About the Musicians – 2018 Season

Daniel Shulman, a conductor and pianist, has conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, on the Monday Evening Concerts (founded by Stravinsky), in Los Angeles, and at the International Holland Festival. Over the years, he has founded a number of performance organizations, including the Light Fantastic Players (1971-76), In the Music Room (1987-92), and the Shulman Concerts (1994-2006). He served, as senior faculty and director of the orchestral program, at the California Institute of the Arts, also at C.W. Post College and the City College of New York. He travels annually to Japan to present master classes and appear in concert with many of that country’s most gifted instrumentalists.
Kaori Washiyama, violin, is a competition-winning soloist, director of the Japan-based Kaori Washiyama Chamber Music Series, principal violinist of the Shulman Concerts and a member of the Bennington College faculty. She was awarded a major prize in Kyoto, Japan, for her performances of Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” and Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” both conducted by her husband, Daniel Shulman, in 2000.
Melanie Dexter is a violinist from Shaftsbury, VT who performs with the Vermont and Berkshire Symphonies and various other ensembles throughout the region.  Educated at the Eastman School of Music, she has performed in Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, and American cities including New York, Charleston, SC, Philadelphia, and many others. She also holds an MBA from Cornell University.

Maxine Neuman’s solo and chamber music travels span North and South America, Europe, Japan and China. A grant recipient from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts and a shared Grammy Award winner, her biography appears in Who’s Who in the World.

She’s a founding member of the Claremont Duo, Duo Cellissimo, the Crescent String Quartet and the Belmont Trio, groups with which she has recorded extensively. She can also be heard in such diverse settings as the Montreux Jazz Festival, films of Jim Jarmusch, with Metallica and the Ron Carter Jazz Nonet.

In New York, she is a member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra.

Distinguished as a teacher as well as performer, Maxine is Assistant Music Director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and has taught at Bennington College, Williams College and C.W. Post University. She is on the faculty at Hoff-Barthelson Music School. Her cello is a J.B. Guadagnini, made in 1772.

Nathaniel Parke is a free-lance cellist in the region and is principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet and the Bennington String Quartet. He is currently Artist Associate in Cello at Williams College and Instructor of Cello at Bennington College in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. Many of his students have been competition-winners and recipients of awards. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music, Skidmore College, SUNY Albany, the Manchester Music Festival, Taconic Music and is currently on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East. He can be heard on Albany Records and MMC Recordings performing chamber and solo cello music. Mr. Parke performs on an instrument made in 1721 by  C.G. Testore.

Stefanie Taylor is the assistant principal violist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and violist for the orchestra’s Juke Box Quartet.  She has been principal violist of both Middlebury Opera and Green Mountain Opera, and has led the Burlington Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster.  She has performed with the Craftsbury Chamber Players, Williams Chamber Players, the Manchester Music Festival, Capital City Concerts, and Burlington Ensemble. 

In nearly twenty years in New York, Stefanie performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic and as guest principal violist of the American Symphony, and in ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She premiered several chamber works in venues including Merkin Hall, Roulette, Miller Theater, and performed live on WQXR. 

A graduate of Indiana University and SUNY Stony Brook, Stefanie studied violin with Miriam Fried, viola with Caroline Levine, and chamber music with Julius Levine and Tim Eddy. 

Elise Lunder studies violin performance with Kaori Washiyama at Bennington College. She has played in ensembles such as Sage City Symphony, the UVM Symphony orchestra, and alongside members of the Philadelphia Orchestra during her time in the Philadelphia International Music Festival student soloist program. Outside of the college, she plays revolutionary folk tunes in a duo at many historical events throughout Vermont and Upstate New York.
Lily Gallagher is a High Honor Role sophomore student at the Salem Washington Academy. She has been a National Fine Arts Competition finalist and a Jazz Band pianist at Salem Central. She studies with Daniel Shulman. She is a scholarship singer in the Battenkill Chorale, she has also sung in the All-County Chorus (Washington County), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and in Washington D.C. Lily also plays the flute, and has appeared in the Northeast Music Festival (Lake Placid), Area All-State (Saratoga Springs) and All-County Bands (Washington County). Her extra-curricular activities at Salem Central include Drama Club, Mock Trials, and editing the Literary Magazine.