Stefan Kartman represents the rich tradition of pedagogy and performance passed on to him by his distinguished teachers who embodied the rare designation of Artist/Teacher. Dr. Kartman currently serves as Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches cello and chairs the string area.
Cellist Sarah Kim leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator and arts advocate. As a solo artist and chamber musician, she has performed across the U.S. and Europe in both the classical and alternative genres. A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Kim’s primary studies have been with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Steve Doane and Peter Howard. She holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University.
Following his appointment to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist Alan Rafferty continues to gain recognition as a passionate and dedicated teacher.
A committed teacher and mentor, Gregory Sauer is associate professor of music at Florida State University in 2006. He taught eleven years at the University of Oklahoma, and was named Presidential Professor in 2005. Sauer holds the positions of principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony and assistant principal of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He served nine seasons as principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brooks Whitehouse has performed and taught chamber music throughout the US and abroad, holding Artists-in-Residence positions at SUNY Stony Brook, the Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, the University of Virginia, as a member of The Guild Trio, and The Tanglewood Music Center.
British cellist Alison Wells is on the cello and faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was a founding member of the British-based Pirasti Trio, whose performances have been described as "absolutely incandescent" (The Strad) and "eloquent, unfailingly stylish" (Gramophone).
Cellist Rhonda Rider is a member of the acclaimed trio Triple Helix, and for twenty-two years was a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and adjudicated at Fischoff, Stulberg and Concert Artists Guild Competitions. Rider is Chair of Strings at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Robert Jesselson is professor at the University of South Carolina where he teaches cello and plays in the American Arts Trio.