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David Garica 

Oboe 

Oboist David Garcia joined the Virginia Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2016 season. He has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the New Orchestra of Washington among many others. 

 

Garcia has also been heard in concerts at the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and during the summer at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. In addition, he spent a few years touring the United States and Canada with the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables. 

He has also been on the faculty of the University of Richmond and has taught privately.

 

Garcia received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory where he was a student of Katherine Needleman. 

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Eric Stephenson 

Cello

An exceptionally versatile cellist, his style ranges from classical to jazz to rock and folk. He has performed with numerous orchestras like the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. Eric is also a regular substitute for the Cleveland Orchestra. Eric earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees with Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a recipient of the Ellis A. Feiman Award in Cello while a student of Stephen Geber. As a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, he served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Aspen Festival Orchestra from 1999-2004. Composing and recording is a huge part of his life.  In his spare time, he enjoys biking around Brooklyn and playing the tenor

Kevin MacConnell

Double Bass and Bass Guitar

Bassist Kevin MacConnell’s impressive career has taken him from playing with orchestras on concert stages to Broadway shows, from numerous recording studios to the sets of television shows, from jazz festivals to great clubs. He has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and made national and international television appearances/performances. Highly respected on the jazz scene Kevin is also a cross genre musician in bluegrass, classical and popular music.

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Antonina Styczeń

Flute

A dynamic flutist and entrepreneur, Antonina Styczeń has appeared in unlikely spaces as a concerto soloist and created large-scale, crowd-sourced projects, with an emphasis on performances that include improvisation, electronics, and works by diverse and underrepresented composers. Ms. Styczeń is a First Prize and special prize winner for the Best Performance of a New Work at the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, a two time Second Prize and William H. Grass Memorial Prize winner at The James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition winner, and Third Prize winner in the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. Her debut album with flute repertoire written by Mieczyslaw Weinberg was nominated for the International Classical Music Award and the Prize of German Critics. Recently, Ms. Styczeń accepted the position of the Acting President of the San Diego Flute Guild. She is touring worldwide with popular Iranian singer Googoosh, while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

Tam Tran

Violin

Tam Tran is an active soloist, chamber musician, and a regular performer at the White House as a violinist and Assistant Principal violist of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra. Tam has performed chamber music with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Colin Carr, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He performed on the "Axelrod" Antonio Stradivarius from the Smithsonian Collection in Washington, D.C. Tam has performed for the late Queen Elizabeth, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Camp David, and has been featured on PBS, HBO, the Late Show with David Letterman, and on NPR's "Performance Today." Tam studied with Emanuel Vardi at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Richard Young of the Vermeer String Quartet at Northern Illinois University, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet at Stony Brook University. Tam enjoys learning different genres of World Music like French Gypsy Jazz, Brazilian Chôro, Argentinian Tangos, Italian Folk, Persian, Irish, Greek, and Klezmer music.

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