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Bachelor of Music, USC Thornton School of Music

Elizabeth Pitcairn has earned a stunning reputation as one of America’s most beloved violin soloists. She concertized with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, made her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall with the New York String Orchestra, and has since performed in halls across the world.


Ms. Pitcairn performs with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720. A gift from her grandfather in 1990, it was named the ‘Red Stradivarius violin’ while in possession of Joseph Joachim, and is said to have inspired the Academy Award–winning film The Red Violin.


Named Luzerne Music Center’s Artistic Director in 2011 and President in 2012, Ms. Pitcairn remains deeply passionate about youth and music education. She is formerly a member of the distinguished faculties at the Colburn School and USC’s Thornton School of Music. Ms. Pitcairn performs regularly around the globe as soloist and an ambassador to LMC. On tour, she makes time for school visits and leads master classes for aspiring music students. For tour dates and more information, visit her website at:


Bachelor of Music, Ithaca College

Master of Music, DePaul University

Doctor of Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music

Emily Dobmeier is an active member of both the music and camping industries. Currently, she serves as Principal Clarinetist of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and is a member of the American Camp Association Upstate New York’s Local Council of Leaders. Combining her love for music and the outdoors, along with numerous years of camp leadership experience, Emily excitedly joined the Luzerne Music Center staff in 2017.


In Rochester, New York, Emily is a clarinet faculty member at the Eastman Community Music School, maintaining a private studio of elementary, middle, and high school students. Her work with youth extends to the public schools, having served as a Woodwind Teaching Fellow for the DePaul Community Music Division in conjunction with the Chicago Public School System. As a clarinetist, Emily has recently performed as a featured artist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Wichita State University, and Ithaca College. She has also participated in numerous theater company pit orchestras and chamber ensembles in Chicago and the Central New York region.

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Bachelor of Music, SUNY Fredonia

Master of Arts, McGill University, ABT

Emily has worked to grow and support the LMC community over the last five years as the Camp Director. She works tirelessly to create an environment for campers that is equitable, diverse, and accessible. Emily serves as the main point of contact for all campers and their families throughout the year, working to establish trust, comfort, and excitement. Having gone to summer camp as a child, Emily understands the transformative experience that camp creates.


Emily graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Music Education and Flute Performance with a minor in Spanish. As an educator, Emily has taught both in public schools and private students around the world and is passionate about promoting universal access to music education. Beyond her efforts to advance the field of music education, Emily volunteers for various social justice organizations with an interest in sexual violence prevention advocacy. 


Emily spends her off-seasons working remotely from New Hampshire, but eagerly returns to her summer home in Lake Luzerne.

Szymon Rywalski

Officer of Philanthropy and Development

Bachelor of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Master of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Born and raised in Poland, Szymon started playing horn at the age of eight, motivated by his parents, both of whom work in the field of music. Recently, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he pursued his studies in the horn studio of Albert Suarez, and where he also served as a graduate assistant in the UMKC Fellowship Brass Quintet, Volker Brass. Apart from his dedication to music, Szymon is an enthusiastic philanthropist who seeks to create positive change in his community through various musical and fundraising initiatives. He is a firm believer in the power of music to make a difference in people's lives.


Szymon attended the Luzerne Music Center in 2016 and later returned to serve as a camp counselor. He is thrilled to continue his work with the organization as a member of the administrative team.


Szymon enjoys spending his free time indulging in his love of cinema, playing video games with his younger siblings, and exploring other artistic pursuits, such as drawing, graphic design, and creating stained glass art.

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