WILLIAM WOLFRAM was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. A versatile recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has won the respect of musicians and critics across the country and abroad. Wolfram has several recordings on the Naxos label, has played recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe and has performed with dozens of the finest orchestras in the world.
His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. He has appeared with the San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Grand Teton and Obispo Mozart festival orchestras, among many others.
He enjoys regular and ongoing close associations with the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has worked include Jerzy Semkow, Joseph Silverstein, Mark Wigglesworth, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Spivakov, Gerard Schwarz, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jeffrey Kahane, James Judd, Roberto Minczuk, Stefan Sanderling, JoAnn Falletta, James Paul and Carlos Kalmar. Abroad, Wolfram has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Warsaw, Moscow and Budapest philharmonics, the Capetown and Johannesburg symphonies of South Africa, L'Orchestre de Bretagne, the orchestras of Thailand and Singapore and the National Symphony of Peru.
An enthusiastic supporter of new music, he has collaborated with and performed music by composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Kenneth Frazelle, Marc Andre Dalbavie, Kenji Bunch and Paul Chihara. His world premiere performance of the Chihara re-orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs, was met with great critical attention and acclaim.
Wolfram has extensive experience in the recording studio. For the Albany label, he recorded the piano concertos of Edward Collins with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Wolfram has recorded, and continues to record, the solo piano music of Franz Liszt for Naxos records. These recordings include Liszt's rarely heard Etudes en douze exercices, as well as opera transcriptions of both Donizetti and Bellini. Wolfram was the focus of a full chapter in Joseph Horowitz's book, The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On television, he was a featured pianist in the documentary of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, William Wolfram resides in New York City.
A native of Germany,Uli Speth completed his undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria, where he was a student of Harald Herzl of the Pro Arte Quartet Salzburg. He participated in numerous performance classes given by Yfrah Neaman, Thomas Brandis, Jaap Schroeder, Glen Dicterow and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. He subsequently earned his Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where he was a student of Felix Galimir from whom he received both violin and string quartet training. He is first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet in residence at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York. This group has played concerts throughout the U.S., has commissioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet, and has performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Texas. As a chamber musician, Mr. Speth has also enjoyed the opportunity of performing alongside well-known soloists and members of the Hagen, Pro Arte, Cavaliere, and Ying quartets and Orpheus Orchestra. His recent solo performances of concerti by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams and recitals with have earned him praise by the critics of the Austin American Statesman and Salzburger Nachrichten and Broome County Arts Mirror. He serves as concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and is on faculty of Hartwick College and Nyack College (Manhattan Campus). Mr. Speth has been on the EMF faculty since 2006.
Tom McCaslin, has been described by Fanfare Magazine as "one of the contemporary tuba virtuosos". Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan Tom's playing and teaching have taken him around the globe. He has performed and taught in Canada, United States, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, New Zealand and Australia.
Tom McCaslin is Principal Tuba with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Denis Wick/DANSR Performing Artist.
As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Regina Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal), the Lahti Symphony (Finland) and was acting Principal Tuba in the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand). In the summers he teaches at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he serves as Principal Tuba with the EMF Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.
As a soloist Mr. McCaslin’s solo recordings appear on the Crystal Records and Potenza Music labels. His first solo CD release, “Inside Out”, was met with much critical acclaim. The International Tuba and Euphonium Association journal wrote: “Hopefully this CD will serve to inspire the “next generation” of young tubists who will hear and accept this as regular playing, and strive to push the limits even further.” Gramaphone magazine wrote: “lf this recital doesn't convert you to the lyricism of the tuba, nothing will.” Regarding his second CD release, “One More Dance”, Gramophone Magazine wrote: “McCaslin's technical abilities are brilliant and his musicianship is inspiring.” Tom has also recorded for the Canadian Broadcast Company, National Public Radio and performed on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has performed at numerous International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences and at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Mr. McCaslin received degrees from McGill University and Arizona State University, with extensive study with legendary tubists John Griffiths, Fritz Kaenzig, Roger Bobo, Dennis Miller, and Samuel Pilafian. In 2003 he became the first tubist to return three summers to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, the summer training center for the Boston Symphony.
A native of Romania, TANIA ANIELA MOLDOVAN started playing the violin at age 6. She participated in competitions in Romania, winning numerous awards and toured in France, Germany and Greece with several orchestras.
After studying with Professor Adrian Cardan at Sigismund Toduta Music High School, she attended the Gheorghe DimaConservatory in Cluj-Napoca studying with Professor Titus Flueras. Moldovan earned a Bachelor and Master of Music Performance from Bowling Green State University under Professor Vasile Beluska. Moldovan earned a Doctorate in Music from Florida State University where she studied with Professor Eliot Chapo and Dr. Ben Sung.
Moldovan is an active orchestra player and solo performer. She frequently performs with the Greenville, Tallahassee, Chattanooga and Pensacola Symphonies, South Carolina Philharmonic and others. She participated in numerous music festivals such as National Youth Orchestra (Romania), Ioanian Music Festival (Greece) and more recently, National Music Festival and Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, where she was concertmaster.
Susan Eischeid currently holds the positions of Principal Oboe with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Philadelphia University of the Arts. Dr. Eischeid played for many years with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Eischeid’s major teachers include Robert Bloom, James Gorton, and Sara Lambert Bloom. She has received the Excellence in Professional Activity Award from the College of the Arts at VSU. Dr. Eischeid was also featured soloist in the world premiere of the second oboe concerto by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas and has commercially released her first compact disc on the ACA Digital label. Dr. Eischeid is also a published author, has presented lectures and recitals in dozens of cities in the United States and in Europe, and has received multiple grants. Most recently, she was featured in performances in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. In March of 2010, as part of the Old FirstConcerts Artist’s Series in San Francisco, CA, she premiered a new work for oboe, piano and men’s voices by noted German composer Stefan Heucke under the auspices of The Pink Triangle Project. In summer of 2016 her book about the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
STEPHANIE BARRETT is from Richmond, Virginia. Barrett earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. She maintains a private studio and her professional experience includes performances with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Richmond metropolitan region.
A native of Chicago, Shawn Weil has been on the faculty of EMF since 2003. He was appointed to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra violin section in April 2005. Mr. Weil made his solo debut with the SLSO in the 2007-08 season under the direction of music director David Robertson. Prior to his appointment, he played as a contracted member of the orchestra for two seasons. Mr. Weil is a violinist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and, for four seasons, was a member of the New World Symphony. During his tenure at the New World Symphony, Mr. Weil was invited to represent the institution in chamber music performances domestically in Manhattan and the Hamptons and internationally in Prague, Rome, and Monte Carlo. An active educator and mentor, he is actively involved in the Community Partnerships program with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra performing and coaching throughout the Saint Louis community. Shawn Weil received his Bachelor of Music degree and the performer's diploma from Indiana University.
2nd Assistant Concertmaster
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.
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