About the Director
Karine Stone is an active recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, conductor, and arts administrator. An experienced orchestral musician as well, Karine was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, has performed as Acting Concertmaster of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, was in the first violins of the Santo Domingo Music Festival, the Todi Music Festival, and the Skaneateles Festival, and performed as Principal Second of the Rochester Oratorio Society and as Concertmaster and as Principal Viola of the Finger Lakes Symphony, where she also guest conducted on occasion. She performs frequently in the second violins of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the first violinist of the Rochester Philharmonic Educational Quintet from 2002 to 2005.
Through her freelance work, Karine has provided backup violin for artists such as Josh Groban, The TransSiberian Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, and the Capitol Saxophone Quartet. Karine spent years on the conducting faculty of the Eastman Music School, in the pre-college division, where she conducted the Eastman Youth String Orchestra, the Eastman Youth Chamber Soloists, the New Horizons String Orchestra, and the New Horizons Symphonic Orchestra.
Karine was an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching violin and viola, and performing as Concertmaster of the RIT Orchestra, in which her students played, and where she regularly conducted string sectionals for the orchestra.
Karine also founded and conducted the Eastman Kaleidoscope Community Orchestra for many years, an orchestra for children, college students, and adults, where families could play together. She wrote parts for individual players to make it appropriate to their level of playing.
Karine currently teaches violin and viola in her private studio in Indianapolis. Through her extensive administrative and creative work as the Executive & Artistic Director of Gibbs & Main, Karine is committed to keeping chamber music alive, commissioning new music, and above all educating and empowering students of all ages through music. She loves to give recitals, to hear her students play, and to share music in community venues, homes, churches, schools, and more!
She is an active conductor, composer, poet, and author!