Brass – Fairmount Strings

Trumpeter Caleb Wiebe has performed professionally with the International Chamber Orchestra of  Puerto Rico, with organist Clara Gerdes at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and with members of the  American Brass Quintet at the Aspen Music Festival. While attending Curtis Institute of Music, he  and his colleagues won first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in the trumpet ensemble  division.     Passionate for music education and arts access, Caleb served as an ArtistYear fellow, where he  taught sixty-five recorder students at Philadelphia’s Powel Elementary School during the 2016-17  school year. He’s served as a teaching artist for Jazz Aspen Snowmass and Play on Philly.    As a founding member of The Brass Project from 2016 to 2018, Caleb premiered over thirty works  written for the ensemble. During that time The Brass Project was featured by Santa Fe Pro Musica,  National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and Music from Angel Fire. Their debut album, “Cityscaping,”  released in December 2018.  ​  Caleb received his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He continued  his studies at the Colburn School in Los Angeles before earning an Artist Diploma at the Curtis  Institute of Music. 

Bob Topper is a free-lance player in the Philadelphia area and is a member of Pro Christo Brass and the Westminster Brass large ensemble. He studied with Tyrone Breuninger of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, the Concerto Soloists, the Jubilate Deo Chorale and many other local symphonic and theater orchestras. Bob is an electrical engineer and enjoys woodworking, cycling, working with adult and youth groups at church and spending time with his wife, three children and one grand-daughter.

With a BM in trombone performance and an MAT in music education from the University of the Arts, Cindy is a freelance trombonist in the Delaware Valley area.  She is also a jazz and folk vocalist, and celtic harpist. Throughout her career, she has performed extensively with Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell, The O'Jays, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Randy Newman, Carlos Santana, Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, and many others. She has been a performer in the Walnut Street and Prince Music Theaters, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Barbone Street Jazz Band, Celtic Duo, and the Joe Sudler Swing Machine. She is a recording artist in Sigma Sound and Gamble and Huff studios. In 2009, Cindy was named one of five national recipients of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Award for outstanding music educators. She accepted her award from Felice Mancini, Gabriel Kosakoff, and William H. Macy at an honorary concert in Carnegie Hall. She loves gardening, wilderness canoeing, wine, and sewing with her mom!

As a member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Constantine, and the Vox Amadeus Orchestra under Valentine Radu, Paul he has been often featured and recorded as soloist at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia. Paul was Principal Horn in the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Shlomo Mintz, and also held positions in the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon as well as playing principal in orchestras in Spain and Mexico. Paul has recorded at Sigma Sound and Gamble and Huff studios, and played in orchestral recordings with the Chicago Symphony and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Mr. Rosenberg maintains his own private teaching studio in the suburban Philadelphia area. He himself has been a grateful student of Eyal Vilner of the Jerusalem Symphony, Randy Gardner of the Philadelphia Orchestra and his longtime mentor and teacher, Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Caminiti began his conducting career as the Assistant Conductor of the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in 1996. After arriving in Philadelphia, he started the string ensemble, Solaris, before accepting the Music Director position with the Cairn Symphony Orchestra in 2001. In 2015 he served as the Music Director of the Philharmonia, an orchestra under the umbrella organization, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. He is now Director of Orchestral Studies at West Chester University where he conducts the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and teaches various other courses. He is also looking forward to his second year as Music Director of the Delaware County Symphony. Guest conducting appearances include the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra (2014), the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony (2014 and 2015), the PMEA District 12 Orchestra (2017), the Delaware All-State Orchestra (2017), and many other youth orchestras.

Mr. Caminiti has collaborated with arts and charitable organizations such as Advocates For the Homeless and Those in Need, Esperanza, UrbanPromise International, and ARTOLERANCE to help support underserved communities. He further values his work with living composers and guest artists such as Judith Lang Zaimont, Kile Smith, Raoul Pleskow, Ricardo Morales, Udi Bar-David, Kimberly Reighley, and Ching-Yun Hu.

Committed to connecting with audiences through dynamic and thoughtful concerts, Mr. Caminiti has created various performance formats including “Concerts in The Round,” smartphone-friendly features, in-concert conversations, multi-media elements, pre-concert “round-tables,” and family concerts with instrument petting zoos for children.He also recently launched at West Chester University the “Quad Concert” series that included audience-selected film scores alongside Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Chabrier’s España. This outdoor performance was so well received that CBS News spontaneously ran a spot on it.

As a horn player, Mr. Caminiti is acting principal horn of the Riverside Symphonia (Lambertville, New Jersey), member of the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble (Philadelphia), and is a chamber recitalist with other professional ensembles throughout the Philadelphia region. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and violinist, Kirsten. They are active birders and savor hearty conversations over coffee. 

Jose' is a graduate of the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied tenor and bass trombone with Tyrone Breuninger, Glenn Dodson, and Charlie Vernon. Throughout his career, he has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Princeton Chamber Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Philly Pops Orchesta, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Jose' has also played for Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Aretha Franklin, and opera soprano Roberta Peters among others. One of the highlights of of his career was performing with legendary jazz trombonist, J.J. Johnson in Philadelphia. Jose' recorded with Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, the O'Jays, and Patti LaBelle.  He enjoys traveling, photography, and the craft of musical instrument repair.

Darin Kelly appears frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other performing ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He is a member of the IRIS Orchestra, the renowned chamber orchestra based near Memphis, TN. His collaborative recording with soprano Julianne Baird, Soprano Arias with Trumpet and Organ, has been hailed by critics worldwide as “… seamless playing that is equally light and virtuosic.” In addition, he is in wide demand as an arranger and orchestrator; his work has been performed by many major symphonies and ensembles across the country, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Detroit, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Virginia, and Jacksonville Symphonies.  He received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Armando Ghitalla, and currently holds teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. He maintains an active interest in Traditional Irish music and 30's-era traditional Jazz, and has recorded for the Albany, Naxos, Ondine, and Deutsche Gramophon labels.

Kind Words

Friday evening’s performance…by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid…the playing was expert to the point of perfection.

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

From more classical music to fun contemporary songs, Fairmount Strings knocked it out of the park.

Alison F., bride

We are so grateful that Fairmount Strings made our wedding day vision come to life. 

Jocelyn G., bride

The quartet was magnificent and so very professional. One guest said the setting and the quartet made the ceremony storybook!

Joanne F., Bride

Last night the audience told you so well what I am trying to put into words now. Thank you for an unbelievably beautiful concert!

Alice Nugent, Candlelight Concerts at Laurel Hill

The beautiful sound of your music will stay with me always. It was simply stunning and made our day feel like a fairy tale.

Julie & Tom B., Bride and Groom

Adding to their laurels — professionalism, intuition and timeliness, we look forward to many future musical endeavors with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble.

Kevin O’Malia, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

I made a point of standing off to the side in the back of the church to listen. It was….well….perfection.

Chris C., Mother of the Bride

It is such a privilege to work with musicians of their caliber who are so genuinely committed to supporting the growth and development of our students.

Stephen Kushner, Director of Choral Music, Germantown Friends School

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your beautiful performance, which helped to make the vision and dream I had for my daughter’s wedding day come true.

Jeanne B., Mother of the Bride

They are wonderful musicians, easy to work with, and deliver performances of consistently high quality.

Clair Rozier, Director of Music, St. David’s Episcopal Church

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