Our Artists in 2024-25

Eric Maul

Eric Maul has enjoyed a wild and unorthodox career as a flutist, appearing as a recitalist, chamber musician, freelance flutist, and teacher. He has performed in concert halls such as the Meyerhoff and Jordan Hall. He can be heard on numerous recordings on the Naxos label. Eric is a founding member of Encanto Ensemble; a unique ensemble consisting of soprano, flute, harp, and viola. In the past, he premiered works by composers Joshua Armenta, Frances Pollack, Douglass Buchanan, and Stephen Yip. Eric studied with the ‘Heifetz of the flute’ Marina Piccinini, ‘American Treasure’ Paula Robison, and the piccolo pioneer, 40 year soloist of the Baltimore Symphony, Laurie Sokoloff. He holds degrees from the Peabody Institute (BM) and New England Conservatory (MM). For more information: https://ericmaulflute.com

Craig Combs

Pianist, Craig W. Combs, performs chamber music with like-minded artists who agree that great music is a reflection of the human condition. In his forty years as a performer, Dr. Combs has appeared in hundreds of performances in a wide array of venues and repertoire. His stage appearances include Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, the Kennedy Center as well as Yale, Cornell, and Stanford Universities. From 2004-2017, Combs lived in London pursuing a chamber music career performing in Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain, Lithuania and France. Reviews of his playing comment on “. . . the exceptional pianism of Craig Combs” and that “No praise is too high for his contribution.”

Combs trained at the Eastman School of Music where he earned his masters and doctorate in piano performance and literature. Early in his career, he taught at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and George Mason University. In the mid 90’s, he was a visiting artist at several NYC community music schools - Turtle Bay, Third Street Settlement as well as the PS 7 Elementary School in the Bronx. Additionally, he worked in arts administration at the New York Foundation for the Arts and Chamber Music America.

In 2021, he co-founded and co-directs Red Door Chamber Music, a community ensemble dedicated to bringing chamber music to Provincetown and the communities of the Outer Cape. He is a member of the Provincetown Cultural Council and the Advisory Council of Great Music on Sundays at 5. In addition, Craig is the founder and Emeritus Director of The Paramount Chamber Players, an ensemble in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In 2007, he released the CD, Forbidden Voices: Songs by Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis with soprano, Judith Sheridan.

Brian Calhoon

(b. 1984, he/him) is a multi-faceted percussionist, singer, and innkeeper based in Provincetown, MA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Brian specializes in music for the marimba and his voice and can be heard performing show tunes and pop covers in a show he created called the Marimba Cabaret. As a freelance percussionist, Brian has premiered nearly 100 works by living composers as a member of the Boston Percussion Group, Equilibrium Ensemble, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. Brian was previously Director of Admissions for The Boston Conservatory and is now an independent admissions consultant. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory, and is a Marimba One artist. Since 2020, Brian and his husband Tom have owned and operated the Brasswood Inn where they enjoy hosting guests and producing concerts on the inn’s prominent front porch. www.briancalhoon.com

Jeff Thurston

a graduate of Indiana University School of Music, has been an active free-lance violinist in the DC metro area since 1994. As an orchestral musician, he has performed most frequently with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. As a theater musician, he is most often heard (if not necessarily seen) at Signature Theatre, where he has had the good fortune to work with several leading composers of musical theater (including John Kander, Michael John La Chiusa, and Joseph Thalken), as well as many distinguished orchestrators (including Jonathan Tunick, Bruce Coughlin, and Josh Clayton). He has also played for productions at several other theaters in the area, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theater, and The Shakespeare Theater.

By day he pushes numbers around in the Finance Department at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tyler Michael James

Lauded as performing “like a gladiator” and with a “phenomenal color palette” (Radda), cellist Tyler Michael James stands out as an ebullient artist of his generation. He is a top prize winner at the Radda International String Competition and regularly performs as an international soloist and chamber musician. A champion of new music, Tyler just released the official recording of Jessie Montgomery’s “Loisaida, My Love” on the Monday Music Label. He is currently assistant Faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Cello Workshop. For more details: https://www.tylermichaeljames.net/

Violinist Loren Lee

maintains an active solo, chamber, and orchestral career.  Loren appeared as a cast member with the Canadian violin group “Barrage” in the North American tour of “A Violin Sings, a Fiddle Dances.”  He has been a featured soloist with the Burbank Chamber Orchestra, West Hollywood Orchestra and as a guest artist at Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood.  Loren began his studies with former Boston Symphony member, Marylou Speaker Churchill.  He completed his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music and coaches with Peter Zazofsky and Bonnie Bewick.  He lives in Provincetown with his husband, Brian Raiche.

Markus Kaitila

(b. Helsinki, 1992) has appeared as a piano soloist with Joutseno Art Summer, Wratislavia, Queens College, and Jackson Heights chamber orchestras, and One World and New Amsterdam Symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Tong Chen and Charles Neidich. He won Bronze Prize in the 2nd WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2020 and First Prize at the Köhler-Osbahr piano competition (Duisburg) in 2013. Marcus currently attends New York University pursuing his doctorate.


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