May 25, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
No admission fee. Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
Stowe Community Church
137 Main St.
A Vermont-based chamber music ensemble, the Heliand Consort performs in various combinations of piano and woodwind instruments.
For this final performance on the Noon Music in May series, Cynthia Huard, Katie Oprea, and Rachael Elliott perform spirited chamber music for piano, oboe and bassoon.
Cynthia Huard, pianist, has appeared as a featured soloist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, and in recital as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe. As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s summer series, she has performed with Lark Quartet, Johannes Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and with chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, and the Colorado, Utah, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. Her recent premieres include music by Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, and commissions from Erik Nielsen and Thomas L. Read. Ms. Huard holds advanced degrees from Indiana University and The Akademie of Music in Graz, Austria. She teaches piano and chamber music at Middlebury College.
Rachael Elliott is a bassoonist and founding member of Clogs, Dark in the Song, Heliand Consort and Tuple. Featured recordings include her solo album “Polka the Elk,” “Darker Things” with Tuple, Michael Gordon’s “Rushes” with Rushes Ensemble, and five acclaimed records with Clogs, with whom she has toured throughout the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. A passionate educator, Rachael volunteers with music classes at a local public school and serves on the faculty at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, she teaches bassoon, chamber music, co-directs Ensemble Uncaged, co-teaches Winds and Brass Pedagogy, and is a member of the Career Coaching staff. As a coach, Rachael enjoys working with people across many sectors, from the arts to business to parent communities. As a Certified Start With Heart Facilitator, Rachael offers a comprehensive course to implement coaching within organizations. She also enjoys working with clients one-on-one, particularly around issues of awareness, somatic experience, and aligning values, strengths and goals. Rachael is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is currently pursuing her ACC Credential.
Katie Oprea is a native of St. Albans, Vermont, and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Oprea studied with Neil Boyer and Mark Weiger in the United States, and with Cesar Ognibene in Lyon, France. She has performed as a soloist with the Ensemble Orchestrale Lyon Region, the Timisoara Philharmonic, the Burlington Ensemble and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. While living in Europe, she served as principal oboist with the Romanian State Opera of Timisoara. She also toured and recorded with the Europa Symphony, the Timisoara Romanian Opera, the Timisoara Philharmonic and the Bolshoi Ballet. Currently, Ms. Oprea is a frequent guest performer with the Middlebury Bach Festival and the Orchestra of Northern New York. She is principal oboe with the Opera Company of Middlebury, performs regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and divides much of her time between teaching oboe and performing with the chamber music group Heliand.