Pat Nelson is originally from Rhode Island, but has made her home in Bellingham. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Music from Northwestern University and completed post graduate studies at the University of Arizona, the Cours International de Musique in France and Musicfest in Wales.
Pat is the bassoonist with the highly acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet and appears with them on the Crystal Records label. She also performs with the WWU Faculty quintet, Fifth Inversion, featured at many national and international conferences. Locally, Pat performs with the Pacific Northwest Opera, the San Juan Chamber Music Series and the Bellingham Festival of Music. She is the Bassoon Instructor at Western Washington University, Music Instructor at Whatcom Community College and maintains a large private studio in Northwest Washington. Pat is the co-founder and president of Bellingham Chamber Music Society and is devoted to keeping chamber music alive in Bellingham.
Jennifer Weeks grew up in Montreal, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University and a Graduate Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under Theodore Baskin of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, respectively. Jennifer’s additional training involved participation in several summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts.
Jennifer served as principal oboist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, before moving to the West Coast. During her tenure in Kingston she was a member of the adjunct music faculty at Queen’s University. Throughout her professional playing career, Jennifer performed with many orchestral and chamber music groups including the Orchestre Symphonique du Quebec, Les Violons du Roi, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian National Arts Center Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera Company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Symphony, and the Bellingham Festival of Music.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the area and curious to explore a life that did not involve making oboe reeds, Jennifer took a hiatus from the oboe and returned to school. She completed a degree in Environmental Science at Skagit Valley College and worked for several years in the Natural Resource Department of the Samish Indian Nation. Unable, however, to resist her love of making music and the elusive dream of the perfect reed, she returned to playing and teaching oboe. Jennifer is currently the oboe instructor at Western Washington University and maintains a private studio in Bellingham, WA. In 2013 she created Summerwinds, a summer chamber music camp for young woodwind players which ran for several years through Western Washington University’s Extended Education and Arts Preparatory Academy.
Jennifer is currently an active chamber musician, having discovered her love of this rich and rewarding art form. She loves teaching, is grateful to have found such a wonderful community of musicians to work with, and loves long summer road bike trips with her awesome partner, Molly.
Clarinetist Erika Block hails from Annapolis, MD. She is the Executive Director of the Bellingham Festival of Music. Erika performs regularly with the Fifth Inversion wind quintet, Bellingham Festival of Music, Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, Bellingham Chamber Music Society, and many other groups. As an active soloist, she will be featured in the 22/23 season with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra and has been featured twice with the Skagit Symphony, WWU Wind Symphony, and with the Whatcom Wind Ensemble. As a member of Fifth Inversion, Erika has performed in several international and national conferences across the US and Canada. Erika and her family moved to Bellingham in 2011 after several years in Vancouver, BC. There she played with the Vancouver Island Symphony, North Shore Sinfonia, and Nu:BC contemporary ensemble.
Erika received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in clarinet performance at Boston University. She studied with Thomas Martin (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and continued on with Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra). Her studies began with Gregory Raden (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and she attended Brevard, Tanglewood, and Kinhaven music schools in the summer.
In addition to performing, Erika is the host of the classical music podcast, Inside the Notes. She interviews musicians from all areas of the classical music field to discuss their career and favorite memories in classical music. This podcast aims to educate younger generations of musicians with first-hand accounts of important performances and experiences.
Before moving to Bellingham, Erika was the director of marketing and artist relations at Backun Musical Services in Vancouver, BC. She spent several years touring the US and Europe, helping artists with their equipment and attending conferences and instrument trade shows. She helped with the marketing campaigns of the Leblanc by Backun, Bliss, and Backun protege series clarinets.
Upon graduating with a degree in Statistics from Cornell University, violist Eric Kean decided to change his path and studied the viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Mark Jacobs, a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. After moving to Bellingham in 2001, he began teaching Mathematics at WWU and until 2020, taught the viola at WWU as well.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Grand Teton Orchestra, the Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Bellingham Festival of Music Orchestra. And, as a chamber musician, he has performed at the Newport Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Marrowstone Music Festival. He has also collaborated with members of the Pacifica and Colorado Quartets and has performed chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
BJ Block began his music studies at the age of 8 studying piano with Edward Parker, (Uncle and teacher of Jon Kimura Parker) in Vancouver BC. He attained his ARCT performance diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music at age 16 and continued to perform and compete in festivals throughout the lower mainland as a Pianist.
By late high school he began studying guitar seriously and attained a scholarship to the attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA as a Guitar major doubling on Piano, focusing on Jazz and Contemporary Music. After graduation BJ toured the East Coast with The Ernest Goodlife Band eventually settling back to Vancouver BC, where he focused on teaching and composition, writing music for animation and television. During this time in Vancouver BJ wrote and recorded two albums with Vocalist Dawn Pemberton, and was nominated for a West Coast Breakout Award for ‘Album of the Year’. Their first single “Just Be” was nominated for song of the year with Vancouver radio station ‘The Shore’. They performed through Vancouver and the lower mainland including a live broadcast on CBC.
Now settled in Bellingham WA, BJ is active in several groups including the Flamenco Jazz inspired Trío Sueño, lead guitar for the seven piece Latin Jazz band Bilongo, as well as the BJ Block Trio featuring Christian Casolary and Roger Yamashita.
Soprano Heather Dudenbostel is a versatile singing actress, voice teacher, and stage director maintaining an active career on both coasts. In New York City she made her Off-Broadway debut in the rock opera The New Hopeville Comics. As a member of Pacific Opera she performed as a featured soloist across the greater New York area and directed staged concerts in Carnegie Hall. She also performed the role of Euridice in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, which was featured by New York Magazine as an “Editor’s Pick of The Week” in Classical Music. In Los Angeles, she was bestowed the Selvin Family “Follow Your Dream” award for her performance as Jenny in Cabrillo Musical Theatre’s Production of Company, and was nominated for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” by broadwayworld.com for her portrayal as Grace in Annie. Dudenbostel has performed with groups ranging from UCLA’s Contempo Flux Ensemble to the jazz greats of the Ron Levy Trio. She has enjoyed multiple engagements with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, Bellingham Chamber Chorale, Western Washington University Symphony, and the Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in leading roles in regional productions at Cabrillo Musical Theatre, Duo Theatre, Encore Dinner Theatre, Glendale Centre Theatre, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Mount Baker Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, Collaborative Stages, and ACT. She also sang for five years with the multi-Seattle Blue Society Award-nominated Cat House Blues Band, has been featured in numerous cabaret shows in New York and Los Angeles, and appeared in national commercials.
Shu-Hsin Ko, is a native of Taiwan and has performed professionally throughout the world. She started violin at the age of 7 and attended the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei. She has been involved in numerous Interntaional festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She holds a master’s degree in
violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While she lives in NYC, she has performed professionally with orchestras and bands at renowned music venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Blue Note Jazz Club. She has travelled throughout the world to play in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Singapore and her native Taiwan. Locally she performs with the Auburn Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and the Bellingham Festival of Music. She is currently the assistant concertmaster for the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra and her chamber group regularly represents the orchestra at performances throughout Whatcom County. Shu-Hsin is also a certified medical interpreter. When she is not playing violin, she tosses balls for her two border collies and attends to her family of three teenagers.
Beverly Shin made her solo debut with the Houston Symphony at age 17. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Bargemusic, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and at festivals in Brazil, Taiwan, and Newfoundland. She has performed with members of the Vermeer, Guarneri, Lark, Kronos, and Borromeo quartets, and has appeared as a guest member of the Avalon Quartet. She has been a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN and has performed frequently with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX. A dedicated advocate for new music, she has performed at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY and has appeared regularly with Boston Musica Viva, the Harvard Group for New Music, Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, the Penn Composers’ Guild, and Chamber Music NOW. She has recorded several new works for New Focus Recordings.
Beverly has been Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis, adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and Donald Weilerstein’s teaching assistant at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was also one of the first musicians to receive an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, for which she created interactive music programs in under-served elementary schools in Boston.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory as well as a Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College. She is currently a private practice addiction psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Eli Schille-Hudson is a guitarist based in Bellingham, Washington, currently serving as Instructor of Guitar at Western Washington University. He completed his education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he took Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Maestro Ernesto Bitetti.
He has appeared as a solo recitalist for the Northwest Guitar Festival, the Bellingham Festival of Music, the Great Spaces Concert Series, and the Lafayette Symphony Guild. A duo performance with bassist DaXun Zhang at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Convention is also a recent highlight in Eli’s activities as a chamber musician.
Eli remains active as a composer and songwriter, and his debut release with collaborator Ross Martinie Eiler, Signs & Seasons (2022) can be heard wherever music is streamed. Also a passionate performer of new and rarely-heard music, he has given the North American premiere of two works for solo guitar by Marcos Vieira Lucas, contributed the electric guitar part in the world premiere recording of composer Craig Michael Davis’ opera Letters to a Terrorist, and regularly performs his own compositions and arrangements of repertoire from the renaissance to the present day.
Lenelle Morse began studying the violin in her hometown of Memphis,TN. She graduated with a degree in violin performance and mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teachers included Paul Biss,Pavel Kogan, James Buswell, chamber music and Mimi Zweig, violin pedagogy. For 13 years she served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as a founding member of the Freimann String Quartet, the centerpiece of the Freimann Chamber Music Series. Morse became the orchestra director at Canterbury School, Fort Wayne and grew the program from 12 students in 1997 to 147 in 2011. Additionally, she served as the chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Canterbury School for 5 years. Morse came to Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins in 2012 and taught a full studio of 25 private violin students including some who have placed in area competitions and have gone on to study violin performance in college. She also coached ensembles with the Peabody Performance Academy and taught weekly group class lessons. She was the Director of the Young People’s String Program at Peabody Preparatory for the past 2 years. As a freelance violinist in the Baltimore/Washington area, Morse played with the Baltimore Symphony, National Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony, Choral Arts of Washington and Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center. She regularly performed in a faculty string quartet on the Howard Community College recital series. During the summers, she performs in the 1st violin section of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Lenelle has volunteered with audience development and PR at Chautauqua by initiating the very successful program, “Meet the Musicians”. Morse has moved to the Bellingham, WA area in order to be closer to family and she enjoys taking part in the vibrant musical community.
American pianist Kay Zavislak enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Spending her formative years in Japan, Ms. Zavislak attended the Toho Gakuen High School of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in Japan. Ms. Zavislak then moved to the U.S. and earned the degrees Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.
In 2001, Ms. Zavislak was named a winner of the concerto competition at the University of Michigan. Her other awards include first prize in the Frances Walton Competition, second prize in the Richardson Young Artist Award Competition, second prize in the All-Tohoku Piano Competition in Japan, and third prize in the William Byrd International Concerto Competition.
Many of Ms. Zavislak’s university and pre-college students have received top prizes and honors in a number of regional piano festivals and competitions, such as the Music Fest Northwest in Spokane, Sonata-Sonatina Festival in Ellensburg, Northern Idaho Piano Festival, Spokane Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association Idaho State and Washington State Competitions, and MTNA Northwest Regional Competition.
Before joining her family in Bellingham in 2013, Ms. Zavislak was an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Keyboard Area Coordinator at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. In addition, she has held teaching positions at Schoolcraft College, Albion College, and the University of Michigan. She studied piano under the guidance of Arthur Greene, Logan Skelton, Yoshie Kora, and Miyoko Hamamoto, harpsichord with Edward Parmentier, and or
Samantha Sinai, cellist, cello teacher, and music therapist, currently lives in Bellingham, Washington. She is Principal Cellist of the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, holds a private cello studio, coordinates Bellingham Youth Chamber Players, and is an Artistic Partner for Bellingham House Concerts. Through her music therapy experience, Samantha has seen time and time again the power music has to transform a moment. She feels that her work as a musician is to promote wellness in her community by bringing heartfelt, embodied music to people in meaningful, accessible ways. Samantha completed her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Uri Vardi and her Undergraduate degree in Cello Performance and Music Therapy from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory under Regina Mushabac. Samantha looks forward to cultivating her musicianship to continue to create experiences that touch the hearts of her listeners.
Yuko Watanabe is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has enjoyed playing chamber and orchestral music with various groups and symphonies around the nation, and currentlyperforms with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra as the Principal Second Violin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, under the instruction of Victor Danchenko and Richard Field. She completed her Masters of Music degree at Rice University under Martha Katz and Wayne Brooks. Later at the University of Houston, she was a member of the Tomatz String Quartet, while she pursued studies in music education and performance pedagogy under Lawrence Wheeler. Yuko has significant experience teaching students both violin and viola at nonprofits, public school districts, and private lesson venues. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, working out, hiking, camping and traveling.
Harpist Jill Whitman received degrees in both harp performance and German language from the University of Washington, studying with Pamela Vokolek and Lynne Wainwright Palmer, and a master of music degree from Western Washington University. She toured for more than fifteen years with the Community Concerts division of Columbia Artists throughout Canada and the United States with the trio Harps International and Winterharp. She won the American Harp Society Concert Artist competition in 1992, and she has performed in Norway, Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Japan, and Chile. She is currently principal harpist with the Bellingham and Yakima Symphonies. Jill is professor of harp at Western Washington University and is one of the pioneers in teaching the Suzuki method for harp to children, in addition to selecting and editing the harp repertoire. Jill loves to arrange Celtic music and Christmas carols and directs the Noel Ensemble, featured in performances during the holiday season in the Northwest. She and her husband Mitch reside in Bellingham, have two daughters, and are new grandparents! [Photo by Katrina Whitman]
Born in Seattle, Carolyn Canfield was educated in the U.S, Europe, and Canada. Vancouver, B.C. was home for her 36-year career as a symphony and opera violinist, as a music educator, festival adjudicator, and chamber music. Carolyn Canfield played 25 years with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the First Violin section — including one year acting concertmaster — and 10 years with the Vancouver Opera. Other performances include CBC Radio Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel, CA; Pacific Baroque Festival Orchestra Vancouver; and Vancouver Film Orchestra.
In 2018, life changes took Carolyn from Canada back to the U.S., moving to New York for new performance experiences: New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Ithaca; Pitstop Players; Christchurch Festival Chorus/Orchestra; Harmonia Chamber Players New Jersey; New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble; Brooklyn Metro Orchestra; Canterbury Choral Society; OMNI Ensemble; Broadway with Phantom, amongst others. Carolyn Canfield was invited to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She is a former faculty member at Bronx House Performing Arts Center, Bronx, NYC.
You can hear Carolyn on the world-premiere of Frederick Schipizky’s Variations for Solo Violin, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation SM5000 Series: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolyncanfieldcole/
Carolyn, now living on the West Coast in Ferndale, Washington, was inspired to re-design her career when covid hit. In Seasons 2020 and 2021, she worked as Caption Artist for the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra for their Zoom Concerts. Carolyn is also on the coaching staff for the Bellingham Youth Chamber Players. While lessons were previously taught online, her Artist Drive Teaching Studio is now “in person”. She enjoys playing chamber music with new and old artist friends up and down the coast, and she continues to play on both coasts and in Canada: concertmaster for Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra; Assistant Principal Second for Bellingham Festival of Music, and the new East Hampton Arts Festival, Long Island, NYC.
Influential teachers were: Max Rostal (Germany) – two consecutive Fulbrights in Hochschule Köln; Master Classes with Nathan Milstein (Zurich) and Aaron Rosand (Nice); Denes Zsigmondy (Seattle UofW); Jeanne Lamond (Tafelmusik, UofToronto); and Elizabeth Wallfisch (Carmel Bach Festival, CA and Irsee, Germany).
Dawn Posey is an active chamber musician, teacher and soloist who has performed worldwide within a wide variety of genres. As a chamber musician Dawn is a founding member of Kassia Ensemble, a chamber music ensemble in Pittsburgh made up entirely of female performers. Kassia Ensemble seeks to empower women through quality performance, collaboration, and outreach. She also co-founded Jade Trio, a piano trio based in Pittsburgh. She has performed with the Boston Conservatory Honors Quartet, at the Festival A Tempo in Caracas, Venezuela, the Chamber Music Festival of Amman, Jordan, Blossom Music Festival, and Tanglewood
Music Center. Dawn is a devotee of baroque performance practice, and a frequent guest artist with Chatham Baroque. She has toured with the ensemble to Ecuador and Los Angeles. Dawn was also a participant in the 2015 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Dawn received the Starling Scholarship at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where her primary teacher was Dr. Won-Bin Yim. She has also studied with the late renowned string pedagogue, Miss Dorothy Delay, at Aspen Music Festival, Lynn Chang at the Boston Conservatory, Mrs. Almita Vamos in Chicago, and with concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Dawn has been a member of the violin faculty at the Sherwood Conservatory, Merit School of Music, University of Evansville, St. Vincent College, and Slippery Rock University. She has also taught young beginning students at the Pittsburgh Music Academy. In Evansville, Dawn was the second violinist with the Eykamp String Quartet and Associate Concertmaster with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also served as assistant concertmaster with both the Youngstown Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Dawn is currently Principal Second violin of the both the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and associate principal second violin with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has also been recently appointed Concertmaster with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, in Bellingham, WA.
Lisa Humphrey is an active teacher and performer in Bellingham, Washington. Along with her husband, she runs the Humphrey Music School, where she maintains a full time violin and viola studio. Lisa’s students have performed with the National Youth Symphony USA, at Carnegie Hall, and at the Sydney Opera House. Lisa has a master’s degree in viola performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Hartt School of Music. An avid performer, she has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral music around the country and throughout Russia and Armenia. She has performed as guest artist with both the Emerson String Quartet and the Leontovich String Quartet (NYC). Lisa has recently recorded and released a series of viola sonatas, along with Cleveland-based pianist Adam Whiting, available through Google Play. In her free time, you can find her hiking and mountain biking the trails around Bellingham with her two children, ages 6 and 9, and her two Australian Shepherds.
Cellist Sarah Rommel is a top prizewinner of the 2014 George Enescu International Cello Competition. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants including a Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award.
Sarah has given recitals at Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars Showcase and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in addition to solo performances in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, France, Italy, England, and Romania. She has actively participated in classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and IMS Prussia Cove where she has worked closely with distinguished professors such as David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, and Paul Katz.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sarah was a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA and regularly appears with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston. She has also recently toured with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Musicians from Marlboro. Sarah has been invited to perform at festivals such as the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, NM, Music in May Festival, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Chamber Music Palisades, Chamber Music Sedona, as well as Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars Series, Chamber Music New Zealand, Yellow Barn, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Marlboro Music Festival. Sarah has collaborated with composers John Adams, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Higdon, Steve Mackey, and Kaija Saariaho, pianists Jonathan Biss and Gil Kalish, violinists Lucy Chapman, Pamela Frank, Joseph Lin, Scott St. John, and Don Weilerstein, violists Atar Arad, Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai, and cellists Peter Wiley and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Sarah began her musical studies on the piano at age nine and was later introduced to the cello at age twelve. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she pursued a Bachelor of Music studying with Peter Wiley. Previous teachers include Efe Baltacigil and Hans Jørgen Jensen. She received her Master’s Degree from the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles studying under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. Sarah is currently based in Seattle, WA where she is Artist-in-Residence and cello faculty at the University of Washington. When not playing the cello, Sarah can be found knitting, reading, or playing fetch with her yellow Labrador Retriever named Rhubarb or cuddling with her orange Siberian cat named Laptop.
Kimberley Breilein received her Bachelor’s Degree in ﬂute performance from Boston University, having studied under such renowned artists as Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Leone Buyse and Louis Moyse, and has participated in workshops and master classes with William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Michel Debost and others. She has performed as principal ﬂute with the Paciﬁc Northwest Opera Orchestra for 17 years, and has also held that position with the Starry Night Orchestra, the Skagit Symphony, Tanglewood Symphony and the Rome Festival Orchestra. A three-time winner of the Washington State Solo Contest and former member of the Seattle Youth Symphony, Kimberley has performed as featured soloist with the Starry Night Orchestra, Skagit Symphony and the North Cascades Concert Band.
Kim enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. She has served as adjudicator for solo/ensemble events in several districts, and enjoys coaching for youth symphony and summer music camp. Kimberley is a certiﬁed Suzuki instructor, melding this training with years of experience in “traditional” instruction, resulting in a unique, positive and fun approach to music, one tailored to each student’s individual needs and goals. Her CD entitled “Faces of Romance,” recorded with pianist Sharon Skidgel, features romances spanning two centuries, from Beethoven to the title piece, a sonata written for Kimberley by Bellingham composer Barry Ulman.
Kimberley has a passion for chamber music. She looks forward every year (sometimes twice!) to her performances with Melodious Notes Over The Harbor, and performs extensively with Trio Lumina (partnering with Laura Camacho on violin and Matt Rehfeldt on cello/guitar) and “NOEL Harps”, a Christmas touring ensemble featuring harps, strings, ﬂute and poetry. Her company, Enchanted Flute Productions, offers exquisite chamber ensembles for corporate and private parties, weddings and celebrations as well as concert performances.
Spencer Hoveskeland (bass) Spencer’s formal studies were at university in Washington state, Western, initially with bassist Chuck Israels, violinist Peter Marsh (Lennox Quartet, Thornton Music School), Cellist Barton Frank (Piatagorsky prodigy), cellist Walter Gray (Kronos Quartet) , and most influentially with Clarinetist and conductor Arthur Bloom (Dorian Wind quintet, NY arts Council). His performances experiences include everything from arranging and composing to movie soundtracks, Broadway pit work, new music, symphony, chamber music, jazz, rock, metal, folk, humorist, and as a soloist.
Page Smith is solo cellist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and was principal cellist for the Northwest Chamber Orchestra for 25 years and the Auburn Symphony for 10 seasons, performing frequently as soloist with all three. She was also principal cellist of the New Jersey Symphony, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival. She currently plays upon invitation with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. She is one of this region’s most beloved and trusted chamber musicians, performing with the Intimate Baroque Series, Gallery Concert Series, Music of Remembrance, Chamber Music Northwest concert series, the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and the Second City Chamber Music Series. She has performed as soloist with many choirs including Opus 7, Pro Musica, Choral Arts Northwest, The Tudor Choir, St. James Cathedral Choir and St. Mark’s Compline Choir including on the summer 2019 Pilgrimage Tour at Canterbury Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.
Michelle Rockwood is the principal horn for the Everett Symphony Orchestra and Everett Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a member of those ensembles since 1985. She enjoys making music with the members of this horn section (many have been playing in the group for over 30 years). Michelle also plays horn with the Pacific Northwest Opera and the Bayshore Symphony.
She grew up on the West Coast as a Coast Guard “brat” and began playing the horn in Homer, Alaska. Her parents went the band meeting; signed her up for band and let her know she would be playing the horn. Of course, her first question was, “What’s a French Horn?” She soon found out and was inspired to keep practicing so she could catch up with her father who had played horn during his elementary and high school career. She attended Western Washington University where she studied horn with Christopher Leuba. She earned a degree in Music Education and Music Performance. Michelle taught music in the public schools beginning in 1985. She spent the majority of her teaching career in the Stanwood Camano School District teaching band and choir at Stanwood Middle School. She and her husband, Bruce, raised their three children in Stanwood and are now enjoying retirement and an empty nest. They now have time to make music together, travel and ride their road bikes.
Since graduating from WWU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music performance, cellist Coral Marchant has led a fulfilling career as a freelance cellist and private instructor. Living in the Northwest has provided Coral with many opportunities to perform in the community as a member of the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bellingham String Trio, the Bellingham Chamber Music Society, the Whatcom Chorale and Sinfonia, the Juneau Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic, and the Seattle String Quartet. As an active cello instructor with a full studio, Coral enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. She passionately believes in the transformative power of music. Her teaching has inspired many students; several of whom have won honors at the North Sound Youth Symphony, local high schools, state adjudications, and continue to play at their respective colleges and universities.