Artists of the Fall 2017 Concert


Cailin Marcel Manson, Conductor

Photo of Cailin Marcel Manson

Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone and conductor, a Philadelphia native, has toured as a soloist and master teacher at major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with many organizations, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper - Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.

He has also been a guest cantor at some of the world's most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Cailin has held positions as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as a member of the voice faculty of both the Napoli School of Music and Dance and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Cailin is a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians and the Conductors Guild.

Cailin is currently Director of the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Germantown Concert Chorus and the Germantown Choral Festival, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society and the Keene Chorale, and the Director of Music at The Putney School. He studied vocal performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Tony Lu, Pianist

Tony Lu was born in Wuhan, China in 1997. He started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment Tony has always learned music by ear. In 2013 he moved to the US to study in St. Louis, Missouri. Tony joined the Webster University Chamber Music Preparatory Program in 2014 and performed numerous piano chamber works until he graduated in 2015. In the same year he won the Alton Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and performed the Mozart piano concerto in D minor. He also got the second place of the Chicago Young Artist Chamber Music Competition with his chamber music collaborators. In addition, Tony had a successful performance at his high school senior recital, in which he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Tony started studying at Bennington College in 2015, his concentrations are Mathematics, History and Piano performance. Tony has worked closely and performed with many Bennington College faculty including Christopher Lewis, Yoshiko Sato, Joan Forsyth, Bruce Williamson, Nathaniel Parke, Kaori Washiyama, John Kirk and Allen Shawn. Tony also works as a piano tutor and accompanist helping most students in the music department. Tony is planning on having a series of concerts, performing both solo and piano duet music of works from Bach to Stravinsky in the remaining of the school year of 2017-2018. These concerts are open to the public, and are going to be hold at Bennington College as well as other venues in the Bennington area. Tony is also going to offer a lecture series on the subject of western classical music history in Spring 2018.These lectures are going to be organized based on the historical contexts and the applications of performance practice. Tony is hoping to continue studying in Piano performance and history at graduate school.