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Old School Square proudly presents the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival in a three-part online concert series.

The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival was formed in 1992 by musicians Karen Fuller, Michael Ellert and Michael Forte.  The Festival’s mission is to provide Palm Beach County audiences with classical concerts of the highest quality during the summer months, and to give our fine local musicians the opportunity to play the great chamber music literature together.  

Although the organization has grown over the years, all artistic decisions have always been made by the musicians themselves.  Serving the people of the greater Palm Beach area for the last 28 years, the Festival has performed 12 concerts each July for 2000 loyal patrons in venues throughout Palm Beach County, including Old School Square. 


Feel like you’re in the front row, for a great price!

Tickets are $10 per concert program or $25 to enjoy all three.

Recorded on the Crest Theatre stage and released online, it’s easy to enjoy the beauty of Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, and more. (In fact, it’s as simple as the click of a button!) With each ticket purchase, you will receive an email with a link and instructions to enjoy the performances. Watch again and again, anytime, for up to 30 days.


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PROGRAM I | July 17th at 7:30 PM EST

Fragments (1958)                                                          Robert Muczynski (1929-2010)

for flute, clarinet and bassoon

Karen Fuller, Michael Forte, Michael Ellert


Trio No. 3 in f minor, Opus 65                                        Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

For violin, cello and piano

III.  Poco adagio

Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron, Lisa Leonard


Suite, Opus 157b                                                           Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

for clarinet, violin and piano

Michael Forte, Dina Kostic, Joseph Kingma


PROGRAM II | July 24th at 7:30 PM EST

Trio in g minor, Opus 63, J. 259                                      Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)

for flute, cello and piano

I. Allegro moderato

III.  Schäfers Klage – Andante espressivo

Karen Fuller, Susan Bergeron, Joseph Kingma


Café Music                                                                    Paul Schoenfeld (b. 1947)

for violin, cello and piano

I. Allegro

Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron, Lisa Leonard


Meditation from Thais                                                   Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

for violin and piano

Mei Mei Luo, Lisa Leonard


Trio Pathétique in d minor                                             Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)

for clarinet, bassoon and piano

III.  Largo

I. Allegro con spirito

Michael Forte, Michael Ellert, Joseph Kingma


PROGRAM III | July 31st at 7:30 PM EST

Trio in D Major, Opus 70, No. 1 “Ghost”                         Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

for violin, cello and piano

I. Allegro vivace e con brio

Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron, Lisa Leonard


Tarantella Opus 6                                                          Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

for flute, clarinet and piano

Karen Fuller, Michael Forte, Joseph Kingma


Passacaglia, Opus 20, No. 2                                            Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) –

for violin and cello                                                                    Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935)

Mei Mei Luo, Susan Bergeron


Trio No. 2 in C Major, Opus 87                                       Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

for violin, cello and piano

I. Allegro

Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron, Lisa Leonard



Susan Moyer Bergeron, cello, is a member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lancaster, PA native has called South Florida her home for over 25 years, playing in most of the musical ensembles in the area, notably the New World Symphony (2 seasons), the Florida Philharmonic (10 seasons), Palm Beach Opera, Boca Raton Symphonia, Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony to name a few. She studied at the New England Conservatory (Bachelor of Music), the University of Akron (Master of Music) and the University of Miami (Doctor of Musical Arts), performing concertos at each institution with the school orchestra as a result of winning the concerto competition. Dr. Bergeron has spent many summers performing in festivals all over the country including the Colorado Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom (OH), Yellow Barn (VT) and the Quartet Program (then in NY). As a special honor, she participated in the Solti Orchestral Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 1994 and performed chamber music in two special concerts with Sir Georg Solti while on tour with the New World Symphony in Great Britain.  This is Dr. Bergeron’s 21st season with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and she appears on five Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.  She lives in Sunrise, FL with her husband, jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron, and their 10 year old son, Jack.


Michael Ellert, bassoon, began his studies in high school with William Polisi (NBC Symphony/New York Philharmonic/Metropolitan Opera), studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City with Harold Goltzer and in Israel with Mordechai Rechtman (Israel Philharmonic). He is Principal Bassoon of the Opus One Orchestra (Miami City Ballet) and Southwest Florida Symphony (Fort Myers). He is a former member of the Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Naples/Marco Philharmonic, Virginia Opera Orchestra, and has performed for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New York City Opera and the New Jersey Symphony. As a freelancer in South Florida, Mr. Ellert has performed with such illustrious organizations as the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Grand Opera Touring Company, New York City Ballet, and the Moiseyev Ballet. Mr. Ellert taught Bassoon at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music for ten years and currently maintains a small studio of private students in Palm Beach County. He is on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, appearing on all six Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.


Michael Forte, clarinet, is Principal Clarinet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony (Fort Myers), and is Co-Principal Clarinet of The Symphonia Boca Raton. He is a former member of the Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela and is a graduate of Syracuse University. He has appeared as soloist in the concertos of Mozart and Weber with the Maracaibo Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. Mr. Forte is a Palm Beach County Schools Artist-in-Residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, The Conservatory School in North Palm, Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, and maintains a large private teaching studio. He is on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, appearing on all six Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production label.


Karen Fuller, flute, is a founding board member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and appears on all six of the Festival’s Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Productions label. She is currently Principal Flute of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1989, Miami City Ballet’s Opus One Orchestra, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Orchestra Miami. She is also a member of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. During her 23 year tenure as Principal Flute of the Palm Beach Symphony, Ms. Fuller appeared as a concerto soloist 4 times. In addition, she performed frequently with Ballet Florida, the Concert Association of Florida and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for over 15 years and was a member of the Naples Philharmonic for 10 years. She has also performed with Florida Grand Opera and the Sarasota Orchestra, and has appeared with the Munich Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet on their US tours. As a fellow with the New World Symphony, she was featured as a concerto soloist and toured South America and Europe, performing at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the grand opening of the Bastille Opera House in Paris among others. Ms. Fuller began her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, then moved to New York and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a past 1st prize winner of the New York Flute Club Competition. She also attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was an Associate Instructor of Flute while pursuing a doctoral degree before moving to Miami in 1988. Her teachers include Maurice Sharp, Harold Bennett and Carol Wincenc. She currently serves as Instructor of Flute at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Palm Beach County Schools Artist-in-Residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Bak Middle School of the Arts, The Conservatory School and Spanish River High School. After living in Fort Lauderdale for 28 years, she moved to West Palm Beach in 2017.


Joseph Kingma, piano, is a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Recognized for both the unique beauty of his sound and the emotional intensity of his performances, he has won awards in several international competitions, including first prize at the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. He has also appeared as a semi-finalist and/or won awards in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist International Competition, and the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Dr. Kingma is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist and has performed with the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, and Spring Hill Orchestra, among others. He maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and has appeared at such series as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series, Coastal Carolina University’s Piano Series, and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. Additionally, his performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s 98.7-WFMT. Dr. Kingma joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018, where he teaches piano performance, pedagogy, and literature as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division. He enjoys teaching masterclasses for pre-college and college students and has been invited to teach and perform at the Pensacola MTA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, William Carey University, University of North Alabama, and University of Toledo. Additionally, he teaches select advanced students through the PBA preperatory department. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Norman Krieger, Tali Morgulis, Sandra Wright Shen, Alan Chow, Craig Nies, and Jon Kimura Parker. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Dr. Kingma is currently represented in North and South America by Elegy Artist Management. His website is www.josephkingma.com. This is Dr. Kingma’s 2nd summer with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.


Dina Kostic, violin, is Assistant Concertmaster with The Symphonia, Boca Raton, and Principal Second Violin with Miami City Ballet’s Opus One Orchestra, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, as well as Nu Deco Ensemble. She is a member of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, and performs regularly with many ensembles across the country, including the Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.  In addition, Ms. Kostic plays in the pit for Broadway Across America, most recently the productions of Anastasia, and The King and I.  Ms. Kostic previously held positions with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  A native of Belgrade, Serbia, she moved to the States at age fifteen, having received a full scholarship to study at Southern Methodist University, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.  She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Barry University in Miami Shores since 2003, along with maintaining a private studio.  A versatile orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Kostic is a core member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, a founding member of Trio Paradigm, and has performed at summer festivals in Italy, Japan and Colorado. This season marks her 18th summer with PBCMF. She appears on three Chamber Music Palm Beach CDs on the Klavier Music Production Label. 


Lisa Leonard, hailed as a pianist who “communicates great musical understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique”, enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center. The past two seasons included master classes and solo performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds in Hungary and recitals with renowned trumpeter Eric Aubier, Grammy nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann as well as recitals in Texas, Oklahoma and New York. She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela with conductors including Gunther Schuller and Gustavo Dudamel. An active and dedicated chamber musician, her recent collaborations have included recitals with Elmar Oliveira, Marc Reese and Guillermo Figueroa. She is a long time member of the Palm Beach Chamber Players and has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphonies; American and Miami String Quartets, and the Empire Brass Quintet in performances featured on National Public Radios’ “Performance Today” and “Command Performance” programs. Her love of new music has resulted in several premieres of both solo and chamber music, including James Stephenson’s Concerto for Trumpet and Piano which was written for her and her husband, Marc Reese and which they premiered with the Lynn University Philharmonia. The performance was noted as one of South Florida’s Top 10 performances of 2007, which also included her performance of the Brahms F minor Piano Quintet at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Critic Lawrence Budmen said, “Her stellar technique, deeply penetrating musicality and volcanic power turned Brahms’ darkly ruminative score into an edge of the seat tour de force. She uncovered new sonic layers in an awesome deconstruction of a chamber music masterpiece.” Ms. Leonard has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Luzerne Music Center and the Meadowmount School of Music as a collaborative pianist, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Currently, Ms. Leonard is Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music where she also directs the annual New Music festival, which has produced over 100 premieres. She has performed at many festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Gilmore International and Caramoor; has been featured on Japan’s NHK television network, PBS, and can be heard on the Klavier, Centaur, and Summit labels. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she was the premiere recipient of both the Rubinstein and Balsam awards, two of the highest awards given. Her former teachers include Marc Silverman, Eric Larsen, Suzanne W. Guy, Isidore Cohen, Cynthia Phelps, David Geber and the Meadowmount Trio.


Mei Mei Luo, violin, is one of South Florida’s most well-known violinists. She was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra until its closing, and served as Concertmaster for the final concert in 2003. Ms. Luo is the founding first violinist of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet, which performs wide-ranging repertoire every season throughout three south Florida counties. As a soloist, she has performed the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. In addition to serving as a core member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival since 2000, she is also Concertmaster of Orchestra Miami and Opus One (Miami City Ballet Orchestra) and has performed with The Symphonia Boca Raton. She has been a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Luo earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai and Shenyang Conservatory of Music and was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition in China. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Miami. Ms. Luo has recorded Dvorák with the Delray String Quartet on the Poinciana label, and also appears on the Klavier and Harmonia Mundi labels.


Rene Reder, viola, has joined us from the Alabama Symphony every summer for the last 18 years. She is on leave of absence in 2020 due to Covid-19.


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