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ALUMNI 2005 - 2011

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Andrea Arredondo - Vocals
Sara Cassano - Vocals
Serena Corr - Vocals, Flute
Shivhan Dohse - Flute
Suzanne Duffy - Flute
Leah Lucas - Fiddle/Viola
James MacNamara - Bass
Kristen Madler - Fiddle
Fran Malinoff - Fiddle
Leigh Ann McLemore - Vocals
Linda Holland - Flute
Kevin Kinsella - Drums

Nick Moore - Drums
Emily Noble - Flute
Cliff O'Sullivan - Drums
Jon Pollay - Drums
Abigail Sten - Flute
Emily Sommerman - Fiddle
Jocelyn Tipple - Whistle


Andrea Arredondo

Andrea is the Thursday singer at Dargan's Irish Restaurant. Hailing from Santiago, Chile she has a sweet, dusky voice reminiscent of Diana Krall & Astrud Gilberto. With a repertoire of over 300 latin songs and over 3 decades of experience Andrea has enthralled our Dargan's audience as well as added gorgeous songs to each of the CDs. Her versions of "On A Sea of Fleur de Lis" on the Mists of Ennistymon CD and "Wind That Shakes the Barley" on the new Galway Train CD are just wonderful.

Sara Cassano

Sara recently joined Dannsair as our singer on Sundays at The James Joyce. Sara was studying music at SBCC with Linda Holland, and came to see us perform because she's friends with Kevin Kinsella. She is currently getting her degree at UCSB.

Serena Corr

Serena came to us from the sean-nos singing tradition of county Tipperary. She grew up singing in her dad's band in Clonmel and doing all of the Irish singing competitions. On the new CD The Galway Train she can be heard singing the haunting "Marrying the Sea" and the hilarious "Raggle-Taggle Gypsy."

Shivhan Dohse

Shivhan Dohse completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Northern Iowa studying under Dr. Angeleita Floyd, and her Master's of Music Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara as Jill Felber's Teaching Assistant. While in Santa Barbara, Shivhan taught undergraduate flute lessons, directed the flute choir, coordinated the UCSB 'Flute Focus' summer seminar and performed with Dannsair. 
Shivhan is currently Principal Flute with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and is the National Marketing & Sales Director for Miyazawa, USA. She also maintains a private studio and can be heard in performances with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Her flute duo,
In Sterio, recently released their first CD, Frequency.

Suzanne flute
Suzanne Duffy
Suzanne regularly performs with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra. She also performs in Florida with the Palm Beach Symphony and the Palm Beach Opera orchestra. Suzanne collaborates with classical guitarist James Edwards as Duo Solaré, and is a founding member of The Aurora Ensemble, an ensemble comprised of flute, viola, and cello.

A four-season member of the Miami-based New World Symphony, under the
direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Suzanne has also participated in such
festivals as the Music Academy of the West, the Festival-Institute at Round
Top (TX) and the Conservatoire-Americaine at Fontainbleau, France. She has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.

Her teaching positions have included Associate Instructor at Indiana
University, Teaching Assistant at SUNY-Stony Brook, and Visiting Faculty at
Indiana State University, Terre Haute. She has also performed with The Chieftains.

Linda Holland

Linda L. Holland, Ph.D. is a freelance flutist-composer based in Santa Barbara, California. She received her Ph.D. in composition and M.M. in flute performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, her M.M. in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and B.M. in flute performance from California State University in Sacramento. Her work includes teaching music at Santa Barbara City College, adjudicating competitions and coaching chamber music workshops, maintaining a private teaching studio, performing and recording music of many styles, and fulfilling composition commissions. Dr. Holland performs regularly with the Arcangelo Flute Quartet, the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Channel Islands Symphony, the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, the Santa Barbara Studio of Music, and in solo performances. She is a co-founder of Current Sounds, a chamber group that performs twentieth century music. The Santa Barbara Independent has described Dr. Holland as "a performer with a luscious tone and sure-fire technique." Dr. Holland's compositions have been performed in concerts and new music festivals across the United States and in Great Britain. Her piece Blessed Vocation for solo flute was a prize-winner at the International Festival of Women in Music in 1998, and was given its international premiere by flutist Jill Felber at London's Wigmore Hall. Dr. Holland's primary flute teachers were Laurel Zucker and Jill Felber. Her primary composition teachers were William Kraft and Elinor Armer.

Kevin Kinsella

Kevin plays the cajon and djembe with Dannsair. He is also the drummer for the Kinsella brothers band with Dannsair guest star, Brian Kinsella.

Leah Lucas

Leah Lucas (Detroit, MI) has been described by critics as a player that "possesses a major talent as well as a sunny, room-filling personality" (The Santa Barbara Independent). Leah performs as a soloist, an orchestral musician and a performer of contemporary music in a variety of genres, including premiering a work written for her by composer Timothy Beutler entitled Pursuit of Truth: For Solo Viola and Tape. She also served as violinist and vocalist in Dannsair, a popular Irish band local to Santa Barbara, which was featured with the Santa Barbara Symphony for their St. Patrick's Day celebration. Originally from Illinois, Ms. Lucas graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts Music Conservatory and continued her graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.

James MacNamara

James played bass with Dannsair. He is currently singing in the Quire of Voyces at SBCC under Nathan Kreitzer. He came to us from the SBCC Orchestra and a bluegrass group featuring Chris Cairns of Fireheart records.

Kristen fiddle
Kristen Madler

Kristen began classical violin studies with Edward Kreitman at the Western Springs School of Talent Education at the age of eight and later studied with Thomas Wermuth. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe with the prestigious Chicago Consort. In college, she continued her studies with Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville. Kristen began playing Irish music after moving to Santa Barbara in 2002. She continues to be inspired and enriched by the traditional Celtic Melodies. She has performed with Dannsair, Reel On The Ha'Penny, The Chieftains and Carlos Nunez.

Fran Malinof

Fran has been playing violin and fiddle in many different genres since she was 8 years old. Russ and Fran met 10 years ago through their children. Russ was performing fingerstyle blues in the classic Robert Johnson vein with his band The Self-Righteous Bros. Fran was doing a classical violinist gig with the City College Orchestra. They started playing together at the informal Irish sessions held at Russ’ house.

Leigh Ann McLemore

Leigh Ann is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. She sang with Dannsair while in Santa Barbara working for Lockheed Martin. Her voice can be heard on Dannsair's 2012 release, Breton.

Nick Moore Drummer
Nick Moore

Nick played drums for Dannsair. He studied music at SBCC, and recently moved to the Bay Area where he attends San Francisco State and plays with a pirate folk rock band, The Paper Boats.

Emily flute
Emily Noble

Emily is a freelance flute player based in Los Angeles. Emily has a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Louisville where she studied with Kathy Karr. She earned her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of California in Santa Barbara where she studied with Jill Felber. She won concerto competitions and performed as a soloist with the orchestras at both schools. She has maintained a private flute studio for the past ten years in Kentucky and California, as well as teaching master classes and flute classes in elementary and high schools. Her professional credits include releasing a CD with the Irish group Dannsair, performing in pit orchestras for Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, La Cantarina by Haydn, and a carzuela entitled Gigantes y Cabazudos, and performing chamber music with her soprano and flute duo called KIVA. In 2009 she performed a flute duo recital in England. She also plays various new music ensembles, weddings, and miscellaneous musical events. Creating beautiful music with great colleagues is Emily’s ideal vision for her work.

Cliff O'Sullivan

Cliff played drums with Dannsair. Cliff came to us from Linda Holland's SBCC music classes. He was also studying guitar with Kenny Sultan. He currently goes to college in Arizona.

Jon Pollay

A mysterious figure, Jon Pollay was the band's percussionist for a number of years. Along with Russ, Jon was a member of the Self-Righteous Brothers blues band before joining Dannsair.

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.

Emily Sommermann

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 Tipple

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 Lopez

Alicia is Dannsair's sound operator at The James Joyce, and general promoter of the band. She currently attends SBCC.

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