Melanie Kuperstein

Founder, Artistic Director, Violinist

Born into a musical family, Melanie has been performing and teaching in Maryland for the past 15 years. She plays regularly with many local orchestras including Maryland Symphony, Midatlantic Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, as well as having the position of Associate Principal Second Violin of Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. She has also subbed with many orchestras such as New World Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and has regularly subbed as Principal Second Violin of Reading Symphony Orchestra. Melanie received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance from the University of Maryland in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Her primary teachers include James Stern (UMD), Elisabeth Adkins (NSO), and Kim Fisher (Philadelphia Orchestra). Founding MIME has been a dream of Melanie's for years and she is very excited for it to become a reality.


Paul Bagley


Dr. Paul Bagley teaches violin and viola at Anne Arundel Community College and Broadneck High School. He has performed with dozens of orchestras and chamber groups in the greater D.C./Baltimore area, including the Annapolis, Alexandria, and Fairfax Symphonies, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. Paul serves as concertmaster of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and Londontowne Symphony, and has appeared as guest soloist twice with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra in his hometown, Duluth, MN, and several times with the Montgomery College Orchestra in Rockville, MD.

An avid chamber musician in all genres from Baroque to pop, Paul is a member of the Annapolis Chamber Players and AACC's faculty ensemble, the Riverhawk Quartet.  He has also performed with The Who and on three of NPR's Tiny Desk concerts with Alt-J, Billy Corgan (of The Smashing Pumpkins), and Meg Myers.


Kristin Bakkegard


Baltimore-native Kristin Bakkegard is an active violinist and teacher in the greater Washington, D.C. area. She is Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Annapolis Symphony and tours nationally as Principal 2nd Violin of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra. Ms. Bakkegard also performs with several other orchestras in the region, including the Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and Williamsburg Symphony. Ms. Bakkegard has soloed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Montgomery College Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Annapolis Chamber Players, Riverhawk String Quartet, and a founding member of Affinity String Quartet. Ms. Bakkegard has appeared on multiple NPR Tiny Desk concerts, featuring alt-J, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, and Meg Myers.
In addition to performing, Ms. Bakkegard is an enthusiastic teacher; along with maintaining a private studio, she is on faculty at the Annapolis Symphony Academy and is a violin teacher at the PVA Program at Broadneck High and Bates Middle School in Annapolis. She also is a coach for the Columbia Youth Orchestra, College Park Youth Orchestra, Strathmore’s East County Strings, and the Annapolis Chamber Music Project.
Ms. Bakkegard has performed internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Canada, and attended festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Ithaca College and the University of Maryland – College Park, respectively. Her primary teachers have been members of the Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras.
In her free time, Ms. Bakkegard enjoys making music with her husband Paul and taking walks with their greyhound, Jovie, where they reside in Arnold, MD.


Andrew Juola


Andrew Juola performs with many orchestras and ensembles in greater the DC area. Recent notable performances of his include serving as Concertmaster with the Avanti Orchestra, and in the violin sections of the Washington Concert Opera and the Apollo Orchestra. Andrew also freelances with numerous ensembles throughout the greater DC metropolitan area. 

Andrew is very passionate about teaching. He currently teaches violin and viola lessons at Suitland High School and at the Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, Virginia. Students of his have auditioned successfully for collegiate programs in music as well as in district and regional events on both violin and viola.

Andrew holds a Bachelor’s from George Mason University and a Master’s from the University of Maryland, both in violin performance. During his study, he attended numerous collegiate chamber music and orchestral festivals in the United States and Europe. He names Peter Haase, James Stern, and Steven Day as his most influential violin teachers. 


Michael Sinni


Michael Sinni is a violist currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony and Fairfax Symphony and was previously a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony. He received his Masters of Music from Indiana University and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park. His teachers include Ed Gazouleas, Daniel Foster, William Foster, and Michael Tree.

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Cameron Marc Raecke


Cameron Marc Raecke is a professional violist living in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. A performer of both orchestral and chamber music, he’s the Assistant Principal Violist of the Allentown Symphony in Pennsylvania, and he has also performed with many other orchestras, including the Baltimore, Fort Worth, Singapore, and Annapolis Symphonies. His musical travels have brought him to many places, such as Singapore, Canada, Cameroon, Mexico, and even New Jersey. Cameron has extensive educational experience, primarily as a teacher of viola and violin lessons. His students have been young and old, beginning and advanced, hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Institutions he’s attended for his own education include the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Aspen Music Festival.


Samantha Flores


A native of Tijuana, Mexico, cellist Samantha Flores has performed throughout Mexico, the United States, Europe, and South America. Currently based in Baltimore, MD, Samantha freenlances with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, bands and groups of diverse styles.

Samantha’s festival appearances include, the Wintergreen Music Academy, Silicon Valley Chamber Music festival, Madison Early Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School and Festival, the UNL Chamber Music institute, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and Festival del Lago Academy of Music. 

An active teacher, Samantha currently holds a cello faculty position at the International School of Music in D.C. and a teaching artist/Program Manager position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - OrchKids. 

Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and Master degrees from the University of Maryland and East Carolina University. 

Ms. Flores is passionate about using music as a force to bring together communities through performance, engagement, and education.  When Samantha is not performing or teaching, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and impromptu jam sessions on different instruments with friends and colleagues.

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Autumn England


Autumn England is an accomplished cellist and teacher with more than 18 years in the music field. With experience as a solo performer, chamber and orchestral musician, recording artist, development professional, and arts administrator, she now spends much of her time teaching and facilitating workshops. As a Teaching Artist at BSO OrchKids and DC Youth Orchestra Program, her current work focuses on the intersection of string pedagogy and creative exploration, utilizing student voice to compose, improvise, or interpret music in a way that is both engaging and reflective of the students' perspectives and experiences.


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