Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed recitals at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Herd has also performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony.
A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. The group was the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Mr. Herd returned to the festival in 2016 as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic performing John Corigiliano’s Red Violin Concerto. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the NY premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knagg’s Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczak’s Incorporeal Spaces.
Equally committed to expanding the reach of classical music, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Each summer, the Festival presents internationally acclaimed artists in venues throughout the Finger Lakes and has quickly become one of the area’s leading arts organizations. The festival also champions diversity in the arts through culturally diverse programming and donates educational concerts to local school districts.
Mr. Herd joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in August 2016 where he has built a thriving studio, attracting students from around the globe. His students frequently participate in some of the nation’s top music festivals including the Aspen, Brevard, Sarasota, and Wintergreen festivals and are frequent competition winners throughout the country.Mr. Herd studied at Rice University, Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ani Kavafian, Paul Kantor, William Preucil and David Updegraff.
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Cellist Wesley Baldwin is a co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy. Initially taught cello classes in the Suzuki method as a child, Dr. Baldwin has been active teaching his own cello classes for more than three decades. His Suzuki teacher training has been with Melissa Kraut. Wesley holds a BA, cum laude, from Yale College, a Master of Music degree (with honors) from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA in cello performance from the University of Maryland.
A passionate teacher, Wesley has taught at the University of Maryland and Florida International University, where he was artist-in-residence with the Plymouth Quartet. He serves now as the Professor of Cello at the University of Tennessee, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Promise. His former students play and teach throughout the United States.
Dr. Baldwin founded and directs the Tennessee Cello Workshop, an annual three-day gathering of more than 170 cellists of all ages from throughout the United States held each February. His interest in education has also led him to serve as Conductor of the Knoxville Youth Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2018.
He performs throughout the United States and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist he has appeared with the Laredo Philharmonic, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Symphony of the Mountains, and the Aberdeen, Bemidji, Bryan, Chattanooga, Florence, Johnson City, Hot Springs, Knoxville, La Porte, Oak Ridge, Manchester, New River Valley, Salisbury, Wintergreen, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestras, among others. His passionate and charismatic performances have garnered much critical acclaim.
An advocate for great music from all eras, Mr. Baldwin is one of the only performers of several little known and new concerti for cello, including recently those by Wagenseil, Jacob T.V., Behzad Ranjbaran, and Alan Shulman. His recording of music for cello by Alan Shulman, released by Albany records in 2010, enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. He has also recorded for the Naxos, Zyode, and Innova labels. His most recent CD release, his fourth on the Centaur label, features the chamber music of Arthur Honegger.
Wesley was the founder of the Plymouth String Quartet, with whom he was a top prize-winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition. He was also cellist of the James Piano Quartet for five years, with residencies at both Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Festival. Solo and chamber music performing honors Baldwin has received include the Prix Mercure, Homer Ulrich Awards, and a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Performing Artist Fellowship.
As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Baldwin performed with many of the world’s great conductors and toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina, and Brazil. His orchestral colleagues there selected him as the recipient of the New World Symphony’s Community Board Award for artistic integrity and leadership. Wesley now serves on New World Symphony regional audition committee panels most years in different cities in the U.S.
Dr. Baldwin has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Cazenovia, Hot Springs, Ojai, Sandpoint, Mainly Mozart, May in Miami, Skaneateles, and Sub-tropics Music Festivals, and internationally in Italy, France, Monte Carlo, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica. His most recent international concert activity saw him performing as a recitalist in cities throughout China.
Jeanine Wilkinson is an active performer, teacher, and administrator involved in many different musical endeavors throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since taking up residence in Knoxville in 2005 she performs regularly with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony, and the Bryan Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
Currently Jeanine serves as the Director of Operations for the Tennessee Cello Workshop and previously as adjunct music faculty at both Tennessee Tech University and the Cookeville campus of Nashville State Community College. Along with her colleague and friend she also has a successful wedding business called A Touch of Classical.
As an advocate and supporter of music education, Jeanine teaches a thriving studio of young cellists. Her students consistently win chairs in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestras, East TN Jr. and Sr. Clinics, as well as TNMEA All State Orchestra.
In 2016 Jeanine founded the Inner Voices String Quartet, comprised of four classically-trained musicians whose careers blissfully collided in Knoxville. This group of dynamic women are inspired and dedicated to providing audiences a unique listening experience of high quality music in a contemporary and modern way. Highlight performances included their debut in a former gas station and then later in an avant-garde hair salon, where not only was unique programming celebrated but also an emphasis on women in music.
Cameron Rehberg is currently a freelance violist in the Knoxville area, and a violin and viola instructor at the Knoxville Suzuki Academy. Here he teaches both viola and violin lessons in Knoxville, TN. He received his Bachelors of Music in Viola performance from UNT, and an Artist Certificate from the University of Tennessee where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Hillary Herndon. Mr. Rehberg has studied privately with Bruce Williams, Cynthia Roberts, Dr. Ames Asbell, Dr. Susan Dubois, Hillary Herndon, and Dr. Wendy Richman. Mr. Rehberg has attended the Sewanee, Roundtop, and Montecito festivals, the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, Winter Viola Intensive, and is a registered Suzuki instructor.
At UNT Cameron Rehberg was very involved with the Baroque Orchestra playing on period instruments under the direction of Paul Leenhouts. Cameron Rehberg was in high demand with the jazz department at UNT, regularly collaborating with students, faculty and jazz musicians in the area. Mr. Rehberg is as comfortable playing jazz and popular music, as he is on a baroque period instrument, or performing contemporary music, as well as the classical chamber and symphonic canon. It’s easy to see why Mr. Rehberg gives some of the best viola and violin lessons in Knoxville, TN.
Sarah began teaching Suzuki violin lessons in 1999 at the University of TN Chattanooga’s Cadek Conservatory. While there, she received teacher training through book 6 at Suzuki Institutes, taught monthly group classes, directed a Summer Suzuki Violin Camp, and grew her studio to 45 students. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School in Hartford, CT, studying with Katie Lansdale and Teri Einfeldt. Throughout her time in graduate school she maintained a private teaching studio, and after graduating, taught for the Hartt School Community Division for two years.
Before moving to Knoxville, in addition to maintaining a private studio, Sarah taught on the college level, running performance classes, coaching chamber music groups, and teaching the violin studio at Covenant College, Lookout Mtn. GA, for four years. During the same time she also taught music theory and string techniques classes at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.
She has served as a guest clinician at the Girls Preparatory School Summer String Camp, the Residential Summer Strings Camp in Tasmania, Australia, and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra String Camp.
In addition to teaching, Sarah is an active performer. She has held positions with the Chattanooga Symphony and the New Hampshire Philharmonic (principle 2nd Violin) and currently holds positions in the Knoxville Symphony and the Oak Ridge Symphony. She is also an avid chamber musician, and before moving to Knoxville performed on the Aliento Chamber series and with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Principle String Quartet, performed in the Chattanooga area with the Con Brio ensemble, and presented collaborative faculty recitals at Covenant College and Lee University. Since moving to Knoxville, she has presented concerts with the Inner Voices String Quartet, the Oak Ridge String Quartet, and appeared as a soloist on the Friends of Music and the Arts series.
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Before she graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance, Kelsey Sexton had performed as a chamber artist at some of the most distinguished music conferences around the world, including the 2015 Music Learning Revolution in London, the 2016 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco, and the 2016 International Society of Music Education biennial in Glasgow. Her invited teaching activities before graduation included major outreach programs like Big Noise (Scotland), In Harmony (England), Kidznotes (North Carolina), the Saint James Music Academy (Vancouver, BC). She also served as a guest performer and clinician with the Wautauga High School Orchestra and Annual Retreat (North Carolina) and the Oxfordshire County Music Service (England). In 2019 she was invited to serve as Guest Principal cello for the resident orchestra at the Kay Meek Center Young Orchestras Encounter (Vancouver, BC).
Recipient of the 2017 Leonard Rose Memorial Scholarship at the Wintergreen Festival, Kelsey holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she studied under Dr. Wesley Baldwin. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she directed the Farragut Intermediate School Orchestra Initiative, a program dedicated to the growth and support of string education in Knoxville public schools. During her undergraduate and graduate work, Kelsey maintained private teaching studios of twenty or more students, which has afforded her opportunities to work with students of all playing levels and ages. As part of her educational philosophy, Kelsey strives to include new and worldly musics into her curricula, providing a unique and diverse musical experience for her students.
In March of 2020, Kelsey served as a guest clinician for the Arts Plus Suzuki Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received Suzuki training through Book 3 with acclaimed teacher trainers Carey Cheney and Avi Friedlander and is currently pursuing further training. She is presently a private instructor and freelance performer in and around the Knoxville area and works extensively with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra as a rehearsal assistant, sectional coach, and chamber coach.
Born to two Suzuki cello teachers, Carey and Elliott Cheney, Livi grew up a Suzuki student, beginning to play cello at the age of 3. He received his Suzuki teacher training in all 10 volumes by the age of 20, the youngest cellist ever to do so. Livi has completed Suzuki training with the renowned teachers David Evenchick, Jean Dexter, Pamela Devenport, Carey Cheney, and Avi Friedlander. Livi is continuously repeating teacher training to get the insights of other teachers as well. An excellent Suzuki instructor, Livi teaches both cello and bass classes at the Knoxville Suzuki Academy.
Livi has also studied performance with acclaimed cellists Colin Carr, Philippe Muller, Lawrence Lesser, and Eric Kim. Additionally, Livi has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from University of Ottawa, Canada with Paul Marleyn and University of Tennessee, Knoxville with Dr. Wesley Baldwin respectively.
Livi is an enthusiast for new music and crossover into other genres, and has collaborated in electroacoustic ensemble with DJ Spooky in a lecture performance at the University of Tennessee and studied jazz with bass professor Jon Hamar, also at UTK. He actively pursues performances outside of his comfort zone.
Livi is also well-read in psychology and is planning to pursue a degree in it in the future. Livi loves to explore nature and paint and actively practices meditation and yoga, which he feels pairs with studying music wonderfully.
A native of North Carolina, pianist Slade Trammell has appeared in concert across North America and in Europe. Critics have praised his “technical equipment and rhythmic excitement” (Classical Sonoma), “mastery of tone,” (Knoxville News Sentinel), and “virtuoso skill,” (Becky Ball, chief critic, The Oak Ridger). A pupil of Earl Wild, Serge Fournier, and Ruth Slenczynska, and David Brunell, Trammell gave the European premiere of Wild’s Sonata 2000 in 2011 while concertizing in Austria. As a first prize winner of the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, he made his Italian debut in December 2018 at the Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica, in Rome. Also dedicated to teaching, he established his first studio in 2003, and served as Music Coordinator at Hiwassee College. Since 2010, he had also been a faculty member at Roane State.
Mrs. Burnette began her Suzuki piano study at the age of 4 with Roberta Honadle in Rochester, New York. She continued her piano studies in high school at the Eastman School of Music with Howard Spindler where she was a recipient of the Howard Hanson Award.
She received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Carson Newman University where she was a recipient of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. She went on to receive a Masters in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee under the instruction of David Northington. While at UT, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant under Pat Carter.
Mrs.Burnette received Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell and Fay Adams. She has served as staff pianist and piano instructor at Augusta State University, Carson Newman University, and the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Burnette has been teaching Suzuki piano since 2002.
Mrs. Burnette is the proud wife of Ben and mom to Chase and Karli.
Anna Dye, violist, has earned recognition as an incredible performer and teacher through her musical experiences both domestic and international. She has participated in numerous chamber and ensemble projects, including the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra tour across Argentina, the recording of Espejismos by Carlo Nicolau, and the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony at the Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD. Anna has performed various concerts with orchestras in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Tennessee. She has attended nationally and internationally acclaimed summer festivals such as Orvieto Musica in Orvieto Italy, Brevard Summer Institute, and Maine Chamber Music Seminar. Anna is also a founding member of her trio, Triple Tango. They are a sought after chamber ensemble who have performed concert tours in various venues throughout the MD/DC/NOVA area. Anna has also established herself as a solo musician through her world premiere of the work “Modular Tango” by Jorge Variego at the The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture in Knoxville TN, and performance at the 2019 International Viola Congress in Poznań, Poland. In addition to her extensive performing career, Anna teaches private music lessons for viola and violin, and worked as a music educator for American Independent Music Association, and First Chair Strings where she gained professional experience in the music education field.
Anna previously received her B.M. in Viola Performance summa cum laude from Shenandoah Conservatory under the instruction of Doris Lederer, former violist of the Audubon Quartet. She then attended the Pennsylvania State University to complete the Professional Performance Certificate program under the instruction of Tim Deighton. While at Penn State, she was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, the Graduate Viola Quintet, and the Penn State Viola Ensemble.
She will graduate with a Masters of Music degree in May of 2021 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied under the tutelage of renowned performer and pedagogue, Hillary Herndon, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a member of the Graduate String Quartet.
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