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MEGAN CRAWFORD Is Visiting Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University.  She is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has performed throughout the United States, appearing with orchestras in Ann Arbor, Aspen, Basalt, Dearborn, Detroit, Ft. Collins, and New York.

Ms. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Award; an Upton Foundation Grant for the Meadowmount School of Music; the Francis B. Furlong Scholarship for the University of Michigan; and a Governor’s Award nominee in the Emerging Artist category. Ms. Crawford won the concerto competitions at both the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music; has been a prizewinner in the Florida ASTA Competition, the Ft. Collins Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition; and has participated in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York City.

Professor Crawford received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Paul Kantor, and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with Michael Gilbert and Patinka Kopec.




GREGORY MAYTAN, currently on sabbatical, joined the faculty at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) during the fall of 2010 after having served four years as an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. He performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

Dr. Maytan has performed extensively in Europe and the US, playing about 50 recitals a year. Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Paganini Violin Concerto no 1 and the Sibelius Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, Indiana, Sweden and China and participation in the prestigious chamber music festival 'Musikveckan' in Junsele, Sweden.

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PAUL SWANTEK, viola, retired from the Air Force in 2006 after 20 years of service and recently accepted a position with The Grand Rapids Symphony as violist and as Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University. 

As Principal Violist with the USAF Strings and Orchestra he has performed for every U.S. President since George H. W. Bush, and for such dignitaries as Margret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth, Boris Yeltsin, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schröder and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as the heads of state for almost every sovereign nation in the world.

Currently Swantek divides his time between Grand Rapids where he performs with the symphony and teaches at Grand Valley State University and Washington, D.C., where he continues his performance as a free-lance musician and principal violist with the National Gallery Orchestra.

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PABLO MAHAVE-VEGLIA, is a cellist and teacher with broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early Baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. 

Dr. Mahave-Veglia holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has attended such music festivals as Banff (Canada), NOI (Maryland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Jerusalem International Festival (Israel) and the Schleswig-Holstein and Heidelberg Music Festivals (Germany).

Mahave-Veglia has appeared as soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe and South America. His "modern" instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector. 

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MICHAEL HOVNANIAN is the Associate Principal Bass of the Grand Rapids Symphony.  He has been a member of that ensemble since 2007.  Michael has performed with numerous orchestras throughout Michigan, including the Detroit Symphony, and has held positions with the Kalamazoo, Midland, and Lansing symphonies.  Dr. Hovnanian is also an active chamber and solo musician, and is a member of noted chamber group Ensemble Montage.

Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, Michael received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees under the instruction of Jack Budrow at Michigan State University and received Bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education from Central Michigan University.  He has also studied with Stephen Molina and Larry Hutchinson of the Detroit Symphony, Robert Goodlett of the Indianapolis Symphony, and Lawrence Angell, formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra.




MARTHA WALDVOGEL-WARREN holds a Bachelor of music in Harp Performance from Ball State University with Elizabeth Richter, and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Alice Chalifoux. Further studies have taken her to the east coast at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine and the Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts where she studied with Lucile Lawrence.

Extensive performance experience in orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the US and Europe, as well as solo appearances worldwide round out Mrs. Waldvogel-Warren's resumé. She has produced four CD's: One trio with Swiss flutist Paul Haemig and Actor Johannes Meier reciting poems by Herman Hesse, two duo CD's with New York flutist/piper Christopher Layer featuring both classical and folk music, and one solo CD.

Having returned from living in Switzerland in 2007, she brings back a wealth of teaching experience. Her students from Musikschule Kloten/Zurich combined with students from her private studio have given her an opportunity to form and lead several harp ensembles.