Winter Concerts

Stars of Winter - Celebrating Vermont Talent

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM at the Elley-Long Center, Colchester

Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2 PM at the Barre Opera House



An Outdoor Overture, Aaron Copland

Serenade for Winds, Op. 7, Richard Strauss

Andante (2nd mvt) from Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25, Felix Mendelssohn
Laura Zhou-Hackett, piano, Jon Borowicz 2023 Memorial Scholarship Winner

Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56, Ludwig van Beethoven

Featuring Champlain Trio

Letitia Quante, violin; Emily Taubl, cello; Hiromi Fukuda, piano

Tickets: $20 / $15 Seniors / $5 Student

Laura Zhou-Hackett, pianist, is a senior at Burlington High School, and is currently studying piano with Paul Orgel. She has also studied with Lilly Ramsey and Barbara Williams. She has enjoyed participating in musical activities such as Vermont Youth Orchestra, the St. Paul's Cathedral Young Artist Recital, and the Vermont All-State Music Festival. She also plays piano for the Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. This past summer, Laura attended the three-week Traditional Session at the Adamant Music School. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, going on walks, and listening to Vermont Public Classical.

Champlain Trio

It's been said that out of adversity comes opportunity, and out of the COVID-19 pandemic the Champlain Trio was formed. Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist Emily Taubl and pianist Hiromi Fukuda each call Vermont home and with concerts, tours and festivals being put on hold, the spring of 2020 brought the unique opportunity to come together as an ensemble.

All three musicians earned degrees from The Juilliard School among others and hold positions in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Amherst College, and the University of Vermont.

With a shared passion for chamber music and supporting the arts in Vermont, the trio created a documentary film project in 2020 entitled “Empty Stages”, with the goal of drawing attention to the many amazing concert venues across the state and to show how COVID-19 has impacted the arts. The documentary aired on Vermont PBS in June of 2021.

In 2022, the trio was awarded a Vermont Arts Council Grant to record the Croatian composer Dora Pejačević’s Piano Trio, Op. 29. The album is now out and can be found on all major streaming platforms.  

The trio continues to expand their active performing schedule in addition to forming chamber music programs for students across Vermont. For a full list of concerts and programs, please visit

Letitia Quante, violin, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory who has been playing violin since early childhood. She has concertized extensively as a soloist and ensemble player throughout the mid-Atlantic area as well as abroad.  In Vermont since 2012, Quante plays in the Vermont Symphony, is concertmaster of both the Vermont Philharmonic and the Middlebury Opera Company, performs regularly with New England orchestras, and is a founding member of the Arka Quartet as well as the Champlain Trio with her two fellow soloists. Her violin is a 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Hiromi Fukuda, piano, performs extensively across this country and her native Japan as a soloist and with many distinguished artists. In addition to a attaining a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Julliard School, she has been awarded fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. Fukuda currently is an instructor of piano at Amherst College, staff pianist at The Juilliard School, and an artist-faculty member of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She and her fellow soloists today comprise the Champlain Trio.

Emily Taubl, cello, has studied at The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the New England Conservatory. She is currently the principal cellist of the Springfield (MA) Symphony, a faculty member at UVM, and maintains a busy schedule of solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances. The Rutland Herald described her paying as “sheer poetry.” Taubl performs regularly on Vermont Public Radio, was a featured performer for an internationally aired Debussy celebration by Boston’s WGBH, and plays chamber music throughout New England and beyond on her 1984 cello made by Tetsuo Matsuda. She comprises the Champlain Trio with her fellow soloists today.