Joshua Blumenthal holds a BM in performance from Boston University with Eric Ruske and a MM from New England Conservatory with Richard ‘Gus’ Sebring. His extensive chamber music experience has lead him to performances at MoMA in New York, a workshop with Composer Joan Tower, and participation in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Most recently, Joshua was a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan. He has also participated as a fellow in the Chautauqua Music festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Hot Springs Music Festival. Joshua has held orchestral positions in the New England Philharmonic, the Massachusetts Symphony and New England Conservatory Philharmonia. Currently, Joshua is a doctoral candidate under the tutelage of Gregory Miller at the University of Maryland.
Flutist Grace Ju-Yeon Wang is passionately dedicated to education, community engagement and the art of performance. Recently having her solo debut at the Carnegie hall Weil Recital Hall, Grace finished a Graduate Performance and Master's degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and has received her Bachelor of music at Seoul National University, South Korea. An active chamber musician, she has performed with the Lunar Ensemble worldwide, and has premiered 'Book of the Lake' by Daniel Thomas Davis commissioned by the Walters Art Museum. Winner of the 2014 Baltimore Music Club Competition, 2013 American Protege International Flute Competition, and the 2012 Rochester Flute Association Competition, Grace is faculty at the Honors College Prep and Music Instructor at the Woodbridge Music Institute.
Oboist, Michael Homme, hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Florida State University in 2013, where he studied with Dr. Eric Ohlsson, and his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2015, studying with Nancy Ambrose King. He is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Maryland, studying with Mark Hill where he is the oboist in the Daraja Ensemble. In his spare time he enjoys painting, cooking, and strolling leisurely through the park.
Founding Director of Clarinets for Conservation, Michele Von Haugg is a native of East Berne, New York. Michele completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Ithaca College. Her performance career began in 2001 with the Air Force Band based out of Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. After completion of active duty service, Michele continued her military service as principal clarinet and soloist for the Air National Guard Band while pursuing a Master’s Degree in performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. During her studies at the conservatory, Michele performed as soloist with the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra, retained a private studio of over 30 students, and toured regularly with the Air Force Bands across the country. Currently, Michele is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Robert DiLutis.
Toronto native, Sam Fraser received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music. Sam has had the privilege of performing with Symphoria (formerly known as the Syracuse Symphony), the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Eastman Virtuosi. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Maryland where he has the honor of performing with the Maryland fellowship quintet and studying with NSO Principal bassoonist, Sue Heineman. In his spare time Sam enjoys biking, Netflix, and most importantly, a good burger.