Dr. Alice Ann M. O’Neill, SC, artist cellist and scholar, has professional performance experience in symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and as a soloist throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, and the U.S., in well-known venues such as El Escorial (Madrid), Teatro Alla Scala (Venice & Milan), Symphony Hall (Boston), and Carnegie Hall (New York). She continues to perform regularly with The Mount St. Joseph Faculty Piano Trio and in solo concerts.
She attended Boston University and The Ohio State University to study cello performance and Suzuki/string teaching. Her cello teachers included George Neikrug, Leslie Parnas, Colin Carr, Claude Kennison, Janos Starker, and Tanya Carey and chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner, Raphael Hillyer, the Muir String Quartet, and the Stradivari and Guarneri Quartets.
Dr. O’Neill has extensive teaching experience and specializes in the Suzuki method. She has taught many clinics and workshops and presented at international education and research conferences. Her research articles have been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, the American Suzuki Journal, and the Vincentian Heritage Journal. Previous collegiate teaching positions in cello and chamber music include Capital University (Columbus, OH), The Ohio State University, and at the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH). Several of her cello students have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” and won prizes at the St. Paul’s String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Her former students have continued their cello studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, Catholic University of America, Aspen Music Festival, Kent-Blossom Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University, Harvard University, and the Juilliard School in New York City.
Currently, Dr. O’Neill teaches cello, string pedagogy, chamber music and various music courses at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity.
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Karl Knapp has served as Principal Cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Madison Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra as well as the national Broadway Tour of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. An advocate of new music, Knapp frequently tours with the cello & percussion ensemble, HooDuo, which made their Seattle recital debut in 2013.
Knapp graduated with his Master and Doctorate of Music degrees from University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a member of the Hunt Quartet, an educational ensemble which took classical music into the elementary schools in the area.
His chamber studies have been with members of the Kartman Chamber Players and the Pro Arte Quartet. Solo studies have been primarily with Karl Lavine, Stefan Kartman, Nina Gordon, Uri Vardi, and Parry Karp. Knapp currently is Assistant Professor of Cello at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Peter Howard served twenty-nine years as Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
After being a member of the National Symphony and Assistant Principal of George Szell’s Cleveland Orchestra, he was a bronze medal winner of the Casals International Competition and prize winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition for the String Quartets. He has performed as a soloist with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and numerous other orchestras in the United States and Europe; given recitals in Berlin, London, New York and other locales. As a chamber music musician, he has toured in Europe, Israel, South America, with Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Pincas Zuckerman, Joseph Silverstein, Shlomo Mintz, Paul Schoenfield and Leo Luvisi.
Mr. Howard has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bowling Green State University, Bethel College, Northwestern College, Rolandseck Festival, Verbier Festival, Brevard Music Center, Madeline Island Music Camp, and the North Carolina School of the Arts International Music Program. Mr. Howard currently teaches at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Alaska Cello Intensive. His students have won positions in the major orchestras as principals and section players as well as numerous competitions and awards nationally and internationally.
Mr. Howard has won the Schubert Club and MMTA Teacher of the Year awards. His cello teachers were Maurice Gendron, Pierre Fournier and Andre Navarra.
Cellist Sarah Koo is known not only for her solo and chamber performances, but also as an avid educator and outreach advocate. Ms. Koo graduated with her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she was the sole recipient of the prestigious William Schumann Award for outstanding achievements in music, academics, and leadership. Ms. Koo made her 2000 New York debut in a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the youngest winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Koo completed a season as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Phoenix Symphony Previous to her appointment with the Phoenix Symphony, she was touring Italy and Europe with the Symphonica Arturo Toscanini under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Ms. Koo, an avid outreach advocate, was a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and brought music education to the public schools of New York. During her appointment in Phoenix, Ms. Koo taught in the One Nation program, a music outreach program at the Salt River Indian Reservation’s high school. Her involvement with the Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard, bringing performances to confined groups of people (e.g. nursing homes, cancer wards, etc.), has allowed her to encourage the genesis of similar programs, by proposing ideas to different organizations throughout the United States.
As a soloist, Ms. Koo has performed with concertos throughout the world. At the age of 18, Sarah was admitted as the youngest participant to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and played in the Festival’s Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Cellist. Ms. Koo, an avid chamber musician, has been featured numerous times in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. Chamber studies have been with Gil Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Peter Salaff, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jonathan Feldman. Solo studies have been primarily with Gilda Barston, Richard Hirschl, Darrett Adkins, and Ardyth Alton.
In Ms. Koo's free time, she enjoys training for half marathons, discovering restaurants with her husband, or playing with her Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie.
GILDA BARSTON, cellist, is Dean Emeritus of the Music Institute of Chicago where she continues to teach in both the Community Division and the Academy. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute. In addition to her teaching, she is the CEO of the International Suzuki Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Cello Society. A student of Leonard Rose, Ms. Barston received a B.S. and M.S. degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
An active performer in the Chicago area, Gilda Barston was principal cellist of the Chicago String Ensemble from its founding to 1983. She was in the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the Mu Phi Epsilon Trio and the Lyric Trio. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Japan.
In 1998, Ms. Barston received a Distinguished Service Award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas for her work with the SAA Cello Committee. A Registered Teacher Trainer of Suzuki Pedagogy, she has been on the faculty of the American Suzuki Institute since 1976 and was the recipient of the ASI’s 2005 Suzuki Chair Award. She has taught at many other Institutes and workshops throughout the country and in Canada, and is currently on the faculty of the National Cello Institute Advanced Cello Residency Program in Orange County, CA. She was a faculty member and soloist at the International Suzuki Teachers' Conference in Matsumoto, Japan, taught at the World Conference in Edmonton, Canada, the Pan-Pacific Suzuki Conference in Adelaide, Australia, the Melbourne Autumn Festival and at the Korean Suzuki Association Winter Camps. In April of 2006 she was an honored guest and faculty member at the 14th Suzuki Method World Convention in Turin, Italy. In May 2010 she and her daughter, Amy, were the guest master class clinicians at the Suzuki Association National Teachers’ Conference in Minneapolis.
Cellist Michelle Jeglum has taught in the public schools and as a private studio teacher for the past twenty years. She is currently the Orchestra Director at West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, teaches strings at Hunter Elementary and Pearl Creek Elementary, and maintains a small private studio. She has been involved with the Fairbanks Youth Orchestras as conductor of both the String Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra and has served as conductor and cello instructor at the University of Alaska Summer Music Academy.
She holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana. Michelle has been a cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and the Opera Fairbanks Orchestra. She is the past state president of the American String Teachers Association, and currently serves on the state ASTA board as member at large, she has also served on the board of the Fairbanks School of Talent Education.
Michelle is dedicated to the Suzuki method, she is a Suzuki certified cello instructor and mother of two Suzuki graduates. She continues to maintain and broaden her Suzuki training at institutes throughout the United States.