Ed Malaga moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1989 after graduating from the New England Conservatory with a degree in Double Bass Performance. As a freelance bassist, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and in many other settings in the DC area and beyond. Ed was elected to the Executive Board of Local 161-710 in 2008, and then became President in 2011. In 2019 he was elected to the AFM International Executive Board
Harriette “Patty” Hurd
Patty was elected to serve as Vice President in 2014, following several years as a member of the executive board. In addition to the responsibilities of this office, she also coordinates the scholarship program, sponsored by the Local, that distributes monies to the local music students. These funds allow the winners to study privately or attend summer music festivals/camps. She also serves as one of the delegates to the Eastern and Southern Conferences and represents the local at the triennial AFM Conference.
Marta began her first term as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 161-710 on May 1, 2014. Since that time, she has overhauled the office with appropriate filing systems, brought bookkeeping in-house (saving over $50,000 annually), updated the local newsletter to a full color-magazine, and engaged a web-designer to re-design the local website, musiciansdc.org. Marta formed a Budget committee in 2015, implementing an annual budget. Since her tenure began, Musicians Talent Agency, Inc., the payroll service run by the local, has grown from administering approx. $800,000 in payroll per year, to over $1.5 million (2019). Marta takes part in monthly AFM organizing training, which has given her the desire to better engage members to feel empowered to use their voice to be treated as the professionals they are. She was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer for the Eastern Conference of Locals.
At the request of AFM Legislative Director, Alfonso Pollard, Marta has attended meetings with U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (MN), Andy Levin (MI), and Marcia Fudge (Ohio). She secured a group of Local 161-710 members to play for Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (NY) memorial service held in the Capitol. Marta has also attended, along with other Local members, the launch of pension legislation on May 9, 2017 by Senators Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the rally for the Butch Lewis Act held July 10, 2019, on Capitol Hill, the House Ways and Means Markup, and the full U.S. House of Representatives vote, where union members were seated in Speaker Pelosi’s gallery box. In the summer of 2021, Marta gathered a group of musicians to represent the AFM at the press conference on Capitol Hill for the launch of the American Music Fairness Act.
Marta has been a freelance bass player in the D.C./Baltimore metro. area for over 30 years. She received her B.M. from Indiana University and her M.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Larry Hurst and Hal Robinson. She began her career in the orchestras for the national tour of the musical “Gypsy,” and the Euro. tour of “My One and Only.” She was asst. principal bass with the Baltimore Opera Company for 15 years and has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Maryland Lyric Opera, Washington Ballet, Wolf Trap Orchestra, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Fairfax Symphony, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (co-principal bass -10 years). Marta has played on multiple recordings and appeared on several television specials, including one of the last Victor Borga PBS programs.
I am a proud native of Washington, D.C. and a grateful member of Local 161-710 and its Executive Board. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School. Currently, I freelance in the Washington metropolitan area, performing with such groups as the Washington Ballet, the Maryland Lyric Opera Company, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, the Wolftrap Opera Company, Signature Theater, Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre and the National Gallery of Art. I have subbed or played extra with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra as well. I have a private teaching studio at my home and have two grown daughters. Other interests, besides all types of music, are gardening for wildlife with native plants, local ecology, politics and sports, particularly baseball!
Patrick Plunk is a freelance woodwind performer throughout the Washington/Baltimore region. Patrick received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and two Master of Music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. He has performed on every member of the clarinet and saxophone family in such ensembles as the New York City Ballet, the Richmond Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the National Philharmonic, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony.
In addition, he has performed regularly as a multiple woodwind performer throughout the area in many musical theater venues such as the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Hippodrome Theatre, Signature Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as national touring acts at the Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts (Filene Center) and The Music Center at Strathmore. When not performing, Patrick stays busy as one of the DC areas leading woodwind repair technicians. He has served on the Executive Board for local 161-710 since 2016 and lives in Crofton, MD with his wife and two children.
Doug Rosenthal has been serving on the DCFM Executive Board of Directors since 2014, two years after beginning his position as Assistant Principal Trombonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Since moving to Washington, DC, he has performed with the National Symphony, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Post-Classical Ensemble, and the Washington Symphonic Brass. Douglas is also frequently a guest musician with other orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Florida Grand Opera, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), Phoenix, and Utah.
Douglas was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He attended public schools in Northbrook and was a member of Midwest Young Artists. Douglas pursued Trombone Performance at Northwestern University, receiving a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in 2008. He sought further training in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. As a student, Douglas participated in several summer music festivals, including Aspen, Roundtop, the National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood. His primary musical influences include Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Charles Vernon, Randall Hawes, Jay Friedman, Joseph Alessi, and Ian Bousfield.
In addition to serving on the DCFM Board, he is a delegate to the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO. He also teaches privately and has been a guest for lessons and masterclasses at the Universities of DePaul, Kentucky, Northwestern, Roosevelt, and Toronto as well as the New England Conservatory. For a few years, Douglas authored the blog “Who’s Your Audience?”, which investigated the Art and Industry of Classical Music. Articles are still available at https://insidethearts.com/audience/.
Violist Jennifer Rende has a distinguished career in chamber and orchestral music in the United States and Europe. For eighteen years, Ms Rende served as principal violist for the Baltimore Opera Company and is currently principal violist for the Maryland Lyric Opera. She is a regular performer with the Wolf Trap Orchestra and is principal violist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. She performs regularly with National Philharmonic Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) and the Harisburg Symphony (PA). Ms Rende served for two years with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Casals Festival Orchestra for five years.
She served on the string faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and participated in the prestigious International Music Festival held in Alba, Italy. Her experience also includes a number of musical productions and nationally televised performances. She has had the privilege of serving on the Local 161-710 Executive Board since 2014.
Ephriam Wolfolk, a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, began his music studies on the piano at the age of six. While in school he learned numerous musical instruments, however he mainly performed on trumpet and tuba. After high school he pursued a 26-year career in The United States Air Force Band, where he started on tuba, and later switched to the bass. In The Air Force he performed in numerous ensembles across the United States and abroad to include the Air Force Academy Band. In addition to his military musical duties while stationed in Colorado Springs, he studied with the Principal Bassist of the Denver Symphony, and was principal bassist of the Colorado Springs Symphony. He ended his military career in Washington, DC, where he performed with The Air Force Band Airmen of Note, Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles.
While on active duty, Ephriam Wolfolk received a Certificate in Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied classical bass with principals of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and National Symphonies. In addition to his classical studies, he studied jazz bass with Richard Davis, and Charles (Buster) Williams.
After retiring from The United Air Force, Mr. Wolfolk performed as principal bassist with the Annapolis Symphony, as well as sectional bassist in the Baltimore, Virginia, Roanoke, and Soulful Symphonies. As an outstanding chamber musician he has performed with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, and the Silver String Quintet on several Washington Performing Arts concerts. Concurrent with a very active symphonic career, he has performed and recorded as a jazz bassist with internationally acclaimed stars Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, David Baker, Diane Schurr, Sonny Stitt, and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Mr. Wolfolk is a much sought after bass teacher both privately and in area schools, and has past students who performing on local, national, and international stages. He is on the faculty of The District of Columbia Youth Orchestra Program, Bishop McNamara High School, and DeMatha Catholic High School.
Presently he performs with several local orchestras to include Alexandria and Prince Georges’ Symphonies and free lances with several notable jazz ensembles to include his own jazz ensemble EWQ, The New Jazz Collective and as a member of the Woodmont Grill Jazz ensemble in Bethesda, Maryland. Occasionally he performs as a member of the Jewish klezmer band, Kol Horah, and several church orchestras. He is married to violist, Sharon Bingham Wolfolk. Along with his wife, he manages a music contracting business, Wolfolk Music Services.
Peter de Boor
Peter de Boor joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestras as Third Horn in 1997. While working towards a PhD in mathematics, he changed directions and began pursuing a career in music at age 26. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra (OSEM).
Peter has served on the Orchestra Committee for the KCOHO since 1998, first as Treasurer, and since 2012 as Chair. He served as ICSOM delegate from 2008 to 2013, Senza Sordino Editor from 2014 to 2021, and was elected Treasurer in 2021. Previously, he served on the Executive Board of Local 161-710 in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2014. He has been one of the Local’s delegates to the AFM Convention since 2019.
Sharon Bingham Wolfolk
Sharon Bingham Wolfolk, a native of Washington, DC, began her musical studies on the viola in the DC Public Schools and the DC Youth Orchestra Program. While attending Catholic University of America, she began her professional career as a member of The Fairfax and Prince George’s Symphony Orchestras. After graduation, she taught music in the DC Public Schools before entering The United States Air Force as a member of The US Air Force Strings, serving for 28 years.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Bingham Wolfolk studied at several renowned music festivals to include the Tanglewood Young Artist Institute at the summer home of the Boston Symphony, Aspen and Strawberry Creek Music Festivals. She has studied privately with Max Aronoff at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Ramon Scavelli of The National Symphony Orchestra, and Karen Ritscher of the Manhattan School of Music.
Since retiring from The United States Air Force, Ms. Bingham Wolfolk has continued her free-lance career performing with the Alexandria Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic and The Washington Sinfonietta. In addition, she also performs commercial strolling and string quartet jobs for special events. She is married to Ephriam Wolfolk, Jr., who is a member of the DC Federation of Musicians Executive Board, and a free-lance jazz and classical bassist.