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The tone of oboist McNerny is rich, full bodied and even in quality from the lowest to the highest reaches of her instrument. - Morton Gold, Journal Tribune

This 18th century work has a wealth of technical difficulties which Stein handled with ease. He emphasized the lyrical beauty of the music rather than striving for any theatrical effect and his playing was a joy to experience. - Morton Gold, Journal Tribune

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Violinist Dean Stein has performed throughout the world in recital, with orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and as soloist. In addition to his work for VentiCordi Mr. Stein also performs as first violinist of the Portland String Quartet.
From 2003 - 08 Mr. Stein directed the Arcady Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine. At Arcady, he performed in chamber ensembles, set the programming for the internationally renowned artists he invited, and gave high priority to educational programs, bringing musicians to schools to perform regularly for Maine schoolchildren.                                    
He also currently performs as violinist with the Atlantic Piano Trio, concertmaster of the Maine Music Society, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, and enjoys a violin/piano partnership with Pamela Mia Paul.  His passion for the solo violin music of Bach has resulted in many performances of Bach’s masterpieces, of which one reviewer acclaimed as “a superb and impressive performance of the unaccompanied Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2...”
Audiences throughout America have heard Mr. Stein through his past performances as violinist with the DaPonte String Quartet.  His performances frequently garnered critical acclaim, as in a recording of which The Strad magazine wrote, “Dean Arthur Stein excels in the first violin’s improvisatory cadenza, his fierce yet luxuriant tone setting the mood...”
A highly sought after teacher and clinician, Mr. Stein is on the faculty of Bowdoin and Bates Colleges and has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  the University of Maryland at College Park and the New England Suzuki Institute.
He studied first with Margaret Berend at the Henry Street Settlement, then at the Juilliard School with Lewis Kaplan and Ivan Galamian, and at University of Maryland, College Park, with Gerald Fischbach and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. 

Oboist Kathleen McNerney has been hailed by critics for her, ‘rich, full bodied tone’ and ‘attention to the natural, and enticing timbre of the instrument’. Kathleen finds chamber music to be ideal outlet for her music making. Kathleen currently teaches oboe at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges, and the Portland Conservatory of Music. Kathleen has performed with many New England and Maine based orchestras such as the Portland Symphony, PortOpera, Maine Music Society, Maine Chamber Ensemble, New Hampshire Symphony, New Hampshire Bach Festival and New Hampshire Summer Music Festival.
Prior to moving to Maine, Kathleen lived in Los Angeles for nineteen years. While in Los Angeles Kathleen enjoyed a prolific and varied playing career, working in many regional orchestras, playing all positions and appearing as soloist several times. In 2004, she premiered a commissioned piece for English horn, written for her, as a long standing member of the Orchestra of St. Matthews. 
She was oboist for two woodwind quintets, Imbroglio and Calico Winds, and recorded with both groups. Additional playing experience includes  recording, opera, ballet, movie soundtracks and musical theatre.  Some of Kathleen's favorite work while in Los Angeles was playing for silent movies and with local pop artists.While in California, Kathleen held teaching positions at Azusa Pacific University, La Sierra University and Glendale Community College.
Kathleen is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music Performance, while studying with world renowned soloist, Humbert Lucarelli. She also has a Master of Music degree in Performance from University of Southern California. Kathleen continued her oboe studies with the Principal of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Allan Vogel.