New England Scor! Camp 2018

Kingston, Rhode Island
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
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

Ann Danis
Violin & Viola Faculty

Ms. Danis is a Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Rhode Island. As a performer on violin and viola, clinician, and as a guest conductor, Ann travels and performs throughout the county and internationally. She founded the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra in 1991 and the Ocean State Youth Orchestra in 1999 and served as the Artistic Director and Conductor for both organizations. Ann served as an assistant conductor for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the conductor of the Philharmonic’s Senior Youth Orchestra, and locally has conducted the Festival Ballet of Providence Orchestra, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Claflin Hill Symphony, and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Orchestra. She led many joint endeavors between her professional chamber orchestra and organizations such as Sine Nomine, Schola Cantorum of Boston, Brown University Chorus, South County Chamber Singers, among others and continues as an active collaborator with the ensembles that she currently leads including the Fall River Symphony and the URI Symphony. Ann has been a member of orchestras throughout the country and continues performing with several professional chamber ensembles. 

Ms. Danis graduated with High Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance. Her principle teachers at NEC were George Zazofsky and Joseph Silverstein. She was a Graduate Assistant in early music and worked with such notables as Daniel Pinkham, Rudolph Kolisch, James Pappoutsakis, and Aldo Parisot. At NEC, she studied conducting with Richard Pittman and later with Andrew Massey. 

Among her more recent international work, Ms Danis traveled to Belize, Central America where she conducted master classes for string students and conducting workshops for teachers at the Palotti Music School in Belize City. Ann has also presented independent chamber music concerts and participated in several festivals in the south of France in the past several years through her collaborative ensemble Les Femmes Internationales (International Women).

Ms. Danis served as concertmaster for jazz violinist Dr. Lesa Terry’s Women’s Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles at the World Sacred Music Festival in 2008 and as part of the orchestra at its debut performance at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. In October of 2009, she brought URI Artist in Residence and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim back to Rhode Island for a special performance with the URI Symphony and string alumni. Her work as an advocate for string and music education as well as the development of audiences has resulted in countless grants from both public and independent foundations throughout New England as well as an award from the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education, which helped to establish a scholarship fund at the URI Foundation.

Carly Fleming 
Cello Faculty

Carly Fleming has taught at the University of Rhode Island & holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in cello performance from The Hartt School, where she studied under Mihai Tetel. She is dedicated to spreading the joy of music through teaching and performing, both of which she does regularly throughout New England.

Ms. Fleming began playing the cello in her hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan, studying with Debra Fayroian of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician and currently performs with the New London Orchestra. In addition to the University of Rhode Island, Carly is on faculty at Calvary Music School in Stonington, Connecticut, where she teaches cello students of all ages. She enjoys working with all artists and has collaborated with DJs, dancers, jazz musicians, and free improvisation groups.

*Scor! Faculty may change.

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