String players: Following the traditions of the Grammy-Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, we are looking for motivated violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists to join the BGSU conductor-less ensemble, Volante. Rehearsals will involve input from all ensemble members which will include the SMI Strings Camp faculty. The week will culminate with a performance of illustrious string ensemble works. Each day of SMI will include individual lessons, technique boot-camps, and informative sessions addressing performance nerves and optimal recording conditions for auditions. Each day will wrap up with a camp-wide recreational activity (Dairy Queen trip, movie night, etc.).
Strings Camp is designed for students aged 14-18 with at least two years of high school ensemble experience and/or two years of private lessons. Motivated students under age 14 are welcome to apply with a letter of recommendation from their instrumental teacher.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of the camp. Please check the Scholarships page for complete information.
Faculty and Staff Bios
Described by the Chicago Sun Times as “…riveting and insightful, who lights up in passages of violin pyrotechnics,” Caroline Eva Chin has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in concert halls including the John F. Kennedy Center, the White House during their Christmas Festivities, New York’s Carnegie and Weill Halls, and the Concertgebeau in Amsterdam. She gave her solo debut at age 12 and has since performed with several orchestras throughout the United States.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Chin has been a member the Hudson Piano Trio, Ensemble Epomeo, and collaborated with members of the Takács Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet as well as with artists Gary Hoffman, Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich, Piers Lane, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Roger Chase, and Abdel Rahman El Basha. She has been featured as a guest artist at the Consonances Festival in France, Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival in Holland, the 2 Rivers Chamber Music Festival in the UK, the Scotia Festival in Canada, and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts.
A promoter of new music, she has performed works of composers Samuel Adler, Lisa Bielawa, Richard Carrick, Christopher Dietz,Jennifer Higdon, Mikel Kuehns, Paul Moravec, Marilyn Shrude, Alexandra Vrebelov, and a world premiere of Triple Concerto: Da Camara by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, George Walker. Recordings include the world premiere Elliott Carter’s Tre Duetti for Violin and Cello on Centaur Records as well as recordings on Avie Records, Somm Records, and New World Records.
While on tour, she has given master classes at universities and colleges throughout the U.S. including Ohio University, University of Tennessee, Shenandoah College, and Brooklyn College. Ms. Chin has toured the US and Japan with tap dancer Savion Glover and performed and recorded as leader of SONYC and concertmaster of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. As the Artistic Director of Musica Reginae from 2007-2011, she worked to bring high quality music performances to the ethnically diverse communities of Queens.
Ms. Chin is Assistant Professor of Violin at Bowling Green State University's College of Musical Arts. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University’s School of Music as a student of Miriam Fried and has received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Robert Mann.
Violist Hannah Levinson is an in-demand performer of contemporary and classical music based in New York City. She has recently been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, The Stone, 92Y, Miller Theater, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, June in Buffalo, and the Andy Warhol Museum, and at international festivals including the Kroch Festival (Stockholm), Musikprotokol Festival (Graz), Projektgruppe Neue Musik (Bremen), and Festival Musica (Strasbourg). Dedicated to working with living composers, Hannah has commissioned and premiered over 40 chamber and solo works and is currently editing the solo viola works of Lucia Ronchetti.
Hannah is a founding member and Executive Director of the violin/viola duo andPlay, described by I Care If You Listen as “enthusiastic champions for new music and collaboration.” andPlay’s debut album, playlist (New Focus Recordings) was recorded as part of a residency at Renssaelaer Polytechnical Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and was included on “The Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: October 2019” list.
Committed to both contemporary and classical repertoire, Hannah is also a member of the Talea Ensemble (“a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” New York Times), Fair Trade Trio, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and a former member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. She frequently performs with NYC ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, either/or, counter)induction, Heartbeat Opera, Cantata Profana, Contemporaneous, and The Rhythm Method Quartet.
A strong believer in sharing her artistic practice with her local community, Hannah is committed to audience engagement events through “andPlay (in) conversation,” a free series in Upper Manhattan that provides opportunities for audiences to look inside the collaborative process of creating music, and through performances with organizations including “Music for Autism.”
Hannah is currently Music Artist Faculty at NYU Steinhardt and at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. She earned her degrees at Oberlin College and Conservatory (BM in Viola Performance, BA in Russian East European Studies), Manhattan School of Music (MM in Contemporary Performance), and NYU Steinhardt (PhD in Performance). Her primary teachers include Karen Ritscher, Martha Strongin Katz, and Nadia Sirota. This fall, Hannah will join the music faculty at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts as Assistant Professor of Viola.
Cellist Brian Snow has earned a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer in chamber music, orchestral, and solo settings. Praised by the Boston Globe for his “…pugnacious, eloquent, self-assurance…”, he spent the past decade pursuing a varied performing and teaching career in the New York City area until accepting the position this Fall as Assistant Professor of Cello at BGSU. In addition to being a member of the NYC-based ensembles Newspeak, OMNI Ensemble, and Trio Chimera, Dr. Snow has performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Meredith Monk, The National, Max Richter, My Brightest Diamond, Ratatat, Björk, and the Emerson String Quartet and has worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly, David T. Little, and Martin Bresnick, premiering dozens of new works. Along with violinist Caroline Chin, he recently released a CD of music for violin and cello by Elliott Carter on Centaur Records which was included in new music blog Sequenza 21’s list of “most memorable recordings of 2013.” He has also appeared on recordings on New Amsterdam, Innova, Deutche Gramophon, Cantaloupe, and Naxos labels. He has performed at many well-known venues in New York and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Issue Project Room, 92nd St. Y, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. As principal cellist of New York Symphonic Ensemble, Dr. Snow has performed in halls throughout Japan on that ensemble's annual tours and has appeared as soloist at halls in Fukuoka and Sendai. Other concerto appearances include Riverside Orchestra in New York, Longy Chamber Orchestra in Boston as winner of the Longy Concerto Soloists Competition, Crescent City Symphony in New Orleans, and the Hartt Symphony as first prize winner of the Paranov Competition. He also performs regularly with many prominent contemporary music ensembles, including ACME, Alarm Will Sound, SEM Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, and Talea Ensemble. Upcoming projects include the premiere of Tocsin by Patrick Higgins for 2 cellos and piano along with cellist Mariel Roberts and pianist Vicky Chow and the premiere of Nine Sins for solo cello and electronics by David T. Little. In the 2016-2017 season, Dr. Snow will appear in recital at Sam Houston State University, Florida State University, as well as BGSU and the Toledo Museum of Art as part of BGSU's Faculty Artist Series.
Dr. Snow received a Doctorate in Music from Stony Brook University, a MM from Yale, and also holds degrees from Hartt and Longy Schools of Music. His primary mentors have included Terry King, Aldo Parisot, David Finckel, and Colin Carr.
Prior to his appointment at BGSU, Dr. Snow served on the cello and chamber music faculty at Western Connecticut State University, was cello instructor and chamber music coordinator at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and was an Affiliate Artist and instructor at Sarah Lawrence College.
Joined the BGSU faculty in fall 2007; holds bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where his primary teachers included Timothy Pitts and Scott Haigh; received his master’s degree in bass performance from Rice University under the guidance of Timothy Pitts and Paul Elison; as a Fellow of The Tanglewood Institute of Music, attended for two consecutive years studying privately and performing in master classes with esteemed bassist Edwin Barker; past instructors include Ethan Connor, Harold Robinson and Dave Malone; performed nationally with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic; internationally with the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway) and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in addition to performances in Japan, Switzerland, the former Soviet Union, Germany, France and Italy; toured with the Amabile String Quartet and performed as solo bass in numerous chamber ensembles; currently a member of the Ann Arbor, Flint and Saginaw symphonies.
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