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Gabriel Arregui   Harpsichord, Organ

Gabriel ArreguiGabriel Arregui holds degrees from the University of Southern California (Collaborative Piano) and Loma Linda University (Organ Performance). His professors have included Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr (Collaborative and Solo Piano), Anita Norskov Olson (Solo Piano), Malcolm Hamilton (Harpsichord), and Donald J. Vaughn and Thomas Harmon (Organ). While at USC, he won the Hans Schiff Memorial Scholarship for excellence in chamber music, as well as the award for outstanding graduate from the Accompanying Department.

Arregui has appeared in recital with sopranos Julianne Baird and Rosa Lamoreaux, has taught 18th-century counterpoint at La Sierra University, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth II. He currently serves as an organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, where the magnificent organ provides him many opportunities to practice his latest passion: improvisation. He has been with our Festival since 1994, performing at one time or another in each of the five concerts.


Elizabeth Blumenstock   Violin, Director

Elizabeth BlumenstockElizabeth Blumenstock is a longtime concertmaster, soloist and leader with the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists; concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany; and artistic director of the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar. She is widely admired as a Baroque violinist of expressive eloquence and technical sparkle whose performances have been called “rapturous” and “riveting.” She studied viola at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and switched to the Baroque violin in the early ’80s.

Blumenstock’s love of chamber music has involved her in several accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, the Galax Quartet, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque, the Arcadian Academy, Trio Galanterie, and Voices of Music. She has performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. She has recorded over 100 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Virgin Veritas, Koch, Naxos, Reference Recordings and others.

An enthusiastic teacher, Blumenstock conducts classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and teaches at the American Bach Soloists’ summer Festival and Academy, at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, California. She began teaching Historical Performance at Juilliard in 2016. She plays a violin built by Andrea Guarneri in 1660, in Cremona, which is on generous loan to her from the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust.


Corey CarletonCorey Carleton   Soprano

Corey Carleton is a native Californian who has been focusing on early music since her undergraduate days at the University of California, Berkeley, where she sang in a chamber choir that regularly performed with Nicholas McGegan’s Philharmonia Baroque. She went on to receive a master’s degree at Indiana University, where she participated in several recordings directed by Paul Hillier, including a release of Arvo Pärt’s I Am The True Vine for chorus.

Carleton performs with California chamber groups and music festivals such as Tesserae, Marin Baroque, Faire Viols, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Her recording credits include Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Hyperion and RCM, for which she performed in an album of Padilla works for double choir that won a Grammy Award in 2006. She is a founding member of Les Violettes, a Bay Area–based group that champions the music of Henry Purcell, Buxtehüde and the French Baroque.


Rob DigginsRob Diggins   Violin, Viola

Rob Diggins is a principal player with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He performs regularly with the avant-garde rock band March and the Months; an eclectic duo, the Flying Oms; and Skywater Kirtan Band with Shemaia Skywater. He was a featured artist on the recently released folk album Just Keep Going and performed on Joanne Rand’s albums Roses in the Snow and Drought and Southern Girl. His many recordings include solo work on a recent Portland Baroque Orchestra recording of the complete string concertos of J.S. Bach, and he was featured as viola soloist in the 2013 film Giacomo Variations starring John Malkovich.

Diggins is a Bhaktin (devotional musician) and a Samayacharin (devoted teacher) guided by the Himalayan yoga tradition Parampara. In 2017 and 2018 he taught music and yoga in Kurdistan and Lebanon with the YES Academy. When not on the road, Rob teaches yoga in adult assisted-living facilities and in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka, California.


Jolianne von EinemJolianne von Einem   Violin

Jolianne von Einem performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Archetti Strings, Musica Angelica, Les Conversations Gallants, and Magnificat. She has toured South America, Mexico, the U.S. and Canada with John Malkovich, the Weiner Akademie and Musica Angelica in The Infernal Comedy and Giacomo Variations. She recorded the double violin concerto of J.S. Bach in a 2015 release by the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

With degrees from UCLA and USC, von Einem studied violin with Alex Treger and Alice Schoenfeld, and Baroque violin with Monica Huggett. She toured and recorded in Europe with Hausmusik and Huggett’s Trio Sonnerie, and in Japan with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, recording and filming half of Mozart’s symphonies under Ton Koopman. Among her many other recordings are the acclaimed CD of Mendelssohn’s Octet with Hausmusik on EMI; Early Music of the Netherlands 1700-1800 with Trio Sonnerie on Emergo; and Eighteenth-Century Music for Lute and Strings with Trio Galanterie on Audioquest.


Amy FogersonAmy Fogerson   Mezzo-Soprano

Amy Fogerson is an ensemble singer and soloist who appears regularly with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many other Southern California ensembles. Her solo appearances have included Steve Reich’s Tehillim at Lincoln Center, Louis Andriessen’s De Stijl with the LA Philharmonic, and the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah in the first performance of the work at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She is a lead teaching artist for Voices Within, the LA Master Chorale’s award-winning education residency program.

Fogerson also has a busy session singing career. Her voice can be heard in more than 100 feature films, TV shows and video games, including recent releases Smallfoot and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She is the founding director of the Street Symphony Chamber Singers and supervises the Street Symphony Daniel Chaney Fellowship program.


Scott GraffScott Graff   Bass-Baritone

Scott Graff has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica and the California Bach Society. He is an active ensemble singer, most notably with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with which he is part of touring company presenting the staged and memorized production of Orlando di Lasso’s monumental song cycle Lagrime di San Pietro, directed by Peter Sellars. He has sung solo roles at the Carmel Bach Festival and with the Los Angeles–based new-music collective Synchromy.

Graff was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, led by Peter Rutenberg, when the group’s release of Padilla: Sun of Justice was awarded the 2007 Grammy for Best Small Ensemble recording. He has also sung on the soundtracks of more than 60 feature films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Secret Life of Pets, and Frozen. He teaches voice as a member of the music faculty at Pomona College.


Stephen HammerStephen Hammer   Oboe

Stephen Hammer appears regularly as principal oboist with Musica Angelica, Tesserae Baroque and the American Bach Soloists. He is artistic director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival in Maine, and a regular participant at the Aston Magna Festival in Massachusetts. Before relocating to Southern California in 2016 he was principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society and principal recorder for the Metropolitan Opera, among other groups.

Hammer has taught at Bard College, Indiana University and other distinguished schools of music. He has recorded more than 200 solo, chamber, obbligato and orchestral recordings for Decca l’Oiseau-Lyre and other labels. He enjoys collaborating with the instrument-maker Joel Robinson in designing and building replicas of historical oboes, and is an accomplished website designer, as well as an enthusiastic if untalented tennis player.


Jennifer Ellis Kampani   Soprano

Jennifer Ellis KampaniJennifer Ellis Kampani, a soprano who “offers a freshness of voice, fineness of timbre, and ease of production that place her in the front rank of early-music sopranos” (andante.com), is a leading interpreter of the Baroque vocal repertoire. She has performed with period instruments groups such as the American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort, New York Collegium, Baroque Band, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, and the Boston Camerata. She has also been heard with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the symphony orchestras of Richmond and Charlotte, and the Washington Cathedral Choral Society.

Kampani has been heard in many concert series and festivals including Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France), Aston Magna, Da Camera Society, Houston Early Music, Music Before 1800, Carmel Bach, and the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals. Highlights among the many CDs she has recorded are Kingdoms of Castille, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012; and the works of Chiara Cozzolani, which was a Gramophone editors’ pick in 2002. She is on the faculty at the University of Southern California.


Michael KaufmanMichael Kaufman   Violoncello

Michael Kaufman was the cello soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He has participated in several chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Embracing an eclectic range of music from both the classical and contemporary canons, he has performed in chamber music concerts with Midori, in Brett Dean’s 12 Angry Men in Disney Hall during the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, as principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels, and in the premiere of a concerto written by Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Kaufman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and his bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music. He is a founding member of the cello quintet Sakura, and founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles–based Sunset ChamberFest. He teaches on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University and maintains a private studio in Los Feliz.


Jon Lee KeenanJon Lee Keenan   Tenor

Jon Lee Keenan grew up in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from rock ’n roll and bluegrass to classical and jazz. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a triple major in Music, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his musical studies, earning a doctorate in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Since joining the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2007, he has appeared as a featured soloist each season.

Recent highlights include the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with LAMC, tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and the narrator in Hugo Distler’s The Story of Christmas. Keenan has helped create several new characters for The Industry LA, and in 2018 he recorded the role of Gniphos in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar. This season includes roles in John Cage’s Europeras I and II with the Philharmonic, and an international tour of Lagrime di San Pietro with music by Orlando di Lasso and staging by Peter Sellars.


Elizabeth Ladizinsky   Soprano

Elizabeth LadizinskyElizabeth Ladizinsky is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where she studied both classical and jazz music. She has been a featured soloist with the Redondo Beach Baroque Festival, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Beverly Hills Symphony, and Chorale Bel Canto. She has performed with many ensembles in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Musica Angelica, the Concord Ensemble, Tesserae, and Zephyr – Voices Unbound. She was a founding member of the vocal jazz quartet Corner Pocket.

Ladizinsky says that two of her most fun performing experiences have been at the Hollywood Bowl, once opening the inaugural Playboy Jazz Festival with her college vocal jazz ensemble, another time performing with Zephyr to sing for Sir George Martin in a Beatles tribute concert. She has been a soloist and staff singer at All Saints’ Church in Beverly Hills since 1994.


Judith LinsenbergJudith Linsenberg   Recorder

Judith Linsenberg, a leading exponent of the recorder, has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. She has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Operas, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, and the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, among others.

Linsenberg is artistic director of the Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, whose recordings on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have received international acclaim; she has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi USA, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Drag City Records, and Hännsler Classics. She holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.


Sarah LynchSarah Lynch   Mezzo-Soprano

Sarah Lynch has been a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2011, and in the professional ensemble at St. James’ Church since 2009. This spring she was among the soloists in LAMC’s premiere of Dale Trumbore’s work How to Go On at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Other recent highlights have included her solos in Bach’s Cantata 42, Wo Zwei und Drei versammlet sind, in concert with St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, and in the premiere of Jason Barabba’s work Lettere da Triggiano at the Boston Court Theater.

Lynch often records for the soundtracks of films, television programs and video game sessions, most recently The Lego Movie 2, Venom, Call of Duty 4: Black Ops, A Wrinkle in Time, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She also works as an orchestrator, arranger and music preparation specialist for film, television and other media. She holds two degrees in Piano Performance and currently studies voice with soprano Renée Sousa.


Clifton MasseyClifton Massey   Countertenor

Clifton Massey is an alumnus of the Grammy-award-winning group Chanticleer, with whom he performed in over 200 concerts. He has participated in the Ojai Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and the early-music festivals of Berkeley, Boston and Utrecht. He collaborates frequently with notable early-music ensembles such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and American Classical Orchestra. Highlights of recent seasons include performing with pop icon Madonna at the Met Gala, singing in premieres of Bassani’s Giona and Stradella’s La Susanna with the Academy of Sacred Music, and performing in the inaugural two-month installation of Reich Richter Pärt at The Shed, a vibrant new venue in New York City.

Based in New York City, Massey sings with the professional choir of Trinity Church Wall Street. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute, where he studied with Paul Hillier and Paul Elliott.


Brett McDermidBrett McDermid   Bass

Brett McDermid holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent several years touring the United States and internationally with various choirs. He has performed with the Concordia Choir, Kentucky Opera, Cornerstone Chorale, the Pallas Ensemble and the Cardinal Singers.

McDermid currently sings with the Clarion Singers, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Choir of St. James, LASchola, and Tucson’s True Concord Voices and Orchestra. He is a frequent collaborator with the Los Angeles–based early-music ensemble Tesserae, and is an original member of the male vocal ensemble Chanson, which has released four studio albums and is currently editing its fifth. In addition, he works as a TV and internet voice-over artist.


Ian PritchardIan Pritchard   Organ, Harpsichord

Ian Pritchard specializes in historical keyboard practice as a harpsichordist, organist and musicologist. He has performed with many leading early-music ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Florilegium. As a chamber musician he has won numerous international prizes and has collaborated with leading figures in early music such as Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Christopher Hogwood, Emanuelle Haïm, Nicholas McGegan, Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert and Gustav Leonhardt. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin, then moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD in Musicology at USC.

Pritchard appears frequently with leading local musical ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and was a founding member of the early-music ensemble Tesserae. His interests include keyboard music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, improvisation, notation and performance practice. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


Stephen SchultzStephen Schultz   Flute

Stephen Schultz, called “among the most flawless artists on the Baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News and “flute extraordinaire” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, plays solo and principal flute with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica, and performs with other leading early-music groups such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie and Chatham Baroque. He appears on over 60 recordings and has been active in commissioning new music written for his instrument. The Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith wrote several works for him, including Traverso Mistico, scored for electric Baroque flute, solo cello and chamber orchestra, and Night Train, Other Sun.

Schultz teaches Music History and Flute at Carnegie Mellon University and directs the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. He often performs at the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, and last year the Music and Arts label released his acclaimed CD of Bach Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, in which collaborated with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.


David ShostacDavid Shostac   Flute

David Shostac was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. An alumnus of Juilliard and Tanglewood, he has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras. He has taken part in numerous music festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has worked with many prominent conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Helmuth Rilling and Christopher Hogwood.

Shostac’s most recent recording is Vivaldi Flute Concertos with Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra; his discography also includes J.S. Bach: The Six Flute Sonatas and Masterpieces from the French Repertoire. He is active in the motion picture recording industry and can be heard on hundreds of movie soundtracks. He has taught at USC, UCLA, the California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.


Kyle StegallKyle Stegall   Tenor

Kyle Stegall has been praised for his “blemish-free production” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “lovely tone and ardent expression” (New York Times). In his successful solo debuts in Japan, Australia, Austria, Italy, Singapore and Canada — as well as on major stages across the United States — he has collaborated with many of the world’s most celebrated artistic directors, including Manfred Honeck, Joseph Flummerfelt, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki and Stephen Stubbs.

This season, Stegall has created the role of Tomasso in Laura Schwendinger’s new opera Artemisia, a commission supported by a National Opera Center Discovery Grant, and has sung the role of the Evangelist in Houston Bach’s production of the St. Matthew Passion. His new album of Schumann lieder, on which he is accompanied by Eric Zivian on fortepiano, is scheduled for release this summer.


Marc TeicholzMarc Teicholz   Guitar

Marc Teicholz was the first prize-winner of the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America competition. He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Russia, receiving critical acclaim for his recitals and master classes, and has toured Southeast Asia, Fiji and New Zealand under the auspices of the USIA’s Artistic Ambassador program. He has recorded several solo CDs for Naxos and other labels, as well as the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’s Young Indiana Jones, and has worked with many composers to produce new guitar literature. Valseana, a solo CD of waltzes recorded on vintage instruments, was named by Acoustic Magazine as one of the 10 best CDs of 2011; the magazine later named his recording of music of Ernesto Nazareth as one of the 10 best CDs of 2016.

Teicholz received his master's degree from the Yale School of Music in 1986 and a JD degree from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990. He is currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at California State University, East Bay.


Tanya TomkinsTanya Tomkins   Violoncello

Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She is renowned in particular for her interpretation of Bach’s six suites for unaccompanied cello, having recorded them for the Avie label and performed them many times at venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle’s Early Music Guild, Vancouver’s Early Music Society and the Library of Congress.

Tomkins is one of the principal cellists in San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. On modern cello, she is a longtime participant at Music in the Vineyards in Napa and the Moab Music Festival in Utah, and a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As an educator she has given master classes at Yale, Juilliard and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Along with her life partner, the pianist Eric Zivian, she is Artistic Director and cofounder of Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma.


Matthew TreslerMatthew Tresler   Tenor

Matthew Tresler holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northern Arizona University and the University of Miami. Praised for his “feathery light acrobatics” (Orange County Register) and “voice of “unearthly beauty” (Miami Herald), he has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Les Surprises Baroques, and Early Music Hawaii, among others. An active ensemble singer, he performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, True Concord and Vox Humana, and works as a studio singer for film soundtracks in Los Angeles.

Tresler is now in his tenth year as director of vocal music at Irvine Valley College, where he also serves as Academic Chair of Music. He has taught choral music at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona, and was director of music ministries at the Coral Gables Congregational Church in Florida. He has also sung with the Phoenix Chorale and the Spire Chamber Ensemble.


Lara WickesLara Wickes   Oboe

Lara Wickes is principal oboist of the Santa Barbara, Pasadena and New West Symphonies. She has performed with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon. She works frequently as a recording musician, and can be heard playing oboe and English horn on many motion picture and TV soundtracks.

Wickes’ appearances at music festivals have included the Lucerne Music Festival under the direction of Pierre Boulez, as well as the Spoleto Festival USA, Henry Mancini Institute, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has appeared on TV with several legendary singers, including Prince, Mariah Carey and Andrea Bocelli. In addition to oboe, she plays theremin.


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