Anita Hagerman, holds degrees from Ball State University, Missouri State, the University of Chicago, and Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hagerman works extensively as a freelance bassist and music educator in the St. Louis region, including regular appearances with the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, and of course the Kingsbury Ensemble. Past principal bassist positions include the Fort Smith Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozark, and the Springfield Regional Opera. Holding advanced degrees in English literature and linguistics with an emphasis on Shakespeare, she currently teaches in the English department at John Burroughs School.
An active and versatile musician, Stephanie Hunt performs on both modern and baroque cello. Her current activities include performances with Chamber Project St. Louis, the Perseid String Quartet, The Kingsbury Ensemble, and La Petite Brise. Stephanie has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Nederlandse Orkest-en Ensemble-Academie, Royaumont Formations Professionnelles, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and two summers as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. After five years studying and performing in the Netherlands, Stephanie returned to the United States. She teaches cello in the SIU-E Suzuki program, is the cello instructor at Lindenwood University, and maintains a private studio.
Elizabeth Ramos graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently a professional freelance violinist. She has performed with the Kingsbury Ensemble, Chamber Project St. Louis, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Solo appearances with orchestra include a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Belleville, IL Philharmonic. Elizabeth currently teaches violin at East Central College in Union, MO. In addition to traditional classical repertoire, Ms. Ramos also plays mariachi music, and performs with several mariachi groups in the St. Louis area.
Leighann Daihl Ragusa
Leighann Daihl Ragusa is an accomplished musician, performing on both historical and modern flutes. She has concertized throughout central Europe as well as the United States both as a soloist and as a collaborator of chamber and orchestral music. In 2007, Leighann was a major prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Competition and has been fortunate to work under such notable conductors as Jeffrey Thomas, Barthold Kuijken, Jeanne Lamon, Stanley Ritchie, Harry Bickett, and Peter Kooij. In addition, her performances can frequently be heard on Chicago’s Classical Radio Station WFMT, 98.7
Leann Schuering –soprano “Blessed with a voice that is lovely and rich” (St. Louis Post Dispatch), soprano Leann Schuering has performed as a soloist with many of St. Louis’ finest organizations, including the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis, The Kingsbury Ensemble, and more. She teaches Voice at Webster University and resides in Chesterfield with her husband and two children.
Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres.She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, Critics have described her playing as "dazzling" (Chicago Classical Review) and "preternaturally persuasive" (The Ann Arbor Observer). A Fulbright grantee, Anne won Early Music America’s 2011 Naxos Recording Competition with her ensemble Wayward Sisters. Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing, and is a regular instructor at workshops coast to coast.
Manuela Topalbegovic was born in Rousse, Bulgaria, and began her violin studies at the age of 5. Manuela holds a Bachelor of Music from Webster University, where she received the Buder Scholarship for gifted students and studied with Yuly Iliashov. Further studies led to a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where she was awarded a graduate string quartet assistantship for three years. Her teachers there included Benny Kim and Gregory Sandomirsky. Presently Manuela teaches at the Community Music School of Webster University and maintains a private studio. Manuela is an active chamber music and orchestral performer in the St Louis area. She is a founding member of the Perseid string quartet. In her free time Manuela enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and her black lab Sasha.