Musicians

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Byron Schenkman

Byron Schenkman

Harpsichord & Piano, Artistic Director

Byron Schenkman (they/them) is a Queer Jewish keyboard player and scholar with a background in Historical Performance and a passion for connecting people through music. In addition to performing live on piano, harpsichord, and fortepiano, Byron can be heard on more than forty CDs, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum, Vermillion, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They can also be heard in numerous online performances with Sound Salon. A founding director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Byron received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music” and they were voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the readers of Seattle Weekly. Their piano playing has been described in The New York Times as “sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.” In recent seasons Byron has been a featured artist at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Vancouver Bach Festival, and they have premiered new works by Damien Geter, Caroline Shaw, and Jonathan Woody. Caroline Shaw’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings was dedicated to Byron. Their 2023 tour of Chile, including concerts and masterclasses in six cities, was sponsored by the Education and Culture program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by Partners of the Americas. Byron is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and received a master’s degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Steven Greenman

Steven Greenman

Violin

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners of klezmer violin music, Steven Greenman is a concert performer, composer, and educator of klezmer, East European folk, and classical music. Steven composed his virtuoso masterwork, Klezmer Concert Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra in 2018 and gave its premier performance with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as violin soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron, Canton and Firelands symphonies, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra. With the Joseph Rubin Orchestra, Steven performed the music of the late violin virtuoso David Rubinoff. Steven’s landmark recordings, Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome, feature his original Jewish and klezmer compositions. His recording, Khevrisa – European Klezmer Music, appears on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Steven directs the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Music Ensemble and has led international masterclasses at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Internationales Klezmer Festival Fuerth, KlezFest London, Master Class de Musica Tradicional Santiago de Compostela, and Yiddish Academy Tokyo in addition to numerous universities and colleges. His thrilling collaboration with master pipa-player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of both traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles. 

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Reynaldo Patiño

Reynaldo Patiño

violin

Reynaldo Patiño, baroque violinist and violist, has performed with ensembles and festivals such as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Arts on Alexander (Austin, TX), Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and Mountainside Baroque (Cumberland, MD). He received his Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University, Master of Music in Early Music from Indiana University, and is currently completing his Doctor of Music in Early Music (Baroque Violin) with Professor Emeritus Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University. Reynaldo has taught as Instructor of Violin (Historical Performance Practice) at the Texas Tech University School of MusicReynaldo’s international performances include ‘Sound of Baroque Festival’ (Beijing, China), Shanghai Camerata (Shanghai, China), and the Musica Sacra festival in Quito, Ecuador. Reynaldo is a core member of the ensemble Las Aves, a research-oriented ensemble that produces historically informed programs of Renaissance and early Baroque chamber music. 

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

cello & viol

Multi-instrumentalist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer is highly sought after as a teacher, chamber, and orchestral musician across the United States and Europe. She splits her time and passion equally between cello, baroque cello, and all branches of the viola da gamba family. From her home base in Portland, Adaiha performs with a variety of ensembles including Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, 45th Parallel, Sound Salon, Gallery Concerts, Voices of Music, Voice of the Viol, Eugene Opera, and various other chamber and vocal ensembles across the states. As an educator she maintains a studio of private students, coaches the Bridgetown Baroque Ensemble, Trillium Baroque Orchestra, substitute teaches for youth orchestras and chamber ensembles across the Pacific Northwest, and is a regular guest instructor of workshops nationwide.
Miss MacAdam-Somer holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her principal teachers include Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Elisabeth Reed, Uri Vardi, and Laszlo Varga. In the summer you can find her performing with various festivals and teaching chamber music and cello at Kinhaven Music School. Adaiha is forever grateful to Indre Viskontas and Adam Bristol for facilitating the acquisition of her bass viol, made by master luthier Francis Beaulieu.

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Breana McCullough

Breana H. McCullough

viola

Breana H. McCullough is a Karuk, Baroque and Modern music violist from Bozeman, Montana. McCullough started her career at a young age and has since performed with various ensembles including the Sinfonia Spirituosa, I-90 Collective, Sound Salon, Carpe Diem String Quartet, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and others. She began a masters degree in Historical Performance at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music but has since moved towards a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles as a fully funded Cota-Robles Fellowship recipient. Her research focuses on Indigenous representation in Early Music; as well as, topics in the re-Matriation of Karuk relatives captive in various archives across the United States. She primarily challenges these archives in the development of relationships and the implementation of protocols that support Tribal, family, and data sovereignty. McCullough sat as a co-chair on the IDEA Taskforce for Early Music America and is the student representative in the Indigenous Music section for the Society of Ethnomusicology. They are a teaching artist with the Heartbeat Music Project bringing music education through cultural empowerment to young people on the Diné (Navajo) Reservation. It brings her significant joy to invest and elevate young people pursuing their passion through cultural empowerment in musical expression. McCullough currently resides in Los Angeles, California. 

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Anna Okada

Anna Okada

violin

Violinist Anna Okada holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Whitman College and a Performer Diploma in Early Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie. Anna was a finalist in the 2020 Indianapolis International Baroque Concerto Competition. She has performed with period ensembles around the U.S., including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Alchymy Viols, and Bach Akademie Charlotte. Anna has also performed at music festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival, the Montana Early Music Festival, the Princeton Festival, and Festival Internacional de Música Sacra in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to performing, Anna enjoys teaching violin at Whitman College and Walla Walla University. In her spare time, Anna loves cooking and baking, spending time outdoors, learning and writing fiddle tunes, and playing with her baby, Antonio.

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Steven Greenman

Elisabeth Reed

Cello & Viol

Elisabeth Reed, Oakland, CA teaches Baroque cello and viola da gamba at the University of California at Berkeley and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is co-director of the Baroque Ensemble. Recent teaching highlights include master classes at the Juilliard School, the Shanghai Conservatory and Middle School, and the Royal Academy of Music. A soloist and chamber musician with Voices of Music, Pacific Musicworks, Archetti ,and Wildcat Viols, she has also appeared with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the American Bach Soloists and the Seattle, Portland, Pacific, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestras. Elisabeth directs “Voice of the Viol”, the renaissance viola da gamba ensemble of Voices of Music. She can be heard on the Virgin Classics, Naxos, Focus, Plectra, and Magnatunes recording labels and has many HD videos on the Voices of Music Youtube channel. She is a Guild-certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method™ of Awareness Through Movement ™ with a particular interest in working with musicians and performers.

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Joshua Romatowski

Joshua Romatowski

Flute

Joshua Romatowski, flutist, has been praised for his ability to “allow each note to sound with its own expressive qualities” (San Francisco Examiner). His playing has been described as “elegantly shaped” (San Francisco Examiner) and possessing “graceful intimacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Joshua was a winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Competition and a prize winner in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Artist Competition. As well as Sound Salon, Joshua has appeared with American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Music Works, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Victoria Baroque, Minnesota Bach Society, and Musikanten Montana. As a recording artist Joshua has received critical acclaim for his pair of Georg Philipp Telemann Flute Duet CD’s, with Early Music America saying “Ragusa and Romatowski play with an engaging sense of drama — it’s a continuous joy to ride the waves of their phrasing. Also impressive is their wide and quickly changing palette of colors.” Joshua holds the 3rd Flute/Piccolo position with Symphony Tacoma and is a founding member of the period woodwind quintet Canova Winds. Joshua spends his free time with his wife and baby daughter Violet, working hard to make sure she learns to love the cats right (It’s going ok). 

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Joseph Williams

Joe Williams

piano

Joe Williams is an active sound liberator, scholar and arts leader who paves new possibilities. He views performance as the committed act of channeling ancestral memories through sound to reveal that which is always liberating. Notable composers such as Maria Thompson Corley, James Lee III, Brian Raphael Nabors and Richard Thompson have entrusted him to premiere their works. A recipient of the 2022 Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship from the Society for American Music, Williams is currently beholding Florence Price’s keyboard catalogue from the womanist lens of pleasure. He regularly activates sacred disruption and collective dreaming on the Tacoma Arts Commission and Music Teachers National Association DEI Committee. He recently had the opportunity to build community at Interlochen Arts Camp in his role as instructor of piano and American Music History. Joe Williams’ immersive, transdisciplinary curatorial approach, blurring sensory lines between recital/exhibition and indoor/outdoor conceptions of space, sound, and movement, has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. He was mentored by pioneering pianist Frances Walker-Slocum. 

Sound Salon 2023-2024 Season 11 Musician: Joseph Williams

Gretchen Yanover

cello

Gretchen Yanover wears two musical hats: one as a composer of spacious string atmospheres for electric cello with looping pedal, and one as a classical acoustic cellist. After graduating from the University of Washington, she guided students in music for 17 years while also pursuing a solo performing career. When she started playing with a loop sampler in 2001, it changed her musical life, inspiring her to improvise and compose. Her fifth album will be released in March, 2024. A member of Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra, she has been featured as an electric cello soloist on several occasions and sits on the orchestra’s DEI task force, working to make meaningful changes in the classical music culture. She has also been a Visiting Artist at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, appeared as a soloist at the Earshot Jazz Festival, presented at TEDx Seattle, and had works commissioned by Seattle Symphony, Seattle Pacific University, the University of Oregon, and LeVar Burton Reads live. The recipient of a Shunpike Artist residency and Town Hall Seattle 2021 Fall Artist in Residence, she is currently the recipient of a 2023 CityArtist grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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