Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 4 pm
Monday, March 27th, 2017
morning concerts at the Randolph Union High School and in Colchester
(with help from the VYOA)
for students from the Winooski area.
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering
Thursday August 10th, 2017
at 7:00 pm
Chandler Music Hall
Saturday August 12th, 2017
at 7:30 pm
Schumann, Martinů and Schubert
Chandler Music Hall
Sunday August 13th, 2017
at 4:00 pm
An Encore Performance
Afternoon concert in Woodstock, VT
Schumann, Martinů and Schubert
Thursday August 17th, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 pm
A Guide to Improvisation and Musicianship with Bob Franceschini, Fima Ephron and Ben Perowsky
Chandler Music Hall
Friday August 18th, 2017
at 7:00 pm
Friday Night in the Gallery
a new approach to a festival event
String instrument and bow symposium!
Chandler Music Hall's
Admission: Free/Goodwill offering
Saturday August 19th, 2017
at 10:30 am
A Special Concert for Kids
Island Time Steel Drums
and a chance for kids to have a hands on musical learning experience
Chandler Music Hall
Admission at the door: $6.00
Saturday August 19th, 2017
at 7:30 pm
Chamber Jazz - a new and different way
to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
Chandler Music Hall
Sunday August 20th, 2017
at 11:00 am
7th Annual Breakfast with Bach/Baroque Brunch
Orchestral Suite No. 2
in B minor, BWV 1067
and a little something extra
Breakfast at 11:00 am
in the Esther Mesh Room,
Chandler's Upper Gallery
Admission at the door: $10:00
Concert at 12:30 pm in Bethany Church
Admission at the door: Goodwill offering
Food provided by
Three Bean Cafe of Randolph
The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival announces the release of its first highlight CD: Festival Harvest
"The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival has come a long way since it was founded in 1993 by Peter Sanders, a New York cellist who grew up spending his summers in the Randolph area. An indication of just how far is its
excellent New CD, "Festival Harvest," a compilation of live performances of works by Mendelssohn, Schönberg and Frank Bridge at the Chandler Music Hall in 2000 and 2004.
When I first heard the album, I had recently heard an excellent performance of Mendelssohn's A Major String Quintet at Vermont's justly revered Marlboro Music Festival. The same work opens this CD, and I actually preferred the Randolph performance. That's big praise."
Read the review from the December 2, 2005 issue of Vermont's Times Argus
Artists of the 2017 season:
Basia Danilow, violin
Adela Peña, violin
Michael Roth, violin
Arturo Delmoni, viola
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Joana Miranda, viola
Peter Sanders, cello
David Mercier, bass
Adrienne Kim, piano
Bob Franceschini, sax
Ray Vega, trumpet
Fima Ephron, bass
Ben Perowsky, drums
Scott Paulson & Barbara Smith, Steel Drums (Island Time Steel Drums)
Yutaka Kono, DMA, conductor
Guy Rabut, luthier
Eben Bodach-Turner, bow maker
Vermont Youth Orchestra Artists
Repertoire and Artists from 1993 to present
Violinist Basia Danilow enjoys a diverse musical life encompassing chamber music, recording, orchestral and solo performances in the U.S. and abroad. Her playing has been described as, "star quality...Ms. Danilow is clearly an accomplished virtuoso whose playing has snap, crackle and pop." (New York Concert Review) A winner of the Artists International Competition she has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation as well as in Yugoslavia and Russia. Ms. Danilow is a member of the internationally acclaimed Lark Quartet (larkquartet.com). Lark has performed in many of the world's great cultural centers including, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Library Of Congress, The Freer Gallery in Washington DC and London's Wigmore Hall. Upon the release of the quartet's 2013 CD An Exaltation Of Larks, WQXR of NY said: "the strings soar as a single entity" and chose it as their Album of the Week. Lark's recent CD, Composing America featuring music of Pulitzer Prize winning composers, John Adams, William Bolcom and Paul Moravec's Piano Quintet with pianist, Jeremy Denk was described by Grammophone as, "Impressive...breathtaking...brilliant..." In addition to her busy schedule with Lark, Basia is concertmaster of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra often appearing as soloist, a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, APM's (NPR's) "Performance Today", Vermont Public Radio and PBS. She regularly appears at numerous festivals such as Caramoor, Lincoln Center Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Windham, Music Festival of the Hamptons and the International Summer Institute at the Moscow Conservatory. She has recorded for Sony, Atlantic, RCA Victor Red Seal and Bridge Records. Ms. Danilow lives in New Jersey with her husband, cellist Peter Sanders, their two children and the family cat and dog, Samson and Delilah.
Violinist Adela Peña is a native New Yorker. As a founding member of the Eroica Trio, she can be heard on seven CD's released by the EMI label, and has received two Grammy nominations. She has appeared as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with notable orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh symphonies, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, and Prague Chamber Orchestra. She has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for which she has served as concertmaster, and recorded several CD's on the Deutsche Grammophon label. As a soloist and recitalist, she has played with the English Chamber Orchestra, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sorbonne in Paris, and toured England, Italy and South America. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Margaret Pardee. She was also greatly influenced by her first teacher Rochelle Walton, and her coaches Felix Galimir and Harry Shub. Ms. Peña has participated in various summer festivals , including Ravinia, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Monadnock and Central Vermont. As an active teacher, Ms. Peña has coached at the Juilliard School, is a faculty member of Mannes Preparatory Division, and violin teacher and chamber music coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Since starting the violin at the age of four, she has received tremendous support and inspiration from family, friends and colleagues, for which she continues to be very grateful.
Michael Roth, violin, is a native of Scarsdale, NY and received his early musical training with Frances Magnes at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, continuing his studies with Marilyn McDonald. At Oberlin, he won the Kaufman Prize for violin and First Prize in the Ohio String Teacher's Association Competition. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts where he worked with the distinguished American violinist and pedagogue Charles Treger and was a recipient of the Julian Olevsky Award. Mr. Roth is currently associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has appeared in chamber music and as a soloist with the company, most recently in the debut of "Slice Too Sharp", a ballet of Biber and Vivaldi violin concerti, and "After the Rain", violin music of Arvo Part. In addition he is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal 2nd violin of the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Pops. He was concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years and often appeared as soloist there, as well as at the Caramoor and Bard Music Festivals. He has played and toured internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists. As a chamber musician, Mr. Roth has collaborated on violin and viola with artists such as Eugene Drucker, Menahem Pressler, James Buswell, Steven Doane, Hamao Fujiwara and members of the Brentano, Manhattan and Ying Quartets, and recently presented a recital of contemporary Cuban solo violin and chamber music in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the American Composers Orchestra. With Orpheus, the Eos Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, The New York Pops and the American Composers Orchestra and others, Mr. Roth has recorded for the Sony, Angel, Telarc, Decca, BMG, Point Music, ESSA.Y. and Arbors Music labels.
Arturo Delmoni, viola, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that is the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as "an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era." Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, says, "Delmoni's playing always goes right to the heart, and his charisma is irresistible." Delmoni's stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote "It's hard to imagine how the violin could be much better played than Delmoni did - he plays with astonishing speed, lightness, fluency and sweetness of tone." Alan Heatherington of the American Record Guide wrote "The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality." Delmoni made his debut at Carnegie Hall at age 14 playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under Thomas Scherman. Since then he has been a soloist with the St. Louis, Dallas, Spokane, Jupiter, El Paso, Glendale and Tucson Symphony Orchestras; the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the California Chamber Symphony; the New York City Ballet Orchestra; the Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Boston, Omaha and Kansas City Philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. He has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Hong Kong. As a chamber musician, Delmoni has performed with illustrious colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Ax, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane and Dudley Moore. Songs My Mother Taught Me, Delmoni's recording of romantic miniatures, received extraordinary reviews from prominent critics. Audiophiles and audio critics generally regard his recording of unaccompanied violin music of Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Bach as a reference for the sound of a solo violin. Delmoni's duo recital recording with cellist Nathaniel Rosen, entitled "Music for a Glass Bead Game" was nominated for an AFIM Indie Award, received a Golden Ear award, and was on Fanfare's "Best of the Year" list. Arturo Delmoni plays a JB Guadagnini, 1780, and a viola from the same period.
Kathryn Lockwood, viola, has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country and abroad for her performances as a chamber musician and soloist. Formerly a founding member of the Pacifica Quartet, she currently performs with the Lark Quartet, duoJalal with percussionist and husband Yousif Sheronick, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Kathryn is frequently invited back to her homeland of Australia to perform with the Camerata of St. John's and to teach at her alma mater school at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. CD credits include a solo CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, "Fireoptics", duoJalal's "A Different World", and several Lark and Pacifica Quartet recordings. Kathryn plays on an unknown Italian viola from the 18th Century Brescian School and performs during the summer for the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble in NC, Elm City ChamberFest in CT and at the Telluride ChamberFest in Colorado.
Joana Miranda, viola, is a native of Lisbon, Portugal. An active freelancer in New York and New Jersey, she plays with such ensembles as New York City Ballet, New York City Opera and New Jersey Symphony. In addition, she freelances on Broadway as the violist in the Wicked. She moved to New York City in 2010 after playing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Previously, she served as Principal Second Violin of Minnesota Opera and Assistant Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Miranda holds B.M., M.M. Degrees and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she was a violin student of Zvi Zeitlin and William Preucil. She has been a member of the Colorado Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, and Music in the Mountains festivals, in addition to playing operas at the Schlossfestpiele in Heidelberg, Germany. She has played recitals in throughout the U.S. and in Europe, and is active as a chamber musician. She also maintains a private violin and viola studio.
Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio. He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), CVCMF, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Park City & SLC Autumn Classics Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Bey and Carlinhos Brown. He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World, On the Lamb and KOCH International Classics labels. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, APM's "Performance Today", PBS and Vermont Public Radio.
David Mercier, bass, is a sophomore at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York intending to major in Music Performance and Written Arts Nonfiction. At Bard, he takes lessons with Luis Garcia-Renart, and Pedro de Alcantara through Skype; in Vermont, he studies with Bill Tilley. In addition to chamber, orchestral, and solo classical repertoire, David is interested in jazz, hip-hop, and bluegrass, performing in groups in all of these genres at Bard. After performing at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival in 2012, David is excited to be back!
Pianist Adrienne Kim's recent performances include recitals in New York's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bargemusic, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery and Ravinia's Rising Stars series in Chicago. She has appeared as soloist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Richmond Orchestra.
Ms. Kim was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, The Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center's residency program from 1998-2000. Ms. Kim has also performed with the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Skaneateles Festival, Lighthouse Chamber
Players, Salt Bay Chamberfest, Carnegie Chamber Players, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the Seal Bay Festival. With the West End Chamber Ensemble, ensemble-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency.
She has recorded the solo and chamber works of Daniel S. Godfrey with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on the Koch label, the violin and piano sonatas of Charles Ives with Lisa Tipton on Capstone Records and the sonatas of Niels Gade with violinist, Katie Wolfe on the Centaur label. She and Ms. Tipton also present the "Made in America" series at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. She is also a founding member of the New York Chamber Music Co-op.
She teaches at Mannes College of Music, in the Prep, Extension and College divisions, and she serves as the head of the Piano Department in the Prep division and as Coordinator of Secondary Piano in the College division. She has also been on the faculties of Kean University and Syracuse University. During the summers she is on the faculty of the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and the Summertrios festival in Bryn Mawr. Ms. Kim studied with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor's degree and earned her Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Leon Fleisher.
Saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger, Bob Franceschini, has appeared on more than 200 albums for artists of many idioms including Mike Stern, Paul Simon, Willie Colón, Celine Dion, Bebe Winans, Tito Puente, Tower of Power, Victor Wooten, and Tom Browne. In addition to composing and arranging, Bob has performed as a touring musician with Mike Stern, The Yellow Jackets, Chaka Khan, Victor Wooten, George Benson, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Tom Browne, Willie Colón, and many others.
Bob teaches music theory, improvisation, practice techniques, saxophone, woodwinds, and music career counseling.
Ray Vega, trumpet, is a native of the South Bronx, and is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few. Ray has performed and/or recorded with Nicholas Payton, Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Diane Schuur, The Mike Stewart Big Band (Australia), Michel Camilo, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band and La Orquesta Sinfonica de Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) among numerous others.
Ray has now established himself as one of the innovators of the international Jazz and Latin music scenes. A multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator, he presents Jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective. His two recordings on the Concord Picante label, his self-titled debut "Ray Vega", and "Boperation", along with his 1st release on the Palmetto label "Pa'lante" have been well received by critics, audiences and musicians alike. Vega's 2nd Palmetto CD "Squeeze, Squeeze" has also received critical acclaim including Four Stars in Down Beat Magazine.
Vega's CD "East-West Trumpet Summit" was a collaboration with Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott. The CD was released in the summer of 2010 on Origin Records and it hit number 1 on the Jazzweek national radio Jazz charts during the week of June 21, 2010.
His latest CD "Chapter Two" is produced Thomas Marriott. It was released in the Spring of 2014 on Truth Revolution Records. The CD has already received much critical acclaim including a 3 and a half star rating in Down Beat magazine (Nov. 14, 2014). Vega's latest release (2016) is his second collaboration with Thomas Marriott entitled "Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit" - it's currently in major airplay rotation nationwide.
Ray Vega currently resides in South Burlington, Vermont. He is a senior lecturer at The University of Vermont (UVM) where he teaches Jazz History, directs 3 Jazz combos and directs the trumpet studio (Classical and Jazz Performance). UVM recently inducted Vega as a University Scholar for 2015-16. Vega is the first creative artist to receive this high honor and recognition at the university.
His current music projects are Ray Vega and his New York Latin Jazz All-Stars, The Ray Vega Quintet, and Tales from the Boogie Down.
Fima Ephron, bass, was born in London, England, Fima Ephron moved to New York at age three. After starting playing bass at age thirteen, Fima attended New York city's famed music and art high school and was playing professionally by age fourteen. He has gone on to perform and record with a cross section of some of the greatest talent in the music industry: Walter Becker, David Torn, Gil Scott Heron, Natalie Merchant, Meshell N'Degeocello, Screaming Headless Torsos, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Ben Monder, Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Don Byron, David Sancious, Adina Menzel, Alana Davis, Morley, Steve Bernstein And Millennial Territory Orchestra, Groove Collective, Alex Sipiagin, Hasidic New Wave, David Fiuczynski/John Medeski's 'Lunar Crush', Yeoffi, Jeb Loi Nichols, Franklyn Kiermyer, Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers, Rise Robots Rise, John Zorn, Brad Shepik and Frank London to name a few.
Fima has two acclaimed releases of his own: "Soulmachine" on the Tzadik label and his self released "View From Afar". He also co-led the acclaimed group "Lost Tribe" and currently leads his own quartet which will release it's debut recording in 2017. He continues to reside in New York City.
Drummer Ben Perowsky's, notable career has placed him among a small vanguard of players able to move between jazz, experimental music and cutting edge pop and rock. He cut his teeth as a youth playing drums for the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, John Cale, Roy Ayers, James Moody, Bob Berg and Mike Stern. Broke ground driving back beats for NY bands Elysian Fields and Joan as Policewoman as well as The Lounge Lizards. He Co-founded the electric jazz all-star group Lost Tribe and has continued to record and perform with pop and jazz artists such as John Scofield, Belle and Sebastian, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Lou Reed, Pat Martino, Tegan and Sara, Uri Caine, Steven Bernstein, Walter Becker, Loudon, Martha and Rufus Wainwright. Ben has produced 8 critically acclaimed records to date, two of which appear on his label El Destructo Records. He currently leads a band called RedCred with John Medeski and Chris Speed who recently finished their debut recording. Ben has recently collaborated in new projects with Bad Brain's bassist Darryl Jennifer, Jamie Saft, Ben Monder, Aaron Parks, Marty Ehrlich, and The Jazz Passengers, among others. He is also the drummer/percussionist for the new critically acclaimed musical "Hadestown".
Vermont based couple Scott Paulson & Barbara Smith, Steel Drums (Island Time Steel Drums) have been working with students of all ages teaching Caribbean Steel Drums or "Pans" since 2002. Scott was classically trained in percussion and drum set from a young age by Ludwig Clinician Tom Brown. Scott studied Double Bass and Percussion and received his B.A. in Music from Johnson State College in Vermont. Scott has taught instrumental music programs, jazz bands, steel bands and percussion groups in area private and public schools since 1996. He and wife Barbara founded The Vermont Independent School of the Arts (now called The Seven Stars Arts Center) in Sharon, Vermont in 2002. Scott has directed percussion groups and steel drum workshops and residencies for such entities as The Vermont Alliance for Art Education, The Green Mountain Suzuki Institute and myriad schools from Vermont to North Carolina. He has played and recorded with many groups in various genres and on a variety of instruments, notably as leader/front man/steel pannist /bassist with the eclectic group SKABAZZA, which performed at the 1998 Phish festival "Lemonwheel" in Limestone, Maine. He currently directs and plays with The Panhandlers: Vermont's Largest Steel Orchestra. He also plays lead pan in two of his own steel bands, and bass guitar with the group TOAST.
Barbara Smith attended Bard College as a Liberace Scholar, where she received her B.A. in Music Performance. While at Bard, she worked with Joan Tower, Luis Garcia-Renart, flutist Patricia Spencer, saxophonists Erika Lindsay, Harvey Kaiser and Howard Johnson, clarinetist Larry Guy, and performed as a solo flutist with the American Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 she toured the United States, Russia, and Central Europe as a saxophonist with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein. In 2000 she served as a guest panelist at the New York City Flute Convention.
Currently, Barbara performs in the area with The East Bay Jazz Ensemble, Toast (soul/funk band), Island Time Steel Drums, APEX, and at a variety of functions as a solo flutist. She has written and recorded music with many local artists in the area, including Bow Thayer and Kristina Stykos. She has also served as an adjudicator for district and state music festivals. Barbara has served as a chamber music coach at the Green Mountain Youth Symphony. Many of her students participate in district, state, and regional music festivals, and have gone on to pursue music studies at the collegiate level.
Yukata Kono, DMA, conductor, recently became the Artistic Director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. He is also the conductor of Vermont Youth Philharmonia of Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, and is the Director of Orchestra/Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Vermont. He was born in Tokyo, Japan and began studying piano at age of 7. He began playing the tuba in middle school, and continued when he came to the US as an exchange student. He received a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Then, he became the first person ever to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Tuba performance from The University of Texas at Austin. While pursuing the tuba degrees, Dr. Kono also studied piano, composition and conducting. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TX) which he conducted the season opening concerts from 2007-2011. Dr. Kono previously taught at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He has studied conducting with Jerry Junkin, Mark Kelly, Eugene Dowdy, Peter Bay and Silas Huff. Dr. Kono was selected to attend the Summer Conductors Institute at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Maestro Neil Varon and conducted the Rochester Philharmonic. He was placed as a finalist for The American Prize for orchestral conducting at both college/university and professional division, and earned Bronze Medal of the Global Music award for his composition "Mamma at the Gate" in summer 2014. He studied composition with Alex Lubet, Stephan Paulus, and Donald Grantham.
Dr. Kono is a highly active performer on tuba. As a soloist, he is the winner of the concerto competition held at the University of Minnesota and performed with several orchestras and bands in Vermont, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and Tokyo. As a chamber musician, he performed with the Austin Symphony Brass Quintet, Austin City Brass, Austin Brass Ensemble, and a jazz ensemble-Tina Marsh's Creative Opportunity Orchestra. He was the principal tubist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (TX), and his orchestral credits include the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TX), San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, New Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra, Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and many others. His diverse interest has led him to perform with non-classical ensembles ranging from Jazz, Dixieland to Rock and Klezmer. He studied the tuba primary with Ivan Hammond, Ross Tolbert, Steven Bryant and Robert Lindahl, and has also done additional studies with Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, Donald Little, David Zerkel, David Saygers, Paul Hunt, and Eichi Inagawa. Yutaka has attended Keystone Brass Institute and Harmony Ridge Brass Center where he worked with Warren Deck. He completed a solo tour of Japan in summer 2011 which included a solo performance with Musashino Chamber Ensemble.
Internationally recognized as a pedagogue on low brass and a strong advocate of music education, Dr. Kono has taught hundreds of students, and provided over 40 clinics. His students have competed regionally, nationally and internationally, and have shown impressive results.
Dr. Kono's recent conducting highlights include: the World Premiere performance of Flight by Marcus Karl Maroney; the TAMUK Faculty Chamber Ensemble on William Walton's Faćade and a performance of Vermont Counterpoint with UVM Flute Ensemble at the presence of the composer, Steve Reich. He has also served as guest conductor clinician for the Regional Orchestras in the South Texas and Vermont, and is a sought after conductor for Chamber Ensembles. His book and transcriptions are published from Tuba Euphonium Press, Cimarron Press, and Linus Publications. He is a member of ITEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, College Orchestra Directors Association and the Conductors Guild.
Guy Rabut, luthier, has dedicated his career for over thirty-five years to creating instruments that fulfill the highest expectations of discriminating violinists, violists, and cellist around the world.
Violin making is an enterprise that beautifully synthesizes the realms of music, art, science, and woodworking. Guy Rabut was raised in a musical and artistic family where he began to play the cello at the age of nine. Along with his musical studies he also developed a strong interest in the visual arts through his father, an artist by profession. This seminal association with music and art led him to explore violin making as a career beginning in 1975 at The Violin Making School of America where he studied with the gifted violin maker, Paul Hart.
After graduation Mr. Rabut moved to New York City where he joined the prestigious firm of Jacques Franćais. For the next five years he worked In the Franćais workshop under the renowned restorer René Morel where he had the privilege to work on and study many of the most important Italian instruments played by some of the worlds greatest artists.
In 1984, Mr. Rabut established his own shop in New York, dividing his time between making and restoring instruments. The opportunity to restore some of the finest instruments in the world afforded Rabut a unique insight into the methods and practices of the great makers of the past. Beginning in 1992, with the opening of a workshop in the studios above Carnegie Hall, he began to focus exclusively on creating new violins, violas, and cellos. Today, after more than thirty five years in New York, from his workshop on the upper west side of Manhattan Guy Rabut maintains his commitment to making instruments that will continue to inspire great performances.
Eben Bodach-Turner, bow maker, lives and works in East Montpelier, Vermont.
Eben began making bows in 2000 and, through the VSA Oberlin Bow Making workshops, has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest makers in the world today. His work is inspired by this experience as well as the masters of the 19th century. He has a particular interest in working with players to further understand the factors that are critical to a bow's playability.
Eben holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Recording from Ithaca College and performs regularly with several area orchestras and chamber groups on the double bass.
Vermont Youth Orchestra Artists The CVCMF is thrilled to have a new community connection with the VYO and thanks all the young artists for their involvement with the Breakfast with Bach concert.