Melissa Lindon, flute
Melissa is an active freelancer and teacher in the Washington DC area. She has served on the music faculty at Howard Community College and the Music Institute at HCC since 2003 upon completing her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University. She earned her BMus (honors) and MMus degrees from Boston University, and was a finalist in the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Also a certified yoga teacher, she leads “Yoga for Musicians” workshops nationally.
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 performed with The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” for 33 years and retired in 2011. He continues to freelance. Robert received his Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in performance from The Catholic University of America.
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.
Shane Iler, French horn
Shane grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he attended the prestigious Youth Performing Arts School. He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Indiana University. He regularly performs with The McLean Orchestra as principal horn and with the newly formed and growing conductor-less Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. Shane is also proficient at the natural (valve-less) horn, which he studied on grant from his university.