Artistic & Administration
Kyle Barrett Price
Founder & Artistic 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 appearances include universities around the U.S. and abroad, most recently performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. 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.
MaryKate grew up spending each summer on Canada Lake and received a Bachelor of Arts in history and art history from Union College in Schenectady. She worked in development for five and a half years at the Institute Contemporary Art Boston, where she most recently served as the Manager of Stewardship and Administration. During this time, she gained experience in marketing, development, and nonprofit administration.
Judy Simon, Development Director
Judy Fernbach Simon comes to Caroga Lake from Texas where she has lived her whole life. While she started out in the magazine world working for Texas Monthly Magazine, her calling has been to the service of others and she has spent the last 35 years primarily as a fundraiser in the non-profit field. Most of her career has been working for health and human service organizations from Texas Children’s Hospital to special needs camps. However, she has also been a big supporter of education in underserved communities and has served as a volunteer for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory, The Posse Foundation, Baker Ripley Community Developers, and the Junior League of Houston. She is excited to be working with the Caroga Arts Collective and hopes to bring all of her skills as a fundraiser, educator and arts lover to help this amazing organization. Judy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of Education from the University of Houston. She loves music, reading, writing, crossword puzzles, and championing a good cause.
Kathy Manning is a retired Registered Nurse, has been married 41 years, and has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. She was employed by Valley Central Middle School as a school nurse for 20 years, where she cared for students and staff and handled their medical needs. During her time at Valley Central Middle School, Kathy was a member of the New York State School Nurses Association and organized first aid classes, blood drives, exercise classes, medical education classes, food/gift/clothing drives, and developed the district emergency response plan. Additionally, Kathy has worked for 40 years for her family’s private contracting business as Vice President and Bookkeeper.
Kathy is a long-standing Caroga Arts volunteer and member of the Advisory Board. Prior to becoming the On-Site Manager, Kathy was responsible for selling CAC merchandise, organizing the annual gala, and helping to maintain the gardens at Sherman’s. In addition to her work with Caroga Arts, Kathy is a Trustee of the Caroga Historical Museum.
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.
Lorrie Mott began her love for music in the first grade while taking piano lessons. Being part of yearly competitions and taking on flute lessons only solidified that joy. She taught herself every instrument that her friends and family played and took a year of cello which turned out to be a favorite instrument. While her career went in another direction, music was always a focal point and it even helped her gain employment in the computer field due to the logic they knew came from a musical background. Lorrie retired from Eaton/Crouse-Hinds with a 23 year career in electronic data interchange and computer programming. A degree in Accounting brings her back to Caroga Arts as their Financial Administrator. She is a long standing Caroga Arts volunteer and very excited about the future here at Sherman’s where she once enjoyed many Sundays as a child. Lorrie and her husband Bob have decided to make Caroga their year round home which they will enjoy with their three daughters and their families. She looks forward to making Sherman memories with their grandchildren.
Violist Elizabeth Macintosh, a native of Columbus, OH, began studying the violin at the age three. 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. Elizabeth has been a part of the Caroga Arts team since 2017 and has been delighted to be a part of its growth over the past four years. She is currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a major in Viola Performance with a certificate in Musical Entrepreneurship and minors in Business, Economics and German Studies.
Originally from Upstate NY, Olivia Munson began playing the violin at age five. She participated in many music festivals in and around the Adirondacks and recently completed her B.M. in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College. At St. Olaf, she played in the St. Olaf Orchestra and was a founding member of Blue Chameleon, a string quartet exploring a combination of classical, jazz, and bluegrass music. Recipient of the ‘Magnus the Good’ fellowship, Olivia taught children about the environment through music and released a children’s album Blue Orb: A Journey Through the Water Cycle. Over the past year, Olivia worked at St. Francis Music Center in Minnesota teaching violin, viola, piano lessons and conducting the orchestra. She is attending UMass Amherst in fall for her graduate degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy and hopes to keep working on her skills in Marketing and Development to accompany her passion and commitment to the arts.
Hinano Ishii serves as the Artistic 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 School of Music, 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.
Kris Smith, Facilities and Grounds Coordinator
Marc Giosi, Development Consultant
Cassandra Lyons Querques, Branding & Design Consultant
Marc Wienert, Recording engineer and Piano technician
Lorraine Carlson, Meal Coordinator
Kathy Manning, Merchandise Manager
Genia Meinhold, Meal Coordinator
Mary Peck, Housing Coordinator