The concert was outstanding, enjoyable from beginning to end. I hope that we can program the Allegria Ensemble again.
~ J. Dunne
for the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
We are a classical chamber music group of five musicians based in State College, in central Pennsylvania. The core ensemble is a trio of flute, violin, and cello. For concerts we add two more musicians to create a variety of combinations of flute, oboe, English horn, violin, viola, cello, and keyboard.
IN CONCERT Our musical style ranges from baroque to contemporary music. We enjoy collaborating with living composers and creating our own arrangements. We've performed concerts in central Pennsylvania for Music at McCann, Music at Penn’s Woods, the Penn State University Palmer Museum for the Moments of Change series, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, The Bellefonte Historical Society, Juniata College, Schlow Library, and First Night State College. You can see a short video/audio excerpt of the J. C. Bach quintet we recently performed for Music at McCann. We are looking forward to working with PSU faculty member and composer Stephen Hopkins in 2014.
WEDDING MUSIC AND EVENT MUSIC We provide duo or trio combinations for your wedding ceremony music, reception, or banquet in central Pennsylvania. See our extensive repertoire for an idea of what we can offer you. FAQs will give you information about choosing music and musicians to hire. You can also hear samples of our music. For the convenience of our clients, we now provide an online payment option via Dwolla.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH We are members of Chamber Music America. Each May we participate in National Chamber Music month by presenting educational concerts for new audiences. We call it "How to Hear Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show."
We are pleased to announce grant support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts with a Project Stream grant for 2013-14. These funds will support five trio performances at schools in Centre County in May and June of 2014.
The Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians also makes these programs affordable at schools, nursing homes and free public programs.
Contact us if you'd like more information about hosting this program at your school or community venue.
THE PERFORMERS: Cathy Collinge Herrera, Flute, holds both a D.M. degree in Performance and World Music Certificate from Florida State University. She has performed solo, chamber and symphonic repertoire in the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Central and South America. A Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and founder of the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas.As artistic ambassador for the U.S. Embassy, she performed in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela. She taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium in Perth, Australia and at Valparaiso University, IN.Now in central PA, she teaches at Juniata College and privately in her home studio. She is a Rostered Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts with Galaxy Arts in Education. She performs also with the Nittany Valley and Altoona Symphonies, Music at Penns Woods, Camerata Amistad, and From the Heart duo.
Debbie Trudeau,Violin, performs regularly with local orchestras including the Williamsport Symphony, Music at Penn's Woods, the
Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Nittany Valley Symphony. She performed as Associate Concertmaster with the Altoona Symphony including a solo appearance in 2008. She received her M.M. Performance from New England Conservatory after studies with Dorothy DeLay and Dan Stepner. Prior to arriving in Pennsylvania, she was Associate Concertmaster with the Glimmerglass Opera and a member of the Syracuse Symphony. An enthusiastic teacher, she was the Director of Sinfonia and Violin/Viola instructor at Juniata College. She currently teaches private students on both violin and viola.A trained Teaching Artist in New York and for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she enjoys the opportunity to explore the intersections of music with other arts and social topics. She helped create the series Music at McCann featuring professional chamber ensembles in August concerts at the Fern Hill Pavilion.
Jonathan Dexter, Cello,received performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and University of Texas at Austin. Although classically trained, his professional work runs the gamut of styles and activities. Performance highlights include the Jimmy Fallon Show, the View, Fox and Friends, Rachael Ray, and live on Sirius/XM sattelite radio. Jonathan was featured by SONY Masterworks and Columbia Records with singer Megan Hilty at two sold out CD release shows (2013). Other performances include the Kerrville Folk Festival with David Amram (2011), hired by Eddie Vedder to perform Ukelele Songs (2012); and the TransSiberian Orchestra (2010-2013). Jonathan has been featured on film soundtracks for Bernie (2012), and A Scanner Darkly (2006). Jonathan produced strings for the 2011-2013 seasons of NBC’s Smash and composed the original score to the short film Recess; official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Diane Gold Toulson, Piano and Flute,
is well known to Central Pennsylvania audiences as principal flute of the Nittany Valley, York, and Altoona Symphonies. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, Ms. Toulson has performed in recitals and given master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe.She is a frequent performer at the National Flute Associations' national conventions. As a pianist, she has performed at the Cullowee Music Festival in North Carolina and with the Huntingdon Trio in Philadelphia, with whom she was involved in over 40 commissions.She is currently active in the Flute/Clarinet Duos Consortium commissioning new works for flute, clarinet and piano. Formerly on the faculty at Bucknell University and Juniata College, she currently teaches both flute and piano at The Music Academy in State College, PA.
Robyn Dixon Costa, Oboe and English Horn, plays
with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since
2001. She is also an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony
Orchestra and second oboist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and
the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra. Currently, she teaches in
the music departments of Penn State University, Bloomsburg University,
and Juniata College. Robyn holds a B.M. from the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, an M.M. from Temple University
and a D.M.A. from The Ohio State University. In addition to her musical
endeavors, she is a teacher trainee at the Philadelphia
School for the
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