Kathleen Bartkowski accompanies many community, college and professional ensembles including the University Chorale at Central Connecticut State University and the Vernon Chorale in Vernon, Connecticut. She is frequently invited to accompany choral festivals, musicals, and other school ensembles, and is the Organist and Celebrate Accompanist for St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Connecticut ACDA Executive and the New London American Guild of Organists Boards. Her professional achievements are recognized in Who’s Who in America.
Kathleen earned a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she accompanied the University Chamber Choir, Chorale, vocalists, and instrumentalists. While pursuing her degree, she was granted the Eugenie M. May Award for Piano Performance. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Connecticut, where she served as accompanist for the choral department, playing for the University Chorale, Concert Choir, and Graduate Vocal Ensemble, as well as vocalists and instrumentalists. She was awarded a University String Scholarship for two years and the Victor Borge Scholarship for four years while attending UConn.
Most recently, Kathleen accompanied the 2012 CT Eastern Region Honor Choir, 2012 NY Area All-State (Suffern, NY), 2012 NY All County (Albany, NY), and 2011 ACDA National Mens Honor Choir (Chicago, IL). Among the many other groups she has accompanied are the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, the Mystic River Chorale, Mak’hela (Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts), Ledyard High School Choral Department, and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Music Educators National Conference (MENC) honors choirs and conference sessions on the local, state and national levels. She has accompanied Connecticut Eastern Region and All-State Honors choirs, New England Music Festival Association choirs, ACDA Eastern Division Children’s Honor Choir, and has traveled with the UMass choirs and the Mystic River Chorale to Europe on several occasions. She has had the immense honor of working with such esteemed choral conductors as Peter Bagley, Charlene Archibeque, Andre Thomas, and Janet Galvan.
Tiawanese pianist Susan Cheng grew up in Bangkok, Thailand before coming to the United States for her college studies. After completing two undergraduate degrees, in music and biology, at Oberlin College and continued at the Hartt School, where she completed her Master's in Piano Performance and is currently in the doctoral program studying with Paul Rutman. Susan has won both the Emerson String Quartet Competition and the 2007 Paranov Concerto Competition, and was a member of Hartt's honors chamber music program, Performance 20/20. She serves on faculty at the Hartt School Community Division, Central Connecticut State University and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Education: Bachelor of Music-The University of Wisconsin
Professional Experience: The United States Coast Guard Band 1973-2004-Principal Percussionist, soloist, clinician and senior staff member. Retired as Master Chief Musician, the highest enlisted rank. Performed throughout the United States, Canada, Soviet Union and England.Participated in over 1500 performances including performances for numerous Presidents of the United States. FIrst Female member. Central CT State University: 1980-present Percussion Instructor. Teach Percussion Majors, Methods course and Percussion Ensemble. Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra-Principal Percussion since 1980-Musician member to the board.
Freelance groups: Salt Marsh Opera Company, Opera Theater CT, Con Brio and Ct Virtuosi
DREW COLLINS is Director of Choral Activities at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to this appointment, he served on the faculties of Wright State University and Augustana College, conducted the University of Cincinnati Men's Chorus, and taught in the public schools.
Dr. Collins holds degrees in music education and conducting from Concordia College, Boston University, and Cincinnati Conservatory. He was named a Fellow by Chorus America and has masterclassed under four Grammy® nominees.
As a tenor and counter-tenor, Collins has sung under the batons of Bart Bradfield, René Clausen, Christopher Cock, Richard Coffey, Matthew Culloton, Kenneth Jennings, Ann Howard Jones, James Levine, Daniel Moe, Weston Noble, Earl Rivers, Mark Singleton, Dale Warland, and Eric Whitacre. Locally, he is a member of the professional choirs Concora and Voce.
He is a published composer, arranger, and editor of choral music. His compositions, arrangements, and editions are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Curtis, Earthsongs, E. C. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Kjos, Mark Foster, Odhecaton, Roger Dean, Santa Barbara, and Walton Music. He is commissioned frequently, and several works are premiered each year. He was one of a select few composers interviewed for the book Conducting Women's Choirs.
A proponent of the music of today, he has served as editorial consultant to four publishing companies (two of these as Senior Choral Editor), has served as an octavo reviewer for Choral Journal, served for seven years as repertoire forum editor of Choral Director, and contributed to the most recent volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir. He has produced and conducted recording sessions for several publishing companies.
Collins is in demand as a festival conductor, clinician, consultant, producer, and adjudicator. He has presented at conventions at the state and national levels. He currently serves as Youth & Student Activities Repertoire & Standards Co-Chair for the Connecticut chapter of American Choral Directors Association, and is a certified adjudicator for Connecticut Music Educators Association. He has conducted All State choirs, toured domestically and internationally, led four professional-level adult ensembles, and headlined in Carnegie Hall.
Dr. D'Addio is Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University where he teaches trumpet, brass chamber music and music courses the University's liberal arts curriculum. He also assumes conducting responsibilities at The Hartt School Community Division where his duties include Music Director and Conductor of the Connecticut Youth Symphony, Coach of the Honors Brass Quintet, and Instructor of Trumpet. Daniel D'Addio is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Additionally, he is active as a trumpet soloist and chamber musician. Dr. D'Addio has concertized throughout the United States and Europe performing on concert series in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Vienna, Geneva, and Salzburg. As a chamber musician, he served as an Artist–in–Residence at the Bay View Music Festival. As a soloist, Dr. D'Addio has won several international and national competitions including the 1981 International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, the 1980 International Trumpet Guild Student Solo Competition, and the 1984 Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition.
Formerly a member of Brass Ring, Dr. D'Addio performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe and participated in chamber music master classes at major American universities. Dr. D'Addio was instrumental in the commissioning and premieres of several Pulitzer Prize winning composers including Jacob Druckman, Ned Rorem, David del Tredici, and Christopher Rouse. As a member of Brass Ring, Dr. D'Addio was a prizewinner at the 1989 Philip Jones International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary. He participated in chamber music residencies at the University of Bridgeport and The Hartt School. Dr. D'Addio recorded with the brass quintet on the Crystal label.
Orchestrally, Dr. D'Addio performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. D'Addio has served on the faculties of The University of Georgia, Otterbein College, The Neighborhood Music School, Western Connecticut State University, and the University of Bridgeport. Additionally he has assisted in the trumpet studios of The University of Michigan and The Ohio State University. He has conducted master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the United States. As a trumpet pedagogue, he maintains study and develops pedagogical strategies warm-up materials and rehearsal techniques for trumpet practice and performance.
Hartford based guitarist Rich Goldstein received his initial training at the Hartt school’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and completed his masters in jazz studies at Purchase College in New York .Rich plays in a grooving hard bop style with a modern tinge. Some of his main influences on the instrument are Wes Mongomery, Jim Hall, Joe Diorio, and Randy Johnston. He has appeared with a wide range of musicians including, Andy Laverne, Nat Reeves Charles Flores, Jimmy Greene, Horacio Hernandez, Houston Person, Reverend Hubert Powell, and Randy Johnston at jazz venues including Birdland ,the Berklee Performance Center, The Jazz Gallery, and Smalls. He has appeared at festivals such as The Atlanta jazz Fest(2001), The Cancun Jazz Fest(2002),The Festival of Arts and Ideas(2003), The International jazz Fest (2004), and The Sunken Garden Poetry Fest (2005).He has recorded with Charles Flores, Rob Zappulla, and Larry Derdeyn (Lingo),as well as a number of studio dates .His first C.D. as a leader “Comin’ from Montgomery”, a tribute to the Montgomery brothers, was released in 2008.
Rich is professor of jazz guitar at the University of Hartford ‘s Hartt School of Music, Central and Southern Connecticut State Universities and performs a number of lectures and master classes yearly . He can presently be found leading his own groups, as a co-leader in a quartet with Andy LaVerne, and as a member of Ed Fast and Congabop.
Brian Kershner, composer and bassoonist, has received enthusiastic performances of his works internationally. The Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1989) and Contours, Canons, and Caricatures for saxophone quartet are available on CD on the Vienna Modern Masters label. The latter won a special commendation from the judges in their 1994 VMM competition and is published by Roncorp, who also published his piece for unaccompanied clarinet, Conundrums, Aftermath, a character piece for bassoon and piano, and more recently, Alliterations for bassoon and marimba. Strata, (1998), a suite for wind ensemble, is available on a Mark CD. The composer’s violin concerto (2004) was composed for Lenuta Ciulei and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra. Ms Ciulei has also championed Dr. Kershner’s Pastorale and Scherzino through multiple performances in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. His New England Trio (2005) was premiered by the Connecticut Trio (a piano trio) in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYC in April of 2005. He was awarded a ASCAPLUS Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.. His song cycle, Leaves of Grass was a finalist in the 2008 Art Song Competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. It was subsequently published by Classical Vocal Reprints, who also published his Dickinson Songs for Soprano, Oboe and Bassoon in 2008. Dr. Kershner presented the international premiere of his new work, Bagatelles for Clarinet and Bassoon in the United Kingdom in July 2009 at the annual convention of the International Double Reed Society. Other recent works include a string quartet, "Like the creatures we've become...", two works for Trio d'Anches, a sonata for cello and piano, and a second wind quintet. The cello sonata was performed at the Northeast Regional Conference of the College Music Society held at SUNY- Fredonia in March of 2011. His new orchestral work, On Fertile Ground musically deals with the climate change debacle while depicting the great beauties of our planet at the same time.
As a bassoonist, Dr. Kershner is known throughout the United States as a performer and teacher. He had been Principal Bassoonist with New Jersey’s Riverside Symphonia since the orchestra's inception, only recently resigning to devote more to work in Connecticut. He has performed with Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Jupiter Symphony in New York, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony. Dr. Kershner has been a frequent invited performer at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, including a recital of his own works for bassoon and 2003, and again in 2007 performing his Emily Dickinson Songs for Soprano, Oboe and Bassoon
Brian Kershner is currently Associate Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. He has previously served on the faculties of Rutgers University, Baylor University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information on Dr. Kershner’s music, visit his personal website at: www.briankershner.com
Carl W. Knox was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived on the west coast until his early teens. After moving to the Midwest he received the Bachelor of Arts degree from William Penn College (currently William Penn University), a small Quaker school in Oskaloosa, Iowa, noted for its distinguished jazz studies program. In 1981, while at William Penn, he was awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival.
Following graduation from Penn, Dr. Knox accepted a teaching assistantship at Northeast Missouri State University (currently Truman State University) and taught saxophone and clarinet and directed the jazz combos. As a member of the NMSU jazz program he won Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Musician awards at the 1983 and 1984 Wichita Jazz Festivals and the 1984 Kansas City Jazz Festival. In addition, he appeared as guest soloist with both the NMSU Wind Symphony and Orchestra. After attaining his Master of Arts degree from NMSU in 1984, Dr. Knox moved to St. Louis and began a teaching and performing career that lasted until he began his doctoral studies at Michigan State University in 1993. Among his teaching appointments in St. Louis were the Saint Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts where he taught saxophone and clarinet, and St. Louis Community College, where he taught jazz improvisation, saxophone, clarinet, and directed the jazz ensemble. Dr. Knox's performance career included numerous appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on both clarinet and saxophone, and countless jazz concerts and tours with famed jazz artists including: Doc Severinsen, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, Bobby Shew, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Rob McConnell, Jon Faddis, Marshall Royal, and Snooky Young. Carl also performed regularly with the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, the River City Saxes, and his own group, The Carl Knox Quartet, which was featured at The Riverfront Jazz Festival.
From 1994-1996 Carl was a teaching assistant in the Department of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he was a student of Joseph Lulloff, James Forger, Andrew Speight and Branford Marsalis. While in Michigan, Dr. Knox played with many major touring shows in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Detroit and performed or toured with jazz artists and groups including: Mel Torme, Jimmy Heath, Milt Hinton, Marcus Belgrave, Benny Carter, Branford Marsalis and The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. In addition, Carl served on the faculty of The Clark Terry Summer Jazz Institute, and performed in Clark Terry’s “BIG BAD BAND.”
Dr. Knox currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies and teaches Applied Saxophone at CCSU where he directs the highly acclaimed CCSU Jazz Ensemble and teaches a variety of courses, including jazz history, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and jazz history and chronology. Dr. Knox has been awarded a sabbatical for Fall 2011 at which time his focus will be composing music for the CCSU Jazz Ensemble.
Keith Allan Kramer, composer, conductor, recording engineer and guitarist, currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Keith received his D.M.A. in composition from the University of Miami and his M.Mus. in composition from the University of Maryland, College Park. Keith was the President of the Baltimore Composers Forum from 2008-2010.
He is the composer of over 40 works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and electronic media. His music has been performed and recorded by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, David Taylor and many others. Recent performances of Keith Kramer's work include highly successful all-Kramer programs in New York's Merkin Hall in 2006 and 2010.
Keith's latest release is the exciting new double album on the Navona label entitled Emerge. The title track of Emerge is a twenty-minute orchestral work that is also heard on the Navona release Mementos. www.keithkramer.org
Karl Kumme, lecturer in music education, is a veteran of 36 years as a teacher and administrator in Connecticut's public schools. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, and the Master of Music and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (Sixth Year) in Adminstration from the Hartt School.
Named Connecticut "Administrator of the Year" by Connecticut Music Educator's Association in 1995, Kumme was an active contributor and leader of the arts education movement on both the state and national levels. As a woodwinds specialist, Kumme performed professionally in the U.S. Army before engaging in an active freelance career in Connecticut. As a clinician, he has presented numerous workshops in woodwind pedagogy as well as curriculum development and arts assessment in school districts around the state.
Clarinetist Thomas Labadorf completed a 24-year career in the United States Coast Guard Band performing solos in concerts across the United States. He has played the principal clarinet with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestras for the past ten years and frequently performs as principal clarinetist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has soloed with many Connecticut orchestras and bands performing the works of Bassi, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Mozart, Nielson, Rossini, and Weber; and he has premiered his own transcription of Jorge Calandrelli's Concerto for Jazz Clarinet with the Coast Guard.
Mr. Labadorf is professor of applied clarinet at Central Connecticut State University and Connecticut College in New London. He received his Bachelor of Music and a Certificate of Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Connecticut, and he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Labadorf can be heard on Albany Records with the Connecticut Trio performing music of Ezra Laderman, and on Nimbus Alliance performing as principal clarinetist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in symphonic works by William Walton.
Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd is rapidly becoming known throughout the country as one of the most promising young classical musicians. Praised for his remarkable talent and richness of sound he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. Fingerstyle Guitar reviews his performances as "rendered confidently and expressively."
Performances of note as a soloist or as part of an ensemble include the Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY; and for former vice-president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C.
In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered numerous new works by composers such as Thomas Schuttenhelm, Lief Ellis, Dan Roman, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon and Phillip Houghton.
Mr. Ladd has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.
He has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists including Julian Gray, Raphaella Smits, Elena Papandreau, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, David Tanenbaum and John Williams. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied guitar with Glenn Caluda. He received the highly coveted Artist Diploma from The Hartt School where he studied with Richard Provost and was a member of the prestigious 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program.
Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.
LINDA LAURENT is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School and received her Ph.D. from New York University. Among her teachers were Stanley Hummel, Emil Danenberg, and Sascha Gorodnitzky. Her doctoral research in French music resulted in two years of study in Paris, where she worked with Gaby Casadesus and with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau in the mid 1970s. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the singer Jane Bathori and her interaction with Debussy, Ravel, Satie and Les Six in the early part of the twentieth century.
Dr. Laurent came to CCSU in 1992 from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, where she spent four years rebuilding the music program and became Chair of the newly created Department of Music and Dance. Prior to that position, for six years she held the title of Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College in Hartford, where she taught piano, music theory and history, and performed extensively, often in a concert series she created there, the Chamber Players at Trinity.
At CCSU, Dr. Laurent was promoted to full professor in 1996 and served as Chair of the Music Department from 1997-99 during a period of major restructuring and the hiring of four new faculty members. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of piano, music history, theory, chamber music and accompaniment. Continuing administrative duties include scheduling the course offerings of the department as well as overseeing the area of piano proficiency.
With her colleagues Dr. Laurent formed both The Connecticut Trio and the Rosa-Laurent Duo (see links for details). In addition to concerts elsewhere, both ensembles play several concerts locally each year, both at the University and at The New Britain Museum of American Art.
The University has awarded her performance and musicological projects numerous grants and two sabbatical semesters. Results of her research include a monograph on the French singer Jane Bathori, published by Pendragon Press (1998), the pre-concert talk for American mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw's Alice Tully Hall recital, "Hommage à Bathori" (2000), and a paper at the European annual conference sponsored by the Association Française des Professeurs de Chant (2001).
Dr. Laurent is presently working on a book which she hopes will interest a French publisher: the extensive correspondence of Jane Bathori and the actress Andrée Tainsy, which provides fascinating insights into the artistic milieu of the mid-twentieth century inhabited by the two performing artists.
Topher Logan is Lecturer of Trombone and Brass Methods at Central Connecticut State University. He holds a Master of Music degree from Baylor University, where he studied with David Gier, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied with George Sanders and Rebecca Bower Cherian. Mr. Logan is currently a PhD candidate in Psychology (Perception, Action & Cognition) at the University of Connecticut where his research interests include music cognition, performance, expert memory, and motor theories of music perception.
Mr. Logan is an active performer, teacher and clinician throughout the state of Connecticut. He regularly performs with the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, Connecticut Lyric Opera, New Britain Symphony, Goodspeed Musicals, the Avant Brass Quintet and is the Music Director of the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band of East Hartford. As a freelance musician Mr. Logan has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra, CT Opera, Salt Marsh Opera and the Waterbury Symphony. As a chamber musician he has performed recitals and ceremonial music with his own brass quintet, Avant Brass, as well as many others throughout New England. Topher has recorded on Ashmont Records and Word Records.
Mr. Logan also serves as the Director of the Community School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut where he has taught trombone, music theory and jazz to pre-college and college students as well as adults. He is also the founder and director of the UConn Week of Jazz boot camp for junior and senior high school students.
Born and raised in Southington, Connecticut, Dr. Elizabeth Lorenzo attended Dartmouth College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Music. She moved to California to pursue graduate study in music history at the University of California, Santa Barbara (M. A., Music), and at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D., Musicology). Dr. Lorenzo takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to music scholarship, merging traditional historical musicology with specialized work in gender and cultural studies. At the present time she is writing a book entitled Leg of Nations: Music and the Politicized Body in the Post-World War I Era, which she plans to complete in 2012.
Dr. Lorenzo is also an accomplished educator. In addition to teaching music history at Central, she has served as adjunct faculty in music at UCLA, California State University (Fullerton), Dartmouth College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and Sacred Heart University. She has been nominated by faculty and students for several teaching awards, including the prestigious Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award at UCLA, and she was named to the honor roll for Central's 2009-10 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Lorenzo maintains an active performing career as a director, singer, and pianist. She is a frequent music director, bandleader, and accompanist for various community theater organizations in Connecticut, and has worked on musicals ranging from Urinetown to The Sound of Music, Seussical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, and The Last Five Years. She also teaches private voice and piano and music directs at the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education in Torrington, and runs musical theater classes for youth at Artsplace in Cheshire.
Jill is retired from the U. S. Coast Guard Band and U. S. Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet, and currently performs as principal flutist with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Magnum Opus series with the New Britain Symphony, the CT Lyric Opera, Salt Marsh Opera and the Opera Theater of CT. As a flute and piccolo soloist, Ms. Maurer-Davis has been featured on National Public Radio and Australia Broadcasting Co. as well as on NHK in Japan. She has been featured on “Performance Today” broadcasts on NPR. On PBS, she has appeared on Exxon’s “Live at Wolf Trap” series and with Jean-Pierre Rampal on New York’s WNET. Ms. Maurer-Davis was invited by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform in recital at Symphony Hall for a special orchestral event. Other appearances have included flute and piccolo soloist at the National Flute Association convention, performances with the Boston Pops, Worcester and Hartford Symphonies, Connecticut Opera, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and a North American tour with tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
Ms. Maurer-Davis joined the faculty of Central Connecticut State University in 1998, teaching the flute studio and coaching the flute ensemble. Her past teaching affiliations include Brown University, Clark University, and the College of the Holy Cross. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a diploma from the Orff Institute-Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her principal teachers have included Louis Moyse, Thomas Nyfenger, James Galway, James Pappoutsakis, and Lois Schaefer. She is also certified to teach Suzuki Flute and the early childhood music system, Musikgarten.
Tom has been a mainstay on the New York City jazz scene for many years. His drumming has been heard behind such varied artists as John Pizzarelli, Frank Wess, Harry Allen, "Sweets" Edison, Lew Soloff, and Bill Watrus. Tom's talents have been in demand internationally, including numerous tours of Japan, China, Europe, and South America. He also performs at most of the largest jazz events, including the JVC, Montreal, and Berne Jazz Festivals. His various television appearances include the CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN World Beat.
Currently Tom is playing with pianists Pete Malinverni, and Larry Ham while doing Jazz clinics at various schools in the area. Active in jazz education. He also plays on Jerry Bergonzi’s CD play along method, and is recording a series of jazz educational CDs for “Windplayer” magazine.
Additional recording projects include two of Ken Peplowski's endeavors for Concord Jazz, "The Natural Touch", and "Live at the Ambassador Auditorium", a quintet recording on Reservoir Records with pianist Pete Malinverni, and with the Michael Moore trio on two disks entitled “The History of Jazz.”
Dr. Charles Paul Menoche joined the Music Department faculty in the fall of 2002 as an Assistant Professor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal composition teachers include Robert Jager, Dan Welcher, Russell Pinkston, and Donald Grantham. As a composer, Dr. Menoche has written a variety of works for voice, acoustic instruments, small and large ensembles, and electro-acoustic media. He has also collaborated with dancers, theater productions, and visual artists. One of his works for concert band, In the Machine, was recently published by Boosey and Hawkes. In addition to his compositional activity, he is very interested in the use of technology in all areas of music learning and teaching. He has presented at national conferences of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) and Technology Institute for Music Educators. Active as a music computer lab manager for over thirteen years, he has developed and managed general and specialized music microcomputer labs at Texas Christian University (TCU), The University of Texas at Austin, Rutgers, and CCSU. He has been a member of the faculty at Rutgers University and TCU.
With a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, Jonathan Northrop has degrees from New England Conservatory and Hartt School of Music. His music has been performed throughout New England and in New York City and has also been published. His teachers include Arnold Franchetti, Martin Boykan, Yehudi Wyner, Malcolm Peyton, David Rakowski, and David Kraehenbuehl. He has also taken master classes with Charles Wuorinen, Bernard Rands, and David Felder (June in Buffalo). Performances of Dr. Northrop's music have been given at Middle Tennessee State University, University at Buffalo, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory of Music, Hartt School of Music, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Real Art Ways (Hartford), St. Stephen's Church (NYC), as well as other locations. He has given presentations at the following composers conferences: June in Buffalo and Society of Composers, Inc., Region IV. Dr. Northrop is a member of ASCAP, Studio of Electronic Music, Inc. (SEMI), Society of Composers, Inc., Connecticut Composers, National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA), American Music Center, and Arts Project, Inc. (Northampton, MA, 1984-85). Dr. Northrop's music has been published by SoundArts Press Editions.
N. Carlotta Parr is a Full Professor of Music Education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. In addition to teaching methods courses for undergraduate music education majors and working with student teachers, she also teaches core courses for the Masters of Science in Music Education degree program. Dr. Parr is the Coordinator of the Graduate and Undergraduate Music Education programs. And, she is the Director of the CCSU Summer Music Institute.
Dr. Parr primary areas of research are in arts integration and philosophy of music teacher preparation. She has published articles on arts integration in the Language Arts journal and the Early Childhood Education Journal. She also co-authored a book entitled, Arts Together: Steps Toward Transformative Teacher Education with Beth Berghoff and Cindy Borgmann. Her research in music teacher preparation has been published in the Philosophy of Music Education Review. Dr. Parr is a frequent presenter at national and international conference in music education, language arts, and visual arts. In 2010 she presented a paper at the 8th Symposium at the International Society of Music Education in Helsinki, Finland.
Prior to her move to Connecticut, she served as the Fine Arts Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Center for Program Development (1990-98). During her tenure with the IDOE she was responsible for coordinating curriculum and program development in music, visual arts, theatre arts, and dance/creative movement. In addition to these responsibilities, she was responsible for the development of student assessment in the arts. She was actively involved in the Indiana Music Educators Association, and has served as a guest conductor for Circle the State with Song (elementary and middle school choirs) for the eight years.
Dr. Parr was a public school music teacher (K-12) for 18 years for the Arlington County Public Schools, in Arlington, Virginia. During her tenure there she taught general music at all levels, choral music and guitar on the secondary level, and served as the Music Department Chairman at Washington-Lee High School for eight years. She was actively involved in the Virginia Music Educators Association on the local and state levels, and was a guest conductor for all-county elementary, middle school, and high school choirs in Arlington, Virginia.
A native of Virginia, Dr. Parr received her Bachelors of Music Education from James Madison University, her Masters of Music from the Catholic University of America, and her Doctor of Music Education from Indiana University. During her two-year residency at Indiana University she was an Assistant Instructor, teaching music methods to elementary education majors, and assisted Dr. Mary Goetze with the University Children's Choir.
Adèle Paxton is a past winner of the prestigious Mary Garden International Competition, Royal Over-Seas League International Gold Medal, Society of Women Musicians' Award and title of Commonwealth Musician of the Year. She has had an extensive and varied solo career in both soprano and mezzo-soprano repertoire. Performances include at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with José Carreras, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, The Barbican Center and Wigmore Halls in London, King's College Cambridge, Christ Church Oxford, Berkshire Festival in Massachusetts, and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, as well as at other major venues in USA and Europe, and International Festivals such as Wexford, Buxton, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh.
Adèle was personally invited by Gian Carlo Menotti to sing Geraldine in a production of Barber's A Hand of Bridge. She sang the title role in Verdi's Giovanna D'Arco with Sir Edward Downes and Amici di Verdi in London and the title role in the world première of César Franck's opera Hulda (full version) at the Bloomsbury Theater in London. She has recorded with The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and for the BBC where she sang in the Young Artists' Concert Series working with pianist, Malcolm Martineau. She has worked with directors such as Stephen Lawless, Christopher Alden, Nikolaus Lehnhoff and Elijah Moshinsky. Conductors include Yves Abel, Sir Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir George Solti.
In oratorio and orchestral concert repertoire, performances include Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Messe in C-Moll with Stavanger Symphony, Norway, Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder at Pecs and Budapest in Hungary, Poulenc's Gloria and Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with Jersey Symphony, Channel Islands, Mozart's Mass in C and Haydn's Missa in Angustiis with Royal Flanders Philharmonic in Antwerp and Brussels and Haydn's St Nicolai Mass and Vivaldi's Gloria in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. She has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Concert, Bournemouth Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, and has worked with conductors Simon Halsey, Stephen Darlington, Nicholas Cleobury, Jane Glover and Philip Ellis.
Her Purcell Room, South Bank London recital debut was under the auspices of The Park Lane Group. In contemporary repertoire, she has given world premières of works by Andrew Lovett, Sally Beamish and Grammy nominated composer, Sarah Meneely-Kyder. She has created roles for The Garden Venture, London and Contemporary Opera of New York. She has performed frequently in recital at St James' Piccadilly, St John's Smith Square and St Martin's-in-the-Fields in London. Recent performances in Connecticut include Mendelssohn's Elijah with Greater Middletown Chorale, conducted by Joseph D'Eugenio, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with New Haven Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boughton. She also gave a series of recitals in 2009 for the Royal Over-Seas League 150th Anniversary Celebrations in London and Edinburgh, Scotland. Adèle has recently published a Bibliography of the Solo Song Settings of the Poetry of Walter de la Mare and presented world première performances of songs by John Duke and C. Armstrong Gibbs in London and Connecticut.
With almost 20 years of vocal teaching experience, Adèle was invited to perform and to teach young professional international singers at the Tiroler Opern Programm in Austria in 2008. Singers came from the New England and San Francisco Conservatories and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. On faculty at Central Connecticut State University since 1998, she also maintains a private voice studio. Students come from New York and parts of Canada to work therapeutically and benefit from her holistic, breath centered approach to advanced repertoire, technique and performance issues.
Jack Anthony Pott, tenor, has been a featured soloist with many ensembles in Connecticut, including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, CONCORA, Voce, Inc., Hartford Chorale, Middletown Chorale, The Concert Choir of Northeast Connecticut, Con Brio, and Cappella Cantorum. Mr. Pott has soloed in numerous performances of Handel's Messiah, as well as Bach's Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, various Cantatas, and as the Evangelist in the Christmas Oratorio. He has performed a variety of operatic roles with Connecticut Concert Opera, CONCORA, UConn Opera, and the Asylum Hill Music Series in Hartford. Mr. Pott is member of the voice faculty at Central Connecticut State University, The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University (CCY), and also teaches voice for the Hartt Community Division at the University of Hartford, where his is the founding director of the Hartt Community Division High School Chamber Choir. Since 1995, he has been a soloist and assistant to the Minister of Music and Arts at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. He holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from The University of Michigan, and also did graduate studies in choral conducting and voice performance at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Pott resides in South Windsor, CT with his wife and two children
Originally from Burke, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., Lauren Reynolds is in her first year as Director of Bands at CCSU, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, directs athletic bands, and teachers courses in conducting and music education.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting, cognate in flute performance, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she served as an administrator and graduate assistant in the Wind Studies department, taught introductory and intermediate conducting courses, and was a regular conductor with the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Players and Chamber Winds. Her Master's degree Wind Conducting and Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education are both from the University of Delaware, where she conducted the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, as well as the flute choir, chamber ensembles, and student composition premieres. She also served as graduate assistant to the 300+ member Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band. Dr. Reynolds was previously the conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and auditioned year-round honor group comprised of the best young wind players and percussionists in the Cincinnati/Northern-Kentucky area.
In addition to collegiate work, Dr. Reynolds taught for several years at a public high school in southern Maryland, where she was responsible for concert ensembles, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, marching band, pep band, pit orchestra, and advanced placement music theory courses. She also served as guest conductor for the middle and high school honor bands in the area.
For twelve years Dr. Reynolds has been on the professional staff of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, a nationally recognized leadership training program for young band leaders.
Julie Ribchinsky is a Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University, where she has been a full time faculty member since 1978.
Professor Ribchinsky, an active performer, is a founding member, with colleagues Linda Laurent and Gerard Rosa, of the Connecticut Trio-in residence at CCSU. In addition to performances throughout the region, the Trio has recorded works by composer Ezra Laderman for Albany records. Concerts at New York's Weill Hall, Wave Hill and the Landon Gallery as well as at the Belding Theater in Hartford have been met with acclaim in reviews in the Strad Magazine and Hartford Courant. The Trio celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a series of concerts in the 2013 season. Professor Ribchinsky, a recipient of an Artists International award has also been awarded fellowships to Tanglewood, Aspen and the Britten-Pears school, and has studied chamber music with both the Cleveland and Juilliard String Quartets. Professor Ribchinsky has performed concerti with the New Britain Symphony, the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, The Farmington Symphony Orchestra and CCSU Sinfonietta. She has performed as principal cellist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. As soloist, she regularly collaborates in recitals and chamber works, most recently playing Bach sonatas with the harpsichordist, Linda Skernick, Beethoven Sonatas with the pianist Patricia Grimm and Rachmaninoff and Carter Sonatas with the pianist Carolyn Halsted. Currently, Ribchinsky is creating a series of performances of the Solo Suites of Bach paired with modern counterparts.
At CCSU, Professor Ribchinsky teaches aural skills, applied cello, and directs string chamber music as well as the University Sinfonietta. She actively promotes string playing through her role as past president of the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and currently as a member of its executive board. She is a visiting teacher of cello at Wesleyan University, where she directs the Wesleyan cello ensemble and teaches applied music.
Ribchinsky is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Ronald Leonard, and Paul Katz
Born and bred in New Jersey, Ms. Scattergood received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude from the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford. After studying as a mezzo-soprano for 12 years, she realized that she was a true soprano and found a mentor in Phyllis Bryn-Julson. She studied with Ms. Bryn-Julson for eight years and through the births of her three sons.
Ms. Scattergood has sung oratorio all over New England, with the Hartford Symphony, Orchestra New England, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New Britain Symphony, and the Farmington Valley Symphony. She has also performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under the direction of Robert Shaw with the Bordeaux Symphony at the St. Céré Music Festival in Souillac, France. In addition to Maestro Shaw, Ms. Scattergood has sung under the batons of Edward Cumming, John Eells, Michael Korn, Michael Lankester, John Rutter, James Sinclair, Sir Michael Tippett, Ian Watson, and Sir David Willcocks.
A former member of the New World Chamber Ensemble, Anhared Stowe, Music Director, and the Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA), Richard Coffey, Music Director, Ms. Scattergood presently sings with VOCE, Mark Singleton, Music Director, and is a frequent soloist with choral groups throughout New England.
In 2007, Ms. Scattergood was asked to be the Interim Artistic Director for the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowships from the Bushnell. This position was made permanent in 2008. As the Artistic Director, Ms. Scattergood oversees the entire vocal and musical education of some of Connecticut's most talented young singers.
In addition to her singing career, Ms. Scattergood teaches at Central Connecticut State University, the Westminster School, in her home studio, and nationally gives Master Classes on Vocal Technique.
AMANDA L. SCHERBENSKE is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in musical multiplicity, social networks, improvisation, klezmer, and African American aesthetics. She completed her M.A. and will soon complete her Ph.D. from Wesleyan University, where she has studied with Mark Slobin, Eric Charry, Anthony Braxton, and Su Zheng. Her doctoral research investigates issues of musical multiplicity among New York City-based improviser-composers. Her recent publications include the peer-reviewed article, “From Folksmentshn to American Individuals: Klezmer Transmission in the Twenty-First Century” (MUSICultures, the Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music) and a review of Philip V. Bohlman’s Jewish Music and Modernity (The Musicology Review). She has presented papers at the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Ethnomusicological Research Today: An International Doctoral Workshop (Hannover, Germany). Since 2009 she has served as the executive director of the Jewish Music Forum, an organization devoted to the study of Jewish music in all of its historical and contemporary diversity. She has taught undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology, world music, and Yiddish music and klezmer
Thomas Schuttenhelm is an American composer and guitarist whose compositions exhibit an exquisite craft and richness of style and are celebrated by many leading artists in contemporary music. His compositions can be heard on numerous recordings and have been performed throughout the country and abroad by such artists as: the Adaskin String Trio; Tempo del Fuoco (Sarah Larsen, violin; and Nick Cutroneo, guitar), the Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, guitar; and Carlos Boltes, viola); classical guitarists: Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, Frank Wallace, Yovianna Garcia, Daniel Hartington, Chris Ladd, Alex Walker, Daniel Salazar and the Hartford Festival Orchestra; pianist Paul Bisaccia, the Goldspiel-Provost Classical Guitar Duo, bassist Robert Black (Bang on A Can All-Stars), Volkan Orhon, the Connecticut Trio, and the Connecticut Yankee Chorale. His piano music was featured on the PBS (WGBY- Springfield, WGBH-Boston) special "The Great American Piano." He has also frequently collaborated with CCSU faculty member, Dan D'Addio and with CCSU ensembles. He has performed electric guitar with the FIREWORKS Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble; collaborated with the Wellspring Dance Company, a performance art company based in New York; toured with Purple Rock Productions, a diverse theater group, performing on guitar and balalaika; and was a composer-performer member of the Boston Public Works Contemporary Music Series held at Harvard University.
In addition to composing for some of America's top soloists and ensembles, he is an experienced performer and scholar. He has given lectures at Yale University (New Haven, CT), Cardiff University (Wales, UK), University of Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), University of Sussex (UK), University of London (UK), the Mannheim Hochschule for Music, and in Lille (France). His publications include "The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett", published by Faber, and he is the contributing author to an edition on Fernando Sor. He has also authored numerous articles and reviews for the journal Soundboard. In addition, he has contributed to various BBC Radio programs. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the U.K. (London). In 2008 he was a British Music Studies fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
He is currently completing a monograph for Cambridge University Press on 'Creative Development and Compositional Process in the Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett'. He is also a contributing author for the forthcoming Tippett Cambridge Companion (CUP). He is currently completing a recording project on The Complete Guitar Music of Tom Johnson.
DMA, Conducting, 1982, SUNY Stony Brook
MM, Double Bass, Yale School of Music, 1976
BA, Music, Bennington College, Bennington, VT, 1974
Julius Levine, Homer Mensch, Jimmy Garrison
Performance Experience (Double Bass)
Moab (UT) Music Festival; Oregon Festival of American Music; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; New World Consort, Double Bassist and Artistic Director, 1985-present. National touring with the quintet Elite Syncopation, 1993-present. Goodspeed Opera House; Principal Bass, 1976-present.
Freelance orchestral work in New England with the Hartford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, Springfield (MA) Symphony, Chamber Music Plus, Shubert Opera,1982-present.
Freelance jazz work in Connecticut with Sonny Costanzo Big Band, Chick Ciccetti Big Band, Long Island Sound, Willie Ruff, Bill Brown, Elite Syncopation, smaller ensembles; appearances on Connecticut Public Radio.Freelance work in New York, 1978-92; Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Broadway shows, recording, chamber orchestras.
Private Lessons Teacher, Double Bass, Wesleyan University, 1979-present; Instructor of Double Bass, Central Connecticut State University, 2003—present; Conductor, Chamber Orchestra; Theory Instructor, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT1991-present. Also instructed at SUNY/Stony Brook, Buxton School (Williamstown, MA); extensive private instruction in classical and jazz double bass, and electric bass. Conductor, Wesleyan University Orchestra, Fall 1996, Spring 2005.
Conducting: many premieres of new works with New World Consort, also historic popular and jazz works; productions at Goodspeed Opera House; productions in Wesleyan Theater Department. Music advisor to Garrison Keillor's NPR program; recording annotator for Musical Heritage Society; lecturer on American historic popular music. Conductor and Historian, Oregon Festival of American Music.
Pamela J. Perry is Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education and directs the CCSU University Singers. She was the Director of the CCSU Summer Music Institute from 1994 – 2010.
From 1985 to 1990 she was the Director of Choral Activities at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, directing the Hartt Symphonic Choir and the Hartt Collegiate Singers. She began her career as a high school and middle school choral director in public schools in Illinois and Vermont.
Dr. Perry is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, conducting district, regional and All State festivals throughout the East. She has also been the guest conductor of the International Schools Honors Choir Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1993, she founded the CCSU University Singers, a vocal ensemble that has given concert tours in Germany, Puerto Rico, Hungary, France and China. They perform extensively on campus, in schools, and at several choral and music education conferences.
Dr. Perry has published articles on choral music education in the Choral Journal and International Journal of Women Composers. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, most notably the Connecticut ACDA "Conductor of the Year" award in 1994, and membership to the "Excellence in Teaching" Honor Roll at CCSU in 1996,1998, 2007,and 2008. In 2006 she received the CCSU Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Perry attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois, for her undergraduate degree in music education. She holds a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the Hartt School, Hartford, Connecticut.