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. Stoughton Violist & Violinist 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 Bach Dancing Dynamite Society, Midsummer Music, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, The Happenstancers in Toronto, West End Micro Music Festival and on countless recitals. Madlen has performed as soloist with the Itasca Orchestra in Minnesota and UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of UW-Madison and the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Madlen has studied with David Perry, 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. Alex Norris is happily immersed in a diverse and exciting life as a chamber musician. Currently, he resides in Green Bay, WI, as a member of the Griffon String Quartet. In addition, Alex is a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Stoughton Music Festival, as well as the Quad City Symphony. Earlier chamber music experiences include being guest artist with Red Cedar Chamber Music in Cedar Rapids, IA, and being a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet in Midland, TX. Alex has a strong background in orchestral playing as well, having formerly been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin in the Illinois Symphony. He has been on faculty at St. Ambrose University and Abilene Christian University, and he taught with the Quad City Symphony private lesson program. He received a BA from the UW–Madison and an MM from Texas Tech University, studying with Felicia Moye and Annie Chalex-Boyle, respectively. Soprano Amanda Lauricella has been described as a voice with an “arching thrill to it” (Isthmus.com). Previous roles include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Goldie B. Locks in Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears, the Doctor in the world premiere of The Scarlet Professor, and Rosina in Opera for the Young’s The Barber of Seville. Additional projects include Cedar Rapids Opera, the Berlin Opera Academy, Fresco Opera Theatre, and Madison Choral Project. Amanda recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she published a vocal repertoire guide for collegiate voice teachers entitled, “Selecting Solo Literature for the Developing Classical Singer: A Pedagogical Repertoire Guide for Teachers of Voice.” Amanda was the 2021 recipient of the Charles and Helen Loeb Voice Award, a national semi-finalist for the 2021 NATS Artist Awards, and a finalist for the Musicians Club of Women 2023 Vocal Competition. She is currently working as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Carroll University and Beloit College and is touring with Opera for the Young as Beauty in Grétry’s Beauty and the Beast.