David Chavez is from Albuquerque, NM where he studied at the University of New Mexico (UNM), earning degrees in performance and music education. He also earned his Master of Music from Rice University in Houston, TX in performance and from UNM in conducting. He played as a violist for several groups, such as the New Mexico Philharmonic, NMSO, Santa Fe Symphony, Performance Santa Fe, the New Mexico Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, Chatter, and The Figueroa Project.
While at UNM he organized and conducted a series of concerts which featured two of Albuquerque’s high-profile violinists, David Felberg, who performed Dmitry Shostakovich violin concerto, and Carmelo do Los Santos, who performed Mendelssohn’s violin concerto.
Chavez also worked for the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) as a guest conductor and as an assistant conductor where he helped prepare the APO for several guest conductors.
In 2015, Chavez was appointed Music Director to the Los Alamos Symphony and is in his third season with the orchestra.
Violinist Stephen Redfield has been teaching violin and chamber music at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music since 1996. He spent 2011-12 on leave as Chair of the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, where he is also concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica. Each summer since 1992, Stephen has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival, where his performances as concertmaster and soloist have been produced on discs and broadcast nationally. He is a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, often featured as concertmaster and in chamber music, and where he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc “Credo.”
Stephen plays with his faculty colleagues in the Impromptu Piano Quartet. As a chamber musician and a soloist, he has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Stephen performs regularly as a Baroque violinist with the Albuquerque Baroque Players and with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Stephen’s Baroque chamber music credits include concerts with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Newberry Consort, with such artists as with Marion Verbruggen, Mary Springfels, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Kenneth Slowik. As a member of the Sebastian Ensemble with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh, he has performed throughout the US, and in Spain, Cuba and Peru.
Crawford Best has played bassoon in the New Orleans Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He taught and performed as the faculty bassoonist of the Dartmouth College Congregation of the Arts and was the bassoon instructor at Loyola University College of Music in New Orleans, where he was also the Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty. He is currently Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra.
Mr. Best was Principal Bassoonist of the New Orleans Symphony for 28 winter seasons and bassoonist with the Minnesota Orchestra for 7 winter seasons. He was for 36 summers the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and was its Orchestra Personnel Manager for 28 years. Prior to that he was the faculty bassoonist of the Dartmouth College Congregation of the Arts for 6 summers, where his colleagues on the faculty included Bob Willoughby, Al Genovese, Robert Genovese, Barry Tuckwell, and others. In December of 1985 he performed with the first World Philharmonic in Stockholm for the opening ceremonies of the Nobel Prize Awards, with Carlo Maria Giulini conducting Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.
Crawford was educated in the public schools of Spartanburg, SC, received the A. B. degree from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar, and the M. M. degree from New England Conservatory of Music, where he received the Pi Kappa Lambda Performance Award.
Thomas O’Connor is the Music Director and Conductor of Santa Fe Pro Musica. Mr. O’Connor is also a highly regarded oboist who has performed extensively on modern and historical oboes. He has performed with all of the major classical music organizations in New Mexico including the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs outside of New Mexico with festivals and orchestras including the International Festival at the Domaine Forget (Canada), Oregon Bach Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (California), Maryland Handel Festival, American Bach Soloists (San Francisco), the Bach Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Baroque. He was formerly the Artistic Director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival at Newport (Oregon) and also served on the faculty of Texas Tech University. He has recordings with Sony, Telarc and Dorian including a Grammy nominated disc of the chamber version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Mr. O’Connor is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and has pursued graduate studies at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicale, Montreux, Switzerland.
Carol Redman, flutist, has much experience in chamber music roles, with large symphonic orchestras, opera orchestras and chamber orchestras, as solo flutist, principal flutist, second flutist, and piccolo player. She performs on the modern flute, the one-key baroque flute and recorder. She has made recordings on Koch and Dorian labels (including a Grammy nominated disc of the chamber music version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde) for Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Her professional experience includes flutist with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 20th Century Unlimited, Oregon Festival of American Music, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (Oregon), New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet, Le Domaine Forget Music Festival (Canada), and appearances with the Oregon Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (California), Maryland Handel Festival, Colorado Opera Troupe, Colorado Chamber Players, Eugene Symphony (Oregon) and festivals in Germany and Japan. Ms Redman has coached variously Flute, Ensembles and Baroque Workshops in Kammermusik Workshops since 2005.
Paul Wexler (clarinet) is a native of New York City, where he studied with renowned teacher Leon Russianoff. Paul has played clarinet professionally for many years in a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles and was principal clarinetist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for 37 years. He has been a soloist at music festivals in Paraguay and Brazil. Paul is an expert klezmer clarinetist. He is a founding member of Yidn, a klezmer quartet, and Klezhundheit!, a klezmer big band. He also plays recorder and renaissance wind instruments and was a member of the New York Renaissance Band.