Elizabeth Miller

Founder/Director

Elizabeth Miller is the Founder and Director of the Hudson Heights String Academy. Graduated from Indiana University, she was a student of Josef Gingold and Linda Sharon Cerone She has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, Rutgers University and headed the Suzuki program at Montclair State. An avid performer, she plays with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Scandia Symphony and Quartet and co founded the Scandinavian Music Festival of Ft. Tryon Park. She has performed as soloist with orchestra and been a guest artist with the Bordeaux Quartet, West End Chamber Players and Da Capo Chamber Payers. She was an avid freelancer playing on Broadway, Mostly Mozart, New Jersey Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony and has programmed numerous chamber music concerts in collaboration with Rutgers and in many venues in New York City.

She is also a certified instructor and practioner of the Alexander Technique, which is used to teach people how to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension. The technique is often used and taught by classically trained musicians (among others) to enhance their performance abilities.

Andrea Schultz

Violin

Violinist Andrea Schultz performs and tours with a wide array of groups, including Sequitur, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Musica Sacra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble for many years, touring the United Sates, Britain, Japan, and Australia. She has also appeared as guest with Cygnus, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Either/Or, Locrian Chamber Players, Casssatt String Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart and has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Naxos, Albany, New World,and Phoenix labels. Ms. Schultz spends summers performing and teaching at the Kinhaven Music School, Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. She and her husband, cellist Michael Finckel, co-direct the Park-McCullough Carriage Barn Concert Series in North Bennington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Schultz studied violin with Betty-Jean Hagen, Sydney Harth, Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and Joyce Robbins.

Michael Finckel

Cello

B.M., Bennington College. Additional studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Cello studies with George Finckel, George Neikrug, Pietro Grossi, John Frazer. Composition studies with Henry Brant and Louis Calabro. Conducting studies with Henry Brandt and Pierre Monteux. Virgil Thomas Award; four Meet the Composer Grants. Member, Cabrini Quartet, Finckel Cello Quartet, Ensemble 21, Brooklyn Philharmonic. Solo appearances with Vermont State Symphony, Utica Symphony, Syracuse Symphony. Performances under Pierre Boulez (New York Philharmonic Rug Concert series). Principal Cello, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, 1980-1992. Director, Sage City Symphony since 1991; Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop since 1999. Recordings on CRI, Doriad, ECM/Warner Bros., Deutsche Grammophon, Nonsuch, Opus 1 labels. Former Faculty, Cornell University, Princeton University, Bennington College. Faculty, Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center since 1970; Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East since 1980; Hoff-Barthleson School of Music since 1999; Mannes Preparatory Division since 2003.