Lisa Barksdale joined the CMW team in 2012 as an Associate Resident Musician in the Daily Orchestra Program. She also teaches privately at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. Lisa earned her Master of Music and Performance Diploma at Boston University under the guidance of violinist Lucia Lin. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Vartan Manoogian. On her modern violin Lisa enjoys playing chamber music with the CMW players, serving as a substitute for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and exploring new music from the 20th century and beyond. She equally enjoys traveling back to the time of gut strings with her Baroque violin, which she studies with Judson Griffin.
Laura Cetilia, cellist, is a CMW fellow alum (class of ’08) and a resident musician teaching cello, media lab, and curating the Ars Subtilior concert series which focuses on subtlety in experimental music. Outside of CMW, she performs avant garde music in her duo Suna No Onna with violist Robin Streb and electroacoustic improvisation with her partner, Mark Cetilia, in their group Mem1. Mem1 has held artist residencies and performed throughout the U.S., Italy, Norway, Israel, England, and the Netherlands. Laura is also co-curator of the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat (established in Los Angeles in 2004) and co-owner of the Estuary Ltd. record label, which features handmade limited edition releases.
Fellowship Program Director / Resident Musician
Minna Choi, violinist, is the Fellowship Program Director at Community MusicWorks. She has been a resident musician with the organization since 1998 and was a founding member of the Providence String Quartet. Minna graduated from Brown University in 1996 with a BA in Philosophy and received a Masters in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music in 2006. Her influential teachers include Eric Rosenblith, Katie Lansdale, and Lois Finkel. She has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra and with the Miami, Borromeo and St. Lawrence String Quartets.
Communications & Administration Manager
Growing up in Boston, Liz Cox attended Boston University as a communications major until she quit to play drums and sing in a rock band. Her ensemble recorded on the Subpop label, toured worldwide and scored the film Four Rooms, collaborating with director Quentin Tarantino. Liz performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and provided the singing voice for Bridget Fonda in the film Grace of My Heart. Liz later returned to finish her degree at the University of Rhode Island and began working at CMW in 2006. She still rocks the drum kit with CMW students and as a volunteer teaching drums and vocals for Girls Rock! RI. Last summer, she attended The Fine Arts Work Center where she engaged with award-winning writers Joan Wickersham and Andre Dubus III.
Piero is a percussionist and frequent participant in orchestral and contemporary music festivals, including The World Orchestra, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Pommersfelden Summer Academy and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has collaborated extensively with composers John Luther Adams, Heinz Holliger, and Kaija Saariaho to name only a few. Additionally, Piero has performed under the baton of many world-renowned conductors including Maestro Kurt Mazur. Piero is a member of the NYC based ensemble Iktus Percussion and Providence based ensemble Verdant Vibes and performs regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Piero also serves as percussion coordinator and faculty member at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.
Associate Director / Senior Resident Musician
Jesse Holstein, violinist & violist, was a founding member of the Providence String Quartet and has been a resident musician since 2001. Prior to studying with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin and James Buswell at the New England Conservatory, he worked with Philipp Naegele in Northampton, MA. Aside from being an active recitalist and chamber musician, he has served as Concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony since 2003. Each summer Jesse teaches and performs at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, and is on the faculty at the Greenwood Music Camp, where studied as a teenager. In 2009, Jesse was a Violin Professeur at L’Ecole de Musique, Dessaix Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. In 2012, an interview with Jesse was published in Strings Magazine about his teaching philosophy. He is on the faculty at Brown University, where he teaches chamber music.
MusicWorks Network Director
In addition to her position as Director of the MusicWorks Network, Jori is currently the Associate Director of Academic Engagement at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Jori is also the founder and facilitator of 186 Carpenter, a storefront and office space that presents arts programming and current events, an artist-educator at the RISD Museum, and an advisor to Providence HONK, a celebratory activist music festival she formerly helped coordinate. Jori also plays bass drum in the What Cheer? Brigade, a 20+ member brass/punk band.
Sarah began her musical studies at the age of three and has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a resident artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music from 2008-2013, Sarah toured conflict areas of the world with the Apple Hill String Quartet through its innovative “Playing for Peace” program, directed summer sessions at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and coached and performed in chamber music workshops throughout the year. Based in Kansas City from 2013-2017, Sarahenjoyed teaching a wide spectrum of students and was honored to receive the 2015 Studio Teacher Award from the Missouri chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Sarah holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where her principal teachers included Pamela Frank, Phil Setzer, David Takeno, Miriam Fried, and Josef Gingold.
Education Director / Resident Musician
Chloë Kline, violist, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she was a student of Martha Katz. Other influential teachers include Karen Tuttle, Roberto Diaz, and Richard Young. Between 1998 and 2000, Chloë performed across the United States and Europe as a member of the Lipatti String Quartet. In 2006, she performed solo and chamber works across Palestine as part of the Al Khamandjati Festival. Chloe received her Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 2005, and joined CMW the following year as a member of the Fellowship Program’s pilot class.
MusicWorks Network Fellow
Andrew, a violinist, grew up in Rhode Island and has been involved with CMW for over 13 years. While a student at CMW, he participated in Phase II and Phase III. After graduating high school, Andrew attended Rhode Island College and continued his involvement with CMW as a mentor for the Daily Orchestra Program and as a member of the Board. He was also a staff member at the CMW Summer Camp, which he attended as a CMW student. For the past six years, Andrew has attended the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Summer Workshop, and has been a counselor worker there for the past 3 years.
Before coming to Community MusicWorks, Kelly served as the Administrative Director of A Far Cry, a self-conducted chamber orchestra in Boston that serves as Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is in partnership with New England Conservatory. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations of the renowned Emmanuel Church in Boston. In addition to management, Kelly has taught a variety of humanities courses, including writing, literature and music history, at Northeastern University and the Art Institute of Boston. Kelly is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Boston’s public radio station WGBH, and the Board of Friends of A Far Cry, and helped establish the non-profit organization Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, gardening and her one addiction: the New York Times crossword.
Bryony has many years of experience in fundraising, organizational development, strategic planning, and project management. Prior to founding Bryony Romer Consulting, she was a managing director at David Bury & Associates, where she advised leading arts and educational organizations on implementing effective development programs, building organizational capacity, realizing institutional funding opportunities, and developing strategic plans. Her clients have included Meet The Composer, Creative Capital, Chamber Music America, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, and the Center of Creative Arts.
Founder & Artistic Director / Resident Musician
Sebastian Ruth, violinist & violist, is CMW’s Founder & Artistic Director. A graduate ofBrown University, Sebastian has been a member of the Wild Ginger Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic. As a member of the Providence String Quartet, he has performed in Providence, Boston, Los Angeles, Banff, and New York, and with members of the Borromeo, Muir, Miro, Orion, and Turtle Island String Quartets, with pianist Jonathan Biss and violist Kim Kashkashian.
In 2003, under the auspices of a fellowship from The Rhode Island Foundation, Sebastian participated in a two-week violin master class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Influential teachers include Eric Rosenblith, Rolfe Sokol, Lois Finkel, Pamela Gearhart, Mela Tenenbaum, and Kim Kashkashian. During a three-month sabbatical in 2010 Sebastian immersed himself in an exploration of gypsy and klezmer traditions, including a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.
Sebastian is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, recognized for “forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician”, and an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University in May 2012. Starting in 2013, Sebastian has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Music, where he has designed and taught courses exploring the theoretical foundations of Community MusicWorks.
A graduate of Tufts University and New England Conservatory, Katie has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, special events, and board relations. She has worked for some of the top arts, medical, and community service organizations in the country, including New England Conservatory, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Women & Infants Hospital, Amos House, and Butler Hospital. In addition, Katie is the founder of KLSConnects, a philanthropy consulting firm, specializing on strategic planning, case statements, feasibility studies, annual and capital campaigns. Katie serves on the Board of Overseers of New England Conservatory and the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association.
Daily Orchestra Program Director / Resident Musician
Adrienne Taylor, cellist, is Director of CMW’s Daily Orchestra Program. A graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University, Adrienne studied cello with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Hans Jørgen Jensen and Janos Starker. Formerly assistant principal cello of Portugal’s Orquestra do Norte, Adrienne has performed internationally as well as in the major concert halls of the U.S., including the New World Center in Miami Beach, the Harris Theatre in Chicago and Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing classical music, Adrienne seeks out opportunities to collaborate with musicians from other genres. In 2013 Adrienne recorded for the CD Kilimanjaro, which features the music of singer-songwriter Benvindo Cruz, who was nominated for best composer by the Cape Verde Music Awards in 2014 for that album.
Zan Berry, cello (2016-2018)
Zan received his MM Cello Performance degree from the University of Michigan in 2014. Since then, he has been an active performer and pedagogue in the music scene of Ann Arbor, MI. An avid supporter of contemporary music, he seeks to perform the works of living composers as much as possible. While in Ann Arbor, Zan performed with Aepex Contemporary Performance. He has also recently participated in the Bang on a Can Summer festival, the New Music on the Point festival, and the Fresh Inc. festival and has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Bright Sheng, YehudiWyner, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. Zan has also performed with the Arbor Composers Collective as well as accompanied modern improvisation dance classes at the University of Michigan. Zan teaches privately and served as the Cello Mentor for Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles. Recently, he led a week-long workshop at the Cultural Arts Strings Camp in Manchester, MI. In addition to playing the cello, Zan enjoys singing, hiking, and practicing yoga.
Luke Fatora, violin (2017-2019)
Luke was drawn to the violin by fiddle music in the hills of Appalachia. After beginning musical studies, he developed a passion for exploring music and using it to examine the human experience. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Luke received scholarship awards from the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival as well as awards from the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory, Luke studied violin with Bettina Mussumeli and Gregory Fulkerson. While developing as a violinist, Luke also pursued an interest in conducting, serving as the Artistic Director of the Summit County Community Orchestra. He has fiddled for square dances, improvised with DJ’s and ballet dancers, and performed contemporary and traditional classical music in venues such as the World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall. Luke has a curiosity for sound design and a passion for the outdoors.
Ashley Frith, viola (2016-2018)
Ashley was recently enrolled in a masters program at The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Lila Brown. There, she was the principal violist of the baroque ensemble, and active in the contemporary music program. Ashley studied viola with Kathie Aagaard, and chamber music with Scott Kluksdahl and Svetozar Ivanov at the University of South Florida. She has served as a teaching artist with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and with El Sistema Somerville and Revolution of Hope in Boston. For the past few years, Ashley has been studying the use of sound as a healing modality, in combination with mindfulness and nutrition, to help those suffering from mental illness. She also volunteers with Tunefoolery, an organization committed to promoting mental health recovery through music.
David Rubin, violin (2017-2019)
David comes to CMW from Boston’s musiConnects, where he teaches and performs with the Sumner Quartet. David has also served on faculty at Community Music Center of Boston, BYSO’s Intensive Community Program, and the Superior String Alliance in Michigan’s Upper-Peninsula. David enjoys cultivating a wide-ranging performance practice – presenting contemporary music (Lucerne Festival Academy, Spoleto Festival USA, BMOP), exploring historical instruments (Madison Bach Musicians), collaborating across disciplines (Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company), and playing in quotidian spaces (musiConnects Errands Tour). Other concert highlights include live broadcasts (WFMT Chicago, Wisconsin Public Radio) and performances with mentors (Emmanuel Music, Music from Salem, Lawrence Chamber Players). A native of Oak Park, IL, David studied violin with Sharan Leventhal, Wen-Lei Gu, and Kristin Cappelli-Hedlund; completed degrees at Boston Conservatory and Lawrence University; and pursued additional training at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Banff Centre.