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Trios, Quartets, Serious Fun! Chamber Ensemble Instruction Fairfield County Connecticut
Darwin Shen, violin. . .
Violinist Darwin Shen is much in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, coach and clinician. His broad range of musical activity and repertoire brings him from Carnegie Hall, to jazz clubs, to the Broadway stage and beyond. A dedicated teacher, Darwin maintains an active teaching studio with prize winning students throughout the country at the high school, college and graduate levels. His second CD features unaccompanied works by Bach, Bartok, Paganini and Ysaye.
Tom Hudson, cello. . .
originally from Des Moines, Iowa, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. He has studies with William Pleeth in London, England and has spent several summers at the Aspen Music School. Mr. Hudson has performed in the Jacksonville Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival, and the New York Philharmonic. Currently, he is a very active teacher and chamber musician in the New York and Connecticut areas and plays in the Hartford and New Haven Symphonies.
Millette Alexander, piano . . .
After winning the gold medal in piano performance 3 years in a row from the Music Education League at Steinway Hall in New York, Millette went on to attend the Pre-College Division at Juilliard. Her fascination with the theater took her to Northwestern University to study acting; and after graduation, she pursued a career in theater and television, appearing in hundreds of shows including 14 years on The Guiding Light. The piano was always a constant companion, frequently being incorporated into the shows in which she appeared. After raising 3 beautiful children, she returned full-time to her first love, the piano. Back at the Juilliard School, she met Frank Daykin with whom she had an immediate musical rapport. They formed the Alexander and Daykin piano duo, performing many concerts in this country and France. Their recording of Bach's Art of the Fugue was selected by American Record Guide as one of the 10 best recordings of the year. After moving to Connecticut, her love for music and children led her to the formation of Chamber Music Central in 1996- - - to provide a vehicle for exposing talented young musicians to the joys of making music together - - - Serious Fun!
Jody Rowitsch, viola. . .
holds a BM from Oberlin and an MM from Temple University. She has had Suzuki training at Oberlin, American Suzuki and Guelph, Ontario Institutes. She studied at Cleveland Quartet Chamber Music Seminars, Institute des Hautes Etudes Musicales in Switzerland, Pommersfeldon Music Festival in West Germany, Pierre Monteux Festival and Waterloo Music Festival. Jody is on the faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall and a former faculty member at the University of Bridgeport. She is a member of the Ridgefield, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Wallingford symphony orchestras. She substitutes regularly with the Hartford Symphony. She does summer coaching at Chamber Music Central in Fairfield and at the Elm City Chamber Fest in New Haven.
Founder and Artistic Director
Rita Lapcevic, piano. . .
received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Marymount College, Tarrytown, and her Master of Music degree in piano from Duquesne University, where she was a teaching assistant, then an instructor of piano. Returning to Connecticut in 1970, she has been an active piano performer with the Silvermine Duo Pianists, The Trillum Ensemble (flute, cello and harpsichord-piano) and accompanying instrumentalists and singers. She is director and accompanist of the 9:00 Contemporary Choir at St. Catherine of Siena in Riverside, where she maintains a piano studio teaching adults and children, many of whom are award winners. She is also Music Director of St. Catherine's Players, which produces a major Broadway musical each year, and is on the Board of the Greenwich Symphony, The Schubert Club of Fairfield County, and the planning committee of the Young Musicians Festival.
Our Faculty Members are Amazing . . .
Denise Chividian, violin. . .
took her BA and MA degrees in violin performance at the Music Conservatory of Bucharest, Romania. She performs with the Greenwich, New Haven and Bridgeport Symphonies, among others, and has toured in Italy and Germany as well as with the Israel Pops under Columbia Artists Management. She is a former faculty member at Fairfield University and maintains a private teaching studio in Southport, CT.
Darilyn Manring, cello. . .
received her BM at Illinois State University, MM at Yale School of Music, and DMA at Boston University. She has concertized throughout the United States as well as in Brazil and has held academic positions at the University of Wyoming, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Dr. Manring is currently principal cellist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (CT) under the direction of Eric Jacobsen and Wallingford Symphony (CT) under the direction of Phil Ventre. In addition, she has recorded for Phonodisc in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil .Dr. Manring has been instructing young musicians for over 40 years and currently teaches at Western CT and in Wilton, CT. She is a cello coach for the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras.