2019 Faculty Artists

 
Joshua Zona - Music Director   Throughout the country conductor Joshua Zona is gaining increasing recognition for his inspired performances, commitment to education and dedication to community involvement that are the hallmarks of a successful 21st-Century conductor. As Music Director of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mr. Zona has led the orchestra to new heights of artistic excellence, audience involvement and organizational growth. Joshua Zona is currently in his eighth year as Music Director of the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana. Mr. Zona has also held conducting positions with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Southeast Texas Youth Symphony and the Muncie (Indiana) Symphony. He is also the founding music director of the Renova Music Festival in western Pennsylvania.  Mr. Zona's conducting engagements abroad including performances with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Academic Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, the Constanta (Romania) Symphony , the Puebla (Mexico) State Symphony, San Remo (Italy) Symphony, and return engagements with the City of Grossetto Symphony in Tuscany, Italy and EurOrchestra in Bari, Italy.  A native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Zona started piano study at the age of 7 and made the Horn his principal instrument while in high school. He earned Bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University, continued graduate studies in Horn at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and conducting at Ball State University. Maestro Zona also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. He is a part-time faculty member at Louisiana State University - Alexandria.

Joshua Zona - Music Director

Throughout the country conductor Joshua Zona is gaining increasing recognition for his inspired performances, commitment to education and dedication to community involvement that are the hallmarks of a successful 21st-Century conductor. As Music Director of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mr. Zona has led the orchestra to new heights of artistic excellence, audience involvement and organizational growth. Joshua Zona is currently in his eighth year as Music Director of the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana. Mr. Zona has also held conducting positions with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Southeast Texas Youth Symphony and the Muncie (Indiana) Symphony. He is also the founding music director of the Renova Music Festival in western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Zona's conducting engagements abroad including performances with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Academic Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, the Constanta (Romania) Symphony , the Puebla (Mexico) State Symphony, San Remo (Italy) Symphony, and return engagements with the City of Grossetto Symphony in Tuscany, Italy and EurOrchestra in Bari, Italy.

A native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Zona started piano study at the age of 7 and made the Horn his principal instrument while in high school. He earned Bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University, continued graduate studies in Horn at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and conducting at Ball State University. Maestro Zona also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. He is a part-time faculty member at Louisiana State University - Alexandria.

Petrea Warneck - Oboe & Alexander Technique (Week 1)   Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively throughout the Carolinas as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is Co-Principle Oboist and solo English Hornist of the South Carolina Philharmonic and substitute oboist with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg Symphony Orchestras. She has a distinguished reputation as an oboe instructor in the southeast. Covering the Carolinas from east to west, she has a private studio at home in Columbia and she is the oboe instructor at Furman University and the SC Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, SC. In past years she has taught oboe at USC-Columbia, Clemson University, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), and the University of NC Wilmington.  A native of New York State, Ms. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management, first in NYC with Colbert Artists Management, Inc., and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, where she resided for five years assisting her husband, Diether Warneck, artist agent for the renowned baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994 she co-founded The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington (NC) and served as the executive director for the first decade of the series. Thereafter she continued her affiliation with the organization as its' Principal Oboist and Executive Director Emeritus.  Ms. Warneck is passionately involved in the performance of new music for her instrument. In 2006 she commissioned a work for solo oboe by Mark Kilstofte, entitled "Inner Voices", which she premiered at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY in July 2007. The piece is a tribute to the legendary oboist, John Mack - former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ms. Warneck's teacher of over 25 years. She credits his influence and teaching pedagogy for her continual development as a musician and educator throughout her career.  Ms. Warneck obtained a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's degree from the Ithaca College School of Music. In addition to post-graduate training with John Mack, mentors Elaine Douvas and Mark Ostoich have had a profound influence on the development of Ms. Warneck's unique teaching style and pedagogy. Ms. Warneck presents Master Classes and Reed-making Workshops from coast to coast - including the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, the University of Alabama, the University of Louisville, Music For All Festival in Indianapolis, and at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), where she is a frequent Guest Lecturer. She is a member of the artist faculty of the Furman Band Camp, Oxford Oboe Camp in Georgia, and the Midwest Oboe and Bassoon Camp in Ohio.  Dedicated to the health and wellness of performing artists, Ms. Warneck is a devoted advocate of the importance of the Mind-Body connection. Her interests and skills in this work led her to the study of the Alexander Technique, which began over 20 years ago upon meeting Barbara Conable for the first time. She is now a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International, and is working towards licensure as an Andover Educator Instructor of Body Mapping.  Ms. Warneck plays on the Yamaha Custom Oboe 841 and is a Yamaha Performing Artist through Yamaha Corporation of America.

Petrea Warneck - Oboe & Alexander Technique (Week 1)

Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively throughout the Carolinas as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is Co-Principle Oboist and solo English Hornist of the South Carolina Philharmonic and substitute oboist with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg Symphony Orchestras. She has a distinguished reputation as an oboe instructor in the southeast. Covering the Carolinas from east to west, she has a private studio at home in Columbia and she is the oboe instructor at Furman University and the SC Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, SC. In past years she has taught oboe at USC-Columbia, Clemson University, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), and the University of NC Wilmington.

A native of New York State, Ms. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management, first in NYC with Colbert Artists Management, Inc., and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, where she resided for five years assisting her husband, Diether Warneck, artist agent for the renowned baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994 she co-founded The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington (NC) and served as the executive director for the first decade of the series. Thereafter she continued her affiliation with the organization as its' Principal Oboist and Executive Director Emeritus.

Ms. Warneck is passionately involved in the performance of new music for her instrument. In 2006 she commissioned a work for solo oboe by Mark Kilstofte, entitled "Inner Voices", which she premiered at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY in July 2007. The piece is a tribute to the legendary oboist, John Mack - former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ms. Warneck's teacher of over 25 years. She credits his influence and teaching pedagogy for her continual development as a musician and educator throughout her career.

Ms. Warneck obtained a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's degree from the Ithaca College School of Music. In addition to post-graduate training with John Mack, mentors Elaine Douvas and Mark Ostoich have had a profound influence on the development of Ms. Warneck's unique teaching style and pedagogy. Ms. Warneck presents Master Classes and Reed-making Workshops from coast to coast - including the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, the University of Alabama, the University of Louisville, Music For All Festival in Indianapolis, and at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), where she is a frequent Guest Lecturer. She is a member of the artist faculty of the Furman Band Camp, Oxford Oboe Camp in Georgia, and the Midwest Oboe and Bassoon Camp in Ohio.

Dedicated to the health and wellness of performing artists, Ms. Warneck is a devoted advocate of the importance of the Mind-Body connection. Her interests and skills in this work led her to the study of the Alexander Technique, which began over 20 years ago upon meeting Barbara Conable for the first time. She is now a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International, and is working towards licensure as an Andover Educator Instructor of Body Mapping.

Ms. Warneck plays on the Yamaha Custom Oboe 841 and is a Yamaha Performing Artist through Yamaha Corporation of America.

Kenneth Long - Clarinet (Week 1)   Clarinetist Kenneth Long is currently associate professor of clarinet and woodwind coordinator at Georgia State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he was awarded the prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize for most outstanding woodwind performer, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University.  He enjoys a multifaceted performing career including orchestral, chamber music and solo engagements. He currently serves as clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and has performed with many of the Southeast's preeminent ensembles including the Atlanta, Sarasota and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. He is a founding member/principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Chamber Winds (heard on Albany Records), principal clarinetist of the contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency, and has been a guest artist on numerous occasions with the Atlanta Chamber Players.  Dr. Long's appearances abroad have included solo and chamber music performances in Germany, Greece, China, Canada and Mexico. Recent conference and symposium highlights include solo performances at the San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music, National Association of Composers/USA East-Coast Chapter Conference in New York City, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, College Music Society National Conference in Portland, OR, and a solo recital at the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference in Atlanta. A recognized scholar on the music of Elliott Carter, he presented lecture-recitals on Carter's solo clarinet work Gra at the 2009 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest® in Porto, Portugal and at the 2009 College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Long has performed several of Carter's works in the presence of the composer-most notably his Clarinet Concerto in New York City under the baton of Charles Neidich.  Prior to his arrival at Georgia State, Dr. Long was an active freelance clarinetist performing with several orchestras in the New York City area including the American, New Haven and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. He has performed professionally at every major concert venue in NYC including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. Live chamber performances have been heard on WNYC-New York and WABE-Atlanta. He has served as principal clarinetist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and the Ashlawn Highland Opera Orchestra, and was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra and Norfolk Music Festivals. Primary teachers include James Pyne, David Shifrin and Charles Neidich.  Upcoming recording releases include Rites of Passage featuring the solo clarinet music of the late Donald Erb and his protégés Paul Osterfield and Nickitas Demos on the MSR Classics label, and Odysseia featuring premiere recordings of chamber works by George Tsontakis, Christos Samaras, Theodore Antoniou and Demos on the Albany label.

Kenneth Long - Clarinet (Week 1)

Clarinetist Kenneth Long is currently associate professor of clarinet and woodwind coordinator at Georgia State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he was awarded the prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize for most outstanding woodwind performer, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University.

He enjoys a multifaceted performing career including orchestral, chamber music and solo engagements. He currently serves as clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and has performed with many of the Southeast's preeminent ensembles including the Atlanta, Sarasota and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. He is a founding member/principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Chamber Winds (heard on Albany Records), principal clarinetist of the contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency, and has been a guest artist on numerous occasions with the Atlanta Chamber Players.

Dr. Long's appearances abroad have included solo and chamber music performances in Germany, Greece, China, Canada and Mexico. Recent conference and symposium highlights include solo performances at the San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music, National Association of Composers/USA East-Coast Chapter Conference in New York City, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, College Music Society National Conference in Portland, OR, and a solo recital at the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference in Atlanta. A recognized scholar on the music of Elliott Carter, he presented lecture-recitals on Carter's solo clarinet work Gra at the 2009 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest® in Porto, Portugal and at the 2009 College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Long has performed several of Carter's works in the presence of the composer-most notably his Clarinet Concerto in New York City under the baton of Charles Neidich.

Prior to his arrival at Georgia State, Dr. Long was an active freelance clarinetist performing with several orchestras in the New York City area including the American, New Haven and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. He has performed professionally at every major concert venue in NYC including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. Live chamber performances have been heard on WNYC-New York and WABE-Atlanta. He has served as principal clarinetist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and the Ashlawn Highland Opera Orchestra, and was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra and Norfolk Music Festivals. Primary teachers include James Pyne, David Shifrin and Charles Neidich.

Upcoming recording releases include Rites of Passage featuring the solo clarinet music of the late Donald Erb and his protégés Paul Osterfield and Nickitas Demos on the MSR Classics label, and Odysseia featuring premiere recordings of chamber works by George Tsontakis, Christos Samaras, Theodore Antoniou and Demos on the Albany label.

 
Peter Sirotin - Violin (Week 2)   Since his debut at the age of 14, performing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with Kharkiv Philharmonic in his native Ukraine, violinist  Peter Sirotin  has performed hundreds of concerts as a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in Europe, North America and Asia. After graduating with honors from Moscow’s Central Music School, Mr. Sirotin became the youngest member of the GRAMMY Award-winning “Moscow Soloists” chamber ensemble. With this group he has toured extensively, performing in the major music centers such as Royal Albert Hall in London, Pleyel Hall in Paris, Concertgebow in Amsterdam and Beethoven Hall in Bonn among others.  Mr. Sirotin’s performances as a concertmaster include a wide range of projects from concerts in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Verizon Hall to the performances of the Verdi Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Cathedral choral society in National Cathedral in Washington DC. He is currently a Concertmaster of the  Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra  and Artistic Director of  Market Square Concerts  in Harrisburg, PA.  An active educator, Mr. Sirotin is currently artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham PA, where he has co-founded  Chamber Music in Grantham , a summer chamber music and composition program for young musicians. He has given masterclasses in US and abroad and has served as an adjudicator in competitions.  In 1997 Mr. Sirotin has founded with his wife, pianist Ya-Ting Chang the Mendelssohn Piano Trio . With this group he has performed over 500 concerts in US, Europe and Asia and recorded 15 CDs including most recently the complete Haydn Piano Trios on Centaur Records. Mr. Sirotin has collaborated in performance with pianists Ann Schein, Igor Zhukov, Alexei Lubimov, violinist Earl Carlyss, former Juilliard String Quartet member, cellist Natalia Gutman, flutist Claudio Arrimani, harpsichordist Arthur Haas and other great performers. His performances have been described by critics as "stylistically refined" "electrifying" and "brilliant". Recently, Mr. Sirotin performed Beethoven violin concerto in the new Parmer Concert Hall with Messiah College Symphony Orchestra and together with his wife, Ya-Ting Chang he has appeared as a soloist in the world premiere of Ching-Ju Shih double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

Peter Sirotin - Violin (Week 2)

Since his debut at the age of 14, performing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with Kharkiv Philharmonic in his native Ukraine, violinist Peter Sirotin has performed hundreds of concerts as a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in Europe, North America and Asia. After graduating with honors from Moscow’s Central Music School, Mr. Sirotin became the youngest member of the GRAMMY Award-winning “Moscow Soloists” chamber ensemble. With this group he has toured extensively, performing in the major music centers such as Royal Albert Hall in London, Pleyel Hall in Paris, Concertgebow in Amsterdam and Beethoven Hall in Bonn among others.

Mr. Sirotin’s performances as a concertmaster include a wide range of projects from concerts in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Verizon Hall to the performances of the Verdi Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Cathedral choral society in National Cathedral in Washington DC. He is currently a Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Market Square Concerts in Harrisburg, PA.

An active educator, Mr. Sirotin is currently artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham PA, where he has co-founded Chamber Music in Grantham, a summer chamber music and composition program for young musicians. He has given masterclasses in US and abroad and has served as an adjudicator in competitions.

In 1997 Mr. Sirotin has founded with his wife, pianist Ya-Ting Chang theMendelssohn Piano Trio. With this group he has performed over 500 concerts in US, Europe and Asia and recorded 15 CDs including most recently the complete Haydn Piano Trios on Centaur Records. Mr. Sirotin has collaborated in performance with pianists Ann Schein, Igor Zhukov, Alexei Lubimov, violinist Earl Carlyss, former Juilliard String Quartet member, cellist Natalia Gutman, flutist Claudio Arrimani, harpsichordist Arthur Haas and other great performers. His performances have been described by critics as "stylistically refined" "electrifying" and "brilliant". Recently, Mr. Sirotin performed Beethoven violin concerto in the new Parmer Concert Hall with Messiah College Symphony Orchestra and together with his wife, Ya-Ting Chang he has appeared as a soloist in the world premiere of Ching-Ju Shih double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

Timothy Deighton - Viola (Week 2)   Violist Timothy Deighton enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. He has concertized throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and has received several awards for his work, including the American Viola Society’s 2016 Maurice W. Riley Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to studio teaching and enduring commitment to expanding the viola repertoire through commissions, performance, and recording.” Deighton presented the prestigious William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University in 2014 and has appeared at four International Viola Congresses as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, master class presenter and panelist. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded and toured. Recent chamber music collaborations include those with groups such as the American String Quartet, the New Zealand String Quartet, Quartet Accorda, and the Boston Trio. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on U.S., European, Australian, and New Zealand radio and TV.  Having long held a fascination for new music, he has performed premieres of more than fifty new works for viola, and over a dozen for viola ensemble, most of which were commissioned by or written for him. Some of these works include those written for The Irrelevants, a contemporary music duo with saxophonist Carrie Koffman, and can be heard on their CD, Dialogues. His playing on his solo CD, Viola Aotearoa, featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, was described in The Strad as “brilliant and differentiated.” The New York Concert Review noted “Deighton's impressive technical aplomb and precision” in a 2010 Carnegie Hall performance by the Chihara Trio. Deighton has received several teaching awards and has presented master classes in more than a dozen countries and over half of the United States. He has performed and taught at more than a dozen music festivals in the United States and abroad, including most recently, the Halcyon Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine, which he served as Artistic Director. His articles have appeared in such publications as Strings, the American String Teacher, Journal of the American Viola Society, the New York Violist, and the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society. His former students hold positions in professional orchestras and on the music faculties of universities and conservatories, while many others make important contributions to music and music education through various other teaching, administrative, performing, and entrepreneurial activities. Deighton lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, pianist Ann Deighton, two sons, two cats, and a horse named Nikko.

Timothy Deighton - Viola (Week 2)

Violist Timothy Deighton enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. He has concertized throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and has received several awards for his work, including the American Viola Society’s 2016 Maurice W. Riley Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to studio teaching and enduring commitment to expanding the viola repertoire through commissions, performance, and recording.” Deighton presented the prestigious William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University in 2014 and has appeared at four International Viola Congresses as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, master class presenter and panelist. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded and toured. Recent chamber music collaborations include those with groups such as the American String Quartet, the New Zealand String Quartet, Quartet Accorda, and the Boston Trio. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on U.S., European, Australian, and New Zealand radio and TV.
Having long held a fascination for new music, he has performed premieres of more than fifty new works for viola, and over a dozen for viola ensemble, most of which were commissioned by or written for him. Some of these works include those written for The Irrelevants, a contemporary music duo with saxophonist Carrie Koffman, and can be heard on their CD, Dialogues. His playing on his solo CD, Viola Aotearoa, featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, was described in The Strad as “brilliant and differentiated.” The New York Concert Review noted “Deighton's impressive technical aplomb and precision” in a 2010 Carnegie Hall performance by the Chihara Trio.
Deighton has received several teaching awards and has presented master classes in more than a dozen countries and over half of the United States. He has performed and taught at more than a dozen music festivals in the United States and abroad, including most recently, the Halcyon Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine, which he served as Artistic Director. His articles have appeared in such publications as Strings, the American String Teacher, Journal of the American Viola Society, the New York Violist, and the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society. His former students hold positions in professional orchestras and on the music faculties of universities and conservatories, while many others make important contributions to music and music education through various other teaching, administrative, performing, and entrepreneurial activities.
Deighton lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, pianist Ann Deighton, two sons, two cats, and a horse named Nikko.

Madeleine Kabat - Cello (Week 2)   Madeleine is the newest member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s cello section, and began performing as Acting Assistant Principal Cellist in September. Prior to this appointment, she served as principal cellist of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas and assistant principal in the Madison Symphony. Ms. Kabat has performed as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony. She has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Orquesta Philarmonia Mexico, Madison Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and CityMusic Cleveland.  Following her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 18, Madeleine has been featured as soloist with dozens of orchestras; most recently the Amarillo Symphony (TX), Renova Festival Orchestra (PA), Lima International Music Festival Orchestra (Peru), Gulf Coast Symphony (MS), Minot Symphony (ND), Red de Escuelas de Musica Orquesta (Medellin, Colombia), Cleveland Philharmonic (OH), Spoleto Festival Orchestra (SC), Festival Mozaic Orchestra (CA) and Marin Symphony (CA). In 2012 she made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on an invitation to represent the Oberlin Conservatory. Madeleine has stepped in for delayed cello soloist Alban Gerhardt on a few hours notice to rehearse Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto with the Madison Symphony, and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri as a last minute replacement for their injured soloist. Last summer, she performed two chamber music concerts with the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society as a last minute replacement for Parry Karp.  An active chamber musician, Madeleine was named Visiting Artist at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, where she performed chamber music concerts and gave master classes from 2011-16. During the summer she performs chamber music and orchestra concerts at the Lakes Area Music Festival (MN) as principal cellist, Festival Mozaic (CA), and is a faculty artist at the Renova Chamber Music Festival (PA). Ms. Kabat has appeared twice as a featured guest artist for the Lima International Chamber Music Festival in Peru, and has also performed chamber music in China, Korea, and in Colombia (South America) numerous times as faculty artist of Medellin Festicamara. She has given masterclasses at Festicamara and La Sierra University as well as at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Northwestern State University, Eastern Michigan University, Minot State University (ND), Sahmyook University (Seoul, Korea) and at La Jolla’s SummerFest.  Ms. Kabat began cello lessons in Cleveland at age 11, and has won top prizes in the competitions of Fischoff, Hellam, and Klein International. She holds diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Juilliard School, and most recently Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Darrett Adkins. She resides in Milwaukee, WI and performs on a 1790 William Forster cello.

Madeleine Kabat - Cello (Week 2)

Madeleine is the newest member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s cello section, and began performing as Acting Assistant Principal Cellist in September. Prior to this appointment, she served as principal cellist of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas and assistant principal in the Madison Symphony. Ms. Kabat has performed as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony. She has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Orquesta Philarmonia Mexico, Madison Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and CityMusic Cleveland.

Following her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 18, Madeleine has been featured as soloist with dozens of orchestras; most recently the Amarillo Symphony (TX), Renova Festival Orchestra (PA), Lima International Music Festival Orchestra (Peru), Gulf Coast Symphony (MS), Minot Symphony (ND), Red de Escuelas de Musica Orquesta (Medellin, Colombia), Cleveland Philharmonic (OH), Spoleto Festival Orchestra (SC), Festival Mozaic Orchestra (CA) and Marin Symphony (CA). In 2012 she made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on an invitation to represent the Oberlin Conservatory. Madeleine has stepped in for delayed cello soloist Alban Gerhardt on a few hours notice to rehearse Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto with the Madison Symphony, and performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri as a last minute replacement for their injured soloist. Last summer, she performed two chamber music concerts with the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society as a last minute replacement for Parry Karp.

An active chamber musician, Madeleine was named Visiting Artist at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, where she performed chamber music concerts and gave master classes from 2011-16. During the summer she performs chamber music and orchestra concerts at the Lakes Area Music Festival (MN) as principal cellist, Festival Mozaic (CA), and is a faculty artist at the Renova Chamber Music Festival (PA). Ms. Kabat has appeared twice as a featured guest artist for the Lima International Chamber Music Festival in Peru, and has also performed chamber music in China, Korea, and in Colombia (South America) numerous times as faculty artist of Medellin Festicamara. She has given masterclasses at Festicamara and La Sierra University as well as at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Northwestern State University, Eastern Michigan University, Minot State University (ND), Sahmyook University (Seoul, Korea) and at La Jolla’s SummerFest.

Ms. Kabat began cello lessons in Cleveland at age 11, and has won top prizes in the competitions of Fischoff, Hellam, and Klein International. She holds diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Juilliard School, and most recently Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Darrett Adkins. She resides in Milwaukee, WI and performs on a 1790 William Forster cello.

 
Evan Drachman - Cello (Week 1)    Cellist  Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. Mr. Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. As Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of this country’s most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music to diverse audiences. The Foundation’s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.  Mr. Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. His teachers have included Luis Garcia-Renart, Orlando Cole, Laurence Lesser, William Pleeth and Stephen Kates. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich.  In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD,  A Frog He Went a Courting,  with pianist Richard Dowling. The  Baltimore Sun’s  Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: “Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.” Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled,  Infinity  in 2004 and  Romance and Revelation  in 2007. Evan Drachman’s newest CD,  Full Circle  was recorded with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion on June 30th and July 1st, 2012 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.  This season, Drachman will be performing repertoire including works by Beethoven, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Faure and Ravel. On the travel schedule, both the United States and Mexico will be featured.  Evan Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Evan Drachman - Cello (Week 1)

Cellist Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. Mr. Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. As Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of this country’s most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music to diverse audiences. The Foundation’s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Mr. Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. His teachers have included Luis Garcia-Renart, Orlando Cole, Laurence Lesser, William Pleeth and Stephen Kates. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich.

In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun’s Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: “Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.” Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Evan Drachman’s newest CD, Full Circle was recorded with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion on June 30th and July 1st, 2012 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

This season, Drachman will be performing repertoire including works by Beethoven, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Faure and Ravel. On the travel schedule, both the United States and Mexico will be featured.

Evan Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Ryan Reynolds - Bassoon (Week 2)   Dr. Ryan Reynolds is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Miami University. An award-winning chamber musician, Dr. Reynolds has won prizes at six national chamber music competitions including the Gold Medal at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He tours internationally as a member of the Akropolis Reed Quintet and has released three studio albums with the ensemble. The latest of these albums, The Space Between Us, was released in March, 2017 on Innova Recordings. In 2018, his collaboration with legendary clarinetist David Shifrin on the studio recording of a new chamber music version of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto was released on Delos Records and nominated for an International Classical Music Award.  Dr. Reynolds has performed with orchestras throughout the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. An educator, Dr. Reynolds has given masterclasses and lectures in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and at many American universities including the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. Additionally, he was a recipient of the 2015 Fischoff Educator’s Award for creative and interactive educational programming.  A native of Michigan, Dr. Reynolds received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His primary teachers include Eric Stomberg, Jeffrey Lyman, and Jeff Keesecker.

Ryan Reynolds - Bassoon (Week 2)

Dr. Ryan Reynolds is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Miami University. An award-winning chamber musician, Dr. Reynolds has won prizes at six national chamber music competitions including the Gold Medal at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He tours internationally as a member of the Akropolis Reed Quintet and has released three studio albums with the ensemble. The latest of these albums, The Space Between Us, was released in March, 2017 on Innova Recordings. In 2018, his collaboration with legendary clarinetist David Shifrin on the studio recording of a new chamber music version of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto was released on Delos Records and nominated for an International Classical Music Award.

Dr. Reynolds has performed with orchestras throughout the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. An educator, Dr. Reynolds has given masterclasses and lectures in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and at many American universities including the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. Additionally, he was a recipient of the 2015 Fischoff Educator’s Award for creative and interactive educational programming.

A native of Michigan, Dr. Reynolds received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His primary teachers include Eric Stomberg, Jeffrey Lyman, and Jeff Keesecker.

Joseph Kromholz - Violin (Week 1)   Joseph Kromholz teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. His students have attended the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Harvard University. Mr. Kromholz’s mentors include Paul Kantor, Miriam Fried, Itzhak Perlman, and members of the Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. He has served as concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony and was a founding member of the Linden String Quartet. Hailing from New York and Virginia, Mr. Kromholz studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and economics at Case Western Reserve University, followed by doctoral studies at New England Conservatory. During that time, he also taught college music theory for eight years. As a chamber music coach, he taught at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio, and at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.

Joseph Kromholz - Violin (Week 1)

Joseph Kromholz teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. His students have attended the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Harvard University. Mr. Kromholz’s mentors include Paul Kantor, Miriam Fried, Itzhak Perlman, and members of the Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. He has served as concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony and was a founding member of the Linden String Quartet. Hailing from New York and Virginia, Mr. Kromholz studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and economics at Case Western Reserve University, followed by doctoral studies at New England Conservatory. During that time, he also taught college music theory for eight years. As a chamber music coach, he taught at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio, and at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.

Kathryn Umble - Flute (Week 2)   Kathryn Thomas Umble, is Associate Professor of Flute at Youngstown State University. In addition to performing principal flute with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Umble holds the piccolo position with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She has presented recitals?in Europe and throughout the United States, including venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space, New York, and the Milhaud Society at the Cleveland Institute of Music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kathryn Umble was featured guest artist of the Pittsburgh Flute Club, concerto soloist with Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, guest artist in recital with the Aurista Ensemble in New York City, winner of the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions Competition, and?she performed in recital at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, NC. Umble is a founding member of Duo Allant, a flute and guitar ensemble -duoallant.com. Dr. Umble can be heard on the Naxos, Dana, GMMC, and Access Labels. Dr. Umble has also served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and Grove City College. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and Michigan State University and was awarded the Prix d'excellence for Outstanding Musicianship from the Fontainebleau School of Music, France.  Kathryn Umble has also served as a National Flute Association competition judge and flute pedagogy panel member. She conducted the Dana Flute Ensemble in a full concert performance at the 2005 OMEA Conference and the 2006 and 2009 National Flute Association Conventions in Pittsburgh and New York City.

Kathryn Umble - Flute (Week 2)

Kathryn Thomas Umble, is Associate Professor of Flute at Youngstown State University. In addition to performing principal flute with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Umble holds the piccolo position with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She has presented recitals?in Europe and throughout the United States, including venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space, New York, and the Milhaud Society at the Cleveland Institute of Music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kathryn Umble was featured guest artist of the Pittsburgh Flute Club, concerto soloist with Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, guest artist in recital with the Aurista Ensemble in New York City, winner of the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions Competition, and?she performed in recital at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, NC. Umble is a founding member of Duo Allant, a flute and guitar ensemble -duoallant.com. Dr. Umble can be heard on the Naxos, Dana, GMMC, and Access Labels.
Dr. Umble has also served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and Grove City College. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and Michigan State University and was awarded the Prix d'excellence for Outstanding Musicianship from the Fontainebleau School of Music, France.
Kathryn Umble has also served as a National Flute Association competition judge and flute pedagogy panel member. She conducted the Dana Flute Ensemble in a full concert performance at the 2005 OMEA Conference and the 2006 and 2009 National Flute Association Conventions in Pittsburgh and New York City.