Based in Los Angeles, The Wilder Trio was formed in 2008 by three seasoned free-lance musicians who have worked as colleagues in a variety of musical ensembles for the past 20 years. As individuals, these musicians perform regularly with such ensembles as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony, and Pacific Symphony, chamber music with a variety of local and touring ensembles, jazz ensembles, as well as appearances as recitalists and soloists. The trio’s musical inspiration derives from composer Alec Wilder, an innovator of the 20th century who had an affinity for popular music and jazz as well as classical music.
Helen Goode-Castro (clarinet) graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, England with an Honors Degree and a Professional Performers Diploma in Clarinet. She furthered her studies at the Royal College of Music where she received the Artists Diploma. While in London she performed with several European Orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and the Süd Bayerische Philharmonie, Germany. She moved to Los Angeles to study with Gary Gray at UCLA where she obtained an MFA in Clarinet Performance and then began studies at USC on a DMA with Yehuda Gilad and Michele Zukovsky. She was a finalist in the Boosey and Hawkes Clarinet Competition in Chicago and won a position with Sarasota Opera for 1996 and 1997. Since moving to Los Angeles Helen freelances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Mozart Camerata, California Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops Orchestra and Long Beach Symphony. She recently recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London where she performed the Tone Poem for Clarinet and Orchestra by Charles Fernandez. Ms. Goode-Castro is currently on the Clarinet faculty at California State University Long Beach and Cal State University Los Angeles. She also teaches chamber music at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Phoebe Ray (bassoon) has performed throughout Southern California with numerous ensembles including the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Burbank Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Municipal Band, Santa Barbara Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, in addition to summers at Ojai Music Festival and Cabrillo Music Festival. She has been active in chamber music with the ProDRoMes Ensemble, the Cal State Long Beach Faculty Quintet, the Westwood Quintet, TRIMOTIF, in jazz ensemble with Doug MacDonald's Brass and Woodwind Coalition and appeared as soloist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Collaborations with composers include the LA Composers Guild, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, the Schoenberg Institute, and in film and commercial recording. Before moving to Southern California in 1983, Phoebe was a member of the Columbus Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Chesapeake Opera, and Annapolis Symphony and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony. Phoebe is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music where she studied bassoon with Philip Kolker and K. David van Hoesen. Phoebe has also studied jazz piano with Bill Cunliffe and jazz bassoon with Rob Kyle.
Cynthia Bauhof-Williams (piano) has had a varied and successful career as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as a collaborative pianist with singers and instrumentalists. She has performed with well-known artists from Southern California and has collaborated on numerous faculty artist recitals at universities throughout the country. Cynthia’s performance credits include: Aspen Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Hildegard Festival, the International String Conference in Graz, Austria and Lausanne, Switzerland, concerts at USC, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, the National Cello Institute, and for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Corwin Master classes. She has performed as an extra keyboardist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Hour of Power Orchestra at the Crystal Cathedral. Cynthia has been on the faculty of Pasadena City College since 1995 where she teaches private piano, piano ensemble, and chamber ensemble. She studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston as a student of Amanda Vick Lethco and Ruth Tomfohrde. She received a DMA in piano from the USC where her teachers included James Bonn, Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith.