Dr. Tony Brandolino serves as Director of String Studies and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He is Music Director of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra and has led the
Spoleto Fes val Orchestra, Kansas City Youth Symphony, and St. Joseph Symphony. He is the violinist in the Testore Duo and the Lamy Trio, the resident chamber music ensembles at William Jewell College.
A na ve of suburban Chicago, Brandolino a ended the Interlochen Arts Academy, earned Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conserv- atory of Music. Ar cles based on his disserta on, A Study of Orchestral Audi on Repertoire for Violin, have been published in various journals including the American String Teacher.
Brandolino’s violin studies were with Myron Kartman, Edgar Muenzer, and Max Rostal in Chicago, Illinois. His chamber music teachers were Robert Marcellus and Dale Clevenger in Chicago and Cecil Aronowitz and William Pleeth at the Bri en-Pears School for Advanced Musical Study in Aldeburgh, England.
Brandolino has served as concertmaster of several orchestras including the Augusta Symphony and Spoleto Fes – val Orchestra in Italy. He has performed on tour or on recordings with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, James Brown, The Moody Blues, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has played in concerts with Itzhak Perlman, Igor Kipnis, Mikail Barishnikov, Jerome Robbins, and the Jo rey Ballet.
He appeared with the Spoleto Fes val Orchestra in its 1984 Grammy-winning recording of Samuel Barber’s operaAntony and Cleopatra. Most recently he performed on the Broadway tours of Phantom of the Opera and The Book of Mormon in Kansas City.
Brandolino was the recipient of the 2013 American String Teachers Associa on (Missouri Chapter) College String Educator of the Year Award.
Dr. Calvin Permenter earned his Bachelor of Music (with honors) from the University of Cincinna Col- lege-Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music from Drake University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Permenter has also studied in Paris at the Ecole Normale with Gaby Casadesus and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France with Nadia Boulanger.
He was one of sixteen pianists selected to perform at the Academie Ravel in St. Jean-de-Luz, performing with the Toulouse Orchestra and performing solo recitals in Nice, Monte Carlo, and Lyon. In Paris, Permenter has per- formed at the Salle Gaveau and the Salle Pleyel as well. During his doctoral studies, Permenter was selected to study and perform at the Moscow Conservatory under the auspices of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Con- servatory of Music.
Permenter has served as solo and chamber clinician in many American colleges and universi es. Addi onally, he has adjudicated several piano compe ons and is s ll ac ve in this capacity.
Permenter holds the Robert H. McKee Endowed Chair in Music at William Jewell College, where he has been a fac- ulty member since the Fall of 1980, and is serving as Director of Keyboard Studies. He is the pianist in the Testore Duo and the Lamy Trio, the resident chamber music ensembles at William Jewell College. Permenter is a Na onally Cer ed Teacher of Music and is ac ve in the Music Teachers Na onal Associa on as well as the Missouri Music Teachers Associa on.