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Young Artist Fellowship Program

July 7 - August 4, 2014

Application Deadline: February 20, 2014.
$200 registration fee due upon acceptance.
Students will be notified of acceptance by April 2, 2014.

The Young 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 $2,500 which covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for four weeks at Garth Newel Music Center.

Contact Evelyn Grau, Artistic Director for more information: 540.839.5018 or e-mail egrau@garthnewel.org.

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  • 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 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.

Enso Quartet

With a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the Enso Quartet has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting ensembles. Shortly after the group’s inception at Yale University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and has consistently received high praise for performances ever since. The quartet’s debut recording was described by Strad Magazine as “an auspicious start to their recording career,” and was followed by the recent Grammy-nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb International summed up this album as “playing of jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th century quartet literature … seek out this group – they are clearly bound for greatness.” The disc was selected as one of MusicWeb’s Recordings of the Year for 2009.

In addition to the success of their recordings, the Enso Quartet’s live concerts have been highlighted by audiences and critics alike, for their “edge-of-the-seat vitality few groups maintain throughout a performance” (Houston Chronicle), “thrillingly athletic performance” (Washington Post) and “neat, well-balanced and lyrical…lively and intelligent” playing (Gramophone). The group is equally at home in many styles, and is committed to the classics of the string quartet repertoire as well as being strong advocates for new music.

The Quartet has held residencies with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, and currently with the Interlochen Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp, and Connecticut’s Music For Youth. They were also featured in the inaugural Young Artist Residency with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and in 2010 they received the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet award from Chamber Music America for outstanding outreach activity. The Enso Quartet members hold degrees from Yale University, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).

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.

Bonnie Thron, Cello

Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players. In the summers she plays in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.

Previously she was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career Ms. Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season and she played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players as a guest artist and chamber music coach and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991.

Ms. Thron has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her original home state of New Hampshire. She received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer and Elsa Hilger.
Ms. Thron also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing during which time she was a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Ms. Thron and her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz, have a teenage son – Pianist, clarinetist and computer whiz Louis.

Kurt Rohde, Viola/Composer

Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the winner of the 2012 Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize. He has received commission awards from New Music USA – Commissioning Music/USA, the NEA, and the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. Mr. Rohde recently completed new works for the Lydian String Quartet, eighth blackbird, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble, pianist Genevieve Lee, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Kurt is currently working on a new work work for the ZOFO Duet, and an opera with writer Dana Spiotta and artist David Humphrey. Mr. Rohde is also collaborating on a number of film projects with artist and filmmaker Shelley Jordon. His 2012 CD, ONE – chamber music of Kurt Rohde, was released by Innova Recordings, and his 2005 CD, Oculus – music for strings with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was released on the Mondovibe label. Kurt will be in residence at Copland House in the Summer 2014.

A Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the University of California at Davis Department of Music, where he is co-director of the Empyrean Ensemble, Kurt is also a violist with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and The New Century Chamber Orchestra. He was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2012–13. Mr. Rohde is a graduate of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the Curtis Institute of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, and has attended the Montalvo, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Kurt Rohde lives in San Francisco with his partner Timothy Allen and their labradoodle Ripley.

Marty Hjortshoj, Alexander Technique Specialist

Marty Hjortshoj has been living and gardening in Ithaca since 1970. She began teaching the Alexander Technique in 1990. In addition to private practice, she taught group classes through the Physical Education Deparment at Cornell for five years and was a guest teacher in the Theatre Department at Ithaca College for many years. She has also been a visiting teacher at Alexander training programs in Japan and Germany. Currently, she is a regular faculty member at the Alexander Alliance Teacher Training Program in Philadelphia.

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