Pamela Wiley holds degrees from Carleton College in Minnesota (Wow that's awesome!) and The American University in Washington, D.C. For the past 30 years, she maintained a private studio and directed a performing Suzuki Violin Group in Harrisburg, PA. Ms. Wiley has written several articles for the National Suzuki Journal. She is currently a member of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra.
Jaime Letourneau grew up in Las Vegas, NV and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy High School (MI). She earned a BM in violin performance at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a MM in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Camilla Wicks and Wei He. Jaime taught violin at the San Domenico Music Conservatory in Marin County, CA and was the concertmaster of the Coastside Symphony Orchestra where she also performed as a soloist. In Las Vegas, Jaime was a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and taught at the College of Southern Nevada. Jaime is adjunct professor of violin and chamber music at Washington and Lee University where she is a member of the Marlbrook String Quartet. She is also a founder and teacher for the Allegheny Mountain String Project (AMSP), a new initiative with Garth Newel Music Center to create the first comprehensive string education program to the rural areas of the Allegheny Highlands. The AMSP has found the O’Connor Method is a great way to reach a community steeped in a tradition of bluegrass and fiddle music to bring more local children to learning music.
With his unique talent on the violin he excels in everything from traditional fiddle tunes, classical arrangements, to pure originals! Thomas has three solo records to his name, as well as countless collaboration’s with the likes of Gabe Nieto, Allen Cote & Tomato Junction, Myriam Di Maio, Cullin Lane, Mychael John Thomas of RCA Records Nashville, and many others. Thomas currently plays with some of the top names in Country, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, and Latin! When he’s not touring or in the studio, Thomas also loves the joys of teaching on a regular basis. He gives private and group classes structuring the lesson to meet the desire of his students. Current Quote about Work: “I really like the way in which the composer Thomas McGregor proposed this “gallery of sounds” up and down, the different “colors” of the music. The way he arranged the rhythm and paused, and the great end sequence as a tree exploding into the sky.”
Myriam di Maio – Film Director/Artistic Design Italy, EU
John Holenko has performed on classical guitar, steel-string guitar, mandolin, banjo and historic instruments throughout the United States and in Europe. Called "a skilled soloist" by the Boston Globe, Mr. Holenko has given recitals and been featured in radio broadcasts in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco. As a member of the of the early music ensemble Sonus, Mr. Holenko has performed on historic instruments in recitals here in the United States and in Europe. John performs on mandolin and steel-string guitar with his group The Hungry Monks, an eclectic, acoustic ensemble playing a wide variety of traditional and original music. John has been on the faculty of Charleston Southern University and The College of Charleston. He is also the Guitarist, Mandolinist, and Banjo player for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Holenko is very active in music education through his own private studio, Hungry Monk Music, and residencies through the South Carolina Arts Commission. He has been an instructor in music at the Charlotte Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, and at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Ohio, where he has also been Artist-in Residence. Mel Bay Publications has published editions of Medieval music and Renaissance music for mandolin by Mr. Holenko.
John received degrees in Classical Guitar performance from the New England Conservatory, and the University of Southern California, also studying historic performance at both institutions, and premiering many new works.
Co-owner of Hungry Monk Music, Hazel holds degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California. Hazel has taught music in SC public and private schools, at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and has been Artist-in-Residence at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Center in Ohio, among many other teaching posts. Hazel is a certified Music For Young Children teacher. Hazel is an active performer as a soloist and with her group The Hungry Monks.
Violinist Ashley Liberty earned her B.A. in Musicology at Barnard College of Columbia University in NYC while studying violin at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). She began her graduate studies at MSM and completed her Masters in Music performance as the violin teaching assistant at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Ashley has played with the Naples Philharmonic, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Miami Bach Society, and the Florida Grand Opera. Most recently she performed as Concertmaster of the Mancini Institute Orchestra. Ashley frequently performs with her husband, pianist Daniel Strange, and the two most recently completed their first album ‘Snapshot.’ Ashley conducts the Young Musicians Orchestra for the Coral Gables Community for the Arts Program, and she teaches the O’Connor Violin Method to her 225 violin students at the all-girls, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, Miami.
Pattie Hopkins began playing the violin at age four and received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University studying with Joanne Bath and Ara Gregorian. Pattie is an extremely versatile musician and has a tremendous talent for Fiddling as well as Classical Violin. She has studied with Fiddling legends Bobby Hicks and Mark O’Connor. Pattie also has a passion for the education of young fiddlers and also holds her certification in the Mark O’Connor American Violin Method. She resided in Asheville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee playing Bluegrass regularly on Broadway while helping to start the Bluegrass Underground Project in McMinnville, Tennessee. Pattie has made appearances at a variety of music venues on the East Coast and has also made special guest appearances with famous and talented musicians including Don Helms, Bobby Osbourne, and Charlie Daniels. She currently holds two private studios in North Carolina and is frequently invited to teach workshops throughout the United States for both Fiddling and Classical instruction. She performs regularly in the Eastern United States and is currently a member of the Trent River Chamber Players, The Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and The Kickin’ Grass Band of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Believing that classical music and fiddling traditions are equally viable in a variety of concert settings, Arizona native Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the line between being a violinist and a fiddler. After studying classical violin at Arizona State University with Dr. Katie McLin, he spent four years touring the world as one of five fiddlers with “Barrage,” a Canadian-based, world music violin troupe. His travels, both with Barrage and personally, have led to performances in 47 states and 13 countries with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. Off of the stage, Taylor is a passionate advocate for arts education. He currently maintains a private violin studio outside of Phoenix and regularly works with students and educators around the country to explore the violin’s unique relevance to a variety of genres.
Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom Morley has played professionally in Celtic, bluegrass, classical, swing, Americana and country styles (earning a gold album for his work with country artist John Anderson). As an Irish fiddler, Tom has made multiple research and performance trips to Ireland. In over a decade, his Celtic/World music group Mithril has released six CDs, toured and performed as guest artists with symphony orchestras. His latest Irish duo project Banna de dhá (with Charleston SC guitarist/vocalist Hazel Ketchum) has performed on Celtic festivals and concert series throughout the southeast and their CD Band of Two has received airplay on radio stations across the U.S. Tom leads Fiddle Workshops and Irish Trad Slow Sessions throughout the Southeast, and teaches on the faculty of the O’Connor String Method Camp, SCOR! Adult String Camps, and Fiddle Hell Massachusetts. In 2013 he took his adult fiddle group, the Irish Trad Explorers, on a tour across Ireland, where they performed in community centers, churches, and pubs, often alongside top Irish musicians. He promotes learning Irish Trad fiddle tunes as excellent supplemental material to any string method, and was a featured presenter on the subject at the ASTA 2012 National Conference. He has performed on dozens of album projects, from Celtic/World music with Mithril, Irish traditional with Banna de dhá, chamber music with the Silverwood Quartet, jazz and swing with 78rpm and New Orleans clarinetist Tim Laughlin, to an eclectic mix of all styles featured on his own solo album The Raven’s Wing. His method book, Learn To Play Irish Trad Fiddle, was published in 2012 (distributed by Shar Music), and has received positive reviews in publications including Fiddler magazine and Irish Music magazine. Learn more about Tom at www.thefiddlecenter.com and www.irishtradfiddle.com.
Amanda Smith Roberts holds both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Twice awarded the Mississippi State Fiddling Championship, Amanda has performed solos with professional orchestras such as the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Corinth Symphony, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and the Shoals Symphony. In 2001, she appeared on the International radio show From the Top. Amanda made her debut as a featured soloist with the Mississippi Symphony at age 9, performing the Orange Blossom Special. She balances her love for Classical music with avidness for Jazz, Blues, Celtic, and Fiddle styles.
Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator originally from Lexington, MA, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style through creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - including Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Andy currently tours as a solo artist and composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at music camps across the US. Andy’s compositions have been performed by the Berklee World Strings at the Kennedy Center, the Berklee Performance Center, and national ASTA conventions.
Andy Happel is a violinist and composer with a rock & roll edge. Growing up in Albuquerque, Andy saw Isaac Stern perform on public television at the age of five and never looked back. Seeing the rock band KISS at the age of eight sealed the deal. Andy studied composition at University of New Hampshire, where he formed the rock band Thanks to Gravity. Andy's violin performance was a compelling draw, and the band signed with Capitol Records. They toured extensively, opening for the likes of Dave Matthews and Matchbox 20. Andy also played fiddle in the Don Campbell Band, opening for country luminaries George Jones, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis and Toby Keith. As a producer for PARMA Recordings, Andy has worked with American composer Roger Bourland, Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, New England String Quartet and award-winning film director Osias Willenski from Barcelona, Spain. Andy lives with his wife and daughter in Scarborough, Maine, and teaches privately both at his home studio and 317 Main Street Music in Yarmouth. He is a certified teacher in the O'Connor Method. "I have converted my entire teaching studio to the O'Connor Method, which I wholeheartedly believe in. Not only does it focus on great melodies and technique, but it also promotes dialog, creativity and provides historical context. It's been a revelation and joy." In the last year, Andy debuted as a guest soloist with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, performing Mark O'Connor's, "The Fiddle Concerto;" received a nomination for a NATAS Boston/New England Emmy for his audio engineering of Maine Public Broadcast Network's Maine Arts! Presents: Christmas in Maine; and become a member of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.