We are a classical chamber music group of five friendly professional musicians based in State College, Pennsylvania. The core ensemble is a trio of flute, violin, and cello. We also include 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 in August. We are looking forward to working with PSU faculty member and composer Stephen Hopkins in a commissioned work for the quintet.
WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC AND EVENT MUSIC We offer duo or trio combinations for wedding ceremony music, cocktail receptions, banquets, private parties, and memorials. We have all the wedding standards including the popular Pachelbel Canon in D, light classical, opera themes, and arrangements of popular tunes in our repertoire. Our 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 via Dwolla.com.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH Each May we participate in National Chamber Music month by presenting educational concerts as members of Chamber Music America. We call it "How to Hear Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show." We've had a terrific response at schools, libraries, and adult living centers to these programs. The programs explore the unique qualities of a variety of styles in an intimate setting.
We are especially pleased to announce grant support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians for May 2014. With this support Allegria Ensemble will present five trio performances at schools in Centre County.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Spring wedding season is coming and our calendar is filling up. We are now accepting bookings over a year in advance.
School programs at Corl St. Elementary, Houserville Elementary, Bald Eagle Middle and High School, Centre Hall Elementary and the Friends School are coming up in May and June 2014. We look forward to interacting with the students and sharing our passion for music making.
A performance with flute, violin, cello, and piano at Foxdale Village is coming up on April 8, 2014 from 7-8 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. We like performing at Foxdale because it's a gem of a hall with great acoustics and very comfortable audience seating! It's also very easy for handicap access.
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 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
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