Neil Brown, trumpeter, enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, and band leader. Currently a member of the Apollo Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Opera Camerata, Tryos Ensemble and the illustrious Trio Illumino, Neil is frequently heard playing with many Washington D.C. area ensembles including the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony. He is also the founder, principal composer, and trumpeter for the classical, jazz and rock influenced group Phonic Wrinkle. Originally from Guilford, Connecticut, Neil earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Maryland and was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C. from 2009-2013. He attended the National Orchestral Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As an educator, he has performed numerous educational concerts, presented masterclasses at both the university and high school levels, served on the faculty of the Suitland Performing Arts High School, Sheridan School, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra Program and leads a private trumpet studio. Together with Mr. Czarkowski he is co-director of the new chamber music concert series at Faith United Church.
Clarinetist Shawn Buck received his BM from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and his MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include some true legends of the clarinet world:
Ignatius N. Gennusa—Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony under Rafel Kubelik;
Peter Simenauer—Associate Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet of the New York Philharmoninc under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Metha, and Kurt Mazur; and finally Kalmen Opperman—renowned NYC based clarinet pedagogue.
Mr. Buck presently holds the position of Principal Clarinet in The Apollo Orhcestra, based in Washington DC. Before this he served as the Solo E-flat Clarinetist of the United States Air Force Concert Band, and also as a member of The United States Air Force Woodwind Quintet. Also an active freelance musician in the DC Metro area, Shawn performs with many of the area’s regional orchestras, including The Fairfax Symphony, The Maryland Symphony, The Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Washington Choral Arts Society, Cathedral Choral Society, Opera Camerata of Washington, and Opera NOVA.
Igor Kozlov is a world renowned musician. He came to USA from the New Moscow Symphony Orchestra where he spent 11 years performing world tours which include:
Austria, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, Peru and U.S.A. (Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center)
MA Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory of Music.
Since arriving in America in 1995 Igor has performed in:
The American Balalaika Symphony, Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra located in Virginia; The Kennedy Center, The American University, The Pan American Symphony located in Washington D.C.; The Prince George’s Philharmonic, The Landon Symphonette located in Maryland; and The Lyric Mountain Music Festival which performed in Pennsylvania. Furthermore, he has worked as a session musician with Omega Recording Studios.
A highly qualified instructor who has experience teaching drums, timpani, cymbals, bells xylophone, tambourine piano. Jazz, Rock n Roll, Symphony and more from students starting at age 6.
Jason J. Labrador is originally from Va. Beach, Virginia. Jason is a graduate of the Virginia School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA and finished his studies at Shenandoah University (BA Arts Studies ’01 with a voice/violin concentration).
Jason has performed either in the orchestra or on stage for over 50 musicals to date. Some of his past theater credits include “The Robber Bridegroom” (Harp Family Band), “Fiddler on the Roof!” (Fiddler), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (Violin) PA/VA, “Ring of Fire” (Seth) PA/FL/AZ, “Lost Highway” (Loudmouth Leon), “Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story” (Zeke) and “Aida” (Nubian), “Man of La Mancha” (Juan/The Moor), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Electric Violin) and “Road Show” (Mr. Phipps/Winthrop Tippet/Ensemble).
He has also been music director and actor for several community theater shows with the Middleburg Players in Middleburg, VA. Jason has also been involved with the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater as concertmaster, orchestra manager or actor since 1996. Jason is a member the Musicians of Mercywww.musiciansofmercy.org
Michael Rittling received Bachelor degrees in Music and Music Education from Florida State University in 2006. He attended Indiana University and completed a Master’s of Music degree in 2008 and a Performer Diploma in 2009. Throughout his education, Michael studied under Lawrence Hurst, Melanie Punter, Jeff Turner, Peter Lloyd, and Michael Allen. Michael has also attended numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and Sewannee Summer Music Festival. In addition to playing with the Apollo Orchestra, Michael is the Associate Principal Bass with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, MD and Principal Bass with Symphony Number One in Baltimore, MD. He joined the bass section of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in 2009, and served as Principal from 2011 to 2014. Michael was Principal Bass with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for nearly two seasons, starting in 2009. Michael has also performed with the National Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Outside of playing, Michael enjoys teaching and maintains a private teaching studio in Baltimore. He served as Double Bass Faculty at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville, Alabama from 2009 to 2013, Teaching Assistant at Brevard Music Center from 2007 to 2008, and as an Instructor at the Florida State University Double Bass Camp in 2005. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, quality time with his friends, and ice cream.
Ms. Austin-Stone is currently the Concertmaster of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, MD, and a section 1st violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She has freelanced with the Fairfax Symphony, Prince William Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony as well as playing in many locations around Washington, DC and Baltimore including the Kennedy Center. She is a strolling violinist at an upscale restaurant, Violino Ristorante Italiano in Winchester, VA. She is one of the founding members of the Shenandoah Virtuosi String Quartet that has made a CD and performs regularly for weddings and other functions.
In March 2012, Ms. Austin-Stone was the featured soloist with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor.
Ms. Austin Stone has taught violin in private and public schools and in addition to teaching violin and viola at Shepherd, she teaches at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, MD. She also teaches violin and viola in the preparatory division, and is the 1st violin sectional coach for the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra. Her other duties at Shepherd University, include teaching Music Appreciation, Music Psychology, and Music History.
YaShauna Swan studied viola performance at Shenandoah University and American University under the tutelage of Miles Hofman, Sel Kardan, and Osman Kivrak. Starting on violin at the age of six, Ms. Swan switched to viola at age thirteen in order to expand her repertoire and to be multifaceted. She, currently, identifies as a violist but enjoys any opportunity to shed on the violin. She has performed with many regional orchestras throughout the area and maintains a teaching studio. She is, also, a proud alumni and current teacher at the D.C Youth Orchestra Program in Washington, D.C. Although classically trained, Ms. Swan has also performed with a variety of popular artists including, Roberta Flack, Tye Tribbet, Eric Roberson, Kurt Carr, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Bilal, Richard Smallwood, and many other notable artists. Noted and in demand for her studio work, Ms. Swan works actively on projects of any genre and is, currently, completing her first studio album slated for release in 2020. Ms. Swan has been featured at the famed Blues Alley in Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center, The Strathmore Music Center, and on BET. Several projects are forthcoming on NBC and Netflix. Most recently, she performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk with Mac Miller. Ms. Swan, currently, resides in the Washington, DC area and is the proud mother of a daughter named Ava.