Artist Information
Music 2017





Betsy Hudson Traba

Betsy Hudson Traba

Principal Flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Wind Quintet since 1993, Betsy Traba is the former Principal Flutist of the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Germany, where she performed as a featured soloist on six concerts during a two year period.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Traba studied with William Herbert and Jeffrey Khaner while earning a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College, followed by a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she was a student of the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Flutist, Julius Baker.

Betsy has been heard frequently as soloist throughout West Central Florida including guest performances with La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and the Charlotte Symphony, as well as multiple concerto performances with the Sarasota Orchestra.

She and her husband, the Orchestra’s Principal Bassoonist, Fernando Traba, live in Sarasota with their two daughters.




Cheryl Losey Feder

Cheryl Losey Feder

Until this year, Cheryl Losey Feder was principal harpist with the Sarasota Orchestra. Now residing in Dallas, where she moved with her husband, Abe Feder (former principal cellist with Sarasota and now a member of the Dallas Symphony), Cheryl is pursuing a solo career and receiving national and international awards, performing in diverse settings around the world. She’s received top prizes from the Munich International Competition and the Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society’s National Solo Competition to the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition and Sarasota’s Arts and Cultural Alliance’s John Ringling Towers Performing Artist Award.

Ms. Feder’s love of chamber music has led to performances in 18 countries and on six continents, in venues from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. She has appeared in major festivals including Tanglewood, Spoleto, Aspen, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and orchestras from New England to Switzerland.

She holds batchelor's and master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is appearing on SILL’s Music Mondays with her friend and colleague, Betsy Hudson Traba, principal flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra.