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Cabrillo Festival Woodwinds

Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Wind Players 


Tim Munro, Principal

Current residence:
Chicago IL

First played in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2009

When not at Cabrillo Festival: I am a member of eighth blackbird



Kristen Halay

Current residence:
Eugene OR

First played in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2005


Betsy Hudson Traba

Current residence:
Sarasota FL

I also play:
Piccolo & Alto Flute

I first played in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2008

I was born in: Lakewood OH

When not at Cabrillo Festival: I am Principal Flute, Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Wind Quintet

Favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Osvaldo Golijov's Azul

Betsey-TrabaBetsy Hudson Traba has served as Principal Flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Wind Quintet since 1993.  She is the former Principal Flutist of the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Germany, where she performed as a featured soloist on nine concerts during a two-year period. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she studied with William Hebert and Jeffrey Khaner while earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, followed by a Master of Music degree earned at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Julius Baker. Ms. Traba has been heard frequently as a soloist throughout Florida, including recent guest artist performances with the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Artist’s Series of Sarasota, Charlotte Symphony and in multiple performances with the Sarasota Orchestra. During the summer, she performs at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA under the direction of Marin Alsop.


Karen Wagner, Principal

Current residence:
Portland OR

I also play: piano badly, and Scrabble- less badly

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2000

Born in: Buffalo NY

Favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Anything by John Adams but especially City Noir and A Guide to Strange Places

Why does this one top your list? I distinctly remember playing A Guide to Strange Places
and being bowled over by it. Christopher O'Riley was the soloist, I believe it was 2003. It was so different than anything of Adams that I had heard up to that point.  I was still so new to the Festival at that time and astounded by the new repertoire I was getting a chance to learn.  Aside from a wind section that is to die for- one of the best things about Cabrillo is that it is guaranteed not only to challenge us but to continuously surprise us!

Karen-WagnerKaren joined the Oregon Symphony in 1999 as Assistant Principal/Second Oboe. Since arriving in Oregon, she has enjoyed a thriving teaching studio and many opportunities to make music in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the highlights include Chamber Music Northwest, the Oregon Bach Festival as well as Portland based contemporary music ensembles Fear No Music and Third Angle. Karen holds a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New york at Buffalo and almost (but not quite) completed a Masters at USC before heading off to play in the Louisville Orchestra and eventually the New World Symphony. Karen is a student of Allan Vogel, Ronald Richards and worked extensively with John de Lancie as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. Karen resides in Portland, Oregon with her sweetie Dave.

Paula Engerer

Current residence:
Phoenix AZ

I also play: English horn

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2001

Born in: Ann Arbor MI

When not at Cabrillo Festival:
I am Associate Principal Oboe/English Horn in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Michael Daugherty's UFO with Evelyn Glennie 

Paula-EngererSince graduating from the Indiana University School of Music with a B.M. in Oboe/English Horn Performance, I freelanced in the Indianapolis area for 10yrs or so. I held positions with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as well as the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. The NCO recorded Quiet City by Aaron Copland, featuring the English Horn and was reviewed quite favorably in Gramophone Magazine. After 10 years of freelancing, I accepted a one-year position as Assistant Principal Oboe/English Horn in the Florida Orchestra (where I initially met the Cabrillo Festival's music librarian, Ella Fredrickson). Since it was only a short term position, I had to audition for another orchestra. One never knows where this will lead you, but I wanted to be where there was sunshine every day, big blue sky, and palm trees. I landed in Phoenix, Az., with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, holding the same position I had in the Florida Orchestra. I've been in Phoenix now for 17 years. Every summer, me and my chihuahua/rat "terrorist" (terrier) Pepe, look forward to travelling to Santa Cruz, for friends, challenging music, and cool weather!

Alexander Miller

Current residence:
Grand Rapids MI

I also play: Guitar

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2001

Born in: Royal Oak MI

When not at Cabrillo Festival:
Play oboe in the Grand Rapids Symphony

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: James MacMillan's Piano Concerto No. 3, The Mysteries of Light

Ale-MillerAlexander (“Ale”) Miller grew up in foreign countries, living in Mexico, Australia and Venezuela before returning to Michigan for high school. In 1986 he graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood School cum laude and moved to New York to study oboe at Juilliard with Elaine Douvas and John Ferrillo. During summers he played with the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Waterloo Festival and the American-Russian Youth Orchestra on their world tour.

After earning his Master’s degree from Juilliard in 1992, Ale won the national audition for Assistant Principal Oboe with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Also a serious composer, his Fireworks has been performed in Carnegie Hall, and Let Freedom Ring, for orchestra and narrator, has been performed by James Earl Jones, William Warfield, Danny Glover and Bill Clinton. His most recent commissions have included a clarinet concerto (Encaustic) and a cello concerto based on Madame Bovary. He will be included in Symphony Magazine’s Fall 2012 article about orchestral musicians who are also composers.

In late 2009 Ale was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. He underwent two brain surgeries followed by a year of rehabilitation. Returning to his life as a performing musician is what Ale considers his greatest achievement, and he blogs about his experiences as a patient regularly. He is married to Cabrillo Festival violist Mary Jane Miller, and his other interests include aviation, modern art, wine collecting and mushroom hunting.


Bharat Chandra, Principal

Current residence:
Sarasota FL

I also play: hide and seek with my daughters

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2001

Born in: Pullman WA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I: perform with the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Wind Quintet

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: The one I'm currently performing, until it's over. After that, it's complicated.

bharat-chandraBharat Chandra's career has taken him across the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently Principal Clarinet of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Bharat spent the Fall of 2011 as Guest Principal Clarinet in the Sydney Opera House.  Soloist engagements have taken him through England and across the United States, including a performance of Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet with Michael Tilson Thomas and the U.S. Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s concerto, Riffs and Refrains, here at Cabrillo with Marin Alsop. Bharat studied at Southern Methodist University and continued at the New England Conservatory of Music, becoming the first student of Richard Stoltzman and receiving the Gunther Schuller Medal upon graduation. His formal studies concluded at the New World Symphony in Miami. Bharat has recorded chamber music by composers Dan Welcher and John Zorn and will appear in the forthcoming NAXOS release of Annelies, an oratorio by James Whitbourn, based on the diary of Anne Frank. In the spring of 2013, Bharat is scheduled to join soprano Arianna Zukerman and the Lincoln Trio for performances of Annelies at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.. Outside of his musical career, Bharat directs the non-profit organization KAETA (Kids And Elders Through Arts) whose mission is to create an entertaining and educational dialogue between students and seniors through shared experiences in the arts. Bharat is married to Anne Chandra, Cabrillo's Assistant Principal Second Violin.

Michael Maccaferri

Current residence: Chicago IL

Born in: Plymouth MA

First played in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2006

When not at Cabrillo Festival: I am the clarinetist with eighth blackbird.

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo:
Salonen LA Variations

Michael-Maccaferri2Clarinetist and bass clarinetist Michael J. Maccaferri is a current member of the Grammy Award winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird. A native of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Michael studied at the Walnut Hill School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Nothwestern University. While at Oberlin, Michael co-founded eighth blackbird, one of the leading commissioners and performers of new music today. Since 1996, when the group won the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, eighth blackbird has been widely regarded as one of the foremost proponents and commissioners of contemporary music, collaborating with luminaries such as Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Bruno Mantovani, Aaron Kernis, Stephen Hartke, Jennifer Higdon, Steve Mackey and George Perle. The group's work has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Concert Artist's Guild Award, ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the American Music Center Trailblazer Award. As an educator, Michael has participated in long and short term residencies at universities and conservatories around the world, including the University of Chicago, Oberlin Conservatory, Queensland Conservatorium, Southern Methodist University, Colburn School, and Curtis Institute of Music and is currently on faculty at the University of Richmond. With eighth blackbird Michael has performed as soloist with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony, and at venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center.

John R. Schertle

Current residence:
Hong Kong

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2006



Evan Kuhlmann, Principal

Current residence:
Portland OR

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2009


Adam Trussell

Current residence:
Portland OR

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2013

Steve Vacchi

Current residence:
Eugene OR

I also play: contrabassoon

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2005

Born in: Portsmouth RI

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I: teach at University of Oregon, play with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Wind Quintet, Oregon Symphony, and an improv jazz quintet called the AnyWhen Ensemble; other summer fesitvals include Oregon Bach Festival and Music on the Hill (RI)

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Higdon, Adams, Macmillan pieces 

Steve-VacchiSteve Vacchi is professor of bassoon at the University of Oregon, where he also coordinates the chamber music program. He holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music, The Hartt School, and Louisiana State University. He was formerly a faculty member at Wichita State University (KS) and the Brevard Music Center (NC). Vacchi’s recording credits include Argo, BMG Classics, Centaur, NMC (Israel), North Pacific, Sony Classical, Edward Hines Music, Equilibrium, 8 Bells Records, Origin Classical, Orange Mountain Music, and Imagine Music. He has performed in 23 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., Vacchi has performed with The Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe ProMusica, the Rhode Island, Tulsa, and Rochester Philharmonics, and the New World, Baton Rouge, Colorado, Honolulu, Kansas City, Oregon, Eugene, New Haven, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. A member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona MusicFest, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (CA), and Music on the Hill (RI), he has been a featured soloist in works by Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, Bach, Vivaldi, Lindpaintner, Jurriaan Andriessen, Michael Daugherty, Walter Hartley, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Walter Mays, and Peter Hope. An advocate of new music, Vacchi has performed more than 350 recently-composed works, including 100 premieres.  A member of the Oregon Wind Quintet, he also performs with Doug Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, which features contemporary improvisation. He has performed throughout the west coast as a Baroque bassoonist, including appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Vancouver's Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

All photos on the Woodwinds page [with the exception of Steve Vacchi] are by: r.r. jones