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Meet the Credo Faculty

The Credo Faculty come to Credo from many of the leading music schools and orchestras across the country. Together they create the (often life-changing!) Credo  experience.

This page includes Credo faculty for all programs. To see which faculty will be at a specific program for 2017, please check the faculty listings under the program(s) in which you are interested.

Guest Artists
rachel-barton-pine-web-sizeRachel Barton Pine
Award-winning International Soloist

jasper_string_quartet_white_backgroun-web-sizeJasper String Quartet
Credo Oberlin 2017 String Quartet in Residence

Faculty Member Instrument Affiliation
Bonita Boyd Flute Eastman School of Music
Jennie Brown Flute Director, Credo Flute; Elmhurst College, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
Karen Burgman Piano Credo Trio
Michael Davis Violin Concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra
Peter Dominguez* Double bass Principal, American Sinfonietta; Oberlin Conservatory
Bryan Dumm Cello Cleveland Orchestra
Joanne Erwin Music Education Oberlin Conservatory
John Fitchuk Chamber music Wheaton Public Schools
Michele Frisch* Flute Minnesota Opera
Roger Frisch* Violin Minnesota Orchestra
Molly Fung-Dumm Violin Chamber Freelance
Alan Harrell Cello Cleveland Orchestra
James Howsmon Piano Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Lee Joiner Violin Wheaton College
Dr. Kangwon Kim Violin Concertmaster, Madison Bach Musicians
Józef Kolinek Violin Polish Chamber Orchestra
Sarita Kwok Violin Gordon College
Lisa-Beth Lambert Violin Philadelphia Orchestra
Elizabeth Ann Larson Violin Biola University
Marilyn McDonald Violin Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Matthew Michelic Viola Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Steuart Pincombe Cello Music in Familiar Spaces, Oerknal!
Peter Slowik Viola Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely Viola Baylor University
Anne Martindale Williams Cello Pittsburgh Symphony
Nelson Wu Violin St. Peter’s Lutheran College
Credo Rotating Faculty on Leave 2017
Mark Butin Viola former Principal, Honolulu Symphony
Alvin Chow Piano Oberlin Conservatory
Lawrence Dutton Viola Emerson String Quartet
René Schiffer Cello Principal, Apollo’s Fire
Stephen Shipps Violin University of Michigan
Robert Vernon Viola Principal, Cleveland Orchestra
Milan Vitek Violin Oberlin Conservatory


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On leave 2017

Faculty Biographies

rachel-barton-pine-web-sizeHeralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

This season Pine performs concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Fairouz, Mozart, Sibelius and Vivaldi, with orchestras including the Santa Rosa Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Flagstaff, Windsor, and Gainesville Symphony Orchestras. She continues her recital tour of the Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin and a life size video installation of her will be the culmination of a new Musical Instrument Museum exhibit about master violin makers.

In March, 2016 Avie Records will release Pine’s performance of J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. Pine collaborated with conductor Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante, her debut album on Avie.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop.

She performs on the “ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742). rachelbartonpine.com

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Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times). “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate)

The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released three highly acclaimed albums – Beethoven Op. 131, The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven.

Jasper String Quartet

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Bonita Boyd is one of today’s most exciting concert flutists.  She began her career at age 21 as principal flutist of the Rochester Philharmonic, serving until 1984, when she resigned to devote herself to her growing solo career.  Her extensive concert tours have since taken her across North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia.  She has premiered and recorded numerous works, including works of AdlerBensonRoszaSierraAugusta Reed ThomasRands, Bernstein, SesslerLiptak, and BeaserBoyd was appointed to the Eastman School of Music faculty in 1977 where she has been awarded the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.   She is a member of the artist faculty of the Aspen and Aria Music Festivals and is co-principal flutist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.  She has also served as performer and/or artist faculty at various other festivals including Marlboro, Bowdoin, Grand Teton, Chauatauqua, Johannesen, Eastern, Masterworks, Filarmonica de las Americas, Seoul International Flute Academy, and Hamamatsu Seminar.  She has been president of the National Flute Association, a 5000-member international organization of flutists from around the globe.
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Jennie Brown teaches and serves as Director of Credo Flute.  With an entrepreneurial spirit, she embraces the philosophy that music is an integral part of the modern world and that exciting new opportunities abound.  She is the Artistic Director and flutist with Picosa, a chamber ensemble for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and resident composer, which launched its inaugural concert season with established concert series at the innovative venue of PianoForte Chicago, at the historic and beautiful site of Mayslake Peabody Estate, and in numerous concerts and residencies in colleges and universities.  In order to a serve the community, Picosa has established a long term partnership with Hesed House, an organization that assists those transitioning out of homelessness.  Dr. Brown is the flutist on faculty at Elmhurst College where she will serve as the co-director of the 2016 study abroad program “January in Paris: Living Parisian Arts and Culture”.  She has also been on faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music since 2002 where she has taught flute, theory, and music appreciation.  She has performed throughout the U.S., and in Japan, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and England and is an active performer throughout Chicago.  She can be heard on Albany Records and is recording the complete works of Joseph Schwantner for flute.  Dr. Brown is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS)  Jennie has performed five times in National Flute Association annual conventions and has served as an adjudicator for the Young Artist’s Competition and as Volunteer Coordinator.  Please visit www.JennieBrownFlute.com.
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Karen Burgman, pianist of the CREDO TRIO, has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. A winner of numerous prizes in collaborative playing and chamber music, Karen will be performing in the upcoming year through Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour with award-winning cellist Jesus Morales. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in piano performance, Karen is also certified in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She currently has two solo CDs on the label “Lifespring Music, LLC,” serves as artistic director of Sola Gratia Musicians Choirs, and maintains a private teaching studio at the Hilltown Creative Arts Academy which she helped to found in 2007.
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Mark Butin was the Credo Music Residential Director from 2003-2009. He received his B.M. and his M.M. from Northwestern University where he studied with Peter Slowik.  He has been a member of both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony, and served as the Principal Violist of the Honolulu Symphony until its bankruptcy  in 2010.  He is currently the violist of the Galliard String Quartet Additionally employed as a Commercial Aviation Manager and pilot, Mark takes to the air whenever possible.
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Pianist Alvin Chow has performed throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist. He has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition. His appearances as soloist with orchestra include the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg Mr. Chow received the prestigious Victor Herbert Prize in Piano from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. He is currently Chair of the Piano Department and the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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Michael Davis, concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra, has been hailed by critics as “the essence of musicality” and continue to praise him for his “virtuosity” and “exquisite” playing. Mr. Davis has given concerts in such significant American venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has concertized in both Europe and Asia. He has performed at Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival and the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival (where he is Artistic Director). Davis also serves on the violin faculties at Campbellsville University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Please visit michaeldavisviolin.com
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Peter Dominguez grew up in Milwaukee playing with his father, pianist and singer Frank DeMiles.  His teachers  include  Roger Ruggeri,  Richard Davis, Robert Gladstone, and Lucas Drew. Mr. Dominguez began his teaching career at Michigan State University, and is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.   He has served as Principal Bass with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta.  Having pursued for 38 years double bass performance practice in a variety of musical styles and appeared in venues through out the Americas and Europe, Peter continues to perform, record, and tour with an impressive array of Classical, Jazz, and Latin artists. More information can be found at peterdominguezmusic.com
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Bryan Dumm, cellist, has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1986. Prior to this appointment he was Principal Cellist of the Alabama Symphony and a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to orchestral work, Mr.Dumm has performed in chamber music concerts across America and in Europe and Asia. He has been a member of the Brioso and Amici String Quartets, the Cleveland Octet and the Myriad Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Samaris Piano Trio whose debut CD Café Music can be heard on the Newport Classics label. Mr. Dumm is currently on the cello faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University.
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Noted as a “poetic violist” by the New Yorker, violist Lawrence Dutton has earned distinction as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher of viola and chamber music. As violist of the world renowned Emerson String Quartet, Mr. Dutton performs over 100 concerts each season and has won six Grammy Awards. Mr. Dutton has collaborated with many of the world’s great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Walter Trampler, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Misha Dichter, Jan DeGaetani and Edgar Meyer. In addition, he has performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, and with the Beaux Arts and the Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson trios.

As a soloist, Mr. Dutton has appeared with many American and European orchestras including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia and Chamber Music Northwest, and has collaborated with the late Isaac Stern in the International Chamber Music Encounters at both Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. Mr. Dutton is currently a Professor of Chamber Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Manhattan School of Music and resides in Bronxville, New York with his wife, violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and their sons Luke Thomas and Jesse Lee.
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Joanne Erwin, Professor of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. After teaching strings in public schools in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas. As a cellist she played in the Fort Worth Symphony and currently in Oberlin College Community Strings, conducted youth orchestras in Texas and currently with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. She presents at conferences and conducts festival orchestras around the world. She is a co-author for New Directions for StringsPrelude to Music Education and written other articles for American String Teacher and Teaching Music.
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John Fitchuk is an active violist in the Chicago area and has taught all levels and areas of music in Illinois for thirty-six years. For twenty-two years, he was Director of Orchestras at both Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville High Schools. Mr. Fitchuk has served as Organizational Chair of the All-State Honors Orchestra and President of the Chicago American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and he has been the Director of the Fox Valley and West Suburban Youth Symphonies. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Music Educators Association. Mr. Fitchuk has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Dubuque Symphony and also serves on the music staff of Christ Church of Oakbrook.
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Michele Antonello Frisch, is principal flute of the Minnesota Opera She served as principal flute of the Colorado Philharmonic, toured with the Minnesota Wind Soloists, and has played with the Minnesota, St. Paul Chamber, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.  Frisch has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, and both faculty and soloist at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, and the Wintergreen Performing Arts and MasterWorks Festivals.

Along with principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Kathy Kienzle, Frisch has released three recordings of flute and harp opera and dance music to critical kudos. She has also appeared with the Bell’ Alma Duo at the World Harp Congress in New York, Kansas City, San Diego, Tacoma, and Amsterdam, and will perform recitals with the Duo in New Orleans and Sydney, Australia in 2014.

Frisch currently serves on the faculty of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and is a sought-after recitalist, clinician, master-class presenter, and adjudicator. She has also recorded on the Collins Classics, EMI, and Virgin Classics labels and has toured internationally in music ministry throughout Ukraine, France and China, performing recitals and giving master classes with the Kairos Trio.
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Associate Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Roger Frisch received his early musical training from his father, longtime Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prizewinner of the Hermann Violin Competition and the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Frisch enjoys a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral player.

A dedicated chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble. Since 1997 he has performed extensively throughout the United States and the country of Ukraine with the Kairos Trio, with flutist Michele Antonello Frisch and pianist Herbert Johnson.   The Kairos Trio is dedicated in their performances to combining the performance of classical music along with the sharing of their Christian faith.   In 2007 and again in 2008 he traveled to China for concerto appearances with orchestras in addition to recital performances, master classes and meetings with Christians in the underground churches.

Mr. Frisch has authored the book: “The Orchestra Audition: How to Prepare. “  As a sought-after coach of young musicians auditioning for professional symphony orchestras, he frequently gives seminars around the country addressing the techniques of audition preparation.
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Molly Fung-Dumm received her training on violin at the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with high distinction and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. Her teachers have included Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein. Winner of the 1987 Irving Klein String Competition, she has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras including the Peninsula Symphony, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad in an array of performance venues including the Dame Myra Hess Chamber Music Series and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She is a founding member of the Samaris Piano Trio and is currently on the faculty at Cleveland State University. Her debut compact disc entitled Caf* Music with the Samaris Piano Trio was released on the Newport Classic label.
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Alan Harrell has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1995. Alan has won numerous competitions and awards including the 1994 Cleveland Institute of Music Cello Prize, MTNA National Scholarship and the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship and has played concerti with a number of orchestras. He has been a member of the Virginia Symphony, Sir Georg Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Mr. Harrell has given lessons and master classes at a number of colleges nationwide. He is on the faculty of Cleveland State University.
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James Howsmon, pianist, is Professor of Instrumental Accompanying at Oberlin College, where he oversees the instrumental collaborative activities of the school’s piano majors. He has played in over one thousand recitals in North America, Europe, and Japan, and has performed with principal players of every major American orchestra. In recent seasons he has played in Japan, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (at the Kennedy Center), Philadelphia, Dallas, Montreal, and Minneapolis. He has given guest master classes in accompanying and chamber music at, among others, the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Alabama. He is married to violist Louise Zeitlin. They live in Oberlin with their two teenaged children, both avid musicians.
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Dr. Lee Joiner serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois. An active chamber musician, Joiner has been a member of the Blair, a quartet-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, a regular organizer and participant in the Faculty Chamber Series at Wheaton College, and a guest artist with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Orion Chamber Ensemble. Other performing opportunities in the Chicago area have included Ars Viva, Fulcrum Point and the Lyric Opera, and Chicago Jazz Orchestra. His musical studies include degrees from Juilliard and Eastman, with additional studies taking place at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Aspen Music School, and Yale University Summer School.
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Dr. Kangwon Kim current concertmaster of Madison Bach Musicians, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st century using both baroque and modern violins. She has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Norway, and she was featured in the Rising Young Artist Series at the Seoul Arts Center.  She has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser. Ms. Kim earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University.   She taught at Biola University as Assistant Professor from 2006-2008 and has also taught at Ripon College in WI and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim lives in Middleton, WI with her husband and two sons and keeps an active performing and teaching schedule.
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Violinist Józef Kolinek served as violinist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra from 1978 to 2003. In 1996 he established the Prima Vista Quartet, and spent 15 years with that ensemble. The Quartet recorded 16 CD’s with a repertoire ranging from Haydn to Penderecki. Three of these CD’s won the “Fryderyk”-Prize, and two were awarded both platinum and gold disc.

Kolinek completed postgraduate studies of Business Administration at the Warsaw School of Economics as well and he is an artistic director of four Polish music festivals (in Podkowa Leśna, Chełmno, Ożarów Mazowiecki and in Czartoryski Palace in Sieniawa. Kolinek has also been invited to run numerous Master Classes in Japan, South Korea, and Poland, and is a member of the Board of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society.
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Sarita Kwok has distinguished herself as one of the most captivating and sophisticated performers to emerge from the ranks of Australia’s classical musicians. Sarita has appeared on chamber series and at festivals throughout the United States, including Mistral Music, Temple Emanuel Chamber Series, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Redbank Chamber Music, and in performances at Weill and Zankel recital halls, Merkin Concert Hall, Kitara Hall (Japan), Villa Medici (Italy), and the Theatre du Jeu de Paume (France). Sarita’s broadcast appearances have included WGBH public radio, Radio Suisse Romande, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV and radio.

Sarita has worked closely with composers Martin Bresnick, Jerome Combier, and Michael Jarrell among others. With the Alianza Quartet she recorded the last three string quartets of Ezra Laderman for Albany Records to critical acclaim. Her recent recording of Martin Bresnick’s Josephine the Singer for solo violin was described by Gramophone as “gorgeously executed”.

The former director of the undergraduate lessons program at Yale, Sarita served for eight years on the faculty of the Yale Department of Music. She currently serves as the chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College, where she is also the college’s artist-in-residence. She has additionally taught master classes at Wellesley and Amherst colleges and at the New Zealand School of Music. Sarita holds both Doctor and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she was a student of Syoko Aki and the Tokyo String Quartet.
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Lisa-Beth Lambert joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2001 following six seasons with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.  An active chamber musician, she has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kingston Music Festival, and at the White House.  She has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Twentieth Century Consort, as well as on the series of the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.  As soloist she has appeared with numerous orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the New World Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City.   In addition to teaching privately, Ms. Lambert created and directed the Intensive Study Program at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana.  During the past few seasons she has presented the Mozart sonata cycle with pianist Lambert Orkis at several east coast venues.
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Elizabeth Ann Larson has played solo and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Japan, England, Switzerland, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Estonia and India.  She has performed at Symphony Hall, Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Victoria Hall, Geneva and has been featured on National Public Radio. The Boston Globe has praised her playing as having “great charm and refinement… and capable of breathtaking virtuosity.”  Elizabeth has been a Resident Artist at many international festivals. She is on the faculty of Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Credo  and Masterworks Festivals and founded the Geneva Conservatory of Music, in New York City. Elizabeth is currently Coordinator of the String Department and Associate Professor of Violin at Biola University.
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Marilyn McDonald has toured world-wide as a member of the Castle Trio, the Smithson String Quartet, the Oberlin Barooque Ensemble and Ensemble Pierrot, a group specializing in contemporary music. She currently is a member of the Axelrod Quartet, performing on the Smithonian’s Stradivarius instruments. Ms. McDonald has appeared as recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. She is concertmaster of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Boston Baroque. Summer festivals include the Baroque Performance Institute, Colorado College Festival, Fairbanks (AK) and Bowdoin Festivals. She has held visiting professorships at Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music and is Artist-in-Residence at Boston University. Ms. McDonald is Professor of Violin at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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Matthew Michelic has concertized throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci and Delos Quartets and has recorded on the Orion and CRI labels. In chamber music recitals, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeffrey Solow, Jose-Luis Garcia, Robert McDonald, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Amelia Trio. As an orchestral player, he has performed frequently with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Lawrence Chamber Players, and has recently toured Vietnam and China with that ensemble. Highlights of the 2010-11 season include a performance for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, a chamber music recital in Lisbon, Portugal with members of the Capela Quartet, and the world premiere ofReflections from Yad Yashem with Lawrence University’s Cantala ensemble. Currently, Mr. Michelic is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Steuart Pincombe’s career as a cellist has brought him to leading halls and festivals across North America and Europe and he has been named by the Strad Magazine as a “superb solo cellist” and a “gorgeous player [with] perfect intonation, imaginative phrasing” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Highlights of Steuart’s recent concert seasons include being a featured soloist with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop (DE), festival appearances with Ensemble Ausonia (BE), performing with Holland Baroque Society (NL) for King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands, appearing as soloist at the Amsterdam Cello Bienalle (NL), and co-founding Oerknal! (a contemporary music collective, NL). His concert ‘Bach&Beer’ was selected by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Events of 2014’ and a concert in which he appeared as soloist with Rene Schiffer and Apollo’s Fire was numbered in London’s ‘5 Best Classical Music Moments of 2014’ according to The Telegraph (UK).

Steuart is currently on a one-year tour of North American called Music in Familiar Spaces, a project bringing innovative classical music programs to non-traditional spaces. The tour is an initiative of Steuart and his wife Michelle, motivated by a desire to connect with audiences in a personal way.

Steuart holds a BM in modern cello and a MM in viola da gamba and baroque cello from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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René Schiffer, native of the Dukedom of Brabant, began studying cello with his father, György, and completed his studies in Amsterdam, (County of Holland), with Anner Bijlsma.  Schiffer, principal cellist of Apollo’s Fire since its founding in 1993, has performed with internationally renowned historical performance ensembles like La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and Tafelmusik, and with Gustav Leonhardt and Sigiswald Kuijken. He has performed in early music festivals in Boston, Utrecht, Paris, Budapest, Tallinn and Grandchamp. As a composer, Mr. Schiffer, sometimes under the pen name Duchiffre, appears on several Apollo’s Fire CDs and his works have been performed by the Toledo and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras. He has been a soloist with the Toledo Symphony and Akron Symphony and has served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin Conservatory.
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Stephen B. Shipps is Professor of Violin at The University of Michigan.  He studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is a former member of the Meadowmount and the Amadeus Trios and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Dallas, Omaha, Seattle and Ann Arbor. He has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony and Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera, Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Sinfonia, and guest Concertmaster for the Seattle and Toledo symphony orchestras. Mr. Shipps has recorded for American Gramophone, Bay Cities, NPR, RIAS Berlin, and Hessiche Rundfunk of Frankfurt, Melodia/Russian Disc and Moscow Radio. His work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Albums has yielded a dozen gold and two platinum records. He has adjudicated major national and international competitions for three decades and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Competition. He serves as the official on-air announcer of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as well as serving on their International Advisory Panel. 2012 marks his first season as Artistic Director of the Cambridge International String Academy at Trinity College, U.K.
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Peter Slowik, profiled by theStrad magazine as “a man of limitless enthusiasm and purpose”  is one of the world’s leading artist-teachers of viola. An active chamber musician, Mr. Slowik has performed with cellists Anner Bylsma and Leonard Rose, the Mirecourt Trio, the Saint Petersburg Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford and Smithson Quartets. He has been a featured performer at six International Viola Congresses, and recent Master Class trips have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, and China. Orchestral experiences include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and service as Principal Viola of the American Sinfonietta and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Slowik has served on the faculty of Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Slowik has been named to the highest teaching award honors of Northwestern University and Oberlin Conservatory.  He has served as President of the American Viola Society and currently is Professor of Viola and String Division Director at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.  His students perform in such major American orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony, and in university appointments throughout the country.
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Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely is Associate Professor of Viola at Baylor University where she received the Outstanding Professor Award in 2007. A frequent recitalist and avid chamber musician, she has performed across the country including appearances at two Viola Congresses, the National Flute Convention, the Mostly Music series of the University of Chicago, and the Armonico Chamber series of the Austin Chamber Ensemble. She has performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Steely is in frequent demand as an adjudicator and has presented master classes at the national ASTA convention in 2004-2009. She served five years as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and two terms as a member of the AVS national executive board.
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Michael Wilder is currently Dean of the Conservatory of Music, Arts, and Communication at Wheaton College.   A clarinetist, he performs with Camerata Chicago and in a variety of chamber music settings.  He previously served as a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Ballet Orchestra.  He has been a member of the staff of the MasterWorks Festivals in the United States and in England. Wilder currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship and serves the National Association of Schools of Music in a variety of capacities.  He and his wife, Joyce Anne (a flutist) are the parents of 11 children, with many of them in the midst of music performance and study activities.
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Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. She frequently has been featured as soloist with that orchestra and also has collaborated with such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Andre Previn, Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman in chamber music performances. Mrs. Williams teaches at Carnegie-Mellon University and has given master classes at many institutions across the country, including SUNY at Stonybrook, Manhattan School of Music, the National Orchestra Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and the New World Symphony.
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Born in Taiwan and educated in Auckland, New Zealand, Dr. Nelson Wu studied violin with Jean Harvey and Igor Petrushevski at the Royal Academy of Music. He earned his PhD in Music at King’s College London. Dr. Wu was a professional orchestral and chamber musician in Auckland and London. As a dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Wu has taught students of all ages and abilities.  He has given conference papers at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and has been the Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music at The Scots College, Sydney, Australia. He currently is Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran College, Brisbane, Australia. In November 2006, Queen Elizabeth II received Dr. Wu for his academic excellence and distinguished service to community.
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