The String Program

The String Program Located at the Perfect 5th

Title: The String Program

Genres: Classical

Skill Level: Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner

Teaching Assistants

Arik Anderson

Assistant for violin and viola.

Arik Anderson is a violist and violinist and has been a musician since he received his first violin at the age of three. During his life, he has studied under Sherri Anderson and Peter Sirotin and is currently studying violin with John Gerschefski and viola with Kerry Harker-Roth. He is studying philosophy and music at Messiah College, with a focus on the viola. He has performed with the Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra and The Perfect 5th Celtic Band in local and worldwide performances of both classical and contemporary music in locations such as Beijing and Shanghai, China, and as familiar as the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg. He has been attending the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival as a camper and a counselor for eleven years, working closely with world class musicians like Olivia Hajioff, Emanouil Manolov, and Luba Sindler. He currently plays as a member of the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra and the Cosmopolitan Chamber Players.

Julia Duvall

Assistant for violin and viola.

Julia Duvall is seventeen years old and has been playing the violin for thirteen years. She is currently studying with Xiao Fu Zhou, graduate of Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Julia has also had the opportunity to study with the late Stephen Clapp of Juilliard, Masao Kawasaki of Juilliard, Won-Bim Yim of University of Cincinnati, and Brian Lewis of Butler School of Music. She has played for numerous ensembles during her musical career including the Hershey Festival Strings however she currently is a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra where she sits Associate Concertmaster. She is also the cofounder of the Cosmopolitan Chamber Quartet and plays first violin. Aside from playing in ensembles, Julia competes yearly and has won the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, was a two time recipient of the Eric Morris Mendlow Scholarship, and has been a finalist for the past three years of the Hershey Symphony Young Artists Competition. Music has played a large role in her life and she plans on sharing it with others.

Naomi Mulgrew

Assistant for violin and viola.

Naomi Mulgrew is 17 years old and has been playing string instruments for 11 years. She started out on the violin studying under Mary Lou Weddle, who taught the Suzuki Method. After 9 years on the violin, she switched to the viola, studying under John Gerchefski, a Julliard-trained teacher who currently teaches at the Perfect 5th.. Naomi is an active member in her school's orchestra and participates in many extracurricular activities, such as the Sound of Healing club, the Symfonieta club, the 4 Core quartet, and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the future, she hopes to become a music teacher so that she can inspire other great musicians and share her love of playing music with others.

Eli Whitehead-Zimmers

Assistant for cello.

Eli Whitehead-Zimmers is 16 years old and has been playing the cello for four years under John Gerschefski, a Julliard-trained string teacher. Eli has played in various ensembles including pit bands, his school's concert band, and Hershey's festival strings orchestra. During his time with Hershey, Eli played at venues such as The Lincoln Center in New York City and a Music Educator's Association conference in Atlantic City. More recently, Eli is has founded the Cosmopolitan Chamber Quartet that meets regularly at the Perfect Fifth and sits eighth chair in the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. Eli continues to participate in various ensembles for school and community events, always anxious to share his passion for music and the cello.

Bailey Anderson

Assistant for cello.

Bailey Anderson has been studying cello for 15 years with Sherri Anderson and Barb Lewis. She is currently studying under Ai-Lin Hsieh at Messiah College. Bailey has been a member of the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra since 2017, serving as both principal cellist (‘18-‘19) and assistant principal (‘17-‘18). Bailey has experience teaching ages 4-15 through her work at Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival, but she is excited to work with all ages. Bailey has toured internationally with Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra performing in Beijing, Shanghai, and much of Europe. Bailey looks forward to sharing her passion for music with all.