Traveling Teacher Program - Teacher Participants

Teachers on the following list have requested participation in the ARS Traveling Teacher Program. Your local group should contact the teacher of your choice to confirm availability and compatibility before applying for the ARS Traveling Teacher travel grant. ARS does not endorse specific teachers. Teachers are listed alphabetically, by last name.

Jan Elliott

BOS (Boston, MA)
PVD (Providence, RI)
(508) 540-0865

Jan Elliott is a professional performer who loves teaching and helping motivated students at any level. She has played recorder since age 3, and began teaching at 15. Jan has a BA with honors in Music and Education from Wesleyan University, where she studied with W. Britt Wheeler, and an MA in Dance from UCLA where her thesis explored dance/music relations. She taught in the Music Education department at Boston University for 6 years, and achieved basic Suzuki training certification in 2001. She currently manages a home teaching studio, coaches a high-level consort, and performs and records with several early music ensembles, including Ensemble Passacaglia, Courante, and the Boston Recorder Orchestra. Jan recently co-chaired and taught at the Country Dance & Song Society's Early Music Week at Pinewoods Camp, and regularly teaches traditional dance and music at Pinewoods.

Student testimonials:
"THANK YOU for the wonderful, wonderful lessons! I enjoyed every minute."
"You are always extremely helpful in what I need to do to improve."
"You are GOOD. An amazing teacher. Worth every penny."


Clea Galhano

MIN (Minneapolis, MN)
(651) 755-7682
Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbruggen, Jacques Ogg, Belladonna, Lanzelotte/Galhano Duo, Galhano/Montgomery Duo, Kingsbery Ensemble, Alma Brasileira, and Blue Baroque Band. As a featured soloist, Galhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Musical Offering and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

Among other important music festivals, Ms. Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany and at Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. Ms. Galhano was featured in 2006 in the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland in 2007 and 2013 at the International Recorder Conference in Montréal and in 2012 at the ARS International Conference, Portland, Oregon.

She gave her Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in May 2010 and her second Weil Hall recital on December 2013 with the international Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo.

Galhano studied in Brazil at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a LASPAU, Fulbright Scholarship and support from the Dutch government. As an advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, she served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society, and is the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest. Ms. Galhano recently received the prestigious 2013 McKnight fellowship award, MSAB Cultural collaborative and MSAB Arts Initiative. Currently, she is the Executive Artistic Director of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and a faculty member at Macalester College.

Ms. Galhano has recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado label and she is the recipient of the National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.

There are not many professional recorder players who could sustain a full programme of music drawn from the early to the high Baroque periods, but the Brazilian-born Clea Galhano, now a United States resident, is certainly one of them, demonstrating the quality of her musicianship throughout at the Wigmore Hall. It was both instructive and musically worthwhile to hear her admirably accompanied by the Dutch-born harpsichordist Jacques Ogg. There was not one piece in the entire recital that was not musically valuable, brilliantly expressive gifted player‘s performances of genuine eloquence and virtuosity.
– Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion, London

The very highlight of the evening was created by Clea Galhano - she made great music with smooth sound, intricate ornamentation and with obvious joy of playing
– Mittelbayerische, Regensburg, Germany

The highlight of the program filling the hall with the haunting tone of the recorder, Galhano proved that sometimes simple beauty can be more moving than 100-piece orchestra
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh


Claudia Gantivar

PBI (Palm Beach, FL)

Claudia holds a Master of Arts in Recorder Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Switzerland (2004). She has performed and taught in Europe, US and South America. She has recorded with the Ensemble Elyma (Switzerland, 1997), Musica Ficta (Colombia, 2007), Esfera Armoniosa; (Colombia, 2009, and 2015). After moving to the USA in 2009, she collaborated in the Early Music program at the Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. In California, she has been a guest conductor at several Recorder Workshops, has served as a member of the faculty of the SFEMS Recorder Workshop, and has played many times as a soloist in the Santa Cruz Baroque Music Festival and with different ensembles in the area like the California Bach Society, the American Bach Soloists, and the Farallon Recorder Quartet. As a teacher, Claudia is part of the faculty in the Community School and Music and Arts in Mountain View until August 2021. She recently moved to Florida.


Lisette Kielson

BMI (Central IL Regional)
ORD (Chicago O'Hare)
h: (309) 828-1724
c: (309) 750-3234
Lisette Kielson‘s love of teaching and passion for ensemble playing and coaching attracts invitations to lead workshops throughout the country. Lisette holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from Indiana University and a post-master‘s Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands. Based in Central Illinois, Lisette directs the Collegium Musicum at Bradley University, teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and maintains a private studio in the Chicago-area as well as in Bloomington, IL.

Past President of the American Recorder Society (2008-2012) Lisette currently serves as Music Director of the ARS Chicago Chapter and Associate Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest. She has performed on the recorder as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in France, New York, and throughout the Midwest and has released recordings with Centaur Records as well as with her own L‘Ensemble Portique label.

Judy Linsenberg

SFO (Oakland, CA)
(510) 459-5958
Judith Linsenberg, recorder, is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the US and has been acclaimed for her "virtuosity," "expressivity," and "fearless playing." She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with the San Francisco Symphony, the SF and LA Operas, the LA Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, the Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, and others. She is the winner of national performance awards, and has premiered several new works for the recorder.

Linsenberg is Artistic Director of the Baroque ensemble, Musica Pacifica, whose performances and nine recordings have received international acclaim, and several awards, causing the ensemble to be described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and among the best in the world" (AlteMusikAktuell). She has recorded for Virgin Classics, Dorian, Solimar, harmonia mundi usa, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Drag City Records, and Hännsler Classics. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, she was awarded the Soloist Diploma with Highest Honors from the Vienna Academy of Music. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University, and has been a visiting professor at the Vienna Conservatory and Indiana University‘s Early Music Institute in Bloomington. She maintains a private teaching studio in Oakland and Palo Alto, CA, and has taught at numerous workshops across North America.

About her teaching, her students have said: "My lessons with Judy have far exceeded my expectations. Every lesson is a rich and intense session." "I greatly appreciate the knowledge, skill, and experience that Judy brings to her teaching. I always feel challenged and inspired to practice." "Teachers like Judy Linsenberg are incredibly rare in that they have a uncanny way of communicating musical concepts in words." "She is enthusiastic and encouraging, and she expects the best of her students. Her high expectations have helped me to play far better than I ever imagined I might."

Jody Miller

ATL (Atlanta)
(404) 314-1891
Jody Miller has been teaching recorder in the Atlanta area since 1992. Miller maintains a large studio of private recorder (and French horn) students, but especially enjoys coaching ensembles and directing larger groups. For ten years he was on the faculty of Emory University as the director of the Emory Early Music Ensemble. Since 2009 Miller has conducted Lauda Musicam of Atlanta, a community collegium that includes woodwind, brass, and string instruments of the Renaissance period. Miller also teaches recorder and historical woodwinds at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Miller enjoys his "day job" of teaching middle school band at McCleskey Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. In addition to six classes of band each day, Miller directs after school jazz and recorder programs. The McCleskey Middle School Recorder Ensemble performed three times at the Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition and commissioned works by composer and recorder player Timothy Broege.

Miller is workshop director for the Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop, which celebrates its 45th year in 2016. Additionally, he teaches workshops throughout the South and Northeast. As past president and music director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Recorder Society, he initiated a tradition that is still quite strong today—an annual Consort Day collage performance that coincides with Play-the-Recorder Month.

Miller has music education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed further study in choral conducting at Georgia State University. He has also studied recorder with Marion Verbruggen, Steve Rosenberg, Eva Legêne, and Aldo Abreu. As a performer, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque, Ritornello Baroque Ensemble, and Emory Baroque Artists. Miller has recorded for Mississippi Public Television and can also be heard with New Trinity Baroque on the Edition Lilac compact disc Charpentier: Messe de Minuit.

Emily O'Brien

BOS (Boston Logan)
(617) 447-1114
Emily O‘Brien is a native of Washington, DC where she played recorder from a young age. She studied recorder (with John Tyson) and french horn at Boston University, and recorder (with Karel van Steenhoven) and Baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. She performs in recorder ensembles and historical chamber music, as well as English Country Dance bands, and is a former employee of the Von Huene Workshop and the Early Music Shop of New England in Brookline, MA. Emily is a regular coach for the Boston Recorder Society and Recorders/Early Music MetroWest. She teaches at workshops including Pinewoods Early Music Week, MidEast Workshop, and Amherst Early Music Festival. She is a patient ensemble coach who focuses on ensemble skills and practice strategies that students can use to facilitate their own individual progress when there isn't a teacher available.

Emily's recent solo album "Fantasies for a Modern Recorder" was reviewed in the Spring 2017 issue of American Recorder. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance cycling.

Patrick O'Malley

ORD (Chicago O'Hare)
(773) 552-1856
Hailed as "distinguished" by the Chicago Tribune, Patrick O'Malley has performed from California to New York, as well as in Europe. He has appeared with many Chicago ensembles, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, Baroque Band, Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Rembrandt Chamber Players, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and Live from Studio One on WFMT. He has presented the premieres of several works. With Lisette Kielson, he has released a 2-discrecording, Telemann: Canons and Duos.

Patrick earned a Master of Music degree in recorder from Indiana University, studying with Eva Legêne and serving as Associate Instructor. As the recipient of a Netherlands Fulbright Fellowship, he studied with Han Tol at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

Mr. O‘Malley runs a private teaching studio and is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, where he is Campus Director. In addition to teaching at workshops across the U.S. and making recorder presentations at elementary schools, he has taught masterclasses at Northwestern University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park and in masterclasses at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference.

Frederic Palmer

SFO (San Francisco International)
(650) 591-3648
Frederic Palmer has served as music director of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra since 1988. He has an M.A. in Early Music Performance Practice from Stanford University and has directed recorder workshops throughout the United States. He has taught recorder classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, coaches several recorder ensembles and teaches recorder privately. He has extensive experience teaching all ages and playing levels from beginning to advanced and children to adults in individual and ensemble situations.

In addition to performing both early and contemporary music, he is a published author, editor, arranger, and composer. He was awarded first prize in the American Recorder Society's Erich Katz Memorial Fund Composition Contest for his recorder quartet, Entrevista, and his duet, Serie, for two alto recorders is published in the American Recorder Society Members‘ Library.

Jennifer Streeter

RDU (Raleigh/Durham, NC)
(919) 802-5586
Jennifer Streeter has taught privately and at workshops such as the Amherst Early Music Festival, Triangle Recorder Society (NC), and the Shenandoah Recorder Society (VA). She is currently the Music Director of the Triangle Recorder Society where she conducts monthly ensemble playing meetings.

She has performed throughout the United States and Europe with ensembles such as the North Carolina, Indianapolis and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, Three Notch'd Road, Piedmont Baroque, and as concerto soloist with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition she has been featured at the Bloomington, Magnolia Baroque and Amherst Early Music Festivals.

She holds masters' degrees in recorder and harpsichord from the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, studying with Eva Legêne and Elisabeth Wright. Originally from Europe, she now calls Cary, North Carolina home where she is a freelance musician and body therapist.

Anne Timberlake

STL (St. Louis)
(812) 361-6785
Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres to Celtic tunes. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alison Melville, and Indiana University, where she studied with Eva Legêne and won the 2007 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Critics have praised her "fine technique and stylishness," "unexpectedly rich lyricism" (Letter V), and "dazzling playing" (Chicago Classical Review).

Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label.

Anne is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America's Naxos Recording Competition. Wayward Sisters released their debut CD on the Naxos label in 2014.

Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to maintaining private and online studios, Anne has coached through Indiana University's Pre-College Recorder Program, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, and for numerous ARS chapters.

Leslie Timmons

SLC (Salt Lake City International)
(435) 770-6548
Leslie Timmons teaches flute and music education in the Music Department, Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She is a clinician for Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses, an Artist-in-Residence with the Utah Arts Council, and presents workshops across the country that emphasize playing recorder in the context of group or classroom instruction.

She is flutist in the faculty woodwind quintet Logan Canyon Winds and in the flute/clarinet duo ~AirFare~. Both ensembles do extensive outreach and have commissioned new repertoire to engage young audiences directly in making music through prepared or spontaneous performance. Her research includes expanding the scope of arts education through extended day opportunities.

Leslie has served on the national boards of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Recorder Society, and Utah Music Educators Association.

Lawrence Zukof

BDL (Hartford/Springfield, CT)
(203) 214-8833
Lawrence Zukof (recorder and voice) is a veteran workshop leader for numerous chapters of the American Recorder Society throughout New England and New York*. He has been on the recorder faculty at Amherst Early Music Festival, and has taught workshops, (recorder and mixed consorts with voices, strings and winds) at Westminster Choir College, Skidmore College, private workshops and at Pinewoods Camp Early Music Week where he is director for the 2015/16 seasons.

Larry has performed extensively with renowned ensembles, including the Boston Camerata, and has been a recorder soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Boston, Orchestra New England (New Haven), and the Baroque Orchestra of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (NYC)

He was the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School (1996-2014 -- one of the largest non-profit community arts schools in the country) where he continues to teach recorder to children and adults of all levels. Before coming to New Haven, Larry was the Director of Brookline Music School, MA (1984-1996). He received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Early Music with a specialization in recorder and voice. He also plays viola da gamba and violin.

* See specific list on website: in CV link found in the "About" section.