Lindsay Williams (Principal Clarinet/Orchestra Manager) began working with Shakespeare Opera Theatre (SOT) in 2016 as clarinetist, marketing assistant, and music arranger for the orchestra for SOT’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. She taught private saxophone and clarinet in Northern Virginia for nine years, where her students consistently placed in top chairs in All-District Band auditions, and received Superior and Excellent ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival. Lindsay continues to work as a clinician and coach in the area and is excited to mentor the students at Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School for the Arts.
Evan Schefstad – studied violin at George Mason University under Ed Johonnott and Dr. Laura Kobayashi. He currently works as an orchestral strings specialist at Foxes Music Company where he is able to introduce and guide aspiring string players into the world of music.
Rosalie Morrow, flute, a native of NYC, holds a BA from The City University of NY. She is former principal flute of the Regina Opera. She has been teaching in N. Va for 19 years, including playing with The Manassas Ballet Theatre. She is also a piano accompanist for the Fairfax County solo/ensemble festival.
Jeff Kahan, oboe/english horn, is a native of the DC Metro area and received his music performance degrees from Rice University and University of Texas before returning home in 2000. He has performed with Avanti, the Metropolitan Orchestra at Montgomery College, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, the JCC Orchestra of Greater Washington, and the McLean Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kahan currently performs with Washington Balalaika Society, the Go-Go Symphony, and the Morpheus Chamber Players.
Daniel Rivas studied violin performance in the National Music Conservatory in his home country Lima – Peru. Has been an active participant in symphony orchestras for 15 years. Beginning with the National Children and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Peru and more recently Mr. Rivas has been a member of the Washington Metropolitan Phylarmonic, Symphony of the Potomac and American University Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 in addition to violin, Mr. Rivas has started viola studies.
Mark is delighted to be part of The Shakespeare Opera Company and their production of “Falstaff.” Mark comes from a varied background of playing horn with orchestras, operas, musicals and working with groups from students to professionals. He has had the privilege of working with such groups as The Arlington Players (VA), The McLean Orchestra (VA), Charleston Symphony (SC), Reston Community Players (VA), Fairfax Wind Symphony, and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (NC) to name a few.
Katie Chambers is an accomplished and passionate cellist and teacher. Her playing, called “heavenly” by Joel Markowitz. Katie Chambers has played on various television shows and at many prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kimmel Center, The Strathmore and The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Ms. Chambers graduated with her undergraduate degree in cello performance from University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Lisa Bloy (Associate Director) is delighted to be working with Shakespeare Opera Theater again. She has been a regular with the company since very early in it’s existence, coaching and sometimes conducting, and at other times playing in the orchestra. She has also been involved with Loudoun Lyric Opera and with George Mason University’s opera program. She is currently a vocal coach at GMU, and in the past, has been on the faculties at Pennsylvania State University, Olivet College, and Blue Lake Fine Arts and has served as music director at Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, and locally, at the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. She is an active recitalist in the area, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. She resides in Haymarket, VA with her husband and two children.