Concert violists to perform in Sunday Afternoon Music Series

PHOTO PROVIDED Violists Ashley English Tobin and John Paul Tobin will be performing during the Sunday Afternoon Music Series at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bellefonte on Sunday, May 26.

BELLEFONTE — Violists Ashley English Tobin and John Paul Tobin will be performing during the Sunday Afternoon Music Series at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

Now based in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Violist Ashley English Tobin and Violist/Baroque Violinist John Paul Tobin met in 2013 while working together with the Corona Symphony near Los Angeles, Cal.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, John Paul Tobin worked as a studio musician, soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher in Los Angeles from 2004-2016, appearing regularly as a guest musician on television broadcasts such as “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

As a conductor, he has worked extensively with young musicians from the elementary through collegiate levels across the United States, and has served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director for two youth orchestras within the Harmony Project Los Angeles system – one of the nation’s largest and most effective 501(c)3 non-profit youth orchestra programs. He has extensive experience in early music, including studies with Tafelmusik in 2001, and the co-founding of the ensemble Les Sauvages Americans in 2010.

He is a member of the daKah Hip Hop Orchestra in Los Angeles, and has appeared as a soloist, principal violist, and 1st violinist with the Grassroots Festival Orchestra in Ithaca, N.Y.

Celebrated for her intense artistry and joyful energy Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Assistant Principal Violist, Ashley English Tobin, is quickly becoming highly sought-after as an ensemble member across the United States.

Ms. Tobin has beguiled audiences with indefatigably energetic performances from her positions at the heart of PCO, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and the Commonwealth Pops since 2015.

In Los Angeles she performs as a member of the legendary daKah Hip Hop Orchestra, bringing live, progressive Hip Hop, funk, and jazz to multi-generational festival and concert hall audiences. Keenly interested in early music, Ashley continues to pursue Historically Informed Performance as an avid chamber musician.