Micah Behr received his Doctorate in Viola Performance at UW Madison where he studied viola with Sally Chisholm and collaborative piano with Martha Fischer. His compositions and transcriptions have been premiered by the Madison Bach Musicians, Stoughton Chamber Music Festival, Trio With(out) and the Griffon String Quartet. He also composes music for Geneva Campus Church where he serves as Music Director.

Philip Bergman is a cellist, musician, and educator based in Northwest Illinois. Highlights of his wide-ranging career thus far include collaborating in performance with Yo-Yo Ma, sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with a chorus of ten thousand on national television in Japan, creating and implementing a residency of interactive performances in a memory care facility, soloing on Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, performing alongside rapper Vic Mensa, and playing under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.
Philip is the principal cellist of Orchestra Iowa, where he performs orchestra and chamber concerts, as well as participating in educational concerts in concert halls, schools, and public libraries across the state. Philip is also principal cellist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and a section cellist in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to moving to Northwest Illinois, Philip was a Civic Fellow and cellist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing orchestral and chamber concerts in Symphony Center and across the city of Chicago, planning and implementing interactive concerts in schools. Before his time in Chicago Philip was a cellist and Vorspieler in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan.
Philip received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Brandon Vamos, cellist of the Pacifica Quartet. He then went on to complete a Master of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Uri Vardi.

Multifaceted performer-creator Lucas Blekeberg explores music traditions and innovates around them.
As a violist and occasional violinist, Lucas has performed chamber music across Denmark, Canada, and the United States. After working with string quartets and assisting the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, he was recently appointed Associate Principal Violist of Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Section Violist with Des Moines Symphony. Lucas currently freelances with a variety of ensembles and teaches privately in the Upper Midwest.
As a fiddler, mandolinist, and singer, Blekeberg is a folk and roots musician, performing as a collaborator and solo artist. Also a multi-genre improviser and composer, he shares progressive music live and digitally. His session work has included a Polaris Prize and Juno Award-winning album. His rhythm piano-oriented singer-songwriter EP will be released later in 2023.

Lucas hails from Northeast Iowa, where he studied with Erik Sessions and Tarn Travers and co-founded Bread & Butter String Band. After studying at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Lucas earned degrees from McGill University in Montreal, The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where his teachers included Felicia Moye, Steven Dann, Lars Anders Tomter, and Asbjørn Nørgaard.

After nearly a decade abroad, Lucas returned to Iowa in 2023, where he works on creative projects which can be followed on his social media. Catch him in concert with orchestras, chamber ensembles, folk bands, and as a multi-genre solo artist.
Wisconsin Violist Madlen H. Breckbill lived in Berlin (Germany) for four years working as an orchestral trainee with Konzerthaus Berlin, as the violist of the TAÏGA String Quartet in Denmark and as a chamber music trainee with Villa-Musica in Rheinland Pfalz. As an orchestral player, Madlen toured China and Japan, and performed under the batons of Sir Roger Norrington, Leon Fleisher, Christian Eschenbach, & Ivan Fischer. As a chamber musician, Madlen has performed across Europe, Canada, and the US, collaborating with Martin Beaver, Ernst Kovacic, Steven Dann, and cellist Richard Lester (to name just a few).
Since her return, Madlen has performed with the Midsummer Music, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, The Happenstancers in Toronto, and on countless recitals. In early 2023, she toured with trio with(out), premiering works by Nahre Sol and Micah Behr, alongside trios by Brahms, DU YUN, and Kurtag. 
This summer Madlen will solo with the Itasca Orchestra in Minnesota, participate in the Bach Dancing Dynamite Society, and perform at Under the Spire in PEI.
Madlen is a graduate of UW-Madison where she studied with David Perry, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she studied with Paul Kantor, Barry Shiffman, Erica Raum and Steven Dann. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Viola performance at UW-Madison with Prof. Chisholm as a Collins Fellow.
Madlen founded the Stoughton Chamber Music Festival in 2019.

Hailed for his “technical prowess [and] perfect conveyance of…wit, humor, and effect” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), clarinetist Brad Cherwin is one of “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack). His playing has been lauded as “astounding” and “a total success … as flexible in tone as possible” (Calgary Herald). 
Highlights of Cherwin’s most recent season include performances with Barbara Hannigan as an Equilibrium Young Artist at the Lunenburg Academy, and a sold-out European recital debut at Hamburg’s Tonali Saal with Ema Nikolovska, Hagar Sharvit, and Daniel Gerzenberg. Cherwin will be returning to LAMP as an EQ Young Artist again in fall 2022.
Cherwin is the Co-Founder and clarinetist for Toronto’s West End Micro Music Festival. After a fully sold-out first season, the festival is returning for its second season, minMAX, featuring some of Toronto’s boldest artistic voices and exhilarating music by Julia Wolfe, Nahre Sol, Steve Reich, Eleanor Alberga, and many others.
Cherwin is the Co-Director of The Happenstancers, a Toronto-based ensemble that features “an obscene amount of talent” (The WholeNote). Their concerts have been praised as “superbly planned, with a rich banquet of textures and colours…Next time these people throw a recital, run, don’t walk” (Lydia Perovic, Definitely the Opera).
Cherwin is extremely grateful for generous support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts.
Sought-after cellist Ryan Louie enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. Ryan has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America including Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, and Taiwan, in renowned venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Weill Recital Hall, and Japan’s Suntory Hall. Festival appearances include the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Cello Akademie Rütesheim, Great Mountain Music Festival in Pyeong Chang, Pacific Music Festival, and the Palazzo Ricci Montepulciano Festival. Ryan studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. When not playing the cello, Ryan enjoys following the NBA, working out, cooking, and spending time with his wife and three cats. He is currently a member of the Kalara String Quartet and a Technical Solution Engineer at Epic Systems
Alex Norris currently resides in Iowa City, IA, where he plays in various ensembles including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Quad City Symphony, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Earlier experiences include serving as Second Violin in the Permian Basin String Quartet in Midland, Texas, as well as being a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Alex has an extensive history in chamber music, ranging from attending the String Quartet Program of FEMUSC in Santa Catarina, Brazil, to collaborating on the Mendelssohn Octet with the Pacifica Quartet. 
My name is Keera Sytsma, and I am going to be a Junior at Vel Phillips Memorial High School in Madison. Music is my passion, especially playing guitar and singing. In my free time, I enjoy writing lyrics and jamming out with fellow musicians. This past year I formed a band with classmates and named it “2much”. We performed in three shows during the year and had lots of fun. My goal in life is to spread the love of music to others and encourage them to appreciate the arts as much as I do.