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Frank Ortega has been a freelance tubist in the New York Metropolitan area for the last 23 years. He has also held full time positions teaching instrumental music in public schools for the past fifteen years. Mr. Ortega has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Saddle Brook Middle/High School for the past six years. His duties include teaching the Marching Band, two concert Bands, two Jazz Bands, Chamber Ensembles, 7th Grade General Music, Music Theory, and Directing the School Musical. Previously, he taught at the Potrero Hill Middle School of the Arts in San Francisco, spent eight years teaching elementary band in Fort Lee, NJ, and from the summer of 2006 - 2009, served as Tuba teacher and Brass Ensemble coach for the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY.
Philadelphia-based cellist Tim Leonard is well-versed in classical, pop, and improvised music. He is an experienced studio arranger and has premiered a number of new works for cello. He has concertized in China, Australia, Italy, and Mexico and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Momenta Quartet, ICE, ACME, MET Orchestra, and Adelaide Symphony. As a student at the Aaron Copland School of Music, he won the concerto competition and was awarded the prestigious Arthur Balsam Scholarship. Tim is an active freelancer in New York,New Jersey, and Philadelphia having performed at venues like BAM, NJPAC, Roulette Intermedium, Barclays Center, and Bargemusic. He has shared the stage with Jay-Z and Peter Serkin. Recently, he appeared with Jon Batiste on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additionally Tim was selected to premiere a new work for cello, soprano, and countertenor at the New Music Gathering in Boston; a recording is coming soon. Tim is a board member for Carter-Glennon Center for Arts and nature as well as on the board for the Red Oak Contemporary Ensemble
David Sapadin is a New York City based freelance musician known for his lyrical clarinet playing and engaging teaching style. He has played with the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, The New York City Opera, The Knights, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Albany Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and internationally with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
David considers teaching central to his work as an artist. He is on the faculty at Montclair State University, The Mannes School of Music, and Kinhaven Music School. As a pedagogue, he has led masterclasses across the country and teaches clarinetists from 1st grade to graduate school.
He chose to record the Brahms sonatas for the joy and challenge of communicating such a wide range of moods, from empassioned to exuberant to meditative. He is renowned for experimenting with new instrument technologies, and he enjoyed recording these sonatas on a crystal mouthpiece similar to one played on by his childhood clarinetist idol, Pete Fountain.
David studied with Yehuda Gilad, Mitchell Lurie, David Krakauer, and Ricardo Morales.
Snare drum/Drum Set
“KARL LATHAM IS AN INVENTIVE POWERHOUSE WHOSE INFLUENCES ARE MANY BUT WHOSE IDEAS ARE HIS OWN.” JEFF TAMARKIN ALLMUSIC.COM
Drummer Karl Latham's career has spanned the globe performing, recording and producing with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians. Karl is best known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles. Karl is included in the Drummerworld Top Drummers list. In addition performing as a freelance drummer, Karl can be heard leading his own group “Living Standards”, as a co-leader of Big Fun(K) with saxophonist/composer Don Braden and co leader with Ryan Carniaux and Mark Egan of the “2016 BMW Welt Jazz Award”nominated group “Constellations”. Karl is a proud endorsing drum artist for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion and Big Fat Snare. Karl has subbed on the Broadway productions of: "Bring It On", "Hamilton", "Beautiful" and "Ain't Too Proud". Karl is a private drum instructor and an adjunct music Instructor at Drew University, County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College.
Mrs. Auld's performances as solo flutist and chamber musician have been described as “entirely captivating and impressive” by audience goers. Carla’s first solo album, “Beauty in America” was described as “beguiling … perfect technical command “ “surpassingly beautiful flute playing” by Fanfare Magazine (2009). In the same article, her playing was compared to that of Claude Monteaux and Sir James Galway. Garnering first place in an international flute competition sponsored by Cosmo Buono in 2010, Carla has gone on to present concertos and new works composed for the flute throughout the United States. Ms. Auld is a member of the flute, violin and cello trio, The London Trio, The All-Women Woodwind Quintet and most recently, the AULD Flute and Piano Duo.Ms. Auld has premiered the works of composers, Jason Hoogerhyde, Allen Cohen, Steven Giammarino, Franco Santarelli, John McMurtery, Peter Bacchus, Ricky Lombardo, Elise Carter, Jeremiah Bornfield, William Volliinger and more. The American composer and New Jersey native, James Cohn has recently completed a concertino written for Carla Auld which will be performed as soon as it is safe to do so.
L. Elise Carter performed her debut solo recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in October 2005. She followed this performance with another performance in January 2007 at Weill Recital Hall as part of Artists International’s Alumni Series. As well as her solo endeavors, Ms. Carter is a member of the chamber ensemble Uptown Flutes (debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2002). She performs regularly with the Garden State Philharmonic and the Verismo Opera, the Blue Hill Troupe, the Ibex Chamber Orchestra and others. She has given concerts in venues in the New York area such as Central Park Summer Stage, Trinity Church Noon Day Series on Wall Street, and St. John the Divine. She has performed the Mozart Flute Concert, the Griffes Poem and the Vivaldi piccolo concertos with the North Jersey Symphony and the Christ Church Orchestra.
She can be heard on six commercially available CDs: Into the Next Dimension with guitarist and composer David Calkins (heard widely on national public radio); 21st Century Gems, A Flute Renaissance, An Uptown Christmas and Streaming Dreams with the UpTown Flutes; and Waiting for Love, a children’s cantata by G. Chiusano and M. Hochman.
As well as a performer, Ms. Carter is an award-winning composer and is published by Falls House Press and Art of Sound Music. Her composition Triptych for Flutes was commissioned and premiered by the National High School Flute Choir at the 2009 National Flute Convention in NYC. Her composition Gypsy Dance was chosen as the audition piece for the 2008 National High School Flute Choir Competition.
She has studied with Katherine Hoover for composition and has studied flute with Julius Baker, Thomas Robertello, Bart Feller, Diva Goodfriend-Koven, Linda Wetherill and Stephanie Jutt. Ms. Carter received her bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Carter is the flute professor at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and the music director and organist at Calvary Lutheran Church in Allendale, NJ. She is co-founder and former president of the NJ Flute Society.