Catherine Anderson is in high demand as a free-lancer in the New Orleans area, providing harp music for the region’s professional arts organizations and a plethora of clients, from business corporations to universities to brides. She has appeared as solo harpist for the Ritz-Carlton tearoom since its inception in 2000, and enjoys performing with touring shows, such as Stevie Wonder, Johnnie Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr., Perry Como, and Natalie Cole. Mrs. Anderson received a BM and MM in harp performance from Indiana University School of Music, with additional studies at Oberlin Conservatory and the Salzedo Harp Colony. Ms. Anderson is on the music faculty of Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, and has also taught at Louisiana State University, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the New Orleans Suzuki Forum, and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. Catherine serves on the boards of the American Harp Society, the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum, the Musaica Chamber Ensemble, and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She has toured internationally with the Boston Camerata, performing Medieval drama on historical harps, and is Area Coordinator for the Music for Healing and Transition Program, training musicians of all instruments to work in clinical settings to bring beauty and healing to those suffering from illness. An advocate of new music for harp, she is married to composer David Anderson, and they have premiered a number of his works for bass and harp.
David Anderson, a professional double bassist, joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans as principal bass in 1996. He has performed and recorded regularly with orchestras including the Louisville Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Since 1994, he served as principal bassist in the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon. He has performed extensively with ensembles including the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Colorado Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, and Bobby McFerrin. A composer as well as a performer, David Anderson has published bass duets and quartets, including a bass quartet that was performed to acclaim at the Chamber Music Festival at Indiana University in 1993. Several years ago he completed a concerto for bass trombone, commissioned by his father, Edwin Anderson, former bass trombonist with the Cleveland Orchestra. His Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra principal bassist Hal Robinson, was premiered at the ISB Convention in June of 1997 and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra season, Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting. David has been with the Loyola University College of Music faculty since 2003.
Violinist Yuki Tanaka has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since January 2000. She has served an Associate Concertmaster as well as an Assistant Concertmaster with the orchestra. Before joining the LPO, she performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, and the Asia America Symphony. She has freelanced throughout Los Angeles. Born in Japan, Yuki began her violin studies at the age of three. At age eight, she made her recital debut. She holds degrees from the Toho school of Music and the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Angela Eto, Toshiya Eto, and Eudice Shapiro. Ms. Tanaka gives solo recitals regularly, and has performed in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Tokyo, Nagano, and Kawasaki. As a chamber musician, she plays with numerous groups, including New Orleans based ensemble “Musaica” of which she is one of the founding members. In December 2005, while displaced by Katrina, Yuki organized “the Hurricane Benefit Concert” in Tokyo to raise money for the LPO. Yuki maintains her private studio in the Mid-City area, and also teaches violin at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Baptist Seminary. During the summer, she appears in concerts with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan.
Sarah Schettler plays second flute in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches flute at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She holds degrees from Millikin University, the University of North Texas, and Florida State University. Before moving to New Orleans, she taught flute and music theory at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She has performed with the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphonies in south Texas and with the Orquestra Sinfonica deU.A.N.L. in Monterrey, Mexico. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and first prize winner in the 2005 Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition. Her teachers include Trevor Wye, Stephanie Jutt, Charles DeLaney, and Terri Sundberg. Her husband, Bill, plays bass in the LPO. During the summers, Sarah teaches at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine
Ila Rondeau, violist, received both her Bachelor of Music degree and Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. There, she studied primarily with Mark Jackobs, but was also very active in the chamber music program which gave her the opportunity to work with Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. Before joining the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, Ila was Principal Violist for the Lima Symphony Orchestra. She also played with both the Eastern String Quartet, resident quartet at Heidelberg College, and the Odin String Quartet which was based in Cleveland. She has been on faculty at the Allegheny Summer Music Festival, the International Youth Summer Music Festival, and the Upper Valley Summer Music Festival in Vermont. Ila started playing the viola through the public school music program in Indianapolis at the age of ten.