Originally from Fergus, Ontario, violinist Susan McCallum has been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Music with Honors from McGill University, where she studied with Denise Lupien, and later earned her Master of Music under renowned pedagogue Maciej Rakowski at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. As an orchestral player, Susan has performed throughout Manitoba and across Canada as a regular member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandon Chamber Players, Rainbow Stage and the National Academy Orchestra; and in the United Kingdom with the Lancashire Sinfonietta. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has performed at numerous concert venues across Canada including the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, the acclaimed Virtuosi Series at the University of Winnipeg, and with faculty at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. Susan has also given recitals and chamber music concerts abroad in the UK, and has performed at several international music festivals including the Summer Academy at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, the Lake District Summer Music Festival in the UK, the Domaine Forget International Festival, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts where she was an artist-in-residence. Susan has served on the faculties of both the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies. She is excited to return to the Eastern Music Festival for her second summer as a faculty member. Susan lives in Winnipeg with her husband, bassist Meredith Johnson, and their two children, Isla and William.
Rusty McKinney is a native of Greensboro, NC and grew up in a family of professional musicians. He is an alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD where he was a bass trombone performance major. Over a period of 16 years, he served as Music Director for Mount Tabor Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, UT, First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City, White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary, NC and Oakland Presbyterian Church in Clayton, NC prior to his appointment as Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Church in Cary in 2015 .
Rusty was the bass trombonist of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. He has also held orchestral positions with the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (interim bass trombonist). Rusty has been a guest musician for the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Symphony, and most recently the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest musician with the North Carolina Symphony and plays with the North Carolina Opera Orchestra and other top tier ensembles throughout NC.
Violist Derek Mosloff is an avid solo and chamber musician, fluent in the spectrum of repertoire from Bach to the current day. Praised by critics for his “full-toned” and “expert category” playing, he was invited to solo in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Boston’s Symphony by the Sea on 24 hours notice. Shortly after obtaining his Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, Mosloff was invited to join the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he spent 3 years as a violist. Before that, he was an active performer in the Boston area, serving as the principal viola of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, as well as a violist in the Discovery Ensemble, and many other ensembles. In 2008 Mosloff was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, and he was invited to return for 2009, 2010, and as a New Fromm player for the 2011 and now 2012 seasons. He is a recurring violist for the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City. He is also very active as a teacher, and has been on the faculties of the Norman School for Strings, the SoBe institute of the Arts, as well as many others. He is now the principal violist in the Florida Orchestra. Mosloff holds a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory under Roger Tapping, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln under Jonah Sirota.
The North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir educate and train girls and boys in the art of performing the finest music in the choral tradition. Through musical training and choral experiences, the girls and boys develop an appreciation of a wide range of choral literature. They gain self-confidence and poise, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and acquire self-discipline and self-respect. They bond with other girls and boys who share their love of music. Founded by Bill Graham in 1972 as the Durham Boys Choir, the North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir have been directed by Robert Unger and David Cole since 2014. A Chamber Choir of tenors and basses was added in 1992; the Girls Choir was started in 2011.The mission of the North Carolina Boys Choir is to develop, enhance, and instill character, insight, cultural awareness, respect and self-discipline, and a love for music by direct exposure and involvement in the boychoir art form. We will achieve these goals through dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence and the ideals of the great State of North Carolina and beyond.
Robert Unger, Musical Director
David Cole, Assistant Director/Accompanist
The Burlington Boys Choir was founded in 1959 by Miss Eva Wiseman. During our fifty eight-year history, hundreds of boys have been educated in great sacred and classical music and in etiquette and discipline. The choristers range in age from nine to sixteen years old and are drawn from the private and public schools in the Burlington area. Boys are chosen for their musical ability and for their maturity, discipline, and high academic standing. The choir has traveled extensively both at home and abroad including numerous trips to Europe and four invitations to the White House. They have appeared with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies. In 2013 they sang the east-coast premier of “The Human Spirit” by Gerard Schwarz with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Schwarz.
William Allred, Director
Woodson Faulkner, Vocal Coach/Accompanist
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