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Barbara Jaffe - violin
Dana Weiderhold – violin
Louise Jaffe - viola
Amy Leonard – viola
Talia Schiff – cello
Rahel Inniger – piano

Barbara JaffeBarbara Jaffe, violinist, received a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Donald Weilerstein. She graduated magna cum laude from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree and was the recipient of the PCPA Book Prize for excellence in the Liberal Arts. Former teachers include Edgar Ortenberg, Charles Castleman, David Cerone, and Yumi Ninomiya-Scott.

A founding member of Elysian Camerata, Ms. Jaffe’s chamber music career began in 1982 in Great Falls, Montana with the Cascade String Quartet, the resident quartet affiliated with the Great Falls Symphony, and followed with a position in the Bradley University String Quartet in Peoria, Illinois.

In the greater Philadelphia area, Ms. Jaffe has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Delaware Orchestras, Philly Pops, Relache, the Fairmount String Quartet and Chamber Ensemble, and the Arioso Quartet. In the Lehigh Valley she has performed with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Jaffe has performed in Switzerland as a member of the New Bridge Ensemble.

Barbara Jaffe has taught violin students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and maintains a teaching studio in her home as well. In the summer she is a faculty member, performer and chamber music coach at the Vermont Music and Arts Center in Lyndonville, Vermont.


Dana WeiderholdA native of Minersville, PA, violinist Dana Weiderhold studied under Simon Maurer, Sylvia Ahramjian, Michael Jamanis, James Stern and Arnold Steinhardt and has received degrees from both West Chester University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Weiderhold has concertized in Venezuela, Romania, Carnegie Hall, most recently appeared at Tulane University in New Orleans with her piano trio “Salisi” and was a featured soloist in Cameroon. She has appeared on WHYY, XPN, WRTI, WVIA, NBC, and QVC and has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, West Chester University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Dana is principal second violinist of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, serves as assistant concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is concertmaster of the Anthracite Philharmonic. She has performed as an orchestral musician with the Annapolis, Allentown, Chester County Pops and Kennett Symphonies and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, she is violinist in the piano trio “Salisi” and has appeared as a guest artist with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble. Expressing her interest in both classical and Indy Rock music, Dana has collaborated with some of Philadelphia’s most popular singer/songwriters having appeared on Andrew Lipke’s “The Plague” and “Siddiqah” as first violinist of the Azrael String Quartet. The group is currently releasing their newest album, “Siddhartha.”

Ms. Weiderhold has been providing private violin and viola instruction for students of all ages and levels for well over a decade. She has been a faculty member at the Darlington Fine Arts Center, The Music Centre, Blue Mountain Academy, Olenka School of Music in Maryland and has instructed young student group classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster. Dana coaches chamber music at the Bear Crossing Chamber Music String Camp each summer as well as Vermont Music and Arts Program at Lyndon State College, VT. She is currently on faculty at the Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA and maintains an ever growing and enthusiastic private studio located in the heart of West Chester, Pennsylvania.


Louise JaffeLouise Jaffe, violist, received a Master of Music Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Ms. Jaffe earned a Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA). At Eastman, Louise studied viola with Heidi Castleman, and chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet. At PCPA, she studied violin with Charles Castleman, and viola with Patynka Kopec. Other notable musicians with whom Louise has worked include Donald Weilerstein, Mitchell Stern, Edgar Ortenberg, and Abram Loft.

Ms. Jaffe began her performing career as violist with the Shelbourne and Cascade Quartets, string quartets based in Great Falls, Montana. Since then she has performed in numerous chamber recitals in the United States and abroad, including concerts in Zurich, Bern, Boltigen, and Castasegna, Switzerland.

Louise is a founding member of Elysian Camerata. She also performs with Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, New Bridge Ensemble (Switzerland), Chadds Ford Strings, ViVaCe Strings, and Fairmount Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, she has performed with Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

Ms. Jaffe’s other love is teaching violin and viola. She maintains an active teaching studio of thirty students, working with children of all ages and adults.

Louise spends a portion of her summers in Lyndonville, VT where she is faculty violist at Vermont Music and Arts Center. In this magical place she coaches chamber groups and performs with professional and non-professional musicians who are passionate about chamber music.

 


Amy LeonardPhiladelphia native Amy Leonard received viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied baroque viola at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. Principal teachers have included Leonard Mogill, Jeffrey and Lynne Ramsey Irvine, Karen Ritscher, Charles Bruck, and Jane Starkman.

An exceptionally versatile musician, Amy has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL), and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where Amy performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise”. Amy has also participated in a number of music festivals in North America and Europe such as Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA, Mostra Mozart in Venice, Italy, and enjoyed a relationship of long standing with the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, first as student then as administrator and director of the school’s chamber music series.

A devoted teacher, Amy was a faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, for four years and at the Music School of Delaware for seven. Currently Amy maintains a large and lively studio teaching violin and viola at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA and privately.

Recent recital appearances have been at Rowan University, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and the Philadelphia Ethical Society. As a freelance musician she is very much in demand, performing in addition to the Elysian Camerata, as a member of the contemporary music octet Relache, the Pyxis Piano Quartet, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the baroque ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. Amy also performs frequently with other ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, and in recent years has been a guest artist with groups such as the Copeland String Quartet, La Bernardinia baroque ensemble, and Melomanie.

She has recorded under the auspices of the Chandos, Plectra, NMC, Naxos, Meyer Media, and BMG Classics labels, as well as for PBS, NFL Films, and Irish Film Orchestras.


Talia SchiffCellist Talia Schiff, a founding member of Elysian Camerata, completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University as a student of renowned cellist Leslie Parnas, where she was the recipient of the Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. As first-place winner of the 1982 Austrian-American Society Mozarteum Scholarship Competition she was awarded a summer of study in Salzburg with the legendary Italian cellist Antonio Janigro. She later attended the Peabody Institute, earning her Master of Music degree in the studios of concert cellists Stephen Kates and Yehuda Hanani. Chamber music always playing a central role in Ms. Schiff’s career, she attended summer chamber music festivals where she studied with, among others, James Buswell, Nathaniel Rosen, John Graham and Toby Appel. Ms. Schiff subsequently went on to help create the Castalia String Trio, semifinalists in the 1987 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. In 1989 Ms. Schiff continued to pursue her love of chamber music by becoming a founding member of the Tenor Clef Dwellers: a cello quartet. For the next decade she devoted much of her artistic energy to developing the performance and repertoire of the cello quartet ensemble. In spring of 2001, a collection of music she had transcribed for the Tenor Clef Dwellers was published by Musicelli Publications.

A former member of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Schiff left her post there to pursue a position with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra with whom she currently performs. Formerly the principal cellist of both Opera NJ and Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed as a substitute cellist with the Philadelphia Opera Company orchestra (now Opera Philadelphia), the Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She appears frequently with Philly Pops and her diverse musical activities include performing the solo cello part in the world premiere of the Ben Steinberg work “Psalm of Thanksgiving” in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, as well as a brief appearance with the iconic group Earth, Wind and Fire. She is also now the newest member of the Philadelphia-area rock band, Nxt2Normal, with whom she performs as cellist and back-up vocalist.


Rahel InnegerRahel Inniger, pianist, received her “Lehrdiplom” (teaching diploma) in 1979 from the Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland) where she was a student of Rosemarie Stucki. As a recipient of a Kiefer/Hablitzel Stiftung scholarship she was able to come to the United States to continue her education. She majored in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, from which she received a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature in 1982. Ms. Inniger’s piano teachers at Eastman included Barry Snyder and Barbara Lister-Sink, and chamber music coaches included Abram Loft, Peter Salaff, and Rebecca Penneys. Further studies included vocal accompaniment with Daphne Ibbott in Sussex, England and music pedagogy workshops in Stuttgart and Bad Hersfeld, Germany.

In 1982 Ms. Inniger accepted a teaching position at the Musikschule Kandertal in Frutigen, Switzerland where she remained until 1986. During this time she served as accompanist at the Konservatorium Bern in the master classes of clarinetist Jost Michaels and cellist Siegfried Palm and in the studios of clarinet professor Kurt Weber and violin professor Igor Ozim.

After moving to the United States in 1986, Ms. Inniger was employed by the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia as staff accompanist and faculty member, teaching both piano and chamber music. She maintains a private teaching studio in Ardmore, PA.

Rahel is a founding member of Elysian Camerata as well as a member of the New Bridge Ensemble in Switzerland.

 

 

Barbara Jaffe - violin Jean Louise Shook – violin Louise Jaffe - viola Beth Dzwil – viola Talia Schiff – cello Rahel Inniger – piano