In January 2008, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra received from the Trawick Foundation, a multi-year grant to provide MCYO students with Chamber Music and Small Ensemble opportunities.
MCYO’s goal is to give all our musicians an opportunity to participate in chamber music. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, which are different from the skills required for solo or orchestral works.
Senior Flute Choir, directed by: Janese Sampson. Janese Sampson enjoys a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician, flute soloist, adjudicator, private instructor and educator. Currently she is the Applied Flute Professor at Bowie State University, teaches Instrumental Music in Montgomery County Public Schools, and coaches the Woodwind section of MCYO Young Artists Orchestra. Her flute solo and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the Washington area at venues such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Barns at Wolf Trap, the Phillips Collection, the National Building Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a freelance artist, Ms. Sampson has performed with such renowned performers as Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, the late Ray Charles, Kathleen Battle, The Harlem Boys Choir, and the Washington Saxophone Quartet.
Junior Flute Choir, directed by: Carolyn Oh. She received her flute performance degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (BM), Indiana University (MM) and the Catholic University of America (DMA). Her principal teachers include Vanita Hall Jones, Thomas Robertello and Jacques Zoon, with additional training with Julius Baker, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic. She has also interned in the Performance Plus program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As soloist, she has toured the U.S., England and South Africa with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has also appeared as soloist with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery College Orchestra and the Southeastern Music Center Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has played principal flute at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter, as well as with the Washington Summer Opera Orchestra and the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of America and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Clarinet Choir, directed by: Katie Kellert. Katherine Kellert is an active freelance musician and private instructor in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with Robert Spring, and has also studied with Steven Cohen, Scott Bridges, and Sandra Garner-Mosteller. Currently she is the Principal Clarinettist with the Mantovani Orchestra and a founding member of Great Noise Ensemble and performs regularly at theaters and with ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area. She appears on the recordings eXchange: China, performing Kawai Shiu’s Winter Tide, and Great Noise Ensemble’s Guerrilla New Music. Ms.Kellert maintains an active music studio of more than forty students throughout the year, many of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts and other distinguished fields. Her students perform in recitals and concerts throughout the year and have participated in many honors bands, orchestras, performances and competitions including the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, MTNA Regional and National festivals and competitions, and NPR’s From The Top.
Harp Ensemble, directed by: Monika Vasey. Monika Vasey is a freelance professional harpist in the Washington, D.C. area and is in high demand as a performer, teacher and lecturer. In addition to her work with the MCYO Harp Ensemble and Orchestras, she teaches at the Levine School of Music and the Concord Hill School, previously serving on the faculties of the Settlement Music School and Howard County Public Schools.
A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Vasey holds a Masters degree in Music Education as well as Bachelors degrees in both Harp Performance and Music Education. Intensive study programs include the Young Artists Harp Seminar, Saratoga Harp Colony, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. She enjoys performing as a soloist and orchestral harpist, as well as doing freelance and studio work. Recent performance highlights include the Kennedy Center Honors Reception, as well as performances for the President of Liberia and the President of the United States. An advocate of new music compositions for the harp, she has performed with numerous associations including the American Harp Society, The National Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Apollo Orchestra, Columbia Orchestra, National Cathedral Choral Society, Montgomery Philharmonic and Virginia Grand Military Band.
Ms. Vasey is a regular contributor to a number of educational and musical journals and has special interest in the development and adaptation of musical instruments for people with physical limitations. She is also a grant researcher for MCYO.