Deborah Pittman, clarinet,
holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and has done doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. She recently retired from California State University, Sacramento, where she was professor of clarinet and Studies in American Music. A native New Yorker, Ms. Pittman moved to Sacramento in 1981 to play as second and bass clarinet with the Sacramento Symphony, a position she held until 1990. Her other orchestral positions have included the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the State Symphony of Mexico, the Orchestra of New York, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the pit orchestras of Broadway shows.
For several years she was an Artist in Residence for the Sacramento Light Opera Association’s Theater Education Project, presenting the Metropolitan Opera’s Creating Original Opera program at various schools in the greater Sacramento area. Ms. Pittman recently served as Artist in Residence at the Crocker Art Museum, where she created Small Shoulders, Big Dreams, a performance piece connected to the traveling exhibition, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Small Shoulders, Big Dreams focuses on Rockwell's famous illustration, The Problem We All Live With, and introduces audiences to Rockwell’s artistic commitment to the civil rights movement. Ms. Pittman is also on the board of VITA Academy’s Link-Up program, where she helps to promote music in the schools. Ms. Pittman is a ceramicist in her spare time and her pottery can be seen at the High Hand Gallery (Loomis), and Cobalt Salon and Gallery (Davis).
Maquette Kuper, flute,
plays principal flute with the Auburn Symphony and was a featured soloist in the orchestra’s 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 series. Ms. Kuper is a founding member of Sacramento’s Capitol Chamber Players, with which she has played numerous chamber concerts. Ms. Kuper has performed in the Sacramento Bach Festival in 2010 and 2011. She is also a member of the Crocker Art Museum Music Board, helping to organize the Classical Concert Series at the museum. A longtime Davis resident, she teaches flute privately and is the founder and director of the Davis Youth Flute Choir. The choir has toured Japan and South Korea, performing in Davis’ sister cities in those countries, and appeared at the American Pavilion at the World’s Fair, EXPO 2012, in Yeosu. In 2010, it was selected to play at the National Flute Association convention in Anaheim and in 2013 at the convention in New Orleans.
Ms. Kuper is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, spent two summers as a fellowship student at Tanglewood, and studied in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship. She has also studied privately with Lloyd Gowen, James Pappoutsakis, and Michel Debost. She was a performing participant in numerous master classes given by Julius Baker, for decades the preeminent American flutist. Ms. Kuper is a winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Young Artist Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. She has performed in Europe and throughout the United States. Ms. Kuper has been listed in Outstanding Young- Women of America and was recently named as an ACME member of Mu Phi Epsilon as a distinguished artist and educator.
Omari Tau, vocalist,
a Sacramento native, is the Director of Opera Theatre at Sacramento State University. His degrees are from Michigan State University and the Moores School of Music (University of Houston) in Music Education and Vocal Music Performance. At home in the operatic and musical theatre worlds, as well as in jazz and pop genres, Mr. Tau is a versatile performing artist, educator and director.
He has directed the Houston Grand Opera’s Education and Outreach Department, preparing young professionals and college-level artists for the stage with Opera To Go!, an opera troupe dedicated to young audiences. He has also been teaching private voice for the last fifteen years. Mr. Tau taught early childhood music at Michigan State University’s Community Music School and has been a guest instructor at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, South Africa.
As a performing artist, Mr. Tau recently completed a nine-year tour of Disney’s The Lion King, performing the role of Banzai with both the Cheetah and Gazelle touring companies, which traveled internationally. Other credits include roles at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre, Sacramento’s Music Circus and musicals such as Evita with choreographer Larry Fuller at Theater Under The Stars. Classical voice recitals include the world premieres of Michael Remson’s “After Whitman” and “nicht anna” by Phillip Blume at Fondation Royamont - Voix Nouvelles Festival in France. Tau appears on Albany Records in Roger Nelson’s operatic adaptation of A Room with a View.