Sabrina Hu, flute
[B.M., Mannes College of Music; M.M., Royal Northern College of Music; D.M.A., Michigan State University]
Sabrina Hu has enjoyed an exciting international performing career in many prestigious venues. Recitals have been in Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, Beijing University, the Central Conservatory of Music in China, and recitals in Seoul, Korea. Sabrina’s performances have been broadcast live on BBC and RTHK radio and TV. Her performances have been described as “warm, sensitively balanced and flexible” with “emotional engagement…expressive depth” by the Irish Times.
Dr. Hu has taught at Lycoming College in PA, the National University of Ireland, and as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University. In addition to performing and teaching, Sabrina has worked in several orchestras, including the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Wexford Opera Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Iris Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Sabrina’s early studies were at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. She then attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Keith Underwood. Further studies were at the Royal Northern College of Music with Peter Lloyd in Manchester, England and then for the DMA degree at Michigan State University with Richard Sherman. Sabrina is also founding Co-Artistic Director of the Walled City Music Festival, a chamber music festival in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Rena Feller, clarinet
[B.M., Oberlin College; MM., Julliard]
Rena Feller has been E-flat/Second Clarinetist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1986. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree at Juilliard, where she studied with David Weber. From 1991 to 1999 she was principal clarinet with the Berkshire Opera. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Feller has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions. She maintains an active private teaching studio in Memphis.
Courtenay Harter, oboe/English horn[B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut]
Dr. Harter is an active freelance musician in the Mid-South region, including the Delta Chamber Players (MS), Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra, and principal oboe with the Germantown (TN) Symphony Orchestra. She has performed the Donizetti Concertino for English horn with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra (MA) and the Rhodes College Orchestra. In February 2006, Dr. Harter performed the Eastern United States premiere of Craig Phillips′ composition for oboe and organ, Night Song, with the composer.
Previous teachers include:
- Carolyn Hove (Principal English horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
- Grover Schiltz (former Principal English horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Ray Still (former Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Elden Gatwood (former Principal Oboe, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
- Nancy Dimock (Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston)
- Calvin Hampton: Variations on "Amazing Grace" for English horn and organ
- Libby Larsen: Kathleen, As She Was for oboe and harpsichord
- Craig Phillips: Night Song for oboe and organ or harpsichord
- Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
- Joseph Rheinberger: Andante Pastorale
- Leo Sowerby: Ballade for oboe and organ
- Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in C minor, RV 53
Dr. Courtenay Harter also teaches music theory and coaches chamber music.
Susanna Whitney, bassoon
[B.M. and Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music]
Susanna Whitney is currently the acting Principal Bassoon of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Northwestern Beinen School of Music, where she studied with John Clouser and Christopher Millard. She has played with the Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony. She participated in the Kent/Blossom and Pacific Music Festivals.
Carl Wolfe, saxophone
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Wolfe began his musical career performing with local “Philly” groups and worked as a studio musician. In the spring of 1964 he enlisted in the United States Navy and began as a Navy musician. During his tenure he became a featured soloist with the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the “Commodores” in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wolfe’s post Navy solo career includes performances with Ray charles, Doc Sevrenson, James Williams, Marvin Stamm, Arturo Sandoval and many other jazz artists as well as solo performances with several symphony orchestras including the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Wolfe works as a studio musician, arranger/composer and is co-founder and co-director of the Memphis Jazz Orchestra. They have recorded two CD’s Life on Beale Street (featuring several of his arrangements) and Big Band Dance Party. Mr. Wolfe’s 1997 Jazz CD release Reed Between The Lines received critical acclaim in several media publications including Jazz Times magazine and was nominated for a Grammy.
Also a music historian, he has researched, arranged and authentically re-orchestrated Music Aboard The Titanic, which is featured at the Wonders, Inc. Traveling Titanic Exhibit and W. C. Handy’s Beale Street (Way Down South Where The Blues Began) which recreated Handy’s Beale Street band using the exact instrumentation and style of the period.