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Williamsport Chamber Music Festival (WCMF)

Williamsport Chamber Music Festival

The Williamsport Chamber Music Festival (WCMF) offers students the opportunity to study and perform chamber music with outstanding faculty on the beautiful campus of Lycoming College. This day camp, now in its fifth year, focuses on small chamber groups but also includes large group activities and private lessons (extra fees apply).

Questions? please contact Emily Karosas at karosas@lycoming.edu.

Participants

The festival is open to string, piano, woodwind and brass players. Students of all ages may apply. The majority of participants will be of high school or middle school age. Admission is dependent on our ability to place students in an appropriate group. Pre-formed groups are welcome to register.

Dates

Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4, 9 a.m.  4 p.m.**

Final Concert Friday, August 4 at 5 p.m.

**Students are required to be present for the 9 a.m. daily convocation and through 4 p.m. for the daily concert. Camp counselors supervise the practice rooms from 8 a.m.  9 a.m. and from 4 p.m.  5 p.m. for parents who need to drop off early or pick up late. Students may also purchase private lessons with camp faculty and schedule lessons during these hours.

Registration Fees

Early Registration (prior to June 14) $225.00
Regular Registration (June 14  June 28) $250.00

Enrollment is limited; early applications are encouraged. Applications received after June 28 may be considered, but not guaranteed enrollment.

A $75.00 deposit is due with the application and will be credited toward the tuition balance.

Registration fees may be paid by check or credit card. Please make checks payable to “Lycoming College” with “WCMF Registration” and the participant’s name in the memo.

Register

 

Sample Daily Schedule

OPTIONAL: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Early drop-off, supervised practice time or purchased lessons**
9 a.m.  9:20 a.m., Convocation (announcements, ice-breaker, teacher spotlight)
9:30 a.m.  10:20 a.m., Coaching #1
10:30 a.m.  11:20 a.m., Coaching #2, Drumming
11:30 a.m.  12:20 p.m., Lunch
12:30 p.m.  1:20 p.m., Activity
1:30 p.m.  2:30 p.m., Coaching #3
3  4 p.m., Daily Concert
OPTIONAL: 4  5 p.m. supervised practice or purchased lessons**

**Students are required to be present for the 9 a.m. daily convocation through 4 p.m. for the daily concert. Camp counselors supervise the practice rooms from 8 a.m.  9 a.m. and from 4 p.m.  5 p.m. for parents who need to drop off early or pick up late. Students may also purchase private lessons with camp faculty and schedule lessons during these hours.

Friday: 5 p.m. final concert. Free public concert — all are welcome.

Additional information about the concerts are listed on ConnectWilliamsport.com. Search for "Music Festival."

Tuition

The tuition for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), piano and harp is $225.
Tuition for wind and brass instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and euphonium) is $175.

Enjoy the Music

Festival concerts are offered daily at 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Friday’s concert featuring student chamber groups is at 5 p.m.

Faculty

Emily RolkaEmily Rolka, Violin

Emily Rolka, D.M.A., is the current director of the Suzuki Talent Education program at Robert. M. Sides Family Music Center in Williamsport. Emily made her solo debut with the Toledo Symphony in 2003 after winning the Toledo Youth Competition. Since then Emily has performed across the country, in Italy, and toured Bulgaria. As a chamber musician, Emily was a member of the Graduate Piano Quartet and Center for New Music at the University of Iowa and continues to hold a passion for chamber music and performing contemporary compositions.

Emily has received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in violin performance, and a Doctoral of Musical Arts in violin performance from the University of Minnesota.

Emily Karosas

Emily Karosas, Violin

Emily began violin lessons through the Suzuki method at the age of 5, and has since made her career as a teacher and performer. As an educator, she serves on the string faculty at both Juniata College and Lycoming College, and runs a private teaching studio called Codetta Strings. As a performer, Emily holds positions as Principal 2nd of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. Highlights of Emily’s career include her first-place victory at the National Division of the 2015 MTNA Young Artist Competition, and a concert tour of China with the Lycoming College Piano Trio in May of 2016.

Emily received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Violin Performance from Penn State University where she studied with Professor James Lyon, and is Suzuki Violin certified through Book 3. In the Fall, Emily will begin her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at Shenandoah Conservatory, located in Winchester, Virginia. She performs on a 1986 violin crafted by John Burdette.

Sally Minnich, Violin

Sally Williams Minnich is an avid freelance performer, music educator, arranger, and composer. She has appeared as a soloist at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Altoona Symphony. She is a founding member of the internationally-known violin duo, Revamped, and has invented extended techniques for the violin. Williams Minnich is also the first violinist and founding member of the Allegria String Quartet which most notably performed with Grammy Award-winning artist Billie Childs.

Williams Minnich studied as a preparatory student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and now holds bachelor's degrees in violin performance/ music composition and a master's degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University. She also holds a master's degree in music education from Pennsylvania State University. She has had the privilege of studying with violin pedagogues David Russell, Vasile Beluska, and James Lyon. She is currently serving as the Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program and on faculty in the music department at the Grier School.

Mark Minnich, Violin

Mark Minnich (B.M., M.M., M.A.) has performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Greece, and Tanzania, and has played as soloist internationally with the Toledo Youth Orchestra, the Toledo International Youth Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Altoona Symphony. An enthusiast of diverse musical styles, he thrives in jazz combos, Latin rock bands, new music ensembles, string quartets, fiddle camps and more, and has performed with the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra, the world tour of Chicago: The Musical, and Grammy award winning pianist Billie Childs. Mark is the concertmaster of Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and maintains a full teaching studio; he currently holds positions teaching violin, viola, chamber ensembles, and group classes at the State College Suzuki Program and the Grier School. Mark performs with his wife, Sally, in the innovative violin duo Revamped; check them out at RevampedDuo.com.

John Paul TobinJohn Paul Tobin, Viola

Now based in Lycoming County, Pa., violist and Baroque violinist John Paul Tobin worked as a studio musician, soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher in Los Angeles from 2004-2016, appearing regularly as a guest musician on television broadcasts such as "American Idol" and "The Voice."

As a conductor, he has worked extensively with young musicians from the elementary through collegiate levels across the United States, and has served as principal conductor and artistic director for two youth orchestras within the Harmony Project Los Angeles system — one of the nation's largest and most effective 501(c)3 non-profit youth orchestra programs.

Tobin has extensive experience in early music, studying with Tafelmusik in 2001, the Penn State Baroque Ensemble under Rob Nairn from 2000 to 2003, tuning and temperament theory and late-Baroque high counterpoint with Lloyd Rogers from 2005-2007, and co-founding the ensemble Les Sauvages Américains in 2010.

An attendee of the Henry Mancini Institute in 2004, Tobin works in popular genres on television and as a side musician for artists such as Rihanna, Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Harry Connick Jr., Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh, and an extended list of others. He is a member of the daKah Hip Hop Orchestra in Los Angeles, and has appeared as a soloist and principal violist with the Grassroots Festival Orchestra in Ithaca, NY.

Tobin completed his M.M. in viola performance with Minor Wetzel at Cal State Fullerton.

Ashley ShankAshley Shank, flute

Ashley Shank, D.M.A., enjoys a busy career as a teacher, flutist, scholar and arts administrator. She teaches flute at Lycoming College and music education courses at Susquehanna University. She is also the director of the Music Preparatory Program at Susquehanna University and the Grants and Finance Chair of the Flute New Music Consortium, a non-profit dedicated to the creation and support of new music for the flute. More information at: www.ashleyshankflute.weebly.com.

Revamped, Guest Artist

Described as daring, sexy, and innovative, this vivacious husband and wife violin duo fuses pop, jazz, classical, rock, folk, and even hip hop styles in a way entirely their own. They create concert experiences with artistically profound and impossibly complex arrangements, electronic and altered instruments, vibrant color coordination, theatrics, and signature stunts — all done with mind-boggling precision — to awe and inspire audiences around the world. Through extended techniques of their own invention, these two performers become the stride pianists of the string world, evoking the sonic landscapes of large ensembles of diverse instrumentation to wow audiences of all ages. Integration with live-streaming and social media places viewers in the center of the action, while a touch of humor and their personable interactions round out every unforgettable show.

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Andrew Rammon

Andrew Rammon is cellist of the Grammy-nominated Eaken Piano Trio and the newly established Lycoming Piano Trio. Performances by the Eaken Trio have been broadcast on more than 100 radio stations nationwide.

Andrew has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles across the United States, Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. He also serves as principal cellist of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. He has performed concertos by Shostakovich, Strauss, Beethoven, and Haydn with the WSO. With the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra he has played the Brahms Double, Beethoven Triple, and Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capricioso.

Andrew Rammon teaches cello and chamber music at Susquehanna University and Lycoming College. During the summers, he teaches at the Pepperdine Summer Music Program in Heidelberg, Germany, helps lead Susquehanna University’s GO AUSTRIA trip, and is a co-director of the Williamsport Chamber Music Festival. He is also the founder of Cellobration, a bi-annual cello festival consisting of current and former students, as well as local cellists from the Williamsport area.

Mr. Rammon holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.M. from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

agundersonAmanda Gunderson

Amanda Gunderson, D.M.A., serves on the faculty at Lycoming College as assistant professor of music, teaching courses in applied piano, music theory, music history, and music appreciation. As a soloist, she has performed throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, including an appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician, she frequently tours with violinist Carol Carlson, with whom she co-founded Duo Mendota. She is also a member of the Lycoming Piano Trio.

Amanda returned to her home state of Pennsylvania in 2012 after completing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship. While at Wisconsin, she won the Irving Shain Duo Competition and earned an Emerging Interfaces Award for her research on injury prevention with small-handed pianists.  She holds a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy, a master's degree in music theory, and a bachelor's degree in music with honors in piano performance from Penn State University. Her primary teachers include Christopher Taylor, Timothy Shafer and Jessica Johnson.

Rebecca CiabattariRebecca Ciabattari

Mrs. Rebecca Ciabattari is instructor of trombone and euphonium at Mansfield University and Lycoming College, in addition to principal trombonist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Ciabattari has recorded and toured annually since 1998 with 12-member ensemble Burning River Brass, performing annual concerts in Ohio and as far as Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and around the United States. She has also performed regularly with Penn Central Wind Band, Billtown Brass, the Blossom Festival Band in Ohio, and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

As an educator, Mrs. Ciabattari has been previous part-time faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Hiram College, and South Carolina State University. She has also instructed beginning and middle school bands through MusicAlliance of Ohio and West Branch School in Williamsport. Her dedication to chamber music inspired her founding the Trombone Consortium of Central PA in 2011, as well as recently instigating a mass trombone ensemble event, Slidefest, held at Mansfield University.

Mrs. Ciabattari holds a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master of Music Education from Case Western Reserve University.

Donald Fisher

Donald Fisher

Donald Fisher, M.M.E., received his bachelor’s in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania while studying percussion with Gary Olmstead and later received his master's of music education from the Pennsylvania State University. Performing regularly with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Billtown Brass, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Don also performs as a freelance percussionist in and around the Williamsport area, and for the Lycoming College Chamber Choir.

Though Don has taught applied percussion, percussion methods and percussion ensemble at Lycoming College since 2002, he lived in Williamsport since 1996 teaching in the Williamsport Area School District as an instrumental music teacher. He has served as the PMEA District 8 President, on the PMEA State Executive Board, and as a cooperating teacher for Duquesne, Penn State, Susquehanna, and Mansfield Universities. Don has also worked with fellow Lycoming faculty member, Tim Breon, recording and producing recordings for local recording artist, Kristin Fisher.

Sponsors

This festival is made possible by the help and support of our generous donors and sponsors, including:

Lycoming College   Judd's Violins