The Classic Touch

Strings & Orchestras

Sharon Nauman-Artistic Manager

 As seen on Fox 8 & PAX-TV's "Northeast Ohio Weddings"!









 
WHY DO YOU LIST 5 PLAYERS FOR A QUARTET OF 4?

We do this for peace of mind, yours and ours! 

The show must go on!

For weddings and receptions, our players rotate depending on availability.  If one of the players can't make it, we have someone else who also knows the parts and can be there for you.

We want to make sure that we're covered and you're covered, with enough talent to cover your special event with no worries!
DID YOU KNOW THAT
most professional classical musicians began playing and practicing by 10 years old? 

We began our careers years before any college graduate gets his/her first job!  Our training is at it's height while doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc., are just beginning their professions!

The Classic Touch Strings
has been providing elegant musical entertainment since 1992.

 

We are set apart from other groups by our strong

customer service objectives. 

 
Phone calls are returned within 48 hours even if we do not
have availability.
 
We run everything like a business.  This is not just another occasional "gig". 
 
Once you book, Sharon writes up the contract and mails it within 48 hours. 
We US mail confirmation sheets once deposits are received. This way you have 
paper copies of arrangements also.   
 
Sharon builds a file for each client, including a checklist for every step. 
She will walk you through the things you need to know and decide on,  
also making you aware of questions that you didn't know you had!  This
comes from years of experiencing almost everything possible at events! 
 
She is very organized and will not let you forget anything!    

All arrangements are made over the phone…How easy could it be?!

OUR PLAYERS

 

We have an elite group of classical musicians! 

Each player has 20 to 40  years of performing experience and holds or has held teaching positions at the University of Akron, Western Reserve Suzuki School, Mount Union, Kent State & Malone Universities.

 

 Amy Glick, violinist, performs extensively as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist in Northeast Ohio.  She holds degrees from the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, where she studied with Burton Kaplan and Camilla Wicks. 

 
Ms. Glick studied chamber music with members of the American String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio, including a master class at Steinway Hall in New York City.  As an advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Glick has premiered and recorded works by Christian Hege, and consistently programs works by contemporary composers.  
 
She has served on the faculties of the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance (N.Y., N.Y.), the Daniel Hochstein Memorial Music School (Rochester, N.Y.), the Brevard Music Center (N.C.), and Central Christian High School l (Kidron,OH)
 
In addition to her membership with the Akron Symphony, she is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra.  Ms. Glick has appeared as soloist with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Wooster Symphony, the Akron Lyric Opera Chamber Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, and has appeared in numerous chamber recitals in Ohio, New York, Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia. She, her husband, two daughters and two sons live in Orrville, Ohio.

 

 

Dr. Mark Polanka, second violinist with the Classic Touch String Quartet, serves on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Akron and Kent State University where he teaches music theory, sight singing, and ear training.  Previous teaching positions include: School of Music Faculty at DePauw University in Indiana and Fine Arts Faculty at Malone University.

 

Dr. Polanka received his Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Kent State University where he studied composition with Frank Wiley and James Waters.  While at Kent he studied violin with Si-Hon Ma (Cleveland Orchestra) and Marcia Ferritto (Cleveland Institute of Music).  He has held section violin positions with the Mansfield Symphony and the Terre Haute Symphony in Indiana.

 

Dr. Marlene Moses, violist & violinist, received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace College, her Masters in Violin &  Viola Performance from Kent State, completed her long-term Suzuki training at The Cleveland Institute of Music, conducted research for  Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and earned a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Music Education from The Union Institute in  Cincinnati.  She has also played in Akron Symphony and is a member of The Classic Touch Strings quartet.

Marlene taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies from 1991 until 1995. In 1995 Marlene co-founded and is currently Director of the Western Reserve Suzuki School. Additionally, Marlene has served as faculty at the Capital University Suzuki Institute in Columbus and the International Music Festival in Cleveland.

 

Marlene is a member of and has served boards of the Suzuki Association of Ohio and the Suzuki Association of Northeast Ohio and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Marlene also presented papers at the Suzuki Association of the Americas national conference. Marlene lives in Stow with her husband Greg and is a Suzuki mom to their two daughters, cellist Hannah and violinist Aurelia.

Julie Carpenter, violinist & violist.  Bio coming soon!

Sharon Nauman, cellist and your music consultant, began her professional career in the Canton Symphony at an early age of 15.  She traveled extensively, nationwide, playing 10 years with road shows for Perry Como, Natalie Cole, Henry Mancini, Julie Andrews, Pia Zadora, Norm Crosby, George Benson and the Montovani Strings.

 

As an orchestra member, concerts include performances for CBS's "Sunday Morning" and in such acclaimed places as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Sharon is one-of-a-kind in “artistic management” for the Akron area, hiring orchestra personnel for shows at the Akron Civic Theater, area churches, choral groups and schools. 

 

Ms. Nauman is also a teacher at The University of Akron and Malone University in Canton.