Shawn L. Copeland, clarinet, joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 2014. His duties include teaching clarinet, Alexander Technique and entrepreneurship and performing with the Northwest Wind Quintet. He has taught on the faculties of Stetson University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University and Coastal Carolina University, and is the co-director of the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic. He has held management positions with Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc., the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company and Educational Management Consultant Services, Inc.
As a teacher and performer, Copeland has presented master classes, recitals and premiered works throughout the US, Ireland, Germany, Japan and Mexico. An advocate for new music and an avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Tosca Duo and the Relevents Wind Quintet. He has served as the e-flat/bass clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, e-flat clarinetist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, principal clarinetist of the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra and the Novus Chamber Ensemble, co-principal of Southern Winds and performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, Florida. His teachers include Kelly Burke, Lynn Musco and Frank Kowalsky. He holds degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (D.M.A., M.M.) and Stetson University (B.M.) and in Non-Profit/Arts Management (M.A.) from the University of Central Florida.
Copeland is passionate about holistic teaching and the inclusion of the body in the creative process. As an accredited teacher of Alexander Technique and a specialist in body mapping, he has dedicated his research to working with performing artists. He earned his certification in 2006, through a five-year apprenticeship with Marsha Paludan, with additional training at the Chesapeake Bay Alexander Technique Studies in Greensboro, North Carolina. Those who continue to influence his teaching include: Bill Conable, Sarah Barker, Glenna Batson, Dale Beaver, Robert Lada and Robin Gilmore. Copelandtravels extensively giving presentations, master classes and workshops at universities and conferences throughout the country. He spends his summers teaching at the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic and Eastern Music Festival. He is the author of the upcoming publication, “What Every Clarinetist Needs to Know about the Body.”
Shannon Scott is Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Music History and clarinetist for Solstice Wind Quintet at Washington State University School of Music. In summers Scott teaches and performs at Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and Red Lodge Music Festival in Red Lodge, Montana. From 1988 to 2006 she was principal clarinetist of the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. Scott holds degrees from Juilliard, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Conservatoire Regional Marcel Dupre, Yale University and Northwestern University. Member of the Scott-Garrison Duo (flute and clarinet) with husband Leonard Garrison, their CDs Barn Dances and Perennials are on the Albany Records label.
SEAN HAWTHORNE is an active orchestral cellist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher in the U.S. and Europe. He is a doctoral student and undergraduate cello teacher at Stony Brook University. He studied with Michel Strauss and Jan Ype Nota at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School. He has served as principal cellist of numerous orchestras including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Koninklijk Conservatorium Orchestra, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and the Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Hague Philharmonic. In 2014, Hawthorne was awarded the Institute of Orchestral Studies Apprenticeship with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Maestro Pinchas Zukerman. He also appeared as a soloist twice with the National Repertory Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Don Quixote and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
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Sarah Cote has been on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee since 2003. She is instructor of Viola, violin and string pedagogy. Currently she performs with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and the Alabama Symphony. She is principal viola of the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra. She performs with the Stones River Chamber Players, the Belmont Camerata, and the Music City Baroque. Ms. Cote was a member of the San Antonio Symphony for sixteen years. In San Antonio, she was a frequent chamber music performer and a teacher and was on the steering committee for the Music Advancement Program, a music education program for inner city middle school students. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Cote taught string pedagogy in Costa Rica for teachers in the country’s SiNem program, which provides musical training for every child in Costa Rica. Ms. Cote has been on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival since 1995, spending two of those summers as acting assistant principal of the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed as a member of EMFs chamber ensembles. She has also performed at the Garth Newell, Fontana, Blowing Rock and Piccolo Spoleto chamber festivals and with the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. Ms. Cote earned bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Yuval Yaron and Mimi Zweig. She spent a sabbatical year at Oberlin University, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsay-Irvine. She has also studied with Patricia McCarty, Burton Kaplan, and Karen Tuttle. Ms. Cote studied Baroque viola/violin with Simon Standage and Marilyn MacDonald. She also has done extensive pedagogy studies with Mimi Zweig and Carol Dallinger.
As an active freelance musician, Rick Ostrovsky performs regularly with some of the most respected ensembles in New York City, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet. He has toured extensively, playing in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan. He can be heard on orchestral recordings of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Mr. Ostrovsky was a member of the Colombus Symphony Orchestra and was the solo bass with the Soviet Émigré Orchestra, an ensemble of thirteen string players. He has also had the opportunity to perform in a variety of chamber and solo settings, including a performance of the Bottesini Gran Duo in concert with violinist Erick Friedman, and to share the recital stage with his wife, soprano Kaori Sato. Mr. Ostrovsky received both his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School. He has been on the EMF faculty since 2002.
Rebecca Zimmerman began studying piano at the age of four and cello at the age of ten. Throughout her early development as a cellist, she studied with several teachers including Dajing Yang, Jim Wilson of the Shanghai Quartet, and Neal Cary, principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony. Ms. Zimmerman graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 with a B.M. in Cello Performance, studying under Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra. In 2008, she received her master's degree from Northwestern University under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen. Ms. Zimmerman has attended Eastern Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent-Blossom Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute, at all of which she served as principal cellist. Ms. Zimmerman's competition winnings include the 1999 Richmond Symphony and the 2000 Eastern Music Festival concerto competitions. Ms. Zimmerman has held positions in the Canton Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Northwest Indiana Symphony. She is currently an active teacher and performer in Chicago where she teaches for the Merit School of Music and plays with several chamber orchestras including Camerata Chicago, New Millennium Orchestra, and Erato Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Zimmerman is on the faculty of Northwestern University Academy. She has been on the faculty at EMF since 2003.
RANDALL WEISS, principal second violin of the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, made his solo debut as a winner of the Victoria, BC concerto competition. He studied with Tadeusz Wronski at Indiana University, received his M.M. from the University of Victoria under Paul Kling, and engaged in further study at both the Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, most notably with Sylvia Rosenberg and William Berman.
Mr. Weiss spent 17 years as Assistant Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony, regularly substituting as Concertmaster. He is currently Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley, and has been Associate Concertmaster of the Music in the Mountains Festival, as well as Concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony and the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. He has performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Louisville Orchestra, Mr. Weiss participated in the First Edition recordings under the direction of Jorge Mester.
Mr. Weiss is the founder and music director of Music in the Mishkan, a chamber music series in San Francisco, and he is a founding member of The Bridge Players, a chamber ensemble based in San Francisco. Mr. Weiss joined the EMF faculty in 1989.
Dr. Timothy W. Lane Principal Second Violin Chair
Randall Ellis attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he studied with Ronald Roseman. He is principal oboist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, and is solo English horn in the New York Pops Orchestra. He is the oboist in Windscape Woodwind Quintet, artists in residence at the Manhattan School of Music. He was principal oboist of the New York Chamber Symphony and received two Grammy nominations, including one for his recording of Howard Hanson’s Pastorale. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ellis has appeared as a guest artist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has concertized and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been a soloist with the New England Bach Festival, the International Bach Festival of Madeira, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Ellis has freelanced with the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philomusica and the Orchestras of the Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and the American Ballet Theatre dance companies. Mr. Ellis has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, and many times on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, European radio, and NHK Radio and TV in Japan. Mr. Ellis has recorded for EMI/Angel, Columbia, Sony, RCA, Vox, Nonesuch, CRI, Pro Arte, Delos, and Deutsche Grammophon. He has performed with Winton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center and on Broadway in the orchestra for the musical Wicked. He teaches oboe and chamber music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Violist PETER DUTILLY is in his second summer as an EMF Fellow. Primarily an orchestral violist, Dutilly is a Nucleus member of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is third chair and serves frequently as principal. He is adjunct instructor of viola and violin at Southeastern University, chamber music coordinator for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and teaches at Prelude Chamber Music Camp in Jacksonville. Also a composer, Dutilly’s works have been performed by the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Chamber Singers, Warwick Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Children's Chorus, the clarinet duo Pitches in Stilettos and members of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra. Dutilly earned two Bachelor of Music degrees from Jacksonville University, where he studied viola with Dr. Marguerite Richardson and composition with Dr. Jianjun. He earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, where he studied viola with Dr. Pamela Ryan and orchestral excerpts with Professor Eliot Chapo.
Cellist NEAL CARY joined the EMF faculty in 1984 and has served as principal cellist of the Eastern Music Festival since 1988. He has been principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony since 1988, and has been on the performing artist faculty at the College of William and Mary since 1991. He has also served as principal cellist of the Williamsburg Symphonia since 2002. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Richmond Chamber Players, which performs chamber music concerts every Sunday in August.
Previous to Mr. Cary's employment in the Richmond Symphony, he was co-principal cellist of the Kansas City Philharmonic and assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Denver Symphony orchestras. From 1994 -98, he was on the adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Neal Cary's major teachers have included Robert Newkirk, Channing Robbins, and the world-renowned Leonard Rose. Mr. Cary holds a M.M. from The Juilliard School of Music.
Notable recital performances in the Richmond area include performances from memory of the 40 Popper Études and all the Bach Suites for Solo Cello.
Concerto performances include nearly 50 performances of most of the major cello concertos, unusual works, and a world premier with orchestras on the East Coast. YouTube videos of Mr. Cary include a live performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2, and a video lesson on the Saint-Saëns.
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