Susan Loegering Daves played principal bassoon in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans from
1993 to 2010. For many of those years she was on the orchestra board including serving
as president of the musicians committee. While in New Orleans she taught bassoon
and chamber music at Loyola and Tulane Universities. Mrs. Daves has also toured extensively
with the Meliora Winds woodwind quintet including having management and being on Performance
Today on NPR. Recently she moved back to the Capital District, got married and has
twin boys. She is currently freelancing in the area playing and subbing with groups
including Albany Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Catskill Symphony and Glens Falls
Randall Ellis is principal oboist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra and a member of the Windscape Woodwind Quintet. From 1998 to 2002 he was first oboist of the Seattle Symphony. He has toured as guest artist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has been soloist with the New England Bach Festival, the International Bach Festival of Madeira, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y. He has appeared with the Ensemble Wien- Berlin, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philomusica, and the orchestras of the Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and American Ballet Theatre dance companies. His recording of Howard Hanson’s Pastorale with the New York Chamber Sym-phony was a 1991 Grammy nominee. Mr. Ellis has appeared on NBC’s Today show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, and PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, European radio, and NHK Radio and TV in Japan. He has recorded for the EMI/Angel, Columbia, SONY Classical, RCA, Vox, Nonesuch, CRI, Pro Arte, and Delos labels. Mr. Ellis received his bachelor of music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and his master of music from SUNY Stony Brook.
Milton Lee completed his 24th year of teaching and is currently the band director and department chair at Saratoga Springs High School and the conductor for the Skidmore College Concert Band. Throughout his 19 years at Saratoga he taught band at every grade level. The last fourteen years have been at the high school where he currently conducts Symphonic Band and Concert Jazz Band. Mr. Lee also completed his second tour with American Music Abroad where he served as conductor for the AMA Symphonic Band. Over the three week tour they performed in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. He recently served as conductor for the Eastern U.S Music Camp at Colgate University and has conducted numerous All-County festivals in the Up State New York area. He also taught in Corinth Central Schools and Schenectady City School District. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Crane School of Music where he studied conducting with Brock McElheran and Rebecca Covel. He earned his Master’s Degree in Music Composition and Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland in 1992 where he studied composition with Stewart Smith. He has been an active freelance trumpet player since 1988 and has performed with Glens Falls Symphony, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Hamilton St, Joey Thomas Big Band, and currently plays with the Adirondack Jazz Project. Studies in trumpet included Seymour Rosenfeld, George Coble, Bobby Shew, and Vince DeMartino.
Patrice Malatestinic has served as Horn Instructor & Brass Chamber Music Coach at Skidmore College since 1990. She is a free lance French Hornist in the capital region, and a member
of the Glens Falls and Schenectady Symphonies. Her Masters degree in Performance and
Pedagogy culminates from graduate work at Northern Illinois University, Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold, Die Hochschüle fur Musik ‘Mozarteum’ Salzberg, and work at the College of St Rose. Ms. Malatestinic directs the St Peter’s Horn Choir, and she has been a member of the North Winds Quintet, On Cor, and Saratoga Brass. Additionally, she is Adjunct Professor of French Horn at The College of St Rose, Albany, NY, and a member of the International Horn Society. After participating in IHS Symposia around the world, she hosted the regional Northeast Horn Workshop at Skidmore College (2008). An active horn teacher, she maintains private horn studios in downtown Albany
and at her home in Saratoga Springs, NY.
After graduating from Smith College, Susan Martula studied in Paris under a Reid Hall scholarship with Ulysse Delecluse, Clarinet professor at the Paris Conservatory, and with Nadia Boulanger. That summer she was Mlle. Boulanger's secretary at the American Conservatory in the palace at Fountainebleau. On her return to New York, Ms. Martula studied with Leon Russianoff and earned a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School. She was a member of the National Orchestral Association and played with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. Subsequently she studied with Larry Combs, and continues to coach with Steve Hartman. She is the Principal Clarinetist of the Albany Symphony and of the Berkshire Symphony, and is on the faculties of Skidmore and Williams Colleges. Free-lance chamber music playing occurs at both institutions and elsewhere, and she derives great pleasure also from her private teaching.
First Prizewinner of England's International Electric Music Performance Competition, Jan Vinci has performed in Alice Tully, Carnegie, and Merkin Halls and for events such as the Blossom Festival, ICMC in The Netherlands, Electric Music Festival in England and Killington Music Festival. She is often the featured artist for flute club festivals and performs for NFA conventions. Vinci recorded three CD's on Albany Records. As an avid proponent of new works, Vinci’s most recently premiered Pulitzer Prize winner Long Zhou’s Confluence (as part of the Flute New Music Consortium), Mark Vinci's "TINGsha Bom t-Bom t-Bom for flute and orchestra (which will be on her next Albany Records CD)," and Carleton Macy's "Autumn Sky: Fantasy for flute and concert band." Vinci earned a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, M.M. from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and B.M. from Bowling Green State University, studying with Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Maurice Sharp and Judith Bentley. Former faculty member of Queens College, Hofstra University and the Skidmore Flute Institute, Vinci is Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College and often teaches master classes at colleges. Vinci served as President of the New York Flute Club. For a breadth of musical offerings by Ms. Vinci, please visit janvinci.com.
Jazz saxophonist and composer Mark Vinci has performed at numerous festivals such as North Sea, Kool, Montreaux, Monterey and Nice. Often a featured soloist, a Copenhagen Politiken concert review states, “You have to go back to Thad Jones to have an adventure with the same infectious enthusiasm. …. Vinci’s playing was supported by exuberance and musical intelligence which brought our thinking back to Julian Cannonball Adderley.” The Berlingske Tidende comments, "The brilliant American saxophone player Mark Vinci has a rare ability to be instrumental in bringing about his art with an unbelievable charm and catching gusto." Vinci was a member of the following big bands: Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, John Fedchock, Maria Schneider, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and has performed, toured, and/or recorded with artists including Joe Lovano, Stefon Harris, Rosemary Clooney, and Tony Bennett. A four-time Grammy nominee, Vinci recorded for Blue Note, Concord, Telarc, Sony and Albany Records, among others. His commissioned compositions were performed for the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s “New Music for a New Generation” festival, the United Nations, numerous jazz festivals and National Flute Association conventions. Mark Vinci's TINGsha Bom t-Bom ti-Bom for flute and orchestra is the latest addition to his list of compositions for flute. He also composed "Crow's Nest" for solo flute, "When I See You" for flute and alto saxophone (recorded on Albany Records) and "Dirge for Lost Souls" for 2 flutes… one that circular breathes! Vinci is a faculty member of Skidmore College and the jazz studies program at The Juilliard School. For more on Mark Vinci, please visit markvinci.com