Julia Thompson, percussion

Percussionist Julia Thompson performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Colorado MahlerFest. Locally, Julia has also appeared with New Music Raleigh, Carolina Brass, numerous touring shows, theater companies, and regional orchestras. She holds degrees from UNC-Greensboro (BA-Percussion Performance/Music History),...

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Gaspard Louis

Choreographer, was born and raised in Haiti. His experience includes being a dancer with the cutting-edge and internationally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. In addition to performing, touring, and teaching globally with Pilobolus, he collaborated on nine major dance works during this formative decade with the company. He has also choreographed for Freespace...

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Jennifer Curtis, violin

Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well...

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Joseph Robinson, oboe

For twenty-seven years from June 1978 until September 2005, Joseph Robinson served as Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic. Following his famous predecessor Harold Gomberg, he was the last oboist in America to study directly with the legendary Marcel Tabuteau. Like both of them, Joseph Robinson became one of the...

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Trudy Kane, flute

Trudy Kane is Associate Professor of Flute at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. She joined the faculty of the Frost School in 2008 after 32 years as Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Since coming to Miami she has been an active recitalist and chamber musician...

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Brian Schmidt, conductor

Brian Schmidt is Founder and Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional choral organization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Since their founding in 2009, his leadership has guided them to rapid growth and recognition, as well as the release of two commercial albums in collaboration with Grammy award-winning...

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Peter Kimosh bass

Peter Kimosh, bass

Bassist Peter Kimosh was born in Cleveland Ohio.  While deeply rooted in Jazz, he has found his voice in a wide variety of genres including hip-hop, salsa, funk, rock, orchestral, chamber-soul and any combination of the above. Currently, his main projects are The Beast + Big Band, Shana Tucker, Orquesta GarDel, and...

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Robert Cantrell, percussion

Robert Cantrell is a Chapel Hill based percussionist who plays a variety of Cuban and Brasilian instruments in addition to drum kit. Currently a member of the Tim Smith Band, Cyril Lance’s Arkestra, Hobex, and Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark, he also performs in creative projects with Joshua Starmer, Samba Jovem...

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Leah Peroutka, violin

Leah Peroutka holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (BM 2007) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM 2009). She performs regularly on modern violin with the Carolina Philharmonic, Fayetteville Symphony, and Western Piedmont Symphony, among others, and is also an active chamber musician. Ms. Peroutka currently serves as the Coordinator and Assistant...

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Samuel Gold, viola

North Carolina Symphony Principal Viola Samuel Gold began studying the viola at the age of four with Sherida Josephson of the Des Moines Symphony.  He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied primarily with Martha Strongin Katz and Roger Tapping, and the University of Iowa, where...

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