Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo soprano and voice teacher, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California at Berkeley. During her operatic career, she sang with the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and major opera companies in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Early in her career, Wendy won numerous competitions and awards including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Pavarotti International Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, and the Eleanor Steber Competition.
David Henderson grew up in Hartford City, Indiana, and has degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School. In 1980, he gave his Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut as a winner of the East and West Artists competition, with the New York Times stating “an exceptionally accomplished instrumentalist with something to say, his work is poised, cultivated, and expressive.” In 1981, he received a first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux as a recipient of a Fulbright-ITT grant to study in France.
Studied with Murray Panitz, Jean-Pierre Rampal. Founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. Founder and musical director of Avedis, a San Francisco chamber music series now in its 32nd season. Performed and recorded with Jean-Pierre Rampal. Has recorded for the Naxos and Cambria labels. Toured USSR as delegate for the National Flute Association and has been invited to perform at their Conventions in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. Performs throughout the U.S. as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.
Studied with George Neikrug, Andor Toth, Jr., Margaret Rowell, Eugene Lehner.
Member, Ives String Quartet. Cellist, Stanford String Quartet (1983-1997).
Solo cellist, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Former principal, the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, New England Chamber Orchestra, The Opera Company of Boston.
Faculty member the Rocky Ridge Music Center and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop Centrum/Port Townsend Chamber Music Workshop.
Dawn Harms leads an active musical life as a violinist, violist, chamber musician and conductor. For ten years, Dawn was first violinist with the Harrington String Quartet, winners of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Fischoff and Evian International chamber music competitions. She played first violin for five years with the Santa Fe Opera. A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Dawn holds the position of co-concertmaster with the Oakland Symphony, and concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.
Served as soloist and/or Assistant Conductor with San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Festival of Masses, Byron McGilvray Chorale, Masterworks Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and ten years as a member, Conductor, and Music Director, San Francisco Choral Artists. Music Director, St. Charles Church, San Carlos. She has taught at San Francisco State University, College of San Mateo, San Francisco Conservatory, Mercy and Notre Dame High Schools.
Debra Fong, violinist, has been a Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music at Stanford University since 2004. She is Principal Second Violinist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and a first violinist with The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Ms. Fong has performed at Toronto Summer Music; Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine; the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival; and Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has been a guest artist with the St.
Studied with Oscar Ghiglia, Rodrigo Riera, Andres Segovia, Jose Tomas; workshops with Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro. Guest soloist, Rosa Montoya Bailes Flamenco. Solo recitals in U.S., Canada, Venezuela.
Studied with George Lister at the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique. Studied with modern and Baroque flute teachers Robert Willoughby, Frans Vester, and Barthold Kuijken. Winner of an International Telephone and Telegraph grant through the IIE. Studied flute in Den Haag for two years on this grant. Member of the California Symphony for 20 years. Principal and solo flutist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for ten years. Member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the 1990s. Toured Peru with NYC’s Poetica Musica.