Baroque On Beaver

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Baroque on Beaver Musicians

Robert Nordling Lectures

About Baroque

Each summer from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August, the Baroque on Beaver Festival presents world-class orchestral, chamber, and vocal performances on the most remote inhabited island of the Great Lakes. In 2023 the Festival celebrates 22 years of bringing classical music to Beaver Island. Baroque on Beaver is the signature event of the Beaver Island Performing Arts Alliance (BIPAA).

For information about the mission and programs
visit the BIPAA page here→

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Ensembles of the Baroque on Beaver Festival

The Festival Orchestra
The centerpiece of the festival is composed of professional performers from Michigan (Grand Rapids Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Ann Arbor Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Midland Symphony, Traverse Symphony), the Great Lakes region (Indianapolis Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic), the United States, and worldwide.

Chamber ensembles feature prominently throughout the week at Baroque on Beaver, with performances by string quartets, woodwind quintets, brass quintet, and other mixed ensembles.

Festival Orchestra 2024

Robert Nordling (2010)
Music Director and Principal Conductor

First Violin
James Crawford (2017), Concertmaster
Megan Crawford (2024), Assistant Concertmaster 
Adam Liebert (2016)
Connie Markwick (2010)

Second Violin
Jenna Buchner (2015), Principal
Kimia Ghaderi (2021)
Marla Smith (2011)

Michael Hall (2014), Principal
Dilek Engin-Stolarchuk (2014)
Kim Teachout (2018)
Nicholas Jeffery (2024)

Andrea Yun (2013), Principal
Andrew Plaisier (2021)
Zachary Boyt (2011)
Damon Coleman (2023)

Mark Buchner (2015), Principal
Robert Johnson (2017)

Leslie Deppe (2009), Principal
Laura Schipper (2011)

Jennet Ingle (2020), Principal
Aaron Wilbert (2022)

Andrew Sprung (2018), Principal
Steve Landane (2009)

Mark Ortwein (2019), Principal
Deanna Erwin (2013)

Kurt Civilette (2015), Principal

TBD, Principal
Matt Taton (2015)

Joseph Radtke (2012), Principal

Kevin LaRose (2024), Principal

Dorothy Vogel (2018), Principal
Sarah Todd, Accompanist (2016)

Timothy Mocny (2011), Principal

Beth Wooster Colpean (2021), Principal

On Leave
Abderrahman Anzaldua (2013)

Festival Chorus 2023

Kevin Simons (2007), Choral Director
Sponsored by Myles & Sally Rehkopf

Sarah Todd (2016), Accompanist
Sponsored by Emily Ruddell


Barb Almli (2011)
Peter Amster (2006)
Wendy Biggs (2022)
Thaddaeus Bourne (2019), section leader 
Sponsored by Jim Luteyn

Karen Cook (2019), section leader 
Sponsored by Taffy Raphael & Jim Gavelek  
Matthew Cook (2021), section leader
Sponsored by Don & Diana Taylor
Peg Curley (2018)
Annette Dashiell (2002)
Maureen Delaney-Lehman (2014)
Iris Dimase Nordling (2019)                   
Jeanne Howell (2002) 
Claire Ingersoll (2022)
John Jansson (2019)
Geoff Kelm (2023)
Tammey Kikta (2010)  
Lisa Mays (2016)
Madalyn McHugh (2022)                             

Erika Lawson-Morrison (2019), section leader
Sponsored by Mike Kamrin & Katie See
Steven Naylor (2018)
Louis Nemser (2019)
Lindsey O’Donnell (2022)
Jeanne Petersen (2014)
Michael Skutt (2023)
Don Taylor (2009)
Pierce Tyndall (2021)
Erin Whitfield (2023)
Tiffany Wika (2018)

Choral Interns
Hannah Berberoglu (2023)
Angel Langford (2023)
Clayton Stoker (2023)
Sponsored by Don and Diana Taylor and a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Chamber Ensembles 2024

Beaver Island String Quartet

James Crawford, violin
Jenna Buchner, violin
Michael Hall, viola
Andrea Yun, cello

Beaver Island Brass Quintet

TBD, trumpet
Matt Taton, trumpet
TBD, horn
Joe Radtke, trombone
Kevin LaRose, tuba

Emerald Isle Woodwind Quintet

Leslie Deppe, flute
Jennet Ingle, oboe
Andrew Sprung, clarinet
Kurt Civilette, horn
Mark Ortwein, bassoon

Donegal Bay Woodwind Quintet

Laura Schipper, flute
Aaron Wilbert, oboe
Steve Landane, clarinet
Lisa Honeycutt, horn
Deanna Erwin, bassoon

Vocal Quartet

Thaddaeus Bourne (2019)
Karen Cook (2019)
Matthew Cook (2021)
Erika Lawson-Morrison (2019)

Festival Staff

Matthew Thomas

Music Director and Principal Conductor
Robert Nordling

Operations Director
Jason Tisdale

Operations Assistant

Audio Engineer
Jean-Yves Münch

Music Librarian
Laura Schipper

Piano Technician
William Schneider

Volunteers 2023

Chris Allen
Linda Allen
Connie Blackwell
Tom Bobovski
Jan Boytan
Annette Dashiell
Donna Fase
Dede Fitch
Jeanne Gullahorn

Bill Freeman
Janice Freeman
Lynne Flanagan
Anne Glendon
Jeanne Gullahorn
Chris Heikka
Sharon Henry-Warren
Doris Larson
Lars Larson

Thea McKiernan
Jan McKnight
Mary Ellen Mauro
Domenica Moroney
Alec Murray
Lucy Niehaus
Jan Paul
Marijean Pike

Adam Richardson
David Robinson
Esther Stewart
Keven Stipp
Lois Stipp
Sue Screven
Linda Wearn
Karen Whitecraft
Audrey Van Dyke

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