Pain Prevention for Musicians

Pain Prevention for Musicians

May 24th, 2018 | 6:15 – 8:00 PM

Meet Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist Michele M Macomber and learn how myofascial therapy is used to alleviate and prevent recurrence of pain and dysfunction, as well as to improve ease of use. Discover what makes the muscles of the arm, hand and fingers lose and regain function in this interactive workshop. We will learn how musicians’ muscles tighten up over time, losing some of their agility, speed and strength, and demonstrate what you can do to reverse the process. We will practice using self-help techniques specifically for relief of arm and hand pain and improvement of performance. Bring your instrument if you wish to see how your hands feel before and after.

More information about Michele Macomber at

“Pain in the Neck” Customized Chinrest Fittings


Could it be your chin/shoulder rest set-up?!



  • 15 years of experience with orchestral string accessories (cases, strings)
  • Avid amateur violist, ex-international field-hockey player, owner of Volute Service (
  • Body Mapping affiliate trainee, active member of Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), fitter for Frisch&Denig chinrest line.



  • Valid market study run in the Netherlands (, documenting the benefits of customized chin and shoulder set-up to accommodate a wide array of players’ body structure.
  • Access to inexpensive customized chinrests ( designed to accommodate all body types while keeping the instrument no higher than needed.
  • Can efficiently complement but never replace Alexander/Body Mapping/Feldenkrais postural education/correction approaches.



  • Aim is to suggest customized solutions through trying a wide range of
    • chinrest heights and shapes, some customized, some ready-made,
    • shoulder rest options to allow instrument contact with collarbone
  • Sessions involve:
    • Photos of neutral and playing positions
    • Chin and shoulder rest testing addressing individual body structure and/or desired instrument position
    • Diagnostic on what feels and works best while monitoring body playing balance
  • Individual sessions are 45 minutes, cost is $90

Email to schedule a time or call (301) 652 – 7070

National Philharmonic Master Class – Zuill Bailey, cello

Zuill Bailey masterclass

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award winning, internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher.  His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.


A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras worldwide, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, Neeme Jarvi, Giancarlo Guerrero, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski, J acques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski.  He also has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.


Mr. Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, where he made his concerto debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  World premieres include works by composers such as Lowell Lieberman, Phillip Lasser, Roberto Sierra, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Daugherty.


His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Wimbledon (UK),  Consonances- St. Nazaire ( France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Montreal (Canada), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, Brevard, Interlochen,  Cape Cod and the Music Academy of the West.  In addition, he was the featured soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Bard Festival in the World Premiere of the Doug Varrone Dance Company performance of “Victorious.”


Zuill Bailey is a renowned recording artist with over twenty titles. Mr. Bailey won a best solo performance Grammy Award in 2017 for his Live Recording of “Tales of Hemingway,” by composer Michael Daugherty.  The celebrated CD, recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor,  also won a Grammy for best composition, “Tales of Hemingway,” and Best Compendium.  His celebrated “Bach Cello Suites” and recently released Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CD with pianist Natasha Paremski, immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings include his live performances with the Indianapolis Symphony of the Bloch Schelomo, Muhly Cello Concerto (World Premiere), Brahms Sextets with the Cypress Strings Quartet,  Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concertos, described by Gramophone magazine as the new “reference” recording and one that “sweeps the board.” In addition, the Dvorak Cello Concerto CD is listed in the “Penguin’s Guide,” as one the Top 1000 Classical Recordings of all time.  Zuill Bailey’s other  releases include “Brahms” complete works for cello and piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and “Russian Masterpieces” showcasing the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  Mr. Bailey is featured on the chart topping Quincy Jones- produced “Diversity,”   with pianist/composer Emily Bear.  Other releases include his innovative “Spanish Masters” CD for Zenph Studios, where he forms a unique duo blending with recordings of composer Manuel de Falla and an all American recital program with Pianist Lara Downes on the Steinway and Sons label. His discography also includes a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert with Janos Starker, Saint-Saens Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 “Live,” and the Korngold Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.


Zuill Bailey was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. The highly touted two disc set with pianist Simone Dinnerstein was released on Telarc worldwide. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters has released “Zuill Bailey Performance Editions,” which encompasses the core repertoire of cello literature.


Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” NBC’s “Homicide,” A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast and DVD release of the Beethoven Triple Concerto performed in Tel Aviv with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic, and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City. Mr. Bailey is also featured in the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Tiny Desk Concert,” “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s  “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Virtuoso Voices,”  the KDFC Concert Series, KUSC, Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR’s “Cafe Concert”, WFMT and RTHK Radio Hong Kong.


Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on the “rosette” 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington),   Classical Inside and Out Series- Mesa Arts Center(Arizona) and Director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at El Paso

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National Philharmonic Chamber Players “Next Generation”

Next Generation

April 22, 2018

Next Generation highlights the passing of the musical torch through two generations of teacher/student relationships and places brilliant young musicians in the spotlight. Joining the Chamber Players for the Mendelssohn Octet will be incredible young string players from the Philharmonic’s Summer String Institute–violinists Aneesha Sampath and Justin Park; violist Zachary Shieh; and cellist Leena Shin. Mendelssohn’s Octet was written when the composer was just 16 years old, the same age as many of these young players. He wrote the Octet as a birthday present for his violin teacher Eduard Ritz. The music critic Conrad Wilson said the piece’s “youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of The Miracles of 19th century music.”


Schubert’s String Quartet in C Major was composed in 1828, just two months before the composer’s death. The quartet is his only string quintet and has been praised as “sublime” and is considered Schubert’s best chamber work.

Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20

Colin Sorgi, violin
Sara Matayoshi, violin
Julius Wirth, viola
Lori Barnet, cello
Grace An, cello

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Masterclass with Maestro Roberto Valdes

Chamber Music Masterclass
Presented by Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore
Featuring works by Vanhal, Haydn, Beethoven, and Dvorak

For more than twenty years as a regarded pedagogue Mr. Roberto Valdes has worked as head of the string department of the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, and the Conservatorio de Musica de Valencia, Venezuela. Mr. Valdes was also a professor at the Academia Latinoamericana de violin in Caracas, Venezuela and the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has been invited to give master classes at the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, the Summer Course of the Academia Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. For more than ten years Mr. Valdes has collaborated with the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV), as a violin teacher and music coach of the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar. Roberto Valdes was born in Havana, Cuba, and finished his musical studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Gnesen Institute in Moscow from where he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. As a violinist Mr. Valdes was concertmaster and director of the Conjunto de Camara de la Habana, concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Venezuela, concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Medellin, and musical director of the Orquesta Filarmonica del Caribe, Colombia. He has been guest concertmaster of the opera season at the Palau de la Musica de Valencia, Spain. He is musical director of the Camarata Ensemble da Guarda and Camarata Ibero-Americana. Mr. Valdes is well regarded as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the Americas; his repertoire covers all the most important masterpieces of the violin literature. Nowadays Roberto Valdes is professor at the Universidade de Aveiro, and the Academia de Musica de Lisboa, Portugal.


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National Philharmonic Master Class – Melissa White, violin

Melissa White masterclass

American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. A First Prize winner of the Sphinx Competition, Ms White has received critical acclaim for solo performances with some of America’s leading orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Colorado, as well as the Boston Pops. Internationally, she has appeared as a soloist with the Colombian Youth Orchestra in a tour of Columbia as well as in Poland with the Philharmonia Dolnoslaska under the direction of Piotr Gajewski. She has also appeared in recital in Baku, Azerbaijan and, in April 2016, served as interim concertmaster in performances and recordings with the Louisville Orchestra.


As a founding member of the highly acclaimed Harlem Quartet, Ms. White’s passion and artistry have contributed to performances that have been hailed for their “panache” by the New York Times and as “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” by the Cincinnati Inquirer. Together with the Harlem Quartet, Ms. White has performed with luminaries such as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Paul Katz and Anthony McGill, and in many of the country’s most prestigious performance spaces, including Carnegie Hall, at the White House in a performance for the President and First Lady, as well as at the Kennedy Center in collaboration with Misha Dichter. Ms. White’s passion for chamber music has recently expanded to sharing the stage with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, most recently joining the world-renowned conductorless chamber orchestra for a tour of Japan.


Always looking to push and expand musical boundaries, Ms. White has also collaborated closely with several leading jazz musicians including Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Gary Burton. Following an extended international tour with Corea and Burton, her recording with Harlem Quartet and the jazz duo entitled “Mozart Goes Dancing” won three Grammy Awards, including one for Best Instrumental Composition, in February 2013.


In addition to her musical role with the Harlem Quartet, Ms. White also serves as the ensemble’s in-house grant writer. In this capacity, she has written several successful grants, including James Madison University’s Cultural Connections Artist-In-Residence Grant and a 2016 Chamber Music America Residency Grant which was designated the Guarneri String Quartet residency grant. This award will allow the Harlem Quartet to partake in an extended residency in Mobile, Alabama that will include a close partnership with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.


Ms. White holds performance degrees from both the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied with Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Her current instrument, “Matilda,” was commissioned as part of a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant in 2014 by the American violin maker Ryan Soltis.


When she doesn’t have a violin in her hands, Ms. White is an advanced practitioner of Bikram Yoga and enjoys taking photos while exploring the many wonderful places around the world that her music has allowed her to visit.

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National Philharmonic Chamber Players “Story Time”

Story Time

February 18, 2018 Four Musicians (Vln/Vla + Cello + Clarinet + Piano)
Story Time draws inspiration from poetry and literature and their influence on composers throughout history. The four composers on
this program are all well known for their passion for literary references and the brilliantly colorful subject matter ranges from fairy
tales and allegory to Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and the expressive poetry of love and transformation.

Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
Igor Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale (1919)

Thomas Ádes: Court Studies from The Tempest (2005)
Arnold Schoenberg (arr. Steuermann): Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Colin Sorgi, violin/viola
Lori Barnet, cello
Cheryl Hill, clarinet
Hui-Chuan Chen, piano

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