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Since his debut performance at Uihlein hall at age 13, Jonah Kartman has been an active performer in the Milwaukee/Chicago area and a frequent performer on the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival emerging artist series in Burlington, Vermont. He has also gained experience as a competitor winning multiple local competitions and was one of seventeen candidates considered for the International Junior Tibor Varga Competition. For the past three years Jonah has been studying with Robert Hanford and has been attending the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in his summers where he studies under Won-Bin Yim. Coming from a family with strong musical ties, he aspires to reach the level of professionalism that his parents and grandparents reached in their own careers. As an avid participant in chamber music, Jonah has worked and performed with a number of student colleagues and now hopes to perform with his mother and father as the Kartman trio in their 2019 season. Equally at home in orchestral repertoire, Jonah has performed in ensemble in some of the worlds greatest halls such as Carnegie Hall and Orchestra Hall. Jonah is currently playing on a 19th century Joseph Hel, generously given to him by his grandfather.
Caroline Ray is the director of the pep band at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Additionally, she serves as assistant director of the pep band at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
A graduate of UW-Milwaukee's music program, she received her master's of music in wind band conducting, studying with Dr. John Climer. She also studied flute with Jennifer Clippert.
While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in flute performance in Colorado, she studied flute with Rachel Perez, conducting with Mark Dorn (former producer of Kids from Wisconsin), and was a masterclass participant with Colonel Lowell Graham (former director of the USAF Band). In 2015, Caroline directed the University Flute Choir at Colorado Christian University.
She has performed with her sister Katherine since 2006.
Katherine Ray has been studying the harp since age eight. She graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she studied harp performance under Professor Ann Lobotzke.
In 2006 Ray won first place at the WMTA state competition. During high school she was a part of the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and was invited to perform in the Young Musical Stars concert in 2014. During her senior year of high school Ray was one of four musicians to win a place in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Senior Honors Recital and received the Merit in the Arts Scholarship from the Kohler Foundation.
During her sophomore year of college Ray was one of twelve students chosen to perform at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago after participating in the Auditions and Evaluations put on by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society. Ray has also been featured as a guest performer on the WUWM Radio show Lake Effect.
Program for February 20th
F. J. Nadermann (1781-1835) Arr. Paul Hurst
I. Allegro fieramente
II. Allegretto con sentimento
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Arr. Daniel Burton
Meditation from Thaïs
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) Arr. Daniel Burton
The Ray Duo: https://crlnray23.wixsite.com/rayduo
A graduate with bachelor and master degrees in piano from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Steven Ayers is a pianist for the Milwaukee Ballet, the String Academy of Wisconsin, and is on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is the proud father of two sons performing in professional orchestras, and serves as treasurer on the PianoArts Board.
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