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All About Us

Leading the Way

The Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival is a week long intensive chamber music festival that provides students the opportunity to play with and learn from world-class instructors and local professionals.  Participants will learn more than they ever though possible in a supportive, engaging environment.

2019 Faculty

Our amazing instructors for this summer!

We have an exciting and talented group of instructors this year.

Jonathan Welch

Jonathan Welch is the orchestra director at Iowa City West High School.

Phil O'Connor

We're thrilled to bring Phil back for a third season this year.  Phil O'Connor, has enjoyed a successful career performing in a wide array of musical environments. As a recording musician, his work is heard throughout all forms of major media. He has an extensive and eclectic place among his peers involved in the recorded arts. Phil has performed more than 500 compositional premieres for clarinets and saxophones, from many of the leading figures in contemporary classical and jazz music idioms.

Rich Wagor


Phil Bergman


Benton Wedge

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Carmen Kassinger

As a busy freelancer in Chicago, Carmen has played with Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Lake Forest Symphony and others.
Carmen is an avid chamber musician and a founding member of 4spiel String Quarter.
She has had memorable and diverse performances with Led Zeppelin, Harry Connick, Jr, Ja Lo, Dianna Ross, Cheap Trick, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Seal, Elvis Costello and more.
Carmen's Master of Violin Performance from U Miami, led her to work with Charleston Symphony, the New World Symphony and 10 seasons in the Sarasota Opera pit.

Lisa Fako


Lynne Hart

As an active performer in many musical genres, Lynne loves to share her experiences with all her students. While most students understand that musical proficiency is absolutely essential, many do not realize that there are many factors that determine one's success in the performance world. She considers it to be part of her role as educator to impart some of this knowledge, in addition to fundamental musical training.
Lynne has performed with several luminaries of jazz, including Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, and others. In addition, she has had the good fortune to perform in the pit orchestras of numerous touring Broadway shows. Recent ones include La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story, Nine to Five, Chicago.

Adam Schroeder

Los Angeles based baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder, the first call for a growing multitude of musical circumstances, has firmly established his influential voice as a major force in the global jazz community. Recognized as a “Rising Star" on the Baritone Saxophone in Down Beat Magazine’s 59th Annual Critic’s Poll as well as in the 76th, 79th and 80th Annual Reader’s Poll and the JazzEd Magazine 2014 Readers Poll, Schroeder is known equally for his hard-driving muscular swing, ferocious be-bopping, meticulous musicianship and leadership as well as his exquisite sound.

Charles (Andy) Harris

Andy Harris studied music at Auburn University and at the University of Missouri. He currently performs with Des Moines Symphony, Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Community Band. 
Music students at Five Seasons Festival can enjoy Andy's sense of humor and his intense musical skills, much like his audiences and his students at Coe College and Wartburg College.

Bo Atlas

Bo has served as Principal Tubist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra for three seasons while finishing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Kansas. He has also been active as a freelance musician performing with groups such as the Lincoln Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas Brass Quintet, Blackhouse Improviser’s Collective, Kansas City Brassworks, and the Fountain City Brass Band.

Jonathan Greenberg

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan Greenberg is a member of the Metropolis Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra and ensemble based in new York City dedicated to classical music in its most contemporary forms, and is an instructor at Hunter College.  He enjoys a varied performing career as a freelance bass trombonist. Jonathan studied at Brown University and Manhattan School of Music.
"Jonathan Greenberg showed how graceful and lyrical a bass trombone an sound." - The New York Times

Randy Grabowski

Randy Grabowski is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. where he teaches applied trumpet, plays in the Northern Brass Quintet, and collaborates with colleagues in various faculty ensembles.

Currently Principal Trumpet of the wcfsymphony, Dr. Grabowski has been an active soloist and clinician as well as a dedicated educator and accomplished performer. He has been principal trumpet with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Chestnut Brass Company and the Britt, Spoleto, Bear Lake, Great Music West, and Five Seasons Music Festivals.

Matthew Bernemann

Tamara Maddaford

Five Seasons Chamber Music is pleased to welcome Tamara Maddaford back for Festival 2019. Tamara, who grew up in the Cedar Rapids area, holds a BM (San Jose State University) and MM (University of Iowa) in Flute Performance. She is principal flute of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and has a private flute studio where students participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, become members of youth orchestras and are leaders in their schools. She also teaches band through the Colorado Chamber Orchestra's Elementary Music Outreach Program in the Chaparral High School Feeder Area.

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