SOPHIE TILL is Clinical Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Marywood University and Director of the Marywood University String Project; a program designed to train student teachers and provide affordable string education for children ages 4-18. As a result of her leadership, Marywood’s String Project won the American String Teachers’ Association National String Project of the Year Award in 2010 and was recently featured in a short documentary by WVIA TV.
In addition to her work at Marywood, Sophie’s search to find musical and technical answers led to her work with Edna Golandsky and the development of the Taubman/Golandsky Approach for Strings. Sophie was the first violinist to be appointed Associate Faculty at the Golandsky Institute, New York. In 2013 she gave the first European symposium on the Taubman/Golandsky Approach at St John’s College, Cambridge and the following year gave the first series of string workshops in Australia and Singapore in addition to playing recitals.
In 2015 she returned to Australia as keynote speaker at the National Australia String Teachers' Conference. She recently returned from the U.K where she was invited to teach members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and In Harmony, Liverpool. She frequently teaches via Skype to enable professional players from all over the world to access her work.
Sophie studied with Zakhar Bron at the Royal Academy of Music and in Luebeck Germany, with Dona Lee Croft at the Royal College of Music and with Charles Treger at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was the 2004 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship and has won several Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Awards for her performance projects. She has given recitals and master-classes in the United States, Europe, Great Britain, Australia, India, Africa, Cyprus and South America. She has recorded the complete Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas as a radio series and been featured in television recitals. Recent recitals venues have included New York City and Brisbane, Australia. Sophie is now a dual citizen of the U.K and U.S.A and resides in Up-State New York.
CHRISTIANE APPENHEIMER VAIDA, cello, completed her musical studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, under the tutelage of Professor Susanne Mueller-Hornbach and has undertaken additional studies with Gerhard Mantel, Siegfried Palm, Hubert Buchberger, Ulrich Voss, Menachem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), and Edna Golandsky. Before moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania, she taught at Justus-Liebig- University, Giessen, and headed the string department for the Buseck Music School while performing regularly both as soloist and chamber musician throughout Germany.
Currently a member of Marywood University’s string faculty, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida teaches applied cello, chamber music and cello methods, as well as all levels of cello instruction in Marywood’s award winning String Project. She also serves as artist-in-residence at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she teaches String Ensemble, music theory and chamber music while maintaining a private cello studio. In addition, Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is the artistic director of an annual chamber music festival at Wyoming Seminary.
Most recently the festival has featured the music of Arnold Schoenberg (2010), Alfred Schnittke (2011), Dimitri Shostakovich (2012), Ernest Bloch (2013), Bela Bartok (2014), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2015), and Antonin Dvorak (2016). During the summer, she is on the faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Ms. Appenheimer-Vaida is an active free-lance performer with various chamber ensembles and orchestras in the region.