Meet the Team! + Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk

Meet the Team!

On this week’s episode of The Loon Call, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our wonderful Caroga Arts team members who work tirelessly to make Caroga Arts possible!

Thank you to our entire Caroga Arts team and family for your continuing dedication to Caroga Arts! Join Judy and help us continue our mission by making a monthly donation to Caroga Arts!


JOIN US THIS THURSDAY!

Caroga Arts welcomes Music QuaranTalk special guests violinist Benjamin Kronk (CLMF ’17-’19) & cellist Julian Müller (CLMF ’13-’18)!

Julian met Kyle when they discovered their love for music and sports at Cleveland Institute of Music. Ben met Kyle in Prague, Czech Republic during a summer music festival program. Both Julian and Ben have become beloved by the Caroga Lake community through their extensive residencies throughout the year!

Thursday, May 21, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Benjamin Kronk, Chicago-based violinist (CLMF ’17-’19)

Julian Müller, NYC-based cellist (CLMF ’13-’18)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, their experience at Caroga Lake Music Festival, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

Benjamin Kronk, violin

Currently based out of Chicago, Benjamin graduated with his Master’s from McGill University, studying with Alexander Read. His recording with the National Orchestral Institute in 2017 was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Orchestra Performance”, and he made his solo debut with the National Repertory Orchestra in 2018. He has attended many festivals including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Prague Summer Nights Festival, and Caroga Lake Music Festival. Previous member of the Andrew Alden Ensemble, Benjamin has been a substitute violinist for Symphoria. Born in Minnesota, raised in France and Germany, Benjamin received his Bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, under Juliana Athayde.

Julian Müller, cello

American-German cellist, Julian Müller performs frequently as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the United States and Europe. Hailed as “…haunting and mesmerizing…” by the USA Today, Julian appeared as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, performing the world premiere of the ballet How They Fade, composed by him and art-pop band, YASSOU, on a commission from the Louisville Ballet Company. Müller has been presented on NPR Live, in collaboration with pianist, Sergei Babayan, performing works of Schubert and Schumann. Müller has performed with Simone Dinnerstein as a member of Ensemble Baroklyn and with Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, UCCELLO. As an orchestral musician, Müller performs frequently with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and is a member of the Montclair Orchestra. In competitions, Müller has won first prize at the Uel Wade Music Competition and first prize at the Schenectady Symphony’s Stefan Concerto Competition. Müller holds a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma with honors from the Mannes School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Müller is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University, where he studies with Jonathan Spitz.


Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List 
Benjamin Kronk, violin; Kelly Talim, violin; Caroga Arts Ensemble

BETTI: “C’est Si Bon” (arr. A. Vitnitsky)
Chelsea Sharpe, Delaney Meyers, violins; Alice Ping, viola;
Jose Guzman, guitar; Jordan Calixto, bass

Important Announcement from Caroga Arts

Dear friends, 
 

Around this time of year, Caroga Arts is usually hustling in preparation for the big Summer season and the Caroga Lake Music Festival. Volunteers are contacting prospective meal and housing donors, season schedule flyers are appearing in mailboxes, and artists are counting down the days until the festival begins.

For the last couple of months, however, we have been carefully analyzing the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Therefore, it is with heavy heart and great sadness to share that due to COVID-19 we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the regularly programmed Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2020. The health and safety of our community, artists, and staff are our top priority and this was the most sensible decision for everyone in mind. 

We are already hard at work planning the 2021 season which will celebrate the 100th birthday of Sherman’s and the 10th anniversary of Caroga Lake Music Festival. We are also developing virtual platforms for Caroga Arts to continue to engage with our community, friends and artists.

Here are some virtual programs we currently offer, and we will continue to expand our online activities in the coming months as well as explore social distancing possibilities. Whether close to home or from afar, we’re committed to reigniting the Caroga Experience. 

  • Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk (Thursdays): A fun interactive live webinar to get to know our CLMF Artists (free event, donations to the Virtual Tip Jar are split between artists and Caroga Arts). RSVP for today’s Music QuaranTalk here.

  • Your Body Is Your Strad Virtual Institute (June 2-13): With a lineup of star-studded faculty from the U.S. and Europe, the Virtual Institute is an enrichment program for students, professionals and educators worldwide. Learn more and register here. 

  • Caroga Reflections (coming soon!): A call for stories surrounding first-hand experiences at the MyHil/Schine property and Sherman’s Amusement Park to archive the properties’ history and help shape our vision for the future of the historic sites.

We are looking forward to building a bigger than ever Caroga Lake Music Festival season in 2021 on the grounds of Sherman’s Park – which our team will continue to make improvements on this summer – and throughout the community. It is your dedication to Caroga Arts that will carry us through these unprecedented times, and we are forever grateful. Caroga Arts will be waiting on the other side of the door with great anticipation, and as soon as we are able to open that door, together, we’ll celebrate the return of life and music in the serene backdrop of the Adirondack mountains. Thank you for your continuing support.

Stay well and healthy, 

Kyle Price
Artistic & Executive Director 

Rick Ruby
Board Chair


 

SPAC collaborates with Caroga Arts

Caroga Arts is excited to collaborate with Saratoga Performing Arts Center for its online “Learning Library” initiative! Musicians from Caroga Arts will be creating educational video content that will be available for all students, families and teachers who are stuck at home during the pandemic. Read more here.

YOU’RE INVITED!

Caroga Lake Music Festival has fostered many personal connections over the years.

Stephanie Price-Wong, CLMF founder Kyle’s sister, has seen the festival from day one and has been a dedicated CLMF Artists for almost 10 years! Alix Raspé Gray met Kyle when she was in 6th grade through his aunt Connie who was Alix’s orchestra teacher. Since then, Alix’s connection with Kyle’s family grew through spending summers together at Caroga Lake Music Festival. Hear their stories at this Thursday’s Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk!

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Special Guests:
Stephanie Price-Wong, viola, KASA Quartet member (CLMF ’12-’19)
Alix Raspé Gray, harp, Columbus Symphony (CLMF ’15-’17, ’19)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, their experiences at Caroga Lake Music Festival, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

Special Guests:

Stephanie Price-Wong grew up in a musical and arts administrative family that instilled and nurtured her passion in the art, performance, and education of chamber music. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director and Fellowship Program Director of the Chamber Music Connection based in Worthington, Ohio. Stephanie also runs a private viola and violin studio and is the Adjunct Viola Professor at Ohio University. In addition to her work in Ohio, she is the Artistic Administrator for Caroga Arts Collective and the Administrative Director of the National Summer Cello Institute. Stephanie has been a performing artist at CLMF since it’s founding in 2012 and went on tour in Switzerland with CLMF. She received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music with a certificate in Arts Leadership. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the Alumni Jim Hall Graduate Studies Scholarship. Stephanie currently resides in Westerville, Ohio where she enjoys spending time with her son, Felix (yes, named after Mendelssohn!), husband, David, and dog, Bridget.

Alix Raspé Gray, professionally known as Alix Raspé, is an award-winning classical harpist, chamber musician, music educator and musical entrepreneur. Alix currently serves as an Associate Harpist for Columbus Symphony. Alix has performed with New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the NY Pops, the Symphony of New Hampshire, Symphoria, Portsmouth Symphony and more. While maintaining her own thriving teaching studio, Alix also coaches harp and chamber music for Chamber Music Connection (CMC) and also serves as their Marketing Director. Alix was formerly on the faculty of Note-Worthy Experiences from 2018-2019 as their harp teacher, as well as the Harp Specialist at The Harp Connection. In 2018, Alix was a Harp Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.

Alix graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Harp Performance and New York University with a Bachelor of Music with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Prior to attending NYU, Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College. Alix currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Erik, and their miniature Australian Shepherd, Ollie.

You can hear Alix with Roger Daltrey of The Who, The Late Late Show with James Corden, IHeartRadio, with artist MAX, the soundtrack of RuPaul’s Drag Races (Season 5), the film Reservation Road and WMNR Fine Arts Radio.

The Loon Call – May 11, 2020

This week on “The Loon Call” Kyle highlights performances from CLMF ’15, ’19 and the CLMF Switzerland tour ’17. Excerpts feature Alix Raspé Gray on harp and Stephanie Price-Wong on violin/viola.

Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

GOLUBEV: Harp Quintet in C minor, Op.39
Alix Raspé, harp; Joseph Kromholz, violin;
Stephanie Price-Wong, viola; Deborah Barrett Price, viola; Noah Koh, cello

“Danny Boy” arr. Jacob Collier (trans. by A. Schwartz and K. Price)
KASA Quartet

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk: Aaron Schwartz & Ken Kubota

YOU’RE INVITED!

Did you know: Many CLMF Artists, who now call Caroga their summer home, were just friends of Artistic Director Kyle Price at first?

For instance, violinist Aaron Schwartz was Kyle’s freshman roommate at Cleveland Institute of Music. And cellist Ken Kubota was Kyle’s childhood friend who played chamber music together growing up in Columbus. OH. Hear more about Aaron and Ken this Thursday at our live interactive Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk!

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Special Guests:
Aaron Schwartz, violin, KASA Quartet member (CLMF ’12, ’14-’20)
Ken Kubota, cello, JHMJams founder (CLMF ’14-’20)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, musical works, music history, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

From CLMF 2016, Aaron and Ken perform some “Djangology” in Kyle’s room; produced by JHMJams


May 7 QuaranTalk Special Guests:

Aaron SchwartzAaron Schwartz is an accomplished orchestral, chamber, fiddler, and jazz musician. He creates chamber music arrangements and performs them regularly as a performing artist with the Caroga Lake Music Festival and as a founding member of the KASA Quartet.As an orchestral musician, Aaron is Concertmaster of Opera Project Columbus and Assistant Concertmaster of LaCrosse Symphony. He also performs in CityMusic Cleveland, Nat28, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. He has soloed with the Danville Symphony and participated in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, Joseph Silverstein and the Cavani String Quartet. As a teacher, Aaron is an Associated Faculty member at the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio where he coaches chamber music and improvisation.Aaron received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and an Advanced Musical Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes.

Ken Kubota

Ken James Kubota, celebrated by The New York Times for his “dynamic performance,” has found unprecedented success in a career spanning performance, education, and social media. He is best known for founding the viral video series JHM Jams: unique arrangements of pop tunes performed by a rotating cast of top classical and jazz musicians. Recognized by Glamour Magazine, the series has received over 3,000,000 YouTube views and has led to high-profile performances in Google’s YouTube Space and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

A passionate educator and Juilliard graduate, Mr. Kubota also serves as cello instructor at top preparatory schools in the nation, including Peabody Preparatory, and has spoken to students at Juilliard as an authority on entrepreneurship.

Singer Demi Lovato watches CLMF Artists perform her song on Ken’s JHJams

The Loon Call – May 4, 2020

On this week’s episode of The Loon Call, Kyle shares his stories of growing up playing chamber music with Ken Kubota and Aaron Schwartz.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. If you are able, we hope you will consider contributing to Caroga Arts so we can continue our mission to Reignite the Caroga Experience. We deeply appreciate your support – no amount is too little during these unprecedented times.

Thank you from the entire Caroga Arts family.

Lakeside Classics
We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.
Schoenberg: Notturno for Strings and Harp
Caroga Arts Ensemble, Aaron Schwartz, solo violin
Gade: String Octet in F major, Op 17 (IV. Finale Allegro vivace)
Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Mark Chien, Wes Luke, violins; Tonya Burton, Deborah Price, violas; Kyle Price, Ray Kim, cellos

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk: Saunders Brothers

After a successful first QuaranTalk, we’re excited to bring you another Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk, our free live virtual interactive event! Our special guests this Thursday are Canada Lake’s award-winning musicians and SAUNDERFEST co-founders Richard, Geoff and Rob Saunders!

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – LIVE at 5:15 pm EST

Special Guests:
Richard Saunders, vocal (CLMF ’16-’20)
Geoff Saunders, bass (CLMF ’16-’20)
Rob Saunders, mandolin(CLMF ’16-’20)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, musical works, music history, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be appreciated to support our special guests and Caroga Arts.

Saunders Family Band performing “Big Yellow Taxi”

Richard Saunders

Vocalist Richard Saunders is a member of new duo band Refs whose music can be heard on Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro ad. As a founding member of the vocal pop trio Thirdstory, Richard has toured as an opener for Tori Kelly‘s Unbreakable Tour in 2016 and as a member of Chance The Rapper‘s band on his Be Encouraged Tour in 2017. Richard regularly performs with Chance The Rapper, most recently at this year’s All-Star Game Halftime Show.

Geoff Saunders

Grammy-Award winning bassist Geoffrey Saunders is a versatile performer and composer who is experienced in a wide range of styles and genres. While studying at Frost School of Music, Geoff was a fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute where he worked closely and performed with such notable artists as Mark O’Connor, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Gloria Estefan, Steve Miller, Larry Rosen, Phil Ramone, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, and James Newton Howard. Geoff currently lives in Nashville and tours with notable artists like Sierra Hull and The Hit Points.

Rob Saunders

Rob has been playing folk and country music for over 15 years all across the eastern seaboard. A multi-instrumentalist, he and his ever growing family of like-minded classic music lovers perform tunes spanning the extensive American Songbook, from old-timey to modern country. Growing up in a family of highly skilled musicians and educators, he developed his passion for music performance within American Vernacular and classical music and his interest in discovering musical development. Robert wishes to share his love for American music through teaching for understanding and lifelong participation.

Listen to The Loon Call – April 27th, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of The Loon Call! In prep for this Thursday’s QuaranTalk, Kyle shares recordings from Caroga Lake Music Festival featuring the three Saunders brothers.


Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

2000’s Pop Medley (Usher, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, Britney Spears)
David Wong, violin; Jose Guzman, guitar; Ken Kubota, cello; Geoff Saunders, bass
Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (III. Elegia Adagio)
Mark Chien, violin; Ray Kim cello; Sun-Min Kim, piano

Caroga Arts goes virtual!

YOU’RE INVITED!

Introducing our first virtual interactive live event, Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk! Our first QuaranTalk special guests are CLMF Artists and Seattle Symphony musicians Andy Liang and Nathan Chan. We look forward to seeing you “on the web!”

Thursday, April 23, 2020 – LIVE at 5:15 pm EST

Special Guests:

Andy Liang, violin (CLMF ’13-’20), Seattle Symphony

Nathan Chan, cello (CLMF ’17-’19), Seattle Symphony

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, musical works, music history, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be appreciated to support our special guests and Caroga Arts.

April 23 QuaranTalk Special Guests:

After making his solo debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 11, violinist Andy Liang went on to perform in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jordan Hall by the age of 15. Andy has been a CLMF Artist since 2013 and a Seattle Symphony violinist since 2017. Andy is also a member of the KASA Quartet and ALKALI. Andy completed his Bachelor and Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Cho-Liang Lin and his Artist Diploma at the University of Texas at Austin with the Miró Quartet.

Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at age three conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, and the Albany Symphony, among others. Nathan was a chosen artist for Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Classe d’Excellence du Violoncelle with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. Nathan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a growing internet presence with over 7 million views. Nathan studied with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Masters of Music. He is currently Assistant Principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony.

Listen to Caroga Arts’ new weekly podcast “The Loon Call”

On today’s episode, Kyle offers a preview of this Thursday’s Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk featuring performances by Andy and Nathan at Caroga Lake Music Festival.


Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our first selections below.

Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op 36 (I. Allegro non troppo)
KASA Quartet; Aaron Mossburg, viola; Ray Kim, cello
Reich: Nagoya Marimbas
Mark Stein & Brian Shank, percussion
Glazunov: String Quintet in A major, Op 39 (III. Andante sostenuto)
KASA Quartet; Nathan Chan, cello

Your Body Is Your Strad Institute – Postponed

On behalf of Uri and Hagit Vardi and the entire YBIYS team, our thoughts are with you, your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones in a safe place.

So much has happened in our world since our last email update to you. As you can imagine, Uri, Hagit and the YBIYS team have been discussing the situation we are all in on a regular basis. While we were optimistic about our summer together, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s Institute. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our participants, faculty, staff, and the community as a whole, and unfortunately this is our only responsible course of action.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a harsh reality. We have seen our loved ones in New York become victims of the virus, many dedicated workers losing income, and vital cultural institutions closing its doors and canceling events. But it gives us hope that there are people and organizations taking responsible actions to help “flatten the curve” – and by postponing our Institute, we hope we are contributing to this worldwide effort in a small way.

With that said, our tentative YBIYS Institute dates for next year are June 17 – 27, 2021 and it will be held in Caroga Lake, NY. We are planning to keep the same program structure for next summer’s Institute.

We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy as we collectively navigate through these difficult times. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and stay well.

Sincerely,
Uri, Hagit, and the YBIYS team

We’re all in this together

Dear friends of Caroga Arts,

Our thoughts are with you, your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones in a safe place.

Since the beginning of this month so much has happened in our world. As new developments related to COVID-19 continue to evolve almost daily, I want to let you know that we are planning for our summer season with our usual excitement and optimism. Of course this is coupled with concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it may have on our programs this summer. While plans for Caroga Lake Music Festival remain on track starting July 13, we will continue to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. We are committed to taking reasonable and responsible measures to ensure the health and safety of our artists, staff, and the community as a whole.

During these unprecedented times, your support and enthusiasm for our mission to Reignite the Caroga Experience is appreciated more than ever to continue to serve our community. By making a contribution to Caroga Arts, you will continue to ensure that our music provides a source of healing and comfort when we are reunited once again in our beloved community. If you are able, please consider:

  • Making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. Your charitable gift of any amount, one time or monthly, will be greatly appreciated to support our program offerings for the community.
  • Donating to “Sponsor a Concert” with a gift of $500. Your generous contribution will help maintain accessibility to the arts in our community.
  • Donating to “Adopt-an Artist” with a gift of $1,000. Your charitable gift will help bring world-class musicians to Caroga Lake (plus receive two concert passes to any ticketed performance presented by Caroga Arts).

Thank you for your continuing support as we collectively navigate through these difficult times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to a music-filled summer in Caroga Lake. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at 518-832-2041 or by email at info@carogaarts.org

Thank you and stay well.

Sincerely,
Kyle Barrett Price
Executive & Artistic Director

Caroga Arts welcomes General Manager

Welcome, Torrance Fish!

Caroga Arts welcomes Torrance Fish, newest member of the team serving as General Manager.

Torrance is a Fulton County native growing up 10 minutes from Sherman’s and greatly enjoyed the park in his youth. Torrance is a regionally exhibiting artist, educator, and has held various artistic non-profit positions for the past two decades. His work has been shown throughout the northeast and he has won several awards for his sculpture. Torrance has also been commissioned for numerous projects including the University Torch for the University at Albany and Nightfire for Albany’s 60th Tulip Festival. He proudly won the first place award for his parade float Somethin’ Fishy at the 2018 Northville Doin’s.

Since 2010, Torrance has been an arts instructor at Fulton Montgomery Community College having taught a variety of visual arts courses and was nominated for the 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. He has worked at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College for fifteen years in roles of Senior Preparator, Head of Installations, and Building Manager. He has also managed The Hub maker space at Skidmore, worked at Func Art Design, The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, been on the Albany Center Gallery Exhibition Committee, chair for the Saratoga County artist grant panel, a juror for local art shows and Curator for the exhibition, Powers of Ten at the Perrella Gallery.

Torrance began his college education at Fulton Montgomery Community College, earning an A.A. in Visual Fine Arts, transferred to SUNY Potsdam to complete his B.A. in Studio Art and completed his studies at The University at Albany with an M.A. and M.F.A in sculpture.

Caroga Arts is pleased to welcome Torrance to the team!


Staying Home?
Enjoy Virtual Performances by CLMF Artists!

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many of us our left to stay inside as events are cancelled across the country. Here are some of our favorite videos featuring or created by CLMF Artists you can enjoy from your home!

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 by Seattle Symphony – Can you spot our CLMF Artists Andy Liang, violin (CLMF ’13-’20) and Nathan Chan, cello (CLMF ’18-’19)?
Earth, Wind & Fire “September” – A JHMJams production, founded by Ken Kubota, cello (CLMF ’14-’20), the cover video features six of our CLMF Artists at Nick Stoner Inn.
The Capenters “Top of the Wold” – Here’s another cover video by JHMJams this time featuring Caroga Arts board member Nancy Purcell with CLMF Artists at the Caroga Chapel.
Jacob Collier “Improvisation” arr. KASA – The prize-winning KASA Quartet was formed in Caroga Lake in 2016 by four CLMF Artists who have been playing together in Caroga Lake since 2014.
The Hit Points “Athletic Theme (Super Mario World)” – The Hit Points featuring Canada Lake native and SAUNDERSFEST co-founder Geoffrey Saunders, bass (CLMF ’16-’20).

Major Donation to Breathe New Life into Historic Sherman’s

PRESS RELEASE

Major Donation to Breathe New Life into Historic Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake, NY

Caroga Lake, NY (January 7, 2020) – Caroga Arts Collective (Caroga Arts), is pleased to announce that local resident George Abdella has donated the former Sherman’s Amusement Park lakefront property to the organization. Caroga Arts, one of the fastest growing non-profit community organizations in the Southern Adirondacks and the Mohawk Valley region, has been bringing world-class artists and educators to Caroga Lake since 2012 and presents the annual Caroga Lake Music Festival, MyHil Film Series, and InterArts Residencies among other arts initiatives.

Regarding the donation, Abdella stated at a Caroga town forum that, “Caroga Arts will attract the most talented musicians and artists of all kinds. It will be a wonderful thing and will make the town a better place.”

Sherman’s Amusement Park, once a major attraction of the Southern Adirondacks, has been closed for many, many years. In recent years, Caroga Arts has taken initiative to put Sherman’s back on the map by presenting accessible community events including the Sherman’s Revival Series, SaundersFest, Caroga Tree Lighting, and the Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. This donation will bring a new level of energy and focus that will help restore this iconic property to its previous glory.

Caroga Arts Artistic and Executive Director Kyle Barrett Price said, “We are filled with gratitude for the exciting opportunity this generous donation presents, both for the organization and for the community as a whole. The historic lakefront Sherman’s is being placed in the care of Caroga Arts with the goal of turning it into a world-class arts and community center. We are excited for the future of Caroga Arts, Sherman’s, Caroga Lake, and the Southern Adirondacks. Together, we can fulfill our mission to reignite the Caroga experience through the arts.”

Since 2012, Caroga Arts has presented over 175 free events with more than 550 world-class artists, 15 educational programs, and attracted over 15,000 audience members to its events and programs. These talented artists have included winners of GRAMMY awards, NBC’s the Voice, America’s Got Talent, and various international competitions.

Caroga Arts Board Chair Rick Ruby noted that, “Caroga Arts, which recently received the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award, and the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Start-Up Business of the Year Award, is now poised to present amazing music and art in an unparalleled lakeside setting in the Southern Adirondacks.”

Caroga Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) organization sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Learn more at www.carogaarts.org.