Chris Belluscio, principal trumpet, performs on an ever-expanding array of brasswinds, from natural trumpet, English slide trumpet, stopped trumpet, keyed bugle, and keyed trumpet to every conceivable valve variant. When not testing his own patience (and those of his neighbors) practicing these he can be found handling all manners personnel related for Grand Harmonie. In the few remaining hours he has in the day he will often be looking for the latest addition to his instrument collection or watching old movies.
Emily Dahl Irons (violin) does not play a classical wind instrument, but as concertmaster of Grand Harmonie she lends her “warm and shaded” sound to the strings (while coordinating with the likes of the ophicleide and other instrumental oddities of the nineteenth century). Her enthusiasm for original instruments may have its roots in her childhood obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ask her about it after the concert, once she’s finished keeping all the wind players in line!
Timpanist and multi-percussionist, Jonathan Hess plays with a variety of groups throughout New England ranging from contemporary art music to rock and roll. He particularly enjoys the challenge of keeping his classical drums in tune when counting rests in his favorite symphony (Beethoven 7). When he's not carting around his drums or digging through piles of scrap metal looking for that "perfect sound," Jonathan spends his time in Northern Minnesota building his own house and swimming in the Boundary Waters.
Ever since starring in her 4th grade school musical, Of Mice and Mozart, oboist Kristin Olson has really really loved Mozart. As a performer, she is driven by a love of beauty, expression, spontaneity, and surprise. In addition to her administrative and performing roles with Grand Harmonie, Kristin performs with groups all over the country as both a soloist and ensemble member. Her thriving reed business, Reed Lizard, has a loyal worldwide customer base. When not dreaming about Mozart's music, Kristin loves painting, drawing, and dancing.
Sarah Paysnick, principal flutist, loves the variety of roles she plays with Grand Harmonie. Whether it's tracking income and expenses, making sure we're squared away with all government offices as Treasurer, or programming a concert set as a musician, she enjoys being part of the team. And of course, the best team work is done in rehearsals and concerts making music with wonderful colleagues who are also friends. When not making music or doing administrative work for Grand Harmonie, Sarah can be found stargazing, baking delicious bread or cookies, or making ice cream.
Yoni Kahn (horn) is pursuing a double life as a physicist and musician. When wearing his physicist hat, he is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, having received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from MIT in 2015. When wearing his musician hat, he is co-development chair and co-principal hornist for Grand Harmonie, and loves playing orchestral repertoire on a panoply of original and replica 19th century instruments. On rare occasions Yoni wears both hats at once - look for him demonstrating the physics of natural horn playing at a Grand Harmonie concert, or giving talks at various physics departments during Grand Harmonie's university visits.