Musicians of FHCP

Joseph Kluesener, DMA

A versatile performer, educator and concert curator, Joseph Kluesener maintains a diverse career based out of Phoenix, AZ and is the newly-appointed Artistic Director of the Fountain Hills Chamber Players (Fountain Hills, AZ). Kluesener is Second Bassoonist and Faculty at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival (Wintergreen, VA), and has performed with the United States Air Force Band of the Air Force Reserve, The Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra May Festival Chorus, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati) and Kentucky Symphony, as well as with MusicaNova Orchestra (Scottsdale, AZ) and formerly as Principal Bassoonist of Symphony of the Southwest (Mesa, AZ).

In addition to founding, directing and performing with the Paradise Winds, a chamber wind ensemble appearing in multiple performances on American Public Media’s Performance Today, he has given concerts with the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, acclaimed Downtown Chamber Series (Phoenix, AZ) and Fountain Hills Chamber Players among other venues. Abroad, he has performed at Aveiro International Music Festival (Portugal) and taught at Saarburg Serenaden (Germany), and nationally, he has performed in conferences of the International Viola Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Association and International Double Reed Society.

As a soloist, Kluesener has appeared with the North Valley Chamber Orchestra (Paradise Valley), Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ASU-Tempe), and was joined by the Paradise Winds in a World Premiere of an original concerto grosso entitled Unexpected Affinities for Paradise Winds accompanied by MusicaNova Orchestra in January 2015.

For several years, Kluesener has served as Adjunct Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, teaching a survey of Rock Music & Culture, maintains a private studio of bassoonists, and assists with private instrumental lessons at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, AZ.

A native of Ohio, Kluesener received a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from Arizona State University, and two Bachelors of Music cum laude from the acclaimed University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In addition to accomplishments as a bassoonist, Kluesener is a tenor and sings professionally on occasion. In his spare time, Kluesener is co-founder and lead curator of the winner of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music, Classical Revolution PHX, an effort to expose and educate about classical music by bringing chamber music to the people. Kluesener enjoys Bikram hot yoga, hiking and camping outdoors, pickle ball, and delicious food & drink.

  

Alice Brovan

Alice Brovan, piano, performs as a soloist and chamber musician. She was Dean of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and served on the faculties of Cardinal Stritch University, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Continuing Studies division. Ms. Brovan has performed extensively throughout the Midwest as a member of the Bliss/Brovan Piano Duo and Music From Almost Yesterday contemporary chamber music ensemble. Currently she performs with the Trio con Brio piano trio, the Sebastian Piano Duo and the Fountain Hills Chamber Players.

 
 Emma Quinn, Harp
 
 Emma Quinn, a harpist in great demand for her ensemble skills, is currently pursuing her
Masters of Music degree at the Arizona State University School of Music. At the age of 15, Ms.
Quinn debuted as a soloist for the Florida Federation of Music Educators Association, and has
since performed with various ensembles across the United States.

As an orchestral harpist, Ms. Quinn has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and held the Principal Harp position with several orchestras such as the Mill Valley Philharmonic, American Philharmonic, Opera Parallel, and West Valley Symphony. Emma's orchestral experience spans over 10 years, having had the honor of performing under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, and Charles Dutoit.

Ms. Quinn is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. Currently studying with Julie Smith Phillips, Emma's previous teachers include Doug Rioth, Joan Holland, and Lynn Williams. Ms. Quinn is originally from Florida and began the harp at age 9.

For further information, Ms. Quinn can be reached at ELQharp@gmail.com

Luciana Gallo, Cello

Argentinean cellist Luciana Gallo enjoys an active performing and teaching career in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professor Thomas Landschoot at Arizona State University as she pursues her Doctorate in Cello Performance; she was also recently appointed Lead String Teacher for the Harmony Project in Phoenix, and teaches privately out of her studio, located in Tempe, AZ.

Luciana has played with orchestras such as the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Argentina), Orquesta Sinfonica de Cordoba (Argentina), and Orquesta Sinfonica de Neuquen (Argentina).

As a chamber musician, Luciana is the cellist and co-founder of the Trio Las Americas, giving recitals both in North and South America. She also played with the Nightingale String Quartet, the In-Residence-String Quartet at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2011-2013.

Luciana was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1st prize at the Concerto Competition, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and a full scholarship at The International Winter Music Festival de Campos de Jordao (Brazil), the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil) and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Liberace Arts Foundation Scholarship).

She has participated in Master Classes in United States, Argentina and Brazil, with renowned artists such as The St. Laurence String Quartet, Ida Kavafian, Emilio Colon, Borodin String Quartet, Christine Walevska, Timothy Eddy, Antonio Meneses and Claudio Baraviera among others.

Luciana obtained her Master degree in Cello Performance and Orchestral Career Studies from University of Nevada Reno, where she was a teaching assistant to Dmitri Atapine.

She has a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance from University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she studied with Kevin Price-Brenner. While in Wisconsin, Luciana took private lessons for several years with Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and cellist, Uri Vardi, at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joshua Gardner

Joshua Gardner was appointed Lecturer of Music at Arizona State University in August 2011 and is Director of the Performance Physiology Research Laboratory at ASU. Dr. Gardner received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He has recorded for Summit Records and has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today

Patricia Cosand

Violist Patricia Cosand has enjoyed a diverse career as an orchestral musician. She played ten years in the Phoenix Symphony viola section, and was principal viola in the Arizona Opera Orchestra 1989-2007. Currently Patricia is assistant principal viola in the Symphony of the Southwest. She has performed with many other local orchestras including the West Valley Symphony and Musica Nova. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with many local performers in the Papago Chamber Ensemble, the Fiori String Quartet, and the Fountain Hills Chamber Players. In 1993 Patricia collaborated with the members of the Fiori String Quartet creating a chamber music camp for students ages 10-18. String Quartet Camp and Bass Workshop has had continued success for the past twenty one years and boasts an enrollment of over 100 students each summer. As a music educator Mrs. Cosand taught 3 years in the Mesa Public Schools, 3 years at Grace Community Christian School, and 9 years at Arizona State University. She is co-owner of the Mesa Violin Studios and teaches 40-50 private violin and viola students weekly. Patricia collaborated with Cal Stewart Kellogg in 2006 to create the Youth Symphony of the Southwest, the educational arm of the Symphony of the Southwest. This orchestra serves east valley students ages 15-20 and performs concerts in the Mesa Arts Center. Patricia serves as the administrator for the youth symphony as well as President of the Board of Directors for the Symphony of the Southwest. She is active in the Arizona chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Patricia is married to the Steinway artist, pianist Walter Cosand. They reside in Tempe.

Kelly Austermann

Kelly Austermann has significant experience as a performing clarinetist, music educator, and scholar. She has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, the Greensboro Philharmonia, and the Vintage Brass Band. She can be heard in solo clarinet passages on the Grammy-nominated CD, Fireworks! released under the Equilibrium label and on In This Hid Clearing released under the Naxos label. She has maintained a large studio of clarinet students in the Mehlville School District Band Program where she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber music, and provides sectional instruction. Many of her students have received superior ratings at performance competitions and have earned seats in honors ensembles. Kelly has previously provided sectional instruction for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in Mesa, AZ, taught clarinet and saxophone at City Music & Education Center in St. Louis, MO, and taught clarinet at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC. She presented her research on popular American music during WWII at the American Musicological Society Scholars Conference in Tempe, AZ last spring. She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her Masters of Music from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and just completed her Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. Her former teachers include Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner, Eric Mandat, Diana Haskell, Anthony Taylor, and Paul Garritson.

Chip King

Chip King, founder of the Pinnacle Bassoon Quartet was the Assistant Principal / Second Bassoonist of the Grand Rapids Symphony from 1973 to 2008. During that time he was involved with countless chamber ensembles, teaching venues and college music departments in West Michigan. After moving to Phoenix with his wife in 2009 to be near their daughter he has played with many of the valleys’ orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony, the West Valley Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Arizona Opera Orchestra and Phoenix Opera Orchestra.

Thomas Breadon

Thomas Mark Breadon, Jr. is an arranger, bassoonist, and composer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has received a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Morehead State University, and a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from The University of Akron. At The University of Akron he was a Teaching Assistant in the Bassoon department as well as a Teaching Assistant in the Music Theory department.

As a Soloist, Thomas has taken part in six separate performance competitions over the last seven years. Thomas was the winner of the A. Frank and Bethel C. Gallaher Memorial Music Performance Competition Award in 2009, the winner of The University of Akron Concerto Competition in 2011, the winner of the Arden J. Yockey Scholarship for Woodwinds in 2012, received Honorable Mention in the Final Round of Tuesday Musical Association Performance Competition in 2012, and was the winner of the Sixth Annual James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship Contest in 2013. Thomas has also had the opportunity to perform the Gordon Jacob Bassoon Concerto as a featured soloist with orchestral accompaniment on the main stage at E.J. Thomas Hall in 2012.

Most Recently, Thomas released an album with the Jazz Fusion Ensemble Gondor, “Live at the Spot.” The album, comprised partially of his own compositions, features Thomas's skilledvirtuosity on the electric bassoon. As an electric bassoonist, Thomas is a featured artist for the “Little Jake” bassoon pickup on the inventor’s, Trent Jacobs, website.

Thomas is currently a second year Doctoral candidate and Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University under the guidance of Dr. Albie Micklich.

Dagmara Suchons

Dagmara Suchon was born in Poznan, Poland. Following centuries of family tradition, she began playing the violin at three years old. Her father, Stanislaw Suchon, the concertmaster of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, was her first master. Under the guidance of Prof. Michal Grabarczyk, Dagmara was honored by professors from The Moscow Conservatory, and graduated a Master of Arts-Violin Performance, from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Conservatory in Poznan, Poland. She also studied with Wanda Wilkomirska, Marina Jashvili, Abram Stern, Alexander Treger, Jeremy Cohen and Murray Adler. Coming from a family of musicians with extensive musical traditions, Dagmara's performances have ranged from ancient music ensembles, to classical symphony orchestras, to corporate shows with an electric violin. Since childhood, she has been seen performing as a soloist, in chamber and symphony orchestras with outstanding artists such as Joshua Bell, in Poland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. As a pop musician, Daga was the famed artist behind the Space Violins, and graced the stage playing with Marco Antonio Solis, Goran Bregovic, and Barrage. While living in Venice, Italy, she performed with orchestras in Milan, Florence, Padua, and Venice, and even had the honor of playing for Pope John Paul II. Since moving to the United States in 2005, Dagmara has given recitals in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and St. Louis, as well as performed with the Riverside County Philharmonic, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Ventura Festival Orchestra, New West Symphony, The Phoenix Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Musica Nova, The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, The American Youth Symphony, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, (the Great) John Williams, and Sir James Galway.

Dana Sherman

Currently the Third Horn of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Dana Sherman is an active musician and teacher living in the Phoenix area. Sherman has previously held positions as Acting Associate Principal Horn of the Omaha Symphony, Principal Horn of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and Second Horn of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arizona Opera, Opera Southwest, Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony. During her summers, Sherman has spent her time traveling and performing in several music festivals including: the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. In addition to her performing experience, Sherman also enjoys teaching horn to students of all ages both in her private studio and as the horn instructor at Glendale Community College in Phoenix. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied with Douglas Hill. She then went on to complete a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Gail Williams, Bill Barnewitz, and Jon Boen. When not playing her horn, Sherman enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller just completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University; studying with Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. Miller performs throughout Phoenix area as part of the Classical Revolution, the Kaleidoscope Reed Quintet, and actively with Clarinets for Conservation. Miller is an active chamber musician and clarinet teacher to students of all ages. She regularly participates in community outreach, teaching clarinet workshops to young, aspiring musicians. Audrey earned her M.M. at Florida State University and earned her B.M. from Western Washington University. Miller performs around the United States and had her international debut in Belgium in 2011. She spent the summer of 2013 in Moshi, Tanzania teaching clarinet, sustainability, and conservation.

Matthew Coleman

was born in Kent, Washington, where he enjoyed the eclectic mix of music styles, educators, and performers in the Puget Sound area. Winning first place in both snare drum and multiple percussion categories at the Washington State Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Competition was a major turning point in his career into music. His musical interests in the diverse field of classical, jazz, and contemporary percussion have lead to performances in a wide variety of venues and music styles. He has performed drum set with jazz artists such as Eric Alexander, Steve Annibale, Mike Crotty, Liam Teague, Mike Kocour, Jerry Bergonzi, and more. He is also a percussionist with a variety of classical ensembles including Symphony of the Southwest and Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. Coleman has performed at the Chandler Arizona Jazz Festival, Arizona Percussive Arts Society Festival, Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Northwest Percussion Festival, American Choral Directors Association National Conference, and other notable festivals and events. In addition to teaching at various Maricopa County Community College campuses, he maintains an active private studio with students going on to win auditions for Youth Symphony of the Southwest, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University, and more. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, and other music performance degrees from Arizona State University and Eastern Washington University. His primary teachers include Marty Zyskowski, JB Smith, Mark Sunkett, and Dom Moio.

Yeojin Seol

Pianist and Accompanist, Yeojin Seol is native of Seoul, Korea. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degrees in both Solo Piano performance and Collaborative Piano from Han-Yang University in Seoul, Korea and completed Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Upon completion of her studies, she won 3rd place at “Korea National Music Associate Magazine” in collaborative Piano. Yeojin received Honors Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative piano at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Yeojin worked as a rehearsal accompanist at “Korea National Opera Theater” and “Han-Yang University Opera Theater” and worked at San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a staff accompanist. She was also a rehearsal accompanist at Townsend opera in Modesto, CA, Youth Worship Music Director at Salvation Army Korean Corps in San Francisco, CA, and a principal accompanist for the Pacific Choir in Oakland, CA.

In addition, she participated in Songfest, California Summer music, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Vianden Music Festival and School as a staff accompanist and Aspen Music Festival and School as a Vocal Fellowship in Collaborative Piano.

Currently, Yeojin in pursuing her Doctoral Studies in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University under the Dr. Andrew Campbell supervision.

Cathy Worchester

Cathy Worcester earned a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with Eugene Lombardi. After three seasons with the Phoenix Symphony, she went to Indiana University where she received a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance. While at IU she studied with Joseph Gingold. Ms. Worcester is an active studio teacher and free lance musician in the Phoenix area. She has served as Concertmaster of various local orchestras including the Symphony of the Southwest, the West Valley Symphony, the Arizona Opera and the Four Seasons Orchestra. Her Concertmaster duties include tours of Austria with the Four Seasons Orchestra and China with the American Festival Orchestra. She has also played in many chamber music groups, including the Fountain Hills Chamber Players, the Symphony of the Southwest String Quartet, the West Valley Symphony String Quartet, and the piano/violin duo Opus One. Ms. Worcester has been a faculty member of the String Quartet Camp for the past 20 years.

She is a founding member and co-owner of the Mesa Violin Studios and teaches a large private studio. She resides in Mesa with her husband Richard.

Li Ma

Li Ma began her cello studies at the age of 9. Li was an award winner at both the First and Second China National Cello Competitions in 1988 and 1993, respectively. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in cello performance from the Central Conservatory of music in Beijing, Li played as Principal Cellist for the Beijing Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1999, at the same time serving as principal cellist for the China women's Philharmonic Orchestra. In those positions, she toured China and Asia, which included participation in the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo and Seoul. From 1995 to 2000, Li was also a cello faculty member at her alma mater, the Central Conservatory of Music. After moving to the United States, Li gave solo recitals in addition to performing with various chamber and orchestra groups. From 2002 to 2005, Li was a member of the cello faculty at the Arcadia Music Academy in Phoenix, she has been a substitute cellist for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Mrs. Ma joined the Chandler Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist and soloist in 2007.

Shannon Bohall

Shannon Bohall grew up in the “Von Trapp” family of Kansas. Hailing from Wichita, she, her parents and her 9 siblings performed extensively throughout Wichita and its surrounding cities. Shannon studied violin with her oldest sister from age 7 until her college years. She then received her bachelor and master’s degrees in Violin Performance, having studied with Tiberius Klausner and Josef Gingold. After college she won a position in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She currently is a free-lance violinist in the Valley, playing in chamber groups, orchestras and as a soloist. She is a strolling violinist as well. Shannon is married and has four children

Kate Mulligan-Ferry

Kate Mulligan-Ferry is an active chamber and solo flutist currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and is now making her debut with the internationally recognized Paradise Winds. She has also performed internationally in France, Ireland, Argentina, and Italy. She spent the summer of 2008 studying at the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, while also traveling throughout Italy performing in solo and chamber recitals.

Kate is currently pursuing her Doctoral studies in flute performance at Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music from ASU. Her primary mentors include Dr. Elizabeth Buck and Angela Jones-Reus.