Dawn Walker, Flute; Elizabeth Prior, Viola; Sarah Voynow, Harp
Jean Marie Leclair: Trio Sonata, Op. II, No. 8
André Jolivet: Petit Suite for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Jacques Ibert: Deux Interludes
Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
Sarah Voynow began playing the harp in Hawaii and began formal music studies three years later at 9 when her family moved to Ogden, Utah. Two years later, Sarah honed her ear training and improvisation on a practical level and learned to rely on customers humming favorite standards while playing for the teatime service after school at the Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho. Later on, she received Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Music of Arts degrees at The Juilliard School under Susann McDonald and later, Nancy Allen. Sarah toured and recorded with clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman, and Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd in addition to playing and recording with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony, chamber music with Columbia Artist Management and various Broadway shows. She has won several awards including 1st prize at the Lyon and Healy International Jazz/Pop Harp Competition in 1991. Selections of her newest jazz album, “I’m Just A Lucky So and So” with drummer David Rokeach and bassist Pat Klobas can be heard on radio KCSM FM91.
As a freelance musician, she has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, television, motion picture, and gaming recordings at Skywalker Ranch and the San Francisco Opera. She is a soloist on recordings with The SF Gay Men’s Chorus, San Francisco Girls and Boys Chorus, and music for Grace Cathedral’s labyrinth walk with Musica Divina. Sarah has had the pleasure of performing with Jon Faddis and The Stanford Jazz Orchestra, Ray Charles, hip-hop band The Coup, SF Punk Rock Orchestra, Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Barry Manilow, and other popular artists. Sarah can also be heard on the Advanced Brain Technologies records utilizing classical Music For Babies, which won several awards including Parent’s Magazine Choice Award and improvising a harp solo with bassist Ken Miller to the film soundtrack, Two Lovers.
Currently, Sarah teaches a mindfulness stress management group at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Celebrated flutist Dawn Walker is principal flute of the Monterey Symphony and a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras for more than 20 years. Ms. Walker toured the United States for two years as principal flute with the SF Opera’s touring group, the Western Opera Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She is on the flute faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View and has taught classes at San Jose State University.
Ms. Walker received her Master of Music degree with distinction in performance and academic honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has studied with Julius Baker, Frances Blaisdell, Keith Underwood, and Claude Monteux.
An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and is the associate principal violist with Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic, Germany (Associate Principal), and Cape Town Symphony, South Africa. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra.
Elizabeth tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has toured with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Other solo and chamber music engagements include Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and Chamber Music San Francisco. She is a member of the Farallon Quintet. She gave regular viola and piano recitals for 13-years with Maestro Donald Runnicles.