Yuliya Smead, violin
Ukrainian violinist, Dr. Yuliya Smead, maintains a substantial career as a performer and teacher. She has been seen as soloist with the Russian Chamber Orchestra, Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopolis Orchestra, and the Fox Valley, Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Manitowoc Symphony Orchestras. Smead is a two-time winner of the Ternopil State Young Talent Competition and took second place in the Gitaralia Competition.
As an orchestral musician in Europe, Smead served as Concertmaster for the Lviv State Chamber Orchestra “Trembita” and the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra, and first violinist of the Ukrainian First Ensemble of Modern Music Cluster, touring extensively throughout Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, France, The Netherlands, Latvia, and Poland.
Since coming to the United States in 1999, Smead has served as Concertmaster of the Oshkosh and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestras (positions she currently holds), and Assistant Concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Smead has performed at the Das Treffen Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and the International Music Festival of Modern Music in Lviv, Ukraine. She is the first violinist with the Fox Valley and North Shore String Quartets and helps in organizing the Concertmaster Series with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Smead is the Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and teaches at the Lawrence Academy of Music. She holds degrees from Ternopil Music College and Lycenko National Academy of Music in Lviv, Ukraine, with additional training at the Mimi Zweig Summer Academy.
Katrin Meidell, viola
Violist Katrin Meidell, DMA, enjoys a prolific career as a performer, pedagogue, and lecturer. Her diverse abilities have taken her across the USA, to Canada, Finland, Austria, Poland, Brazil, and New Zealand. A strong proponent of new music, she consistently premieres works commissioned by and written for her. In addition to frequent solo and orchestral engagements, she performs chamber music on a regular basis, often with Violet, of which she is a founding member with Dr. Elizabeth Crawford, clarinet. Their self-titled debut album will be available on Albany Records’ Classical Music in Fall 2018. In the orchestral setting, she has performed with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphonies, the Fort Wayne and Boston Philharmonics, and freelance orchestras in Georgia, Indiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.
In addition to regularly blogging about her musical life at www.katrinmeidell.com, Meidell has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, and now serves as a proud Board Member for the organization.
She is a Karen Tuttle Coordination pedagogue, with her most recent master class engagements at the Poznań International Viola Forum (Poland), Boston University, the University of North Texas, West Virginia University, Illinois State University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Northern Colorado.
She worked for six years in a Harvard neuroscience lab, studying the brains of musicians. More recently, she focused on Music and Medicine, a field in which she has worked towards finding a comprehensive answer to why string players are prone to injury. She regularly presents these findings and other pedagogical sessions at regional, national, and international conferences.
Meidell holds degrees from Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the University of North Texas, where her viola teachers were Michelle LaCourse, Carol Rodland, and Dr. Susan Dubois. Before switching from violin to viola in 2001, she studied violin with Geda Khatutskaya and Dana Mazurkevich. Dr. Meidell taught at Ball State University from 2013-2018. She is delighted to have joined the faculty of the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, in Fall 2018.
When not working, she enjoys outdoor activities and amigurumi knitting. For more, please visit www.katrinmeidell.com.
Wendy Morton, cello
Wendy Morton, cellist is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with the renowned pedagogue, Orlando Cole. Currently Wendy is the assistant principal cellist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, is a member of UCelli, The Columbus Cello Quartet and is a frequent performer with the Sunday@Central concert series in Central Ohio. Wendy also keeps a busy private teaching studio as well as being on the coaching staff of the chamber music connection program in Worthington, Ohio.
Morton was a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. As a member of Carpe Diem, Wendy had the honor of performing a movement of the Schubert cello quintet as an encore with Yo Yo Ma at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. Her years playing with Carpe Diem include three CD releases on the Naxos label featuring quartets of the late romantic Russian composer Sergey Taneyev, and the Quartet No. 1 of Jonathan Leshnoff, composed in 2007. Wendy has worked with many notable musicians including Alexander Schneider at the New York String Seminar, Josef Gingold at the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar, and with members of the world-renowned Guarneri String Quartet.
Ms. Morton was a member of the Honolulu Symphony and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera orchestra. She also performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble including concerts in Symphony Hall, Boston and Avery Fisher Hall, New York. Wendy has been a member of many local ensembles, including The Lyric Trio, Quattro Corde, and The Pushkin Ensemble. Wendy has performed in a chamber music setting with such notable musicians as Nobuko Imai, Julius Levine, Ann Shein, Gerard Poulet and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She has been a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and performed at The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River, British Columbia.
Ms. Morton performs on a JB Gabbrielli cello made in Florence, Italy circa 1764.
Mark Morton, double bass
Mark Morton is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University is one of the few bassists in the world who can claim equal measure of major orchestral, solo performing, pedagogical experience, and scholarship - over a professional career that has spanned three decades. Dr. Morton is the former Principal Bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and is the first-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He is the author of the popular “Dr. Morton” series of double bass technique books, and is currently working on urtext editions of works of Giovanni Bottesini based on the composers’ manuscripts.
Mark Morton is an accomplished pianist, having appeared as piano concerto soloist with several orchestras, including a performance of Beethoven Emperor Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His recent release on Albany Records, Bottesini’s Greatest Hits features Morton accompanying himself on piano!
Morton has soloed on the double bass in Europe, South America, the United States, and Canada and has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York). His CD’s Thresholds and Russian Rendezvous have become reference CD’s for standard solo double bass repertoire, and he shares a compact disc with Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier. It was with that CD that Classical CD Reviews hailed Morton as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.”
A four-year Texas All-Stater, Dr. Morton has posted 84 videos of all the TMEA All-State audition materials, orchestral excerpts and solos on YouTube. The DrMarkMorton YouTube Channel has garnered over 375,000 views and 2300 subscribers.
Dr. Morton earned the Artist Diploma, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, and is only the second bassist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of that institution. He studied with David Walter, Eugene Levinson, Stuart Sankey, and Winston Budrow.