Little Bay LIVE!

Little Bay LIVE!

strives to open up programming that serves a wide spectrum of the population. This program brings music to the community through FREE small ensemble performances and engages the general public in local music experiences, lifting exposure to diversity in and through music.

Summer 2023 Performances

Wednesday, June 21st, 2:00 PM

Charlevoix Library Children’s Garden

Clarinet Quartet with JoCindee Gasco, Tim Topolewski, Jayne Winchester, and Kris McKay


Tuesday, June 27th, 6:00 PM

Harbor Springs Night of the Arts (downtown next to Oil Paintings by Karen Rolfes)

Horn Quartet with Emily Boyer, Brian Carter, Laura Hood, and Julie Schleif


Thursday, June 29th, 5:00 PM

Bluestem Meadow Labryinth Dedication & Celebration, Offield Family Viewlands

String Trio with Cheryl Zetterholm, violin, Sherri Marttilla, violin, and Marga Eickholt, cello

Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 PM

Perry Farm Village, Harbor Springs

Timm Johnson, bass; Tim Mocny, percussion; Libor Ondras, viola; Bob Sagan, percussion

Summer 2022 Performances


Thursday, June 9, 4 PM

Charlevoix Summer Open House

String Duo with Trisha Berquist and Byron Farrar


Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 PM

Harbor Springs Night of the Arts (downtown next to Oil Paintings by Karen Rolfes)

Horn Ensemble


Thursday, July 7, 2 PM

Perry Farm Village, Harbor Springs

Ann Schoelles, viola, & Lynn Hansen, oboe


Friday, July 8, 12 PM

Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, Petoskey

Tim Mocny, percussion ensemble


Sunday, July 31, 4:00 PM

Marina Park, Harbor Springs

Hannah Harris, fiddle, and John Warstler, guitar


Northern Michigan duo Hannah Harris
and John Warstler bring out the area’s Irish heritage with their
traditional music performance. They have been performing together since
2017 and in 2020 released an album, Tea for Tunes. From lively dance
tunes to haunting melodies, they encompass a truly authentic picture of
Irish traditional music.”



Monday, August 22, 4 PM

St. Anne’s Church, Mackinac Island

‘Clarinets on the Loose’ ensemble



Tim Topolewski is a Professor Emeritus from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. He is a published author, arranger and conductor who has lectured and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Mexico. He played with the US Army Band – thank you for your service, Tim.   He spends his free time working on his wood lathe. “Turning wood gives new life to everyday items that may otherwise end up in a land fill.”  He uses old piano parts to create amazing works of art.

Charlie MacInnis plays clarinet and bass clarinet and has played in various symphonic bands, community bands and ensembles around the area.  He has been with the GLCO for at least a dozen years and especially loves the big bass clarinet.   He’s a pilot and each year donates a sightseeing flight to the Crescendo fundraiser to help raise money for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Charlie lives in Harbor Springs with his wife, Kate.

JoCindee Gasco graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy studying clarinet and creative writing.  Her focus was in music performance and she has played the clarinet in various orchestras, bands and ensembles throughout Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. Her day job is as a psychologist in private practice in Petoskey.  She specializes in substance use addiction and trauma recovery.  We like having her in the group as she is a good listener!

Jayne Bennett Winchester is a former Band Director and Music Teacher graduating from CMU with a music performance degree and an elementary endorsement which lead her to teach everything from Computers, to PE, Art, Choir, Band and Orchestra.  She plays in two jazz bands in the area, GLCO, and various other small ensembles and Community Bands. Her hobbies include working with fabrics in quilting including various artistic renditions created with cloth. 

We all LOVE playing our instruments and it is something we can continue to do as long as we like.  We encourage young people to learn to play a musical instrument because there are always local groups in which to play and no one ever sits on the bench in music. 



Wednesday, August 24, 5 PM

Bay View, Petoskey

Los Altos (viola ensemble)


Tuesday, August 30, 5:30 PM

Bidwell Outdoor Plaza, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey

***MUSICIAN UPDATE 8/29/22***

Elizabeth Bert, Cello, and Lynn Hansen, Oboe


Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.