Alaska Youth Orchestras:

-First and foremost, encourages all students to participates in their school orchestra and/or band 
-Is a registered 501(c)(3)
non-profit 
-Is not a part of the Anchorage School District therefore receives no Federal Funds 



AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach,
Aaron Berofsky, Violin
Mr. Berofsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. He has performed the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain and all of the Beethoven sonatas at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.  His 2011 recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Phillip Bush has been met with great acclaim.
France's Le Figaro calls his playing "Beautiful, the kind of music-making that gives one true pleasure".  He has appeared in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Corcoran Gallery, Het Doelen, L'Octogone, Seoul National University, the Teatro San Jose and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Mr. Berofsky has been featured on NPR's Performance Today and on the Canadian Broadcasting Company. His acclaimed recordings can be found on the Sony, Naxos, New Albion, ECM, Audio Ideas, Blue Griffin and Chesky labels.  Recent recital tours have taken him to Germany, Italy and Korea, and he was featured soloist on the 2009 NAXOS recording of music by Paul Fetler, performed by the Ann Arbor Symphony, including the debut recording of his Concerto No. 2.  His recording of the complete chamber music of Franz Xavier Mozart was released in013 on Equilibrium.
 
Mr. Berofsky was  the first violinist of the Chester String Quartet for fifteen years. The quartet has been acclaimed as "one of the country's best young string quartets" by the Boston Globe. Tours have taken them throughout the Americas and Europe and the quartet members have collaborated with such artists as Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Franco Gulli, members of the Alban Berg quartet, Andres Diaz, Eugene Istomin and Ruth Laredo. Some notable projects over the years have included the complete cycles of the quartets by Beethoven and Dvorak, and numerous recordings by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Barber, Porter, Piston, Kernis and Tenenbom. The Chester Quartet has served as resident quartet at the University of Michigan and at Indiana University South Bend.
 
An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Mr. Berofsky was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers have included Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, Glenn Dicterow, Lorand Fenyves and Elaine Richey. Mr. Berofsky is known for his commitment to teaching and is Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan and served as visiting Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. He taught at the Meadowmount School of Music for many summers and is now on the violin faculty of the Chautauqua Institution.  He has also given masterclasses throughout the world, including a 2013 tour of Korea which included classes at Seoul National University, Ewha Women's University, Seoul Arts High School and many others.  He has also given class at the Cleveland Institute, Oberlin, Eastman, the Peter de Grote festival in the Netherlands, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Interlochen, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival and the Conservatorio Palma Mallorca. 
 
Mr. Berofsky's interest in early music led him to perform with the acclaimed chamber orchestra Tafelmusik on period instruments, also making  several recordings with them for the Sony label. 


AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach, 
William Campbell, Trumpet
 Professor of Trumpet at the University of Michigan since 2000, has also served on the faculties at The Ohio State University and University of Kansas. At The Ohio State University, Professor Campbell was awarded the Outstanding Professor Award by the Sphinx\Mortar Board.
 
He performed for seven years as principal trumpet with l'Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Campbell also performed as soloist with Mehta, toured five continents, and performed on numerous recordings. He has performed as principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.   Currently Campbell is the Principal Trumpet of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also appeared as soloist.
 
Mr. Campbell has performed with George Solti, Ricardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Leonard Slatkin,  Varery Gergiev, Carlo Maria Giulini, among others.
 
Professor Campbell is an active guest teacher, having done master classes in many of the major conservatories around the world.  In a recent tour in China Professor Campbell, a Bach Artist, was appointed visiting guest professor of trumpet at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. 



AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach,
Kathryn Votapek, Violin and Viola
A member of the Chester String Quartet for 15 years, violinist Kathryn Votapek now maintains an active career as a soloist and guest artist at chamber music festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has participated in numerous commissioning projects and premieres and can be heard with the Chester Quartet on the Koch International Classics and New Albion labels. Along with pianist Ralph Votapek and clarinetist Paul Votapek, she performs as violinist and violist with the Votapek Trio. She has also given numerous duo performances with her husband, violinist Aaron Berofsky.
Votapek has been on the faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Las Vegas Music Festival, the Quartet Program, the Banff International Festival, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), and the Peter de Grote Summer Academy (Holland), as well as performing at the Klosterkammerfest (Germany), Speedside Festival (Canada), the International Deia Festival (Spain), the Garth Newel Festival, the Fontana Festival, and with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. 
Votapek is currently on the faculty at University of Michigan and is the associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In prior years she was associate professor of violin and artist-in-residence at Indiana University South Bend.
Votapek received her bachelor of music degree at Indiana University and master's degree from the Juilliard School. Her teachers were Robert Mann, Franco Gulli, and Angel Reyes.


AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach,
Linda Rosenthal, Violin
 
Ms. Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is the Artistic Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, an annual festival that features internationally renowned jazz and classical artists. 
She is also Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar in New York and Professor of Music
at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home. 
Over the past decade Ms. Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen works, including pieces for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano, violin and narrator, and Glacier Blue, a Concerto for Solo Violin and Big Band. Ms. Rosenthal's solo CDs feature the sonatas of Copland, Piston and Porter, favorite violin encores and Fiddle de Bop, a lively collection of Americana music for violin and piano. 
In addition to a busy schedule performing traditional solo and chamber music, Ms. Rosenthal also tours Strings & Stories, a dynamic pairing of violin and theater for audiences of all ages, which she created and premiered for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Since its debut performance, she and Los Angeles actor Bill Blush have performed Strings & Stories for thousands of children and adults in schools, libraries, concert halls and theaters throughout the United States under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation in New York City. 
Ms. Rosenthal plays a violin made in Turin, Italy in 1772 by J. B. Guadagnini. 


AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach, 
Nancy Ambrose King, Oboe
First-prize winner of the Third New York International Competition for Solo Oboists, held in 1995. She has appeared as soloist throughout the United States and abroad, including performances with the St. Petersburg, Russia, Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, Orchestra of the Swan in Birmingham, England, Festival Internacionale de Musica in Buenos Aires, New York String Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera. She has performed as recitalist in Weill Recital Hall and as soloist at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  She has recorded nine CDs of works for the oboe on Boston Records, Cala Records, Equilibrium, Naxos and Centaur Records.  Recent releases include "Global Reflections" recorded with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and featuring the works of Strauss, Skalkottas, Sierra, and Foss, as well as the premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and a Youtube video channel, "Trois Trios/Deux Duos" with colleagues Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon and Martin Katz, piano.  She can also be heard in performances on the Athena, Arabesque, and CBS Masterworks labels. She was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Oboe Competition held in Graz, Austria, and has been heard as soloist on WQXR radio in New York City and NPR's "Performance Today".  She is on the faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival, has appeared as a recitalist throughout the world and was a member of the jury for the esteemed 2009 Barbirolli Oboe Competition.  She will serve on the jury for the internationally recognized Muri, Switzerland Competition 2016.  Ms. King has written a highly successful e-book for Apple I-Tunes titled "Making Oboe Reeds from Start to Finish with Nancy Ambrose King".
 
Her playing has earned high praise from a variety of critics, including the
American Record Guide: "Marvelously evocative, full of character, sultry and seductive, with a soft-spoken, utterly supple tone, and as musically descriptive as any I have heard...a fine exhibition of thoroughly musical oboe playing"; "She plays not only with delicacy, but also with an intense, almost rapturous sound that is second to none in expressivity and gradation.  Delightful!".
  "...a lovely player with a tone that surpasses that of most other American oboe soloists.  It defines delicacy, yet is strangely assertive, like a soft-spoken woman who nonetheless speaks up strongly when her mind is made up.", 
Fanfare: "Nancy Ambrose King is clearly a skilled musician of great promise, with a sterling technique", and
The Double Reed
: "...thoughtful, expressive, and perfectly controlled performance of consummate accuracy.  It's not that she makes it sound easy-she makes it sound perfect",  "Ms. King's fluid technique, combined with clean and accurate articulations, makes the most complex passages flow and sounds effortless.  Combine these aspects with a beautiful tone and a sensitive touch in the lyrical passages, all oboists have a new level to which to strive." 
 
Currently Professor of Oboe and Chair of the Winds & Percussion Dpt at the University of Michigan, she was previously Associate Professor and University Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and served as the first female President of the International Double Reed Society.  She is on the faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival. She has also served on the music faculties of Indiana University, Ithaca College, University of Northern Colorado, and Duquesne University Schools of Music, as well as the Idyllwild Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains of Steamboat Springs, and the Hot Springs Music Festival. 
 
Professor King received her Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer.  A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree where she studied with Arno Mariotti and Harry Sargous, Ms. King was the recipient of the school's prestigious Stanley Medal and was honored with the 2010 Hall of Fame Award by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


AYO Chamber Music Immersion Project, Guest Artist/Coach, 
Anthony Elliott, Cello
 
 Mr. Elliot has been blessed with a multi-faceted career as a conductor, cellist, and teacher.  He has conducted for symphony, opera and ballet, including sharing podium duties with Christoph Eschenbach at the Texas Music Festival, and with Leonard Slatkin at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.  Recent performances include an acclaimed concert of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, described by the New York Times as "first rate in every way".  He has conducted the San Antonio Symphony, the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the CAMMAC Orchestra, Vancouver Chamber Players, the Prince George's Philharmonic, the Plymouth Symphony, the All Northwest Orchestra, numerous all state orchestras, in Holland, Germany, and Austria, and at the Marrowstone and Guelph Spring Festivals.  Presently he is Music Director of the Dexter Community Orchestra, and conducts the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan.
 
The first Grand Prize winner of the Emmanuel Feuermann Memorial International Cello Solo Competition, Anthony Elliott has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra.  A number of his CD recordings are available at www.cdbaby.com, and his recent recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations is available from Block M Records at ITunes.  His recent performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra was hailed as "sterling" by the Ashland Times. He has appeared at major festivals including Sitka Summer Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Musicorda,  New York's Bargemusic Series, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Houston's DaCamera Series, the Victoria International Festival, and the Gateways Festival.
 
Cello students of Anthony Elliott hold prominent positions in major symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, as well as the Chiara, Pacifica, Anderson, Jupiter, Degas, and DaPonte String Quartets.  Many have won important competitions and awards, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  He has given master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory,  Meadowmount School,  and Interlochen Arts Academy.  Anthony Elliott is a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music Theater and Dance. 
 

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