Professional classical musicians will lead the camp. They're often seen performing together across Arkansas and will provide an inspiring environment for the students. Click here for their bios.
The faculty will work with students in small group settings called coachings. These will provide a unique opportunity for each student to engage with their peers and teachers while discovering great music.
We believe that performance is at the core of a musician's education. Students at mini-camp experience a rigorous yet supportive learning environment that culminates in opportunities to perform for each other and the public. Faculty will also present a free concert.
Cranford Co. Studio
Downtown Little Rock, 512 Main St.
Tuesday & Wednesday
March 19-20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
March 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Concert @ 6 p.m.
Violinist Katherine Williamson has been an arts partner of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller String Quartet since October of 2013. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Williamson is also currently a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and spent the summer of 2015 playing in Minneapolis as part of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra. Music has taken Ms. Williamson from the rolling hills of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, to the mountains of Breckenridge, to the stage of the Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has served as associate concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra, section violin of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, and section violin of the Lakes Area Music Festival. She has also been an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and has played as a semifinalist with the New World Symphony. Katherine graduated from Indiana University in December of 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction under the instruction of Professor Mark Kaplan. While at IU, she also studied pedagogy under Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig.
Geoffrey Robson has been Director of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival since 2017, the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, the Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles since 2012, and the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra conductor since last year. During his tenure in Arkansas, he has conducted critically acclaimed and sold-out masterworks, pops, chamber and educational concerts. He also performs as a violinist, frequently appearing in the Arkansas Symphony's popular River Rhapsodies chamber series. In 2017, Robson made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut, after receiving the first Respighi Prize for Conducting. Robson completed his M.M. at Yale University in 2004, studying violin with Erick Friedman. Robson also worked as a public schoolteacher in New Haven, Conn., and has taught violin, piano, viola and music theory Robson graduated from the honors college at Michigan State University in 2002, where he studied violin with Dmitri Berlinsky and I-fu Wang, and conducting with Leon Gregorian.
David Gerstein is currently the principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony and cellist of the Quapaw String Quartet. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Pine Bluff Symphonies, and will be featured again in 2019 as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the ASO. His orchestral solos with the ASO have been described as “absolutely gorgeous” by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Gerstein has played all over the world, from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China, appearing in concert with artists and conductors such as Susanne Mentzer, Renee Fleming, Fred Sherry, Bernard Haitink and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Gerstein is a member of the cello section at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. Gerstein is currently on the faculty of UA-Little Rock, and previously taught at the University of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College. He received a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from Rice University.