Faculty

randy hiller LCMC Director - Randy Hiller is a freelance violinist/violist and an avid chamber musician. Mr. Hiller earned degrees from Harvard and MIT and taught Finance at Harvard Business School and Northeastern before deciding to pursue his passion for chamber music full-time. He plays regularly with Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, and the Lexington Symphony. He is also an experienced chamber music coach; members of a current string quartet have appeared on From The Top. Randy also serves as Immediate Past President of Project STEP, an organization that provides professional music training to minority students. He also serves as a Director of Music at Point CounterPoint, a summer music camp in Vermont, and on the faculty of Apple Hill, a chamber music camp in Nelson, NH.

brian clague Brian Clague has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. In recital, he has appeared as violinist and pianist at the Warsaw Mozart Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. He is active as a recording artist for national Public Broadcasting Service productions at WGBH studios in Boston as well as for film, major record labels, and commercial projects. He also has worked as a choral conductor.

Mr. Clague has served as concertmaster for many Boston-area orchestras and choral societies, including Boston Chamber Ensemble,Bel Canto Opera, Symphony Pro Musica, Civic Symphony of Boston, Brookline Symphony and MIT Summer Philharmonic. As an orchestral player, he has appeared throughout New England with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, New Hampshire Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Portland Symphony and Indian Hill Arts. Mr. Clague's teachers include Kato Havas in London, and George Neikrug in Boston. BM Montana State, University of New Mexico.

leah bartell Leah Bartell has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and completed a one-month residency in Calcutta, India, teaching violin and performing as a soloist with the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans through music education. As a freelance violinist in the Boston area, Ms. Bartell has performed with symphonies and opera companies throughout New England, including the Vermont Symphony, Opera North, PORT Opera, National Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Lexington Symphony, and Portland Ballet. Ms. Bartell discovered her passion for chamber music while studying with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she completed her M.Mus. in violin performance in 1999. Since then, Ms. Bartell has collaborated with musicians throughout the Boston area. As a conductor, Ms. Bartell has worked with young orchestras at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is the music director at the Waldorf School of Lexington and is the founder and music director of the Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra. After a recent open rehearsal of one of Ms. Bartell's ensembles, an audience member wrote, "…this kind of music-making doesn't just happen; it is the product of inspired joy and hard work."

rebecca rusack hawkins Rebecca Rusack Hawkins. Playing chamber music has been a life-long interest for Rebecca. Growing up in a musical family, she played her first duos, trios and quartets with her father and sister and studied further at Greenwood Music Camp in the summers. She attended the preparatory divisions at Manhattan School of Music, Hartt School of Music and Boston University, and began playing professionally in her early teens. In college she performed in many chamber orchestras and ensembles, including at the Aspen Music Festival in summers.

Rebecca attended Yale, where in addition to her undergraduate studies, she was a violinist with the New Haven Symphony and principal player with the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. She studied violin with Paul Kantor, an outstanding pedagogue whose insightful methods, delivered with patience, humor, encouragement and warmth, provided the inspiration for Rebecca's approach to teaching.

Following college, practicality trumped passion and Rebecca received a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and spent six years as a corporate attorney. Throughout her legal career, she treasured chamber music get-togethers with friends and would play as often as possible. Eventually, she left the practice of law, raised three boys with her husband Richard, and returned to teaching and performing violin and viola.

In Boston, Rebecca was associate concertmaster of the New England Philharmonic for many years and has also served as concertmaster of other area orchestras. In England, she was a principal player with the the Surrey Mozart Players and Kew Sinfonia. She now performs on baroque violin with A Joyful Noyse, an early music group based in Lexington, and is a member of Lexington Symphony. She visits over thirty elementary schools each year with Lexington Symphony's educational outreach quartet, teaching children about the instruments of the orchestra. Rebecca has a private studio of violin and viola students and continues to enjoy chamber music evenings with friends.

lisa kempskie Lisa Kempskie has a degree in violin performance from UMass Lowell and has done graduate work in music education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She freelances on violin and viola throughout the greater Boston area and is currently principal viola of the Lexington Symphony. Lisa directed the elementary and middle school string program in the Winchester Public Schools for 7 years and has since maintained a private studio. She also has studied bow-making , repair, and rehair at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire, and works as a rehair and repair person for regional string companies as well as many local players. Lisa is a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program which trains musicians to play individually-tailored live therapeutic music at the bedside of the sick or dying. She is also on the faculty of the Westford Suzuki School.

robert merfeld Robert Merfeld graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory and received a Master's degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Beveridge Webster. Mr. Merfeld was a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players with whom he toured nationally and internationally for over twenty years. He participates in collaborative recitals throughout the United States with artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Stanley Ritchie, Arnold Steinhardt, William Sharp, William Parker, Jayne West, and Jan DeGaetani. He has performed at the Aspen, Ravinia, Caramoor, Marlboro, and New England Bach festivals. Concerto performances include appearances with the national orchestras of Costa Rica and Bolivia, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and the Brandeis University Orchestra. Mr. Merfeld is currently on the faculties of Boston University and Harvard University and coordinates the chamber music programs at the Longy School of Music and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute.

peter sulski Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being Artistic Director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. For seven years he gave the annual Viola Masterclass, along with many solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Dartington International Summer School. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, and his first London South Bank appearance in 2001.

After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of QX and Mistral. Peter is also Artistic Director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and records for Centaur Records.