Linda Brunner

Linda Brunner

Linda Brunner is principal flutist with Maine's Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and has often appeared as soloist with the orchestra. She also has been a member of the Midcoast Woodwind Quintet and has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Maine Friends of Music, a Baroque ensemble which collaborated with other French and American artists in 2007 to perform a 4-concert tour in France as well as a 5-concert tour in Ohio with the French/American Friends of Baroque Music. Yet another tour was performed in France in 2013.

Linda has been a member of the Downeast Chamber players and the Bangor Symphony, and has taught at the University of Maine in Orono. For twenty years she directed the Hallowell Community Band performing weekly summer concerts in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and has directed several school and community ensembles. Brunner studied flute with Robert Cavally, James Pappautsakis, and Frances Drinker. She earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

“On the instrumental side were flute, viola, and bassoon, excellent from beginning to end." (Var Matin)

Nancy Buck

Nancy Buck

Nancy Buck is Associate Professor of Viola in the Herberger College of Music at Arizona State University. She holds degrees in performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. While at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she served as teaching assistant to internationally-renown viola pedagogue Heidi Castleman.

Much in demand as a chamber musician and artistic collaborator, Ms. Buck has presented recitals in leading concert venues throughout the United States and Europe. She is a member of the Phoenix Piano Quartet, and has performed with such chamber music groups as the Felici Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the Blakemore Trio (resident trio of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University). Additionally, she has appeared in concert with the Red Rocks Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Buck has held positions with the Canton Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. She currently performs regularly with the Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona. In various musical settings, Ms. Buck has shared the stage with many world-class conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Jahja Ling, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Masur.

Prior to joining the faculty at Arizona State University, Ms. Buck was Associate Professor of Viola and Assistant Chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. She holds an artist faculty position at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Streamboat Springs, Colorado. Previous summer appointments have included a five-year tenure as Director of the SMI (Summer Music Institute) String Orchestra Camp and a faculty position at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts.

Ms. Buck maintains a high profile in her field, presenting recitals and masterclasses throughout North America. Recent masterclasses have included appearances at the San Domenico School Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Iowa School of Music, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, and the School of Music at the University of Michigan. Ms. Buck is frequently an adjudicator for competitions and contests, and has been a juror for the Primrose International Viola Competition. She presents annually for the American String Teachers Association National Convention where she has also been a featured viola masterclass clinician. Ms. Buck is an active member of the American Viola Society, and was the host and director of the 36th International Viola Congress held at Arizona State University.

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