Bios


Sarah McIver - Traverso


Dr. Sarah Eckman McIver enjoys a diverse performing career that includes historical early flute performances, cutting edge contemporary concerts, and military concert band repertoire. She attained her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a focus on modern works by flutist-composers. Sarah began her advanced musical studies at McGill University in Montreal, where she developed an appreciation for historical performances and a fascination with contemporary works. While pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she wrote a thesis on electro-acoustic music for flute and computers and at the same time began studying baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk. Her modern flute teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Peter Lloyd, and Dr. William Montgomery. Sarah has attended contemporary music workshops in Poland and France, and enjoyed a chilly winter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. In 2003, Sarah returned home to the Washington DC area to serve as flute section leader with the US Army Field Band, whose mission is to tour the country for over a hundred nights a year.



Kelly Kazik - Traverso, Recorder


Dr. Kelly Kazik is a flutist and early music specialist in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area. She holds a Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, where she formed the Conservatory's first early music group and recorder consort, the Odhecaton. (The Odhecaton is the first published volume of music by Petrucci in 1501) Kelly holds a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, where she served as Early Music Teaching Assistant. She was regularly a featured soloist with the group, Les Petits Violons, under the direction of Cecil Adkins, and is the featured recorder player on the "Lully Project," which is currently housed in the University of North Texas Music Libraries. Kelly also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park where her studies lead her from 18th century French music to 20th century French music. (C'est la vie, non?) Her teachers include Dr. Ernestine Whitman (flute), Terry Sundberg (flute), Dr. George Edward Damp (organ), Dr. Sarah Funkhauser (recorder), Dr. Lee Lattimore (traverso) and Dr. William Montgomery (flute).


Prior to residing in Virginia, Dr. Kazik was the Professor of Flute and Music Theory at Ouachita Baptist University from 2000 to 2002. She was a featured performer at the 2005 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego. She currently lectures and gives masterclasses around the country on the music of Rivier, Bozza, and Francaix. Kelly also serves as organist and choir director for St. Peter's Church, and maintains an active flute studio.





Guest Artists:


Sarah Schram - Guest Oboist


Sarah Schram is an oboist in the United States Army Field Band, based in Washington, D.C. She holds a Masters of Music from Yale University and a Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers have been Richard Killmer, Alex Klein (modern), and Sarah Davol (baroque). Prior to joining the Field Band, she freelanced in New York City, performing with many ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, New Jersey and New Haven Symphonies, and the Broadway shows Wicked and Les Miserables. She also performs with the Army Field Band’s Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet, a group dedicated to educational outreach throughout the country. As a baroque oboist, she has participated in the Amherst Early Music Festival, and performed with the Yale Collegium Players and Schola Cantorum.



Scott Borg - Guest Guitarist


With a string of international scholarships and awards under his belt, Australian guitarist Scott Borg has been praised as a daring and innovative artist with “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity.” As a winner of Artists International, New York Concert Review described his Carnegie Hall Debut as “gracefully presented, and expertly played…each note was purposeful and focused, as was each rest.” His previous engagements have included performances and master-classes throughout the Americas and Asia and have been broadcasted on Australian and American public radio stations. In 2006, he performed at the internationally televised address of President Hu Jintao (People’s Republic of China) to the United States. Currently a candidate in the doctoral program at NEC under the tutelage of Maestro Eliot Fisk, Borg previously received degrees from Yale University and Juilliard. He is currently on faculty at the Levine School and is the conductor of the Boston Guitar Orchestra.



Tim Anderson - Guest Cellist


Tim Anderson received a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of South Florida and studied at the graduate level at Peabody Conservatory and Syracuse University. He has performed in the Baltimore Opera, Delaware, Harrisburg, Syracuse, and Mexico City orchestras, among others. Other performances include music festivals in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Charleston, Vancouver, B.C., Round Top, Texas, Domaine Forget, Quebec, and Graz, Austria. In a teaching capacity, Tim has been on the faculty of UMBC, and is presently cello instructor at McDaniel College and Harford Community College. He is music director of the Concord Ensemble, which appeared on the "Today Show" and in the movie "The Visiting". Tim is a member of the Lancaster Symphony and the Live Wire String Quartet.



Trystan Bennett - Guest Continuo


Trystan Bennett is an organist and harpsichordist based in Fredericksburg, Virginia and active in the Washington DC Metro area. He studied organ and harpsichord at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and holds a degree in Honors Music History from McGill University in Montreal.

An active member in the Early Music Departments at both schools, Trystan regularly performed as a vocalist or continuo player with a variety of period instrument and choral ensembles. His research focused on his keen interests in vocal and keyboard historical performance practice and in organology - the study and classification of instruments and their design.


As a vocalist, he has performed with several professional choirs in Baltimore and Montreal including the Orpheus Singers; the choir of Grace and St. Peter's, Baltimore; the choir of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal; the gallery choir of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal; and the chamber choir of St. Mathias, Westmount. In university, he was also a member of the Peabody Singers, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Capella McGill.


As a church musician, he was an organ scholar at St. Matthias, Westmount and has led worship as an organist and choir director at a variety of churches in Connecticut and Montreal. He is currently an active member of the music program at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, where he sings in several choirs and serves as the staff harpsichordist, occasional substitute organist and continuo player for the St. George’s Chamber Orchestra.


He has had the pleasure of singing under the baton of Edward Polochick, Julian Wacher and Peter Schubert and his teachers have included Webb Wiggins, Tom Beghin, John Grew, Jonathan Oldengarm, and John Martin Marks.