Dr. Blaire Koerner is an accomplished chamber and contemporary bassoonist, educator, and career advisor. She is co-founder of Hats+Heels, a bassoon and harp duo that focuses on interdisciplinary storytelling and commissioning. As a freelancer in upstate New York, she has performed with groups such as Ensemble Signal, Symphoria, and Broadway’s tour of My Fair Lady.
As an educator, Dr. Koerner is adjunct bassoon professor at Syracuse University and instructor at Eastman Community Music School, where she received the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.
As the Assistant Director of Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership, Dr. Koerner instructs and advises musicians of all levels on developing knowledge, skill sets, and connections that will help them fulfill their dreams and career goals. Dr. Koerner has a Doctorate in Bassoon Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.
An avid thrifter and admirer of fashion's many eras, Blaire is a long-time collector of a variety of hat styles and will rarely been seen without one.
Known for her quirky and engaging performances, Rosanna Moore is fast gaining recognition internationally as a harpist and actress appearing as a soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player.
Moore has won accolades for her performances with the World Harp Festival, Marcel Tournier and Tierra47 competitions. Her writings have recently been published by both Harp Column and Contemporary Music Review. She was awarded the O1B visa which recognises her as an ‘individual of extraordinary ability’.
In the 22/23 season, she performed the US premiere of Kelly Marie-Murphy’s cello and harp concerto, performed the Ginastera and Debussy concerti, and toured Michael Betteridge’s new work ‘Voices of the Sands’. In the 23/24 season she will premiere ‘Extraordinary Motion: Concerto for Electric harp and Orchestra’ by Grammy winner, DJ Sparr with New Hampshire Symphony, conducted by Roger Kalia.
As an educator, Rosanna is Assistant Lecturer of Harp at Dublin Conservatoire. She completed her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music with a minor in theatre, Performers’ Certificate and Arts Leadership certificate. Prior to this, she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music.