Violins

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Alice Blankenship

Concertmaster

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Alice Blankenship is a native of Eugene, Oregon, who earned degrees in music at the University of Oregon, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, The Netherlands, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is the Concertmaster of the Oregon Mozart Players, and a violinist of the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Bach Festival. Also a baroque violinist, Ms. Blankenship performs with period instrument ensembles such as the Oregon Bach Festival baroque orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.

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dan athearn

Violin

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Since moving to Eugene in the early 1980s, Dan Athearn has performed with OMP and other local professional orchestras as well as the Oregon Coast and Cascade festivals. He was a founding member of the erstwhile Blue Heron String Quartet, which enlivened and enhanced a great many weddings and other occasions. Additionally, he is also a philosopher and author of a number of published articles and books.

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Della davies

Violin

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Violinist Della Natasha Davies received her Bachelors degree at the Zurich University of the Arts, and Master in Performance degree at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2011; both under the tutelage of Professor Zakhar Bron. In 2012, Della moved to Eugene and became a member of the Eugene Symphony. In 2014 she became a member of the Oregon Mozart Players and began playing regularly with other local groups; such as Orchestra Next, Eugene Opera, and Corvallis Symphony. In 2016, Della joined the Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, and in Summer 2018, she performed with the Oregon Bach Festival for the second time.

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Bashar matti

Violin

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Yvonne Hsueh

Principal Second Violin

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Yvonne Hsueh, a native of Los Angeles, resides in Eugene, Oregon. She has been Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Mozart Players in Eugene since 1992, and is a member of the Eugene Symphony and the Sunriver Music Festival in Central Oregon. She is an active symphonic violinist, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, having appeared as soloist with orchestras around the United States and abroad. She also maintains an active studio, and is currently on the faculty of Lane Community College. She performs on a violin made by Gregg Alf. She also performs on baroque violin made by David Gussett.

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Stephen Chong

Violin

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Stephen has enjoyed a 25-year career as a professional violinist and is happy to call Oregon his home. Since finishing college he has been a member of Eugene's classical scene playing with the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Symphony's Connect String Quartet, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, and is a frequent sub with many other professional groups on the West Coast. Along with keeping busy as an active chamber musician and teacher, Stephen is also President of the Local 689 Musicians Union and serves as an advocate for music education and live music in the community.

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Julia frantz

Violin

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Julia has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral violinist throughout North America and Europe. A native of Eugene, she has been a member of OMP since 2017 and is also a member of the Eugene Symphony and Eugene Concert Orchestra. Julia completed her Bachelor of Music at Rice University and her Master of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park. Julia has participated in music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including the Round Top International Festival-Institute and National Repertory Orchestra. Equally comfortable outside the realm of classical music, Julia also plays fiddle and regularly performs with country, rock, and hip hop groups throughout Oregon.

Claudia Miller

Violin

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Bashar Matti holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon. While at the University of Oregon, Bashar studied with professor Fritz Gearhart and longtime teacher and mentor, Kathryn Lucktenberg. Prior to moving to Eugene, Oregon, Bashar attended the Jordanian Conservatory and the University of Baghdad. Bashar is a current member of the Eugene Concert Choir Orchestra and also plays with Eugene Symphony Orchestra. Bashar had the honor of playing in various master classes for musicians such as Jaap Schroder and Rachel Podger.

Sharon Schuman

Violin

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Sharon Schuman studied violin with Carol Weston, a student of Leopold Auer. After a summer grant to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music she won a full scholarship in music to Stanford University, where she graduated in English. She later earned a Ph. D. in English at University of Chicago. She has been a concerto soloist with OMP and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 she performed for Vladimir Spivakov. In 2009 she founded Chamber Music Amici, where she is a core violinist. She is also Assistant Concertmaster of Eugene Opera and author of Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World.

Claudia Miller has been a member of OMP since the 1987-1988 season, and also performs as a member of Eugene Symphony and Eugene Opera. Additionally, she frequently performs with the OSU-Corvallis Symphony, Newport Symphony and the Oregon Coast Music Festival in Coos Bay. She was also a member of the erstwhile Blue Heron String Quartet. She loves playing a wide variety of musical styles and periods, and lists a concert with Ella Fitzgerald as one of her musical highlights. Outside of her career as a violinist, she enjoys theater and mountain hiking.

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Sophie therrell

Violin

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Biography forthcoming.


Violas

Arnaud Ghillebaert

Principal Viola

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Arnaud Ghillebaert, originally from Paris, is the viola performance instructor at the University of Oregon. Before receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, he obtained his Masters’ at the Royal College of London and played with many British orchestras including the London Symphony and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He is a founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, a chamber music/theater group that has performed extensively abroad and in the US.

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Lauren Elledge

Viola

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Celli

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Ann Grabe

Principal Cello

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Ann Grabe is the principal cellist of both Oregon Mozart Players and the OSU/Corvallis Symphony, and she plays in the cello section with the Eugene Symphony. Ann currently has an active Suzuki cello studio in Corvallis, Oregon. Ann teaches cello at Oregon State University. She also performs with her cello quartet, named Cellophoria.Ann received a Musikerziehung and Aufbaustudium Diplom from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, and a BA specializing in performance and Suzuki education from Ithaca College in New York. During her five years of studies in Germany she taught cello at two music schools and performed extensively. She plays a cello built in 1752 by Jean Louvet, a renowned maker of lutes and hurdy-gurdies.

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dale Bradley

Cello

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Dale Bradley, cellist, composer and guitarist, is a Springfield native and a founding member of Oregon Mozart Players. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music, he studied cello with Robert Hladky, with whom he later shared a stand in OMP for more than a decade. Dale began playing cello in 4th grade orchestra class and also began composing at this time, filling up small notebooks purchased from the local "Light's for Music" store with musical ideas. His compositions & arrangements have been played in various venues on the west coast, from local retirement centers to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His current teaching activities include beginning strings classes in local elementary schools, directing ESYO’s Little Symphony, and a private studio where he teaches cello, bass & guitar. Dale has played live and recorded with a wide variety of musicians. He continues to assist others in their recording projects, often arranging & producing in his home studio. His own CDs include “Solo”, “The Christmas Cello” and “Generations.”

Eric Alterman

Cello

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Eric Alterman, born and raised in New York City, began music studies at a young age at the Mannes College of Music. As cellist of the Delgani String Quartet, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Eugene Symphony, and member of the Oregon Mozart Players, he leads an active career performing throughout the state of Oregon. Prior to residing in Oregon, Alterman performed for 5 seasons as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, based in Rio de Janeiro. Alterman completed studies at Boston University and Brandeis University, where his teachers included Rhonda Rider, Marc Johnson, and Joshua Gordon.

Noah Seitz

Cello

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Noah Seitz, a Corvallis native, completed his Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2001. He then returned to Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players, and regularly performs with the OSU Symphony, Camerata Musica Chamber Music Series in Salem, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and various Oregon ensembles. Noah is adjunct professor of cello and chamber music at Pacific University. Beyond music, Noah holds a Private Pilot license, and loves anything to do with aviation.


BassI

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Richard Meyn

Bass

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Diana Gardener & Judson Parsons

A longtime Oregon resident, Richard Meyn has been an active classical musician and teacher for more than 40 years. As one of the original founding members of Oregon Mozart Players, he also serves as Principal Bassist of the Eugene Symphony and the OSU/Corvallis Symphony. Mr. Meyn received his music training under Dr. Robert Hladky at the University of Oregon and has been a member of the Oregon State University music faculty since 1995. Comfortable with music from Bach to Claude Bolling, Meyn has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Opera, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Oregon Baroque Ensemble, Oregon Festival of American Music, Opera Theater Corvallis, Corvallis Repertoire Singers, Rogue Valley Symphony, and the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir. Mr. Meyn lives in Springfield where he enjoys watching old black-and-white films on Turner Classic Movies and playing through his large collection of vintage popular sheet music on his 1915 mahogany parlor piano.


Harp

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Jane Allen

Principal Harp

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Biography forthcoming.