The 2014 CMYS Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles Sunday, April 27, 2014


Featuring The Trio Cleonice and the Russian Trio.


This year's competition features Trio Cleonice, the Graduate Piano-Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Russian Trio, currently based in Baltimore, MD.

Cellist Gwen Krosnick, pianist Emely Phelps, and violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, formed the Trio Cleonice in 2008 at the Kneisel Chamber Music Festival.


Self-professed “foodies,” they take their name from a local eatery, Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro, in Ellsworth, Maine. Readers can find more about this trio at their website, including their food blog: “grilled octopus and the Archduke.” Trio Cleonice will play two pieces on the 27th: the Haydn Piano Trio in E-flat major (Hob. XV:30), and the Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90, sometimes called the "Dumky” trio.

The Russian Trio are Nikita Borisevich, violin, Dmitry Volkov, cello, and pianist Katherine Harris Rick.

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The Russian Trio will play the first, Allegro movement of the Haydn Trio in C Major, No. 43 (Hob. XV:27), the first (Allegro con brio) movement of the Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8, and the Shostakovich Trio in E Minor, Op. 67. Both the Haydn and Shostakovich are available to preview at their website, All three are pursuing further studies at the Peabody Conservatory.

The Russian Trio’s recent awards include first prize at the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.

This year’s invited judges are Dr. Adrian Daly, pianist and Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Joshua Nemith, pianist and Principal Keyboardist for both Dayton Philharmonic and Iris Chamber Orchestra, and Professor Anna Vayman, violinist and Associate Professor of Music at Ball State University.



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Tickets for the Annual Competition can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets here. More ticket information can be found here.




New Honor for Parker Quartet

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spacerJessica Bodner, Ying Xue, Daniel Chong, and Kee-Hyun Kim

The award-winning Parker Quartet performed on November 3rd and presented:

  • Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 3 in d Major, Op. 44 No. 1
  • British composer Thomas Adès’s 1994 composition, Arcadiana
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 9 in E flat Major, Op. 117

The Harvard University Department of Music has announced that the Parker Quartet will join the music department teaching faculty at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2014.

“Thanks to the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence Program, we have been fortunate to have had a Quartet-in-Residence for four weeks a year since 1985,” said Music Department chair Alexander Rehding. “However, the role of performance in the music department and the University has changed significantly, and this is the right time to bring professional musicians to campus as full-time residents. We are confident that the extended exposure to the string quartet will be highly beneficial to our students, especially our many talented undergraduate performers, allowing them to engage in the practice of chamber music on an unprecedented scale. We welcome the Parker Quartet to Harvard with immense pleasure.”

The renowned Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello) will, as part of the expanded Blodgett residency, present free concerts each year for the general public and recitals as part of the Dean’s Noontime concert series. They will teach, participate in class demonstrations, read and perform student compositions, and coach Harvard undergraduate chamber ensembles in weekly master classes for Harvard credit. The Parker Quartet’s full time presence in the program will allow for the expansion of the chamber music and performance study opportunities for students in the Harvard University Music Department.

The Miro String Quartet

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, the Miró String Quartet delighted the audience at the First Presbyterian Church with two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s late quartets. 

Miro quartet

For additional information on the Miro Concert, go to our News & Reviews.


Did we miss you at the Yellow Springs Street Fair? See you next year!

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Visit our website for information on the CMYS Annual Competition for 2014.


Brand New Donor Category

In response to the suggestion by members of our organization, and in recognition of the generosity of our donors, the CMYS Board of Directors decided to add a new donor category.

That category will be called “Founders Circle” and will be for donations of $500 and up.  New members to the Founder’s Circle will be given two admissions to a Post-concert dinner.

Donation levels are now: Sustainers ($1-$99), Patrons ($100-$249), and Benefactors ($250-$499), and Founder’s Circle ($500 and up). 

Contributions from our Membership and friends helps to make our organization sound, supports music in our schools and community, and keeps our ticket prices low.  All donations are greatly appreciated!


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