About Chamber Music on the Fox
Chamber Music on the Fox (CMOTF) is a world class chamber music series serving the Fox Valley region with engaging, enriching, and immersive live performances. Founded by bass trombonist Mark Fry and cellist Sara Sitzer in 2014, CMOTF introduces its audiences to renowned local, national, and international artists in intimate, informal settings where patrons have an opportunity to see and hear the artists up close and personal. Along with the 5-concert subscription series from October through May, CMOTF also offers 3 free family concerts each summer in partnership with the Lords Park Zoo, as well as an annual celebration of the arts in partnership with the City of Elgin and SEIGLE Foundation. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, CMOTF relies on generous donations from individuals, sponsorships, grants, and ticket sales.
The mission of Chamber Music on the Fox is to present engaging, enriching, and immersive performances and cultural experiences to Elgin and Fox Valley residents and enhance and enrich the cultural offerings of the area while maintaining the highest caliber of artistic excellence.
Founder, Artistic Director
Mark Fry is currently the bass trombonist (acting) of Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as Artistic Director for Chamber Music on the Fox. He is also the bass trombonist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Philharmonic. Mr. Fry has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, including the Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Opera Theater, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra (Oregon), Sarasota Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. In the summer of 2001, he performed in the orchestra of the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy. Before moving to Chicago, he was the bass trombonist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu. Mr. Fry appears on recordings with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, New Black Music Repertory Ensemble and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
Patron Services and Social Media Manager
Samantha D’Adamo is an Italian-American Soprano from the Chicagoland area. Ms. D’Adamo has worked with KJR Studio Productions, Main Street Opera, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, Chicago Summer Opera, and Up North Vocal Institute. Ms. D’Adamo is currently studying with dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco. Ms. D’Adamo is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts and is a charter member of Sigma Alpha Iota’s Mu Xi chapter. Ms. D’Adamo currently serves as the Gamma B Province Officer for SAI. When not performing, Ms. D’Adamo is working in healthcare administration, trying new vegan recipes, and reading her favorite books.
Sara Sitzer, whose playing has been described as “rich” and “lustrous” by the Chicago Classical Review, is an active and versatile freelance cellist and entrepreneur in Chicago. A member of the Elgin Symphony, Sara also performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony and Chicago Opera Theater, as well as on Broadway in Chicago. Ms. Sitzer was founding Artistic Director of the Gesher Music Festival in St. Louis, MO, and founding Executive Director of Chamber Music on the Fox in Elgin, IL. She spends her summers performing and teaching at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sara holds performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Boston University, and completed a 3-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Board of Directors
Tish Calhamer, President
Elizabeth Niemeier, Secretary
Sara Sitzer, Treasurer
Leslie Wolko, Vice President