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UVMC Alumni

The UVMC is proud to recognize and support our alumni. They have spread across the country and for each and every one of them; music has remained something near and dear to their hearts. For some, music has become a career and for others it remains a passionate hobby. We are glad to have provided them all a part of their influential training. See what some of our alumni are up to!

Mary Bonhag

maryMary played violin in the UVMC String Orchestra for four years. These were formative years for Mary both musically and personally. Mary sees Bob Mark is an incredibly supportive teacher who encouraged her to sing a few pieces with the orchestra—her first times soloing with orchestra. Since then, Mary has graduated with a B.M. in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan, performing regularly in premiere performances, opera productions, concerts, and recitals. But the violin has not been abandoned by any means. Since meeting her fiance who is an avid classical and folk double bass player, Mary delved more into fiddling to satisfy her need for strings! Mary loves both singing and fiddling—which each fulfill her in different ways. In the past four years, her singing has taken me to Italy, Germany, Hawaii, South Africa, and around the continental U.S. Upcoming is an appearance with Washington D.C.’s 21st Century Consort, performing chamber works by Crumb and Warlock.

For more information see www.marybonhag.com

Gregory Brentrup

Greg played violin with UVMC for 6 years, beginning in 7th grade and continuing through high school as part of UVMC strings. He is currently a senior at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Greg played violin in the orchestra as a freshman and sophomore and now as a senior, plays with the campus Mariachi band which play different gigs around campus and the surrounding community.

Erika Knight

ErikaErika, from Meriden, NH, has played with the Upper Valley Music Center since programs were first offered for kids, including playing with the UVMC Strings from 1999-2005, both during the school year and through the summer. She taught at the summer camp and performed with the Summer Strings in 2005 and 2006. She now attends Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she is a junior, studying geology and teaching for the outdoor education program. She has played with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and continues to play informally with friends several times a semester.



Molly McCumber

Molly McCumber played with UVMC for 6 years in the orchestra and a chamber ensemble as well as three years of teaching at the summer music camp. She is currently at Skidmore College in New York, where she have been playing in the orchestra and in chamber ensembles for that last four years. Molly also occasionally joins in an Irish-style jam session with the Irish Club on campus, and experimented briefly with jazz. Though Molly does not plan to pursue music as a career, she really enjoy it as a hobby and hopes she can continue playing when she leaves school.

Stephen Palmer

StephenStephen Palmer has worked with the UVMC since it started its summer program in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Music from Cornell University and is in his final year of a masters program in cello performance at Wichita State University in Kansas. He was principal cellist of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra all four years, and is now the principal of the Symphony Orchestra at WSU. He plays in the professional Wichita Symphony Orchestra as a section cellist. He is the cellist of the Bloomfield Graduate String Quartet and has extensive chamber music experience, both in performing and teaching.

Are you a UVMC Alumni? Does your bio need updating? Contact the Music Center to stay in touch and keep us updated on your life! info@uvmusic.org.