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Musicians

 

Founding Members

Nicolas Orbovich – Artistic Director/Violin

Nicolas Paul Orbovich enjoys a reputation among adventurous American violinists. His highly acclaimed career spans a wide variety of musical styles and genres, while expanding into prolific artistic entrepreneurial endeavors.

As a performer, Nic has been honored widely. In 1987, he was awarded the Bronze Medal at Her Royal Majesty’s International Festival Competition in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK). Orbovich was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Amherst String Quartet. In 2001, he was featured as a soloist on the Grammy Award nominated release, “The Hot Springs Music Festival: Louis Moreau Gottschalk” (Naxos). That same year, Nic was a prominent figure in the Emmy Award winning documentary, “The Sound of Dreams.” In 2008, Nic was concertmaster on a “Top Ten of the Year” selection of Gramophone Magazine, “Rudolf Haken; Concertos” (Naxos). He has soloed with numerous orchestras around the country, having performed concertos and brilliant works by Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Sarasate, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Vivaldi.

He enjoys a reputation as an outstanding recording artist in many genres. Besides the aforementioned Grammy nominee and Gramophone magazine award winner, Nic appears in “The Hot Springs Music Festival; Creole Romantic Composers” (2001-Naxos), “Music of Jerome Moross” (2002-Naxos), “Music of Jerome Starer” (1997-Albany), and appears on an album of jazz violinist Diane Delin.

As an orchestral performer, his work is prolific. Nic has been concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the La Porte County Symphony, the Lake Shore Symphony and many others. In this role, he has performed on stage with some of the most acclaimed names in classical music. Some of those names include; Itzhak Perlman, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Andre Watts, Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang, Garrick Ohlson, Shlomo Mintz, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, and Sir Georg Solti. Currently, he holds the Principal Second Violin chair with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (SBSO), where he is also a member of the SBSO String Quartet and String Quintet, performing over 20 concerts a year with those chamber ensembles.

Nic’s favorite form of musical expression is through chamber music. His involvement with existing ensembles and musicians is prodigious. He has coached with Rostislav Dubinsky (Borodin String Quartet), Alexander Schneider (Budapest Quartet), and Alan Grishman (Mendelssohn String Quartet). Orbovich has performed chamber music with Rachel Barton Pine, Christopher O’Reilly, Nancy Ambrose King, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His performances of chamber music have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

He is the co-founder (with wife Sunny) of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (MCCMF), and performs as violinist in their annual concerts. Through his leadership and dedication, the MCCMF is quickly becoming recognized as one of the country’s best chamber music festivals. In 2013, he was the guest speaker at the Indiana Suzuki Teachers Conference, where he delivered an address on the importance of teaching chamber music to young musicians.  Visit Artist Website.

Learn More About Nic Orbovich

Orbovich is equally dedicated to music education. He has been on the faculties of Valparaiso University, Andrews University, Bethel College, Illinois Valley Community College, the Hot Spring Music Festival, and the Donald A. Dake Chamber Music Chamber Music Academy. Currently, Nic has a thriving private violin/viola studio in Michigan City, Indiana. As a member of the South Bend Symphony String Quartet and Quintet, he performs 25 interactive and educational concerts for school children each year. During the aforementioned Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, he facilitates daily presentations for elementary aged students at the local public library during the week long event. He also has taken the “Every Child Can” pre-Suzuki school training, which specializes in early childhood musical development.

Nic has garnered much attention in the “pop” genre as well. He has performed on stage with such popular artists as Rod Stewart, Amy Grant, Michael Bolton, Clay Aiken, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, the Duke Ellington Big Band, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bobby Vinton, the Moody Blues, Roger Daltry, Kansas, Melissa Manchester, Ben E. King, Tito Puente Jr., Ben Vereen, the Platters, the Ink Spots, and Barbara Mandrell, just to name a few.

Nic lives in Michigan City, Indiana with his lovely wife Sunny and beautiful daughter, Sophia. He also enjoys many altruistic and philanthropic endeavors. Orbovich serves on the Board of Directors of the Keys to Hope Drop In Resource Center (a Center for the homeless), the Recovery House of Michigan City, volunteers at the Community of Faith Men’s Shelter, the Michigan City Soup Kitchen, and has served on the Board of the Dunes Fellowship Recovery House.

Sunny Gardner OrbovichSunny Gardner-Orbovich – Director of Educational Programs

Sunny enjoys a growing reputation as one of Northwest Indiana’s most respected artistic pedagogues for children. She has developed a unique general curriculum of arts education which includes cultural diversity, world and natural history, folk idioms and ideas and disciplines from the most current educational research minds.

Currently, “Mrs. G.O.” (as she is affectionately called by her students) is an Art Teacher in the Michigan City Area Schools Systems. Her artistic and musical experience, however, go far beyond the conventional limitations of public schools.

Sunny is also a respected painter, muralist and musician (viola and soprano). She graduated from Wichita University with honors in painting. Ms. Gardner-Orbovich also holds a certificate of education from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters of Arts Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has studied voice with the acclaimed Sonia Rasmussen at IU-Bloomington and acquired 6 years of Suzuki string method experience while residing there.

As a musician, she is an active violist with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra and is co-founder of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival. Sunny is also co-founder of the Michigan City Ecumenical Community Children’s Choir (Michigan City, IN), established in 2005, and is founder of and facilitates the annual “Children’s Choir Institute,” held every July in Michigan City at FPC.

Charter Members

Robert Auler – Piano

 Robert Marshall Auler is Assistant Professor of Piano at the State University of New York at Oswego, and maintains an active national and international performing career. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June of 2005 and recently presented a series of concerts throughout Venezuela, performing modern works of American and Venezuelan composers. As a winner of the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association Piano Prize, Auler presented concerts throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark, receiving critical acclaim for his performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F. He has also appeared in concert in New York, Detroit, Dallas, Syracuse, Indianapolis, Louisville, Santa Barbara, Rochester, Greensboro, Austin, and other cities. Visit Artist Website.

 

Wesley BaldwinWesley Baldwin – Cello

Cellist Wesley Baldwin performs throughout the United States and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist he has appeared with the Laredo Philharmonic, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Bryan Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, New River Valley, Salisbury, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestras and the Wintergreen and Hot Springs Festival Orchestras, among others. Concerts this year include performances of the David Ott Double Cello Concerto in Tennessee and Missouri, solo cello concerti in South Dakota, and Minnesota, as well as solo recitals throughout the United States. In the summer of 2012 Wesley performed the complete Bach Cello Suites at the Wintergreen Festival, a cycle he will repeat several times in the 2012-13 season. In the 2013-14 season Baldwin will perform concertos with the Florence, Oak Ridge, Manchester and Chattanooga Symphonies.

An advocate for great music from all eras, Mr. Baldwin is one of the only performers of several little known and new concerti for cello, including recently those by Wagenseil, Jacob T.V., Behzad Ranjbaran, and Alan Shulman. His recording of music for cello by Alan Shulman, released by Albany records in 2010, enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. He has also recorded for the Naxos, Zyode, Centaur, and Innova labels.

Wesley was the founder of the Plymouth String Quartet, with whom he was a top prize-winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition. Other performing honors Baldwin has received include the Prix Mercure, Homer Ulrich Awards, and a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Performing Artist Fellowship.  Visit Artist Website.

Learn More About Wesley Baldwin

As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Baldwin performed with many of the world’s great conductors and toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina, and Brazil. His orchestral colleagues there selected him as the recipient of the New World Symphony’s Community Board Award for artistic integrity and leadership.

Dr. Baldwin has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Cazenovia, Hot Springs, Ojai, Sandpoint, Mainly Mozart, May in Miami, Skaneateles, and Sub-tropics Music Festivals, and internationally in Italy, France, Monte Carlo, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica.

Wesley is now cellist of the James Piano Quartet, formerly in residence at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Festival. In the summers he performs and teaches at the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the ARIA International Academy, and at the Wintergreen Festival, where he serves on the faculty of the Wintergreen Academy and holds the Leonard Rose Memorial chair as principal cellist of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.

Melisa BaldwinMelisa Barrick-Baldwin – Soprano

Soprano Melisa Barrick Baldwin is a versatile vocal artist, equally fluent in the fields of opera, early music, and new music. Often engaged as a concert soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Ms. Barrick Baldwin has given performances of Carmina Burana, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Nielson’s 3rd Symphony, the Fauré Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, the St. John’s Passion and Magnificat of Bach, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Beethoven Mass in C, as well as Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and many Bach Cantatas. Last summer found her on a concert tour throughout China, where she also gave multiple master classes for aspiring opera singers.

A prizewinner in the MacAllister Young Singer Competition, Homer Ulrich Performance Competition, and the Psi Iota Xi Award, she is an alumna of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Maryland, and the AIMS program (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria. As an advocate of new music, she has given première performances of works by composers Joelle Wallach (her provocative Daughters of Silence song cycle), George Chave, George Wright, and P. Kellach Waddle, who wrote his Danielewski Serenade for Ms. Barrick Baldwin and her husband, cellist Wesley Baldwin. Melisa recently sang the world premiere performance of the Michael White song cycle “A Child’s Garden”.

Her favorite operatic roles include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Adele (Die Fledermaus) , Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, which she performed with conductor Kenneth Slowik at the Smithsonian Institution. She has concertized under the batons of Mei-Ann Chen, Edward Polochick, Cornelia Laemmli, Richard Rosenberg, Peter Bay, Serge Fournier, Frederik Prausnitz, Dan Allcott, and, at age 19, the late Julius Rudel. A charter member of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, Melisa has also been on the performance faculties of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Mid-America Chamber Players, and guest artist at the Wintergreen Festival, the Sewanee Festival, and the Sweetbriar College Fringe Festival. Her critically acclaimed recordings include the Jerome Moross ballet Frankie and Johnnie, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Ave Maria, both of which are available on the Naxos label. Her performances have been often broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today. Melisa lives in Knoxville with her husband and four amazing children: Jack (18), Ella (13), Poppy (9), and Maisie (11 months).

Rudolf-HakenRudolf Haken – Viola

Rudolf Haken is a composer and violist internationally renowned for his creative melding of disparate musical styles and genres. He is particularly known for his work with extended-range violas, appearing in concert on four continents with his Rivinus five-string viola and Jensen six-string electric viola.

Performances of his compositions, including numerous commissioned works, have met with great success both in live performance and recordings. In September 2012, violinist Rachel Barton Pine premiered Rudolf Haken’s solo violin work Faust at Chicago’s Beethoven Festival. Pine had commissioned this work from Haken as part of an effort to bring heavy metal influence into solo acoustic violin music. In April 2011, Haken’s Violin Concerto for Stefan Milenkovich was premiered at the NOMUS Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia) and at Kolarac Hall in Belgrade. A Centaur CD of concertos composed by Rudolf Haken was chosen as a 2007 “Critics’ Choice” by American Record Guide. In 2004, WTTW-Chicago produced a video featuring Haken performing his transcriptions of Van Halen and Metallica on a Jensen five-string electric viola. This video was shown frequently in passenger areas at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago.

Professor Haken has performed his Concerto for Five-String Viola with several orchestras in North America, South America, and Europe. He has also composed commissioned works for Paul Merkelo (principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony), oboist Nancy Ambrose King, flutist Jean Ferrandis, clarinetist William King, Nobel Prize laureate Paul Lauterbur, pianist Robert Auler, patrons George Brock and Harry Triandis, and numerous others. Visit Artist Website.

Learn More about Rudolf Haken

Haken has been a featured performer of contemporary music at conventions of the Society of Composers, Inc., Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and American Composer’s Alliance in New York City, as well as in recital at the Studio für neue Musik at Universität Siegen (Germany), Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna), Salle Jacques Brel in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (France), Conservatorio Oficial de Música in Cáceres (Spain), and Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi in Istanbul, University of York (UK), University of Toronto, and Queens University (Canada). Among Haken’s recordings of contemporary music is a Capstone Records release of viola works of Matthew Davidson. As a sought-after educator and adjudicator, Professor Haken was invited to Seoul in October 2012 to serve on the international jury for string auditions of the Korean Broadcasting Service Symphony Orchestra. Haken also has served on the faculty of the Festival Internacional de Musica Erudita de Piracicaba (Brazil), Schlern International Chamber Music Festival (Italian Alps), Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (Indiana), Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland (Germany), Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas), Interlochen Music Camp (Michigan All-State), Zomeravond Concerten (the Netherlands), Mammoth Lakes Festival (California), Montecito International Music Festival (California), and Quartz Mountain Festival (Oklahoma). He has given master classes internationally, with venues including the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Kookmin and Jungang Universities in South Korea, the Welsh National Academy of Music and Drama, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Brazil. Haken has served as viola professor at West Virginia University, as well as guest violist for the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, performing under such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Neville Marriner. He has performed in London, Beijing, and Shanghai as principal violist of the Sinfonia da Camera, and has toured South Korea with the World Symphony Orchestra. Professor Haken has acted as adjudicator for the Houston Symphony Young Artists, Midwest Young Artists, Missouri-American String Teachers Association, and Chicago Viola Society competitions.

Guest Artists

Zofia Glashauser, ViolinZofia Glashauser – Violin

Zofia Glashauser has been the concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Lira Orchestra of Chicago.  With these orchestras, she has soloed on violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Mozart, and on brilliant works by Wieniawski and Kreisler.  These performances were lauded by audience and critics alike and has helped garner her a reputation as one of the American Midwest’s most sought-after violinists.  Her playing is characterized by, and well-known to audiences, as having a sublime, yet fiery passion and a fine, crystalline technique.

Ms. Glashauser was born in the beautiful and historically rich city of Krakow, Poland.  Upon her arrival in America, she was immediately accepted into the studio of renowned pedagogue, Renata Knific at Western Michigan University.  While there, Zofia was both a winner of the 2001 concerto competition and a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  She then continued her studies in the Chicago, IL area at Northwestern University as a master’s candidate in the acclaimed combined studio of Roland and Almita Vamos.

She is an avid performer today, having been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kalamazoo Symphony, and assistant concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony.  With these, and other orchestras, she has worked under conductors Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Neville Mariner.

Zofia is also a very active chamber musician, being a violinist with the acclaimed Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, was first violinist with the South Bend Symphony String Quintet, and continues to perform chamber music around the country.

In 2016, Zosia (as she is affectionately known to friends) won a full time position with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee.  She lives there, where she keeps an active and thriving private teaching studio.  She enjoys many activities, including cooking, reading, and especially running, having participated in numerous races.  Zosia loves sharing these interests with her family; husband Jason, and her three beautiful children, Simon, Gabriela, and Susannah.

Jennet Ingle – Oboe

Jennet Ingle loves the oboe. She has built an active career around performing, teaching, making reeds for, and writing about it, and believes deeply that everyone else loves it, too.  Perhaps they just don’t know it yet. Jennet’s passion for performance and outreach led her in 2013 to create Musicians for Michiana, a chamber music series dedicated to connecting musicians and audiences with local non-profit organizations to the benefit of all.

All professional oboists make their own reeds, but Jennet has taken this task to new levels. As the owner and operator of Jennet Ingle Reeds, she makes and sells over a hundred fifty handmade reeds every month to oboists all over the country.  For the past four summers, she has run an Oboe Reed Boot Camp to teach the craft to others, and last year began a series of monthly Reeding Circles, in which reedmakers of various abilities can come together to learn new tricks and techniques from each other as they work socially.

In her spare time, Jennet pours her energy into Prone Oboe, a blog about her active life and a behind-the-scenes look at the process of learning, teaching, and performing music at a high level. 

Jennet is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. Visit Artist Website.

Steven IngleSteven Ingle – Bassoon

Composer and Resident Conductor of the innovative Elgin, IL based Chamber Music on the Fox, Steven Vance Ingle has led recent performances of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis and has conducted CMOTF’s Crime Classics concerts featuring early radio plays by Bernard Herrmann. He conducted Daron Hagen’s vibrant film score Piano Concerto No. 2: Chaplin’s Tramp at the 2017 Elgin Short Film Festival before returning in 2018 to conduct his own score to Georges Méliès’s 1902 classic, Le Voyage dans la Lune.

Steve’s compositions REAPER! and Quiet, please!, multimedia homages to early fantasy and horror radio, were premiered by CMOTF and by Musicians for Michiana respectively, and his Air for Oboe and Piano and Facets: Subtle Variations for Trumpet and Piano were premiered at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Houghton, Michigan.

Steve has conducted on the Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra series and more recently led the South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Discovery Concerts in 2015 and 2016.

Steve’s highly dynamic and versatile career has also led him to perform as a bassoonist with many organizations. He is a former member of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Memphis, Knoxville and numerous others. In 2017, he performed as contrabassoonist for Joffrey Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Center.

Steve has performed on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess and Music in the Loft series, at venues including the Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall, and on live radio from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2005, he was honored to perform under the direction of Pierre Boulez for Mr. Boulez’s Derive 2 for thirteen instruments at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and of the Eastman School of Music. He currently serves on the faculty at Valparaiso University and lives in South Bend with his wife, oboist Jennet Ingle, and their daughter Zoe.  Visit Artist Website

 

Anna Mayne – Horn

Anna Mayne

Originally from El Paso, Texas, hornist Anna Mayne, joined the Northeastern Illinois University faculty in January of 2012. She is amember of the South Bend and Illinois Symphonies, and actively freelances throughout the tri-state area. Ms. Mayne has played with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; the Milwaukee Symphony; the Green Bay Symphony; the Northwest Indiana Symphony; the New Philharmonic Orchestra; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mannheim Steamroller; the Marin Symphony; the El Paso Symphony; El Paso Opera; the Southwest Symphony (NM); Chicago Arts Orchestra; and the Oistrach Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, she has been a member of the CINCO Brass Quintet since 1998. As a member of CINCO, Ms. Mayne was a semi-finalist at the Carmel, Coleman, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. In 2003, CINCO was the first ensemble to be invited to take part in the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) Professional Development Program which partnered CINCO with members of CCM on several subscription concerts and live radio broadcasts on WFMT (98.7). CINCO has performed all over Chicago, most notably at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, the Rush Hour Concert Series at St. James Cathedral, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Ms. Mayne’s principal teachers include William Barnewitz, Dale Clevenger, Robert Ward, and Gail Williams. She received fellowships to attend the Colorado College Summer Chamber Music Festival; the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and the Aspen Music Festival.

Her playing has been critically acclaimed, and she can be heard on several recording labels, including the Arsis label and most notably on Albany Records with the Houston Grand Opera and the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. In addition to her busy performance schedule, she maintains private horn studios throughout the Chicagoland area. 

Ed Randles – Bass

Ed Randles - Bass
Edward Randles received his Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Boston University School of Music receiving the Four-year Performance Award Scholarship and his Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Randles is currently Principal Double Bass with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and is on the adjunct faculties as instructor of Double Bass with Andrews University and Lake Michigan College of Southwest Michigan State
University. He performs with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and has appeared regularly with Notre Dame Opera, in chamber orchestra appearances with St. Mary’s Chamber Singers – Nancy Menk; Vesper’s Chorale – Wyshart Bell; the Camerata Society – David Seitz, and in other chamber and choral performances. He has performed as a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (Charleston, SC), the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, NY), Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and as Principal Bass of Indiana Opera North.

He has freelanced with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Illinois Philharmonic. He has appeared in performance of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion under Helmut Rilling with Valparaiso University – 2001 and has attended under full scholarship the Aspen Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival – Round Top, TX, the Waterloo Music Festival under Gerard Schwarz – Princeton, NJ, and the Boris Goldovsky Opera Workshop. He lives in South Bend, IN with his wife Helene Randles-Dauerty. In addition to his performance and teaching schedule, he teaches private studio instruction on Bass and coaches the South Bend Youth Orchestra.

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