From left: Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, Heidi Littman, Matthew Bachman
Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, clarinetist, has performed extensively as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States. Locally, she performs in the Annapolis Wind Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Chamber Players (ACP). As a founding member of ACP, and its Artistic Director and clarinetist, Phyllis works with colleagues to craft unique and appealing programs for mixed chamber ensembles. She has taught clarinet privately and coached chamber music ensembles from Michigan to Maryland. Currently she is on the faculty of Washington College. Phyllis received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, both in clarinet performance, from the University of Maryland-College Park, studying with Loren Kitt and Edward Walters. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Ignatius Gennusa and Sidney Forrest. In addition she has studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus and Anthony Gigliotti. As a researcher, Phyllis has done extensive research and archival work for the International Clarinet Association Research Center, written liner notes for music CDs, and published articles in The Clarinet and Clarinet & Saxophone, and the NACWPI Journal
Heidi Brown is a native of Sunnyvale, California. At the age of ten, she began her musical studies on the French horn. Heidi is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and received her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied horn with Douglas Hill. In addition, Heidi completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland-College Park, studying with Gregory Miller. Heidi has performed in many prestigious summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Las Vegas Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. Locally she performs with the highly regarded new music group, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Annapolis Wind Symphony. She is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Matthew T. Bachman
Versatility describes American Pianist Matthew T. Bachman. Winner of numerous competitions and soloist with several orchestras, Mr. Bachman is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying with the internationally recognized pedagogue, Dr. Cleveland L. Page. Bachman has also studied piano with Andre Watts, Mikhail Volchok, Rita Sloan and Rebecca Trout. He is the recipient of a full assistantship in piano technology. As an educator, Bachman maintains an active and talented teaching studio in the Washington, D.C. area, and in 2007, chaired the peer jury at the William Kapell International Piano Competition. In addition to his work as soloist and pedagogue, Matthew is also active as a chamber musician, working with some of the finest musicians on the East Coast. Mr. Bachman is a Mason and Hamlin Artist.