Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 JOSC could not take place.


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DAVID CERONE, Mus.D, served as President of The Cleveland Institute of Music from 1985 to 2008.  He served on the faculty of the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music for nine years.  He founded the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar in 1974, and in 1981, accepted the position of Chairman of the Violin Department at The Curtis Institute of Music. In 1985, with his wife, violinist Linda Sharon Cerone, he co-founded the ENCORE School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio.


He made his Cleveland Orchestra solo debut in 1987 with maestro Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and in October 1987, he world-premiered Donald Erb's View of Space and Time for violin and chamber ensemble.


He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, in 2009 and received the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.


Dr. Cerone has served on the jury panel of numerous national and international violin competitions, including the Paganini, Lipizer, Sion, Thibaud, Qingdao and, most recently, the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

LINDA CERONE is Professor Emeritas of Conservatory Violin and Artistic Director of the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she taught for 34 years. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she was a student of Ivan Galamian. Her early teachers include violinists Paul Katz, Walter Levin, Sylvia Rosenberg, Josef Gingold, and Jascha Brodsky.Ms. Cerone has appeared both in recital and as a soloist with orchestra throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory, the New School in Philadelphia, and the Meadowmount School of Music. She was a co-founder of the ENCORE School for Strings where she co-directed and taught. She also was on the teaching faculty and led the second violin section at the Dartmouth Festival of the Arts and was a performer in the St. Bart’s Festival. Mrs. Cerone has served as adjudicator and on the advisory boards of numerous national competitions, and has given master classes in the U.S., China, and Korea. She currently serves on the Board of the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.

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ROSS HARBAUGH is Professor of Cello at the Frost School of Music, and cellist of the Bergonzi Piano Trio, Frost String Trio, and Bergonzi String Quartet.  He studied cello with Janos Starker, Leonard Rose, and Andre Navarra, and chamber music with Robert Mann, and the Juilliard Quartet. Harbaugh won the 1979 Naumburg Chamber Music Prize, a Prix du Disque, and recorded 20 CD’s with the New World String Quartet. He’s soloed with the Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati and Toledo Symphonies, Grand Rapids, and Canadian Chamber Orchestras, and held teaching posts at Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Interlochen. He has served as a judge for the Fischoff, Stulberg and Fulbright competitions, and during the summers teaches in the Castleman Quartet Program, Interlochen, and Courmayeur, IT at the Zephyr Chamber Music Music Festival. He has recorded for Vox, Golden Crest, IMP Masters, and Centaur Records.