Meet the Co-Founders of NSCM
Violinist Melissa Bull and cellist Scott Thomas Lesser together founded North Shore Chamber Music (NSCM) in Summer 2014. After two exciting and memorable seasons, the leaders of NSCM have planned another series of concerts for the 2016-2017 Season. They will be featured on the concert in February, as well as performing on all other NSCM concerts joined by Guest Artists.
Melissa & Scott previously played together as a duo performing for private weddings & events and recitals. They have been featured at Indian Hill Music's Bach's Lunch Concerts, where they will be returning again for a fourth time on March 17th, 2017–with pianist Michael Monroe as the NSCM Piano Trio. They often perform at King's Chapel Tuesday Recitals, and also with Accord Chamber Players. They met while studying at The Boston Conservatory, performing as a duo and in a graduate string quartet.
Melissa & Scott also play together in Boston-area regional orchestras including the local Cape Ann Symphony where they both are string principals. They are also section players in the Orchestra of Indian Hill where they played together as acting concertmaster and acting principal cello for a concert during the 2013-2014 season.
Melissa Bull is also Director of Worship Ministries at North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly which is where NSCM concerts are presented.
Melissa M. Bull is an active free-lancer in the Boston area specializing in violin, viola, and piano. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Gordon (College) Symphony Orchestra (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), Salem Philharmonic (2008), Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Libertador San Martín (Buenos Aires, 2007), and Hemenway Strings of Boston Conservatory (2012).
Melissa is a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Lexington Symphony, and principal second violin of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, and Plymouth Philharmonic. She has appeared as concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hall, the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic, and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and as principal violist of Lexington Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, & Melrose Symphony.
Melissa is a co-founder of North Shore Chamber Music which presents family-friendly concerts for the communities North of Boston. She is also the founder and coordinator of Accord Chamber Players, which specializes both in providing music for special events and in recording new works for young composers in conjunction with Berklee College of Music, having recorded well over 750 original compositions written for string or full orchestra. She is the Director of Worship Ministries at North Shore Community Baptist Church, where she oversees all worship services and musical activities. She has taught music lessons for years, where her foremost goal is to pass along the joy of music.
Melissa studied with James Buswell at New England Conservatory and Gordon College, receiving a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in Spanish with Departmental Honors. She completed her Master of Music in violin performance at Boston Conservatory as a student of Joseph Silverstein and Lynn Chang. Her playing has been praised by Brockton’s Enterprise as “particularly accomplished” and she was described as “the owner of a substantial sound, warm left-hand vibrato, well-considered feel for phrasing, and intuitive proscenium presence.” Melissa lives in Danvers with her husband and two daughters.
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Scott Thomas Lesser, cello
Scott is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Greater Boston area and a co-founder of North Shore Chamber Music which presents family-friendly concerts for the communities North of Boston. Scott is Principal Cellist of Cape Ann Symphony, Acting Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Scott also plays in the section of Atlantic Symphony and a substitute cellist for Lexington Symphony, Cape Symphony and Portland Symphony. Since moving to Boston in 2007, Scott has played with ten additional orchestras, many recording sessions, solo & chamber music recitals including NSCM, Indian Hill’s Bach’s Lunch & King’s Chapel’s Tuesday Recitals series.
Scott has been a String Scholar at Eastern Music Festival (NC) for three years, a summer internship in the professional orchestra under conductor Gerard Schwarz. He spent two summers each at the Chautauqua (NY) and Killington (VT) music festivals, and the National Orchestra Institute in DC. Scott is the cello instructor for the Needham and Canton public schools.
As a student, Scott performed nine solo recitals and eleven complete chamber music recitals with a focus of programming great music by lesser-known composers. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory Scott earned a Master’s of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma in Cello Performance studying with Andrew Mark. With the Conservatory Orchestra he played principal or assistant principal for the majority of the concerts under Bruce Hangen. Scott was also featured as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto with TBC Hemenway Strings in 2010. Scott received his Bachelor’s of Music from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT. At BYU he played Principal with the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras for four years, gave concert tours in ten states and eight European countries. Scott was the final performance of the 2007 BYU Philharmonic Evening of Concertos, playing the first movement of the Dvořák Cello Concerto. In high school he was Principal Cellist for Colorado’s All-State Orchestra and UNC’s Weekend for Strings, and played Haydn’s Concerto in C with the Rocky Mountain Youth Festival Orchestra. A native of Colorado, Scott married a violist he met in the BYU orchestras, now a music teacher in the public schools. They are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters.
To learn more about Scott and view pictures & videos, visit his site: www.STLcello.com
Scott Thomas Lesser
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