Phillip Kolker, Director
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, Co-Director
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.