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Joseph Burke is a violist from South Brunswick, New Jersey; he began viola at the age of seven under the direction of Paul Manulik at the Princeton Strings Academy. In 2012, he started studies with Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and he also began to play with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra as the Principal Violist for three years. While in Philadelphia, Joe began to study at the Settlement Music School in the Advanced Study String Quartet Program in the Gail W. Snitzer Quartet, under the direction of Sidney Curtiss, former Assistant Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. With the Snitzer Quartet, he won honorable mention in the Fischoff Chamber Competition and was also featured on the NPR radio show, From the Top. In 2015, Joe has studied with the CJ Chang, Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. While attending Mason Gross, Joe won the Undergraduate Concerto Competition and the Chamber Competition twice. At Bard Conservatory, Joe studied with Steve Tenenbom and Marka Gustavsson where he won honorable mention in the 2016 and 2019 Conservatory Concerto Competition.
Joseph recently graduated from the Bard Conservatory of Music with Bachelor’s Degrees in French Studies and Viola Performance. Joe has been accepted into the top conservatories of the United States, such as the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and most recently, the Shepherd School of Music where he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, John Williams, and the Juilliard String Quartet. Performing all over the world, Joe regularly has performances as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician; he has been featured as a performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia including performances at Carnegie Hall as both an orchestral and chamber musician.
Pianist and singer-songwriter Harrison Jarvis experienced his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen and was subsequently named to CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30”. He has soloed with orchestras at Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and with the Etobicoke Philharmonic in Toronto. A finalist in CBC’s Piano Hero competition, he has also studied and performed at Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia, Orford Music Festival in Quebec and Klaviersommer in Cochem, Germany. Passionate about genres of music beyond his classical foundations, Harrison has broadened his artistic horizons by creating with analog synthesizers, digital audio workstations, improvisation, singing and songwriting. Harrison holds his ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is a Conservatory Merit Scholarship recipient at Bard College Conservatory in New York, where he is entering his final year of studies pursuing both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a BA in Written Arts-Poetry. He is a staff accompanist for the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory School and holds a private studio, teaching both children and adults.
Harrison has studied with Amy Yang of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Arshalouise Nersessian at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Benjamin Hochman and currently Blair McMillen at Bard College Conservatory in New York. He has also had teachings from Joan Tower (composition), Peter Serkin, Peter Wiley, John Perry, Andre LaPlante, Yovhed Kaplinsky, Mikael Eliasen and Roberto Diaz. He studied as a child with Stan Cyprys.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Luke Jarvis has been passionate about music from an early age. He studied classical piano, guitar, percussion, and music theory eventually discovering his love for composition, singing and songwriting. Luke has performed as a percussionist in Europe and the U.S. with the AHS concert band and has been the recipient of the AHS Music MVP Award. He spent his teen years playing guitar at coffee houses and performances, including Remembrance Day ceremonies, Relay for Life and Battle of the Bands to name a few. Luke has a passion for social issues having been the past co-president of The Social Changemakers and has enjoyed coaching sports teams. He continues to write music and perform while pursuing his studies in Political Science and Business at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was a Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Scholarship Recipient in 2019.
Amy Yang, Program Director and piano faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program
"I’ve known Harrison for almost a decade since, before his enrollment at Bard, he would travel monthly from Toronto to Philadelphia for piano lessons with me. His heartfelt commitment to the study and performance of piano repertoire have made indelible impressions upon listeners across North America and Europe. Not only is Harrison a poet at the keyboard, his intuitive talents in written arts, composing, and singing make him one of the most exciting artists to watch. In his teaching, he has that rare ability to spread infectious joy while artfully shaping his immense knowledge to deepen his students’ curiosity."
Susanne Son, Program Director and piano faculty at Bard Conservatory’s preparatory division
"I have come to know Harrison when he first started working at Bard Prep, both as a collaborative pianist and teacher. In addition to being a fantastic musician, he has a wonderful rapport and clear understanding of how to inspire children musically. Many of our Bard Prep students and parents have raved about the quality of his playing and instruction. His enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism is second to none"
Head of Music, Aurora High School
"Luke is a very talented, helpful, personable and responsible young artist. I had the pleasure of teaching him grade 9-12 music at Aurora High School in our music program, and was always impressed with Luke’s prowess in music and music theory. He is super charismatic and considerate; dependable and flexible. Luke not only plays piano, but sings, plays guitar and is quite an outstanding percussionist as well. I highly recommend Luke Jarvis and would trust him with my own children and their music education"
Vice Principal at Stephen Lewis Secondary School
"I was Luke Jarvis’ Vice-Principal at Aurora High School for 4 years. Luke is a mature, responsible young man who took on leadership roles as a senior student. Luke was an active member of our school’s music program and works well with students of all ages.I would trust Luke teaching music to any of my children"