Rochester Scor! Camp 2012

Rochester, NY
Please allow us a moment to introduce ourselves… We are your faculty and we look forward to seeing you at Scor!
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Beth Bultman
Symerge Program Dir., Faculty
Beth Bultman serves as teacher and Program Director for Scor!, co-founded with her husband Kyle in 2001. She has presented multiple performances and educational sessions for string enthusiasts, teachers, and kids all over the country in recent years. In addition to her work with Scor!, Beth is an active violinist, performer, composer, teacher, and businessperson. She has taught in various contexts for almost 20 years, and specializes in teaching, coaching, and mentoring adult string players. She has performed as orchestral concertmaster, classical recitalist, weekend gigster, fiddler, and recording musician. She studied violin performance, pedagogy, and composition at the Eastman School of Music where she earned Bachelors & Masters degrees. Beth's passions include music & improvisation, arts collaboration, faith, teaching, traveling, and personal transformation, and she loves presenting the opportunity for creativity and self-confidence to blossom.

Kyle Bultman
Symerge President & CEO, Faculty

Co-founder of Scor!, Kyle also leads Symerge, the non-profit corporation that houses the Scor! programs. Symerge is dedicated to creativity training in the arts through a variety of programs, workshops, and camps. Kyle also founded Synkros Inc, a start-up publisher of new string music, and provider of printing and marketing services. Kyle taught violin and viola at Roberts Wesleyan College until 2005. Also at Roberts, he directed its Community Music School, and the college Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding director of the first New Horizons Orchestra for adult amateurs. Mr. Bultman has performed educational programs with the Genesis String Quartet for Young Audiences Rochester, in addition to performing as part of various regional orchestras. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

Lisa Caravan
String Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra Director, Cello Faculty
Lisa Caravan comes to us with a wide range of teaching and performing experience. She has played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Penfield Symphony, and the Greater Rochester Women's Orchestra, with whom she has also soloed. She has taught strings in the schools at the elementary & middle school level, as well as string sectionals, technique classes, and chamber music at the NY ASTA with NSOA String Institute. Ms. Caravan is a graduate of Temple University in Music Ed and Performance and studied with Jeffrey Solow. She earned her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alan Harris, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies and acting as a teaching assistant at Eastman.

Cheryl Frank 
Viola Faculty

Violist Cheryl Frank, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1994, and her Master’s of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1996. From 1999 through 2006, Ms. Frank was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, in New Orleans, and chaired the orchestra’s Education Committee. Cheryl was the founding director the New Orleans String Project (NOSP) from 2000-2004. As a chamber musician, Ms. Frank has been a member of the Genesis String Quartet (1997-1999), the East End Chamber Players (1996-1999), and the Magnolia String Quartet (2000-2003). She has performed chamber music under the auspices of Young Audiences Rochester, Young Audiences New Orleans, and the LPO Bach-to-School program. Currently, Ms. Frank performs frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony. Cheryl also maintains a private teaching studio of viola, violin, and piano students. She has taught for the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra scholarship program, the Kanack School in Brighton, Cobblestone Arts Center in Victor, Hochstein School, and the Kaleidoscope Summer Session at the Eastman Community Music School. Cheryl and her husband Bruce are proud parents of Helen, 7 and Joanna, 4.

Robert Gardner
Scor-chestra Conductor, Groove Ensemble Director, Bass Faculty 
Robert Gardner has served on the faculty of Penn State since 2003. He is an assistant professor of music education, specializing in stringed instrument playing and teaching, alternative styles for string ensembles, and orchestral conducting.
A double bassist and conductor with experience in a variety of musical genres, he has written articles for the American String Teacher and GIA Publications, and has given presentations at conferences and workshops throughout the country. Gardner's research has focused on the nature of improvisation and composition, as well as the supply and demand of American public school music teachers. He received his undergraduate degree in music education from the Ohio State University, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he served as orchestra director and instructor for public school districts in Ohio and New York. Gardner was also music director for two youth orchestras at the Hochstein School of Music and has been guest conductor for many honors ensembles. He has designed and directed programs for adult learners and alternative styles for string ensembles. Gardner is a member of MENC: National Association for Music Education, and the American String Teacher Association (ASTA). He is currently serving as president of the PA/DE chapter of ASTA, as well as a member of the alternative styles committee for the 2007 ASTA national convention.

Sandra Halleran
Cello Faculty, Cello Ensemble Director
Sandra Halleran is an active freelance musician and cello teacher in the Rochester area. She currently serves on the faculties of both The Hochstein School and The Kanack Suzuki School. Ms. Halleran has previously held teaching positions at The Eastman School of Music and the University of Akron. This will be her second season at SCOR! Ms. Halleran has held principle positions with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, the Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, SC. Ms. Halleran received her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steve Doane, Rosemary Elliot, and Kathleen Murphy Kemp. Ms. Halleran holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University where she studied with Paul Katz. Ms. Halleran formerly performed with the Marini String Quartet in Akron, Ohio, and is the current director of the Marini String Ensemble.

Mark Hartman 
Violin & Ensemble Faculty, & Alternative Styles Specialist
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Orchestra at Shippensburg University, Mark Hartman holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and the Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied violin with Katie Lansdale and Rochelle Huang. He has also done post-doctoral studies in violin literature and pedagogy with Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music and Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music. Conducting studies have been with Robert Gutter, at UNC-Greensburo, William LaRue Jones at the University of Iowa, and Stuart Malina, of the Harrisburg Symphony. He has been Concertmaster of the Southern Tier (New York) and the Oskaloosa (Iowa) Symphonies, Assistant Concertmaster of the Salisbury (North Carolina) Symphony and a member of the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad and the Greensboro Symphonies. In addition, since 1993 he has been a regular performer in the 1st violin section of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and recently joined the Shippensburg Festival (summer) Orchestra and the Gettysburg Chamber orchestra. He has performed solo and chamber music in the United States and Europe and has been featured on North Carolina public radio. He has premiered violin works at the 2004 and 2009 Sound in the Lands festival at Conrad Grebel College in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In 2010 at Shippensburg University he premiered a violin concerto by composer Janet Peachey entitled “Night Songs”.

Dr. Hartman has served as orchestra director at Central College and violin professor at Houghton College, and Wake Forest University. He has served as adjudicator for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and the South Carolina Symphony League, several times for the Jefferson High School Invitational in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and for the Washington County, Maryland schools. He has served as guest conductor for the Des Moines, Iowa regional middle school festival and the PMEA District 7 Orchestra Festival in Chambersburg, PA.

In addition to his background in violin, pedagogy, and conducting, Dr. Hartman has also studied jazz pedagogy with Jamey Aebersold and jazz string performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet and has performed in a variety of venues as a jazz guitarist and violinist.

Brian Hodges
Cello Faculty
Brian Hodges, originally from San Antonio, TX, received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He was the founding member of the Genesis Quartet, which had several residencies including Roberts Wesleyan College, and a rural residency in Madisonville, Kentucky, where they performed for over 10,000 schoolchildren. He has been on the faculties of Spring Arbor University and Albion College, and has served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. As a soloist, he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony and the Jackson Symphony. In the summers, he has attended festivals such as Aspen, Interlochen, Roundtop, The Quartet Program, and the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival in Germany. He and his wife, pianist Betsi Hodges, performed recitals in Italy as part of the Rome Festival. Last summer, he participated in the Thy Kammermusik Festival in Thy, Denmark. His teachers have included Brooks Whitehouse, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris, Marcy Rosen, and Mary Ruth Leonard. Brian is finishing his DMA in cello performance at UNCG where he and Betsi are members of the graduate piano trio in residence.

Margaret Leenhouts
Violin Faculty

Margaret Leenhouts earned a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in European History from Yale University and went on to complete a doctorate in violin performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. Additional studies included work at the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School with world-renowned violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. The recipient of the First Prize for Chamber Music at the American School of Arts in France, she was a member of the Eos and Evergreen String Quartets. She currently performs with the Rochester Philharmonic String Quintet which presents programs to schools throughout the Rochester area. In addition to her solo and chamber music work, Dr. Leenhouts has been a member of the New Haven, Grand Rapids and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras as well as on the faculties of Hope College and Mansfield University.

Esther Rogers
Cello Faculty, Symerge Intern

In her native Rochester area, Esther Rogers studied with Polly Hunsberger from the Rochester Philharmonic and Pamela Frame from the Eastman School of Music. As a teenager, Esther soloed with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra and followed her passion for chamber music to summer festivals in Italy, and the US.

Ms. Rogers graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she focused on chamber music and was a student of Terry King. She earned her Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as a student of Jennifer Culp. Esther also studied in London, UK at the Collaborative Leadership at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

As a cellist Esther plays experimental and contemporary music, has a passion for Bach and traditional chamber music, and enjoys improvising with musicians and artists from different backgrounds and genres. In addition, Esther is an innovative leader who asks questions about process, intent and progress, and collaborates with artists in different genres including dance, theatre, visual arts, and writing. She works as a freelance cellist, teaches cello and chamber music and guides group composition and collaboration as a teacher/facilitator. Esther loves to work in her garden and hike in the Adirondack mountains. 

Peter Smith 
Violin/Viola Faculty
Peter Smith currently teaches strings for the Utica, NY City Schools. He has taught previously for the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Music School and Limelite Music in Buffalo, NY. This is his ninth summer with Scor! Mr. Smith is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, with a B.S. in Music Education, has completed a Master’s in Music Education at Syracuse University. 




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