Blake Allen (Violist) Besides spending a lot of time being adjunct faculty at NYU and Rob Fisher's music assistant, Blake is excited to be making his Off-Broadway debut in a beautiful piece entitled FANNIE-LOU on October 6th. As an orchestrator, Blake is working on a new play called THE CARNIVOROUS playing in 2013 at Magic Future Box in Brooklyn. He was also recently the orchestrator and a performer in the 2012 Ars Nova ANT Festival show FOLK WANDERING, a piece which is unique, beautiful and close to his heart. Blake got his professional start at the age of sixteen with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in El Paso, TX. As a 2006 graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU), taught in the style of William Primrose under Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Blake worked hands on with the Ulrich Drüner donation/purchase in the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA). Blake was a recent viola performance graduate student at the Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll and worked with Music Director Roger Grodsky. Blake currently is a student of Stephanie Baer and is continuing his candidacy for a 2013 Masters in Music at New York University (NYU) with an emphasis in Modern Performance and Cross-Over. Blake was recently at the Bitter End, and will be playing in an encore performance, with his band Elisa Lovelie & The Device. Their EP will be coming out at the beginning of 2013. Blake is an active performer, and can be heard around New York playing in musical theatre shows, classical concerts and performing stellar pieces of the modern repertoire. Some of Blake's favorite credits include: the St. Jude's Benefit Concert at Joe's Pub; the Disney EPCOT presentation of Dream Our Dreams! (a benefit for Make a Wish!); the soundtrack to Christmas Angel (2009); The King Singer's in Concert; Fiorello!; Beauty and the Beast; Kurt Weil's Street Scene; Into the Woods; A Little Night Music; Titanic; The Most Happy Fella; Carousel; Jekyll and Hyde. A special thanks to BLCM for always believing. Blake plays on a Frirsz 1988 Viola.
Jaime Marcelo (Violinist) Jaime Marcelo is a skilled and diverse musician specializing in multiple styles on both violin and guitar. He's had extensive training in classical music since the age of 5, with dozens of solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. He plays both acoustic and electric violin. Jaime studied violin performance at Manhattan School of Music and songwriting at Berklee College of Music, among other courses of study and training.
Cheryl Kruger-Lee (Music Preparation) Cheryl is an orchestrator whose most recent work includes orchestrations for the Off-Broadway show Honestly Abe and conducting for the cast recording of All Is Beautiful. Cheryl received a master's degree in music composition from New York University after completing studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Felicia Hunter (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist) A life-long learner, Felicia began her formal music training at age 9. She’s studied viola, piano and cello, played glockenspiel for her high school marching band and also had a brief encounter with the bassoon during her high school years. In her senior year she was principal violist for her state’s All-State High School Orchestra. She’s toured Europe and performed in cities along the East Coast as part of national, regional and state youth orchestras. She is a graduate of Syracuse (Honors curriculum, cum laude) and Yale universities. Felicia has performed for film, television and the theater, including Jack Eric Williams’ Mrs. Farmer’s Daughter, her professional stage debut. A journalist, she has been a staff or freelance reporter and/or editor for a number of daily, weekly and monthly publications. Felicia is a former Connecticut Post newspaper bureau chief, and in that capacity helmed a staff of reporters who covered the state's lower Naugatuck Valley region.(Photo by Harold Shapiro)