2016 Biographies — Strings

Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake

Viola

Jennifer performs with the Boise Philharmonic and the Boise Baroque Orchestra in addition to acting as director of Boise's City of Trees Chamber Music series. She also directs the Serenata Chamber Orchestra, and founded Idaho Viola Camp, the largest and most fun camp for violists in the Northwest. She teaches over 50 private viola students. She has performed at the 33rd International Viola Congress.


Joseph Genualdi

Joseph Genualdi

Violin

Joseph Genualdi is Professor of Violin and at The University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He performs with The Chicago Chamber Musicians, which he helped to found in 1986. He also travels widely to perform as soloist and in chamber music. His recordings are found on Music Master, Pickwick, EMI-Angel, Sony Classics, CRI, Summit, Albany, Naxos, and Cedille. His recording with the Muir Quartet and Jean-Phillipe Collard received the Prix du Disque. A recording from The Marlboro Music Festival of the Dvorak Quintet in G major was selected to commemorate the festival’s 50th anniversary and was released by Sony Classics. CCM’s release on Summit Records of the Mozart Clarinet and Horn Quintets won a finalist nomination for the 2007 Grammy Awards. A CD with The Chicago Chamber Musicians of the Brahms Horn Trio and Clarinet Quintet released, May 2010. A recording of works by Peter Lieberson, Ellen Zwilich, and John Harbison released in 2013. He is a winner of the first prizes of Le Concour’s D’Evian and the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. As first violinist of The Muir Quartet Genualdi won the Grand Prix du Disque for their recording of the Frank Piano Quintet(EMI-Angel). He has appeared at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Nimes (France), Spoleto (Italy), Cheltenham (GB), Bravo!Colorado, Angel Fire, Affinis (Japan), EuroArts (Leipzig), Arkansas, Ravinia, and Skaneateles. Genualdi has worked closely with many notable composers including Richard Wilson, John Corigliano, Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, John Harbison, Aaron J. Kernis, Bruce Adolphe, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, David Del Tredici, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, Ellen Zwilich, Bernard Rands, Robert Chumbley, Gabriela Frank, Dana Wilson, Mason Bates, Lee Hyla, Bright Sheng, Avner Dorman, George Perle, and Peter Lieberson.


Bryan Hall

Bryan Hall

Violin

Hailed by Cincinnati City Beat as “extraordinarily evocative” for his performances, Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall has enjoyed success as both a performer and teacher. He has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, and Cincinnati Accent Festival Orchestra. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor. In 2010, Bryan gave his Austin debut recital in collaboration with UT faculty pianist Anton Nel at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received an award for Outstanding Master of Music Degree Recital. Recently Dr. Hall has joined the faculty at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the violin/ viola professor and pedagogy coordinator. He will also serve as Concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.


Maureen Heflinger

Maureen Heflinger

Viola

Violist Maureen Heflinger is a multifaceted performer and educator who feels equally at home premiering new works, leading a viola sectional, and getting in and out of a headstand. After growing up in Fairbanks and attending New England Conservatory, Maureen enjoys a varied freelance career in Boston, where recent solo and chamber music performances have included appearances on the Arbor Day recital series and with new music ensemble Alea III. As a Nova Fellow, Maureen performs chamber concerts and serves as principal viola of Symphony Nova. Maureen is currently on faculty at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program.


Brian Hodges

Brian Hodges

Cello

Cellist, Brian Hodges is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With his wife, Betsi Hodges, he has given recitals across the US, Canada and Italy. Brian is Associate Professor of Cello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Boise State University and is principal of the Boise Baroque Orchestra. He performs regularly with Classical Revolution: Boise, which has been featured at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and on Radio Boise. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he soloed with the San Antonio Symphony as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music earning his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and stayed on to complete his Master of Music degree in cello performance where he was the teaching assistant to Marcy Rosen. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence.He has been on the faculties of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, as well as Spring Arbor College and Albion University and has served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. During the summers, he has been on faculty at the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival in Las Vegas, the Summer Music Institute in San Antonio, TX, and the String Camp of Rochester.


Kathryn Hoffer

Kathryn Hoffer

Violin

Kathryn Hoffer, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, recently retired following a successful 40-year career as an educator in school orchestra and private studio settings. She is the director of the Society of Strings, an orchestra for intermediate level adult musicians, and is responsible for the orchestra program at Hiland Mountain Correctional Institution where there are three orchestras made up of approximately forty female inmates. Ms. Hoffer has been a member of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra since 1974 and concertmaster since 1983. She also plays for the Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Chorus and Alaska Chamber Singers. Honors include Music Educator of the Year from the Alaska Music Educators Association, BP Woman of Achievement, the Individual Artist Award in the Mayor's Arts Award program, and the American String Teachers Association Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award.


Karl Knapp

Karl Knapp

cello

Dr. Karl Knapp is known not only as a devoted educator but also for his solo and chamber music performances. He recently served as Principal Cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra. As an active educator in Alaska, Karl helped found the Alaska Cello Intensive. ACI is a two-week summer program which combines intense music study with the similarly intense experience of Alaska's midnight sun and landscapes like Denali national park or Kennecott Glacier. Karl graduated with his Master and Doctorate of Music degrees from University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a member of the Hunt Quartet, an educational ensemble which took classical music into the elementary schools in the area. He has performed in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Madison Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera Orchestra. His studies have been with with Karl Lavine, Stefan Kartman, Nina Gordon, Uri Vardi, Parry Karp, and the members of the Pro Arte Quartet.


Dawn Lindsay

Dawn Lindsay

Violin

Dawn Lindsay is recognized as one of Alaska's leading violinists, enjoying a diverse career that includes orchestral, chamber, broadway, and Baroque music. Dawn began her musical training at age five, studied at Indiana University and earned a degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas. She has performed Baroque violin with Anchorage Festival of Music and Alaska Chamber Singer concert series and studied Baroque violin at Queens College and Vancouver Early Music summer programs. Ms. Lindsay recently joined the faculty of University of Alaska, Anchorage as a violin instructor. She serves as concertmaster of Anchorage Opera Orchestra and is a member of the Anchorage Symphony. Outside of Anchorage, she performs with the Juneau Symphony and is a guest artist with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. A champion of music education, Dawn enjoys teaching a studio of violinists ages 3 to 63.


Thom McLean

Thom McLean

Violin

Raised in Fairbanks, Thom studied Neuroscience and Music at UAF and Rice University. Currently plays with the Anchorage Symphony and has a full violin/viola studio in Fairbanks.


Walter Schwede

Walter Schwede

Violin

Violinist Walter Schwede began studying when he was eight years old and was selected Concertmaster of the School Orchestra of America in 1965 as the youngest member of the tour. After undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, four years with the U.S. Air Force ensemble Strolling Strings and completing his Masters at Catholic University of America, he began his Ph.D. at New York University where he also taught violin. Mr. Schwede served as Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony from 1984-1997. During this time he was also Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1984 to 1988 and has frequently served as Concertmaster to the Seattle Opera, including its 2001, 2002, and 2005 Wagner Ring Cycles. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest he taught at Depauw University, Belmont College, the Blair School of Music, and was Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony. From 1988 to 1996 Mr. Schwede was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington. He joined Western's music faculty in 1997. At Western Washington University Mr. Schwede teaches violin and is Coordinator of String Studies. Mr. Schwede is an active recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra. A few of the festivals he has participated in include the Grand Teton Festival, the Red Lodge Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, Mostly Mozart and Waterloo Music Festival. He has taught at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the Meadowmount School of Music. He is featured as a violinist in a Naxos label recording of the Violin and Piano Sonatas of Joseph Martin Kraus.


Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe

String Bass

Paul Sharpe is the Artist-Teacher of Double Bass at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is active internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. In the past several years he has performed in recital and presented masterclasses at Brazil’s International Double Bass Encounter, France’s Bass2008, the World Bass Festival in Poland, many national and regional double bass symposiums, the Cleveland Institute, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, University of North Texas, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He has performed as soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Anchorage Symphony, Orquestra de Camara Theatro Sao Pedro (Porto Allegre, Brazil), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. He greatly enjoys performing with the eclectic bass quartet, “Bad Boys of Double Bass,” and in the cello-bass duo with Brooks Whitehouse, “Low and Lower.” Prior to his appointment at UNCSA, he was a tenured professor at Texas Tech University, adjunct faculty at University of North Texas, and an instructor at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), and the Preucil School of Music. His principal teachers are Jeff Bradetich and Diana Gannett.


Andie Springer

Andie Springer

Violin; New Music Coordinator

Andie Springer is primarily a violinist specializing in new and experimental music. As a soloist and through her ensembles Redshift, TRANSIT, and Hotel Elefant, Andie has commissioned and premiered numerous works by young and established composers alike. The 2015-16 season will see the release of an audio-visual album of commissioned pieces for solo violin and electronics, and an album of music for violin and steel-string resonator guitar with duo partner James Moore. Andie has also been active in the theater through her work with New York City Players and Object Collection, whose pieces resulted in performances on mandolin, accordion, electric bass, percussion and voice. A native of Alaska herself, Andie is a cofounder of Wild Shore New Music- a presenting organization dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music to the communities in and around Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Andie earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Andres Cardenes, and her MFA at New York University with Professor Arturo Delmoni. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, the Orchestra for a New Century and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the faculty the Larchmont Music Academy.


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