CMSM-Next strives to better the community through chamber music by focusing on education and community engagement. CMSM-Next will accomplish its mission by:
*An interactive performance is a concert in which the artists engage the audience to be a part of the show by creating activities with an educational theme that go along with the music. No musical background needed!
The CMSM-Next is inspired by the Teaching Artists Method, a technique championed by the Ensemble ACJW in New York City. According to the Association of Teaching Artists, "A teaching artist, by definition, is a two career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education." The Teaching Artist Method allows for audience members and students to increase proximity to artists and great works in a way that no other education method has yet to accomplish. The method is a great complement to general music education programs, can be used as music therapy, and creates an interactive template in concert settings. Although other local classical music organizations have education programs, non have a program as intimate and comprehensive as the Teaching Artist Method can provide.
Violist Danny Kim, a native of St. Paul, MN, earned his Master of Music degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. He began his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, and then transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Danny completed his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Sally Chisholm, and received a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies.
A 2013- 2015 participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, Danny has spent past summers at the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival where served as the principal violist of the festival orchestras, and Kneisel Hall.
As a chamber musician, Danny has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated in performances with many distinguished artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, Nathan Hughes and others. He also was a tenured member of Madison Symphony Orchestra and was awarded a position on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Currently residing in New York City, Danny has performed with several distinguished ensembles and artists including the Metropolis Ensemble where he collaborated with Questlove and The Roots, New York Classical Players, Camerata Virtuosi New Jersey, Symphony in C and appeared on Sesame Street with Maestro Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. Danny also recently completed a tour of South Korea with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and Richard O’Neill for his 10th anniversary concerts.
Past honors include advancing to the finals of the Juilliard concerto competition, being a prizewinner of the 2011 Neale-Silva Young Artist Competition, which was broadcast live on national radio. Additionally, Danny was the winner of the 2011 Tanglewood Music Center Maurice Schwartz Prize, the UW-Madison concerto competition, the Aspen Festival Orchestral String Fellowship, the UW School of Music Alumni Association scholarship and the Kato Perlman scholarship. He was also the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship during his graduate studies.
An ardent supporter of teaching and working with young people, Danny took part in a residency in May of 2013 with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela coaching chamber groups and performing with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. He has also served as viola faculty at the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, MN and has led orchestra sectionals for The Juilliard Pre-College Division.
Danny recently completed a tour with Musicians from Marlboro and won a prestigious position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which will begin in the fall of 2016. Currently, Danny is a member of Ensemble ACJW as an academy fellow. His upcoming plans include finishing his second and final year of Ensemble ACJW, joining the Lucerne Festival Orchestra over the summer, a concert tour of Spain with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura and joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall.
Recently appointed to the faculty at North Dakota State University, pianist Tyler Wottrich has developed a career spanning an unusually broad spectrum of musical genres including solo piano, chamber music, opera, and ballet. An alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Wottrich performs frequently in such venues as Carnegie's Zankel and Weill Halls, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Juilliard School. Wottrich received the 2011 Emerson Quartet's Ackerman Prize for chamber music and has performed with such artists as Carol Wincenc, Patrick Gallois, Alan Kay, Frank Morelli, Kevin Cobb, William VerMeulen, Harry Bicket, Andres Diaz, and Ransom Wilson. The growing list of composers he has worked with includes John Corigliano, Bright Sheng, John Luther Adams, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Richard Hundley. In his collaboration with Bolshoi prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, Tyler was described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "fearless and loving." His performances have been heard on classical radio stations including Chicago's WFMT, Cleveland's WCLV, Minnesota's MPR, and Michigan's WMNU. In summer 2015, Wottrich joined the collaborative piano faculty at the Banff Centre, one of Canada’s most prominent music festivals.
In his role at NDSU, Wottrich is developing a new graduate collaborative piano program and teaches applied piano as well as theory and analysis courses. In Spring 2015 he created and directed the NDSU Chamber Music Festival, which in its inaugural season featured NDSU student pianists alongside professional string players from around the country. During his residency at Stony Brook University between 2009 and 2013, Wottrich maintained a successful studio of undergraduate and graduate students. He has given masterclasses in the United States and abroad at institutions including the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, Skidmore College, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Jacksonville State University, the University of North Georgia, the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, the Pyotr Eben School in the Czech Republic, and Cremarian University in the Ukraine. As a member of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, Wottrich presented numerous interactive performances and educational presentations in public schools, hospitals, prisons, and other community venues throughout New York City's five boroughs. The video of a cartoon theme mash-up Wottrich composed for Ensemble ACJW has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Committed to his collaborations with singers, Wottrich has performed with members of the Grammy Award-winning African-American Choral Group "Sounds of Blackness" and performed at Marilyn Horne's "The Song Continues" at Carnegie Hall after garnering an honorable mention in the 2011 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Wottrich has been a vocal coach at Stony Brook University, Opera North, the Music Academy of the West, and the Cleveland Art Song Festival. Wottrich has continued his vocal work as staff pianist at the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
Recent appearances include solo recitals and chamber music performances at Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Juilliard School, Lehman College, Dartmouth College, and Subculture NYC. In March 2015 Wottrich held an educational performance residency at the PianoArts Piano Competition and Festival in Milwaukee, and in June 2015 was head of the jury for their Wisconsin Youth Competition. Wottrich has also served on juries for MTNA State and Division competitions as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition.
Wottrich began his piano studies with Gail Olszewski before studying with Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with degrees in both music and mathematics. He completed his M.M. and D.M.A. as a Staller Fellow at Stony Brook University, where he studied with Gilbert Kalish.
Kerry Smith developed a love for classical music as a child and began playing the viola in elementary school. As a young person, Kerry was lucky enough to spend summers at the quartet focused Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp on Lake Superior and there acquired a passion for chamber music through the mentoring of Evelina Chao. Kerry went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music with Sally Chisholm at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Music with Jutta Puchhammer at the Université de Montréal. Some of Kerry’s favorite musical memories include Masterclass programs at the Orford Art Centre and Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Musicalp Festival in Tignes, France, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center.
Kerry has had the privilege of interning at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, run by Wu Han and David Finckel, and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, Ireland, one of Europe’s foremost destination festivals. Kerry has held the position of Artistic Coordinator of the Minneapolis Music Company, frequent collaborator of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, and was Associate Director of Brooklyn Rider’s Stillwater Music Festival. Kerry is now pursuing an MA/MBA in Arts Administration at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and working for the Linton Chamber Music Series.
Gabriel Campos Zamora, a native of San José, Costa Rica was appointed Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony in 2015 after joining the orchestra in 2014 as Bass Clarinet. Mr. Campos has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the Houston Symphony, and was the Principal Clarinet of the Virginia Symphony during the 2013-2014 season.
Mr. Campos has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival and frequently performs at the Kansas City Symphony "Happy Hour" chamber music concerts. Additionally, he was a fellow of Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. A laureate of several competitions, Gabriel received first prize at the 2008 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, in addition to winning concerto competitions at the 2009 Aspen Music Festival, 2010 Music Academy of the West, and 2011 National Repertory Orchestra.
Gabriel began his musical training at the Instituto Nacional de Musica as a student of Jose Manuel Ugalde "cheche". He then came to the United States to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Nathan Williams and later received his bachelor's degree in music from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. He has been a participant of Aspen, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto and the Tanglewood Music Center festivals.