Robin Etter, flutist, is a native of Northern Virginia and received her Bachelorís Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before joining the Florida Symphony Orchestra in 1984. From 1992-1997 she performed as Principal Flute with the Orlando Philharmonic. In addition to working with Raintree, Robin also performs as a solo flutist for Walt Disney World's Fairy Tale Weddings, is a member of the Walt Disney World Orchestra, and has performed weekly as a jazz artist at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando. Currently she is Professor of Flute at Rollins College and performs with the Bach Festival Orchestra. Robin is a published author of Suwannee Notes- and has produced two solo CDs - Afternoon of a Flute and Impressions - as well as a recording for Avon entitled Calming Flute. She currently lives with her husband, two children and two cats in Mt. Dora where she volunteers as Vice President of the Mount Dora Music Festival.
Jennie Rudberg, violinist, left her native Dallas to study at Indiana University, one of the top music schools in the world. After completing her Bachelor of Music in Violin there, she accepted a position with the Santiago Philharmonic, enjoying the culture and people of Chile before returning to this country to begin graduate studies at Baylor. A successful audition for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra interrupted her masters work and soon after her stint in Louisiana, she became a member of the Florida Symphony Orchestra. Jennie has eclectic musical tastes and has played jazz, country fiddle, and Celtic music, hosting jam sessions with her husband, a guitarist, in their Winter Park home. At present, her professional life in Central Florida includes performing as a violinist in the Orlando Philharmonic and Bach Festival Orchestras, playing with the Disney World Orchestra each year for the Candlelight Processional, and serving as a frequent soloist with Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. When she isn't working as a professional musician, Jennie is kept very busy by her two children.
Karen Peters, violist, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin and completed a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Organ. Before coming to Orlando, Karen played with the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Shreveport Sympony. She won an audition for and accepted a full-time position with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in the mid-80's. She has served as principal violist and librarian of the Bach Festival Orchestra and principal violist of the Orlando Philharmonic. Karen is currently the librarian of the OPO and still manages to find time to enjoy her family, husband Elliot and daughter Allison, in their Winter Park home.
Brenda Higgins, cellist, is a transplanted Hoosier who holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Ball State University. Winning an audition with the Florida Symphony Orchestra put completion of a doctorate on the back burner and she moved to Orlando in the mid-70's. After being selected as a Rotary Scholar in 1984, she spent nine months in study and giving recitals throughout mid- and south Wales, returning to perform with the FSO until its demise in 1993. Brenda is very active as a professional musician in our area, serving as principal cellist of the Bach Festival Orchestra, second cellist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Professor of Cello Studies at Rollins College and maintaining a private cello studio. She performs with the Brevard Symphony, is a member of the Disney World Orchestra, and plays for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. Ms. Higgins is a 2008 recipient of a professional development grant from United Arts of Central Florida which she will use to pursue study of the viola da gamba and Baroque cello at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She is married to Sherwood Hawkins, principal oboist of the Bach Festival Orchestra, second oboist of the Orlando Philharmonic. They live in a cottage in College Park with two papillons and five rescued cats.
Harriet Hope, pianist, is a daughter of the South -- a South Carolina native and long-time resident of Orlando. She received her Master of Music in Piano from Florida State University in Tallahassee and is active in the Central Florida music scene as performer and teacher. Formerly on the faculty of Valencia Community College, Harriet has also served as staff accompanist for the University of Central Florida and performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. At present, she serves as pianist of the Bach Festival Orchestra and accompanist of both the Messiah Choral Society and the Bach Festival Choir of Winter Park as well as performing several times weekly as the most active accompanist on the staff of the Rollins College Department of Music. She also maintains a large private studio and is well-known and respected as a teacher. Harriet, an avid traveler and antique collector, lives in a historic Victorian house near downtown Orlando.
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