2019 MASTERCLASSES

Masterclasses allow the audience to experience firsthand how chamber music is refined and brought to a whole new level. A visiting artist, ensemble, or faculty member will work with student groups, offering insights on interpretation and style. 

Admission $10 at the door


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Wednesday, June 26 at 3 pm – Deborah Buck, violin

Dyett Residence, 575 Prospect St., Manchester, VT 05254

Described by The Strad magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist, and teacher. For 16 years, she was a member and first violinist of the Lark Quartet. Known for commissioning America’s most celebrated composers, the Lark has recorded for numerous labels. In April 2019, their newest CD will be released by Bridge Records, featuring the music of John Harbison, Kenji Bunch, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner.

Ms. Buck is currently Acting Concertmaster of the Stamford Symphony; was the tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic; has held concertmaster positions in the Los Angeles Opera Guild and St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestras, Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata, Philadelphia Virtuosi; and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has performed recitals at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., for WFMT in Chicago, and in Los Angeles for KKGO. She has been a concerto soloist with the Little Orchestra Society, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and will be a featured soloist with the Stamford Symphony in March 2019.

A frequent collaborator for music of varying styles, Ms. Buck has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Erikha Badu, Gary Graffman, Yasim Bey (Mos Def), Grizzly Bears, and Jeremy Denk, and has recorded for film and TV—most notably, as the soloist for the remastered silent-film classic The Scarlet Letter (Turner Classic Movies). Ms. Buck is Assistant Professor of Violin at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY and Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. She performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione graciously loaned by the family of Ray and Marcia Corwin.


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Tuesday, July 9 at 3 pm – Nicholas DiEugenio

French Residence, 292 Taconic Rd., Manchester, VT 05254

Praised for the “rapturous poetry” in his playing (American Record Guide) and as an “excellent” and “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile performing life as a chamber musician, leader, and soloist in music ranging from early baroque to current commissions. In this capacity, he performs in venues such as Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Trinity Wall St., Freiburg’s Ensemblehaus, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Together with pianist and duo partner Mimi Solomon, Nicholas is currently embarking on the project “Unraveling Beethoven,” a cycle of all ten violin sonatas combined with response works from composers Tonia Ko, Jesse Jones, Robert Honstein, D.K. Garner, and Allen Anderson. The award-winning album "Unraveling Beethoven" was released in 2018 by New Focus Recordings.

Regarded as an inspiring teacher, Nicholas is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at UNC Chapel Hill, and is co-artistic director of MYCO, a non-profit chamber music organization for middle and high school students. Formerly Assistant Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music, Nicholas continues as a faculty member of the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont during the summers. Nicholas holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M, M.M), where he studied with David and Linda Cerone and Paul Kantor, and the Yale School of Music (D.M.A., A.D.), where he was a student of Ani Kavafian. Nicholas performs on a baroque violin made by Karl Dennis in 2011, and also on a 1734 violin made by Dom Nicolo Amati.