Anna Doak graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.A. in double bass performance. She is currently a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta and on faculty at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute. Formerly principal bassist with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Anna has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Music Festival, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, and on numerous recording projects. Anna taught bass at Western Washington University in Bellingham for four years and now has an active teaching studio in Seattle. Her arrangements for double bass ensemble have been published and performed worldwide.
Recording credits include:
with Northwest Sinfonietta
Mark Mendonca‘s extensive career as a performer and choreographer includes performances for the past three U.S. Presidents, as well as performances on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world. Mark’s dancing was motion captured for the animated feature film, “The Polar Express,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. On Broadway, Mark danced in the Tony Award-winning production of “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk,” and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, the Biennale de la Danse, the Joyce Theater, Jacobs Pillow, The Tiger Palast in Frankfurt, Germany and the Apollo Theater, among many others. He has shared the stage with the late tap masters the Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Slyde, Charles ‘Honi’ Coles, Eddie Brown, Steve Condos, Chuck Green, Bunny Briggs, Lon Chaney and Buster Brown, and has made numerous appearances with friend and mentor, Gregory Hines. Mark has also worked with director James Brooks, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and fellow tap dancers Bill Irwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Berkley, and Christopher Walken. Mark was the first person to receive a Princess Grace Foundation Award for tap dance and was the winner of a Lester Horton Dance Award for outstanding achievement in individual performance in Los Angeles. Mark has also received a Brody Art Fund Artists Fellowship.
Brandon Vance, born and raised in the Northwest, has an impressive resume as a concert violinist, fiddler, and composer. As a classical violinist, he has been the recipient of multiple fellowships and received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under renowned violin pedagogue, Mr. Paul Kantor. At the age of 14 Brandon made history as the youngest fiddler to win the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. He has performed and recorded extensively with international folk, jazz, and classical musicians, including Alex Fedoriouk, Steve Rice, Mark Minkler, “Rouge,” and his own Celtic-Eastern European Crossover group, “Alchymeia.” His composition “Twin Towers Lament” received a nomination for “Best Celtic Instrumental Song” from “Just Plain Folks Music Awards” in LA, and he has had the honor of premiering his composition “Gael Storm” for fiddle and orchestra with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.