Jason Seed - (Compositions, Guitar)
Jason studied music composition at Indiana University with David Baker and privately with composers Douglas Lofstrom, William Russo and Ileana Perez-Velasquez. Seed’s music has been performed by various ensembles in jazz, rock and classical settings across the United States and in Holland, Germany and Poland. He has performed as a guitarist with Present Music (performing the music of Astor Piazolla, Elena Kats-Chernin and Michael Torke), The Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Trey Gunn (of King Crimson), Bill Frisell and numerous groups of his own. In 2005, Seed created the Jason Seed Elixir Ensemble, which went on to win Best Album in the 2008 Independent Music Awards.
Dan Armstrong - (Bass)
A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1995, and associate principal bass in the Milwaukee Symphony from 1983 to 1995, Armstrong's career has spanned early music (he was a founding member of the Tafelmusik baroque ensemble) to contemporary (as a founding member of Present Music and a regular in the CSO's MusicNow series). He has performed as a bass soloist on WFMT, on the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music series and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Armstrong and his wife, writer Judith Harway, reside in Shorewood, WI.
Glenn Asch - (Violin, Viola)
As a member of the Milwaukee Symphony, Glenn has frequently been a violin soloist with MSO, playing a dynamic range of pieces from romantic concertos, bluegrass and Irish fiddle, to jazz over his own arrangements. He wrote and performed a violin concerto with the Denver Chamber Orchestra and co-authored Mel-Bay's "Anthology of Jazz Violin Styles." Mr. Asch also studied Indian violin in Bangalore, India. As a teacher, Glenn volunteers one day per week teaching strings with his wife, Lori Asch, in the orchestral program at Bayview High School, on Milwaukee’s South Side. Glenn’s newest interest is in African music, and he frequently performs with the Senegalese group Jalikunda, at Milwaukee’s Club Timbuktu. Mr. Asch lives on Milwaukee’s East Side.
Helen Reich - (Viola)
Helen has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony viola section since 1988, and previously performed with orchestras in Sacramento, Fort Worth, Syracuse and Caracas, Venezuela. A founding member of the now defunct baroque chamber music ensemble Bach Babes, Ms. Reich has also performed for the new music group Present Music, as well as the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Helen lives in Cudahy, WI.
Scott Tisdel – (Cello)
Associate Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Scott has served as Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since 1987, and has appeared as soloist with both ensembles. Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, Mr. Tisdel was Principal Cellist of the Florida Orchestra (Tampa) and a member of both the Oakland and San Jose Symphonies. Scott has been a Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty member since 2000, and is a founding member of the Conservatory’s Prometheus Trio. He performs regularly at the Washington Island Music Festival, and lives in Shorewood, WI with his wife, pianist Stefanie Jacob.