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.
Naomi Graf’s first music camp experience was at NEMC and she is looking forward to returning as faculty this summer. She performs a wide variety of programs as a chamber musician, recital soloist and orchestral player. She has served as the principal violist for the Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra and currently performs in the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and the Palm Beach Symphony. She can be heard in recordings including The Complete Haydn Masses with the Trinity Choir and Rebel Baroque Orchestra on the Hanssler Classic label.
Violinist, Laura Kobayashi, performs as a member of the Kobayashi/Gray Duo, Main Street Chamber Players and Trio Peridot and is a founding member of the Main Street Music Studios where she maintains a large studio of students.
A native of Columbia, SC, Cellist Kenneth Law enjoys a diverse career as performer, teacher and author. He is a member of the Main Street Chamber Players and Trio Peridot.
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.
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.
Luis Quintero, Guitar, studied with Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School of Music and received the scholarship for "Excellence in the Arts.” Prior, he studied music at the José Angel Lamas School of Music in Caracas, Venezuela, receiving the title of “Guitar Executing Professor.” Hailed as “a possessor of a refined technique, an exceptional musicality and an impressive virtuosity,” Luis Quintero is one of the most worthy representatives of the Great Venezuelan Guitar School.
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.