Meet the 2019 Kent Blossom Music Festival Faculty

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and Kent Blossom Music Festival are thrilled to welcome a dynamic and inspiring faculty to the 51st edition of the Festival. This season, several new members of The Cleveland Orchestra join our faculty roster alongside esteemed colleagues from past seasons. The highly sought-after Miami String Quartet, KBMF's Quartet-in-Residence, returns for two weeks. Violinist Ivan Chan, a former member of the Miami Quartet, and pianist Spencer Myer, an in-demand performer and teacher, also return. Every week, the Young Artists attending the Festival receive coaching, lessons, and mentorship from this group of master musicians.

See the complete roster below!


Katherine Bormann joined the first violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2011. She completed degrees at Rice University and The Juilliard School, studying with Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff and Ronald Copes. 

Ivan Chan was the bronze medallist of the 1990 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the first violinist of the acclaimed Miami String Quartet from 1995-2011. In 2003, he was appointed chairman of the string division at the KBMF. Currently, Chan serves as associate professor in string chamber music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Wesley Collins joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal viola with the start of the 2016-17 season. He previously served as a member of the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2012 and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2008-2012.

Alan DeMattia* joined the horn section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1984. DeMattia earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a horn major at Kent State University and a Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Stephen Geber joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal cellist at the beginning of the 1973-74 season and retired in 2003. He was a faculty member and head of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and currently teaches at KBMF.

Margaret Griebling-Haigh is a self-taught composer who is proud to be a member of a family that includes three generations of composers. She has won many awards for her compositions and has received numerous commissions throughout the United States.

Mary Kay Fink joined The Cleveland Orchestra flute section in 1990 and serves as principal piccolo. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 

Scott Haigh served as principal bassist of La Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico and spent one season with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra before joining The Cleveland Orchestra in 1978. This is Haigh’s 23rd year with KBMF.

David Alan Harrell*, cello, has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1995. He was a scholarship student at KBMF in 1991 and 1992.

Richard Hawkins is the associate clarinet professor at Oberlin Conservatory. Hawkins earned his B.M. and M.M. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Joela Jones* has been principal keyboard of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1972. In addition to serving on the faculty of KBMF since 1989, Jones is chair of the keyboard division and was a KBMF scholarship student in 1968 and 1969.

Benny Kim is an internationally known and acclaimed violinist. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in 1986. Kim is a member of the Miami String Quartet.

Stanley Konopka has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra viola section since 1991 and was appointed assistant principal viola in 1993. This will be his 18th season at KBMF.

Mark Kosower was named principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra by Franz Welser-Möst and teacher of cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. Kosower studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School. 

Jung-Min Amy Lee joined The Cleveland Orchestra as associate concertmaster in March 2008. Lee has been affiliated with KBMF since 2009.

Scott Lee is one of the most exciting and unique violists to emerge in recent years. He studied with Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music and at The Juilliard School with Paul Newbauer. Lee is a member of the Miami String Quartet.

Daniel McKelway is assistant principal clarinetist of The Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a member of the KBMF faculty since 1996 and was named chair of the clarinet studio in 2007. He also has served as principal clarinetist of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Spencer Myer is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of today. This will be his 11th visit to KBMF.

Peter Otto currently holds the position of first associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. Previous to his engagement in Cleveland, he served as assistant concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony.

Vinay Parameswaran joined The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant conductor with the 2017-18 season. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran holds degrees from Brown University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Jeffrey Rathbun* serves as assistant principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra. This season will be his 17th on the faculty of KBMF. Rathbun was a scholarship student at KBMF in 1985 and 1986.

Cathy Meng Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ivan Galamian and David Cerone. She received her master’s from the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Isadore Tinkleman.

Keith Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Stephen Rose begins his 18th season as a member of the KBMF faculty. He was appointed principal second violin of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2001 and has been a member of the section since 1997.

Frank Rosenwein* joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. He was a scholarship student at KBMF in 1999.

Ricardo Sepulveda is the director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival. He holds two degrees from Kent State University where he studied chamber music and performance under the tutelage of the Miro and Miami String quartets. His primary teachers include Sandy Yamamoto, Cathy Meng Robinson and Ivan Chan.

Jessica Sindell is joined The Cleveland Orchestra in Oct. 2018 as assistant principal flute. A graduate of the Eastman School, this is her first season on the KBMF faculty.

Joshua Smith joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal flutist in 1990 and has regularly appears as soloist with the orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has been a KBMF faculty member in past seasons.

Barrick Stees has been assistant principal bassoon of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2001. Stees teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music
and has taught at Michigan State University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Danna Sundet is associate professor of oboe at Kent State University and is the director of the John Mack Oboe Camp. Sundet serves as artistic coordinator of KBMF and is principal oboe of The Erie Philharmonic.

Carolyn Gadiel Warner has been a member of both the violin and keyboard sections of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1979. She earned degrees in both instruments from the University of Toronto and the Paris Conservatory of Music.

Richard Weiss* is first assistant principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Weiss was a KBMF scholarship student in 1972 and has been a member of its faculty since 1985.

Robert Woolfrey joined the clarinet section of The Cleveland Orchestra in November 2008. Woolfrey studied with David Shifrin at Yale University where he received a master’s degree in music. This will be his 6th season at KBMF. 

Afendi Yusuf joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2017.  Mr. Yusuf holds degrees from Ontario's Wilfrid Laurier University, the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.

* Alumni of the Kent Blossom Music Festival

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