Guest Artists

Stacey Shames, harp.

 Stacey Shames is widely recognized as one of today’s outstanding concertizing harpists. With performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal, she has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She is celebrated for her luxurious tone and a repertoire encompassing Scarlatti to Elliott Carter.

At age fourteen, Ms. Shames made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, receiving critical acclaim. She took the First Prize in the American Harp Society Competition (1987), received honors at the International Concours de Geneve, and went on to earn a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel (1992). In recent concerto performances, Ms. Shames appeared with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, in Boston, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in New York, at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bargemusic.

Ms. Shames enjoys a busy schedule of performances, recordings and tours as the harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. A past principal harpist of the Saint Louis Symphony, Miss Shames performed, recorded and toured under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also been principal of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble, and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Recently, Ms. Shames has been accompanist for Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, and Joshua Bell in numerous recording and television appearances. She has recorded extensively for some of today’s most popular artists including Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick,Jr., Lauryn Hill, George Michael and Celine Dion. Ms. Shames may be heard on the soundtracks to over 100 films and enjoys a busy schedule in all of the recording and television studios in New York.Miss Shames is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She has served as a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Hartt School of Music, and coaches many young harpists as they transition from conservatory to career. She appears at many summer chamber music festivals, collaborating with celebrated string quartets and musicians from around the world. The varied discography of Ms. Shames may be heard on the Koch, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA, Decca, Blue Note, Bridge and Concord record labels.

Justin Goldner, bass, guitar, mandolin, etc.

Justin Goldner’s musical explorations have taken him around the world to 36 countries as a bassist, guitarist and producer, making music with John Scofield, Paul Shaffer, Frankie Avalon, Chris Potter, Lenny Pickett, Wayne Krantz and Richard Bona,along with his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello. As a session musician and bandleader, he's performed with Island Records' Lolo, Ryan Beatty and Childish Gambino, and as founder of Funky Butter Productions, has produced and written for Grace McLean, Carrie Manolakos, Abby Bernstein, Shaina Taub, Ryan Amador, Morgan Karr and Political Subversities. As house bassist on NBC's America's Got Talent and house guitarist in Broadway's The Bridges of Madison County, he plays nightly for audiences in New York and across the U.S. 

With budding interests in world music came a commitment to musical traditions on their own terms– performing on banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and Mexican guitarrón– remixing them in new and innovative settings on Una PasseggiataA restless traveler and self-professed “language junkie”, Justin is conversant in 8 languages. In recent years, his muse has led him to Egypt, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Latin America and Turkmenistan, where he has performed and engaged with local cultures, conducted music workshops in 3 languages and exchanged experiences and music with others from across the world. 

Steve Gibb, guitar

Originally from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Steve Gibb has made the USA his home since 2000. Initially self-taught from the age of 6, he has become an award-winning player who has appeared with a variety of artistes including Eartha Kitt, Petula Clark, Britney Spears and Meatloaf, and in major venues from London’s Royal Festival Hall to The White House in Washington, DC performing for Royalty and Presidents alike. After studying firstly at Napier College (now Napier University), Edinburgh, Steve went on to study with Hector Quine and Timothy Walker at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won the John Mundy Prize for 'Excellence in the playing of a stringed instrument'. He made his London debut at The Purcell Room at The South Bank Centre as part of the Park Lane Group Young Concert Artist Series. In 1993, Steve had a bit of a career change and joined the cast of the West End Musical 'BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY'. In addition to his role as the show’s Musical Director, Steve also understudied the lead role of Buddy Holly, appearing in London, Toronto and both the UK and USA Tours. He appeared as John Lennon, Bobby Vee and Don Everly in Bill Kenwright's 'THE ROY ORBISON STORY' and currently plays guitar on Broadway in the Tony and Grammy award-winning 'JERSEY BOYS'.

As a composer, Steve’s credits include HBO, ABC, NBC, CBS, VH1, MTV, National Geographic, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, Showtime, TNT, PBS, Versus and many others. His track 'Fallen Hero' was used extensively on the National Telethon HOPE FOR HAITI NOW and heard all over the world. He has recorded several production library CD’s for the American Music Company and is a staff composer for EarGoo, Inc. In 2011, Barry Gibson’s Local Heroes, an instrumental group comprising some of Britain's finest musicians, released their CD ‘Three of our Shadows are Missing’ in memory of legendary Shadows bass player Jet Harris. The CD includes Steve’s composition ‘Boot Hill’ recorded by Jet in one of his last recording sessions. In October of this year, Barry Manilow, after hearing Steve's remix of his song 'Everything's Gonna Be All Right' wrote - 'Steve Gibb is a really great musician' - high praise indeed! Other notable pieces include ‘RANT’ (2007) for 3 guitars premiered by The Metropolitan Guitar Trio and ‘Balmoral Snow’ (2012) for violin, cello and guitar, commissioned by the Clan Currie Society to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2013, Steve scored the documentary, ‘The Power of One’ for Thinkpiece Films and was once again commissioned by the Clan Currie Society to compose a piece to celebrate the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. The piece, ‘Lullaby for a Prince - A Royal Dream’ was written for guitar, celtic harp and cello and will be premiered in NYC on December 15th. Steve's debut CD, ZigZag (2002) was released to great critical acclaim and includes a beautiful fingerstyle ballad which was a winner at the 2002 Great American Songwriting Contest. His next solo Celtic Guitar CD will be released in 2014 and will contain another award-winning track, 'Tanera' alongside many other originals and some arrangements of traditional Celtic music.

An in demand session player, Steve has worked with many musicians in the tri-state area and recently teamed up with a new internet based company providing clients all over the world access to Steve's guitar playing and productions skills.

In 2000, The Royal Academy of Music honored Steve by awarding him an Associate of The Royal Academy (ARAM) for his services to music. He currently lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife and daughter, a crazy wee dog and many, many guitars! His website

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Christopher Layer, woodwinds and pipes

As a teacher of the flute and pipes, Layer has worked for Scotland's Feis Na Gael, in the Scottish Hebrides, The Augusta National Heritage Center, The Hamish Moore School of Piping, and countless workshops at music festivals the world over.

Over the last 14 years, Chris has toured four continents with the Trinity Irish Dance Company as their principle pipe soloist and flautist. His father is traditional fiddle great, Edwin Layer, and mother, soprano Dolores Layer. He played his first professional engagement at the tender age of 11. Since then, he has gone on to great success in the worlds of traditional and classical music at home and abroad. Since 2003, Chris has been the Artist In Residence for the Moab Music Festival in Moab, Utah, teaching there for 10 weeks each year, and is the creator of the Moab Community Dance Band in that rural community.

Recently, Layer contributed his arrangements of original and traditional music to the New York Theater's production of "Twelfth Night" for Shakespeare In The Park in NYC, performing onstage with the company.

As a sideman, he has toured performed, and recorded with many talents in traditional, classical and modern music. Here are just a few of his musical friends: Éric Beaudry, Susie Petrov, David Amram, Brendan O'Shea, Cillian Valelly, Ivan Goff, Issac Alderson, Cathie Ryan, Hanneke Cassell, Natalie Haas, Laura Risk, Liz Carroll, Rodney Miller, Tony DeMarco, Dennis Cahill, Tracy Schwarz, Pete Sutherland, Tim Britton, Jerry O'Sullivan, Mel Mericer, Danny Noveck, Greg Liszt, Hamish Moore, Dougie Pincock, Margaret MacArthur, Eric Beaudry, Andre Marchand, Grey Larsen, Jack Coen, Eamon O'Leary, Andy McGann, Alasdair Fraser, Matt Munisteri, Butch Thompson, and Paul Woodiel. His blog

Dana Lyn, violin, viola and piano

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dana Lyn has performed at such prestigious venues as the Beacon Theater, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, as well as folk festivals (and dive bars) the world over. As a violinist, she is at home in multiple music worlds, ranging from classical/contemporary classical to folk, new and improvisatory music. Along with appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Conan O’Brien Show, she was cast as an onstage musician in the Public Theatre’s 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet, in the first season of The Bridge Project, co-produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Old Vic and directed by Academy-Award winner Sam Mendes, and most recently in the New Group’s production of Clive, directed by Ethan Hawke. Lyn is also an esteemed fiddle player in the Irish tradition and was featured on The Raw Bar and Geanntrai, two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. As a composer, Lyn was commissioned by the classical quartet Brooklyn Rider to write Maintenance Music, a seven-minute piece that will be featured on the group’s forthcoming album The Brooklyn Almanac. She has also received commissions from the OSSO String Quartet and the US Army Strings, among others. Lyn’s work as a session fiddler/arranger has seen her contribute to dozens of albums, including the Grammy-winning High, Wide and Handsome by Loudon Wainwright III and the forthcoming live CD/DVD An Irish Homecoming by Cherish the Ladies. In October of 2013, Lyn released Aqualude, an album of original compositions for mixed quintet, via Ropeadope Records, and is currently working on a spoken-word collaboration with actor-director Vincent D’Onofrio, due for release in 2014. Her website