"Be surrounded 24/7 by kids from all over
the US and other countries who share your love of music!"
Michael Klotz, Viola, Violin, Member of the Amernet Quartet, Artist Master Class
Mei Mei Luo, Violin
Robyn Savitzky, Viola, Chamber Music
Brent Charran, Cello
Stephanie Dierickx, Violin
Ross T. Harbaugh, Cello, UM Faculty, Master Class
Michael Klotz is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master's Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. His teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Also a dedicated teacher, Mr. Klotz is Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University, where he teaches viola and chamber music. He has also been a member of the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Killington Music Festival. His former students currently attend and are graduates of prestigious conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and are already achieving leading roles in the music world.
MEI MEI LUO
Mei Mei Lou a violinist originally from China, earned her Bachelor's Degree from The Shanghai and Shenyang conservatory of music. She was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition of China, and is a recent graduate from the Master's program at the University of Miami.
Robyn Savitzky is an active performer, teacher, and orchestral and chamber musician. She is a founding member of The Wild String Quartet, a dynamic ensemble that brings exciting, interactive, and relevant chamber music to non-traditional venues stretching along the East Coast from Miami, FL to Boston, MA. From 2009-2010, she performed and traveled extensively as a member of the Tea for Four String Quartet aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. Robyn completed her Bachelor's degree in viola performance at New York University, her Master's at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and her Artist's Diploma at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami, where she recently completed her doctoral studies. While at the University of Miami, Robyn was a Henri Mancini Institute Fellow, performing with artists such as Mark O'Connor, Gloria Estefan, Maria Schneider, and Dawn Upshaw. As an orchestral musician, Robyn has performed with the Florida Grand Opera, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute and Carmel Symphony Orchestras.
Brent Charran¬†is a cellist from Miami, Florida. An active member of the Miami music community, Brent has performed and recorded across the Classical, Jazz, R&B, Latin, Modern, and Rock genres. Brent won the NWSA Concerto Competition with the Dvorak Cello Concerto (2007) and also received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival (2009). Recent collaborations include a solo performance for the corporate reveal of Ralph Lauren‚Äôs Love fragrance line and an appearance with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Miami during their Lost Christmas Eve concert tour.
Stephanie Dierickx started playing violin through the Suzuki method from the age of 6 and has now been teaching Suzuki violin lessons for a number of years. She completed her Suzuki violin books 1, 2, and 3 teacher training in Colorado and St. Petersburg. She also became certified to teach music together where we sing, dance, and explore instruments. Stephanie graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors in music education. She has had her own private Suzuki violin studio since 2010 where she teaches violin group classes as well as private lessons. Stephanie also began working for Key Biscayne Strings in 2013 teaching private violin classes, string chamber groups, and music together classes. Stephanie has worked at the Young Musicians Camp since 2005 in the past as a counselor, dorm counselor, music theory teacher, chamber group teacher, and private violin teacher. She is now studying to complete her masters in child psychology and adolescent development online at Southern New Hampshire University.
ROSS T. HARBAUGH
Ross Harbaugh (violoncello) is professor of instrumental performance and chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where, in addition to teaching cello, he is the faculty mentor for the undergraduate Stamps String Quartet and works with graduate string quartets. Ross Harbaugh is cellist of the well-known American Bergonzi String Quartet. His distinguished teachers include Janos Starker, Leonard Rose, and Peter Howard in the United States and Andre Navarra at the Paris Conservatory, and chamber music study with the Juilliard Quartet. As a founding member of the New World Quartet he won the Naumburg Prize, a Prix du Disque, and recorded 14 records and CDs for Vox, MCI Classic and IMP Masters, CRI, Centaur, Fleur de Son, and Musical Heritage labels. Performing throughout Europe and the United States, he has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London, and has concertized with such artists as Leonard Rose, Bill Preucil, Richard Goode, Jeffrey Kahane, Raphael Hillyer, Joel Krosnick, Jerome Rose, Gil Kalish, and the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Harbaugh served as a judge for the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Stulberg Competition, and the Fulbright Competition for Graduate Music Study Abroad.