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Summer Sound Chamber Music Festival
Join Gene Nastri, Community School of the Arts, for an exciting 5 days of chamber music, orchestra, enrichment activities, and coachings by some of the finest chamber musicians of the Northwest!
Festival Dates: July 16-20, 2018
Festival Daily Schedule: 9:00 am - 1 pm
Festival Location: Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts
Tuition: Sign up now for our "Early Bird" Special Pricing of $249. Prices will be up to $299 soon so act fast!
Enrollment and Audition Requirements
Violin, viola, and cello, students ages 12-24 are eligible for enrollment. In order to appropriately place students into their chamber music ensembles, students will be asked to prepare a two or three octave scale and a piece of their choice which is to be submitted in the form of a video by June 25, 2018. Videos may either be emailed in to email@example.com, or uploaded through the website.
Sarah Wenger, violin
Sarah Wenger is a recent graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln; earning her Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance. She has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, as well as having a keen interest in teaching.
Sarah has performed extensively throughout the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Europe, and has served as section violinist of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra as well as concertmaster of the UNL Symphony Orchestra during her time there. She has studied privately with and worked with internationally recognized performing artists and teachers.
In addition to performing, Sarah has a love for string pedagogy and has been an active instructor in the Kansas City, Lincoln, and Seattle areas. She is currently an elementary strings teacher at Lockwood Elementary, private strings instructor, and chamber music coach with the Northshore School District and Seattle Chamber Music Society. She enjoys working with people from all different backgrounds and ages.
Dr. James Moat, violin
James Moat is currently a violinist with the Seattle based Skyros String Quartet, who he teaches and performs with on a regular basis. The Skyros Quartet currently serve as artistic directors for ECCHO, a program of Chamber Music Madness. ECCHO (Emerald City Chamber Music Organization) provides an opportunity for students in seven Seattle Public Schools to play chamber music regularly under the guidance of professional chamber musicians, at no cost to the student. James also holds a position as section leader with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, an exciting and ground breaking ensemble that is formed by musicians of all ages and professions.
Dr. Moat graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance where he studied with Jerzy Kaplanek and members of the Penderecki String Quartet. He received a Master of Music in Classical Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland in 2009. During his Masters studies, he performed abroad in Paris and Amsterdam, and conducted a research trip to visit the home of Jean Sibelius in Finland. James returned to Ottawa, Canada in 2009 to study with violinist David Stewart, concertmaster of Bergen Philharmonic, and spent his time there as a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he accepted a position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for one season, and in 2012 James joined the Skyros Quartet and went on to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2017 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, under the guidance of the Chiara String Quartet.
Dr. William Braun, cello
The founding cellist of the Skyros Quartet, Dr. Willie Braun is an active performer and teacher in the Seattle area. He is currently the chamber music instructor at Seattle University and the cello instructor at Edmonds Community College, having previously taught at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to teaching a private cello studio, Willie is a co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Madness, a Seattle-area organization dedicated to bringing collaborative music to students and adults. As a member of the Skyros Quartet, he has performed across the US, Canada, and China.
Willie earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Chamber Music Performance at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His doctoral document, “The History of the Cello Endpin and Its Effect on Technique and Repertoire,” is the first publication in over twenty years dedicated to this specific topic. Willie also holds music performance degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University. He has studied under the direction of Gregory Beaver, Joshua Gindele, Thomas Landschoot, and the Miro and Chiara String Quartets.
Seth May-Patterson, viola
Seth May-Patterson is a sought-after performer, coach and private teacher who is as comfortable performing for sold-out arenas as he is teaching in the classroom. As a member of the acclaimed Passenger String Quartet, Seth has recently collaborated and performed with artists such as Mary Lambert, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, David Bazan, Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses, Kris Orlowski, Judy Collins, and many others. The Passengers recently appeared with Mary Lambert on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the American Music Awards, and completed a national tour promoting their first album with David Bazan.
Seth is in demand as a session musician and has completed recording projects that range from individual sessions to full-length albums and major motion pictures. Seth currently sits Principal Viola in the Seattle Rock Orchestra and is a member of Symphony Tacoma, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and is a sub for the Seattle Symphony. He has also performed with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, and South Dakota Symphony, among others.
Seth is also a passionate and energetic music educator. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied with Mara Gearman, and in 2011 completed an intensive fellowship with grandmaster violist Emanuel Vardi. He has been teaching viola and violin in the Seattle area since 2009, when he founded an after-school beginning strings program in the Snoqualmie Valley Elementary Schools. He currently teaches privately in Snoqualmie and at the Gene Nastri School of the Arts, coaches for the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is a conductor for the Snoqualmie Strings Youth Symphony.
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