Meet our Faculty
Our faculty is made up of skilled educators and performers. They will rock your world!
We've spent our lives developing new sets of skills and repertoire that we can't wait to share with you!
Julie lyonn lieberman, multi-style violinist & singer
Julie Lyonn Lieberman is the author of 13 books, 5 DVDs, 2 National Public Radio series, close to two dozen string orchestra scores (published by Kendor and Alfred Music), and over 50 magazine articles for publications such as STRINGS Magazine, STRAD Magazine, ASTA Journal, Fiddler Magazine, and Band and Orchestra, to name a few. She is a multi-style improvising violinist, vocalist, educator, radio producer, composer, recording artist, and performer as well as the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries.
Ms. Lieberman has performed on and off Broadway as well as in folk and jazz clubs throughout the United States, as well in Guatemala, Canada, Wales, Scotland, and France. She’s taught as an adjunct at The Juilliard School and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music among other institutions, and has presented master classes for ASTA, ESTA, NAfME, IAJE, the Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, National Orchestra Festival, International String Workshop, National Young Audiences, and the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program.
She is long-time D’Addario Orchestral Premiere Clinician, an NS Design Performance Artist, and an Eastman Strings Ambassador.
Her words were as wise as her teaching style was warm, with plentiful laughter and insights that kept the mood light and productive …
– Greg Olwell, Editor, STRINGS MAGAZINE
Julie Lyonn Lieberman can help you incorporate new approaches into your curriculum better than anyone I know.
– Roberta Guaspari Tzavaras, Artistic Director, Opus 118, Harlem Center for Strings
My students have learned so much from your residency at our school. Thank you for opening their ears and minds to the music of the world!
– Beth Hankins, The Lakewood Project, Lakewood, Ohio
tracy silverman, electric violin
Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to progressive string playing and to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin. “Strings should participate organically in our popular musical culture or they will become old-fashioned and irrelevant. Strings must evolve or they may perish.
Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman is the world’s foremost electric violin soloist, bringing concert hall legitimacy to this next-generation instrument.
As part of Silverman’s vision for the “future of strings”, he has premiered and recorded several major new electric violin concertos written specifically for him by composers John Adams (The Dharma at Big Sur), Terry Riley (The Palmian Chord Ryddle), Nico Muhly (Seeing is Believing), Roberto Sierra (Ficciones), Kenji Bunch (Embrace), and 3 concertos of his own; appearing with the LA Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and many others at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and stages all over the world.
Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School and is noted for his skills as a rock, jazz and hip hop player.
TV/internet and radio includes a solo Tiny Desk Concert on NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, and a profile on CBS News Sunday Morning.
Silverman is the author of The Strum Bowing Method: How to Groove on Strings, and The Rhythm String Player: Strum Bowing in Action, as well as several etude books and online courses on his Strum Bowing Groove Academy. Silverman is on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
jeremy harman, Cello
Boston-based cellist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Jeremy Harman is always exploring shifting musical terrain with a continual desire to evolve as both an artist and a person. Drawing from a diverse pool of stylistic influences including contemporary classical, modern jazz, folk, metal/hardcore, post-rock, downtempo electronic, and free improvisation, his musical path has taken him across the globe in venues ranging from concert halls and art galleries to carnivals, street corners, bars, clubs and d.i.y. house shows.
Jeremy's project Long Is The Walk has just released it's debut album Spirits + Ghosts, a hauntingly hypnotic collection of songs and virtuosic instrumentals which weave together coming-of-age tales of an individual struggling to hold on to dreams and purpose as the naivete of youth fades and is replaced by an obsession with the finite nature of time and of life.
Jeremy is the cellist for the NYC-based Sirius Quartet who have spent the past few years playing shows abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Malaysia and closer to home at Merkin Hall, Shapeshifter Lab, The Lily Pad, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, The Issue Project Room and other venues for forward-thinking music and art. Recent collaborators include Tracy Silverman, Uri Caine, Rufus Reid, John Escreet, Linda Oh, Billy Martin, Peter Stan, Ivo Perelman, and Matthew Shipp. He also appears frequently with instrumental chamber music/indie-rock alchemists Cordis, including a spot on NPR's Mountainstage and shows throughout the Eastern US.
As a freelance cellist, Jeremy has been fortunate to cross paths and share the stage with an extremely wide range of artists including Quincy Jones, John Williams, Pinchas Zuckerman, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Bennett, Sir Elton John, Sting, Lady Gaga, DeVotchKa, Debbie Harry, Mark Ribot, Mary J Blige, and Peter Gabriel in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, House of Blues Boston, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kodak Theatre, Walt Disney Hall, and The Newport Jazz Festival.
Also spending much of his time in the studio writing arrangements and tracking strings for other artists, Jeremy has worked in some the most in-demand studios in Boston and NYC including Electric Lady, Systems Two, Futura, Mix One, Zippah, Spin, and East Side Sound.
Harman was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
JASON ANICK, GYPSY JAZZ VIOLINIST
Berklee College of Music Professor Jason Anick, has earned a reputation among string players as an imaginative improviser, versatile composer, and insightful educator.
Growing up playing fiddle tunes with his family and classical music with local orchestras, he developed a passion for improvisation, which led him to study jazz and classical music at Hartt Conservatory. In 2008, Anick started what would be a 10 year stint touring and recording with Grammy award-winning guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson while still a senior at Hartt Conservatory.
As a band-leader, Anick has launched a variety of musical projects over the years, including the Gypsy Jazz group Rhythm Future Quartet, an Americana-inspired Acoustic Trio, and a contemporary jazz ensemble with pianist Jason Yeager. His string of recordings (Sleepless, Tipping Point, United, Travels, Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends) has earned him praise from Downbeat Magazine as a "Rising Star in the world of jazz violin."
A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artist like Stevie Wonder, Guster, Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Celia Woodsmith, and Ward Hayden and the Outliers. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
Jason is also a sought-after educator and published author. In 2022, he published his first educational book, Violin Fingerboard Mastery, with Hal Leonard. Jason has also taught jazz violin and mandolin to students of all ages at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world and regularly contributes educational columns to Fiddler Magazine.
-The Boston Globe
Equally gifted as a musician and composer.
- Regina Carter
A rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin.
Introducing Luca Ciarla
A creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in 70 countries in the world; from Montreal Jazz Festival to the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre, from Celtic Connections in Scotland to the Villa-Lobos Festival in Rio de Janeiro, from Melbourne Jazz Festival to the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Italy. “…one of the most interesting violinists nowadays on the international scene, capable of browsing around different sounds and genres without ever losing his unmistakable style.” la Repubblica (Italy)
A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca began playing violin and piano at the age of eight. By twelve he was studying at the conservatory and few years later began exploring jazz and improvisation. He received his violin degree in 1993 and then studied at the Fiesole School of Music and the Scuola di Alto perfezionamento of Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a master’s at the Indiana University and to study jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he also completed a doctorate in musical arts at the University of Arizona where he taught violin for few years. Winner of several competitions in Italy and abroad, in 1999 he was awarded by the prestigious New York-based Chamber Music America. Over the years Luca Ciarla has worked with artists such as Greg Cohen, Chris Jarrett, Daniele Sepe, Joshua Bell, Edgar Mayer, Daniele Scannapieco, Danilo Rea, Sylvain Gagnon, Anthony Fernandes, Luciano Berio, Andrea Piccioni, Meklit Hadero, Simone Zanchini, Marina Rei, Blaine Whittaker, Mimmo Locasciulli, Luciano Biondini, Fabrizio Bosso, Sergio Cammariere, Rodolfo Maltese, Paola Turci, Luigi Tessarollo, Ferruccio Spinetti, Mark Rush, Peppe Voltarelli, Javier Girotto, Antonio Forcione. After recording with several prestigious labels, Luca Ciarla founds Violipiano, a production company that takes care of his artistic activity at 360 degrees. He regularly collaborates with visual artist Keziat with whom he has envisioned the performance Music for your Eyes, presented also in Johannesburg under the invitation of South African artist William Kentridge. Numerous national and international media have talked about him, including la Repubblica, New York Times, Rai 1, Il Fatto Quotidiano, The Sydney Morning Herald, RadioRai 2, TGcom Mediaset, Il Giornale della Musica, RTHK Hong Kong, Neue Musikzeitung and many others. At the invitation of the Fiesole School of Music, Luca has recently performed in Florence for the Strings City Festival, in the same spaces dedicated to the retrospective on Marina Abramović at Palazzo Strozzi.
Here are the other members of our awesome team…
CELLIST MELISSA BRUN is a professional cellist and freelance teaching artist. Holding a Bachelors of Music and a Performers Certificate from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory, she has recently been on faculty at Millersville University, UArts, and currently hosts her own private studio. She has performed and soloed with various orchestras and choral associations in the Philadelphia area, and manages the Chester County Youth Orchestra. Non-classically, she is a founding member of the chamber-folk sextet, The Sound Accord, and is a member of Irish trio, Maggie’s Boots. As a co-creator of the children’s music duo, Big Idea Committee, Melissa blends musical theatre vocals and live cello instrumentals to create an interactive and theatrical experience for kids ages 3-8 with everyone’s favorite musical friend, Karl the Cello.
Also an avid pit musician, Melissa has performed at various professional theaters in the Philadelphia region (American Music Theater, Fulton Opera House, The Walnut Street Theater) has played with Broadway touring companies (Cinderella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Matilda) and soloed with Broadway stars, Kristin Chenoweth and Jonathan Groff.
Melissa has been a String Clinician with D’Addario Orchestral since 2018, delivering “Strings 101,” a workshop dedicated to giving students and educators a toolkit to make educated choices in the strings and gear they use. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Supervisor, helping to oversee the Educational Outreach program.
Melissa lives in Phoenixville, PA, with her husband, Chris, daughter, Hazel, Karl the Cello, and cat, Mac.
VIOLINIST ALISSA JACKMAN is a multi-genre musician based out of New York City. You can catch her playing anything from classical to funk, jazz, fiddling, new music, or rock. Alissa performs with her acoustic as well as her 7-string electric Viper violin. Alissa is a music educator and an education activist. In addition to teaching her studio of private students and classroom music students, she has performed in multiple benefit concerts to help support music education, such as the Muzart World Foundation’s We Are Hope concert and various concerts for the Electrify Your Music Foundation.
Alissa has been on faculty at Strings Without Boundaries since 2019 and has also taught multiple Masterclasses at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
She received her BM in Violin Performance, studying under Cyrus Beroukhim, and her MA in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt. As a student, Alissa Jackman performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Symphony Space, and the LDS Conference Center. Since then, she frequently freelances with bands and other artists playing clubs and bars in NYC, such as Don’t Tell Mama’s and Sony Hall, and is an active studio musician. She has also appeared as a guest lecturer for the NYU String Pedagogy course for the past 3 years, speaking on Multi-Genre String Pedagogy.
Annika Amstutz is a fiddler and music educator who lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is the Music Director of the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts, a community orchestra for members of all abilities and ages. Annika's private students range in age from 5 to 85 and she brings her background as a classroom educator to support students. She regularly plays at contradances around the valley and especially enjoys leading open-band dances where amateur musicians can sit on stage and play along. As a fiddler player, Annika can be seen performing with a variety of bands and musical groups across the Pioneer Valley and throughout New England. Her fiddle playing in Bluegrass, Irish, and New England styles can be heard on the recordings of many local musicians as well as her recent duo CD, Old Favorites, recorded with cellist Daniel Plane. She is an active advocate of community music and loves playing fiddle with other musicians wherever she goes.
Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw began playing the violin at age four. She eventually received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University, studying with Joanne Bath and Ara Gregorian. Pattie is an extremely versatile musician and has a tremendous talent for fiddling as well as classical violin. She has studied with fiddling legends Bobby Hicks and Mark O’Connor. Pattie also has a passion for the education of young fiddlers; she holds her certification in the Mark O’Connor American Violin Method. She has resided in Asheville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, has played on Broadway, and has helped start the Bluegrass Underground Project in McMinnville, TN. Pattie has also made appearances at a variety of music venues on the east coast. Pattie has made special guest appearances with famous and talented musicians including Don Helms, Bobby Osbourne, and Charlie Daniels. She currently teaches at two private studios in North Carolina and is frequently invited to teach workshops throughout the United States for both fiddling and classical instruction. She performs regularly in the eastern United States and is a member of multiple ensembles including the Trent River Chamber Players, The Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, SC, and bluegrass and Americana project the Lynda & Pattie Duo. She loves spending time sailing on the coast with her husband.
Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw
fiddler & vocalist