Priscilla Hayes Taylor is the creator, artistic director, and cellist of Decompression Chamber Music. She is a member of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire and has played with several other New England ensembles, including the Gardner Museum, and Soria Chamber Orchestras. In addition to classical orchestra work in California and Nevada, Priscilla played with Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, The Temptations, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes. As a soloist, she has performed the Schumann, Boccherini, and Haydn D major cello concertos. In addition to Decompression Chamber Music, other recent chamber music performances include three consecutive Gala Concerts at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center. She has performed on several occasions at the Boston Athenaeum and the Peabody Essex Museum chamber music series, and played with various chamber groups in California, France, Austria, Vietnam and Thailand. She coached chamber music at Humboldt State University and Opus.
Priscilla has a Master of Music in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Arts in performance and composition from Bennington College. She also enjoyed five summers as a "young artist" at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
She has coached chamber music at Humboldt State University, and Opus. A professor at UMass Boston, she received a Provost's award in May, 2012 for scholarly and/or creative activities during the year 2010-11.
Nathaniel Farny, violist, plays with many Boston area groups, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, and as an extra player with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Ballet. He has served on the faculty of the Intensive Community Program and the Cambridge School of Weston. Summer activities include the Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Festival. He completed graduate work at Rice University and the New England Conservatory, and received a doctorate of musical arts from Boston University in 2010, studying viola performance with Steven Ansell.
Aleksandra Labinska holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance from Boston University, College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Yuri Mazurkevich. She has performed extensively in Canada, France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Austria, Japan and the States. In the upcoming season she is looking forward to touring China with her violin duo Mirage established in collaboration with her husband, Tudor Dornescu. Aleksandra has received numerous awards including Ronald P. Matheson Violin Award (Banff Centre for the Arts) and Felix Galimir Chamber Music Excellence Award (University of Toronto), Russian Music Festival Award for outstanding contribution to music education and participated in festivals including Banff Center Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, International Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling at University of Toronto, Lancut International Music Courses In Poland, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, Castleton Music Festival in Virginia under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel and AIMS festival in Graz, Austria . She currently performs and records with the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire among other Boston based ensembles. She serves as an Adjunct at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and performs as a member of the Virtuoso Soloist of New York. Aleksandra appeared as a soloist with the Mooredale Concerto Players in Toronto, and Ostinato Chamber Orchestra in Poland. Her concert activities had taken her to Boston’s Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), New York Town Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Stefaniensaal in Austria, Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto) and Fukuoka Symphony Hall (Japan). Aleksandra is on faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Violin Workshop and Point CounterPoint Prelude chamber music camp in Vermont.
Daniel Doña has distinguished himself as an active performer and pedagogue. Daniel serves on the viola faculty of Boston University alongside his duties as Assistant Chair of the String Department, Coordinator of String Chamber Music, and Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature. He has also taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Dr. Doña is a member of the prizewinning Arneis Quartet. Performance highlights include appearances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver) and Stanford University’s Lively Arts series as well as broadcasts on CBC Radio 2, WGBH and WCLV. Dr. Doña also performs regularly with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music and other ensembles in the Boston area. He has presented guest masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, Swarthmore College, Northwestern University Music Academy and Miami University. Daniel pursues interdisciplinary projects with a passion. In 2014 he received a Humanities Enhancement Project Award from the Boston University Center for the Humanities to curate a concert series exploring relationships between poetry and music. As a member of the Banff Festival Quartet he performed in collaboration with dancers, presenting Hans van Manenʼs Grosse Fuge and a world premiere of Heather Myersʼs Dedications. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Aaron Travers and Orianna Webb. Dr. Doña received his AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the inaugural David Fulton Award for excellence in instrumental performance. He received his MM in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Matthew Dane (viola) and Felicia Moye (violin). At Boston University he studied with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell and Ed Gazouleas. He received his PD and DMA from BU and was a two-time recipient of the String Department Award.