Executive & Artistic Director


Kyle Barrett Price, Artistic Director and Founder of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance under the tutelage of Merry Peckham. As a soloist, Kyle was named a winner in the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, finalist in the 2015 G. Gershwin International Music Competition and semi-finalist in the 2016 Naftzger Young Artist Competition. He studied chamber music at the Chamber Music Connection and has attended numerous prestigious music festivals. Recently, he studied with Zuill Bailey and Melissa Kraut at Sitka Cello Seminar. A medalist in the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Mr. Price was featured on NPR’s From the Top! radio show and has recorded with artist Alyson Stoner. Kyle has also received acclaim for his composition Requiem in memory of his aunt, cellist Constance E. Barrett and his work, Serenade, premiered by the Calidore String Quartet and the Chamber Music Connection this past winter. Kyle recently completed his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison this past spring and will return to pursue his Doctorate of Music in the fall under the mentorship of Uri Vardi.

Kyle founded the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012 at the age of 19 and has developed the festival into a noteworthy national music festival bringing in over twenty highly accomplished artists hailing from the U.S. and abroad. Kyle, a resident of Worthington, Ohio, has vacationed with his family at the Caroga Lake house of his Grandmother (Joyce Barrett) since he was an infant.  He often mentioned the idea of creating a chamber music festival in the area. This idea became a reality in the summer of 2012. Kyle currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Collins Fellow pursuing a Master of Music under the mentorship of Uri Vardi.

Assistant to the Executive Director

price-debbieDeborah Barrett Price is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. (CMC). She also serves on the faculty of Denison University teaching viola and chamber music, and is a Yamaha Certified String Educator Clinician.  In recognition of her work as Artistic Director of CMC, Debbie received the 2013 Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award and was named the 2004 Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year receiving commendations from the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. During summer seasons, Debbie serves on the faculties of several festivals including CMC, Columbus Suzuki Institute, OSU Midwest String Teachers Conference, Cincinnati Young Artists (OH), Green Lake Music Festival (WI), and Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Workshop (IL).  In past summers, she has directed performance tours in Austria and the Czech Republic, and in 2010 directed CMC Italia, an extension program of CMC, Inc., performing and conducting in Bonefro and Rome, Italy.  She has prepared and mentored numerous chamber ensembles featured on NPR’s From the Top and placing in national competitions including St. Paul, Fischoff, Discover, and Coltman. She serves as principal viola of Opera Project Columbus (OH) and the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (OH).

Board of Directors

Rick Ruby, Sr., Owner of Ruby and Quiri, President of the Board
Jim Selmser, Former Controller, Borden Dairy, Inc., Vice President of the Board
Bruce Veghte, CFO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Treasurer
Marc Gross, Partner, Condon & Forsyth LLP, Secretary
Patricia Lowry, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Steve Smith, CEO of L.L. Bean
Barbara Lee, Partner in Law

Advisory Council

Marty Newell
Linda Fake
Jack DeWeese
Tim Mitchell
Ron Rosenberg
Linda F. Smith
Dustin Swanger
Bill Fielding
Martha Price
Lauren Saunders
Eric Manning
Mary Peck
Jim Zeitler
Kim Hart
Miki Halpern