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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 (Cello) 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 (Violin/Viola) 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.

She has performed with the El Paso Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and numerous other Southern California Orchestras. She has played concertmaster with the Osaka Opera Club, Fresno Opera, Bronx Symphony, Nimbus Ensemble, Opera a la Carte, Guild Opera and the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles.

In addition, Sayuri has credits as an orchestrator and concertmaster for Hollywood film scores. She has appeared on the Tonight show with Enya and in numerous feature films, TV shows and Videos.

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Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore (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 (Saxophone/Woodwinds) is a multi-instrumentalist that specializes in saxophones, oboes, clarinets, and flutes. He has performed in genres spanning from classical to jazz to rock. An active performer and educator in the tri-state area, Ansy pursues the goal of “playing good music with good people.

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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.  

She has worked closely generating new sounds with composers Robert Honstein, Jason Treuting, and John Luther Adams; has performed alongside Ensemble Signal, So Percussion, NEXUS, Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and pop icon David Byrne; and has traveled to make music in Jordan, Mexico, Paris, and most recently India alongside Grammy award winner AR Rahman.  

Amy also finds great value in exploring the relationship between performer and audience through musical community events.  This year she united over 200 musicians from 24 cities and 7 countries in “A Worldwide Day of In C,” a 14-hour live-streamed celebration of 50 years of Terry Riley’s pioneering minimalist work.  This, following her 2012 production of “A Worldwide Day of Vexations”  joining over 100 percussionists in an 18-hour, live-streamed marathon of Satie’s monumental work.  She has also produced multiple performances of John Luther Adams’ 100-percussionist Inuksuit, and was featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone after leading two successful seasons of hand drum lessons for inmates in Rhythm on Rikers.  

Amy serves as lecturer at both Dartmouth College and Keene State College while also teaching through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music working with elementary school students.  Her summers are spent working as Operations Director and facultry at the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar.  She is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets. 

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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.

In 2017 Gabriel founded People of Earth, a 15 person Latin fusion group filled with some of NYC’s best musicians representing a myriad of countries.  People of Earth has performed at Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall and other top NYC venues.  For more information visit www.peopleofearthmusic.com

In addition to his work in the orchestral and jazz music worlds, Gabriel has completed extensive world percussion studies having studied Afro-Brazilian percussion in Salvador, Bahia with Gabi Guedes and Mario Pam, as well as Cuban percussion with Girardo Piloto, Rociel Riveron, and Adonis Panter.   

Gabriel continues to work as a teaching artist for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Philadelphia Orchestra, 92nd Street Y, and Marquis Studios.  He was formerly a teaching artist with Play On Philly! as well as musician-in-residence at The Please Touch Museum.  He is a co-founder of PlasticBand, a community drumming group based in Harlem, New York and received a Carnegie Hall NeON Arts Grant to build this program.   He is a 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Robert van Sice.