Oberlin College and Conservatory

Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Kulas Recital Hall, Conservatory Central Unit
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The Winter Term Chamber Music Intensive & Festival for String, Wind, and Piano present a faculty chamber music concert.


Heitor Villa Lobos: Assobio a Játo (The Jet Whistle) (1950)

Allegro non troppo; Adagio; Vivo

Alexa Still, flute; Merry Peckham, cello

Alberto Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna, for flute and string quartet

Quena; Canción; Danza

Alexa Still, flute; David Bowlin '00, violin; William Harvey, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Catharina Meints, cello


Antonìn Dvořák: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77

Allegro con fuoco; Scherzo. Allegro vivace; Poco Andante; Finale. Allegro assai

Gregory Fulkerson '71, Michelle Abraham, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Darrett Adkins '91, cello; Tracy Rowell, bass


Cellist Merry Peckham is a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet, winner of numerous honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Peckham has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She won the overall string category as well as the cello division of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.

Peckham and her colleagues in the Cavani Quartet were named Musical America’s Young Artists of the Year, received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award, and five Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Deeply committed to arts education, Peckham has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities, and public and private schools in communities all over the world.

As a member of the faculty and quartet in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988, Peckham and her colleagues developed numerous innovative programs. She hosts the weekly radio program Offbeat, which airs on WCLV 104.9 FM. She earned degrees from Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music, and pursued additional studies at Yale and Ohio State universities.


American violinist, conductor, and composer William Harvey has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall and with orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico, and United States. He is also the founder and director of Cultures in Harmony (CiH), an NGO that promotes cultural understanding through music.

For four years, Harvey taught violin and viola at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), where he founded the Afghan Youth Orchestra (AYO). Harvey conducted this group numerous times for President Karzai and led them on an historic tour of the United States—one that he coordinated and for which he raised the funding. On that tour, Harvey conducted the AYO in his own arrangements at sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The tour was featured extensively in major media including the New York Times, CNN, ABC, and NBC. In 2012 and 2013, he led the AYO on the season finales of Afghan Star, the hugely popular televised singing contest on which he was a guest judge in 2011. He also conducted the AYO at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, in February 2014.

Harvey now lives in San Juan, Argentina, where he serves as concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Recently, he was a guest musician at the Myanmar Music Festival and Iguazu en Concierto (Argentina). Harvey previously served as concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony, on the faculty at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, and as a Fellow at Carnegie Hall’s Academy. As a conductor, he has led youth orchestras in Qatar, Mexico, Tunisia, the Philippines, and the United States. His compositions have received more than one hundred performances and, in 2006, his work Cuerpo Garrido won Columbia University’s Bearns Prize. Harvey earned his M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

In 2010, Cultures in Harmony was named a Best Practice in International Cultural Engagement by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy. CiH workshops in Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, the Philippines, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and Mexico have benefited thousands of young musicians. Harvey has lectured about CiH at the British Parliament; at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany; at the Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico; and at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.


Violinist Michelle Abraham is a passionate chamber musician and mentor, dedicated to finding new ways of connecting with audiences and students alike.

A founding member of the Thalia String Quartet, Abraham serves on the advisory board and performs regularly on the Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics concert series in northeast Ohio. She has presented educational programs in the Cleveland public schools as well as in Alberta, Canada, while in residence at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Abraham has appeared at chamber music festivals across the United States and beyond, and she is equally active in the orchestral scene, serving as concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and performing throughout the Midwest with orchestras including the Cleveland Pops, Kalamazoo, and Canton symphony orchestras. In recital, Abraham regularly collaborates with pianists Peter Takács and Shuai Wang.

Abraham earned degrees from Stony Brook University, Yale School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has a private violin studio at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, in addition to working with the Oberlin Community Music School.

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