Meet the Credo Oberlin 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.

The following is a complete listing of the Credo Oberlin faculty.
Here is a listing of the entire Credo faculty.

Faculty List

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
Karen Burgman Piano Credo Trio
Michael Davis Violin Concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra
Bryan Dumm Cello Cleveland Orchestra
John Fitchuk Chamber music Wheaton Public Schools
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
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!
Stephen Shipps* Violin University of Michigan
Peter Slowik Viola Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Kathryn Steely Viola Baylor University
Milan Vitek Violin Oberlin Conservatory
Anne Martindale Williams Cello Pittsburgh Symphony

*On leave 2017

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 released 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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Karen Burgman, pianist of the CREDO TRIO, has performed throughout the U.S., 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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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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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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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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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 Cafe 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 Quartet, 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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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 Baroque 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 of Reflections 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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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 Gramaphone, 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 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.
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Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely is Professor of Viola at Baylor University and received the university’s Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching in 2007. She has been invited to present master classes across the country, including invitations as a featured presenter at American String Teacher’s Association National Conventions. Currently President of the American Viola Society, Steely has also served as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society, two terms on the AVS national executive board, and nine years as AVS webmaster. She is a former member of Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, Akron Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, and as principal violist with Rockford Symphony and Waco Symphonies. She has performed on several occasions at International Viola Congresses, National Flute Conventions, the University of Chicago Mostly Music series and the Austin Armonico Chamber series, as well as at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival. Her 2010 release of the Flackton Viola Sonatas on MSR Classics was reviewed by Fanfare as “a delight”. Dr. Steely holds degrees from Bethel College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University.
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Milan Vitek has been professor of violin at Oberlin College Conservatory since 2001, and is Professor Emeritus at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen from 1974 to 2001, and a guest professor at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1992 to 2001. Before moving to Denmark in 1968, Prof. Vitek was a founding member, concertmaster and soloist with the Prague Chamber Soloists conducted by Vaclav Neumann, member of the Czech Nonet, chamber ensemble of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the piano trio Pro Camera. In Denmark, he was alternate concert master with the Danish Royal Orchestra and a founder of the Danish Chamber Orchestra. Following two years as a professor and a member of the Czech String Quartet at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, Milan Vitek returned to Denmark in 1974 to become Professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy. During this time, he co-founded the Trio Pro Arte, which made acclaimed recordings of the complete Brahms trios and trios by Smetana and Mendelssohn for the BIS label. He also founded the Royal Danish Conservatory Chamber Orchestra giving concerts with performers like Jehudi Menuhin, J. P. Rampal, and Michel Debost. Prof. Vitek is much in demand as a teacher at master classes such as Aldeburgh (England), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Yokosuka Festival (Japan) a Yuriko Kuronuma Academy (Mexico City), Weikersheim (Germany) and Savonlinna (Finland), Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu Conservatories. He has adjudicated international violin competitions in Denmark – where he is President of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition – Germany, Japan, Estonia and Italy. His students are winners and laureates of among others, the Carl Nielsen, J. Kocian, Heino Eller, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Washington International, Yehudi Menuhin International, the Jean Sibelius Violin Competitions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Professor Vitek was also in much demand as a conductor of orchestras in all of Scandinavia, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Milan Vitek is Artistic director of his three-week summer master class program for strings in Litomysl, Czech Republic, which he founded in 1996.
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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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Holly Jenkins, Section Violin at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Credo '12)

I graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2012 and that summer was my first time at Credo. If there's a "right" reason for playing music, glorifying something bigger than yourself in order to help people tap into something beautiful inside them is it. I've traveled to Jordan and the West Bank (with fellow Credo student Lauren Manning ’12) in 2011 and to Pakistan in 2012 for performances and music workshops with young people. I've played for audiences of all classical musicians, and for audiences full of people that haven't ever seen a violin, or heard classical music before. Music has this incredible ability to bridge gaps of all sorts, whether those gaps are social, religious, or cultural. At Credo, no one was trying to prove anything, win something, or impress each other: everyone just wanted to enrich the people around us, not to mention ourselves! It was so exciting for me to be in such a supportive and well-meaning atmosphere. I hope always to be a part of the Credo family in some way, shape, or form!