Uli Speth

A native of Germany, Uli completed his undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria as student of Harald Herzl. Uli participated in numerous performance classes given by Yfrah Neaman, Thomas Brandis, Jaap Schroeder, and Nicolaus Harnoncourt among others and, after moving to the US, earned his Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. He was a student of Felix Galimir from whom he received both violin and string quartet training. An active orchestra musician, Uli serves as first violin associate of New York City Opera and has performed with various other orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. This year marks Uli's tenth season as first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet with whom he has played concerts throughout the US, has commissioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet and performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Texas. As part of its residency this group maintains a vital presence in the New York community by offering a series of recitals and also giving outreach concerts for children in public schools in the South Bronx, Harlem, and the Lower East Side. Uli's recent solo and chamber performances have been praised by critics for his "brilliant sound and facile fingers" (

Austin American Statesman) and "gorgeous tone and stunning technique" (Salzburger Nachrichten). Uli is first violinist of the recently formed novo4tet and this will be Uli's third season as concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Dana Huyge

Dana Huyge is a successful orchestral musician who currently holds seats with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Glens Falls Symphony, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Binghamton Philharmonic, where he holds the David and Florence Niermeyer Chair of Principal Violist. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Eastman schools of music, where he studied with Yizhak Schotten, and George Taylor and Peter Slowik respectively. He has received additional coaching from such artists as CJ Chang, Robert Vernon, Cynthia Phelps, Donald McInnes, Simon Carrington, Susan Dubois, Edward Parmentier, Carol Rodland, Andrew Jennings, the Takacs Quartet, 8th Blackbird, Time for Three, and members of the Ying Quartet. Mr. Huyge is constantly engaged in chamber and solo recitals, including his one year appointment as violist of the Rochester based quintet Gibbs & Main. Additionally, he was a part of of the Sullivan Viola Quartet, featured at the banquet of the 2012 International Viola Congress. Colleagues have praised his playing, calling him a "wonderfully musical, accurate, dedicated and alert artist."

M.W. Degan
Jazz Bass

M.W. Degan

M. W. Degan graduated from Hartwick College with a B. S. in Music Education in 2011 and will earn his M. M. in Music Education from Boston University in 2016.  Since 2011, he has taught orchestra and guitar at Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi, as well as directed productions of The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, and Bye Bye Birdie.  M. W.'s educational philosophy centers upon bringing students' musical identity into the classroom and into the community.  M. W. regularly chairs All-County and Area All-State orchestra festivals in Central New York since 2012.   Since 2013, M. W. has taught jazz bass at Hartwick College and directed Hartwick's Jazz Combo, The Grooveyard Shift.  M. W. is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and has served as the faculty advisor to Hartwick College's chapter since 2014.  He also has a research interest in ethnomusicology of rural Southeast Asia, particularly the music of the Akha Hilltribes.  In addition to his educational work, M. W. performs regularly with a variety of acts spanning rock, pop, jazz, classical, and musical theater, including performances with Sonny Turner, the Scintas, Gary Puckett, the Buckinghams, the Catskill Choral Society, and productions of Burlesque to Broadway, Guys and Dolls, Annie, and others. His performing experience has featured upright and electric bass, drums, guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice.  M. W.'s most recent performance was of Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio at Hartwick College.  

Ben Whittenburg

Ben Whittenburg graduated from Colgate University and continued his studies at Boston University. He has been an active freelancer in New York City since 1981 playing with such groups as the Orchestra of St. Ignatius and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has also played in many Broadway shows including "Guys and Dolls," "Forum," Thoroughly Modern Millie," and currently in "Hairspray" and "Wicked". Ben spent a year in Naples, Italy playing in the opera orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo. He now resides in Roxbury, NY and teaches cello at Hartwick College. He continues to play in Glimmerglass Opera, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Choral Society, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and chamber music concerts with the Little Delaware Chamber Players.

Jered Egan

Double Bass

Jered Egan has spent the last thirty years as a professional freelance musician -equally at home on the concert stage, in a Broadway pit or at many cabaret boîtes around town. Concert work has included performing with the American Composers Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Chamber Symphony and the New York Pops as well as a season with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, he has appeared with the Royal Ballet Orchestra, toured the U.S. and Asia with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and has held the position of principal bass with the Berkshire Opera, the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Italy and with the Martha Graham Dance Company. As a chamber musician, he has worked with Bargemusic, the North Country Chamber Players, the New York Viola Society and at the Monadnock and Manchester Music Festivals.

Jered spent fifteen years working on Broadway and his pit orchestra credits include shows from Phantom of the Opera to The Producers. He made his onstage Broadway debut playing and singing in An Evening with Jerry Herman and also appeared onstage in Patti LuPone on Broadway.

In the cabaret field he plays an annual two-month engagement with Andrea Marcovicci at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room and has also appeared with her at the Savannah Music Festival, Philadelphia’s Prince Theater, and as the inaugural act at Miami’s Performing Arts Center. He continues to perform regularly in New York City at the Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and The Metropolitan Room. Among the singers he has worked with are Polly Bergen, Faith Prince, Teri Ralston, Gregg Edelman, David Campbell and Jeff Harnar. He has also appeared at the Kennedy Center with Liz Callaway and, with Liz and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, is playing at venues across the country in support of their recently released CD Boom! Live At Birdland. A regular performer on the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y, he also plays for many singers at New York’s annual Cabaret Convention, held at Town Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2006 he was honored to be selected by Backstage Magazine to receive its Bistro Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist for his work in cabaret.

For the last seven years he and his partner Martin have made their home in the western Catskills town of Delhi, NY where they have opened the West Branch House Bed and Breakfast. Mr. Egan holds two degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Homer Mensch, and completed his training with fellowships at Tanglewood, Waterloo and the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy. He is presently an artist in residence in the music program at Hartwick College.

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Karlinda Caldicott


Principal harpist with the Catskill and Schenectady Symphony Orchestras, Karlinda Caldicott received a glowing review in 2005 for her performances of Debussy's Danses Sacrée et Profane and Maurice Ravel's Introduction et Allegro with the Schenectady Symphony.

A former principal harpist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Karlinda has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and has performed concertos by Handel, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and Caplet with a variety of musical orchestras and/or ensembles. She has toured Europe with the New York Harp Ensemble and in the U.S. with her flute and harp duo, Iridescence.

Karlinda's journey toward becoming a versatile freelance musician began while she was still studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She amassed a great deal of experience during her years living in New York City, and today she performs all over the Capital Region and beyond for a wide variety of engagements. In addition to her experience as a performer, Karlinda has also served as Personnel Manager for the Albany Symphony Orchestra and has taught elementary strings in public schools. In addition to being a resident artist in harp at Hartwick College, she is also adjunct harp instructor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, and teaches a variety of private students of all ages and interest throughout the Capital Region as well as in Oneonta.

Karlinda has a B.M. in Harp Performance with a Minor in English from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Dennis Turechek
Classical Guitar

Dennis is an active performer and composer. He has written several compositions for guitar such as “Five Studies for guitar,” “Fugue in C Minor,” “Suite in G# Minor,” “Theme and Variations,” “Ten Tone Tune,” and “Etude for Five Guitars.” He is the founder and past president of the Classical Guitar Society for Upstate New York and has recorded two solo albums “Dennis Turechek Plays Dennis Turechek” and “Nine Views from the Bridge.”

Familiar to many in the area as one third of the jazz improvisation trio From the Bridge, Dennis Turechek is an accomplished classical and jazz guitarist with an extensive solo and ensemble career. In addition to his current position on the staffs of Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, Dennis has taught music and guitar at the Catskill Conservatory, the Brooklyn Music School, and the Metropolitan Music School. He has performed for the Glimmerglass Opera productions of The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, and Falstaff. He has also performed with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and the Catskill Chamber Players.
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