THE POP CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 POP CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Mitch Van Laar/Trumpet

Mitch Van Laar was discovered by Ms. Line performing on a cruise ship on the Western Mediterranean high seas this past summer. He is a native-born Minnesota trumpet player currently performing with The Mitch Van Laar Quintet. Mitch started playing the trumpet at 10 years old and discovered jazz in the 7th grade. From there he played and recorded with high school All-State Jazz bands, Minnesota Youth Jazz bands, The Montreal Jazz Festival and The North Sea Jazz Festival. During his time at the University of North Texas, Mitch played and recorded with the 3 and 2 O'Clock Lab Bands as well as local bands in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He studied under the direction of Tanya Darby, Allen Vizzutti and Rodney Booth. He has a degree from North Texas in Jazz Studies and is currently residing in Minnesota. This is his first tour with Lorie Line.


Megan Dvorak/Oboe/English Horn

Megan Dvorak is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a BM in Oboe Performance. She is the principal oboist of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, a member of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the newly-formed wind quintet, Solerna Winds. An active freelance musician in the Twin Cities, she can often be found in the pit orchestra at Artistry in Bloomington as well as many others. She is also active in the non-profit sector, serving as board president for the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and working full time as a volunteer specialist at Greater Twin Cities United Way. In her limited spare time she is an avid crafter, restoring and refinishing furniture, woodworking, crocheting, and cross-stitching. This is her second tour with Lorie Line.


Ethan Yeshaya/Bass

Ethan Yeshaya is a bassist and writer from the Twin Cities. He graduated from McNally Smith College of Music in 2016 as a part of the Bass Performance Program. During his education, he studied with Jeffrey Bailey, Gary Raynor, Jay Young and Yohannes Tona. In 2014, Ethan received an Outstanding Soloist award at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. He plays and tours with RCA Records artist Thomas Abban and has shared the stage with Cameron Wright, Darnell Davis & The Remnant, Paris Bennett (American Idol) and many more. This is his third tour with Lorie Line.


Caitlin Lucic/Orchestral Percussion

Caitlin Lucic is active as a free-lance percussionist, drummer, and marimbist in the Twin Cities area. She has performed with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony, the Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota-Summer Chorus, Thursday Musical, and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. This spring she will make her debut with Lyric Arts-Main Street Stage as the drummer/percussionist for Evita and Legally Blonde-The Musical. She is on the faculty of MacPhail Center for Music and The Blake School. Caitlin received a MM degree in Percussion Performance from The Hartt School of Music, a BM degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a K-12 Instrumental/Classroom Music teaching certification from the University of MN-Twin Cities. She recently received a professional development grant in conjunction with MacPhail Center for Music to study jazz theory, improvisation and world music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She lives in Bloomington, MN with her husband and 5-year-old twins. This is her first tour with Lorie Line.


Randall Davidson/Cello

Randall Davidson is both a cellist and composer. His cello experiences include 27 years at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival where he learned to wear tights with conviction and a sense of humility. His most noteworthy composition is a collaboration with Garrison Keillor in "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra" which contains a warning to all you Lutherans: if you want to avoid sin, learn how to play the harp and marry a percussionist. Randall is married to an oboist, Merilee Klemp. This is his third tour with Lorie Line.


Moriah Huerta/Vocals/Mezzo-Soprano

Twenty-two year old Moriah Huerta is this year's featured vocalist. She is from the Twin Cities and was the winner of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest. She also won the 2013/2014 NATS competition and MN Sings in 2017. She recently performed and toured with contemporary folk band Rend Collective (spring 2018). Her musical circles range from the Minnesota Opera Chorus to performing at local venues and regular worship services at her church. This is her first tour with Lorie Line.


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