David Yarbrough earned his D.M.A. from the Peabody Institute of Music, where he studied with Herbert Greenberg. He received a fellowship for his M.M. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied with Lasar Gozman. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Jasha Brodsky and Linda Sharon Cerone. Dr. Yarbrough has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Delaware symphony orchestras. He is an active recitalist performing solo recitals, chamber music recitals, and lecture-recitals. He is a founding member of the Amistad String Quartet and the ensemble Misto Di Voci. His participation in international festivals includes Gateways Festival, Spoleto Festival, the American Institute of Musical Studies, and the Waterloo Festival. Presently, Dr. Yarbrough is the director of orchestras at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. Prior to this engagement, he was the assistant director of the Baltimore Talent Education Center, a preparatory string instrument program for the Baltimore City Public School System. His college teaching positions have included the Peabody Institute of Music, Towson University, and Morgan State University. Dr. Yarbrough's has been on the EMF faculty since 1992.
DAVID PARKS has debuted with major artists in a variety of eclectic styles ranging from popular artists such as Gloria Estefan, John Secada, Ben Folds, Terrance Blanchard and Barry Manilow as well as the notable Hollywood film composer James Newton Howard. As a chamber musician, Parks has performed with members of Quartet San Francisco, Gate City Camerata and the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet. As a soloist, he has won the North Carolina Young Artist American String Teachers Association Competition and has also served as the concertmaster of both the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Henry Mancini Institute. Outside of the classical tradition, Parks is involved in the genres of jazz, gospel and tango. He has frequently lectured at the University of Miami and taught beginner instrumentalists at the Frost Preparatory School. Parks holds a Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Music from UNC Greensboro.
David Holley was appointed as the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera in June, 2013 and has been the Director of Opera at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1992. Recent directing/producing credits include Il Trovatore for Opera Roanoke, "From Verdi to Broadway" for the Eastern Music Festival/Greensboro Opera, and Wine, Women & Song, last fall's Greensboro Opera/UNCG Opera Theatre Alumni GALA. Mr. Holley is also the founder and Artistic Director of Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS), which completed a highly successful second season last June with performances of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, along with two Song Recitals: "American Song as Cabaret" and "Around the World in 80 Minutes" that were created by his colleague James Douglass, the Director of the Art Song component of GLOS. The program culminated in performances of Broadway & Disney Revues at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, NC.
In the Spring of 2009, he produced and directed the World Premiere of Picnic, an opera by prominent American composer Libby Larsen. He secured a $150,000 grant from the Charles A. Babcock Foundation to commission Picnic, for which he also wrote the libretto. His productions have consistently won awards in the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition, including seven first place and three second place NOA awards since his arrival at UNCG. In 2005, four audio excerpts from Adamo's Little Women were released and distributed to opera companies world-wide on "Thirty New Operas," a CD sampler produced by G. Schirmer, Inc.
Mr. Holley served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Festival from 1994-2001, where he staged operas such as The Magic Flute, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Seville, Orpheus in the Underworld, and La Cenerentola, as well as musicals such as South Pacific, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has served as stage director for the Greensboro Opera (Gianni Schicchi) and Pensacola Opera (Barber of Seville), and at a variety of educational institutions, including an engagement as distinguished guest alumni director of My Fair Lady at Furman University, as part of their 175th anniversary.
An active performer, Mr. Holley has appeared with regional opera companies in Dallas, Atlanta, Rochester, Phoenix, Banff (Alberta, Canada), Greensboro, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Pensacola, and elsewhere in a diversity of leading lyric tenor roles including Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, Tamino in The Magic Flute and the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann and Roméo and Juliette. Notable engagements have included Cavardossi opposite Angela Brown's Tosca, Don José with Luretta Bybee and Herbert Perry (directed by David Morelock), as well as Pinkerton with Nikki Li Hartliep. Reviewing his performance in Wiener Blut, The American Record Guide said, "tenor David Holley as the Count with the roving eye was ringing, wide-ranging, hale and hearty: a vivid characterization", and in the title role in Der Vogelhändler, "a singing and acting delight." Opera News has hailed him as "...that rare find, a tall tenor who can act.”
Cellist Danielle Guideri received her undergraduate and master's degrees in cello performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York, Queens College, where she was the winner of the Louis Pastore Cello Scholarship Award. She has performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area as a soloist, performing works such as Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Brahms Double Concerto, Haydn Cello Concerto, and Tan Dun Elegy: Snow in June and Eternal Vow. Ms. Guideri has performed in Europe and given numerous recitals in New York including at the Juilliard School. As a chamber musician, Ms. Guideri has appeared at Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The James Lenox House, The Juilliard School, Kaye Playhouse with The American Ballet Theatre, as well as the National Arts Club. As a member of the Veronika String Quartet, she was Artist in Residence at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she performed and taught throughout Colorado. Ms. Guideri was a member of the Phoenix Symphony for three years before relocating to New York, where she performed regularly with the New Haven Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony. Ms. Guideri currently resides in Westminster, CO and is a member of the Colorado Symphony.
Dan Skidmore performs regularly as concertmaster of the Salisbury Symphony and as associate concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony. He teaches violin at Catawba College and Piedmont International University, and this fall he will teach at Wake Forest University while Jacqui Carrasco is in Venice. He has also served on the music faculties of Elon University and Appalachian State University. As a soloist, he has appeared numerous times with the Salisbury Symphony and has also performed concertos with the Winston-Salem Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his teachers include Mary Wilson, John Fadial, Blair Milton, and Charles Castleman.
Daniel Reinker has been a member of the EMF viola faculty since 1987. He also is Principal Viola of the Nashville Symphony and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. Formerly he was Associate Principal Viola with the San Antonio Symphony and Principal Viola with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. He received his education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, the Yale School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Greensboro native and EMF alumna, Courtney Elise LeBauer began studying the violin at the age of six. While still in high school, she was asked to join the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest musician ever to have joined its ranks. As a young student at the Eastern Music Festival, in Greensboro, North Carolina, she played in classes for such artists as Gerard Poulet and Joseph Gingold, and in 2000 was invited to join the festival´s faculty as teacher, chamber musician, member of the Eastern Festival Orchestra. Dr. LeBauer earned her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude at Rice University, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She earned her Master of Music with highest honors at the University of Michigan while studying with Paul Kantor, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil. As a winner of the Fulbright Scholarship, she studied with Ida Bieler at Düsseldorf´s Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule. After completing a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Arizona State University, she returned to Germany in 2004 and shortly thereafter was able to join the faculty of Düsseldorf´s Clara-Schumann-Musikschule. Dr. LeBauer has performed and taught with Julia Fischer in Vitznau, Switzerland as a part of her Musikferien for young talent, and throughout Germany representing the Zentralrat der Juden, as a member of the yiddish-caberet style Borofsky-Trio. She continues to perform in the USA, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, and most recently for her performance in the Düsseldorf Tonhalle, she was praised by the Rheinisch Post for "...her stirring performance..which was the triumph of the evening".
Corine Brouwer is well-known to North Carolina audiences. She is currently the Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Asheville Lyric Opera. She is also principal second violin of the Arizona MusicFest orchestra and Sun River music festival.
Ms. Brouwer has been involved in the commissioning and performances of new works,including the premieres of Doppelganger, a concerto for two violins by David Dzubay,and Here, the Cliffs, a concerto by Hilary Tann. Her projects have won numerous awards, including selection for a national Meet the Composer Award. Ms. Brouwer has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Arizona MusicFest Orchestra, Canton (Ohio) Symphony, and others.
Her past chamber music appearances have included the Eastern Music Festival, the International Bartok Festival, and the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival. Currently she is faculty at Montreat College and maintains a private studio.
Ms. Brouwer earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the N.C. School of the Arts, where she studied with the late Elaine Richey.
Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and can be heard as soloist on more than thirty recordings, and on more than one hundred chamber music, orchestral, jazz, and commercial recordings. Deutsche Grammophon selected him to be included on their 2005 CD compilation "Masters of the Trumpet." He moved to Maryland in 1998, from New York City, where he was a member of the American Brass Quintet for eighteen years, principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. He has been a guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. He is featured on Sting's 2009 DVD "On a Winter's Night," filmed live in Durham Cathedral, England. His most recent solo recording is Corollary III by Brian Fennelly, for trumpet and piano, of which the American Record Guide writes "It is always a pleasure to hear Chris Gekker's round, warm tone quality, virtuoso skills, and always thoughtful way of playing."
Chris was born in Washington DC, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland. His teachers include Emerson Head, Sidney Mear, Adel Sanchez, and Gerard Schwarz.
Chauncey Patterson began his professional career at the age of 23 as Assistant Principal Viola of the Denver Symphony. He was eventually appointed Principal Viola by Music Director Phillipe Entremont. His next post was Principal Viola of the Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of Seymon Bychkov. During his stay in Buffalo, Mr. Patterson was offered and accepted the viola position in the award winning Miami String Quartet. During his 15 year tenure, the MSQ garnered awards in the quartet competitions of London and Evian in addition to being the first string quartet to win the Concert Artist Guild New York Competition. The quartet recorded a number of CD's most notable The Ginastera Quartets, The Quartets of Petris Vasks and the Saint-Saens and Faure String Quartets for the BMG Conifer label. The Quartet toured the U.S. extensively playing virtually every high profile venue including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Foreign travels (both with and without the MSQ) have taken Mr. Patterson to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Panama, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, and the Netherlands. He has shared the chamber music stage with such distinguished artists as: Gil Shaham, Garrick Ohlsson, Cho liang Lin, Robert Chen, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Cindy Phelps, Nadja Solerno Sonennberg, the Orion String Quartet, Franco Gulli, Aaron Rosand, Menachem Presseler, Peter Wiley, Andre Michel Schub, Bill Prucell, Ida Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Lynn Harrell, Arto Noras, Mark Johnson, Gene Druckman, and Robert Vernon. Following his tenure with the MSQ, Mr. Patterson served as interim violist of the world renowned Fine Arts Quartet. He currently resides in Miami, Florida where he serves as Solo Viola of the Florida Grand Opera. Educaton has been a major component of Chauncey's career. His faculty affiliations include: The Cleveland Institute of Music, Blossom School of Music, Kent State University, Hartt School of Music, Encore School for Strings, Eastern Music Festival, University of Charleston (W.V.), University of Denver, New World School of the Arts, Florida International University, and The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Chauncey started playing the viola at the age of 8 in the Burlington, North Carolina Public School System. He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Certificate from The Curtis Institute of Music. His major teachers were Ann Woodward, Robert Vernon, Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree.
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