Brian Clague, Music Director, violin/viola
Brian Clague began performing professionally at age 15. Midwest raised, he did his undergraduate work at Montana State and University of New Mexico, then studied with noted pedagogues Kato Havas in London and George Neikrug in Boston.
Brian has toured throughout the US, Europe and Japan. In recital, he has appeared as both violinist and pianist at the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He frequently records, including Boston public television productions at WGBH, movie scores and backup on major releases.
Brian is an avid chamber music player. On his nights off he enjoys hosting chamber music parties with other professionals in his home. Fengsate Chamber Players, a collaboration of these free-lance musicians, grew out of these many happy sessions.
In addition to his work with Fensgate Chamber Players, Brian has appeared throughout New England with the Olmsted Ensemble, Copley Chamber Players, Art of Music Chamber Players and Ensemble St. Germain.
Brian has often served as concertmaster for area orchestras and choral societies, including Boston Chamber Ensemble, Symphony Pro Music, Worcester Symphony, Civic Symphony of Boston, Brookline Symphony and New Philharmonia Orchestra. As an orchestral player, he has appeared in most of the major concert venues throughout New England, with the Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Boston Academy of Music, New Hampshire Symphony, Worcester Symphony, Granite State Symphony and Indian Hill Symphony.
Brian plays for major headliners such as the TransSiberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Jethro Tull, Wayne Newton, Peter Cetera, Manneheim Steamroller and the Irish Tenors.
In addition to playing violin and piano, Brian has a professional background as a choral conductor. His sense of tempo, ensemble and musical timing provide strong, reliable leadership to the Fensgate Chamber Players.
Mary Carfagna, cello
Cellist Mary Carfagna, who studied with George Neikrug and Ronda Ryder, has appeared as a classical soloist with the North Shore Philharmonic, Trinity College Concert Series and the Elizabeth Carpenter Concert Series. She has recorded with the blues/rock band Code Blues, songwriter Karl Sharicz and with pianist Barry Gould in the gospel trio album “Selah". She also recorded music for the 2009 documentary “A Saint in My Garden".
Mary began performing non-classical solo cello in central Massachusetts after being asked to play several “cello only" venues in 2004. Wanting to enhance her repertoire, she started creating her own arrangements of “popular" tunes. She is now on a quest to find the perfect electric cello to supplement her acoustic instrument. Mary currently also plays with folk band Riverbend, Thayer Symphony Orchestra and classical trio Mas Musica.
Greg Gettel, trumpet
Greg Gettel received a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory in 1995, and a Master’s Degree (Honors) from the New England Conservatory in 1998. His primary teachers include Byron Pearson, Timothy Morrison, and Charles Schlueter. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and has been coached by members of the Empire, Atlantic, and American Brass Quintets. Greg has given recitals at Trinity Church in Copley Square and at King’s Chapel, and has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, Emerson Majestic Theater, and Harvard’s Sanders Theater. Greg has appeared with the Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Back Bay Chorale, New Hampshire Symphony, Reagle Players, Sigma Brass Quintet, Paramount Brass Quintet, Boston Chamber Ensemble, Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra, Triptych, Emmanuel Music, and the contemporary ensemble, Auros. He has been heard on WGBH on Live Performances with the New England Conservatory Honors Brass Quintet and on the radio program From the Top.
Greg has toured South Africa and Zimbabwe as a soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and has performed with them in Ely Cathedral in Cambridge, England and under the baton of John Rutter. He is a founding member of the Forte Brass Quintet, which has toured Vermont public schools twice in the past two years. As an educator, Greg is on the faculty of Phillips Academy in Exeter, and the South Shore Conservatory of Music where he is coordinator of the outreach program - Arts Partners, trumpet instructor, and chamber music coach.
Adam Workman, flute
Originally from Vergennes, Vermont, flutist Adam Workman graduated from the Boston University College of Fine Arts where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance. During his college career he had the good fortune to study with some of the finest flutists teaching today. In this capacity, his primary influences include Marianne Gedigian, Jacques Zoon, James Walker, and Linda Toote. Additional influences include Louis Moyse, Steven Finley, and Paula Robison. In addition to orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout New England, Mr. Workman has appeared at the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, the Flynn Theater, the Lake Placid International Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and on Vermont Public Radio.
Robert Bethel, cello
Since receiving a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Ohio State University in 1986, Robert Bethel has led an active and varied musical life, studying privately with William Conable, David Darling, Einar Holm, and in master classes with Margaret Rowell, Carter Brey, Mick Carrera, Myles Jordan, and David Clampitt. After retuning to the Boston area, he has performed with the Lexington Sinfonietta and many other area orchestras. Recent recordings have included Forrest Larson's Solitary Motion for solo cello and Jobe's Riverrun for string quartet. Rob has collaborated with choreographer Dawn Pratson at the Longy School of Music and at Dancers Courageous in Gloucester. A founding member of Babemba (an African dance and drumming ensemble), Rob has collaborated with such diverse groups as Perishable Theatre (Wozzeck), the Brown University Dance Extension, the Pan-Twilight Circus Orchestra, and the Boston Composers and Improvisors Collaborative. Rob is an active member of Music for People (a network of improvising musicians) and has played in benefit performances for the Inter-tribal Peace and Healing Center of San Diego, CA.
Mary Jane Rupert, piano, organ and harp
Mary Jane Rupert holds a Master's Degree in Piano and Harp from Indiana University in Bloomington. A versatile free lance musician in Boston for the past 20 years, Mary Jane has performed in many orchestras in the area, from the Newton Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Symphony. In addition she has participated in countless chamber and solo concerts in churches and other venues. Mary Jane has made two CD's, and she has also published a very popular arrangement of The Nutcracker for flute and harp. Currently she is teaching harp at Wellesley College, MIT, and Tufts University, as well as in her private studio.