Great Lakes Scor! Camp 2017

Okemos, Michigan
Thursday, June 22, 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.

David Peshlakai
Cello Faculty

David Peshlakai has been Principal Cellist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra since 2004 where he holds the Diether Haenicke Principal Cello Chair.  In reviewing the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert of the 2010-11 season, Mr. C.J. Gianakaris of the Kalamazoo Gazette described Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 as, “perfection — Garrick Ohlsson [soloist] and the KSO appeared in perfect synch, highlighted by cellist David Peshlakai’s ravishing solo passages.”

Mr. Peshlakai was born and educated in Michigan.  He received his Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University in 1990 and his Master of Music from the University of Michigan in 1993, studying with Owen Carman and Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, respectively.  Other teachers who were also deeply influential include Louis Potter and Mario DiFiore.

 Mr. Peshlakai is also in great demand as an extra cellist with several regional orchestras throughout Michigan, including performing as principal cellist with the Battle Creek, Flint, Jackson, and Lansing Symphonies.  He has appeared as soloist with the Kalamazoo, Jackson, Battle Creek, Greater Grand Forks, Central Iowa, and Michigan State University Symphony Orchestras, the Hillsdale College/Community Orchestra, the Albion College Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra.

As cellist of the KSO’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet, Mr. Peshlakai performs with his colleagues in their Epic Evenings Series.  The Quartet participated in master classes given by both the Emerson and Muir String Quartets.  He has performed in many chamber recitals and festivals throughout Michigan and in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Iowa.  His coaches have included members of the Juilliard, Alban Berg, Concord, Vermeer, and Kronos String Quartets.  

Mr. Peshlakai has been teaching cello at Hillsdale College since 1992.  In 2010 he was invited to teach at Kalamazoo College as well.  He previously taught at Albion and Alma Colleges and Grand Valley State University. 


Janet Cannon
Bass Faculty

Ms. Cannon fell in love with the double bass at the age of 10, and began playing in a school music program in Logan, Utah. She participated in a youth symphony tour to Mexico as a double bass soloist, and after earning her Bachelor's of Music at Manhattan School of Music, returned to Mexico, where she was engaged by various orchestras, including the Sinfonica National de Bellas Artes. After six years, the spirit of adventure and a desire to continue developing as a musician took her to France, where she had the privilege of studying with Francois Rabbath. She was engaged by a chamber orchestra near Toulouse, and then became a teacher and free-lance musician. Her interest in early music led her to complete a diploma in historical performance practice at the Conservatoire National de Toulouse, and to enlarge her scope to include playing the bass and treble viol. She loves to accompany vocal groups on continuo, and to play recitals both on the viol and on the double bass.

After giving a presentation on the double bass virtuoso, Domenico Dragonetti, at the Paris bass conference Bass 2008, she recieved a scholarship from the University of Michigan to complete a Master's Degree, studying with Dr. Diana Gannett. In 2010 she was named a CEW scholar, receiving a prestigious scholarship form the Center for the Education of Women in Ann Arbor. She completed her Master's Degree in April of 2011, and is now teaching and playing in the Ann Arbor area. She works with Oz Music in Ann Arbor, teaching bass, viol, and cello. She coaches the bass section at Huron High School regularly, and enjoys finding different ways to stimulate students' creativity and develop both their technical abilities and their music understanding. Another focus is on developing a new series of early music concerts, Homegown Baroque, in Ann Arbor and the area.



Sunny Cirlin
Violin Faculty

Ms. Cirlin is a violinist with the Grand Rapids Symphony and a Professor of Violin at Lansing Community College. She is an experienced and thoughtful teacher, who has taught extensively as a private instructor in the East Lansing area.











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