Meet the Credo Oberlin Faculty
The Credo Faculty come to Credo from many of the leading music schools and orchestras across the country. Together they create the (often life-changing!) Credo experience.
The following is a complete listing of the Credo Oberlin faculty.
Here is a listing of the entire Credo faculty.
|Karen Burgman||Piano||Credo Trio|
|Michael Davis||Violin||Concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra|
|Peter Dominguez*||Double bass||Principal, American Sinfonietta; Oberlin Conservatory|
|Bryan Dumm||Cello||Cleveland Orchestra|
|Joanne Erwin||Music Education||Oberlin Conservatory|
|John Fitchuk||Chamber music||Wheaton Public Schools|
|Michele Frisch*||Flute||Minnesota Opera|
|Roger Frisch*||Violin||Minnesota Orchestra|
|Molly Fung-Dumm||Violin||Chamber Freelance|
|Alan Harrell||Cello||Cleveland Orchestra|
|James Howsmon||Piano||Oberlin Conservatory of Music|
|Dr. Lee Joiner||Violin||Wheaton College|
|Dr. Kangwon Kim||Violin||Concertmaster, Madison Bach Musicians|
|Józef Kolinek||Violin||Polish Chamber Orchestra|
|Sarita Kwok||Violin||Gordon College|
|Lisa-Beth Lambert||Violin||Philadelphia Orchestra|
|Elizabeth Ann Larson||Violin||Biola University|
|Marilyn McDonald*||Violin||Oberlin Conservatory of Music|
|Matthew Michelic||Viola||Lawrence University Conservatory of Music|
|Steuart Pincombe||Cello||Music in Familiar Spaces, Oerknal!|
|Stephen Shipps*||Violin||University of Michigan|
|Peter Slowik||Viola||Oberlin Conservatory of Music|
|Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely||Viola||Baylor University|
|Milan Vitek||Violin||Oberlin Conservatory|
|Anne Martindale Williams||Cello||Pittsburgh Symphony|
|Additional Masterclasses Given by:|
|Arianna String Quartet||String Quartet in Residence|
*On leave 2016
Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
Sought after for their highly effective approach to coaching and teaching as a quartet, the Arianna String Quartet has led the design and implementation of numerous chamber music programs including the Britt Quartet Academy, FEMUSC Intensive Chamber Music Program in Brazil and most recently, the University of Western Cape Chamber Music Institute, South Africa. In addition to intensive musical training for string quartets, this institute focuses on ideas of community, outreach and entrepreneurship, and helping students develop skills for a self-sustaining business that gives back to their communities through teaching and performances.
Karen Burgman, pianist of the CREDO TRIO, has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. A winner of numerous prizes in collaborative playing and chamber music, Karen will be performing in the upcoming year through Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour with award-winning cellist Jesus Morales. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in piano performance, Karen is also certified in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She currently has two solo CDs on the label “Lifespring Music, LLC,” serves as artistic director of Sola Gratia Musicians Choirs, and maintains a private teaching studio at the Hilltown Creative Arts Academy which she helped to found in 2007.
Michael Davis, concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra, has been hailed by critics as “the essence of musicality” and continue to praise him for his “virtuosity” and “exquisite” playing. Mr. Davis has given concerts in such significant American venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has concertized in both Europe and Asia. He has performed at Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival and the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival (where he is Artistic Director). Davis also serves on the violin faculties at Campbellsville University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Peter Dominguez grew up in Milwaukee playing with his father, pianist and singer Frank DeMiles. His teachers include Roger Ruggeri, Richard Davis, Robert Gladstone, and Lucas Drew. Mr. Dominguez began his teaching career at Michigan State University, and is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He has served as Principal Bass with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta. Having pursued for 38 years double bass performance practice in a variety of musical styles and appeared in venues throughout the Americas and Europe, Peter continues to perform, record, and tour with an impressive array of Classical, Jazz, and Latin artists.
Bryan Dumm, cellist, has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1986. Prior to this appointment he was Principal Cellist of the Alabama Symphony and a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to orchestral work, Mr.Dumm has performed in chamber music concerts across America and in Europe and Asia. He has been a member of the Brioso and Amici String Quartets, the Cleveland Octet and the Myriad Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Samaris Piano Trio whose debut CD Café Music can be heard on the Newport Classics label. Mr. Dumm is currently on the cello faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University.
Joanne Erwin, Professor of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. After teaching strings in public schools in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas. As a cellist, she played in the Fort Worth Symphony and conducted youth orchestras throughout Texas. Currently, she performs with the Oberlin College Community Strings and conducts the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. She presents at conferences and conducts festival orchestras around the world. She is a co-author for New Directions for Strings, Prelude to Music Education and has written other articles for American String Teacher and Teaching Music.
John Fitchuk is an active violist in the Chicago area and has taught all levels and areas of music in Illinois for thirty-six years. For twenty-two years, he was Director of Orchestras at both Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville High Schools. Mr. Fitchuk has served as Organizational Chair of the All-State Honors Orchestra and President of the Chicago American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and he has been the Director of the Fox Valley and West Suburban Youth Symphonies. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Music Educators Association. Mr. Fitchuk has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Dubuque Symphony and also serves on the music staff of Christ Church of Oakbrook.
Michele Antonello Frisch, is principal flute of the Minnesota Opera. She served as principal flute of the Colorado Philharmonic, toured with the Minnesota Wind Soloists, and has played with the Minnesota, St. Paul Chamber, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. Frisch has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, and both faculty and soloist at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, and the Wintergreen Performing Arts and MasterWorks Festivals.
Along with principal harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Kathy Kienzle, Frisch has released three recordings of flute and harp opera and dance music to critical kudos. She has also appeared with the Bell’ Alma Duo at the World Harp Congress in New York, Kansas City, San Diego, Tacoma, and Amsterdam, and will perform recitals with the Duo in New Orleans and Sydney, Australia in 2014.
Frisch currently serves on the faculty of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and is a sought-after recitalist, clinician, master-class presenter, and adjudicator. She has also recorded on the Collins Classics, EMI, and Virgin Classics labels and has toured internationally in music ministry throughout Ukraine, France and China, performing recitals and giving master classes with the Kairos Trio.
Associate Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Roger Frisch received his early musical training from his father, longtime Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prizewinner of the Hermann Violin Competition and the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Frisch enjoys a wide-ranging career as soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral player.
A dedicated chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble. Since 1997 he has performed extensively throughout the United States and the country of Ukraine with the Kairos Trio, with flutist Michele Antonello Frisch and pianist Herbert Johnson. The Kairos Trio is dedicated in their performances to combining the performance of classical music along with the sharing of their Christian faith. In 2007 and again in 2008 he traveled to China for concerto appearances with orchestras in addition to recital performances, master classes and meetings with Christians in the underground churches.
Mr. Frisch has authored the book: “The Orchestra Audition: How to Prepare. “ As a sought-after coach of young musicians auditioning for professional symphony orchestras, he frequently gives seminars around the country addressing the techniques of audition preparation.
*On leave 2015
Molly Fung-Dumm received her training on violin at the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with high distinction and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. Her teachers have included Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein. Winner of the 1987 Irving Klein String Competition, she has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras including the Peninsula Symphony, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad in an array of performance venues including the Dame Myra Hess Chamber Music Series and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She is a founding member of the Samaris Piano Trio and is currently on the faculty at Cleveland State University. Her debut compact disc entitled Cafe Music with the Samaris Piano Trio was released on the Newport Classic label.
Alan Harrell has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1995. Alan has won numerous competitions and awards including the 1994 Cleveland Institute of Music Cello Prize, MTNA National Scholarship and the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship and has played concerti with a number of orchestras. He has been a member of the Virginia Symphony, Sir Georg Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Mr. Harrell has given lessons and master classes at a number of colleges nationwide. He is on the faculty of Cleveland State University.
James Howsmon, pianist, is Professor of Instrumental Accompanying at Oberlin College, where he oversees the instrumental collaborative activities of the school’s piano majors. He has played in over one thousand recitals in North America, Europe, and Japan, and has performed with principal players of every major American orchestra. In recent seasons he has played in Japan, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (at the Kennedy Center), Philadelphia, Dallas, Montreal, and Minneapolis. He has given guest master classes in accompanying and chamber music at, among others, the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Alabama. He is married to violist Louise Zeitlin. They live in Oberlin with their two teenaged children, both avid musicians.
Dr. Lee Joiner serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois. An active chamber musician, Joiner has been a member of the Blair Quartet, a quartet-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, a regular organizer and participant in the Faculty Chamber Series at Wheaton College, and a guest artist with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Orion Chamber Ensemble. Other performing opportunities in the Chicago area have included Ars Viva, Fulcrum Point and the Lyric Opera, and Chicago Jazz Orchestra. His musical studies include degrees from Juilliard and Eastman, with additional studies taking place at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Aspen Music School, and Yale University Summer School.
Dr. Kangwon Kim current concertmaster of Madison Bach Musicians, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st century using both baroque and modern violins. She has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Norway, and she was featured in the Rising Young Artist Series at the Seoul Arts Center. She has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser. Ms. Kim earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University. She taught at Biola University as Assistant Professor from 2006-2008 and has also taught at Ripon College in WI and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim lives in Middleton, WI with her husband and two sons and keeps an active performing and teaching schedule.
Violinist Józef Kolinek served as violinist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra from 1978 to 2003. In 1996 he established the Prima Vista Quartet, and spent 15 years with that ensemble. The Quartet recorded 16 CD’s with a repertoire ranging from Haydn to Penderecki. Three of these CD’s won the “Fryderyk”-Prize, and two were awarded both platinum and gold disc.
Kolinek completed postgraduate studies of Business Administration at the Warsaw School of Economics as well and he is an artistic director of four Polish music festivals (in Podkowa Leśna, Chełmno, Ożarów Mazowiecki and in Czartoryski Palace in Sieniawa. Kolinek has also been invited to run numerous Master Classes in Japan, South Korea, and Poland, and is a member of the Board of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society.
Sarita Kwok has distinguished herself as one of the most captivating and sophisticated performers to emerge from the ranks of Australia’s classical musicians. Sarita has appeared on chamber series and at festivals throughout the United States, including Mistral Music, Temple Emanuel Chamber Series, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Redbank Chamber Music, and in performances at Weill and Zankel recital halls, Merkin Concert Hall, Kitara Hall (Japan), Villa Medici (Italy), and the Theatre du Jeu de Paume (France). Sarita’s broadcast appearances have included WGBH public radio, Radio Suisse Romande, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV and radio.
Sarita has worked closely with composers Martin Bresnick, Jerome Combier, and Michael Jarrell among others. With the Alianza Quartet she recorded the last three string quartets of Ezra Laderman for Albany Records to critical acclaim. Her recent recording of Martin Bresnick’s Josephine the Singer for solo violin was described by Gramophone as “gorgeously executed”.
The former director of the undergraduate lessons program at Yale, Sarita served for eight years on the faculty of the Yale Department of Music. She currently serves as the chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College, where she is also the college’s artist-in-residence. She has additionally taught master classes at Wellesley and Amherst colleges and at the New Zealand School of Music. Sarita holds both Doctor and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she was a student of Syoko Aki and the Tokyo String Quartet.
Lisa-Beth Lambert joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2001 following six seasons with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. An active chamber musician, she has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Kingston Music Festival, and at the White House. She has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and the Twentieth Century Consort, as well as on the series of the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. As soloist she has appeared with numerous orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the New World Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City. In addition to teaching privately, Ms. Lambert created and directed the Intensive Study Program at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. During the past few seasons she has presented the Mozart sonata cycle with pianist Lambert Orkis at several east coast venues.
Elizabeth Ann Larson has played solo and chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., Japan, England, Switzerland, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Estonia and India. She has performed at Symphony Hall, Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Victoria Hall, Geneva and has been featured on National Public Radio. The Boston Globe has praised her playing as having “great charm and refinement… and capable of breathtaking virtuosity.” Elizabeth has been a Resident Artist at many international festivals. She is on the faculty of Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Credo and Masterworks Festivals and founded the Geneva Conservatory of Music, in New York City. Elizabeth is currently Coordinator of the String Department and Associate Professor of Violin at Biola University.
Marilyn McDonald has toured world-wide as a member of the Castle Trio, the Smithson String Quartet, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and Ensemble Pierrot, a group specializing in contemporary music. She currently is a member of the Axelrod Quartet, performing on the Smithonian’s Stradivarius instruments. Ms. McDonald has appeared as recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. She is concertmaster of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Boston Baroque. Summer festivals include the Baroque Performance Institute, Colorado College Festival, Fairbanks (AK) and Bowdoin Festivals. She has held visiting professorships at Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music and is Artist-in-Residence at Boston University. Ms. McDonald is Professor of Violin at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Matthew Michelic has concertized throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci and Delos Quartets and has recorded on the Orion and CRI labels. In chamber music recitals, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeffrey Solow, Jose-Luis Garcia, Robert McDonald, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Amelia Trio. As an orchestral player, he has performed frequently with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Lawrence Chamber Players, and has recently toured Vietnam and China with that ensemble. Highlights of the 2010-11 season include a performance for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, a chamber music recital in Lisbon, Portugal with members of the Capela Quartet, and the world premiere of Reflections from Yad Yashem with Lawrence University’s Cantala ensemble. Currently, Mr. Michelic is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Steuart Pincombe’s career as a cellist has brought him to leading halls and festivals across North America and Europe and he has been named by the Strad Magazine as a “superb solo cellist” and a “gorgeous player [with] perfect intonation, imaginative phrasing” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Highlights of Steuart’s recent concert seasons include being a featured soloist with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop (DE), festival appearances with Ensemble Ausonia (BE), performing with Holland Baroque Society (NL) for King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands, appearing as soloist at the Amsterdam Cello Bienalle (NL), and co-founding Oerknal! (a contemporary music collective, NL). His concert ‘Bach&Beer’ was selected by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Events of 2014’ and a concert in which he appeared as soloist with Rene Schiffer and Apollo’s Fire was numbered in London’s ‘5 Best Classical Music Moments of 2014’ according to The Telegraph (UK).
Steuart is currently on a one-year tour of North American called Music in Familiar Spaces, a project bringing innovative classical music programs to non-traditional spaces. The tour is an initiative of Steuart and his wife Michelle, motivated by a desire to connect with audiences in a personal way.
Steuart holds a BM in modern cello and a MM in viola da gamba and baroque cello from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Stephen B. Shipps is Professor of Violin at The University of Michigan. He studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is a former member of the Meadowmount and the Amadeus Trios and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Dallas, Omaha, Seattle and Ann Arbor. He has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony and Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera, Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Sinfonia, and guest Concertmaster for the Seattle and Toledo Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Shipps has recorded for American Gramaphone, Bay Cities, NPR, RIAS Berlin, and Hessiche Rundfunk of Frankfurt, Melodia/Russian Disc and Moscow Radio. His work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Albums has yielded a dozen gold and two platinum records. He has adjudicated major national and international competitions for three decades and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Competition. He serves as the official on-air announcer of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as well as serving on their International Advisory Panel. 2012 marks his first season as Artistic Director of the Cambridge International String Academy at Trinity College, U.K.
Peter Slowik, profiled by The Strad Magazine as “a man of limitless enthusiasm and purpose” is one of the world’s leading artist-teachers of viola. An active chamber musician, Mr. Slowik has performed with cellists Anner Bylsma and Leonard Rose, the Mirecourt Trio, the Saint Petersburg Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford and Smithson Quartets. He has been a featured performer at six International Viola Congresses, and recent Master Class trips have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, and China. Orchestral experiences include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and service as Principal Viola of the American Sinfonietta and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Slowik has served on the faculty of Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. Mr. Slowik has been named to the highest teaching award honors of Northwestern University and Oberlin Conservatory. He has served as President of the American Viola Society and currently is Professor of Viola and String Division Director at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His students perform in such major American orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony, and in university appointments throughout the country.
Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely is Professor of Viola at Baylor University and received the university’s Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching in 2007. She has been invited to present master classes across the country, including invitations as a featured presenter at American String Teacher’s Association National Conventions. Currently President of the American Viola Society, Steely has also served as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society, two terms on the AVS national executive board, and nine years as AVS webmaster. She is a former member of Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, Akron Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, and as principal violist with Rockford Symphony and Waco Symphonies. She has performed on several occasions at International Viola Congresses, National Flute Conventions, the University of Chicago Mostly Music series and the Austin Armonico Chamber series, as well as at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival. Her 2010 release of the Flackton Viola Sonatas on MSR Classics was reviewed by Fanfare as “a delight”. Dr. Steely holds degrees from Bethel College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University.
Milan Vitek has been professor of violin at Oberlin College Conservatory since 2001, and is Professor Emeritus at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen from 1974 to 2001, and a guest professor at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1992 to 2001. Before moving to Denmark in 1968, Prof. Vitek was a founding member, concertmaster and soloist with the Prague Chamber Soloists conducted by Vaclav Neumann, member of the Czech Nonet, chamber ensemble of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the piano trio Pro Camera. In Denmark, he was alternate concert master with the Danish Royal Orchestra and a founder of the Danish Chamber Orchestra. Following two years as a professor and a member of the Czech String Quartet at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, Milan Vitek returned to Denmark in 1974 to become Professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy. During this time, he co-founded the Trio Pro Arte, which made acclaimed recordings of the complete Brahms trios and trios by Smetana and Mendelssohn for the BIS label. He also founded the Royal Danish Conservatory Chamber Orchestra giving concerts with performers like Jehudi Menuhin, J. P. Rampal, and Michel Debost. Prof. Vitek is much in demand as a teacher at master classes such as Aldeburgh (England), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Yokosuka Festival (Japan) a Yuriko Kuronuma Academy (Mexico City), Weikersheim (Germany) and Savonlinna (Finland), Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu Conservatories. He has adjudicated international violin competitions in Denmark – where he is President of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition – Germany, Japan, Estonia and Italy. His students are winners and laureates of among others, the Carl Nielsen, J. Kocian, Heino Eller, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Washington International, Yehudi Menuhin International, the Jean Sibelius Violin Competitions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Professor Vitek was also in much demand as a conductor of orchestras in all of Scandinavia, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Milan Vitek is Artistic director of his three-week summer master class program for strings in Litomysl, Czech Republic, which he founded in 1996.
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. She frequently has been featured as soloist with that orchestra and also has collaborated with such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Andre Previn, Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman in chamber music performances. Mrs. Williams teaches at Carnegie-Mellon University and has given master classes at many institutions across the country, including SUNY at Stonybrook, Manhattan School of Music, the National Orchestra Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and the New World Symphony.