violinist, is an Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at Smith College. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Pitchon studied with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Fuchs. He was a founding member of the Medici String Quartet (U.S.) and the Wave Hill Piano Trio, resident ensemble of the Toscanini estate in Riverdale, New York.
Mr. Pitchon is currently a member of the Forster String Trio and the Smith Chamber Ensemble. He has been the concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including the Barcelona Symphony (Spain), the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the EOS Chamber Orchestra (NY). For his performance of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat with the EOS Chamber Orchestra, the New York Times wrote “…superb playing by Joel Pitchon…”.
Mr. Pitchon has performed in many concerts in the U.S. and abroad with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared in numerous radio and television broadcasts and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Vox Cum Laude, and the Musical Heritage Society.
A recording of four Sonatas for violin and piano by Clifton J. Noble (with the composer at the piano) was released on the Gasparo label in 2005. A new recording of works by Piston, Q.Porter, and Mrs. H.H.A. Beach, also made for Gasparo Records, was made available in the fall of 2006.
Marsha Harbison, violinist, is the assistant concertmistress of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and also a frequent performer of chamber music. She received a B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, MN. and a Masters from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Ivan Galamian.
Ms. Harbison has performed in New York in the American Symphony under Stokowski, the Pro Arte Orchestra under DiCavaho, the Bach Cantata Series with Richard Westenberg, and subbed in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In Montreal, she performed in the Montreal Symphony, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and the Radio, TV, and Ballet Orchestras.
Ms. Harbison has performed in music festivals in Aspen, Jackson Hole, Spoleto, Italy, and has been concertmistress for the Leonard Bernstein Festival at UMASS, and the Berkshire Choral Festival Orchestra in Sheffield, MA and Salzburg, Austria. She has organized and performed a Three Sisters concert at Lake Champlain for the last 12 years as a benefit for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. She is one of the artistic directors and performers in the Longmeadow Chamber Music Society, now in its 28th season.
Ms. Harbison has taught numerous music courses at Westfield State College, Baypath College, private violin students at Mt. Holyoke College, and continues to teach private violin students.
Ronald Gorevic has had a long and distinguished career as a performer and teacher, on both the violin and viola. As a violist, he has been a member of several well known string quartets, spanning over twenty years, and covering most of the quartet repertoire.
Mr. Gorevic has toured throughout the U.S., Germany, Japan, Korea and Australia, and has also been broadcast on radio stations across the U.S., S.German and S.W.German radio, and the Australian Broadcast network.
As a violinist, Mr.Gorevic has performed recitals in major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Atlanta. He has also performed in London, where he gave the British premieres of pieces by Donald Erb and Ned Rorem.
Mr. Gorevic is a founding member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet, with which he has recorded piano quartets of Saint-Saens and D’Indy for Centaur. He has also recorded for Koch International and Crystal records. His most recent recording, of Brahms clarinet quintet and trio in Brahms’s own arrangement for viola instead of clarinet, was released in June of 2010 on the Centaur label.
Mr. Gorevic is also currently on the faculty of Smith College, where he teaches both violin and viola. In addition to his teaching duties, he is in the process of arranging several well known violin concerti for the viola. His recent edition of the Mendelssohn violin concerto in E.Minor, in an arrangement for viola and piano is available through Shar Music.
Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cellist, is a native of Paris, France. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Bernard Greenhouse, former cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where she received her graduate Diploma.
Ms. Pelletier has been the Acting Principal cello of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona in Spain and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in the UK. She also frequently participated in concerts of the London Symphony Orchestra. Volcy Pelletier has been featured in chamber music and solo recitals on both sides of the Atlantic. She has performed at the Salo de Cents concerts in Barcelona, Spain, as well as having been a founding member of the Concert Players String Trio in London and the Kinor String Quartet in New York. She was a member of the Laurentian String Quartet, in residence at Sarah Lawrence College.
Most recently she has been heard in concerts with the faculty of Smith College, in Northampton, MA, and has performed at the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire. Ms. Pelletier is currently a member of the Forster String Trio. Recognized as a highly effective teacher, Ms. Pelletier serves on the faculty of the Greenwood Music Camp and teaches cello as an adjunct instructor at Smith College.
Boris Kogan, cellist, was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia. He began studying the cello at age 5, attending the School of Musically Gifted Children. He continued at the Leningrad College of music for 4 years and the Leningrad Conservatory of Music for 5 years. He was a prodigy of Professor Pekker, who worked with the famous Leipzig cellist and Methodist, Julius Klengel.
Mr. Kogan was a former Assistant Principal cellist with the Leningrad Symphony and the Television and Radio Symphony Orchestras. He was also a teacher and solo performer in the former Soviet Union. Boris moved to the U.S. in 1992. He has performed in recitals in MA, Yale University, in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in NYC. He performed in Israel and Jordan with the Washington D.C. Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Kogan currently teaches at the Community Music School of Springfield, Deerfield Academy, Westfield State College, Amherst College, and Clark University in Worcester.
He also performs in the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Central Massachusetts Symphony, and New England Symphony as principal cellist. Boris recently performed the Tchakowskyi Rocco Variations with the Charlotte Symphony in Florida.
CLARION BRASS QUINTET
This well-known brass group has performed in recital throughout the Pioneer Valley and has provided festive brass music for graduations, weddings and other public and private events since 1975.
Members of the group: Karen Atherton, Sheldon Ross, Ben Smar, Margot Rowland, Gary Sinkiewicz
John Gerry Karajanes, organist
John Gerry-Karajanes has served as organist/choirmaster in Christian Churches and Jewish Temples since he was sixteen years old. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Adelphi University, Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, and Master of Sacred Music from Union Seminary in New York City. He studied organ with Alec Wyton at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in NYC and conducting with Abraham Kaplan, Ralph Schultz and Clara Burling Roesch. He is presently Director of Music at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, MA and Organist/Pianist at Sinai Temple in Springfield, MA.
Baritone David Tinervia has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and Canada. He recently made his operatic debut at the Tanglewood Music Center singing The Traveler in Curlew River in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Last season brought performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with Ensemble Caprice and the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal, as well as an evening of family opera with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. In Toronto, Mr. Tinervia sang the role of Prince Prospero in the world premiere of Cecilia Livingston’s chamber opera The Masque of the Red Death as well as Roderick Usher in Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher with Opera 5. He also made appearances with the Blanche Moyse Memorial Orchestra as a soloist in the 2nd Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concerts in New York City and Marlboro, VT featuring an all Bach program of Cantatas, and returned to the ensemble later in the season to sing Bach’s B-Minor Mass. Other recent engagements have included concerts with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music’s Cantata series in Boston and a revival of Livingston’s The Masque of the Red Death with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Delores Thayer is the Assistant Principal violist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Wistaria Chamber Music Society and Wistaria String Quartet. Currently on the viola faculty at Amherst College and the Northfield Mount Hermon School, she has headed the chamber music department at Deerfield Academy and served as guest instructor of viola at Mt. Holyoke College. Delores is the Artistic Director of Greater Manchester and the Mountains Adult Chamber Music Workshop in Manchester, VT, and has performed with the Manchester Music Festival.Delores has been affiliated with Arcadia Players (Baroque viola), Berkshire Symphony, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has also participated in summer music festivals in Ayamonte and Santander, Spain; Spoleto, Italy; Tanglewood; and the Yale Norfolk Music Festival. Delores has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center and in numerous premiers and recordings. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Music, her teachers and mentors were Frank Bundra, Raphael Hillyer, Walter Trampler, Joseph Silverstein, and Karen Tuttle. Delores resides in Northampton, MA.
23 year old Griffin McMahon is emerging as a unique and versatile organist / pianist and collaborator in the American music scene. Equally at home in the worlds of classical, sacred, and indie rock music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Mechanics Hall and the Kimmel Center to rock venues like the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has performed several times on the world’s largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In 2014, Griffin performed in a historic eighteen-hour complete organ works of Bach marathon concert at St. Peter’s Church in New York City, live-streamed by WQXR radio to thousands of listeners. His performances have been broadcast on national radio syndicates such as the “Wanamaker Organ Hour” on WRTI, “Pipedreams” on American Public Media, and WQXR, New York’s Classical Music Radio Station. Griffin has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley, and piano with Abby Thomsen and Ernest Barretta.
Romina Kostare started playing violin when she was 7 years old. She started paricipating in different internation competition at a very young age and won prestigious awards. She received a Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance from the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania and a Masters Degree from University of Massachusetts in Amherst.She has performed with many prestigious Orchestras in Europe, she has been a member of “Theater Opera and Ballet” in Tirana Albania and the “Academy of Arts Faculty Chamber Orchestra”. Contemporary music and chamber orchestra has been a passion of Romina since she was a student. She was one of the founding members of the “Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra” in Tirana and has traveled in most of the European Countries.Romina has Studied and performend with Prof. Charles Treger of UMASS and Prof. Roman Totenberg of Boston University. Romina has been a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and is currently a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra.When Romina is not playing violin, she enjoys ice skating and traveling.She lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and two daughters.