OpenPageEnsemble is Washington's newest chamber group, performing vocal and instrumental small-ensemble works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founding directors, Rosa Lamoreaux, voice, and Lori Barnet, cello, are continually grateful for the privilege of performing music of the past 10 centuries, yet are compelled by curiosity to explore and perform music of our own era, and to commission new vocal and instrumental works for small ensemble.

Lori Barnet, cello
Lori Barnet is a graduate of Bennington College. Her primary teachers include Robert Newkirk, George Finkel and Barbara Stein Mallow on cello, Phoebe Carrai on baroque cello, and Josef Gingold, Artur Balsam, Joseph Fuchs and Jacob Glick on chamber music. She is principal cellist of the National Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra First Editions in Philadelphia. She has appeared as soloist with the Augusta (GA) Symphony, Alexandria and Mclean Symphonies, Orchestra 2001, National Philharmonic, Washington Chamber Symphony, Chamber Orchestra First Editions, and several university ensembles. She was principal cellist of Penn Contemporary Players (Philadelphia) and the Contemporary Music Forum (DC), each for 20 years, and of Orchestra 2001 (Philadelphia) where she held the Dell Venarde Principal Cello Chair. She also served five seasons as the continuo cellist on period instruments for the Washington Bach Consort's cantata series. Other appearances as a baroque cellist include those with the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, the Vivaldi Project, Ensemble Gaudior, ArcoVoce, Kontra Bande and with the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble. She has toured in Russia, Italy, Denmark, England, Cuba, and China and recorded for Orion and CRI.

Miss Barnet has taught at the National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes since their inception, was the cello sectional coach for MCYO for 11 years and now coaches chamber ensembles for MCYO. She has been a faculty member at The George Washington University since 1991 where she teaches cello, coaches chamber music, and appears regularly with the University's faculty performance ensemble, the Columbian Consort.
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Acclaimed for "scrupulous musicianship...gorgeous sound and stylistic acuity" [The Washington Post], soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is known for her flawless sense of style and incandescent presence, charming her audiences and earning the accolades of critics and colleagues alike. In appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Center, in opera and oratorio, chamber music and as a recitalist, Ms. Lamoreaux's performances have been cited as combining "fresh lyricism and near-angelic purity of tone with surprising intensity" [The Washington Post]. Recent and highlights include Handel's Messiah with the Rogue Symphony Orchestra, Rameau and Lully with Opera Lafayette in Washington DC and New York City, St. John Passion of J.S. Bach at Strathmore Center for the Arts, French baroque cantatas in Philadelphia with the early music orchestra Tempesta di Mare, live film scores for Hollywood's silent movies for Early Music Columbus, Ohio, and performances with the Folger Consort, and with her newest venture, OpenPageEnsemble commissioning and performing works of 20th and 21st c. composers.

Ms. Lamoreaux has performed with the Atlanta, Dallas, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, Opera Lafayette, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Her extensive repertoire includes J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and the B Minor Mass, Bach cantatas, the Monteverdi Vespers, Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and The Fairy Queen, Handel's Messiah, Esther, Saul, Ode to St. Cecilia, Israel in Egypt, and Judas Maccabeus, and masses of Haydn and Mozart, Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue, Copland's In the Beginning, and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, among many other major works.

Ms. Lamoreaux has earned a solid reputation in the realms of early and contemporary opera with leading roles including Venus in Cavalli's Didone; in operas of Handel, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Romilda in Xerxes; Belinda and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and most recently, the Mother in the premiere of Lost Childhood, by Janice Hamer, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a recitalist her venues also include the Terrace Theatre, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, and the Phillips Collection. In demand as a chamber music performer, Ms. Lamoreaux has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and performs with the Folger Consort, Four Nations Ensemble, ArcoVoce, and Musica Aperta, in wide-ranging small-ensemble repertoire spanning early chant to present-day works. She is the recipient of numerous WAMMIE awards.

Rosa's newest CDs, Bach, Among Friends, arias and duets with William Sharp, baritone and members of Four Nations Ensemble, Oh, So Nice featuring songs from the Great American Songbook in imaginative arrangements by Rosa, Betty Bullock, piano, and Jon Nazdin, string bass, and Evening Serenade, an elegant mix of songs for voice, guitar including transcriptions of Mozart and Schubert.
Airi Yoshioka, violin
Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as "brilliant and intrepid", violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Damocles Trio's debut disc of complete Piano Trios and Piano Quartet of Joquín Turina has won a four-star rating from the BBC Music Magazine, Le Monde de la Musique and Diapason.

Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble and had performed annually in Juilliard's FOCUS! Festival and is currently a member of Continuum, ModernWorks!, RUCKUS, Son Sonora, and Azure Ensemble. Of a performance with the New Juilliard Ensemble, the New York Times wrote, "Airi Yoshioka played the violin solo touchingly", and of a performance with Continuum of Dallapiccola's music, the New York Times wrote "Powerfully communicative...violinist Airi Yoshioka [played] a lovely 'Due Studi.' The performances were as varied as the music." She has premiered dozens of works and her latest recording project of works for violin and electronics includes commissions from such prominent women composers as Tania León, Linda Dusman, Alice Shields and Milica Paranosic.

Educational outreach has been a vital aspect of Ms. Yoshioka's professional life through her work as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Institute. In addition, she has taught music at New York City public schools through the Morse Fellowship program and has performed in hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes as a recipient of the Community Service Fellowship. In October, 2004, she organized Art Reach!, a three-day symposium on effectiveness of arts outreach. The highly successful occasion brought together teachers, teaching artists, administrators, and community leaders from Maryland. Currently, she is Professor of Violin at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

A native of Japan, Ms. Yoshioka came to the United States at the age of 12 and received her early training as a student of Honorary Distinction at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she received the Branford College Arts Award for outstanding contribution to the arts, M.M. and DMA from The Juilliard School. Summer festivals attended include Meadowmount, Encore, Sarasota, Banff, and Aspen. While at The Juilliard School, she won the concerto competition. Among her teachers and coaches have been Jorja Fleezanis, Glenn Dicterow, Joey Corpus, Stephen Clapp, Syoko Aki, Felix Galimir, Paul Kantor, Jerome Lowenthal, and Seymour Lipkin, as well as members of the Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets.

Her solo and chamber performances can be heard on Naxos, New World, Claves, Mode, Albany and Pony Canyon records labels.
Sally McLain, violin
Sally McLain received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with High Distinction from Indiana University, where she studied with James Buswell. She has participated in the Bach Aria Festival and Institute, the New York String Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. Sally was concertmaster of the Washington Chamber Symphony for ten seasons and is currently concertmaster of the Washington Concert Opera.

She was a member of the Theater Chamber Players and has recorded the complete quartets of David Diamond and Quincy Porter with the Potomac String Quartet for Albany Records.

Sally is currently violinist with the Left Bank Quartet and is an Adjunct Chamber Music Faculty member at the University of Maryland
Bill Neri, viola
Based in Washington, DC, violist Bill Neri has performed on stages across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Recent orchestral engagements have found Bill playing with The National Symphony Orchestra, PostClassical Ensemble, The Harrisburg Symphony, and The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing with orchestras in the Maryland/DC area, Bill maintains a studio where he teaches violin and viola.

Bill also collaborates with The Sphinx Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. He has participated in the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition at the annual Sphinx Connect conference in Detroit, as well as their pilot week for The National Alliance for Audition Support in Miami Beach, Florida. In October of 2018 he will join the Sphinx Virtuosi on their national tour.

In 2015, he performed with Southbank Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London that brings 33 musicians together from around the world to engage in an intensive program of performing and community outreach. While in London, William worked as a community outreach leader, teacher, and performer. He also worked side-by-side with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and members of The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House. Southbank Sinfonia performs across Britain and Europe with repertoire programs from Baroque to Jazz.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Music degree under the guidance of Victoria Chiang at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he was a recipient of the Christian A. Johnson scholarship. He continued his studies with Dan Foster at The University of Maryland College Park as a graduate ensemble assistant and earned a Master of Music degree in 2016.

Bill Neri plays on Viola Opus 690, made by Douglas Cox, violin maker in Brattleboro, Vermont through a Sphinx Music Organization loan.
Kathy Brake, piano
Characterized as a "compelling and imaginative performer" by The Washington Post, pianist Kathryn Brake has performed solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. A winner of the National Young Chopin Competition, the Beethoven Competition, the Kosciusko Foundation Awards and the Elizabeth Davis Award, she has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony. A much sought-after chamber music player and recitalist who is equally at ease with a wide range of musical styles, Ms. Brake has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Phillips Gallery and the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. She is a regular performer at the Sun Valley Symphony Chamber Music Festival and is pianist for the Washington based group Musica Aperta. Ms. Brake has performed live on WETA and WGMS radio stations and has recorded broadcasts for France Musique and Radio Television Espanola. She can be heard on the Albany Records label in several critically acclaimed recordings of duos and chamber music.
David Newman, baritone
Baritone David Newman enjoys an active and varied concert career throughout North America. Hailed as "electrifying" by the Washington Post and noted by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his "eloquent, emotional singing," he is in particular demand as a Baroque specialist. He has performed Messiah with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and with Masterwork Chorus in Carnegie Hall; St. John Passion with the American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Bach Chamber Orchestra of Honolulu; and St. Matthew Passion with the Bach Society of St. Louis, San Francisco Bach Choir, and on tour with the combined forces of Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

In his debut with the Washington Bach Consort, Mr. Newman was noted by the Baltimore Sun for his "exquisitely phrased, velvet-toned Mache dich, mein Herz." Other notable appearances include Bach's B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with The Bethlehem Bach Choir, Coffee Cantata, Easter Oratorio, and Christmas Oratorio with the Santa Fe Bach Festival, and Haydn's Creation with The Honolulu Symphony. His European appearances have included the 2003 Berlioz Festival in Paris, Le Tournoi de Chauvency with Ensemble Aziman in Sarrebourg and Metz, and Le Roi et le Fermier with Opera Lafayette at the Opera Royale in Versailles.

He has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the Four Nations Ensemble, including performances in Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, and has also performed with the Spoleto Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Birmingham, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Russian National Orchestra. He has recorded opera and oratorio for the Philips, Dorian, Analekta, K617 and Naxos labels. Mr. Newman teaches voice and music theory at James Madison University.