Meet the Faculty

Credo New England lead faculty will include Matthew Schlomer of Interlochen School of the Arts, Credo Artistic Director Peter Slowik, and NEC Prep/BYSO Conductor Marta Zurad.

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Matthew Schlomer
Wind Ensemble Director

Peter Slowik
Orchestra Director

Marta Zurad
String Orchestra Conductor

Below is a partial list of Credo New England faculty. Others will be added – the list will be complete by mid-January.

Faculty Member Instrument Affiliation
Sarita Kwok Violin Assoc. Professor, Resident Artist, Gordon College Dept of Music
Susan Kim Violin, Viola Asst. Professor, Gordon College Dept. of Music
Elizabeth Larson Violin Credo Trio, Biola University
Alexandre Lecarme Cello Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Cello Quartet, faculty at BU and NEC Prep
Matthew Schlomer Conductor Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy
Peter Slowik Viola Professor, Oberlin Conservatory
Marta Zurad Conductor, Violinist NEC Prep, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

Biographies

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.return to top

Elizabeth Ann Larson, violinist of the Credo Trio, has played solo 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 Assistant Professor of Violin at Biola University.
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Matthew Schlomer conducts and teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. Schlomer holds a doctor of musical arts degree and master of music degree in instrumental conducting with a minor concentration in dance from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of music in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at UW-Madison he twice received the Richard Church Memorial Conducting Award. He is resident conductor of the experimental percussion group Clocks in Motion and has served as a clinician around the Midwest. He is a strong advocate for integrating all the arts into music education and has led fourteen arts exploration tours across the United States and Canada.
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Peter Slowik, profiled by The Strad 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.return to top

Marta Zurad received her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and her Graduate Diploma and Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music. She also attended the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Her violin teachers have included Wieslaw Kwasny, Valeria Kuchment, and Eric Rosenblith. She is a very active chamber musician, and is a past participant of Yellow Barn Music Festival and Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. She plays regularly with a number of local chamber groups, both as a violinist and a violist. Ms. Zurad is a member of the Lexington Symphony, and has performed with many other orchestras in the Boston area. At BYSO (Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras), Ms. Zurad conducts the Young People’s String Orchestra, the Intensive Community Program and the Petit Ensemble. At New England Conservatory, she conducts the Preparatory String Orchestra. Ms. Zurad is on the string faculty at NEC and Rivers Conservatory. She serves as an adjudicator for various local concerto competitions.return to top