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Current as of April 05, 2001

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David Wiley | Robert Sorton | Norman Krieger | Blue Ridge Jazz Ensemble | Roger Frisch | Virginia Consort

David Dzubay | Wintergreen Chambers Players | USAF Tradewinds Quintet | MoonFire | Voices of Virginia | Vintage Years Orchestra

David Wiley   Back to the top

Artistic Director & Conductor



David Wiley- Artistic Director & Conductor

David Wiley is admired s one of the most inspiring personalities and dynamic young music directors in America.† He has conducted many of the most prestigious orchestras in more than 35 states throughout the U.S. and in dozens of countries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.† Dr. Wiley has served as Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and this summer marks his second season as Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

Born in 1966, David Wiley made his debut as both pianist and composer at the age of ten with Bostonís professional Adventures in Music Orchestra, in the premier performance of his first piano concerto.† He has appeared as a jazz pianist in Bostonís Symphony Hall and in numerous recital appearances in China, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and throughout the Unite States.

Wiley is tireless in his dedication to education and community outreach activities.† Each year he and his wife, soprano Leah Marer Wiley, meet with numerous community groups ranging from young school children to senior citizens, conduct student orchestras, and serve as competition judge.† Inspired by the late Leonard Bernstein, Wiley strives to remain active as a composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher, changing lives through the medium of music.

Robert Sorton   Back to the top



Robert Sorton

Robert Sorton has been professor of oboe at The Ohio State University since 1988, where he is founder of OBOHIO, The Double Reed Consort.† After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, he earned both his bachelorís and masterís degrees, summa cum laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music.†

For thirteen years, Robert Sorton was assistant principal oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.† He has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Miami Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony.† From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Sorton served as principal and solo oboe of the Eastern Music Festival, where he also taught oboe and coached chamber music.† He assumed the position of principal oboe of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in the summer of 2000.†

Sorton has participated in various festivals as well as presented numerous recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad.† He was awarded the 1990 OSU School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award and has recorded with London Decca Records (Detroit Symphony) and Coronet Records (OBOHIO).

Norman Krieger   Back to the top


Norman Krieger - Pianists

Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair.† Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America and has also recently been heard as guest soloist with orchestras in Europe and Asia.† In recital, he has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia.

In 1987, Mr. Krieger was named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition.† He is also the recipient of the Paderewski Foundation Award, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, the Victor Herbert Memorial Prize and the Saint Louis Symphony Prize.

Krieger is the founding Artistic Director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii.† In the spring of 1997, he was appointed Associate Professor of the distinguished faculty of the University of Southern California.


Blue Ridge Jazz Ensemble   Back to the top

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The Blue Ridge Jazz Ensemble is made up of some of Central and Southwest Virginia's finest jazz musicians. Featuring Bob Lefever on sax and clarinet, Dave Morgan on Vibes, Bert Carlson on guitar, Charlie Perkinson (WVTF Public Radio jazz producer) on bass, and Denny Rinker on Drums, the Ensemble strives to provide some of the most swinging straight-ahead jazz you're likely to hear anywhere. The group has performed for the past four years at The Taste of the Blue Ridge Blues and Jazz Festival, Mardi Gras and Skyline Jazz Festivals in Roanoke as well as numerous public and private affairs.

Roger Frisch Concertmaster   Back to the top

Roger Frisch

Associate Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Roger Frisch received his early musical training from his father, longtime Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, studying with Henry Meyer of the LaSalle Quartet, and a master's degree from Indiana University, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue, Josef Gingold. A prizewinner at the Hermann Violin Competition and the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Frisch enjoys a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral player. Frisch frequently appears as soloist with orchestras, performing under such conductors as Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. This past season Mr. Frisch's solo performances with orchestra have included works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in April 1992. A dedicated chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble with which he recorded a number of 20th century chamber works in addition to a highly acclaimed recording of the Hummel Quintet. Since 1997 he has performed extensively throughout Ukraine with his wife, flutist, Michele Antonello Frisch with the Kairos Trio. In the 1994-95 season Mr. Frisch served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. Frisch plays a Balestriere violin dated 1772.

Virginia Consort
Judith Gary, Director   
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Roger Frisch


The Virginia Consort enters its twelfth season of offering concerts of surpassing beauty and vitality. The Consort was started by a group of experienced singers who wanted to sing under the direction of Judith Gary. From this beginning, The Consort quickly grew in stature and vision. The 35-member group now offers a full season of concerts.

Our History  
About our Youth Chorale The Virginia Consort: A Vocal  Ensemble  
How and Where to Audition  
Tour Dates and Locations  
About Judith Gary, Our Conductor  

Christmas with The Consort is a tradition at Wintergreen, and the hall is filled their performances. The group has performed in Washington, D.C. at The White House and the World Bank, and has provided background music for several television offerings, including a PBS documentary.

David Dzubay Composer in Residence   Back to the top

David Dzubay

David Dzubay was born in Minneapolis, raised in Portland, Oregon, and received his D.M. in Composition from Indiana University in 1991. His principal teachers have been Donald Erb, Frederick Fox, Eugene O'Brien, Lukas Foss, Allan Dean, and Bernard Adelstein. Dzubay's music has been performed in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Asia, by orchestras such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Oregon, Oakland, Honolulu, Louisville, Minnesota, New World, National Repertory, New York Youth, St. Louis, Vancouver, and Aspen. The Wintergreen Festival Orchestra will perform a new composition this summer. Recent honors include a 2000 commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, the 2000 Wayne Peterson Prize for Music, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association Commissioning Project. In 1995, Dzubay won the Barlow International Competition for Orchestra Music, resulting in a commission for a consortium of the Baltimore, Minnesota, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras. In 1995 he also received a Consortium Commission from Meet-The-Composer, for the Oregon Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and Oakland East Bay Symphony, resulting in his Symphony No. 1. Other commissions include works for the Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Voices of Change, Chamber Music America, National Repertory Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds, Saint Louis Brass Quintet, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.


Wintergreen Chamber Players   Back to the top

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Wintergreen Festival Orchestra members who form the Wintergreen Chambers Players include: Alycia Hugo - flute, Roanoke Symphony Robert Sorton - oboe, the Ohio State University Les Nicholas - clarinet, Radford University Barbara Showalter - horn, Washington, D.C. free-lance artist Doug Kehlenbrink - bassoon, Baltimore Concert Artists Susan Black - violin, American Sinfonietta Phillip Tietze - viola, West Virginia University Paige Riggs - cello, University of Virginia John Smith - double-bass, Roanoke Symphony


United States Air Force Tradewinds Quintet   Back to the top

United States Air Force Tradewinds Quintet

The USAF Tradewinds Quintet, formed in 1974, presents a unique blend of music span ing more than 250 years. The Quintet's versatility stems from their educational background and experience. They have studied with members of major symphony orchestras such as the Montreal, St. Louis, Atlanta and Virginia Symphonies. In addition, they have attended music schools from all over the country including: the University of Tennessee, the University of New Mexico, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Miami University (Ohio), and the University of Northern Iowa. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, the quintet is part of the USAF Heritage of America Band, a 60-member band based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. You may visit the Band's website at


MoonFire   Back to the top


With its eclectic mix of traditional Celtic and up-to-date Celtic inspired music, from hard driving jigs and reels to lyrical songs, airs and instrumentals, MoonFire has been delighting audiences since its inception in 1996. Featuring acoustic and electric fiddles (Cathy Palmer), hammered dulcimer and keyboards (Jody Marshall) and flutes, pennywhistle, guitar and vocals (Elise Kress), the band evokes the ancient pulse of Celtic rhythms in artfully crafted arrangements that include original compositions as well as sometimes unexpected selections from well-known contemporary writers. With passion and excitement, the band presents a stage show that the Washington Post has described as "shimmering," "sprightly" and "haunting." MoonFire's recent appearances include Strathmore Hall, the Virginia Wine Festival, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. In the spring of 1998 the group wrote and produced the score for The Studio Theatre's production of The Steward of Christendom by Irish playwright Sebastian Barry.

Voices of Virginia   Back to the top

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The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk prepares students for professional careers in the Arts. They are a vivacious and entertaining group.


Vintage Years Orchestra   Back to the top

Vintage Years Orchestra

Swing band, big-band style, featuring music of the 1920's to 1960's.



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