Les Roettges has been the principal flute for the Eastern Music Festival since 2002 and also serves as the coordinator for the faculty chamber series. During the year he is the principal flute for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He is also the second flute for Maestro Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra project.  A native of Ohio, Mr. Roettges became a student of The Cleveland Orchestra's Maurice Sharp at age 15. He holds a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory and a master's from The Juilliard School, and he studied for a year in Paris. His teachers include Paula Robison, Julius Baker, Alain Marion, and Robert Stallman. Mr. Roettges was the winner of the first annual James Papoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. He is a regular participant in the Amelia Island (FL) Chamber Festival, and the Saint Augustine (FL) Festival and has participated in the Colorado Music Festival, the Bowdoin (Maine) Chamber Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Before taking the position in Jacksonville, he performed as the principal flute for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, Solisti New York, the Opera Ensemble of New York, Bel Canto Opera Company of New York, the Boston Philharmonic, and many other freelance orchestras in New York and Boston.

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Bassist Leonid Finkelshteyn enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. Currently principal bassist of the North Carolina Symphony, which he joined in 1996, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in North Carolina since 1999, Mr. Finkelshteyn also serves on the faculty of East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and the Eastern Music Festival; in addition to maintaining a large private studio.

As a soloist, he has made numerous concerto appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin including works by Bottesini ,Bruch, Koussevitsky and Tubin. Mr. Finkelshteyn has also performed the North American premiere of Gareth Glyn’s Microncerto and the world premiere of J.Mark Scearce’s Antaeus, a concerto for double bass and orchestra which the NorthCarolina Symphony commissioned for Mr. Finkelshteyn. 

Other artistic pursuits have included tours with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Finkelshteyn has appeared with the St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies as guest principal Bassist. He also performed with the All Star Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz as part of a series of programs for PBS.

A native of Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, he joined the Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic at only 19
years of age, while still a student at the Leningrad Conservatory from which he earned a M.M., graduating with honors. His primary teachers were Peter Weinblatt and Sergei Akopov. Eventually, he became principal bassist of the Symphony Orchestra and was a prize winner of the Soviet Union Bass Competition before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990.

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A native of Florida, Kevin Reid is serving in his 17th season as principal horn of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and his 15th season with the Eastern Music Festival, where he has been featured soloist many times .Previously he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He has an M.M. from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Greg Hustis, and a B.M. from Florida State University, where he studied with William Capps. He has played with symphony orchestras in Dallas, Waco, Tallahassee, Albany, Aspen, Boston, Breckenridge, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Reid is on faculty at the University of North Florida and served as visiting professor of horn at Florida State University for the 2006-2007 school year. In 2012 and 2014 Kevin was chosen to play with the All Star Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Schwarz.

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Kelly Burke is Professor of Clarinet and Associate Dean for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and 3rd/bass clarinetist of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She has appeared in recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, China, and Russia. Burke's discography includes several recent releases with Centaur Records; she has also recorded for Telarc, Albany and Arabesque labels. 

Burke has received several teaching awards, including UNCG's Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, the School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award, has been named several times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and was honored with the 2004 UNC Board of Governor's Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of numerous pedagogical articles and the critically acclaimed book Clarinet Warm-Ups: Materials for the Contemporary Clarinetist. She holds BM and MM degrees from Eastman and the DMA from Michigan.

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Katherine Young Steele is the principal oboe of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2012. Of her recent performances of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with Music Director Edo de Waart, Steele was praised for her “engrossing performance…with a ringing, beautifully centered sound and elegant interpretive direction.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 2/15)

Steele was principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra in from 2007-2012, where she appeared as soloist and collaborated on the orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with musicians in Havana, Cuba. She has also served as guest principal oboe in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. From 2003 to 2007, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, and toured with the orchestra to the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome and twice to Carnegie Hall. Since 2008, Ms. Steele has been co-principal oboe of the Eastern Music Festival. She has also performed in the music festivals of Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Banff, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, and with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Ms. Steele currently serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has previously taught at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Steele holds a Bachelor of Music degree and the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Robert Atherholt, and Donna Conaty.

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Bassoonist Karla Ekholm has been on faculty at EMF since 1984. She enjoys an active career performing around the San Francisco Bay Area as principal bassoonist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Pacific Chamber Symphony and member of Santa Rosa Symphony and Marin Symphony.

As featured soloist she has performed Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" with Vallejo Symphony as well as the Francaix "Divertissement" with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra where SF Classical Voice noted "Ekholm sold the perky themes and twirling embellishments with light-fingered conviction, tossing off Francaix's sometimes lengthy chromatic sentences and cleverly italicizing their syncopations with accents and elastic timing."

Ms. Ekholm started her career as principal bassoonist with San Francisco Opera's National Touring Company, with whom she toured until 2002 and where she developed her love of opera. She is a founding member of the Five Chairs Wind Quintet with whom she has performed over 1000 programs for students in the schools.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Temple University. Her teachers include Benjamin Kamins, Bernard Garfield, Stephen Paulson and Walter Green. Ms. Ekholm is featured in the documentary "Freeway Philharmonic."

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Karen Birch Blundell is an Eastern Music Festival alumnae. She joined the EMF faculty in 2005. Currently living in New York City with her husband and daughter, she performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.

Prior to moving to New York, Karen was Second Oboe/English horn with the Sarasota Orchestra, and is a former New World Symphony Fellow. Internationally, she has served as Principal oboist and Soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and has performed in the Cayman Islands, St. Croix, Panama, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, China and Japan.

Karen is Director of Undergraduate Scholarships for Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Sigma Alpha Iota is an International Music Fraternity dedicated to supporting the art of music.

Karen holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music. She has studied with James Caldwell, Alex Klein, Humbert Lucarelli and Robert Atherholt.

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Karen Birch Blundell is an Eastern Music Festival alumnae. She joined the EMF faculty in 2005. Currently living in New York City with her husband and daughter, she performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.

Prior to moving to New York, Karen was Second Oboe/English horn with the Sarasota Orchestra, and is a former New World Symphony Fellow. Internationally, she has served as Principal oboist and Soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and has performed in the Cayman Islands, St. Croix, Panama, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, China and Japan.

Karen is Director of Undergraduate Scholarships for Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Sigma Alpha Iota is an International Music Fraternity dedicated to supporting the art of music.

Karen holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music. She has studied with James Caldwell, Alex Klein, Humbert Lucarelli and Robert Atherholt.

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Dr. Kami Rowan has taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC since 1993. Her success has resulted in a nationally recognized guitar program within a liberal arts context. Currently, Kami is Associate Professor of Music, and is Chair of the Music Department. Along with chairing the department, her duties at Guilford College include: directing the guitar program, teaching majors and ensemble, and teaching academic courses. The Guilford College Guitar Ensemble received 1st and 3rd prizes at the Brownsville Texas Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in 2011. The ensemble has also performed in Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Ireland, NYC, Philadelphia and Texas. Kami is also the faculty advisor for the Guilford College radio station, WQFS, which has been ranked 3rd in the nation among college stations.

Kami completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University under the tutelage of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Dr. Rowan also studied with the renowned Aaron Shearer, at North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC, where she received her Bachelor of Music in performance. Kami received her NC-A Teaching Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught full-time for the Guilford County public schools for six years. She was part of the team that designed and put into operation the Weaver High School for Performing & Visual Arts, an options high school in Guilford County. During that time, Kami created and implemented a complete guitar curriculum for the high school level.

Kami is currently the president of two non-profit musical organizations in the Greensboro area—Music for a Great Space, and thePiedmont Classic Guitar Society. These professional organizations provide the Piedmont community educational and quality performance opportunities under Kami’s leadership. Additionally, she has been a clinician and adjudicator for many guitar festivals and competitions on the east coast, including the Beatty Competition, Rantucci Guitar Competition, Appalachian State Festival & Competition, Music Academy of NC Festival & Competition, Loudoun County Schools All-County Guitar Festivals, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. Kami is also VP ofOutreach on the board of Directors of the Aaron Shearer Foundation—a non-profit organization working to preserve the work of the prestigious pedagogue Aaron Shearer. Most recently, Dr. Rowan has worked to create a new guitar program at the prestigious Eastern Music Festival where she is also a faculty member. She also teaches at the Shearer Summer Institute in Zion National Park. Kami also enjoys performing both solo and chamber music in a variety of settings.

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JUSTIN OUELLET attended Temple University and holds a joint Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Emerson College. Having collaborated with some of the world’s leading players including members of the Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera Orchestras, as well as members of the Alexander and Hausmann Quartets, Justin is quickly garnering a reputation as a top performer of chamber, orchestral and contemporary repertoire. He has performed under conductors such as David Lawton, Cyrus Ginwala, David Milnes, Jonathan Schiffman, David Amado, Grammy award winners John McLaughlin Williams and Arnie Roth. Residencies and summer festivals include the Atlantic Music Festival, Festival of Youth Symphonies of America, St. Marks International Music Festival, PARMA New Music Festival and the Philadelphia International Music festival. Ouellet serves on the faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts as co-director of chamber music and orchestral studies.

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