LOW B Conference Planning Group

The woman/non-binary woman identifying artists of the LOW B Conference Planning Group exemplify the spirit of our mission to support and promote competent technicians, intelligent leaders, and articulate activists. This committee of lionesses has labored tirelessly to collectively create an event that is diverse, meaningful, and welcoming to all. Our personalities and persuasions cover the entire spectrum of the map. Our intense work philosophy and dedication to excellence unites us. 

Christina Boyer
Christina Boyer
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Estrella Miressa Gradis Santos
Estrella Miressa Gradis Santos

At the age of 12, Ms. Santos moved to Tegucigalpa and received courses at the Music School. She entered the "Francisco Ramón Díaz Zelaya" National Conservatory of Music studying with Maestro Ramón Orozco, graduating with excellence in 2017. She currently performs as a double bass player in symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and quintets in her country, combining music with her studies in Microbiology at the National Autonomous University of Honduras UNAH

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Crystal Rebone
Crystal Rebone
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Anna Sibongile Buda
Anna Sibongile Buda

Sibongile Buda, known as Ms Buda Bass, is a Mamelodi born, South African performing artist. She is a bassist, composer, music teacher, band conductor, founder and programme Director. Her passion for music is traced back to her grandmother who plays an African drum in church; her love for music emanates from growing up in a musical background following on her grandmother’s footsteps. This lead to a discovery of a music programme known as Committed Artist for Cultural Advancement (CAFCA).

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Ariane Cap
Ariane Cap

Austrian Ariane Cap is an electric bassist, educator, author, and blogger. Credits include Keith Olsen, Muriel Anderson, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Generation Esmeralda, Cirque du Soleil and others. As a leader, Ariane has teamed up with star Jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically acclaimed duo ‘OoN’. A new collaboration with Stu Hamm recently took her to Brazil. Ariane is an online teaching personality with a thriving blog and bass courses that draw a loyal following. Her

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Susan Cahill
Susan Cahill
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Rachel Calin
Rachel Calin
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Liz Clawson
Liz Clawson
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Jessica Gilliam-Valls
Jessica Gilliam-Valls
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Susan Hagen
Susan Hagen

For the past 14 seasons Susan has spent most of her time performing as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including touring with them through the US and Canada. She also spends much time performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra and is on many Boston Symphony and Boston Pops recordings. Susan recently became the principal double bassist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the first female ever to do so, and has been a featured soloist with them.

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Lynn Hannings
Lynn Hannings

Bassist, bass bow maker & restorer Instructor of bow classes UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute

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Miranda Hill
Miranda Hill

After studying at the VCA, University of Michigan, Hartt school of music, and a sabbatical in London, Miranda has a diverse performing career based in Melbourne. Artistic Director of Melbourne’s cult queer chamber music series “Homophonic!”, and a core member of Genesis Baroque, Artists in Music Ensemble, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Octave Pussy, BOLT ensemble, and the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble.

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Zoe Heuser
Zoe Heuser
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Emily Koh
Emily Koh

Emily Koh is Assistant Professor of Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. Dr. Koh holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University, MM degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and a BMus(hons) in Composition from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

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Lindsay Lam
Lindsay Lam

Ms. Lam has played with the Ft. Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, and the National String Symphony. She has also served as Double Bass Instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. Now a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Lindsay enjoys playing with local folk bands, and teaching private lessons and Preschool Music classes. She is currently Acting Principal Bass with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, where she also serves on the Board of Directors.

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Gaelen McCormick, photo credit Michael Hanlon
Gaelen McCormick, photo credit Michael Hanlon

Gaelen McCormick is the Program Manager of the Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM) program, a part of the University of Rochester. Before joining EPAM in 2018, she was a musician with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995-2017. Since losing her hearing in 2017, Gaelen has forged a new career path as a composer, arranger, and arts administrator. She is grateful that her abilities as a performing artist have shaped the way for her new career path.

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Laura Payne
Laura Payne

At 18, Laura joined her first rock band as a bassist purely out of necessity because no one else in the band wanted to play bass. Laura fell in love with the instrument since that moment on and has been driven to continuously learn and improve her skills.        Laura's passion now consists of playing, writing, recording and sharing great music alongside talented musicians. In addition she continues to grow her skills and perform in other music projects such as the Palomar Symphony Orchestra.

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Jacqueline Pickett
Jacqueline Pickett

Ms. Pickett began her career as a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra. She is principal bassist of the Columbus Georgia Symphony Orchestra and LaGrange Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Pickett also serves as principal bass of the Colour of Music Festival and the Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi, an all-female chamber orchestra.

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Tracy Rowell
Tracy Rowell

Tracy Rowell is an active performer and teacher in the Cleveland area. Formerly the Assistant Principal Bassist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Tracy currently serves as Principal Bass for CityMusic Cleveland.

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Phoebe Russell
Phoebe Russell

Parallel to her busy performance schedule, Phoebe Russell is a passionate educator and is the lecturer in double bass at The University of Queensland and a faculty member of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has coached the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, given classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Melbourne and Sydney Conservatoriums of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

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