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Sarah Berry (Camp Director/Cello)

Sarah Berry has been Professional-in-Residence at Western Kentucky University since 2005. She teaches cello, pre-college cello group classes, collegiate classes and performs as Principal Cellist with the Symphony.  Mrs. Berry taught for six years in the Bowling Green public schools as part of WKU's partnership with the school systems to start local string programs. She directs WKU's summer camp for strings, String Explosion.

Mrs. Berry has been a Guest Conductor at the WKU String Invitational, Nashville Honors Orchestra, Tennessee Valley Music Festival, the Levine School of Music and Charleston School for the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina.  She has recently given master classes for the Kentucky All-State orchestras, Ohio Northern University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southeastern College in Florida, and for the Owensboro and Murfeesboro youth orchestras. In January 2014, joined the faculty of the Festival International de Musica Pochote in Costa Rica.

Mrs. Berry received her Masters in Cello Performance from Rice University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University with majors in Cello Performance and German. Her principal teachers include Felix Wang, Norman Fischer and Grace Mihi Bahng.


Mary Boronow (Conductor)

Mary Boronow is originally from Utica, New York. She graduated from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. with a B.S in Music Education. She studied Instrumental Conducting at the University of Texas in San Antonio and was a student of Dr. Robert Rustowitz. Mrs. Boronow is currently teaching Strings at Potter-Gray, McNeill and T.C. Cherry Elementary Schools in the Bowling Green Independent School District.  As the wife of a retired  Air Force officer Mrs. Boronow has had a varied teaching career and has taught Orchestra in Texas, California, Virginia, Alabama, and Kentucky.  Mrs. Boronow taught for 5 years at Bradley Middle School in San Antonio, TX in a highly successful program with over 200 String students.  Her groups consistently received Superior Ratings at state contests and music festivals.  Recently Mrs. Boronow worked with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony School" program. She also served as a guest conductor for the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in 2009 and 2010.


Andrew Braddock (Viola)

Andrew Braddock is currently on the faculty of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program.  He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists. Recently, Andrew gave masterclasses at the Xi'an Conservatory (China), the Da'an School (Taiwan), and the Indiana University Summer String Academy.  In October 2013, he taught masterclasses and performed at the University of Tennessee Viola Celebration. Andrew has presented pedagogy sessions at the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educators Association conferences (KMEA and TMEA), and currently serves as the New Music Reviewer for the Journal of the American Viola Society. In addition to his many recital performances in the Kentucky area, Andrew has performed in Israel, Austria, Indiana and Colorado.  He has served as a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, and was assistant principal violist in the IU Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, and principal violist in the Vanderbilt Symphony.  Andrew has studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University and has taught in the IU String Academy.  He holds a Masters in Viola performance from Indiana University, under the tutelage of Atar Arad, and a Bachelors of Music (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded the Jean Keller Heard Prize for Excellence in string performance.  His principal teachers are Atar Arad, Kathryn Plummer, and John Graham.


Dr. Ching-Yi Lin (Violin)

Dr. Lin is an Assistant Professor of Violin at Western Kentucky University (WKU), where she serves as Artist Violin Faculty, directs the WKU Pre-College Strings Program, and is concertmaster of The Symphony at WKU.  An active solo and chamber musician, she has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Taiwan.  Recent performances and masterclasses have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang Conservatory of Music; China, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Wyoming.   During the summer months, Lin serves as faculty at the Summer String Academy and Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists at at Indiana University, and the Sommersymfonien i Kristiansand in Norway.

Lin was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University in 2008 while working as a teaching assistant to Professor Mauricio Fuks.  At the pre-college level, she has taught as an instructor for the IU String Academy, working closely with her mentors Professor Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner.  In 2008-2009, Lin acted as co-researcher, violin instructor, and piano accompanist for the Fairview Project – a research project designed to assess how underprivileged children can benefit academically and socially from learning the violin.


Susan Mullen (Violin/Conductor)

Susan Mullen is the Orchestra Director at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. From 1997-2008, she was the Music Director, Conductor and Co-founder of the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra.

Susan Mullen earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming. As a Rotary International Graduate Scholar, she continued her music studies at the Conservatoire de Musique in Neuchatel, Switzerland, working with Jan Dobrzelewski and Ulrich Lehman while performing in chamber groups and orchestras. She has performed with Orquesta Divertimento in Costa Rica, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Wyoming Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, and University of the South Symphony.

Ms. Mullen has conducted the Alabama All-State String Orchestra, the Williamson County String & Orchestra Bash, and helped pilot the after-school string program at the Bradley Arts Magnet School in Murfreesboro. Ms. Mullen is a recipient of The Trailblazer Award for Arts and Humanities. She is a member of the American String Teacher's Association, Music Teacher's National Association, Music Educator's National Conference, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association and the Frances Bohannan Music Club. She is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, private violin instructor, and a freelance violinist.


Patrick O'Rourke (Bass)

A native of Bowling Green, KY, Patrick O'Rourke is currently the Orchestra Director of the Bowling Green Independent School District. He received his BME from the University of Louisville and his MAE from Western Kentucky University. Mr. O'Rourke has previously taught orchestra in Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN.

Mr. O'Rourke oversees the development of the string program in the Bowling Green Independent schools, which began in 2004. Currently, there are nearly 500 students enrolled in string classes in grades 4-12 across 5 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school.

In 2012, Mr. O'Rourke's orchestras at both Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green Junior High School were invited to perform at the KMEA Convention. Mr. O'Rourke's orchestras have consistently received Distinguished ratings at KMEA Performance Assessment Events.

In addition to his work as a public school string educator, Mr. O'Rourke conducts the Bowling Green Youth Orchestra, and maintains an active bass playing career. He has performed with Orchestra Kentucky, the Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra, the Paducah Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the Lexington Philharmonic. He resides in Bowling Green with his wife Destiny and 2 children.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14