Active throughout New York State and beyond, trombonist and educator Ben David Aronson is based in Rochester, New York. A founding member of Incantare, his engagements as a historical trombonist include collaborations with Piffaro, New York Baroque Incorporated, Dark Horse Consort, Trinity Wall Street, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, the Washington National Cathedral Choir & Baroque Orchestra, and the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church in Rochester, NY. As a modern trombonist in orchestral and chamber music, Ben David has performed extensively with Symphoria, and has worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic orchestras, the Plymouth Brass Quintet, Symphoria Brass Quintet and as a founding member of the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet. Ben David holds the DMA from the Eastman School of Music, and serves on the faculties of the Eastman Community Music School, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and SUNY Geneseo.
Alice Culin-Ellison, violin
Alice Culin-Ellison, violinist and co-artistic director of Louisville, Kentucky's Bourbon Baroque, is a versatile historical performer with training in over 400 years of repertoire. As concertmaster, Alice has led productions of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Purcell’s King Arthur, and soloed with various ensembles. Other professional engagements include Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra. Also passionate about education and scholarship, her current research focuses on 19th-century American chamber music and she has lectured and given masterclasses on Historical Performance. Alice received her Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Historical Performance, and also holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University. When not pursuing her passion for music, Alice is the keeper and grower of many house plants, and enjoys hiking, cooking, and CrossFitting.
Garrett Lahr, trombone
Minneapolis-based musician Garrett Lahr is a historical brass specialist focusing on sackbut and other historical trombones. He regularly performs with many leading period instrument ensembles across North America. Engagements have included performances with Trinity Wall Street Choir & Baroque Orchestra, Dark Horse Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Piffaro, Mercury, The Rose Ensemble, Pacific Musicworks, and Clarion Music Society among others. Garrett’s sackbut playing can be heard on the ATMA and Naxos labels. In addition to performing, Garrett has been a visiting artist at Indiana University for a week-long residency of concerts and private instruction.
Liza Malamut, trombone
Liza Malamut, historical trombone, is an active performer throughout the United States and abroad. She has frequently appeared with groups such as Dark Horse Consort, Boston Camerata, Piffaro, and others. Liza has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance from Boston University. She received a 2017-2018 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her work on the integration of historical pedagogy with mainstream teaching. Liza cares deeply about the accessibility and availability of historical performance and teaching to widespread audiences. Past projects have included family-friendly, community-centric performances of early music in collaboration with Musica Nuova, the Christ Church Schola Cantorum of Rochester, and the Weckmann Project. For these efforts she has been awarded the Paul R. Judy Polyphonic Grant and the Early Music America Outreach Grant. Liza was pleased to serve as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University in Spring 2015 and 2018.