David Burham is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist. He has been a member of the Eugene Symphony for many years, in addition to performing with the Eugene Opera and the Oregon Mozart Players. He plays violin (acoustic and his custom-made electric), viola, mandolin and piano. Mr. Burham has been a member of various bands for many years. He is the music director of the group “Fiddle Magic.” He is fluent in classical, jazz, blues, country, rock and world music styles. Mr. Burham has also done voice work for radio and television, and is currently building his first violin. His teaching studio is in Eugene, Oregon where he has taught for years.
Ms. Halay is currently acting principal flute of the Eugene Symphony, principal flute of the Oregon Mozart Players, and principal flute of the Eugene Opera. Ms. Halay has also played with the Oregon Symphony, Corvallis Symphony and the Springfield Mass. Symphony. Ms. Halay attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oregon and graduated in 1997. She was the 1994 winner of the Lillian and Paul Petri competition. Ms. Halay attended the Aspen Music School as a full- scholarship recipient, where she studied with Dave Shostae and Nadine Asin. While at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oregon, Ms. Halay was the recipient of a full scholarship. Ms. Halay also plays with the Oregon Bach Festival and Oregon’s Festival of American Music.
Martha Griffith has played harp since the age of five. A third generation harpist, Martha studied music with her mother and grandmother, both professors of harp at the University of Oregon. From an early age, she has had many performances with chamber ensembles and orchestras, often featured as a soloist. While attending the School of Music at the University of Oregon she received the prestigious Ruth Lorraine Close Award for excellence in Harp performance for three consecutive years. Graduating with degrees in music and romance languages, she continued classical harp lessons in France with Bertile Fournier. After her studies in Europe she began exploring the possibilities of performing popular music on the harp and pursued this interest with some of the most famous artists in the field. Martha combined her musical talents with a love of travel, and began her career on cruise ships in 1989. Since then, she has made frequent appearances at sea performing a wide variety of music that includes classical favorites, american standards, broadway hits and popular ballads. At home in the Pacific Northwest, Martha performs with several classical ensembles and as a soloist.
“Pacific Rim Gamelan” a Balinese Gamelan Orchestra Gamelan is an Indonesian orchestra, comprised of metal xylophones, drums, and gongs, which plays a rhythmic and colorful music of bell-like textures and deep gong resonances. The ensemble, directed by University of Oregon Professor Robert Kyr, is an orchestra comprised of twenty musicians who perform on the beautifully crafted instruments of this Balinese gamelan, formally named “Gamelan Suranadi Indra Putra,” which is literally translated as “Gamelan Holy Springs: Ascent of The God of Rain.” In the Pacific Rim Gamelan, the musical cultures of Indonesia and North America are joined in the creation of a new music, which is cross-cultural and is composed by the community, which performs it. (text by Rob Kyr) Instruments of the Pacific Rim Gamelan Kantilan 1&2 Pemeda 1&2 Jublag 1&2 Reyong 1-2-3 & Gong.
Sandy Holder was raised in Louisville, Kentucky where she studied piano and voice at the Youth Performing Arts High School. She began her career as a freelance pianist at the age of 14 and was awarded a scholarship from the University of Kentucky to study with David Doran. She received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Russian pianist Lidia Frumkin. Ms. Holder moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1989 and completed a Masters of Music degree at the University of Oregon where she studied with pianist and composer Victor Steinhardt. She has worked with the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Van Ummersen Dance Company, Eugene Children’s Choirs and the Oregon Festival of American Music. Ms. Holder has performed in numerous recitals, in the Eugene area, at the University of Oregon School of Music and Lane Community College. Ms. Holder is an avid supporter of new music and has performed in the Music Today Festival of Eugene, conferences of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, the Millennial Marathon Concert and the Seventh Species Concert Series. Ms. Holder continues to live in Eugene as a piano instructor, a freelance pianist and an award-winning folk singer/songwriter.
Organized in 1934, the Oregon Women’s Choral Society (WCS) was chartered by the University of Oregon’s Mu Phi Epsilon alumnae. It was Eugene’s first all-women’s choir. Since its beginning WCS has continued to make three important contributions to the musical life of the local communities; Financial aid to music students at the University, Concert music of variety and quality, and Bonds of friendship and joy from working and singing together. Jim Steinberger is a native Oregonian from Silverton. During high school, he did a great deal of concert and solo work. Jim graduated from the University of Oregon in 1968 and began his teaching career at Pleasant Hill High School. During his tenure there, he established the highly acclaimed Jazz festival. He became the Choral Director of Music at South Eugene in 1985, and is also currently the choral director at Churchill High School. For the past number of years, the women of WCS continue to feel very fortunate to have Jim as our Maestro; sharing his talent, musicality, and teaching abilities with the WCS choir.
Leslie Sawyer was a native of Minnesota. She has been the Concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony. She was trained at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Oregon. In addition to her degrees she was awarded the Performers Certificate from Eastman. An active chamber music performer, She has participated in numerous summer festivals in the region including the Bach Festival in Eugene, and serves as the assistant concertmaster in the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California. Her violin is an Alfonso Della Corte made in Naples in 1868.
Carol Robe has been a member of the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players and Principal Clarinet of the Eugene Opera for more than ten years. Also an ardent chamber musician, she has performed with numerous ensembles in Oregon, California and Washington. Ms. Robe has been Programming Coordinator of Oregon Mozart Players’ Chamber Music and Chocolate Series and has herself appeared in several works on recent programs, including the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, the Brahms Clarinet Trio, and Bartók’s “Contrasts” for clarinet,
Composer/pianist Art Maddox has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and China. He is adept in a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, pop, folk, avant-garde, and European classical. Among his many credits, he was pianist for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team at the Munich and Montreal Olympics. In recent years he has worked extensively with composer/ guitarist Mason Williams and novelist Ken Kesey. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.