The Millennia Consort
Ray Nowak, Bill Owens, trumpet • Mike McCoy, French horn
Sean Reusch, Trombone • Scott Sutherland, tuba • Beverly Reese Dorcy, percussion;
Alison J. Luedecke, organ

The Millennia Consort, California's premiere "organ plus" ensemble, is one of only a few organ, brass quintet and percussion ensembles in the world. Millennia Consort is dedicated to presenting new, exciting and accessible compositions to our audiences in addition to transcriptions of music spanning the millennia. Millennia Consort is in residence at St. James–by–the–Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla.

The ensemble is currently preparing a new CD, 'Pictures of a New Beginning', Comprised of music Millennia Consort has premiered along with other favorite works, the CD includes compositions by John Hirten, Craig Phillips and Phil Snedecor, and arrangements of "Pictures at an Exhibition", Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, arranged by Scott Sutherland, "Amazing Grace" arranged by John Kuzma, and "The Call", Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged by Jon Naples. Pictures of a New Beginning was recorded with the Martin Ott organ at St. Brigid's Catholic Church, Pacific Beach. The ensemble is also featured on the CD 'Transformations', 20th century music for organ and other instruments, with works by Copland, Bliss, Goller/Proulx, White and others. Transformations was recorded at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego.


Millennia Too!
Susan Barrett, oboe/English horn
Alison J. Luedecke, organ/harpsichord

MillenniaToo, is the small ensemble of Millennia Consort. This intimate recital duo performs repertoire from Renaissance to Modern, including several premieres by contemporary American. Their performances explore the varied timbres of oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn in concert with the broad range of pipe organ colors. Susan and Alison have a musical rapport born of over a decade of close collaboration, creating spontaneous and highly nuanced musical performances. The ensemble is featured on "Paradise Found: Reflecions for oboes and organ", recorded at All Souls' Episcopal Church and St. Brigid's Catholic Church, San Diego (available at CDbaby.com) and "Transformations".

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Alison J. Luedecke, organ and harpsichord, is a native of Galveston. She is active across the US as a solo concert organist and has played in Canada and Germany. As an ensemble musician Dr. Luedecke has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and with other chamber ensembles. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. As a recording artist she is featured on numerous cds and has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams. Her most recent cds on the Raven label feature four of the earliest organs in the US and Canada built by Rudolph von Beckerath.
Ray Nowak, trumpet, Originally from Los Angeles, Ray Nowak is a trumpet player and founding member of the Presidio Brass. He can be seen performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. Recently he appeared on both the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Ellen DeGeneres Show performing with Kanye West. Ray was Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife for 5 years in the Canary Islands, Spain and has also held positions with Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Spain as Assistant Principal Trumpet, Festival della Valle d'Itria, Martina Franca, Italy as Principal, Orquesta de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico as Princal, the Pacific Music Festival, Sapporo, Japan, and the Royal Band at Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan.

Ray maintains a busy private teaching studio and coaches for several school programs including one of California's most prestigious middle school programs, South Pointe Middle School. Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the California State University at Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from UCLA.

Bill Owens, trumpet, Born and raised in White Plains, New York, trumpeter Bill Owens joined the Presidio Brass in September of 2006. While attending The Julliard School in New York, Bill was an active soloist giving three solo recitals in both Paul and Morse recital halls in Lincoln Center as well as solo performances in Alice Tully Hall. He has performed the Haydn Concerto with The Yonkers Philharmonic, and has performed both Arutunian's Concerto and Jeff Curnow's Concertpiece for Trumpet and Band with the Westchester Wind Symphony. As an orchestral musician, Bill has given performances at BargeMusic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and with The American Chamber Orchestra, The New England Symphonic Ensemble and The North-Eastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as well as all of the performing ensembles at The Juilliard School.

Besides performing great music, Bill also arranges and interprets great music for his instrument and the Presidio Brass within varying chamber music settings. He believes that good music is good music regardless of the instrument that it was originally intended for. Bill can be heard on The American Brass Quintet's newest CD, "In Gabrieli's Day".

Mike McCoy, horn, a San Diego native, has played horn with the Presidio Brass since its inception. He currently performs as Principal Horn with the La Jolla Symphony and plays in the horn sections of San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific and Pacific Symphony with whom he recently completed a European tour. Mike has played lead horn with the traveling Broadway shows Lion King and Tommy and is an active movie and commercial recording artist with notable credits including lead horn on the Everquest game soundtrack. He has played with the Billing Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orchestra de Baja California, Strauss Symphony of America, toured the West Coast as a soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble, and played lead horn in Carnegie Hall under John Rutter conducting his choral works. He has been affiliated with the Brador Brass and Helix Brass Ensemble. Mike studied at the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts, followed by San Diego State University and Boston Conservatory of Music.
Sean Reusch, trombone, is a founding member of the Presidio Brass. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Redlands Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, and the Riverside Symphony. He is currently a member of the Nittany Trombone Quartet and the Velvet Bones Trombone Quartet and can be heard on Beyond Music and Reference Recordings labels. Sean has performed with artists such as Michael Crawford, Johnny Mathis, Art Garfunkel, David Sanborn, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Daniels, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Hamlisch.

As an educator, Sean was the Assistant Band Director at Roosevelt Middle School and Vista High School and has taught trombone at SDSU, Point Loma Nazarene College and Grossmont College and is currently on faculty at UCSD, Palomar College, and Mira Costa College. Sean maintains a large private teaching studio and many of his students have gone on to study music at prestigious conservatories including USC, UCLA, San Francisco Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. Sean holds a Master of Music Degree in Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently working on completing a doctoral degree in performance from UCLA.

Scott Sutherland, tuba, Scott Sutherland, a native of Los Angeles, is the tuba player and a founding member of the Presidio Brass. Currently, he serves as principal tuba the Colorado Springs, riverside County, and Burbank Philharmonic Orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, and the New West Symphony. As a soloist, he has been featured with the San Diego Symphony, Riverside County and Burbank Philharmonic Orchestras. Scott's notable recording credits include the soundtrack to Pearl Harbor and appearances with such artists as John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, Alf Clausen, Christian McBride and Louis Bellson. Scott is also active as a composer and arranger. His jazz composition, What Were You Thinkin'? was recorded by the USC Elf Jazz Ensemble, directed by Shelly Berg, and his arrangement for solo trumpet and orchestra of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess has been performed by the Pacific Symphony. As an educator, Scott was a brass pedagogy teaching assistant while attending UCLA and spent a year as a certificated school/band/orchestra director for the Pasadena Unified School District. He has taught at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Music Festival and the Young Musicians Foundation Summer Orchestra Program. He is on faculty at the University of California at Riverside, Palomar College and Mira Costa College. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree from USC and a Master of Music degree from UCLA.
Beverly Reese Dorcy, timpani and percussion, is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. She performs with the San Diego Symphony, California Symphony, Opera by the Bay, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Before moving to California in 1998, Ms. Dorcy was active in the Seattle area, where she worked as principal percussionist with the Bellevue Philharmonic, principal timpanist with the Tacoma Opera, and recorded extensively with the Seattle Men's Chorus. She received her Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance.
Susan Barrett, oboe and English horn, is a native of Hartford. She has performed extensively as a solo and chamber musician in the United States and Europe. She has recorded solo and chamber music for Radio France, Kol Israel Radio, and Yugoslavian Radio. She is principal oboe of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of San Dieguito, and the San Diego Baroque Ensemble and is a member of the Eolus Wind Quintet. She also plays with the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestra. She has toured the U.S. with guitarist Randy Pile, which has two compact discs Songs of Forbidden Love and Forgotten Dances and Duo Cantilena.

 
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