Melvin Kaplan has been for more than fifty years one of America's most influential forces in chamber music, both as a renowned performer and as manager, teacher, lecturer, and writer. As a soloist, he has premiered works by Vaughan Williams, Ezra Laderman, Hugh Aitken, Gunther Schuller, Mel Powell, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Jean Francaix. On the faculty of the Juilliard School for thirty years, Mel was also for many years featured regularly as a lecturer/performer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He founded the New York Chamber Soloists, Festival Winds, and Vermont Mozart Festival.
John Zion is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in violin performance. Before coming to Melvin Kaplan, Inc., he performed regularly with orchestras throughout New England and toured Vietnam with his string quartet. John continues to perform occasionally and has enjoyed getting accustomed to life in Vermont. Musical America recently named John one of the "Rising Stars in the Performing Arts."
(Booking/Artist Manager & Programs)
Kate joined Melvin Kaplan, Inc., in 2006, after returning home to Vermont from San Francisco. A graduate of Brown University, where she studied history and creative writing, Kate spends her free time with her daughters Anna-Rose and Phoebe, her son Henry, her husband Jonathan, and their puppy Jed. When she has a moment to herself, Kate loves to read, garden, run, and see live music.
Lenore Budd joined Melvin Kaplan, Inc. in 2012. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology from Cornell University where she was heavily involved in choral music and sports. She has lived in Vermont since 1989 and enjoys gardening, running, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, playing the cello, and singing in a local chorus.
Kim joined Melvin Kaplan, Inc. in 2012. Originally from Milwaukee, she graduated from Boston University with a major in French Language and Literature and a minor in Art History. After graduation she taught English in Lyon, France for two years. As a newcomer to Vermont, she is enjoying discovering all that the state has to offer, and spends her time biking, hiking, reading, and visiting her boyfriend in Montreal.
Sharon Riley (Travel/Concert Logistics)
Tracy West (Financial)