is associate professor of violin at
Hardin-Simmons University and director of the Hardin-Simmons University
Orchestra. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of
Kentucky in 2006 and holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School
and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers have been Catherine Tait, Sally
Thomas, Renato Bonicini, Stephen Clapp and Daniel Mason. During the course of
his applied study, Isaacson performed in masterclasses with Peter Salaff and
Jaime Laredo. His chamber studies have been with members of the Cleveland and
Audubon String Quartets, Toby Appel, John Graham, André Emilianoff, Lewis
Kaplan and Zvi Zeitlin.
While pursuing his D.M.A. in violin at the University of
Kentucky, Isaacson developed an interest in conducting, which led to study with
the director of orchestras, Robert Baldwin. Over the last decade, Isaacson has
served as conductor for the Abilene Collegiate Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Youth
Orchestra, the Faculty Chamber Orchestra at Encore/Coda, and the Hardin-Simmons
As an active performer, Isaacson has performed with the
Abilene Chamber Players, Soundscapes, the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Craftsbury
Chamber Players and the Absolute Ensemble in New York City. He has also
performed on the Musica Viva concert series, the Focus Festival, Music at
Marvin, San Angelo Museum concerts and the Wednesdays at One concert series in
Alice Tully Hall. His performances have been broadcast on the Woodsongs Radio
Hour and WRGV Public Radio in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Isaacson has held faculty positions at Missouri State
University (formerly Southwest Missouri State), Cumberland College, Camp Encore/Coda,
the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Kentucky Governor’s School for
the Arts, and the Abilene Summer Music Festival where he serves as artistic director.
As a member of the Niles String Quartet, he was a
semi-finalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was selected to
participate in the Audubon String Quartet Seminar at Virginia Tech. Isaacson
has collaborated in performance with members of the Audubon String Quartet,
Meliora Winds, Phil Ying, and folk-singer Michael Jonathan.
In 2010, Isaacson released a recording of chamber works by
Josef Rheinberger for Centaur Records. During the summer of 2011, Isaacson
performed concerts with the Abilene Chamber Players in London, England, at The
Space, St. Georges, Bloomsbury and Southwark Cathedral. As part of a summer sabbatical,
Isaacson observed master classes at the Royal College of Music and interviewed
Professor Jan Repko in preparation for an article on violin pedagogy.
- Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, 1992
- Master of Music, The Julliard School, 1995
- Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Kentucky,