Artistic & Administration

Kyle Barrett Price
Artistic & Executive Director, Founder

Kyle Barrett Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts Collective, spent his childhood summers in Caroga Lake where his grandmother resided. At age nineteen, his dream of bringing his friends to play chamber music in Caroga Lake became a reality when he founded the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012. Since then, Kyle has been passionate about making the arts accessible in the Adirondacks while building special connections with artists and communities and opening new doors of creative possibilities in both the art and the community.

Kyle Price, cellist, and member of the Cavani String Quartet, is nationally recognized for his multi-faceted musical career, innovative leadership style, and his advocacy for collaborative programing in the arts and humanities. His profound love of chamber music began as part of a family of dynamic musicians at The Chamber Music Connection, (Columbus) where he had the opportunity to work with some of the most respected and acclaimed  musicians of our time, including members of The Cleveland, Cavani, Emerson, Guarneri, St Lawrence,and Brentano String Quartets. He has performed at internationally renowned music festivals such as The Perlman Music Program, Banff School of the Arts,  and has been featured as a guest artist on  NPR’s From the Top!. Kyle’s recital appearances include universities around the U.S. and abroad,  most recently, The Nyon Conservatory (Switzerland).  Honors and prizes include the 2018 Schubert Club Competition, Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and Honorable Mention recipient in the 2017 Gershwin International Music Competition. Kyle is a founding member of the KASA Quartet, Grand Prize winners of the 2017 Coltman Chamber Music Competition.  In addition to his cello studies,  Kyle has been composing from the age of 10,  and has distinguished himself with an original voice, receiving  commissions from the Johnstone Fund for New Music, Chamber Music Connection and performances by Calidore Quartet, Chamber Music Connection Orchestra, Carpe Diem String Quartet, KASA Quartet, UW-Madison Orchestra, National Summer Cello Institute and Caroga Arts Ensemble.

Kyle’s energized and passionate chamber music experience, was a catalyst for his vision to form an artist -led creative community, and resulted in his creating the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012 and Caroga Arts Collective in 2016. In his role as Artistic and Executive Director, Kyle has grown the organization from a “homemade” music festival of eight musicians in his grandmother’s house, to an organization that hosts five programs over the course of a calendar year, that features 150+ artists, attracting 8,000+ individuals to the small Adirondack town of Caroga Lake, NY (population 518) annually and is widely regarded to be the pride and joy of the community and a model for artist- led festivals around the country.

Kyle completed his  Masters and Doctorate of Music Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as full Fellowship Teaching Assistant under renowned pedagogue cellist and Feldenkrais practitioner, Uri Vardi. Kyle received his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of cellist and former Cavani Quartet member, Merry Peckham. When he isn’t practicing or, writing grants,  Kyle is an avid basketball player, and enjoys celebrating team-work in every form, be it sports or music.

Hinano Ishii, Assistant Executive Director

Hinano Ishii currently serves as the Artist Services Manager at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest music festival in North America and summer home for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she held positions in operations and artistic at Classical Movements, National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and Overture Center for the Arts and has additional experience in marketing, development and education in the arts. A graduate of UW-Madison (Bachelor of Music in Performance ’15), Hinano made her concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center at the age of 18 and performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations.

Deborah Barrett Price, Assistant Artistic Director

Violist Deborah Barrett Price is recognized throughout the country as an innovative pedagogue and versatile performer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. (CMC), a nationally recognized program providing education, service and performance opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels. In recognition of her work as a chamber music entrepreneur, pedagogue, and performer, Debbie has received numerous awards, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music, the Alumni Achievement Award from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year. She has also received multiple nominations for the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Arts Administration.

Stephanie Price-Wong, Artistic Administrator

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 has a private studio in Columbus and is the Adjunct Viola Professor at Ohio University. Stephanie has been a performing artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival since it’s founding in 2012 and went to Switzerland with CLMF. Stephanie 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.

Elizabeth Macintosh, Operations Intern

Elizabeth Macintosh started her musical journey at three years old when her parents signed her up for violin lessons at the local Suzuki program. When she was 14, she began playing the viola in order to form a string quartet with her pre-existing ensemble of three violins and a cello. Outside of performing, Elizabeth is passionate about arts administration. She was a Fellowship Student for many years at the Chamber Music Connection and served as the assistant to the Artistic Director. She is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a major in Viola Performance and minors in Business and German Studies.  

Emily Goff, Marketing & Development Intern

Emily Goff resides in Pennsylvania with her mom, sister and cat. She is a senior at Skidmore College where she studies business management and environmental science. Her main areas of study are in marketing, advertising and finance. Outside of school, she likes hiking and kayaking and in her free time she enjoys painting, reading and singing.

Alaina Kamppila, Marketing & Development Intern

Alaina is one of two Marketing and Development interns. She and her family are spending their twelfth summer on Canada Lake this year! Alaina is a rising senior at the University of Vermont, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, a global theme and, a minor in Parks, Recreation and, Tourism. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoors, especially hiking, snowmobiling, kayaking, and exploring both the greater Adirondacks and the Green Mountains.

Ronald Lau, Sound & Recording

Martha Price, Volunteer Meal Coordinator

Mary Peck, Volunteer Housing Coordinator

Kathy Manning, Volunteer Merchandise Manager