Denis Karp, flute
A native of Baltimore, Denis Karp began studying flute at the age of 6 at the Peabody Preparatory. In 1989, he performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and James Galway on a two-week East Coast tour, playing John Corigliano's "Pied Piper Fantasy." He frequently records in studio as a member of The Washington Winds and is an active freelancer throughout the Maryland/D.C. area. Mr. Karp is the flutist in The Charm City Winds and The Gallery Winds woodwind quintets. He is the co-founder and co-director of The Gallery Winds Chamber Music Sumer Camp and has served as a chamber music coach for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Karp teaches private flute lessons through a private studio, Prince George’s Community College, and the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program, which provides free music lessons to Baltimore City students. Mr. Karp frequently performs at conventions and judges competitions and festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Denis Malloy, clarinet
Denis Malloy is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and composer happily making music ranging from classical, jazz, middle-eastern and cabaret to rock. Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., the AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. In the non-classical vein, he has performed with his own jazz quartet for various events at venues including the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Peabody Library. As a composer and improviser, he has composed music for several Silent Era films, both as an individual and in collaboration with the band Boister. He has performed live accompaniment to silent film at the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute (Silver Spring), Charles Theatre, Patterson Theater (Baltimore) and the Avalon Theater (Easton, MD) and the Virginia Film Festival among others. He appears on over a dozen CDs, including recordings by Persian Flamenco group The Roya Ensemble, Boister, and his independent project, TreeHouse Quartet, available at CDBaby and iTunes. Denis is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Robert Huffman, oboe
Robert was a member of The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” for 33 years and retired in 2011. He is Principal Oboist of the Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. Robert received a Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in music performance from The Catholic University of America. He has performed at leading venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall and the Bolshoi Opera. In 2012 he was named the Exclusive Double Reed Representative for the Wicked Edge Knife Sharpening System and has been a guest lecturer at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, The Metropolitan Opera, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman and Oberlin College.
Nancy Switkes, bassoon
Nancy performs regularly with the National Gallery Orchestra. She has been a chamber musician at The Kennedy Center and Strathmore Mansion. She performed with R&B legend Ray Charles at Baltimore’s Artscape. Her recordings include the sound track of the Discovery Channel’s TV documentary “GIs Remember,” and on the 2008 CD of the works of Jonathan Newmark. At the French Embassy, Nancy composed and performed an unaccompanied flute score for “Le Petit Prince.” Twenty-two summers at the Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East (Bennington, Vermont) inspired Nancy to form The Georgetown Quintet.
Al Rise, French horn
Al Rise accepted the horn chair in The Georgetown Quintet in 2022. He currently performs as an orchestral horn player with the Apollo Orchestra, and is a substitute player with the US Naval Academy Band, the Arlington Philharmonic, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Battle Creek Symphony. Al has also played as a soloist in 2011, with the Midland Community Orchestra, the Chemical City Band, and in 2015 with the Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Ensemble. Al is also a teaching artist for the DC Youth Orchestra Program.
Al began his studies in his hometown of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with Mary Beth Orr, a horn player in the Grand Rapids Symphony. He received his bachelor's degree in horn performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under the tutelage of former principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra, Richard King. In 2017, Al received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He has also attended Interlochen Arts Camp, Aspen Music Festival and School.