As world-class chamber musicians in their own right, our artists in residence offer everyone tips, hints and tricks of the trade to improve the groups’ ensemble playing as well as that of individual players; they also suggest approaches to making better music.

Artists in Residence for September 2017

Bruce Uchimura

Bruce Uchimura Bruce is professor of music at Western Michigan University, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, teaches cello, and coaches chamber ensembles. He is also on the faculty of the Encore School for Strings in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Uchimura received the bachelor of music degree from the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied cello with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins and chamber music with Felix Galimir and the Juilliard String Quartet. He received the Master of Music degree with an Artists Diploma in Cello from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied cello with Alan Harris and chamber music with Koichiro Harada and Bernhard Goldschmidt.

For more, go to www.merlingtrio.com

Susan Wiersma Uchimura

Susan Wiersma Uchimura Susan is a resident artist on piano with the Merling Trio and staff accompanist at Western Michigan University. Previously she served on the piano faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Augusta College in Georgia, and the accompanying faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music and the Aspen Music School.

She received bachelor of music degrees in theory and piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master of music degree in pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. She has also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and in New York with Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky.

For more, go to www.merlingtrio.com

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Tony Arnone

Tony Arnone Currently associate professor of cello at The University of Iowa School of Music, Tony is on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he teaches, conducts and performs chamber and orchestral music during the summers. He is also on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he conducts the Preucil School String Orchestra. An active clinician as well, Tony has given master classes throughout the country, most recently at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of New Mexico, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

As a cello soloist and chamber musician, Tony was a founding member of the Meridien Trio and the Sedgewick String Quartet, which performed regularly at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. More recently, he has been part of the Matisse Trio, faculty trio at the University of Iowa. The Matisse Trio has played throughout the United States and at international conferences.

For more, go to Tony’s cello page.

Scott Cook

Scott CookNebraska native Scott Cook is well known as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician. His was described in the Greenville News as “a cellist who plays with the depth and intensity of Pablo Casals.” As soloist, recitalist and chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed around the world as principal cellist of many orchestras in the Southeast and Wisconsin, as member of the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Grand Teton Festival.

He was cellist with the Belle Terre Piano Quartet and the Cezanne String Quartet and has appeared on major recital series in Toronto, Chicago and Milwaukee. He is the artistic director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Workshop and the director of the international teaching workshop, Teaching Cello To Children at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Scott has taught at virtually every level and in every possible teaching environment: At the college level with positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carthage College, Converse College, Carroll University, Alverno College and Limestone College; at the pre-college level at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Converse College and the Greenville County Schools in South Carolina.

More at Scott’s Peck School of the Arts page.

Kate Hamilton

Kate HamiltonKate is Associate Professor of Viola at Concordia College. A committed teacher, she has been Artist-in-Residence and violist of the Esterhazy String Quartet at the University of Missouri and Associate Professor of Viola at Illinois State University. Master class presentations have included the National Conservatory (Argentina), University of Georgia, University of Arizona, University of Kentucky, Bowling Green State University, New Zealand School of Music, Canterbury School of Music (UK), Carlos Gomes Conservatory (Brazil) and the University of Costa Rica. Her students have been accepted into viola programs at the Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory and the Marlboro Music Festival.

Kate began playing the viola at eight years of age in the public schools of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory, and was a full scholarship student at the Aspen Festival of Music. She studied with Karen Tuttle and Jeffrey Irvine. Her 2011 recording of Tedesco's Sarabande for Viola and Cello for Soundset Records received high praises from Fanfare magazine.

For more, go to Kate’s Concordia page.

Julian Hersh

Julian Hersh Julian Hersh, a cellist, teaches chamber music and performance at DePaul University School of Music. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has coached both professional and amateur groups.

As a founding member of the Jupiter Trio, he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. In 2004, the trio was recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation for their recording of trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich on the Bridge Records label.

In addition to teaching and performing, Julian is an owner of Darnton and Hersh, Fine Violins, in Chicago.

For more, go to Julian's DePaul web page.

Addison C. Teng

Addison Teng Violinist Addison Teng graduated with a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied under full scholarship. Among his notable teachers and mentors are Roland and Almita Vamos, Sally Thomas, David Bowlin, Amy Barlowe, Peter Takács and Karen Ritscher.

He teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, and is considered one of the rising pedagogues of his generation.

For more, go to Addison's page on the Music Institute of Chicago website.

Katie Wolfe

Katie WolfeKatie leads an intriguing career mix as a violin soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and adjudicator. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. She also shares her passion for music as a teacher. Originally from Minnesota, she joined the string faculty of The University of Iowa in 2004 as Associate Professor of Violin. Prior to teaching in Iowa, Katie taught violin, viola, and chamber music at Oklahoma State University. She also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

In addition, Katie is a founding member of the Matisse Piano Trio, formed in 2004 with fellow University of Iowa faculty pianist Ksenia Nosikova and cellist Tony Arnone. The trio is as committed to teaching as well as performing, and they have given master classes and performances at universities and other concert venues in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

As a recording artist, Katie appears on Centaur Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Kleos Classics.

For more, go to Katie’s home page.

Bernard Zinck

Bernard Zinck Bernard, a concert violinist and recording artist, is currently Associate Professor of violin and chamber music, and Head of the String Area, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a position he has held since 2003. He also teaches violin and chamber music at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. He is in demand as a coach and teacher, having served on the faculty of the Köhln Summer Institute in Montepulciano, the International Lyric Academy of Rome and the Tuscia Operafestival (Italy), the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, and Holly Trinity Summer Music camp in Haiti. He is regularly invited to conduct master classes and residencies in universities and conservatories throughout the world.

As a pedagogue, he has served on the faculty of the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik summer program in Montepulciano and the International Lyric Academy of Rome, Italy, and he has given master classes throughout North America, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and Japan.

For more, go to Bernard’s website.