Daniel Levitov, cellist, performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” he serves as a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and appears frequently with members of the symphony on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series. He has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Weill Hall, on Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion series, and at the Peabody Institute. Levitov has performed as a concerto soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and the Peabody Camerata. He is a cellist with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Marin Alsop. He recorded the jazz album, “Moment to Moment: Roy Hargrove with Strings,” which was released on the Verve label, and is a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Levitov is adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. In addition to teaching at the Sunderman Conservatory and performing as part of the Sunderman Trio, he is Coordinator of Cello and Chamber Music at the Peabody Institute Preparatory. He also directs the Peabody Young Artists Orchestra. Levitov gives master classes and workshops across the country, including recent master classes/clinics for the National Orchestra Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Music Institute of Chicago. During the summer, He teaches and performs as an artist/faculty of the Killington Music Festival. His students have won several competitions, including ASTA and Washington Performing Arts Society, and have gone on to study at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute. Dr. Levitov is active as a speaker and writer as well. He presents regularly at the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and has published in Stringendo and Strings magazines. He is the contributing editor for “Two Octave Scales and Bowings for Cello” by Susan C. Brown, published by Tempo Press. A native of Nebraska, Levitov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York. He holds a bachelor’s from the Oberlin Conservatory (with a minor in music history) and a master’s from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Janet Schenk award for distinguished service. He has studied with cellists David Geber, Julia Lichten, Peter Rejto, Carol Work, and Tracy Sands.
Matthew Ivon Tifford is founder and owner of the Tifford Cello Studio in North Bethesda, Maryland. Over the years, his students have won acclaim in local and state-wide competitions, and have been a constant presence in both the Maryland All-State Orchestras and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras for over a decade. An accomplished performer, Mr. Tifford has been featured as a soloist for Pope John Paul II in Vatican City, and has recorded and performed live on stage with rock musician Dave Matthews. Mr. Tifford’s most recent work can be heard on the soundtracks for National Geographic films “24 Hours after Hiroshima” and “Canyonlands,” a collaboration with Emmy award-winning composer Christopher Biondo. Matthew has also performed at The Birchmere, The Barns at Wolf Trap, New York City’s Irving Plaza, and on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” radio program. Matthew Tifford has taught cello at the Salisbury University, the Selma M. Levine School of Music, and the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program. Mr. Tifford received his Master of Music in Cello from the Peabody Conservatory and his Bachelor of Music at the Catholic University of America. In the course of his training Mr. Tifford has been fortunate to have studied with many great teachers including Stephen Kates, Robert Newkirk, Christopher Von Baeyer, and Jeffrey Solow. Matthew lives in the wonderful community of Randolph Hills with his wife and four children.
Catherine Stewart, violinist, is honored to be serving the Maryland D.C. area string teachers. Ms. Stewart has been brightening the lives of area children as a Suzuki violin teacher since 1981. Mrs. Stewart’s large teaching studio, Stewart’s Stellar Strings, is in Olney, Maryland. She has been a faculty member of Columbia Union College, St. Mary’s College, the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, and Olney Adventist Preparatory School. Ms. Stewart received the 2012 Service To Strings award from ASTA MD/DC Chapter. Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra presented ASTA and Ms. Stewart the 2011 Chester Petranek Award For Outstanding Community Service in Enriching the Musical Life of the Washington Metropolitan Area. In 1998, ASTA MD/DC Chapter awarded Mrs. Stewart “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.” Ms. Stewart was Education Director of the National Philharmonic (formerly the National Chamber Orchestra) Middle School Institute in 2001, and Education Director of the National Philharmonic High School Institute in 2002. Ms. Stewart has been a violinist with the National Philharmonic since 1999. In addition to the National Philharmonic, she has been a member of the Nashville Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Virginia Beach Pops. She is director and founding member of the Greenwood Chamber Players. Ms. Stewart has been active in many professional organizations over the years. She has been chairman of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association “Strings Plus” Chamber Music Festival and Competition, Washington Music Teachers Association’s Gretchen Hood Competition, the Maryland State Music Teachers Association String Solo Festival, and Montgomery County Music Teachers Chamber Music Festival. She has served as an adjudicator for competitions such as the Landon Symphonette Concerto Competition, The Gretchen Hood Competition, the Brewster Competition, and ASTACAP exams. She was administrator of the Modern Early Music Institute in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Stewart is director of Stewart’s Stellar Strings Super Nova Scale and Sight-Reading camp, founded in 2006.
Jean Provine studied violin at Southern Illinois University and then with Roman Totenberg at Boston University. She has played with the Boston Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Durham Sinfonia in England. During her twenty-three years in England her main occupation was violin teaching, managing a large Suzuki group and running a chamber music program for young players; playing chamber music and freelancing provided a happy contrast. She has lived in the Washington area since 2001, where she teaches, plays part-time with several orchestras, and enjoys being part of the large musical community.
Membership Chair/ASTA-Suzuki Liaison
Alessandra Schneider received her Master of Music in Violin Performance with a concentration in Suzuki String Pedagogy from the University of Maryland, under the instruction of Ronda Cole. Her B.M. in Instrumental Music Education, from the University of Delaware, certifies her to teach students K–12. Ale has also been trained in Music Mind Games (Unit 1) and taken the Parent Effectiveness Training course. Her performance experience includes playing with the Dover Symphony, the Pthalo String Quartet, Perfect Harmony String Quartet, Inscape Chamber Music Project, and Avanti Orchestra. Past teaching includes the Delaware Community Music School, and University of Maryland Suzuki Program. Currently she teaches at the Academy of Music in Gaithersburg as well as the Animato Suzuki Violin Program in College Park, of which she is a founding member.
Jaquelyn Lyman holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from West Virginia University, and is all-but-dissertation for a Ph.D. in Medieval British Literature from the University of Maryland. She also has all but eight hours of Bachelor of Music degree in Theory-Composition from West Virginia University, where her major instrument was percussion. Ms. Lyman has twenty-seven years of experience in higher education as a teacher and an administrator. She has taught all levels of college writing and literature to very diverse populations in West Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. In addition, she has supervised writing centers and various other tutoring departments, disability support services, and college-wide assessment initiatives. She has presented at conferences in California and Washington State on various assessment issues, as well as co-presenting two sessions on teaching adult beginners at ASTA conferences (with Kimberly McCollum). Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, where she has also taught Humanities courses and music composition. She has been a freelance writer and editor for fifteen years, and a violin player for about nine years. She sings and plays marimba, synthesizer, and fiddle in a pop/rock band.
Montgomery County and D.C. Representative
Dorée Huneven is originally from Pasadena, California, where she studied violin with Elizabeth Mills. From there she went on to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan, for two years, becoming the third westerner to graduate from the Talent Education Institute. After studying violin performance and music education at the University of Southern California, Ms. Huneven taught in Los Angeles at USC, Pasadena City College, and in a private studio. In 1979, she left for London, England, where she was the Assistant Director of the London Suzuki Group for eight and a half years; she followed that with a year and a half in Cairo, Egypt, teaching violin and English. Ms. Huneven has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1987, and has maintained private studios in the Palisades area and in her home. She has taught at the Washington Waldorf School, the Levine School, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Gaithersburg. In the fall of 2010, she opened up a new violin and viola studio at Temple Beth Ami in North Potomac, where she works with the eminent cellist Ken Ding. She has performed with the Waldorf Trio and the Monarch String Quartet, and does free-lance work as well. When she was ASTA MD/DC Chapter President-elect, she also was the editor of Stringendo. As Chapter President 2008–2010, Ms. Huneven contributed greatly to the growth of the chapter, helping it to garner a record two awards at the 2010 ASTA National Conference in Santa Clara, California: Most Improved Chapter and Best Newsletter. As Past-president, she was in charge of Chapter elections for the 2012 officers and awards, and continued in helping to run the annual Fiddle Day and Winter ASTACAP exams. In her new capacity as “Montgomery County Representative,” her goals are to keep current county ASTA events running smoothly, to help initiate new events and ideas to promote string teaching and playing, and to aid the President in helping Washington, D.C. and other regions of Maryland to achieve the same kinds of successes enjoyed in Montgomery County.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Certificate Program Chair
Lya Stern, M.M. cum laude in violin performance from the University of Southern California. One year post-graduate work in the master class of Jascha Heifetz at USC. B.M. from Manhattan School of Music. Twenty-five year career in the recording industry performing with Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and many others. Played on the sound track of over 150 motion pictures and TV films. Performed with the American Ballet Theatre, the National Symphony Pops, the National Gallery Orchestra, and others. Lya was awarded the ASTA National Citation for Exceptional Leadership and Merit in 2000 and again in 2008 for initiating and developing the Certificate Program for Strings (later renamed the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program, or ASTACAP). She led its establishment in the MD/DC Chapter in 1998 and subsequently helped introduce the program in several other states. She continued as an advocate for the program and continued to organize efforts to establish it as a national program; her mission was successfully accomplished in 2004. She is a recipient of the Outstanding String Teacher Award and the Outstanding Service to Strings Award. She is a Past President of ASTA MD/DC Chapter. She frequently acts as chair or judge for student competitions. For the past 16 years Lya has been teaching accelerated and award-winning violin students in her Bethesda studio.
Stringendo Layout/Design and Website Administrator
Lorraine Combs received her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Montana. For many years thereafter, she led a somewhat nomadic life, first as the wife of a military chaplain, and then as the wife of her late husband Gary, who served in the U.S. Army as a linguist. Lorraine’s musical training afforded her the opportunity to take advantage of the various musical situations that presented themselves in the different parts of the country and the world where she and her family lived. She has performed as a violinist with Thor Johnson’s Little Symphony in Evanston, Illinois; with the Sands Hotel Orchstra in Las Vegas, Nevada; and with the Composers Orchestra in Kent, Connecticut. She was a member of the music faculty at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. While living in Germany with her family, she was on the music faculty of the Schöneberg Musikschule in Berlin, and was a member of the Berliner Ärtzte Orchester and the Telemann Collegium, also in Berlin. In Augsburg, she was one of the founders of the Medieval and Renaissance Players. Lorraine and her family returned to the United States in 1983, and she has lived in Maryland since then. Currently, she plays violin in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, violin in the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and is principal viola in the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a private studio at home for violin and viola students. She has been a member of ASTA since 1973. For the MD/DC Chapter she has served as Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Stringendo Editor, and received the Outstanding Service to Strings award in 1998 and 2009.
Mark Pfannschmidt began studying violin at age seven, piano at ten and viola at thirteen. Along the way he also studied voice, harp and harpsichord. In the end, he settled on the viola, because of its rich tone and unusual, interesting repertoire (and the employment prospects were better). He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy with a major in viola and minors in harp and voice. His viola performance degrees include a BM from Peabody and an MM from Catholic University. His principal teachers are David Holland, Karen Tuttle and Jody Gatwood. Mr. Pfannschmidt has been teaching since 1986 and has taught ages four to adult. Courses in pedagogy have been completed with Ronda Cole and Rebecca Henry. His viola and violin students have played in MCYO, PVYO, RRYO, ASCYO, Montgomery County Honors Orchestra and Maryland All-State Orchestra. Currently a violist in the National Philharmonic, his varied career has included seven years in the US Marine Chamber Orchestra, where he was a frequent performer for White House functions. Mr. Pfannschmidt is a regular accompanist at SAGWA events, studio recitals, local competitions and festivals. His thirst for interesting and unusual repertoire has led him to edit and publish an ever-expanding catalog of pieces in the public domain. He and his wife, Laura, make their home in Gaithersburg, with their two children, Jason and Emily.
Vasily Popov is a cellist, conductor, teacher, composer and arranger. His active concert schedule includes appearances as a soloist, recitalist and member of chamber ensembles in the great concert halls of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia and U.S.A. His CD’s are produced by Arte Nova Records, BMR, Excelsior, Intercount Music, Madacy Records, and Melodia labels. Mr. Popov is a faculty member at the Levine School of Music where he serves as an associate chair of the Chamber Music Program and conductor of the Levine Chamber Orchestra. He is also member of the music faculty at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. In 2006, Vasily Popov started a small student chamber orchestra at the Maryland (Strathmore) campus of the Levine School of Music. The successful growth of this program inspired him to create more chamber music programs, and in 2009 he and pianist Ralitza Patcheva launched the Young Artist String Quartet Program and the Sonata Project at the Levine School of Music. These programs have been very successful in offering an inspiring musical environment to young musicians of all levels. Vasily Popov can be heard performing every first Thursday of the month at the free noontime Brown Bag Concert Series at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington D.C., which he founded in 2002. A versatile soloist and chamber musician, he participates in a number of projects playing jazz and rock music collaborating with some of the D.C. area’s great musicians—guitarists Eric Ulreich and Josh Walker, bassist Pepe Gonzalez, pianist Bob Sykes, percussionists Leon Koja-Eynatyan and Andrew Hare. Vasily Popov has studied with Natalia Gutman, Walter Nothas, Anatoly Nikitin and Daniil Shafran. His musical style has been shaped through chamber music collaborations and studies with flutist Andras Adorjan and pianists Elisso Virsaladze and Tamara Fidler. Popov has been a member of the leading orchestras and ensembles including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Soloists of St. Petersburg in Russia, Ensemble Del Arte and Concerto-Munchen Chamber Ensemble in Germany. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, pianist Ralitza Patcheva, and two children, Yuri and Vladislav.
Bass Forum and Private School Representative
Dr. Paul Scimonelli is currently a member of the Music Faculty and Director of Strings at the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Maryland. Paul received his Doctorate in Music Education from The Catholic University of America, where he was the instructor of the CUA Jazz Ensemble, as well as a member of the CUA Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his teaching position at Landon, Paul was a faculty member in the Prince George’s and Howard County school systems, and was on the adjunct faculties of Prince George’s College and Howard Community College, where he taught a wide variety of classroom courses and private lessons on string bass and electric bass, and directed jazz ensembles. Along with teaching, Paul has been an active professional performer throughout the greater Washington/Baltimore area. In the classical field, he has performed with orchestras in Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia, and in Tucson, Arizona, as well as with The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. For thirty-eight years, he has been a guest performer, composer, and conductor with The Thomas Jefferson University Choir and Orchestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the world of Washington theater, Paul has played for dozens of shows, including Cats, Starlight Express, Grease, and The Sound of Music, to name but a few. Also a skilled accompanist, Paul has played with luminaries such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Jones, Toni Tenille, Lynn Anderson, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, and many more. For three years, Paul wrote pop music in Nashville, Tennessee, for several major publishing houses, and also performed as a cast member of “The Sensations” and “At the Hop” in Opryland USA theme park. During his years in The United States Marine Band, Paul performed for many White House and State Department functions. During and after his tenure with The Marine Band, he performed in Inaugural Galas for Presidents Nixon and Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush, and twice for President Clinton. Happily married to Ginny, his partner of forty years, they have raised two sons, Anthony and Marc, and a daughter, Natalie, the Queen of the Household, age eighteen!
Julianna Chitwood earned her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she participated in the Guarneri String Quartet Coaching Program, and her Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Florida State University. She has performed in master classes for Dorothy Delay, Samuel Applebaum and Seigsfeld Kuijkan, as well as studied with members of the Meliora, Lark and Guarneri String Quartets. Ms Chitwood is the Associate Principal Second Violinist for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, The Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Orchestra of the 17th Century, Stylus Luxurians, The Cathedral Choral Society, The Washington Concert Opera, The Washington Bach Consort, and The Bach Sinfonia, of which she is a founding member and former concertmaster. In addition to orchestra instruction at the Washington Waldorf School and the D.C. Youth Orchestra, Ms Chitwood has been a violin and/or Music Mind Games clinician at many workshops and Suzuki institutes, including the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute, and on the faculty of the Levine School of Music as a music theory and Music Mind Games instructor. She founded the Frederick (Maryland) Community College’s Suzuki Violin program. Ms Chitwood has also served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area. Currently she teaches over forty Suzuki violin students at her private studio in Rockville, Maryland. In her spare time, Ms Chitwood is an avid reader, volunteers with groups addressing community food and clothing needs and enjoys hanging out with her dogs, Brubeck and BellaLuna.
Eastern Shore Co-Representative
Jeffrey Schoyen graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser. He completed an MFA at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Anne Williams, and a DMA at Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy. Awards he has received include a National Endowment for the Arts Chamber Music Rural Residency Grant, Tanglewood Festival’s Gustav Golden Award, and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study with William Pleeth in London. He has studied Baroque Cello with Myron Lutske, Phoebe Carrai, and Anthony Pleeth. Dr. Schoyen has extensive orchestral experience and has been a member of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Cellist of the Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he has given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and Spain. His most recent recital tour included the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Morelia. Dr. Schoyen has taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at the University of Dayton. He has presented conference lectures on topics ranging from Performance Practice to Kinesiology in String Playing and has been conductor of the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra and the Slidell Community Orchestra. He is an Associate Professor at Salisbury University, where he teaches cello and bass and conducts the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. During the summer he serves on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. His cello is a beautiful Eugenio Degani made in Venice in 1887.
Eastern Shore Co-Representative
Dr. Sachi Murasugi, violin, has performed extensively as a professional orchestral and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Sorg Opera Orchestra in Ohio and Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico, and a member of the West Virginia Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Springfield Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain, performing in such venues as the Museo del Prado in Madrid. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Grant and was selected for the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artist Program as a member of the Sandhill Trio. A dedicated teacher, she has taught violin, viola, and chamber music at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and University of Dayton in Ohio. Sachi holds music performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music and CUNY Queens College, and earned her D.M.A. at Ohio State University. Her teachers include Raphael Bronstein, Daniel Phillips, and Cathy Carroll. In addition, Sachiho holds an MBA from Tulane University, where she received the Business School’s highest award, the Freeman Fellowship. She is currently a full-time faculty member in the Salisbury University music department and is concertmaster of the Salisbury Symphony.
Dalton Potter is the president of The Potter Violin Company in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been building and repairing stringed instruments since 1976. After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Potter helped manage Charlie Byrd’s Music House for eight years, a music school of three hundred students and a faculty of twenty-five. During this time he began building instruments and studying with several world famous luthiers, eventually making instruments that were used in performances at the White House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art concert series. A professional luthier since 1978, Mr. Potter continued to study the science of acoustics and to perfect his instruments. In 1981 he joined The Violin House of Weaver, one of the oldest violin firms in the new world, dating back to 1898. There he was able to study the work of the grand masters of violin making, working daily on fine masterpieces by Stradivari, Guarneri Del Gesu, Amati, Gagliano, Bergonzi, and many more. After fifteen years as the senior violin technician at the historic Violin House of Weaver, he founded The Potter Violin Company, which encompasses the old Weaver retail store, plus the now famous Potter Violin catalogue company. Potter’s Violins is now the largest purveyor of fine stringed instruments in the world. Mr. Potter has written and spoken extensively on the importance of quality instruments in early strings education and is the author of “Kitchen Table Violin Repairs” an emergency manual for string players and teachers. Mr. Potter also serves on the national board of directors of the American String Teachers Association as the president of the String Industry Council of which he is a founding member. Mr. Potter is the recipient of the Chester J. Patranek award (2003) for excellence in service to the music industry and also the Traugott Rohner award (2009) for leadership in the music industry.
Born in New York, Dr. Jeffrey Howard has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Boston Virtuosi, and the Yonkers, Indiana University, Concord, UT Arlington, and WPI Symphony Orchestras. A frequent soloist and guest artist, he has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Federal Hall in New York, the Bastille Opera House in Paris, Khachaturian Hall in Montreal; and at Syracuse University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Longy School of Music, and Oberlin College. Dr. Howard has appeared internationally in Canada and in Central and Western Europe, including the countries of Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Italy. A devoted performer of chamber music, he has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Winter Institute for String Quartets, and the Lydian String Quartet Seminar. He has studied with members of the Tokyo, Mendelssohn, Juilliard, and Cleveland String Quartets. He has performed as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble. He received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University where he completed the Doctorate of Music Degree in Violin. His teachers included Stephen Clapp, Franco Gulli, Paul Biss, and Distinguished Professor Josef Gingold. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the University of Texas at Arlington, Bridgewater State College, and Westfield State College. He performs regularly with his wife, pianist Anna Soukiassian, in the Kassian-Howard Duo. He currently teaches at Towson University where he also coaches chamber music and performs regularly in the Baltimore Trio. He has also given master classes at numerous high schools and preparatory programs, including the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School and the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division. He lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and their two daughters Michelle and Ani.
Marissa Murphy is the Founder and Director of Washington Suzuki Strings, and also serves as the Principal Second Violin of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Murphy’s WSS Advanced Ensemble has performed at the White House on two occasions, for the Vice President of the United States at his residence, soloed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and also at the Zambian Embassy and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds a M.M in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and a B.M. in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her major teachers include Martin Beaver, David and Linda Cerone, Ronda Cole, Erich Eichhorn, and Mary Cay Neal. She has performed at the Encore, Spoleto, Bowdoin, and National Repertory Orchestra festivals, and has soloed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Clarence Symphony. She has also performed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as part of a tribute to Mozart in January 2006. She has performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Annapolis, Clarence, and Alexandria Symphonies. Ms. Murphy is the former Second Violin of the New Music Associates Quartet in residence at Cleveland State University, and has given recitals for President Jimmy Carter at the Norwegian Embassy to honor his Nobel Prize, at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the St. Paul’s Cathedral Recital Series. She is on the faculty of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Summer Workshop, and is the former Assistant Chair Suzuki Strings and Violin faculty at the Levine School of Music. Ms. Murphy also served on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area, and was former violin faculty at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and the Mount Royal Symphonic Orchestra.
Youth Orchestra Liaison
Judith Silverman, violinist and violist, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is associate principal viola of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra she has been with since its inception in 1985 (then the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers include Albert Zorrer, Joel Berman, Andres Archila, and Miles Hoffman. She was the co-founder of the Jewish Community Center of Great Washington Orchestra (founded in 1970) and managed that orchestra for 15 years. She has given chamber music performances in numerous venues, including the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and local libraries and universities. She maintained a private viola, violin and chamber music studio in Maryland for over 35 years. In 1992, Mrs. Silverman received the Chester Petranek Award from the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra (now Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras), and the Outstanding String Teacher of the Year Award by the American String Teachers Association, MD/DC Chapter. In 1999, ASTA MD/DC Chapter gave her the Outstanding Service to Strings Award for founding and co-directing, with conductor Piotr Gajewski, the National Chamber Orchestra Summer String Institute for senior high students. Mrs. Silverman serves on the Board of Directors for the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation where she helps administrate the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players (age 13–17), and on the Orchestra Committee of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. She has served as co-chairman of MSMTA’s String Solo Competition, chairman of the Horwitz Sonata Competition, chairman of the Weaver Competition (formerly the Burchuk Competition), co-chairman of the Strings Plus Competition. She has also served as chairman of MCMTA’s Brewster Competition and chair of WMTA’s Gretchen Hood Competition. She is a frequent adjudicator for local music organization competitions including the FMMC High School Competition. She currently maintains a small studio for adult string players. She has been married to retired psychologist Paul Silverman for over 50 years, has two grown sons, and 4 grandchildren.
Eclectic Strings Representative
Loren Westbrook-Fritts, Artist-in Residence at Strathmore, February 2010, is a multi-faceted cellist from Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the University of Maryland with degrees in performance and music education. In addition to his classical performing and teaching, he is one of a handful of cellists who are also expanding the cello’s repertoire to include rock music. Loren and his band Primitivity were Artists-in-Residence at Strathmore Music Hall for February 2010. Primitivity has performed at Strathmore, The Clarice Smith Center, and The Kennedy Center. Their debut album, Plays Megadeth For Cello, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and cdbaby. Loren has performed as soloist on NPR’s From the Top, at the Kennedy Center, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Strathmore Music Hall. Loren has been principal cellist of the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Repertoire Orchestra at the University of Maryland. He has studied chamber music with the Guarneri and Miami String Quartets, and the Cuarteto Latino Americano. His teachers have included John Schaffer, Jean Robbins, David Howard, Evelyn Elsing, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Glenn Garlick, and David Teie. Loren is an active music educator and conductor. He has taught cello at the International School of Music, the DC Youth Orchestra Program, the Levine School of Music, the Ottley School of Music, and in his own private studio. He has taught music theory at the Levine School and the University of Maryland. He was conductor of the DC Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor at Wootton High School, Thomas Pullen Arts Magnet School, Wheaton High School, and Walter Johnson High School. He is currently a music teacher at Sargent Shriver, Harmony Hills, and Arcola Elementary Schools.
Public Schools Representative
Scott Herman has been the Instrumental Music Director at Cabin John Middle School for 23 years, and conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras for 14 seasons. In 2009, Mr. Herman received the distinguished Maryland Music Educators “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award. The instrumental music program is widely regarded as one of the finest music programs in Maryland. The ensembles have been consistently praised for their outstanding performances at the district and state levels. In addition, Cabin John Middle School has been the most represented in the regional youth orchestras, plus All County and All State ensembles. The Orchestra recently performed for the National PTA Reflections program at the U.S. Department of Education. They were featured at the Maryland Music Educators Association Spring Conferences in 2012 and 2002. In 2009, the Band and Orchestra were showcased at the Montgomery County Public Schools Administrators Meeting. Mr. Herman directed the Montgomery County Junior Honors Orchestras for sixteen seasons. In 2008, he directed the Southern Tri-County Orchestra. In 2006, he guest conducted the Thomas Wootton Orchestra in its debut at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2002, Mr. Herman directed the Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra. Prior conducting engagements include the 2003 Calvert County Senior Orchestra and the 2002 Baltimore County Public Schools Middle School Honors Band. In the spring of 2001, Mr. Herman was awarded “Outstanding Service to Strings” by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Mr. Herman adjudicates various music events throughout the state, and is frequently asked by his colleagues as a resource. Mr. Herman’s private trumpet and string bass studio are represented in MCYO, All County, and All State ensembles. As a performing artist, Mr. Herman is a member of the Capital Wind Symphony, as well as various chamber ensembles throughout the Washington, D.C. metro region.
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