On behalf of all of us at Icicle Creek, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2022 Chamber Music Festival and Institute! We are excited to be gathering again to make music together in this special and beautiful place. This year’s Festival is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Harriet Bullitt, whose dream of creating an oasis for arts and education in North Central Washington brought Icicle Creek into existence. We honor her immense generosity, passion for the arts, spirit of adventure and desire to bring people together through creative endeavors. Harriet’s mission of bringing transformative artistic experiences to everyone is particularly resonant at this moment in time and we are honored to continue this legacy.
I encourage you to peruse the Festival website for concert programs and to read biographies of the artists, including our illustrious young artists, who will be performing on each and every of the twelve Festival concerts alongside faculty artists. We are excited to welcome them to Icicle Creek and introduce them to you, as well as introduce them to Harriet’s lasting legacy and inspired vision.
Finally, thank you for all of you who continue to support the Chamber Music Festival and other programs at Icicle Creek – we simply can not do this without you!
Oksana Ejokina, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Festival and Institute
Bach, Concerto for Two Keyboards in C Major, BWV 1061
Siegel, Jackdaw for Baritone Saxophone and Computer
Britton Smith, Sonata for Violin and Piano
Brahms, Piano Quartet in A Major, op. 26
Artists: Maggie Brady and Mikhail Schmidt, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; David Requiro, cello; Erik Steighner, baritone saxophone; Oksana Ejokina and Emely Phelps, piano
Beethoven, Piano Trio in C Minor, op. 1, no. 3
Chopin, Introduction and Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano, op. 3
Chambers, Come Down Heavy! for Violin, Alto Saxophone and Piano
Baker, Blues (Deliver My Soul) for Violin and Piano
Artists: Veda Hingert-McDonald and Mikhail Schmidt, violin; Meta Weiss, cello; Erik Steighner, alto saxophone; Oksana Ejokina and Emely Phelps, piano
Boulanger, Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
Mendelssohn, Piano Trio in C Minor, op. 66
Silvestrov, Selected Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
Dvořák, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 87
Artists: Nerys Jones, mezzo soprano; Jennifer Caine Provine and Hayley Camp, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour, and Meta Weiss, cello; Oksana Ejokina, Emely Phelps, and Anna Vertypolokh, piano
Mozart, Andante and Variations in G Major for Piano Four Hands, K. 501
Decruck, Sonata for Viola and Piano in C-sharp Minor
Coleridge -Taylor, Fantasiestücke for String Quartet, op. 5
Esmail, This Love Between Us for Mezzo Soprano, Violin and Piano
Smetana, Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 15
Artists: Nerys Jones, mezzo soprano; Maggie Brady, Chantel Charis, Amir Kadamani González, and Veda Hingert-McDonald, violin; Kayla Cabrera and Kylie Little, viola; Julian Bennett and Peyton Magalhaes, cello; Oksana Ejokina, Alex Fang, Nhi Huynh, and Anna Vertypolokh, piano
Beethoven, Piano Quartet in C Major, WoO 36, no. 3
Enescu, Aubade for String Trio; Respighi, “Il Tramonto” for Voice and String Quartet
Simon, An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave for String Quartet
Price, Piano Quintet in A Minor
Artists: Nerys Jones, mezzo soprano; Maggie Brady, Jennifer Caine Provine, Hayley Camp, Chantel Charis, Clare Cooney, and Veda Hingert-McDonald, violin; Kayla Cabrera, Zachary Green, Rose Hashimoto, and Kylie Little, viola; Julian Bennett, David Requiro and Meta Weiss, cello; Alex Fang and Nhi Huynh, piano
Brahms, Three Hungarian Dances for Piano Four Hands
Sheng, Angel Fire Duo for Violin and Viola
Still, Suite for Violin and Piano
Silvestrov, Three Compositions for Violin and Piano
Monk, Ellis Island and Folk Dance for Two Pianos
Wilson, Lament for Five Cellos; Barber, Souvenirs, op. 28; Schubert, Two Grand Marches, D. 819
Artists: Maggie Brady, Hayley Camp, Chantel Charis, Clare Cooney, Amir Kadamani González, Veda Hingert-McDonald, and Blaise Magnière, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Julian Bennett, Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour, Peyton Magalhaes, and David Requiro, cello; Christina Dahl, Oksana Ejokina, Alex Fang, Emely Phelps, Anna Vertypolokh, and Miri Yampolsky; piano
Schumann, Fantasiestücke, op. 73 for Cello and Piano
Alberga, 3-Day Mix for Piano Four Hands
Turina, Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor, op. 76
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132
Artists: Avalon String Quartet; Chantel Charis, violin; Julian Bennett, cello; Alex Fang and Anna Vertypolokh, piano
Mozart, String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515
Simon, Loop for String Trio
Weinzierl, Nachtstück for Four Violas
Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time
Artists: Kai Hirayama, clarinet; Clare Cooney, Veda Hingert-McDonald, and Blaise Magnière, violin; Kayla Cabrera, Anthony Devroye, Zachary Green, and Kylie Little, viola; Sarah Ghandour, David Requiro, and Meta Weiss, cello; Miri Yampolsky, piano
Menotti, Suite for Two Cellos and Piano
Beach, Sonata in A Minor for Violin and Piano, op. 34
Frank, Hilos for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Dohnányi, Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 1
Artists: Kai Hirayama, clarinet; Maggie Brady, Hayley Camp, Amir Kadamani González, and Marie Wang, violin; Kayla Cabrera, viola; Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour and Peyton Magalhaes, and Meta Weiss, cello; Christina Dahl, Oksana Ejokina, Emely Phelps, and Anna Vertypolokh, piano
Songs for Soprano and Piano
Bruch, Kol Nidrei for Solo Cello and Cello Quartet, op. 47
Hindemith, Clarinet Quartet
Kodály, Intermezzo for String Trio
Brahms, String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67
Artists: Cyndia Sieden, soprano; Kai Hirayama, clarinet; Maggie Brady, Blaise Magnière, Elisabeth Perry, and Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye and Richard Wolfe, viola; Julian Bennett, Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour, Cheng-Hou Lee, Peyton Magalhaes, David Requiro, and Meta Weiss, cello; Christina Dahl and Oksana Ejokina, piano
Bach, Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
Cohen, A Song for Silenced Voices for Cello and Piano
Strauss, String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Coleman, Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano
Andrée, Piano Quintet in E Minor
Artists: Jonathan Yates, conductor; Kai Hirayama, clarinet; Hayley Camp, Clare Cooney, Veda Hingert-McDonald, Chantel Charis, Maggie Brady and Blaise Magnière, violin; Anthony Devroye, Kylie Little, and Richard Wolfe, viola; Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour, Cheng-Hou Lee, and Meta Weiss, cello; Christina Dahl, Oksana Ejokina, and Anna Vertypolokh, piano
Haydn, String Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no. 5, “The Lark”
Thomas, Plea for Peace for Soprano and String Quartet
Granados, Piano Quintet in G Minor, op. 49
Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48
Artists: Jonathan Yates, conductor; Cyndia Sieden, soprano; Maggie Brady, Hayley Camp, Chantel Charis, Clare Cooney, Amir Kadamani González, Veda Hingert-McDonald, Elisabeth Perry, and Marie Wang, violin; Kayla Cabrera, Anthony Devroye, Zachary Green, Kylie Little, and Richard Wolfe, viola; Julian Bennett, Kamila Dotta, Sarah Ghandour, Peyton Magalhaes and David Requiro, cello; Anna Jensen, bass; Alex Fang, piano
Russian-born pianist Oksana Ejokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, 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, Ejokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. She has been associated with the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts for nearly two decades, developing and directing classical music programs.
Christina Dahl is a chamber musician, soloist and teacher who has been on the piano faculty at Stony Brook University for twenty-seven years. She has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, been a collaborating artist at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, and was a fellow both at the Tanglewood Center and at the Banff Center. Christina was both a faculty member and chair of the piano department at the Eastern Music Festival for nine years, and subsequently joined the faculty at the Icicle Creek Music Center and Yellow Barn Festival and School. She has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She is in frequent demand as a master class teacher, regularly appearing on such distinguished series as the Steinhardt Piano Series at NYU and the Art of the Piano at CCM.
Her work with Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook, crafting a holistic graduate program for pianists that emphasizes collaboration, immersion in new music and a comprehensive performance outlook has yielded a staggering number of successful pianists who have gone into the profession as university professors, chamber music players and members of new music ensembles such as Yarn/Wire and Bang on a Can.
Christina has recently taken the position of Graduate Program Director in the Music Department at Stony Brook, and helps to oversee and run that distinguished graduate program in addition to her work on the piano faculty. Administrative work has proven intensely interesting during a year and a half when most work must be done from home and at the computer.
Christina Dahl is married to trombonist Richard Stout, a member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Kai Hirayama is a New York-based clarinetist and educator. Before moving to the east coast, he was active in his native Seattle area as a musician with the Lake Union and Bainbridge Island Symphony Orchestras, Ballet Bellevue, and Seattle Rock Orchestra, as well as being a frequent guest artist for the Seattle Symphony’s “Tiny Tots” family concert series. A passionate educator as well as performer, he has taught music to students of all ages and levels, including directing public school band classes, teaching privately, coaching at numerous summer music programs, and occasionally serving as substitute clarinet faculty for the Juilliard Pre-college Division. He is an avid champion of new music and a strong believer in its necessity for a culturally relevant musical future, having worked with numerous composers such as Igor Santos, Stephen de Filippo, and Alan Hankers to create and premiere new works of clarinet solo and chamber music.
Dr. Hirayama received his Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University (WA), his Masters in Clarinet Performance from The Ohio State University (OH), and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Alan Kay (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony).
Praised for his “virtuosic skill” (Stage and Cinema), “poised expression”, and “sweet, refined tone” (Chicago Classical Review), French violinist Blaise Magniere is a highly acclaimed chamber musician, active both in the U.S and abroad. He has toured extensively, including venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Herculessaal in Munich, the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, the Schneider Series at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla Festival and the Caramoor Festival. As the first violinist of the Avalon String Quartet, he was the top prizewinner of the Munich ARD Competition and Grand Prize winner at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.
His performances and conversation have been heard on BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and France-Musique. He has recorded for the Channel Classics, Cedille, Bridge, New Tangent and Albany labels, and earned the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award. He performed on the album “Songs and Structures” which was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium. A highly dedicated teacher, he has successfully prepared students for orchestral auditions and top graduate programs.
He is presently the Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin at Northern Illinois University. As an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet, he coached chamber music at the Juilliard School. He was on faculty at Indiana University South Bend before arriving at NIU.
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.
Praised by the Tacoma News Tribune for his “effortless lyricism” as well as his “smooth tone and fluid virtuosity,” saxophonist Erik Steighner has performed with ensembles including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma. Steighner teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College, where his course load has included Saxophone, Chamber Music, Music Appreciation, Ear Training, Music Theory, and Digital Music. He is also on faculty at the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and is founder and conductor of the South Sound Saxophone Ensemble.
Steighner has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works and appears on CD releases from labels including Albany Records, Alea Publishing, Mark Custom, Naxos, Reference Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. Steighner holds bachelor’s degrees in music and English from the University of Puget Sound and master’s and doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from The University of Texas at Austin. While living in Austin, he served on the faculty at Texas State University. Steighner is a Conn-Selmer artist and plays on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.
Richard Wolfe studied violin with Aaron Shapinsky, Dorothy DeLay and Walter Levin. After playing three years with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, he settled in the Netherlands, where he had a 35 year tenure as principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In this context he was a frequent soloist, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. His recording of Mozarts ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ with the orchestra and its concertmaster Gordan Nicoliç, on the Tacet label, was met with critical acclaim. Richard is a member of the Belgian Ensemble ‘Explorations’ and the Utrecht-based Rietveld Ensemble.
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. The Avalon captured the top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich and First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Since their founding in 1998, they have equally enjoyed performing and recording contemporary music and traditional string quartet repertoire. In 2018 the quartet released a recording of the complete quartets of Matthew Quayle for Naxos. Their performance of “Aqua” by Harold Meltzer for Bridge Records, received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Compendium. Their critically acclaimed 2015 recording on Cedille Records, “Illuminations”, featured music of Stacy Garrop, Osvaldo Golijov, Debussy and Britten. The Avalon String Quartet’s first CD, Dawn to Dusk, featuring quartets by Ravel and Janacek, was honored with the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for best chamber music recording.
The Avalon has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, and Merkin Hall New York; the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. They have presented the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Bartok, and Brahms in historic Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, a position formerly held by the Vermeer Quartet.
Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, performing in major American venues as well as in Colombia, France, and Korea. Mr. Devroye is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz; and holds a B.A. in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he pursued concurrent viola studies at The Juilliard School under Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. Prior to joining the quartet, he held a two-year fellowship with the New World Symphony.
In addition to his numerous performances with the Avalon Quartet, Mr. Devroye is an occasional guest with the Chicago Symphony (with whom he has toured the United States, Europe and Mexico under Riccardo Muti), Chicago Chamber Musicians, Rembrandt Chamber Players and Grant Park Music Festival. His recitals, chamber music performances and commentary have been regularly featured on WFMT radio, and he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Illinois Philharmonic and Kishwaukee Symphony. He has served as Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts and the International Music Foundation in Chicago, organizations that make classical repertoire and new music openly accessible through free concerts and educational initiatives. Mr. Devroye is a Professor in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.
Praised for her ‘focused Mezzo, real presence, pearly clean sound, and crystal-clear diction’ (The Times), Nerys Jones gained huge success during her time at English National Opera (ENO) in London, perfecting her talent for playing ‘pants roles’. Nerys’s roles at ENO included Hansel, Cherubino, Despina, Garcias, Zerlina, Mercedes, Kitchen Boy, Flower Maiden, 2nd Lady, Proserpina, Flora, Melissa, Sister Mathilde and Pitti Sing. Roles at other opera companies include Rosina in The Barber of Seville; Dorabella in Così fan tutte; Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos; Stewardess in Flight; and Angelina in La Cenerentola. She performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Early Music Consort and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Nerys made her Seattle Opera debut as Inez in Il trovatore in 2019 and returned to the company to sing Giovanna in Rigoletto. Other recent roles include Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, both at Tacoma Opera. At Vashon Opera, she sang Second Lady in The Magic Flute.
Since moving to Seattle, Nerys has worked with the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Chamber Society, Northwest Philharmonia and Northwest Sinfonietta. She also continues to enjoy a busy concert schedule. A native Welsh speaker growing up in the heart of Wales and surrounded by music from a very young age, Nerys feels blessed to have been born in the country known as the ‘Land of Song’.
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.
Mikhail Shmidt, violin, was born in Moscow, Russia. He began his musical education at the age of five, and at fourteen became the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition “Concertino Prague.” He graduated cum laude from Gnessin Institute of Music in 1987. His major teachers were Halida Akhtiamova and Valentin Berlinsky of the celebrated Borodin Quartet. While still at college, Mikhail participated in the highly successful Gnessin String Quartet. After college Mikhail Shmidt played in the State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio String Quartet and was concertmaster of “Camerata Boccherini” Baroque Orchestra. One of the highlights of Mikhail’s Russian career was collaborating with Alfred Schnittke, one of the greatest composers of our time.
Since immigrating to the United States in 1989, Mikhail Shmidt has established himself as a leading chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Bridge Ensemble which recorded and toured successfully in the U.S. and Europe. As a guest violinist of the Moscow Piano Quartet he tours Portugal regularely, and his “remarkable musicianship” was hailed by Lisbon newspaper Tempo. Among the highlights of Mikhail’s chamber music activities are his collaborations with such diverse and distinguished composers and musicians as Steve Reich, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Giya Kancheli, Paul Schoenfield, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Vadim Repin, and many others.
Mikhail has recorded on Melodia, Delos, Naxos, ECM, Tzadik, Dux, Six Degrees and Inova labels. Mikhail is a member of Seattle Chamber Players – leading New Music group of Pacific Northwest and Music of Remembrance.
Violinist Marie Wang, has been in the Avalon String Quartet since its inception in 1995. As a member of this award winning ensemble, she has captured top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and the Munich ARD international competitions. The quartet has been invited to perform at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie & Weill Halls, Alice Tully, 92nd St Y, Herculessaal (Munich),and the Library of Congress, among others. Marie has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish,Juilliard and Pacifica Quartets and members of the Emerson Quartet. Her recordings with the quartet can be found on Cedille Records, Bridge Records, Albany Records, and Channel Classics. Marie’s solo recitals have been broadcast on NPR and her Concerto appearances have been broadcast on CBC Radio Canada. Ms. Wang holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in Quartet Studies while she served as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet as a part of the Lisa Arnold Graduate Quartet Residency. Her previous teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Mauricio Fuks, Phillip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, and Mathias Tacke. Marie is a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she was an Artist in Residence at Indiana University South Bend.
Pianist 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. A first prize winner of the Valencia International Piano Competition Prize Iturbi in Valencia, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Ms. Yampolsky is an avid and active chamber musician, with appearances in festivals such as Tanglewood; Ravinia; Davos; Berlin Festwoche; Tucson Winter International Chamber Music Festival; Olympic Music Festival; Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival; Peninsula Music Festival; Hitzacker “Music Days”; Schwetzingen Festival; Sessa “Musica d’Insieme” ; Citta di Castelo; Klassikfest Kaisrstuhl; Lucena International Piano Festival and Salzburg’s “Mozarteum”.
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. She lives with her husband, Xak Bjerken, and three children, Misha and Anna, and Maya.
Jennifer Caine Provine was a first prize winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition and recipient of several awards and grants including the Royal College of Music’s Isolde Menges Prize for solo Bach, Oxford University’s Polonsky Foundation Grant and Joan Conway Scholarship in Performance, Harvard University’s John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship, and the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for Musicians. She has concertized throughout the U.S. and Europe in venues including the Phillips Collection, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, where she performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Jennifer is Associate Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and violinist of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly Icicle Creek Piano Trio), with whom she has performed extensively throughout the Northwest and abroad, been heard on national radio stations, and recorded two discs on the Con Brio label to critical acclaim. As assistant director and resident violinist at the Icicle Creek Music Center from 2007-2010, she performed on the Canyon Wren Series and coached for and directed educational programs. Jennifer regularly appears on several Northwest chamber music series, including the Second City Chamber Series, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, and the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival, and performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony. She has also written freelance reviews for Strings Magazine’s In Print column. Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and holds Masters Degrees from the Royal College of Music and Oxford University.
Rose Hashimoto grew up in Seattle and recently returned to the area after a long stint in New York City. Rose has performed with ensembles including A Far Cry, Shattered Glass Ensemble, the Thalia Quartet, the Aeolus Quartet, and the Argus Quartet; as a soloist with the Mannes Orchestra; and at music festivals including Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, Taos, and Kneisel Hall. She played with the Experiential Orchestra on the Grammy-winning recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison and on A Far Cry’s Grammy-nominated album, Visions and Variations. Rose earned a B.M. from Juilliard and a M.M. and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College.
A dedicated violin and viola teacher, Rose currently serves on the faculty of Kaleidoscope School of Music and the Suzuki Institute of Seattle.
Cellist Cheng-Hou Lee has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Harvey Shapiro, Janos Starker, Mistilav Rostropovich, Paul Katz, and the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Alban Berg Quartets. He has appeared on WQXR in NYC and WFMT in Chicago, and he was a recipient of a career grant from the Quanta Education Foundation. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and he earned his DMA from the New England Conservatory. Mr. Lee has performed with Paul Katz, Don Weilerstein, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Kim Kashkashian, Rachel Barton Pine, Anthony McGill, Robert Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ruth Laredo, Richard Young, Yehuda Hanani, Yehonatan Berick, the Boromeo and Miami Quartets, and composer William Bolcom. He has performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Dame Myra Hess Series, and appeared with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, as well as solo appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheng-Hou is currently the cellist of the Avalon Quartet, which succeeded the Vermeer Quartet as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University. He has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, Hot Spring Music Festival, and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp.
Praised by the Boston Globe for her “fleet, energetic, and bright-toned” playing, pianist Emely Phelps enjoys a flexible and multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A finalist for the 2019 Pro Musicis International Award, she has presented solo recitals throughout North America and Europe with a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Carter. Highlights of her 2021-2022 concert season include performances of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals at Denison University and Bucknell University, and duo recitals with pianist Oksana Ezhokina, violinist Christine Harada Li, and flutist Hannah Porter Occeña. An in-demand collaborator, Emely was a founding member of the prizewinning Trio Cleonice, with whom she spent eight years performing more than 150 concerts across the United States, Europe, and China. She appears on flutist Hannah Porter Occeña’s recently released CD, Confluence, and is in the process of recording a second album with Hannah, as well as a CD for the Delos label with violinist Dawn Wohn. Emely is currently Artist-Teacher of Piano at Ohio University, where she chairs the keyboard division, teaches piano, chamber music, and keyboard repertoire, and directs the graduate collaborative piano degree program. She holds a doctoral degree from Stony Brook University, a BM and MM from Juilliard, and has studied with Christina Dahl, Julian Martin, Vivian Weilerstein, Marjorie Lee, and Carole Kriewaldt. Emely is thrilled to be returning to the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival for a fourth summer.
American soprano Cyndia Sieden moves easily among the Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires to worldwide acclaim. In addition, her performances and recordings of his works affirm her status as one of the sovereign Mozart interpreters of the present day. Sieden has starred at most of the world’s great opera houses, including the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, the New York Met, Paris’s Opéra Bastille, the Wiener Staatsoper, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre de Liceu, Brussels’s La Monnaie, and London’s Covent Garden and English National, as well as in Beijing and Australia. Her highly-praised Metropolitan Opera debut was as Berg’s Lulu, and her success quickly led to reengagement in 2008 for Die Zauberflöte’s Queen of the Night, one of her signature roles.
Dr. 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 (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM, DMA), she is Chamber Music Coordinator and Senior Instructor for the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder and Artistic Director of the Boulder Cello Festival.
Johnathan Yates has collaborated as a pianist and conductor with many of the country’s most respected musicians, including Midori, Kim Kashkashian, David Finckel, Charles Neidich, Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Gilbert Kalish, Paul Neubauer, Joseph Lin, and William Purvis; and the Avalon, Daedalus and Pacifica Quartets. He has been heard as a chamber musician at the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Bargemusic and Merkin Hall, as well as at the Caramoor Festival and on the Ravinia Festival Rising Stars Series. As an ardent devotee of the music of our time, he has conducted new music concerts with the Argento Chamber Ensemble and the Knights, was the recipient of an ASCAP award for adventurous programming, and has given local and regional premieres of pre-eminent composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Huang Ruo, Zhou Long, Chester Biscardi, and Chen Yi.
Jonathan received his Graduate Diploma in conducting from the Juilliard School, where he studied with James DePreist and Otto-Werner Mueller, and was the holder of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He received his Master of Music from State University of New York, where he worked with Gilbert Kalish, and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, where he studied with Robert Levin. He serves as Music Director of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, Music Director Emeritus of Camerata Notturna, a chamber orchestra in New York City, and has also served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.
Cellist Julian Bennett began his cello studies at the age of 9. As a chamber musician, he has appeared as a guest artist in both the Snake River Chamber Music festival in Colorado as well as the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, Washington. In the Summer of 2021, he was invited by conductor Michael Morgan to serve as Principal Cellist of the Bear Valley Symphony. Julian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the Fall, he will return to San Francisco to pursue Professional Studies Certificate. His primary teachers include Janet Anthony, Horacio Contreras, and Jennifer Culp. When not playing music, Julian is an avid cook and also loves to spend time with his two dogs.
Hayley Camp is a violinist with roots in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. She has performed in venues such as Benaroya Hall, The Kennedy Center, Pantages Theater, and Zipper Hall at the Colburn School. Hayley has also had the privilege of performing at the Seattle Summer Chamber Music Festival “Music Under the Stars” event and at the Seattle Chamber Players event at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium. While she enjoys the performance aspect of music, Hayley is invested in music education and appreciation. She was a member of the Key to Change organization, which provides low to no cost lessons for violin and viola students in South King County. She was also a student ambassador for the Music for Life Organization which donates instruments to low-income public schools around Seattle. Since 2019, she has volunteered in the Peabody String Sinfonia which aims to develop kinship between Peabody and the Baltimore community through music.
Hayley is currently an undergrad at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Herbert Greenberg. Outside of music, Hayley enjoys experimental baking, swimming, math, and the Seahawks.
Uruguayan cellist Kamila Dotta began her cello studies at “El Sistema”, an orchestral program in Caracas, Venezuela. She holds degrees in cello performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder (BM) and Rice University (MM) and will be joining the New World Symphony as a cello fellow this fall. Kamila has performed nationally and internationally in places such as the École Normale de Musique de Paris,The Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the American Embassy in Rome, the Prague Multicultural Project in Czech Republic, the Alba Music Festival, Orford Musique and the Aspen Music Festival. In her free time, Kamila enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and learning new languages. She also is passionate about food – particularly pasta and cheese.
Zachary Green studied viola at Roosevelt University for two years with his primary instructor Lawrence Neuman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was invited to study at the Cassalmaggiore summer music festival in Italy with Roger Chase. Upon leaving the CCPA, Zach went on to study with Anthony DeVroye of the Avalon String Quartet at Northern Illinois University also having the chance to study with Ann Montzka-Smelser for Suzuki certification from Every Child Can to Violin Book 6. Zachary continued his education in the field of luthiery and repairs studying with Hans Jurgen Nebel, a prodigy in repairs and a pupil of Simon Sacconi of the Wurlitzer Foundation in New York. Currently, Zach is pursuing full-time teaching for Violin and Viola of all ages and skill levels and working towards a Master’s in Viola Performance from NIU. He was a concerto competition winner at NIU Spring of 2022.
Amir Kadamani González is a Senior violin performance major at the Shepherd School of Music under the guidance of Kathleen Winkler. This fall he will start a Master of Music degree at The Peabody Institute of John’s Hopkins University under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. Before attending Rice, Amir was a student of Richard Young. Festival appereances include the Verbier Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, Styriarte, Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Program, PRISMA, Colorado College Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, among others. Amir loves everything artistic and creative. He sometimes composes his own music, writes poetry and enjoys vintage fashion, cooking, literature, nature and the company of his four cats!
Born in Ukraine, Anna Vertypolokh began her piano studies at Kyiv Specialized Music School under Tatiana Abaeva. After moving to Canada, she continued her education with Tatiana Tkachenko and Marietta Orlov, graduating from Glenn Gould School’s Young Artist Performance Academy. Anna has participated in many competitions in Canada, winning first prizes in Canadian Music Competition, Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition and National Music Festival (FCMF). In 2013, she became second-prize winner of the MTNA Senior Competition as well as the winner of the Chopin Prize. Ms. Vertypolokh completed her Bachelor, Master’s, and Artist Diploma at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, studying under Alexander Kobrin and Henry Kramer. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree at Stony Brook University under Christina Dahl.
Maggie Brady has been a passionate chamber musician from the time she was very young. Born in Boulder Colorado, Maggie began taking violin lessons when she was three years old. Her love for chamber music began in her middle school years when she studied with the Fry Street quartet at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. In high school Maggie continued her involvement in chamber music as well as pursuing solo endeavors, performing with local orchestras and participating in master classes with Kathleen Winkler, Cornelia Heard, and Glenn Dicterow. Maggie earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Harumi Rhodes. In fall 2022, Maggie will attend CU Boulder again as a member of the Graduate String Quartet Program, where she will be studying with the Takács Quartet. Besides violin, Maggie loves puzzles, crocheting, and spending time with her dog Misty.
An ICCMF alumnus, Chantel Charis received their BM and Performer’s Certificate in violin performance from Northern Illinois University with Mathias Tacke and is currently an MM candidate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Cordula Merks and Kay Stern. As a certified Suzuki instructor, Chantel has taught through the NIU Community School of the Arts and Cambridge Studios, as well as independently. Recent accomplishments include winning the concerto competition at NIU in 2021 and their quartet, Esoteric Ensemble being selected as artist in residence at ICCMF in summer 2021. This year, Chantel has had the opportunity to receive masterclasses from Nicholas Mann and the Notos Quartett. Past masterclasses have included those with Rachel Barton Pine, Herbert Greenberg, John McGrosso, Simon Browne, and Kam-Lung Cheng. Outside the practice room, Chantel enjoys writing their own music as well as spending time outdoors with their partner, Ari and border collie, Islay.
Alex Fang, age 25, brings a holistic and personal approach to his musicianship, immersing himself with solo and chamber performances in addition to his teaching. His studies include graduate work with Sharon Mann and Yoshikazu Nagai at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and undergraduate work with James Giles and Alan Chow at Northwestern University, where he also completed a BA/MS in computer science. Most recently, he is honored to have received first place in the SFCM’s Piano Concerto Competition (2022) and to have performed alongside renowned pianists in a Beethoven sonata marathon held at SFJazz (2021). Alex has performed in masterclasses led by artists including Garrick Ohlsson, Kirill Gerstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Ursula Oppens, Dover Quartet, and Notos Quartett. Outside of music, Alex enjoys playing badminton, hiking, and discovering the local favorite foods.
Veda Hingert-McDonald (she/her) is a Canadian violinist and composer currently pursuing a master’s at University of Colorado Boulder where she studies with Takács Quartet violinists Harumi Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre. Drawn to story just as much as sound, Veda’s performance of both new and standard repertoire aims to balance personal connection with tradition, and her compositions often draw on narrative and programmatic elements to explore themes of nature and questions she has about the world around her. Outside of her musical life Veda is active in environmental and food justice work
including training in permaculture design, founding a zero waste concert series, and creating an Indigenous food justice garden. She sees both chamber music and permaculture as opportunities to build and model the kind of interconnectedness and empathy she wishes to see in the world.
Hailing from Chicago, Kylie LIttle has been pursuing a musical education for many years. Originally a violinist, she found her true calling on the viola in high school, and that has remained her primary instrument ever since. Kylie has studied a wide range of orchestra, chamber, and solo works. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Tony Devroye of the Avalon String Quartet. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in viola performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Liz Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet. In her free time, Kylie enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to new music. She hopes to one day continue performing in some capacity while teaching at the post-secondary level.
Cuban-American violist Kayla Cabrera began her music studies at age fourteen. Acclaimed for her “elegant performance and her ability to make her instrument sing with a rich, soulful sound” (Peninsula Pulse), Kayla has had several recent engagements as a chamber musician and soloist, including performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New World Center, Ravinia Festival, on WFMT Chicago’s “Introductions”, and with the Joliet and Birch Creek Symphony Orchestras. A touring member of the renowned Sphinx Virtuosi, Kayla has received gold medals at the M-Prize, Saint Paul String Quartet, and Enkor competitions, and a silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, Kayla is pursuing her masters degree at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ettore Causa, and has previously studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, Roland Vamos, and Matthew Mantell. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kayla is passionate about social justice and increasing diversity in the arts, beading, connecting to her afro-indigenous culture, and spending time with her feisty Scottish terrier named Maizy.
Clare Cooney attained her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and her Graduate Diploma at the University of Queensland studying under Michele Walsh and Adam Chalabi. Whilst at University Clare was the recipient of the Basil Jones Sonata Prize and the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize. Clare has undertaken internships with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and Southern Cross Soloists. She has performed at multiple Chamber music festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Bangalow Festival and Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. She has also played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet, Takacs Quartet and the Australian String Quartet. Clare is the current concertmaster of the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Topology, the Australian Session Orchestra and Ensemble Cherubim. When not playing the violin you can find Clare out on a run, up a hiking trail or drinking the superior coffee found in Australia.
Sarah Ghandour is a doctoral student at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of cellist Colin Carr. She completed her undergraduate education at Bard College and Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music with cellist Peter Wiley and a bachelor’s in mathematics. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, Sarah completed a one-year artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis (FEU) in Paris, France. There she collaborated with the Ensemble Calliopée. She has since continued her collaboration with the FEU, most recently programming and performing a series of concerts in Paris to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the FEU. In 2019, Sarah won the solo competition in the Pablo Casals Festival culminating in her performance in 9th century Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa in Prades. Sarah is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Slovenia and will be spending the next year in Ljubljana conducting research on Slovenian Music. In her free time, Sarah loves reading, water coloring and rock climbing.
Nhi Huynh made her orchestral debut with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam) at the age of thirteen. She is a new music advocate with a strong passion to promote contemporary music and bring it to a wider audience, having performed and premiered works by over 30 living composers. As a winner of 2020 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, Nhi performed Sheila Silver’s Piano Concerto (1996) with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra in March 2022. She is an avid chamber player and a dedicated teacher, having taught undergraduate students at University of Denver and Stony Brook University. Currently, Nhi is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance with Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University. Nhi likes to walk and listen to EDM in her spare time.
Brazilian-American cellist Peyton Hall Magalhaes has a rich cultural heritage in many different musical genres. From Baroque to Bossa Nova, there are not many styles he is not willing to try. Born in Lithuania, Magalhaes started his pursuits in cello at the age of six. This soon led him to the M. K Čiurlionis National School of Performing Arts where he continued his studies through high school in the capital city, Vilnius. After graduating, he was offered a full tuition scholarship to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia. There he studied with professors Julie Albers, Richard Aaron, Hans Jorgen-Jensen and Leo Singer. Currently Magalhaes is pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance at the University of Colorado Boulder with David Requiro and serves as one of his teaching assistants. Outside of the practice room Magalhaes enjoys climbing and longboarding.