Artistic & Administration
Kyle Barrett Price
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director
Kyle Barrett Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts Collective, spent his childhood summers in Caroga Lake where his grandmother resides. At age 19, 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.
Torrance Fish, General Manager
Torrance Fish is the newest member of the Caroga Arts Collective 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 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.
Hinano Ishii, Assistant Executive Director
Hinano Ishii currently serves as the Associate Producer 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music (B.M. in Flute Performance), Hinano made her concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center at age 18 and performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. Hinano has been part of the Caroga Arts team since 2015. Hinano loves to foster dogs during the off season and her family has a 16 year-old dachshund named Candy who has lived in three continents.
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.
Elizabeth Macintosh, Operations Manager
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.
Judy Simon, Development Director
Lorraine Mott, Financial Administrator
MaryKate Farber, Grants Consultant
Genia Meinhold, Meal Coordinator
Lorraine Carlson, Meal Coordinator
Cassandra Lyons Querques, Branding & Design Consultant
Mary Peck, Housing Coordinator
Kathy Manning, Merchandise Manager