Chamber Music Institute

June 30 – July 20, 2019

For advanced college string players and pianists

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ Chamber Music Institute provides a unique educational experience for accomplished young artists. This is an intensive three-week long program of chamber music study emphasizing individual musical development while working closely with internationally acclaimed faculty artists. All accepted students will engage in private lessons, masterclasses, rehearsals and performances of chamber music with their peers and artist faculty.

The Institute is open to advanced college string players and pianists.
All applicants must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Registration
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60.
  • A letter of recommendation (waived for the Institute alumni) emailed to ejokinoa@plu.edu
  • A high quality recording that demonstrates your best playing emailed to ejokinoa@plu.edu. Please ensure that tracks are clearly labeled with with your name, instrument and repertoire.
  • Audition CD Requirements for String Players:
    • Please include two contrasting solo works, one being from the Baroque or Classical period. Complete scoring is required (i.e., with pianist for sonatas and concertos). Additional recordings of ensemble works are welcome to supplement the above-mentioned requirements.
  • Audition CD Requirements for Pianists:
    • Please include at least two contrasting solo works, one being from the Baroque or Classical period AND a chamber music work (individual movements are acceptable).
  • The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2019.
  • Late applications will be accepted through March 15 accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $75.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance by April 10, 2019. If you are accepted to the program, a deposit of $200 will be required to confirm your place in the Institute
  • Tuition is $1,500 and total cost of room and board is $1,200 for the three-week session.
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $60. If you are accepted into the program, your application fee will be credited toward your tuition.

Scholarships are available and will be awarded based on merit and need. In order to be considered for additional financial aid, applicants must fill out the scholarship portion of the application form.

8:30 – Breakfast
9:00-10:00 – Chamber Orchestra
10:30-12:30 – Ensemble rehearsal or coaching
1:00 – Lunch
2:00-3:00 – Personal time
3:30-5:30 – Ensemble rehearsal or coaching
6:30 – Dinner
8:00-9:30 – Masterclasses, concerts, sight-reading, or free time

  • $60 non-refundable deposit (application fee). If you cancel more than 30 days before the session start date, then you will receive all money paid except the $60
  • 8 to 30 days before start of session, 50% refund
  • 7 days before start of session, no refund

2019 FACULTY

Oksana Ezhokina 300 x 345

Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and UW Symphony Orchestra, among others. Two of her long-term collaborations are with pianist Christina Dahl and Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings for the Con Brio label received accolades in international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. A sought-after teacher, Ezhokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Pianist Christina Dahl has established a reputation as one of the leading teachers of her generation. She has recently given masterclasses at New England Conservatory, Royal College of Music Stockholm and the Steinhardt series at NYU. Christina can be heard on the Bridge, Albany and Tzadik labels and has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She has played at the Gilmore International Piano Festival, Aspen, the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She has been on faculty at Stony Brook University for nearly twenty years.

Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, violinist Elisabeth Perry is an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, and a dedicated pedagogue. She shared the stage with Yehudi Menuhin at Royal Albert Hall at age 14. A winner of New York’s Concert Artists Guild Competition, the list of her other awards includes the Greater London Arts Award and the ISM Award. She served as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with numerous recordings to her credit.

(Jennifer Caine, violin; Sally Singer-Tuttle, cello; Oksana Ezhokina, piano)

Hailed by Gramophone magazine for its “warmly considered playing” and “shadings of exquisite sheen and vibrancy,” the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio), has established itself as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier chamber ensembles. The members of the Volta Piano Trio originate from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. Together or as individuals, they have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall.

11:56:59 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

(Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello)

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you-ears, mind, and spirit- into its music”, the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. They have performed in many major venues including Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.

Michael Jinsoo Lim

Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim has been praised for playing with “delicious abandon” by Gramophone, described as “bewitching” and “masterful” by the Seattle Times, and hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “conspicuously accomplished champion of contemporary music.” He is concertmaster and solo violinist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra (“surely the best ballet band in America”—New York Times) and serves as artistic director and violinist of the Seattle-based ensemble Frequency.

Melia Watras

Hailed by Gramophone as “an artist of commanding and poetic personality,” violist/composer Melia Watras has distinguished herself as one of her instrument’s leading voices. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, while achieving acclaim as an established recording artist. Watras is violist of the Seattle-based ensemble, Frequency, a member of Open End, and is co-founder and violist of the renowned Corigliano Quartet.  Watras serves as Professor of Viola and chair of Strings at the University of Washington.

Violist Richard Wolfe pursued violin studies with Aaron Shapinsky, Dorothy Delay, and Walter Levin. A former member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, in 1982 he settled in the Netherlands, and four years later became principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of ‘Music in Context’ in Houston and is a member of Ensemble ‘Explorations’ in Belgium. Richard Wolfe is on viola faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, and teaches and performs each summer at the L’Ecole Americain for Music and Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France.

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Clarinetist Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986. She is also a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble formed in 1989, boasting nearly 100 commissioned works. Music has been her passport to the world, with opportunities to perform in historic concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Closer to home, DeLuca regularly performs with Music of Remembrance  and has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, and the Seattle Youth, Cascade and Rainier symphonies. DeLuca has performed on over 100 recordings and has worked with distinguished composers and performers such as Jake Heggie, John Zorn, Paul Schoenfield and Artur Avanesov.

First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. Mr. Requiro has made concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and several orchestras from California and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Requiro is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound as well as Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Her performances have taken her to venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne Recital Centre. Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, she has been hailed as “magnetic” (ArtsJournal) and “luminous” (Sydney Arts Guide). A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, she is Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at The Queensland Conservatorium.

Miri Yampolsky made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Zubin Mehta at the age of 16, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1. Since then, she appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mainz Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Johannesburg, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra and Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. Yampolsky’s teachers include Hannah Shalgi, Michael Boguslavsky and Chaim Taub in Israel; Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov and Marta Gulyas at the Escuela Superior De Musica “Reina Sofia” in Madrid, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Yampolsky was a recipient of AICF scholarships between 1985-1996, and is on the faculty at Cornell University and is a co-artistic director of Mayfest.