Bios

Ülle Laido - we learn the basics in school and although I have a Master's degree in music I feel that I have learned more through fantastic people I have met and through my work at Holy Rosary as Director of Music. Andres Mustonen inspired me as a musician, Karel Paukert encouraged me to play the organ, Andrea Von Ramm freed me as a singer and Jody Quinn was most helpful getting my harp fingers working better. My husband, Dermot, introduced me to the soulful Irish music that has been in our life now for many years, and my mother’s poems evolved into melodies within me. I am most grateful to them and the many others who have been supportive in my musical life.

Dermot Somerville – my first exposure to the beauty of choral sound came as a boy singing in my father’s church choir. In the ‘60s, The Beatles’ music further opened my ears to musical arrangement and the beauty of melody, and later the Irish group Planxty enhanced those appreciations. My years as Director of the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland (IMAC) highlighted the importance of music education and community-building. Traveling the world with Ülle has given me keen awareness of the broad spectrum of musical genres and exceptional talents that exist (not least of which is Ülle herself!), allowing me to think further outside of the music box. J

Julie Andrijeski - has many fond memories of her collaborations with Shanua over the last two decades.  She now teaches early music and dance at Case Western Reserve University while maintaining an active freelance career.  Along with several other engagements, Julie holds permanent positions with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), New York State Baroque (Concertmaster), Apollo's Fire (Principal Player), Quicksilver (Co-Director) and Les Délices.

Becca Rhoades - is from Texas. She holds a B.Mus. from Texas Tech University and an M.Mus. from Cleveland Institute of Music. In Texas, she was a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and co-managed the After-Hours String Quartet. She has played with the Erie Philharmonic, Cleveland Women's Orchestra, CIM Symphony. Becca’s love of music extends to world/folk music & dance traditions. She tutors children at Church of the Covenant, and at Holy Rosary she plays violin and teaches English country dancing.

Tracy Mortimore - grew up in a sleepy suburb of Toronto Canada.  He began piano studies at the age of 4 and later took up the bass in public school.  As a teenager, he seized upon the idea that pursuing a career in music would be a welcome remedy to a sheltered childhood.  Mr. Mortimore has enjoyed a diverse career as a bassist, having performed in symphonies, opera houses, jazz bands, klezmer bands, early music ensembles and numerous recording sessions.

Paul Dreisbach - is adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Hiram College. He studied with George Goslee, principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a freelance musician on both modern and Baroque instruments in the area for thirty-five years. He also plays in the swing band The Garretttones and in Top o’ the Hill, Hiram’s traditional Irish ensemble.