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2021 Faculty

Our amazing instructors for this summer!

We have an exciting and talented group of instructors this year.

Bo Atlas  Tuba

Bo Atlas teaches Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His prior appointments include Lecturer at Truman State University as well as teaching positions at Grinnell College and Simpson College. Atlas is also active as a freelance musician, performing with groups such as the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Kansas Brass Quintet, Orchestra Iowa Brass Quintet, Blackhouse Improviser’s Collective, and Kansas City Brassworks

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Phil O'Connor Clarinet

We're thrilled to bring Phil back for a third season this year.  Phil O'Connor, has enjoyed a successful career performing in a wide array of musical environments. As a recording musician, his work is heard throughout all forms of major media. He has an extensive and eclectic place among his peers involved in the recorded arts. Phil has performed more than 500 compositional premieres for clarinets and saxophones, from many of the leading figures in contemporary classical and jazz music idioms.

Richard Wagor                   Bass

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Matthew Bernemann Percussion

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            Benton Wedge                                Viola

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Carmen Kassinger  Violin

As a busy freelancer in Chicago, Carmen has played with Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Lake Forest Symphony and others.
Carmen is an avid chamber musician and a founding member of 4spiel String Quarter.
She has had memorable and diverse performances with Led Zeppelin, Harry Connick, Jr, Ja Lo, Dianna Ross, Cheap Trick, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Seal, Elvis Costello and more.
Carmen's Master of Violin Performance from U Miami, led her to work with Charleston Symphony, the New World Symphony and 10 seasons in the Sarasota Opera pit.

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Lisa Fako - Violin

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Lynne Hart - Clarinet and Saxophones

As an active performer in many musical genres, Lynne loves to share her experiences with all her students. While most students understand that musical proficiency is absolutely essential, many do not realize that there are many factors that determine one's success in the performance world. She considers it to be part of her role as educator to impart some of this knowledge, in addition to fundamental musical training.
Lynne has performed with several luminaries of jazz, including Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, and others. In addition, she has had the good fortune to perform in the pit orchestras of numerous touring Broadway shows. Recent ones include La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story, Nine to Five, Chicago.

Pat Smith - Guitar
 

Charles (Andy) Harris               Horn

Andy Harris studied music at Auburn University and at the University of Missouri. He currently performs with Des Moines Symphony, Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Community Band. 
Music students at Five Seasons Festival can enjoy Andy's sense of humor and his intense musical skills, much like his audiences and his students at Coe College and Wartburg College.

Dave Eggar    Cello

Robert Rucker Percussion and Jazz Theory 

James Miller  Trombone

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Gretchen Brumwell  Harp

Gretchen Brumwell is principal harpist of Orchestra Iowa and an active performer throughout eastern Iowa. In addition to her work as an orchestral and freelance musician, she has appeared as a featured soloist with many area symphonies, including Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, the OttumwGretchen Brumwell is principal harpist of Orchestra Iowa and an active performer throughout eastern Iowa. In addition to her work as an orchestral and freelance musician, she has appeared as a featured soloist with many area symphonies, including Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, the Ottumwa Symphony, the Oskaloosa Symphony, and the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she is a regular performer on Orchestra Iowa’s Showcase Chamber series. A passionate educator, Ms. Brumwell serves as harp instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, Wartburg College, and the Orchestra Iowa School, where she also directs the Advanced Harp Ensemble. In the summer she is the harp instructor at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Ms. Brumwell holds a master’s degree in harp performance from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and humanities from Grace University. While at Rice University, she was a regular substitute with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet Orchestra.a Symphony, the Oskaloosa Symphony, and the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she is a regular performer on Orchestra Iowa’s Showcase Chamber series. A passionate educator, Ms. Brumwell serves as harp instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, Wartburg College, and the Orchestra Iowa School, where she also directs the Advanced Harp Ensemble. In the summer she is the harp instructor at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Ms. Brumwell holds a master’s degree in harp performance from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and humanities from Grace University. While at Rice University, she was a regular substitute with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet Orchestra.

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Tamara Maddaford

Five Seasons Chamber Music is pleased to welcome Tamara Maddaford back for Festival 2021. Tamara, who grew up in the Cedar Rapids area, holds a BM (San Jose State University) and MM (University of Iowa) in Flute Performance. She is principal flute of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and has a private flute studio where students participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, become members of youth orchestras and are leaders in their schools. She also teaches band through the Colorado Chamber Orchestra's Elementary Music Outreach Program in the Chaparral High School Feeder Area.

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