Orca Artists

Orca Concert Series Director Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him "...an excellent clarinetist," the Boston Globe called him "...a miracle," and Gramophone "...a master." With over forty concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others, as well as premiering works by Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Jennifer Higdon to name a few. He has performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. Sean has received grants from many organizations, including the NEA and the Aaron Copland Fund. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. As an educator, he has presented over 100 master classes around the world, developed many multi-media educational series, and served on the faculty of the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.
A Seattle native, Jeffrey Barker is Associate Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony. Previously, he played as Principal Flute of the Boise Philharmonic since 2009. He has also performed with top orchestras around the country, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and as guest Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony. Barker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Bonita Boyd, and his Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where his teachers were Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza.
Violinist Jennifer Caine Provine was a first prize winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition and recipient of several awards and grants including the Royal College of Music's Isolde Menges Prize for solo Bach. She has concertized throughout the U.S. and Europe in venues including the Phillips Collection, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jennifer is Associate Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and violinist of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly Icicle Creek Piano Trio), with whom she has performed extensively throughout the Northwest and abroad, been heard on national radio stations, and recorded two discs on the Con Brio label to critical acclaim. She was assistant director and resident violinist at the Icicle Creek Music Center from 2007-2010. Jennifer regularly appears on several Northwest chamber music series, and performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and holds Masters Degrees from the Royal College of Music (London) and Oxford University.
Jeffrey Fair has been the Principal Horn (The Charles Simonyi Chair) of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra since February 2013 and a member of the Orchestra since 2003. His playing has been described as "compelling," "evocative" and "full of finesse and assertiveness." He also performs as Principal Horn of the Seattle Opera and has served as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004, he has appeared regularly at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and recently presented world premieres by Gerard Schwarz and Lawrence Dillon. He is on the faculty at the University of Washington and is responsible for instruction of all horn students. Fair has served as Principal Horn and faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival and as Principal Horn of the Arizona Music Festival. Additionally, Fair appears throughout the Northwest as soloist, chamber musician, clinician and teacher. Prior to moving to Seattle, he was Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons, appearing as soloist on several occasions. Fair completed a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Ashby. A native of Oklahoma, he received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma as a student of Eldon Matlick.
Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, Ben Hausmann served as principal oboe of L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Florida Philharmonic and the Savannah Symphony. He has been a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Hausmann's summer festivals include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival, where his performance of Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto was broadcast on National Public Radio. An avid composer, Hausmann's work aims to uniquely amalgamate disparate favorite styles throughout history. His first orchestral tone poem was performed by the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. Also an active pianist, he has served as the keyboardist of the Hilton Head Orchestra and faculty recital accompanist at Georgia Southern University.
Dana Jackson, a native of Seattle, Washington, holds a BA from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, a MM from Northwestern's Bienen School of Music, a PSC from the Colburn School, and was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is the second bassoonist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony, and an active freelancer in both Seattle and Southern California. Her orchestral experience includes playing under the batons of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin, and sharing the stage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led be Mitsuko Uchida in a concert of Mozart piano works. She has played with soloists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman on the Carnegie Hall stage with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Yo-yo Ma in a sold out concert of chamber works in Chicago's Symphony Center. The Chicago Tribune noted Mr. Ma & company's rendition of Martinu's Tango "had it's most seductive effect when led by Dana Jackson's bassoon."
Professor of Clarinet at Seattle Pacific University, Mary Kantor received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington and graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna with Honors in clarinet performance, class of Rudolf Jettel. As a soloist, she has performed the Mozart Concerto and Richard Strauss' Duet-Concertino with Philharmonia Northwest. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, as well as on numerous movie soundtracks. She also coaches both the Seattle Youth Symphony and Cascade Youth Symphony clarinet sections, and appears in Who's Who in America, 59th and 60th editions. Recent projects include concerts with the Sound Ensemble, and a new CD with the Seattle Jewish Chorale entitled The Light of Tradition- Hanukkah in the Northwest.
Juilliard graduate and Fulbright Fellow Rajan Krishnaswami has toured nationally and internationally as recitalist and soloist with orchestra. He has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle Opera. Chamber music being his first love, in 2005 he founded Simple Measures, an innovative Chamber Music Series in the Puget Sound, WA area. His CD of new music for cello and piano, American Interweave, on the Ambassador label with his long time duo collaborator Mark Salman, includes two works that he commissioned. Equally devoted to the arts of teaching and performing, he is well established as an important learning resource for serious cellists, both student and professional. He has been on the cello faculty of the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Krishnaswami plays on a magnificent and historically important cello by J.B. Guadagnini, the ex-Davidoff, made in 1780.
Kokopelli was formed in 2012 when five musicians from diverse backgrounds decided to explore a classic repertoire that is new to most audiences. From Brahms to the Beatles, Mozart to modern, Kokopelli has music for everyone. Having performed with such diverse ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Volta Piano Trio, Pacific Northwest Ballet and other fine groups, these five musicians each bring a special skill set to this quintet.
Video of Kokopelli playing live on KING-FM
Carin Miller Packwood is principal bassoon of the Oregon Symphony. Prior to her move to Portland, Carin held principal bassoon positions with the Jacksonville and Shreveport symphonies. Ms. Packwood has performed chamber music with Classical Up Close, 45th Parallel, and the Chamber Music Northwest, Chintimini Chamber Music and Astoria Music festivals, as well as on All Classical Portland's Thursdays @ Three radio program. Carin has also appeared with other orchestras, including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Buffalo Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Cabrillo Festival. A native of Queens, NY, Carin attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and held the position of principal bassoon with the New York Youth Symphony. Carin also twice received the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Young Artist Award. Carin studied with Frank Morelli and Whitney Crockett at The Juilliard School of Music; as an undergrad she also played with the innovative Wild Ginger Philharmonic. Carin completed an Advanced Certificate at the University of Southern California with Stephen Maxym, and earned her M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music, where she worked with her mentor, Benjamin Kamins. Carin also trained with Will Roberts, formerly of the Dallas Symphony, and was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2002 and 2003.
Eugene Mondie is currently the Acting Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Appointed by Leonard Slatkin in the spring of 2000 as Assistant/Eb, Mondie has also served as Principal of the Spokane Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, and as second clarinet of the Charleston Symphony. He teaches at the Peabody Conservatory and at The Catholic University of America and has given master classes throughout the United States as well as at music festivals in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and his Master of Music degree from DePaul University, with his primary studies being with Donald Montanaro, Larry Combs, Larry McDonald, and David McGill.
Dash Point native Jennifer Nelson is currently Principal Clarinet with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Auburn Symphony Orchestras. She also has a very active freelance career, including playing Broadway-style shows at the Fifth Avenue and Paramount Theaters, extra with the Seattle Symphony and Opera Orchestras, and recordings for various television, motion picture, and video game scores. She is also Affiliate Artist Faculty in Clarinet at the University of Puget Sound, in addition to having several students in her private studio in Seattle for many years. Ms. Nelson has also traveled throughout the United States with the national touring companies of Phantom of the Opera and New York City Opera. In addition to her stateside concerts, Jennifer's orchestral and recital performances have also taken her to Mexico, Japan, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Honduras, and most recently, India.
Violist Laura Renz is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra, and also performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Before moving to Seattle, Ms. Renz has held positions in the San Antonio Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Renz is an avid chamber musician, participating in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, a residency in Lake Wales, FL, and the Focus Festival as a member of the Vaux String Quartet. She has also performed at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and with Simple Measures, among other groups. Ms. Renz participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She is a graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Michigan, and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes.
Dr. Florie Rothenberg enjoys an active performing career, playing with several Seattle area concert and pit orchestras, including the Auburn Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Tacoma Opera. She has worked in film scoring in Seattle, and has her own CD, Voices of Trees, Modern Works by Women Composers for Clarinet and Piano, available on Origin Classical Records. Splitting her time between performing and teaching, Florie Rothenberg works with clarinetists of all ages and levels, drawing students from around the entire Puget Sound region. She has taught at Central Washington University and the University of Arizona, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound Community Music. Dr. Rothenberg earned a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.M. from the University of Michigan and a B.M. from the University of the Pacific. Her teachers include Jerry Kirkbride, David Shifrin and William Dominik.
Pianist Byron Schenkman has recorded more than thirty CDs of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum, Vermillion, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A recipient of the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music "for outstanding achievement in the field of early music," he was voted "Best Classical Instrumentalist" by the readers of Seattle Weekly in 2006, and his piano playing has been described in The New York Times as "sparkling," "elegant," and "insightful." He has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He was also founding co-director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra with violinist Ingrid Matthews. In 2013 he launched "Byron Schenkman & Friends," a Baroque and Classical chamber music series at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.