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Deborah Barrett Price, violist, chamber musician, conductor

Deborah Barrett Price

Founder & Artistic Director

Violist Deborah Barrett Price is recognized throughout the country as an innovative pedagogue and versatile performer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. (CMC), a nationally recognized program providing education, service and performance opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels.

In recognition of her work as a chamber music entrepreneur, pedagogue, and performer, Debbie has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. In 2004, she was named the Columbus 2004 Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year in addition to receiving commendations from both the Ohio State Senate and the House of Representatives. She has also received multiple nominations for the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Arts Administration (in 2010 and 2014).

A respected performer, Debbie currently serves as principal violist of both the Opera Project Columbus and the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. In the summers, she is an artist-in-residence at the Caroga Lake Music Festival (NY) and serves on the faculty of several summer festivals. As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Hausmann Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Claremont Trio, and with numerous artists in faculty collaborations. For over a decade, she served as the co-conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Camerata Strings and as the music director of the Women-In-Music String Sinfonia. Debbie is an advocate of new music and has debuted several new works as part of the Denison Tutti Festivals, commissioned several chamber music works, and served as principal violist for Tom Vignieri’s There will Come Soft Rains, recorded in Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Debbie serves on the faculty of Denison University, the Columbus Suzuki Institute, and ASTA/OSU Midwest String Teachers Conference. She is a Yamaha Certified String Educator Clinician, a frequent guest artist for chamber music and orchestra festivals, and has given numerous presentations at music schools and national conferences. Articles highlighting her unique teaching style are published in American Music Teacher, Journal of American Viola Society, Keyboard Companion Magazine, and American String Teacher.

Debbie has fostered the advancement of CMC since its formation in 1992, through the diverse cultivation of musical connections between students, alumni, faculty, and guest artists locally, nationally, and internationally. She has matched and mentored CMC ensembles that have competed and won prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Chicago Chamber Music Competition, and Coltman National Chamber Music Competition. She has also prepared multiple CMC ensembles for appearances on National Public Radio’s From the Top radio and television programs and made her national conducting debut on the show in June 2008.

In addition to the main CMC programs, Debbie established the iSTEM Project (Improvisation, Solfège, Theory, Eurhythmics, & Movement), the Jazz and Improv workshop, the New American Music Project, and the Conservatory Residency and Series, one of CMC’s most powerful means of connecting students and professionals in education and performance. CMC Residencies have included collaborations with members of the Calidore, Dover, Cavani, Jupiter, Ying, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Guarneri, Cleveland, and Emerson String Quartets as well as with the Claremont, Neave, Trio Solisti, Trio Cavatina, and Weilerstein Trios. To extend the program’s impact beyond the U.S.A., Debbie has directed performance tours in Austria and Hungary, and created the CMC Italia festival held in Bonefro and Rome, which culminated in a performance at Italy’s esteemed Conservatorio Santa Cecilia.

Debbie’s teaching philosophies are influenced by a diverse variety of experiences. Throughout her youth, Debbie received extensive dance training. In high school, she was a member of The New School of Ballet’s “Ballet Workshop,” which toured throughout New York State’s Capital Region, and studied with prima dancers of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Harkness Ballet. She furthered her study of movement through the study of Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and Feldenkrais Method. Her expertise of body awareness and movement has proven to be an invaluable asset to her uniquely comprehensive approach to performance education. She is currently in the process of publishing a series of chamber music pedagogy videos and materials titled after one of her most celebrated teaching mottos,“Breathe together, Move together, Play together.”

Associated Faculty

CMC’s associated faculty comprises the area’s best professional chamber and orchestral musicians and educators, including members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, CMC established alumni as well as professors from the Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio University, The Ohio State University School of Music, Denison University and Otterbein College. An updated list of the associated faculty for the 2016-2017 season can be found here: cmc-associated-faculty-updated-2016

 Stephanie Price-Wong

 Assistant Artistic Director
 and Fellowship  Program Director

Stephanie Price-Wong grew up in a musical and arts administrative family that instilled and nurtured her passion in the art, performance, and education of chamber music. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director and Fellowship Program Director of the Chamber Music Connection based in Worthington, Ohio. Stephanie also has a private studio in Columbus and is the Adjunct Viola Professor at Ohio University.

As a violist, she has performed recitals in the United States and Europe, notably at the Kennedy Center, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, and on National Public Radio’s From the Top! series. Stephanie has been a performing artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival since it’s founding in 2012 and went to Switzerland with CLMF. Her diverse performing styles have resulted in collaborations with world-renowned artists including the Cavani Quartet, Jeffrey Irvine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, and percussionist Jamey Haddad. Stephanie is currently the founding violist in the KASA Quartet.

Stephanie received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music with a certificate in Arts Leadership. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the Alumni Jim Hall Graduate Studies Scholarship.

Lane Champa

On-Site Manager, Violin, and Viola

Lane Champa is a violinist and violist from Delaware, Ohio. He is an active performer in the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus Chamber Orchestra, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Champa is the Onsite Manager of the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio and is on the violin faculty of the Jefferson Academy of Music. He is a graduate of Otterbein University where he studied Music, Business Administration, and Arts Administration. He was a featured performer and spoke on the panel of the Otterbein University Humor in Music Festival, violinist of Red Noise New Music Ensemble and is the current concertmaster of the university’s Musical Theater Pit Orchestra. He studied violin with Sheryl Trick and David Edge. When Champa was a student at Chamber Music Connection he studied chamber music with the Cavani, Emerson, JACK, Hausmann, Calidore, Ying, Doric, and Brentano string quartets as well as with Peter Salaff and Hayley Wolfe. Champa has been a part of many contemporary music collaborations including premieres of works by James Rubino, Charlie Wilmoth, Kyle Price and Brian Riordan. He also manages a private string studio teaching violin, viola, cello, improvisation and composition.

Terri Boselli-Wyman


Terri Boselli-Wyman received her training from the University of Akron with Jay Humeston, followed by ten years of private studies with Donald White of the Cleveland Orchestra. She started her tenure as an Associate Musician with the Columbus Symphony and Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in 1999 and also plays with the Newark-Granville, New Albany, Mansfield and Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestras, along with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Before these orchestras, Terri performed with the Akron, Canton, Youngstown and West Virginia symphonies. Additionally, she maintains a large cello studio in the Columbus area, freelances for several local music agencies, and serves on the faculty of the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington. Terri is the cellist for the Lyric String Quartet, TARA String Quartet and Silverwood Trio and can be heard on the Delos and Coronet recording labels. Current and past musical memberships include MTNA (String Chair), ASTA, OSTA and the SAA. Ms. Boselli-Wyman has performed with many famous entertainers and musicians; the highlight of which has been being stand partners with Yo-Yo Ma in 2008 with the Columbus Symphony.

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Janice Cook

Piano and Violin

Janice Cook, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a cum laude graduate of the Ohio State University School of Music. She was named Ohio Music Teacher’s Association’s first “Music Teacher of the Year” and is a past recipient of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Community Music Educator award. In March of 2015, she was named a Fellow by Music Teachers National Association, for “distinguished service to the music teaching profession.” She is currently mentoring teachers wishing to become nationally certified by MTNA. Mrs. Cook has been an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1984 and serves as Chairman of the Columbus Piano Guild Center, one of the largest Piano Guild centers in the United States. For thirty-eight years, Janice performed with The Early Interval, Columbus’ resident early music ensemble specializing in the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe. She plays treble and bass viola da gamba, treble and bass rebec, baroque violin, vielle, recorder, crumhorn and has been a vocal soloist. A former string teacher in the Upper Arlington Schools, Janice has enjoyed coaching for Chamber Music Connection for many years.

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Jill W Crist is cello professor at Otterbein University and Columbus Cello School, LLC, as well as an ensemble coach for Chamber Music Connection. She is the cellist of the QUBE Quartet, the resident string quartet at Otterbein University. Jill is a sought after Suzuki cello teacher, and directed Suzuki cello at Capital University and Suzuki Music Columbus for over a decade. Along with her teaching skills, she has performed throughout Japan with the Logos String Quartet, as well as toured and soloed in Burgenland and Vienna, Austria with the Classical Music Festival. Jill performs regularly with the Capital, Springfield, Mansfield, and Newark-Granville Symphony, and is in an active wedding contractor throughout Central Ohio. She is a proud wife and mother to two  beautiful children, and one happy dog named Jake. www.jillcrist.com

Christopher Durrenberger

Christopher Durrenberger


Christopher Durrenberger, award winning pianist, has earned top prizes at major national and international competitions including the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, the Los Angeles Etude Musical Club Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition, and the National Music Teachers Association National Piano Competition.  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) invited him to be an Artist in Residence for the 1992-1993 season.  Subsequently, he and his award winning chamber ensemble gave hundreds of performances that were broadcast live on National Public Radio, featured on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and played for the National Council in Washington D.C.

He commenced his piano studies at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, Connecticut) at the age of five.  After making his orchestral debut there at age twelve, he went on to pursue his musical training at Oberlin College.  Post graduate work brought him to the University of Southern California School of Music where he earned a Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts with honors.  Some of his mentors include Julian Martin, Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Perry and James Bonn.

Solo, concerto, and collaborative piano engagements continue to take him across North America, North Africa and Asia.  He frequently travels to China where he has given performances and masterclasses at major universities and conservatories in Taipei, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin, Wuhan and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  Dr. Durrenberger currently resides in Columbus Ohio with his wife and two children and teaches at Wittenberg University.

Robert Firdman

Robert Firdman


Robert Firdman graduated from the Eastman School of Music with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance and literature, and studied with Donald Weilerstein and Charles Castleman. Before joining the Columbus Symphony, he was an associate member of the Rochester Philharmonic under the direction of David Zinman and was also concertmaster of the National Orchestral Association in New York City which performed numerous times in Carnegie Hall. Mr Firdman has been an adjunct violin teacher at Ohio Weslyan University and Kenyon College. He also has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Dublin and was a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and performs regularly with The Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.
Recently, Mr Firdman performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and went to Bonefro, Italy, as a coach and yoga instructor with Chamber Music Connection.


Karen Koger


String Riffs spotlights the engaging music of composer Karen Koger, an experienced professional educator and performer. Koger’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in cello performance pedagogy from Arizona State University.

As a lifelong musician Koger has been teaching private cello lessons for more than two decades and most recently instructed fourth- through eighth-grade students in Arizona’s Mesa and Tempe Public School systems, maintaining a long relationship with the American String Teacher Association and a dynamic ongoing role in music education with particular focus on beginning, intermediate and advanced string orchestra studies.

Koger actively plays in chamber, orchestral, studio, instructional and theatrical ensembles as a member of the American Federation of Musicians. Her work includes performances with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, commercial studios, and national Broadway touring shows ranging from The Lion King to Mary Poppins.


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Heather Kufchak has been playing violin since age four, and growing up in a musical family, she began playing chamber music with her siblings at age seven. Living in Columbus for the majority of her youth, Heather participated in many of the local programs for young musicians. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University as a student of Marjorie Bagley. In 2011 she graduated with her Master’s Degree in violin performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. Heather is in her sixth season with ProMusica, and she also performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as teaching her private studio.

christine-lee-cello-photoChristine Lee


Cellist Christine Lee currently performs and teaches in Columbus, Ohio. The daughter of a musician, Christine was steeped in music from the very beginning of her life. She began her formal musical studies with the piano at the age of 6, but fell in love with the cello several years later, taking lessons from Mary Davis Fetherstone.

Her summer studies have included The ENCORE MusicFestival, Great Mountains International Music Camp, and Heifetz International Music Festival, National Orchestra Institute and Asian Youth Orchestra. Christine has performed across the Asia such as Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, China, and Korea. Ms. Lee has competed in many competitions and won recognitions such as: Southeastern Ohio Symphony Concerto Competition, Wright State University Solo Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Sejong Cultural Society Competition, Baltimore Music Club, and American String Teachers Association Solo Competition (ASTA).

She has played in masterclasses with distinguished musicians such as: Paul Katz, Antonio Lysy, The Claremont Trio, Brentano String Quartet, Cecylia Barczyk, Nicholas Tzavaras, Emmanuel Strosser, Gary Hoffman, Brinton Averil Smith, and Richard Aaron. She also has participated in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s Exchange Program, studying for a semester in Singapore with Qin Li Wei.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she was a student of Alison Wells. She received her Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, under the guidance of renowned pedagogue David Ying. Currently, Christine performs and teaches in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Lee performs on a 1936 Maurice Rougier cello made in France on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Douglas Locke

Douglas Locke

Artistic/executive director, founder and violin teacher for Suzuki Music Columbus. Maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki violin students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. Adjunct Faculty at Otterbein University. Active in chamber music, particularly violin-duo literature with his wife Susan, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Connection. Principal Second Violinist Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra. While at Capital University Conservatory of Music from 1994-2007 he served as violin faculty, director of Suzuki programs, concertmaster Capital/Bexley Community Orchestra. Bachelor of Music Performance in Violin from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, studying violin with Eric Rosenblith and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. Master of Music Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, completing long-term Suzuki teacher training with Carol Smith and Suzuki pioneer John Kendall.

Susan Locke

Susan Locke

Violin and Viola
Artistic/executive director, founder and violin/viola teacher for Suzuki Music Columbus. Maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus Tour Group. Adjunct Faculty at Otterbein College. Active in chamber music, particularly violin-duo literature with husband Doug, and faculty coach for Chamber Music Columbus. Violinist Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. While at Capital University Conservatory of Music from 1994-2007 she served as violin faculty and co-director of the Suzuki Summer Institute. Bachelor of Music Performance in Violin from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, studying viola with Scott Nicrenz and Rosemary Glyde. Master of Music Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, completing long-term Suzuki teacher training with Carol Smith and Suzuki pioneer John Kendall. 

David Nesmith

David Nesmith

French Horn, Alexander Technique, and Body Mapping

David Nesmith had his first Alexander Technique lesson on April Fools’ Day, 1995.  He immediately experienced the benefits of practicing The Alexander Technique, immersing himself in what would become a tremendous transformation.  “I can change” became the mantra that propelled David from a realm of harmful habit and discomfort to one of discovery and expansiveness.

In 2003, after years assimilating wisdom from some of the greatest teachers of The Alexander Technique, David experienced a fundamental shift, feeling free more often than tense.  His breath has slowed and deepened and he stands taller.  Now a certified Alexander Technique instructor for more than 10 years, he teaches at Denison University and enjoys a private practice in Columbus, Ohio.

David’s horn playing career continues to develop, along with his focus on applying The Alexander Technique for performance enhancement and injury prevention.  He served for 10 years as Principal horn of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and has performed with numerous other symphonies.  He has been a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (Columbus) since 1990, the West Virginia Symphony since 1985, and performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival each summer.

A licensed member of Andover Educators, he teaches the course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.  He has written several articles on The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping.  Most recently, David has developed Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series.

An enthusiastic musician, hiker, and salsa dancer, he truly appreciates getting to know people.  David’s passion for sharing The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping takes him all over the world, teaching and participating in workshops.

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Cellist Wendy Morton is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Orlando Cole. She also studied with Lawrence Lesser at the New England Conservatory. Other mentors include Karen Tuttle, Felix Galimir, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider, and Isador Cohen.
Wendy is currently the assistant principal cellist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 1996. She has also been active in teaching and performing Chamber Music and was one of the founding members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Wendy and the quartet currently have three recordings on the Naxos label and in 2008, the quartet had the honor of performing a movement of the Schubert cello quintet as an encore with Yo Yo Ma at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus.
Wendy has also performed with the Pushkin Ensemble, Quattro Corde, and was a member of the Duvall Trio. She ha performed in a chamber music setting with such notable musicians as Nobuko Imai, Julius Levine, Ann Schein, Gerard Poulet and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She previously performed with the Telluride Chamber Players and was featured with the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Ms. Morton has been on the faculty of numerous music festivals including the Marble Cliff Chamber Players based in Columbus, Ohio and was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC for seven summers.
Wendy has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Opera Orchestras and Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music. She has also performed with the Inverness Festival Orchestra, toured the east coast with Alexander Schneider, including performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. In Columbus she has held faculty positions at Capital University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Wendy is a native of the San Francisco bay area where she studied with the matriarch of cello pedagogy, Margaret Rowell. Wendy plays on a JB Gabrielli cello circa 1764.

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Karen Pfeifer


Karen Pfeifer is an oboe specialist, educator, and active chamber musician and soloist. Ms Pfeifer holds the Principal Oboe chairs in both the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Central Ohio Symphony and has been a featured soloist in both. Ms Pfeifer is also Principal Oboe, Board President and Orchestra Manager with the Opera Project Columbus Orchestra under Music Director, Alessandro Siciliani. She has performed as guest Principal Oboe with the Mansfield Symphony, Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, Land of Legend Symphony Orchestra, and Camarata. Ms. Pfeifer was Principal Oboist, founding member and soloist of the Columbus Bach Ensemble where she was recognized by Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque as one of the “shining stars of the ensemble.”

Ms Pfeifer teaches applied oboe at Ohio Wesleyan University School of Music, and performs in the faculty reed trio, Tour d’Anches. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Music Educator of the Year Award. Her oboe students have repeatedly received state and national level distinction, and have been accepted into top music programs throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Pfeifer has shared her teaching strategies at the Ohio Music Educators Association 2001 Conference, and over the years students have joined her at seven International Double Reed Society Conferences. In 1999, she performed on opening night at the University of Wisconsin IDRS Conference.

Her graduate performance studies were at the Esther Boyer School of Music at Temple University with oboist and english hornist, Louis Rosenblatt, of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Growing up in Central Ohio, Ms. Pfeifer studied with William P. Baker from age eleven until graduation from The Ohio State University School of Music. Ms. Pfeifer is married to clarinetist, Robert Pfeifer. They have six children, and live in Dublin, Ohio. She loves being outside, Italian fashion, and spending time with her family and her fluffy white Havanese -Murfey. 

Kyle Price

Kyle Price


Kyle Barrett Price, Artistic Director and Founder of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance under the tutelage of Merry Peckham. As a soloist, Mr. Price was named a winner in the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, finalist in the 2015 G. Gershwin International Music Competition and semi-finalist in the 2016 Naftzger Young Artist Competition. He studied chamber music at the Chamber Music Connection and has attended numerous prestigious music festivals. Recently, he studied with Zuill Bailey and Melissa Kraut at Sitka Cello Seminar. A medalist in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Mr. Price was featured on NPR’s From the Top! radio show and has recorded with artist Alyson Stoner. Mr. Price has also received acclaim for his composition Requiem in memory of his aunt, cellist Constance E. Barrett and his work, Serenade, premiered by the Calidore String Quartet and the Chamber Music Connection this past winter. Mr. Price recently completed his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison this past spring and will return to pursue his Doctorate of Music in the fall under the mentorship of Uri Vardi.

Kyle founded the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012 at the age of 19 and has developed the festival into a noteworthy national music festival bringing in over twenty highly accomplished artists hailing from the U.S. and abroad. Kyle, a resident of Worthington, Ohio, has vacationed with his family at the Caroga Lake house of his Grandmother (Joyce Barrett) since he was an infant. He often mentioned the idea of creating a chamber music festival in the area. This idea became a reality in the summer of 2012. Kyle currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Collins Fellow pursuing a Master of Music under the mentorship of Uri Vardi.


Vanessa Ripley

Viola and Violin

Anna Schnapp

Ann Schnapp

Viola and Violin

Aaron Schwartz


Aaron Schwartz is an award-winning classical violinist and chamber musician, as well as being an accomplished fiddler and jazz musician. Aaron creates chamber music arrangements and performs regularly with the Caroga Lake Music Festival, Sounds Like Purple, and the KASA Quartet. At age 6 he made his public debut at the Smithsonian, and has since performed with and alongside many orchestras and artists such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Andres Cardenes, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Manfred Honeck, to name a few. Aaron has a bachelor and certificate in violin performance from Carnegie Mellon University studying under Andres Cardenes.

Jonalyn Snyder

Jonalyn Snyder


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Bradley Sowash is a composer, creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author, and educator specializing in improvisation. He has performed in every imaginable setting from living rooms, churches and jazz clubs to major concert venues both here and abroad for over thirty years. His broadcast credits include seven seasons of appearances on the PBS-TV series, The Piano Guy, and National Public Radio has aired selections from his nine CDs. He teaches master classes nationwide and co-founded with Leila Viss, the summer 88 Creative Keys piano improvisation camp for students and teachers in Denver, CO. The Neil A. Kjos Music Company publishes his widely acclaimed keyboard improvisation books and Augsburg Fortress Press has published several volumes of his hymn arrangements. He also writes a column about improvisation for Clavier Companion and self-publishes works for ballet, big band, choir, film, orchestra, solo piano and string quartet.

David Wong

Violin and CMC Jazz/Improv Teacher

David Wong has been called a “Rock Star” in the violin world. Using both electric and acoustic violins, and sometimes his voice, he arranges rock, pop, and other top 40 hits into improvisation filled orchestrations.

With almost 5,000 Facebook fans, 19,000 Twitter followers, and 34,000 YouTube subscribers, David has attracted the attention of people around the world. He’s been discussed in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, MSN, Good Morning America and even had his videos featured on the YouTube Home Page. He currently has over 5.5 million YouTube views and you can find many of his recordings for purchase on iTunes.

David has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Hotel Café, and collaborated with artists such as indie rock band Air Traffic Controller and throwback cover song group, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox.

David began playing violin at age 4 and still loves his Bach and Brahms as much as his Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. David performs regularly as a solo artist, but also performs with JHM Productions, the KASA Quartet, Opera Project Columbus, and has been a featured performing artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival since 2013.

In addition to performing, David is an advocate of teaching many styles of music to all ages. He is currently an associated faculty member at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) where he teaches chamber music and is the co-director of CMC’s Jazz and Improvisation Workshop and the David Wong Cover Tune Workshop teaching jazz, improvisation, alternative violin techniques, and cover tune creation. These programs take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church each Fall and Winter and you can learn more about how to signup at www.cmconnection.org. In addition to chamber music, David has presented electric/acoustic violin workshops at the Ohio State University String Teachers Workshop, Suzuki Music Columbus and over 25 public school systems throughout Long Island, NY and Columbus, OH. In these workshops, he provides mini concerts and interactive demonstrations for the students. David utilizes his loop pedal to show students how to layer different portions of a number of Top 40 hits, many of which are on his YouTube Channel. In the span of a class period, he will have the entire orchestra playing multiple lines of “Get Lucky,” with some students even getting up to improvise a solo.

David grew up in Huntington Station, NY and graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a double major in Music and Asian Studies. He currently resides in Columbus, OH with his wife, violist Stephanie Price-Wong, and their miniature Australian shepherd, Bridget. On the side, he is also an avid craft beer enthusiast. You can follow his music and beer adventures on Instagram at @beerolin and @The_David_Wong.

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