2016-17 Guest Artist Collective
Anne Donaldson, violin, The Trouble with Ben
Anne holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, where she was the teaching assistant of Blair Milton. Ms. Donaldson has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW). She is also a Suzuki specialist and has been a guest faculty member with the Suzuki Association of Georgia, Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, and Suzuki Music Columbus. Anne is the founder of Mount Pleasant Talent Education, and was the assistant director of the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Birmingham (AL) for 6 years. She was a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012.
Regino Madrid, violin
Regino, from Los Angeles, CA, is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays at the White House. Mr. Madrid is also the concertmaster of The American Pops Orchestra and has also appeared as guest concertmaster for the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Chesapeake Orchestra at St. Mary’s River Concert Series, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Mr. Madrid regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra. Since making his solo debut at 16, Mr. Madrid has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Brahms’ Double Concerto, and Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. Mr. Madrid received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music after pursuing a Physiological Science degree from UCLA. Mr. Madrid resides in Hollin Hills, VA where he enjoys photography and Scandinavian mid-century design and architecture.
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet, Project Costa Rica
Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is an active performer and educator. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, he has performed with groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Pilgrim Chamber Players and The Chicago Ensemble, among others. Mr. Garcia-Montoya has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his master's degree at Rice University. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and pursued additional post graduate studies at DePaul University. Mr. Garcia-Montoya lives in Chicago, IL and is currently principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago.
Juan Jaramillo, violin, Project Costa Rica
Since his arrival in the US from his native country of Venezuela, Juan Jaramillo has established himself as a prominent violinist in a variety of music scenes around the country. He is a product of the internationally famous "El Sistema" orchestra program that started in Venezuela. Mr. Jaramillo has played with many ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and many more. Juan has also performed as Acting Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Principal Second of the Britt Music Festival. Currently he is the Principal Second of the Wheeling Symphony and first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Juan is also in his second year as the Artist-in-Residence at St. Matthews Church in Wheeling, WV, where he is the coordinator and performer of the "Chamber Music Project 2012". Mr. Jaramillo has performed at summer festivals such as San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Latinoamerican Quartet Seminar (Venezuela), Deep Creek Summer Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Britt Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He received his Bachelor's Degree and Artist Diploma from Duqesne University and also earned a Master's Degree from Penn State University. When he is not performing, rehearsing, or teaching, Juan enjoys running, cooking, and the movies.
D.J. Sparr, composer, The Trouble with Ben
An accomplished composer and electric guitarist, D.J. Sparr has caught the attention of critics with his eclectic style. D. J. Sparr recently completed his tenure as the 2011-2014 Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony where his works were premiered by Nicholas McGegan, Donato Cabrera, and Robert Treviño. Recent premieres have been by the Washington National Opera, eighth blackbird, the Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Hexnut. Sparr was awarded the $10,000 grand prize in the orchestra category of the BMG/Williams College National Young Composers Competition and has received awards and recognition from BMI, the American Music Center, Eastman School of Music, George Washington University, the League of Composers/ISCM, and New Music USA.