A native of Staten Island, Louis DeMartino is the principal clarinetist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Portland Opera, and Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO, and 2nd/Eb clarinetist of the Eugene Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver (BC) Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Britt Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Omaha Symphony. His recording credits include the Kansas City Symphony’s Miraculous Metamorphosis and The Planets, Pink Martini and the Von Trapps’ Dream a Little Dream, Charles Nichols’ Multiplication of Machines, and a recording of chamber works by David Crumb entitled Red Desert. He was a member of the New World Symphony for three seasons and he was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for one season. In addition, he performed for one year as the 2nd clarinetist of Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids. In the past, DeMartino was a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, and he was also a member of the New Fromm Players, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Tanglewood. Other festivals include Spoleto USA (Charleston) and the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. He studied at the New England Conservatory with Craig Nordstrom where he received his Bachelor of Music in performance. He received his Master of Music from Rice University where he studied with Michael Webster. DeMartino also studied with Lawrie Bloom at Northwestern University. Last year, he traveled to Auckland, New Zealand where he performed as the guest principal clarinetist with the Auckland Philharmonia, and he was subsequently offered the full-time position as the principal clarinetist there. Louis currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Sean Fredenburg serves as the Instructor of Saxophone at Portland State University where he teaches applied saxophone, chamber music, and woodwind techniques. He is dedicated to promoting new music for the saxophone, commissioning and premiering new works from many bright young composers. As a chamber musician, Sean is a founding member of the Post-Haste Reed Duo (saxophone + bassoon) with Javier Rodriguez. Post-Haste has toured several U.S. colleges and universities, performing and presenting master classes in woodwind performance and chamber music. He has also appeared under the baton of Danail Rachev with the Eugene Symphony, Marin Alsop with the Oregon Bach Festival, and Carlos Kalmar with the Oregon Symphony. Sean holds degrees from Louisiana State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon. His primary teachers have been Griffin Campbell, Steven Stusek, and Idit Shner.
Alexander Gedeon, director
Darrell Grant, composer
Nelly Kovalev, violin
Valdine Mishkin, cello
Canadian cellist Valdine Ritchie Mishkin is a diverse musician, recognized both as a gifted cello teacher of all ages and an avid solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Equally dedicated to teaching the youngest students in early education as well as training advanced cellists, Dr. Mishkin serves on the faculty at Willamette University and teaches at her home studio in West Linn. Passionate about educating the next generation, Mishkin coaches orchestral repertoire with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Salem Youth Symphonies, judges competitions for regional and national organizations, is a clinician for the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute, and serves on the boards of the Oregon Cello Society and Oregon ASTA.
A seasoned performer of both ensemble and solo repertoire, Mishkin champions contemporary chamber music with Fear No Music, Third Angle, March Modern, and formerly the Blue Box Ensemble. She has been featured live on All-Classical FM Portland’s Club Mod and Thursdays at Three. Valdine serves as a regular substitute cello with the Oregon Symphony, and previously performed with Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and on period instruments with the Mercury Ensemble. Debuting at age 10 as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Mishkin has been a featured soloist with the Mercury Ensemble, Chehalem Symphony, Chamber Camp of Portland, McGill Symphony, Winnipeg Youth Symphony, Aurora Chorus, and Portland Boy Choir.
Mishkin holds Doctorate and Masters degrees from Rice University as a student of Lynn Harrell and Norman Fischer, a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) as a student of Antonio Lysy, and holds an Associate Performance Diploma and teaching certificate in both cello and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto as a student of Julie Banton and Ann Lugsdin (Winnipeg). Performing across Canada, United States, and Europe, Mishkin ’s development was shaped by such festivals as Tanglewood, Orford, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada’s National Music Competition Festival (finalist), and Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy; by masterclasses with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova, David Finckel, Richard Aaron, the Juilliard Quartet, and Arnold Steinhardt; and under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Larry Rachleff and Timothy Vernon.
Born in France, Kim Mai Nguyen is a Juilliard-trained violist, music educator, and arts advocate. She is a dynamic and charismatic musician who plays everything from Baroque to contemporary; she also explores music from cultures around the world and has performed and taught in Afghanistan, Belize, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Prague, Vietnam, and the United States.
Nguyen has played with the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier, and the French Chamber Orchestra and has participated in numerous festivals, including the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Castleton Festival, New York String Seminar, and Tanglewood Music Center. She plays with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and has appeared with the American Bach Soloists, William Christie, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, and Juilliard415.
Nguyen brings her love of education, community activism, and cultural diplomacy to numerous projects worldwide. After a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, she formed the world music ensemble Drifting East, which combines central Asian folk and traditional melodies with Western harmonies and influences. She has co-directed orchestra workshops in Lebanon and Iraq with American Music Abroad, a U.S. State Department-sponsored organization providing cultural exchanges through the arts. She also joined the staff of MusAid, a non-profit that provides musical institutions in under-resourced parts of the world with volunteer music teachers, donated instruments, and materials. In 2013, Nguyen was a faculty member with the El-Sistema-inspired National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica.
In 2010, Nguyen performed for Michelle Obama and the spouses of the heads of government attending the United Nations General Assembly. She is the recipient of prizes in the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens competition and the French Youth Competition. She obtained both her B.M. and M.M. from Juilliard, where she studied with Hsin-Yun Huang, Heidi Castleman, and Steven Tenenbom.
Samuel Park, born in Germany, received his earliest education at various musical institutions in Frankfurt, Weimar, Dresden and Cologne prior to moving to the United States in the year of 2003. As an orchestral musician he has served as concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony and performed with the Gustav Mahler Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Dallas Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Minnesota Orchestra to name a few, and has played under the baton of conductors such as Kurt Mazur, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Berhard Klee, Jaap van Zweeden. Mr. Park appeared in chamber music performances with artists such as Nigel Kenney, Arnold Steinhardt, Turtle Island String Quartet as well as members of the Guarneri Quartet and Julliard Baroque and also performed as a soloist with the Northwest Florida Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony and the Mankato Symphony. Mr. Park’s passion and expertise in historical performance practice led him to appear on stage with artists such as, Jordi Savall, William Christie, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr, Masaaki Suzuki and play with ensembles such as Juilliard Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Baroque, Concert Royale, NY Baroque Inc. and Les Art Florissant. Mr. Park holds degrees from the University of West Florida, University of North Texas as well as the Juilliard School. His teachers include: Monica Huggett, Cynthia Roberts, Igor Ozim, Charles Linale, Roman Nodel, Nachum Ehrlich, Leonid Yanovskiy and Emanuel Borok. Samuel is currently a member of the Oregon Symphony.
James Shields, clarinet
James Shields joined the Oregon Symphony in the autumn of 2016. Before relocating to Portland, James was principal clarinet of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque. A graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M., Clarinet Performance) James studied with Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
James has appeared as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Albuquerque Philharmonic, and as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. As co-artistic director of Chatter, an Albuquerque-based chamber music organization that presents more than 60 concerts per year, James appears frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, composer, conductor, and concert host.
In addition to his performing activities, James holds an M.M. in composition from the University of New Mexico. He continues to compose regularly, and his works have been performed at venues in New York and Albuquerque.
Caroline Shaw, violin/voice
Sarah Tiedemann, flute
Third Angle Artistic Director Sarah Tiedemann currently serves as second flute/piccolo of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. She has also performed locally and internationally in groups including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic. Her new music credits include performances with Third Angle New Music, Cascadia Composers, Northwest New Music, and Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, and in 2004 her world premiere performance of Derek Jacoby’s Flute Concerto was broadcast internationally on WGBH’s Art of the States.
The recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Performance from the U.S. Department of Education, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, followed by a Master of Music degree with honors in performance and academics from the New England Conservatory. She then received a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Sarah teaches at Lewis & Clark.
Avery Waite, cello
A graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, American cellist and composer Avery Waite is an active performer and international music education advocate. Avery has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall, and has performed alongside many renown artists including Itzhak Perlman. He has also performed and taught at music programs in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Jamaica, and El Salvador. In his current role as program manager for MusAid, a music education non-profit, he works to support socially-minded music projects in countries emerging from poverty and conflict by leading teacher-training and orchestral workshops. Avery is also on faculty with American Voices, a US State Department organization at the forefront of cross-cultural engagement. Most recently, he was a recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant to assist and develop music programs and youth orchestras all over India.
Percussionist Dr. Christopher Whyte has emerged as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most engaging performers and educators. He currently oversees the Percussion Studies program at Portland State University, serving as a one-year sabbatical replacement for Dr. Joel Bluestone. He is co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet based in Portland, Oregon which strives to foster and promote percussion performance through engaging concerts, educational outreach, and the commissioning of new works. Whyte is also co-director of the Portland Summer Percussion Academy, a residential summer camp for high school percussionists focusing on a broad range of western and non-western percussion styles, as well as a founding member of the International Percussion Institute, which takes place each summer at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He performs frequently in the Portland area as a freelance percussionist and timpanist with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Symphonic Choir. and Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Additional performance credits include the Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Eugene Symphony, and the ALEA III contemporary music ensemble. He has worked closely with composers William Kraft, Pauline Oliveros, Allen Strange, Stephen Taylor, Michael Johanson, Mendel Lee, and Gabriela Lena Frank, among others. He has works published through Tapspace, MSC, Matrix, and Bachovich publishing companies. He has performed live broadcasts on All-Classical Portland’s 89.9 radio station, and he was a featured performer for All-Classical’s 2017 Solar Eclipse broadcast of Desmond Earley’s Body of the Moon. He can also be heard on Grammy-nominated recordings by the Oregon Symphony from Pentatone Classics.
Whyte is active in the Percussive Arts Society, having served as a member of the Percussion Ensemble Committee since 2015. He has also presented or performed at CMS and the Northwest regional NAfME conference, and his music has been performed at the Midwest Clinic and the Music for All National Chamber Music Festival.
Dr. Whyte has performed solo recitals and given masterclasses throughout the United States, UK, and China, and he has a true love of sharing his knowledge of the percussion field with students at all levels. Whyte earned degrees at the University of Oregon as a student of the late Charles Dowd, and he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Boston Symphony Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis. Chris is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and he proudly endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Instruments.