Kinhaven has an experienced and dedicated, world-class music faculty, many having taught at Kinhaven for 20 years or longer. We choose teachers as much for their sensitivity to students as for their professional excellence. When not at camp, most of our faculty members teach in universities and colleges or concertize in world-renowned chamber ensembles and professional orchestras. All are graduates of major conservatories and are active performers and teachers. When not fulfilling their professional duties at camp, they might be on your softball team or join you on the “sitting-hill.” Most students find their teachers are more than teachers; they are also friends, companions, and mentors. Kinhaven’s faculty perform weekly at concerts that are open to the public.

Kinhaven Senior Session Faculty

Senior Session Directors, Professional Bios

Deborah Buck, Co-Director, Violin

Deborah_Buck_2Deborah Buck, Co-Director; violin. Described by Strad Magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong musical career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist, director, and professor of violin. She enjoys a versatile musical life as the first violinist of the Lark Quartet, Concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and as Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School. Ms. Buck and the Lark Quartet have a distinguished tradition of working closely with the country’s most celebrated composers and commissioning new works, many of which have become mainstays of the chamber music repertoire. This history includes works such as Billy in the Darbies by William Bolcom for Stephen Salters, baritone, and Lark; Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams by Jennifer Higdon for Lark and Gary Graffman, piano; Quartet no. 1 Musica celestis and Quartet no. 2 Musica instrumentalis (winning the 1997 Pulitzer Prize) by Aaron Jay Kernis; Piano Quintet by Paul Moravec for Lark and Jeremy Denk, Quartet no. 2 In Memoriam and Piano Quintet no. 2, by Peter Schickele; Early That Summer by Julia Wolfe; Viaggio in Italia by Giovanni Sollima; Intarsio by Glen Velez and Big Time by Nico Muhly (commissioned by the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival) for Lark and Yousif Sheronick, percussion. Since 2009, Ms. Buck has served as the tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In 2013, the BPO commissioned a piece for solo violin and a film from Nepal written by Randall Woolf called Gandharba’s Song. Ms. Buck is a leader of many of the New York and tri-state area ensembles. She has led the North Eastern Pennsylvania Symphony, Sympho (N.Y.), The Colonial Symphony (N.J.), the Music Paradigm Orchestra, and the Stamford (C.T.) Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Buck has held concertmaster positions with the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra (L.A.), the Philadelphia Virtuosi (P.A.), the North South Chamber Orchestra (N.Y), and the Los Angeles Opera Guild Orchestra. As a frequent collaborator of music with varying styles, Ms. Buck has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Erikha Badu, Gary Graffman, Yasim Bey (Mos Def), the Grizzly Bears, and Jeremy Denk. She has also toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist, Ms. Buck has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago for WFMT and Sunday’s Live in Los Angeles for KKGO. Ms. Buck is also a frequent concerto soloist, appearing with the Little Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Santa Cecelia Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Buck has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the Los Angeles Philharmonic-sponsored Corwin Foundation Grant and the Leni Fe Bland Career Grant. She was a winner in the National Contemporary Record Society Competition, the Sorantin National Young Artist Competition, and the International Young Artist Competition at Corpus Christi. Ms. Buck’s national television debut came by way of a feature guest spot on the Family Channel’s, “It Takes Two” hosted by Dick Clark. Her violin solos for television helped breathe life back into the re-mastered American Silent Film classic, The Scarlet Letter, (Turner Classic Movies). Ms. Buck has recorded for Endeavor Classics, Koch, Arabesque, and the North South record labels as well for many major motion pictures and television. As 2013 Copland Fund recipients, Ms. Buck and the Lark recorded two new critically acclaimed CD’s for Bridge Records. Ms. Buck grew up in Los Angeles, CA and studied throughout her primary years with Michael and Irina Tseitlin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a Starling Scholar of Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Buck studied with Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California where she earned her Master of Music degree as a Jascha Heifetz Scholarship recipient. Later studies included three years of training in the Alexander Technique with Hilary Mayer. In November 2010, Ms. Buck was named Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. In 2013, she joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Violin at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Conservatory of Music. Ms. Buck performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by Ray and Marcia Corwin.

Anthony Mazzocchi, Co-Director, Trombone

2014; CART; CALI; faculty; music, Anthony Mazzocchi, Grammy NomineeAnthony Mazzocchi, Co-Director; trombone, A GRAMMY nominated music educator, Anthony Mazzocchi began studying trombone at the age of eight. While receiving Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, he studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Steven Norrell, David Finlayson and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. He received the Janet Schenck Award for Outstanding Musicianship from the school in 1997. Mr. Mazzocchi has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Riverside Symphony, and Key West Symphony. He has performed in various Broadway shows and can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks including “Mimic” and “Live with the Brian Wilson Orchestra”. Mr. Mazzocchi currently serves as Associate Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey, as well as Professor of Trombone. His private students have been accepted to Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music. He is a guest clinician with the New York and New Jersey Youth Symphonies, and a guest conductor for the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble and various honor bands in the New York area. Mr. Mazzocchi also serves as faculty or as a frequent guest lecturer at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and NYU. Mr. Mazzocchi’s private students have been accepted to Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music to name a few. He is a guest clinician with the New York and New Jersey Youth Symphonies, and a guest artist for various honor bands and orchestras in the New York area. Mr. Mazzocchi has been a soloist and clinican at New York University, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Montclair State University, Brooklyn College, and Cal Tech University. He resides in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, Deborah, son Luca, and daughter Tahlia.  He is sponsored by Antoine Courtois and the Buffet Group.


Senior Session Faculty, Professional Bios

Nicholas DiEugenio, Violin


Praised by the New York Times for his “excellent” and “evocative” playing, violinist Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile life as chamber musician, leader, and soloist in music ranging from Biber to Carter and beyond. A core member of the Sebastians, a period group hailed as “topnotch” by the New Yorker and “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” by the New York Times, Nicholas also performs and records with pianist Mimi Solomon. Their current duo project, entitled “Unraveling Beethoven,” comprises a full cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas along with response works from composers Tonia Ko, Robert Honstein, Jesse Jones, Allen Anderson, and D.K. Garner.

Nicholas has performed with mentors and colleagues such as Ani Kavafian, Laurie Smukler, Joel Krosnick, Peter Salaff, Joseph Lin, and Robert Mealy, and in venues ranging from Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and New York’s Trinity Wall Street to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and Rose Live Music in Brooklyn. Along with conductor Jeffery Meyer, Nicholas commissioned and premiered Loren Loiacono’s Concerto for Violin and Strings with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Glinka Hall, and has commissioned and premiered Nobody’s, a solo violin work by composer Ted Hearne.

Nicholas has twice been a prize winner at the Fischoff Competition; his award-winning recording of the three Schumann violin sonatas with Chi-Chen Wu is available on the Musica Omnia label. Nicholas has also recorded for the innova, New Focus, and Naxos labels. Nicholas is director of the Luby Violin Symposium at UNC Chapel Hill, and co-artistic director of MYCO, a youth chamber music program in Chapel Hill, NC. Currently Assistant Professor of Violin at UNC Chapel Hill, Nicholas was previously violin professor at the Ithaca College School of Music. Nicholas teaches at the Kinhaven Music School during the summers, and holds BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an AD and DMA from the Yale School of Music.

Tim Kantor, Violin

CMA_4299Timothy Kantor is the second violinist of the Afiara Quartet in Toronto. The former concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic in Evansville, Indiana, Mr. Kantor is a founding member of the Larchmere String Quartet. He has been featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” and has performed as a member of the Kuttner String Quartet in residence at Indiana University and numerous residencies at the Banff Centre. He shared the stage with many of today’s leading musicians, including Joshua Bell, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Atar Arad, Alex Kerr and the Pacifica Quartet. Mr. Kantor is devoted to the performance of new works and has performed with numerous new music ensembles as both a soloist and chamber musician.  Mr. Kantor has studied at Bowdoin College, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and his mentors include Mark Kaplan, Jaime Laredo, Paul Kantor, and Stephen Kecskemethy. Mr. Kantor is a dedicated teacher and enjoys sharing music with students in all corners of the world, from Toronto to the Dominican Republic. In his free time he enjoys basketball and auto racing.

Michelle Abraham, Violin

Violinist Michelle Abraham was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She is the former concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and served as guest concertmaster of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland. In recital, Michelle collaborates with pianists Peter Takács (Oberlin Conservatory) and Shuai Wang (Cleveland Institute of Music), and University of Arizona Professor of Violin Timothy Kantor. She has appeared as guest artist on Faculty Chamber Music Series at Oberlin Conservatory, Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, and Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona, as well as the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Summer Series and Saint Andrews Bach Society in Tucson. Deeply committed to music education, Michelle teaches Suzuki and Traditional violin students ages 3 and up in her home studio in Tucson, AZ, and is on the Senior Session Violin Faculty at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. She has taught at The Music Settlement and the Oberlin Community Music School in Ohio, and taught and coached chamber music for several summers at the New England Music Camp in Maine where she founded their Intensive String Quartet program. Michelle has led Teaching Workshops to music students at the University of Arizona, and has presented educational chamber music programs in the Cleveland Public Schools as well as in the Banff and Bow Valley Communities in Alberta, Canada. As a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Michelle presents Music In Schools programs and quartet recitals across Southern Arizona. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Paul Kantor. A Connecticut native, Michelle enjoys baking, watching basketball, and spending time with pets Seppe and Ella.

Kenneth Kwo, Viola

KenKwo_picKenneth Kwo, viola, was a double major in math and viola at Oberlin College and went on to the University of Iowa to earn his Master’s degree in viola. His primary teachers were David Becker, Kathryn Plummer and William Preucil. Ken has been a member of the Florida Orchestra since 1984. 

Aundrey Mitchell, Viola

AundreyMitchell_picAundrey Mitchell, viola, has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. She has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, Merkin Hall, and the Kimmel Center.  She attended the American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau, France and the Taos School of Music festivals. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both her BM and her MM in addition to post graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music.  In 1998, she was awarded her DMA from Rutgers University.  Her primary teachers were Michael Tree, Karen Ritscher, and Lucian Joel.  She has taught at Moravian College, Eastern Music Festival, Westminster Choir College, and the PA Academy of Music.  She is an active chamber musician in the New York and Philadelphia areas.

Adam Grabois, Cello

adam_graboisAn alumnus of Kinhaven, Adam Grabois, cello, joins the faculty with great enthusiasm. He has a varied career as chamber musician, soloist, teacher and recording artist and is the founder of the record label Reflex Editions, about whose first recording the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Sometimes, the way he plays with the sound of a single note has enough emotional sustenance in it to launch a half-dozen distinct feelings in quick succession.” A second disc, DUOS: Martinu, Ravel, Kodaly, was released to critical acclaim in 2008. A resident of New York City, Adam Grabois is the cellist of the New York Chamber Soloists with whom he performs throughout the country. Recent appearances include the Metropoliltan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library in New York City, the National Gallery in Washington and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He is the cellist of the Lile Piano Trio and also plays with the Finckel Cello Quartet. During the 2009-2010 season, he appears in five concerto performances around the country. Past collaborations have included performances with Menahem Pressler and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has played many times in Vermont, including performances at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, the Vermont Mozart Festival and at Kinhaven. Adam Grabois was educated at Swarthmore College. He studied with David Finckel and has taught as his assistant. His cello was made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in Brooklyn in 1998 and his bows were made by Ole Kanestrøm in 2004 and 2008.

Tomoko Fujita, Cello

Tomoko_FugitaA native of Port Jefferson, NY, Tomoko Fujita is the founding cellist of the Bryant Park Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Stony Brook University Community Music Programs and recipient of a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program grant.  Recent highlights with the quartet include the release of their debut CD titled BPQ; a tour to Abu Dhabi, UAE; an appearance at Arizona Music Fest; and performances of the Debussy String Quartet from memory and on stage with the dancers of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at The Kennedy Center in Washington, CD, Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA, and the Florence Gould Hall and The Joyce Theater in NYC. Tomoko has collaborated in chamber music performances with esteemed artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Jonathan Carney, Eugene Drucker, Donald Weilerstein, Larry Dutton, Kathy Murdock, Roger Tapping, Colin Carr, and Seth Knopp. Tomoko has also premiered and performed many contemporary works, as a soloist and in ensembles such as Argento Chamber Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, New Fromm Players, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and New Juilliard Ensemble. On baroque cello, she has performed with the Aulos Ensemble, and at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series.  Tomoko graduated summa cum laude from Rice University with a double degree: a Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology.  Having earned a Master’s of Music at The Juilliard School, she received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University.  In addition to being the Head Chamber Coach of the Stony Brook University Pre-College Program and coaching at the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, she maintains a private studio in New York City and Long Island.  Tomoko is on the faculty of Kinhaven Music School, and previously has been on the staff of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Course and Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, and The Perlman Music Program. 

Troy Rinker, Double Bass

Troy Rinker, BassTroy Rinker’s musical journey began in the public schools of Jacksonville, Arkansas at 10 years old. At age 15 he was playing professionally with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, their youngest full member to be appointed to a position. Mr. Rinker’s musical education continued at Indiana University, the University of Central Arkansas, and The Juilliard School, where he was fortunate to study from great bass luminaries Lawrence Hurst, James Hatch, and Homer Mensch.  An enthusiast of modern music, Mr. Rinker has been a participant in many world premier performances and recordings by composers such as John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Charles Wuorinen, David Brynjar Franzson, Frances White, Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Toensing, Peteris Vasks, Mark O’Connor, Brian Ferneyhough, and Peter Kotik, to name a few. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member Mr. Rinker regularly appears on all of New York’s concert stages, including Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, the 92nd Street Y, BAM, and Carnegie Hall. A member of several ensembles, Mr. Rinker performs regularly with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, American Composer’s Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Stamford Symphony. In addition to Mr. Rinker’s busy performance schedule, he teaches double bass at The Third Street Music Settlement, the oldest public music program in the United States, and at the Noel Pointer Foundation. His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor. Mr. Rinker can be heard on labels Sony Classical, Telarc, Naxos, and North/South, in addition to several studio recordings for television and film. His instrument is a fine example of the modern bass maker Chris Threlkeld-Wiegand, of Iowa.

Peter Schultz, Flute

PeterSchultz_picPeter Schultz, flute, is on the faculty of Phillips Exeter Academy, where he teaches music theory, coaches chamber music and conducts the Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. He completed his doctorate in flute performance at the Manhattan School of Music in 2002 as a student of Michael Parloff. He has been a winner of the New York Flute Club’s Young Artist Competition and the National Flute Association’s Professional Performer’s competition. After completing his Master’s degree at SUNY Stony Brook with Samuel Baron, Peter joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music’s pre-college division. He continued his study of the flute for many years with Eleanor Lawrence and as a regular participant in the seminars of Marcel Moyse. An active freelancer for many years, Peter has performed with the Bergen Philharmonic, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Bethlehem Bach Festival, and the New Hampshire Symphony. Peter teaches and performs at Kinhaven’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop, and both the Junior and Senior sessions. 

Mary Watt, Oboe

MaryWatt_picMary Watt, oboe, received her bachelor and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was the winner of the Walter Naumberg Orchestral Prize. She studied with Ronald Roseman at Juilliard, Richard Killmer at the Aspen Music Festival and with John Mack prior to coming to Juilliard. After teaching at Virginia Tech University, she returned to New York, where she was active as a performer with orchestras, chamber music groups and on Broadway. As Principal Oboe with the Bethlehem Bach Choir, she has performed at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and recorded several CDs. Since moving to New England, she has continued to teach and perform, playing regularly with the New England Bach Festival and New Hampshire, Vermont and Springfield Symphonies. She teaches oboe and coaches chamber music at Phillips Exeter Academy. In March of 2015, Mary gave a masterclass at the Eastman School of Music. 

David Sapadin, Clarinet

Davidsapadin_picDavid Sapadin, clarinet, is an active freelance musician in the New York City area. He has appeared with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, American Symphony and several regional orchestras around the tri-state area. Mr. Sapadin can be heard on commercially available recordings of the Metropolitan Opera (London) and Rufus Wainwright (Dream works). He is on the faculty of Wilkes University and Hunter College. His principal teachers were Mitchell Lurie, Yehuda Gilad, David Krakauer and Ricardo Morales.

John Kehayas, Bassoon

john_kehayasJohn Kehayas, bassoon, is in his nineteenth year as Bassoon Professor at the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he was awarded the Namburg Foundation Scholarship for excellence in music performance. As bassoonist/contrabassoonist of the Florida Orchestra, Mr. Kehayas is currently in his twenty-first season. He has concertized throughout Japan, China, Hong Kong, as well as Europe and the United States. He has performed with The New York Philharmonic and was an inaugural member of The New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He started his musical studies in Pittsburgh, PA under the instruction of bassoonist Stephen Paulson. His teachers include Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenburg, and Judith LeClair. He is an active performer of contemporary music, has performed around the United States with the Ensemble Sospeso, Sprectrum Contemporary Ensemble and at Princeton University, where he premiered and recorded works of American composers. He is a guest artist/lecturer at Columbia University and appears on CR1, New World, Azica and Mode Recorded labels. Mr. Kehayas is the Co-founder of the USF Double Reed Camp now in its tenth year catering to young bassoonists across the Southeast region. John Kehayas performs on a vintage pre-war Heckel and rides a Ducati 900ss.

Carolyn Wahl, Horn

CarolynWahl_picCarolyn Wahl, French horn, graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and studied with Dale Clevenger, Martin Morris and Lowell Shaw. She was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Florida Orchestra and is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College, Pinellas County School for the Arts, and coaches brass quintets.

Paul Murphy, Trumpet

Paul_Murphy_PicPraised as one of the “standouts” among the many rising stars in Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed Ensemble ACJW, trumpeter Paul Murphy is passionate about drawing audiences deeply into the art of music.  His work as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player has taken him to hundreds of cities and 18 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  A co-founder of Decoda, he has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and frequently tours with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. As a recording artist his work can be heard on major film and television soundtracks, including HBO’s Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire. Committed to expanding the role of what it means to be a 21st century musician, Paul’s work often takes him beyond the concert hall and into the broader community.  He is proud to serve on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, and has helped to design projects and programming for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program which sends artists into community centers, hospitals, and correctional facilities. Paul is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and St. Olaf College.

Gabriel Langfur Rice, Low Brass

 Gabriel Langfur Rice is bass trombonist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestras and the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. His diverse performing career has included the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet Orchestra, and most of the professional orchestras in New England; the Louisiana Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, and Spokane (WA) Symphony; and on tours with the Boston Pops, Burning River Brass, Linda Ronstadt, and noted contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Mr. Rice serves on the faculties of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, and the Kinhaven Music School, and has served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, the University of Rhode Island, and Brown University, as well as the summer festival faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, and Boston Youth Symphonies. As a recitalist, he is especially interested in new music for bass trombone and has been involved in commissions from composers John Stevens, Raymond Premru, Norman Bolter, Jeremy Howard Beck, James Stephenson, Gregory Fritze, and others. Mr. Rice has performed on recordings with the Boston, Albany and Vermont Symphonies, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Symphony Principal Trombonist Ronald Barron, Norman Bolter’s Frequency Band, the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s Whatsnext?, the Indigo Invention Group, and the Thompson Brass Project led by renowned trumpeter James Thompson. Educated at the Oberlin and New England Conservatories, his teachers have included Raymond Premru, Norman Bolter, Matthew Guilford, and Per Brevig.

John Bannon, Percussion

JohnBannonJohn Bannon, percussion, is Principal Timpanist with The Florida Orchestra, and conducts orchestra, band, and teaches conducting at St. Petersburg College. He was formerly Principal Timpanist with the Anchorage Symphony, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, and the Honolulu Symphony. He earned degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of South Florida (BA) and the University of Michigan (MM), and in Instrumental Conducting (DMA) from the University of Miami. Dr. Bannon has taught for thirty years as an adjunct to his performing career, and counts among his former students numerous professional musicians.

Mimi Solomon, Piano

MimiSolomonMimi Solomon, piano, has been heard as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in United States as well as in China, Japan and Europe. As a soloist and recitalist, she has performed in major venues in New York, Boston, Chicago, New Haven, and Amsterdam and has been featured on radio and television broadcasts including the prestigious McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase. Festival appearances have included invitations to music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, and Aspen. Recent highlights include a recital tour in China, a solo appearance with the Shanghai Symphony and chamber music concerts in France, Italy, Denmark, and the United States. Winner of the Chopin Prize in the 2000 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at the Juilliard School, Ms. Solomon also took top prizes in the Yale Friends of Music, the Chiang Wen Yeh International Chinese Music, and the Kosciuzsko Foundation Chopin competitions. She received Yale’s Selden Junior and Bach Society prizes. Ms. Solomon graduated cum laude from Yale University and went on to receive a Masters of Music from Juilliard. Her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald. She subsequently spent a year studying in Europe on a Beebe Grant. She resides in Paris with support from the Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis.  

Hannah Shields, Piano

hannah shields piano kinhavenHannah Shields has performed widely throughout the US both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist in the Bach concerto for four keyboards at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, and she has played chamber music in concert series across the country and abroad. Notable appearances include Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Zankel Hall, the Kumho Center in Korea, the Seattle Opera House, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Royal Academy of music in London. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Daniel Shapiro, and a Master’s degree from Yale School of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank. She completed her piano studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Ms. Shields is a prizewinner of the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Fite Young Artist Competition, and Young Keyboard Artists International Competition, and has attended numerous music festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and the Taos School of Music. She has been a faculty member at the Kinhaven and Summertrios summer programs. An advocate of contemporary music, Ms Shields has released several recordings for Parma Recordings and Navona Records, including premier recordings of works by John Bilotta, Paul Epstein, Quinn Dizon, Howard Quilling and Alan Beeler. She is the co-founder and organizer of two chamber music series, “Musique a la Mode” in New York and “Neighborhood Concerts” in Boston, both of which feature innovative programming for mixed ensembles. Ms. Shields has performed in chamber music groups with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Barbara Stein Mallow, Andre Emelianoff, and Kyung-Wha Kim, and has played sonata recitals with Kyu-Young Kim, Beth Guterman Cho, Yura Lee, Christine Lamprea, Kristin Lee, and Robin Scott. She currently has a piano studio in the Boston area, where she teaches students ranging in age from 4 to 65. In her free time, she enjoys photography, silversmithing, and cooking South Indian food.

Nicholas Diaz, Choral Director

Nicholas Diaz joined the Kinhaven faculty as choral director in 2016. A passionate and dedicated music educator, Mr. Diaz has been teaching at East Hartford High School, Connecticut, since 2004. There he teaches a diverse curriculum including choir, AP music theory, and music production. He directs two extra-curricular choirs that perform throughout the community, and is music director for the annual school musical. Mr. Diaz enjoys serving as a vocal judge, clinician, and guest conductor for various high school and middle school choral festivals in Connecticut and New York. He performs with the Vernon Chorale as a member of the tenor section and as a soloist. In 2017, Mr. Diaz served as interim director of the University of Connecticut Men’s Glee Club. Mr. Diaz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan, and his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Nicolas Scherzinger, Composer

NicolasScherzingerNicolas Scherzinger, composer in residence, is the chair of the Composition and Theory Department at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University where he teaches composition,  music theory, improvisation, and digital music. In addition to his work as a professional composer and educator, he is active as a performer of improvisatory works for saxophone and interactive computer. Scherzinger received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Eastman School of Music and has studied composition with Roger Briggs, David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, Christopher Rouse, Allan Schindler, and Joseph Schwantner. He has received awards and commissions from ASCAP, SOCAN, the Barlow Endowment, the Jerome Foundation, the Canada Council, and the Eastman School of Music, and his music has been performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Recently, his works have been premiered or performed at such venues as the International Viola Conference, the World Saxophone Congress (2000, 2003), the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference (2004, 2006), the International Double Reed Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Many distinguished artists have performed his works, including John Graham, Bradley Lubman, David Gilbert, Christopher Marks, Randall Hall, Julia Nolan, the Cassatt String Quartet, and the Meridian Phase II ensemble. Scherzinger has had works broadcast on WCNY, WBFO and CBC RadioTwo, and recorded on Raven Compact Disks and Innova Recordings. Scherzinger is a member of ASCAP, the American Music Center, and the Society of Composers Inc. and his works are published by ScherziMusic Press. Scherzinger currently lives in Syracuse, New York and New York City with his wife, pianist Adrienne Kim.


Kinhaven Junior Session Faculty

Junior Session Directors, Professional Bios

Sandy Dennis, Co-Director, Piano

Sandy_DennisSandy Dennis, Co-Director, Piano, received her BM and MMT degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, and her MM from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Beveridge Webster, Arthur Dann, and Bonnee Hendricks Hoy. Sandy currently teaches at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, and privately, and performs regularly throughout the New England area.  

Martha Knieriem, Co-Director, Viola/Violin

Marty_KnieriemMartha Knieriem, Co-Director, Viola/Violin, has a BM in viola performance from the University of North Carolina and an MM from Ithaca College. She also studied at the Hartt School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Heidi Castleman and Scott Nickrenz. She teaches at the Smith College Campus School and the Community Music School of Springfield, where she directs the Young People’s String Program and String City Orchestra. She has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 1981.


Junior Session Faculty, Professional Bios

Naho Parrini, Violin

Naho_TsutsuiViolinist, Naho Parrini, a native of Japan, has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, France, and Bulgaria. She received her BM from North Carolina School of the Arts, and her MM and DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Parrini is Director of Education and a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She also serves as Co-Director of Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop.

Hubert Chen, Violin

Hubert_2010_web - 4Hubert Chen, Violin, a native New Yorker, received his BA from SUNY Geneseo after 8 years at Juilliard Pre-College. His primary teachers have been Margaret Pardee, Laura Balkin and Eric Lewis, and has been coached in chamber music by the Manhattan String Quartet, Tremont String Quartet, Edward Melkus, and Mark Steinberg. He completed his Suzuki teacher training at The School for Strings and Kodaly Methodology certification at NYU. Hubert is on faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music for violin, musicianship/music theory, and chamber music; and at St. Luke’s School. He serves as the concertmaster of the New York Repertory Orchestra, and is a board member and musician with Anti-Social Music, a new chamber music ensemble, which recently completed a tour of Ukraine with a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Rachel Iba, Violin

_MG_0955!Rachel Iba, Violin, a Boston-area native, holds a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded the Marilyn McDonald Violin Scholarship, the Louis and Annette Kaufman Violin Prize, and several other honors. Rachel currently resides in Los Angeles, where she received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. A modern and baroque violinist, Rachel performs frequently with a diverse range of ensembles in the LA area. Rachel is currently the Director of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Music Program. 

Kathleen Foster, Viola/Violin

Kathleen_FosterKathleen Foster, Viola/Violin, graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree and from the Mannes College of Music with an M.M. Her primary teachers were Michael Tree, John Graham, and Mikhail Boguslavsky. She plays Principal Viola for the orchestras of Musica Sacra, New York Oratorio Society, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and Lake George Opera. She also regularly freelances with the New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many other groups. She has recently performed chamber music at BargeMusic, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, and the Wintergarden Theater.

Kenneth Kwo, Viola

KenKwo_picKenneth Kwo, Viola, was a double major in math and viola at Oberlin College and went on to the University of Iowa to earn his Master’s degree in viola. His primary teachers were David Becker, Kathryn Plummer and William Preucil. Ken has been a member of the Florida Orchestra since 1984.

Amber McPherson, Violin/Viola

Amber_McPhersonAmber McPherson, Violin, completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and later earned a degree in early music performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany where she has lived since 1999. There she is active as a freelance Baroque violinist performing and recording  primarily in Germany and the Czech Republic with ensembles such as the Dresdner Instrumental Concert, Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein, Chemnitzer Barock Orchester, andHofmusici.

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello

Multi-instrumentalist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer is highly sought after as a chamber and orchestral musician across the United States and Europe. She splits her time and passion equally between cello, baroque cello, and all branches of the viola da gamba family. From her home base in Portland, Adaiha performs with a variety of ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, Musica Pacifica, Ensemble Galilei, and Voice of the Viol, which she is Artistic Director of. As an educator she maintains a studio of private students, coaches the Bridgetown Baroque Ensemble, substitute teaches for youth orchestras and chamber ensembles across the Pacific Northwest, and is a regular guest instructor of workshops nationwide.

Adaiha was a participant in the prestigious American Bach Soloists Academy in 2011 and returned the following summer after winning the 2012 Voices of Music International Young Artists Bach Competition.

Miss MacAdam-Somer holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her principal teachers include Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Elisabeth Reed, Uri Vardi, and Laszlo Varga. In the summer you can find her performing with the Astoria Oregon Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and teaching chamber music and cello at Kinhaven Music School, her home away from home. Adaiha is forever grateful to Indre Viskontas and Adam Bristol for facilitating the acquisition of her bass viol, made by master luthier Francis Beaulieu.

Alberto Parrini, cello

Alberto_ParriniAlberto Parrini, Cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. He has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, and perfemed with Continuum, Lenape Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Metamorphosen and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He joined the American Chamber Players in 2004 and tours with them throughout the United States. Since 2007 he serves as principal cellist with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has taught cello and chamber music at the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas.  Alberto is currently Co-Director of the Adult Chamber Music Workshop.

Sara Bennett Wolfe, Cello

 Sara_Bennett_WolfeSara Bennett Wolfe, cello, is full time faculty and Cello Department Head at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, Connecticut, and a doctoral candidate in Cello Performance at Rutgers University. She completed a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and also earned a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College, where she was the cello teaching assistant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance with distinction from Indiana University. Sara has held the position of Principal Cellist with the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra and Opera in the Ozarks. She concertizes regularly throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic with her duo partner, pianist Heather Adelsberger. She has also recently participated in commercial recordings and premieres for two new choral works in New York City, where she is an active freelancer.  Sara is in demand as a cello clinician, and was the Guest Artist at Montana State University’s 2013 Cello Festival.

Ken Rescsanski, Bass

Ken Rescsanski is a classical double bass player who delights in performing big orchestral works with local Connecticut orchestras. When not in the company of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or Mahler, Ken enjoys the challenge of being Orchestra Director at Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, CT. Summer is his favorite time of year where teaching, relaxing, and performing chamber music all balance out while on faculty at Kinhaven Music School  since 2007 in Vermont and Elm City Chamberfest in New Haven. Ken is an active person who never turns down a game of basketball or a Tough Mudder. Ken survived several callous winters while attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and has found skiing to be the best way to combat winter cabin fever as a current resident of New England. Other pastimes include hiking, boating, and spending time with his family..

Diane Taublieb, Flute

meDiane Taublieb, Flute, is on the faculty of Special Music School, Lucy Moses School, Turtle Bay Music School, and Hunter College, in addition to maintaining an active private flute studio. She is also coordinator of the Adult Chamber Music Program at Lucy Moses and teaches music theory and music history there too. As a flutist, she has performed with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the United States. Her primary teachers are Samuel Baron, Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger, Keith Underwood, and Trudy Kane. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York, the Master of Music in Flute Performance from Stony Brook University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Albany University.

Rebecca Schalk Nagel, Oboe

beckynagelheadshots007Rebecca Nagel, Oboe, enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, and teacher.    Ms. Nagel is Professor of Oboe at the University of South Carolina, and in 2001 was the recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship.  Her CD, “Synthetic Dances,” an eclectic mix of music by Americans Libby Larsen, Allan Blank, John Valerio, and Dutch composer Hendrik Andriessen, was released in 2008 on the Centaur label.  Ms. Nagel is principal oboist of the South Carolina Philharmonic, with whom she has appeared numerous times as a soloist.  She holds degrees from Lawrence University, Yale University, and SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Ronald Roseman.

Shawn Coleman, Clarinet

Shawn_ColemanShawn Coleman is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Colorado Graduate School. Shawn is a Kinhaven Senior Session Alumni and has been on the Junior Session staff since 1996. Shawn served on the faculty of Music Advancement Program of the Juilliard School and was the Principal Clarinetist of the Wyoming Symphony. He left the symphony to join the Legislative Staff of U.S. Rep Jared Polis in Washington D.C.  Currently he is the president of the Denver based lobbying firm 36 Solutions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Youth Symphony.

Nate Reit, Brass

Nate Reit HeadshotNate Reit, Brass,received his BM in 2009 from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Mark Kellogg and Dr. John Marcellus. For several years as an active freelancer in New York City, he enjoyed a diverse performance schedule with such ensembles as the Garden State Philharmonic,One World Symphony, Ureuk Symphony, and TILT Brass. He was also featured regularly with a number of large jazz ensembles and played full time with brass quintet, New Age Brass. In addition to private teaching, Nate has taught at the Bloomingdale School of Music, Brooklyn Music School and New York’s Harmony Program. Other principal teachers, after whom Nate’s teaching style is modeled, include Anthony Mazzocchi, Gilles Bernard, Jim Pugh, and Robert Blaine.

Kenneth Bean, Conductor

167324_546977865828_101703671_31230116_7402720_nKenneth Bean earned a BM in Trumpet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a MME from Jackson State University.  He has performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfo-nia Orchestra.  He currently serves as Associate Director of the Primavera Fund, an initiative to fund music education for youth in Philadelphia.  Kenny has held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley since 2011.  He also serves as the Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and as Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra