Organization & People
Rachel Lauber is Director of Orchestras at the University at Buffalo and
instructor of conducting at the Eastman Community Music School. She
has served as Music Director of the Finger Lakes Symphony, Livingston
Symphony (MI) and the University of Michigan Campus Symphony,
Nazareth College Orchestra, and as conductor of the Detroit Symphony
Civic Orchestra. She has appeared as guest conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Holland Symphony Orchestra (MI) and has conducted throughout Italy.
An active educator, she has conducted Conference All-State Festival and
Area All-State Festival orchestras throughout the United States. Beyond the podium, Ms. Lauber served as director of the Detroit Symphony’s Unmasked Series, collaborating with guest conductors on multi-media enhanced performances. Most recently she has been lecturing at the University of Michigan under a Mellon grant for the University Musical Society. The lectures are part of the pre-concert audience engagement program and have focused on performances of Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Ms. Lauber received her doctorate in orchestral conducting at the
University of Michigan, and has also studied with Gunther Schuller and
Helmuth Rilling. She studied in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Catania International Conductor’s Workshop in Sicily.
Artistic Director and Conductor
In 2023 Evan Meccarello became Cordancia’s Artistic Director. He serves as Music Director for several local orchestras including the Binghamton Community Orchestra, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, and Irondequoit Community Orchestra. He is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College, where he teaches conducting, and previously conducted the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra. Evan holds a masters degree in orchestral conducting from Bowling Green State University and a violin performance degree from Nazareth College. In addition to his Artistic Director role, Evan will conduct the orchestra for at least one pair of concerts each season.
Board of Directors
President through transition
Pia Liptak has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the United States. For almost two decades she served as the concertmaster of the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and she is currently on the faculty of the Hochstein School where she teaches violin and is the co-chair of the string department. She was previously a member of the Odense Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Fynske Sinfonietta in Denmark. She has also performed as a soloist with orchestra and played in numerous chamber music ensembles. Collaborations have included the Liptak-Beaudette Duo and the Liptak-Chang Duo.
She is actively involved in the new music scene and has performed and recorded several CDs including three with Japanese koto-player Ryuko Mizutani in Duo vio-LINK-oto. She is also part of the recording "Starts.Stories.Song" with music for voice and ensemble by Eastman faculty composers.
Pia holds degrees in piano and violin from the Carl Nielsen Academy in Odense, Denmark her native country and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Kathleen Suher is co-founder Cordancia with Pia Liptak and serves as principal oboist. She performed with the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra for 24 years starting as an undergraduate. Past teachers have included Richard Killmer and Anita Brandon.
A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, she is a commercial real estate attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in the Rochester office.
Personnel Manager (Strings, Harp, Piano)
Keiko Vann serves as a director for Cordancia and has been principal violist since its first concert in 2009. She was or is principal violist of the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, where she has played for nearly thirty years),Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and Greater Rochester Women's Orchestra. Proficient on both violin and viola, Keiko plays in a number of local chamber music ensembles.
Keiko has a private teaching studio with both violin and viola students. She teaches violin and viola at Our Lady of Mercy for Young Women.