Beyond sharing a love for music, nature and dogs, Liz Byrd and Doug Webster share homes in Portland, Oregon and South Park, Colorado, ten thousand feet up in the Colorado Rockies. Liz envisioned Carousel Concerts as a blended concert series hosted in a small theater in Boca Raton, Florida, Sugar Sand Park. Outside the theater was a Carousel. The first season included chamber music, a solo pianist, a virtuoso 'finger-style' guitarist, an improvisatory World Music ensemble and theater music played by the assembled group of artists. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Liz and Doug have introduced Carousel Concerts, bringing their favorite friends and colleagues to join them.
Elizabeth Byrd Elizabeth Byrd has brought her classical cello not only to the traditional setting of the Concerts halls and Opera Houses but also into the world of Improvisation, Theater, World Music, Tonal Vibration Therapy. Moving from New York City and now living in Portland, Oregon, along with producing concert events, she offers lessons in classical cello, improvisation and Healing Cello therapy work. She is on the faculty of Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and Mt. Hood Community College and maintains a private cello studio in Southeast Portland. While based in Florida, she was principal cellist for the Palm Beach Pops for ten seasons. She was also part of the Cantilena Ensemble, playing chamber music for weddings and events in some of the most romantic locations in Florida. While in Florida, she was introduced to Dr. John Upledger, the originator of CranioSacral Therapy. Liz worked with Dr. Upledger as Tonal Vibration Therapist in conjunction with CranioSacral sessions. She was also a guest sound therapist at the Beth Israel Hospital Health and Healing Continuum in New York City.
Douglas Webster Douglas Webster has performed on stages across forty-six of the United States and throughout Europe as soloist with symphony orchestras, opera and in solo recital. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, National tour and in regional theater. As the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, he has led over twenty productions, including those at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center; the festivals at Aspen, Cabrillo and Tanglewood; with the symphonies in Dallas, Denver, Portland, Columbus, Eugene; and Internationally in Spain, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. His thirty-year affiliation with MASS began while he was a graduate student at Indiana University, performing for the composer’s 70th Birthday Gala at the Tanglewood Festival in 1988.
As an educator and producer, he has taught at the University of Memphis and the University of Oregon. For one season, filling in for an ailing teacher, he was the music director for South Park High School in Colorado near his mountain home near Breckenridge. Since 1999, he has directed the American Singer Seminar, a training program for aspiring musical theater performers.