Stephen Colburn, Artistic Director/Oboe  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Oboist and Director of the Washington Island Music Festival, Stephen Colburn comes to us from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he has performed as Principal Oboe since 1966. He has also been Principal Oboe with the Santa Fe Opera and guest principal oboist with Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He has been a featured soloist with the Ojai Festival in California, performing the American premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Oboe Concerto under the composer’s direction. As a conductor, Mr. Colburn served as Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra from its founding in 1974 through the 2002 season, and was also Music Director and Conductor of the Racine Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Alverno College, UW-Whitewater, was a visiting professor at Lawrence University, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at UW-Milwaukee. Mr. Colburn holds degrees from Indiana University and UW-Milwaukee. He was the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Citizen Award given by the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee and was presented the 2003 Outstanding Service to Music Award by the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras.

Teresa Drews, Piano  Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Teresa Drews, chair of the piano department at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, is excited to be returning for a second summer at the Washington Island Music Festival. An active performer in the Milwaukee area, she often collaborates with WCM faculty and fellow Washington Island Ensemble members. Ms. Drews received a B.M. degree, with honors, from Northwestern University and a M.M. degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Sylvia Wang, Ann Schein and Seth Knopp and performed in master classes by David Burge and Menahem Pressler. A committed music educator, Ms. Drews maintains a large piano studio, has taught general music and piano at several Milwaukee area schools and currently serves as staff accompanist at Alverno College.


Samantha George, Violin & Lecturer  Lawrence University

Samantha George is an Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University, where she teaches violin, chamber music, and performs with the Lawrence Chamber Players. Formerly Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, she had been Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (1998-99) and Co-Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (1995-98). She has also attended the Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (CT), Heidelberg Castle Festival (Germany), and has studied chamber music with members of the Emerson, Muir, Fine Arts, and Cleveland Quartets. Ms. George received a high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, as well as the Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. In addition, she holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance and Theory from the University of Connecticut.


Beth Giacobassi, Bassoon  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Beth Giacobassi was appointed to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 1982 as bassoonist and contra-bassoonist. In the fall of 2001, she joined the faculty at UW-Milwaukee and became Principal Bassoon of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. She was acting Assistant Principal in the MSO from Jan. 2002-June 2005. She has performed in the Washington Island Music Festival each summer since 1994. Ms. Giacobassi received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. She has performed in the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, the Bedford Springs Music Festival, the Ohio Light Opera Company, and the Berea Summer Theater. As a soloist she has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony, UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble, the University of Michigan Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble, UW-Parkside, and the Tahlia Chamber Music Concerts. She has also served on the faculty of UW-Parkside and Alverno College, is active in the MSO ACE program, works with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, and teaches privately in her home. Beth is married to violinist Michael Giacobassi; their three children are Mario, Dante, and Gina.

Michael Giacobassi, Violin  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Michael Giacobassi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and began studying the violin at age nine. He received his Music Degree from Michigan State University, where he studied with Walter Verdehr. In 1974, Mr. Giacobassi became a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, subsequently appearing as soloist in statewide performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 under the direction of conductor Lukas Foss. He also joined the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in 1975, with which he performed the Violin Concerto No. 2 of Mozart. He has further appeared in recital at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and has performed in the Washington Island Music Festival since 1994. In addition to orchestral playing, Mr. Giacobassi teaches aspiring young musicians and coaches violinists of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.


Nathan Hackett, Viola  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Nathan Hackett, viola, is currently a member of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, principal violist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and assistant principal violist for the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Also active as a chamber musician, Mr. Hackett has performed in numerous recitals with some of the Milwaukee area’s leading players in series at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Wisconsin Lutheran College and UWM. For ten summers Mr. Hackett was principal violist with the Woodstock Mozart Festival where his frequent chamber music partner had been Russian violin virtuoso Marc Peskanov. He has performed in the Washington Island Music Festival for four years. During his student years Mr. Hackett was principal violist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland. His teachers have been Jerry Horner of the Fine Arts Quartet, Peter Slowick of Northwestern University and Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music.


Julian Hagen Co-Director, Under the Big Top

Julian Hagen, fourth generation Islander, was raised in a musical family during a magical, musical time here on the Island. Songwriter, singer and all-around musician, this popular Island entertainer knows how to draw his audience in with his delightful, Island-flavored music and his warm sense of humor. Julian performs often with his multi-generational family and Door County friends in the area and elsewhere. He has his own recordings of originals mixed with covers and has been part of recording compilations with other artists.




William Helmers, Clarinet  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

William Helmers lives in Milwaukee, where he has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony since 1980. Mr. Helmers also performs with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and Present Music, one of the leading ensembles specializing in new music in the United States. He has been a guest artist with several other Midwestern ensembles and orchestras, including the symphonies of Madison, Green Bay, the Ravinia Festival, and Pittsburgh. In summers, he has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Token Creek Festival. He has been a clinician and recitalist at colleges and universities around the country. Mr. Helmers is active in the performance and recording of new music; he gave the North American premiere of John Adams’ clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons in 1997, and the world premiere of James Grant’s Concerto for Bass Clarinet in 2004. Mr. Helmers has performed internationally, including appearances at music festivals in Japan, Korea, Turkey, France, China, and Canada. Recently, he completed three volumes in the first complete American recording of the cycle of quintets by Anton Reicha with the Westwood Wind Quintet. This season, he is looking forward to releasing a recording of solo and chamber music by James Grant on the Potenza label, as well as recording a variety of woodwind trio, quartet, and quintet repertoire with the Westwoods.

Cindra Hokkannen Co-Director, Under the Big Top

An enthusiastic supporter and choral participant of the Music Festival since its first year, Cindra has been MC and Co-Director of the popular “Under The Big Top” Concert since 1999. A Washington Island native, she brings her own special charm and is a favorite performer, whether it be at the Red Barn, in an Island Players production, singing at Trinity Lutheran Church as cantor or in choir, or teaming up with friend and fellow Islander Dan Hansen at the TPAC. Cindra is an active community member and has served on numerous local boards and committees, in addition to working full-time at the Sievers School of Fiber Arts.



Stefanie Jacob, Piano  Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Stefanie Jacob, pianist, made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17 and her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1984. An avid chamber musician, she was twice awarded second prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was awarded Indiana University’s Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music. Ms. Jacob has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and the Waukesha Symphony. She has twice appeared as a collaborating artist on Milwaukee’s nationally recognized Artist Series at the Pabst and has performed on WFMT-Chicago’s nationally broadcast Dame Myra Hess Series. She has recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music labels. A graduate of Harvard and Indiana Universities, Ms. Jacob taught at the University of Tampa, and is currently a member of the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where she is a member of the resident Prometheus Trio with Scott Tisdel and Tim Klabunde. She also performs as the Duo Coriolan with husband Scott, and as the Duo Cosi with violinist Susan Waterbury.

Timothy Klabunde, Violin  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Timothy Klabunde has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He has played in both first and second violin sections and is currently Assistant Principal Second Violin under Edo deWaart. Mr. Klabunde studied violin and chamber music with Leonard Sorkin, Abram Loft, Bernard Zaslav and George Sopkin, members of the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has appeared as violin soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Manitowoc Symphony. Mr. Klabunde performed at the Festival de Belles Artes in San Miguel, Mexico and the Fourth Annual International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. He has been heard on live broadcasts for WFMT Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Sunday Afternoon at Chazen. Since 2004, Mr. Klabunde has appeared at the Washington Island Music Festival. He has also recorded for many television, radio and stage productions as well as with individual artists. Mr. Klabunde is a member of the Prometheus Trio at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and an adjunct violin instructor and member of the Clarus Trio at Cardinal Stritch University.

Catherine McGinn, Double Bass  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Catherine McGinn, double bass, was a student of Lawrence Hurst at the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in performance. Upon graduation, she joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a member of the bass section. During her tenure with that orchestra, Catherine has performed with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, served as Principal Bass of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Bach Babes. In addition, she was a lecturer in Double Bass at Lawrence University for five years, an Adjunct Professor of Double Bass at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for five years, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Cardinal Stritch University.



Kathi O’Connor Director, Festival Chorus

Since moving to Washington Island in 1999, Kathi O’Connor has participated in the Washington Island Music Festival as rehearsal choral director and accompanist. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Organ Performance, she served as Organist for St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay and was Diocesan Choir Director and Liturgist for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. She currently assists in providing music for Stella Maris Catholic parish, Northern Door County and St. Norbert Abbey, DePere, Wisconsin. A part-time resident on the Island (she also lives in Green Bay half of each week), she is a Brown County (Green Bay) Deputy Clerk of Circuit Courts.



Marlee Sabo, Soprano  Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Soprano Marlee Sabo is an Artist Faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music where she received the first Faculty Honors Award in May of 2002. She is also the first faculty member to have a scholarship permanently endowed in her name. A recent honor for Marlee has been her induction into the Stark County Citizens Wall of Fame in the McKinley Museum and National Memorial in her hometown of Canton, Ohio. Marlee received a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. degree, with honors, from Indiana University School of Music. She also was awarded a certificate from the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg and was a Fulbright Scholar in Stuttgart, Germany, receiving further grants from that country. Ms. Sabo has performed in Europe as soloist at the Salzburg Festival, the Stuttgart Staatstheater, and on German television. In the U.S. she has soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (with whom she has also recorded), the Atlanta Lyric Opera, and at Chicago’s Grant Park. In Milwaukee she has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera, and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing solo Art Song recitals, premiering newly composed music, and singing in oratorios and chamber music. Along with Stephen Colburn, Marlee is co-founder of the Washington Island Music Festival.

Julie Thornton, Flute  Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Flutist Julie Duncan Thornton is currently Principal Piccolo of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She played the 1998-99 season with the New York Philharmonic, recording and touring with them, and has also performed with the Houston Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra. A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Julie graduated from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, pursuing doctoral studies at Rice University. In addition, Julie has performed with Strings in the Mountains, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall, Denver Opera, Houston Grand Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Music Academy of the West. A winner and finalist of several competitions, she has studied with Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd, Carol Wincenc, Anne Diener-Giles, and Leone Buyse. Julie is the wife of Michael Thornton, Principal Horn of the Colorado Symphony, and they enjoy performing chamber music together. Michael and Julie are the proud parents of their daughters, Lauren and Amanda.

Michael Thornton, Horn  Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Michael Thornton has held the position of Principal Horn with the Colorado Symphony since 1997. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, Michael left his studies at The Juilliard School for the Principal Horn position with the Honolulu Symphony, and has played guest Principal Horn for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Chautauqua Institute Festival Orchestra in Chautauqua, NY. He has also performed, toured, and recorded frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Michael is a member of the artist faculty at the Colorado College Music Festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Other festival appearances include Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Moab Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Thornton has performed on five continents with a variety of ensembles. These include the Colorado Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra (Canada), Melbourne Musicians Chamber Orchestra (Australia), the Medellin Festival (Colombia), and many others. Michael Thornton was a guest solo artist at the 2008 International Horn Symposium, and has performed at many regional horn symposia as well. Mr. Thornton became a member of the horn faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1999. During his time at the University of Colorado, he has twice received the Marinus Smith Award for excellence in teaching. His students come from around the country, and have gone on to orchestral positions, academic positions, and major conservatories. His students perform around the world, and hold chairs in orchestras in the United States, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Mexico, and Brazil, and Uraguay. Michael studied at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Temple University. His main teachers have included Jerome Ashby, Randy Gardner, Julie Landsman and J. C. Leuba.

Scott Tisdel, Cello  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Scott Tisdel, Associate Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony, has also served as Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since his arrival in Milwaukee in 1987, and has appeared as soloist with both ensembles, as well as with the Waukesha and Manitowoc Symphonies and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, Mr. Tisdel served as Principal Cello of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa and was a member of both the Oakland and San Jose Symphony Orchestras in California. In addition to being the founding cellist of the Prometheus Trio, he was a founding member of the Conservatory’s Paganini Trio and the Strings in the Mountains Chamber Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mr. Tisdel has recorded for Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Oris Records.


Wayne Wildman, Piano/Harpsichord Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra
Wayne Wildman Bio

Versatile Sheboygan-born maestro Wayne Wildman is entering his 23rd season as Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. Wildman has been heard on harpsichord and/or piano as soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Sheboygan Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony and the Green Bay Civic Symphony. He has appeared with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in recitals at Symphony Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, served as accompanist for the Fourth International Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition in Toluca, Mexico and performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvejhem” series. In the summer of 2005, Wildman conducted the largest gathering of cellos in Wisconsin state history at Summerfest. An experienced theatrical composer, Wildman scores have been performed in Nebraska, North Carolina and Florida as well as Wisonsin. Wildman also serves as Music Director of the First Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and as a music instructor at the University of Wisconsin.


Assisting Artists

Aaron Apaza, Bassoon

Upon hearing the bassoon for the first time, Aaron Apaza decided instantly that it was the instrument for him. He spent two years at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan studying with Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2001, Aaron was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and as part of that honor, played a movement of the Gordon Jacob bassoon concerto at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. After Interlochen, Aaron moved to Philadelphia to attend the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Bernard Garfield, retired principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Apaza then continued his studies at Yale University’s School of Music where he received instruction from Frank Morelli, bassoon soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Upon the completion of his studies at Yale, Aaron was invited to join the New World Symphony in Miami, where he played under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2010, Mr. Apaza joined the Colorado Symphony as Acting 2nd/Assistant Principal bassoon for the 2010-2011 season. For the 2011-2012 season, Aaron was Acting Assistant Principal bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony. In addition to his work in with those orchestras, Aaron has played with, among others, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Delaware Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Joseph Claude, Oboe  University of Chicago

Joseph Claude is a member of the Elgin Symphony and the orchestra of Chicago Opera Theater. He has recently appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and the Chicago Philharmonic. He lives in Hyde Park (Chicago) with his wife, a music educator and flutist, and his two musical daughters. Since 1983 he has worked for the University of Chicago Press.




Matthew Gaunt
Tubist Matthew Gaunt currently performs and records as a member of Burning River Brass and Proteus 7. An active chamber musician, he has also performed with Chicago Chamber Musicians, Millar Brass Ensemble, Rhythm & Brass, Center City Brass Quintet, Empire Brass, and is a former member of Majestic Brass, Boston Brass, Paramount Brass, and Epic Brass Quintets. As an orchestral musician Mr. Gaunt has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Sarasota Opera. Mr. Gaunt has also held principal positions with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, and Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with groups such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble, Harvard University Wind Ensemble, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra as well as solo recitals. Currently on the faculty of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, he was formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and also has served on the faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, South Shore Conservatory, and Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as presented master classes for every age and ability level all across the country. He received the Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Boston University and has studied with J. Samuel Pilafian, Gary Ofenloch, and Chester Schmitz. Mr. Gaunt also served as the Massachusetts State Representative of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.

Susanna Gaunt
Susanna Gaunt joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant/utility horn in January 2006.
Just prior to joining the CSO, Susanna performed regularly as a freelancer in San Francisco with the San Francisco Symphony, LucasArts Productions (recording movie soundtracks), the California Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She also has held various positions in other orchestras across the country, including third horn in the San Diego Symphony, third/associate principal horn in the San Antonio Symphony, and both third and fourth horn in the North Carolina Symphony. Susanna also has been a member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Susanna Gaunt has performed at various music festivals including Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival. A native of New England, Susanna completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where her principal teachers were Richard Sebring, Norman Bolter and Richard Mackey. Her primary mentor and inspiration is former teacher Nedo Pandolfi.
Outside of music, Susanna has a variety of other interests including cooking, hiking, gardening and running. She lives in Oak Park with her tubist husband, Matthew Gaunt, and their two young children.


Daniel Gingrich
Daniel Gingrich has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1975.  He grew up in Stickney, Illinois and was a member of the Chicago Youth Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while studying with the Chicago Symphony’s Richard Oldberg.  He subsequently studied at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.  He joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra of New York at the age of nineteen, then played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. for one season before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he was named associate principal horn of the CSO. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Gingrich is a member of the Grammy award-winning Chicago Pro Musica chamber ensemble. He coaches the horn section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Gingrich has also served as guest principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the China National Symphony in Beijing. Dan may be heard as the solo horn on the soundtrack from the movie, Lincoln, released in 2012

Dawn Gingrich

Dawn Gingrich and her father, Daniel, last played on the island about 14 years ago at an art show at Breisemeister Gallery, which showed Mary’s artwork. Since that time, Dawn has attended The New England conservatory, where she studied with Eric Rosenblith. She continued her studies for several years in New York City. Dawn has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Boston, Maine, New York, California and Chicago. Dawn has appeared as a soloist with the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, and at the International Musical Arts Institute Festival. She was invited to serve as concertmaster under Dutch conductor Arthur Arnold at the inaugural season of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and has performed at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Dawn Gingrich, Heng-Jin Park and Daniel Gingrich together released a CD of music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms titled Time Beyond Me. In October, 2012 Dawn organized and performed with Jason and Tanya Gabrielian at benefit concert for Jitokeze Wamika Wafrika, an organization of Kenyan Women helping Kenyan Women. Jason and Dawn have performed together for several years, including concerts at Bach Week in Evanston, Chicago’s Beethoven Project and the St. James Chapel Concert Series also in Chicago.

Mary Gingrich, Horn

Mary Barnes Gingrich, hornist, is a resident of Wilmette, Illinois. She has performed on tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in over 10 countries as an extra player and may be heard playing horn and Wagner tuba on CSO recordings of large scale Bruckner and Mahler symphonies with Solti and Barenboim conducting. Mary also played extra horn and Wagner tuba for the Chicago Lyric Opera during its four year production of Wagner’s “Ring” with Zubin Mehta conducting. Currently in Chicago, she plays with Ars Viva, and has subbed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Grant Park Symphony, The Chicago Sinfonietta, The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Lake Forest Symphony. This year Mary also performed with the Joffrey and American Ballet Theater orchestras. An active chamber musician, she plays with The Edens Brass Trio and helps organize the Chicago Horn Consort, a group of professional hornists with a roster of over thirty players devoted to playing ensemble music for the horn. For a change of pace, she performs as solo tenor hornist with The Prairie Brass Band. Mary is also an active painter and print maker (, showing her artwork in Chicago, Firemouth Pottery and Gallery in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin andthe Washington Island Art and Nature Center!

Jason J. Moy, harpsichord

Jason J. Moy holds degrees in harpsichord and Early Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, where his primary teachers and mentors included Hank Knox, Luc Beauséjour, and the late Bruce Haynes. Jason is currently based in his native Chicago, where he serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music. His concert activities have taken him throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and include an appearance at the 2009 York Early Music Festival in the United Kingdom.  Jason has appeared as both soloist and continuo player with some of the area’s most respected ensembles, including the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Baroque Band, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Newberry Consort and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured in live performances on BBC Radio 3 and Chicago’s classical radio station, WFMT98.7; on television for ABC7 and CBS2 Chicago; and is a frequent guest on the International Music Foundation’s acclaimed series of Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts.

Norman Schweikert
Norman Schweikert was a member with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1971-1996 and has performed at the Washington Island Music Festival for many years. He is an avid music history archivist, and author of the recently published book, The Horns of Valhalla Saga of The Reiter Brothers. He also compiled The Washington Island Music Festival’s Repertory and Performers 1992-2006, still sold at Festival concerts. Born in Los Angeles, Norman began his musical studies on piano at 6, then violin before switching to horn. Norman was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1955-1966. He and Sally (soprano with the CSO chorus for 30 years) were married in 1961 and have a son, Eric, who is principal timpanist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 1971, Norman joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Horn and then moved to Second horn in 1975. After retirement, Norman continued to play as a substitute with the CSO until 2006.

Emmy Tisdel
Emmy Tisdel, 20, has played the violin since she was four, and is currently a rising junior violin performance major at Oberlin Conservatory, as a student of David Bowlin. A former Concertmaster of the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra, Emmy has performed concertos with the Washington Island Music Festival Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony’s Philharmonia and Sinfonia Orchestras, and with the Shorewood High School Symphony Orchestra. For the past two summers, Emmy has been the Assisting Young Artist for the Washington Island Music Festival. In January, Emmy was a Fellow at the Bach Institute at Boston’s Emmanuel Church, a program that allows 10 students from Oberlin Conservatory the opportunity to delve into the Bach Cantata repertoire via coachings, masterclasses, and outreach performances. She looks forward to studying and performing at the Brevard Music Festival in June and July.

Guest Artists

Douglas Anderson, Baritone Chicago Music of the Baroque

Dr. Anderson has been a soloist with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque for more than ten years. He has had several solo roles, including the Chicago premiere of Handel’s Alcina, and has performed the Bach Cantata 82, “Ich habe genug,” for baritone solo. He is also a featured soloist on the Music of the Baroque’s compact disc release of Day of Judgment by Georg Philip Telemann. Dr. Anderson has been the baritone soloist for the Grace Lutheran Church Bach Cantata Series in River Forest, Illinois, since 1978, and in 1989 he was soloist at a White House Christmas party. Dr. Anderson has appeared with many Chicago area ensembles and has performed several times in Evanston’s Bach Week Festival. He is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, and lives with his wife and four children in Oak Park.


Jenny Gettel, Soprano 
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Soprano Jenny Gettel was a member of the Bach Babes. She also served as principal soprano soloist with Ensemble Musical Offering, where she worked with Stanley Ritchie, Marion Verbruggen, Joshua Rifkin, and other Baroque specialists. Ms. Gettel has appeared as soloist with Present Music, Bach Chamber Choir, Lutheran A Cappella Choir, Racine Symphony, and Skylight Opera, where she performed in a cycle of Monteverdi operas under the direction of Stephen Wadsworth. She teaches private voice lessons at UW-Milwaukee, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and at her home in Grafton, where she lives with her husband and two daughters and their dog, Mozart. She is currently director of the Jubilate Choir of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and Director of Music at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon