Music of Flight: The Falcon Performers
Ronald McQueen (The Falcon)
Ronald McQueen is a 24 year old Colorado Native and has been performing/acting since 2012. He graduated from Rangeview High School where he was also in Show Choir (The Chromatics) and spent some time at MSU Denver studying Theater and Dance. He’s also spent some time training at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Ronald would like to thank Betty Hart for the opportunity to learn, also his close friends and family for all of their Love and support throughout this process.
Michaela Murray (Darlene)
Michaela Murray’s (she/her) local credits include THEATRE OF THE MIND (Understudy) at DCPA, LITTLE RED (Understudy) at DCPA, Theatre for Young Audiences. Regional work includes: Once on this Island at Town Hall Arts Center; Crowns the Musical (Yolanda), Gypsy (June), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix) at the Vintage Theatre; Heathers the Musical (Heather MacNamara), Spongebob Squarepants The Musical (Sandy Cheeks), Into the Woods (The Witch), and Little Shop Of Horrors (Chiffon) at The Spark Theatre. Training: BFA from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Violin (Paul Primus)
Violinist Paul Primus grew up in the Chicago and Cleveland areas, before attending Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from UWM. Paul won an audition with the Denver Symphony in 1984, and was promoted to Principal Second Violinist in 1985, the position he still holds. He coordinated the chamber music program at Denver School of the Arts from 2013-2018. Paul is a founding member of the Colorado Chamber Players, which he and his wife Barbara Hamilton began in 1993. He performs approximately 30 concerts a year with the CCP, and can be heard frequently on Colorado Public Radio. Mr. Primus has performed numerous unaccompanied violin recitals over the years, most memorably one of the complete Paganini Caprices in 1986. Paul is an active teacher in the Denver area and has also taught and performed at Eastern Music Festival, Rocky Ridge, and the Lamont Pre-College Academy at DU. He is a frequent coach for the DYAO.
Viola (Barbara Hamilton)
Barbara Hamilton is Artistic Director and Violist/Violist d’Amore with the Colorado Chamber Players, a position she has held for 28 years. She served as principal violist with Eastern Music Festival 1990-2005. Barbara played as principal violist/soloist with Colorado Symphony, Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona & Orquesta de Valencia (Spain). She was in the New York Philharmonic for one season. Dr. Hamilton received a DMA from Yale School of Music in 1992, where she studied with Jesse Levine and taught in 1998. She was a prize winner in the Fischoff, Aspen Festival and Woolsey Hall Competitions, as well as the Young Artists of YM-YWHA (New Jersey). In the 1990’s, she toured Europe with the Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, the NY Virtuosi and the American Sinfonietta, concerts in the Grosse Saal/Vienna, the Concertgebauw, Leipzig Gewandhaus. She performed the complete Brandenberg Concerti with BCOC on baroque viola.
Flute (Paul Nagem)
Paul Nagem has been principal flute for the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since 1994. A native of San Diego, he studied flute there with Damian Bursill-Hall, then principal flute of the San Diego Symphony and now with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He received his Bachelors Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony. Mr. Nagem is the instructor of flute at Colorado College. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Singapore Symphony. Mr. Nagem plays Straubinger flutes. He has played with the CCP since 2005.
Cello (Sarah Biber)
Sarah Biber has played viola da gamba and cello across the United States, Australia and China. In recent collaborations with dance, she has been featured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments. Ms. Biber earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She recently relocated to Golden, Colorado where she teaches and plays with the Baroque Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Bach Ensemble and Byrd on a Wire, her viol consort. Sarah plays an 1815 Lockey Hill cello and a 2015 gamba by François Danger. She enjoys playing both Baroque and Modern styles. A Colorado native, she has been delighted to be a part of the growth of Early Music in this beautiful state. Sarah has performed with the Colorado Chamber Players since 2019.