ESYO is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to participate in a String Festival with faculty and students from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane String Trio Faculty Ensemble
Liesl Schoenberger Doty, violin
Though originally from quaint Cape Girardeau, MO Liesl’s career has taken her well beyond the banks of the Mississippi River. Hailed for her “magnetic presence”, she has performed across North America and Europe, appearing at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, The Musikverein, The Kravis Center, The Kennedy Center and performs actively as a soloist having worked with several orchestras in the United States. She has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in numerous festivals and concert series including Yellow Barn, Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Fest, White Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, New Music New Haven, Chamber Music at Yale, Orford Centre d’Arts, Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg and Ferme de Villefavard in France. As a crossover artist, she released three commercial fiddle albums in collaboration with musical legends, Buddy Spicher and David Grier, and has appeared as a guest artist at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 2009, Ms. Doty has been featured as a soloist in composer/pianist Eric Genuis’ national tours. In 2012, Liesl became a “CRIER” in Boston’s own chair-less, conductor-less chamber orchestra, A Far Cry [GRAMMY nominated in 2015!!] and has enjoyed touring, recording and collaborating with all 16 of her co-artistic directors in the collective. Her favorite “crier” in the orchestra is her husband, bassist Karl Doty, with whom she performs regularly as part of their classical and crossover duo, “The Dotys”.
Liesl earned her Bachelor and Master of Music from Indiana University under the instruction of Mimi Zweig and Mauricio Fuks and an Artist Diploma from Yale University as a student of Ani Kavafian. Liesl is a candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at New England Conservatory and was the teaching assistant to Lucy Chapman during her studies there. Previous faculty appointments include Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire, Saint Anselm College and Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Liesl plays a 1919 Carl Becker violin.
Shelly Tramposh, viola
Dr. Shelly Tramposh is Associate Professor of Viola at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where she teaches viola, chamber music, string pedagogy, Irish traditional fiddling, and serves as coordinator of the string area. Dr. Tramposh is also on the faculty of the Manitou Springs Chamber Music Festival, and performs recitals across the U.S. and abroad with pianist Cullan Bryant. She has given presentations, clinics, and workshops at ASTA
national conferences, International Viola Society events, and throughout the United States and in Europe and Central America. Her article on practicing appeared in the October 2011 issue of The Strad, in the same month that her CD “Sprezzatura”, with pianist Cullan Bryant, was released by Ravello, containing world premieres by Paul Chihara and Paul Siskind. Gramophone praised her CD as “a disc that ought to hold appeal far beyond the viola community”, praising her “bright, silvery tone.”
Before joining the faculty at the Crane School of Music, Dr. Tramposh was a member of several orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Central City Opera Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Marin Symphony. She attended many summer festivals, including the Taos Summer Chamber Music Academy, the National Repertory Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, and three years with the Spoleto Festival/Festival dei due Mondi. As a faculty member at Eastern Music Festival, she presented workshops on auditioning with conductor Edmon Colomer.
Dr. Tramposh holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her principal teachers include Martha Katz, Steven Tenenbom, Erika Eckert, and Don Ehrlich, and she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Bill Starr and Teri Einfeldt. She proudly serves on the executive board for the American Viola Society.
Marie-Elaine Gagnonm cello
Canadian cellist Marie-Élaine Gagnon has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra musician in Canada, United States, Panama, France, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Taiwan and South Korea. She has been featured in recital broadcasts by CBC Radio, Iowa Public Radio and most recently by South Dakota Public Radio (SDPB). Her appearances as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles range from Bach to Bates. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Gagnon was cellist of the Ibis Camerata from 2000 to 2006 and for the past ten years member of the Rawlins Piano Trio. She also co-founded the Zapateado Duo with Venezuelan-born pianist Angelica Sganga. In the fall of 2017, she joined the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, as assistant professor of cello and chamber music. Gagnon also taught at the University of South Dakota from 2007-2017 and before that at the Université de Montréal Youth program in Canada.
Dr. Gagnon holds performance degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and Québec, a Master of Music from Florida International University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. During her doctoral studies, she was the Graduate Assistant of Ross Harbaugh. Notable teachers include Leslie Snider, David Ellis, Philippe Muller, Roland Pasquier, Keith Robinson, Paul Watkins and Desmond Hoebig. While studying in Canada, Gagnon won several concerto and chamber music competitions as well as the Jeunes Artists auditions of Radio-Canada. She performs on a 1904 cello made by the French master Paul Bailly.
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Students
Andrew Caswell is originally from Peru, New York. Andrew has studied violin with Elizabeth Gorevic, John Lindsey, and Dr. Sarah Hersh. Andrew has served as principal second violin and concertmaster during his time in the Crane Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has also played several concerts with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Crane Opera Orchestra. At Crane, he has played in a string quintet, violin duo, string trio, and two string quartets with repertoire from Schubert, Ysaÿe, Prokofiev, and Glass. During his student teaching semester, Andrew taught at Galway Elementary School with Bradley Gregg and at Bethlehem High School with David Beck. In student teaching, Andrew conducted string ensembles, a full orchestra, taught lesson groups, private lessons, and coached string chamber groups.
Dana Berman is originally from Long Island, NY and is currently a senior at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She is finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in music education with a concentration on violin. Prior to college, Dana studied with Shaun Lazare on Long Island. She was fortunate to experience 3 different studio professors throughout her time at Crane, having studied with John Lindsey, Liesl Doty, and Dr. Sarah Hersh. Dana has participated in various ensembles at Potsdam including the Crane Symphony Orchestra, Crane Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. She has been in a string quartet, trio, and violin duo and has played various gigs. She has served as both the principal second violinist and concertmistress for the Crane Symphony Orchestra. Dana just recently completed her student teaching experience. She taught general music in the Shenendehowa School District with Carolyn Slezak and middle school strings in the Bethlehem School District with Jody VanVoris. She teaches private lessons during the summer to students of various ages.
Brandon Keough is a senior at SUNY Potsdam studying geology and wilderness education. As part of his studies, Brandon is also completing a Performer’s Certificate in Viola at the Crane School of Music as a student of Dr. Shelly Tramposh. As a student at SUNY Potsdam, Brandon has performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra for several seasons, as well as the Crane Opera Orchestra, Viola Ensemble, and several chamber ensembles. Other engagements as a musician have included concert series with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra. Before coming to Potsdam, Brandon played with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years in Rochester, NY where he served as the Conducting Apprentice for the 2013-14 season and a spring tour in France. Following graduation in May, Brandon plans to start graduate school in geology while continuing to keep music a priority.
Jonathan Kim has studied cello for fifteen years. He began learning the instrument when he was four years old in the Suzuki Strings program. Since then, Jonathan has been a part the All-County Festival sponsored by ECMEA every year from fourth grade through twelfth grade. He has also been a part of NYSSMA Winter Conference every year from seventh grade through twelfth grade and participated in the NYSSMA All-State Conference in eleventh and twelfth grade. Jonathan has been a member of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra for five years and is a GBYO concerto competition winner. He now studies with Marie-Elaine Gagnon at the Crane School of Music and is the principal cellist of the Crane Symphony Orchestra.