Flutist Abigail Sten has performed in a wide range of venues, from Salzburg’s Mirabell Palace to Santa Barbara’s James Joyce Irish Pub. She was a two-time finalist in the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, as well as a two-time winner of the conservatory’s Mock Orchestral Audition Contest. Sten is a member of the National Flute Association, and has performed with the NFA Professional Flute Choir at the organization’s national convention.
Sten holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Sharon Perschke, Mary Nelson, Beatrice Rentsch, George Pope, Alberto Almarza, and Jill Felber.
Abigail Sten currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, where she is the second flutist of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra and the YMF Debut Orchestra. She is in the Flute Masters Program at UCSB, studying with Jill Felber.
Previously the director of the Westmont
College Chamber Orchestra, Emily comes to us from a more classical background. Though she grew
up around folk and rock music in Long
Island she has never been in a traditional music ensemble
before. Emily was influenced by her older brother and sister
who introduced her to the Beatles, Peter, Paul & Mary,
the Doors, Cream, Moody Blues, etc. She also got exposed to
opera, swing, latin rumba, sousa marches and symphonic music
from her dad. Emily
has a master’s in Violin from the University of New
York at Stony Brook and has been performing and teaching violin
in the Santa Barbara area for over two decades. She currently
runs the Laguna Blanca string program and has her own violin
studio. An incredibly versatile performer, Emily can be sweetly
emotional on the slow airs as well as rhythmically intense
on the more up-tempo tunes.
Jocelyn performs on multiple woodwinds in Southern
California. She can be found playing in orchestral, theatrical
and recording settings. She has performed with the Santa
Maria Philharmonic, San Luis Wind Orchestra, Lompoc Pops,
Current Sounds New Music Consortium, Santa Barbara Civic Light
Opera, Music Theatre of Santa Barbara, PCPA, Swing Shift,
SBCC jazz band and as concert mistress to the Santa Barbara
City College Concert Band. Along with playing, Ms. Tipple
is a conductor, educator, arranger and maintains a busy private
studio of clarinet and saxophone students. Her heart is with
the sea and she can be found surfing all along the California
coast when she is not surfing the sound waves. Jocelyn plays
whistle and bodhran with us and keeps us laughing every night.
Alicia is Dannsair's sound operator at The James Joyce, and general promoter of the band.
She currently attends SBCC.