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Emerging Artists Fellowship Program

July 13 - August 10, 2015

Application Deadline: February 10, 2015.
$200 registration fee due upon acceptance.
Students will be notified of acceptance by April 2, 2015.

The Emerging Artists Fellowship Program is a four-week, intensive chamber music program for string players and pianists ages 18-26. Individual instrumentalists as well as pre-formed ensembles of strings, with or without piano, are encouraged to apply.  Highly competitive fellowships are awarded to seriously dedicated and motivated music students who will receive individualized lessons and coachings at the highest level.  Each participant receives a Fellowship Award of $3,000 which covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for four weeks at Garth Newel Music Center.

Contact Isaac Melamed, Cellist/Co-Artistic Director, for more information: isaac.melamed@gmail.com.

Application Requirements
(to be uploaded as part of online application)

  1. Please list chamber music repertoire which you have studied and/or performed.
  2. Provide a narrative description of your personal musical background and experience, your goals, and a self-appraisal of your musical capabilities.
  3. Please submit at least two audio or video samples of contrasting style. Pre-formed group applicants should include ensemble as well as solo samples.
NOTE: If applying as a pre-formed group, each member should submit a separate application.


  • 5 ensemble coachings per week
  • Weekly master classes
  • Private lessons
  • Free admission to all summer festival concerts
  • Numerous performance opportunities at Garth Newel, the immediate community, and in neighboring towns
  • Recreation: hiking, swimming, tennis, ping pong, frisbee golf and more.


Garth Newel Music Center Faculty

Teresa Ling, violin

Teresa Ling has performed at Garth Newel Music Center since 1998 and serves as resident violinist and Co-Artistic Director. She has served on the faculties of the Washington Conservatory, University of the Pacific, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of South Dakota, and Augustana (SD), Northwestern (IA) and Dordt Colleges, and has been a member of the Dakota String Quartet, Mariposa Piano Trio and the Aurelian Trio. Additionally, she has performed and taught at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Her awards and prizes include an Artist Fellowship from the South Dakota Arts Council, the Winnifred Small Solo Prize in London, and a Rotary Fellowship resulting in an Advanced Diploma from London's Royal Academy of Music. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and a Master's Degree in Performance from Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and Carmel Kaine.

Evelyn Grau, viola

Evelyn Grau has been violist with the Garth Newel Music Center since 1983, initially as a visiting guest artist and now as a full-time resident musician and Artistic Director. She has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Western Michigan University, and has participated in such festivals as Tanglewood; Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy; and the American Institute, Graz, Austria. An active performer of chamber music, Evelyn has performed worldwide as a member of the Garth Newel Chamber Players, the Atlanta Virtuosi, the Colden String Quartet, and the Alexander String Trio. Evelyn holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Peabody College at Vanderbilt, with further studies at the University of Michigan and Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Her teachers have included Raphael Hillyer, Bruno Giuranna, Jean Dane, Paul Makanowitzky and Russell Gerhart.

Isaac Melamed, cello

Cellist Isaac Melamed’s musical endeavors connect him to some of the greatest musicians and teachers of our time.  As the newest member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Isaac has toured nationally to critical acclaim under music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.  A San Francisco native, Isaac studied with Grammy Award-winning cellist Antonio Lysy in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed solo engagements with the UCLA Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra.   As a chamber musician, Isaac collaborated and performed with Lysy, Ettore Causa, Neal Stulberg, Movses Pogossian, Gary Gray, Amos Yang, and Juliana Gondek.  While studying in Manhattan with Alan Stepansky and David Geber, Isaac participated in Manhattan School of Music’s prestigious Orchestral Performance program, including multiple performances in Carnegie Hall.  In Amsterdam for a semester, Isaac studied under Dmitri Ferschtman and Daniel Esser of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  He also traveled to Kronberg, Germany, to perform in a masterclass for Miklos Perenyi.  Isaac is excited to be joining the Garth Newel Piano Quartet in the spring of 2014.

Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano

A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, has dazzled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. She recently premiered a work by Kurt Rohde for speaking pianist, adding another dimension to her performing persona. She has given solo piano recitals at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Her performances in Changsha, China, were broadcast by Hunan State Television. She has performed in Amsterdam on a live radio broadcast (AVRO) from the Spiegelzaal at the Concertgebouw. She has been a soloist with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, the Vrazta State Philharmonic in Bulgaria, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. Her first solo performance with orchestra was at the age of twelve. A champion of new music, Ms. Lee has premiered and commissioned numerous works. Her solo piano CD Elements, on Albany Records, features the premiere recording of works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin. She is heard with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato on another Albany Records CD, An American Collage. She has been a guest performer with XTET, one of Los Angeles’s leading new music groups. She is a founding member of the Mojave Trio, which plays regularly on the “Sundays Live” concerts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has appeared regularly in chamber music festivals at the Garth Newel Music Center, Virginia, and Incontri di Canna, Italy, and was a resident artist at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Ms. Lee received her degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Boris Berman. Before joining the faculty of Pomona College in 1994, Ms. Lee taught at Yale, Bucknell University, and The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York-Potsdam.

Guest Artists

Robbie Merfeld, piano

Robbie Merfeld, renowned collaborative pianist and chamber music coach returns as a perennial favorite. Founding member of Apple Hill Chamber Players, he has coached chamber music at both Harvard and Dartmouth and is currently on the piano and chamber music faculties of Boston University and the Longy School of Music.

Bayla Keyes, Violin

With degrees from Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, Ms. Keyes naturally extends her musical commitment to education; she teaches violin and chamber music at Boston University and is Artistic Director of both the Interlochen Chamber Music Conference and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Seminar.

Described as "a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan," violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion for a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. After her first professional experience with the acclaimed Music from Marlboro, Keyes founded the Muir String Quartet and toured internationally, winning the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Ms. Keyes currently concertizes throughout America as recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, and as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the acclaimed piano trio, Triple Helix.

Daedalus Quartet

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the eleven years of its existence, the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. Since its founding, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues, and has garnered praise for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music.

The Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Daedalus Quartet has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005, and has been Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island, from 2007-2010. The Quartet’s debut recording, including music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006. A Bridge recording of the complete Haydn “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20, was released on two CDs in July 2010. Four more albums include chamber music by Lawrence Dillon, the complete string quartets of Fred Lerdahl, a quartet and piano quintet of Joan Tower, and the most recent recording of quartets by George Perle, praised by Strad Magazine for its "exemplary intonation and balance."

The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.

Read Gainsford

Pianist Read Gainsford was recently described in the press as the possessor of “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision,” yet he is driven to pursue connections beyond the merely pianistic. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, he pursues connections wherever he can find them. From collaborating with noted oceanographers in presenting “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb to consulting with art historians and living artists to create a series of images to accompany his performances of Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus,” he is committed to reaching audiences in ways beyond the traditional.

Born in New Zealand, he studied at the University of Auckland before moving to London, where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He moved to the USA to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University. He has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing at the Kennedy Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Gainsford returns regularly to his home country, New Zealand, to see family, perform, and teach.

Highly in demand as a master-class clinician and teacher, Dr. Gainsford was appointed Associate Professor of Piano at Florida State University in August 2005. Before that he taught at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award in 2004.

Stanley Ritchie

Stanley Ritchie has directed and appeared as soloist with many period instrument ensembles, including The Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and the
Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. He is in demand for master classes and workshops throughout the world.

Professor Ritchie is a member of Duo Geminiani with harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, and was a member of Three Parts Upon a Ground, specializing in 17th-century music for three violins. For twenty years he was a member of The Mozartean Players, with whom he recorded the complete Mozart and Schubert Piano Trios for Harmonia Mundi.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music in 1982, Ritchie had held various positions as a modern violinist, including concertmaster of the New York City Opera Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and first violinist of the Philadelphia String Quartet.

His recordings also include Vivaldi's Violin Concertos, op.7, with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (Oiseau-Lyre); Bonporti's Concerti e Serenate, with Bloomington Baroque (Dorian Discovery); J. S. Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord, with Elisabeth Wright (Focus); and, most recently, Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin (Musica Omnia). His book, Before the Chinrest - a Violinist's Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Style and Technique, was published by IU Press in 2012.

Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee began piano studies at the age of 4, violin studies at 7, and then finally cello at the age of 11. Mr. Lee won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition resulting in his concerto debut, playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto in Davies Symphony Hall under conductor Edwin Outwater. Joseph grew up in northern California where he studied with Irene Sharp. Mr. Lee earned both a bachelors and masters degree in music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Darrett Adkins. He also earned a masters degree in orchestral performance from The Manhattan School of Music studying with Alan Stepansky. Mr. Lee has performed in masterclasses for Ralph Kirshbaum, Lynn Harrell, and Janos Starker. Mr. Lee joined the NYC Ballet orchestra in September of 2012 and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami from 2010 until 2012.

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