Ellen St. Thomas (soprano, percussion, ukulele, co-founder) is a Virginia native who enjoys performing, teaching, producing and directing. She has performed with West Bay Opera, Livermore Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission Opera and The Marin Summer Festival performing the roles of The Countess The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Mimi La Boheme, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Pretzel Girl in Shostakovich's, The Nose. Oratorio and concert performances include the Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus with the San Francisco City Chorus. Directing credits include La Boheme and Rachmaninoff's Aleko for the Russian Center in San Francisco. Ellen will be directing opera scenes for Holy Names University this winter. She can be heard speaking and singing the voice of an opera singer in cartoon episodes of Madeline and Inspector Gadget for Dic Entertainment. Ellen produced the concert video "Ringing Up: Music of Three Worlds" for the Sonos Handbell Ensemble which was recently aired on KQED. She is the executive director and co-founder of bay area opera company Open Opera. Ellen teaches voice at the Alameda School of Music. She recently premiered the music of Bay Area composer Nancy Bachmann.Carrie Campbell (harpsichord, piano, French horn, mezzo-soprano) grew up in Clemson, SC as part of a musical family. With two music professors as parents, it's no surprise that she started playing the piano at age 5. When she joined band in middle school she picked up the French horn and continued her studies at the University of Georgia with Jean Martin. After completing her Bachelor's in Music Education Carrie received a Master of Music in Horn Performance from Yale University, where she studied with Paul Ingraham. Carrie has played with several award winning chamber ensembles including Electra Winds and QUADRE-The Voice of Four Horns as well as keeping busy freelancing with orchestra's throughout the Bay Area. To satisfy her secret desire to be a Broadway star, she spends a lot of time in the pit orchestras of musical theater productions such as "West Side Story," "Oklahoma," "Oliver," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Sunset Boulevard." Carrie has been on the faculty and staff of the Community School of Music and Arts since 2003. She currently teaches music theory classes and is the Program Coordinator, Finn Center Music Instruction.Daniel Wood (French horn) is a horn player, teaching artist and composer. He founded QUADRE in 1998 after working as a music contractor in Los Angeles. Since then he has composed for all three of their commercially released albums. As a solo artist, he has played with numerous chamber ensembles, symphonies, opera & ballet companies, and new music ensembles. He also presents solo shows as an improvisational musician using the horn, piano, and electronics - a favorite artistic pastime. In 2007, he premiered his show, "Life on a Island" which delved into the issues of music & diversity in the United States. In 2009, he premiered his show, "Brother, can you spare a Dime," a depression-era musical retrospective. He is the executive director for the organization's nonprofit and has handled all aspects of the business including marketing, development, and sales. He lectures regularly on the "Business of Music." He also runs a horn music publishing company, Solid Wood Publishing with over 130 titles of horn music. In 2002, he founded the digital arts program for the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA. As a current faculty member, he teaches horn and music composition. He received his education from UCLA with additional training in discipline-based arts education - a Getty Center curriculum.Dale Tsang-Hall (piano, harpsichord, mezzo-soprano) earned her BM in piano performance from the University of Southern California, her MM from the University of Michigan, and her DMA from Rice University. She took first prize in the 2001 Carmel Music Society Competition. She was also a solo-round competitor in the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and a semi-finalist in the 1999 Washington International Competition. She is an active solo and chamber musician, has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Holland Music Sessions and the Sarasota Music Festival, and presented her first Asian tour in 2009. Dale is a faculty member at Laney College, teaches an inspiring assortment of adult students and is married with two wonderful young children.
Ruri Wen-Matsui (recorder, soprano) been studied recorder with Sally Terris from 2004-2014 and was a Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Merit Scholar from 2005-2-14. She was a member of the CSMA Early Music Minstrels, who won first place in the 2011 Youth Chamber Music Competition at the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. She attended Japanese School every Saturday for eleven years, graduating in April 2013. She graduated from The King’s Academy in 2014 and is currently a freshman at Willamette College in Oregon, where she has a music scholarship and is currently learning how to play the oboe.
Sally Terris (mezzo-soprano, harp, recorder, percussion, storyteller, artistic director) holds a BA in Music (Voice) and Physics from Dartmouth College and an MM in Musicology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a registered recorder teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Ms. Terris has studied recorder with Judith Linsenberg, Mary Halverson Waldo, Katherine White, and Marion Rubinstein, and has taken vocal and recorder workshops/master classes with Frances Blaker, Patrick O'Malley, William Starr, Drew Minter, Karen Clark and others. She has studied voice with Marlene Hartley, Jenna Smith and Dodi Protero, Ellen St. Thomas and Karen Clark.Ms. Terris teaches recorder students ranging from three years to adults at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) and in her home studio using traditional and Suzuki approaches. She has been on the CSMA Music Faculty since 1990. She developed the Music Theory Program and was Music Theory Coordinator from 1996-2006. She was also the director of the CSMA Suzuki Institute for Recorder from 2005-2007 and the Merit Scholarship Ensemble Coordinator from 2010-2014. She has taught theory (classes and private), recorder (classes and private, traditional and Suzuki), Musicianship for Singers, Music Explorer, and the Back to the Baroque summer camp. She is currently the Faculty Advisor for the CSMA Early Music Minstrels, who placed first in Santa Cruz Baroque Festival's 2011 Youth Chamber Music Competition.As a faculty member of CSMA's Music4Schools Program from 1990 to 2010, Ms. Terris taught 3rd through 5th grade music (Music in Action and recorder) at local elementary schools. In addition to teaching, she was responsible for teacher training and curriculum development, and was the co-author of the Music in Action book series Music of the US and Understanding Cultures through Their Music. In 2007 she received CSMA's ArtSalute Outstanding Music Teacher award.
Anita Baldwin (storyteller, alto, guitar, accordion, piano, percussion) holds a BA in English with a minor in Music degree from Colby College, Waterville, ME. In Washington, DC, she sang with the Frank Roberts Ensemble and was soprano soloist, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, K Street. She has studied voice most recently with Iris Fraser and was soloist at the Church of Christ Scientist, Palo Alto. Anita has taught many children's music classes at the Community School for Music and Arts, including Adventures in Music, family music classes for very young children, group keyboard, and private piano. She has also taught recorder in the Mountain View/Whisman School District. Currently, she teaches piano from her home and is the music coordinator at the Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, where she teaches singing and keyboard classes.
Gryphons Wild is an early music ensemble dedicated to bringing to life long-forgotten treasures of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras through the magical storytelling power of the human voice blended with colorful and expressive instruments.The mission of Gryphons Wild is to tell the story of the beauty and expressive power of the human voice across the centuries. Our passion is performing unusual yet historically informed arrangements of little known music, interweaving storytelling and drama throughout. We do much of our own arranging, giving early music a contemporary twist by incorporating influences from Celtic, Eastern European, Sephardic, Middle Eastern and other folk traditions and using unusual combinations of instruments. Our repertoire is not limited to early music but includes duets from show tunes, operas and the occasional contemporary or non-Western piece. We frequently include multimedia elements in our performances.Gryphons Wild is dedicated to capturing the hearts and minds of young people. We mentor talented young musicians who are interes123ted in pursuing early music by featuring them in our concerts as guest artists. We also have created programs for elementary and middle schools in which we share with children our fascination with early music, storytelling and the singing voice.Gryphons Wild performs regularly with other instrumentalists and singers, including Ruri Wen-Matsui (recorder, soprano), Carrie Campbell (harpsichord, French horn, mezzo-soprano), Greta Haug-Hryciw (percussion, storyteller, soprano, recorder, didgeridoo), Daniel Wood (French horn), Ellen St. Thomas (soprano) and Dale Tsang-Hall (harpsichord, piano).
Greta Haug-Hryciw (percussion, recorder, storyteller, soprano) considers herself primarily a recorder player, but also enjoys singing and dabbling in hand percussion. Her early exposure to musical influences shaped her love of early and classical music - her father was a trumpeter with the San Francisco Symphony who often hosted small ensemble chamber music rehearsals at their home. Her interest in the recorder blossomed during high school, and she has since studied with several Bay Area professionals, including recorderist Hanneke van Proosdij, percussionist Peter Maund and didjeridoo virtuoso Stephen Kent. She co-directed the American Recorder Orchestra of the West (AROW) and is the founder of the recorder quartet, SDQ. Greta teaches private and group recorder lessons to students of all ages. She and her husband, Lloyd, work together every day at their photography studio in San Francisco, accompanied by their two schipperkes.