Justin Boccitto: Musical Theatre Dance Master Class
OPEN CLASSES for Beginners through Advanced Students
Friday, February 23rd
Master Dance Class: Ages 8-12, 4:30-6pm, $30
Saturday, February 24th
Master Dance Class: Ages 13 and up, 10:30am-12pm, $30
(Space is limited)
- Brittany MacWilliams, Violin
- Julia Cash, Violinist and Founder
- Liana Zaretsky, Violin
- Tahirah Whittington, Cello
Brittany MacWilliams, Violin
Brittany MacWilliams has a rich and diverse career both as performer and educator. She made her professional violin debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra and went on to win numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association competition. Since then, Ms. MacWilliams has performed extensively as soloist and concertmaster in such diverse locales as Istanbul, Beijing, Salzburg, Munich, Lisbon, and New York. She has had solo engagements with such orchestras as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Munich Hochshule Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. Ms. MacWilliams can be heard as soloist on two critically acclaimed compact discs of Giornovichi Violin Concerti for the Arte Nova Classics/BMG label.
Ms. MacWilliams is a passionate educator and hasan active and varied teaching background. She has been a professor of violin and viola at the University of Louisville School of Music for fourteen years. She has also been the Director of the UofL String Academy, a program for talented and dedicated pre-college students, and founder and director of the Oldham County Chamber Ensemble, for ten years.Under her direction, the UofL String Academy was awarded a $240,000 grant from the prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, providing scholarships for deserving young musicians.
She has taught at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a member of the violin faculty for eleven years and was a member of the string faculty at Xavier University, where she taught violin, viola, and chamber music for six years. She has been a member of the string faculty at Campbellsville University and at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. She was also the director and a member of the violin faculty of the Starling Preparatory String Project at the University of Cincinnati for twelve years.
During the summers, Ms. MacWilliams has served on the faculties of the Aspen Music Festival and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and she currently teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where she has been a member of the artist faculty for nine years.
As a frequent recitalist and avid chamber musician, Ms. MacWilliams performs in duos, piano trios, and string quartets throughout the United States. She is a founding member of the Baur Quartet and the Xavier Trio and has recorded four compact discs for the Vital Sounds label, including the Ten Celebrated String Quartets of W.A. Mozart. She can also be heard on “Passion from the Romantic Era,” a CD featuring Brahms’ Violin and Piano Sonatas. She was chosen as resident artist for the Next Generation Music Festival where she toured and performed with pianist Awadagin Pratt.
In 2001, Ms. MacWilliams was the first winner of the prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Teaching Fellowship, and over the years her students have won national competitions, performed with major orchestras, won teaching positions at numerous institutions, and received music scholarships to many top universities and conservatories.
Julia Cash, Violinist and Founder
Violinist Julia Cash has recently returned to Louisville after some 25 years pursuing an exciting musical career in New England and Europe. Brought back to Louisville by her family and her husband’s career, she was named Interim Principal 2nd violin of the Louisville Orchestra by Teddy Abrams. Also in the 21-22 season Ms Cash performed Mozart 5th Violin Concerto in Boston with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra this last summer, that was hailed for “heroic presence, sparkling accuracy and delicacy of her silvery tone ” (Musical Intelligencer)
Ms. Cash left Louisville for Boston to work with legendary violinist James Buswell at age 15 to pursue an already promising musical future. Winner of the National Music Club Prize as a Tanglewood fellow, and a two-time Outstanding Performer award winner at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, Ms. Cash has performed all over the United States and Europe as a chamber musician and recitalist. In Boston, she performs with the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, and has served as concertmaster for many prominent Boston musical groups such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. A huge new music advocate, Ms. Cash served as concertmaster of Alea III under Gunther Schuller to high accolades. Early in her career, she served as principal second of Opera Boston and won a Pulitzer and has been on many Grammy nominated albums through her extensive recording career. Ms. Cash holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Germany and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. In addition to James Buswell, other notable musical mentors include Pamela Frank, Vera Beths and Federico Agostini.
Ms. Cash is also an avid teacher and music educator. Along with her private studio, she has taught chamber music, orchestral coaching and lessons at Harvard, Boston College and Boston Latin School. She is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory and maintains a competitive studio of award winning students. Currently she spends summers teaching for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and serves as Music Director at Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp in Vermont. She currently lives in Crescent Hill with her 3 daughters and violist/physician husband Tom, and is splitting her performing obligations between Louisville and Boston.
Liana Zaretsky, Violin
Liana Zaretsky is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Boston area. She is a member of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Boston. She is the former principal second violinist of Portland, ME Symphony and appears regularly with the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Boston Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Zaretsky was one of the original and former member of the Radius Ensemble. She has collaborated with faculty from Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory, as well as with Boston Symphony members to perform frequently. Ms. Zaretsky holds a Masters degree in music from Northwestern University and a Graduate Diploma degree from the New England Conservatory. Between degrees, she was a member of the New World Symphony where she had a rotating Concertmaster position under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ms. Zaretsky is currently a string faculty member for the Preparatory and School of Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory, Project STEP. ant the Rivers School Conservatory. She continues to actively work with the Boston Youth Symphonies coaching chamber music and leading orchestra repertoire sectionals.
From summer of 1992 to 2011 Ms. Zaretsky was a regular member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin, holding positions in the viola and violin section under conductor Victor Yampolsky. She spent several summers teaching at Music on the Hill (MOTH) at the Powers Music School, eventually co-directing the program. From 2018 to 2021, she directed the Summer Music Program at the Rivers School Conservatory. She recently joined the faculty at Point Counterpoint, teaching and performing at the Prelude session.
Tahirah Whittington, Cello
Tahirah Whittington, native of Houston, TX, and currently residing in Chicago, IL, most recently completed her position as the cellist for the Dear Evan Hansen North American Broadway Tour. Previously, Ms. Whittington was the cellist for Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago. Television/Film: “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and episodes of “Empire”. Studio recordings: The Lion King (2019 – as a member of Re-collective Orchestra), Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift, John Legend’s Big Love and PJ Morton’s Gumbo Unplugged. Tahirah performed the cello solo for Rhiannon Giddens’ “Cry No More” arranged by Michael Abels. As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of both the Ritz Chamber Players in Jacksonville, FL, and D-Composed based in Chicago, IL. Ms. Whittington received her Bachelor’s Degree from New England Conservatory and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School.