the University of Southern Indiana Edwardsville.
In 2014, Mr. McNichols returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Baron Douphol in La traviata, earning praise as “a welcome presence on the stage…with a lush bass-baritone voice” (KC Independent). Other highlights from 2014 include Fred and Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe with New Theater Restaurant (Overland Park, KS), the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with Missouri Southern State University, and the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Lawrence Civic Choir.
Notable highlights from 2013 are Mr. McNichols’ debuts including Springfield Regional Opera as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Booker T. Washington in Ragtime with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime with Theatre Lawrence.
Mr. McNichols is a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program, where his performances included Masetto in Don Giovanni and the dual roles of Jim and Daniel in the world premiere of the opera John Brown by Kirke Mechem.
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.
Amy Greenhalgh was born in Britain, read music at Oxford University, and went on to postgraduate education at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music. She has worked as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout Europe, with ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and National Symphony Orchestra of Malta, as well as recording for labels such as Decca, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon.
In 2009, Amy moved to South America, after having won the position of principal viola of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Chile. During her time in Chile, she was also professor of viola at the University Mayor, a member of the Ensamble Filarmónico, and principal viola of the Chilean-German Chamber Orchestra.
Amy moved to the United States in 2015 and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She plays the viola and violin with Chamber Project Saint Louis, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Winter Opera, amongst other groups. Amy also arranges, transcribes and reduces works for musicians including the Kingsbury Ensemble and Terry Barber, countertenor, and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.