2017 Summer Program

Signal Hill Ranch, July 27–Aug 5

Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director

Welcome to the 22nd season of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival!  Artistic Director Kevin Krentz has once again programmed a delightful combination of the familiar, the new and the flamboyantly virtuosic for every Centerstage concert.

Many of your favorite artists will be back this year.  Elena Urioste, Tom Poster, Paul Wiancko, Ayana Kozasa, Mara Gearman, Brittany Boulding, Haeyoon Shin, Emilie-Anne Gendron and Matthew Zalkind will all be returning to the Centerstage, joined by newcomers Michelle Ross (violin), Nathan Chan (cello), Tanya Gabrielian (piano) and China's premier Sheng player, Jianbing Hu.

Our expanded Outreach program will include free community performances throughout the summer, as well as Fellowship quartet concerts during the 10 days of the Festival (see times and dates below). 


2017 Festival at a Glance

  • We have Free Events and Ticketed Events.
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert presentation by Lynette Westendorf
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by Verne Windham, featuring the Haydn "Gypsy" Piano Trio
  • 10:00 pm
    Gaze at the stars on a clear night with Dave Ward
  • 6:00 pm
    Fellowship Quartet Performance at Sun Mountain Lodge
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert Interview with Chinese premier traditional instrument virtuoso, Hu Jianbing
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by Verne Windham, featuring the Beethoven String Quartet No. 16
  • 10:00 pm
    Gaze at the stars on a clear night with Dave Ward
  • 12:00 pm
    Fellowship Quartet Performance at Shafer Museum
  • 2:30 pm
    Fellowship Quartet Performance at Mazama Store
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert Interview with Artistic Director Kevin Krentz
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by Verne Windham, featuring the Smetana String Quartet, "From My Life"
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert presentation by WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by Dave Beck, featuring the Chausson Concert for Piano, Violin, and String Quartet, Op. 21
  • 6:00 pm
    Fellowship Quartet Performance at Ciderhouse
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert performance by the Baylor University 2017 Fellowship Quartet
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by Dave Beck, featuring the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major

Each Centerstage Concert Day

  • 9:30 am
    Open rehearsals at Signal Hill Ranch are a great place to introduce children to classical music
  • 9:30 am
    Wall of art open for public viewing
  • 6:00 pm
    Grounds open at Signal Hill Ranch with food and drink available for purchase
  • 6:30 pm
    Pre-concert presentation
  • 7:30 pm
    Centerstage Concert
  • 10:00 pm
    Meet-the-artists Afterglow party around the fire pit

2017 Festival Program

THURSDAYSignal Hill Ranch 7/27

3 Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22

  Clara Schumann (1819–1896)

  • Andante molto
  • Allegretto
  • Leidenschaftlich schnell

Michelle Ross, violin | Tanya Gabrielian, piano


Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, "Gypsy", Hob. XV:25

  Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

  • Andante
  • Poco adagio
  • Rondo a l'Ongarese (Rondo in the Gypsy style). Presto

Cello Quartet, T.B.A.


Nathan Chan, cello | Kevin Krentz, cello | Haeyoon Shin, cello | Paul Wiancko, cello



Tenebrae, for String Quartet

  Osvaldo Golijov (1960–   )


Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Brittany Boulding, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Nathan Chan, cello


Passacaglia and Fugue for String Trio

  Hans Krása (1899–1944)


Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Nathan Chan, cello


Scene Andalouse! Viola solo and Piano Quintet, Op. 7

  Joaquín Turina (1882–1949)


Mara Gearman, viola | Brittany Boulding, violin | Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello | Tanya Gabrielian, piano


SATURDAYSignal Hill Ranch 7/29

Improvisation on the Chinese Sheng

Hu Jianbing


Hu Jianbing, sheng


Duo for Sheng and Cello

Hu Jianbing


Paul Wiancko, cello | Hu Jianbing, sheng


String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135

  Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

  • Allegretto
  • Vivace
  • Assai lento, cantante e tranquillo
  • Allegro

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Brittany Boulding, violin | Mara Gearman, viola | Nathan Chan, cello



Cello Sonata No. 1, 2nd mvmt.

  Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)


Nathan Chan, cello | Tanya Gabrielian, piano | Sarah Prochnau, aerialist


Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15

  Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)
Composed on the death of his daughter Bedřiška

  • Moderato assai
  • Allegro, ma non agitato
  • Finale. Presto

Michelle Ross, violin | Kevin Krentz, cello | Tanya Gabrielian, piano


TUESDAYSignal Hill Ranch 8/1

3 Short Pieces for Violin

Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)

  • Preghiera
  • Songs My Mother Taught Me (original by A. Dvorak)
  • Midnight Bells (original by R. Heuberger)

Elena Urioste, violin | Tom Poster, piano


Piano Quartet Op. 1

  Josef Suk (1874–1935)

  • Allegro Appassionato
  • Adagio
  • Allegro con fuoco

Elena Urioste, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Matthew Zalkind, cello | Tom Poster, piano


American Music Song Suite

arr. by Tom Poster

  • Gershwin - Love Walked In
  • Young - When I Fall in Love
  • Arlen - Over the Rainbow

Elena Urioste, violin | Michelle Ross, violin | Brittany Boulding, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Haeyoon Shin, cello | Matthew Zalkind, cello



Nadja, for Violin and Electronics

Michelle Ross (1987–   )


Michelle Ross, violin


String Quartet No.1, "From My Life"

  Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)

  • Allegro vivo appassionato
  • Allegro moderato à la Polka
  • Largo sostenuto
  • Vivace. Meno presto

Brittany Boulding, violin | Michelle Ross, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Kevin Krentz, cello


THURSDAYSignal Hill Ranch 8/3

Six Pieces in Canon Form, Op. 56

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)


Tessa Lark, violin | Matthew Zalkind, cello | Tom Poster, piano


American Haiku for Viola and Cello

Paul Wiancko (1982–   )


Ayane Kozasa, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello


5 Novelettes for String Quartet, Op. 15, Mvmts. 1, 2, 5

Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936)

  • Alla Spagnuola
  • Orientale
  • All'ungherese

Mikhail Shmidt, violin | Tessa Lark, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Kevin Krentz, cello



Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

  Ernest Chausson (1855–1899)


Elena Urioste, violin | Tessa Lark, violin | Mikhail Shmidt, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Haeyoon Shin, cello | Tom Poster, piano


SATURDAYSignal Hill Ranch 8/5

Cello Sonata No. 6 in A major, G.4

  Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805)

  • Adagio
  • Allegro

Matthew Zalkind, cello | Kevin Krentz, cello


Appalachian Fantasy

arr. by Tessa Lark


Tessa Lark, violin


On Wenlock Edge

  Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

  • On Wenlock Edge
  • From Far, from Eve and Morning
  • Is My Team Ploughing?
  • Oh, When I Was in Love with You
  • Bredon Hill
  • Clun

Elena Urioste, violin | Mikhail Shmidt, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Paul Wiancko, cello | Ross Hauck, tenor



Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

  Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

  • Allegro non troppo
  • Poco adagio
  • Scherzo
  • Finale. Allegro

Tessa Lark, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Matthew Zalkind, cello | Tom Poster, piano


2017 Summer Concert Series Artists

Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, August 5

Brittany Boulding, violin | Nathan Chan, cello | Tanya Gabrielian, piano | Mara Gearman, viola | Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin | Ross Hauck, tenor | Chinese premier traditional instrument virtuoso, Hu Jianbing, sheng | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Artistic Director Kevin Krentz, cello | Tessa Lark, violin | Caitlin Lynch, viola | Tom Poster, piano | Michelle Ross, violin | Haeyoon Shin, cello | Mikhail Shmidt, violin | Elena Urioste, violin | Paul Wiancko, cello | Matthew Zalkind, cello | The Baylor University 2017 Fellowship Quartet, ensemble | WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, presenter | Lynette Westendorf, presenter | Sarah Prochnau, aerialist | Dave Ward, stargazer | and your hosts, Dave Beck and Verne Windham, with Prologue reader, Carolanne Steinebach.

Brittany Boulding, violinBrittany Boulding

Brittany Boulding, violin

Violinist Brittany Boulding, a member of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestra, has appeared most recently as a soloist with the Olympia Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra, Thalia Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and the Orquesta de Camara Concerto Sur (Cuba). Her major music festival appearances include Tanglewood, Spoleto, Aspen, Vail, Banff and Bellingham.

Brittany has performed as Concertmaster throughout the United States and internationally. Currently she is Concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Auburn Symphony.

A passionate chamber musician, Brittany is a member of the Finisterra Trio and can be seen performing at chamber festivals such as Simple Measures, Second City, Seasons, Russian Chamber Music Foundation, Guemes Island, Vashon, Bainbridge, Auburn, Cornish, Jacobsen and New Lens Series.

Brittany earned her Bachelor of Music from Rice University with Kenneth Goldsmith and her Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett. A Pacific Northwest native, she grew up performing and recording with her family, the internationally acclaimed Magical Strings. | Back to Artists

Nathan Chan, celloNathan Chan

Nathan Chan, cello

Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at the age of three, conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra on a set of variations by Mozart. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, and The Reno Philharmonic, among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age 12, recorded with the legendary singer Roberta Flack at age 13, and at age 15, released a CD of the live World Premiere performance of “Velesslavitsa” by Alexander Prior on Toccata Classics.  He was featured in the Peabody Award winning HBO documentary, "The Music In Me,” the Grammy Award winning radio show, "From The Top,” NPR's “Performance Today with Fred Child,” and was featured in the acclaimed three-part British Television documentary, “The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies.” Nathan is a 2012 Davidson Fellow and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University.  He won the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition playing Strauss's "Don Quixote” under Maestro Leonard Slatkin.  In 2015, he was a chosen artist in Fondation Louis Vuitton's Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle in Paris, France with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. He won the 2015 Aspen Low Strings Concerto Competition playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major and has a growing Internet presence with over 6.2 million views. Nathan received his Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School where he studied with Richard Aaron. He recently joined the Seattle Symphony as their new Third Chair Cello. | Back to Artists

Tanya Gabrielian, pianoTanya Gabrielian

Tanya Gabrielian, piano

Tanya shot onto the international stage at the age of twenty with back-to-back victories in the Scottish International Piano Competition and Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Since then, performance engagements have included Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London. Tanya’s Southbank debut recital with The London Philharmonia Orchestra was chosen as “Performance of the Year” by Seen and Heard International.

In addition to the traditional concert stage, Tanya is passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers in diverse settings and is dedicated to community engagement, education, and activism through art, including collaborations with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For her work, Tanya was awarded the Pro Musicis International Award and the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, and she has held Artist-in-Residencies at Guild Hall and 23Arts.

Tanya’s interests have always been diverse. Admitted to Harvard University to study biomedical engineering at the age of sixteen, Tanya instead pursued a career in music, completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London and finishing her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program. She has studied with Matti Raekallio, Ursula Oppens, Robert McDonald, Hamish Milne, and Alexander Satz. Tanya lives in New York City and is a Shigeru Kawai Recording Artist. | Back to Artists

Mara Gearman, violaMara Gearman

Mara Gearman, viola

Mara Gearman is an accomplished player with extensive experience in both orchestral and chamber music settings. She regularly performs with the chamber groups American String Project and Seattle Chamber Players and has collaborated with such prestigious performers as Ani Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Vladimir Feltsman, and Dale Clevenger, the legendary Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mara is also a founding member of the Barston String Quartet and of Trio Tara, with pianist Oksana Ezhokina and clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Mara has held or been awarded a number of orchestral appointments. She was Principal Viola (at age 20) under Maestro Rossen Milanov, Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony, and also of the Oregon Symphony under music director James DePreist. Currently, Mara is the second-desk violist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Ludovic Morlot.

As a solo performer, Mara has won awards at the Primrose and Tertis International viola competitions, performing viola solos by American composers Alan Shulman and Derek Bermel and by Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa, among others.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mara had as her primary teachers Roberto Díaz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Karen Tuttle. She pursued additional study in Canada, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland with Nobuko Imai, Barbara Westphal, and Gérard Caussé. | Back to Artists

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violinEmilie-Anne Gendron

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” enjoys an active freelance career from her base in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, Emilie-Anne is a member of the Momenta Quartet, a two-time recipient of the prestigious Koussevitzky Foundation commission grant.

She also appears on the rosters of musicians from Marlboro, Gamut Bach Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, A Far Cry, Toomai String Quintet, New York Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Sejong Soloists, where she is a core member and frequent leader. Recent performances include collaborations with artists such as Richard Goode, Leon Fleisher, Bruno Canino, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pro Arte, and Johannes quartets.

Emilie-Anne is a past winner of the Stulberg String Competition and took second prize and the audience prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition.

She was trained at the Juilliard School, where her principal teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. Emilie-Anne holds the distinction of being the first person in Juilliard’s history to be accepted simultaneously to its two most selective courses of study, the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a BA in classics, magna cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Columbia University as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program and a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma from Juilliard. | Back to Artists

Ross Hauck, tenorRoss Hauck

Ross Hauck, tenor

Tenor Ross Hauck Is pleased to make his debut with the Methow Valley Chamber Festival. Recent credits include the symphonies of Baltimore, Phoenix, Omaha, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, as well as return engagements with the symphonies of Seattle and Portland. Opera credits include lead roles with companies in Tacoma, Sacramento, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, among others. He can be heard with Apollo's Fire on their recording of Handel’s Messiah and the new recording of American folk music, "Sugarloaf Mountain.” Mr. Hauck is an alum of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, with further training at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, and Wolf Trap. He is also a cellist and serves as professor of voice at Seattle University. He is active in ministry through the arts and lives in Maple Valley, Washington with his wife and 4 children. | Back to Artists

Hu Jianbing, shengHu Jianbing

Hu Jianbing, sheng

Hu Jianbing, a soloist and composer of music for the Chinese sheng instrument, graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1983 he won the Best Chinese Music Instruments Soloist Competition prize in Gansu Province and later joined the Central National Traditional Orchestra of China.

Hu’s first music teacher, his father, Hu Zhiguo, taught young Jianbing to play Chinese traditional instruments sheng, suona and guanzi. Hu later studied performance under Sheng players Mu Shanping and Feng Haiyun and composition under Professors Li Bingyang and Guo Wenjing.

Hu is very active in cultural and academic exchanges between China and United States. He has participated in many workshops and performances with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble since 2001. In 2004, Hu traveled with Bao Jian to Paris to premier Hu's piece “Dancing with Ghosts” in a concert organized by Pro Musicis. In the same year, HU performed with Bao Jian in the Guanzi and Sheng Contemporary Music Concert at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, Hu and his colleague Bao Jian were invited by the Museum of Modern Art to give a special concert for Sheng and Guan Zi at its concert hall. In 2010 Hu was invited by the Cambridge Salon of Harvard University and delivered a speech on composition and interpretation of Chinese music. In 2011, HU performed with the Seattle Symphony.

About Hu, The Boston Globe wrote, “He has an impressive command of the sheng and of a broad range of its classical, folk, and modern musical literatures.” | Back to Artists

Ayane Kozasa, violaAyane Kozasa

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock-solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, Ayane holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and artist certificates from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.

Ayane’s solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom-heard works and to commission new pieces, an aspect of viola playing that she loves. Most recently, Ayane commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and cello, which they premiered in Washington, DC at the S&R Foundation.

Chamber music has also been a vital part of Ayane’s musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals, including the Marlboro, Kingston, and Ravinia Festivals. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the current quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and the winner of the 2015 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Ayane is also the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a position that she has held since fall 2012.

Ayane is deeply grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, and William Preucil. | Back to Artists

Kevin Krentz, celloKevin Krentz

Kevin Krentz, cello

Cellist Kevin Krentz enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, inventor, and artistic director. A devoted chamber musician, Kevin has been a winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with his trio In Flight 3 and a winner in the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy, and the Greenlake National Chamber Music Competition with Finisterra Trio.

With Finisterra Trio, Kevin is devoted to performing contemporary works as well as the standard repertoire. The trio has commissioned new works by modern composers.  Finisterra Trio are artists-in-residence at the Phoenix Series in New York.

Kevin's teachers have included Florian Kitt and Jontscho Bayrov in Vienna, and Gary Hardie, Owen Carman, and Toby Saks in the U.S. Master-class performances include Janos Starker, Matt Haimovitz, Paul Katz, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Chamber music studies include the Florestan Trio, Elsa Verdehr, Stephen Shipps, Ron Patterson, and Ralph Votapek.

Kevin is also founder of Krentz String Works, which primarily develops and sells his inventions, including the Krentz Modulator, which can be found in virtually every major symphony in the world since its launch in 2013. Other innovations involve aspects of instrument tone enhancement and designs for cases and other accessories. For more information, visit KrentzStringWorks.com. | Back to Artists

Tessa Lark, violinTessa Lark

Tessa Lark, violin

Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time.

Tessa has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. As part of Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series, she performed in February 2017 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. She has also been presented by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Perlman Music Program, San Francisco Performances, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Music@Menlo festivals.

Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Tessa performs and programs bluegrass and Appalachian music regularly. She collaborated with Mark O'Connor on his CD "MOC4," released in June 2014. She also plays jazz violin, most recently performing with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. She premiered her own Appalachian Fantasy as part of her Distinctive Debuts recital at Carnegie Hall, where she also gave the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Spoon Bread, written specifically for her stylistic capabilities.

Tessa is a graduate of New England Conservatory and currently holds a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program. She plays the 1683 “ex- Gingold” Stradivari violin on generous loan from the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. | Back to Artists

Caitlin Lynch, violaCaitlin Lynch

Caitlin Lynch, viola

Caitlin Lynch has been described as a performer for whom “the term gifted hardly does justice” (The Oregonian). An avid soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Caitlin has performed in fourteen countries on five continents. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, whose tours have featured her concerti performances across North America and Europe.

As a chamber musician, she performs as the violist of the New York-based Fidelio String Quartet. Additionally, Caitlin has had the honor of performing chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, and Cavani String Quartets, the Weilerstein Trio, and ACME. She has held principal positions in the Charlotte Symphony and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, in performances from Carnegie Hall to international tours. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, A Far Cry, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony.

As an educator, she is the Chamber Music Teaching Assistant at the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School, has taught in the public schools of Harlem as a Morse Fellow at The Juilliard School, traveled to South America to teach master classes and orchestral sectionals for Ecuador’s Sinfonia por la Vida, taught students with Williams’ Syndrome at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, was part of the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet, and completed a Visiting Artist teaching and performance residency at The College of William and Mary. Caitlin is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. | Back to Artists

Tom Poster, pianoTom Poster

Tom Poster, piano

Tom Poster is internationally recognized as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as possessing “velvet-tipped sonority” (Gramophone) and “great authority and astounding virtuosity” (Est Républicain). Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year Competitions in 2000.

Tom has performed more than 40 concertos ranging from Bach to Ligeti with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St. Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, James Loughran, En Shao, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Tom features regularly on BBC radio and television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms. He has given solo recitals at the Brighton, City of London, Edinburgh, Presteigne and Spoleto Festivals, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists), he has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. Tom’s chamber music collaborators include Alison Balsom, Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis, Guy Johnston and Elena Urioste, and he has performed piano quintets with the Brodsky, Carducci, Danish, Elias, Endellion, Heath, Martinu, Medici, Navarra, Sacconi, Skampa and Tippett Quartets.

Tom has recorded for Champs Hill Records, Chandos, Decca Classics, EMI, Sonimage and Warner Classics and has recently been signed to Edition Classics for a series of solo albums. He is also a successful composer and arranger. | Back to Artists

Michelle Ross, violinMichelle Ross

Michelle Ross, violin

Violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as both a solo artist and collaborative visionary. In 2013, she had her Carnegie Hall debut with Maestro Harry Bicket, and her European debut as both soloist and conductor, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris as part of Play/Direct, in Cite de La Musique. She is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

A noted soloist and chamber musician, Michelle is also in demand as guest concertmaster all around the world. Recent highlights include appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra throughout Europe, MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis in Russia, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse and the Orchestre d'Auvergne.  Ross is the Artistic Director and Founder of Music in the Mountains, a classical chamber music festival atop Summit Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.  In 2016 Michelle also launched the inaugural season of Chamber Music at Eleventh Street Arts Gallery in NYC.

As a chamber musician, she has toured extensively with Itzhak Perlman and also collaborates with Mitsuko Uchida and Dénes Várjon, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland String Quartets.  Ross was an artist at the Marlboro Music Festival from 2011-2014 and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro since 2012.

Michelle holds a M.M. from the Juilliard School and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she studied in the Columbia/Juilliard joint degree program. She has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho and Ronald Copes. | Back to Artists

Haeyoon Shin, celloHaeyoon Shin

Haeyoon Shin, cello

Haeyoon Shin is an active performer and teacher in Seattle, having returned home after receiving her Artist Diploma at Yale University School of Music as a part of the prestigious studio of Aldo Parisot. She was an avid chamber musician at Yale as an active member of several chamber groups. Her piano trio performed at the prestigious Vista Chamber Concert, after having been selected from several nominated groups throughout Yale. She has been invited to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Great Mountains Chamber Music Festival, and was an inaugural member of the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival. | Back to Artists

Mikhail Shmidt, violinMikhail Shmidt

Mikhail Shmidt, violin

Mikhail Shmidt was born in Moscow. 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 Gnessin String Quartet, winner of several national competitions. He also 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 the illustrious composer Alfred Schnittke.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1989, Mikhail 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 Europe annually, 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, ECM, Tzadik, Six Degrees and Inova labels. | Back to Artists

Elena Urioste, violinElena Urioste

Elena Urioste, violin

Elena Urioste, recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, has been hailed by critics and audiences for her rich tone, nuanced lyricism, and commanding stage presence. Since making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 13, she has appeared with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the London and New York Philharmonics, the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Wales, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and National Symphony Orchestras.

Elena has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Keith Lockhart, and Robert Spano; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Christopher O’Riley; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Shlomo Mintz, and Cho-Liang Lin. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and La Jolla Music Festivals, among others.

Winner of Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, a London Music Masters Award, a Salon di Virtuosi career grant, and the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Elena has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Telemundo, Performance Today, From the Top, and the Emmy award–winning documentary “Breaking the Sound Barrier.” Chosen by Latina Magazine as one of the “Future Fifteen,” she was featured in the magazine’s 15th-anniversary issue.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. | Back to Artists

Paul Wiancko, celloPaul Wiancko

Paul Wiancko, cello

Cellist and composer Paul Wiancko has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Japan, and South Africa. In addition to solo performances with orchestras around the world, Paul has collaborated with artists from all walks of life, including Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, the Guarneri Quartet, Etta James, Dave Stewart, Joe Cocker, and Stanley Clarke.

Paul has composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, this Festival, and Barge Music in Brooklyn. His studio productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Recent highlights include scoring the new prison-drama feature film “Heartlock,” as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by Peter Smith, the principal investigator for NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission. Paul is currently the resident composer for the Twickenham Festival and is Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.

Wiancko has toured regularly with Chick Corea, ECCO, and Musicians from Marlboro and is a member of the Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Bright Wave. He spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen, and theremin. | Back to Artists

Matthew Zalkind, celloMatthew Zalkind

Matthew Zalkind, cello

Praised for his "impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone" by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.

Matthew was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea's Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as the top-ranked American and one of the final eight concerto semi-finalists in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

As a soloist, Matthew has performed concerti with such organizations as the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Alan Miller, and several others. He has given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the University of Michigan, Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, the Moscow Conservatory, The Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, The Juilliard School, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and the Beijing Concert Hall.

An active chamber musician, Matthew has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro and "Musicians from Marlboro" tours, Music from Angel Fire, Olympic Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Twickenham Festival, and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. He has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of the internationally-acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, he toured with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

Matthew has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. He was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

A Salt Lake City native, Matthew's primary mentors included Richard Hoyt, Pegsoon Whang, Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Matthew plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine Maker Luigi Piatellini in 1760. | Back to Artists

2017 Fellowship Quartet, ensemble2017 Fellowship Quartet

2017 Fellowship Quartet, ensemble

Each summer the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival selects members of the Fellowship Quartet, a scholarship program made possible through a generous grant from the Betti Foundation. The quartet members are college students majoring in instrumental performance who plan to become professional musicians. Participating in the Festival gives these students opportunities to perform, teach, hone their skills and learn the technical aspects of concert production. During the two weeks of the Festival, the Fellowship Quartet performs free concerts at local venues around the Methow Valley, serving as the Festival's outreach ensemble. The students take lessons from the Festival's more experienced professional musicians and work backstage during the Centerstage concerts. They also practice their own instructional skills by working with string students at the Pipestone Summer Music Camp.

The 2017 Fellowship Quartet come from the Baylor School of Music at Baylor University. Located in Waco, Texas, the music school encompasses 400 students studying with over 60 full-time faculty and 20 professional adjuncts. This year’s quartet members are Louis Henschen, violin; Molly Hines, violin; Brian Bires, viola; and Halle Yap, cello. | Back to Artists

Tod Marshall, presenterTod Marshall

Tod Marshall, presenter

Tod Marshall grew up in Kansas. His books of poetry include Bugle (Canarium Press, 2014), The Tangled Line (Canarium Press, 2009), and Dare Say (University of Georgia Press, 2002). He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002) and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices (EWU Press, 2005). He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University. | Back to Artists

Lynette Westendorf, presenterLynette Westendorf

Lynette Westendorf, presenter

Emmy-award winning pianist and composer Dr. Lynette Westendorf has been composing and performing her original works in creative jazz and modern classical music for over forty years. She has five CDs of original works to her credit, and has composed for orchestra, chamber, solo and choral settings. She is currently in the process of composing a complete set of Preludes and Fugues for solo piano. She is also a music educator and lecturer, an art quilter, and an outdoor enthusiast. | Back to Artists

Sarah Prochnau, aerialistSarah Prochnau

Sarah Prochnau, aerialist

Sarah Prochnau is an aerialist, acrobat and circus performer. She performs at local arts festivals and enjoys showing other people how to flip, climb, and balance at the Aerie Circus Studio in Twisp, where she teaches students ranging in age from 4 to 64.

Sarah began her training as a tumbler at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle in 2004, later moving "up" to aerial apparatus and a teaching position.

Sarah lives in Pateros at the mouth of the Methow River. She holds a Master's Degree in Medieval Ecclesiastical History, a very interesting kind of degree, but one which did not lead to a viable career, which explains why Sarah ran off to join the circus. | Back to Artists

Dave Ward, stargazerDave Ward

Dave Ward, stargazer

David Ward has been looking at the stars for over 60 years. Inspired by a family tradition spanning many generations, his interest in astronomy has become a life-long pursuit. For the past 10 years, he has written a column about astronomy for the Methow Valley News. One of his favorite pastimes is sharing the wonders of the night sky with others. | Back to Artists

Dave Beck, hostDave Beck

Dave Beck, host

Dave Beck is an award-winning host and producer at KING-FM radio in Seattle. Before joining KING-FM, Dave got his start in 1985 at KUOW, as classical music host and music director. In 1993 Dave was promoted to co-host and interviewer on the KUOW programs The Beat, Weekday, and KUOW Presents.

Dave's national and regional broadcast honors include the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Award for Best Interview and the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Regional Excellence Award. Dave is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Classical Music Journalism.

An active musician (cellist) as well as broadcaster, Dave is a member of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, and he has played as Principal Cellist of the Bellevue Philharmonic and Seattle Philharmonic orchestras. He is currently a member of the Simple Measures board of directors. Dave has served as board president of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and performed in the Seattle-based chamber music society Klassikon and in the Bravura String Quartet. | Back to Artists

Verne Windham, hostVerne Windham

Verne Windham, host

Verne Windham arrived in Spokane in 1971 to become Principal Horn of the Spokane Symphony, having played in the orchestra while in high school in the 1960s. At the same time he became French horn instructor at Washington State University.

While in the symphony, Verne founded many music groups, which played everything from baroque to modern music. Two highlights were RSVP, a trio that played classical music in Henny’s bar, and the Spokane Falls Brass Band, famous for ragtime and other American music.

In the 1980s Verne began announcing for the fledgling public radio station KPBX, becoming its music director in the early 1990s and, more recently, its program director.

In 1996 Verne found his dream job, as conductor of the freshest, most exciting and second-best orchestra in the region, the Spokane Youth Orchestra. Verne had previously conducted the Spokane Symphony on educational tours and at the Festival at Sandpoint. He has also conducted for Spokane Opera and Spokane Ballet.

Verne is married to the soprano Susan Windham. Their children sing and play drums and tuba. | Back to Artists

Carolanne Steinebach, readerCarolanne Steinebach

Carolanne Steinebach, reader

Carolanne’s performance career spans seven decades. At the age of four, she appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall as the tiniest cherub in a Christmas pageant. After a short career as a dancer, she retired, only to return to the stage as an actor and director. With her husband she founded the Merc Playhouse in Twisp, while embarking on a new phase of her artist’s life by studying violin, an endeavor she pursues to this day. "How does one go from Carnegie Hall to the stage at Signal Hill?" says Carolanne. "Practice, practice, practice!" | Back to Artists

Board of Directors

  • Jane Orme, President
    Dave Chantler, Vice President
  • Anne Peck, Treasurer
    Howard Johnson
  • Carolanne Steinebach
    Lynn Swan
  • Robin Nelson Wicks
    Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director
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    Rebecca Thomson, Summer Festival Director
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