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Peter Cain - credit Scott Suchman

Peter Cain, '07, clarinetist

Peter is in his second season with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Peter has performed at recitals, conventions, and festivals from Italy to China to Aspen. He also has been on faculty at Lee University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the country. 

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Blake Anthony JohnsonBlake-Anthony Johnson, '12, cellist

Blake-Anthony Johnson has a diverse professional career as a cellist. In addition to performing around the globe as a chamber musician, soloist and recitalist, he can also be seen performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

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Michael RinneMichael Rinne, '10, bassist

As a bassist, Michael has recorded with artists such as Caitlin Rose, Jack White and Andrew Combs. He has toured with Steelism, Mark O’Connor, Harris and Crowell, and most recently, Miranda Lambert. You can also see Rinne in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, backing up actor Tom Hiddleston.

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Miriam SherkMiriam Sherk, '09, music therapist     

Miriam’s story reminds us of the power music has to make a difference in people’s lives. We can use it to work through challenges and to connect to each other.

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Emily NelsonEmily Nelson '10, cellist

From teaching cello lessons and playing with ensembles in the area to recording sessions and performances at events such as the Billboard Music Awards, Emily keeps a very busy, very musical schedule. 

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Sarah WilliamsSarah Williams '06, teacher, pianist and singer-songwriter

As a piano teacher, performing pianist and singer-songwriter, Williams’ days are a balancing act between creativity, efficient practice and time management. 

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