TBF Instrumental Consort 2022

The TBF Orchestra is comprised of some of the finest early-music players in the Pacific Northwest. Its members include players from the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra and they have played at some of the leading early-music festivals from around the world.

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Cecilia Archuleta, violin

Cecilia Archuleta, violinist, enjoys a varied and colorful career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and soloist. Her refined and expressive virtuosity have brought numerous engagements with some of our region's most esteemed ensembles, as well as internationally. Cecilia was concertmaster with Philharmonia Northwest and has played with Northwest Sinfonietta, the Seattle Symphony, Pacific NW Ballet Orchestra.She is currently a member of 
Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. In chamber music (her greatest love), Cecilia has performed with the Philadelphia String Quartet for twelve seasons at the Olympic Music Festival, and the renowned Onyx Trio Series at Town Hall. She is on faculty with the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Madness series and Midsummer Musical Retreat, where she coaches chamber ensembles. She has performed with Gallery Concerts, Intimate Baroque, Anacortes Arts series, Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival, Oswego music Festival and the Mainely Mozart Festival.As a soloist, Cecilia has been a guest of the Toluca Symphony, 
Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Philarmonia, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Cantare Ensemble, and the Chaspen Chamber Orchestra. She has toured North and South America with the Orchestra de la Juventud and the Toluca Symphony. Highlights of her experience in Los Angeles include concerts for Princess Grace of Monaco with harpsichordist Igor Kipnis and a special performance for the President of Mexico, by special request of the First Lady of Mexico, and a performance of the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Jack Benny!

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Christine Beckmann, violin

Christine Wilkinson Beckman is a baroque violin specialist living in Olympia, WA. She enjoys performing throughout her native Northwest with early music ensembles large and small and appears regularly with such groups as the Portland, Seattle, and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Pacific MusicWorks. Christine began her studies on baroque violin with Ingrid Matthews, and she graduated in 2013 with an MA from the Historical Performance Practices program at Case Western Reserve University where she studied with Julie Andrijeski. She received her BM in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College. In addition to performing, Christine teaches Suzuki violin to a busy studio of young musicians in Olympia. When not performing or teaching, Christine enjoys baking, reading about linguistics and the natural sciences, drinking tea with lots of milk and sugar, and listening to the rain with her husband and young children.

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Laurel Wells, viola

Laurel Wells is known for her work on both baroque and modern viola and violin. She studied chamber music at the Banff Centre in Canada and performed extensively under the guidance of the Vermeer Quartet. Laurel was a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, holding the position of principal viola. She is currently a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra and performs often with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and at the 5th Avenue Theater. In the early music world, Laurel plays with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Pacific MusicWorks, and with her quartet, Opus 20, in the Gallery Concert Series. She has also participated in the Whidbey Island Music Festival, and the EMG’s Early Music Fridays. Laurel has recorded with Seattle Baroque, for NPR, and the Wild Boar and Centaur labels.

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Lindsey Strand-Polyak, viola

Praised for her “rococo gracefulness”, Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. Nationally, she performs with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Music Montana, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks and Bach Collegium San Diego, and Austin Baroque Orchestra; and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival, Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and the Fringe Series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. In her home base of Southern California, she can be heard with her own group, Ensemble Bizarria, as well as Musica Angelica, Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, Tesserae, and Concordia Clarimontis. Dr. Strand-Polyak was the assistant director for the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2011-2015, and is artistic director of Los Angeles Baroque—Southern California’s first community Baroque orchestra. Lecture-recitals include McGill University, University of Texas at Austin, Northern State University of Louisiana, and national meetings of the American Musicological Society. She has served on the faculty of the Colburn School and the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and currently serves as adjunct professor of baroque violin and viola at Claremont Graduate University.

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Laura Kramer, cello

Laura Kramer has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician on baroque and modern cello.  She has performed as continuo and solo cellist with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, NYS Baroque, the Grande Bande and Glimmerglass Opera.  Laura also performs with many choral groups in the Seattle area, including Seattle Bach Choir, Mirinesse Women’s Choir, Bellvue Chamber Chorus and Vespertine Opera.

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Ross Gilliland, bass

Originally from Madison, WI, bassist Ross Gilliland was a long-time member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Opera and performed regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, and Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. For more than 15 years he has served as the festival bassist for the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, directed by famed composer John Harbison. Since relocating to Seattle, he regularly performs orchestral, modern, baroque, bluegrass, chamber music, musical theater, and is featured in many film and soundtrack recordings. Ross wears another hat altogether, having worked in public policy and non-profit management for over a decade. He has served on NOCCO’s board since 2015 and is currently the Board President. Ross holds degrees in music performance, physics, and public policy, and in 2015 was named a Strategic Data Fellow by Harvard University.