Pedro Funes-Whittington

Pedro Funes-Whittington is currently the Assistant Orchestra Director at WoodCreek MS in Humble ISD. He graduated from the University of Houston where he majored in Double Bass performance under Dennis Whittaker.  In addition, he received his Master's Degree in Early Music 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 was the Orchestra Director at Park View Intermediate School for 3 years in Pasadena ISD and Assistant Orchestra Director at Oak Ridge HS in Conroe ISD for 6 years.

 

He was the Teaching Assistant for the Beginner Viols at Conclave 2016 and part of the faculty for the Summer Texas Toot 2018. 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 and Director of the Young Players Weekend for the Viola Da Gamba Society 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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