Maho Hisakawa started piano lessons when she was 5, then started on the flute at age 10. In 2012, after a 15 year break, she returned to music and made it her focus. She founded Windfern in 2016 and plays for weddings, receptions, and services all over Maine year-round. She plays with Colby Symphony Orchestra and is substitute flutist for Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with Odeon Adult Orchestra at Bay Chamber Music School for a number of years. Maho plans to return to school to pursue a degree/certificate in flute performance and looks forward to teaching young flutists. Meanwhile, she loves to collaborate with other musicians in the community. More recently, she has worked with Nathan Hillman, viola; Patricia Stowell, piano; Barbara Kemp, piano; Jim Nga, piano; and Suki Flanagan, harp. Nurturing music studies (violin, viola, piano, and organ) in her two daughters ages 13 and 9 is an integral part of her life.
Kay Allan started on the cello at age 5 with a new cello Suzuki group in Michigan. She played all through school, taking lessons with the same teacher that started the group. After taking a break in her 20s because of children and work, she took it up again after moving to Maine in 1989. Since, she has been playing at weddings, receptions, churches, and with Odeon Adult Orchestra.
Nathan Hillman started playing violin in 1998 with Janet Ciano, then switched to viola in 2006. He has studied under Gilda Joffe, Marc Johnson, Robert Dan, Kirsten Monke, and Malcolm Brooks. He was a member of the Calliope String Quartet, and Odeon Chamber Ensemble. Nathan grew to love chamber music while attending Kneisel Hall and Next Generation chamber music camps. He began composing when he was seven, continues to write and arrange music, and is a three time winner of the Bagaduce Composer Competition in Blue Hill. He was principal violist of Union College Orchestra and member of the Taiko ensemble. He currently coaches the Chamber Group Program at Bay Chamber Music School and plays in the Odeon Adult Orchestra.
Heidi Karod has been playing violin since she was 5 years old and never stopped, adding viola later. She began her studies at one of the first Suzuki programs in the U.S., at the University of Maine. She studied with Giorgio Ciompi at Kneisel Hall for two summers. A former member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, she has performed as concertmaster of the Nairobi Symphony and with orchestras in Japan and Peru, as well as with Maine Pro Musica and many others. Heidi's first love remains playing chamber music and sharing that with others.
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