Performer Biographies

Friday, 17 November 2017, 6:00 p.m.

ELIZABETH HICKS-KIMMEY performs as principal flutist and soloist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Springs Orchestra, Opera Colorado and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Ms. Hicks-Kimmey has a performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music and while in New York she had occasion to perform as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and had appeared in many concert series throughout New York City.

In 2016, Ms. Hicks-Kimmey was invited to perform the Cécile Chaminade Concertino for Flute with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra in Lander, WY. While there, she also presented a master class for Lander High School flutists. She is also published with an article in Flute Talk Magazine and The Instrumentalist.

In addition to performing Liz was awarded Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National park where “Mary White”, to be performed tonight, was composed.

To relax, Liz loves hiking with her husband Kevin, cooking, reading, and gardening.

DON HILSBERG has performed as a professional harpist in the Rocky Mountain region for over thirty-five years. He has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an orchestral musician with numerous symphonic, ballet, opera, and musical theater organizations. In recital he has appeared as soloist, as well as chamber musician, premiering numerous works along the Front Range.

In 1999 he accepted an invitation to perform in the opening concerto concert at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. In recording he has appeared on the Delos and Gothic labels with the Orchestra of St. John in the Wilderness.

Don is a distinguished music educator retiring after thirty years, during which he was honored with inclusion in Who’s Who in American Education, as well as with a Denver Teachers’ Award. He is a contributing writer to the professional publication Harp Column.

Friday, 12 January 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Violist da gamba and Baroque cellist ANN MARIE MORGAN is a frequent guest with major orchestras and choral societies featured as viola da gamba soloist with the Philadelphia and the Minnesota Orchestras, at long-standing Bach Festivals in Oregon and Bethlehem as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and in Europe at the Prague Spring Festival. She has been on the faculties of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is principal cellist and viola da gamba soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival and teaches courses at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and at Rocky Ridge Music Center.

ALLISON EDBERG NYQUIST has been praised by The Chicago Sun Times as “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty”. She has performed throughout North America, collaborating with many of the top baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, Ensemble Galilei, Apollo's Fire, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. She is frequently featured at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Her discography includes recordings for the Eclectra, Delos, and Centaur CD labels.

Highly regarded as a teacher, Ms. Nyquist is presently teaching baroque violin at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. She has served on the faculties of Indiana State University, DePauw University, Ohio State, the Interlochen Arts Camp and Lawrence University. She is currently the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Ensemble Voltaire, Olde Friends, Baroque Band, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Vivaldi Project. She has recently married and moved to the suburbs of Chicago.

Noted as a "very expressive soprano" (Opus Colorado), KATHRYN RADAKOVICH maintains an active and varied singing career. Kathryn's versatility, stemming from her extensive background in classical and jazz vocal techniques, makes her a "vocal chameleon," adept at singing repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the American Songbook.

Since arriving in Denver in 2013, Kathryn has become a mainstay in Colorado's myriad music scenes. As a classical and baroque musician, Kathryn appears regularly with renowned ensembles including St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Colorado Bach Ensemble, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and Denver Early Music Consort. As a jazz singer, Kathryn can be heard in Denver's top jazz venues; Nocturne, Dazzle, and La Cour. Kathryn also remains committed to exploring the art song tradition, frequently offering duo recitals with pianist Amanda Williams and guitarist Russ Callison. Performing sacred music and oratorio, Kathryn sings as cantor for the Catholic Diocese of Denver, during High Holy Days at Temple Emanuel, and as a staff singer at the Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness, where she performed as a soloist in Handel's Messiah this past December. Upcoming performances include two world premieres at The Dairy Center for Perofmring Arts: “Flowers of Evil” by Annie Booth, and “Songs of Rumi” by John Gunther.

A highly sought after freelance singer in Los Angeles and Orange County, Kathryn performed in the Honda Center, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Staples Center with touring artists Andrea Bocelli, Andy Williams, and John Williams, as well as with the Pacific Chorale and De Angelis Vocal Ensemble. During her graduate studies at California State University, Fullerton, Kathryn studied with GRAMMY® winner Bill Cunliffe and sang regularly with CSUF's premier big band.

Kathryn earned dual undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho in voice and music theory & history. While studying art song and opera, she honed her jazz abilities by regularly performing at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival with world-renowned musicians Bobby McFerrin, Jeff Hamilton, Benny Green, and Claudio Roditi.

In addition to her active performing career, Kathryn maintains a thriving voice and piano studio as well as teaching at Metropolitan State University in their jazz and early music departments, coaching and encouraging a love of music in students of all ages.

Friday, 9 February 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Cellist SARAH BIBER has played across the United States, Australia and China. In a recent collaboration with dance, she performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments. Sarah earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College. In Australia, Sarah performed in the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony under numerous conductors including Gianluigi Gelmetti and Vladmir Ashkenazy. Sarah has attended or been a fellow at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. As cellist of Kentucky's premiere period ensemble, she collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Concerto, called "Passionate and insightful" and aired on NPR's Performance Today. Sarah is a founding member of STRING, Denver's newest viol consort, and lives in Golden, Colorado.

STACEY BRADY enjoys playing both Baroque and Modern Violin. A Colorado native, she has been delighted to be a part of the growth of Early Music in this beautiful state. Stacey is a dedicated teacher and enjoys her full studio of students ranging from age 3 to 18. A founding member of the highly acclaimed Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Stacey also performs with local ensembles such as Siecento and Sphere Ensemble. She is excited to be a part of this great Happy Hour Series in Denver!

SANDRA MILLER, originally from the Boston area, currently lives in Golden, Colorado and is an active performer on the viola da gamba as well as baroque and modern cello. She enjoys performing regularly with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and with Seicento Baroque Ensemble and has collaborated with nationally and internationally recognized early music specialists including Mimi Mitchell, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Ann Marie Morgan, Stephen Stubbs, Frank Nowell, and Cynthia Miller Freivogel, among others. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wesleyan University, where she studied both western and non-western musical traditions, and a Masters in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Judith Glyde and the Takács String Quartet. Her career in early music began over a decade ago at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. She continued her viol studies in Santiago, Chile where she spent two years before returning to the United States to focus primarily on the study and performance of music from the baroque era. She currently has a private cello studio and coaches chamber music with the West Denver Suzuki Strings program. She lives with her husband and two daughters and their family cat, Sirus, who enjoys sleeping in empty instrument cases.

Friday, 2 March 2018, 6:00 p.m.

JUBAL FULKS is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who performs music from every historical era through today. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”.

Mr. Fulks’s orchestral experience includes the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in New York City, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall, in the Jazz at Lincoln Center series, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist, Mr. Fulks has appeared at numerous summer festivals and concert series in the United States and has toured extensively in Europe with orchestras and chamber groups.

Mr. Fulks has held faculty positions at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, the University of Alabama, and is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado. During the summer months, he has taught and performed in Vermont at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Kinhaven Music School, Killington Music Festival, Saint Michael’s College (Colchester), and in Iowa at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival (Decorah).

Mr. Fulks currently performs in several ensembles with colleagues from various universities and maintains an active recording and national recital schedule. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Bachelor and Master’s degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts.

PETER SCHIMPF is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has taught courses in music history, world music, music appreciation, and the history of Rock and Roll, and he is the founder and director of the MSU Denver Early Music Ensemble. He earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in musicology, and has a BM in performance from California State University Sacramento where he studied guitar and lute with Dr. Richard Savino. As a performer on period instruments, he has performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and the Denver Early Music Consort.

Friday 4 May 2018, 6:00 p.m.

PARISH HOUSE BAROQUE, Colorado Springs’ Early Music Ensemble, specializes in the brilliance and diversity of music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries through historically informed performances. Drawing on varied sources of performance practice in interpretation and ornamentation of the renaissance and baroque, Parish House Baroque strives to expand the community of people who love Early Music and to foster the next generation of audiences for Early Music through performances, outreach, and dialogue. With a core formation of baroque violin, recorders, baroque cello, viola da gamba and harpsichord, Parish House Baroque has developed a reputation for highly expressive performances and compelling programming. Parish House Baroque is currently ensemble-in-residence at First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

ELISA WICKS (Artistic Director) brings a deep passion for early music to the stage. She has worked and studied with many of the great baroque violinists of our day, including Rachel Podger, Cynthia Roberts, Carla Moore, and Julie Andrijeski with coachings from Jeannette Sorrell, Marilyn McDonald, Ross Duffin, and Mimi Mitchell. She has performed with Chatham Baroque, the Bach and the Baroque Orchestra, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Seicento, the Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra (as Concertmaster), and the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (as co-Concertmaster). On modern violin, she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her principal instructors were Linda Cerone and Stephen Rose, along with Michelle George and Teri Einfeldt from whom she received her full Suzuki teacher certification. Elisa formerly served as Concertmaster and soloist for the Butler County Symphony and as Principal Second Violin for the Academy Chamber Orchestra, both in the Pittsburgh area. In addition, she performed with the Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland Symphony. Currently she serves as Principal Second Violin in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and is frequently asked to play with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other groups throughout the Pikes Peak region both as ensemble member and soloist. Elisa’s violin was made in 2011 by Thomas Mace of Louisville, Kentucky; patterned after the instruments of Nicolo Amati (1596-1684), who was Stradivari’s teacher.
Elisa is a Colorado native and horse nut. She has ridden horses most of her life though she has currently traded her riding partner for an Australian Shepherd who loves to go hiking and chase rabbits. Additionally, she loves to cook and hang with her 3 boys (Eric makes 4).

JENNIFER CARPENTER'S love for the recorder began while earning her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her pursuit of early music studies brought her to study at the University of North Texas where she received a Master of Music degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance and is ABD (all but dissertation) for her PhD in the same field from UNT. As a recorder player, Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and in early music ensembles in both Texas and Colorado. She enjoys teaching as much as performing. In addition to teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles, Jennifer has been on the faculty of early music workshops in Texas, California, New Mexico, and Colorado. Her enthusiasm for working with amateur recorder players as led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society, where she was recently elected to her second four-year term. Jennifer was the music director of the Dallas Recorder Society from 2009-2014 and continues to mentor and coach ARS chapters across the country. As a musicologist, Jennifer worked as a teaching fellow at UNT and was an associate professor of music history at Collin College from 2008 until the birth of her son in early 2013. Now happily a resident of Colorado, she enjoys integrating into the early music scene on the Front Range.
Jennifer grew up in Florida, went to North Texas for school but decided when she had her son Nate, that she didn't want to raise a Texan so she (wisely) chose to move to Colorado. She is a closet bluegrass fan, amateur photographer, foodie and travel bug.

ERIC WICKS serves as organist at the First Lutheran Church in downtown Colorado Springs. He received his Master’s Degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. He also studied harpsichord with Janina Ceaser, piano with Olga Radosavljevich, eurhythmics with David Brown, and early music performance practice with Ross Duffin. While in Cleveland, Eric joined Elisa in performing baroque programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and in house concerts at the home of Phillip Cucchiara, a harpsichord builder. As an organist, Eric previously served at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Kennewick, Washington; St. Peter’s Episcopal in Lakewood, Ohio; Old Stone Church (First Presbyterian) in Cleveland, Ohio; Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio; and, from 2004 to 2012, First United Methodist in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Eric is a Navy brat. His dad was in submarines so Eric moved a lot growing up. He was born in Newport News, Virginia, has lived in New Hampshire, Hawaii, Washington state, Ohio, Pennsylvania and now Colorado. He says the only thing Colorado is missing is an ocean, but he loves the mountains. Eric is also an avid reader and freelances in graphic design and sound system design, operation, and recording.

Praised for "capturing the bold imagery and beauty" of the works she performs (Gazette), cellist PAM CHADDON currently serves as associate principal cellist for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. She has performed with Maryland and York Symphony Orchestras, Gettysburg and Millbrook Chamber Orchestras, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Harrisburg Choral Society, Bel Voce, and Cantate Carlise. As an orchestral soloist, she performed Fauré’s Élégie with the Hanover Symphony. With violinist Jeri Jorgensen, she is a founding member of Trio Paradis, whose 2013-14 inaugural season presented music by women composers in a series entitled “Unsung Voices. She received her musical training at Peabody Conservatory under Mihaly Virizlay and Towson University under Cecylia Barczyk. She has taken master classes and coached with Stephen Kates, Lorne Munroe, David Hardy, and Barbara Thiem. She has studied baroque cello with internationally acclaimed viola da gambist and baroque cellist, Ann Marie Morgan.
Pam grew up in Baltimore and moved to Colorado with her husband and 4 kids to experience the west and explore a new part of the country. She is a Zumba instructor, loves crafts, homeschools one of her kids and has a soft spot for classic rock.