Musician Biographies

Charlyn Bethell (oboe) plays recitals and chamber music throughout the New England area. She was a founding member of the New Art Winds (woodwind quintet), which made its New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985, and she is a founding member of the wind quintet Solar Winds. She has performed with Monadnock Music, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, New Hampshire Symphony, and the Opera Company of Boston. Ms. Bethell has performed world and local premieres by several composers, including Thomas Oboe Lee, Andy Vores, and Hayes Biggs.; she continues to commission new works by area composers. She has recorded for CRI.

Charlyn Bethell holds a diploma from Det Jydsk Musikconservatorium in Aarhus, Denmark, a Master's Degree from Cambridge College, and a Certificate from the Kodaly Center of America. Her educational background includes undergraduate degrees in music performance and education from Western Washington University. In addition to performing, Charlyn Bethell teaches Kodaly Pedagogy and Materials at the Kodaly Music Institute of the New England Conservatory. She is an Endorsed Trainer of Education for Movement: Building the Foundation. Ms. Bethell also teaches music to grades K-5 in the Concord public schools.

Jill Dreeben (flute) has performed in numerous concerts in the New England and New York areas, including recitals at Cornell University, Brandeis University, Merrimack College, Middlesex College, Babson College, Northeastern University and the Brookline Music School. She was the winner of the New England Conservatory Baroque Concerto Competition and has also performed with Emmanuel Music of Boston, the Lowell Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Symphony Orchestra, and Thayer Symphony Orchestra. Jill Dreeben is a founding member of the Woodwind Quintet, Solar Winds, and a member of Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. She has also played extensively with Lumen Contemporary Ensemble and Composers in Red Sneakers. She has been a soloist at Brandeis University with the Boston Secession and the women's chorus Cantilena.

Jill Dreeben has premiered works written for her by composer John Kusiak, and has recorded some of his commercial works. She has also recorded John Kusiak's "The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship," and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with Solar Winds. She has also premiered works by Canadian composer John Armstrong, and local composers Pasquale Tassone, Francine Trester, Armand Qualliotine, Betsy Schramm, and James Ricci.

Ms. Dreeben studied with Craig Goodman, Louis Moyse and Lois Schaefer. She has a Master's degree in music performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor's degree in music from Cornell University. Ms. Dreeben teaches part time at Brandeis University and maintains a private studio in Arlington, MA. Besides her performance and teaching, Jill Dreeben directs and plays in "Zephyr Flute Ensembles", a professional ensemble which performs chamber music for weddings and other events.

Jennifer Gilman (clarinet) has performed extensively throughout the New England area including Carnegie Recital Hall with the award winning quintet New Art Winds, of which she was a founding member. She currently devotes her career specifically to chamber music and has been a member of Kaleidoscope Chamber ensemble for the past six seasons.

Jennifer Gilman received a Master's of Music in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Gilman studied clarinet with Peter Hadcock, Russell Dagon and Kalman Opperman. She was a student of chamber music under Rudolf Kolisch and Leonard Shure. Ms. Gilman has taught clarinet at Brandeis University, Concord Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools and currently teaches instrumental music at Scituate Public Schools.

Sandi-Jo Malmon (cello) is an active chamber music and orchestral performer. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 1991 with the Boston Quartet.  As a member of the Kaleidsocope Chamber Ensemble, she performs extensively throughout New England and the Midwest.  She has concertized with a variety of ensembles in the UK and Europe.  She has been a member of the Lake George Opera Festival since 1997 and is currently cellist of the Aryaloka Quartet, which recently returned from a debut concert tour in England.  She currently serves on the adjunct cello faculty at Northeastern University.  She received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the New England Conservatory and the Longy School.  She was a student of Richard Kapuscinski, Paul Tobias, Eugene Lehner and Robert Koff.  Ms. Malmon has recorded for numerous documentaries including The String Theory, a NOVA program on PBS.  She can be heard on Blue Hill, North Star and Lakewest Records as well as Pamet River Recordings.  She has served on the faculties of the International Composers' Conference at Wellesley College, the International String Conference in Pennsylvania, Powers Music School, the Brookline Music School and has led master classes at the Longy School.  She is the Librarian for Collection Development at the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University.

Dani Rimoni (viola) is a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. He is principal violist of the Nashua Symphony Orchestra (NH), a member of the Boston Classical Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with Boston Ballet, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera.

Mr. Rimoni graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music, part of Tel Aviv University, with an artist diploma in violin and viola performance. After performing with the Be'er Sheva Simfonietta for one season, he came to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal violist Burton Fine.

Dani Rimoni has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill Preparatory School, and the Brookline Music School.
For the last three years, Dani Rimoni has been the string teacher and string ensemble conductor at the Burncoat Middle and High Schools in Worcester, MA.

Guy Urban (piano) teaches at Wheaton College and performs regularly throughout New England. He has also been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and Wellesley College. He served for twelve years as the orchestral pianist for the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Quincy (MA) Orchestra and the orchestras of Wellesley and Wheaton Colleges. He also plays keyboards in the rock band Speed Hump.

Beth Welty (violin) is a founding member of Kaleidoscope. In 1991 she made her Lincoln Center debut with the Boston Quartet, of which she was also a founding member. She has performed with numerous groups in the Boston area, including the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. She has performed abroad with various organizations, touring Italy with the Chorus of Westerly and South Africa with the London Chamber Players. She toured Spain as concertmaster of the Massachusetts Symphony.

Ms. Welty received Bachelor and Master's degrees in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Yuval Yaron. Beth is the assistant principal second violinist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, and serves as concertmaster of both the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the newly formed Waltham Symphony. She also plays with other regional orchestras in New England including the Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

 

 

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