The Musicians

Meet the musicians of the VCME…

Steven Klimowski

Steven Klimowski began his performing career at the age of 16 as a tour guide at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California. He went to NYC to study with the famed (in the clarinet world) Leon Russianoff. He hitchhiked back home four times during the summers satisfying his urge to see the USA. […]

Elizabeth Reid

Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). She performs with the groups ARIOSO, the Northern Third Piano Quartet and in a viola-piano duo with the pianist Alison […]

Bonnie Thurber Klimowski

Bonnie Thurber Klimowski began her professional career playing for three years with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. She moved back to Vermont in 1980 where she continues her career as a performer and teacher. Bonnie has free-lanced with many ensembles and is a long time member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, […]

Mary Jane Austin, pianist

Mary Jane Austin

Mary Jane Austin earned her bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Olga Radosavljevich and Vivian Weilerstein. She then pursued graduate studies in vocal coaching and accompanying, studying both art song and opera at Duquesne University with Warren Jones and Claudia Pinza. She has worked as an accompanist and coach […]

Brooke Quiggins

Brooke Quiggins

Born in Nashville, TN, Brooke Quiggins Saulnier began her violin studies at age 5. She has performed in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe and has won top honors in numerous solo and chamber music competitions. She held the Principal Second Violin position in the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony, and the […]

Letitia Quante

Letitia Quante recently moved to northern Vermont where she homesteads and currently plays with Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, ME2 String Orchestra, Burlington Ensemble, and Vermont Virtuosi. In 2010 she recorded a double CD set for Sony Classical with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in NYC and toured China with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. […]

Peter Matthews

Classical guitarist Peter Matthews is active as a performer and teacher.  Involved in solo and chamber work, he has performed and recorded with Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vermont Virtuosi, with the vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and with his wife, flutist Wendy Matthews, in the Matthews Duo.  He has appeared on Innova and Albany Records. Peter holds […]

Sarah E. Geller

Described as “a consummate artist perform[ing] with convincing vigor and passion,” violinist Sarah E Geller has performed to critical acclaim in many prestigious venues as soloist and collaborative artist. Beloved by listeners from coast to coast, Geller continually draws capacity audiences with her rich sound and palette of tone colors and her innate ability to […]

Laura Markowitz

Laura Markowitz is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and also plays in the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. Born in Pittsburgh, PA she earned her Bachelor’s in Music from Indiana University. Her teachers include Paul Biss, Peter Marsh and Larry Shapiro. Before moving to Vermont in 1991, her professional career included the Florida Orchestra (Tampa), […]

Daniel Gordon, saxophone

Daniel Gordon

Daniel Gordon, chair of the music faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh, is an active performer on the saxophone both in this region and abroad. Regionally, he performs frequently as baritone saxophonist in the Frontier Saxophone Quartet, which he founded with performers from the Plattsburgh region and Montreal. Gordon also performs regularly as director of the SUNY […]

poet Jody Gladding

Jody Gladding | poet

Jody Gladding is a poet and translator. She has published three full-length collections of poetry, and two letterpress edition chapbooks. Her work has appeared widely in magazines, including Orion, Ecopoetics, Poetry Magazine, and Northern Woodlands. She has translated nearly thirty books from French, for which she has received numerous grants and prizes. She has taught […]

Rachel Elliott

Rachael Elliott is a bassoonist based in Durham, North Carolina. Born and raised in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, she continues teaching and performing in Vermont, and beyond. In addition to her work with VCME, she is a founding member of Clogs, Heliand Trio and the bassoon duo, Tuple. An active freelance musician, she has toured throughout […]

Erik Kroncke

Since his debut in 2000, Erik Kroncke’s unique bass voice has been in demand by opera companies and orchestras all over the world. He has been heard in such varied repertoire as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Ramphis in Aida, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Philip […]

Karen Kevra

KAREN KEVRA has won attention as one of the country’s outstanding flutists through her distinctive warm and extroverted performances, and has been hailed as “having a musical focus and depth seen in few flutists anywhere.” An engaging and inspiring teacher , Kevra teaches students of all ages and levels from young children through senior citizens. […]

Nicola Cannizzaro

Nicola Cannizzaro is a professional percussionist living in Essex.  He has Performed with the New York Philharmonic, played numerous shows on Broadway including The Lion King and West Side Story, performed with groups such as Miami Sound Machine and recorded with artists such as Itzaak Perlman and the Absolute Ensemble led by Christian Jaarvi. Having […]

Sydney Lea, Vermont poet laureate

Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea is Poet Laureate of Vermont. His most recent collection of poems is Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems, from publishers Wipf and Stock. His 2011 collection is Young of the Year (Four Way Books). Later this year, the University of Michigan Press will issue A Hundred Himalayas, a sampling from his […]

Rebecca Kauffman

Rebecca Kauffman

Pennsylvania born and Vermont based harpist, Rebecca Kauffman, has been the principal harpist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in Harrisburg, PA since 1979, and has performed with various orchestras throughout the northeast, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca NY, and the […]

Anne Janson

Anne Janson has been on the applied music faculty at Middlebury College since 1987, and is on the applied music faculty at the University of Vermont. Anne is second flutist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and substitutes as principlay flute and piccolo on occasion. She also plays with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and has […]

Wendy Greenwald Matthews

Originally from rural upstate New York, flutist Wendy Greenwald Matthews lives in northeastern Vermont. Along with Frevo, she plays in the Matthews Duo with her husband, classical guitarist Peter Matthews. She is an alumna of the Walnut Hill School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music from Bennington College, a Master of Music degree in performance […]

soprano Sarah Cullins

Sarah Cullins

American soprano Sarah Cullins recently returned to the US after a 10-year career in Bogotà, Colombia. She divides her time between singing Latin American and Spanish repertoire with her duo 8 Cuerdas and as part of the quartet The Piazzolla Project, as well as performing opera, oratorio and symphonic works. After winning Colombia’s National Voice […]

Allison Devery

Allison Devery, soprano, has been described as, “brilliant, nuanced, and lyrically expressive.” Equally at home in classical and musical theatre genres, past performance highlights include key roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Candide, La Clemenza di Tito, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Mikado, Once Upon A Mattress, and Guys & Dolls. She has also performed […]

Amber deLaurentis

Amber deLaurentis heads the vocal jazz program at University of Vermont, where she co-directs the UVM Jazz Vocal Ensemble with husband Tom Cleary. Amber also teaches vocal jazz at St. Michael’s College and maintains a private studio of voice and piano students. Amber performs regularly as a member of vocal trio, Blue Gardenias, and jazz […]

Jane Boxall

Percussionist Jane Boxall is an award-winning international concert artist. Born in the UK, Jane completed two degrees in music at the University of York before relocating to the United States in 2004. She studied with renowned percussionist William Moersch at the University of Illinois, earning a doctorate in percussion performance. Jane has performed and toured […]

Laurel Ann Maurer, flutist

Laurel Ann Maurer

Ms. Maurer began her musical studies in Seattle, Washington under the direction of Dorothy Bjarnason, where she was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony and a recipient of awards from the Seattle Young Artists Festival. She continued her musical education in New York City, studying with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser and Samuel Baron. Her […]

Berta Frank

Berta Frank is a professional flutist and a native of New York City. A graduate of Performing Arts High School and Juilliard Pre-College she was a soloist in Alice Tully and Carnegie Recital Halls before she was 25 years old. Upon moving to Vermont in 1992 she became very active in the local music scene […]