Ensemble Workshop
Ismar Gomes is a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral player. Recent performance highlights include Duo recitals on distinguished concert series across the United States, as well as collaborations with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Emerson Quartet, and the Johannes Quartets. He is a member of the Virginia and Delaware Symphonies and frequently performs with the Charleston and Baltimore Symphonies. On faculty at several Universities in Maryland, Mr. Gomes spends his summers mentoring students in cello and chamber music at both the Rushmore Music Festival and the Baltimore International Piano Festival. Past faculty appointments...

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Kristin Gilbert is a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and as a freelance cellist in the Washington DC area has performed in a variety of venues including with the Boston Opera at Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts, with the Folger Shakespeare Theater, and with many local orchestras and choral groups. For twenty years she has taught cello from her home studio, has been on the faculty of Cellospeak, a summer program for adult cello students, and she has coached sectionals for middle and high school students along with the permier DC area youth symphony (American...

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Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada holds cello performance degrees from the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, Scola Municipal de Musica “Victoria dels Angels” in Barcelona, and Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He has been a prize winner in several music competitions, including the Second Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. He has appeared in recitals in Paraguay, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the USA and given presentations at the Smithsonian museum, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. Dr. Saucedo recently published a book entitled “The Influence of Carlos Prieto on Contemporary Cello Music” based...

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Jorge Espinoza is Assistant Professor of Violoncello at New Mexico State University and cellist of La Catrina String Quartet. Mr. Espinoza taught the Peabody Conservatory of Music undergraduate and graduate cello studio as an assistant teacher of Stephen Kates. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Violoncello and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music. He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica de Chile and received his Master's Degree in Music Performance on full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Mr. Espinoza has presented masterclasses and workshops in the United States and...

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Jihea Choi serves as a principal for the Apollo Orchestra in addition to performing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra as an associate principal. In addition, she performs regularly with the Maryland, Mid Atlantic and National Philharmonic Orchestras. She teaches as an adjunct cello faculty member at Landon School and Potomac School and is trained in Suzuki Method. She received her master of music degree from the University of Maryland, a performer's certificate from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor of music degree from Catholic University studying with Robert Newkirk, David Teie and Marc Johnson.

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Amy Butler has been on the Cellospeak faculty since 2011. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Orlando Cole, Paul Katz and Steven Doane and spent four intense summers at Tanglewood where she played in masterclasses for Yo-yo Ma and performed under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur and Leonard Bernstein. Ms. Butler has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Mclean Orchestra and the IBIS Chamber Music Society and has performed in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra....

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Louise Butler began her early training on the cello with Founder Dorothy Amarandos, continuing at Eastman School of Music's Preparatory Department where she studied cello and theory. Later Louise attended Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she continued cello, piano, theory and quartet studies with the Guarneri Quartet. Eugene Ormandy was her "school orchestra conductor" at Curtis. She had such outstanding cello teachers as: Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, Dodia Feldin, David Soyer, Benjamin Zander and Ana Dritelle. Before settling in Spokane, WA in 2000, Louise spent 23 years raising her two children while playing in...

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Lynne Bratlie Beiler began playing the cello at age 13 in Houston, Texas, and won the Corpus Christi Young Artist’s competition five years later. Coming to Philadelphia, Lynne studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking at the New School of Music. Post-graduate studies have been with Jeffrey Solow of Temple University. Lynne has played with the Florida Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and has been principal cellist and soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic and principal cello with the Princeton Symphony. As a substitute, Lynne has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and recorded under Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch....

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Nancy Baun has performed in Carnegie's Weil Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as in Switzerland, France, Italy, Iceland, and the Netherlands. She appears on numerous recordings, including the Naxos label. A student of Orlando Cole in Philadelphia, she studied chamber music with Menahem Pressler, Timothy Eddy, and Jasha Brodsky and appeared in master classes for Lynn Harrell and Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg. She was a fellow at both the Bach Aria Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. Nancy has held faculty positions at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Gettysburg Chamber Music...

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Robert Battey studied with Bernard Greenhouse and Janos Starker, holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and S.U.N.Y.-Stony Brook, and did doctoral work at Indiana University. Bob was a cello professor at the University of Missouri and S.U.N.Y.-Potsdam, before moving to the D.C. area, where he taught chamber music at the Levine School. He has appeared as soloist or recitalist in Canada, Mexico, and throughout the U.S., including at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Phillips Collection. In recent seasons he performed the Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Lalo, and Beethoven Triple concertos with various D.C.-area orchestras, and last...