MANCHESTER - The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy will present Elizabeth Kilpatrick, violin, and her brother Jonathan Kilpatrick, piano, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester on May 18 at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but any free-will donations will benefit the scholarship fund of the academy.

Elizabeth began studying violin at the age of eight with William Cridge in Granville, N.Y. She quickly grew to love the instrument and, at age ten, became a member of the Lakes Region Youth Orchestra and moved up to the Senior orchestra by age eleven.

From 2006 to 2011, Elizabeth studied violin with Joana Genova at the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy and chamber music with Ariel Rudiakov, Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival.

Violinist Elizabeth Kilpatrick will be part of a music  recital planned for Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m.
Violinist Elizabeth Kilpatrick will be part of a music recital planned for Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. (courtesy photo)
She was also privileged to have chamber coaching's with faculty of the Luzerne Music Festival in 2012 and the American String Quartet in 2013. Currently she takes lessons with Michael Emery, concertmaster of the Glens Falls, Schenectady, Catskill, and Santa Monica Symphonies.

In September of 2012, she auditioned for the Saratoga Music Union and started working as a substitute/contract violinist in many regional orchestras. Elizabeth is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist; she has been maintaining a private piano and violin studio since 2008. During the summer of 2012, sponsored by the Manchester Music Festival, Elizabeth took the teachers training in Ithaca, New York to become registered with the SAA as a Suzuki instructor. In the fall of 2012, Elizabeth joined the faculty of the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy and helped start a Suzuki violin method program for young children; she currently has 12 students.

The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. As a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of our Board of Directors, the festival produces classical music concerts throughout the year. These include seven summer concerts at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra's Fall Tour, and Holiday Concerts around the Northshire. MMF hosts renowned musicians and provides a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional performers.

For children, MMF operates the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy offering private lessons in violin, viola and cello, and a youth ensemble for string players. MRMA offers free concerts and residencies to local schools, and each July the organization offers Music Discovery Week. Here, children can take a week of instrumental lessons with a member of our Young Artists Program.