Vikingsholm Musicians’ Bio

Hear them at SSPF’s Annual Music in the Castle Events

Dr. Nelson was on the music faculty at Cerritos College in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Now retired, he devotes his time to composition and performance. After completing a Ph.D. in music theory/composition at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1980, David worked in a variety of institutions, ranging from the secondary level to college and university. Over the last 45 years, Dr. Nelson has composed numerous works, including symphonies, tone poems, choral pieces, chamber music, music for film, popular music, incidental music for plays, eBooks, and computer-generated music. Recently he completed a two hour Requiem for full orchestra and chorus, as well as three musicals, Haight, L.A. Vida, and The Fitzsimmons Diary. Over the years David has received commissions from the University of California at Riverside, the University of Alaska at Juneau, Cerritos College, Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, and the Sonoma Valley Chorale. In the fall of 2018 Dr. Nelson’s program symphony Little Bighorn was performed by the Reno Pops Orchestras to critical acclaim. Besides enjoying a career in education, Dr. Nelson has authored a number of educational pieces of software. Designed for the music major and non-major, these programs have been used at many institutions across the United States. Outside of the classical music realm, David has substantial experience in commercial music. As a member of many bands, he has played guitar, pedal steel guitar, and violin in “The Changing Times” with the legendary Stevie Nicks, “Wanted”, and “Dave Phelan and Maverick”. Dr. Nelson currently lives in Truckee where he pursues his musical as well as environmental interests.

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion, and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music teachers, and is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In 2004 he won 1st place in the prestigious Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest in the nonpedal harp division, playing his set on the cross-strung harp. He has published a number of books for harp, including a method for the cross-strung harp and 4 other collections of classical pieces arranged for the cross-strung harp. He has also taught at a number of local and national harp conferences (including the 2006 AHS National Conference, the 2006 Somerset “West” Folk Harp Festival in San Jose, the 2007 and 2009 Big Sky Harp Festivals in Montana, the 2007 Lyon & Healy Pop and Jazz Harpfest in Salt Lake City, the 2008 Somerset on the Potomac Harp Festival, the 2009 Festival of the Harps concert in Oakland the 2010 ISFHC HarpCon in St. Louis, MO and was featured at the 2011 Somerset Folk Harp Festival in Parsippany, New Jersey. John has been a major promoter of the chromatic cross-strung harp due to the instrument’s size, weight, cost, and versatility in playing any type of music without the use of levers or pedals. John started his own publishing company (Metrasound Music) in 1992 and has published a song flute method, and a band method, in addition to his numerous harp publications.

Kristine Redko A native Ohioan, Kristine has lived all over the country and now resides in beautiful Sonoma County, CA. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and also earned her M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.  She currently works as an Enterprise Account Manager for EBI, a background screening firm in Baltimore, MD.
When not working, Kristine watches her beloved Baltimore Ravens, volunteers with her local Rotary Club and is also the lead singer in a classic rock band (The Pickled Beats).   She also recorded a nine-song CD of covers in 2017, entitled “Post No Bills.”  Her love of singing began in her early teens when she auditioned for Godspell, and her musical theater career extended into college and post-graduate years. Kristine dedicates these performances to her 8.5-year old twins – Roman and Katya – who are always in her heart when she sings.  

David Montgomery is an American orchestral conductor, choirmaster, harpsichordist, pianist, and musicologist. He studied in Paris with René Leibowitz and in the U.S. and Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda. He became Leibowitz’s assistant in France and later studied the interpretation of contemporary music with Pierre Boulez in Los Angeles. After completing a PhD at UCLA in musicology and historical performance practice, he made his debut as harpsichordist in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Santa Barbara Symphony and taught for several years at the University of California in that city. In 1990 Montgomery joined the summer faculty of the Waterloo Festival at Princeton University as Director of the Baroque Ensemble. He worked in New York for Sony Tri-Star/Columbia Pictures as a conductor, and then in Europe for Sony Music Inc and Sony Classical GmbH. From Hamburg, Montgomery toured Europe as a pianist/harpsichordist and helped to revitalize the Jena Philharmonic in former East Germany as the orchestra’s principal guest conductor. With the Philharmonic he made recordings for BMG’s Arte Nova label in Munich. David Montgomery is an authority on Austro-German music of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.  His essays for the international recording industry have been translated into numerous languages and distributed throughout the world. He has lectured at Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, University of Chicago, Harvard University, the Universities of Halle and Göttingen, and at the major campuses of the University of California. His first book, Franz Schubert’s Music in Performance (Pendragon, 2003/paperback 2010) is widely known in performance and scholarly circles. His second book, Unfinished History (Brown Walker Press, 2017) challenges the traditional story of Franz Schubert’s B-minor Symphony with the first in-depth examination of its manuscript and related documents.