About Chaski

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Chaski [CHAH-ski] means “messenger” in the Incan language of Quechua [KECH-wah]. In the spirit of this Andean traveler, Chaski brings to its audiences classical, Celtic, and Latin American folk music featuring all kinds of flutes and harps. Based in Austin, Texas, Chaski has performed together since 1985 and has toured the United States, Costa Rica, Venezuela, England, and Scotland. Five independently produced recordings, Chaski (1989), Pacha Mama (1991), El sariri (1995), Unay (2000), and Viracocha (2005) feature selections from Chaski’s repertoire on flute, sikus (panpipes), quena, flauto traverso, harp, cuatro, guitar, charango, bombo, maracas and other instruments. Chaski was featured on the soundtrack of 2006 IMAX film Ride Around the World: A Cowboy Adventure.

Chaski began performing classical flute and harp music in April of 1985. Venezuelan songs that Adrienne’s mother had brought from her homeland gradually made their way into Chaski’s repertoire. Shana and Adrienne joined the University of Texas at Austin Brazilian and Andean Music Ensembles to learn more about depth and variety of Latin American music. The success of their expanded repertoire led them to welcome guitarist Dan Dickey into the group in about 1991.

Adrienne Inglis

Adrienne Inglis received a Bachelor of Music in Flute at Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Music in Flute at the University of Texas at Austin and has studied with Caryl Mae Scott, Scott Goff, Karl Kraber, and Bolivian zampoñero Fernando Jiménez. In 1992 she graduated with highest honors with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from UT Austin. She teaches flute at Southwestern University and freelances extensively as a performing and recording artist in Central Texas. She serves as principal flute of the Round Rock Symphony, Panoramic Voices Orchestra, and Chorus Austin Orchestra. She recorded on the SpyKids 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and The Children's War, and Ride Around the World film soundtracks playing as many as twelve different flutes. She is a founding composer and singer with Inversion Ensemble. See her composer page at Adrienne Inglis, Composer.

Shana Norton

Shana Norton graduated with highest honors earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Abilene Christian University and attended the Eastman School of Music, studying with Julia Hermann Edwards and Eileen Malone. In 1995 she graduated from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Affairs degree. She plays principal harp with the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Symphony of the Hills. Ms. Norton has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Bouldin Creek Bobkat Band and the bluegrass/western swing group, Diminished 7. Follow Shana on her website HipHarpy.com or on Twitter.

Chaski's Collaborators

Matt Borer is a full time yoga instructor mainly in the Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow traditions. He likes to call his style of instruction “yoga mutt”; taking a little bit of information from every resource possible and integrating it into each class. With over 14 years of personal practice and over 10,000 hours of teaching time, there is a lot of experiential knowledge combined with compassion and patience to be had in his classes! You will laugh as hard as you work and will enjoy a wonderful sense of community, friendship, and self awareness throughout the process! When not teaching, Matt can be found here in Austin playing music with several groups, two-steppin, kick boxing, and rock climbing! Sometimes all at the same time. Click here to learn more about Matt Borer.

Cayla Cardiff earned a Master of Music in music education from the University of Texas at Austin, but has since moved to the other side of the baton as a performer and been blessed to study voice with Danny Johnson as well as Cheryl Parrish. She enjoys attending and working at both the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Texas Toot, where she has studied with Anne Azema, Shira Kammen, Drew Minter, Ann Monoyois, Adam Gilbert, and Bob Wiemken. She has enjoyed performing with the Texas Early Music Project, Istanpitta Ensemble for Early Music, La Follia Austin Baroque, the Saint Cecila Music Series at First Presbyterian Church of Austin, the Schola Cantorum of St. Mary Cathedral, Abby Green and Glas, Oliver Rajamani, and the chancel choir of Highland Park Baptist Church. Cayla lives in Taylor with her tall husband Steven, and teaches piano and music theory at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. Click here to learn more about Mezzo soprano Cayla Cardiff.

Señor Dan Dickey has been performing a wide variety of Latin American music for the last 35 years. He sings boleros, rancheras and huapangos from México, cumbias from Colombia, guajiras from Cuba, vals peruano and huaynos from Perú, joropos from Venezuela and much, much more! Señor Dickey accompanies himself on Spanish guitar, tiple, charango and other Latin American instruments. Over the years, Don Daniel has performed in México, South America, Europe and around the United States. His many recordings also feature his musical groups Chaski, Los Romanceros and Takiy Orqo—all originally based in Austin, Texas. Daniel has performed both public and educational concerts with his groups in many different states and countries; he has also performed at countless private parties, weddings and events; however, a favorite musical venue was performing with his trio, Los Romanceros, most Friday nights for 29 years (from February of 1983 until July of 2012) at Las Palomas Restaurant in Austin. Currently Señor Dickey is performing solo but can add extra instrumentation for particular events. Besides his musical performances, Señor Dickey taught Latin American music ensembles at the University of Texas at Austin for many years and taught Spanish for 31 years at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, visiting Texas on a regular basis.

Praised by Soundboard magazine for his "lyrical playing" and "remarkable counterpoint," classical guitarist Steve Kostelnik tours extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has won top honors at several important competitions including, the Naxos prize at the 1996 Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, First prize at the 1995 Music Teachers National Association Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, and First prize at the 1990 Southwest Festival Guitar Competition. His highly acclaimed debut recording "Steve Kostelnik: Guitar Recital" was released on the Naxos label in 1999. Dr. Kostelnik maintains a thriving private studio in central Austin.

Equally at home with orchestral, solo, and chamber music, Dr. Matthew McClung has performed with a wide variety of prestigious ensembles throughout the United States. He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Hawaii Opera Theater, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, OrchestraX, Symphony of Southeast Texas, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, plus the symphony orchestras of Arkansas, Austin, Corpus Christi, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston, Kentucky, Lexington, Maui, Phoenix, San Antonio and Victoria. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Alisa Weilerstein, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Tierkreis Percussion Ensemble, the So Percussion Group, Elemental Percussion, Strike 3 Percussion, Musiqa, the Houston Composers Alliance, Da Camera (Houston), NOVA (Salt Lake City), the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, the Contemporary Dance Theater of Cincinnati, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Music in Time series in Charleston, South Carolina, the Cinco de Brasso Quintet, the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, and Terra Nova, among others.

Matthew has played on the national tour of a Broadway show, a steel drum concerto with the Kentucky Symphony, jazz vibes with the Rusty Burge Quartet, and his own composition, in collaboration with Rounder recording artist Rachel Buchman, for hundreds of school children. As a winner of a Presser award, he studied for a summer with the Master Drummers of the Ewe tribe in Ghana, West Africa. Matthew holds an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he is the recipient of the first Doctoral degree ever awarded in percussion performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and the principal percussionist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.

“…the exhilarating athleticism of Matthew McClung’s performance … made (this) the biggest crowd-pleaser of this musically rewarding afternoon.” —Salt Lake Tribune

“McClung played stylishly and smartly … The performance sang with a distinctive joie de vivre.” —Houston Chronicle

Dancer Teresa Saldivar of Corpus Christi, specializes in interpreting the haunting Mexican song, La llorona. Teresa Saldivar is a certified teacher with a special emphasis in reading, currently in the Corpus Christi I.S.D. Among other performances, she presented La llorona for Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader in the American civil rights movement, and also for the local Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos festival for the last eight years. She is featured in an Ozarka Water video with her recent Team Dance in the revival of cumbia.

Cellist Betsy Sanders grew up in Minnesota within a very musical family. She attended the Interlochen Music Camp and graduated from their prestigious Arts Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University in Indiana. She came to Austin for graduate work at the University of Texas, completing both her Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in cello performance. Her treatise for the DMA concentrated on the field of music medicine and she regularly advises fellow musicians on how to deal with performance injuries. Her primary study has been with Sally Nordstrom, Denis Brott, Cassel Grubb and Paul Olefsky. She became a member of the Austin Symphony in 1984, and has been a member of the Austin Lyric Opera orchestra since the organization formed in 1986. She taught in the UT String Project under Phyllis Young while attending UT, and then expanded her private teaching studio, now teaching about 20 students each week. She also performs in various small ensembles in Austin such as the Texas Choral Consort and contracts orchestras for a range of performing groups. Her freelance opportunities include weddings, recording sessions, and adjudicating student competitions. She is married to baritone David Small, and together they enjoy keeping up with their son Jamie.

Cellist Dr. Jun Seo started playing cello at age 13 and he soon attended Seoul Arts High School where he won the 1st prize from the Seoul Young Artist Chamber Music Competition. During his high school years, he came to the United States to study abroad and attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. He received the 2nd prize from Newton Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the International Chamber Music Society in Boston and the Sorantin International String Competition. He received a 1st prize from Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition and UT Butler School of Music String Competition. He has also received Best Instrumentalist award from Sidney Wright Competition and two honorable mention awards from Sidney Wright Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He soloed with the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra at the University of Texas-Austin, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Austin Civic Orchestra.

He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory School of Music in Boston in 2009. He received a Master’s of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Bion Tsang. At the same time, he was a teaching assistant for Professor Tsang and a faculty member at the UT-String Project for three years. Dr. Seo received full scholarships to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute, StonyBrook Summer Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival. In 2013, Dr. Seo was a resident artist at the Lake George Music Festival in Lake George, NY.

Cellist Jun Seo
Dr. Seo has studied cello with Jin-kyung Chee, Hee-song Song, Laura Blustein, and Yeesun-Kim. He also played in Cello masterclasses of Brinton Smith, Laurence Lesser, Alexander Baillie, Ralph Kirshbaum, Peter Wispelwey, Lynn Harrell and Anner Bylsma. He has collaborated with artists such as Yehonatan Berick, Lynn Chang, Thomas Landschoot, Sheila Browne, and Christof Huebner. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Seo performed alongside the Cappella Choir of Seoul Theological University in their European tour. In the summer of 2014, he toured several European countries such as Switzerland and Scotland with the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble. Currently, Dr. Seo holds a full cello studio in Austin, and is a faculty member at ACMC.

Mezzo-soprano Shaunna Shandro is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she completed undergraduate degrees in Theatre (BA), and Voice Performance (BMus). Before moving to Austin to attend graduate school at The University of Texas (MM/Opera Performance, DMA/Vocal Performance & Pedagogy), she was an Apprentice Artist with The Edmonton Opera, and studied at The Mozarteum Sommeracademie in Salzburg, Austria, for two consecutive years, as a scholarship winner of The Johann Strauss Foundation’s Award for Advanced Studies in Music. While studying at The University of Texas at Austin, she was one of three students selected to represent UT in concert at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. Shaunna currently teaches private voice lessons, primarily to UT Theatre & Dance Majors, and is the Director of Music for Children and Youth at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She loves performing new works, and has sung premiers of song cycles (Violet Archer’s “Song of North”), musical theatre (Larry Gatlin’s “Rosie, the Musical”), and new operas (UT New Works Festival). In addition to contemporary music, Shaunna specializes in Slavic music and musical theatre.

Expert bombero and long-time Chaski percussionist Emilio Torres frequently performs and records with Chaski. He has also performed as a guest with Sukay and appeared on national television in Bolivia.

"The Texas Choral Consort (TCC) has been delighting Austin audiences with high-quality performances for the past 16 years. The ensemble is unique among choruses in the U.S. in that it offers non-auditioned singers of all ages and backgrounds an intensive and rewarding performance experience. Recently nominated for Best Choral Performance by the Austin Critics Table Awards, TCC brings a wide variety of musical programming to Central Texas. Founded in 1997 by Dr. Barry Scott Williamson, TCC has maintained an active presence in Austin’s rich choral scene. The ensemble produces several large-scale works per year, has undertaken four international tours and collaborates regularly with other artistic groups, including treasured artistic institutions such as the Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin New Music Co-op, Line Upon Line, Convergence, Golden Hornet Project, Austin Symphony, and many more. Under the artistic directorship of Brent Baldwin, TCC has expanded its programming beyond the traditional choral canon. In addition to its productions of works such as Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Creation, and a recent critically-acclaimed production of the Brahms German Requiem, TCC performs works by living composers such as Eric Whitacre, John Corigliano, and Morten Lauridsen. TCC also regularly presents world premiere works, including new compositions by Russell Reed, Donald Grantham, Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. In 2011, TCC collaborated with Austin New Music Co-op in the North American premiere of Cornelius Cardew’s seven-hour epic, The Great Learning. This year, TCC was recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards for its role in “Mozart’s Requiem Undead," as well as its presentation of Brahms: A German Requiem.

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Flutes, harps & the whole world to play in!

Chaski is what you get when you take a virtuosic flute/harp duo, add a colorful collection of flutes and harps from around the world, and explore music to include them all. For over 30 years Chaski has toured with repertoire ranging from the Mozart Flute/Harp Concerto, to Bolivian huayños, Scottish strathspeys, tunes from Playford's "The English Dancing Master" (published 1651), and world premieres of new works. Chaski frequently works in collaboration with solo artists, choirs, and, most recently, with a modern dance company, accompanying the dancers and performing alongside them..

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