Bergonzi String Quartet

Glenn Basham (Violin, Bergonzi String Quartet) is concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate Professor at the University of Miami (FL) where he teaches not only violin, but also one of the few courses in the country in improvisation for string players. He has performed as a soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, the Miami City Ballet, and Naples Philharmonic, among others, and has served as concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and performed with the Chester String Quartet. As a jazz player, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz and John Blake, and is featured on the Miami Saxophone Quartet's recording "Four More Giant Steps." Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University, he received First Prize in the Renaud National Honors Competition and was the only American violinist invited to compete in the 1988 International Bach competition in Leipzig, Germany. His compact disc "Aria" was released in 2006. Glenn plays a G.B. Ceruti violin made in Cremona, Italy, in 1810.

Laura Jean
Cellist/Guest Artist-Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends, Bergonzi String Quartet

Laura Deming is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Pine Mountain Music Festival and a cellist with Lyric Opera of Chicago.  During sabbatical years she has played Principal Cello with Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, conducted the Northern Michigan Univ. Orchestra and Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra, served as the first Artistic and Executive Director of the PMMF and conducted the ensembles at Cardinal Stritch Univ. where she was the founding cellist of the Clarus Piano Trio with pianist, Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, Music Dept. Chair, and Timothy Klabunde, violinist with the Milwaukee Symphony.

Laura graduated from Northwestern Univ. and did post-graduate work at the International Cello Centre in Scotland. She has performed chamber music throughout the Midwest and at the Sanibel Festival in FL. and is delighted to collaborate again with the Bergonzi String Quartet as they did a decade ago at the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami, and at Festival Miami at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  Last June Laura was part of the piano trio for Second City Guide to the Opera, a collaboration between Lyric Opera of Chicago and Second City.  

Musical Director-Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends

Jerry DePuit graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 and spent the next twelve years in New York City.  As a vocal coach, he taught at New York University, the American Academy of Vocal Arts, in the studios of Ora Witte and Felix Knight, and privately. 

As a musical director/pianist, he worked for many New York cabarets and theatrical organizations including the Grand Finale, the Ballroom, Reno Sweeney's, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Player's Club.  He has also musical directed and played in numerous regional theatres in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Michigan and twice for the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C.  He has appeared nationwide with cabaret artists from New York City to San Francisco, on the Holland America cruise line, and on the Tomorrow and Today shows.  He has accompanied artists in pop concerts and classical recitals in venues including the Little Carnegie Recital Hall. 

His work as an arranger and orchestrator has been heard on recordings, in pops concerts, theatres, and at the Metropolitan Opera House and Radio City Music Hall.  He has written a film score, orchestrated three original musicals (one by Joe Raposo and Sheldon Harnick), arranged and orchestrated four full-scale revues and many smaller ones, helped reconstruct the score of a 1948 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill, written arrangements for recordings, and done many new arrangements of extant works-both choral and instrumental.  He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan where he served on the faculty of the Musical Theatre Department for twenty-nine years.


Carrie Dlutkowski (violin, UPstarts!) grew up in the rural Keweenaw Peninsula, where she has been playing violin since the age of five.  This is Carrie’s fourth year performing with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, having played in the pit orchestras for Rockland (2011), Cosi fan tutte (2012), and in last summer’s Revue of Revues and Finnharmonic Symphony.

Carrie has been a member of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and has often served as the orchestra’s concertmaster.  She has played in the pit orchestras for the KSO/Michigan Tech Theatre Company’s collaborative performances of South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and selections from Swan Lake.  This past year, she was a violin instructor in MTU’s Visual and Performing Arts Department.

As a folk musician, Carrie performs throughout the western Upper Peninsula with the band White Water.  Also, she has studied with some of the preeminent fiddlers of traditional Canadian styles.  Last year, with her family band, she released her first recording, Still Winter Here, an album of fiddle music.

Bergonzi String Quartet

Scott Flavin maintains a busy and versatile career, whether conducting Classical symphonies, accompanying the world’s greatest jazz stars, or premiering new works.  He is Resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute and Music Director for the Miami Mozarteum.  He has appeared on the podium with such diverse artists as soprano Denyce Graves, The Beach Boys, Chick Corea, and Dave Grusin, among many others.  He was born and raised in Boston, where he received his early musical training, and then attended the Eastman School of Music. The HMI Chamber Orchestra, under his direction, received the 2013 Downbeat Magazine award for outstanding classical group.  His nationally-broadcast conducting debut, for the PBS television special, “Jazz and the Philharmonic”, aired in January of 2014.

As a violinist, he holds several high-profile positions.  Since 2002 he has been concertmaster of Florida Grand Opera, as well as for the Miami Bach Society. He performs nationally and internationally on violin and viola with Pulse Chamber Music, and is a violinist in the critically-acclaimed Bergonzi String Quartet, which is in residence at the University of Miami.  Previous positions include concertmaster of Miami City Ballet from 1997-2003, and violinist in the Rochester Philharmonic.  He has also been heard on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums, has recorded for labels including Naxos, Centaur, and M&W, and has released two solo recordings.  In addition, he is active as a composer and arranger, his works having been heard often on American Public Media’s Performance Today, and in concert across the country.


Bergonzi String Quartet

Ross Harbaugh (Cello, Bergonzi String Quartet) is Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Miami (FL). He studied with Janos Starker, Leonard Rose, Peter Howard in the United States, and Andre Navarra at the Paris Conservatory. Ross won the Naumburg Chamber Music Prize and a Prix du Disque with the New World Quartet and has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and London's Wigmore Hall. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Atlanta, Cincinnati, Keweenaw, Grand Rapids, and Canadian Chamber Orchestras. He has recorded for VOX, CRI, Musical Heritage, MCA Classics, Centaur, Fleur de Son, and IMP Masters. Ross was formerly principal cellist of the Grand Rapids and Toledo Symphonies, artist in residence at Harvard University, and has published articles on Ensemble Communication and "Tai Chi for Cellists," which explores balance, natural movement, and momentum in string playing. Ross teaches each summer in Italy at the Orfeo Music Festival. He performs on a Domenico Montagnana cello made in Venice in 1734.

Mezzo-Soprano, Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends, and Handel and Hoiby

Lyric mezzo-soprano, Holly Janz, is a versatile singing actress with a voice that is evenly blended with clarity, richness and warmth. She has performed with opera companies across the country including Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Skylark Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, and Union Avenue Opera Theatre (St. Louis).  Past credits include a variety of characters from the trouser roles of Cherubino, Hansel and Prince Orlofsky, to the ingénue roles of Nancy (Albert Herring) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow), to the more dramatic roles of Carmen and The Secretary (The Consul).  Ms. Janz brings a soulful interpretation to each of these characters and does so with commitment and a palette of vocal colors filled with emotion. In addition to her operatic stage credits, Ms. Janz is a compelling concert artist in both oratorio and recital.  Twice a national finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, she is the recipient of the Irma Cooper Award.

Dr. Janz, a native of Marshfield, WI, received degrees in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (BM), the University of Colorado (MM) and the University of Kansas (DMA, with honors), and is an associate professor of voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

David C.
Guest Artist-Organ Recital

David C. Jonies is Associate Director of Music and Organist at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, a position to which he was appointed in 2006. At Holy Name, David plays the Cathedral’s 4-manual Flentrop organ; one of the largest tracker-action instruments in the country, both in liturgy and concert, and also directs the renowned Holy Name Cathedral Summer Organ Series.

A native of Germany, he received his first musical training as a chorister and organ scholar at Metten Abbey in Bavaria. Subsequently, David was admitted to the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, where he studied with Gerhard Weinberger (organ) and Günther Kaunzinger (improvisation) and graduated with terminal degrees in organ and church music.

 In 2002, David was awarded a scholarship by the Royal College of Organists to pursue postgraduate organ studies with David Titterington and James O'Donnell at the Royal Academy of Music, and received the Academy's prestigious Performer's Diploma in 2004.

While in London, he also held positions at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and at Westminster Cathedral, where he worked with the world famous choir on a daily basis.

David was gold medalist at the Landau International Organ Competition in 1999, and recipient of the Alec Robertson Scholarship in 2003.

An active recitalist, he has been invited to perform in such distinguished venues as Westminster Abbey, Bamberg Cathedral, the London Handel Festival, the Bach Festival of Pusan (South Korea), the, Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and at the world's largest organ in Passau Cathedral.

Artistic Director

Toronto-born Joshua Major (Artistic Director) began his opera stage directing career at the age of 23 with La Cenerentola for Opera Omaha. Soon after, Mr. Major worked as an assistant to Rhoda Levine at Juilliard, Cynthia Auerbach at both Chautauqua Opera and New York City Opera and William Gaskill at the Welsh National Opera. Mr. Major has worked as a stage director for over 27 years throughout the United States and Canada developing an impressive and diverse repertoire of productions. Recent productions include the North American premiere of Rossini's La Gazzetta, La Perichole (Offenbach), Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), La Traviata (Verdi), The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek), Falstaff (Verdi) and The Turn of the Screw (Britten) Recent productions for IVAI include Les mamelles de Teresias (Poulenc), L'Impressions de Pelleas (Brook/Debussy), Le tragedie du Carmen (Brook/Bizet) and La Fille du Regiment (Donizzetti). In August 2012 Mr. Major accepted the position of Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston after completing 20 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan where he oversaw the Opera Program, both teaching and directing. Joshua Major has proudly been the Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival since 2003 and continues to be a stage director and faculty member with the International Vocal Arts Institute in both Montreal and Tel Aviv, where he has directed annually, since 1993.

Bergonzi String Quartet

Pamela McConnell (Viola, Bergonzi String Quartet)is recognized as a concert violist, an adjudicator and master teacher. She has gained notoriety as a result of her arrangements for String quartet of Saint Seans' Carnival of the Animals, Babar, the Little Elephant, by Poulenc, and The Legend of the Loon with music by Sibelius, and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues throughout North and South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and Korea, and in the United States. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and an M.M. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under such luminaries as Walter Trampler, Leonard Shure, George Neikrug, and Andor Toth. Ms. McConnell and her arrangements can be heard on the Orion, Bergonzi, Fleur de son, Naxos, Living Artist, Audiofon, and Centaur labels.

Accompanist/Coach - Miles Mykkanen Recital, Handel and Hoiby Opera Concert

Regarded as a conductor of authority and warmth, Joseph Mechavich is known for his exceptional artistry and infectious energy which he brings to every performance.  Maestro Mechavich recently presided over Jake Heggie’s highly acclaimed opera, Moby-Dick, for both San Diego Opera and Calgary Opera as well as productions of  Il barbiere di Siviglia for The Washington National Opera, Porgy and Bess for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Roméo et Juliette for Florida Grand Opera. Engagements for the 2013-2014 season included La bohème for Kentucky Opera, L’Incoronazione di Poppea for New England Conservatory of Music, Tosca for Dayton Opera, La traviata for The Florentine Opera, and Madama Butterfly for Calgary Opera. Upcoming engagements for 2014 and beyond include a return to Calgary Opera for Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Fidelio and A Street Car Named Desire for Kentucky Opera, and Die Zauberflöte for Opera Colorado, as well as a concert appearance with the Columbus Symphony.  On the concert platform, Maestro Mechavich has led performances for the Florida Orchestra, The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. He has collaborated on ballet productions with the Orlando Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet (CT) and Sarasota Ballet.

Tenor- Miles Mykkanen in Recital and Handel and Hoiby

Tenor Miles Mykkanen, a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, received his bachelor's degree and continues his graduate studies at The Juilliard School as a Toulmin Foundation Scholar under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.  2013-14 season highlights include Lensky in Juilliard Opera’s Eugene Onegin conducted by Matthew Aucoin, American Voices festival at The Kennedy Center, a live-streaming master class with Renée Fleming, and the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Cantata with the Juilliard Dance Division.  Mr. Mykkanen has worked with Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Franz Schubert Institut, Opera on the Avalon, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Recent roles include Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata with the National Symphony Orchestra, Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari's Le donne curiose, and Il Contino Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.  Appearing regularly with the New York Festival of Song, Mr. Mykkanen has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Peter J. Sharp Theater, and Carnegie Hall. 

Mr. Mykkanen was awarded the Joseph W. Polisi Prize at Juilliard's 2013 commencement ceremony, for exemplifying the school's values of the "artist as citizen."  He is also the recipient of Juilliard's Lucrezia Bori Grant for language studies, Interlochen's Young Artist Award, and the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition.  In addition to his musical studies at Juilliard, Mr. Mykkanen is actively involved in student life.  He currently serves as the chair of the Student Council, a Colloquium peer-mentor, a member of the Judicial Board, and a writer for The Juilliard Journal.   

Anne Jennifer
Soprano-Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends, and Handel and Hoiby

Anne Jennifer Nash is heralded as an exceptional light-lyric soprano with an “uncommon beauty of expression and musicianship.” As Laurie in The Tender Land, New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini reported “The ardent soprano Anne Jennifer Nash vividly captures Laurie's sensual yearnings.”

2013-2014 engagements for Ms. Nash include performances of the Brahms Requiem, Haydn’s Parkenmesse, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a recital with mezzo-soprano Holly Janz and pianist Stephen Sulich, masterclasses at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and Hope College in Holland, MI, and the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Alice in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

She has appeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florentine Opera, Opera New Jersey, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lancaster Opera, Bard SummerScape, Aspen Opera Theater, Lake George Opera and the National Opera Company in the roles of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nanetta in Falstaff, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Despina in Così fan tutte.

In 2011, Ms. Nash was in residence at SongFest at Pepperdine University as the ‘Distinguished Alumna,’ and gave the world premier of Libby Larsen’s “Donal Oge,” commissioned for her by SongFest. Her recording of the work will be released in 2015.

Ms. Nash is Assistant Professor of Voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has undergraduate degrees in Music and French literature from Dickinson College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

Ms. Nash is very excited to be performing with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and its many distinguished artists!

Violin-Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends

Marianne Saarivirta-Kolpack was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan where she has been playing violin since the age of nine. Marianne performed with the PMMF in 2013 as part of the Finnharmonic Symphony during Finn Fest. Marianne has been a member of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and has also performed with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

Marianne is very active in her Finnish heritage and performs with the trio Mid Summer Strings. The summer months keep her busy playing at weddings and other events. During the school year, Marianne is an early childhood educator and is lead teacher at Superior Central Schools in a Great Start Readiness Program in Eben, MI. Marianne currently resides with her family in Skandia, MI. 

Soprano-Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends, and Handel and Hoiby

Soprano Lucy Thrasher has performed throughout the Upper Midwest as soloist in opera, oratorio, recital and symphonic works.  Favorite opera roles include Susanna (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Musetta (Puccini’s La Boheme), Gretel (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel) and the title role in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. She is associate professor of voice and opera workshop at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and since 1998 has been the Director of the Resident Opera Artist Program at the Pine Mountain Music Festival.  At PMMF, Lucy has been heard as Susanna, Musetta, as soloist in Sibelius’ Luonnotar with the Pine Mountain Symphony and as Desiree in A Little Night Music.  Last season she sang Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, both with Fargo Moorhead Opera.  This is Lucy’s 18th summer in the Keweenaw, one of her favorite places in the world.


Tory Wood was born and raised in Escanaba, MI where she was active in music and theater at Escanaba High School and is the daughter of Escanaba residents Brian and Ann Wood.  Last Spring, Tory graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree and has recently completed her first year of coursework for a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor studying under Stanford Olsen.  Recent performances have included the roles of Ms. Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, at Lawrence, 1st Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at U of M, and she looks forward to playing Kitty in their Fall 2014 production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.  This summer, Tory will be splitting her time between the U.P., New Zealand and Australia on a concert tour with the Chamber Choir from U of M under the direction of Jerry Blackstone.  Tory is very excited and honored to be back for a second year as an UPStarts representative for the Pine Mountain Music Festival!