Michael Dooley is an honours graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. He began his bassoon studies with Martin Prynn (London Mozart Players) and followed on with Graham Salvage (Halle Orchestra). He has worked as a freelance bassoonist at home and abroad and works with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland playing bassoon and contra-bassoon. Michael works as a busy chamber musician and has appeared as soloist in the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Ireland and Spain. He is a founder member of the Limerick Wind Octet and conducts Galway Youth Orchestra and St. Patrick's Brass Band in his native Galway. He is currently on the teaching staff in the Limerick School of Music.
Manuel Vieira has been the tutor of Low Brass at BISYOC since 2006. He finished his degree in the University of Aveiro. In 2002 he studied at Sheffield University with Philip Goodwin. The same year he collaborated with Sheffield Opera Productions and played in Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with the direction of conductor and composer Christian Wolff. He played in several youth orchestras such as: APROARTE Orchestra, Bracara Augusta Orchestra, Templários Orchestra, FAP Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band of Santa Maria da Feira. In 2000 he won the place of principal trombone in the Mediterranean Orchestra. He has performed concerts in several countries including Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, England, Austria, Malta and Brazil. He finished his Masters in Performance at Sheffield University, studying trombone with Chris Houlding in the Royal Northern College of Music. He has collaborated with several Portuguese professional orchestras and he recorded several CDs with some of them. Currently he plays principal trombone in Braga Philharmonic Orchestra. He is member of the HomeBrass-Quintet. He teaches trombone and chamber music at Academy of Music in Vila Verde, and the Music Academy of Fortaleza in Valença where he is Vice Principal.
Cristina Gestido is BMUS and MMUS graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, under professor Lawrence Power. She works regularly with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and freelances with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Asturias Symphony Orchestra. She is also a an experienced recitalist and chamber musician, playing in many venues including Fundación Juan March in Madrid and St. Martin-in-the-fields in London.
Joanna Sadlo plays viola and has been participating in BISYOC since 2015. In 2019 she worked in the team of organisers and event crew for BISYOC in North Macedonia. She is currently in her final year of studies at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music.
Pilar Andrino has been a violin tutor at BISYOC since it started in 2001. She studied violin at the Salamanca Conservatory with Isabel Vilá, and also studied with Jens Ellerman in Germany. She teaches violin at the Salamanca Conservatory and plays in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilia y Leon. She is also involved in a music education programme for very young children.