The Orchestra


Violin

Lucinda Marvin

Lucinda Marvin

Concertmaster

Lucinda Marvin teaches violin at MacPhail. Her love of chamber music began when she was in the seventh grade. Today, she shares her passion with her students, some of whom have gone on to join major orchestras both in the United States and abroad. Lucinda is a well-respected freelance violinist in the Twin Cities area who performs on both baroque and modern violin. Read more »

Lindsey Bordner

Lindsey Bordner

Violin

Lindsey Bordner began studying the violin at age 7. Born and raised in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Sally O’Reilly, and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Yehonatan Berick. Read more »

Theresa Elliott

Violin

In addition to being a member of Lyra, Theresa Elliott is a founding member of the Aurora String Quartet. She has appeared as a soloist with other chamber groups such as the Bach Society of Minnesota, Music St. Croix, and Arius Chamber Music Society. She has also performed with Philomusica, the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Valley Community Orchestra. Read more »

Margaret Humphrey

Violin

Violinist Margaret Humphrey maintains a vibrant freelance schedule based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the country. A featured concerto soloist with several local orchestras, Humphrey is also a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Read more »

Marc Levine

Violin

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Marc is a founding member of the baroque chamber music ensemble Flying Forms and, in addition to frequent performances, is in residence with the group at Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and with Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Marc is also a member of Early Music New York, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia and other various local and regional series. Read more »

Spencer Martin

Violin & Viola

Spencer Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and Europe. An active chamber and orchestral musician, he performs frequently in the Luther College Piano Quartet and serves as the festival violist at the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival (Utah). He has appeared as guest violist with the Pro Arte String Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio, Read more »

Conor O’Brien

Violin

Since moving to the United States from his native Ireland in 2004, Conor has built up an eclectic professional portfolio. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Conor has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys playing chamber music and has performed with various ensembles throughout the Twin Cities. Read more »

Miriam Scholz-Carlson

Violin

Miriam Scholz-Carlson is a founding member of Glorious Revolution Baroque and plays regularly with both the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and the Bach Society of Minnesota. This season she will also be performing with the Newberry Consort in Chicago. Miriam counts David Douglass and Marc Destrubé as her most significant teachers of baroque violin. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in violin performance Read more »

Joanna Shelton

Violin

Joanna Shelton is an Eastman-educated freelancer who has performed extensively with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, at the Guthrie and Children’s Theatres, and has taught at St. Olaf College and the College of St. Benedict. For her, teaching violin is fostering the DIY movement: “making your own music just has to earn WAY more cosmic points than listening to someone else’s expert studio work.” Read more »

Mary Sorlie

Violin

Mary Sorlie is a performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. She is a frequent guest conductor and string clinician in the Midwest, and she is currently on the conducting staff of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, where she conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. Her passion is working with young musicians. Mary taught violin and coached chamber music at the college for nearly 20 years. Read more »

Ginna Watson

Violin & Viola

A Minneapolis-based violinist and early music specialist, Ginna Watson performs with The Rose Ensemble and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, as well as with many early music productions in the Twin Cities. She has appeared on many early music series throughout the United States, as well as the Boston, Indianapolis, and San Antonio early music festivals. Internationally, Ginna has performed in festivals in Germany, Spain, Italy and France. Read more »

Elizabeth York

Violin & Viola

Elizabeth York, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, is a member of Lyra Baroque Orchestra and has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and as guest concertmaster of Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. She is the concertmaster of Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra, and she served as guest concertmaster of Rochester Symphony Orchestra in March and May of 2015. Read more »

Viola

Jennifer Kalika

Viola

Jennifer Kalika received her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She studied baroque playing styles with Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette while performing in the Eastman Collegium Baroque Orchestra. While residing in Rochester, NY, she performed professionally in Aire de Cour, a baroque chamber ensemble. Read more »

Cheryl Zylla

Viola

Cheryl Zylla has been playing with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra since its second season. She performs with chamber music groups throughout the Twin Cities and has also performed throughout North America, with the Vancouver, Boston, Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Duluth, and South Dakota symphonies, as well as the American Bach Soloists. Read more »

Cello

Charles Asch

Cello

Charles Asch performs cello recitals, chamber music recitals, and with orchestral ensembles in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. He performs on a German baroque cello from the early 1700s, and a modern cello by Gary Davis in New England, 1996.  He has performed several recitals focusing on the Baroque/early classical repertoire, featuring Sonatas by Boccherini, Vivaldi, Geminiani, as well as solo cello works by J.S. Bach and Dall’ Abaco. Read more »

Julie Elhard

Basse de violin, Viola da gamba

Julie Elhard appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Read more »

Laura Handler

Cello

Laura Handler is an internationally active musician. She has performed with the La Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica and La Orquesta Sinifonia del Estado de Mexico, and she was principal cellist with Las Solistas de San Jose (Costa Rica). She was also professor of cello at the University of Costa Rica. State-side, Laura has performed chamber and orchestral music with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. Read more »

Tulio Rondón

Tulio Rondón

Cello, Viola da gamba

Cellist and gambist Tulio Rondón performs throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early, as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Read more »

Bass

Sara Thompson

Bass

Sara Thompson plays modern double bass, Baroque bass, and G violone. She studied at CSU with Dave Potter of the Denver Symphony before transferring to The Juilliard School where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music as a student of Homer Mensch. For two years she was an Ear Training teaching fellow at Juilliard under Rebecca Scott. Read more »

Bassoon

Joseph Jones

Bassoon

A charismatic soloist and chamber musician, Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age 12. In 2013, he was awarded a McKnight Foundation “Next Step” grant to explore his love of baroque music and the baroque bassoon. Also an active composer, he has performed and recorded with rock, folk, and jazz, as well as art-music groups, and his compositions span a range of genres, including collaborations with singers, songwriters, film makers, and choreographers. Read more »

Bill Sherfey

Bassoon

Flute

Immanuel Davis

Flute

Flutist Immanuel Davis is a highly versatile performer and innovative teacher. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, MoMa’s Summer Garden Series, Noonday Concerts at Trinity Church, and the Meet the Virtuoso series at the 92nd St Y. As a member of the New York Flute and Harp Project, he has performed with harpist Park Stickney at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. Read more »

Paul Jacobson

Flute

Paul Jacobson has had a multi-faceted career as a soloist and teacher. Known for his expertise on the baroque and classical flutes, he has been featured with many ensembles, such as: Milwaukee Baroque, the Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, among others. He is a Lyra co-founder, and also served for many years on the board and as Executive Director. Read more »

Oboe

Stanley King

Oboe

A former faculty member of the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College and currently at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, oboist Stanley King is a well-known performer around the world. He received both a B.A. and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and also pursued studies in Historical Performance Practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Read more »

Kathryn Montoya

Kathryn Montoya

Oboe

Kathryn Montoya earned her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. Ms. Montoya has performed with many ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Ensemble Arion, the Cleveland Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Chicago Opera Theatre, Aradia Ensemble, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Apollo’s Fire, Montreal, Washington Bach Consort, and Wiener Akadamie (Austria). Read more »

Ellen Rider

Oboe

Ellen Rider studied both baroque oboe and recorder at Oberlin College Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute from 1984-1992. Her teachers on oboe have been James Caldwell, Grant Moore, Peter Kelly and Stanley King. On recorder she has studied with Paul Leenhouts, Hans Tol, Martha Bixler and Shelly Gruskin. She has been part of Lyra’s Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently President. Read more »

Recorder

Cléa Galhano

Recorder

Internationally renowned Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician. Among other important music festivals, Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome. Read more »

John West, recorder

John West

Recorder

John West makes things with music, words, and code. He holds a BA in Philosophy and a Performance Degree in Historical Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory. He is the co-founder and technical director of Et Cetera Gallery, a Chicago-based micropress that creates digital and IRL narrative experiments using a variety of media. He is an MFA candidate in nonfiction writing at Bennington College. Read more »