Faculty & Staff

CQP 2018  ♦  49th Season

Faculty are members of, or faculty at:

Fredonia, 1st session
Chilingerian Quartet, The Eastman School, The Frost School of Music, Hartt College, Longy School of Music, The Ohio State University, University of Denver, and Syracuse University

Fredonia, 2nd session
Blair Quartet, Concord Quartet, Arizona State Univ., The Frost School of Music, McGill University, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio, Syracuse University and Vanderbilt University

Chilingerian Quartet, The Frost School of Music, University of British Columbia,  University of Oregon, Oregon Symphony

JOEL BELGIQUE (2nd year) (Viola) found his voice at age 13, when he switched from violin to viola. Born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Salt Lake City by French parents, he began studying viola with Mikhail Boguslavsky and David Holland. Later, Joël attended the Eastman School, and earned a B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Heidi Castleman. At Brigham Young University, Joël worked with Clyn Barrus and David Dalton, earning an M.M. in Performance and Pedagogy.

Principal viola of the Oregon Symphony since 1997, Joël has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in works by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Berlioz, Strauss, and Hindemith. The Classical Beaver’s 2011 review of the Symphony’s performance oHindemith’s Trauermusik singled out Joël’s “trusty viola oozing mournful warmth and buttery sound.” As a chamber musician, Joël has performed with Elmar Oliveira, Leonard Pennario, Igor Gruppman, and Bayla Keyes, among others. For 14 years, he has also been a member of fEARnoMUSIC. Joël spends his summers teaching and coaching at the Interlochen Chamber Music Camp for Adults in upstate Michigan, and has performed at a number of summer festivals, including the Spoleto (Italy), Mainly Mozart, Grand Teton, Strings, and Colorado music festivals.

Joël’s recordings on the North Pacific Music label include Jack Gabel’s Hellenic Triptych for solo viola and electronics, and Tomas Svoboda’s Trio Chorales for violin, viola, and piano. With fEARnoMUSIC, Joël has recorded works of Bonnie Miksch, including the premiere of a commissioned duet, Somewhere like you, my darling, for Joël and his wife, violinist Inés Voglar. In 2011, Joël released his first solo CD, “Mid-Century Modern,” which features sonatas by Clarke, Bauer, Avshalomov, and Svoboda. Joël has also frequently performed and recorded with Pink Martini, appearing with them at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

LAURA BOSSERT (85-9, 93W) (32nd year) (Chamber, Violin)
A Silver Medalist in the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, she has earned recognition for her artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and children’s music specialist.  Ms Bossert has appeared in collaboration with the Muir String Quartet; the Amelia, Raphael and Mirecourt Trios; and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society members Joseph Silverstein, Paul Neubauer, Kim Kashkashian, David Jolley, and Joseph Robinson. She has toured with jazz musicians David Amram, Chuck Mangione and performed with Emily Sailers of the Indigo Girls.At present, Bossert teaches at Syracuse University, and in the summer months at The Castleman Quartet Program and LYRICAFEST. Ms. Bossert’s eclectic career has included serving as guest concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, being named a Texaco Rising Star by the Caramoor Chamber Music Festival, and recording for major motion pictures.“Music is Everywhere”, a program she co-authored, was awarded an ACMA/Dodge Partnership Grant in 2002, and in the same year LYRICA BOSTON was awarded the Roxbury Highland Charitable Foundation Grant. By the age of 35, Ms. Bossert has placed students in ensembles and positions as varied as the Boston Symphony, the Handel and Haydn Society, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, New Haven, Portland Symphonies, Santiago Philharmonic, Mikkkeli Finnish Chamber Orchestra, The Castleman Quartet Program and the LongySchool of Music. Her international class consists of students from Russia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Poland, Australia, China, Japan, Canada, Finland, and throughout the United States. Last season’s highlights included concerto appearances with Elmar Oliveira, chamber music collaborations with Nathanial Rosen and Steven Ansell, and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University and at the Texas Music Educators Association.


ADRIENNE CARAVAN (8th year) (Dean) Ms. Caravan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and violin performance from the Eastman School of Music.  She studied violin with Charles Castleman, Camilla Wicks, Lynn Blakeslee and music education with Louis Bergonzi. In addition to her master’s degree, she has trained with Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger, Tom Wermuth and Linda Fiore in the Suzuki approach. She taught in the public schools as an orchestra director for Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY and Fairfax County, VA.  Currently Ms. Caravan teaches at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.  She created a Suzuki in the Schools hybrid program with her beginning 6th grade string students and conducts the 7th and 8th grade string ensembles. In one year the string program grew to become the second largest string program in Loudoun County.  Her Tiger and Panther string ensembles have earned superiors at District 16 Orchestra Assessment since the school opened in 2011. Ms. Caravan has a wide variety of experiences in music.  She has composed and performed the original soundtrack for a local Rochester, NY documentary film, Jurs, Edge of Discovery about sculptor and artist Nancy Jurs.  She has performed in big band orchestras for Stevie Wonder, Gary Sinise Foundation at the Kennedy Center, Kevin Spacey, Clay Johnson, Annie Sellick, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.  She is also the co-director of the Potomac Suzuki Strings Ensemble located in Woodbridge, VA. During the academic year she performs regularly with her piano quartet, The Sforza Ensemble, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, and the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra in Savannah, GA.

ALLYSON DAWKINS (74-7) (22nd year) (Dean, Viola, Chamber) -Principal Violist of the San Antonio Symphony, has won consistent admiration for her playing as both orchestral soloist and recitalist. Critics have praised the “great sensitivity and intelligence” of her playing, as well as her “full-bodied, velvety tone.” The San Antonio Express-News described her solo performance of Britten’s Lachrymae as “delicate and compelling…with poise, technical security, and in-the-groove freedom.” Of the Ginastera Variaciones concertantes the Express-News said “Top marks go to Allyson Dawkins for a spitfire performance in her demanding solo.”Ms. Dawkins is on the faculty of Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is highly sought after and widely respected as a private teacher. She is co-author, with Charles Castleman, of a technical instruction book for viola titled Fingerboard Memory, and co-editor, with Mr. Castleman, of Emanuel Ondricek’s Superior Finger Exercises . She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, and as Principal Violist of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin and the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. She is currently a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Dawkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Strongly committed to community service, Ms. Dawkins works with cancer patients at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. She is also director of the San Antonio Symphony Caroling Project, a program that takes musicians to area hospitals, hospices, corrcctional institutions, and shelters during the December holiday season.

CSABA ERDELYI (8th year) (Viola, Chamber), born in Hungary, made musical history when, in 1972, he won the prestigious
London Carl Flesch Violin Competition with the viola – the first, and so far, the only time. LionelTertis, who was present at the finals, called Erdélyi “a great ambassador for the viola and for his
country.” The Flesch Prize launched Erdélyi’s international career. He was invited by Joseph Szigeti and Rudolph Serkin to the Marlboro Festival (USA) where he also worked with Pablo Casals.
A viola student of Pál Lukács and subsequently Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Giuranna, Erdélyibecame Menuhin’s partner in concertos and chamber music, playing together in several countries.Menuhin wrote to Benjamin Britten: “Erdélyi is an invaluable link between the two great musical cultures of Eastern and Western Europe.”
Erdélyi has performed in concerts and recordings with such world-renowned soloists as Rachel Barton, Joshua Bell, Maurice Gendron, Franco Gulli, Ian Hobson, Yo-Yo Ma, George Malcolm, Jessye
Norman, András Schiff, Sándor Végh, among others. He was the viola soloist in the film score ofAmadeus, with Sir Neville Marrriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. As a soloist,
he has recorded for Concordance, Decca, Hungaroton, Lyrita, Nimbus and Philips records. He played viola concertos with the leading British orchestras in the Royal Festival Hall and on the BBC
Promenade Concerts, as well as major international music festivals with Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles McKerras, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Sanderling conducting. Erdélyi was principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London from 1974 to 1978. He was guest principal violist of the BBC Symphony, invited by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In 1980 Sir Georg Solti invited Erdélyi to the principal viola post in the Chicago Symphony. He declined in order to embark on a new career as the violist of the London-based Chilingirian Quartet, as well as professor of viola at the Guildhall School of Music (1980-1987). As guest violist, he performed with the Pauk-Frankl-Kirshbaum Trio, Fine Arts Quartet, Kocian Quartet, Végh Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano.                                                          Professor Erdélyi has a reputation as an extremely dedicated and caring pedagogue, who attracts fine students from all over the world. As Professor of Viola and Chamber Music he taught at
Indiana University, Rice University, Butler University, Bowling Green State University. He has held master classes in major conservatories on all five continents. Professor Erdélyi’s former students can
be found in prestigious positions in music performance and education all over the world. For over 20 years Professor Erdélyi has researched the original manuscript of the Bartók Viola Concerto, the composer’s last masterpiece, which was left in its first draft. With the help of world-renowned Bartók scholar, Elliott Antokoletz and composers Péter Eötvös and György Kurtág he restored and orchestrated the work in the purest and most authentic manner. Former violist of the Kolisch-quartet, Eugene Lehner, friend of Bartók, praised Erdélyi’s score and recording as “an
invaluable service to Bartók and all violists.” Score and parts are published by Promethean Editions (www.promethean-editions.com) and a CD was recorded in 2001 with Erdélyi and the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra with conductor Marc Taddei on Concordance label (www.concordance.co.nz), which continues to receive worldwide professional acclaim.
In September 2017, Bartók Viola Concerto – Restoration and Orchestration by Csaba Erdélyi, Revised Version 2016 received its European Premiere by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin
Philharmonic Hall. The orchestra’s Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle wrote: “I am in total agreement with the opinions of György Kurtág and Pierre Boulez that Erdélyi’s score is the most faithful
realization of Bartók’s last masterpiece that was left in draft.”
Csaba Erdélyi considers himself a world citizen and holds citizenships in his native Hungary, Great Britain and the United States. He serves as principal viola of both the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera at the University of Illinois. His favorite instrument is a magnificent viola made for him by master luthier Joseph Curtin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


FRITZ GEARHART (82) (2nd year) (Chamber)has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie (six times since 1998). He is heard frequently on National Public Radio, including past live broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WQXR in New York as well as Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program Performance Today. A sampling from the press: “…a sizzling performance…”(The Wall Street Journal),  “…supple and imaginative…”(The New York Times), “…a superlative evening of musicmaking…”(New York Concert Review), and “Gearhart is a bold assertive player…”(Strad). Gearhart was a member of the Chester Quartet in the early 90s, the Oregon String Quartet since 1998 and has since recorded numerous compact discs for Albany, Koch Entertainment, Centaur Records and Bridge Records. His 2014 release on Centaur Records, Music of a Lifetime, features the music of his father Livingston Gearhart. An active chamber musician, recitalist, soloist and composer, Mr. Gearhart collaborates with colleagues from around the USA and is embarking on his latest project – The Nexus String Quartet, which will perform its first concerts in 2016. Currently a faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Music, Gearhart has taught at the university level since 1990, including previous appointments at East Carolina University and Indiana University at South Bend. Gearhart has been a featured clinician at music conventions and workshops for National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference, American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and National School Orchestra Association (NSOA), and has presented master classes at music schools all around the country, including Texas Christian University, Boise State University, Ithaca College, University of Oklahoma, Eastman School of Music, and the Hartt School, among many others. He is a frequent adjudicator, and was a judge for the National Fischoff Competition in 2008. Gearhart has been a featured clinician at several national conventions including ASTA in Detroit, Kansas City and Santa Clara, CA where he was also the featured chamber music coach. In addition to his many performing and teaching activities, Gearhart has also appeared as a guest conductor several string festivals around the country, including South Carolina All-State String Orchestra, Northern Virginia Honors Orchestra, Wyoming String Clinic, and All-City Strings in Salem, OR. Gearhart is currently on the summer faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham Washington, and the Chamber Music Camp of Portland.  Gearhart received his Master’s Degree and prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Earlier studies at the Hartt School included work with Charles Treger and members of the Emerson Quartet. Gearhart recently directed a ten-week study abroad program in Vienna, where he taught violin and chamber music, lectured about Viennese composers, and performed concerts in Austria and Germany including the famous Haydnhaus-Wien.

KYOKO HASHIMOTO (16th year) (Collaborative Piano)                            A legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation”. Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three.  After graduating from the TohoGakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School.  She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School.  Among her teachers were György Sebök,  Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.She regularly has been performing throughout the world, in more than 25 countries, including many major cities and halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc.  She has been invited to many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. Besides performing Solo recitals in many countries in Europe, North America and Asia, she has performed Concertos with  such distinguished orchestras as the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed over 1000 works from pre-Baroque to Contemporary. She has performed on Harpsichord and  Fortepiano. She has performed duo recitals with Ruggiero Ricci(Vn), Thomas Zehetmair(Vn) and Antonio Meneses(Vc), and duo and chamber music concerts with Sandor Vegh(Vn), Mischa Maisky(Vc), Jean-Jacque Kantorow(Vn), Aaron Rosand(Vn), Ralph Kirshbaum(Vc), Steven Isserlis(Vc), András Adorján(Fl), Patrick Gallois(Fl),Maurice Bourgue(Ob), Hansjörg Schellenberger(Ob), Barry Tuckwell(Hr), Atar Arad(Va), Anthony Marwood(Vn), Nobuko Imai(Va) Sergio Azzolini(Fg), Isabelle van Keulen(Vn), Chantal Juillet(Vn), Hermann Baumann(Hr), Regis Pasquier(Vn), Matt Haimovitz(Vc), Charles Castleman(Vn) and Bruno  Giuranna(Va). Ms. Hashimoto was awarded 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition.  She has recorded for TV and radio worldwide including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio.  She has been a frequent performer for CBC (Canada) and BBC (UK) and in 2012, the BBC “Schubert Marathon” grouped her  with Edwin Fischer, William Kapell and Wilhelm Backhaus as representative performances of the Schubert Impromptus.  She has made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich, 4 Impromptus by Schubert, 12 Preludes Book II by Debussy as well as Partita by Bach, variations by Beethoven, 16 Waltzes by Brahms, Dance Suite by Bartók and Mazurkas by Blumenfeld. She is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years.  She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London U.K.. She served as an International Jury member for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Artists Competition, CMC Stepping Stone Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition and YAMAHA Benelux Competition. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival (IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., Holland, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil and Japan.

CLAUDIA HOCA(2nd year)(Collaborative Piano) is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where her teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She has a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo,where she studied with Leo Smit. A Fulbright grant enabled her to return to her native Austria,where she pursued advanced studies under Bruno Seidlhofer. Ms. Hoca is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes in the Chopin Young Pianist Competition and the Washington International Bach Competition. While still a teenager, she appeared with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic in a Young People’s Concert, broadcast live on network television. She has played over 20 different concertos with the Buffalo Philharmonic under conductors Semyon Bychkov, Christopher Keene,Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Hermann Michael,Carlos Kalmar, and Maximiano Valdes, among others.She has appeared in recital in the United States and abroad and is much sought after as a chamber music collaborator.M  Christopher Keene,Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Hermann Michael,Carlos Kalmar, and Maximiano Valdes, among others.She has appeared in recital in the United States and abroad and is much sought after as a chamber music collaborator. Her recordings include a premier recording of the piano music of Leo Smit on the Spectrum label and two collaborations with Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York under the direction of Richard Kapp:Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante and Poulenc’s Aubade, issued as an unedited live performance,both available on the Essay label.She is often seen on the Kleinhans Stage as orchestral pianist with the BPO and has for the past five summers been the orchestral pianist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

TERRY KING (21st year) (Cello, Chamber) — was a protege of Gregor Piatigorsky, a former assistant in the celebrated master classes at the University of Southern California who was privileged to have joined his teacher in one of his last concerts, a duo recital. Mr. King is not only a unique cellist, but a scholar, chamber musician and conductor. He collaborated with Carole King on her Grammy Award-winning album “Tapestry” and was solo cellist for the movie “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” He has been a member of two world-class piano trios, the Mirecourt and the International. His repertoire features both classic works and also previously unknown gems discovered by him. Many prominent American composers have written works for him and entrusted to him their premieres, including Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Halsey Stevens, Paul Reale, Paul Creston, Miklos Rozsa, Lou Harrison, Lukas Foss, and Otto Luening.  Mr. King is presently engaged in a recording project of standard and American works for cello on Music and Arts. His recording of the complete Mendelssohn works for cello was praised in Fanfare, “..of all versions this is the most consistently thought out and expressively realized…intensely poetic.” and was the preferred recording mentioned on the nationally syndicated radio program, “First Hearing.” His ground-breaking series “Cello America” has been met with similar praise worldwide. Terry King records for MCA, ABC Classics, CRI, Innova, Genesis, Orion, A&M, Music and Arts, Bay Cities, Gasparo,  and Erasmus Records. He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, California State University at Fullerton, Grinnell College, and University of Iowa, and is currently on the faculties of the Longy and Hartt Schools. A current member of his studio recently won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow.


JOHN KOCHANOWSKI (13th year) (Viola, Chamber) – studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Julliard School where his principal teachers were Robert Mann and Walter Trampler. He also studied at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Bruno Giuranna. From 1971 to 1987, he was the violist and a founding member of the Concord String Quartet, which performed more than 1,000 concerts on major chamber music series in the U.S. and Europe. It presented the complete quartets of Beethoven 32 times and the complete quartets of Bartok 14 times. The ensemble premiered more than 50 works, many on commission from such composers as Bolcom, Diamond, Druckman, Foss, Henze, Johnston, Penderecki, Rochberg, and others. They recorded more than 40 works on RCA-Red Seal, Nonesuch, Vox, Turnabout, and the CRI labels. Kochanowski joined the Blair String Quartet in 1997. In addition to his many appearances with the Quartet, he has been an active performer. As soloist he has performed John Harbison’s Viola Concerto and Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy. He recorded the Sonata for Viola and Harp by Michael Kurek on New World Records (80497-2), as well as giving the world premiere of Kurek’s Sonata for Viola and Piano (2002), composed for him. He has also appeared in the Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and has appeared as guest artist with the Brentano and Cassatt String Quartets.


THOMAS LANDSCHOOT (11th year) (Cello, Chamber) — joined the music faculty of Arizona State University
in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He performs virtually the entire standard and contemporary repertoires of the cello, and several composers have dedicated new works to him. Mr. Landschoot regularly performs as soloist and in recital in concert halls across Europe, the United States and Japan. Mr. Landschoot holds a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, an Artist Diploma from Indiana University and an Artist Diploma (cum laude) from the Conservatory of Maastricht, Netherlands. His major teachers include Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Antonio Meneses and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, for whom he served as a teaching assistant. He also enjoys a close relationship with Bernard Greenhouse, the distinguished former cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. Recipient of the 2005 ‘Distinguished Teaching Award”, he has given master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. During the summers he has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Texas Music Festival in Houston, the Meadowmount School of Music in New York and many others.


NANCY NEHRING (18th year) (Dean) – started out as a piano major at the University of Kansas, but ended up with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance (with Distinction), and a Master of Music in Viola from the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she was principal of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble (under Carl St. Clair) and University Orchestra (under Gustav Meier), as well as a member of the Graduate Quartet (coached by Eugene Bossart) and the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers have included Mary Tuven Hoag, Karel Blaas, Michael Kimber, Francis Bundra, Nathan Gordon, and Wayne Crouse. A member of the Oklahoma Symphony for six years and Chamber Orchestra of Oklahoma City for five, she has also been assistant principal and principal of the Modesto Symphony and California Symphony, and a substitute with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She played with the Sacramento Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Women’s Philharmonic, and the Saskatoon Symphony. Nancy has also participated in many summer festivals and orchestras, including the Grand Teton Festival, Aspen, the Colorado Philharmonic (now the National Repertory Orchestra), the Peter Britt Festival, and the Orquesta de la Minería (Mexico City). Her many administrative positions included Secretary-Treasurer of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra & Negotiating Committees, three-year ICSOM delegate for OSO,  Admin. Assistant for the Univ. of Saskatchewan Music Dept (1993-2000), and Admin. Officer of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (2003-07).  She was also Principal Viola of the Brandon Chamber Players (Manitoba) from 1999-2006, and a teacher & accompanist for the Brandon Suzuki Talent Education Program for 8 years. Nancy moved to Columbus, OH in 2008 with her husband, cellist Mark Rudoff, and toured Ohio, Minnesota, & Wisconsin with him for several years as violist of the Chiarina Piano Quartet.  From 2009-17, she was principal of the Central Ohio Symphony, and subbed several times with the Wheeling Symphony.  Currently asst. principal of the Newark-Granville Symphony and principal of the Columbus Dance Theatre orchestra, she is first-call viola and personnel manager for Columbus Musicians LLC.  Nancy is the studio accompanist for mezzo Katherine Rohrer of The Ohio State University faculty, and also accompanies Columbus private string students.


MARK RUDOFF (74-5) (22nd year) (Chamber, Cello)– In September, 2008, Mark Rudoff began an appointment as Artist-Teacher of Cello and Chamber Music at The Ohio State University, this following a distinguished tenure as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music and director of the Orchestra at Brandon University.  Applauded as “an exceptionally gifted cellist” and “a charismatic performer,” Mr. Rudoff has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and his solo and chamber performances have been recorded for broadcast on CBC. Mark has appeared as guest artist at the Winnipeg Symphony’s Centara New Music Festival, the Prairie Festival of New Music, and on the University of Saskatchewan’s In Performance Concert Series, and performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Music at Shawnigan, and the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar. He performs with the Galileo Trio, Emerado, and the Jarvis Quintet, and has performed with groups including the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Music Project, Parkland Ensemble, Allegri Quartet, Mount Royal Quintet, and Thomas and Isobel Rolston and Friends. Mark has also served as principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. Mark is a guest artist and chamber music instructor at the Mountain View Festival of Song in Sundre, Alberta; has served on the juries of the Fischoff and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions and the Eckhardt-Gramatté and Doris McClelland Competitions; was for three years director of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony; and has had articles published in the American String Teacher and Alberta Law Review.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick and Lorne Munroe, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.


GEORGE TAYLOR (8th year) (Viola, Chamber) – is active in practically every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Taylor is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music. Before joining the Eastman faculty, he was a member of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University 1979 through 1986. He has taught at Musicorda, the Encore School for Strings, the Meadowmount School, the Manchester Music Festival and the Elan International Music Festival. He has served as a juror at international competitions in Europe and the United States. George Taylor has given numerous solo recitals and appeared as a chamber musician in concerts throughout the United States and at the Taiwan Cultural Center. He was co-founder and conductor of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra (Durham, NC), an ensemble that is still active in performance and recordings. An active advocate for the performance of music by African/American composers, Taylor was a participant in the National Black Arts Festival held in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, which presents music of African/American composers in concerts throughout the country. Mr. Taylor has performed and premiered works written for him by many composers, including Ron Carter, Noel DaCosta, George Walker, David Liptak and Carmen Moore. A native of New York City, Mr. Taylor attended the Manhattan School of Music where his teachers included Jaime Laredo, Raphael Bronstein and Burton Kaplan. Further studies on viola were with Michael Tree and Abraham Skernick. Chamber music studies were with such notables as Arthur Balsam, Joseph Seiger, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider,and members of the Guarneri Quartet.


BASIL VENDRYES (79-81, 83) (22nd year) (Viola, Chamber)  Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony (1982-95), the New York Philharmonic (1984-85) and the Rochester Philharmonic (1979-82). As violist with the Aurora String Quartet (1986-95) Mr. Vendryes performed in New York, London and Tokyo. He currently is on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, where he teaches both viola and chamber music. Mr. Vendryes has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Summer Music West, and the Raphael Trio Summer Chamber Music workshop. In Denver, he participates in educational programs that bring music to  schools throughout the area. Mr. Vendryes is also the founder/director of the Colorado Young Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra that comprises some of the best young talent in the Denver area. Basil Vendryes was born in 1961 to West Indian parents, and began his musical training in the public schools at the age of eleven. He received scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and  the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Sally O’Reilly, Francis Tursi and Heidi Castleman. Mr. Vendryes won prizes in the 1981 American String Teachers Association and 1988 Bruno Giuranna Viola Competitions. He has appeared as soloist with the Colorado, Aurora, Jefferson, Littleton, Lamont Centennial, and Biola Symphonies, Evergreen, Artea and American Chamber Orchestras, Sinfonia San Francisco and the Boulder and  Oakland Youth Symphonies. Festival appearances include Spoleto, Heidelberg, Ouray, Lake Winnepesaukee, Las Vegas, Marin, and the Grand Tetons. He has recorded chamber music for the CRI and Naxos labels. He plays on a fine Italian viola made in 1887 by Carlo Cerruti.


ERIC WILSON (3rd year) (Chamber, Cello) Professor of Cello at University of British Columbia,  was awarded the Bronze Medal (1971) in the Geneva International Competition and co-winner of the Morris Loeb Prize for Strings (1973) at the Juilliard School. Eric Wilson was solo cellist of the Ensemble of New York in residence at the Lincoln Centre, New York. He was also a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet that won in 1978 the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg competition Prize for Chamber Ensemble. Wilson has performed with such eminent artists as Menahem Pressler and Walter Trampler and with the Boston Chamber Soloists, New York Chamber Soloists, Lyric Piano Quartet, Quartet Canada, Pro Arte Quartet and the Melos Quartet. As guest artist, Wilson has appeared at the Wolf Trap; Newport (R.I.); Katonah (N.Y.); Banff, Alberta; Scotia; Meadow Brook and Vermont Mozart Festivals among others. With pianist Patricia Hoy, Professor Wilson has performed extensively and received critical acclaim with the release of their CD of Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano and Stephen Chatman’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. In March 2004, Wilson gave a series of masterclasses and recitals in Taiwan including lectures at the National Teacher’s University in Taipei and a recital at the Taiwan National Theatre, also in Taipei.

LISA ZWEBEN (72-74,76) (5th year) (Dean)  holds a DMA in viola performance and an MMus in violin performance from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in violin performance from SUNY-College at Purchase. Her doctoral essay is a catalogue of compositions for viola by US women composers. Following studies with Charles and Heidi Castleman she played in the Royal Opera Orchestra in Ghent, Belgium; and the Naples Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet in Florida, where she served as Assistant Principal Viola. Lisa served on the faculty of Virginia Tech as an instructor in Women’s Studies and Humanities. At Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia she taught a full studio of violin students and coached chamber music. In addition she served as Assistant Principal Viola of the Roanoke Symphony and Principal Viola of Opera Roanoke. In Portland she teaches violin and viola, privately and at the Community Music Center, conducts an adult string orchestra, works with violin and viola students at Oregon State University, and freelances on both violin and viola.