In addition to being the home of Opera in the Ozarks, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas has been a vibrant center of summer learning for vocalists and instrumentalists since its founding in 1950.
In response to the continuing challenges facing high school musicians during the COVID pandemic, the principal players of the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra recently made recordings of the required audition excerpts for the 2022 All-State music festivals in four of the states in our home region: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
Students, in these YouTube videos you will find performances by professionals which you may emulate. These teacher/performers offer helpful demonstrations and insights that will assist you to surmount challenges as you prepare a strong and successful audition.
Best wishes to all for a 2021-22 year of live music-making in your school ensembles and then state festivals.
Artistic Director, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point
– PLEASE NOTE: New videos will be added as they become available.-
Rachel Peters is an active performing musician and private instructor. Peters is the current Concertmaster of Opera in the Ozarks and serves as a member of the violin sections in Orchestra Iowa and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She holds faculty positions for violin, viola, and piano at Music House, Inc., Access Contemporary Music, MY Piano Study, and Terra Sounds School of Music. Peters has a passion for contemporary music and has performed the music of Steve Reich during multiple residency programs where she worked extensively with the composer, in addition to being a guest musician with the International Contemporary Ensemble. Her extensive performance career has led her to perform in Cambridge, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. She has participated in master classes with artists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax, Benjamin Zander, Timothy Lees, Joshua Bell, and Janet Sung. Peters completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Master of Music degree at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where she studied with Gabriel Pegis, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Dr. Won-Bin Yim.
Hannah Cartwright, a native of Wichita, Kansas, began studying violin at age three. In Chicago where she currently resides, Hannah has held assistant teaching and coaching positions at Lincoln Park High School and has taught for after school violin programs at Saint Andrew School and The Frances Xavier Warde School. Along with these positions, she has a private violin studio and does freelance gig work. In 2017, she completed her Masters of Music at DePaul University where she studied with Janet Sung. She has a Bachelors of Music from New York University where she studied with Gregory Fulkerson. This year marks her fourth season as a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has previously attended Bowdoin Music Festival, Round Top Festival, The Castleman Quartet Program, Eastern Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys baking sourdough bread and exploring the different neighborhoods and cuisines Chicago has to offer.
Dallas Carpenter graduated from the University of Arizona in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in string bass performance. He has played over 30 productions of operas and musicals for a variety of college theater companies across the nation. Last year, Dallas was one of six winners in The Ohio State School of Music’s Concerto Competition. He performed Giovanni Bottesini’s Bass Concerto No. 2 with The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra in February of 2020. Most recently, he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Music degree in String Bass Performance in May of 2021. Dallas plans to continue living and teaching inColumbus, Ohio where he will begin to pursue a PhD in Music Theory at Ohio State next Fall. Outside of music, Dallas enjoys hiking, kayaking, and most things outdoors. The Ozarks are his favorite playground for these activities!
Hannah Martineau is a Dallas-based freelance violist and a musical omnivore. She regularly performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as a substitute musician. She enjoys many diverse playing engagements ranging from chamber music recitals to rock shows. Ms. Martineau holds degrees from Rice University and Indiana University and has attended many music festivals including Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, and Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hannah enjoys hiking and misses the mountains when she’s in Dallas—but Texas has better tacos so it’s a fair trade.
Diane Chou is a teacher and performer in the Chicago area. She maintains a private studio of cello and piano students and taught for many years at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. She is a member of the 3+1 quartet which performs in the Chicago area and an alumna of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her BM from Wheaton College and her MM from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Her principal teachers include Richard Hirschl and Dr. Tanya Carey. She served as principal cellist in both the CCPA and Wheaton College Symphonies and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival with the 3+1 quartet in 2019.
During her summers, she has attended many music festivals including Castleman Quartet Program, Domaine Forget and the Meadowmount School of Music. She enjoys exploring the outdoors in her spare time and is looking forward to her first summer at Opera of the Ozarks.
Lisa Meyerhofer holds positions as Third Flute/Piccolo with the Omaha Symphony, and Second Flute/Piccolo with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She was Principal Flute of the Lexington Philharmonic, and has also played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Canton Symphony, and Southern Tier Symphony. Lisa was an award winner in the 2017 Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition, has twice been a quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and was a winner of the 2007 Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She received a MM in Performance from Northwestern University, and a BM in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College. Her primary teachers include John Thorne, Richard Graef, and Wendy Mehne. Lisa has maintained her own private flute and piccolo studio for seven years, currently teaching online lessons. When not performing and working on keeping her complicated music schedule organized, Lisa can be found reading, cooking, baking, making paper beads, and tutoring math and science. Lisa is a bookworm and opera nerd who will mark this summer as her 7th year with Opera in the Ozarks. Lisameyerhoferflute.com.
Orlando Scalia is the Bass Clarinetist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas as well as a frequent member of Orchestra Miami. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Scalia has taught the clarinet at all levels, from elementary through college. When not looking for the perfect reed, Orlando enjoys gardening, exotic dining, and growing impressive mustaches. This year marks his 8th summer as Principal Clarinetist, making him the current elder sage of the orchestra.
Austin Smith is currently the oboe instructor at the University of Mississippi where he directs the oboe studio, teaches oboe methods, coaches chamber music, and plays with the faculty woodwind quintet. As an orchestral musician, Austin is currently principal oboe with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Queen City Opera (Cincinnati). He was previously second oboe and English Horn with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for five seasons and has played with orchestras across the country including the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and many others. This is Austin’s third season as principal oboe of Opera in the Ozarks (coming back from a six-year hiatus after his first two seasons!). Austin also plays with the Maryland Chamber Winds, a chamber music collective based in West Maryland and can be heard on their most recent CD “Preludes and Recitations”. Besides teaching and playing oboe, Austin is an avid road cyclist (a quarantine hobby that stuck!) and enjoys spending time with his semi-fat cat, Shuri.
Andrea C. Baker is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previously, she held the positions of assistant principal/second bassoon with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia and Herzegovina and second bassoon with the New England Philharmonic. She is the 2021 winner of the University of Cincinnati wind concerto competition, and the 2017 winner of the Boston Woodwind Society Sherman Walt Merit solo competition. An avid chamber performer, her groups have been invited artists at the 2019 Stellenbosch Chamber Music Institute as well as at the 2018 Australasian Double Reed Society conference. She earned her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory studying with Boston Symphony principal bassoonist Richard Svoboda. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Penn State University, and her previous teachers include Daryl Durran and Shirley Curtiss. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys baking bread and spending time with her two adorable cats, and she is looking forward to her first season with Opera in the Ozarks.
Chase Teague from Frisco Texas, is an active performer and teacher in the DFW Metroplex. He has earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Texas Christian University along with his Master of Music and Graduate Performance Certificate from the University of Arkansas. While studying at the University of Arkansas, he won two scholarships from the ITG Scholarship Competitions. Chase has had the pleasure of performing with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith Symphony, Opera of the Ozarks, Ozark Family Opera Company and the Arkansas Brassworks. This will be Chase’s fourth summer as principal trumpet with the Opera in the Ozarks.
Michael Mesner is a current doctoral student in Horn Performance at the University of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Arizona. During his time at UA, he served as the hornist of both the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet and the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet. Michael plays second horn with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, and appears regularly with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous other groups in southwest Arizona. An avid educator, Michael has maintained a private studio in the greater Tucson area since his arrival in 2017. He works with students to help them develop their horn skills so that they will be able to rely on music making as a form of enjoyment and self-fulfillment for the rest of their lives.
Camden Scarborough is an active performer based in Chicago, Illinois and will be joining the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra for his first season as Principal Trombone. Camden received his Master of Music degree from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University, with a minor in Journalism. Camden has had a varied and successful freelance career performing in Orchestras and Musical Theatre productions in San Antonio, Austin and Chicago. As a high-school student, Camden was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program, and a two-year Texas All-State student. Camden loves to spend his spare time playing board games with his friends and hanging out with his marvelous cat, Ezra.
Sean Peter Bresemann is in his third year as a Doctorate of Musical Arts student in orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona. Sean was recently invited to conduct the Vidin Sinfonietta as part of an advanced conducting workshop in Vidin, Bulgaria. He has also been a conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival in 2015 and 2016. There he conducted in concerts with both faculty and student orchestras and worked in masterclasses led by Maestro Gerard Schwarz. He was appointed chief editor with Veritas Musica Publishing in 2019 where he also is a contributing composer. Sean holds a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of North Texas where he studied with David Itkin and a Bachelor of Music in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Randy Gardner.