Kathy Schuman

Kathy Schuman

Kathy Schuman joined Caramoor in the newly-created role of Vice President, Artistic Programming & Executive Producer in November 2016. Previously she was Artistic Administrator of Carnegie Hall, where she helped program its three venues in a wide variety of musical genres. During her 15-year tenure at Carnegie, she was deeply involved in the opening of Zankel Hall in 2003, which led to an expansion of the hall’s presentations to include significantly more new music, early music, jazz, world, and folk. As the primary coordinator of Carnegie’s robust commissioning program, she oversaw approximately 200 commissions, including new works by David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, and many others. Directly prior to joining Caramoor, she was Vice President and Artistic Director of G. Schirmer/AMP, managing a roster of Pulitzer, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning composers.

Kathy began her career in arts management at Frank Salomon Associates, where she worked both as an artist manager and as Coordinator of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She moved to Europe in 1994, where she was the Managing Director of the European Chamber Music Association (Bremen), Administrator of the Contemporary Music Network at the Arts Council of England, and then Associate Director of Intermusica Artist Management (London), where she managed artists and programmed the International Chamber Music Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in addition to other concert presentations throughout London.

A native New Yorker, Kathy has been a lifelong choral singer, with a love of music instilled at an early age from her father, a professional oboist, and her mother, a book designer and opera-lover. She’s also a gourmet home cook, avid world traveler, weekend cyclist, cinephile, and theater enthusiast.

Maggi Landau

A lifelong fan of folk, bluegrass, blues, string band and other genres of American roots music, Maggi Landau is a resourceful and creative music curator and concert producer. Her role has evolved from developing the annual Caramoor American Roots Music Festival – an all day, all ages, multi-location music gathering – to developing and overseeing roots music performances in all of Caramoor’s beautiful spaces throughout the year.

Over the course of a career which includes leadership roles in the not-for-profit, government and for-profit sectors, Ms. Landau developed a unique set of organizational, marketing, communications and planning skills. These skills, coupled with her immersion in the music of both established and emerging artists on the roots and Americana scenes, provide a unique framework for successfully crafting distinctive programming tailored to specific situations and the needs of different organizations.

Ms. Landau has served as a consultant to several cultural institutions, including the New York Botanical Garden, the Emelin Theater and various regional presenting organizations. As the Executive Vice President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy in NYC, she helped the Conservancy develop, program and produce their signature Mad. Sq. Music concert series. In 2006 she launched a new acoustic folk, blues and Americana series for the Conservancy, known at the Studio Series, which showcases well known and unknown talent from around the country – giving artists who do not regularly appear in NYC a professional, high profile concert opportunity. The Studio Series was successful in attracting grant funding and continues as a main stay of the Conservancy’s programs.

Ms. Landau serves as a mentor to young people looking to work in the music programming business and collaborates with a network of presenters in the New York area looking to strengthen opportunities for musicians. She is also a founding member and the former President of public radio station WFUV’s Community Advisory Board.

When not at work, you can find her enjoying the music at various music festivals and conferences including the International Folk Alliance, South by Southwest, Newport Folk Festival, Clearwater Festival, Grey Fox Festival, NERFA, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and APAP, as well as house concerts and performance venues throughout the NY regional area.

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Caramoor is proud of our collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, led by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. Jazz at Lincoln Center programming provides audiences the chance to hear world-class jazz from one of the nation’s foremost cultural institutions in Caramoor’s idyllic setting year-round.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe Jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestra-in-Residence

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and the Caramoor Summer Season. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor and the orchestra’s fourth titled conductor; previous music directors and principal conductors are Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Donald Runnicles. Bernard Labadie’s currently serves as Principal Conductor Designate.

OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core.

OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events.

Through its Education & Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive in- and after-school instrumental instruction program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

More information at OSLmusic.org.

Stephan Moore

Stephan Moore

Stephan Moore is an audio artist, sound designer, composer, improviser, teacher, and curator based in Chicago. His creative work manifests as electronic studio compositions, improvisational outbursts, sound installations, scores for collaborative performances, algorithmic compositions, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence, his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and released several recordings over the past 15 years. He is the president of Isobel Audio, LLC, and is a member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, The Nerve Tank, a canary torsi, Composers Inside Electronics, and the Wingspace Theatrical Collective. He toured for several years as the music coordinator and sound engineer of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Anthony McCall, and Animal Collective, among others. He is a lecturer of sound art and sound design in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University. Learn more about Stephan at oddnoise.com.

Steven Blier

Steven Blier is the Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), which he co-founded in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festival’s inception, Mr. Blier has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than 130 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney. NYFOS has also made in-depth explorations of music from Spain, Latin America, Scandinavia and Russia. New York Magazine gave NYFOS an award for Best Classical Programming, while Opera News proclaimed Blier “the coolest dude in town.” Currently the Artistic Director of Caramoor’s newest mentoring program, the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars, Mr. Blier has been with the program as a Distinguished Artist pianist and vocal coach, since the inaugural concert in 2009.

Mr. Blier enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. His recital partners have included Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Samuel Ramey, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Jessye Norman, and José van Dam, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to La Scala. He is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School and has been active in encouraging young recitalists at summer programs, including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Many of his former students, including Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Kaiser, Sasha Cooke, Paul Appleby, Dina Kuznetsova, and Kate Lindsey, have gone on to be valued recital colleagues and sought-after stars on the opera and concert stage.

In keeping the traditions of American music alive, Steven Blier has brought back to the stage many of the rarely heard songs of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill and Cole Porter. He has also played ragtime, blues and stride piano evenings with John Musto. A champion of American art song, he has premiered works of John Corigliano, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, John Musto, Richard Danielpour, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Lowell Liebermann, Harold Meltzer, and Lee Hoiby, many of which were commissioned by NYFOS.

Mr. Blier’s extensive discography includes the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles (Koch International), which won a Grammy® Award. His most recent releases are Spanish Love Songs (Bridge Records), recorded live at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Joseph Kaiser, and Michael Barrett; the world premiere recording of Bastianello (John Musto) and Lucrezia (William Bolcom), a double bill of one-act comic operas set to librettos by Mark Campbell; and his latest recording, Quiet Please, an album of jazz standards with vocalist Darius de Haas.

Pamela Frank

Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Pamela performed regularly with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, recording the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with them and David Zinman and has also recorded a Schubert album and the Beethoven sonata cycle, both with her father Claude Frank.

Pamela is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Ravinia. Aside from her devotion to works of the standard repertory, Pamela has performed and recorded a number of contemporary works. Her accomplishments were recognized in 1999 with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela is professor of violin at the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches and coaches annually at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Verbier Festivals. Since 2008 she has been the Artistic Director of the Evnin Rising Stars, a mentoring program for young artists at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Her newest venture is the formation of Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration with physical therapist Howard Nelson in which they use both their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians.

Katie Kresek

With an established reputation for artistic and educational excellence, Katie Kresek has received accolades around the world for her ability to engage her audience. Ms. Kresek has been curated Family Programs at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts since 2009, where she curates and hosts the Dancing at Dusk series in addition to creating family programs for the Summer Season.

As a violinist, Ms. Kresek has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, the National Arts Club, Merkin Hall and the New York Public Library. She appeared as a soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic in 2006, and her playing has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and WNYC’s program Sound Check. She attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and was a founding member of the Arabella Piano Trio, with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Kresek frequently performs with the Harrisburg, Albany, and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. She also performs in the Broadway productions of The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, and performed past productions of American Idiot, A Minister’s Wife, and Follies. In addition to her love of classical music, Ms. Kresek is a member of Hector del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra and a frequent guest with the post-modern string quartet ETHEL. She collaborates frequently with singer/songwriter Colin McGrath, and was formerly lead violinist of the jazz-rock fusion group Sketchy Black Dog. She has collaborated with Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Shakira, KD Lang, Enya, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Lana Del Rey, and others, and has performed on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Saturday Night Live, The Early Show, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, and the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards.

Born in Cooperstown, New York, she was raised in Ossining and obtained her undergraduate degrees summa cum laude in music and literature. Ms. Kresek has studied violin with Daniel Phillips, Laurie Smukler, Lucie Robert, Elmar Oliviera, Felix Galimir and Donald Weilerstein, and holds a masters degree from The Mannes College of Music and a masters degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ms. Kresek serves on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic. Since joining the faculty in 2006, she has sustained ongoing residencies in the New York City Public Schools, written and performed interactive concerts, and represented the faculty abroad in tours to Japan and the United Arab Emirates. She is also a teaching artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, where she has designed aesthetic education curricula for students ranging from the pre-school to post-graduate level.