"Your group was AMAZING!  I now wish I had them for more than an hour.  They were wonderful to listen to, had fantastic personalities and even got my goofiness when I stopped in the aisle to make sure I heard more of their song before the ceremony began.  Thank you!"
~Krista, April 2014
"Thank you for such a spectacular opportunity.  The children are writing you thank you notes.  They were so impressed!"  
~3rd grade teacher at Corl St. School, 2014
  
"Thank you so much for the beautiful concert tonight! " ~Priscilla, Foxdale Village, 2014
Allegria Ensemble
814-237-0979                      allegriaensemble@comcast.net

...is a classical chamber music group of five friendly professional musicians based in State College, PA.  The core ensemble is a trio of flute, violin, and cello.  For concerts we add two more musicians for a variety of mix and match combinations of flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, violin, viola, cello, and keyboard.

IN CONCERT
We perform a variety of styles that range from baroque to contemporary music. We enjoy collaborating with living composers and creating our own arrangements. We perform concerts in central Pennsylvania for Music at Penn’s Woods, the Penn State University Palmer Museum for the Moments of Change series, Music at McCann, 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 performed for Music at McCann recently.


WEDDING CEREMONY and EVENT MUSIC
We offer duo or trio combinations for wedding ceremony music, cocktail receptions, banquets, private parties, and memorials.
We have all the standards including the popular Pachelbel Canon in D, light classical, opera themes, and arrangements of popular tunes in our repertoireOur FAQs will give you information about how to choose music and musicians to hire.  You can also hear samples of our music. Contact us for a custom price quote.  For your convenience, we now provide an online payment option.

We're enjoying the busy summer wedding ceremony season! New this month are several pop tune added to our repertoire.  We now have trio arrangements of Yiruma "River Flows in You", Bruno Mars "Marry You" and Michael Buble "Everything".  


EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
We present a program called "How to Hear Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show."  We are encouraged by enthusiastic responses from audiences at schools, libraries, and retirement communities. We tailor the program to the audience and explore the unique features of many short pieces in a variety of musical styles in an intimate setting.

If you have five minutes, watch this video to see how we interact with students and perform a most unusual Waltz by Peter Schickele.

School programs for National Chamber Music Month this spring took us to Corl St., Houserville, Rebersburg, and Centre Hall Elementary schools and to the State College Friends School. 

In 2014 we are especially pleased that these performances were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a
state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 



We also receive funding support from the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians.

WHAT'S COMING UP

Wedding season is upon us! We are accepting bookings into 2015 for those of you who like to lock in way ahead.

Allegria has been invited to perform next season at Foxdale Village and for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County chamber music series.  Dates will be posted as soon as they're available.


THE PERFORMERS

Cat
hy Collinge Herrera, Flute, holds both a D.M. degree in Performance and World Music Certificate from Florida State University. She has performed 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 throughout South America. She taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Conservatorium in Perth, Australia and at Valparaiso University, IN.  She currently teaches at Juniata College and privately in her home studio.  She is a Rostered Artist for the PA Council on the Arts with Galaxy Arts in Education. She performs with the Nittany Valley and Altoona Symphonies, Music at Penns Woods, Camerata Amistad, and From the Heart duo.

Debbie Trudeau,
Violin, 
performs regularly with the Williamsport Symphony, Music at Penn's Woods, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Nittany Valley Symphony.  Past appearances as Assoc. Concertmaster with the Altoona Symphony included a solo performance in 2008.  She received her M.M. in Performance from New England Conservatory after studies with Dorothy DeLay. She was Associate Concertmaster with the Glimmerglass Opera and a member of the Syracuse Symphony.  Formerly 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, she enjoys the opportunity to explore the intersections of music with other topics.

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, the 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 Alexander Technique.