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Aaron Packard, violin

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance - Oberlin Conservatory

Master of Music in Violin Performance - State University of New York at Stony Brook

Violinist Aaron Packard is a founding member of Cuatro Puntos, a Connecticut-based chamber ensemble committed to cultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. With Cuatro Puntos, Aaron has toured across the USA as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, England, and Germany. He is also a member of the the New England Piano Trio and Praxis, an experimental ensemble based in New York City. He has recently played chamber music premiers with Skogensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to contemporary classical music by Nordic composers. As an orchestra musician he is a member of the Aternus Chamber Orchestra and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. He is currently a faculty member at Pakachoag Community Music School and the Groton School, as well as a teacher for the Joy of Music program. He has served as concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and the Round Top Music Festival Orchestra in Texas, and as adjunct professor of violin and viola at the Hartt School of Music Community Division.  He appears as a chamber musician on an internationally praised album published on Toccata Classics titled The Rosegarden of Light, which has also been featured in film scores.

Marianne Vogel, violin and music coordinator

Bachelor of Music Degree in Music - University of Connecticut

Graduate Studies in violin performance - The Hartt School, University of Hartford

 Marianne has nearly two decades of experience in playing and planning weddings as a freelance musician, and as the former assistant, then manager of the Hartt GigLine. She also has over a decade of experience as a professional church organist every Sunday.  Marianne plays regularly with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Springfield and Waterbury Symphonies. As a chamber musician she is a member of the West End String Quartet and has been a guest violinist with Cuatro Puntos.  Marianne Vogel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from the University of Connecticut, and later continued with graduate study towards a performance certificate in violin from the Hartt School of Music. Major teachers have been Mickey Reisman and David Spicer. Other interests include historical performance on strings, keyboard accompaniment, and organ playing.

Kevin Bishop, viola and music coordinator

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance - University of California, Santa Barbara

Master of Music in Viola Performance - The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Violist Kevin Bishop is founder of Golden Scroll Soloists and Executive Director and violist of Cuatro Puntos, a chamber ensemble committed to cultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. Kevin has performed on prominent concert series across the United States as well as in England, Germany, the Netherlands, Bolivia, Brazil, and Afghanistan. As a international competition winner, Kevin made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2011. He has performed on international television at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, including with the Grammy Award-winning band Foo Fighters and members of Led Zeppelin. Kevin previously resided in Afghanistan, where he was Director of Orchestral Studies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. In this role he conducted Afghanistan’s only symphony orchestra in concerts for dignitaries from across the world in and out of Afghanistan, at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, and at some of some of Europe’s top concert halls in Zurich, Geneva, and Berlin. He has performed violin and viola on various film scores, including for BBC. He appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and arranger on an internationally praised album published on Toccata Classics titled The Rosegarden of Light. Kevin has  played with various orchestras around Connecticut including the Aternus Chamber Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony, Wallingford Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony, and he now maintains a teaching studio in East Hartford. 

Samuel Decaprio, cello

Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance - University of Connecticut

Master of Music Degree & Performer's Certificate in Cello Performance - Eastman School of Music

Graduate Diploma in Cello Performance - Mannes School of Music

A versatile performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire, cellist Samuel Decaprio  has been a top prizewinner in the Arlington Young Artist, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Young Artist, Musical Club of Hartford, UConn Concerto, William C. Byrd Young Artist, Windham Regional Arts Council, and the Yale School of Music Chamber Music competitions. He has made concerto appearances with the Capstone, University of Connecticut, and Willimantic Symphony Orchestras, and has participated in numerous music festivals, including Aspen, Domaine Forget, IMS Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Meadowmount, Orford Arts Centre, Pinchas Zukerman Young Artist’s Program, SoundFest Quartet Institute, and Three Bridges. His passion for chamber music has led to collaborations with musicians such as Miranda Cuckson, Steven Doane, Vladimir Feltsman, Mark Fewer, Mikhail Kopelman, Anton Miller, Daniel Phillips, Rita Porfiris, and Barry Snyder. Other projects include recording an album with Cuban-jazz composer/pianist David Virelles, which will be released on ECM Records in the fall of this year. Mr. DeCaprio received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Graduate Diploma from the Mannes School of Music. His previous teachers include Steven Doane, Kangho Lee, Marcy Rosen, and Peter Wiley. He is currently a M.M.A. candidate under the tutelage of Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Mr. DeCaprio currently plays a G. Lucchi bow on generous donation from the Maestro Foundation.

Elizabeth Vysin, cello

Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance - Hall-Musco Conservatory, Chapman University

Master of Music in Cello Performance - The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Graduate Performance Diploma in Cello Performance - Longy School of Music, Bard College

Elizabeth Vysin recently graduated with a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she studied with Dr. Terry King. She received her Master of Music Degree in Cello Performance and Music Theory from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford under the instruction of Dr. Terry King and Mihai Tetel. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Cello Performance and Music Education with a special focus in string pedagogy. Elizabeth’s recent performances have included the Faculty Concert Series at Rosch Hall (SUNY Fredonia) with The Castleman Quartet Program; ArtsAhimsa, Music Festival at Belvoir Terrace as a visiting artist; Lyrica Boston Chamber Music Concert Series (LyricaFest Festival); Laguna Beach Music Festival, a chamber music collaboration with renowned cellist Lynn Harrell; soloing with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra with the Dvorak Cello Concerto; principal cellist with the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and Hartt Symphony Orchestra; solo recitals at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and The Hartt School of Music; and chamber music performances throughout the New England area with both Golden Scroll Soloists and members of LyricaBoston. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, and is cello faculty at the Viola Workout Summer Festival in Crested Butte, CO, where she works with undergraduate cellists in solo and chamber playing.