With generous support from The Nord Family Foundation, The Stocker Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.
Beginning in 2019, OCA launched the Performing Artists in Residence, or “PAIR” Program, connecting students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with partnering institutions Mercy Allen Hospital and Welcome Nursing Home. Using the arts as a tool for healing and for building understanding, the PAIR program introduces music into lobbies and along bedsides, to leverage its ability to help alleviate pain, reduce stress and decrease overall recovery time. PAIR provides an opportunity to build community and foster personal connections amongst students and area residents. Furthermore, the health benefits of music in medical institutions extends to care providers by lowering the rates of tension and fatigue in nursing staff.
Lana Auerbach recently graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a BA in violin performance under the tutelage of Sibbi Bernhardsson. Her past mentors include Ragga Petursdottir and Jinjoo Cho. Lana has participated in numerous summer programs such as Greenwood Music Camp, Kinhaven School of Music, Meadowmount School of Music, ENCORE Chamber Music, Green Mountain Chamber Music, and the Music Academy at Domaine Forget. She has also performed in masterclasses for Wolfram Koessel, Matt Haimovitz, Matt Goeke, Rachel Barton Pine, Pamela Frank, Kurt Nikkanen, Vadim Gluzman, the Calidore String Quartet, the Calder String Quartet, the Cavani String quartet, and the Miro String Quartet. In 2015, Lana was awarded first place in Rhinebeck Chamber Society’s annual concerto competition, and was awarded the Dean’s scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has extensive experience working in nursing homes and hospitals and loves to brighten the days of those going through a difficult time.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Ruby holds performance degrees in cello and viola da gamba from Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan, and Lawrence University. An avid teacher, Ruby maintains a private studio alongside her work with organizations such as the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Community Music School, the Lawrence Academy of Music in Appleton Wisconsin, and Seattle Music Partners. In addition to her Suzuki and traditional cello students, Ruby is passionate about expanding access to historical instruments for young musicians, and is a member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Outreach Council and Early Music America's Emerging Performers Leadership Council.
Atlee Daniel, a native of Texas, is in her third year at Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a viola performance major studying under the tutelage of Peter Slowik. Besides playing viola, one of her biggest passions is arts administration. She has taken various internships at the Detroit Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and been on the ‘teen council’ board for the Dallas Symphony. In July 2019, she helped put on a concert as the Operations Manager for Credo Music in the esteemed Symphony Center of Chicago for an audience of over a thousand people. This January, she has the privilege to intern as Operations Manager of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York, New York. In the near future, Atlee would love to have a role as a manager of some sort in a classical music organization (orchestra and the like). Since the conservatory isn’t dramatic enough, Atlee enjoys taking classes and helping out in Oberlin’s Theatre Department.
Alexandra is a violin player passionate about various music genres. Her repertoire includes works by Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Beyond classical music, Alexandra also takes in a wide range of traditional European and Chinese folk songs. Alexandra is a second-year student at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to playing the violin, she is interested in swimming, drawing, writing poems and composing music.
Chris Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Support at Oberlin Conservatory, is an educator, administrator, and performing violist. At Oberlin, he is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Conservatory Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He was Deputy Director and professor of viola and violin at the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Ramallah, West Bank, from 2013-14, and served as Dean of the Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), the Sphinx Organization’s summer music program for minority youth, for seven years. In 2005, he was a laureate of the Sphinx Competition. Through a Curriculum Diversification Grant from the American Society for Aesthetics, in 2017 Mr. Jenkins published an annotated bibliography of works pertaining to African-American participation in the field of classical music, and presents on issues of diversity within classical music.
In 2011, Mr. Jenkins earned a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, focusing on the study of human rights and conflict resolution. His international engagement has included performances and teaching in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Israel, China, Colombia, and South Africa, including a performance with the Jordan National Symphony at the World Heritage Site of Petra in 2016. In the summer of 2017, he served as a guest artist and teacher at the Afghan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently earning a DMA in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a PhD in Historical Musicology from Case Western Reserve, where his work focuses on the music of African-American composers. His teachers have included Lynne Ramsey, Michael Tree, Martha Katz, Karen Dreyfus, Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and Carol Rodland. His alma maters include Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Violist Jane Larson studies at Oberlin Conservatory under the tutelage of Kirsten Docter. She is in her fourth year at Oberlin, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Viola Performance. During her time at Oberlin, Jane has had the opportunity to explore diverse repertoire for solo viola with both modern and baroque-era music. When not at school, Jane is exploring either the mountains of Colorado on skis or the Boundary Waters in a canoe.
Gabriel Morales is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and producer based out of Roanoke, Virginia and Oberlin, Ohio. Given influences ranging from blues and rock to jazz and contemporary composition to Latin-American folk, the music Gabe creates eschews strict categorization. His music is rooted in the blues, but explores a wider harmonic and rhythmic palette and modern songwriting sensibilities. Accompanying his soulful guitar licks and driven vocals are themes often centered on division, personal conflict, longing, protest, and perseverance. Combining these elements, Morales delivers a performance that excites the audience and invites reflection.
At 21 years old, Gabe has already performed and recorded with numerous internationally acclaimed musicians and bands, such as Robert Cray, Snarky Puppy, Michael League, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Jones, Victor Wooten, Cory Henry, Lil’ John Roberts (George Benson, Janet Jackson), Ben Williams, Gerald Clayton, Robert “Sput” Searight, Lucy Woodward, Carla Canales, Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), The Jamie McLean Band, Banda Magda, Darrel Scott, Malika Tirolien, and Matt Schofield, among others. Constantly seeking growth as a musician, Gabe is currently studying Jazz Guitar Performance under the instruction of Bobby Ferrazza at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio.
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