| || ||Rebecca Hillary Smith|
Rebecca Hilary Smith ("Becky") went to grade school in Sisters, high school in Redmond, and college at COCC before hopping the Cascades, graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Music in 1986.Although involved in singing and piano playing from a young age, she took up study of the harp while at U of O and now counts it as her primary instrument. Her splendidly checkered music career since then has included 5 years of teaching as a music specialist in the public schools, directing a church choir, doing an after-school music program for young children, and playing folk and classical music in various small groups and orchestras. She and her husband just returned from 11 years in Hawaii where she freelanced full-time as a harpist and private teacher. When not relearning the many words for "snow" "ice"and "cold", she looks forward to finding many new friends in Central Oregon, finishing a CD, and teaching private harp lessons.
| || ||Sue Mudge|
Suzanne Mudge is a trombonist, conductor, and
educator.She is Principal Trombone with
the Central Oregon Symphony, teaches Band at Seven Peaks
School, and has a private
teaching studio.She is also the Founder
of the new chamber ensemble Proteus Chamber Players. Every summer she performs with the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California,
where she is on staff as the Director of Tower Music and the Artistic Committee
and plays in the Festival Orchestra. Her
original composition for Brass and Percussion, Fanfare 2010, had its premiere there in July.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The
University of The
Pacific and a Master of Music degree from The University of Arizona. Her teachers have included
Byron Peebles (Los Angeles
Philharmonic) and Tom Ervin.During her 22-year residency in the San Francisco Bay
Area, Sue was Principal Trombone with the Modesto
Symphony and the Women’s Philharmonic and founder of the Seraphim Brass
Quintet. She was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral Brass Ensemble and the
Masterworks Orchestra. She also performed regularly with the Marin, Berkeley, San Jose, and Fremont Symphony Orchestras, Festival Opera, Diablo
Ballet, and West Bay Opera. In 1992 she performed the world premier of No
Trumpets, No Drums by David Jaffe for Trombone, Organ and Percussion at Stanford University. She has toured, as a
civilian, with the Air Force “Band of The Golden West” and guest conducted at
their Spring Conducting Workshops.Sue
has performed at the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany,
written articles for the International Trombone Association Journal, and
recorded at Skywalker Ranch for the Koch and Albion
labels. She is an avid road cyclist,
chef, and wine enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her three beloved Border Collies
| || ||Roland White|
Roland White first
experienced fiddle music in 1976, performed by the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers at a small
country grange hall. He was instantly captivated by the sound
of Traditional Fiddle Music.
Since that time Roland has studied and
learned hundreds of fiddle tunes and styles that include Irish, Celtic, American
and other ethnic fiddle traditions. Over the years he has attended
numerous fiddle workshops taught by such masters of fiddling as Kevin Burke,
Byron Berline, Carol Anne Wheeler, Mark Savoy, Frank Ferrell, Alan Jabour, Benny
Thomasson and attended a Masters Class with world renown fiddler and recording
artist, Mark O’ Conner.
Roland is the current
Oregon State Senior Fiddle Champion and placed 10th in the Nation of the Senior
Division in the National Fiddle Contest this past June in Weiser
| || ||Julia Bastuscheck|
Julia Bastuscheck recently moved to Bend after retiring from a 21-year career teaching beginning strings and orchestra at the middle and high school levels in Juneau, Alaska.She established the Juneau Youth Symphony, a full orchestra for both students and adult beginners.Julia was principal violist of the Juneau Symphony from 1988-2009, and played for many local opera productions as well as numerous solo and chamber music performances.
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in music at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where she studied viola and chamber music with Barton Frank and Charmian Gadd.She enrolled at the University of Washington in 1985 to pursue teacher certification, where she was a student of acclaimed violist Paul Coletti.Long, dark winters in the Tongass rainforest brought Julia and her husband, Nathan, to Bend, where they both enjoy the many benefits of living in the High Desert.Currently, Julia performs with the Central Oregon Symphony and enjoys as many chamber music opportunities as possible.As conductor of the Desert Sage Orchestra, she is excited to work with an enthusiastic group of dedicated musicians.She is also available to teach private violin and viola students and coach chamber groups at all levels.
| || ||Marc Saccoman|
Marc Saccoman is a graduate of the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While attending Berklee, Marc studied jazz bass with many great players including Bruce Gertz and Anthony Vitti. Upon graduating, Marc played, performed, and recorded throughout the northeast with several different projects including jazz, rock, and blues bands. Since arriving in Oregon in 2002, Marc has earned a masters degree in Music Education from Oregon State University. He is a state certified music teacher, and has taught music at both the elementary and middle school levels. In addition to the bass, Marc plays the guitar and trumpet, and has been teaching privately for over 10 years.