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 has played with Colby Symphony Orchestra and Odeon Adult Orchestra at Bay Chamber Music School. Maho enjoys working with young, aspiring flutists and is in the process of becoming certified to teach Suzuki flute. She also plans to return to school to pursue a B.M. in flute performance. 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; and Jim Nga, piano. Nurturing music studies (violin, viola, piano, and organ) in her two daughters ages 13 and 9 is an integral part of her life. She is also a private caregiver for young children and the elderly.
Sophie Davis received degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied with David Bowlin. Sophie is a passionate chamber musician and has participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program, as a soloist with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, and with her sister on NPR’s From the Top. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, Sophie was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. In addition to pursuing research, Sophie taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa. Sophie divides her time between musical performance and pedagogy, working as a crew member on tall ships, and working for the Pemaquid Oyster Company. She currently teaches strings at two music schools in Maine and is a member of the Halcyon String Quartet - an ensemble dedicated to using music and the arts to cultivate environmental stewardship.
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, plays in the Odeon Adult Orchestra, and will begin music studies at Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University in the fall.
Nora Willauer is a passionate musician, devoted not only to her instrument, but to the relationship between music and community. She has performed as a soloist with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, with the Liceu Cello Ensemble, and this spring she will play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the University of Oregon Orchestra. Recent collaborations include a partnership with Oberlin acting professor Heather Anderson Boll to bring Bach’s music to restorative yoga practice and a partnership with a Maine-based non-profit to create songs from spoken word stories. Nora currently studies at Cleveland Institute of Music with Mark Kosower. When she is not playing music, Nora enjoys outdoor activities such as surfing, running, sailing, and climbing. She has sailed over 5,000 miles offshore, run a Boston Marathon qualifying time, and completed a sponsored winter thru-hike of Vermont’s Long Trail.
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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