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.
Carlos Barriento is a freelance double bassist, chamber musician and educator in the New York Metropolitan area. Currently, he is a member of the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, Distinguished Concerts International, Symphony of Westchester and the Music Ministry at the historic Parish of Calvary-St. George’s.
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.
Emily Guarino is an active cello performer and private cello teacher in the Central New York region. She is also a middle school orchestra director in the North Syracuse Central School District. She serves as her school’s Music Department Chairperson and recently took on the role of co-director for the spring musical production.
Judith Insell (viola) has collaborated with such marquee artists as Beyoncé, India.Arie, John Cale, Suzanne Vega, Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, and Miguel Zenón. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live (SNL), Late Night With Stephen Colbert, and has performed in Broadway show orchestras for Les Miserablés (25th Anniversary Edition), An American In Paris, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Gypsy, Ms. Saigon, Tommy, Carousel, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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.
Bethany Niedbala is the Registrar for New England Music Camp, where she facilitates student admissions and creates schedules for faculty and campers and will be Program Coordinator of the new Prelude String Orchestra Camp this upcoming summer. Her other roles at NEMC have included camper, counselor and music librarian for many years. Currently, Bethany is the Elementary Strings Specialist for the Marlborough Public Schools in Massachusetts.
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.
Appearing throughout much of the northeast and Italy, Gabriel Remillard started on the violin at age 8. After encouragement from his childhood teacher Betsy Kobayashi, Gabriel picked up the viola in middle school. Gabriel immediately fell in love with the dark rich sound of the viola.
LAURA RUAS, Double Bass, is an active teacher, chamber and orchestral musician. Principal Bass of both the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and former Concert Artists of Baltimore and performs with the National Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony and Maryland Lyric Opera.
Cellist, Wayne Smith gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1996 to critical acclaim. As soloist and chamber musician, he has performed through out the UnitedStates, Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and China.
Joanna Smulakowski, viola and violin, is a String Orchestra Director in the White Plains City School District and an active freelancer in New York. She attended NEMC as a camper for three years and taught viola at the core camp in 2011.
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.
Janetta Wilczewska is delighted to join the NEMC team! The Polish native began her studies at the prestigious Warsaw Academy. She moved to Canada to further her studies with Steven Staryk at the University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, followed by two years at the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestral Training Program.
Peter Slavov is a New York City-based double bassist, composer, session musician, arranger and educator. Since he began playing professionally in the mid-1990’s, Peter has performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in more than 40 countries on 5 continents.