Chamber Music Seminar

Chamber Music Seminar


Constance Cook Glen
Brenda Brenner
Simin Ganatra
Hilary Glen
Jayoung Kim
Shelley Taylor
Brandon Vamos
Stephen Wyrczynski

Constance Cook Glen, Director

Constance Cook Glen serves as Senior Lecturer and Director of the Music in General Studies program at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Glen holds undergraduate degrees in piano performance and history from Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduate degrees in musicology, piano, and theory from Indiana University. She teaches courses developed from her research interests (Opera, the American Musical, Music of War and Peace, and Music for the Listener). Glen currently serves as the MGS representative on the National Board of the College Music Society.

She is the recipient of numerous awards at Indiana University, including: 2015 Honorary Faculty Member – Tau Beta Sigma, the "Commission on Multicultural Understanding Faculty 2011 Award," ArtsWeek grants in 2009 and 2010, an Active Learning Grant from Instructional Support Services in 2008, and the Blue Ribbon Award for Outstanding Instructors, given by the Disability Student Services Office in 2004. In addition, Glen has volunteered her skills as a pianist to promote and champion contemporary composers, and served as president of a local chamber music group for five years. For twenty years, she was on the faculty and then music director at summer music programs in Colorado: Rocky Ridge Music Center and Lamont School of Music Pre-College Academy.

Glen is committed to impacting social change through music and is currently on the planning committee for a summit entitled: Music, Business and Peace – scheduled for May 2017. Previously, she has presented papers in this vein, including: Leonard Bernstein as an Artist-Citizen, the politics of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Gershwin’s role in race and the American musical identity.

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Brenda Brenner, violinist

Brenda Brenner, Associate Professor of Music Education in the Jacobs School of Music, specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy. She received a BM and BME from Wichita State University, and an MM and DMA in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As director of the Fairview Project - a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum - Brenner is researching the cognitive, academic and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction. An active performer of chamber music throughout the United States, Brenner partners with pianist Kenneth Huber and her husband, organist Christopher Young. She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy, and is Assistant Director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the ASTA National Conferences, and at Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States. Brenner is the President of the American String Teachers Association.

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Simin Ganatra, violinist

Simin Ganatra is professor of violin and chair of the Strings Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is also first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in-residence.

Ganatra has won wide recognition for her performances throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed numerous times in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam, and Carnegie's Zankel Hall. Collaborations include performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Lynn Harrell, and Menahem Pressler, among others.

She is the recipient of several awards and prizes, including a Grammy for best chamber music performance, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Pasadena Instrumental Competition, and Schubert Club Competition.

Originally from Los Angeles, Ganatra studied with Idell Low, Robert Lipsett, and Roland and Almita Vamos. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she was concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and recipient of the Louis Kaufman Prize for outstanding performance in chamber music.

She was previously professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. She has many recordings on the Cedille Records label, including the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn, Elliot Carter, and Dmitri Shostakovich. During the summer, she serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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Hilary Glen, cellist

Hilary Glen has been praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument.” Currently, she is a third-year fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.

Making her stage debut at the age of 6, Dr. Glen caught the performing bug early. Since then, she has performed nearly everywhere, including a mountainside in the Italian Alps, Carnegie Hall, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Bliss Center in Belize. She has collaborated with many musicians including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Mikail Kopelman, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman, and John Adams.

As a passionate chamber musician, Dr. Glen coordinates and performs with several small ensembles including her collaborative company, Chamber Ballet Brockport. Her ensembles have played at a wide variety of national and international venues including the Kennedy Center, as well as local schools, churches, coffee shops, hospitals, sidewalks, and senior living centers. Dr. Glen has graced the orchestral scene as principal of the New World Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia.

Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She regularly visits schools to present experience-based workshops and is dedicated to bringing music to underserved areas. Dr. Glen looks forward to traveling with her string quartet to perform and present masterclasses as part of her educational outreach initiatives.

She completed her BM at Indiana University, where she studied under Janos Starker and earned her MM and DMA, under Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors, and/or dancing.

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Jayoung Kim, Pianist

Praised by Paul Badura-Skoda and late Alicia de Larrocha for her impeccable technique and artistic playing, Korean pianist, Jayoung Kim has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist in Korea, North America and Europe.

Kim has participated and performed in music festivals and master classes such as Lavidor, Toronto, Académie de Musique de Lausanne, IMS Prussia Cove, Aurora, Banff, Cheju and Orford and worked with her mentor and teacher, Menahem Pressler, late Alicia de Larrocha, Andras Schiff, Paul Badura-Skoda, Rita Wagner, John Perry, Pascal Devayon, Ellen Mack, Andre Laplante, Andre Marchand, and Jeremy Denk. She has worked chamber music and collaborative piano with late Janos Starker, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Miriam Fried, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Pierre Amoyal, Midori, and Bruno Canino.

First-prize winner of the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, Kim is also a laureate of the Jean Françaix International Piano Competition, International Chamber Music Competition in Boston and Académie de Musique de Lausanne and a recipient of the Gumho Foundation Scholarship. Her performances have been recorded and broadcasted on CBC (Canada), Espace-2 (Switzerland) and Trollhattan Radio Classic (Sweden) and she appeared in live radio shows on National Public Radio, Opium Opus 4 and Spigelzaal in the Netherlands. As a soloist, she has collaborated with conductors, Clifford Colnut, David Glover and Vlad Vizireanu. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with artists such as Laurence Lesser, Lucy Chapman, Dmitri Murrath, James Buswell, Hagai Shaham, Lynn Chang, Irina Muresanu, and Jakob Koranyi.

Kim studied at Gwangju Arts High School, Yonsei University and Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where she received her doctoral degree in 2014. She is on faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music and is a staff pianist at New England Conservatory and Boston University. An Artistic Director of Wellesley Chamber Players, a new chamber ensemble based in Wellesley, she has been trying to connect with residents and neighbors of Wellesley through chamber music.

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Shelley Taylor, Yoga Instructor

Shelley Taylor has taught yoga in the Bloomington community for over 30 years and has served as adjunct yoga faculty for the Indiana University Kinesiology Department since January, 2006. She teaches in a variety of settings; including studios, retreats, group classes, and private sessions, and specializes in helping others achieve positive transformations. She received her bachelor and master’s degree in Cello performance and Early Music from the Indiana Jacob’s School of Music and also has a wide range of training and experience in the healing arts, with certifications in Reiki, Essential oils, and Feng Shui. This is expressed in her classes through a comfortable flow of yoga poses, breathing, stretching, strengthening and relaxation. Shelley facilitates a style of Hatha yoga that is accessible to everyone at every level and creates an atmosphere in the yoga room that is heartfelt, inspiring and compassionate. She provides a safe space for awareness, discovery and restoration in mind, body and spirit.

Taylor’s classes focus on learning how to breathe in order to support your body and mind to function optimally, how to gain flexibility and strength, how to release tension and stress, how to slow down, and how to keep your mind focused in the present, release past and future concerns and appreciate the emotions, body, and life you have right now.

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Brandon Vamos, cellist

Brandon Vamos is professor of practice (cello) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a member of the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in-residence.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide and has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Paul Katz, Michael Tree, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, and the Emerson Quartet, and has recorded for Cedille, Naxos, and Cacophony Records. Awarded a Performer's Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Paul Katz, Vamos has also studied with distinguished artists such as Tanya Carey in Macomb, Ill., and Aldo Parisot at Yale University, where he earned a Master of Music degree. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, he won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and the Cleveland Quartet Award, in addition to being named Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year.

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Stephen Wyrczynski, violist

Stephen Wyrczynski is professor of viola at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, joining in 1992.

He began violin studies at age 8 and eventually switched to the viola at age 16. In 1983, he began viola studies with Kim Kashkashian and later with Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory, where he became Tuttle's teaching assistant. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in 1988 from Juilliard, where he continued to be her assistant. He was then accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, then principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Wyrczynski earned a diploma there in 1991.

Wyrczynski keeps an active teaching schedule. He is also on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to teaching private lessons, he conducts a seminar in orchestral audition repertoire and techniques. He has taught at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, and Mannes College of Music in New York, where he does quarterly coachings in orchestral repertoire. He has previously taught orchestral studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, the National Orchestral Institute, and the New York State Summer School for Orchestral Studies.

As a chamber musician, he has played in many of North America's celebrated venues. He has had performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Newport Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kingston Music Festival, Casal's Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, and the Apollo Chamber Players. He also has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Edgar Meyer, and Dawn Upshaw.

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