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MEET THE MUSICIANS

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Karmen Gould

Karmen Gould is a classically trained flutist with music degrees from The University of Southern California (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). Her professional career has included performances with many orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the country, most recently including the San Francisco Symphony and the Orange County Symphony. She was an NFA Convention Performer’s International Competition winner and also served as the Musical Director and Producer of the Audio Inversions New Music Series in Austin TX. She has recently been featured as a soloist with the Moody Blues and on tour with the Akara project. Currently, Karmen leads the LA Flute & String Quartet and is an active performer and teacher in Southern California.

Karmen has managed musicians for a variety of events over the past 15+ years including weddings, parties and concert series. She will look after your booking and help answer all questions to ensure everything is well planned for your event.

Jen Choi Fischer

Violinist Jen Choi Fischer served as Concertmaster of the U.S. National Tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” for four years, performing in over forty cities across the U.S. and Canada.  Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, she has enjoyed a diverse freelance career.  Jen continues her work in musical theater, performing in shows at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown L.A.  Recently, she was Concertmaster of “Cinderella” and “Porgy and Bess” and the solo violin in “Next to Normal” and Barry Manilow’s “Harmony”.  Outside the Broadway world, Jen plays in recording sessions for film, records, and television and performs regularly with ensembles such as Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, and Riverside Philharmonic.  She has also appeared on television with artists such as P. Diddy, Susan Boyle, Josh Groban, and Jackie Evancho.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Jen received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music, as a student of David Updegraff and Paul Kantor.  

Aaron Oltmann

Violist Aaron Oltman currently holds positions with the New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmonic.  He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.  He has appeared in chamber music concerts for the Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the South Bay Chamber Music Society, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees of Music at the University of Southern California, studying under Donald McInnes. 

David Mergen

David Mergen, originally from Cleveland, OH, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Alan Harris and his Master of Music degree from USC as a student of former L.A. Philharmonic Principal Cellist Ronald Leonard. After performing on a five-year stint as the cellist for the Broadway National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, David has settled back into Southern California’s rich and varied freelance music scene. He has performed in many ensembles throughout Southern California such as the LA Opera Orchestra, the New West Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s, and the Riverside County Philharmonic. Mr. Mergen has also had the pleasure of performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Haydn’s D Major Cello Concerto with local ensembles. In addition to orchestral work, David enjoys a variety of other musical pursuits such as studio recording, musical theater, chamber music, and teaching.

Eric Sittner

Eric Sittner is an active professional bassist and Musical Director specializing in both electric and upright bass, covering a range of styles focusing on jazz and rock/pop genres.

With over 19 years of making a living exclusively as a performing artist, his experience and professional contacts make the jazz, pop and rock side of Scene and Heard Music possible.

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