The Musicians

Jacob Breedlove, Director

Hurdy-gurdy, bowed strings, woodwinds, percussion, voice

Jacob has been performing medieval and other music for 25 years. He founded Orchestra of the Moon in 2015.

 He is also a teacher and puppeteer.


Photo: Robert Tilley

Laura Kuhlmann

Woodwinds, voice

A resident of Portland, Oregon, since 2014, Laura was previously active in Chicago, where she spent many years as a freelance musician. She has enjoyed partnerships with several early music ensembles including the Burgundian Ensemble, Masqued Phoenix, and the Too Early Consort. Laura founded and led the Milwaukee Renaissance Band from 2009–2014.


Laura is currently music director for the Portland Recorder Society and the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon and is past president of the American Recorder Society. She is also the musician scheduler and performer for the English Country Dance community in Portland.


She teaches flute, saxophone, recorder, early double reeds, and Renaissance bagpipes both at her home studio in Portland and at workshops around the country. If there is not an instrument in her hands, she can be found roaming the hills and dales of Oregon on her beloved bicycle

Esther Saulle

Woodwinds, viola da gamba, voice

Esther is a performer and a music teacher. She started playing the recorder at the age of seven in her native Switzerland, and since then she has performed with various music ensembles and groups including the Oregon Renaissance Band, the Cassis Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Moon, the Portland and Puget Sound Christmas Revels, and others.

In addition to the recorder, Esther plays various Renaissance instruments including the krummhorn,  viola da gamba, and others.

Apart from playing various gigs and continuing to take variety of music classes and attending music workshops, she has been giving private recorder lessons to children and adults in her Northeast Portland home for the past twenty years.

Photo: Robert Tilley

Elizabeth O'Connor

Violin, violoncello

Elizabeth is a native Portlander with deep roots in the local chamber music community. In the past she has played in the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Portland Revels. She currently plays with a full slate of chamber music groups, from piano trios to string quartets to early music groups.

A clinical psychologist by training, Elizabeth supports her music habit as an Investigator at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research. In her not-so-copious spare time, she enjoys birdwatching, playing board games, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. Her guilty pleasure is reality TV, having never gotten through an episode of Queer Eye without crying. (It’s so heartwarming!)

Paul Beck

Cimbalom, percussion

Paul began his musical studies hitting tuned water glasses in Mrs. Ristad’s preschool music class. He eventually worked his way up to hitting percussion instruments for a music degree at the University of Colorado.

Paul saw a cimbalom for the first time on a family trip to Hungary, but it was more than 30 years before he got to hit one. In the Orchestra of the Moon Paul plays a small version of this normally gargantuan Eastern European hammered dulcimer.

In addition to the Orchestra of the Moon, Paul is a member of the Portland ensembles Trio Tsuica, the Krebsic Orkestar, and Padam Padam.

Demand for cimbalom being what it is, he makes his living as an author of children’s nonfiction books.

Photo: Ellen Regal