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Pedro Funes-Whittington

Pedro Funes-Whittington is the Assistant Orchestra Director at Woodcreek MS in Humble ISD and Director of Viols of the Creek (Woodcreek MS/Summer Creek HS Viol Ensemble). He graduated from the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Double Bass Performance under Dennis Whittaker.  In addition, he received his Master's Degree in Early Music Performance at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied viola gamba and vielle with Wendy Gillespie and performed baroque bass in the IU Baroque Orchestra under Stanley Ritchie. He co-founded Les Touches in 2011 and where they were one of the 10 finalists in the York Young Artist International Competition in 2015.

He has been the Teaching Assistant for the Beginner Viols at Conclave and also has been part of the faculty for the Summer Texas Toot. He has performed across Texas with Austin Baroque Orchestra (Principal Bass), Ars Lyrica, La Folia, Austin Troubadours and Texas Early Music Project. Currently he is the President of Viols of Houston, Director of the Young Players Weekend for the Viola Da Gamba Society of America, Secretary of Houston Early Music and a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Taskforce for Early Music of America.

Stephanie Raby

Stephanie Raby was first inspired by authentic historical performance as a girl living in England. During her undergrad at the University of North Texas she was presented with the unique opportunity to study the field and it was here that she learned about the viola da gamba. Her studies as a baroque violinist with Cynthia Roberts and as gambist with Patricia Nordstrom and Allen Whear had such an impact that she went on to complete a masters in early music at Indiana Univeristy Jacobs School of Music. Throughout her time there she was privileged to get to study with Stanley Ritchie (violin) and Wendy Gillespie (viol) among others. Currently Ms. Raby is an active violinst, violist, and gamba player performing with such groups as Mountainside Baroque, La Follia, and Queen City Musicians as well as a founding member of Les Touches.

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