The Stories Behind the Music for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Conducted by Edwin Outwater, May 5

The RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s TACO Classical’s season finale features
Mendelssohn, Mahler and Jessie Montgomery–former Providence String Quartet member 

Violinist Elena Urioste performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

***At a Glance ***

Mahler & Mendelssohn
TACO Classic Concert
Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

MONTGOMERY: Starburst
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 (Titan) 

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased: online at tickets.riphil.org; in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Open Rehearsal
Friday, May 4, 5:30pm

General Admission is $15. Tickets are available at tickets.riphil.org or 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 am-4:30pm).

 

 

About the concert: stories behind the music

J Montgomery Photo

JESSIE MONTGOMERY

Jessie Montgomery
Starburst

Eclectic approach: Composer-violinist-educator Jessie Montgomery (1981-) hails from New York’s Lower East Side, where her father managed a music studio. She was, in her words, “constantly surrounded by all different kinds of music.” Thus, her own compositions have drawn from many diverse influences, such as African-American spirituals, civil rights anthems, improvisational styles, modern jazz and film scores. From 2004-2009 Jessie was a member of the Providence String Quartet, a pioneering ensemble in community-based music education.
A thoughtful piece: Starburst was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization and premiered by its resident Sphinx Virtuosi in 2012. She said, “I wrote the piece with their dynamic in mind.”
Listen for this: This brief one-movement work for string orchestra is a play on imagery of rapidly changing musical colors. Exploding gestures are juxtaposed with gentle fleeting melodies to create a multidimensional soundscape. A common definition of a starburst, she added, “The rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly.”

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64

Born from a friendship: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) studiously avoided any comparison with Beethoven. Mendelssohn’s concerto was born of a long and deep friendship between him and Ferdinand David, a professional violinist. Repeatedly, David had asked Mendelssohn for a concerto, but it was frequently put off due mainly to the composer’s many professional commitments. In July 1838, Mendelssohn wrote to David, “I would like to write you a violin concerto for next winter. One in E minor keeps running through my head, and the opening gives me no peace.”
The long game: The concerto did not come to fruition for nearly seven years. When he showed a partly complete score to David, the violinist exclaimed, “This is going to be something great!” David contributed many ideas to the work. Finally, it premiered in March 1845 at the Gewandhaus (Leipzig).
Listen for this: The violin has a ravishing melody played right at the beginning. The cadenza is controlled virtuosity—in spirit, a blend of Spohr’s classical reserve and Paganini’s flashy display. When the orchestra re-enters with the main theme, roles are reversed with the violin accompanying the orchestra. A single note in the bassoon joins the first movement to the second.

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.1 (Titan)

Radical score: The First Symphony of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) originated as a five-movement work under the generic title, Symphonic Poem. In that form, it had its 1889 premiere in Budapest. The work was not a critical success. Before the next performance in Hamburg in 1893, Mahler revised the score, renaming it Titan, a Tone Poem in the Form of a Symphony, and added programmatic titles and comments to all the movements. For the 1899 publication, the composer also reduced the number of movements to the more traditional four.
Fairy tale inspired: The third movement begins oddly as a grotesque parody of the children’s round Frère Jacques scored for some solo instruments with brief sarcastic comments from others. Mahler explains this strange opening and unusual later developments in his note. “The composer received the external stimulus to this movement from the parodical picture, The Huntsman’s Funeral, well known to all children of Austria from an old book of fairy tales. The animals of the forest accompany the coffin of the dead hunter to its tomb.”
Listen for this: Without pause, a cymbal crash announces the opening of the fourth movement. Full of dramatic contrasts and orchestration wizardry, this movement has themes of its own but is noteworthy for reminiscences and transformations of melodies from the previous movements. The length and power of this concluding essay shows Mahler at his best, tying up the ends of the symphony’s portrayal of innocence.

Buy Tickets

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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Season Finale: Meet Violinist Elena Urioste; Performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the RI Philharmoic Orchestra, May 5

Soloist Elena Urioste joins Conductor Edwin Outwater and the RI Philharmonic Orchestra for the TACO Classical concert, May 5
Open Rehearsal is on May 4 

About Elena Urioste

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ELENA URIOSTE, soloist

“Plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor”
The Washington Post

  • Was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012-2014.
  • First-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition.
  • Given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States
  • Made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004.
  • Co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a new program that combines music and yoga.
  • Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School.
  • Instruments being used are: an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow.

Buy Tickets

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Glocester-native named RI Philharmonic Music School’s 2017-2018 Concerto & Aria Competition winner

To perform with RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, May 5

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School named Pianist Maddox Realejo, of Glocester, winner of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s 2017-18 Concerto & Aria Competition. Realejo will perform the third movement from Beethoven’s Concerto No.2 in B-flat major with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Alexey Shabalin, conducting. The concert will be at 2:00pm, May 5 (Saturday), at The VETS.

In February, David Gasper, director and artistic administrator for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, and Francisco Noya, resident conductor, adjudicated the competition held at the Carter Center for Music Education. Realejo was one of four finalists chosen from a field of current students at the RI Philharmonic Music School.

****At-a-Glance****

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
Maddox Realejo, piano

May 5
Saturday, 2:00pm
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and available on day of concert at The VETS Box Office from noon until the end of the concert.
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maddox (2)About Maddox Realejo, piano
Since 2016, Glocester-native 16-year-old Maddox Realejo has been studying piano with Irina Tchantceva at The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. He is a member of the Music School’s chamber group. Currently, he is a junior at Ponaganset High School, and has been involved with the music program since his freshman year when he participated in its production of The Music Man. Maddox is a percussionist and pianist in the school’s wind ensemble under the direction of Daniel Coyne. He is a student member of the RI Chopin Club. For the last six years, Maddox has participated in the RI Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble Music Festival at Rhode Island College, earning superior scores each year, with an invitation to perform in the Honors Recital in 2016. He has participated in various masterclasses, recitals and performances for organizations throughout Rhode Island. At age nine, he started playing the piano. In addition, he is a member of the school’s varsity soccer team, and its indoor and outdoor track teams.

For more information on the Music School’s youth ensembles, groups and Concerto & Aria Competition, call 401.248.7038 or email Chelsea Anderson, youth ensembles manager,  canderson@riphil.org.Visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School announces spring 2018 Youth Ensemble Concerts

RIPYO performs on May 5; RIPYWE concert is on May 20

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) presents its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 5, 2:00pm, at The VETS in Providence. The Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Khachaturian, Schubert and Beethoven. They will be joined by the RI Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition winner, pianist Maddox Realejo, of Glocester.

The concert features the top-level Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director Alexey Shabalin, Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Mattera, String Orchestra under the direction of Irina Naryshkova, and the Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble under the direction of Erin Quinton Erban.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) holds its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 20, 3:00 pm, Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College. The concert will include RIPYWE Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Knasas.

RIPYWE provides a quality wind ensemble rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is designed for advanced middle school and high school students and Wind Ensemble is for intermediate to advanced middle and high school students.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for students, 18 and under, and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the RIC box office http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=21971&schedule=list or 401-456-8144.

**** At a Glance****

RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) Concert
2:00pm, May 5, 2018
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

 RIPhilharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) Concert
3:00pm, May 20, 2018
Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall, Providence

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 For more information or to schedule an audition, visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org. For more information on the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, visit musicschool.riphil.org for information on more Philharmonic Music School activities and performances.

 

 

Season Finale: RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s features Mendelssohn, Mahler and Montgomery conducted by Edwin Outwater, May 5

TACO Classical concert includes Violinist Elena Urioste performing
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Orchestra to play former Providence String Quartet member
Jessie Montgomery’s composition 
Starburst

For the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale, the Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Edwin Outwater to The VETS for Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (Titan) and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, featuring Elena Urioste on violin. The TACO Classical Concert is on Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm. The Open Rehearsal is on Friday, May 4, 5:30pm.

“We are thrilled that Edwin Outwater and Elena Urioste will make their Rhode Island debuts for the finale of our season-long search for a new music director. Edwin joins us as he concludes his tenth and final season as music director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Elena is an inspiring young performer and has won numerous awards including the Sphinx Competition. We are also excited to open the concert with Starburst by Jessie Montgomery. A former member of the Providence String Quartet, most in Providence know her as a violinist. Jessie recently exploded onto the composition scene and has established herself as one of the unique voices of her generation. We’re honored to welcome her back to Providence as a composer, alongside Mahler and Mendelssohn.”

David Beauchesne
Executive Director
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

***At a Glance ***

Mahler & Mendelssohn
TACO Classic Concert
Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Edwin Outwater, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

MONTGOMERY: Starburst
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 (Titan)

Tickets start at $15 (including all fees), and can be purchased: online at tickets.riphil.org; in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence; or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9am-4:30pm). On day of concerts, tickets are also available at The VETS’ Box Office (Friday, 3:30pm–showtime; Saturday, 4:00pm-showtime). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Open Rehearsal
Friday, May 4, 5:30pm

General Admission is $15. Tickets are available at tickets.riphil.org or 401.248.7000 (M-F 9 am-4:30pm).

About Edwin Outwater, guest conductor

“Headed for a top-tier future”—San Francisco Classical Voice

This is Outwater’s tenth and final season as music director for Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). He also serves as director of summer concerts for the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and was recently appointed artistic director of the Eastern Sierra Symphony. From 2001-2006, Outwater was resident conductor for SFS where he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas. He has collaborated with such artists as Kurt Masur, Yo-Yo Ma and Evelyn Glennie. In 2008, his SFS recording of music by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was released to wide acclaim.

From 2001-2005, Outwater was the Wattis Foundation’s music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, leading all its concerts and European tour. Before joining the SFS, he served as resident conductor and associate guest conductor for the Florida Philharmonic, principal conductor for the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and assistant conductor for the Tulsa Philharmonic.

Outwater holds a degree in English literature from Harvard University, where he was music director for the Bach Society Orchestra and the a cappella group Harvard Din and Tonics. He wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s in conducting from University of California, Santa Barbara.

About Elena Urioste, violin

 “Plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor”—The Washington Post

From 2012 to 2014, violinist Elena Urioste was a BBC New Generation Artist, and a first-place laureate in both the junior and senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States.

Elena made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004 and has returned frequently as soloist. Other accomplishments include first prize at the Sion International Violin Competition, the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and articles in Symphony, Latina and La Revista Mujer magazines. She is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music by the Sea, and co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a new program that combines music and yoga.

She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. The instruments being played by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, with a Nicolas Kittel bow. Both are on extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

About the concert: stories behind the music

J Montgomery Photo

JESSIE MONTGOMERY

Jessie Montgomery
Starburst

Eclectic approach: Composer-violinist-educator Jessie Montgomery (1981-) hails from New York’s Lower East Side, where her father managed a music studio. She was, in her words, “constantly surrounded by all different kinds of music.” Thus, her own compositions have drawn from many diverse influences, such as African-American spirituals, civil rights anthems, improvisational styles, modern jazz and film scores. From 2004-2009 Jessie was a member of the Providence String Quartet, a pioneering ensemble in community-based music education.
A thoughtful piece: Starburst was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization and premiered by its resident Sphinx Virtuosi in 2012. She said, “I wrote the piece with their dynamic in mind.”
Listen for this: This brief one-movement work for string orchestra is a play on imagery of rapidly changing musical colors. Exploding gestures are juxtaposed with gentle fleeting melodies to create a multidimensional soundscape. A common definition of a starburst, she added, “The rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly.”

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64

Born from a friendship: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) studiously avoided any comparison with Beethoven. Mendelssohn’s concerto was born of a long and deep friendship between him and Ferdinand David, a professional violinist. Repeatedly, David had asked Mendelssohn for a concerto, but it was frequently put off due mainly to the composer’s many professional commitments. In July 1838, Mendelssohn wrote to David, “I would like to write you a violin concerto for next winter. One in E minor keeps running through my head, and the opening gives me no peace.”
The long game: The concerto did not come to fruition for nearly seven years. When he showed a partly complete score to David, the violinist exclaimed, “This is going to be something great!” David contributed many ideas to the work. Finally, it premiered in March 1845 at the Gewandhaus (Leipzig).
Listen for this: The violin has a ravishing melody played right at the beginning. The cadenza is controlled virtuosity—in spirit, a blend of Spohr’s classical reserve and Paganini’s flashy display. When the orchestra re-enters with the main theme, roles are reversed with the violin accompanying the orchestra. A single note in the bassoon joins the first movement to the second.

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.1 (Titan)

Radical score: The First Symphony of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) originated as a five-movement work under the generic title, Symphonic Poem. In that form, it had its 1889 premiere in Budapest. The work was not a critical success. Before the next performance in Hamburg in 1893, Mahler revised the score, renaming it Titan, a Tone Poem in the Form of a Symphony, and added programmatic titles and comments to all the movements. For the 1899 publication, the composer also reduced the number of movements to the more traditional four.
Fairy tale inspired: The third movement begins oddly as a grotesque parody of the children’s round Frère Jacques scored for some solo instruments with brief sarcastic comments from others. Mahler explains this strange opening and unusual later developments in his note. “The composer received the external stimulus to this movement from the parodical picture, The Huntsman’s Funeral, well known to all children of Austria from an old book of fairy tales. The animals of the forest accompany the coffin of the dead hunter to its tomb.”
Listen for this: Without pause, a cymbal crash announces the opening of the fourth movement. Full of dramatic contrasts and orchestration wizardry, this movement has themes of its own but is noteworthy for reminiscences and transformations of melodies from the previous movements. The length and power of this concluding essay shows Mahler at his best, tying up the ends of the symphony’s portrayal of innocence.

 

RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Adds 2 Board Members and 1 New Hire

RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
Adds 2 Board Members and 1 New Hire

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors, Ralph Wales, newly-retired head of school of the Gordon School, and Dr. W. Scott Walker, a gynecologist for Lifespan Physician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services. Amanda Mann joins the staff as Box Office and Sales Manager.

“I wholeheartedly welcome Ralph and Scott to our RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School volunteer family. They both understand how important music and music education are to our region. I look forward to their guidance on how we can continue to serve ever more people in our region. I’m also thrilled to have Amanda join our box office and sales team. Our Orchestra audience has grown 44 percent in just the last five years, and we expect growth to continue as we begin a new era with our soon-to-be-announced music director.”

–David Beauchesne, Executive Director, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

New Board Members

walesRalph Wales, of Providence, is the newly-retired, former head of school of the Gordon School, where he worked since 1994. Over that time, Gordon received national attention for its achievements in creating and sustaining a decidedly diverse faculty, staff and student body. Under his leadership, Gordon worked to implement and refine the school’s focus on multicultural teaching practice and anti-bias education. During Ralph’s tenure, the school established an endowment that now exceeds $11 million. Additionally, Ralph helped lead the work to significantly enhance Gordon’s facilities to support athletics, performing arts and the academic program.

Wales holds a B.A. in American History from Harvard, and a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He is a trustee at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., the President of the Association of Independent Schools in New England and a member of the WGBH Community Advisory Board. Ralph and his wife Martha are the proud parents of three daughters–all Gordon alumni. He is an avid reader, a regular bicyclist and, in his words, “a not particularly talented guitar player” (unless you ask the nursery students who, when he plays, see stars in their eyes).

walkerScott Walker, MD, FACOG, who lives in Riverside, is a gynecologist for Lifespan Physician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

 

On a personal note, he has three grown children and is an avid sailor. Scott has a passion for music, and plays the piano, the guitar and the 5-string banjo.

New Staff Member

Amanda Mann (003)

Amanda Mann of Cranston held the position of box office manager for Trinity Rep from 2015-17. Prior to managing the box office, she held lead ticketing sales positions at Trinity starting in 2007. Her previous work experience includes creative roles for David Bettencourt Videography, Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative and Midway Pictures. She has a Bachelor’s from Rhode Island College.

 


The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
’s mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. During the past four seasons, audiences for the Orchestra’s TACO Classical and Amica Rush Hour series have increased by 42 percent. In the same period, the Philharmonic Music School’s enrollment has grown by 39 percent, and the School’s education and engagement programs have doubled, serving more than 20,000 children annually. In addition, the Orchestra and Music School’s combined community impact has grown exponentially, and it has become the largest symphony orchestra in the nation to devote more than 50 percent of its programmatic budget to music education and engagement.

RI Philharmonic Music School holds a Masterclass with Award-Winning Cellist Merry Peckham, May 17

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MERRY PECKHAM

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School will present a masterclass with critically acclaimed Cellist Merry Peckham, an award-winning performer, and dedicated coach and educator. The class will be on May 17 (Thursday) at 6:00pm at the Music School’s Carter Center, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

At a Glance

Masterclass with Cellist Merry Peckham
6:00pm, Thursday, May 17

RI Philharmonic Music School
Carter Center
667 Waterman Ave., East Providence

For more information: Chelsea Anderson, canderson@riphil.org, 401.248.7038.

About Cellist Merry Peckham: As a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet (a position she held for 32 years) Peckham was honored with a Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year Award, and the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. With the quartet, she has performed thousands of concerts in the United States and abroad, was awarded the State of Ohio Governor’s Prize and twice won the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award. Peckham won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.

A devoted teacher and deeply committed to arts-education, Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities, and public and private schools in communities all over the world. As part of a cultural exchange between the Perlman Music Program and music training institutions abroad, Ms. Peckham has taught and given special classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Jerusalem Music Center and the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

Peckham is currently Coordinator and Teacher of String Chamber Music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Associate Director and Chamber Music Director for the Perlman Music Program, an organization founded by Toby and Itzhak Perlman dedicated to training exceptional young musicians, as well as the Director of the Chamber Music Workshop @ The Perlman Music Program. Since 1988 she has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Peckham earned a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University and a master of music from the Eastman School of Music. She pursued additional studies at Yale University and Ohio State University. Her teachers and mentors have included Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Peter Salaff, and Toby Perlman. Peckham has the good fortune to perform on a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (a St. Cecilia model, dated 1849.)

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by Orchestra members and outstanding faculty. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are the Music School’s core values. If you have any questions, call 401.248.7001 or email cartercenter@riphil.org.