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School of Music
James Kontrabecki

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
James Kontrabecki

James Kontrabecki

Mason Hall 2010
716-673-3151 phone
716-673-3154 fax


James H. Kontrabecki is a native of Hamburg, New York. James currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Violin at SUNY Fredonia. He also teaches Elementary Instrumental Music in the Orchard Park School District in Orchard Park, New York, as well as Professor of Violin at Villa Maria College of Buffalo. He is the former Professor of Strings at St. Bonaventure University, where he taught Violin, Viola and Chamber Music.

Mr. Kontrabecki studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with teachers such as the late Mitchell Stern of the Manhattan School of Music, and Charles Haupt of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. While at Eastman, he played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Krystoph von Dohnanyi, Mendi Rodan and David Effron. He received both his Bachelor's and Master's of Music in Performance from SUNY Fredonia. James studied and was a graduate assistant with Professor Janet Sung, for whom he taught private violin lessons, chamber music, technique classes as well as violin/viola pedagogy. In May of 2010, James graduated with a second baccalaureate degree, summa cum laude, in Music Education and is currently New York State Certified to teach Music grades K-12.

Winner of the annual concerto competition in 2000 at SUNY Fredonia, James Kontrabecki was featured soloist with the Fredonia College Symphony and Fredonia Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchard Park Symphony, all of which he has served as concertmaster. James' active performing schedule includes master classes, as well as solo and chamber music performances throughout Western New York and North Eastern Pennsylvania. He has toured with numerous ensembles down the East Coast, as well as Italy and Jamaica. He has been a section violinist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra for several years, and serves on the Board of Directors. James has been invited to teach at several of Western New York's and North Eastern Pennsylvania's String Programs and Workshops, such as the Erie Youth Philharmonic, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, Chautauqua Institute Summer Festival, and NSOA-ASTA String Conference, as well as adjudicating for the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. James is an active private instructor and freelance violinist, performing with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, SUNY Buffalo's Slee Sinfonietta, and the Oakgrove String Quartet. He is co-founder of the Mason String Quartet and teaches privately both in Erie and Chautauqua Counties. James is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, for which he was awarded the Martha Barkema Award for excellence in music and leadership, the American Federation of Musicians, Local 92, The National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the New York Chapter of The American String Teacher's Association (ASTA).

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