Janet Bebb, flute

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Friend for the Fall 2015 season

Florian Conzetti, percussion

Florian Conzetti is artistic co-director of Northwest New Music, a Portland-based contemporary chamber music ensemble, has appeared as a chamber music collaborator at the [email protected] Chamber Music Festival (David Finckel and Wu Han, artistic directors), the Astoria Music Festival, Cascadia Composers Concerts, CalPerformances, and Stanford Lively Arts, and has recorded solo and chamber music works for the Innova, Albany, and [email protected] LIVE labels.  He is the timpanist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  Conzetti was formerly on the faculties of UC Berkeley the University of San Francisco and currently teaches percussion, musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory at Portland State University and Linfield College.  He studied at the Konservatorium für Musik in Bern, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of musicologist John Spitzer and marimbist Robert van Sice.

 

Mike Curtis, bassoon and composer

Mike Curtis is equally at home within classical, ethnic, and jazz traditions.  He plays bassoon with the Eugene Symphony, following previous stints with the Mexico State Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Arizona Opera.  As a klezmer clarinetist and saxophonist, he has toured Europe and Asia, and produced acclaimed CDs.  Following five years as jazz director at Oregon State University he has since concentrated on performance and composition, with many klezmer, Mexican, and jazz works published through Schott of Germany.  He holds a doctorate in reeds from the University of Arizona.

 

Betsy Goy, cello

Betsy studied cello with Roman Dukson (Portland/Oregon Symphony), Lowell Creitz (Pro Arte String Quartet), and Dmitri Markevitch (L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicales, Geneva, Switzerland).  She is grateful to the Beaverton School District of halcyon days, when music and orchestra were important formative parts of her regular school curriculum.  She has played with symphony orchestras and chamber groups across the country and enjoyed eclectic recording opportunities with Patti Larkin, the New England Women’s Symphony, the original Bagels Forever radio jingle, and a glorious but microscopic period of airtime on MTV’s Head Banger’s Ball as a dead ghost cellist.  Although she routinely confuses liver for kidney, she is somehow allowed to practice in a medical setting, where she works as a clinical psychologist.

 

Leander Star, horn

Leander Star is the horn player with the City of Tomorrow, the only wind quintet to have won the gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in over ten years and recipients of a 2014 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.  The quintet was formed in 2010 and has since become known for their performances of virtuosic works, including the North American premiere of "Blow" by Franco Donatoni in 2010 and world premieres of works by Rob Keeley (2012), Zosha Di Castri (2012), and Nat Evans (2014).  Leander also holds positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Portland Opera Orchestra.  As well as his current work with the City of Tomorrow and orchestras in Portland, Oregon, Leander Star has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under Maestros Riccardo Muti and Esa Pekka Salonen, Gruppo Montebello (the faculty chamber orchestra at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada), Fear No Music (Portland, Oregon), and the Friends of Rain Ensemble (the faculty new music ensemble at Lewis and Clark College).  He plays regularly with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  Other projects include playing horn, singing, and speaking in "Wayfinders," a new staged performance art song cycle by Holcombe Waller and arranging and performing in "Homomentum," a new musical by Portland, Oregon playwright Max Voltage.  Leander Star teaches horn at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and in 2013 joined the faculty of Young Musicians and Artists, Oregon's premier summer residential arts program since 1965.

 

John Vergin, narrator

John Vergin has been active in the Portland community for many years as a singer, actor, composer, and teacher.  He has been a vocal soloist with Cappella Romana, Choral Arts Ensemble, Bravo Vancouver, and Portland Baroque Orchestra.  He is well-known at Mock's Crest Productions for his roles in all the major works of Gilbert and Sullivan.  His choral compositions have been performed by Cappella Romana, Choral Arts Ensemble, In Mulieribus, and Vir. He is the rehearsal accompanist and continuo player for Portland's Bach Cantata Choir.  Vergin teaches and coaches voice at Reed College.

 

Jennifer Woodall, bass clarinet

Jennifer Woodall currently plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the Walla Walla and Yakima Symphony Orchestras, along with teaching clarinet at the Portland Waldorf School.  A graduate of DePaul's prestigious School of Music under a Performance Award Scholarship, Jennifer has performed clarinet around the world.  Jennifer also has an active recording career with such local bands as Horse Feathers, Other Lives and Alameda.  In addition to performing and recording, Jennifer was also a founding member of the AFM Local 99 Portland's "Fair Trade Music" campaign and is the founder/owner of OneFlewWest Music Publishing and Licensing.

Kaleb Davies, drums

Kaleb Davies graduated from Beaverton High School this June and is currently taking as many gap years as possible to put off the thought of college and to learn all he can about music.  He is studying like one-third of all music in the world (also known as jazz) at the Alan Jones Academy of Music, from where he hopes to eventually be pooped out into the real world as a "good musician".  In high school he marched in the BHS drumline for three years, and played with the Portland Youth Philharmonic for about three years and ten months.  He also did some choir.  He sorta wishes he would've tried acting, but drums got in the way.

Friends for the Spring 2015 season