Marion Baker is principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and free-lances in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a co-founder of the RusticWay Chamber Music Ensemble and plays with the Listen Local Ensemble and the National Gallery/Sunrise Quartet.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, cellist Igor Cetkovic enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra member, and educator. Igor has served with orchestras across Europe and the United States, including the Bergen Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a solo cellist of the Serbian chamber orchestra, “The St. George Strings”.
Colombian guitarist, arranger and educator, Daniel Gaviria, left the Andes Mountains for the Green Mountains of Vermont, and is excited to be sharing his love and knowledge of music with fellow musicians, audiences and guitar students. While studying classical guitar at the Central University in Bogota, his musicality and virtuosic playing brought him national acclaim as the winner of several competitions, such as the Luis Angel Arango Young Interpreters’ Competition, the Fernando Sor Guitar Festival Competition.
William Hones teaches applied double bass at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and the College of Southern Maryland. Previously, he served on the faculties of Shenandoah University, the University of Akron and Bowling Green State University.
Tracey Jasas-Hardel has been studying, performing and teaching violin for 35 years. Her passion for the instrument is notable and has led to numerous awards, performances, recordings, and teaching positions. She is a co-founder of 240 Strings, a nonprofit that provides private music lessons to economically-challenged children in Portland, Maine. She regularly performs with the Portland Piano Trio in Maine and throughout New England, and with the Midwest Mozart Festival during the summer.
Julia Neckermann currently is the Associate Concertmaster and an Artist In Residence with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She is the first violinist in the Burdick Thorne String quartet, and plays actively with her trio. Previous positions include Acting Associate Concertmaster, Acting Principal Second violin, and section first violin with the Louisville Orchestra.
Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as violist, teacher, and scholar. He has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and given numerous recitals throughout the United States. Dr. Nordstrom has also presented lectures and performances for the College Music Society (CMS), and clinics for the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas Music Educators Associations as well as the American String Teachers Association. His pedagogical and scholarly work has been published in the American String Teacher journal and the Journal of the American Viola Society.
Born and raised in Albany, NY, Mary Ann Tortolano began the violin at age 6 as part of the first wave of the Suzuki method instruction that hit the United States. She studied with Kay Nicholas and Lois Fishman and was a member of the Albany Symphony in 1980, her senior year of high school. After receiving a BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory, she became a certified Suzuki teacher, studying with Doris Preucil in Iowa City. Later she became a Suzuki “parent” and sent all three of her children to NEMC.