Dr. Kevin Bartram – Conductor
Kevin Patrick Bartram is beginning his ninth year as orchestra director at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was previously assistant professor and orchestra director at Gettysburg College, in Pennsylvania, and orchestra director at the high school level in Maryland. Dr. Bartram received his doctor of musical arts in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia, and he has degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in orchestral conducting and Northwestern University in music education.
With more than 25 years of experience at the college and public school levels, Dr. Bartram has a track record of producing extraordinary orchestras. Under his direction, his high school ensembles won several national competitions performing professional level (Grade VI) literature. He has received two superintendents’ awards for outstanding teaching, and he was awarded Exemplary Music Program in Maryland by the Maryland Music Educators Association. In 2000, the Grammy Foundation named Dr. Bartram’s music program to be among the top 100 in the nation. His primary conducting teachers have included John P. Paynter of Northwestern University, Edward Dolbashian from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Daniel Hege of the Syracuse Symphony.
Bartram is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Recently, he has conducted the Nebraska High School Honors Orchestra, and All-County or All-region orchestras in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He judges national music competitions throughout the country each year. Bartram founded and directed the Maryland Wind Symphony, and was assistant conductor of the Missouri Symphony.
As conductor of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Bartram has enjoyed rapid success and resounding accolades. The orchestra, whose 85 members come from the university and the community, is one of the most successful organizations on campus. The orchestra is highly respected for its musicianship and its mission to support students and the region.
The Philharmonic performs at least six concerts annually, including two December holiday POPS concerts- a Fredericksburg “must do,” the October Masterworks, the March Musical Mix of contemporary works, the April Celebrity Series, and the Independence Day Spectacular. Recent performances have included the President’s Inaugural Concert, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome.
The UMW Philharmonic enjoys remarkable community support. The “Friends of the Philharmonic” subscribers have provided over $1 million to finance student scholarships and sponsor symphony events. This year, Friends will donate more than $40,000 in scholarships to worthy UMW orchestra students. The ensemble’s outreach organization, "Fiddlestix," sponsors several children’s programs each year including a Young Peoples Concert, an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” and other children’s concerts.
Dr. Bartram’s vision for the Philharmonic includes the “Composer’s Project” that commissions artists to write music for the group. The premiere work in this series, written by internationally-renowned composer Dr. James Grant, was performed at the University’s 2008 Centennial Concert.
The April Celebrity Series, also established by Dr. Bartram, is an annual event that features world-class artists performing with the UMW Philharmonic. Celebrity Series artists have included Broadway maestro Marvin Hamlisch, the Canadian Brass, singer Judy Collins, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Kingston Trio, Boston Pops Maestro Keith Lockhart, and actress/singer Lynda Carter. Bartram has performed or worked with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Copland, Count Basie, Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.
In 2009, Bartram founded the UMW Faculty Brass Quintet, where he plays trombone. The group now performs regularly for university functions and throughout the community. Last Spring, the quintet played their first full length recital, and then played for the opening of UMW’s Eagle Village, and for UMW’s Commencement exercises.
In May 2006, the UMW Philharmonic kicked off its new touring program with a trip to Europe. The group traveled to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany on a “Mozart Tour,” which mirrored the travels of the young Mozart as a child prodigy. In May 2008, the orchestra toured England and France, and featured performances of Faure’s Requiem with a French choir in Paris. The group plans a major tour for the 2011-12 season.
At UMW, Dr. Bartram also directs the Concert Band, teaches courses in music education and conducting. He is the author of the textbook Introduction to Music Technology, and has authored several articles that have appeared in publications such as the Music Educators Journal and the The Instrumentalist Magazine.
Dr. Bartram is Vice-President of the College Orchestra Directors Association, and is Chairman of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission. Bartram serves on the Economic Development Authority’s Advisory Council, and is Chairman of Via Colori, Fredericksburg’s premiere arts festival. He has also served on the Strategic Planning Commission for the Spotsylvania County Public Schools, and was for many years the Research Chair for the Virginia Music Educators Association. He and his wife Connie have two sons, Nicholas, age three, and William, age two.
Michael W. Morley – Orchestra Manager
Michael Morley was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia . Under the guidance of Ken Lipscomb and Mrs. Ruth Kochenauer, Mr. Morley began studying oboe in high school and also composed music for several plays. Michael made his way through district, regional, and state auditions culminating in his acceptance into the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts. The program solidified his desire to remain in music for life. He began studying at the University of Mary Washington while still in high school. He was accepted into the University of Mary Washington-Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Baker in 1992.
Upon the arrival of Dr. Kevin Bartram, Mr. Morley became the orchestra’s librarian. In 2004 he was appointed Orchestra Manager. Working closely with Dr. Bartram and Friends of the Orchestra, Mr. Morley has been involved with many of the orchestra’s outreach programs, Fiddlestix events and instrument petting zoos. He performs various compositions with Mr. Bill McCoy, organist, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and has provided service to the Fredericksburg Singers. He has performed the “Messiah” and Brahms’ “Ein Duectsch Requiem” under the direction of Jeanine Richardson at St. Paul Episcopal Church in King George. In 2005 Mr. Morley was invited to perform W.A. Mozart’s "Oboe Concerto in C major K. 314" with the UMW-CSO at the Inaugural Concert in October 2005 as well as in Europe during the orchestr’a first European tour.
Mr. Morley currently serves as principal oboe for the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic and is the Office Manager for the Department of Music.
Johanna Beaver – Violin/Viola Instructor
Dr. Johanna Beaver teaches upper strings and String Ensemble at the University of Mary Washington. She is principal violist for New York City’s Alpha Omega Ensemble, is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville, and since 2005 has served as principal violist of the Ash Lawn Opera Festival Orchestra. In the summer she performs at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg and is faculty at the University of Virginia’s Summer Chamber Music Festival “Beyond the Notes.” Johanna Beaver has worked closely with many of today’s acclaimed composers, including Elliot Carter, David Lang, Tristan Murait, Sheila Silver, and Richard Wernick. Former faculty positions have included the University of Virginia, Suffolk Community College, Stony Brook Pre-College, Interlochen Arts Camp, Ann Arbor Summer Arts Institute, and the Opus 118 Harlem Center for Strings, as well as assistantships at SUNY Stony Brook, University of Arizona, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Johanna Beaver holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
JAMES FORRY – cello instructor