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Inside the Music: Inside the String Quartet
Inside the Music Webcast: Inside the String Quartet original air date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM Hosted by Michael McCarthy, violin, Sarah Peters, violin, Andrew Francois, viola, Hilary Glen, cello, Thomas carpenter, cello. Enjoy this exploration of the roles of the instruments in a string quartet and the development of the genre throughout music history. Join the Fellows for an intimate glimpse into their craft with these behind-the-scenes presentations on topics ranging from music appreciation to the historic contexts of composers and more. Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-performance discussions.
Michael McCarthy, a native of Liberty Boro, Pennsylvania, is a second-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. He began his violin studies at the age of three as a student of Joseph Petron in the Suzuki program at Duquesne University. As a young student, he was selected as a winner of the Duquesne Young Artists’ Competition in 2000 and 2002, and received the Hilda Willis Performing Arts Scholarship to attend the Winchester Thurston School as he began high school in 2004. During these years, he was recognized for his musicianship as a recipient of the National School Orchestra Award in 2005 and 2008, as well as the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Young Achiever’s Award in 2006, and Outstanding Young Artist’s Award in 2008. In addition to being an avid orchestral musician, Mr. McCarthy also enjoyed success as a soloist in his high school years. In 2007 he was selected as a winner of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition, and the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition in 2008.
Mr. McCarthy began his college studies in the fall of 2008 as a student of Dr. Carol Ruzicka at Case Western Reserve University, where he eventually earned his bachelor of arts degree in violin performance. His dedication to orchestral music continued into his college years, where he was a member of the Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra for all four years of his undergraduate career, and served as the concertmaster beginning in his sophomore year. Selected as a winner of the annual concerto competition, he performed Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto with the Case/UC Symphony Orchestra in December of 2009, and in February of 2011, performed Wieniawski’s Scherzo-Tarantella with the Case Symphonic Winds in a concert at Severance Hall.
Mr. McCarthy continued his musical studies into graduate school in the fall of 2012 as a student of William Preucil at the Cleveland Institute of Music. During this time, he held a section violin position in the Akron Symphony Orchestra and served as a substitute with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. He earned his masters of music degree in 2014 before joining the New World Symphony later that year.
Hailing from Kankakee, Illinois, Andrew Francois is a second-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has given recitals throughout the United States and Europe, as well as performing with such esteemed artists as Joshua Bell, Alexander Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Eric Kim and Stephen Wyrczynski.
As an avid orchestral player, Mr. Francois has played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra and the U.S.A. International Harp Competition orchestra, among others. He has received Artistic Excellence Fellowships from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as well as Illinois State University. He enjoys teaching and community outreach, and has traveled to Medellín, Colombia to teach masterclasses and lessons at the local schools and college programs. While an undergraduate student at Illinois State University, he was a teaching assistant and private instructor in their String Project program. A graduate of the Jacobs School of music, studying under string department chair Stephen Wyrczynski, Mr. Francois held the title of Graduate and Teaching Assistant for the string department, as well as sat on the board of the Jacobs School of Music as a graduate representative. He began his musical studies at the age of 10 on violin in his school’s string program.
Praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument,” Hilary Glen is a second-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony.
Making her stage debut at the age of six, Dr. Glen caught the performing bug early. Since then, she has performed nearly everywhere, including a mountainside in the Italian Alps, Carnegie Hall, the Rochester Jazz Festival and the Bliss Center in Belize. She has collaborated with many musicians including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Mikail Kopelman, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman and John Adams.
A passionate chamber musician, Dr. Glen coordinates and performs with several small ensembles including her collaborative company, Chamber Ballet Brockport. Her ensembles have played at a wide variety of national and international venues including the Kennedy Center, as well as local schools, churches, coffee shops, hospitals, sidewalks and senior living centers.
Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She regularly visits schools to present experience-based workshops and is dedicated to bringing music to underserved areas. In the 2015-16 season, Dr. Glen looks forward to traveling with her string quartet to perform and present masterclasses as part of her educational outreach initiatives.
Dr. Glen completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, where she studied under the renowned performer and pedagogue, Janos Starker. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate, studying under esteemed teacher Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors and/or dancing.
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