2017 Festival Musicians

Daniel Friberg
Daniel Friberg has served as second and e-flat clarinetist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony since 2011. Based in Minnesota, he is a freelance teacher and performer, and co-manager of the combined printed music departments of Groth and Eble Music Companies. Past orchestral engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Duluth-Superior Symphony. He was featured on the JOYA! chamber music series in 2014 and 2015, and has been a guest soloist for clarinet events at Simpson College, Wartburg College, the University of Northern Iowa, Central College, Iowa State University, and the University of Memphis. During the spring semester of 2015 he was visiting instructor of clarinet at Winona State University. Dr. Friberg earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees at Yale University (studying with David Shifrin), and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota (studying with Burt Hara). From 2009 to 2010 he was a fellow of the Belgian American Education Foundation, studying at the Royal Ghent Conservatory of Music in Belgium with Eddy Vanoosthuyse. While there he took lessons on a 10-key classical boxwood clarinet with early clarinet specialist Vincenzo Casale, and historical performance is an interest he continues to develop.
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Michelle Cheramy
With playing described as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal), flutist Michelle Cheramy is an artist recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. One of the few flutists in Canada to hold a full-time university appointment, Michelle is currently associate professor of music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From her maritime base she has appeared in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and as teacher/clinician throughout Canada, the United States and in Russia. She has also been featured in numerous radio broadcasts nationally on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While her performance work now focuses primarily on solo and chamber projects, past orchestral appointments include positions with the Thunder Bay and Augusta Symphony orchestras. A rare combination of outstanding scholar and performer, Cheramy is past winner of the Canadian Concerto Competition, prize-winner in the Montreal Symphony competition, and winner of the National Flute Association’s annual research competition for her dissertation on the late work of André Jolivet. She holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus.), Indiana University (M.M) and Rice University (D.M.A.) where she was a student of Camille Churchfield, Peter Lloyd and Leone Buyse respectively.
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Nathan Cook
Cellist Nathan Cook is critically recognized for his "authoritative yet relaxed" playing and his "sweet and pliant" sound (Houston Chronicle). His solo and chamber performances have been heard regionally and nationally in Canada on CBC Radio, and regionally in the United States on NPR stations in New York, Texas, and Iowa. Nathan has performed and taught throughout the Americas at festivals in New York, Chile, Brazil, Honduras, and, of course, CVCM. Nathan is a founding member of both the Exorior Duo (www.exoriorduo.com) and Trinitas Chamber Ensemble (www.trinitasmusic.com). The former is named from the Latin verb for “to spring up” or “to appear” and has commissioned and premiered works by Karim Al-Zand, Andrew Staniland, and Clifford Crawley. Trinitas, named from the Latin word for “three,” is a newly-formed trio comprising Michelle, Nathan, and pianist Phil Roberts that generally aims to inject its energetic programs with light-hearted humor. Nathan hails from Appleton, Wisconsin and holds degrees in cello performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he studied with Norman Fischer. Nathan’s other teachers have included Terry King with whom he studied at Grinnell College. He currently is Associate Professor of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada where he serves as Coordinator of Chamber Music.
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David Bjella
“the heart and finesse to bring out the feeling in each burst of melody-to make the extroverted ones surge and swell, and to make the quiet ones seem to just float from the cello.” -Orlando Sentinel A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. He is Professor of Cello at Stetson University and as well as Co-Principal of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern and was a member of the Inman Piano Trio for 13 years. He is one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos released CD “Music of Stephen Hartke” which was chosen by the New York Times as a Top Ten Classical Recording of 2003. Bjella has also served as Visiting Associate Professor of Cello at Florida State University, Professor of Cello at the University of Central Florida and taught in the Valade Master Teacher program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. During the summers, he has been a part of the faculty at the Orfeo Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Bellingham Festival in Washington State, the Quartz Mountain Festival in Oklahoma, the Interlochen Music Center in Michigan, the Orlando Chamber Soloists in the Black Hills and the Bay Area Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. In May of 2012, Bjella was asked to join Cuerdas de Enlace, a performing and teaching festival in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As soloist, Bjella has appeared with many regional and college orchestras in the Southeast and Midwest. In addition to his orchestral work with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, he has also been Principal Cellist of the Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony. He has also been a member of the cello section in Cincinnati, Tampa (Associate Principal) as well as a substitute for the Baltimore Symphony.
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Michelle Gasworth
Michelle Gasworth enjoys a multifaceted career performing regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and can be heard on recordings for major motion pictures. As the Director of Community Outreach at Chamber Music | OC, Michelle cultivates relationships with local community organizations ranging from adult health facilities to shelters for battered women and children, and develops musical workshop presentations unique to the needs of each. A current resident of Orange County, California, Michelle is a core member of Definiens, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to building diverse classical music audiences with an emphasis on music by living composers. She appears on notable Southern California chamber music series such as Art of Élan, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music | OC, and others. As a music educator, Michelle leads sectionals for the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra and Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a private teaching studio. Michelle is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chamber Music Camp at the David Adler Music and Arts Center. Michelle is committed to using music as a means for social change, and while working at the International Rescue Committee, she created a music therapy class for refugees who have recently immigrated to the United States. Currently, Michelle works at the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center as a teacher and director for their Strings Program.Michelle holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Past teachers and mentors include Dr. Susan Dubois, Mark Jackobs, Jeffrey Irvine and Roland Vamos.
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Mia Hagarty
Violinist and violist Mia Hagarty has been performing in Corpus Christi, TX and the surrounding areas for 9 years. While she has also performed with several different symphonies in South Texas in recent years, she has remained a core member of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra since 2012. She enjoys playing chamber music with the Islander String Quartet, Del Mar Faculty Trio, South Texas Chamber Players, and Adagio String Quartet on occasion. Mia also plays regularly with the Bay Rock Orchestra, a big band based in Corpus Christi with a full string section. She has performed with the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Cathedral Choirs, and the Corpus Christi Chorale. She has been a featured artist on numerous recordings for local musicians. Mia has a very active and thriving private studio with students aged 4-70.
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Zo Manfredi
Zo Manfredi is currently Teaching Artist of Violin and Viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Grinnell College. In August 2015 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas under the direction of renowned pedagogue, Julia Bushkova, where she was awarded both a Teaching Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship. Dr. Manfredi regularly performs with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and serves as guest concertmaster for the Iowa-based musical consortium, ConcertIA. Dr. Manfredi’s current performing groups also include her duo, the Manfredi/Gasworth Duo with violist and colleague, Michelle Gasworth. Dr. Manfredi’s combined interest in volunteer and outreach opportunities and chamber music recently led her to be chosen as an intern for American Voices — a non-profit known as “one ofAmerica’s great cultural engagement and diplomacy institutions.” She received a position within the YES Academy programs of Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon for the summer of 2011 teaching upper strings to classes of 60 students. The program was postponed due to political unrest within these countries.Dr. Manfredi earned her M.M. at Arizona State University and her B.M. from the University of Puget Sound. Past teachers and mentors have included Danwen Jiang, Maria Sampen, Timothy Christie, Mary LaMonaca, Nancy Critelli, and Joyce Ramee. She studied violin and viola in Vienna, Austria through the IES Music Program with Barbara Gorzynska and Matthius Maurer.
Julia Bullard
Julia Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and string methods and techniques at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Bullard is also the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of music. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances in Russia, Central and South America, France, New York and Iowa. Dr. Bullard has served on the board of the Iowa Viola Society and as President of the Iowa String Teachers’ Association. In 2011, she was named the Iowa String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year. Dr. Bullard received the D.M.A. degree in Viola Performance from the University of Georgia, where she was the Director of the Pre-College String Program. She received her M.M. (string pedagogy and music history) and B.M. (performance) degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her principal teachers have included Sidney Curtiss, Emanuel Vardi, Joseph dePasquale, Mark Cedel, and Levon Ambartsumian. She has also coached with Robert Mann (formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet), Jeffrey Solow (Amadeus Trio), Roger Chase (Nash Ensemble), and Evelina Chao (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Julia Bullard taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program; Toccoa Falls College (GA); Clarke Middle School (GA); Settlement Music School (Philadelphia); Temple University's Music Preparatory Division; and the Brenau (GA) Suzuki School. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Greenville (SC), Trenton (NJ), South Jersey, Macon (GA), Schenectady (NY), and Utica (NY) symphonies, as well as at several summer festivals including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Luzerne Music Center, Camp Encore-Coda, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.
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Katie Wolfe
Fanfare Magazine said of violinist Katie Wolfe, "Her playing is simply mesmeric." Ms. Wolfe leads an intriguing career mix as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and adjudicator. Originally from Minnesota, she joined the string faculty of The University of Iowa in 2004 as Associate Professor of Violin. Ms. Wolfe has recorded for Centaur Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Kleos Classics. She has recorded the Sonatas for Violin and Piano of Danish composer Niels Gade. She has been very involved in recording the works of living composers, including a piano quartet by David Gompper, a solo sonata, chamber music and other orchestral music of Madison composer Laura Schwendinger, and music for violin and piano by Boston composer Ketty Nez. She made the first recording of a “rediscovered” Sonata for Piano and Violin by Joseph Haydn with Byron Schenkman, released by Centaur Records in 2006. Ms. Wolfe is a founding member of the Matisse Piano Trio, formed in 2004. The trio is as committed to teaching as well as performing, and they have given masterclasses and performances at universities and other concert venues in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Ms. Wolfe received a BM in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Miriam Fried. She has a MM in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), studying violin with Sylvia Rosenberg and chamber music with Ani Kavafian and Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet. Katie Wolfe is privileged to perform on a rare Italian violin made by Gaetano Chiocchi in 1860.
Emily Osinski
Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree (2006) in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Mikhail Kopelman (2002-2006) and later Zvi Zeitlin (2006-2008), and recently (Fall 2016) began working on a Master of Music degree at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with Kirsten Yon. Emily has attended numerous summer festivals, including the Indiana University Summer String Academy, Academy of Music at Ramapo College, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West. As a soloist, Emily has performed with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Youth Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic, and has given solo recitals all over the country. She was the solo violinist for several off-broadway productions at Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY, including Sondheim’s COMPANY and SWEENEY TODD and was cast onstage as ‘The Fiddler” in their production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL as well as BABES IN ARMS and SPRING AWAKENING at Nazareth College. A passionate chamber musician, Emily has been a member of the Marini String Ensemble, Quartsemble, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Hill Country Strings, Terra Vista Strings, and Divisi Strings. She has held faculty positions as a chamber music coach at the Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and has taught privately at the Kanack School, Sugar Land Music School, and currently maintains a private home studio in Houston. When not playing the violin, Emily is a busy mom of two beautiful children and an avid runner. You can also find her in the independent film The Beast Pageant (2010) in the dual roles of actor and musician.