Margaret Miller is Assistant Professor of Viola and Coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program at Colorado State University.Prior to joining the CSU faculty in 2004, Ms. Miller was violist of the Da Vinci Quartet for eighteen years; during that time the Quartet toured throughout the US and recorded three CDs for the Naxos American Classics label.Ms. Miller is also on the faculty for the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University.
An active performer and teacher, she has given recitals and master classes at Kansas State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Nevada-Reno, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, the University of New Mexico, University of Missouri and the University of Wyoming.She is active in state organizations, giving clinics at conferences for the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado American String Teachers Association, and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, as well as the Wyoming Music Educators Conference.
Ms. Miller has been honored for her teaching by the Colorado chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association.She plays a viola by California maker Thomas Croen.
Soprano Ingela Onstad has enjoyed a varied international career in opera, concert work, and contemporary music. Operatic highlights include performances at Dresden’s Staatsoperette, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, UNM Opera Theatre, and Santa Fe Opera in roles including Musetta in La Boheme, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Nannetta in Falstaff, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Violetta in La Traviata. She also sang the roles of Merab and Michal in the Faust Prize nominated staged production of Handel’s oratorio Saul in Oldenburg, Germany.
Highlights of her career as an oratorio soloist include Carmina Burana, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Haydn’s The Creation, and numerous Bach Cantatas. In 2014, she completed a recital tour of Germany with Dr. Michael Hix and Professor Michael Schuetze.
A sought-after interpreter of contemporary works, she has created operatic roles in 2 world premieres (Strauss' Los Bufones and Kampe's ANOIA) sung roles in operatic works by Bibalo (Fräulein Julie) and Ullman (Der Kaiser von Atlantis). She has also performed diverse works by Schoenberg, Kurtag, and Schwantner, amongst others.
2017-2018 performances include: Bach Cantatas 57, 212, and 4; Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate; Schubert's Mass in G; Virgil Thompson's Stabat Mater; Handel's Messiah, and Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben with pianist Falko Steinbach. In addition, she will perform the modern premiere of Christoph Graupner's Cantata Ach wo nun hin at Colby College in Waterville, Maine as well as the world premiere of Falko Steinbach's song cycle Kriegslieder at the German Summer School program in Taos, NM. She also covered the role of Maria in the world premiere of Hector Armienta's opera Bless Me, Ultima with Opera Southwest in February of 2018.
Onstad completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University where she studied with
Professor William Neill. She earned a Master of Music degree at the University of New Mexico where she studied with Professor Leslie Umphrey. She maintains a private voice studio in Albuquerque. In addition to her work as a singer, Ms. Onstad is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who frequently presents on topics concerning mental health and performers.
TRUMPETER CRAIG MORRIS emerged onto the international classical music scene by winning the prestigious position of Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in 2001. A desire to more fully focus on his own artistic projects, however, led Morris to leave his position with the CSO and pursue a career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Morris has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Sacramento Symphony, and the Miami Bach Society to name a few. Additionally, Morris has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and the International Computer Music Conference. In 2009, Craig gave the U.S. Premier of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by the renowned British composer Joby Talbot, under the baton of Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Craig’s debut solo CD, Permit Me Voyage – featuring the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber – will be released on Naxos in 2011, following the acclaimed 2007 Naxos release, Reflections, featuring Morris as the soloist on Thom Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. Morris was also the subject of an hour-long radio feature/interview on KALW San Francisco after his performance of the Talbot Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2009. During his orchestral career, Craig performed as Principal Trumpet on the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim, as well as the following recordings with the San Francisco Symphony: Copland the Populist -- Charles Ives the American Journey -- American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts -- Aaron Copland: The Essence of America -- and Metallica: S&M. A strong new music advocate, Morris has worked closely with prominent composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, John Corigliano, Steve Rouse, Osvaldo Golijov, Avner Dorman, Kevin Puts, Mason Bates, Aaron Jay Kernis, Dorothy Chang, and many more. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Morris held the position of Associate Principal Trumpet in the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Trumpet in the Sacramento Symphony. He has performed with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argeric, Daniel Barenboim, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, Miroslav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, and Helene Grimaud among others. He has also had the fortune of performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls: Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the KKL Luzern, Boston Symphony Hall, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, and more. In addition to the previously mentioned orchestra positions, Craig has held/won the Fourth Trumpet position in both the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Morris is currently the Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Brass Program at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician. A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Ray Crisara (Professor, University of Texas), Glenn Fischthal (former Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Symphony), and Jim Wilt (Associate Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic).
Rebecca Wilt has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist. She has worked with many of the world’s prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country’s foremost vocalists, and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Wilt studied with John Wustman, “dean of American accompanists” and pianist for Luciano Pavorotti, as well as Jon Spong, pianist for Sherrill Milnes, and Jessica Paul. She has worked with singers Cynthia Lawerence, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Shirley Verrett, Cheryl Studer, Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Lane, Eleni Matos, Stuart Neill, William Warfield, and Scott Bearden. She has also served as pianist and vocal coach for several opera productions, including, La Boheme, La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, and Susannah, among others. In addition to degrees in vocal coaching/accompanying, Rebecca also holds two degrees in vocal performance.
Ms. Wilt has performed in collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has also been the premiere pianist for many of the nation’s wind-instrument conferences and competitions, including: the National Brass Symposium, the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the ARTS competition, the International Trombone Association, the International Horn Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the National Flute Association, the Music Teacher’s National Association, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Tromp Muziek Biennale, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. She frequently gives workshops and master classes at universities and colleges all over the country on topics involving vocal coaching, instrumental chamber music, rehearsing with a pianist, and the competition road. Currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, she is also on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire, as well as appearing as guest artist at various festivals all over the world.