Musicians

Violin

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Elizabeth Whitfield Elizabeth Whitfield, concertmaster, has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since its formation in 1994. A native of England, she studied with Yfrah Neaman at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After graduating, she launched a career in London as a free-lance musician, playing with symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and opera companies, including Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Kent Opera. In 1986, she moved to Boston, and focused on raising her three daughters while playing on a more informal basis until attaining Green Card status and eventually U.S. citizenship, enabling her once more to free-lance, in and around Boston. A Lexington resident, Liz has been involved in many aspects of the Lexington Symphony, and particularly in furthering the reach of LS’s educational outreach program, “Orchestrating Kids Through Classics”. Another passion of hers is baking, and she is constantly trying out new recipes to bring to Lexington Symphony rehearsals. There have been no complaints so far.
Randy Hiller Randy Hiller, assistant concertmaster, did his undergraduate work at Harvard University and earned an
MBA and PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT. In 2000, Mr. Hiller retired from a career in business, in order to pursue music full time. He is the Founder and Director of the Lexington Chamber Music Center, Inc., a non-profit focused on training Middle and High School students in classical chamber music and presenting outreach concerts at area hospitals, retirement homes, homeless shelters and charity events. As a freelance violinist, he has performed with many local ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Auros Ensemble, and the Lexington Symphony. He was concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra between 1999 and 2004. Mr. Hiller studied violin with Sarah Scriven and Roger Shermont. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in small ensembles in and around Boston and has studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer, Eugene Lehner, and Leon
Kirschner. During the summer, Mr. Hiller is Director of Music at Point CounterPoint, a chamber-music camp in Vermont. Mr. Hiller also serves as Immediate Past President of the board of Project STEP, a Boston-based program designed to provide string instrument training to talented minority children with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in music.
Barbara Hughley Barbara Hughey, principal second violin, has played with the Lexington Symphony since its inaugural concert in 1995. She received a PhD in physics from MIT in 1989, where she is presently an Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, as well as Associate Director of the Women’s Technology Program – a summer program to introduce high school girls to engineering. She was concertmaster of the Princeton Orchestra as well as the MIT Symphony, and performed the Brahms violin concerto at MIT in 1984. She was an avid participant in the MIT Chamber Music Society while in grad school. Her violin teachers include Frances Magnes and Stephanie Chase. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lexington Symphony and the Boston Chamber Music Society and is also a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. Barbara loves reading science fiction, gardening, and bird watching when she has the time.
Leah Bartell Leah Bartell has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and completed a one-month residency in Calcutta, India, teaching violin and performing as a soloist with the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans through music education. As a freelance violinist in the Boston area, Ms. Bartell has performed with symphonies and opera companies throughout New England, including the Vermont Symphony, Opera North, PORT Opera, National Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Lexington Symphony, and Portland Ballet. Ms. Bartell discovered her passion for chamber music while studying with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she completed her M.Mus. in violin performance in 1999. Since then, Ms. Bartell has collaborated with musicians throughout the Boston area. As a conductor, Ms. Bartell has worked with young orchestras at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is the music director at the Waldorf School of Lexington and is the founder and music director of the Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra. After a recent open rehearsal of one of Ms. Bartell’s ensembles, an audience member wrote, “…this kind of music-making doesn’t just happen; it is the product of inspired joy and hard work.
Allan L. Espinosa is an avid freelance violinist in the Boston area performing with various New England ensembles such as The Orchestra of Indian Hill and The Reagle Theater Players of Waltham. Previous orchestral engagements have included Symphony by the Sea, The Plymouth Philharmonic and The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Allan came to Boston to complete his undergraduate degree at the Boston Conservatory where he studied with Lynn Chang and graduated with honors in 2005. He continued with his studies at The Boston Conservatory and received his Masters degree in violin performance in 2007. Allan’s position as Senior Sales Consultant at the Carriage House Violin shop of Johnson String Instruments consumes much of his time. He enjoys working with the variety of players, from beginners to professionals, to help find that personal match in instrument and bows. In addition to performance and sales, Allan also teaches private violin lessons for the Lexington Community Education program. In his spare time, Allan enjoys going mountain biking and hiking with his wife Alyson through the different parts of New England. 
Cindy Fong Cindy Fong joined the Lexington Symphony in 1996.  A double-major in music and English at Stanford University, she is now making use of both as a professor of  Piano and English as a Second Language at Bunker Hill Community College.  Ms. Fong’s other violin activities include regular participation in the Manhattan String Quartet’s workshops abroad (in Paris, Vienna, Prague,  and Budapest to date) and an occasional orchestral gig.  She also continues to be active as a pianist and has performed in piano chamber music concerts in the New England area and as orchestral pianist for the Longwood, Newton, and Brockton Symphonies.  Since 2007, Ms. Fong  has written frequent program notes for the Lexington Symphony, thus making good use of one other skill she learned in college.
Rebecca Hawkins is a Lexington resident and has played with Lexington Symphony since 2001. She received a B.A. in English from Yale and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. While an undergraduate, she was a member of New Haven Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and Yale Symphony. As an attorney, she practiced law by day at WilmerHale and violin by night as concertmaster of the Boston Bar Association Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the New England Philharmonic. In England, she was a principal player in the Surrey Mozart Players and Kew Sinfonia. She is raising three boys, has served on the Lexington Symphony Board, writes grants and marketing materials for the group, tries her hand at viola from time to time, and plays chamber music whenever possible. She also performs with A Joyful Noyse, an early music group.
Ana Marie LaPointe Ana-Maria LaPointe is the concertmaster of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. She is a master’s degree graduate from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA as a student of Malcolm Lowe (Concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Sophie Vilker. She is an active performer and teacher. She is a member of various orchestras including the Lexington Symphony Orchestra and Nashua Symphony Orchestra. Born in Bucharest, Romania, she is from a musical family, being the 4th generation to play the violin professionally.  She won first prizes at the Orpheus Competition and the Interpretation Competition, Romania, as well as the Concerto Competition, Longy School of Music. She has appeared live on WGBH, the Romanian Radio Station and the TV show “Musicians Today and Tomorrow”. She has given recitals in both Romania and U.S.A. including Carnegie Hall, NYC.  Ms. LaPointe is currently on the faculty at Atlantic Union College, Hopkinton High School and Wellesley Public Schools.
Barbara Oren Barbara Oren’s teachers have included Heidi and Charlie Castleman at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, as well as Nancy Cirillo, Marylou Speaker Churchill and Atruro Delmoni. She graduated from the New England Conservatory with a degree in Violin Performance. She is a founding member of the Abbott Chamber Players, a group specializing in 20th century music, and she performs regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lexington Symphony. She also has a private violin studio of 15 students.
Marta Zurad Marta Zurad received her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and her Graduate Diploma and Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music. She also attended the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Her violin teachers have included Wieslaw Kwasny, Valeria Kuchment, and Eric Rosenblith. Ms. Zurad conducts the Young People’s String Orchestra, the Petit Ensemble, and the Intensive Community Program Orchestra at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO). Ms. Zurad also conducts the Preparatory String Orchestra at New England Conservatory. She is on the string faculty at NEC, Rivers Conservatory, and the Winchester Community Music School. She is a very active chamber musician, and is a past participant of Yellow Barn Music Festival and Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. She plays regularly with a number of local chamber groups, both as a violinist and a violist. She is a playing member of the Lexington Symphony, and has also performed with many other orchestras in the Boston area. She serves as an adjudicator for various local concerto competitions.
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Viola

Lisa Kempskie Lisa Kempskie has a degree in violin performance from UMass Lowell and has done graduate work in music education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She freelances on violin and viola throughout the greater Boston area and is currently principal viola of the Lexington Symphony. Lisa directed the elementary and middle school string program in the Winchester Public Schools for 7 years and has since maintained a private studio. She also has studied bow-making, repair, and rehair at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire, and works as a rehair and repair person for regional string companies as well as many local players. Lisa is a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program which trains musicians to play individually-tailored live therapeutic music at the bedside of the sick or dying. She is also on the faculties of the Westford Suzuki School and the Lexington Chamber Music Center.
Melissa Bull Melissa Bull began her musical studies with the piano at age three and the violin at age five. At 11, she was the youngest musician ever to win a professional position with the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra.  She studied at New England Conservatory of Music and Gordon College with James Buswell.  With BA degrees from Gordon College in Violin Performance and Spanish, she is currently pursuing her MM degree at Boston Conservatory. Melissa has worked with conductors Keith Lockhart, Lorin Maazel, Kirk Muspratt, Eiji Oue, and Susan Davenny-Wyner, and with composers Luis Bacalov and Yehudi Wyner.  Melissa is a member of the Cape Ann Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and is Principal Viola of Symphony by the Sea. She is the Orchestra Manager of the Gordon Symphony Orchestra at Gordon College and Personnel Manager for Cape Ann Symphony. She is founder and coordinator of Accord Chamber Players, which provides music for special events and performs and records new works for local composers. Melissa is Organist, Choir Director, and Worship Team Leader at the North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly Farms, and is passionate about the role of music in the life of the church. She maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, where her foremost goal is to pass along the joy of music. Melissa lives on beautiful Cape Ann with her Argentinean husband Román, who is a cellist, and their dog Penny.
Jan Lerbinger Jan Lerbinger studied viola with Denes Koromzay at the Oberlin Conservatory and was later a student of George Neikrug. Jan was a member of the Wantastiquet Chamber Players in Vermont from 1980-1992, a group formed by Irene Serkin, wife of Rudolf Serkin. A member of the Lexington Symphony since 2000, Jan also works as a clinical psychologist. She is the Director of the Counseling Center at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has a private practice in Cambridge.
Chen Lin Born in Taiwan, Chen Lin has gained versatile reputation playing diverse styles of music, from Classical, Jazz to Contemporary. Ms. Lin is a member of the Boston String Quartet since 2005. With the Quartet, Ms. Lin has performed in numerous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Troy Music Hall. Described by the Boston Globe as “exploring different ways of sparking musical interest,” Ms. Lin’s Quartet frequently concertizes in New England area, and has created its educational programs in collaboration with high school and college music programs throughout the United States. With the group’s educational tour, Ms. Lin has led workshops, as well as given viola and chamber music masterclasses at numerous schools. As an orchestra musician, Ms. Lin is currently a member of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony, and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Lin received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance at Boston University, where she was a full scholarship student under the tutelage of Professor Michelle LaCourse. Ms. Lin received her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Taipei Municipal University of Education (Taiwan) and Master’s degree as a full scholarship student from The Boston Conservatory. Her previous teachers include Lee-Wen Wang, Teizo Yoshinaga and Roger Tapping. Ms. Lin is also currently  teaching at Chichibu International Music Festival (Japan), Assai! Performance Institute and Youth & Muse Music Festival.
Leslie Sonder Leslie Sonder began playing with the Lexington Symphony in 2003. Leslie grew up in Tennessee, attended Washington University in St. Louis, and received her PhD from Harvard University. During her student days in Boston she played in the Boston Philharmonic. She currently teaches and does research in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College.  She plays regularly with the Dartmouth Symphony and Opera North and fits in as much chamber music as she can.  Coming from northern New England, Leslie has the honor of having the greatest distance to travel to Lexington Symphony rehearsals.  In addition to music, Leslie’s other passion is rowing, but that is not so strange because the same skills used to create musical ensemble — internal rhythmic sense, use of eyes, ears, and body motion to play together, simultaneous relaxation and concentration, leading and following —also work to make a boat of 8 rowers go fast.
Claudia Stumpf is both a violinist and violist. She studied with Aideen Zeitlin and Magdalena Richter at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and has also had the opportunity to learn from such musicians as Michael Zaretsky, Andrew Jennings, Mary Lou Speaker Churchill, Norman Fischer, Jonathan McPhee, and Benjamin Zander. She was a member of New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the president of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Claudia currently gigs actively in the Boston area, performing with local orchestras and chamber music groups. Claudia holds a BA from Yale University and an MA in English from Tufts University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Tufts University, writing a dissertation on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Claudia is also a freelance writer and communications professional. She serves as Lexington Symphony’s Grantwriter and works as a Communications and Development Specialist at Community Research Initiative of New England. She is always interested in fun work opportunities, whether they involve music, teaching, or writing.
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