Cello Faculty

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Kayla Herrmann

Junior Session

BM, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

MM, Hartt School of Music

Suzuki Teacher Training, Hartt School of Music

Joined LMC Faculty in 2020

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I live in New York City, where I am head of the chamber music program and cello department at Silver Music and am also faculty at the Diller Quaile School of Music. I began studying piano, but immediately fell in love with the sound of the cello. Since then, I have participated in many international chamber music festivals including Ravinia (USA), Ameropa (Prague), Lake Lugano (Switzerland), Dark Music Days (Iceland) and I have collaborated and studied with chamber musicians including members of the Vermeer, Martinu and Juilliard String Quartets. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I remember going to chamber music camp as a young teenager. The musicians and teachers I met there have become lifelong friends. I was so motivated coming home from camp and counting the days until I would return! I'm excited to be a part of that community again. The program at Luzerne includes everything needed to provide a rich, musical summer! 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

I focus on giving students the tools needed to become confident in the practice room. I will help them learn to take apart difficult sections and choose ways to effectively work on it. Equally important, I will help them find ownership of the music by bringing their personal experiences and feelings into the piece! 

Sarah Bish

Junior & Senior Session

BM, Cleveland Institute of Music

MM, University of Massachusetts Amherst

DMA, Rutgers University

Joined LMC Faculty in 2018

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am a cellist in New York City and I teach and perform around New York and Massachusetts. I am on faculty during the year at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey, and have full Suzuki method certification. I made my solo debut in 2008 performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic after winning first prize in the Virtuoso-in-Progress Competition. Since then, I have attended festivals such as the Chautauqua Institute, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the June in Buffalo Performance Institute and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, where I collaborated with the Juilliard String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian and Itzhak Perlman. The past few years, I have worked closely with Itzhak and Toby Perlman during residencies and summer programs on Shelter Island, New York, Sarasota, Florida, and Tel Aviv, Israel. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

The structure of the program is perfect for cultivating a strong musician with the great variety of ensembles and classes. As a teacher, looking at the students’ schedule and all the different ways of learning, whether it is in private lessons, chamber music or orchestra solidifies my suspicions that Luzerne is a nurturing place that only strengthens the love of music for everyone.

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

During lessons, we will work on making sure the skeleton of the cello technique is strong. Then we will work on how to use that technique to explore different ways of expression. For some students, we may also explore how to practice effectively and how to use time well while enjoying one's self!

Stephen Czarkowski

Senior Session

BM, Mannes College of Music, Cello

MM, Mannes College of Music, Cello and Conducting

Graduate Artist Diploma, Catholic University of America, Conducting

Joined LMC Faculty in 2018

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington, D.C., area and nationally.  Currently in my eighth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Orchestra, I have collaborated with artists from the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington National Opera. For the past three years, I have led the Apollo Orchestra in performances at the Kennedy Center and am in my fourth year as Assistant Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. On top of that I am an avid educator; serving as Director of Strings at the Norwood School, conductor of The Symphonette at Landon School and Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

In 2016, I was invited to work with the Senior Orchestra for the Gala concert. Within the first couple of minutes of that rehearsal, I sensed an immediate connection to the orchestra and an extremely high level of playing. I look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition of music making with thrilling repertoire and soloists.

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

Students will improve their ensemble skills by playing a wide variety of repertoire. Including the essential repertoire, students will play works by living composers. Much emphasis will be put on the orchestra in the 21st century!


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203 Lake Tour Road

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846



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