2022 Master Class Info Below
Violinist Eunice Keem has established herself as a dynamic and engaging artist, equally compelling as both soloist and chamber musician. A Chicago native, she attended Carnegie Mellon University for her music studies. After joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September of 2011, she began her new position as Associate Concertmaster in the 2014-2015 season.
American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences and critics around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Her February 2020 performance with the National Philharmonic was deemed “absolutely breathtaking” by Maryland Theatre Guide critic Katie Gaab, who cited the “grace, precision, and warmth” of her playing in Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 1; reviewing the same concert for The Washington Post, Matthew Guerrieri called her “an excellent advocate, prioritizing ease and fluency over intensity, suiting the music’s lyric and episodic nature.”
Allyson Goodman was appointed principal viola of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra in 2014 and joined as the youngest member of the ensemble. She has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician with the orchestra and performs solo and chamber recitals regularly on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. As the recipient of top prizes in numerous competitions, Allyson has also appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the country.
Jodi Levitz, Professor of Viola at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and Artistic Director of Stamps Ensembles, boasts an international reputation as a consummate artist and a passionate advocate of exploring new musical possibilities for the viola. While still a student at The Juilliard School she won first-place at the D'Angelo and Hudson Valley competitions and the position of principal viola soloist with the critically acclaimed Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti.
Co-head of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.
Susan Moses is the Co-Director Emeritus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy. Her students have been awarded top prizes in international competitions and hold positions in leading orchestras of the United States and Europe. During her years of teaching in England, France and Italy, Susan was honored with several distinguished teaching awards and is the recipient of the 2014 INASTA Studio Teacher of the Year award. She also has served on the faculty of Boston University and the Oberlin Conservatory and serves on the juries of national and international cello competitions as representatives of the United States.
Kristen Bruya joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal bass in February 2015. Prior to this, she was the assistant principal bass of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2010 through 2014, and a member of Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s bass section from 2006 to 2010. She received an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Michigan, did extended studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and received a Master of Music from Rice University. From 2000-2004, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fl. Bruya loves collaborating in chamber music and has performed with various groups in the Twin Cities as well as with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 2013-2015. Bruya teaches privately, and has presented masterclasses at New World Symphony, Northwestern University, Peabody, Indiana University, and the University of Houston, among other schools.
Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin is principal double bassist of the Handel and Haydn Society and director of the Temple University Early Music Ensemble. She performs with many period instrument ensembles in the Philadelphia area and beyond, including the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Brandywine Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare.