Kyle Barrett Price, 23, Artistic Director and Founder of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance under the tutelage of Merry Peckham. As a soloist, Kyle was named a winner in the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and a finalist in the 2015 G. Gershwin International Music Competition. He studied chamber music at the Chamber Music Connection and has attended numerous prestigious music festivals. A medalist in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Kyle was featured on NPR’s From the Top! radio show and has recorded with artist Alyson Stoner. Kyle has also received acclaim for his composition Requiem in memory of his aunt, cellist Constance E. Barrett. Kyle currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Collins Fellow pursuing a Master of Music under the mentorship of Uri Vardi.
Jameel Martin, a young violist from Indiana, looks back on numerous successes. He has performed as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Indianapolis. He has performed in Germany, China and Canada, and across the United States. With The Perlman Music Program he has performed in New York, Florida, California, Vermont and Israel. Mr. Martin has served as principal violist in various orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side by Side Orchestra and The Juilliard School Pre-College Orchestra. He has also worked or studied with distinguished artists and teachers including Patinka Kopec, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Vernon and Pinchas Zukerman. Mr. Martin currently attends The Juilliard School in New York and studies with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom.
Described by the New York Times as having “especially eloquent playing,” Ken Hamao is a dynamic musician renowned for his sensitive interpretation. As the newest member of the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet, the 2014-15 season started with concerts in New York City before touring across North America, culminating in a collaboration with Peter Wiley and Michael Tree at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Ken co-founded the inaugural Ensō Chamber Music Workshop at Music Mountain, and was on the faculty at the Port Townsend Chamber Music and Astoria Music Festivals. An active presence in contemporary music, Ken is also a core member of Argento Chamber Ensemble and New York Classical Players. He has worked in close collaboration with eminent composers of our time, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams, Georg Freidrich Haas, John Zorn, Giya Kancheli, and Andrew Norman. As part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program, he attended both Columbia University and the Juilliard School. His mentors include Masao Kawasaki, Ronald Copes, Mark Steinberg, Robert Lipsett, and Zakhar Bron.
Cara Samantha, performs a mix of soulful Top 40’s covers and original music at hotels, weddings, bars, private events and more. You may recognize her from American Idol Season 12 where she was given a golden ticket to Hollywood Week with Mariah Carey. Or if you are a frequent cruiser, you may have sailed with her when she sang on Carnival Cruise Lines! Cara loves social media, so feel free to reach out on Instagram (@carasamanthamusic), Twitter (@carasamanthavox), or Facebook (carasamanthamusic). Her original music is on iTunes.
Daniel Lim, a Los Angeles native, is 23 years old and currently pursuing his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Stephen Geber. Mr. Lim received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Previous teachers have included Yeesun Kim, Joon Sung Jun and Richard Naill.
Michelle Shin, violin, attended the Juilliard Pre-College from 2002 to 2008, during which she claimed 1st Prize in the New York Music Competition for Violin, performed the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and played Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. In 2010 and 2011, she appeared with the St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1.
As founding member and first violinist of the Centre Street Quartet, she has had the opportunity to work with members of the Arianna, Ariel, Cassatt, Cavani, Fry Street, Juilliard, Jupiter, and Orion string quartets, as well as esteemed musicians such as Joe Burgstaller, Leon Fleisher, Michael Kannen, Seth Knopp, Maria Lambros, and Violaine Melançon. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in Peabody Institute with renowned pedagogue Victor Danchenko.
Ryan Louie began studying the cello at the age of ten and has performed in venues internationally. Among numerous awards, Mr. Louie has garnered scholarships from the Cleveland Cello Society, the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently section cellist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland. As a member of the Aestus Piano Quartet, he was invited to perform in Montepulciano, Italy and Detmold, Germany as artists in the European Academy for Music and Arts. Mr. Louie holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has studied with Mark Kosower, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Anne Martindale Williams and Marion Feldman. He has also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London. This is Ryan’s third summer at Caroga Lake Music Festival.
Harpist Alix Raspé recently graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. In the Fall of 2015, Ms. Raspé will be attending New England Conservatory to pursue her master’s degree in harp performance studying with Jessica Zhou. A runner-up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2012, Ms. Raspé was awarded the Excellence in String Performance and Leadership in 2015 and will perform a concerto as a guest artist at NYU next year. Ms. Raspé attended the Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2011 where she studied with June Han and received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an Outstanding Soloist in 2007. Ms. Raspé has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Morse Hall and Symphony Space. She also has attended Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, MusicAlp, Saratoga Harp Colony, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Interlochen Arts Camp.
Ms. Raspé has also had the unique experience of teaching several young harpists and flutists at Elyrica Summer Harp and Flute Camp. Ms. Raspé is the President of MetroHarp, Young Harpist’s Alliance (YHA), a non-profit organization for young harpists in the Metropolitan area. As an orchestral harpist, Ms. Raspé has performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and Orchestra, Park Avenue Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, LoftOpera, NYU Symphony and Manchester Music Festival.
Violinist and Minnesota native Eleanor Bartsch is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and is an active chamber musician. Currently residing in Madison, WI, Ms. Bartsch has performed with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, The Knights, the Evermay Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and the Cincinnati Symphony. A champion of new music, Ms. Bartsch has worked with many well-known living composers including Michael Daugherty, Olly Wilson, Kurt Rohde, Cecilia McDowall, and Laura Elise Schwendinger. A Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Ms. Bartsch recently completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music studying with David Perry and Felicia Moye and also earned a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the School of Business.
Violist, Tonya Burton, has received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. The recipient of the Angela Svendson Memorial Music Scholarship and the Elaine Christian Creative Arts Scholarship, Ms. Burton has performed at the Washington Music Teachers Association State Convention and Honors recital. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Burton has appeared on the Brecksville Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Connection Conservatory Series and CIM Faculty Chamber Recital. Ms. Burton has participated in the CIM Intensive Quartet Seminar, working closely with the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff. She has had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed artists such as, Jeffrey Irvine, Mark Kosower, and Chu Lin Smith. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Burton has been the principal violist for the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra, Sewanee Symphony and the associate principal for the Portland Festival Symphony. A registered Suzuki teacher, Ms. Burton currently enjoys teaching her private studio, acting as a high school teaching mentor and running the City Music after school program.
Violinist Michael Chien is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He began his violin studies at the age of 10, and soon after began traveling to New York City for lessons on the weekends. After encountering chamber music for the first time in the summer of 2008 at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Mr. Chien has considered it a passion ever since. Other interests include racket sports, board games, and spending time with friends. Mr. Chien earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University, where he studied Musical Performance and Economics.
Born in 1992 cellist, Julian Müller began playing the cello at age five. Mr. Müller earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and will pursue his Master’s degree at Mannes College The New School for Music this fall studying with Timothy Eddy. Past teachers have included Sharon Robinson, Ronald Feldman and Georg Faust. In 2013 and 2012, Mr. Müller was a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar (NYSOS) and performed at Carnegie Hall under maestro Jaime Laredo. Mr. Müller placed first prize at the Uel Wade Music Competition in 2011 and at the Stefan Concerto Competition in 2010. Mr. Müller has held positions as principal cellist numerous times for the CIM Orchestra and was a member of the Berkshire Symphony from 2008-2011 under the direction of maestro Ronald Feldman.
He has performed in master classes for Alisa Weilerstein, David Finkel, Timothy Eddy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Uri Vardi, Michael Block, the Juilliard, and Pacifica String Quartets. Mr. Müller has also collaborated with Armenian pianist, Sergei Babayan, artists from the Cleveland Orchestra, Carolyn Warner, Stephen Rose, Robert Vernon and Peter Salaff from the Cleveland Quartet. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Müller participated in Intensive Quartet Seminars led by Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. Mr. Müller has attended the National Summer Cello Institute, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Young Artist Program at Yellow Barn, the Manchester Music Festival and Meadowmount Music School. He has served as the Assistant Artistic Mentor at the Chamber Music Connection since 2013.
Amanda Bailey founded the Quartet Datura, a chamber group in Chicago and is currently performing with a Pierrot-plus-percussion ensemble, Lakeshore Rush. Ms. Bailey thrives at the crossroads of tradition and innovation, of local and universal. Classically, she has performed with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Dal Niente, fiddled with Pete Seeger, and joined in the manic excesses of Mucca Pazza. Though she’s laid down tracks for Chicago’s rising hip hop scene, including Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Ms. Bailey is never one to content herself with the comfort of another take, and plays regularly with the brightest stars of the local scene, such as Sidewalk Chalk, Lili K, and Oshwa. Her busy freelancing schedule is rounded out by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she has played both violin and viola, and her position at the Chicago Waldorf School teaching orchestra and an improvisation ensemble.
Twenty-two year old violinist, Aaron Schwartz is currently studying at Carnegie Mellon with Andres Cardenes. In addition to being an award winning classical violinist and chamber musician, he is also an accomplished fiddler and jazz musician, performing with his group Sounds Like Purple in the summers. Mr. Schwartz has participated in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, Joseph Silverstein and the Cavani String Quartet. In addition to soloing with the Danville Symphony, he regularly performs in orchestras all around Illinois, including the Peoria Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and The Prairie Ensemble. Having worked on his Bachelor’s degree for far too long, Aaron looks forward to finishing his senior year of college within the next decade.
A native of South Korea, Hyug-Ray Kim was the 1st prize winner in the Korean Music Concours and 3rd prize winner in the Pho-ne classic Competition in Korea. At the age of 15, he was invited to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra at Young-San Art Hall. After coming to the United States, he continued his cello studies with Daniel Laufer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the first prize in the Cobb Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, which gave him the opportunity to play Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the CSO. While at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his piano trio was selected to participate in CIM’s Advanced Piano Trio Program for three semesters under the direction of Sharon Robinson. His group went on to play at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Winner of Cleveland Institute of Music’s concerto competition, he recently performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the CIM orchestra. He has served as principal cellist with the Banff Festival Orchestra, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and the CIM Orchestra. His musical mentors include members of Cleveland, Cavani, Juilliard, Miami, Tokyo string quartets, and KLR trio. He holds a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stephen Geber, and will be pursuing Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane.
David Wong has been called a “Rock Star” in the violin world. Using both electric and acoustic violins, and sometimes his voice, he arranges rock, pop, and other top 40 hits into improvisation filled orchestrations. With over 3,700 Facebook fans, 20,000 Twitter followers, and 23,000 YouTube subscribers, David has attracted the attention of people around the world. He’s been discussed in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, MSN, Good Morning America and even had his videos featured on the YouTube Home Page. He currently has over 3.7 million YouTube views and you can find many of his recordings for purchase on iTunes. David has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Hotel Café, and collaborated with artists such as rising indie rock band Air Traffic Controller and throwback cover song group, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox. David began playing violin at age 4 and still loves his Bach and Brahms as much as his Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. He graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a double major in Music and Asian Studies.
Jonah Poplove began violin studies at the tender age of 4 in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada. By 16 he had picked up the viola – a switch that has led to numerous engagements in the classical music world. Of note, Mr. Poplove has served as principal violist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on it’s tours to North America and India and has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Other musical endeavors include performing with bluegrass and grunge bands as well as the occasional moonlighting as a singer-songwriter. Mr. Poplove is currently pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Ottawa.
Keir GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. As a soloist he has performed with Tan Dun, the Chinese National Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago. Recently, GoGwilt stepped in to workshop a new violin concerto by Anna Clyne with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has also performed concerti with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, the Western Michigan University Symphony, and the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Miller Theatre, the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre in Toronto, and the Shalin Liu Center at Rockport. Mr. GoGwilt has performed with Robert Levin on the world premiere of Levin’s completion of a Mozart piano trio at the Sarasota Opera House, served as acting associate concert master of the Canadian Opera Company, principal second of the Gotham Chamber Orchestra, and recorded Tobias Picker‘s violin and chamber music for Tzadik records. Mr. GoGwilt’s collaborations with composer Matthew Aucoin are rooted in a mutual interest in words and music. Several violin pieces have emerged from their collaborations, including “Poem,” “Celan Fragments,” and “This Same Light,” which GoGwilt and Aucoin performed on the same program as the Berg Violin Concerto. Mr. GoGwilt graduated from Harvard University with high honors in 2013 and was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.
Praised for “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review, Allyson Goodman stands out as an artist who captures the uniquely dark and expressive qualities of the viola in her performances while also displaying brilliant technique. Winning both Gold and Grand Prize at the 2013 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, Ms. Goodman has also been a prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and Musicians Club of Women Competition, amongst others. Ms. Goodman completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University with Roland Vamos and received her master’s degree from Rice University with James Dunham. After completing her studies, Ms. Goodman spent one year as a viola fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Goodman joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Washington National Opera as the principal violist in 2014. She enjoys performing at the Artosphere Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Caroga Lake Music Festival during the summer months.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Mariella Haubs has performed all over Europe and the United States. Most recently, Ms. Haubs performed with violinist Joshua Bell for President Obama and the First Lady at the United Nations General Assembly in September. She has served as concertmistress for the Juilliard Orchestra among others and has worked with conductors Christoph von Dohnányi, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur and Michael Tilson Thomas. At age 10, she became an official student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, where she studied with Sonja Korkeala and Ingolf Turban. Since 2009, Mariella has been studying with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. She was a finalist of the national competition YoungArts and was the first prize winner of the Bavarian Lions Club Violin Competition in 2008. Ms. Haubs appears in the French documentary film “A Season at the Juilliard School” and HBO documentary “Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass”. She has also appeared in The New York Times, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Vogue Magazine and Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 College Women of 2014.
Pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang is Assistant Professor of Piano at Iowa State University and a member of the Amara Piano Quartet. Ms. Huang was a prizewinner of the USASU International Piano Competition, the 57th Wideman Piano Concerto Competition, and the International Chopin Piano Competition. She regularly performs over fifty solo and chamber recitals every year in Europe, the United States, Canada and Taiwan. Recently, Ms. Huang was presented in a piano recital in National Taiwan Concert Hall, as a result of being nominated for the prize of “Excellent Musician Series” by ProArtist. Ms. Huang received her Bachelor’s degree at The National Taiwan Normal University, where, she won the prestigious Xing Tang Temple Piano Competition Prize. She received her Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University under full-scholarship. Ms. Huang has been a Steinway & Sons Artist since 2014.
Clayton Tillotson is a Master’s student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies violin with David Perry. He completed an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto as a student of Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman, and received a Bachelor of Music from UW-Madison in 2011. Originally from Iowa, Mr. Tillotson has held first violin positions with Orchestra Iowa and The Quad City Symphony. He has spent many summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. He recently performed with the Hunt String Quartet on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Midday”with Norman Gilliland.
Violist Annalisa Boerner is interested in the intersection between classical music and broader society, whether the arena be performance, pedagogy or service. This interest led her to the Community MusicWorks (CMW) fellowship in Providence, RI, where she performed as a member of the Community MusicWorks Players and taught a full studio. During her time at CMW, Ms. Boerner performed world premieres of music by Gonzalo Grau and Kareem Roustom. She has collaborated with such artists as the Kronos Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet, the Claremont Trio and members of the Cleveland Orchestra in concert. Ms. Boerner earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has performed with various orchestras throughout New England and Ohio.
Andy Liang is an accomplished violinist in solo, orchestral, and chamber music playing. After making his solo debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 11, Andy went on to perform at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jordan Hall by the age of 15. Mr. Liang has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has also served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, the Butler School Symphony Orchestra, and as the Assistant Concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra. Mr. Liang is currently an active violinist in the Cordova Quartet, the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, where they study with the Miró Quartet. Andy received both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Cho Liang Lin.
Praised by The New York Times as “polished and spirited,” cellist Ken Kubota began his studies at the age of eight in Columbus, Ohio, and he has since studied with Alice Ann O’Neill, Anthony Elliott, and Wendy Warner. As a soloist and a chamber musician, he has performed in numerous venues across the country, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. In addition, he has performed in master classes for Frans Helmerson, Peter Stumpf and Yo-Yo Ma. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Kubota has been a part of various ensembles. He is an alumnus of Chamber Music Connection, Viaggio String Quartet, and has participated in the one-week winter intensive ChamberFest at Juilliard for three years. Mr. Kubota received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, and continues to pursue his Master of Music degree from Juilliard as a recipient of the Cloe Memorial Scholarship and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, studying with Richard Alan.
Aika Ito, a native of Tokyo Japan, joined the first violin section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2014. Previously she was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in several summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Ms. Ito began studying the violin at the age of four. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Tsugio Tokunaga and earned an artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Stephen Rose, principal 2nd violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra. During her education, she also studied with Mayumi Ohira, Kumi Iguchi, Akihiro Miura and Asako Urushihara.
Michael Tsang began his piano studies in Pittsburgh with Marina Lupinacci. His passion for music developed with numerous performances and competitions since age 5. In 2011, Mr. Tsang appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in its outreach education program. He also performed as a soloist with the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ithaca College Symphony. In 2014, Mr. Tsang was the winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Competition. In the same year, Mr. Tsang was the recipient of the Presser Scholar Award and the William Kurzban Prize for piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). He was selected as a Teaching Assistant of the 2014 and 2015 CIM Summer Sonata Piano Festival. Mr. Tsang recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree at CIM, where he studied with Paul Schenly and Kathryn Brown, and is continuing his Master of Music degree at CIM.
Stephanie Price has been surrounded by music her entire life. Growing up in a musical and an arts administrative family, she is the Assistant Artistic Director and Director of the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) Fellowship Program. Ms. Price also works as the Social Media consultant for California Summer Music and as the Administrative Assistant and Outreach Coordinator. As a violist, she has performed recitals in the United States and Europe, notably at the Kennedy Center, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Anglican Church in Nice, France, and on National Public Radio’sFrom the Top! series. Her diverse performing styles have resulted in collaborations with world-renowned artists including the Cavani Quartet, Jeffrey Irvine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and with Postmodern Jukebox. She has also performed in orchestras for Andrea Bocelli, Arnie Roth, Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy, Cleveland Pops, and with Opera Project Columbus. Ms. Price received a Master of Music in Viola Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with a certificate in Arts Leadership. In 2012, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the Alumni Jim Hall Graduate Studies Scholarship.
Deborah Barrett Price serves on the faculty of Denison University teaching viola, violin and chamber music and is a Yamaha Certified String Educator Clinician. In recognition of her work as the Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Connection, Mrs. Price received the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory 2013 Alumni Achievement Award and was named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year (2004). She is a 2014 Nominee for the OAC Governor’s Awards and has received commendations from the Ohio State Senate and Ohio House of Representatives. As director of CMC Italia, Mrs. Price performed chamber repertoire and conducted the CMC Italia Chamber orchestra in Bonefro and Rome, Italy including a performance at Italy’s esteemed Santa Cecilia Conservatory. In past seasons, Mrs. Price has directed tours and performances in Salzburg, Vienna, and the Czech Republic. She has also directed many local projects, such as the CMC Jazz and Improv workshop, the New American Music Project, and CMC Conservatory Series and Residencies with advanced CMC students and guest artists, including members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Guarneri, St. Lawrence, Fry Street, Jupiter, Cypress and Ying String Quartets as well as the Claremont Trio and Trio Cavatina.
Victoria Bergeron, from Essex Junction, Vermont, is a rising senior Violin Performance major at the University of Maryland, School of Music where she studies under the tutelage of Dr. James Stern. Ms. Bergeron has soloed with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has received the University of Maryland’s Artist Scholarship, the Borowicz Memorial Scholarship and the Catherine Mackin Memorial Scholarship, and she was a finalist in the Vermont Young Artist Competition. Ms. Bergeron has participated in master classes with members of the Ying Quartet and the American String Quartet as well as Lawrence Dutton, Rachel Barton Pine, Soovin Kim, Elena Urioste, and Ann Setzer. She has served as concertmistress of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the All New England Orchestra and has been a member of the Vermont All State Orchestra, the All Eastern Orchestra, and the National Honors Orchestra. Ms. Bergeron has also attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, California Summer Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hinano Ishii graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. As a performer, she made her concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, at the age of 18 and has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. Hinano has experience in concert production, community engagement, marketing and development having worked with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, UW-Madison School of Music, Overture Center for the Arts and PROJECT Trio. Prior to her family moving to London, Hinano spent her childhood growing up in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York and she often returns to Japan to visit the rest of her family. A proud Wisconsin Badger, Hinano enjoys performing in the community and attending musicals, comedy shows, classical and jazz concerts.