Meet the Board:
Alex Shaffer, spent his childhood summers in Hamilton and has been an active player of Baroque music for decades, especially chamber music. Playing Baroque flute and recorders was a welcome counterpoint to his career as a research biologist. After retiring, he and his wife, Becky Homan, moved from St. Louis to Montana in 2011. He is also on the board of the Bitterroot Audubon Society and is the community representative on the Rocky Mountain Laboratories' Animal Care and Use Committee. He is fond of gardening, skiing, hiking and trout fishing.
Kelaiah Horat is an avid violinist and plays in various folk, classical and baroque ensembles. Baroque music particularly interests her for its unique cultural and historical qualities. She is currently a student at the University of Montana pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Performance. Kelaiah is a native Montanan, and enjoys spending her extra time hiking, downhill skiing, drawing, and painting.
Shelley Phillips, moved to the Bitterroot Valley from Chicago with her husband, Rob Lynn and two cats in July 2011. She works as a public finance banker and is also on the board of Ravalli County Recycling. She enjoys hiking, fly fishing, cross country skiing, cooking, music and learning all that nature has to share.
Robert Thomas, has lived in the Bitterroot Valley since July of 2012, although he and his family had been visiting this area for twenty years before that. He is retired from being a professor of piano in the Midwestern United States, first at DePauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana, and then, from 1982-2012, at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. He is the treasurer, and often the pianist, for services at Hamilton's St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He also has a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and has performed as a pianist in many venues in the United States and Europe.
Martha Ilgenfritz recently retired from the Corvallis, MT School District as the string orchestra teacher. She performs with the Missoula Symphony on double bass, and plays cello with the Mountain Strings Quartet. Currently, she is exploring the viola de gamba and hopes to finish a masters degree in Music Education with the University of Montana. Her other pastimes include hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, quilting and visiting her children and grandchildren.
Pamela Small has had a lifetime interest in classical music which began at 6 years of age when her grandmother played duets with her on piano. Pamela plays piano, harpsichord, acoustic bass, and guitar and sings a broad genre of music with several groups in the Bitterroot Valley. Pamela has a long time interest in education, sharing music with younger generations and is currently professor emeritus at University of Tennessee where she conducts research in West Africa on the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer.
A curiosity in the cultural background behind the music she plays led Sarah Stone to the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She has performed with ensembles including Grand Harmonie, the Sebastians, Juilliard415, and Les Arts Florissants. This season includes tours to Montreal and California with Trinity Wall Street, Rameau Les Indes Galantes with Mercury as their guest principal cellist, and a return to Helena for Bach's St. John Passion. She lives in Long Island City, New York and enjoys making pasta from scratch and creating temporary tattoo sleeves.