Distinguished as the first American cellist to perform in Hanoi since the Vietnam War, Stephen Framil has performed as concert soloist, chamber musician and conductor around the world: including Carnegie Weill & Avery-Fisher Halls (New York), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Hong Kong City Hall, with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Italy Tour 2007), Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (Philippines), National Philharmonic of Moldova, Oltenia State Filarmonica (Romania), Zaporozhye Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Vratza Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Viêt Nam National Symphony Orchestra, Bombay and Bangalore Chamber Orchestras (India), Redlands Symphony Orchestra (CA), Nashville Chamber Orchestra (TN), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (“Live” Broadcast on WFMT - Chicago), Brunei Music Society, and the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, among others. Stephen Framil is the Music Director & Conductor of CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA, and Music Director & Conductor of the Port City Music Festival (North Carolina).
As a versatile and dedicated educator Stephen Framil (DMA, Indiana University - Bloomington) has given cello and chamber music masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory (China), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), DePaul University (Chicago), Longy School of Music (Boston), Vanderbilt University/Blair School of Music (Nashville), University of Arizona, Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts, University of Reno, Volgograd Conservatory (Russia), Moldova Academy of Music, University of Hong Kong, Silliman University (Philippines), and the Hanoi Conservatory (Vietnam), to name a few. Dr. Framil is been an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival (2004), and the 2007 Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA).
Dr. Framil has been an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrews University in Michigan (1994-2002), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Delaware (2003-2004), Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (2005-2006), and Towson University in Maryland (2008). An advocate of inner-city music education in Philadelphia, Dr. Framil is the Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Ensemble, and Director of the Philadelphia Community Conservatory: a community music school that provides scholarship lessons for underserved youth. In 2008 Dr. Framil joined the artist faculty at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and is currently the Director of Orchestra & Strings at Eastern University.
Recordings by Stephen Framil for RADIO 4 HONG KONG include the complete J.S. Bach Suites for Solo Cello, as well as the works for solo cello by Zoltán Kodály and Gaspar Cassadó. In April 2006 he recorded the two Haydn Cello Concertos with Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CENTAUR label). In 2018 and 2019 Stephen Framil and Camerata Philadelphia recorded two CDs of the strings quartets and chamber orchestra works by American composer Stanley Grill (INNOVA label).
Throughout his conducting career, Terry Guidetti has been recognized as an orchestra builder committed to creating compelling performances. He guided the Kennett Symphony in its five year journey from a community orchestra to a fully professional symphony orchestra, and during his tenure at West Chester University as professor of conducting and clarinet he shepherded the Symphony Orchestra's development for eleven years and taught over a thousand conducting students. Mr. Guidetti has been the assistant conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic, and has conducted and adjudicated many orchestra festivals and competitions. His conducting teachers include Richard Lert, Wolfgang Vacano and Elizabeth A. H. Green.
Mr. Guidetti is also recognized as a professional clarinetist. In addition to currently being principal clarinetist with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, he has been heard as principal clarinetist with the Chicago Opera Ballet playing in Rudolph Nureyev's first performance with an American ballet company, the Colorado Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, Vox Amadeus and orchestra 2001. He has also appeared as soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic,
Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Kennett Symphony as well as the Delaware County Symphony. He is a freelance musician in the Philadelphia area and active as a recitalist appearing in solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States and in Scandinavia.
Sebastian Grand is a Director of the Grand School of Music in Pennsylvania and active as a conductor, pianist and educator both throughout Europe and in the United States. Raised in Guernsey, UK, he is a First-class graduate of the Joint Course between the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and has received a Masters with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is Assistant Conductor of Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of YOBC’s Philharmonia Ensemble, a faculty member at Lafayette College and a coach and accompanist for the Philadelphia International Music Festival.
As founder and principal conductor of the Guernsey Sinfonietta, Mr. Grand is in high demand as conductor of a wide variety of both professional and non-professional ensembles. He was a participant on the Orkney Conductor’s Course, where he worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Trondheim Soloists and the St Magnus Festival Chorus and received a full bursary to conduct the Orchestra of the Swan in a public master class with Kenneth Woods. He co-founded the Odyssey Symphony Orchestra, who performed their debut concert in St James’s Piccadilly, and worked with the Kew Sinfonia and Julian Jacobsen in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in 2014. He has taken additional rehearsals for Ealing Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the City, Lord Williams Festival Chorus and St Alban’s Chamber Choir. Mr. Grand also conducted the University of Manchester String Orchestra’s 09/10 Season and for the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Scenes. In Pennsylvania, Mr. Grand has also worked as a conductor for Bucks County Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA) and as string tutor to GSM ensembles.
As a pianist, Mr. Grand has worked as a concerto soloist, recitalist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and répétiteur. He made his concerto debut in 2008, receiving a standing ovation for his performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and has since performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto no. 1 (University of Manchester Sinfonietta), Bartok's Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion (University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra), Grieg’s Piano Concerto (St James Sinfonia), Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals (Guernsey Camerata) and Mozart Concerto for 2 Pianos (GSO). He has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Barbican Centre.
Mr. Grand’s notable awards include winning three Hargreaves Prizes and the Procter-Gregg Prize at Manchester University, the Piano Duo Prize and the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Prize at the RNCM, and the Dorothy Bryant Award at the Academy. He was also commended in the Christian Carpenter Piano Recital Prize and the Harold Craxton Piano Trio Prize whilst at the Academy and was a prizewinner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. His formative years were spent learning with Mervyn Grand, and were followed by studies with Ian Fountain, Paul Janes and Vanessa Latarche. Mr. Grand is an adjudicator for several piano competitions, including the Bart Pitman Memorial Scholarship and the Caprio Competition.
Always interested in developing new and exciting projects, Mr.Grand co-founded Guernsey-based new music group Terra Nova, has led a performance of In C for the Victor Hugo International Music Festival and conducted ‘Serenade for Shelter’ – a performance raising awareness for homeless charity Shelter UK. Mr. Grand studied conducting with Martyn Brabbins, Charles Peebles and Mark Heron and has participated in master classes with Mark Shanahan, Clark Rundell and Richard Boynage.
Joseph Hodge is the Music Director of the Concert Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Michigan State University. Praised for his "musicianship and energy on stage" (Manchester Journal Inquirer), he previously served as the Music Director of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Hartford Opera Theater. As Music Director of Hartford Opera Theater, he recently led performances of Robert Ward's The Crucible and Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. Guest conducting engagements have brought him all over the country to work with opera companies and orchestras alike, including the Jackson Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony, Wintergreen Chamber Orchestra, Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra, Charlottesville Opera, Abilene Opera Association, Houghton Lyric Theater, and Oberlin Winter
Opera. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and The Hartt School of Music, and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University. He has previously studied conducting with Kevin Noe, Edward Cumming, Christopher Zimmerman, and Kate Tamarkin.