Janet Bebb, flute

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Maria Choban, piano

Maria Choban, pianist and founding member of The Mousai, has produced and released four CDs on her recording label, Alitisa. Her mission through Alitisa is to promote the music of contemporary Greek and American composers, mirroring her own background as a full blooded Greek born and raised in America. Choban has performed and lectured in the US and in Europe, living in Greece for 2 years researching Greek classical music. She is a fiery, focused performer who also champions the work of dead-white-guy composers, breathing her fire into them.

She is one of the founders of the South West Music School in Beaverton, OR. She maintains her own teaching studio. She thoroughly enjoys her busy life, playing hooky and taking off to hike or bike in the hills and dance 3 nights a week...just enough to maintain a healthy balance. Check out Maria's website at www.alitisa.com.  Check out her recent performance.

Janet Bebb, flute

Flutist Janet Bebb grew up playing flute with her family in Oklahoma and has studied flute in Boston, Honolulu and Florence Italy.  She was a music major at the University of the Pacific conservatory and a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Tufts University.  She has studied south Indian flute in India, sax and dance in Turkey, and recorders in Italy. 

For the past 15 years she has been a dedicated chamber music player and has performed in the Portland area. She is a founding member of The Mousai.

Ann van Bever, oboe

Ann van Bever plays oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, the Portland Columbia Symphony, and the Double Reed Divas, and is a founding member of The Mousai. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. After practicing law in Florida, Texas, California and Oregon for 17 years, she returned to music as a full-time vocation in 2000. In January of 2012 she performed the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe with the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton and has played principal oboe in that orchestra from 2011 to the present.

She currently administers the Celebration Works concert series at First Presbyterian Church, teaches private oboe students and freelances all over Oregon and southwest Washington.

Photo by John Stuber

Christopher Cox, clarinet

Chris Cox grew up in Southern Oregon.  Coming from a decidedly non-musical family, he owes his lifelong interest in music to the band programs in public schools.  An avid chamber musician, Chris is delighted to be the newest member of the Mousai.  He is also a founding member of the Chinook Winds woodwind trio and has performed with them for 25 years.  He serves as the principal clarinetist with the University of Portland Community Orchestra and is a past member of the Eugene Opera orchestra.   He holds a bachelors degree in clarinet performance from the University of Oregon and studied clarinet at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.