Chelsea Knox is the principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Chelsea has also held positions as assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony and principal Flute of the New Haven and Princeton Symphonies. She has been hailed by the New York Times for her warmth, precision, and clarity, as well as by the New York Classical Review for her “expressive life and full tone.” Chelsea has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and IRIS Orchestra. As a soloist, Ms. Knox has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Manchester Symphony. Chelsea earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City as a student of Jeffrey Khaner. A native of Litchfield, CT, she received her early training at the Hartt School of Music, where she studied with Greig Shearer. In her spare time she is an active visual artist, and her work has been displayed in galleries in New York and Connecticut.
Oboist Julia DeRosa is the Principal Oboist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the second oboe/English horn of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. An accomplished freelancer in New York City, Julia also performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and American Ballet Theater. She is a faculty member of the Mannes School of Music and The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. Julia attended The Juilliard School, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the studio of Elaine Douvas, with additional instruction from Richard Dallessio, Pedro Díaz, Nathan Hughes, and Linda Strommen. Julia and her husband, Clarinetist Liam Burke, have been featured in Juilliard’s Artists and their Instruments video series for Juilliard Global Outreach. They reside on the Upper West Side with their son, David, and several pets.
Anton Rist was appointed principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2016. He previously held principal positions with the Princeton and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Anton has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the American Ballet Theater. Anton has appeared at the Verbier, Pacific, St. Barts, and Aspen Festivals, and has performed as a chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. As a teacher, Anton is on faculty at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has presented masterclasses around the country. In addition, he is a founding member of the Montserrat Music Festival in the West Indies. Born and raised in New York City, Anton studied at The Juilliard School. His primary teachers were Jon Manasse, Larry Guy, and Jo-Ann Sternberg.
Katherine Jordan held the second horn position with the Sarasota Orchestra from 2014-2017 and currently serves as associate principal horn with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Delaware Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. She has also performed at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Internationally, Katherine has performed in Germany, China, and Korea with Curtis on Tour, in Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and in Switzerland with the Lucerne Academy Orchestra. A dedicated teacher, Katherine held the Music Advancement Program horn fellowship at Juilliard and joined the Interlochen Arts Camp faculty in 2018. Katherine Jordan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She resides in Manhattan with husband, William Short, and their fickle cat, Fafner.
William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A dedicated teacher, William serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University. William has performed and taught at the Lake Champlain, Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Strings, Twickenham, and Verbier Festivals. Committed to forging connections between audiences and performers, William's articles on the subject can be found on the MET Orchestra Musicians' website, which has been lauded by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. William received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.