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Yoni Avi Battat, Deputy Director, Viola & Music Theory

A former student and TA with ECCF, Yoni is excited to be returning this summer as a faculty member and Deputy Director. Yoni received his B.A. from Brandeis University, studying viola performance, world music and composition, and M.M. from Boston University. He studied viola under Karen Ritscher, Mark Berger, Mary Ruth Ray and Marvin Warshaw and has appeared in chamber music and solo master classes with members the Emerson, Pacifica and Borromeo string quartets among many others. His chamber music experience includes performances with many groups at Brandeis University, coached by the Lydian String Quartet and numerous summer chamber music programs in the U.S. and Europe. Yoni served as the principal viola and assistant conductor for the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, and has also appeared with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston String Players, New York Youth Symphony and New Haven Youth Orchestra. 

Besides playing classical music, Yoni enjoys exploring non-western musical traditions. In 2006, Yoni Battat founded his first Klezmer ensemble, The Klezmaniacs, acting as the group’s violinist, vocalist and band leader. Since then, he has toured and performed with several different Klezmer groups including the Brandeis Klezmer Ensemble, ‘DeisKeit, teaching workshops and masterclasses in Klezmer modes and violin techniques. Yoni is also well versed in Middle-Eastern musical traditions. At Brandeis, he was an original member of the Brandeis Arabic Music Ensemble, playing violin and ‘ud and singing.

Ralph Allen, violin/viola & conductor, Junior String Ensemble  

Ralph Allen played the Sibelius Concerto with the Yale Symphony while majoring in Philosophy as an undergraduate, studying with Syoko Aki; he went on to get a Masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein and a Doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook with Robert Mann. In Holland, Ralph freelanced with such ensembles as the Schoenberg Ensemble and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, served as concertmaster of the European Camerata and the Helios Ensemble, and studied with Vera Beths. Ralph is a frequent chamber music collaborator in New York and New Hampshire, teaches privately and at Riverdale Country Day School, and plays with a wide variety of ensembles in New York.

An-Lin Bardin, 'cello  

Described as "stunning," and a "musician to keep an eye on" by the New York Times, cellist An-Lin Bardin currently freelances and teaches in the greater NYC area.  For six years the cellist for the Vinca Quartet, An-Lin has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim.  She was the graduate assistant to the Takacs String Quartet in Boulder, Co. for two years, and to the Vogler String Quartet in Stuttgart, Germany, a position funded by a DAAD fellowship from the German government.  Under the auspices of the ProQuartet program in Paris, France, she has worked extensively with Gunter Pichler and Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet, Walter Levine, Heime Mueller, and with the Artemis String Quartet.  In the US, she participated in the Carnegie Hall workshops with the Emerson Quartet and the Perlman Chamber Music workshops, for which the quartet served as Quartet in Residence for the Perlman Program, Sarasota.  Artistic Director for the Music of the Rockies Chamber Music Festival, in Beaver Creek, CO. for two years, An-Lin was also a founding member of Music Haven, and, through the Gorgeous Sounds residency, founded two music education programs in rural Washington state.  She is a laureate of several international quartet competitions, including the Paolo Borciani Quartet Competition, in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Fischoff, the Plowman, Yellow Springs, Chesapeake, and the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.  As a soloist, An-Lin has performed in masterclasses for Yo-yo Ma, Wendy Warner, Ralph Kirshbaum, and David Finckel.  An-Lin holds a B.S. from Yale in Geology and Geophysics, and an M.M. also from Yale, where she studied with Aldo Parisot.

Diane Casella, Head of Student Life  

Diane is joining Elm City ChamberFest for her second summer as the Head of Student Life. An experienced educator, Diane teaches History, Civics and Social Issues at the Cedarhurst School, a therapeutic junior and senior high school program operated by Yale University. She has worked at Cedarhurst for over twenty years, where, besides teaching, she also creates educational and behavioral plans for students. The mother of three children, in her spare time, Diane loves history, movies, hiking and laughing! 

Lisa DeAngelis, Alexander Technique & Head Dormitory Resident

(M.AmSAT) currently teaches the Alexander Technique privately in the Chicago’s Loop community and recently expanded to include a location in Naperville, IL, which will additionally serve the Western Suburbs of Chicago. She has given workshops at Concordia University, the University of Chicago, and to various community groups and organizations and is active in helping to grow awareness of the Technique, has helped expand the collaboration of Alexander teachers in Chicago (www.chicagoalexanderteachers.com). She remains active in AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) and is pleased to have contributed her organizational and planning skills to a number of large scale projects on behalf of the Technique. She held a position as Planning Committee Chair for AmSAT’s ACGM (Annual Conference and General Meeting), hosted June 2013 in Chicago. She also participated as Organizational Coordinator for Rachel Zahn’s “Experiencing the Embodied Mind: High performance psychophysical expertise, subjectivity research, and brain-computer technology” which took place in Italy in October of 2013. 

Lisa DeAngelis is a graduate of the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique (Urbana, IL) under the instruction of Joan and Alex Murray (Carrington).  Prior to her completion of the training course, she completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois, where she graduated with highest honors, including the Bronze Tablet Award for Educational Excellence.

Lisa first began studying the Technique while pursuing her undergraduate studies, and studied for three years with Stasia Forsythe Siena.  She was drawn to the Technique initially through her classical vocal study.  Jaw pain and tension while singing had begun as an occasional annoyance, but became pervasive. Having performed and sung all her life singing was something that she did not want to give up, so she decided to be proactive about her situation.  After a short number of lessons, it was clear that the Technique not only contributed to ease in singing and reduced jaw pain, but that the principles of the Technique strongly resonated with a much larger outlook on life.

Amid her various contributions to many fields, she considers herself a passionate and driven artist and teacher, and enjoys working with voice users (singers, actors) in order to allow them to reach their full potential. She has recently been appointed to the board of officers for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Professionals and will be handling Events and Logistics for the 2014-15 season. In addition, she has a strong passion for children and truly believes we have much to learn from them, especially when it comes to the ease, grace, and poise with which they live and move.  For more information, visit http://www.lisadeangelis.org

Ellen Higham, viola & Viola for Violinists

Ellen Higham is a cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. She is the assistant principal violist of the New Haven Symphony and Orchestra New England, and an active freelancer in Connecticut. She teaches viola and violin at her home in Hamden, where she lives with her husband, Jack, their daughters Madelyn and Julia, and a small dog named Winston. Previously Ellen was a substitute violist with the St. Louis Symphony and assistant principal with the Gateway Festival Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri. She taught at the St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts and the Clayton Academy of Music. Her instrument is a Robert Clemens viola made for her in 1992 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Jeanyi Kim, violin

Ms. Kim is the Associate Concertmaster (Third Chair) of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. She has recently served as Guest Assistant Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. As an orchestral musician, the Toronto native has performed throughout North and South America and Europe in various illustrious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, Salle Pleyel, and the Concertgebouw, with world-renowned ensembles such as London Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Recent solo appearances include performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, and Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim is a former member of the Prometheus Trio and a founding member of the Philomusica Quartet. She has collaborated with a variety of esteemed artists, including Erick Friedman, Jesse Levine, Sidney Harth, Toby Appel, Frank Almond, Norman Fischer, and Humberto Lucarelli.

Dedicated to teaching, she and her husband, Alexander Mandl, have also been faculty members at the Eleazar de Carvalho International Music Festival in Brazil, and the Luci Toscane International Music Festival in Italy. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has served on the faculties at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wisconsin Conservatory, and Neighborhood Music School, to name a few.

Her major teachers include Erick Friedman, Berl Senofsky, Kyung Yu, and Rebecca Henry. Other important influences include Sidney Harth, Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot, Tokyo String Quartet, and Peabody Trio. During her time at Yale, she was the recipient of the Yale Bach Society Award, Friends of Music at Yale prize, and the Stuart Walker Memorial Scholarship. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, from which she also earned her B.A., M.M., and M.M.A. degrees.

Henry Kramer, piano

The winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. His performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has been invited to play with orchestras across the globe including the National Belgian Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal under the batons of preeminent conductors Marin Alsop, Jan Pascal Tortelier, and Stéphane Dénève. 

Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year pianist. He is currently finishing his doctorate degree at the Yale School of Music.  He has been the visiting artist in piano at Smith College and currently is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music. His musical mentors have included Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Boris Berman.   His first commercial recording dedicated to the Oratorio Transcriptions of Liszt was recently released on the NAXOS label.  Learn more at henrykramerpiano.com.

Brian Krinke, violin

Brian is a multitalented violinist with a lively interest in new music and a strong commitment to teaching violin at all levels. He has served on the faculty of Lucy Moses School and Special Music School in New York City since 2005 and previously served on the faculty at SUNY Buffalo. Prior to his move to New York City he served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic, and has also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the American Symphony, he performed frequently at Lincoln Center and the Bard Music Festival.

He has performed as concerto soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Boca Raton Symphonic Pops. Described by the New York Times as an "accomplished and intrepid young player," he has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician, including performances with the Craftsbury Chamber Players, Finger Lakes Chamber Players and in Central America. He can be heard in chamber music by Jacobi on the Naxos label, and has recorded several violin works by Caroline Steinberg, available through CDuniverse and Itunes.

Brian has worked with many composers, including Milton Babbitt, Andrew Imbrie and George Crumb, and in 1994 he played the world premiere of the Concerto for Two Violins by Calvin Hampton at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Brian holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Lydia Leizman, viola & conductor, Advanced String Ensemble  

Lydia is an active freelance violist and teacher who received her MM from Yale School of Music. Her primary viola teachers were Jesse Levine (Yale), Donald McInnes and Evelyn Luis-Jacobs. Esteemed chamber music coaches have included members of the Tokyo, Colorado and Curtis String Quartets, as well as Erik Friedman and Wendy Sharp. In addition to chamber music performances with colleagues of Elm City ChamberFest, she has been principal viola with Taconic Opera in Westchester, DiCapo Opera Theater in NYC, and a member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Obrien String Trio and Leizman-Guernsey Duo (piano). Lydia is trained in the Suzuki Method, and has taught Suzuki privately for several years. She is now director of the high school orchestra, and elementary strings in Clarkstown, NY.

Alexander Mandl, violin & conductor, Festival Orchestra 

One of the foremost violinists and conductors of Brazil, Alexander Mandl or “Sascha”, as he is known to many, has appeared worldwide at renowned halls including Alice Tully, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sprague Hall, the Mellon Institute and the Memorial of Latin America. An avid chamber musician, Sascha has collaborated with artists such as Erick Friedman, Aldo Parisot, Yo-Yo Ma, Sidney Harth, Wang Jian, Frank Morelli, Todd Levi and as a member of the Yale Piano Trio. As soloist, Sascha has performed under conductors such as Eleazar de Carvalho, Sidney Harth, Gunther Herbig, and Kryzstof Penderecki, Roberto Tomaro, Isaac Karabitchevski and Claudio Santoro to name few. Recent solo performances include the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival in Brazil, Beloit-Janesville Symphony, performances sponsored by the Angels of Music Society of New York at Weill Hall in New York, University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Duquesne Symphony, and the Orquestra de Camara UFPB. He has participated in the Duke Ellington concert series performing throughout Northeastern United States along with the Ruff-Mitchel Duo. He has also appeared as a guest at the Ted Sawyer program of WQED, Pittsburgh. 

Conducting opportunities have taken him throughout North and South America as well as being appointed Artistic Director of the Cardinal Stritch Chamber Orchestra, Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic and the Faculty Orchestra of the Eleazar de Carvalho International Festival in Brazil. His teaching experience includes faculty positions at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Cardinal Stritch University, the ITU Music Festival, the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival in Brazil, the Wisconsin Conservatory, and most recently the Luci Toscana Festival in Sienna, Italy. Currently he is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic, Concertmaster of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and a member of the First Violin Section in the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Yale Trio. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University BFA, Yale University MM and AD where he studied with Sidney Harth and Erick Friedman, and the University of Wisconsin DMA program under the tutelage of Vartan Manoogian. Additionally, Aldo Parisot, Peter Frankl and the Tokyo Quartet were major chamber music influences while at pursuing his studies at Yale. He received conducting instruction from Eleazar de Carvalho, David Stern, James Smith and David Becker. Sascha is a recipient of the Francis G. Wickes fellowship, the Andrew Carnegie Tradition Award, the Milles Prize, the Yale Alumni Award and the prestigious Ivan Galamian Award. In 2000, he recorded J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major under Maestro Sidney Harth. During the summers Mr. Mandl teaches and performs at the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival in Brazil, and the Luci Toscani Festival in Italy. Previously, Mr. Mandl has served on the faculty at the Neighborhood Music School as well as the Hopkins School in Connecticut. He along with his wife Jeanyi Kim are founding members of the newly formed quartet Philomusica Quartet. He currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife, violinist Jeanyi Kim. www.saschamandl.com

Isabella Mensz, viola & Music Theory

Violist Isabella Mensz has performed in concerts in the United States in New York, the Baltimore-Washington area, Boston and throughout New England, as well as abroad in Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland. She has participated in festivals worldwide, including the Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove (UK), International Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden (Austria) and Holland Music Sessions.

Isabella splits her time between New York City and New Haven, her hometown. She maintains a violin, viola and chamber music studio, and performs regularly in the Northeast in orchestras and in chamber music. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Yale School of Music, where she was the recipient of several awards and scholarships. Her principal teachers include Victoria Chiang, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, Dimitri Murrath and Ettore Causa. Isabella was student at the very first Elm City ChamberFest in 2005.

Rebecca Patterson, ‘cello

The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an "uncommonly warm and rounded tone," and the Washington Post praises her for “ a stunning account of the movement “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. A founding member of Antares, Rebecca is dedicated to chamber music, contemporary music, and teaching. In 1996 Rebecca co-founded this ensemble while a student at Yale.

Although mainly involved with Antares, Ms. Patterson occasionally performs other chamber and solo engagements. Highlights include the world premiere of an opera by Philip Glass, Sound of a Voice, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, where she worked with renowned pipa player, Wu Man. Other chamber theater/opera productions include Black Water by John Duffy and The Shoulder by Dan Moses Schreier and Dan Hurlin - available on the Mower Music label with Ms. Patterson. In 2005, Rebecca premiered Concerto No. 1, written for her by Rex Cadwallader, and also toured Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague with the American Chamber Orchestra performing Saint Saëns Concerto. She has also collaborated with other artists such as Peter Kolkay in his Weill Hall debut, and James Tocco at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival performing Rorem’s Dances. Rebecca is also featured on recordings produced by CRI records a work by Carlos Carrillo, Como si fuera la primavera, and a CD with the Elm City Ensemble featuring works by Hindemith, Laderman, and Schiff, in addition to Antares’ recordings.

Ms. Patterson had her solo debut at the age of 17 performing a unique concerto by Jacques Ibert for cello and ten winds. Living in Germany at the time, she was invited to perform this work with the USAFE band members in the Fruchthalle in Kaiserslautern. The following year she moved back to the USA to the Philadelphia area where she won the Tri-country Concerts Association Young Soloist Competition as a student of Jeffrey Solow. Ms. Patterson went on to receive her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz (of the Cleveland Quartet) and Aldo Parisot, respectively. While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship. At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. Ms. Patterson has also worked with renowned pedagogues such as William Pleeth and Janos Starker while attending various festivals and seminars, including the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Meadowmount, the Britten-Pears School (England), Orford (Canada), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Seminar. www.antares-music.com.

Jody Redhage Ferber, ‘cello & Jazz

Recently called an “adventurous cello songstress” by Time Out NY, cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage has a unique talent wherein she simultaneously sings and plays cello. Jody graduated with her master's degree in cello performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and also studied cello and composition at the University of California Berkeley. She now resides in New Jersey and composes for her own chamber ensemble, Fire in July, featuring her original art songs. Please visit www.jodyredhage.com for upcoming performances.

Beth Rescsanski, choir & ear training  

Beth graduated, summa cum laude, with a degree in Music Education from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. She now works as a choral conductor and as the Assistant to the Music Director for the United Choir School. This will be Beth's sixth summer with ECCF.

Ken Rescsanski, double bass 

Ken holds a bachelors degree in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music. He can be found performing with various orchestras and theaters throughout the year in the Connecticut area. Ken is a strings teacher in the town of South Windsor at Orchard Hill Elementary and at South Windsor High School. He is also on faculty at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and teaches privately in West Hartford. During his free time, Ken plays electric bass in an all original rock band that performs at local venues in the Hartford and New Haven areas.

Laura Richling, Yoga

Laura Richling leads what some would consider a dual life: as both a professional musician and a fitness professional.  She holds B.M and M.M degrees in piano performance and musicology from Baylor University.  She maintains an active schedule of teaching, performing, and accompanying, both as faculty at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and as a freelance artist.  She is a sought-after adjudicator. She is pianist/organist at St. Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.

Ms. Richling is avidly interested in the connection between music and movement as it relates to health of mind and body.  With a childhood background in dance and over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, she holds a certification with the American Council on Exercise, and has trained and taught in numerous formats.  She has trained with Mark Morris Dance Groups’s Dance for PD® program; she administers the Dancing with Parkinson’s program of Neighborhood Music School. 

Cookie Segelstein, viola/violin & Klezmer

Cookie received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass a member of Budowitz ,The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, has performed with Kapelye, The Klezmatics, Frank London, Klezmer Fats and Swing with Pete Sokolow and the late Howie Leess, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and The Klezmer Conservatory Band. Cookie is on the faculty at Southern Connecticut State University, and has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marshall University in Huntington, West VA, University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University and SUNY-Cortland and at Klezmerwochen in Weimar Germany. She is on staff at Living Traditions' KlezKamp , KlezKanada, Klezfest London, and has been on staff at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. She was featured on the ABC documentary, “A Sacred Noise”, heard on HBO’s “Sex and the City”, and on several recordings including the Veretski Pass self titled release and the newly released Trafik, the Koch International label with Orchestra New England in “The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives”, Hazònes with Frank London, A Living Tradition with German Goldenshteyn and Budowitz Live. She is also active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor and has been a frequent lecturer at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. A former resident of Madison, CT, Cookie lives in Berkeley, California. www.veretskipass.com

Kyung Yu, Violin

Violinist Kyung Yu holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. She has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Paul Kantor, and the late Professor Emanuel Zetlin. Ms. Yu was concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra from 1988 until 1999.  She has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and Yale Philharmonia orchestras, and has performed numerous recitals in New York City, Seattle, Aspen, and throughout Korea. She gave her New York debut concert in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition.

Ms. Yu has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and was an assistant to Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard pre-college division. She served on the Fulbright Scholarship Screening Committee for Strings from 1999 to 2002. Ms. Yu has taught violin students at Lehigh University and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She has served on the faculty at Yale since 1988.

Kyung Yu performs extensively with pianist Elizabeth Sawyer Parisot, with whom she has recorded the Strauss and Prokofiev sonatas, and appeared on Albany Records in The Music of Ezra Laderman. She performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Elizabeth Parisot and cellist, Ole Akahoshi, with the Yale Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Shinik Hahm. With Elizabeth Parisot, Ms. Yu has played numerous recitals throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has performed to acclaim in concert tours of Korea and Italy. http://music.yale.edu/faculty/yu-kyung/