Playing bass in the orchestra for a production of Cosi fan tutte with Boston University Opera Theatre was the beginning of David Wysocki’s lifelong love affair with the music of Mozart. Working with noted opera conductor, educator and impressario Boris Goldovsky also left a huge impression on the budding Mozart buff. “Goldovsky worshipped Mozart” Wysocki recalls, “ he would remind us often that Mozart is our musical God.”
Throughout his career as a double bassist the opportunities to perform Mozart, the symphonies, concerti, sacred music and chamber music, were always viewed as a special treat. As a connoisseur, Mr. Wysocki has listened to hundreds of recordings, attended countless concerts and opera productions and read dozens of biographies and other historical accounts.
“The Upper Valley Mozart Project is a wonderful opportunity for a group of fantastic musicians to dig deeper into Mozart’s catalog and take a fresh look at old favorites.” Wysocki enthuses. “Most importantly” he adds, “we get to share this sublime music with our audience, Mozart fanatics and first time listeners alike.”
Marcia Cassidy, viola/violin, is an active chamber music recitalist, teacher, and freelance violist. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College, she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music, and leads sectionals for the Dartmouth Symphony. Raised near San Antonio, Ms. Cassidy pursued her musical training at the University of Texas (Bachelor of Music), University of New Mexico, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory (Master of Music), and with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music. As the violist of the Franciscan String Quartet, Ms. Cassidy performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan to critical acclaim. The quartet was honored with many awards including first prize in the 1986 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Her principal violin teachers were Doris Norton, Stephen Clapp, and Leonard Felberg. As a violist she studied with Burton Fine and Geraldine Walther. Ms. Cassidy is a member of the Musicians of the Old Post Road (a Boston-area period performance chamber music ensemble) and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (VT), and is principal violist for Opera North. She was a member of the Bella Rosa String Quartet, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and has participated in numerous summer music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Blossom, Norfolk, and Tanglewood.
Ann Greenawalt holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in performance from the Juilliard School. At Juilliard she was fortunate to have the opportunity to study the English horn with Thomas Stacy, principal English horn with the New York Philharmonic. In 1989 she became a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra when she won the contracted English horn position. In addition, she teaches privately, and is also the oboist in the VSO’s woodwind trio, Raising Cane. Since moving to Vermont in 1984, she has also performed with Opera North, the Burlington Choral Society, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and the New England Bach Festival. Ann also works at Ellis Music Company a business founded by her father-in-law, Richard Ellis. Ms. Greenawalt resides in South Royalton, Vermont with her husband, David Ellis.
Kathy Andrew leads an active life as a freelance violinist, both as performer and instructor. She moved to Brattleboro in 1989 to study with Blanche Moyse, a mentorship which spanned two decades. Previously she had received a BA from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) and a MM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She was an active freelancer in the greater Baltimore area before her relocation to Vermont. Since living in New England, Ms. Andrew has been heard as soloist with the Windham Orchestra and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and has played numerous solo recitals. Currently she performs with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, is Assistant Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is Concertmaster of Opera North, and for over 20 years performed with the New England Bach Festival. She continues to perform chamber music regularly with colleagues at the Brattleboro Music Center, Dartmouth College, Marlboro College, Middlebury College, St Michaels College, Keene State College, and Northampton’s Unitarian Society, to name a few. In 1998 she toured the U.S. with Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim Tour” as a member of his 21 piece string section. Ms. Andrew has taught violin and viola at Bennington College, Keene State College, The Putney School, Northfield Mount Hermon, and has coached chamber music at Dartmouth College. Currently she teaches at the Brattleboro Music Center, and has a private studio in Norwich, Vermont.
Originally from Texas, Patrick Kennelly received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in horn performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied under William Scharnberg. For over a decade he played principal horn with the Mexico City Philharmonic and with the Symphony of the State of Mexico, in addition to being a member of the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet and playing summers with the Mineria Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught horn and chamber music at the Ollin Yolitzli School of Music, the National Arts Center in Mexico, the Conservatory of the State of Mexico, and Radford University in Virginia. He moved to the Upper Valley in 2011 and has since dedicated himself to renovating his 160 year old house in Lebanon and helping his wife raise five children, an activity which is far more work and more nerve-wracking than a performing career, even one playing French horn.
Peggy Spencer lives in Guilford, VT. She teaches violin and viola and coaches chamber music at the Brattleboro Music Center. For many years she was concertmaster and soloist with Blanche Moyse's annual Bach Festival.
Currently violist with the Genzinger Quartet - a period instrument group focusing on Haydn - she has been 1st violinist with several string quartets in the Brattleboro area.
Nancy Thornton currently performs with the Chester Brass Quintet and has recently performed with Abendmusik Chamber Players. She received her Master’s Degree in horn performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and her Bachelor’s degree in horn performance at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. She studied horn with Norman Schweikert (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Jonathan Menkis and Jay Wadenpfuhl (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and has performed in master classes with Dale Clevenger, Gale Williams and Dave Krehbiel. Nancy has performed with The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Chicago Brass Choir, the Illinois Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra as well as numerous chamber music ensembles. You can also hear her on recordings with the Chicago Brass Choir. Nancy currently resides in Cornish, NH, with her husband and two children.
Zon Eastes musical career includes teaching and coaching, performance, and conducting. In the course of teaching and coaching at the Brattleboro Music Center, the Putney School, and at Dartmouth, Amherst, and Keene State colleges, Eastes collaborated with hundreds of young musicians. He has performed with such ensembles as the Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Seattle, and the Bella Rosa String Quartet, and has participated in the Boston Early Music, Waterloo, Aix-en-Provence, and Lameque International Music (Canada) festivals. Eastes has conducted orchestras and choruses on both coasts, and served as Music Director of the Windham Orchestra for over twenty years. He currently works at the Vermont Arts Council as Director of Outreach and Advancement.