Rochester Scor! Camp 2017

Penfield, New York
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Please see below for our violin, viola, cello, & bass 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

 photo by Jonathan Phillips
Beth Bultman
Ensemble Coach, Violin 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.
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.

 photo by Jonathan Phillips
Kyle Bultman
Violin & Viola Faculty
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.

Dr. Lisa Caravan
Orchestra Director, Cello Faculty

Dr. Lisa Caravan is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She recently held an assistant professorship in Music at Auburn University and served as lecturer in the Music Department at Buffalo State University of New York. She has taught music education courses, string skills, applied string lessons, supervised interns, and directed the Tiger Strings Program. Dr. Caravan began her teaching career as a strings teacher at the elementary and secondary level in the Fairport Central School District, and while in Rochester, NY was on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and the Kanack Suzuki School of Music. As a cellist, she is an experienced performer in solo and chamber recitals and orchestral concerts.  As soloist, Dr. Caravan has appeared with the Greater Rochester Women's Orchestra and the Credo Summer Orchestra at the Warner Concert Hall in Oberlin Conservatory. She also was a prizewinner in the Atonement Bach Festival Series Competition. She served as the assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, NY, from 2006-2011. Lisa Caravan received her Master of Music degree in performance and literature along with the Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris.  She also received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.  As a teaching assistant in the music education department, she supervised student teachers and assisted with string teacher preparation courses.  Lisa Caravan is the first recipient of the Donald Shelter Music Education Prize and received Eastman’s 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  Dr. Caravan has presented her research at the 2012 Poster Session at the Alabama Music Educators Conference and presented a session at the 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference.

Margaret Coote

Violin & Viola Faculty 

Margaret Ellen Coote is a native of Northern California. She graduated from San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, where she was a member of the pre-professional Virtuoso Program for strings. 

Margaret is a dedicated teacher of violin and viola with a special love for chamber music, who loves teaching both children and adults. Margaret is interested in the creative process in all its forms. As a musician, visual artist, and writer, Margaret is fascinated by the intersection of all these art forms, in herself and in her students. She is also dedicated to promoting physical and emotional well-being in her students. Margaret practices yoga and is a student of the Alexander Technique. 

Margaret maintains a full violin and viola studio at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also leads the Advanced Viola Ensemble and coaches chamber and orchestral music. She previously taught violin and viola at the Eastman Community Music School and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Margaret trained in Suzuki pedagogy with Judy Bossuat and Edmund Sprunger, and in Creative Ability Development with Alice Kanack. She also studied violin pedagogy with Zaven Melikian. While living in Berkeley, California, Margaret directed a violin education program for 4th and 5th graders at underserved public schools in the Bay Area, an outreach undertaking by the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Margaret holds a masters degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with George Taylor. While at Eastman, Margaret was given the Jerald C. Graue award for excellence in musicology, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Musicology. 

Margaret holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Swarthmore College. Margaret received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English at the Nordpfalzgymnasium in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. Margaret is a translator who has worked on many diverse projects, including a translation of three Rilke poems which were set to music by contemporary composer Rachael Hutchings. Along with her mother Polly Coote, Margaret translated and adapted the opera Gomorra by Austrian composer HK Gruber. The translation was commissioned and staged by Contemporary Opera Marin. 

Margaret maintains a mostly-art blog, Margaret Creates, and takes commissions for artwork. She is a voice student of Teryle Watson, and is the lead singer for her mostly-jazz band, Flew the Coot.

Dr. Robert Gardner
Orchestra 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.

Robert, what do you love about Scor!? I enjoy making music and getting to know the inspiring participants at Scor! because of their enthusiasm, curiosity, and dedicaiton to being active through fun and rewarding new experiences!

Sandra Halleran
Cello Faculty
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 tenth 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.

Sandra, what do you love about Scor!? Working with students who are HUNGRY to learn and who love (more than anything!) to play with others and make music, at whatever level and age they happen to be.

Janneke Hoogland
Cello Faculty
Janneke Hoogland, a native of California, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music Degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Steven Doane while a graduate assistant.  She has been a member of the Sacramento Symphony, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Avantine String Quartet, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra with whom she has also soloed, as well as being a member of the Brevin Piano Trio, Genesee String quartet, and substitute cellist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Hoogland has taught at Houghton College, the Hochstien Music School, the Eastman School of Music’s Community Education Division and Roberts Wesleyan College, and currently runs a private cello studio.

Shana Stewart 
Viola Faculty

Shana Stewart has been teaching and conducting strings at Penfield High School in Rochester, NY for 12 years. (The Penfield School District enjoys the reputation of having the best string program in the Rochester and surrounding area.) Before that, she was lucky enough to have started out her career in Penn Yan, NY and still holds a special place in her heart for the people who live on the shores of Keuka Lake. She has her undergraduate degree in violin performance and music education and her master’s degree in music education with a viola concentration, both from Ithaca College. Shana has been a guest presenter at several state and local music teacher conferences on the topic of Using Portfolios in the Instrumental Music Classroom. Although Shana is passionate about teaching and conducting, she also loves to perform and has recently played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Three Irish Tenors. She subs with the Genesee String Quartet and the Nik and the Nice Guys String Quartet for weddings and events, and has also performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Empire Lyric Theater Orchestra, and the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. Shana has a small private studio of violinists and violists who are just as excited about music as she is. Shana’s most precious accomplishments, by far, are her two children, Jaden and Connor, who are 3 and 5 respectively, and who make all of the music in the world more beautiful just by being in it. 

*Rochester Scor! Faculty is subject to change.

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