Karen Bogardus, Flute
Ms. Bogardus earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and Master of Music degree form Northwestern University. Her principal teachers were Keith Underwood, Walfrid Kujala, and Ransom Wilson. During the 8 years she lived in Mexico, she held several principal flute
Currently Ms. Bogardus holds principal flute positions with the
Binghamton Philharmonic, Berkshire Opera Festival, Martina Arroyo
Foundation Opera and Phoenicia Voice Festival. She has performed
with the Buffalo Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater Orchestra,
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Gotham Chamber Opera, Teatro Grattacielo Opera , American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Dorian Quintet, New York Philomusica, several Broadway Shows and dozens of other NY based orchestras. She can be heard on numerous TV and film sound tracks. She has performed chamber works in the Carnegie Hall Making Music series. Ms. Bogardus has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras both in the US and abroad. She is a prizewinner of the Myrna Brown and Artists International Competitions and won first place in the Continuo Arts Foundation Competition with her chamber group, Emerald Trio.
Uli Speth, Violin
German violinist Uli Speth, concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, has performed extensively with New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida
Orchestra. He also serves as concertmaster for The Chappaqua Orchestra and Fenimore Chamber Orchestra and has performed under the direction of distinguished conductors James Levine, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, Marin Alsop, among others.
As a chamber musician, Uli has played concerts throughout the U.S., has commissioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet, and has performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Texas. He has recorded for Public Radio of Austria and Italy (ORF and RAI). Mr. Speth has also enjoyed the opportunity of performing to critical acclaim with members of the Hagen, Emerson, Cavaliere, and Ying Quartets and members of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2006, Uli has served on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, teaching alongside great musicians from all over the US and performing with outstanding soloists such as Midori, Joshua Bell, Andre Watts, and Lynn Harrell, among others. He is on faculty at Hartwick College and The College of New Jersey and is music director of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble.