Ensemble Electra is comprised of recorder player Vicki Boeckman, cellist Joanna Blendulf and harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree.
Vicki Boeckman is an active and passionate performer of all styles of music and plays all sizes of recorders. Her travels and performances have taken her across the United States as well as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland and Germany. Her various recordings can be heard on the Kontra Punkt, Classico, Da Capo, Horizon, Musical Heritage America, Paula, Kadanza, and Primavera labels.
In great demand as a teacher of the recorder and related performance practices, Vicki coaches and teaches at workshops and seminars all over the United States and in British Columbia. She was chosen to be the recorder in-resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 2005 and 2010. She is current Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and is the Music Director for the Portland Recorder Society. Vicki has been on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle since 2005, and with colleague, Darlene Franz, is the resident recorder teacher for the 3rd grade recorder program at West Woodland Elementary. She is also on the faculty for the newly launched early music program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Since settling in Seattle in 2004, Vicki has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony. In addition to co-founding Ensemble Electra, Vicki is a returning guest with the Medieval Women's choir led by Margriet Tindemans, and the Gallery Concerts. Her duo with recorder maker David Ohannesian is a popular addition to the Early Music Guild's School Programs, and is often asked to return to the same schools year after year.
Vicki resided in Denmark from 1981-2004. She taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years, and at the Ishoj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. She co-founded a regional recorder orchestra for children and teenagers which continues to flourish and grow. She was also co-founder of two Danish-based ensembles, Opus 4, and Wood'N'Flutes, with whom she continues to perform as often as possible in spite of the geography.
Joanna Blendulf has performed as soloist and continuo player in leading period instrument ensembles throughout North and South America. Ms Blendulf holds performance degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Alan Harris. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for her accomplishments on baroque cello from Indiana University. Joanna performs regularly with the Portland, Seattle and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists.
Ms. Blendulf is also an active chamber musician, performing, touring and recording with the Cascade Consort, Catacoustic Consort, Ensemble Mirable, Reconstruction, the Streicher Trio and Wildcat Viols. Joanna teaches modern cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba privately and in workshops and master classes across the country and has directed the Collegium Musicum as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon. Ms. Blendulf's summer engagements have included performances at the Bloomington, Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals as well as the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals. Her recording of the complete cello sonatas of Jean Zewalt Triemer with Ensemble Mirable can be found on the Magnatune label.
Jillon Stoppels Dupree has captivated audiences in such cities as London, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Her playing can be heard on the Meridian, Wild Boar, Orange Mountain, Decca and Delos record labels, and she has also appeared live on BBC England, Polish National Television, CBS Television and National Public Radio. She has been a featured artist at the York (England), Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the National Music Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Art Museum, and numerous universities and colleges. The New York Times described her world premiere recording of Philip Glass's Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra as "superb."
Ms. Dupree collaborates with numerous international musicians, including recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen, viola da gamba master Wieland Kuijken, violinists Stanley Ritchie and Jaap Schroeder, and sopranos Ellen Hargis and Julianne Baird. Her ensemble collaboration includes performances with Musica Pacifica, The Newberry Consort, Music's Re-Creation, the Seattle Symphony (with whom she has recorded), and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She has taught harpsichord at the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Michigan, and currently serves on the faculty of Seattle's Accademia d'Amore Baroque Opera course. She is also on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in addition to teaching master classes at the University of Washington.
Ms. Dupree was a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist's grant. Ms. Dupree's teachers included Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, and Lisa Goode Crawford. She is the founding director of Seattle's Gallery Concerts early music series.