This Year's Faculty
We have exceptional faculty leading the performing arts disciplines, read below to find out who will be teaching our child at this year’s programme.
Seth Baer - Director of Global K-12 Summer and Visiting Artist Programs
Bassoonist Seth Baer is a passionate performer and educator of music. He is a founding member of Decoda and an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, an exciting fellowship programme at Carnegie Hall focused on chamber music, education, and community engagement. Seth is a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and has performed throughout the United States and around the world including Japan, Italy and Germany. Seth went on to study music at The Juilliard School after graduating at the top of his class at Princeton University.
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir - Lead Faculty
“Riveting” (NYTimes) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sæunn serves on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching cello and chamber music.
Ankush Kumar Bahl - Conductor
Hailed by the NYTimes as an “energetic” conductor who leads with “clear authority and enthusiasm,” Ankush Kumar Bahl has appeared at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, among others. Bahl recently completed his four-year tenure as the Assistant Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and has been a frequent cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Maestro Jaap van Zweden. American born and of Indian descent, Bahl is native of the San Francisco Bay Area and received a double degree in music and in rhetoric from UC Berkeley. He was a conducting fellow at Aspen Music Festival and completed his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music with Zdenek Macal and George Manahan.
John Marcus - Violin
John Marcus is a native New Yorker and a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He holds a postgraduate certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, John has performed extensively as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. John has toured Germany as a recitalist and recently premiered the John Corigliano Sonata for Violin for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany’s leading public radio network. In NYC, John has performed for numerous concert series, including LPR, Barbes, BargeMusic and in collaboration with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.
Annie Fullard - Violin
Annie Fullard, completed her studies at Yale University, Indiana University and The Eastman School of Music. She is a violinist of the Cavani String Quartet, serves as faculty and Artist in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Mc Duffie Center for Strings, and is nationally recognized as an adventurous and passionate performer. Regarded as a leader in the field of chamber music education and advocacy, Ms Fullard has performed as a guest artist and presented master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, across the US, and abroad, including The Perlman Music Program, The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Music. Ms. Fullard and her quartet colleagues are recipients of numerous awards, twice awarded The Guarneri Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence. Ms. Fullard is honored to serve as Distinguished Visiting Artist in Chamber Music at the Mc Duffie Center for Strings and Outreach Director for The Cleveland Chamber Music Society.
Rose Armbrust Griffin - Viola
Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University. Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, and The Curtis Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Pamela Frank. Currently, she is the Principal Violist of Camerata Chicago and rotating principal of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra (Joffrey Ballet). Rose’s passion is music education. She has been a guest lecturer at DePaul and Indiana Universities, and is currently the adjunct Viola Professor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Director and teaches an Introduction to Music History and Viola Literature Course. Rose fills her weekends coaching chamber music at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Starting fall of 2018, she will serve as director of MYAC’s satellite program in Oak Brook, IL.
Logan Coale - Bass
Bass player, Logan Coale was a scholarship student of both Todd Seeber and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony, and a fellow at the Tanglewood and Schlesswig-Holstein Festivals. He is currently bass player for Natalie Merchant and is a member of The Knights Chamber Orchestra and contemporary music group NOW Ensemble. He has performed and toured with The National, Silk Road Ensemble, Abigail Washburn, Helado Negro, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. Logan grew up in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Brooklyn.