Natalie Talbot (flute) developed an interest in Historical Performance while studying under Christopher Krueger at UMass Amherst. She holds a B.A. and an M.M. in modern flute performance (UMass) as well as a Masters of Music in Historical Flute Performance (Oberlin College). While studying under Michael Lynn at Oberlin, Natalie gained performing experience Baroque flute and other historical instruments. She has appeared as a soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra and the Five College Early Music Program’s Euridice Baroque Orchestra, and has attended the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. Natalie is currently studying Irish flute under Shannon Heaton and performs with the Southern New Hampshire University Wind Symphony, Never’s Second Regiment Band, and as a regular soloist at Blessed Trinity Parish in Westford, MA.
Steven Lundahl (recorder, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba) holds a B.A. in Music Education from the College of St. Scholastica. He has performed with Boston Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Camerata, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Calliope, Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Ensemble Project Ars Nova, Tafelmusik, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Waverly Consort, and other ensembles. Steve can be heard on recordings with Angel/EMI, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Telarc, and other labels. He has taught at several community music schools in the Boston area and at the Dedham Country Day School.
Stephanie Ratté Jenkins (clarinet, woodwind ensembles) received a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y., and an M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University, where she studied under Elsa Verdehr. She performs with Infinities Chamber Ensemble, which is on the Massachusetts Young Audiences roster. Stephanie has performed with many New England choruses and orchestras, including Great Waters Music Festival, Symphony by the Sea, and Green Mountain Opera Festival. She currently teaches applied clarinet and Clarinet Choir at Keene State College, and is also on the faculties of St. Paul’s School and the SYMS program at UNH.
Stefani Burk (wind department chair, oboe, woodwind ensembles) attended the University of Iowa (B.A. Music Education, M.A. in Oboe Performance). Her teachers were Robert Dean, Wilma Zonn, James Lakin, and Fred Cohen. Oboist for the Portland Symphony, PORTopera, and Portland Ballet, she has also performed as oboist and oboe d’amore soloist with the NH Music Festival, Opera North, White Mountain Bach Festival, and with many other orchestras and chamber music festivals throughout New England. Ms. Burk has taught at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges, Indian Hill Arts, and is currently on the faculty at St. Paul’s School.
Robert J. Kruskol (trombone, euphonium, brass ensembles) received his B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School where he studied trombone with Edward Herman, Jr., and chamber music with Gerard Schwarz. He has performed with the NH Philharmonic, Nashua Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, New England Brass Quintet, Monadnock Chorus Orchestra, New Jersey Chamber Symphony, and Gramercy Brass of NY. Rob’s former teaching positions include the faculties at Notre Dame Community Music School and the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York.
Matt Davis (trumpet) received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in music education from Plymouth State University, studying with Betty Rines and Trent Austin. He performs throughout New England in classical, jazz, and musical theater ensembles, including the Freese Brothers Big Band as lead trumpet. Matt is the director of instrumental music at Bow Memorial School, where he teaches all instrumental performing groups including concert band, jazz band, and string ensemble. In 2017, Matt was named Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year by the NH Band Directors Association.
Maria Isaak (bassoon, Purple Finches, chamber ensembles) received a Master’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory and studied choral music at the International School for Kodály Studies in Hungary, where she earned her Kodály Specialist Certificate. As a bassoonist, she has performed with the Portland Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and the NH Philharmonic, and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in San Francisco, Chile, and China.
Lisa Maxwell (French horn) earned a BFA in Music at the University of Connecticut. She has performed in New England in classical and musical theatre ensembles that include the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, MetroWest Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Musique Du Bois (woodwind quintet), Pentucket Players, Seacoast Rep and more. Ms. Maxwell is the former Executive Director of the North Shore Youth Symphony Orchestra and a long-time volunteer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSAV) where she demonstrated/instructed horn for countless future musicians during instrument petting zoos.
Erin Dubois (flute, music & movement, Take 3) holds an M.M. in Flute Performance from UMass Amherst, studying with Christopher Krueger, and a B.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Southern Maine. Additional studies include Le Domaine Forget, the Julius Baker Masterclass, and the ARIA International Summer Music Academy, performing in masterclasses with Alexa Still, Susan Hoeppner, and Robert Dick. Erin has an active freelance career throughout the Northeast as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, performing with the NH Philharmonic, the Tim Janis Ensemble, and the Precious Metals Flute Ensemble, of which she is a founder. Erin also teaches privately and in public schools, including directing the Litchfield High School Flute Choir.