Phillip Kolker began his professional playing career at the age of 14 as Second Bassoon in the Albany Symphony, a job he held until he graduated from high school. In the fall of 2010, he retired as Principal Bassoon of the Baltimore Symphony after 38 years. In between those first and last jobs, he served as Principal in the Milwaukee Symphony, Associate Principal in the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal in both the Sante Fe (NM) and St. Paul Opera orchestras.
Mr. Kolker has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony as well as with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and, internationally, with orchestras in Spain and Taiwan. Conductors he has worked with include Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sergiu Commissiona, David Zinman, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Monteux, Erich Leinsdorf, Antal Dorati, Howard Hansen, Frederick Fennell, Alexander Schneider and Jean Martinon. He has performed chamber music throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, appearing with such artists as flutists Robert Willoughby and Marina Piccinini, violinist Hilary Hahn, cellist Anner Bylsma, oboist John Mack, English horn player Thomas Stacy, clarinetists Anthony Gigliotti, Franklin Cohen and Larry Coombs and pianist Malcolm Frager.
Phillip Kolker is a member of the Artist Faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Orchestral Instruments for over 30 years. Summer 2017 marks the seventh year when he hosts the Peabody Bassoon Week (July 22-29, 2017) an intense camp for college and high school-aged bassoon players, as well as for gifted amateurs. Mr. Kolker has been a visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, and has presented Master Classes at the Curtis Institute, Eastman, the National Orchestral Institute, the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp, where he has also been Guest Faculty, the Interlochen National Music Camp and in both Korea and Taiwan. He has been a featured recitalist at several International Double Reed Conventions and has served on the Executive Committee of the IDRS. For many years Mr. Kolker was a fixture at Music from Gretna, where he still appears periodically. He also continues to freelance regularly throughout the mid-Atlantic region with such groups as the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore Concert Artists. Orchestral recordings with the Baltimore Symphony include the Vanguard, Telarc, London, Sony, Argo and Naxos labels.
Lynn Moncilovich, Instructor
Lynn Moncilovich is adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at the University of Delaware. In addition, Ms. Moncilovich, serves as adjunct faculty at The Music Institute at Howard Community College and has been an instructor at the annual Peabody Bassoon Week from its inception.
Originally from Johnstown, PA, Lynn Moncilovich received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Dr. Jason Worzbyt and her Master of Music in Bassoon at the University of North Texas (UNT), studying with Kathleen Reynolds. She holds an Artist’s Certificate from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where her teacher was Wilfred Roberts, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Phillip Kolker.
Lynn Moncilovich is currently the principal bassoonist of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and second bassoonist with the Keystone Wind Ensemble. In addition, she performs frequently as the auxiliary/contra bassoonist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. An active freelance musician in the Baltimore—Washington, D.C. area, Lynn Moncilovich has performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Opera Camerata of Washington and Musicians of Mercy. She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the American Bassoon Company Award, Aegon USA Scholarship and the UNT Deans Camerata Scholarship. While in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Ms. Moncilovich was an active freelance musician, performing with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Winds. Ms. Moncilovich also maintained a teaching studio upward of 20 students. At UNT she held a teaching fellowship on reedmaking methods and coached chamber music. She is a featured soloist on the UNT Wind Symphony’s recording of Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon on the GIA Composer’s Collection—Gordon Jacob CD. Lynn Moncilovich maintains a private teaching studio and reed business in the Baltimore area.
Robert Sirois, Instructor
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Robert Sirois performs in several professional and community-based ensembles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including the Occasional Symphony, Mannassas Symphony, Westminster Symphony, and Baltimore Philharmonia. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Sirois enjoys serving as a music educator in a variety of genres and instructional levels. He is currently teaching general music and chorus throughout the Howard County Public School System including Centennial Lane Elementary (Ellicott City) and Gorman Crossing Elementary (Laurel). Additional engagements involve adjudication panels amongst county-based festivals and All-State conferences sponsored by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA).
Robert Sirois received his Bachelor of Music degrees in Bassoon Performance and M Education from the Peabody Institute, where he studied bassoon with Phillip Kolker and instrumental conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker. Mr. Sirois continues to focus his career in the field of education, having recently completed a Masters in School Administration at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (Columbia, MD).
Jennifer Nicole Campbell, Accompanist
Award-winning pianist and composer Jennifer NIcole Campbell has been described as a “sensitive colorist and intelligent musician” (New York Concert Review). Notable solo appearances include Lincoln Center and the Explorer’s Club in New York, the Academy ofMusic in Philadelphia, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark. Importantawards include First Prizes in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, the 1000 Islands Piano Competition, and the Peabody Alumni Award. As concerto soloist, Ms. Campbell has performed with the Lansdowne Symphony, the Newark Symphony, the Wilmington Community Orchestra, and the Delaware County Symphony, where she is now Artist-In-Residence. Ms. Campbell’s debut album, Perceptions of Shadows, has been aired on Philadelphia’s WRT 90.1 and NYC’s WQXR.
Ms. Campbell's compositions have been performed by such artists as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra who premiered her Piano Trio No. 1. Other premieres include performances at the University of Miami, the University of Buffalo, Peabody Conservatory and Stony Brook University. Among her most recent commissions, Ms. Campbell composed Embers ofMemory for the Newark Symphony Orchestra and Butterfly Whispers for the Academy of International Ballet.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Campbell has participated in numerous festivals including Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, and Tanglewood Music Festival. Ms. Campbell worked as an accompanist at Peabody Conservatory for over four years, where she coached with voice faculty members John Shirley-Quirk, Denyce Graves, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and William Sharp, among others. In addition, Ms. Campbell received two prizes as a collaborative artist while studying at Peabody Conservatory. In addition to teaching at Cecil College and the Music School of Delaware, Ms. Campbell maintains a private piano studio near Philadelphia. She holds her B.M. and M.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory.
Natalia St. Jean, Administrative Assistant
Natalia St Jean, soprano, is a native of Frederick, Maryland. Natalia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Spanish at Loyola University Maryland, where her voice teacher was Elizabeth Hart. Since leaving Loyola, Ms. St Jean has spent the past three years working as a full-time music teacher at Whittier Elementary School in her hometown. Natalia also serves as a musicianship teacher and assistant conductor for the Frederick Children’s Chorus, of which she is an alumna. While at Loyola, Natalia sang in master classes with Marni Nixon, Ruth Drucker, and Carolyn Black-Sotir. In 2016, she made her debut as Despina in the Little Patuxent Opera Institute’s adaptation of Cosi fan tutte and was featured in scenes from The Old Maid and the Thief and Le Docteur Miracle. During the summer of 2017, Natalia will perform in the Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s production of The Mikado.
Holden McAleer, Master Repairman
Holden McAleer has been servicing bassoons for many of the world’s finest bassoonists since 1978. His formal training includes a bachelor's degree in music education, a master's degree in bassoon performance, both from the University of Michigan, and a diploma in the repair of band instruments from the Eastern School of Union, New Jersey. Holden McAleer has performed with many groups, including both the Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg and Delaware Symphony Orchestras, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and many freelance groups in the Baltimore region. He is also a founding member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Holden McAleer has been a featured speaker at two IDRS conventions, the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, and other groups. He continues to play professionally; his abiding interest in musical performance is consistently reflected in his repair work.
Dillon Meacham, Men's Dorm Counselor
Praised for his “warm dark sound, lovely vibrato and impressive staccato tonguing,” award-winning bassoonist Dillon Meacham performs as a soloist and sought-after collaborative artist throughout the United States.
Meacham’s diverse orchestral career includes serving as principal bassoon of the Adelphi Orchestra and performing with the New World Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, and the Juilliard Orchestra, along with his active freelance work. While living in Baltimore, Meacham performed as principal bassoon of the Occasional Symphony, the Bel Cantanti Opera Company, and the Conductor’s, Symphonic, and Concert Orchestras of the Peabody Conservatory.
Meacham gave the acclaimed premiere of a new Concertino for bassoon and orchestra composed by Michael Torke with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He was a winner of the Eastern Music Festival's concerto competition, where he played the first movement of the W. A. Mozart Bassoon Concerto with orchestra, and he performed at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City. In his hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, he was a featured soloist with multiple ensembles performing the von Weber Bassoon Concerto. Meacham was invited to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow, and has also participated in the Sarasota and Canyon Arts Music Festivals, the Banff Centre Master Classes, and the Brevard Music Center. He enjoys refining his artistry and reed-making skills in the summers at the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Meacham is pursuing a Master of Musical Arts Degree at the Yale University School of Music, and also holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory. His primary teachers are Frank Morelli and Phillip Kolker. Meacham is the first playing owner of an 11,000 series Heckel bassoon built in 1971.