Sarah Berry (Camp Director/Cello)
Sarah Berry has been Professional-in-Residence at Western Kentucky University since 2005. She teaches cello, pre-college cello group classes, collegiate classes and performs as Principal Cellist with the Symphony. Mrs. Berry taught for six years in the Bowling Green public schools as part of WKU's partnership with the school systems to start local string programs. She directs WKU's summer camp for strings, String Explosion.
Mrs. Berry has been a Guest Conductor at the WKU String Invitational, Nashville Honors Orchestra, Tennessee Valley Music Festival, the Levine School of Music and Charleston School for the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. She has recently given master classes for the Kentucky All-State orchestras, Ohio Northern University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southeastern College in Florida, and for the Owensboro and Murfeesboro youth orchestras. In January 2014, joined the faculty of the Festival International de Musica Pochote in Costa Rica.
Mrs. Berry received her Masters in Cello Performance from Rice University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University with majors in Cello Performance and German. Her principal teachers include Felix Wang, Norman Fischer and Grace Mihi Bahng.
Andrew Braddock (Viola)
Andrew Braddock is currently on the faculty of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists. Recently, Andrew gave masterclasses at the Xi'an Conservatory (China), the Da'an School (Taiwan), and the Indiana University Summer String Academy. In October 2013, he taught masterclasses and performed at the University of Tennessee Viola Celebration. Andrew has presented pedagogy sessions at the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educators Association conferences (KMEA and TMEA), and currently serves as the New Music Reviewer for the Journal of the American Viola Society. In addition to his many recital performances in the Kentucky area, Andrew has performed in Israel, Austria, Indiana and Colorado. He has served as a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, and was assistant principal violist in the IU Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, and principal violist in the Vanderbilt Symphony. Andrew has studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University and has taught in the IU String Academy. He holds a Masters in Viola performance from Indiana University, under the tutelage of Atar Arad, and a Bachelors of Music (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded the Jean Keller Heard Prize for Excellence in string performance. His principal teachers are Atar Arad, Kathryn Plummer, and John Graham.
Dr. Ching-Yi Lin (Violin)
Dr. Lin is an Assistant Professor of Violin at Western Kentucky University (WKU), where she serves as Artist Violin Faculty, directs the WKU Pre-College Strings Program, and is concertmaster of The Symphony at WKU. An active solo and chamber musician, she has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Taiwan. Recent performances and masterclasses have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang Conservatory of Music; China, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Wyoming. During the summer months, Lin serves as faculty at the Summer String Academy and Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists at at Indiana University, and the Sommersymfonien i Kristiansand in Norway.
Lin was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University in 2008 while working as a teaching assistant to Professor Mauricio Fuks. At the pre-college level, she has taught as an instructor for the IU String Academy, working closely with her mentors Professor Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. In 2008-2009, Lin acted as co-researcher, violin instructor, and piano accompanist for the Fairview Project – a research project designed to assess how underprivileged children can benefit academically and socially from learning the violin.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj
Dr. Bugaj is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the College of Music at The Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also has degrees from Western Michigan University, The Peabody Conservatory, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has a minor in writing from Johns Hopkins University and pursued a certificate of literary translation at Indiana University.
Prior to her appointment at Florida State University, Dr. Bugaj was the director of the Attica Violin Project, a curricular elementary school violin program in Attica, Indiana. She was also the assistant director of the Fairview and Highland Park string programs, and taught violin and viola on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy. She was adjunct faculty at Valparaiso University, a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and also played with the Grand Rapids and Louisville Symphony Orchestras.
At FSU, Dr. Bugaj teaches string techniques and methods courses; she also teaches at the FSU Summer Music Camps. Her research interests include string pedagogy, working with underserved populations, and music teacher education. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences and—in addition to academic articles—has published articles about music for the general audience. She is an active translator of Polish musical texts.
A native of Bowling Green, KY, Patrick O'Rourke is currently the Orchestra Director
of the Bowling Green Independent School District. He received his BME from the University
of Louisville and his MAE from Western Kentucky University. Mr. O’Rourke has previously
taught orchestra in Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN.
Mr. O’Rourke oversees the development of the string program in the Bowling Green Independent schools, which began in 2004. Currently, there are nearly 500 students enrolled in string classes in grades 4-12 across 5 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school. In 2012, Mr. O’Rourke’s orchestras at both Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green Junior High School were invited to perform at the KMEA Convention.
Mr. O’Rourke’s orchestras have consistently received Distinguished ratings at KMEA Performance Assessment Events. In addition to his work as a public school string educator, Mr. O’Rourke conducts the Bowling Green Youth Orchestra, and maintains an active bass playing career. He has performed with Orchestra Kentucky, the Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra, the Paducah Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the Lexington Philharmonic. He resides in Bowling Green with his wife Destiny and 2 children.
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