Colin Davis, Principal Second Violinist
Colin Davis performs with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Portland Symphony Orchestra and serves as Principal Second Violin in the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Davis has also played in such diverse chamber groups as the Boston Composers String Quartet, the Art of Music Chamber Players, the New England String Ensemble Virtuosi and currently with Decompression Chamber Music. He is a founding member of the Belmont group “Record Players
Lena Wong, violin, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was a member of the Florida Philharmonic and the Honolulu Symphony before moving to Boston. Ms. Wong performs with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. On period violin, she performs and records with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society.
Barbara Englesberg, Assistant Concertmaster
Assistant Concertmaster and founding member of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Englesberg has often served as concertmaster since 1978 and soloed in W. Newell Hendricks’ Violin Concerto in 1981. Concertmaster for the Huntington Orchestra, which performs with the Northeastern University Choral Society, Ms. Englesberg was also a member of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra for eighteen years, performing in London and throughout the United States, as well as recording. Over the last thirty years she has performed with many other organizations in the New England area, including the Boston Ballet, Cantata Singers, Boston Lyric Opera, Coro Allegro, Boston Baroque, Masterworks Chorale, Emmanuel Church, and the Springfield Symphony. A founding member of the Leonora Quartet in 1993, she also concertizes with the Felice Trio and Duo Anime, with pianist Esther Ning Yau. She made her debut at age 15, playing a movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony in their Youth Concerts. In addition to performing, Ms. Englesberg maintains a busy teaching schedule, teaching violin and viola at Northeastern University, All-Newton Music School and her Cambridge studio, as well as coaching chamber music. She studied at UC Santa Barbara, Peabody Conservatory, and Boston University, where she completed her doctorate in music performance in 1987. Her major violin teachers were Joseph Silverstein, Joseph Fuchs, Berl Senofsky, Valerie Kuchment, Mihail Stolarevsky, and Ronan Lefkowitz.
Jodi Hagen received an Artist Diploma, Masters Degree, and Bachelor Degree in violin performance at Boston University, where she was a student of Roman Totenberg. She has earned numerous honors for her solo and chamber music performances from such notable institutions as Boston University, the Carmel International Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Ms Hagen enjoys playing solo violin for the PBS television series American Experience. She has appeared in recitals at King’s Chapel, MIT, The Nahant Historical Society, Swampscott Unitarian Universalist Church, and Boston University, among others. Recent chamber music performances include Emmanuel Music’s Showcase Series with Winsor Music, guest artist on Wellesley College faculty recital, at the St. Botolph Club, and with the Boston Octet. Ms. Hagen has appeared as a soloist at Boston University, and with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, the MIT Summer Philharmonic, and the Salem Philharmonic Orchestras.
As a freelance violinist in Boston, Ms. Hagen is a member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. As a member of Emmanuel Music, she has performed at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe. She has recorded for Koch International and Nonesuch. Ms Hagen also performs with the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
This season’s recitals include Trinity Church in Haverhill, Tufts University, Jean Wilson Music Series in Newburyport, West Roxbury’s Holy Name Series, and Trinity College Summer Music Series in Hartford, Connecticut. Jodi is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School.
Lisa Goddard is an avid orchestral and chamber musician on both historical and modern instruments. Lisa plays regularly with the Portland Symphony in Maine, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and can also be heard with the Handel and Haydn Society, Grand Harmonie, Odyssey Opera, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She is a founding member of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon and committed to sharing music with a wide variety of audiences. She has served in leadership positions at festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, SC, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO, and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. Lisa is on the faculty of the All Newton Music School, and also runs a Suzuki violin program (the Goddard Violin Studio) from her home in Jamaica Plain. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, and Bachelors degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory in violin performance and Oberlin College in biology.
Learn more about Lisa at www.lisagoddard.com
Pattison Story, Associate Concertmaster
Pattison Story, a Boston resident, studied violin with Max Hobart and Abraham Chavez, Jr. She received her Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and was a fellow at Tanglewood. A versatile performer, she plays either violin or viola with many musical organizations, including the Boston Ballet and Lyric Opera orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She is concertmaster of the Civic Symphony of Boston and the solo violinist in the New England Ragtime Ensemble with Gunther Schuller. Ms. Story is also very active with her chamber music group, the Cantabile Quartet, performing piano trios and quartets throughout the Boston area and the South Shore. As associate concertmaster of Pro Arte, she understudies all concertmaster solos and fills in as concertmaster when Kristina Nilsson is unavailable.
Julia Cash is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Boston area. She has served as principal second and assistant concertmaster of Opera Boston, and she performs regularly with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and as concertmaster of Alea III new music ensemble. She is also an active chamber musician, performing in venues across New England. Other recent performances include guest concertmaster with the Orchestra of the European Union on tour in Boston Symphony Hall last year.
Ms. Cash is also an avid teacher and music educator. Along with her private studio, she has taught at schools and festivals throughout the US. She is currently on faculty at Nobles and Greenough School, Boston Latin School and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. During the summer, Ms. Cash teaches at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, where she has served as Music Director of the Prelude Program since its inception in 2010.
During her training, Ms. Cash studied and performed extensively in both Europe and the US. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Staatliche Hochshcule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, and the Dutch Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. Her primary teachers have been James Buswell, Federico Agostini and Vera Beths. She has attended many world-renowned music festivals, including Accademia Musicale Chigiana, in Siena, Italy, the Conservatoire des Americaines in Fontainbleau, France, Kneisal Hall, the Britt Festival and Musicorda. As a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival, she received The National Music Clubs Award for outstanding performers.
Anne Hooper Webb
Anne Hooper Webb is a free-lance violinist in Boston, primarily affiliated with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and the Boston Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of the Rivers School Conservatory, the New School of Music, and adjunct professor at Eastern Nazarene College. Since 1987, she has performed annual violin recitals, dedicated to The Hunger Project.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Music at the Mannes College of Music, New York, she played for nine years in Europe, first with the Camerata Academica of Salzburg and subsequently with the Symphonie-Orchester Graunke (now Münchner Symphoniker) of Munich. She played for nine summer seasons in the orchestra of the Festival dei due Mondi, in Spoleto, Italy.
Under her other guise as a Scottish fiddler, Ms Hooper Webb was the winner of the 1993 and 1998 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championships. She has performed and acted as music director for numerous concerts of Scottish music and dance, produced by the Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS Boston).
Kristina Nilsson, Concertmaster
One of the Boston area’s busiest free-lancers, concertmaster and violinist Kristina Nilsson has played regularly in the first violin sections of the Boston Pops Esplanade and Boston Ballet orchestras for over twenty years. She has also appeared as soloist with both the Esplanade Orchestra (under John Williams) and the Boston Ballet (in Vaughan-Williams’ Lark Ascending), as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Newton, Brookline, Brockton, and Quincy Symphony Orchestras, Boston Lawyers’ Orchestra, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, of which she is a co-founder. She has co-soloed for Pro Arte with both Joseph Silverstein (former Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony) and artistic advisor/violinist Arturo Delmoni, with whom she premiered a work by Leonard Ciampa for Two Violins and Orchestra.
Holding the position of Concertmaster with the Newton Symphony, Brockton Symphony, and the orchestras of Chorus Pro Musica, MIT Chorus, and Coro Allegro, she has also served in that capacity with Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Harvard Collegium and Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, Wellesley Symphony, Lake George Opera, the orchestra of Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, where as a fellow she received the Joseph Silverstein Prize for Excellence in Violin Playing, endowed by Joseph Gingold.
As a member of the American Schubert Institute String Quartet and of the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Nilsson has performed numerous chamber music works in the New England area including the Boston premiere of Schubert’s Conzertstucke for violin and orchestra with Pro Arte, sponsored by the American Schubert Institute.
With her two sisters, also professional violinists, Ms. Nilsson can be heard on an Angel CD featuring Garrison Keillor, entitled, Now it is Christmas Again. She served as concertmaster for Pro Arte and the Back Bay Chorale for recordings of Robert Kyr’s The Passion According to Four Evangelists (New Albion Records), John Knowles Paine’s St. Peter Oratorio(with Gunther Schuller), and works of Robert Starer (with Janos Starker as soloist).
With support from a special grant which Pro Arte received for community outreach, Ms. Nilsson has for several years coached chamber music at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School; she also conducts violin sectionals at Greater Boston Youth Symphony and the Youth Orchestras of New England Conservatory, as part of their concert preparation.
As a volunteer with the national organization Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Ms. Nilsson reads textbooks onto tape in their Cambridge, MA, studios, and she also serves as a lay reader at St. Paul’s Church, Brookline.
Kristina Nilsson holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Connecticut College, an M.M. from New England Conservatory, and a J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law; she is an inactive member of the Massachusetts Bar. Her husband, Dean Rhodes, a CPA, was a principal with Ernst & Young accounting firm (recently retired); they have two adult daughters, Hillary and Erica
Liana Zaretsky is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Boston area. She is the former principal second violinist of Portland, ME, Symphony and appears regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Zaretsky was one of the original and former members of the Radius Ensemble. She has collaborated with faculty from Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory, as well as with Boston Symphony musicians to perform frequently. Ms. Zaretsky holds a Masters degree in music from Northwestern University and a Graduate Diploma degree from the New England Conservatory. Between degrees, she was a member of the New World Symphony-one of the rotating Concert Masters, under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ms. Zaretsky is currently a string faculty member at the Rivers School Conservatory and at the Preparatory and School of Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory. She continues to actively work with the Boston Youth Symphony, coaching chamber music and leading orchestra repertoire sectionals. In the summer, she has been a regular member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin as well as on faculty at Music on the Hill (MOTH) at the Powers Music School. Liana was Assistant Artistic director at MOTH for two years. This year she will be the Artistic Director for Summer Classical Program at the Rivers School.
Violinist Dianne Pettipaw is an active freelance musician performing with orchestral and chamber music groups in the Boston area. She holds the position of principal second violin with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, which has included solo performances in 1991, 2004, 2006, and 2011. She has also performed in BBC productions of ballet choreographed for dance and solo violin. She performs regularly with Emmanuel Music, including the weekly Bach cantatas, the Emmanuel Concert Series, and performed with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music on its 2005 European tour. She performs regularly with the Cantata Singers Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, which has included cross-country tours and as well as five tours in Japan. Ms Pettipaw regularly plays chamber music and in violin-and-piano recitals in Boston and Brookline, MA. She has taught violin in her studio since 1970. Ms Pettipaw studied at Boston University with Roman Totenberg and Raphael Bronstein.
Joseph Holt is principal bass of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Based in Boston, he has performed extensively with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops and is principal bass of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society, and a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. In addition to serving on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory since 1997, Mr. Holt has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and has worked extensively with BSO education initiatives. A 1985 graduate of New England Conservatory, his principal teachers include Henry Portnoi, Edwin Barker, and William S. Vaughn.
A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Joseph Foley attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar, where he studied trumpet with Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, and Peter Chapman. There he received both his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees, and was twice named "Outstanding Brass Player." His other teachers include Arnold Jacobs, Bob McCoy, Vince Penzerella, and James Pandolfi. He has performed in more than a dozen countries on four continents.
Mr. Foley is Principal Trumpet of the Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston, TX. He recently toured China as Guest Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony, performing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. As an orchestral musician, he has also performed and toured with such prestigious ensembles as the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Ballet of London, and the New York Philharmonic.
An active soloist, he has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Juneau Symphony, and at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. He was the soloist in the world premiere of the Trumpet Concerto by Harold Shapero.
He can be heard on recordings of the Boston Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Atlantic Brass, Empire Brass, the Metropolitan Opera Brass and many others. “Nightsongs”, a collaboration of music for trumpet and piano with Bonnie Anderson, was released on the Summit Records label to critical acclaim.
A highly sought-after chamber musician, he is a former member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, which garnered grand prizes at six international competitions during his tenure. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Brass Quintet, the Empire Brass, Burning River Brass, ALEA III, and at the Santa Fe, Buzzards Bay, and Newport Chamber Music Festivals.
An enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Foley has taught at many institutions including Boston University and Berkshire Summer Music. A clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation and Vincent Bach, he has presented master classes around the world. He is Professor of Trumpet at Rhode Island College, where in addition to teaching trumpet and chamber music, he directs the RIC Wind Ensemble and RIC Jazz Band. He also serves on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division.
Nancy Dimock, oboist, is the principal oboist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Springfield, Vermont and Indian Hill Symphonies, and is a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She frequently performs with area ensembles, including the Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, BMOP, and Odyssey Opera. An active chamber musician, she is a member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and has recently participated in the Carolina Chamber Music Festival, in New Bern, North Carolina. She has been the Principal Oboist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and can be heard performing with the HSO on the recording Rosemary Clooney: The Final Concert. She has been on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, NPR's Performance Today, and PBS's Great Performances, and she regularly performs live on Boston's classical radio station, WGBH. Nancy has performed the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe numerous times with renowned violinist Jaime Laredo, and she has collaborated with such artists as the Jacques Thibaud Trio and the Lydian String Quartet.
Stacey Alden received her BA from Boston University. She has been a member of the Springfield Symphony, Portland Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as both the Virginia Symphony and Opera Orchstras based in Norfolk, Virginia. Stacey is currently a member the Boston Lyric Opera, Bach Beethoven and Brahms Society, Landmarks Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, as well as frequently performing with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. A passionate teacher, she maintains an active teaching studio in her home. Hobbies include sewing, gardening and tap-dancing.
Ian Greitzer serves as Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and the Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society Orchestra; he also performs frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Greitzer holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and is a former member of the Boston Musica Viva, the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, and the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players. Ian Greitzer has appeared in concert at the Blossom Festival, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, the Newport Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Monadnock Music. He has performed at the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and the Edinburgh Festival and has performed with the Blair, Manhattan, Lydian, and Vermeer String Quartets. Mr. Greitzer was a founding member of the New England Woodwind Quintet, the Zephyr Wind Quintet, the Arada Trio, and the Extension Works New Music Ensemble. He is currently a faculty member at Rhode Island College has recorded for South German Radio, Philips, CRI, Koch International, Northeastern Records, Nu Classix, New World, and Newport Classics.