Chamber Strings Ensemble Performs April 27

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College invites the community to come and enjoy a free Chamber Strings Concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The Chamber Strings Ensemble will be featuring music selections of Grieg, Vivaldi, Hovhaness and Bartok under the direction of Chamber and Applied Strings Instructor Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerriero. Guest soloist Eric Coyne will also perform.

As a special feature, the Chamber Strings will perform an original composition, “Ode to the Ironwolves, Op.1,” written by student composer Otto Kuehrmann of Glenside. Kuehrmann, who is graduating in May 2014, is dedicating the composition to MCCC in honor of its 50th anniversary this year.

According to Kuehrmann, “Ode to the Ironwolves” is heavily influenced by the video gaming music of Hitoshi Sakimoto, Derek Duke, Russell Brower and C418, as well as the works of 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness. The piece is about the incarnation of and release of tension and utilizes techniques such as complex rhythmic writing and chorale style.

The College’s Chamber Strings is open to all players of violin, viola, cello, and string bass. The College also offers Jazz, Wind and Choir ensembles opportunities, as well as Music Theory and Digital Music classes held in state-of-the-art music labs.

Soloist Coyne has been an active teacher, performer, and chamber musician in the Philadelphia region since 2001. In addition to teaching cello, he has taught at Community Music School since 2002 and has been a Master Faculty member since 2009. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Iowa, and an M.M. and Performance-Pedagogy Professional Certificate from Temple University.

Dr. Guerriero, in addition to teaching at MCCC, teaches strings at Rider University, N.J. She has also taught applied violin and music education courses at the Westminster Choir College, University of Denver, and Penn State University. Dr. Guerriero serves as assistant director of the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop and director of the Keep It Going Summer Strings Camp. Dr. Guerriero graduated fromPenn State University and completed her B.M. in violin performance at the Hartt School of Music (Suzuki Books 1-4) and M.M. in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy (Suzuki Books 1-9 and Practicum) from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. For more information about the Chamber Strings Ensemble, contact Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerriero at

The College’s Music program offers students a broad variety of opportunities to explore music, and classes are open to all students, regardless of their majors. Since MCCC’s music coursework is transferrable, students are able to prepare for entry into a four-year music program. Students completing the AA program have gone on to complete their music degrees at West Chester, Temple, University of the Arts, Mansfield University, and many other fine music schools. For more information, visit

Chamber Strings Ensemble. Photo by Matt Carlin

Chamber Strings Ensemble. Photo by Matt Carlin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s