Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Oberlin in India

Project Description

We will teach at the Child’s Play Foundation in Goa, India. We plan to coach chamber groups, offer individual lessons to students, perform as a string quartet in a chamber music festival, and participate in the Monte Music Festival, serving as principal players of the Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

About Josie Davis, Sophie Davis, Jaime Feldman

Josie Davis, of Waldoboro Maine, has been studying the violin for fifteen years. Her early teachers include Janet Ciano and Gilda Joffe. She has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, New York University’s String Quartet Seminar, the Julliard String Quartet Seminar, has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and in 2010, performed the Mendelssohn Octet in Bay Chamber’s Summer Music Festival with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Josie has played in master classes for Mirium Fried and Barnabus Keleman and has been coached by members of the Brentano, Vermeer, St. Lawrence, Jasper, Pacifica, Julliard, Jupiter and Muir quartets. She is a senior in Oberlin College and Conservatory’s Double Degree Program where she is working towards degrees in both violin performance and sociology. At Oberlin she has appeared as the concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, as a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble and in January 2013, she performed in Carnegie Hall as a member of the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies with David Bowlin. In addition to music, Josie enjoys sailing, cooking, pottery, and exploring the coast of Maine. She hopes her career will involve sharing and teaching music.

Sophie Davis is a sophomore at Oberlin where she is pursuing degrees in violin performance and environmental studies. She currently studies with David Bowlin. Sophie is from Maine and has performed throughout the state with various chamber ensembles and as concertmaster of the conductorless Odeon Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and in 2010, she appeared with her sister on NPR’s From the Top. Sophie enjoys teaching, traveling, and sailing and hopes to pursue future studies in music education and chamber music.

Jaime Feldman, from Sebastopol California, is a senior at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with professor Amir Eldan. Some of her previous teachers include Natasha Brofsky at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and Irene Sharp of the Mannes School of Music in New York during high school. Some honors include winning the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in Santa Rosa California, and receiving the Ruth Finely Person award of Santa Rosa. She performed in a Bach Suite master class with British cellist Colin Carr at Music@menlo in Palo Alto, California. At Menlo, she worked with David Finckel, the former cellist of the Emerson String Quartet. She also worked with violinists Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein, and members of the St. Lawrence and Miami string Quartets. In the summer of 2008, she was accepted to the Perlman Music Program in New York, where she played in a chamber orchestra conducted by violinist Itzhak Perlman. Cellists she studied with privately at Perlman Music Program include world-renown soloist and former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ronald Leonard, and Paul Katz, former cellist of the Cleveland String Quartet. At Perlman Music Program, she was coached in chamber music by cellist Merry Peckham of the Cavani String Quartet and Robert Mann, original first violinist and founder of the Julliard String quartet. In the summer of 2011, she was accepted to Kneisel Hall chamber music festival in Blue Hill, Maine. Chamber music is the passion of Jaime’s life.