The core group of Onyx Chamber Players forms a piano trio. While they most frequently play the classical piano trio repertoire, they are often joined by guest artists to perform chamber music written for additional strings, woodwinds, brass and voice.


James Garlick    Violinist James Garlick was born in Port Angeles, Washington and began studying violin at age five. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut performing Saint-Saens' Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso to a packed house in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. James has performed concerti with many orchestras, including the Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, and Octava Chamber Orchestra. Recent highlights include Brahms' Double Concerto with Joshua Roman and the Everett Philharmonic and a tour to Cuba as concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta.

    As a concertmaster, James has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Cascade Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, and Oberlin Orchestra. An advocate for music of our time, he has worked closely with such composers as Steve Reich, Olga Neuwirth, and Sir Harrison Birtwistle; and performed with NYC-based AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, and Oberlin Conservatory's Contemporary Music Ensemble. James is also a core member of New York's conductorless ensemble, Salomé Chamber Orchestra.

    James studied with Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory and Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival. He recently completed his Master's degree at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg, Stephen Clapp, and Joseph Lin. James currently performs on a 1775 Guadagnini, generously on loan from The Juilliard School.

Meg Brennand
    Cellist Meg Brennand enjoys an eclectic musical life in Seattle. In the 2014- 2015 season, Meg will be performing the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano with long-time collaborator and Onyx pianist, David White. In addition to concerts with Onyx Chamber Players, other performing highlights of next season will include the original sextet version of Schoenberg Verklaerte Nacht on the Auburn Chamber Music Series, a period instrument string quartet concert with Opus 20 Quartet on Gallery Concerts series, and joint collaboration with Pacific Music Works and the UW School of Music in their production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

    Meg has been a member of Seattle Baroque Orchestra and she has performed many seasons with Pacific Music Works and with other baroque orchestras on the west coast, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver BC. She appeared on the Gallery Concerts Series last season performing two of the six Bach Suites for solo cello.

    Meg serves on the cello faculty at Seattle Pacific University, and she maintains an active cello studio in Seattle, where she teaches privately and coaches chamber music. Meg is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She is also a cellist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle.

   David White
    David White is equally at home as pianist, organist, harpsichordist, fortepianist, composer and conductor. He enjoys a national and international career as chamber musician, soloist, composer and church musician. White, a native of Chicago, gave his first public concert at the age of six, and won prizes in contests by the time he was 12 from the Society of American Musicians, Chicago Symphony Young Musicians' Guild, and Blue Lake Fine Arts. As soon as his feet could reach the pedals, he started studying organ, and has been a liturgical musician ever since. He served as Organist and Director of Music for several prestigious congregations, most recently Temple Menorah in Chicago, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, and St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago. He has given organ recitals throughout the world, including Vienna, Australia, New Zealand, Leipzig and numerous cities in the United States and Canada. He is a sought-after accompanist and has won wide critical and public acclaim for his performances of lieder and chansons in recitals with many outstanding singers. His conducting career has touched many genre, including opera, symphony, Broadway musical and choral. As a composer, he has received commissions from choral and orchestral groups all over the world. His canon of works number more than 150, including many written specifically for the musicians who gave the premier performances. He has just completed his fourth commissioned opera, "The Adopted Son", and is writing a trio for Onyx.

GUEST ARTISTS, 2014 - 2015 Season


J. Melvin Butler

    Violist Mel Butler made his solo concerto debut with the North Carolina Symphony at age fourteen playing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violin protégé Kenji Kobayashi. As an undergraduate at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Butler served as Associate Principal and Principal Violist of the Oberlin Orchestra while majoring in organ. During his graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he received a doctorate in Organ Performance, he was violist in the select graduate Collegium String Quartet. He served his country during the Viet Nam War as violist in the U.S. Navy String Quartet stationed in Washington, DC. During this time he was invited to study with esteemed violist Paul Doktor. Following his military service, he played viola with the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra for eighteen years and also performed as baroque violist with the Genesee Baroque Players. More recently, he has performed with the Allegro Baroque ensemble in Spokane, WA, and performs regularly with the Onyx Chamber Players in Seattle.

    Mel Butler has been Organist/Choirmaster at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle since 1992. He has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Washington and was for many years Music Director and Conductor of the Rochester Bach Festival. He is a published composer and presents organ concerts nationally and internationally. His organ and choral recordings appear on the Loft/Gothic label.

    Mel Butler will join Onyx on October 26, 2014.



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