Smoky Mountains Scor! Camp 2017

Maryville, Tennessee
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Please see below for our violin, viola, & cello faculty members. Our faculty are highly qualified with multiple music degrees from prestigious music schools and years of professional teaching experience, and are also very friendly & musically passionate people. Enrich your life by getting to know them. Please scroll down to view all the *faculty biographies.

Campers say of Scor! faculty:
  • "Positive all the way. I was very impressed with how giving of themselves the faculty was. They were professional and knowledgeable and talented." –Kitty

  • "In each session & rehearsal, I learned to do very specific things, along with reasons for doing them and/or their intended purpose, and there was repetition, thematic development, and genuine enthusiasm to help the information "stick." In my book, that's the mark of excellent, liberating teaching." -Jeanne
  • "My experiences with the faculty were beneficial and strengthening, the right balance of encouraging me and challenging me. They have become experts at working with adults learners, an impressive skill. –David

Beth Bultman
 
 photo by Jonathan Phillips

Violin & Chamber Music Faculty

Ms. Bultman earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, hailed by several independent publications as a top music school in the nation. She studied violin performance, pedagogy, chamber music, and composition, and graduated with highest honors. She held concertmaster positions in the Eastman orchestras, and studied with Janet Brady, Peter Salaff, and Catherine Tait.

Ms. Bultman has played professionally since the age of 14, holding positions in orchestras in several New York cities and Heidelberg, Germany.  She has participated in the 
National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and performed as violin soloist with the Binghamton Youth Symphony and the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra. She also played in a professional string quartet, giving formal concerts and school presentations to well over 15,000 school children in western Kentucky and upstate New York for 5 years.

As a performer, Ms. Bultman is comfortable with many styles, but specializes in classical, Celtic fiddle, sacred contemporary, and improvisational, as well as frequently performing her own compositions. She has taken masterclasses with fiddling giants
Darol Anger, Mark O’Connor, Natalie McMaster, and Jeremy Kittle (Turtle Island Quartet). Beth and her husband Kyle have performed all over the country in recent years, and are known for their unusual ability to perform unique free improvisation duos, requested again and again by audience members.
 
Ms. Bultman has taught in various contexts for 20 years, including collegiate level instruction at Roberts Wesleyan College, Houghton College, and Binghamton University, and private studio instruction for students of all ages. Able to immediately diagnose and present solutions for technical problems, Ms. Bultman specializes in reducing tension in playing, bringing about the mind/body connection, and encouraging musical expression. She has extensive experience teaching at all levels (from beginner to conservatory), and specializes in teaching, coaching, and mentoring adult string players. Her patience and enthusiasm brings out the best in her students, and she loves presenting the opportunity for creativity and self-confidence to blossom.

Ms. Bultman has presented several sessions for teachers at state and national conferences. Her article, 
“Unlocking Your Mind to Spark a Positive String Performance”, was published by Strings Magazine in July, 2010.
Ms. Bultman composes music for strings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, string orchestra, and fiddle. Her compositions are well loved and designated by conductors and ensembles alike as the piece they don’t want to put down after the concert. To view the collection, including page views and sound clips, visit the website of 
Synkros, her publisher.

Ms. Bultman performs on a Joseph Curtin instrument. Mr. Curtin's instruments are widely used among today's best concertmasters and soloists. He is the winner of the MacArthur Genius Award as well as numerous other accolades.

Beth, what do you love about Scor!? Watching people grow, learn, be surprised by themselves and their abilities, and contributing positively to the lives of others.

Kyle Bultman
 
 photo by Jonathan Phillips

Viola Faculty & Orchestra Director

Having co-founded Scor! in 2001 with wife Beth Bultman, Kyle is currently beginning his 14th season directing & teaching at Scor!.  His education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (graduating with honors) in Music Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

Mr. Bultman's musical studies and training are extensive, having worked with diverse and numerous teachers, including: Private study with Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, Catherine Tait of the Eastman School of Music, and Syoko Aki of the Yale School of Music. Chamber music study with violists Phillip Ying (Ying Quartet), John Graham and George Taylor (Eastman School of Music). At the Round Top Music Festival (TX), he studied Chamber music with Ron Leonard, principal cellist of the L.A. Philharmonic, plus repertoire study with Jorja Fleezanis, concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. At the Weathersfield Music Festival (VT), Mr. Bultman studied left-hand technique with Roland Vamos, and repertoire with artist teacher Almita Vamos, some of the leading violin/viola concert-artist instructors in the world. During his high-school years, Kyle had private violin study with Christopher Martin of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and Frank Powdermaker, then concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony. At the Interlochen Arts Camp, Kyle studied bow technique with Patinka Kopec of the Manhatten School of Music.
 
As a member of the Genesis String Quartet, Mr. Bultman has brought educational presentations to well over 15,000 school children in western Kentucky and upstate New York. The ensemble gave several formal concert series, and participated in a residency in Madisonville, KY, a grant project in Rochester, NY, and served as artists affiliated with Young Audiences.

Mr. Bultman served as director of the first New Horizons Orchestra, inspiring him to specialize in adult string education.  He also served as a teacher for early New Horizons string camps at the Chautauqua Institution, in addition to a decade of teaching private lessons to children and adults. Helping to lead the industry in adult music education, he has presented sessions at ASTA National Conferences entitled How to Start an Adult String Camp.  For many years, Mr. Bultman served as a collegiate Violin Instructor at Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as directing and founding its Chamber Orchestra, a touring ensemble.

Kyle also serves as founder of Synkros, which publishes the string compositions of his wife and Scor! co-founder, Beth Bultman. His unique abilities as a performer include his diversity of styles, flexibility, and ability as an improviser. His ensembles appreciate him as kind & patient, bringing out the best in musical expression. He has premiered numerous new compositions with his ensembles, many at Scor! through the years. As a teacher, Mr. Bultman’s strengths lie in the technique department, and his ability to diagnose a myriad of problems on sight. He specializes in the bow arm, preparing next steps for any willing student.

Matthew Wilkinson
Cello & Bass Faculty

Mathew Wilkinson, a Peoria, Illinois native, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in Cello Performance. While in Oregon he was a member of several professional ensembles, including the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, Corvallis Symphony and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra. He was the founder of the Fall Creek Chamber Players who performed regularly in the Willamette Valley area. He performed with his chamber groups annually at the Camarata Chamber Series in Salem, Oregon.  Other performances included master classes for Yo Yo Ma and David Finkel, Meadowmount music festival and various solo recitals.  In 2003 he was music director and cello soloist for the Lord Lebrick Theatre Company's Production of Romeo and Juliet, which staged over 30 performances in Eugene, Oregon. In 2005 Mr. Wilkinson moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to pursue his Masters Degree and teaching certificate at the University of Tennessee. As a graduate assistant, Mr. Wilkinson worked with the University to provide an after school string orchestra program at Bluegrass Elementary School.  Before moving to Maryville High School he was the orchestra teacher at Karns Middle School and Karns High School in Knoxville, TN. He is a regular member of the Oak Ridge Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and Principal Cellist of the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN. In the summer of 2007 he was invited to perform in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where they performed over thirty concerts.  Mr. Wilkinson's teachers include Ko Iwasaki, Suren Bagratuni, Steven Pologe, Hans Jensen Jorgen, and Wesely Baldwin.

 


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