ProMusica Sessions: Night at the Movies

Eric Kline, violin
Heather Kufchak, violin
Brett Allen, viola
Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello


Eric Kline has played in Chamber and Symphony Orchestras throughout the US as well as Heidelberg, Germany at the Schlossfestspiele.  He has played with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.  He has also been a featured soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. He was Principal 2nd in the Knoxville Symphony, and Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster with Orchestra Iowa. He was also a guest concertmaster with the Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and engaged in a collaboration to perform and record Wynton Marsalis’ Fiddlers Tale and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat.  While attending DePaul University in Chicago, he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, playing under esteemed conductors Daniel Barenboim, Sir George Solti, and Pierre Boulez, and working under the Concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his other work, Eric led the DePaul University Symphony as Concertmaster.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, Eric was accepted into the Eastman School of Music in New York.  Here, he received the prestigious Starling Foundation Fellowship Award as one of the top violinists at Eastman.  He also led the Graduate Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster and performed with Collegium Musicum, a group that specialized in Baroque and Pre-Baroque music.  Mr. Kline graduated the Eastman School with a Master’s Degree in Performance and Literature and received high honors with the Performer’s Certificate in Violin. Eric enjoys automotives, photography, and cycling, and lives in Columbus with his wife and two sons.

Heather Kufchak has been playing violin since age four, and growing up in a musical family, she began playing chamber music with her siblings at age seven. Living in Columbus for the majority of her youth, Heather participated in many of the local programs for young musicians. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University as a student of Marjorie Bagley. In 2011, she graduated with her master’s degree in violin performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. Heather is in her ninth season with ProMusica. She also regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as teaching her private studio.

Brett Allen grew up in New Jersey where he began studying violin at age 8.  He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and an Artist’s Diploma in Viola from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Early in his career he was a member of the USAF Strolling Strings stationed in Washington, DC.  His duties included entertaining at the White House, State Department, Capitol Hill and Chief of Staff residences. He also toured worldwide and took part in Department of Defense recording projects.  Allen has held front desk positions with the Knoxville Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, and was Principal Viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic of Ontario.  He has subbed and recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Ontario, and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  Allen has been a local member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra since 2011.  He is concurrently Assistant Principal Viola of the Columbus Symphony, a position he has held since 1991.  Allen is a published composer with works in the catalogs of Oxford University Press, Berben and Watchfire Music.

Cora Kuyvenhoven is assistant principal cellist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and performs with the ProMusica String Quartet on concert series and educational programs. She is one of the four awesome cellists that are UCelli: The Columbus Cello Quartet. Dr. Kuyvenhoven is adjunct cello professor and co-director of chamber music at Denison University.

Cora has been soloist with Westerville Symphony, Kalistos, Welsh Hills Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony. The Windsor Star heralded her Haydn D Major performance as expressing a great “joie de vivre.” As a member of the Toronto Symphony for seven years, she recorded and broadcast extensively, and toured in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

Cora obtained her A.R.C.T. licentiate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with first class honours, studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she performed in the Advendo String Trio, under the tutelage of the Fine Arts Quartet. Cora received a post master’s degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her DMA is from the University of Iowa (2000) where she was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship, and the Peltzer Award.

Cora lives in Columbus with her husband Martin Spencer and their dog Elsie and Wendy the cat. Cora enjoys dancing Zumba and learning Yoga.