Our Musicians ~ 2006

Laura Barron
Co-Artistic Director Laura Barron made her solo debut at age 17 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has maintained a passionate and diverse career in which she draws upon the inspiration of her teachers Bonita Boyd, Sam Baron, and Tim Hutchins. Highlights of her career include solo appearances with Alexander Schneider's Brandenburg Ensemble in Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center and the performance of nearly 50 premieres with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble from 1990-92. Laura is the Flute Professor at Northern Arizona University.

Michael Sullivan
Co-Artistic Director Michael Sullivan is a graduate of the Florida State University and the University of Michigan, with additional studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Highlights of his career include performances at the Kennedy Center and the Salzburg Festival. He serves as principal clarinetist with the Ernest Bloch Music Festival as well as with the Carl Fischer Label, is a member of the Arizona Opera orchestra and performs regularly with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphonies.

Jonathan Bergeron
saxophone teacher at Northern Arizona University, is in demand at universities and music festivals throughout the country and abroad. Recent highlights include performances in Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has won numerous competitions at national and international levels. Mr. Bergeron has also performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Jazz Times Convention. He holds degrees from The Florida State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Thomas Heinrich
a graduate of Eastman and the Cleveland Inst. of Music, is a member of the Colorado Symphony and also serves as principal cellist of the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra. He is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet and Denali Ensemble. Mr. Heinrich taught at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and will teach at the University of Colorado, Boulder this fall..

Kate Boyd
is the Director of Piano Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis. She has performed as a soloist on many concert series, and as a guest with established chamber music ensembles throughout North America and Europe. She has also taught and performed chamber music at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont, for ten summers. Kate Boyd holds degrees in piano from the Oberlin Conservatory, Stony Brook University, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (Germany).

Steven Moeckel
International violinist Steven Moeckel was born in Germany and began studying violin at the age of four. It was soon discovered that he possessed a talent for singing and at the age of eleven, he became a member of the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir, performing for two years as their principal soloist. Mr. Moeckel left the Vienna Boys Choir to focus solely on a career as a violinist, continuing his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Mr. Moeckel was Co-concertmaster of the Ulm Philharmonic and in 2000 was granted a leave from that orchestra to study violin in America with Miriam Fried at Indiana University. He has been Concertmaster with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 2002.

Roberto Olivera
Born in Cuba in 1951, his parents' blend of Italian-Sicilian and Cuban heritage blended to put his zesty feel for life into his music; a sweet latin jazz, soothing boleros, and hypnotic bossa nova. Roberto Olivera Garcia came to the United States in 1980 from Cuba after studying in the 'Superior School for Music' in Havana. After immigrating to the U.S., he traveled to Venezuela and Brazil, studying and playing the music styles there. Later, in Las Vegas, he performed at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, with his trio, 'Roberto y Amigos'. In 1993, he created the group, 'Samba' which performed in resorts and hotels in the Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona areas.