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Ric Becker, low brass and trumpet

Ric Becker is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in low brass including trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and trumpet. A graduate of Mannes College of Music as a student of both David Finlayson and David Taylor, is work ranges from classical and jazz to pop and contemporary styles. He has toured or recorded with Postmodern Jukebox, Easy Star All-Stars, the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, contemporary classical ensembles Contemporaneous and Mimesis Ensemble, and more. He has appeared on screen including MTV, VH1, Hulu, and Amazon Studios.

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Maureen Kelly

Maureen Kelly is a native of Wisconsin who carries her midwestern roots around her home country of the United States and beyond. She recently obtained her Master’s in cello performance from the University of Kentucky studying with Benjamin Karp, where she was a member of the fellowship graduate quartet, and taught extensively in the area as a private teacher, chamber coach, and at an El Sistema based program called MusicWorks. She completed her first degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Uri Vardi, where she was a founding member of the scholarship Perlman Piano Trio. Maureen has performed and studied abroad, including time spent playing as a substitute cellist in the Costa Rica National Symphony, and studying privately at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She has attended a variety of summer music festivals, including the Luzerne Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kent/Blossom, Jerusalem Summer Strings Institute, AIMS in Gratz, Austria, the Brevard Music Festival, Scotia Fest, and Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses. As a chamber musician, she has performed alongside artists such as William Preucil and Scott St. John. Maureen was a 2015 Banff Winter Musician in Residence. She recently moved to New York and is happy to be beginning her time at River Arts.

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Sayuri Lyons

Sayuri K. Lyons has performed extensively throughout North America and Asia. A native of Osaka, Japan, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a graduate degree after completing undergraduate studies at Osaka College of Music. During her time on the West Coast she was active in studio and TV work, recording or performing on such hit shows as Boston Legal and Jay Leno and touring as a member of Enya’s stage orchestra. Currently residing in Brooklyn, she teaches at the Hamilton Madison House and Japanese Children’s Society and works with her ensemble, the Lyons Chamber Players.

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Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore (French horn) is an international musician with a diverse and prolific career as a horn player and musician.
Recently she held the Associate Principal Horn position with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and was first horn on the North American tour of Les Miserables. Her freelance work includes playing with the London Symphony Orchestra (and other major symphony orchestras in the UK), numerous Broadway shows in NYC, as well as session work for Marvel, Disney, Pixar, Sir Paul McCartney, Josh Groban, Mumford and Sons, and others.

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Ansy Francois

Ansy Francois is a woodwind specialist based in the New York area. He has studied saxophone, oboe, clarinet, and flute. His specialized study include a bachelor’s degree with focus in jazz saxophone, and a master’s degree in multiple woodwinds. He has performed locally and with national tours including “Love Never Dies,” opera vocalist Terry Barber, and the Holographic Roy Orbison Orchestra. Venues include international concert series, jazz clubs, and stadiums across the country. He is currently active in the New York area with various groups ranging from symphony orchestra, jazz ensembles, and several Broadway productions. Through his experiences in various settings, he has performed with great artists such as Phil Woods, Catherine Russell, Alan Gilbert, etc, in venues including Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Small’s Jazz Club, and more.

Ansy is currently on faculty at the Stevens Institute of Technology Co-op school and the Tonal Art Music Center.

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Amy Garapic

Amy Garapic (Percussion) is an energetic soloist, chamber musician, educator and adventurous producer who continually seeks to explore the role of percussion in today’s music and culture. With a strong passion for the creation of new work, her performing is split between the Brooklyn-based powerhouse percussion trio, TIGUE, and the “focused and ferocious” new music chamber orchestra Contemporaneous.

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Gabriel Globus-Hoenich

Percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich blends a multitude of musical influences together in his work as a performer and educator. During his residency, audiences will explore rhythms, melodies, songs, and dances from around the world, ultimately discovering the inherent joy of music and culture. A Montreal native, Gabriel is now based in New York City where his career continues to reflect a deep love for the worlds of jazz, classical music, and world music. Gabriel has performed on drumset and percussion with a wide variety of artists including Morgan James, Jim James, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Omara Portuondo, Telmary Diaz, Roberto Fonseca, Tirso Duarte, Steve Hackman, Tessa Lark, the Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, among others. He collaborates frequently with Teddy Abrams and the Sixth Floor Trio, serving as principal percussionist and education director at the trio’s chamber music festival, GardenMusic, in South Miami. An active composer and arranger, Gabriel has written for Achilles Liarmakopolous of the Canadian Brass, grammy nominated Tiempo Libre, and the Louisville Orchestra. In 2018, Gabriel performed Julia Wolfe’s percussion concerto riSE and fLY with Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra with the composer present.