Join us at the Camp House on the 2nd Monday of every month!
October 13 - "No One Two Reed Trio" - featuring storyteller Robinson Renard - was born and raised in New Jersey, and received his undergrad in Interdisciplinary Studies Business Administration/ Cross Cultural Studies in New York. He has always been a singer, actor, dancer, and entertainer, even as a young child, having had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall, and participating in a number of plays & musicals, usually playing lead roles.
Since moving to Chattanooga two years ago, he says that he is finally pursuing his musical dreams. His hope is that all who come to see and listen would leave refreshed, inspired, & full of life.
A native of Tennessee, Nicholas Hartline received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. His teachers include Nikolasa Tejero, Emily Bowland, and Steve Tonkinson. Mr. Hartline maintains an active career as teacher and performer, serving several high schools and colleges in Tennessee and Georgia. He serves on the faculties of Southern Adventist University, Covenant College, and Chattanooga State Community College. Mr. Hartline performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony and has also performed with the Huntsville Symphony and the Knoxville Opera. He recently performed Gerald Finzi's Clarinet Concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony Strings. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Hartline leads several small ensembles, and is also the coach for the Southern Adventist University Woodwind Quintet and the Chattanooga State Piano Trio. He serves as concertmaster and artistic director for the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir and is one of the founding members of Triptych Winds.
Flutist, Cindy Solfest-Wallis is on the music faculty at Lee University, Chattanooga State Community College, and teaches applied flute at Covenant College. She has also taught at Southern Adventist University and Tennessee Temple. As a performer, she has worked with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Choir Orchestra, Knoxville Opera and as a chamber musician. Cindy also maintains a large private flute studio. In July of 2011, she started a monthly, interactive chamber music series at the well-known Camp House in downtown Chattanooga, called Southside Casual Classics.
While living in Wisconsin, Cindy was on the faculty of three universities as flute instructor and resident artist, performed frequently with Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and Bel Canto Choir and Orchestra, as well as other orchestras in southeastern Wisconsin. As a member of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra and others, she toured Europe (the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia) and can be heard on several recordings on the Marc Label. She was also founder and director of a chamber music school for several summers.
Butch Ross - November 10
The one phrase you’ll hear most often at a Butch Ross concert is “I didn’t know you could do that with a mountain dulcimer.” Ross has taken a simple folk instrument and energized it with technical wizardry, inventive arrangements, and a healthy dose of rock-n-roll attitude. It’s this groundbreaking and iconoclastic approach that caused Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to comment; “Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like.”
Over the last couple of years, Ross has taken that wizardry on the road playing all over the eastern US seaboard as well as the British Isles in supporting his all-instrumental release “A Long Way From Shady Grove.” However, on his newest release, “People, Places, Things,” dulcimer virtuosity takes a back seat to his prowess as a storytelling songwriter. Marc Michaels of the Chattanooga Pulse writes,
“Butch is many things: a multi-instrumentalist, a singer, an entertainer, but at the heart of it all Butch is a songwriter. His playing is impeccable, his vocal work is pitch-perfect and crystal clear. But one listen to his work and it becomes clear that he is a fellow who takes great pride in the way he crafts his songs. Words are not chosen indiscriminately.”
Butch’s creative genius and energy are palpable in his performances. Besides brilliance on the dulcimer, his concerts and recording work showcase his mastery of guitar, ukulele, and warm, compelling vocals. His latest collection, “People, Places, Things,” is no exception. The album is a musical treat that is destined to be a timeless treasure.