Bach sometimes expressively improvised hymn arrangements, as a child Martha Alford fell asleep every night listening to her mother play piano. She always found ways to join the music; her green singing bear had to be left behind at concerts because she'd wind him up to participate! Her parents nurtured her love for music as she competed in both flute and piano throughout high school. Since they deemed teaching more practical than performance, Martha earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College. Later, to prove to herself that she could, she earned a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Idaho.
Once she started teaching, however, pedagogy became a passion. She authored a beginning flute method book and developed a general music theory and history curriculum using handbells as practical application. Martha serves as adjunct professor of Woodwind Methods at Eastern University. She taught muusic history, Basic Experiences in Music and flute at Lancaster Bible College, directed the concert bands at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA and the orchestra at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She taught general and instrumental music at Westminster Academy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and in the South Colonie School District in Albany, NY. Love of performance continued: Martha played principal flute with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops, the Florida Wind Symphony andthe New York State Band Director's Association Intercollegiate Band. Winning a Northwest collegiate orchestral competition, she soloed with the Spokane Symphony. She studied with Gary Schocker, David Cramer, Kimberly Reighley, Christine Nield, John Oberbrunner, Richard Hahn and Joanna Bassett, and has performed in masterclass with Bonita Boyd and James Galway.
MM, Education - Kutztown University (in progress) BMusEd and BS, Bible - Clarks Summit University
Music Teacher - Dallas Area School District, PA Principal Clarinet - Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra First Clarinet - Northeastern Appalachian Wind Ensemble
Bethany Brooks is a freelance pianist and piano teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She holds the Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Houghton College in Houghton, NY, where she studied with Dr. Dolores Gadevsky. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she earned the Master of Music in piano performance as a student of Ian Fountain and the LRAM piano teaching licentiate.
Bethany has played in master classes of Gilbert Kalish, Katsunori Ishii, Santiago Rodriguez, and others. She was a prizewinner in the 2001 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, where she performed for György Sándor. In addition to recent solo performances of classical and sacred music in Odessa, Istanbul, and Mexico City, Bethany sings and plays regularly with a Philadelphia-based folk/Americana band. She has also served as staff pianist at the Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts, held in Sárospatak, Hungary.
She has been part of Tenth Presbyterian Church since 2004 and is active in the music program, as a Sunday School teacher for 9th & 10th grade, and on the Global Outreach Commission. Current involvements outside of Tenth include writing music reviews for the Gospel & Culture Project and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in foster care.
Bethany was a camper at Csehy from 1993-1996. This will be the fourth summer in which she serves as a member of the Csehy faculty.
MM - Westminster Choir College MSc - Cairn University BEc - University of Adelaide AMusA - Australian Music Examinations Board
Graeme Burgan is an exciting and versatile pianist working within opera, chamber music, musical theatre and jazz. He has performed in collaboration with artists Alan Held, Margaret Cusack, Serena Benedetti, Timothy Bentch, Suzanne Kompass, Steven Condy, Robin Massie, Nick Parnell and Samuel Hsu; with composers Morten Lauridsen, Sean O’Boyle and Rollo Dilworth; and at events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bundaleer Forest Weekend, and Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Graeme has also appeared at the Philadelphia Lieder Society, the Melbourne Recital Center, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Friday Musicale in Jacksonville and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around program. Piano teachers have included Samuel Hsu, James Correnti, Graham Williams, JJ Penna, Daniel Beckwith and Dalton Baldwin. Graeme has worked with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Cairn University, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and the Westminster Opera Theater where he assisted Daniel Beckwith as chorus master. As a chorister, Graeme has performed with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, singing under the batons of Carl Crossin, Paul Hillier, Joe Miller, Arvo Volmer, Christoph Eschenbach and Ton Koopman. Graeme has played for the voice studios of Sharon Sweet, Laura Brooks Rice, Sally Wolf, Scott McCoy, Mark Moliterno, Amy Zorn, Carolann Page, Claudia Catania, Katherine Johnson and Nova Thomas. Graeme is a faculty member of Cairn University, Moravian College and is also the Executive Director of Csehy Summer School of Music.
David Clem is a doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology and Theory at the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he is completing his dissertation “O Fortuna” and the Mythic Medieval: A Study in Multimedia Reception under the guidance of Dr. James Currie. His research interests include the theory and history of musical multimedia, music and philosophy, and the application of linguistic models from semiotics and pragmatics to music.
He regularly presents research at the Music and the Moving Image Conference held annually at NYU’s Steinhardt School, on topics ranging from Aaron Copland’s score to Our Town (1940), to a comparative analysis of the opening credit sequences of Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010-). He has also delivered papers in various formats at the Society for American Music, where he looks forward to a delivering a poster presentation this March on the use of “O Fortuna” in recent television commercials. His recently published essay “Music, Magic, and the Intermedial Gap: Or How Music Aids the Adaptation Process in the Harry Potter Films,” appears in Harry Potter Intermedial: Untersuchungen zu den (Film-) Welten von Joanne K. Rowling, edited by Tobias Kuriwinkel (Konighausen & Neumann, 2014), and explores how the affective and narrative properties of music effect current theories on the adaptation of literature to film.
In addition to his musicological research, David is active as a composer and violist in the Buffalo (NY) area. He is a violist with and board member of the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, Inc., and also performs as a section player with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony.
D.M.A. University of North Texas.
Michael A. Harcrow is a Texas native who holds music degrees from West Texas State University, the University of Miami, and the University of North Texas. For nearly fourteen years, Dr. Harcrow was an active performer and teacher in South Korea where he held faculty positions at Mokwon University in Taejon and at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul; he was concurrently principal horn in the Korean Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center. In the United States, he has been a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, among others. Dr. Harcrow held a three-year teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas and has also taught at Texas Woman’s University and Midwestern State University. He is founder of the Covered Bridge Brass, and he is an active composer and adjudicator.
D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music B. S. in Bible & B.Mus., Cairn University
Benjamin Harding serves as Dean of the School of Music at Cairn University. From 2012-2014, Harding served as Associate Professor of Piano at Cairn, Director of Outreach Programs, and Director of the Cairn Community Arts Academy. Prior to being at Cairn, he served on staff at the Hartt School of Music and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was awarded Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the Graduate Arts and Sciences School.
A proud alum of Cairn University (B.Mus. and B.Sc., 2002), Dr. Harding earned graduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus., 2005; Professional Studies Certificate, 2006) and from the University of Maryland, College Park (D.M.A). Already making a mark at Cairn, Harding was instrumental in the merger of Cairn’s Community School of Music and the Hilltown Creative Arts Academy, forming the Cairn Community Arts Academy – a program serving over 120 students in a variety of arts and music programs. As Director of Outreach programs at Cairn, he initiated a residency with the Ying String Quartet and developed the Cairn Choral Festival alongside the Cairn Choral Music Educators’ Collective.
Benjamin Harding began his study of piano at the age of five, competing in a variety of festivals and competitions from an early age. He completed the performance requirements for the Associateship Degree of the Royal Conservatory of Music while in high school and has appeared on CBC radio. Inhis home province of New Brunswick, Canada, he has been awarded numerous arts awards. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and recently in Europe. He has collaborated with cellists Michael Katz and Kangho Lee, violinists Anthea Kreston and Benjamin Shute, and violist Clark Potter. His primary piano teachers include Juanita Spragg, Carol O’Neil, Samuel Hsu, Nina Svetlanova, and Bradford Gowen.
Dr. Harding has a passion for the church and its music. Since 2008, he has been Director of Music Ministries at Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Newark, DE. In addition to serving as organist, he oversees the entire music program which includes choirs, bell choirs, worship band and ensemble, an extensive concert series, music ministry internship program and musical educational opportunities for the community. Prior to coming to Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Benjamin served at Grace Church in Hartford, CT, as Director of Music and Youth Pastor.
Benjamin serves on the piano and conducting faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician for high school choir, band, and orchestra festivals, as well as a featured conductor at the recent Fanwood Choral Festival. He is married to the former Marji Manz. They have four children: Karsten, Jonathan, Micah, and Clara.
Sean is a previous counselor, photographer, and alumnus of Csehy Summer School of Music. He completed his bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance at Charleston Southern University under Artist-in-Residence, Mark Sterbank. He has also studied with William Clemons, Doug Earlenbaugh, Keith Philbrick, and Marshal Taylor. Sean was the recipient of the Bailey Scholarship for Musical Excellence and Christian Character and was selected for the Intercollegiate Honors Band of South Carolina for three years. He performed with the Andrew Thielen Big Band as well as many ensembles at Charleston Southern University. Sean has taught private saxophone lessons since 2002.
Barbara Hull is a trumpet performer and teacher and makes her home in Rochester, New York. She performs regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. Ms. Hull teaches applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College. She also teaches trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and is the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. Barbara directs the concert band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, NY.
Ms. Hull earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of Eastman's Performer's Certificate, and, as the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during a recent collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project, Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.
Barbara was Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998, recording with the orchestra under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque, she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.
Barbara completed her undergraduate work at Houghton College, where she earned the B.Mus. degree and studied with Dr. Harold McNiel. Other instructors include Mark Gould, Robert Earley, Niklas Eklund, and David Kuehn. Ms. Hull has participated in master classes with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz and Allen Vizzutti.
Mrs. Hull can be heard on the following recordings:
- Ince: Fall of Constatinople, Argo 289 455 151-2 - Michael Daugherty: American Icons , Argo 289 458 145-2 - Morton Gould: Orchestral Music, Troy 300 (Albany Records) - Peter Menin: Symphony No. 5 and 6, Troy 260 (Albany Records) - Brutal Reality: Albany Symphony Orchestra, Troy 354 (Albany Records) - Music of Robert Starer and Francis Thorne, Troy 244 (Albany Records)
Barbara Hull has taught trumpet at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 1986.
Currently a doctoral student and graduate fellow at Temple University studying piano performance under Charles Abramovic, Gretchen Hull received her master’s degree at the same and her undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where she studied under Fleisher student William Newbrough. Gretchen has performed recitals for WSKG’s televised series Expressions, the Classical Pianists of the Future series, the OASIS concert series, the Immanuel Episcopal Concert Series, and multiple times for the Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse). Gretchen has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café. A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, last summer she was a semifinalist in the PIANALE International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. She has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Balone, Angela Cheng, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord). Gretchen is also a member of the Philadelphia-based piano trio, Trio Amaranth, and a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Past teachers include Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc.
Cellist Eric Jones received his master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University where he studied with Deborah Reeder and Orlando Cole. Eric received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University (Deland, FL) after studying with David Bjella. He has attended the Schlern International Music Festival (Sudtirol,Italy), the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, studying with cellists George Work, Elizabeth Simkin, and Ron Leonard. He has performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Vagram Saradjian, David Ying, and members of the Emerson String Quartet.
Eric has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony, Temple University Symphony, and Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, among other orchestras. He has also performed in many chamber music ensembles, including the Cripple Creek Quartet, Barron String Quartet, and the Broad Street Quartet, of which he was a founding member. He has participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the collegiate chamber music competition of the Music Teachers’ National Association.
Eric teaches elementary and middle school strings in the School District of Philadelphia, instructing group lessons and conducting string orchestras in five schools. He has taught privately and coached chamber music since 1997. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Christine, and their two children, David and Andrew. He has been on faculty at Csehy since 2004.
Hailed by the press for his “bold, rich sound” (Strad Magazine) and “nuanced musicianship,” (New York Times) Israeli Cellist Michael Katz has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Eindhoven’s Philips Hall, and Jerusalem’s Henry Crown Auditorium. He has performed at music festivals such as Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Orford, Kfar Bloom and others and has collaborated with conductors such as James DePriest, David Stern and Menachem Nebenhaus. His musicianship has been recognized with many awards, among them all three awards at the 2011 Aviv Competition, first prizes at the 2010 Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition, and the 2005 Turjeman Competition, as well as scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ronen Foundation
As the cellist of the Lysander Piano Trio, Mr. Katz was a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and was awarded first prizes at the 2011 Coleman Competition and 2011 J.C. Arriaga Competition. He has collaborated and performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Laurence Lesser, Donald Weilerstein, David Finckel, Anthony Marwood, Peter Frankl, Charles Neidich, Roger Tapping, Violaine Melancon, Paul Biss, and Yehudi Wyner. He has participated in chamber music programs such as the Steans Institue for Young Artists and the Perlman Music Program.
Deeply committed to community outreach and education, Mr. Katz is currently a Fellow in Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School which trains the next generation of performers to be artists and teachers that hold a deep commitment to the communities in which they live and work. He was previously selected to be part of a special string quartet led by Midori to play outreach concerts in Myanmar and Japan as part of the 2013-2014 International Community Engagement Program.
Mr. Katz has a great passion for expanding the cello repertoire with both lesser known and contemporary works. He has premiered works by Yehudi Wyner, Malcolm Payton, Sergio Natra, Ofer Ben-Amots, Mohammed Fairouz, Jakub Ciupinski, Eric Moe, Huang Ruo, and others.
Born in Tel-Aviv Israel, Mr. Katz began his cello studies at age 7. Among his teachers in Israel were Zvi Plesser, Hillel Zori and the late Mikhail Khomitzer. Mr. Katz received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Laurence Lesser and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at SUNY Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr.
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music M.Mus., Binghamton University B.Mus., Houghton College
Angela Kinney McBrearty was appointed assistant professor of flute at Houghton College in 2008. Dr. McBrearty also holds the position of instructor of flute at 171 Cedar Arts center in Corning, NY, where she holds a large flute studio. She also is instructor of flute at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Through 171, McBrearty began the Crystal City Flute Choir, which is now in its seventh season.
Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton College, McBrearty was assistant professor of flute and music education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In this position she served as supervisor of student teachers as well as taught classes in instrumental music education, flute choir, and curriculum development to graduate students. While at Mansfield, McBrearty began the Flutissimo flute event for high school students. This event was a masterclass and flute choir performance by all in attendance. This annual event grew to over 100 students in attendance that performed with the Mansfield University Flute Choir. McBrearty was also adjunct professor of winds at Alfred University. Previously she was an instrumental music in Roscoe, NY and in Newfield, NY, where she taught high school band and choir.
McBrearty received her DMA in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her dissertation addressed flute pedagogy as it pertains to the beginner flute. Previously she earned her MM in flute performance from Binghamton University and an undergraduate degree in music education from Houghton College. Flute teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Georgetta Maiolo, and Lois Wilt. She has also performed for Thomas Nyfenger.
As a performer, McBrearty served as principal flute with the Williamsport Symphony orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes. She also founded and performs in the AMA Flute Trio and is founder/conductor of the Crystal City Flute Choir, which frequently performs in the Central New York region.
McBrearty has given workshops on flute technique and instrumental education at music education conferences in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Clinics have included the music learning theory, teaching improvisation in high school baroque flute solo, as well as beginner flute technique and building a flute choir in the high school. She also presented at the National Flute Association conference in Dallas, TX, presenting on flute technique through the use of etudes. Published articles have appeared in Flute Talk and PMEA News.
Alice Meyer is on the administrative staff at the Eastman School of Music, and teaches clarinet and clarinet choir at Roberts Wesleyan College. She earned both her Master of Music Degree in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include D. Stanley Hasty, Daniel Johnston, and Richard Joiner. In addition to being a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinet section, she also plays with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently throughout the Rochester area. In March of 2008, Meyer performed with colleague Michael Landrum at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Meyer is a contributor and reviewer for The Clarinet, the quarterly magazine of the International Clarinet Association. She has taught at the Csehy Summer School of Music at Houghton College for the past 10 years.
A versatile musician, conductor Adam Potter is the newly appointed Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He is a PhD candidate (ABD) in choral conducting and music education at the Florida State University College of Music, where he has served as assistant conductor for the University Singers and Women’s Glee Club, tours manager for the University Singers, Chorus Master of Florida State Opera, teaching assistant for undergraduate choral conducting, and accompanist of the Chamber Choir. He is also Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, Florida. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal music education and choral conducting from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College in New York, where he was a Presser and Presidential Scholar. His choral music mentors include Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, Brandon Johnson, and André Thomas.
Prior to moving to Tallahassee, Mr. Potter was Director of Vocal Music at Dansville (NY) High School, overseeing thriving and growing vocal music curricula. During the summers, he conducts choirs and teaches voice at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Houghton College, and Genesee Community College, in addition to presenting clinics for Alfred State College, Mansfield University, the Orpheus Chorale of Hornell, the New York State chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the New York State School Music Association. His research interests include sight-singing pedagogy, music education in rural school settings, group vocal technique, and applications of the servant-leadership model to conducting music ensembles.
Mr. Potter is an active member of ACDA, the Choristers Guild, Chorus America, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi Kappa Lambda, the American honor society for musicians.
MM - Temple University BMus - Roberts Wesleyan College
A native of western New York, baritone Floyd Rawleigh received his undergraduate training in music education, voice and piano at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. He earned a Master of Music from Temple University where he studied voice with Christine Anderson, music education with Edwin Gordon and music theory with Stimson Carrow. Floyd has been a middle school choral director in the Downingtown Area School District for the past 17 years. His program currently includes 450 singers in the sixth through eighth grades. Prior to teaching in Downingtown, he also taught in Lake Luzerne, New York and at Valley Forge Christian College. He has also taught music theory, voice and choral conducting classes at Lancaster Bible College. In addition to his choral responsibilities at Downingtown Middle School, Floyd has been the music director for Downingtown High School’s music theater program and currently is the music director at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Quarryville, PA where he directs the choir and a cappella singers. Floyd is also the artistic director of the Csehy Summer School of Music, a Christian music camp which meets on the campus of Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA. There, he teaches voice, music theory and directs the choir. Floyd’s performance credits include numerous appearances as a sacred soloist throughout the Philadelphia area. He has also performed roles in Handel’s Hercules and Messiah as well as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
M.Mus., Cleveland Institute of Music B.Mus., Cleveland Institute of Music
Violinist Natalie Rudoi enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Currently, she holds the position of assistant principal 2nd violin in Symphony in C, under the direction of Stilian Kirov. Natalie frequently performs with the Delaware Symphony and has also appeared as a guest musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Bramwell Tovey, Christopher Warren-Greene, David Amado, and Rossen Milanov. An avid educator, Natalie is a Teaching Artist for Symphony in C’s Music Education program and also serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music and the School of Music at Cairn University.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Natalie began her studies on violin at the age of five. Her primary teachers include Kimberly Fisher (principal 2nd violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and Yumi Ninomiya Scott (faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music). Natalie is an alumna of Temple Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Artists where she was a Starling Scholar recipient. She made her solo debut at the age of 15 with the Cairn University Orchestra as first place winner of the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition. She was also a two-time finalist in the prestigious Albert M. Greenfield Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C. Natalie has been featured on Philadelphia’s WRTI-FM Classical and Jazz radio and regularly performs solo recitals throughout the Philadelphia area. As a student at the ENCORE School for Strings and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, she has given many solo and chamber performances and has worked with members of the Cavani String Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Zuill Bailey, Bruce Uchimura, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Natalie Rudoi completed both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her primary studies were under David Cerone, Linda Cerone, and William Preucil (Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra). Natalie currently performs on a Joseph Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1789.
Julie Runion is Adjunct Professor of piano, accompanying, and piano pedagogy at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Houghton College.
As a collaborative pianist, Julie enjoys performing with both student and professional singers and instrumentalists, in a variety of chamber ensembles. She has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, on WXXI’s Live from Hochstein series in Rochester, on the Friends of Music series at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, and as a member of the Rochester Morning Musicale Society. She has played numerous recitals throughout New York, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
In addition to teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College, Julie is on the faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, NY and enjoys maintaining a private studio in her home. Julie’s teachers include Joseph Werner, Scott Price, John Kenneth Adams, Dolores Gadevsky, and Sylvia Glickman. Julie and her husband Eric have three children, Jonathan, Catharine, and Elizabeth.
Sarah Whitehead started taking piano lessons at the age of five, flute lessons when she was nine, and violin lessons in eighth grade. In 2009, Sarah graduated from Temple University with a double Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy studying with Dr. Charles Abramovic. And in 2007, she graduated from Grove City College with a B.M. in Music earning a double degree in Piano and Flute Performance. Her previous teachers for piano have included Dr. Samuel Hsu and Dr. B.T. Thompson; her flute instructors have included David Cramer, Dr. David Tessmer, Margaret Claudin, and Robin Kani.
At Temple University and Grove City College, Sarah Whitehead was an active accompanist for the choral and instrumental departments including the Temple University Chorale, Temple University Recital Chorus, Temple University Women’s Chorale, and The Grove City College Chapel Choir. She has performed in numerous festivals, competitions, and orchestras. Sarah was a winner of three different concerto competitions: Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto in C Minor, Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto “Emperor,” and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major. She has participated in masterclasses led by Lydia Artymiw, Stewart Goodyear, and Robert Langevin.
Sarah Whitehead has served in many capacities on the faculty of Csehy Summer School of Music: piano instructor, choir accompanist, flute instructor, and theory teacher since 2004. Mrs. Whitehead teaches piano and flute at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA.
Composer Russell Scarbrough’s compelling, visceral works reflect a diverse array of musical resources, drawing inspiration from both the jazz tradition and from contemporary classical music. His music is filled with stimulating themes, with rich contrasts and unpredictable rhythmic energy. A six-time ASCAP Plus Award recipient, Scarbrough’s works are regularly performed by jazz ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups internationally, and he makes frequent appearances as an educator, a conductor, and a performer.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Anchorage Concert Chorus & Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, American Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the US Naval Academy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble. Classical chamber soloists and groups such as Kathryn Scarbrough, Peter Sheridan, Mark Kellogg, the Areté Woodwind Quartet, Vocasynth, ensemble.twenty.21, and the Irrera Brothers Duo have premiered his concert works, and jazz soloists such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Ali Ryerson, Clay Jenkins, Charles Pillow, Eric Alexander, and Stefon Harris have performed his jazz works. Recent performances have taken place at Carnegie Hall, the National Flute Convention, the International Trombone Festival, and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
As a trombonist, Scarbrough was Assistant Principal Trombone in the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra from 1990-1995, performing the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone during the 1992-1993 season. He has shared the stage with a host of jazz greats, including Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Marian McPartland, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, Rufus Reid, Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Mangione, Pat LaBarbera, Allen Vizzutti, Byron Stripling, Marvin Stamm, Frank Tiberi, John Fedchock, Danny Gottlieb, Gary Foster, Barry Harris, Joey Sellers, Frank Vignola, Chuck Marohnic, Greg Hopkins, Jim Snidero, and Charlie Byrd.
Scarbrough studied composition with Hank Levy and Bill Dobbins, and trombone with John Gifford, John Melick, Wayne Wells, Harry Watters, Mark Kellogg, and John Marcellus. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2008. Presently, he is the director of the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble and the Houghton College Jazz Ensemble, and he previously directed the Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Ensemble from 2005-2013.
M. Ed., Roberts Wesleyan College B.S. Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College Teachers: Robert Shewan and Judith Coen
Vocal Coaches: Pam Gilmore, Elaine Purcell Smith
Professional Affiliations (past and present):
Freudig Singers of Western New York Buffalo Schola Cantorum Ars Nova Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Orchard Park Chorale Robert Shewan Chorale and Chamber Singers Professional Activity:
Csehy Voice Faculty since 1994 Private Voice Instructor, 30+ years Adjunct Voice Faculty, Roberts Wesleyan College 1993-2006 Coordinator of Division of Fine Arts Newsletter, Roberts Wesleyan College Coordinator of Musical Ensemble Tours, Roberts Wesleyan College Manager, Robert Shewan Chorale Other: Soloist and recitalist in Rochester and Buffalo, NY regions
Joy lives with her husband, Paul, in Rochester, NY. She is mother to Emily (Britton), David, Aaron, and Lydia. She enjoys quilting, photography, gardening, crafting, Scrabble, thrifting, and collecting and listening to recordings of professional singers.
- D.M.A. in Conducting, Eastman School of Music
- M. M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
- B.S. in Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College
Dr. Paul Shewan, Professor Conducting and trumpet at Roberts Wesleyan College, conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra, and teaches trumpet, brass ensembles, and instrumental conducting. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan and a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 1983, where he was a trumpet student of Charles Geyer. He completed the doctoral degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in 2004.
At the Eastman school Dr. Shewan studied conducting with Mendi Rodan, Neil Varon, Donald Hunsberger, and Mark Scatterday. He appeared in several concerts conducting the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Conducting Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In the summer of 2004, he conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble during its four-week tour of Japan, Taiwan and Macau. More recently at Eastman he has served as visiting professor of conducting.
Dr. Shewan has recorded as trumpet soloist, ensemble member, and conductor on several commercial CDs. For Mode Records he may be heard playing principal trumpet with the Opera Sacra Orchestra in Arthur Honegger’s Christoph Columb. He is featured in many recordings on the Albany label, including Stephen Shewan’s Suite for Trumpet and Piano (Troy 349-Albany Records) and Leo Sowerby’s Fantasy for Trumpet and Organ (Troy 238-Albany Records). His most recent recording as conductor features Randall Thompson's Frostiana for chorus and orchestra, and Ron Nelson's Te Deum for chorus and band with the RWC Chorale and Wind Ensemble (Troy 783-Albany Records).
Dr. Shewan is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet section and is a frequent guest conductor including the orchestra’s inaugural side-by-side concert with community members in February, 2014. In December, 2015, he performed with the RPO as trumpet soloist and conductor. He has also conducted the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria).
Dr. Shewan has conducted performances for live public radio broadcasts on the Music at Midday series from Roberts Wesleyan College and as soloist and conductor on the Live from Hochstein concert series. He performed J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He played often with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985-2002.
Dr. Shewan has guest conducted the Air Force Band of Liberty on three occasions, the Air Force Heritage of America Band, and several High School district music festivals. In May of 2009, he conducted the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and was the guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in November, 2014. In the Summer of 2012, he conducted the wind ensemble, Concordia Santa Fe (New Mexico). He is also the conductor of the RWC High School Honors Band Festival. He and his wife Joy have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Violinist Benjamin Shute has performed internationally on modern and period instruments in a diversity of roles. Following an invitation from Stephen Gunzenhauser, he performed the Mendelssohn concerto at the 2001 opening night of the Delaware Symphony, subsequently collaborating as soloist with a number of orchestras in the States and abroad in concertos from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. As a chamber musician, he performs as a member of the Highlands Duo on period instruments and has performed and taught chamber music at various summer festivals including Youth and Muse (Boston Conservatory), the Vermont Music and Arts Center, the International Chamber Music Courses and Festival (Positano, Italy and Château du Val, France), and the Chichibu International Music Festival (Japan). Among his orchestral activities, he has toured and recorded as concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and served as founding director of the New England Conservatory Early Music Society.
His principal teachers have included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker), Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin), Lucy Chapman, Masuko Ushioda, Lee Snyder, and Kathleen Hastings. Other important influences have come from Robert Hill, Yair Kless, Eduard Schmieder, and members of the Hagen, Cleveland, Borromeo, Rubin and Axelrod Quartets.
He currently teaches at Cairn University and Cecil College and was formerly visiting assistant professor of violin at Dickinson College. In addition to his regular teaching, he has made guest appearances at universities including MIT, Rutgers, Bucknell, Youngstown State, and the University of Delaware.
Having attended Csehy as a student, he returned to join the faculty in 2007.
M Music Ed, Penn State University BA Bible and Music Education, Lancaster Bible College
Academic Specialties and Interests: Pedagogical Methods Instrumental Methods Music Theory Education Chamber Ensembles Wind Ensemble
Julie Smith is an active flutist and pianist in the Rochester, NY area. In addition to teaching at the Hochstein School of Music and maintaining a private studio, she serves on the board of the Rochester Flute Association and is Leader of Worship Ministries at Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church. She is an active chamber musician in and around Rochester and performs with the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra.
Julie has two degrees in music; a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.S. in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College (both summa cum laude). She has won a number of competitions, including student concerto competitions at both schools, as well as the Rochester Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition (collegiate, adult divisions).
Her primary teachers have included Diane Smith, Linda Kirkpatrick, and Deborah Egekvist, with additional instruction from Rebecca Gilbert and Bonita Boyd. Julie currently resides in Spencerport, NY with her husband, trumpeter Roy Smith, and their son James.
Noted by ClevelandClassical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, classical guitarist Gideon Whitehead is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist. In 2014, he was selected as a winner of the Salon de Virtuosi competition in New York City, for which he will perform on a recital at Steinway Hall in October, 2014. Highlights from the 2013-14 concert season include recitals at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI), Deerfield Presbyterian Church (Deerfield, NJ) and Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. Gideon has also presented solo recitals for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (Cleveland, OH), the Guitar Society of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), the Sturgis Council of the Arts (Sturgis, MI), the Louisville Guitar Society (Louisville, KY) and Hope College (Holland, MI) among others. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. He also performs with flutist Mimi Stillman and the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar. In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition.
Gideon is committed to serving the community through his music. He frequently performs for residents at retirement living centers and nursing homes and presents the classical guitar to school children of all ages as both education and entertainment. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was heavily involved in the school’s Community Outreach Program, performing in more than fifty events. During his time at Curtis, Gideon was active as a mentor with the Curtis Community Engagement Mentor Program. In this role, he helped younger students learn more about interacting with diverse audiences. He also served as an administrator for the Mentor Program and the Curtis Career Center. During his first year there, he was selected to participate in Curtis’s newly developed Community Artists Program (CAP), for which he developed a classroom guitar teaching residency at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.
Gideon is an active teacher and has maintained a small, private studio since 2007. He taught at the Csehy summer music camp in Houghton, NY in the summer of 2014 and lead workshops at the inaugural White Lake Guitar Festival in Montague, Michigan in 2012. He has also taught classes in guitar at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lakes, MI). Gideon holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in May, 2014 studying with renowned guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Lorenzo Micheli, and Marcin Dylla among others.
Gideon performs on a 2011 Toby Rzepka cedar-top guitar.