av2Anna Vayman is an Associate Professor of Violin at Ball State University and a member of the American Piano Trio. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, she has been a soloist with many orchestras in Russia and the U.S. including solo performances under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Yury Temirkanov and Gianandrea Noseda. An active recitalist and teacher, she has appeared at numerous music festivals including Togliatti Fifth International Chamber Music Festival, Russia, Pittsburgh Advanced Chamber Music Seminar, PA, Great Wall Academy International String Festival, China, Aria International Music Festival, IN, Mikkele International Music Festival, Finland, Red Sea International Music Festival, Israel, Rotterdam Philharmonic Festival, Netherlands, and the Lucca Music Festival, Italy. Additionally, she has given master classes in the U.S., Russia, South Korea and China and was an adjudicator for the CCM Chamber Music Competition, Great Wall International Concerto Competition, MTNA Chamber Music and Solo Competitions and Canadian National and International Stepping Stone Music competitions. Prior to joining the Ball State University faculty she taught violin, chamber music and orchestral repertoire at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her former students enjoy successful careers in higher education, symphony orchestras and K-12 music education. Before coming to the U.S. Ms. Vayman has held a prestigious position of an Assistant Concertmaster of the renowned Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has toured internationally with the orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Covent Garden, Vienna Philharmonic Hall, Madrid Opera House, Santory Hall, Tanglewood Festival, Theatro La Scala and Concertgebouw among other venues. As the violinist of the American Piano trio Anna Vayman’s performances include appearances at numerous universities across Midwest, the Fleisher Art Memorial Hall and Villanova University Chamber Series in Philadelphia, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and multi-city tours of leading music institutions and concert venues in Russia, Belorussia, England and South Korea. Anna Vayman’s degrees include a Master of Music Diploma with Honors, under Boris Gutnikov and Mikhail Gantvarg, at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was a winner of the Concerto Competition and studied with Henry Meyer, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. On the invitation of Isaac Stern she attended Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient. She has enjoyed private studies with Isaac Stern and chamber music studies with members of LaSalle Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet.

anna3A September 2009 review in the Cincinnati Enquirer called violinist Anna Reider “superb,” “a showstopper,” and a “solo artist of the highest caliber.” Ms. Reider has performed extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and Israel. Born in Russia to pianist Tatiana Reider and violinist Vladimir Reider, she began her violin studies in earnest at the age of seven, following in the footsteps of both her father and her grandfather (Itzhak Reider). Ms. Reider’s first solo orchestra performance came at age nine. Since then, she has won the Grand Prize at the Russian National Competition for Young Violinists, the Clermont Violin Competition in Israel, the top award of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and was a two-time winner of the Aspen Fellowship Award. Her various chamber music engagements have included frequent performances as a member of concert:nova, the LaSalle Chamber Music Series, the Linton Chamber Music Series, the Mayor’s 801 Plum Series, the CCM Faculty Series, and numerous engagements with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati and Israeli Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Reider’s solo recital at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, with accompaniment by her mother, Tatiana, won her critical acclaim. Ms. Reider joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist in 2002 and is performing in her sixth season as concertmaster of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, she joined the violin faculty at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. Her summer festival appearances have included Aspen, Caramoor, and Keshet Alon. Ms. Reider has made many live recordings for television and radio. Her feature CD recording of the Wieniawski Violin Concerto in F# minor with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra is on the MMO label. Ms. Reider studied in Novosibirsk with Zahar Bron and as a Starling Scholarship student of Dorothy Delay, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Piotr Milewski at the University of Cincinnati. She currently lives in Hyde Park with her husband, Andy Pilder.

gerryViolinist Gerry Itzkoff grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and studied violin there with Giovinna Sessions, Philipp Naegele, and Julian Olevsky. After studies with Raphael Bronstein in New York City, he began his professional career, becoming a leading freelancer in Boston, substituting with the BSO, playing Early, Baroque, and Comtemporary music, teaching, and playing as much chamber music as time would allow. He found his way north to James Bolles’ New Hampshire Symphony, serving as both Principal Second Violin and then Concertmaster, and there began his relationship with the Peterborough-based Monadnock Music Festival, at which he has been a regular guest for more than 25 years.
After moving to Cincinnati, he raised a family, began a long-running series of free chamber music concerts, and recorded two CD’s of music for violin and piano; one a reading of several romantic-era sonatas, the other an all-Schubert disc. This Fall he will begin his 21st season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Misha VaymanMisha Vayman Violinist Misha Vayman, grandson of the late great Soviet violinist Mikhail Vaiman, began his musical studies at the age of four in St Petersburg, Russia. He has studied with a number of prominent pedagogues, including Kurt Sassmannshaus, Mauricio Fuks, ISO concertmaster Zachary DePue, and acclaimed concert violinist Joan Kwuon.
Misha has won a large number of fellowships and has performed as recitalist and chamber musician at many prestigious festivals in the USA and internationally. He has been named the first prize winner at the ENKOR International Violin Competition, the Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Lakes concerto competitions.
Misha has performed as a soloist with a great number of orchestras, including the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, China, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Lakes Orchestras, Indiana, the Lake Charles Symphony, Louisiana, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia. His performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally.
Both his live and recorded appearances have been met with critical acclaim. North Star called his playing “Poetic and sincere” “Lyrical… with serious technical gifts.” Journal Star noted that “The crowd rose to its feet” and that “[His playing was] warm, and sweeter than a St. Libory watermelon.” Steven Trinkle, artistic director and conductor at Trinkle Brass Works, Inc. said that Misha demonstrated “Some of the best string playing I’ve ever heard.”
In 2011 Misha starred in the music video “Stronger” with the groundbreaking string trio Time for Three (the video was featured on CNN in 2012).
Misha earned his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is now a MM candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with renowned violinist and pedagogue Martin Beaver.

derekDerek Reeves, Principal Violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 2003, has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Born in Okinawa, Japan, Reeves began his musical studies at age 2½. A graduate of Indiana University, he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and served as Concertmaster of four of the school’s orchestras.

A passionate advocate of chamber music and education, Derek is both the violist of the Freimann Quartet, and director of Club O, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s educational outreach program at the and Boys and Girls Club Fort Wayne.

He also served as Concertmaster of the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic and as Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. Reeves won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra fellowship in 1997 and performed with that orchestra for two years. He has been Associate Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach., He is also a continuing visiting lecturer in violin and viola at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.. He enjoys reading, vegan cooking, running, yoga and biking. He resides in Fort Wayne with wife Patricia and their son Preston.

joanne2Joanne Wojtowicz joined the Cincinnati Symphony viola section in the fall of 2008. She received her Masters degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with James Dunham and completed her undergraduate studies with Douglas McNabney at McGill University in Montreal QC. Since graduation Ms. Wojtowicz has performed, recorded and toured with the Montreal Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, The Santa Fe Opera and the Louisville Orchestra. As a founding member of the Rhine Quartet she can be seen performing regularly at Northern Kentucky University where the quartet is in residence. Ms. Wojtowicz spent summer study at Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Orford, Domaine Forget, Kent/Blossom and Spoleto. While in Louisville Ms. Wojtowicz served as adjunct faculty at Indiana University Southeast. In Montreal she performed chamber recitals with the Montreal Camerata. Ms. Wojtowicz had the honour of playing on Bruce Springsteen’s 2009 release “Working on a Dream”. She has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States and was invited in the summer of 2009 to perform a recital for the Canadian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

katrinViolist Katrin Meidell is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Viola at Ball State University. During the 2012-2013 season, Dr. Meidell was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she began playing violin at age 5. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to the greater Boston area, where she continued her musical studies with Geda Khatutskaya. Dr. Meidell received her Bachelor of Music degree, Magna cum laude, from Boston University, where she studied violin and viola performance with Dana Mazurkevich and Michelle LaCourse. She earned her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with and served as Teaching Assistant to violist Carol Rodland. In addition, she has worked with many notable violists including Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, Jeffrey Irvine, Paul Coletti, and Ellen Rose. She has performed with the Boston Philharmonic and the Fort Worth Symphony, as well as freelance orchestras throughout Texas and Oklahoma. During the 2012-2013 season, she served as principal viola of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral playing, Dr. Meidell’s interest in chamber and contemporary music has led to several collaborations, including a chamber music tour of Finland in 2008 with the group Elara Ensemble, of which she is a founding member. She has recorded several new works, and is violist with the Lubbock-based Botticelli string quartet.

While studying at Boston University, Dr. Meidell also received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Pursuing this interest, she worked for six years at Harvard Medical School under renowned neuroscientist Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, studying the brains of musicians. These experiences led to her studies with Dr. Kris Chesky at the Texas Center for Music and Medicine, where she worked on finding a comprehensive answer to why string players are prone to injury. She has presented her research at College Music Society and Performing Arts Medical Association conferences. She is an active member of both societies.

Dr. Meidell earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, where she studied viola performance with Dr. Susan Dubois and music and medicine with Dr. Kris Chesky. When she is not teaching or performing, Dr. Meidell enjoys an active lifestyle, regularly running, rock climbing, and otherwise appreciating the outdoors. She also likes to read, cook, and knit Amigurumi.

peteropieDr. Peter Opie is Associate Professor of cello at Ball State University and cellist of the American Piano Trio. He has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Recent concerto performances include with the Daegu Melos Ensemble in Korea, and the Provintsia Chamber Orchestra in Russia. This season he will be appearing with the Muncie Symphony, Marion Philharmonic, and Lake Charles Symphony in concertos by Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven.
With the American Piano Trio he has performed at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Oxford University, Yonsei University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Anglia Ruskin University, the Great Philharmonic Hall in Minsk, Chunma Arts Center in Daegu, and in Russia as a guest artist at the “Eighth International Conservatoire Week” at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He has also performed chamber music with Ida Kavafian, Paul Kantor, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chester String Quartet, and at the Tolyatti International Chamber Music Festival.

Formerly on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University, he has given cello and chamber music master classes at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Indiana University String Academy, the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and several music schools in Korea. Additionally he has taught at summer chamber music festivals in Pennsylvania, New York, and Iowa.

His experience as an orchestral player includes working regularly with the Detroit Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, and he spent a summer as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers have included Richard Aaron, Anthony Elliott, Oleg Kogan, and Raphael Sommer.

susanpetersenSusan Marshall Petersen has been a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1977. Prior to her engagement in Cincinnati, she held the principal positions of the Canton and Akron Symphonies in Ohio from 1975 until 1977, and was a member of the Canton Symphony String Quartet.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Petersen has performed regularly with the CSO Chamber Players series since its inception in 1989. She has given numerous concerts in Cincinnati, performed on the Linton Series, and was a member of The Arion Consort, performing primarily at the Cincinnati Art Museum. As soloist, Ms. Petersen has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony in New York State.
In 1994 Ms. Petersen premiered Frank Proto’s “Ghost In Machine” with Cleo Laine, Paul Winfield, and the Cincinnati Symphony, releasing a CD of Mr. Proto’s string quartet later that year. For the past thirty seasons she has offered Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” on Yom Kippur, during the High Holy Days at Plum Street Temple.
Ms. Petersen attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as well as Boston University, where she was a pupil of both George Neikrug and David Soyer.

alan3Alan Rafferty is currently a member of the cello section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Alan came to Cincinnati in September of 2007 after four years with the Louisville Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he has performed on numerous concert series and music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen and Interlochen to name a few. He has studied chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Cavani, and Pacific String Quartets and played in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma. A native of Albuquerque, NM, Alan made his solo debut playing the Dvorak concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony at the age of 16. He received his schooling at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Northwestern University and his primary teachers have included Hans Jorgen Jensen, Alan Harris, Richard Weiss and Merry Peckham. In addition to his position on the cello faculty of the Starling Program at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Mr. Rafferty is adjunct professor of cello and member of the Rhine Quartet at Northern Kentucky University. His students have been national finalists for MTNA and winners of the Ohio ASTA as well as numerous other competitions and awards. Mr. Rafferty is the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music and Cello Workshops.

ingrid2Cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman was born in Bucharest, Romania, and received her advanced musical training at Tel-Aviv University Music Academy and Indiana University School of Music. Her major teachers have included Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, Uzi Wiesel and Samuel Shore. Before joining the cello section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1978, she played with the Jeunesse Musicale International Orchestra, the Holon Chamber Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv Academy Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Fischer-Bellman also is quite active in community outreach as an Artists In Schools instructor in the ISO’s School Partnership Program. She has appeared as soloist with the Jerusalem Radio Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis and the Carmel Symphony. Married to ISO principal clarinet David Bellman, they are the parents of one daughter and co-founders of the Ronen Chamber Ensemble. She enjoys painting, reading and nature walks.

boris3Boris Astafiev is currently in his 13th season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Born in Moscow, he studied cello and then switched to bass at Central Music School. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with renowned teacher, Dr. Evgeny Kolosov. At the age of 19, while still a student, Mr. Astafiev was the youngest person ever to join the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He also participated in many chamber groups, including “Moscow Soloists” under the direction of Yuri Bashmet. After moving to the United States in 1992, Mr. Astafiev studied at Juilliard with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. In the US Mr. Astafiev has held the positions with the New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and was Assistant Principal Bass with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Astafiev is an active chamber and solo musician. He is a regular guest on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series and a member of concert:nova, an exploratory chamber ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist he has appeared with Cincinnati Symphony in a subscription concert performing Bottesini’s 2nd Bass Concerto. Mr. Astafiev is prizewinner at the International Society of Bassists 1999 solo competition. Mr. Astafiev is an Adjunct Professor of Bass at Northern Kentucky University.

joel2Joel Braun is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Ball State University. Since 2006 he has been a regular substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic and has participated in numerous domestic and international tours of Europe and Asia, including the Philharmonic’s historic trip to North Korea in 2008. Other ensembles he has concertized with include the New York City Ballet and the Israel Philharmonic. He is currently on the faculty of the Kaufman Center and The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, where he has taught double bass alongside world renowned bassist Eugene Levinson since 2004. His principle studies were with Mr. Levinson at the The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He is also an alumnus of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. For many years, Joel was a regular at the Aspen Music Festival and School and is a past recipient of the Aspen String Fellowship. There he studied additionally with Chris Hanulik, Paul Ellison, and Stuart Sankey. Further studies include private work with Lawrence Hurst, Jack Budrow, and Sue Stubbs. Joel is a proud native of St. Louis, Missouri.

mihoko2Flutist Mihoko Watanabe, a native of Japan, is Assistant Professor of Flute at Ball State University. Prior to joining the School of Music, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Windsor, Canada. A celebrated and versatile international performer, Dr. Watanabe has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA), and has appeared in Japan, Israel and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She is a member of the faculty woodwind quintet at Ball State University, the Musical Arts Quintet (MAQ). The MAQ has been awarded the prestigious 2010 American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a performance tour and CD, entitled “American Breeze, ” which will be released in Spring 2012. Also, she is a member of DUO VIVA (two flutes), with whom she recorded “Doppler Effect,” and released by Little Piper. She has held several principle flute positions and performed with American and Canadian orchestras. Currently she is the principal flutist of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and is performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, she will be premiering, From Days of Yore, a flute concerto written by Jody Nagle with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. A very active teacher, Dr. Watanabe travels widely as a clinician, presenting masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has adjudicated at international music festivals and competitions. In the summer of 2005, she served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center summer festival and was featured in the December 2009 issue of Flute Talk magazine. This summer 2012, she will be serving on the faculty of the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy. In addition to being a gifted flutist, Dr. Watanabe is also devoted to the field of ethnomusicology, which she studied at the University of Michigan. Her interest in Japanese traditional music led to a faculty development grant from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in order to research Kazuo Fukushima’s Mei for solo flute in Japan. Her research resulted in a feature article in the Spring 2008 issue of the Flutist Quarterly, and led to lecture recitals at the 2007 NFA Convention and the 2010 British Flute Association Convention in England. In 2011, the article was translated into Dutch and published in Fluit, the official journal of the Dutch Flute Association. Currently, Dr. Watanabe serves as the president of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and is a member of NFA committees. Dr. Watanabe received her Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan, her Master degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor degree from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. Her teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, Fenwick Smith, Takao Saeki and Ervin Monroe.

dwight2Dwight Parry is in his fifth season as the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from Southern California, he found a passion for music studying piano, voice, and jazz saxophone, but it was not until his sophomore year of high school that he started playing the oboe. Dwight got his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and his Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack. In addition to his passion for the symphony, Dwight enjoys performing as a soloist, both with orchestra and in recital. Concerto appearances have included the works of Mozart, Strauss, Haydn, Bach, Albinoni, Barber, Marcello and Vaughn-Williams. He is currently a member of the ground-breaking, Cincinnati-based chamber group Concert:Nova and regularly performs the music of Bach at St. Thomas Episcopal in Terrace Park. Dwight has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and currently teaches at Northern Kentucky University and maintains a private teaching studio.

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Leonid Sirotkin is Assistant Professor of Oboe at DePauw University, oboist with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Des Moines Metro Opera. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he received his BM and MM from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and for almost a decade was principal English horn with the Kirov Opera and Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Sirotkin performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has toured with the CSO to Japan and Europe. He has also performed with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician, he has appeared at numerous festivals including the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, Finland; Kostamuksha Music Festival, Russia; Lucca Music Festival, Lucca, Italy; and the Togliatti International Music Festival. He has given masterclasses throughout Russia and the United States. In 2010 his performance was featured on NPR program “Performance Today”.

david2Clarinetist David Bellman was born in New York City. He studied at the Eastman School of Music with D. Stanley Hasty; while at Eastman, he was a recipient of the Performers Certificate and a winner of the Concerto Competition. He also did graduate work at Northwestern University, studying with Chicago Symphony Principal Clarinetist (Ret.) Larry Combs. Currently, Bellman is in his 31st season as Principal Clarinetist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Before arriving in Indianapolis, Bellman was principal clarinet of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and he has also played as an extra musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 1984 and 1985 he was a participant at the Marlboro Festival. With his wife, ISO cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, he is Co-Artistic Director of the Ronen Chamber Ensemble (currently in its 28th season). He is on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis and has been a soloist with the ISO numerous times. In 2009, David and Ingrid were both recipients of the ISO’s “Patch” Leadership Award in recognition of their service to the ISO and to the musical community. Bellman enjoys bicycling, jogging, raising pet birds and collecting miniature cars. Daughter Lilly Bellman is currently a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine.

libby1Elizabeth Crawford is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Ball State University. In addition to teaching studio clarinet, pedagogy and literature, she is also a member of the Musical Arts Quintet. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Furman University, the Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan School of Music, and a doctorate from The Florida State University College of Music. A member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for ten years, she has also worked with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and currently performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. While living in the United Kingdom from 2002-2005, she was a finalist for several bass clarinet orchestra positions and performed extensively with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has recorded for the BBC and done sessions at Abbey Road, Angel, and Olympic studios in London. She also recorded Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Robert Craft and the Philharmonia on the Naxos label. A new CD with the Musical Arts Quintet of works by American composers entitled American Breeze was released on the Albany Records label in September 2012. In 1995, her performance at the International Clarinet Association’s conference was included on a “Highlights from ClarinetFest ‘95” CD, one of only a few performances selected from the conference. Dr. Crawford continues to perform frequently at ICA conferences and, in addition, is the Indiana State Chair for the International Clarinet Association and the coordinator of the High School Clarinet Competition. She has also performed at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the National Flute Association and been a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Ball State Wind Ensemble, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the prestigious Robert Marcellus master classes.

sweger2Keith Sweger, Professor of Bassoon, came to the Ball State University School of Music in the fall of 1993. His responsibilities include teaching applied and class bassoon and performing with the Musical Arts Quintet (MAQ), faculty ensemble in residence at Ball State University and a recipient of a 2010 American Masterworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Sweger has performed with groups such as the American Wind Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Penn’s Woods Festival, and Green Lake Festival Orchestras. Dr. Sweger is currently principal bassoon with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, contrabassoon with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and performs regularly as first-call extra bassoon/contrabassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Opera Orchestras. His recording credits include Songs of Madness and Sorrow, On the Beach At Night, Expressions in Units, Christmas Lights, and August Was Foggy and the upcoming release of the MAQ’s recording American Breeze. In addition, he has recorded such diverse projects as Disney on Ice, national tours of Broadway shows, and cartoon scores. Dr. Sweger has been a recitalist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, Society of Composers, Inc., College Music Society, and others and at numerous colleges and universities around the country and abroad. He recently performed and judged at the 2011 Asian Double Reed Association conference in Bangkok, Thailand and has accepted an invitation to be the only American bassoonist to perform and teach at the July 2012 Beijing, China International Bassoon Festival. Active in the International Double Reed Society, Sweger serves on its Executive Committee, holds the position of First Vice President, and was chair of the 2008 and 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition. Students of Dr. Sweger have received many honors and are playing in orchestras and teaching in universities, colleges and public schools around the country. Former or current students have won the Assistant Principal Bassoon position with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bassoon position with the Michigan Opera Theater, Contrabassoon/Section Bassoon with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Co-Principal Bassoon position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Co-Principal Bassoon position with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan (Merida, Mexico). His undergraduate students have been accepted into graduate programs at Rice, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody, McGill, Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Mannes School of Music and others and his students have been selected to attend the Tanglewood, Aspen, Sarasota, Kent Blossom, Texas, Brevard, Eastern, Opera in the Ozarks, Manchester, and Bowdoin Music Festivals. Dr. Sweger was named the recipient of the 2007 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching and the 2008 IMEA Outstanding University Music Educator.

gene Gene P. Berger is the Assistant Professor of Horn at Ball State University and member of the Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet. In addition to his teaching position, Mr. Berger is the Principal Horn with Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, where he has been a featured soloist, and a member of Traverse Symphony. Prior to his appointment at Ball State University in 2010, Mr. Berger was a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and The Florida Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel and the Grammy winning recordings of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Paavo Järvi.

Mr. Berger has been an active educator, formerly teaching at the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Central Florida and the University of Tampa. He has presented master classes, lectures, educational recitals and hosted clinics throughout North America. In the summers, Mr. Berger is on the faculty of the Music for All Camp and the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia. He has made performance appearances with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, The Spoleto Festival and the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria.

horn2Michael Lewellen currently performs as Principal Horn of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since 1987.  In the 2003-2004 season he served as Acting Associate Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.  During that time, Mr. Lewellen participated in that organization’s many recordings on the Telarc label and its highly successful tour of Japan.  Prior to assuming his post in Fort Wayne, Michael held the position of Guest Solo Horn with the Finnish National Opera Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland.  Additionally, he has been engaged to perform and record with many of our country’s finest orchestras.  Notably these ensembles are The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  With these orchestras, Michael has recorded for the London/Decca, Erato, Telarc and Exton labels.

Since 1999, Michael Lewellen has appeared every summer as a member of the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Additional festival appearances include Blossom, the Festival Institute at Round Top and the Colorado Music Festival.

As a horn soloist, Mr. Lewellen has appeared in numerous performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.  He has performed the solo horn repertoire of Mozart, Richard Strauss, Haydn and Britten, all with critical acclaim.

A dedicated teacher with over thirty years of experience, Michael Lewellen serves as Continuing Lecturer in Horn at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.  Previous teaching appointments included Goshen College, Huntington University, Grace College and The Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department.

Mr. Lewellen is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Richard Solis.  Additional studies have been with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs.

bob2Pianist Robert Palmer’s career spans three continents, with solo, orchestral and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Following his critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1979, Palmer embarked upon a performing career that brought his artistry to many of the major concert halls of this country and abroad. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and public television in the United States as well as in China, Japan, Korea, Spain and Taiwan. Palmer has been presented in recital by Community Concerts, a subsidiary of Columbia Artists, and he continues to perform regularly throughout the United States, with numerous performances at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York City as well as in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. He has made ten tours of Asia, with solo and concerto performances in the metropolitan centers of Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo. Robert Palmer is the pianist in the American Piano Trio, ensemble-in-residence at Ball State University. The Trio maintains a vigorous performing schedule both in the US and abroad. Recent performances include recitals in Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, with a Russian tour scheduled in October,2008 and a Korean tour in 2009. As a chamber musician, Robert Palmer has also been heard in recital with musicians from the Paris Conservatoire, the Metropolitan Opera Company, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Opera and the Montreal Symphony. His most recent recordings include a solo CD titled The Romantic Spirit and a collaborative CD with cellist Mihai Tetel. He is a regular faculty member of the ARIA international summer music festival. Robert Palmer enjoys a highly successful teaching career and is widely sought after as an adjudicator, artist-in-residence, clinician, lecturer, and presenter of master classes. This year he is adjudicating international piano competitions in Bangkok, Thailand and Moscow, Russia. His students, prize-winners in national and international competitions, hail from throughout the United States as well as Argentina, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Minnesota, Palmer’s many awards include prizes in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the United States Information Agency National Piano Competition. He is the Mauzy-Porter Distinguished Professor of Music at Ball State University, where he has served on the artist-faculty since 1986. Robert Palmer is a Steinway Artist.

scott2Dr. Scott Routenberg is an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist, audio programmer, and educator. In August 2012, Dr. Routenberg will join the faculty of the School of Music at Ball State University in Indiana as Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Jazz Piano). Scott holds three graduate degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music: Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition (2008), Master of Music in Media Writing and Production (2005), and Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance (2003). Scott also holds a BA in Music and Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). Scott’s jazz piano teachers include Manfredo Fest (Sergio Mendes/Bossa Rio; taught Maria Schneider) and Vince Maggio, a student of Oscar Peterson. Scott studied composition and arranging at the University of Miami with Gary Lindsay, Ron Miller (Pat Metheny’s teacher) and Raul Murciano (Miami Sound Machine), and at UNC-Chapel Hill with Bill Fritz (arranger for Stan Kenton). Scott has performed with Howard Levy, Arturo Sandoval, Billy Contreras, Glenn Basham, Gary Keller, Ira Sullivan, John Michalak, Alejo Poveda, Matt Bonelli, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more. Performance venues include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, The Hague Jazz Festival, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Jazz Society), and the Gainesville Friends of Jazz & Blues Festival. Scott’s jazz compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by the Metropole Orkest, Howard Levy, Roberta Gambarini, Ernie Watts, Carmen Bradford, the Jeremy Monteiro Big Band, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic, and many others. Awards and honors include the following: Winner of the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Maxell Song of the Year, ASCAP Plus Award (2005-2012), 2007 ASCAP David Rose Scholarship, 2007 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop Participant, 2006 Downbeat Student Award for Best Extended Length Composition, 2006, 2003 & 2002 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, 2004 Heineken Music Initiative/ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program (Miami winner), and 2004 Henry Mancini Institute Composer Participant. Scott’s classical compositions and Pops arrangements have been performed by the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Orlando Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic. Premieres include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. Conductors who have premiered Scott’s works include Michael Krajewski, Vince Mendoza, Thomas Sleeper, and his wife Sofia Kraevska. For the past decade, Scott has been recording, digitally editing, mixing and mastering his own music, the result of which can be heard on his self-produced albums Jazztronicus (2006) and Lots of Pulp (2003), both of which explore jazz-influenced electro-acoustic hybrids.

headComposer, lecturer, and performer Shawn Head grew up in the Midwest and did not begin western classical music until the age of 15.  The prelude to his career in music was heavily influence by his sister and their shared love of heavy metal. After starting his own band, where he played lead guitar, he began to play classical music on the viola. He was classically trained by members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and while performing, he was given the opportunity to arrange a piece of rock music that he wrote for his high school orchestra.  This was the moment when Shawn’s life was forever altered. He began composing his own unique fusion of classical music and rock, and his music continues to be influenced by seemingly unlikely sources.

Shawn’s music is primarily in the Chamber and Solo repertoire and are influenced by Japanese traditional music. Shawn is of the mind that in order to gain a fuller understanding of another culture’s aesthetic traditions and histories, you must be able to understand the language of the people who live in that culture. He believes that his fluency in Japanese helps him to respectfully employ elements of Japanese music, such as Hogaku (邦楽), Zen Music (禅音楽),and Gagaku (雅楽). Musicians refer to Shawn’s music as “A deeply felt Japanese sentiment structured with a virtuosic western filigree.” – Mikhail Vayman. Performers have said, “When playing Shawn’s music, I feel that I need to open my musical perspective to colors, techniques, and tonalities I don’t get to use often while playing western repertoire.” -Leah Stevens.  Shawn has recently been commissioned to compose a work for Shakuhachi (尺八) and String Quartet with the goal of fusing western classicism and Japanese aesthetics and sensibility. Shawn’s music has been performed by members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty and staff, as well as Ball State University Faculty. Most recently,Mary Kay Fink of the Cleveland Orchestra commissioned Shawn to compose a work for PAND (performers and artist for nuclear disarmament) for the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings in Japan.”Thank you for writing the perfect piece for this program.” – Mary Kay Fink.

Since the beginning of 2015 Shawn has been appearing as a guest lecturer for Japanese music, culture, aesthetic, and religion, along with western composition, and improvisation. He has presented at Case Western Reserve University,the Cleveland Institute of Music, OTAJ (Ohio Teacher’s Association of Japanese), Cleveland One World Festival, Ball State University, and was appointed as faculty at the Benefic Chamber Music Camp by artistic director Anna Vayman.  Under the guidance of “Daishihan” (Grand Master), Michael Chikuzen (竹禅) Gould, Shawn is studying Shakuhachi with the goal in mind to earn the “Shihan” title, master of Shakuhachi. Handed down by monks for hundred of years, Shawn is continuing the tradition of Shakuhachi and reinvigorates its life by continuously writing new works focusing on the unique capabilities of the instrument and placing it in western mediums. In addition to Shakuhachi,Shawn is studying other instruments of the flute variety: Nohkan (能管), Ryuteki (竜笛), Shinobue (篠笛), and Hichiriki (篳篥).

drosteConductor Douglas Droste is Director of Orchestras at Ball State University and Artistic Director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated advocate of music education, Droste regularly conducts youth orchestras, presents in-service conference sessions, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras and festivals throughout the country. Droste’s recent guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Columbus Symphony and BalletMet Columbus, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony. A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock, and the Lancaster Festival. Droste is also skilled on viola and trumpet, and has sung with a variety of choral ensembles. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.

judy2Dr. Judy Palac received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in violin from the University of Texas. Palac is a specialist in string education and performing arts medicine. She has been director of the Suzuki Programs at MSU and at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is published in the fields of performing arts medicine, string teacher education, and the Suzuki method in such journals as American String Teacher and Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. Palac has held several positions with the American String Teachers Association, including president of the Michigan chapter, and national member-at-large. She was ASTA’s Michigan String Teacher of the Year in 2003. She is currently Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Musicians’ Wellness Team at Michigan State University.

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