Barbara Beechey - Violin and Viola
Barbara Beechey, violin and viola instructor, has been teaching at Lawrence Academy of Music since September 1999. In addition to her duties as a viola/violin instructor at the Academy, Ms. Beechey also taught an upper string pedagogy class at the Lawrence Conservatory.
Ms. Beechey has served as Principal Violist of the Fox Valley Symphony since 1999, Assistant Principal Violist of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2001-2002, and most recently, Associate Principal Violist of the Water City Chamber Orchestra in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ms. Beechey completed her undergraduate work at Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in viola performance under the instruction of Mary Harris, who inspired her to pursue a career in music. Ms. Beechey then earned both a master's degree in pedagogy/viola performance, as well as a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her principal instructors at Peabody included Victoria Chiang, Roberto Diaz, Richard Field and Violaine Melançon(violin). It was during her studies at Peabody that Ms. Beechey began to develop a strong interest in teaching children. Before coming to Lawrence, Ms. Beechey began a doctorate at Indiana University where she spent one year studying with Mimi Zweig. She received her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of Sally Chisholm.
Ms. Beechey performed with several long-term string quartets throughout her college years. Chamber music coaching and master class instructors include members of the DaVinci Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Peabody Trio, the Maia Quartet, the Oxford String Quartet, and the Cleveland Quartet. Her experience not only developed her passion for chamber music, but also took her to music festivals and performances in Austria, Luxembourg, Germany and the Czech Republic as well as to the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California.
Other projects since Ms. Beechey came to Lawrence have included a solo performance with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, faculty solo and chamber recitals, alumni recitals and a master class at Miami University.
Janet Bond Sutter - Violin
Janet Bond Sutter, violin instructor and conductor of the Academy String Orchestra, is a native of Indiana and holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Memphis. Before moving to Appleton in 1990, she held professional positions as a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of West Berlin, Germany; the East Switzerland Chamber Orchestra; the Memphis Symphony and Opera Orchestras and the Fort Worth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She has toured with these orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Mexico and China. While in Texas for 11 years, she helped establish an ongoing chamber music society called "The Spectrum," based in Fort Worth.
Since living in Appleton, Ms. Bond Sutter has been involved in various musical endeavors in the Fox Valley and the Door Peninsula. She continues to be a member of the Fox Valley Symphony since 1991, serving as Concertmaster for eighteen seasons. She also participates in several outreach programs for the Symphony, including Artistic Adventures and coaching for the Youth Orchestras.
Formerly she was Principal 2nd Violin of the Green Bay Symphony, Director of "Chamber Music at the Clearing" for seven summers, and a member for 33 summers of Door County's Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.
Roza Borisova - Cello
Roza Borisova, cello instructor, a native of Ioshkar-Ola, Russia, has been teaching at Lawrence Academy of Music since 2003. Ms. Borisova began studies on the cello at the age of seven. After receiving her B.A. in music performance from the Ioshkar-Ola State Music College, she moved to Moscow where she earned a M.Mus. in performance pedagogy and a D.M.A. in String Quartet Performance from the Russian State Academy of Music (formerly Gnesin’s Institute) in Moscow.
In 1989 Ms. Borisova was selected to be cellist of the Veronika String Quartet (newly formed by Valentine Berlinsky, cellist of the Borodin String Quartet). The Quartet’s international tours resulted in numerous prizes including the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Shostakovich String Quartet Competition and the Russian National Competition. As an award of the Shostakovich Competition, in 1993 the Quartet was invited to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and relocated to the Unites States. Ms. Borisova served as Artist-in-Residence and graduate teaching assistant at various institutions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado and earned a second M.Mus. in music performance.
As part of the Veronika String Quartet, Ms. Borisova performed regularly as cellist with various symphony orchestras and at many festivals and institutes around the world including the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Second Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, the Britten-Pears School of Music in England and the Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio. She currently performs with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Woodstock, IL. She takes pleasure in teaching aspiring cellists and has taught at several major music institutions in the U.S.
Caroline Brandenberger - Violin
Kin Chau - Violin and Viola
Kin Chau, violin and viola instructor, has made numerous appearances in the United States, Canada and the far-east as an active soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. She has been heard on the Irish Public Radio, RTHK Classical Music Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio and has appeared on Hong Kong Television Broadcasting Ltd. Hong Kong TVB Pearl Channel, QDTV National Television in Qing Dao, as well as Lanzhou National Television. Ms. Chau has collaborated with Stuart Canin, Stephen Kates, Donald McInnes, Milton Thomas and the Vedehr Trio among others in various music festivals such as the International Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Her recent engagements include collaborations with Artists from Columbia Management Inc. in chamber music series in the cities of Boston, New Haven and New York as well as a touring in the People's Republic of China.
Ms. Chau has been awarded prizes at numerous competitions including the Grand Prize in the Artist of Tomorrow Competition in Los Angeles, Grand Prize in the Hong Kong Music Festival Competition, the Jascha Heifetz Award, the Award for Distinguished Solo Performance at the Santa Barbara Music Festival, the University Fellowship Award at Yale University and the University of Southern California Concerto Competition.
A native of Beijing, China, Ms. Chau began studying violin at age six and gave her first public performance at age seven. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at USC and was awarded the prestigious faculty prize of Outstanding Student in Graduating Class in Recognition of Professional Service, Leadership and Performance, where she was a student of Alice Schoenfeld. She completed her Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music as a student of Erick Friedman. She has lectured and given master classes in Asia and the United States and was concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2006. Ms. Chau joined the Lawrence Conservatory and Lawrence Academy of Music in 1993.
Miyoko Grine-Fisher - Cello
Miyoko Grine-Fisher, cello instructor, has been teaching cello for over ten years, and has been a member of the Lawrence Academy of Music faculty since 2003. In addition to her private studio teaching, Ms. Grine-Fisher is the director of the Academy's Chamber Music Odyssey camp and teaches string pedagogy at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Grine-Fisher is currently the assistant principal cellist and managing director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She is also a sponsored chair recipient in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Grine-Fisher graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.Mus. in cello performance and a B.A. in east Asian studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. While attending Oberlin, she studied with Peter Rejto. Ms. Grine-Fisher obtained her master's degree in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Jean-Michel Fonteneau. While attending SFCM, she was a faculty member of the conservatory's outreach program and helped develop a new after-school strings program for inner city schools.
Ms. Grine-Fisher was a scholarship recipient numerous summers at the Meadowmount School of Music (1991-1993) and the Aspen Music Festival (1994-1998). During recent summers, Ms. Grine-Fisher was a faculty member for Arts Education for Children Group in Maui and Lakeside Strings Association in Michigan.
As both a solo and chamber musician, Ms. Grine-Fisher has been invited to perform in master classes for Steven Isserlis, Stephen Doane, Tanya Carey, Janet Anthony, Bonnie Hampton, Anthony Elliott, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler and Mark Sokol.
Nori Kalman - Violin
Nori Kalman, violin instructor, received a Music Baccalaureate Diploma from the Arts Conservatory, Baia-Mare, Romania and her diploma in Instrumental Music in violin, (BM) from the Academy of Music “G.Dima”, Cluj, Romania. Following the Advanced Teaching Methodology of Violin exam, she was promoted to the rank of II level degree in Romania.
In addition to her 4 years at the Lawrence Academy of Music, Ms. Kalman has taught at the Conservatory of Arts, Baia-Mare, Romania, and had private studios in Madison and Oshkosh. She currently performs with Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony and is a substitute with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
She has a traditional approach in teaching violin, adjusted to each student individually. Her primary goal is to make violin studies a unique experience which will enhance one’s everyday skills (like determination and patience).
"If more people will embrace the passion of music, the world can become a better place."
Laura Kenney - Cello
Laura Kenney, cello, has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in cello performance from the University of Michigan. She has been featured as soloist with the Manitowoc Symphony, the Green Bay Civic Symphony and the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she presently holds the position of principal cellist. Ms. Kenney is also currently principal cellist of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and performs with productions at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center with such notables as Judy Collins, Bernadette Peters, Cathy Rigby, Anne Murray and Robert Goulet. She held posts as principal cellist with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Green Bay Civic Symphony and numerous chamber ensembles.
Ms. Kenney performs in duo with her mother, Carol Leybourn as pianist. The duo have performed in concerts throughout the United States and have given frequent benefit concerts for charitable organizations, including the Lake County Youth Orchestras in Grayslake, Illinois, the Adler Cultural Center in Libertyville, Illinois and the Kobe Earthquake Relief Fund in Portland, Oregon, as well as performances in British Columbia and Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Kenney is also an active chamber musician and is cellist for the North Shore Quartet which concertizes in Wisconsin and Michigan and has performed with the Wausau Conservatory faculty in their Chamber Music series.
Leila Ramagopal Pertl '87 - Harp
Leila Ramagopal Pertl, is a music educator who is passionate about nurturing musicianship in all individuals. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Lawrence University and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She has studied with Elizabeth Borsodi, Alice Keene, Paula Page and the late Alice Chalifoux. She founded an innovative music program at Next Generation School in Champaign, Illinois where every student has music class every day, and where harp playing is integrated into the curriculum. In addition to school teaching, she is an active performer on concert and Celtic harp, and she has maintained a successful harp studio for 15 years. Her students perform regularly on public radio, music festivals and in concerts. She teaches harp to beginning through advanced students of all ages and has a strong belief that ensemble playing is a vital part of a harpist’s development.
Yuliya Smead - Violin
Yuliya Smead, violin instructor, is currently Concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. Yuliya moved to the United States in 1999 from Ukraine. While in Ukraine she was Concertmaster of the State Chamber Orchestra Trembita and Symphony Leopolis. Both orchestras toured extensively in Germany, Belgium, France, Poland and Switzerland. She was a two-time winner of the Young Talents State Competition and a second prize winner of the Gitaralia competition in Poland. She appeared as a soloist with the Lviv Philharmonia Orchestra and Symphony Leopolis in Ukraine and Belgium and with the Oshkosh Symphony and Manitowoc Symphony. Yuliya played first violin with the Ensemble of Modern Music Cluster for 5 years. The ensemble performed throughout Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Holland and Hungary. Yuliya holds a B.A. in violin performance and pedagogy from Ternopil State College of Music, and master and doctoral degrees, both cum laude, from Lysenko Lviv State Conservatory in Ukraine.
Susan Sullivan - String Bass
Carrie Willer - Cello
Carrie Willer, cello instructor, has been connected with the Lawrence Academy of Music for over thirty one years as a former Academy student and since 1998 as a cello instructor. Dr. Willer completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison winning a full paid scholarship and studying under Parry Karp, cellist of the Pro Arte String Quartet. She has been actively involved in youth education as a judge for the Wisconsin School Music Association's Solo and Ensemble festivals, and sectional coach for the Fox Valley Youth Symphonies and Madison Youth Symphonies. Dr. Willer has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She is also an elementary school principal in the Appleton Area School District and loves working with children of all ages. Dr. Willer has a diverse teaching repertoire and believes all children and adults can learn to express themselves through music and she individualizes her lessons to the needs of the learner using compassion, creativity, flexibility and gentle guidance.