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The Conductor and Staff

Conductor

Bartram_Kevin_59_cropped Kevin P. Bartram has been director of the UMW Philharmonic since 2002. He received his doctor of musical arts in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and has degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in orchestral conducting and Northwestern University in music education.
Prior to coming to Fredericksburg, he taught in public schools and also directed the orchestra at Gettysburg College. In the ’90s, his high school orchestra won several national competitions performing professional level (grade VI) literature. He has received two superintendents’ awards for outstanding teaching and he was awarded Exemplary Music Program in Maryland by the Maryland Music Educators Association. In 2000, the Grammy Foundation awarded Dr. Bartram’s music program the prestigious Grammy Signature Award. He founded and directed the Maryland Wind Symphony in the 1990s.
As conductor of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Bartram has enjoyed rapid success and resounding accolades. The orchestra is highly respected for its musicianship and its mission to support students and the region.
Dr. Bartram founded the Celebrity Series in 2004, an annual concert that features world-class artists performing with the UMW Philharmonic. In May 2006, Bartram initiated the ensemble’s touring program with a trip to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. In May 2008, the orchestra toured England and France and in 2012 toured Italy. In March 2015, the orchestra toured Ireland and performed in Limerick and in Dublin. In 2018, the group performed at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association in Los Angeles.
Dr. Bartram is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician, having conducted honor orchestras and judged orchestra and band festivals throughout the nation. Bartram is Past-President elect of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the world’s largest association for collegiate conductors. He is active in the community, having served as chair of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission. He has been a scout leader and a youth baseball coach, a Virginia Master Gardener, and a Master Tree Steward. He and his wife, Connie, have two boys, Nicholas and William.

 

Philharmonic Intern – Assistant to the Conductor

Ana_FA_PhotoArt_23oct17_0142 SmallHailing from Annandale, Virginia, Elana Oleinick graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2019 with a B.A. in Music, and is now in the process of completing an M.Ed in K-12 Music Education. She has played the cello for a little over 12 years, and has participated in classical, contemporary, jazz, rock, and world music ensembles throughout her music career. More recently, Elana has played with and accompanied many local and school ensembles such as the UMW Choirs, Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Stafford Regional Handbell Society, and UMW Jazz Band. In addition, she runs a private cello studio at WM Mason Violin Shop II’s ‘The Sound Post’.

 

Intern 2Philharmonic Intern – Assistant for Special Projects

Max Yarrow, from Orange, Virginia, is principal tuba in the Philharmonic. A junior music major, Max will be assisting Dr. Bartram with his research project “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures” with the Library of Congress and will be assisting with compiling materials for the Philharmonic’s 50th Anniversary season next year.

 

Philharmonic Intern

intern smallerA Fredericksburg, VA native, Michael Gilchrist, is a a Senior here at the University of Mary Washington and will graduate in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelors degree in Communication and Digital Studies with a double minor in Business Administration and Marketing. Michael has been with the Philharmonic since his Sophomore year and has been playing the violin for about 10 years. As the Marketing intern, Michael manages and creates content for the Philharmonic’s social media pages, advertise the Philharmonic digitally and traditionally, and also creates flyers and other marketing materials to help recruit prospective musicians to the group. Outside of the Philharmonic, Michael does advertising for local business in Fredericksburg, enjoys watching soccer, and is President of an organization on campus by the name of Student Alumni Ambassadors.

 

Operations Manager

bielkeAudra Bielke a native of Wayzata, Minnesota.  She has resided in the Fredericksburg area for over 12 years. She earned her undergraduate degrees in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University, and her Master’s degree in International Studies, concentration Economics from John’s Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Audra has enjoyed working with Fredericksburg-area nonprofit organizations, including most recently Loisann’s Hope House. In addition to being a livelong lover and supporter of the performing arts, Audra is also an avid equestrian and horse business owner.

 

Concertmaster

Robyn%20&%20Violin%20picture Robyn Bauer grew up in King George, Virginia, and studied Suzuki Method violin beginning at age 6 under Cindy Ross of Fredericksburg. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of music degree from James Madison University, where she studied with Dr. Wanchi Huang and served as concertmaster of the symphony orchestra and principal violin for the chamber and opera/theater orchestras. She taught music for a year at Potomac Elementary School, worked for three years a part-time radio DJ and promotions assistant at B101.5, and taught Suzuki violin lessons for 10 years.
She has performed with many groups in the area, including the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, St. Paul’s Masterworks Chorus, Fredericksburg Community Chorus, Stafford Regional Choral Society, and Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale. Robyn first joined the UMW Philharmonic in 2005 as associate concertmaster, and began as concertmaster in 2014. She has enjoyed travelling with UMW to Austria, the Czech Republic, London, Paris, Ireland, and Los Angeles.
Ms. Bauer lives with her husband and three children in Spotsylvania. She is the founder, manager, and primary teacher for Bright Beginnings Music Together, a music and movement program for babies and toddlers ages 0-5.  She also leads the tango-gypsy-jazz band Whiskey Django Foxtrot, and performs often as a freelance musician throughout the Fredericksburg area.

 

Orchestra Manager / Principal Oboe

morley photo Michael Morley, a Fredericksburg native, has been on staff with the Philharmonic since 2002, serving first as orchestra librarian. In 2004 he was appointed orchestra manager. Mr. Morley has been involved with many of the orchestra’s outreach programs, Fiddlestix events, and instrument petting zoos. He performs various compositions with Bill McCoy, organist, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and has provided service to the Fredericksburg Singers. He has performed Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem under the direction of Jeanine Richardson at St. Paul Episcopal Church in King George. In 2005, Mr. Morley was invited to perform W.A. Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major K. 314 with the UMW-CSO at its inaugural concert in October 2005 as well as in Europe during the orchestra’s first European tour. Mr. Morley recently soloed with the orchestra on their tour of Ireland. He currently serves as principal oboe for the UMW Philharmonic and is the office manager for the Department of Music.

 

Orchestra Librarian

Paul Leimer UMWPhil Small In Fall 1971, Dr. Paul Leimer joined the Mary Washington College-Community Orchestra under the direction of James Baker and has played flute with the orchestra since. In August 2012, at the request of director Kevin Bartram, he became the UMW Philharmonic librarian. A 1968 graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Leimer served in the U.S. Army before taking a job at what was then the Naval Weapons Lab in Dahlgren, Virginia. In addition to musical activities, he and his wife, Debbie, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.

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