WNED|WBFO welcomes the following talented individuals to the Classical 94.5 WNED family! Please take a moment to get to know the music hosts and tune in to Classical 94.5 WNED each day as familiar voices mix with new voices to bring you the music that helps you get through the day! Lynn Engle
My indoctrination into the world of classical music began at an early age. My mother, an avid music lover, would play her albums for my siblings and me. As the music played, she encouraged us to dance, sing, draw and otherwise interpret what we heard. In this way, I learned how to emotionally feel everything from Copland to Rachmaninoff; to Menotti right on up to Bernstein and then some (Janis Joplin comes to mind). I actively participated in choral ensembles since the fourth grade in West Seneca. I toured the Eastern U.S. with my college choir and performed professionally throughout Europe with the Schlierbacher Motettenchor. I still sing every Advent season with the Community Advent Chorale in East Aurora. As general manager of Heidelberg, Germany’s Schlierbacher Kammerorchester (now Heidelberger Sinfoniker), I traveled extensively in Europe promoting historically informed performance practice (HIP) from Vivaldi to Brahms. I was very fortunate to work with great musicians including conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and pianists Micheal Ponti and Bruno Leonardo Gelber. I now make my home in Western New York with my husband Greg and four daughters. We are involved with the Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Organization and continue to travel to Europe as often as we can. Our dream is to someday retire to Salzburg.
A native of Toronto, Virginia received her training at the University of Toronto and the Manhattan School of Music. An experienced orchestral player, Virginia has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She has been a regular substitute player with the Chicago Symphony for the past 22 years, and has gone on six international tours with the orchestra, playing under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti. An ardent chamber musician, Virginia has served the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for 23 years as performer, teacher and associate director. In addition, she has served as associate director and director of education of the Sweetwater Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario. Other summer chamber music festivals she has appeared at include Ravinia, Grand Teton, Algonquin and Yellow Barn. She has performed frequently with New Music Concerts and Soundstreams in Toronto, and A Musical Feast and the Slee Sinfonietta in Buffalo, where she now resides. A dedicated teacher, she has taught viola, violin and chamber music at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and Roosevelt University in Chicago,Il.
He started playing violin when he was four-years-old and has performed with various orchestras in concert halls from Buffalo to Prague. His orchestral endeavors have led him to perform with Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Khaner, Sean Duggan, Julia Wedman and Marjean Olson. In addition to his curricular orchestral ensembles at SUNY Fredonia, Lam has also performed with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, Southern Tier Symphony, and Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Through active participation of campus media, he has been able to interview national figures from various disciplines like Dawn Upshaw, Michael Eric Dyson, Ryan Kahn, Michael Ludwig and Wendy Corsi-Staub. He is an active member at WNYF-TV, The Leader and Fredonia Radio Systems.