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PCP Music Faculty

We strive to provide exceptional faculty to privately tutor, coach, and serve as role models for our campers. Our music faculty is composed of young professionals from all over the country who perform regularly, and who also have a passion for teaching and coaching.

During each summer camp session, our faculty perform public concerts at local venues. Their presentations of major works of the chamber music repertoire excite and motivate campers in their own musical growth. This popular series builds an intimate awareness of the discipline and joy of professional music making. The motivation and excitement is manifested in the many wonderful student performances. We are proud to have an exceptional list of accomplished individuals joining the Point CounterPoint faculty!

Directors of Music

Session 1: Philip Boulanger

Session 2: Ari Streisfeld

Session 3: Anton Miller & Rita Porfiris

Session 4: Randy Hiller

Session 1

Philip Boulanger

Philip Boulanger, Director of Music and cellist

Philip Boulanger lives in New Haven, CT, where he serves as cellist of the Haven String Quartet and Resident Cellist of Music Haven, a nationally recognized and award-winning nonprofit organization that provides tuition-free lessons and instruments to 90 students living in the most underserved neighborhoods of New Haven. Philip directs Music Haven’s student chamber music program, maintains a full teaching studio, performs over 25 concerts a year with the Haven String Quartet, and leads Music Haven’s student orchestra, “Harmony in Action.”

Prior to joining Music Haven in 2013, Philip served as a Teaching Artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, designing new and innovative curricula for a variety of music education and outreach programs across Chicago Public Schools. Philip worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma on the Chicago Symphony’s Citizen Musician Initiative, including a performance together of Schubert’s Cello Quintet, and joined the CSO cello section for their MusicNOW series.

Philip received his Masters in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University and was the teaching assistant to Hans Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music. While at Northwestern, Philip also held the position of Assistant Principal Cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Philip received his Bachelors of Music from Boston University, and an Artist Certificate from the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland. Philip is also a Point CounterPoint alum, spending a memorable 14 weeks over two summers on Lake Dunmore in the 90’s.

Patrick Doane, violinist

Patrick DoaneBM, MM Juilliard Described as a ‘Compelling Violinist’ by the New York Times, Patrick has performed with ensembles including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Continuum Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and American Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has served as concertmaster for international tours with The Manhattan Symphonie as well as with The Orchestra of the Bronx, and The Musica Bella Orchestra. Patrick has appeared alongside artists such as Savion Glover, Keith Lockhart, Mark Dresser, and members of the Muir and Portland String Quartets. Patrick is also a composer and has had works commissioned for string quartet and chamber orchestra.

Karl Orvik

Karl Ørvik, violinist

Karl Ørvik, violin and viola, has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea.  He has been a concerto soloist with the Bangor, Racine and Green Bay Civic symphonies, and has extensive experience as a concertmaster and section player with numerous other orchestras in New England and the Midwest.  Mr. Ørvik is both a founding member of Trio Klaritas, who made their Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2018, and the resident violinist of Stonehill College’s faculty ensemble, the Stonehill Trio. In addition to his position at Stonehill, he is also a long-time member of the string faculty at the historic Community Music Center of Boston, where he was the recipient of the 2017 Marilla MacDill Prize for Teaching Excellence.  In the summers he teaches at the Swannanoah Chamber Music Workshop in North Carolina, the Point Counterpoint music festival in Vermont and the Youth and Muse festival in Boston. He has been published in the ASTA Journal, and is the author of New Scale Method, an innovative scale method book for advanced violinists and violists.  A native of Canada, Mr. Ørvik has studied with many distinguished musicians, including Roman Totenberg, Stephen Majeske and Calvin Wiersma, and members of the Muir, Cleveland, Cavani, Fine Arts and Portland string quartets.  He holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Lawrence University, and in January of 2012 he received his DMA from Boston University.

Pala Garcia, violinist 

Pala Garcia is a critically acclaimed violinist, balancing a full performance schedule
with her work as an educator and advocate of socially conscious artistry. As a
contemporary music specialist, Ms. Garcia is the co-founder of Longleash, an “expert
young trio” (Strad Magazine) specializing in contemporary music, as well as the Loretto
Project, a graduate-level composition seminar and concert series in Kentucky.
Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative
programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy. This season, the trio
added two highly acclaimed releases to their discography: a debut album, Passage, that earned them Sequenza 21’s Best New Recording Artist of 2017, and a work on the album Soft Aberration, named a Notable Recording of 2017 by The New Yorker. The
trio’s work on behalf of American composers has been recognized and supported by Chamber Music America, the Alice K. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Amphion Foundation, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.Current season highlights include performances at the Princeton Sound Kitchen (NJ), Music at Copland House (NY), Columbia University’s Miller Theater (NY), SONIC Bernheim (KY), the University of Louisville (KY), the Resonant Bodies Festival (NY), as well as workshops at the Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Recent highlights include concerts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (MA), Roulette Intermedium (NY), Library of Congress (DC), Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Ecstatic Music Festival (NY), the Green Music Center (CA), National Sawdust (NY), Scandinavia House (NY), Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, and others. Ms. Garcia has performed as a regular guest in some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Knights. Her longstanding involvement with Carnegie Hall’s social impact programs has led to many meaningful collaborations with a diverse population of New Yorkers, creating and teaching music in environments that need it
the most, including prisons, shelters and hospitals.

Ms. Garcia is Assistant Faculty at the Juilliard School’s Precollege Division, a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College, and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, an initiative designed to serve talented young students from backgrounds underrepresented in the American performing arts. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joel Smirnoff and Naoko Tanaka. Ms. Garcia is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn
College, and a Graduate Center Fellow at CUNY’s doctoral program in music performance, where she studies with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano Quartet. palagarcia.com | longleashtrio.com

Francis Liu

Francis Liu, violinist

With an inclination for eclectic projects, Francis Liu specializes in exploring contemporary works and period interpretations of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Based in New York City, he is an active member of the Sebastians, New York Baroque Inc., the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. He has also performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Les Arts Florissants (“Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie”), and has toured with the Baroque ensemble Musica Angelica and the actor John Malkovich in two productions: “The Infernal Comedy” and “The Giacomo Variations.” In addition to his work on Baroque violin, Francis performs with the New York-based contemporary ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and has appeared at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and the KLANGSPUREN Festival of Contemporary Music in Austria.

He maintains a private studio and has taught at the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s “Reveille!” festival. While attending the University of Maryland, Francis was a teaching assistant to David Salness. He received his BM and MM from Rice University, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith, and his DMA at the University of Maryland, studying with David Salness. He also has an MM in Historical Performance from Juilliard, where his principal teachers were Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. This will be his second summer teaching at Point CounterPoint.

Gillian Gallagher, violist

g-gallagher Violist Gillian Gallagher grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, and attended the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees studying with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. Gillian made her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2007 as founding violist of the Attacca Quartet, with whom she was awarded the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006. Gillian performed with the Attacca Quartet for six years, during which time the quartet studied with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson, Vermeer, Tokyo, and St. Lawrence string quartets. She went on to tour the United States from 2007 to 2014 with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and cellist Mike Block as violist of the Appalachia Waltz Trio and, later, the O’Connor Quartet. Deeply committed to music education, Gillian has been on the faculty of Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Berklee College of Music Summer String Program, Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camps, and New York’s Center for Arts Education. Highlights from recent seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall and the NY Phil Biennial as violist of the new music ensemble Hotel Elefant, playing old-time fiddle in Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and performing the music of composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone as a member of the house band for the dance company BalletCollective. This season’s concerts include performances with the Newport String Project, Boston’s Cardamom Quartet, and a premiere of a new work by composer Mary Kouyoumdjian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Gillian is a PCP camp alum!

Ravenna Michalson, cellist

Ravenna Michalsen is a New Haven-based cellist and music educator. She is on the string, ensemble and music theory faculty at Neighborhood Music School and performs regularly with the Bridgeport, Ridgefield and Wallingford Symphonies. Ravenna is also the founder of the Dignity Music concert series, which offers free classical music to New Haven soup kitchens and shelters. While music is her first love, Ravenna also holds two degrees from Yale University in Political Science and Anthropology and a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a focus on Tibetan Buddhism. Her MA thesis took her to the Tibetan regions of the CCP, to meet and then translate the lifestory (rnam thar) of a female Tibetan doctor and family lineage holder. Musically, she has released three albums of Buddhist-inspired music and has toured the United States and Malaysia.

Erin Ellis, cellist

Erin EllisCellist Erin Ellis leads a versatile career as a performer and teacher.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland.  She was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Cello at West Virginia University’s School of Music.  Formerly based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Ellis has appeared as a chamber musician at venues including the University of Alabama, the Atlanta Public Library, and Georgia State University.  She served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Atlanta Opera and continues to serve as Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA). Dr. Ellis is also an accomplished baroque cellist and a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  She can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated music educator, she joins West Virginia University from the faculty at Agnes Scott College and the Waldorf School of Atlanta.  She also served as interim cello faculty at State University of New York at Fredonia.  In demand as guest artist and clinician, she has conducted masterclasses at Georgia Tech, Furman University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She was also invited to present at the American String Teacher’s Association Conference in Louisville, KY, and in Tampa, FL.  She spends her summers in Leicester, VT, performing and coaching chamber music at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ellis began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. She went on to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was recognized with the Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology. She studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.

Miki Sawada, pianist

Miki Swada

Pianist Miki Sawada is best known for her Gather Hear Tour, in which she travels with a piano in a van to perform in rural community gathering spaces. The project explores the power of classical music to transform a space and enhance relationships; past tours in Alaska (2017) and West Virginia (2018) totaling 38 performances have been recipients of grants from Alaska Humanities Forum and New Music USA. When not hauling her own piano, Miki performs in venues and such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Helsinki Music Centre, Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver), Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, the Banff Centre, and radio stations WQXR (NYC), WFMT (Chicago), All Classical (Portland), KUAC (Fairbanks). When in NYC, she is active in the new music scene and performs at venues such as Roulette, Spectrum, DiMenna Center, The Kitchen, and MATA festival. In the summers, she serves as a faculty member of Heifetz Institute in addition to Point CounterPoint. Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University.

Gregory Tompkins, violin

Gregory TompkinsGregory Tompkins is a native of Greenville, S.C. He holds a B.M. in violin performance and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of Charles Castleman. Recently, he received his Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory as a student of Lucy Chapman and Jennifer Frautschi. Gregory has participated in a variety of summer festivals across the United States, including Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival USA, the Castleman Quartet Program, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He concertizes regularly in solo and chamber recitals all over the eastern United States and has performed as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Session 2

Ari Streisfeld, Director of Music and violinist

Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet. He has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Together with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, Dr. Streisfeld formed Duo Cortona, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for the unique instrumentation of mezzo-soprano and violin. He is also a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and preservation of Jewish art music. Dr. Streisfeld frequently collaborates with some of today’s leading ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, Worldless Music Orchestra, and Weekend of Chamber Music.

Hailed as “imaginative” by the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Streisfeld’s arrangements of madrigals and motets for string quartet by Machaut and Gesualdo have been performed to acclaim both at home and abroad. He has recorded for Mode, Albany, Carrier, Innova, Cantaloupe, Another Timbre, New Focus, and New World Records.

A passionate and committed music educator, Dr. Streisfeld holds the position of Assistant Professor of Violin and Violin Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music. He also serves as head of strings at the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, Music Director for Point CounterPoint (Vermont) and is on the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy).

Dr. Streisfeld holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University (Master of Music), and Boston University (Doctor of Musical Arts). His teachers include Zvi Zeitlin, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky.

 Jessica Tong, violinist

   Lauded for her “lyrical intensity” (Baltimore Sun) and her “performances to remember” (Woodstock Times), violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Professional Musicians and the David Ouchterloney Award for Most Promising Young Artist, she is also a DAAD Scholar and has also been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions.
  A devoted chamber musician, Jessica’s performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center,    les Invalides in Paris and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and led to collaborations with artists such as Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Cho-Liang Lin and members of the Cleveland, Vogler, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. She has served as the first violinist of the Vinca and Larchmere String Quartets, where she held the post of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana. Her debut album of chamber works by Stephan Krehl with the Larchmere Quartet and clarinetist Wonkak Kim was released in 2016 by Naxos Records to critical acclaim.
Dedicated to finding innovative ways to make the chamber music art form relevant and understood by current society, Jessica is also a passionate advocate for music education and humanizing the concert experience. She has been an Artist-in-Residence for the Perlman Music Program in Florida, the Gorgeous Sounds Program in Oregon and a two time recipient of the ProQuartet Odyssee Residency Grant in France. She has served as a Co-Artistic Director for several chamber music workshops including Chamber Music of the Rockies in Colorado, University of Florida’s ChamberFest, and the Harlaxton Music Festival in England. She is a co-founder of the chamber music residency organization Music Beyond the Chamber, as well as the Chamber Music Director for the Composers Conference at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

A pupil of Pamela Frank, Jessica has also studied with Kathleen Winkler, Donald Weilerstein, and Zhang yun Zhang, and has been mentored as a chamber musician by members of the Alban Berg, Vogler, Artemis and Brentano Quartets. Her ongoing fascination with mind-body connection and its relevance to music performance has also led her to explore the science of yoga in-depth and complete her teacher certification at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Isabel Ong – Assistant Violinist

Recently moved from NY, Columbia-based violinist, Isabel Ong, is an avid chamber musician with a strong interest in contemporary music. She has performed in numerous venues – Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, National Sawdust, MOMA, to name a few. She was a member of Joel Sachs’ New Juilliard Ensemble and have premiered a number of compositions with them. She was also a frequent participant of Focus Festival and Chamberfest (both held at The Juilliard School).  Isabel was a Foulger Fellow at the Foulger International Music Festival in Kean University, New Jersey. She collaborated with prominent musicians such as Tom Landschoot, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Miranda Cuckson, Yoshie Akimoto, Max Levinson, and Scott Kluksdahl. Additionally, Isabel traveled to Cortona, Italy to attend Cortona Sessions and premiered pieces by many of today’s upcoming composers. Isabel holds degrees from Juilliard (BM and MM) and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of South Carolina. Her teachers include Joseph Lin, Laurie Smukler, and Ari Streisfeld.

Anne Lanzilotti, violist

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti is a multifaceted musician who plays, teaches, writes, and writes about contemporary music. A “leading composer-performer” (The New York Times), Lanzilotti has been a guest artist with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). As a recording artist, she has played on albums from Björk’s Vulnicura Live, to Dai Fujikura’s Chance Monsoon and Ted Hearne’s The Source.

Lanzilotti’s compositions often deal with unique instrument-objects, such as her commissions from The Noguchi Museum involving obsidian sound sculptures or Akari light sculptures, and her recent collaborations with Nina C. Young and Senem Pirler. Last season, Lanzilotti was featured as a composer-performer on OK Electric Festival, Dots+Loops, and the Sound School Melbourne series.

Beginning in fall 2019, Lanzilotti will be on the inaugural faculty of The Tianjin Juilliard School as Co-Director of the New Music Ensemble and New Music Festival. A passionate teaching-artist, Lanzilotti has been on the faculty at University of Northern Colorado, New York University, and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. In the summer she is viola and composition faculty at Point Counterpoint. A native of Hawai‘i, Lanzilotti is a co-founder and Artistic Consultant for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for underserved youth.

To reach new audiences and share contemporary music, Lanzilotti has written for both academic publications such as Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and Music & Literature, and program notes for the London Symphony Orchestra. Her dissertation is an analysis of Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome showing the influence of architecture and visual art on the work. As an extension of this research, she created Shaken Not Stuttered, a free online resource demonstrating extended techniques for strings.

Dr. Lanzilotti holds degrees from Oberlin, Yale, and Manhattan School of Music. She was an orchestral fellow in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and New World Symphony, and participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Her mentors include Hiroko Primrose, Peter Slowik, Jesse Levine, Martin Bresnick, Wilfried Strehle, Karen Ritscher, and Reiko Füting.


   Joann Whang, cellist 

 First and Audience Prize winner at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, Joann Whang has performed as a soloist with  the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, NJO New Music Ensemble, and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, as well as performed in numerous  festivals including Ravinia, Birdfoot, Delft, Domaine Forget, Giverny, Grachten, and Storioni. She has also been broadcasted in the Netherlands on Radio 4 and public television station VPRO’s Vrije Geluiden.

Ms. Whang is the founding member of the Argus Quartet. They have held residencies at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and are First Prize winners at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Recent performances include appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the American Music Festival, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, Rockport Music, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Recent commissions include new quartets by Donald Crockett, Eric Guinivan, Thomas Kotcheff, and Juri Seo.

Her affinity to contemporary music has led her to work closely with cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Acanthes Contemporary Music Festival in France and study works by composers-in-residence Tristan Murail and Beat Furrer. She performed music of young composers and collaborated with Magnus Lindberg at Creative Dialogue V. During three seasons at NJO Muziekzomer, she participated in performances of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, works by Kaija Saariaho, and Martijn Padding’s cello concerto.

Joann began her studies with Orlando Cole and his longtime assistant Metta Watts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and with Nancy Green in Tucson, Arizona. After studying with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory, Joann pursued graduate studies with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music and with Michel Strauss and Jan-Ype Nota at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague. She has participated in masterclasses of Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Concertgebouw, Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig at ENCORE School for Strings, Lynn Harrell and Alan Harris in Aspen, Jian Wang, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Mischa Maisky. In 2009, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in France.

Joann’s interest and devotion to education in cello has led her to the School for Strings where she is currently completing her Suzuki Teacher Training with Pamela Devenport. She maintains a private studio in New York City teaching children and adults at all levels. She has taught chamber music at the Juilliard School and Yale University as well as cello and chamber music masterclasses and workshops at various institutions such as Princeton University, the Colburn School, University of Michigan, University of Kansas, James Madison University, Cal State University Long Beach and Northridge, and Milken Community High School.

David Kaplan, pianist

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared as soloist with the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre, at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and in recital at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Washington’s National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore in Baltimore. This season, he makes his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing Beethoven’s Concerto no. 3 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

Kaplan’s passion for connecting past and present music has resulted in New Dances of the League of David, a suite that incorporates newly commissioned miniatures into Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6. Among the 16 participating composers were Augusta Read Thomas, Caroline Shaw, Marcos Balter, Gabriel Kahane, and Andrew Norman. Selected as one of the “Best Classical Music Performances of 2015,” by The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote: “‘New Dances’ is no gimmick… it was fascinating to hear Schumann through the ears of these perceptive, stylistically varied contemporary composers.” He has premiered works by numerous other composers, including Alex Weston, Matthew Aucoin, and Timo Andres. For a new program called Chaconne, music Beethoven, Brahms, Ligeti, Rzewski and Gubaidulina will accompany two new works from Anthony Cheung and Christopher Cerrone, to be premiered in 2019. In NYC this past autumn, he curated an innovative piano series for The Metropolis Ensemble that featured over a dozen artists in works by composers ranging from JS Bach to Steve Reich, Richard Strauss to Morton Feldman.

Balancing solo performances with meaningful collaborations, Kaplan has played with the Attacca, Ariel, Enso, Hausman, and Tesla String Quartets. As a core member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, he performs frequently in New York’s most exciting venues, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to National Sawdust, as well as creating innovative residencies as far away as Abu Dhabi, Mexico, and Scotland. His chamber music partners have included violinists Rachel Lee Priday and Arnaud Sussmann, and cellists Ashley Bathgate, Benjamin Capps, and Joshua Roman. In 2016, he toured a joint recital together with Pulitzer Prize winning composer/performer Caroline Shaw, and since 2007 he performs frequently as part of a duo with composer/pianist Timo Andres. Since stepping in to replace an ailing Menahem Pressler in 2015, he has appeared widely as a guest of the New York Chamber Soloists, including at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA. He is a veteran of numerous distinguished chamber music festivals and series, such as the Seattle Chamber Music, Bard, and Mostly Mozart Festivals, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and Barge Music. In addition, he was Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Ravinia-Steans Institute, and remains active as an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program. He is the Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a community series in Morris County, NJ currently in its 31st season.

Kaplan has recorded for Naxos, in music of Mohammed Fairouz with soprano Kiera Duffy (2016), and together with Timo Andres for Nonesuch in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010). Kaplan’s distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Walter Ponce, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. He studied conducting at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Lutz Köhler, under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2008-2010. The recipient of a DMA from Yale University in 2014, Kaplan also graduated from UCLA, where he is now Lecturer in Piano for 2016-18. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist, and when at home in New York City, he enjoys practicing on his childhood piano, a 1908 Hamburg Steinway model A.

Romina Monsanto​, cellist

Romina Monsanto​Cellist ​Romina Monsanto​ is a versatile performer and educator originally from Valencia, Venezuela. She has performed as a soloist and ensemble member in Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Romina performs in styles varied from orchestral, new music ensembles, to rock-inclined genres. As an orchestral musician, she served as the principal cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, and as faculty in the 17o Encontro de Violoncelos in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

An avid performer of contemporary music, She is part of the Meridiano Quartet and the new music focused group Uncommon Ensemble, at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She has performed new commissions such as ​Portraits Bizarre: Quartet Miniatures Based on the Paintings of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth ​by C.L. Shaw, and map-based graphic scores by composer Paul Elwood. Romina has also recently started composing and has had works performed and recorded by the Uncommon Ensemble. She has appeared three seasons in the Open Space Festival of New Music, in which she performed and recorded ​Lulu of the Plains​ for mezzo-soprano, chamber ensemble, electronics, and video by composer Paul Elwood, and performed works by Andrew Norman and Augusta Read Thomas. She currently explores new sounds and collaborates with emerging composers.

Romina has participated in album recordings including ​Acoustic Sessions​ by Gabriel Dalla Costa, ​Portraits, Moods, and Places​ by C.L. Shaw, ​The Akari Sessions​ by Anne Lanzilotti, Heaven? Indeed​ by Julian Cary, and ​Uncommon Ensemble at The TANK​. She was also part of the ​A7​ video project by Gabriel Dalla Costa, a series of pop-rock song covers. Her multifaceted music styles can be found in BandCamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and SoundCloud. ​The Akari Sessions​ was featured in The Noguchi Museum in New York during the exhibit ​Akari: Sculpture by Other Means.

Romina’s teaching is very goal-oriented, and includes understanding the individuality of each student. She seeks problem solving by exploring the student’s train of thought to develop a series of movements, resulting in their independence and confidence as instrumentalists. Past students of her studio have been accepted in conservatories, student ensembles, summer music festivals, and pre-college programs.

Romina​ is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in cello performance with a secondary focus on music technology at The University of Northern Colorado. Her teachers include Carmen Rosa Rodriguez, Paul Desenne, German Marcano, Alexander Russakovsky, Gary Hardie, and Gal Faganel. She has also received instruction in recording and mixing techniques from Socrates Garcia and Greg Heimbecker.

Session 3

Anton Miller

Anton Miller, Co-Director of Music and violinist

Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, American violinist Anton Miller has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue.

Mr. Miller has performed over fifty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on four continents. His world premiere performance of Xiogang Ye’s “Last Paradise” for violin and orchestra in Beijing, China with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded for broadcast throughout Asia and released on CD. Mr. Miller has also been concertmaster for a number of orchestras including almost thirty years with Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. He was also concertmaster for an Argentinian tour of the American Ballet Theatre.

He has made a number of recital and chamber music tours to Europe with performances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Greece and England. A long time resident of the East Coast, Anton has performed more than a hundred chamber music concerts and recitals in the New York City area. Performances have included such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall. Mr. Miller’s dedication to expanding the violin repertoire can be seen in his frequent commissions and premieres of the music of living composers. Recently recorded and released CDs include three albums with violist Rita Porfiris (Miller-Porfiris Duo) one of which features new music for violin and viola by composers of the Americas. Another newly released CD features Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto. Anton’s complete discography can be found on Dorian, Jericho, Full House, Hugo, Naxos, Klavier and MP2 Records.

Anton Miller completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying with renowned violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate.

He is currently Professor of Violin at The Hartt School and on the violin and chamber music artist faculty at New York University. He previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Mr. Miller was a founder and Artistic Director of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota, as well as a co-Artistic Director of the Silver Bay Festival. Past and current festival faculty positions also include Foulger International Music Academy, the Intensive String Quartet Workshop at New York University, Aria International Academy, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Summer Festival of Thessaloniki, Musicorda, Hsing Tien Kon (Taiwan), Bearstown (Korea), Killington, Hot Springs, and New Arts Festival. As a chamber musician he can be heard in concert with the Miller-Porfiris Duo, Hartt Quartet, Con Brio Ensemble and the Phenix Ensemble. One of Anton’s first teaching jobs was at Point Countepoint in the 1980s. In 2010 he returned to be on faculty at the PCP Adult Chamber Music Seminar, and looks forward to continuing his association with this wonderful camp for many years to come. www.antonmiller.com

Rita Porfiris

Rita Porfiris, Co-Director of Music and violist

Violist RITA PORFIRIS has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and as a soloist.

Currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Director of Chamber Music and the 20/20 Ensemble at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and clinics across the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, and the Dominican Republic. In 1996 she was on the faculty of PointCounterpoint as part of the Plymouth Quartet, returning in 2010 to join the faculty of the PCP Adult Chamber Music Seminar.

Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Hartt String Quartet and the Miller-Porfiris Duo. As a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, she was in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She was the recipient of Austria’s prestigious Prix Mercure, a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition.

In her 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. Equally at home in a.wide variety of genres, Rita has shared the stage with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, to name a few.

Highlights of recent seasons include chamber concerts with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jamie Laredo; sold-out Bartok Concerto appearances at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of the rarely played Romantic Rhapsody for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Arthur Benjamin as part of the Miller-Porfiris Duo. In May 2016, the Baltimore Sun declared “Rita Porfiris proved an ideal soloist, as much for her richness of tone and impeccable articulation as for the warmth and subtlety of her phrasing.”

Rita’s transcriptions for the viola of both classical music staples and pop favorites have been enjoyed worldwide by audiences and performers. Gramophone Magazine called her transcription of Gliere’s Eight Pieces Op. 39, recorded on the Miller-Porfiris Duo’s second CD “Eight Pieces,” “satisfying” and “sung with beautiful warmth.”

Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors included Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro. www.ritaporfiris.com

Miller Porfiris Duo Bio

Praised by the press for their “haunting and picturesque” musical interpretations, the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005.

Anton and Rita first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. The duo has given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions such as New York University, Duke University, Kutztown University, Foulger Festival at Kean University, St. George International Festival in Greece, ARIA International Arts Academy at Mt. Holyoke College, Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca Mexico, Conciertos de la Villa Santo Domingo, and the Brunel Jazzbridge London. Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” and released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” and “vibrant and focused” playing by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile Magazines. Recent acclaim from Fanfare for the Duo’s third CD, entitled “Divertimenti” declares their playing “a lightning bolt” and speaks to the “color, fire, and passion.”

For more information about their CDs and schedule of concerts and masterclasses, visit their website at www.millerporfirisduo.org.

Ertan Torgul, violinist

Balancing a tremendously busy career of recital engagements, a full calendar of chamber music concerts and until recently holding the post of Associate Concertmaster with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Torgul is a well rounded and much sought after musician. Before leaving his post in September 2012 he has been serving as Acting Concertmaster for four seasons.  As a soloist and Guest Concertmaster he has performed with numerous orchestras around the country including San Francisco, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson and San Antonio among many others. His solo repertoire includes more than twenty concertos and his most recent performance of Astor Piazzolla/Desyatnikov’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires has earned him rave reviews.

His chamber music and recital performances have taken him around the world to such prestigious locations as Paris, Vienna, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Miami where he performed with renowned individuals and groups such as William Preucil, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philippe Quint, Miami String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Degas Quartet, ROCO Quartet and many others. Mr. Torgul has been a member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble since 1996 and has recently been appointed as Managing/Artistic Director. The group, which specializes in contemporary repertoire has been selected “best ensemble” two years in a row and made the “Top 10” performances list by San Antonio Express news. The Ensemble performs concerts and residencies around the country. Included in his busy chamber music calendar Mr. Torgul has performed regularly with Camerata San Antonio, Music at the Mission in Freemont California, Spectrum series, as well as Music at Market in San Jose, California. Mr. Torgul is a founding member of the critically acclaimed SUONO Duo with renowned pianist Aileen Chanco and also is a founding member of “Quinteto Quilombo” a Tango Quintet specializing in “Tango Nuevo”. Mr. Torgul is also a former member of the Plymouth String Quartet. The Florida based quartet received first prize in the Prix Mercure Wettbewerb in Vienna, second prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy. His summer engagements include Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego California, Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley California, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley Idaho.

Torgul started his violin studies at the Ankara State Conservatory at the age of twelve with Prof. Nuri Çeken. Later he was entered in the “Special status” program designed for gifted students where he studied violin with Professor Suna Kan, one of Turkey’s premier soloists. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1987 Mr. Torgul moved to the United States and continued his studies with William Barbini, Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony. He was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for two years before he went to Indiana University for further studies with Prof. Franco Gulli where he received his Performers Diploma. Shortly after Mr. Torgul joined the New World Symphony where he served as Concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas for two seasons, and recorded, under Argo Label, “Defining Dahl. The Music of Ingolf Dahl.”

Ertan Lives in Fort Worth with his wife Kimberly,  the new addition to their family their daughter Ayla, cats Flapjack & Schnerfels and Rosy the dog.

Karl OrvikKarl Ørvik, violinist 

Karl Ørvik, violin and viola, has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea.  He has been a concerto soloist with the Bangor, Racine and Green Bay Civic symphonies, and has extensive experience as a concertmaster and section player with numerous other orchestras in New England and the Midwest.  Mr. Ørvik is both a founding member of Trio Klaritas, who made their Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2018, and the resident violinist of Stonehill College’s faculty ensemble, the Stonehill Trio. In addition to his position at Stonehill, he is also a long-time member of the string faculty at the historic Community Music Center of Boston, where he was the recipient of the 2017 Marilla MacDill Prize for Teaching Excellence.  In the summers he teaches at the Swannanoah Chamber Music Workshop in North Carolina, the Point Counterpoint music festival in Vermont and the Youth and Muse festival in Boston. He has been published in the ASTA Journal, and is the author of New Scale Method, an innovative scale method book for advanced violinists and violists.  A native of Canada, Mr. Ørvik has studied with many distinguished musicians, including Roman Totenberg, Stephen Majeske and Calvin Wiersma, and members of the Muir, Cleveland, Cavani, Fine Arts and Portland string quartets.  He holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Lawrence University, and in January of 2012 he received his DMA from Boston University.

Trevor Handy, cellist trevor-handy

Trevor enjoys an active career as a freelance musician in Los Angeles.  A member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 2002, he is also Principal Cellist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and performs with ensembles such as the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, in various chamber music series, at festivals, and as a studio musician in Hollywood.

Trevor, who now teaches at Westmont College, has presented recitals and chamber music concerts. He has been a member of orchestras across the country, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Honolulu and Jacksonville symphonies.

While freelancing in New York, Trevor was a member of the Griffon String Quartet, which won the grand prize at the 1991 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and performed throughout the northeast and midwest for several years.

A native of Boston, Trevor made his solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and went on to study with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at The Juilliard School. While there, he also studied and played Baroque cello professionally under the tutelage of Albert Fuller and Jaap Schroeder. He spent summers at Aspen and Tanglewood, as well as in Switzerland at Yehudi Menuhin’s Summer Academy and at Lausanne’s Academy of Music in master classes given by Maurice Gendron.

Jennifer Kloetzel, cellist

j-kloetzelA graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  A founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Ms. Kloetzel has toured the world and performed at outstanding venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories nationwide.

Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She has given numerous recitals, including concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. Strad Magazine hailed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel is impressively passionate…” In the past few seasons, she performed the world premiere of a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia and a Cello Concerto, “Cloud Atlas” and unaccompanied cello work “Lift”, that were both written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr.  The San Jose Mercury Newsproclaimed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel shines in premiere” and called her a “terrific soloist…with a robust and earthy sound.” Ms. Kloetzel has recorded the Ruehr Cello Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2014.  “Lift” is the title track of an all-Ruehr disc, released in January 2015 on the Avie label.  Ms. Kloetzel is winner of The Juilliard School’s top award, the “Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Music”, and a Presser Music Award, as well as a Fulbright Grant to England. In 2004 she was honored with the McGraw-Hill Companies’ “Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach” in recognition of her years of outreach work in schools and community centers.  She has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, the Britten-Pears School, the Prague Mozart Academy, and performed as cellist of the Cassatt Quartet during the 1995-96 season.

Growing up near Baltimore, Ms. Kloetzel began her cello studies at age six. Her teachers included Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, Harvey Shapiro, Stephen Kates and Paula (Virizlay) Skolnick, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet. After performing with pianist Andre Previn at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in 1992, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to appear as one of his select “Rising Stars” at the 1993 and 1994 Caramoor Festivals in New York.

From 2003-2009, Ms. Kloetzel taught cello and chamber music at San José State University, where the Cypress String Quartet was Ensemble-in-Residence. She has given master classes at The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory and at universities throughout the U.S.  In September 2016 Ms. Kloetzel was appointed to the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ms. Kloetzel has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast.  As a member of the Cypress String Quartet, she has received the Copland Award for championing living American Composers and has also commissioned and premiered more than thirty works.  Ms. Kloetzel has recorded 16 CDs with the CSQ, most recently the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets on the Avie label. In addition, she is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras, performing concertos by Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Lalo, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Haydn.

Rodolfo Morales, pianist

Rodolfo Morales has been teaching professionally since 2002, both privately and as Director of Piano Studies at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), and as Piano Department Head at the American Festival for the Arts Summer Conservatory. In 2010 he received the prestigious Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas Music Teachers Association. Rodolfo is a member of the Houston Music Teachers Association where he served as President of the Association from 2012-2014, and the Greater Houston Independent Music Teachers Association. In addition to his busy schedule as teacher, Mr. Morales remains an active performer both as a soloist and as a chamber music player. He has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Woodlands Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Fort Bend Orchestra, the National Symphony at Interlochen, and played at such prestigious venues as the Wortham Center, Stude Hall and Zilkha Hall in Houston, the Latin Center for the Arts in Dallas, the Hall of the Army in Sarajevo Bosnia, and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York City. Rodolfo has particular affinity for modern music, having premiered many works by living composers. Mr. Morales studied with world-renowned Yoheved Kaplinsky and received his Master of Music Performance degree from The Juilliard School in 2002, his Bachelor of Music degree also from The Juilliard School in 2000; he previously attended the Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Viktoria Mushkatkol, and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where he studied with Robert Avalon and Sylvia Strong. Rodolfo lives with his beloved and talented wife Donell, his amazingly musical son Jacob, and his sweet step-son Cody in the Montrose area. 

Session 4

Randy Hiller

Randy Hiller, Director of Music and violinist

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. BA Harvard University, MBA and PhD MIT.

Paola Caballero, violinist

Paola Caballero

Over the past decade, violinist Paola Caballero has attended festivals all over North America including the Tanglewood Young Artists Program, Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West, and led the festival orchestra at the Banff Centre for the Arts under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki. In Europe she has also led various opera festival orchestras both in Montepulciano and Orvieto, Italy.

Upon completion of her studies in Boston and after returning to Canada for some time, Paola relocated to the United Kingdom to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her studies in London, Ms. Caballero founded the Esperanto Trio, giving their first public performance at St. James Church in Piccadilly, London. Later, the group was asked to perform in a live B.B.C. broadcast at the Barbican Centre as part of the New Music Festival hosted by the B.B.C. Symphony. During this same period, Ms. Caballero also freelanced with the Aurora String Orchestra, amongst other such prolific ensembles based in London including the London Symphony.

Since her time in the U.K., Ms.Caballero has now chosen to return to Spain to continue her professional career here in Barcelona. She has been leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Barcelona, performs regularly with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya. As well other on going chamber music activities include include collaborations with the Barcelona-based contemporary group BCN 216, NeoArs Sonora and recently founded the Bcn Arts Quartet.

She has studied with Jack Glickmann, David Takeno, Masuko Ushioda, and Eric Rosenblith. Ms. Caballero had also studied with Lorand Fenyves and Erika Raum at the Royal Conservatory, the institution that sponsored the use of a 1686 Nicolo Amati instrument.

Ms. Caballero is currently performing on a Bergonzi, 1792, from the generosity of the Maggini-Stiftung Foundation. BM and MM, New England Conservatory, Postgraduate Diploma, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Brian Clague, violinist

Brian Clague

Brian Clague, has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. In recital, he has appeared as both violinist and pianist at the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He has recorded for national Public Broadcasting Service productions at WGBH studios in Boston as well as for film, major record labels, and commercial projects.  In addition to playing upper strings, he has an extensive background as a choral conductor. Mr. Clague has served as concertmaster for many Boston-area orchestras and choral societies, including Boston Chamber Ensemble, Bel Canto Opera, Symphony Pro Musica, Civic Symphony of Boston, Brookline Symphony and MIT Summer Philharmonic. As an orchestral player, he has appeared throughout New England with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, New Hampshire Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Portland Symphony and Indian Hill Arts. Mr. Clague’s teachers include Kato Havas in London, and George Neikrug in Boston. BM Montana State, University of New Mexico.  During the school year Mr. Clague coaches chamber music at the Lexington Chamber Music Center.

Beste Tiknaz, violist 

Beste Tiknaz Modiri, -violist- who comes from a musician family, was born in Istanbul in 1982. She started her music education at Istanbul University State Conservatory with Ani Inci at the age of 7. After BA & MM, she studied at the Boston Conservatory between 2006-2008 with full scholarship at the Performance Diploma Program (GPD). She received her Proficiency in Art Diploma at 2010 and most recently at 2012 She became an Associate  Professor (Docent). She had the chance to study with world known violists such as; Y. Bashmet, N. Imai, Prof. M. Bucchholz, L. Matczynski, P. MacCarty, M. Kelley, M. Ruth Ray, P. Farulli, M. Tenenbaum, R. Noren, Prof. T. Masurenko, R. Gunes, B. Guiranna, R. Diaz, R. Tapping, M. Thompson, C. Phelps in master classes and workshops. Tıknaz has won national and international prizes and awards, such as; ICMEC Competition (Gold Medal), BO.CO. String Idol, MTNA Young Concert Artists State and Eastern Competitions, BO.CO. Concerto Competition, 9 Eylul University national viola Competition. She also has been an active chamber music player. She was a member of long term ensembles such as Kibele Quartet, Sospiro Quartet and Winsor Music Quartet. Currently she is a member of The Modiri Ensemble, and B.E.G. Trio. She also is a member of an ensemble called Borusan Virtuosi which consists from the most remarkable musicians of Turkey where they play chamber ensemble repertoire. Meanwhile Tıknaz gives recitals and takes place as a soloist in front of the orchestras at international arenas. She appeared at famous concert halls around the world such as CRR, IS SANAT Concert Hall, Ataturk Cultur Center, BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL, HARVARD SANDERS Theatre, BONN BEETHOVEN HALLE, BERLIN KONZERTHAUSE, CARNEGIE HALL , Queen Elizabeth Hall. She attended tours and prestigious festivals such as; Istanbul International Music Festival, Beethoven Fest (Bonn), Budapest Spring Fest, Berlin Youth Orchestras Festival, Youth and Muse Festival At Boston Apple Hill Chamber Music Fest,Chichibu festival at Japan.and Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days. She is currently holding an Associate  Professor (Docent) position at Istanbul University State Conservatory and  the principal violist of the Philarmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and she gives concerts under the name of the Project she started as  “Beste Tiknaz and Peace Stars” .

Rebecca Thornblade, cellist

Ms.Thornblade is a grand prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and has had an active and versatile career as a chamber music and orchestral cellist. She has played with many ensembles throughout the country which include the award-winning Fry Street and Avalon Quartets and as principal cellist of the New World Symphony in Miami and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Thornblade has worked with such renowned quartets as the Vermeer, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs and members of the Cleveland and Emerson Quartets. Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a chamber musician with Lyrica Boston, the New Gallery Concert Series, The Radius Ensemble, The Firebird Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is an adjunct professor of cello at Wellesley College. This is Rebecca’s sixth year on the faculty of Point CounterPoint.

Isabel Fairbanks, cellist

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Boston University, cellist Isabel
Fairbanks has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia as a
chamber and orchestral musician. Currently residing in New York City, she has been
heard most recently at the 92nd Street Y and the American Songbook at Lincoln
Center, as well as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Le Poisson Rouge,
and at the United Nations Friendship Summit. Festival appearances include the
Banff International Masterclasses, Roundtop Music Festival, Tanglewood, Bowdoin
International Music Festival, and the Orpheus Institute. Her primary teachers
include David Geber, David Soyer, George Neikrug, Mary Lou Rylands, and Andres
Diaz. Ms. Fairbanks has performed with the Circe Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra
of the Americas, the Salome Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,
and alongside members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been a finalist
and prizewinner at the Montpelier Arts Center Competition as part of the Circe
Ensemble, the New England Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber
Music Competition. She teaches privately as well as at the Turtle Bay Music School and Saturday Music Project in New York
City. Ms. Fairbanks plays an Italian cello  made in 1910 by Carlo Carletti.


Javier Caballero, cellist

Born in Puerto Rico, cellist Javier Caballero is a versatile performer, educator, and arts administrator based in Boston. Equally at home performing chamber music with Shelter Music Boston, contemporary works with Castle of Our Skins, musical theater shows at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and string quartets on white water rafting tours with Dvorak Expeditions, Mr. Caballero has also recorded several albums with Middle Eastern, New Age, Balkan and Indie Rock groups and has been featured on PBS and QVC. Performance tours have taken him to China, as well as Palestine and Israel as part of the Al Kamandjati Music School. His principal teachers include Rhonda Rider and Scott Kluksdahl.

As an educator, Mr. Caballero maintains a private studio and has previously served on the faculties of the Brookline and Watertown public schools, as well as the Point Counterpoint, Apple Hill, and Junior Strings Intensive (Tanglewood) summer music festivals. He is the former Artistic Director of Project STEP at Symphony Hall and currently serves as the Scholarship & Recruitment Manager at From the Top— the hit NPR show that celebrates the stories, talents, and character of the best young classically-trained musicians in the country. BM University of South Florida; MM, GPD Boston Conservatory.

Zach Mo, pianist 

Pianist Zach Mo has had a wide-ranging variety of performing and teaching experiences around the globe.  His performance engagements have taken him to Europe, Asia, as well as the United States, as a solo recitalist, a chamber musician, a choral accompanist, and an orchestral pianist.  An avid collaborator, Zach has served as faculty for music schools, festivals, and competitions, including 92Y School of Music, Point Counterpoint, and Weill Institute of Music and Carnegie Hall.  He is also the pianist and co-founder of the CIRCE Trio.

As a teacher, Zach Mo has instructed students of all ages and skill levels, from pupils of age three becoming newly acquainted with music to advanced pianists preparing for auditions and competitions.  He has been invited to China as a guest instructor at the Piano Arts School in his home province of Hunan, teaching students and presenting recitals in the Yueyang city’s new and only music school.  Zach has been teaching over 10 years and considers education the greatest gift a person can give.  He helps students discover and decode the magic and mystery in music while approaching it logically by developing solid practice habits, theoretical understanding, and musical creativity.

Mr. Mo received his Master’s of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 under the tutelage of Daniel Epstein.  He has also studied at Northwestern University, the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he the recipient of the Lucille Kimball Scholarship.  Furthermore, he has had the privilege of participating in master classes with such great pianists as Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, and Barry Snyder.


40th Anniversary of PCP Summer Faculty Concerts:

Friday, June 28 @ 7:30pm:  Salisbury Congregational Church 

Friday, July 12 @ 7:30pm:  Middlebury Town Hall Theater

Thursday, August 1 @ 8pm:  Mead Chapel, Middlebury College sponsored by the French/German/Russian Language Schools  

Friday, August 9 @ 7:30pm:  Salisbury Congregational Church 

Friday, August 30 @ 7:30pm:  Middlebury Unitarian Universalist Church

Friday, September 6 @7:30pm      Middlebury Unitarian Universalist Church


PCP Final Camper Concerts 2019

Saturday, July 6, 1pm:   Salisbury Congregational Church  (SCC) 

Saturday, July 20, 1pm:   Salisbury Congregational Church  (SCC)

Saturday, August 3, 1pm:  Salisbury Congregational Church  (SCC)

Saturday, August 17, 1pm: Salisbury Congregational Church  (SCC)

Saturday, August 24, 1pm; Salisbury Congregational Church  (SCC)




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