Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (219) 561-1939 info@mccmf.org

AUGUST 10 – 18, 2024

2024 Festival Highlights


Come Together Musicians

(Listed in the order of Appearance)

Zofia Glashauser, ViolinZofia Glashauser, violin – “Zosia” is a member of the Knoxville Symphony, and has been the concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Lira Orchestra of Chicago. With these orchestras, she has soloed on violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Mozart, and on brilliante works by Wieniawski and Kreisler.

Istvan Szabo, viola – Szabó has been on the music faculty at Western Illinois University since 2005. Previously he served as viola/violin instructor at Eastern Illinois University, and Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois. Szabó appeared as clinician for the American String Teachers Association, the American Viola Society and the Chicago Viola Festival.

Nic Orbovich, violin, viola, Artistic Director – As a performer, Nic has been honored widely. In 1987, he was awarded the Bronze Medal at Her Royal Majesty’s International Festival Competition in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK). Orbovich was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Amherst String Quartet. In 2001, he was featured as a soloist on the Grammy Award nominated release, “The Hot Springs Music Festival: Louis Moreau Gottschalk” (Naxos). That same year, Nic was a prominent figure in the Emmy Award winning documentary, “The Sound of Dreams.” In 2008, Nic was concertmaster on a “Top Ten of the Year” selection of Gramophone Magazine, “Rudolf Haken; Concertos” (Naxos). He has soloed with numerous orchestras around the country, having performed concertos and brilliante works by Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Sarasate, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Vivaldi.

Nic Orbovich, Violin

Wesley Baldwin, cello – Cellist Wesley Baldwin holds degrees from Yale College, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Maryland. He performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist with orchestra he has appeared with the Laredo Philharmonic, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Symphony of the Mountains, and the Aberdeen, Bemidji, Bryan, Chattanooga, Florence, Germantown, Johnson City, Hot Springs, Knoxville, La Porte, Oak Ridge, Manchester, New River Valley, Salisbury, Wintergreen, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestras, among others. His passionate and charismatic performances have been widely lauded.

Anna Mayne - HornAnna Mayne, French horn –  Originally from El Paso, Texas, hornist Anna Mayne has been on the music faculty of Northeastern Illinois University since 2012.  She is also a member of the South Bend and Illinois Symphony Orchestras.  She has also played with a number of orchestras around the country, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the El Paso Symphony, the Southwest Symphony (New Mexico), and the Oistrach Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, she has been a member of the CINCO Brass Quintet since 1998. As a member of CINCO, Ms. Mayne was a semi-finalist at the Carmel, Coleman, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. In addition to her performances, Ms. Mayne is a highly respected horn teacher and is currently on the faculty of Elmhurst College.

Melisa Baldwin, sopranoMelisa Barrick Baldwin, sopranoIn addition to her concerts at Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, Melisa has also been on the performance faculties of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Mid-America Chamber Players, and guest artist at the Wintergreen Festival, the Sewanee Festival, and the Sweetbriar College Fringe Festival. Her critically acclaimed recordings include the Jerome Moross ballet Frankie and Johnnie, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Ave Maria, both of which are available on the Naxos label. Many of her concert performances have been broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today. She is currently on the faculty at Clayton-Bradley Academy, where she teaches Voice and Theater Arts. Melisa lives in Knoxville with her husband and their four amazing children: Jack, Ella, Poppy and Maisie.

Jasmin ArakawaJasmin Arakawa, piano – Hailed by Gramophone for her ‘characterful sparkle’, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. A prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, she has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as in broadcasts of the BBC and Radio France. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and numerous orchestras in the United States and her native Japan


Robert Auler, pianoRobert Auler, piano – Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards.  Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall. He is currently Professor of Piano at State University of New York, Oswego. He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.


Sunny Gardner-Orbovich, Education Director

Sunny enjoys a growing reputation as one of Northwest Indiana’s most respected artistic pedagogues for children. She has developed a unique general curriculum of arts education which includes cultural diversity, world and natural history, folk idioms and ideas and disciplines from the most current educational research minds.

Currently, “Mrs. G.O.” (as she is affectionately called by her students) is an Art Teacher in the Michigan City Area Schools Systems. Her artistic and musical experience, however, go far beyond the conventional limitations of public schools.

Sunny is also a respected and award winning painter, muralist and musician (viola and soprano). She graduated from Wichita University with honors in painting. Ms. Gardner-Orbovich also holds a certificate of education from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters of Arts Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has studied voice with the acclaimed Sonia Rasmussen at IU-Bloomington and acquired 6 years of Suzuki string method experience while residing there.

As a musician, she is an active violist with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra and is co-founder of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival. Sunny is also co-founder of the Michigan City Ecumenical Community Children’s Choir (Michigan City,

Edward Randles, double bass – Edward Randles received his Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Boston University School of Music receiving the Four-year Performance Award Scholarship and his Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Randles is currently Principal Double Bass with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and is on the adjunct faculties as instructor of Double Bass with Andrews University, Lake Michigan College of Southwest Michigan State University, IUSB, Notre Dame and St. Mary’s.


Jennet Ingle, oboe – Jennet Ingle is Principal Oboist of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Jennet is a soloist at heart, joyfully taking over any stage that will have her. 

As the owner and operator of Jennet Ingle Reeds, she makes and sells over two hundred handmade reeds every month, and helps oboists with their own reed-making through her YouTube series, The Five Minute Reedmaker, her weekly online Reed Club, and her beginner course, Zero to Reedmaker.

Jennet believes that everyone’s artistry matters. She has created numerous offerings for avocational oboists.  Her Invincible Oboist FLOW community provides performance coaching, reedmaking support, and curriculum to an engaged and curious group of life-long learners!


Steven Ingle, bassoonSteve Ingle, bassoon – Composer and Resident Conductor of the innovative Elgin, IL based Chamber Music on the Fox, Steven Vance Ingle has led recent performances of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis and has conducted CMOTF’s Crime Classics concerts featuring early radio plays by Bernard Herrmann. He conducted Daron Hagen’s vibrant film score Piano Concerto No. 2: Chaplin’s Tramp at the 2017 Elgin Short Film Festival before returning in 2018 to conduct his own score to Georges Méliès’s 1902 classic, Le Voyage dans la Lune.

Steve’s compositions REAPER! and Quiet, please!, multimedia homages to early fantasy and horror radio, were premiered by CMOTF and by Musicians for Michiana respectively, and his Air for Oboe and Piano and Facets: Subtle Variations for Trumpet and Piano were premiered at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Houghton, Michigan.

Steve has conducted on the Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra series and more recently led the South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Discovery Concerts in 2015 and 2016.


Ellen Breakfield-GlickEllen Breakfield-Glick, clarinet – Ellen Breakfield-Glick joined the faculty at  Western Michigan University School of Music as Assistant Professor of clarinet in Fall 2019. At WMU, she teaches applied clarinet, coaches chamber music and performs with the Western Woodwind Quintet and the Western Winds. Praised for her “skill and poise” and “lovely” playing (Cleveland Plain Dealer), she maintains a versatile career as an educator, orchestral clarinetist and chamber musician. Prior to her appointment at WMU, Dr. Breakfield-Glick served on the faculty at Cleveland State University from 2013-2019. She won the 2016 CSU Golden Apple teaching award, given to faculty members for excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the CSU community. During the summer, Dr. Breakfield-Glick is the Guest Faculty Director at the University of Michigan’s MPulse Clarinet Institute and Woodwind Instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.


Dhivya Chari Dhivya Chari, violin – is a classically trained Western and Carnatic violinist. She is the disciple of world-renowned Carnatic violinist, Ganesh Rajagopalan. Dhivya started learning Carnatic vocal music and Western violin at the age of 5. She switched from learning Carnatic vocal to violin at age 11. Dhivya has learned classical Western violin primarily from Drew Lecher, and is currently studying electric violin under the tutelage of Professor Rudolf Haken. She was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for nine years, where she was awarded the prestigious Albert Pick III Scholarship, for musical dedication and community service. She also served as the concertmaster of her high school’s varsity

Rudolf Haken, electric strings – Rudolf Haken, Professor of Electric Strings and Viola at the University of Illinois, is internationally renowned for his creative melding of disparate musical styles and genres. He concertizes and teaches regularly on four continents, frequently performing his own concertos on his six-string Wood Viper electric and five-string Rivinus Pellegrina acoustic violas.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Haken leads the world’s only degree program in Electric Strings, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees, as well as the Artist Diploma.

World Premiere Performance at our 2022 festival

Enjoy the World Premiere of Concierto con brio for Oboe, Clarinet and Piano
by Miguel del Aguila.
Performed by Nancy Ambrose King, oboe; Ryan King, clarinet; Robert Auler, piano. 

Pre-recorded Virtual Concerts

Beethoven’s Birthday Bash Dec 19, 2020

Amazing Grace

by John Newton, arranged by Matthew Naughtin.
Zofia Glashauser, Nic Orbovich, Violins; Rudolf Haken, viola; Earle Perez, cello

Our Fabulous Home

The First Presbyterian Church – Michigan City

The Rev. Dr. Ericka Parkinson Kilbourne, Pastor


121 W Ninth St.
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-4501


We are committed to glorifying God and transforming our congregation, community, and the world with God’s love.


To strengthen our own spiritual growth and to spread the word of God in Christ.

Insights into MCCMF

Interviews with Chamber Music Festival Directors and Musicians

What Sets Us Apart

Our Unique Combination of Education, International Artists and Free Performances!


Educational Programs for Adults and Children

We are all about education. There are opportunities for children and adults to learn more about and experience chamber music.


International Musicians

Musicians from all over the world stop by and perform with us.  This is world class chamber music in your community.


Free Concerts

All concerts and activities are free to the public.  We are supported 100% by donations and sponsors.


Outstanding Repertoire

From the WORLD PREMIERE of Libby Larsen’s Ferlinghetti and the hip-hop stylings of Rudolf Haken to Hindemith, Schubert and Korngold, MCCMF brings a wide variety of repertoire to each concert and to every season.

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