Karen Oosterbaan, Director of Music for Sessions 1 and 2
Karen Oosterbaan, violinist, and Alexander Technique teacher lives in Boston where she teaches and performs. Currently she teaches Chamber Music at Olin College and Violin and Chamber Music at the Winchester Community Music School. As a professional violinist, she performs with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music as a soloist and member. She has also performed with Pro Arte, Marsh Chapel, Polymnia, and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a soloist with Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. For eight years she directed the Summer Chamber Music Festival of Winchester Community Music School. In addition, she is committed to explore how the Alexander Technique can transform the performing artist’s career. She currently teaches Alexander Technique classes at New England Conservatory for graduate and undergraduate musicians to help them play their instruments with more comfort, freedom, and ease. She has presented a series of Alexander Technique workshops for musicians at Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and Guildhall School of Music, London. MM, New England Conservatory; GPD, Longy School of Music; BM, Vanderbilt University; AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Training with Ted Dimon
Randy Hiller, Director of Music for Session 3 and Prelude
Randy Hiller did his undergraduate work at Harvard University and earned his MBA and PhD from MIT. Recently retired from a career in Business, Mr. Hiller now pursues music full time. Randy is the Founder and Director of the Lexington Chamber Music Center, coaching small ensembles made up of local middle school and high school students and organizing performances at outreach facilities such as retirement communities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. As a freelance violinist, he has performed with many Boston ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and the Lexington Symphony. He was concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra between 1999 and 2004. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in small ensembles in and around Boston including the Winsor Outreach Quartet, The Auros ensemble, and The Alcyon Ensemble, and has studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer, Robert Merfeld, and Leon Kirschner. Mr. Hiller serves on the board as immediate Past-President of Project STEP, a Boston-based program designed to provide string instrument training to talented minority children.
Julia Cash , Co-Director of Music for Prelude
Julia Cash, violinist, B.M. New England Conservatory. Diplomas from NEC, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik (Trossingen, Germany) and Dutch Royal Conservatory (The Hague). Performances with Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte, Chamber Orchestra of Amsterdam, South West German Philharmonic. This will be Julia’s third year in directing the Prelude program, and her fifth year on staff of Point CounterPoint.
Joanne Kirkpatrick, Marketing Director
Joanne Kirkpatrick brings over 30 years of marketing and advertising experience to her role of Marketing Director of Point CounterPoint. As a marketing consultant, Ms. Kirkpatrick has worked in both the non-profit and corporate arenas with clients ranging from the Archdiocese of St. Louis to Ethicon, a division of Johnston & Johnston. Her specialties include strategic planning, branding and corporate communications. Ms. Kirkpatrick was a partner and Associate Media Director at the Chicago advertising agency of Tatham Laird and Kudner where she worked on a variety of packaged goods products and new product introductions for major corporations.
Jenny Beck, Executive Director
Jenny Beck brings over 25 years of experience in management to PCP. Having been involved in various different careers spanning from the hotel industry to manufacturing to healthcare, JennyB is thrilled to be able to combine her passions for kids, camp, and music in Point CounterPoint camp. Since acquiring the camp in the fall of 2008, Point CounterPoint now offers the opportunity for all ages from 8-88 to play chamber music in this idyllic location and environment.