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PROJECT: Beyond the Page

DePauw Faculty

Nicole Brockmann, viola

Nicole M. Brockmann, viola, enjoys a multifaceted career of performance, teaching, and scholarship. She received her Bacholer of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. Her viola teachers include Jesse Levine, Paul Silver, and Isaias Zelkowicz. Dr. Brockmann is a four-time winner of the Yale Chamber Music Competition and has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, and Orion String Quartets and with Joan Panetti, Erick Friedman, Syoko Aki, Ransom Wilson, Ronald Roseman, Boris Berman, Gordon Gottlieb, and Nancy Allen.

She has been a member of professional chamber ensembles including the Brooklyn Chamber Players, the Lumina String Quartet, and the West Virginia Piano Quartet, and has performed at venues across the country and abroad, including Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC, SUNY Stony Brook, Brooklyn College, Ohio University, Emory & Henry College, Montana State University, and the Penn Alps (MD) Summer Festival. She has taught and performed professionally at summer festivals including the Blue Mountain Festival (NJ), Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp (VT), and the Lumina String Quartet Summer Festival (CT), and is an alumna of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, The Quartet Program, and Encore School for Strings. Her orchestral experience includes three years as principal viola of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra (CT) under Gustav Meier, as well as extensive and varied work in the New York City metropolitan orchestral and studio recording scene.

In addition to her studio work, Dr. Brockmann is trained in the field of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She holds the Dalcroze License from Carnegie Mellon University and is the immediate past president of the Dalcroze Society of America. Her specialties within this area include improvisation for chamber ensembles and using Eurhythmics to heighten musicianship in instrumental and vocal master classes. She has led Dalcroze workshops and classes at Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Western Connecticut State University, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Point Counterpoint, the Blue Mountain Festival, and at national and international Dalcroze conferences and summer festivals, as well as the 2004 College Music Society National Conference. She is the author of From Sight to Sound: Improvisational Games for Classical Musicians, published by Indiana University Press in 2009.

Prior to coming to DePauw, Dr. Brockmann served on the faculties of Yale University and West Virginia University.


Eric Edberg, violoncello

Professor of Cello, Eric Edberg is an active concert artist who has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the country. Trained at Peabody, Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts and Florida State, his teachers included such eminent cellists as Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse, and Stephen Kates. Recent performances include concerto appearances with the Fort Wayne and Terre Haute symphonies in Indiana and the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony in North Dakota as well as collaborative performances with the Chisti Chamber Players.

An improvisational musician as well as a classical cellist, he has performed with artists including David Darling and Paul Horn. At DePauw he teaches one of the country's few non-jazz improvisation courses for classical musicians, and frequently gives workshops on improvisation and self expression, most recently as part of a Music for People weekend at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He has given improvisation workshops at Lawrence University, Ohio State, Appalachian State, Bethany College, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and for the Indiana Music Teachers Association annual convention. Committed to music as a healing force, Dr. Edberg is a frequent volunteer at hospitals and nursing homes, playing improvised music and the Bach Cello Suites. Deeply interested in the relationship between music and spirituality, he regularly performs in churches and for the last two summers served as a workshop facilitator at the Sacred Arts Retreat at the Abode of the Message, a Sufi retreat center in upstate New York. Appointed 1988.