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BIOGRAPHIES
Sarah Young (oboe)
Sarah Young is a freelance oboist and oboe teacher in the greater Providence area. After earning her Master's Degree in Music Performance from DePaul University, Chicago, in 2000, she spent the next three years playing oboe and English horn full-time with professional orchestras in Monterrey and Guanajuato, Mexico. She moved home to her native New England in 2003, where she now plays principal oboe in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra and performs regularly with her quartet, Ocean Winds, and with the Rhode Island Wind Orchestra and Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble. Holder of dual bachelor's degrees in Music and Civil Engineering from Stanford University, Sarah also teaches Mathematics and Music at Lincoln School in Providence and coaches chamber music at the Music Institute at Rhode Island College; in her copious free time, she sings in the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pawtuxet Village, and occasionally finds time to bake a mean flourless chocolate torte.

William Ouimette (recorders)
William Ouimette attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music from 1967-69, studying recorder with John Kelsey, percussion with Tele Lesbines, and theory with Howard Parsons. He studied recorder in the spring of 1974 at the Hartt College of Music with Gordon Smith. He completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Rhode Island in 1978, studying recorder with Dov Jaron. In the spring of 1978 Mr Ouimette studied recorder performance of 18th century music with Bernard Krainis of the New York Recorder Guild in New York City. From the 1970s and to the present Mr Ouimette has performed recorder concerts in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and with the San Diego Renaissance Fair in Tempe, AZ in 1981. He is also a freelance photographer.

Charles Cofone (piano)
Charles Cofone studied Early Music (harpsichord concentration) at Hartt College of Music with Joseph Iadone, lutenist with the New York Pro Musica. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Rhode Island and Masters degree in Library and Information Studies, also from the University of Rhode Island.  He has published two music volumes, both with Dover Publications, New York - Elizabeth Rogers hir Virginall Booke (editing and transcription of British Museum Additional MS 10337, a 1656 commonplace book), and Favorite Christmas Carols (arrangements of traditional songs and carols).  Mr. Cofone also has had a thirty(+) year career in composing, editing, arranging, musical directing and sound production for the theatre in university, summer, regional and Off Off-Broadway theatres.  He is currently the resident musical director and sound designer for the Gamm Theater. He was a music teacher at Lincoln School in Providence, RI for a number of years, then held the position of Director of Technology and is currently the Director of Operational Affairs.  He is a devoted Sacred Harp singer (http://www.ri-sacredharp.net).
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