Joe Todaro graduated from West Chester University with a degree in classical guitar performance. He also studied with world renowned classical guitarist Jorge Morel. Joe is the principal mandolinist with the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble, an organization that he founded in 2006. For more than two decades, Joe served as principal guitarist and assistant conductor of the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra. He has studied Andean music with indigenous musicians in Bolivia, and he performs with Katari, a Philadelphia-based Andean music ensemble. Joe is one of the featured performers in the recently released musical film documentary, “Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani.”
Mark Linkins studied double bass at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts). As a freelance bassist, Mark has performed with a range of artists, including Bernadette Peters, Billy Eckstine, Doc Gibbs, and Paul Halley. From 1983-2009, he performed with the wedding band A Touch of Class. Mark currently plays mandolin with the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble, and he serves as the musical director and conductor of the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra.
The trio format of Sycamore Muse includes accordion virtuoso Joe Soprani. Joe has worked with Pavarotti, Jon Bon Jovi, the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy, and with countless world class soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. He has performed at the White House, on the Arthur Godfrey Show, and on the Ed Sullivan Show. Joe is recognized by the international accordion community for his contributions to the fields of accordion performance and education.