Described as “sehr zauber” (Ridgefield Press), oboist Nicole Golay Keck is a diverse solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a founding member of indie-classical chamber ensemble Madera Vox, Nicole has two recordings and was invited to perform at the 2010 Chamber Music America Conference, as well as the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference. She has performed with Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Gilbert & Sullivan Theater, Jupiter Symphony, and more recently, Orquesta Cubano and the Boise Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, she has played with SEM Ensemble, New York Kammermusiker, Esopus Chamber Ensemble, and as founding director, Neue Bach Band, a group dedicated to the chamber works of J. S. Bach. Nicole has had the pleasure to play under the batons of Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Jaap Schroder, Kristjan Jarvi, and Robert Franz. As an avid music educator and double reed advocate, Ms. Golay Keck has held teaching positions at University of Virginia, Dutchess Community College, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and currently, Riverstone International School of Boise. She received her Master of Music degree from Yale University (1996) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts (1994). Originally from southern Idaho, Nicole’s principal teachers were Janie Griff, Allan Vogel, and Ronald Roseman.
Barton Moreau made his concert debut in a New York City performance with the New England Youth Ensemble in 1991. He has since performed as a featured soloist with a number of American orchestras, including the Northwest Florida Symphony (Niceville, FL), Port City Symphony (Mobile, AL), Mesa Symphony (Mesa, AZ), New Orleans Symphony, and the Gulf Coast Symphony (Biloxi, MS).
Moreau’s honors include a top prize at the Debose National Piano Competition and a collegiate artist award from the Alabama Music Teachers Association. In 2007, he was a finalist at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference’s PIANOvision Competition.
As a collaborative artist, Moreau has performed with a diverse array of distinguished international players, including clarinetists Robert Spring and Jorge Montilla, oboists Andrea Ridilla and Gonzalo Ruiz, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). He has performed at a number of national and regional conferences, including the College Music Society National & Pacific Northwest conferences, Montana-Idaho Clarinet Festivals, and ClarinetFest. Other performances include appearances with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the McCall Second Sunday Sounds Concert Series.
Moreau holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University. His collegiate career began at the University of South Alabama, where he was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award. Moreau’s major teachers were Robert Hamilton, Karen Shaw, and Jerry Bush. He has also coached with Lee Luvisi, Fabio Bidini, Mykola Suk, and Leonard Hokanson.
Moreau serves on the adjunct faculty at Boise State University, teaching courses in piano, music history, and music theory. This is his second appearance as featured soloist with the Boise Baroque since joining the orchestra as principal keyboardist in 2012.