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.
In 2010, Dr. Bartram and UMW Philharmonic were honored with the American Prize for orchestral performance and conducting. 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.
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 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 is 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.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Rita Snyder is an entrepreneur who has successfully owned several businesses in her career. She has a passion for classical music, began studying piano at age 7, taught lessons in her music studio, and performed in several benefit concerts for the North Stafford High School music department. Ms. Snyder joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 and served several terms as treasurer and logistics chair. Among her great loves, she values most her three children and six grandchildren.
Robyn Bauer is in her first year as concertmaster of the UMW Philharmonic. She 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. At JMU, she was concertmaster of the symphony orchestra and principal violin for the chamber and opera/theater orchestras. She taught music at Potomac Elementary School in 2003-’04, worked for three years a part-time radio DJ and promotions assistant at B101.5, and taught Suzuki violin lessons for 10 years.
Ms. Bauer lives with her husband and daughter in Spotsylvania. She is the founder, manager, and primary teacher for the Fredericksburg-area program Bright Beginnings Music Together, a music and movement program for babies and toddlers ages 0-5.
She was associate concertmaster of the UMW Philharmonic for several years starting in 2005 and served as concertmaster for their 2006 tour of Austria and Czech Republic. She is also associate concertmaster of the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra and soloed with them in 2009. Ms. Bauer has accompanied the St. Paul’s Masterworks Chorus, Fredericksburg Community Chorus, the Stafford Regional Choral Society, and the Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale. She is a member of the tango-gypsy-jazz band Whiskey Django Foxtrot and performs often as a freelance musician throughout the Fredericksburg area.
Orchestra Manager / Principal Oboe
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.
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.