Conductors

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Violinist Sophie Till is Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Marywood University, Pennsylvania and Director of the Marywood String Project for children ages 4-18. She is also Violin Faculty at the Golandsky Institute, NY and was Chair of the National String Project Consortium until July 2020. During her time as Chair, she helped lead the organization through its 20 th Anniversary Virtual Orchestra Project, involving String Project children from across the nation. In addition to her work with young players and children, Sophie’s teaching has become internationally known for solving playing-related injuries and for her work teaching professional orchestral players. In 2013, she gave a symposium at St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK. In 2014, she gave the first series of string workshops based on her teaching in Australia and Singapore, teaching professional orchestral players, teachers and students. She returned to Australia in 2015 as a keynote speaker at the National Australia String Teachers Conference. Since 2015 she has made annual visits to the UK teaching and running workshops for members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and BBC Orchestras. In 2016, she made her first visit to teach members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is now the orchestra’s string specialist. Sophie is able to maintain her work with professional players through her Skype teaching and many come in person to undertake intensive periods of study with her. In addition to her teaching, she is an active performer. She was a 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, been featured in television recitals and recorded the complete Brahms Sonatas on CD.
Sophie studied with Dona Lee Croft at the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London from the age of 9. She completed her undergraduate studies with Zakhar Bron at the Royal Academy of Music and in Lübeck, Germany and her graduate studies with Charles Treger at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 2007 she has worked regularly with Edna Golandsky. Sophie is a dual citizen of the U.K and U.S.A.
To find out more, visit her website at website: www.sophietill.com

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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.