Meet The Antares Musicians

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandTammy Sutton, violinist, founder and co-coordinator of the Antares Musicians, is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory where she studied violin with the legendary Herbert Greenberg. A seasoned professional, she has been performing as a soloist, chamber


musician, and orchestral player for the past twenty years in the Baltimore area.  A member of the former Baltimore Opera Company, Ms. Sutton has also performed with The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and The Howard County Concert Orchestra.  She is an educator in the Howard County school system where she prepares the next generation of talented young musicians.

Ms. Sutton has performed with a wide variety of famous musicians including: The Moody Blues, The Three Irish Tenors, Mannheim Steamroller, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zuckerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Josef Gingold, David Zinman, Sir Neville Mariner, Christopher Wolfe, Leonard Slatkin, Jaime Laredo, Andre Watts, and Leon Fleisher. As an orchestral player, she has played at many venues including: Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The National Press Club, The United Nations, The Blossom Music Center, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Academy of Music, Strathmore, and The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts. Ms. Sutton has traveled the United States and Russia with The American-Russian Orchestra, The National Repertory Orchestra and The National Orchestral Institute

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandJill Thomassen, flutist and co-coordinator, is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory where she studied modern and baroque flute with Timothy Day. She has also participated in master classes of Trevor Wye and Christopher Krueger. She has been


performing as a professional soloist and chamber musician in the Baltimore and Washington areas for the past twenty years.

Ms. Thomassen has been heard in many local concerts such as The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Concert Series, The Dickeyville Concert Series, and The Peabody Tuesday Noon Recital Series. She was also a winner of the prestigious New York Flute Club Competition.

In addition to being a proud mother, Ms. Thomassen, is currently a well sought-after flute teacher, soloist, and chamber music performer. She also enjoys playing the Celtic harp.


Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandJason Love, cellist, was born in Burlington, North Carolina. Mr. Love studied violoncello with Ronald Thomas and conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory. He is artistic director and conductor of The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra,


and conductor of The Columbia Orchestra. He is praised for his “intelligent and innovative programming.”

Mr. Love is also active as a cellist, performing frequently in Maryland and across the United States. He recently gave the NC premiere of Tan Dun’s multi-media cello concerto, The Map. He is a frequent panelist on the popular radio program, “Face the Music,” on WBJC-FM in Baltimore, MD.

Recent and upcoming guest appearances find him conducting a variety of ensembles such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Sinfonietta (DC), Bismarck Symphony, and RUCKUS, a contemporary music ensemble at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also teaches conducting.

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandKirsten Inger Eggen Walsh, cellist, has been an active freelance cellist in the Mid-Atlantic Region for 15 years after having moved from an active career in Texas.  She received her Bachelors Degree in cello performance from Trinity University in San Antonio


and her Masters Degree in cello performance from The University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Professor Paul Olefsky.  After her move to Baltimore she was the principal cellist of the Lancaster Symphony for a number of years. She is also playing with ensembles such as St. Johns Orchestra and Mid-Atlantic Symphony, as well as the Annapolis Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.  She has performed for the Sundays At Three chamber music series in Columbia, MD and Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park.

An avid educator, Kirsten is the director of the Strings Program at the Friends School of Baltimore where she directs five different Orchestras of various skill levels.  She conducts the Chamber Orchestra in the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp every summer and has guest conducted and coached chamber music for the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras.

Kirsten continues to play in diverse genres and styles, with a penchant for rock band work.  She has spent many hours in various recording studios around the region and has performed and recorded with a number of bands.  Her most recent performance was with American Idol star Katherine McPhee.


Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandBerta Sabrio, vocalist/pianist, is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she studied voice with baritone Philip Frohnmayer and keyboard with Dr. John Murphy.  She made her operatic debut with the New Orleans Opera under the direction of George Manahan, the


current director of the New York City Opera. She has been privileged to work with renowned conductors Paul Salamunovich, Larry Wyatt, and the late David Davidson. She is a sought after vocalist and accompanies several instrumental studios.

She is currently the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church where she conducts four choirs and a cantor ministry. As a member of the National Pastoral Musicians and as the Chapter Director for the Association’s Baltimore chapter, she has served the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a clinician and educator. She recently served as the cantor for the internationally televised installation of Baltimore’s new Archbishop and as conductor for the Catholic Schools Convocation Mass at the Meyerhoff.

Ms. Sabrio has been performing as a soloist and accompanist in the greater Washington/Baltimore area for more than 20 years.

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandKim Miller, violinist, is a well-known performing artist in the Washington DC/ Baltimore metropolitan area. He recently completed a career with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra as Concertmaster. This orchestra is known as “The President’s Own” as they perform regularly at the White


House for virtually every social and diplomatic function.  Kim was heard frequently as a soloist with The Marine Orchestra, as well as in many chamber music performances held throughout the city. Kim studied with Charles Libove and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

Since moving to the Washington Metropolitan area he has performed extensively throughout the region as a member of The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Washington Chamber Symphony, National Gallery Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra and The National Philharmonic. In 2006 Kim became a member of the Baltimore Opera Company Orchestra and has become very active in the arts community in Baltimore.

Mr. Miller has appeared frequently with the performing ensemble CON BRIO! at such venues as the annual Bach Festival in Georgetown and at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Kim is currently concertmaster of The Salon Orchestra of Washington, which performs annually for the Horatio Algers Association Awards ceremony as well as many other cultural events held in Washington DC.

Mr. Miller’s violin performance is represented on many recordings and film scores having recorded with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Scott Wesley Brown, Evelyn “Champagne” King,  and Mary J Blige on her summer 2008 tour.  He can be seen most recently in the Netflix series, “House of Cards” along with Kevin Spacey.


Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandBob Boguslaw, pianist, studied classical piano and composition at the Universities of Miami and Kentucky where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees. During his years of study, he became fascinated with the jazz idiom and jazz composition. His early experiences in jazz included jam


sessions with Ira Sullivan, and gigs with Dennis DiBlasio and Eric Traub. He also was fortunate to study with the great jazz educators, Vince Maggio, Mike Gerber, Ronnie Miller, and Vince Dimartino.

Mr. Boguslaw has been performing for the past 18 years at the White House as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Over the years, Mr. Boguslaw has performed with the likes of Louie Bellson, Mark Egan, Vinnie Colaiuta, Manhatten Transfer, Danny Gottlieb, David Samuels, and Vince Dimartino. In the world of Pop and show music, he has performed with Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Bo Diddley, The Shirelles, and The Moody Blues, as well as the National Tour of CATS, and South American Tours with Jose Luis Rodriguez.

His career has been unique in that he has remained active as a classical pianist in addition to his jazz performing and recording. Some of his classical performances include soloing with The National Gallery Orchestra, The McLean Symphony, as well as chamber music performances with the New Hampshire Music Festival. Mr. Boguslaw currently resides in Maryland with his wife and three daughters.

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandBetsy Garry, flutist, earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Hartt School of Music. She completed her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has won numerous prizes and awards, including


first place in the Catch a Rising Star Competition in Fairfax, Virginia, and several Talent and Career Development Grants from the Hartt School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. A busy freelance flutist in the Baltimore-Washington area, Betsy has performed with many organizations, including the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandRussell Wilson, pianist, earned a Bachelor’s degree in classical piano performance and a Masters degree in jazz, both from the University of Maryland in College Park. In 2002, while a junior in college, he joined the President’s Own US Marine Band where he plays all kinds of music


styles on the piano, harpsichord, accordion, and keyboard in public concerts and private receptions at the White House and around the DC Area. In 2010, Russell won 2nd place in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest in Peoria, IL. Russell is married to Elizabeth and they live in College Park, MD. Together they work with their Youth Group at Alexandria Free Methodist Church. On May 3, 2009, they had a boy named Barnabas.
Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandPatricia Hammer, pianist, is a professional musician with over thirty years experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from UMCP and a Master’s degree from Towson University. Even though Patty was classically trained, she always dazzles clients with her ability to perform


various genres of music including: jazz, classical, pop, showtunes, top forty, Latin, and more. In addition to being an accomplished pianist, Patty was Musical Director at Toby’s Dinner Theatre for five years and continues to be in demand as a soloist and accompanist in the Baltimore/DC area. She has performed at many venues including the White House, Kennedy Center, World Bank, Howard County Celebration of the Arts Galas, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Patty also teaches music in the Howard County Public School system where she was nominated twice for the Howard County Music Educator of the Year award. She is listed in the third and seventh editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Currently residing in Columbia, Patty is the proud mother of two children and two grandchildren.


Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandSarah Berger, soprano, has performed solo and chamber repertoire ranging from Heinrich Schütz to John Adams with ensembles including Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Bach Sinfonia, the Baltimore Masterworks


Chorale, Washington’s Orchestra of the 17th Century, and the chamber ensembles Stylus Luxurians and the Ceciliana Quartet.

Highlights of the past few seasons include Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate with Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society; performances of Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres and Magnificat at Christ Lutheran and Divinity Lutheran churches in Baltimore; and German romantic choral music including Mendelssohn’s Psalm 22 with Washington’s Midsummer Singers.

Ms. Berger made her European debut as the soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’sRequiem with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Paris, Oiron, and Aix-en-Provence, France in 2007. She performs throughout the season with Concert Artists of Baltimore and as soprano soloist at Christ Lutheran Church at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Ms. Berger studied singing, musicology and English literature at Oberlin College and she received a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She studied with Penelope McKay at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has performed in masterclasses with John Shirley-Quirk, Max van Egmond, Julius Drake, and Ian Partridge.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons.

Wedding Ceremony Music MarylandCarolyn Stewart Parker, vocalist, is a professional actress/singer and veteran of over 70 stage productions. Of particular note: Anna in ‘The King and I’, Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’, Nancy in ‘Oliver’, and Mrs. Squires (while understudying the role of Marian) in the National tour of ‘The Music Man’,


with John Davidson. She is proud to have earned her membership in all three major acting unions – Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors’ Equity Association.

Ms. Parker began studying voice at the age of fourteen with her ‘musical comedy’ teacher, Calvin Remsberg (of the 1st National Tours of Sweeney Todd, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera), with whom she studied for 7 years. A Vocal Education major and Drama and Speech minor at Shepherd College in West Virginia, Ms. Parker considers herself to be as much a lyric interpreter as a vocalist. Her seamless voice lends itself easily to ballads, jazz/standards, and show tunes as well as the wedding classics ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.

For the past twelve seasons, Ms. Parker has had the pleasure and privilege of singing our National Anthem at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and was chosen to honor America with the same at the ‘Maryland’s 50 Years in Space’ celebration at the Maryland Science Center in June of 2009.


Sheng-Tsung Wang, violinist  Sheng-Tsung Wang picBy the age of thirteen, violinist Dr. Sheng-Tsung Wang had already given his highly acclaimed solo debut performing with the Bremen Symphony Orchestra of Germany.  Of the concert Die Nord Deutsche marveled that Dr. Wang “performed


the difficult passages with astonishing understanding, as well as interpreting the lyric qualities with sweetness, bravura, and inspired tone.”  As a member of the prestigious “President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra, SSgt. Wang performs regularly at the White House, as well as at highly distinguished venues in the Baltimore & Washington, D.C. areas.  Dr. Wang presented his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 with three evenings of solo and chamber performances under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation, and returned in 2000 with the United States premiere of Peabody Director Robert Sirota’s “Summermusic” for violin and piano.

Sheng-Tsung Wang earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from the University of Maryland College Park School of Music studying with the renowned string pedagogue Gerald Fischbach.  Dr. Wang received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a student of Victor Danchenko.  Previous teachers have included Elaine Mishkind, Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, the late Mark Ulrich, and Ik-Hwan Bae.

Sheng-Tsung Wang has served on the music faculty of the University of Maryland at College Park (adjunct) and Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.

Troy King, guitarist, Troyregularly performs concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.  He has been heard on the BBC and frequently on National Public Radio in both the United States and Spain.  Mr. King has been a soloist with orchestras across the country and


has given festival performances at the Interlochen Arts Festival (Michigan), the Charlton Kings International Guitar Festival (England), the Portland Guitar Festival (Oregon), and the Summer Guitar Workshop (NM). Frequent tours have taken Troy King to major concert venues in London, New York City, Mexico City, Honolulu, Cheltenham (UK), Albuquerque, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Derby (UK), Cincinnati, San Diego, Phoenix, Portland, and Washington D.C.

Troy King has released two solo guitar recordings, each containing World Premieres and receiving unanimous international critical acclaim: “Musique de Salon: Classical Guitar Music for a New Belle Epoque”, released on the IGW label, and “Musica del Arte: Masterworks for Guitar by Latin American Composers”, released internationally on the Centaur Records label. Mr. King won First Prize at the Fifth Portland International Guitar Competition. Other honors include winning First Prizes at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition and the Montpelier Recitalist Competition, and being a finalist at the IV Manuel Ponce International Guitar Competition in Mexico.

Troy King holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Lamont School of Music/University of Denver. His major teachers have been John Holmquist and Ricardo Iznaola. Additional instruction includes private study in England with composer/guitarist Gilbert Biberian. Mr. King is a professor of classical guitar at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.