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Alan Rafferty, Artistic Director & Cello Faculty

Alan Rafferty, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music cello faculty member, is rapidly gaining recognition as a preeminent musician and master teacher.  In demand as a clinician around the world,

Dr. Sarah Kim, Executive Director & Cello Faculty

Miami University Assistant Professor of Cello, Dr. Sarah Kim, leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator.

Danielle Belen, Violin

Associate Professor of violin at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists.

Nicholas Kitchen, Guest Artist Violin

Nicholas Kitchen has performed around the world as violinist both as soloist and chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Heifetz International Music Institute.  He is founding first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet and has taught at the New England Conservatory since 1992. 

Sibbi Bernhardsson, Violin (on leave 2020)

In 2017, Sibbi joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory
of Music as professor of violin. He was previously on the
faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
from 2012 to 2017 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign from 2003 to 2012.

I-Hao Lee, Violin

Violinist I-Hao Lee’s active teaching career has culminated in notable achievements by his students – top prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Young Concert Artists, Sarasate, Sion-Valais(Tibor Varga), Cooper, Postacchini International Competitions, an Avery Fisher Career Grant,

Timothy Lees, Violin

Timothy Lees, violinist, enjoys an exciting and eclectic career as Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Since his arrival in Cincinnati as Concertmaster in 1998, Mr. Lees has also been appointed as an esteemed member of the violin faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he serves a vital, dual role as teacher and private coach in preparing students in developing their orchestral audition skills.

Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, uncompromising musical maturity, and charismatic performance style.

Kurt Sassmannshaus, Violin

Kurt Sassmannshaus, violinist, teacher, and conductor, is considered one of today’s preeminent violin pedagogues. Chairman of the String Department at CCM since 1984, he was recently appointed to the school’s distinguished Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin, a position previously held by the late Dorothy Delay.

Marion Peraza de Webb, Violin

Marion Peraza de Webb won the Miami University Concerto Competition in 1998 and was awarded the Battel Stoeckel Trust Award at Yale University the same year.

Janet Sung, Violin

Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, recognized for her intense, exhilarating performances, and by her signature lustrous, burnished tone. Hailed by The Washington Post for her riveting playing and exquisite tone, her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety and brilliant virtuosity.

Harvey Thurmer, Alexander Technique

Harvey Thurmer enjoys a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and pedagogue. A native of Tennessee, his studies included work with mentors Dorothy DeLay and  Louis Krasner at the New England Conservatory, and Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Won-Bin Yim, Violin (on leave 2019)

Won-Bin Yim has served as concert master of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic, and he was first violinist of the Fairmount String Quartet and violinist of the Argenta Trio. Yim is an associate professor of violin at CCM where he received the Glover Award for the Excellence in Teaching, and during the summer, he teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and at the Aria International Summer Academy in Massachusetts.

Dr. Catharine Carroll Lees, Viola

Catharine Carroll Lees, viola, maintains an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and pedagogue. Professor of Viola at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she also serves as Chairman of the String Department, Dr. Lees is a member of the Artist/Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School where she serves as Principal Violist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Praised for his “burnished sound” (The New York Times) and described as an “electrifying, poetic, and sensitive musician,” the Grammy Award-winning, Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad hails from the gritty East Village of 1980s New York.

Rictor Noren, Violin/Viola

Rictor Noren teaches violin, viola, chamber music, string fundamentals, and string pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory.

Deborah Barrett Price, Viola

Deborah Barrett Price serves on the faculty of Denison University teaching viola, violin and chamber music and is a Yamaha Certified String Educator Clinician. In recognition of her work as the Founder and Artistic Director of CMC, Debbie received the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory 2013 Alumni Achievement Award and was named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year (2004)

Alex Klein, Oboe (on leave 2020)

Recognized as one of the world’s leading oboists, Grammy-award winner Alex Klein began his professional career at age 11 in his native Brazil.

Sandra Rivers, piano

Sandra Rivers has concertized throughout the world, including Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and extensively across the United States.

Aaron Pergram, bassoon

Aaron Pergram joined the faculty at Miami University as Assistant Professor of
Bassoon in 2019. Before coming to Oxford, he served on faculty for five years at
Soochow University in Suzhou, China.

Altius Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence

Currently based in Boulder, CO the Altius Quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach.

Chris Robinson, Associate Faculty- Violin

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Christopher Robinson is a first-year Violin Fellow in the New World Symphony.

Erin Patterson, Associate Faculty- Cello

Currently based in Montreal, QC, cellist Erin Patterson is pursuing her Master’s Degree in in Cello Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz.

Jacob Miller, Associate Faculty- Collaborative Piano

Jacob Miller is a native of Delaware, Ohio and a Midwestern enthusiast. When he was fourteen he began attending Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with T. J. Lymenstull. During the summers he performed around the Chicago area with his aunt Nancy Miller, who plays violin, as the Tanefe duo.