Chamber Music Workshop Artist Faculty 2018

 Jessica LambertJessica Lambert of Corvallis is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Zvi Zeitlin and members of the Cleveland String Quartet. Other major teachers include Alice Schoenfeld and Alexander Treger. Jessica is the Artistic Director and a Core Musician on violin and viola of Chamber Music Amici in Eugene. Concertmaster of the Corvallis Symphony Orchestra since 2007, she is also Artistic Director of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, an intensive quartet program held in Corvallis in July. Jessica is widely recognized as a teacher and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. Her students have won regional and national competitions and have matriculated to the nation’s most prestigious conservatories and summer programs. She has played viola with the Oregon Symphony and violin with the El Paso Symphony. She was concertmaster of the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, for which she was a featured soloist in the New Music series. Before she moved to Corvallis, she was also Concertmaster of The Oregon Mozart Players and Principal Second Violin of the Eugene Symphony. A frequent guest of the Chintimini Music Festival since 2004, she has performed as a recitalist and chamber player throughout the Northwest and at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Maria Larionoff

Maria Larionoff has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of Seattle, Yakima, Port Angeles and Oakland, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the University of Washington Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfonica in Mexico City. She has toured Germany and Austria with the New European Strings and has performed on tour in Japan with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra.

A Loomis Scholarship award winner at the Juilliard School,  Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay. Her other teachers include Sally Thomas, Paul Doktor, Joel Krosnik and Felix Galimir. Upon graduating from Juilliard, Larionoff was invited by the esteemed Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini to join the violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She moved to Seattle in 1990 and served as Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and was later appointed concertmaster, where she was featured as soloist and leader on numerous occasions, including her critically acclaimed solo performances in the 2011 Naxos release of “Scheherazade”.

George ThomsonGeorge Thomson has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. Formerly a busy freelance musician and conductor in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was also a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the American Bach Soloists. Fom 1996 to 2005 he was principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was a member of the Festival String Quartet. Thomson also served as music director of the San Francisco-based new music ensemble EARPLAY, associate conductor of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an educator, Thomson was for eleven years the music director of the award-winning Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, before moving to Oregon in 2010. He currently lives and teaches in Salem.

Joel BelgiqueJoël Belgique studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, did undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music, and earned his degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He has been principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1997 and he also frequently performs and records as a guest with the Portland-based band Pink Martini, appearing with them at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Seattle, and on Late Night with David Letterman. As a teacher, Joël works with many of the area’s finest violists, young and old, and is on the faculty of Portland State University. He is also active as a chamber music coach, working with many local ensembles, and participating on the faculty of Interlochen's Adult Chamber Music Camp. This year Belgique has just released his first solo CD titled "Mid Century Modern--four sonatas for viola and piano," with pianists Cary Lewis and Tomas Svoboda. It is already receiving praise. Belgique is also a member of the Portland, Ore. based ensemble FEARnoMUSIC.

Brian Quincey

has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 1997. Previously he was a member of the Phoenix Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He is a very active teacher and performer in the Portland area.  Starting in 2014, Quincey began conducting the Vivaldi Strings with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland.

The multifaceted career of violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading musicians throughout North America and Europe, as well as orchestral, pedagogical, and popular music activities. Formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma is currently a member of the modern classical ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, which she led as Artistic Director from 2011-2014. She has also served as a Guest Concertmaster for the Eugene Symphony and a tutti violinist with Norway’s Kristiansand Symfonieorkester. Paloma's solo appearances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra. As a touring member of the band Pink Martini from 1999-2008, she performed in Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris. Paloma can be heard on Pink Martini’s 2004 album Hang On, Little Tomato, and 2007’s Hey Eugene, among others. She appeared with the band on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." A frequent guest artist at music festivals around the US, she has also taught and coached chamber music workshops at Oregon State University, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In 2017, she became the director of the Vivaldi Strings, a youth string ensemble at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland. Paloma was a graduate fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that, she studied at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Charles Castleman, Ian Swensen and Claudia Shuih.

Ines VoglarViolinist Inés Voglar Belgique was born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, studied music under the program "El Sistema," and came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played for two seasons as an extra with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is a member of the Portland-based new music ensemble FEARnoMUSIC, and for six years she served as artistic director. Voglar is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp and Portland Summer Ensembles, and serves as concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. In September of 2012, she won a national audition for the title chair of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony. She now enjoys her time with her two year-old son, and regularly performs chamber music around Portland, teaching several young violinists. Her most influential violin teachers have been Roberto Valdes and Andrés Cárdenes.
Nancy IvesNancy Ives is principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony. She received her B.M. from the University of Kansas (studied with Ed Laut) and M.M. and D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music (studied with Marion Feldman.) An avid chamber musician, Ives is instructor of chamber music at Lewis & Clark College. She is a member of the Portland, Ore. based ensemble FEARnoMUSIC and is a frequent guest of groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, 45thParallel, Third Angle, Bach Festival Composer Symposium and Portland Cello Project. Ives is a founder of Classical Up Close and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Symphony. She blogs at and
Alice BlankenshipAlice Blankenship is concertmaster of the Oregon Mozart Players and performs regularly with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival and periodically with Santa Fe Pro Musica and Pacific Baroque Orchestra in British Columbia.She holds doctorate degrees in violin performance and music history from the University of Oregon; a Performer's Diploma in early music and historical performance practice from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands in the Hague; and a master's degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As an undergraduate, Blankenship majored in music and international studies at the Clark Honors College of the University of Oregon.

While a doctoral student at UO, Blankenship was awarded the Petri Scholarship (1998-1999) and the Gilkey Scholarship (1999-2000) which supported a two-year course of study in the Netherlands. She received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellow award in 2002, and the Outstanding Research in Performance award in 2003.

Faina Podolnaya earned a Diploma in Music Studies from Konotop School, a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Teaching from Karaganda College of Music; and a Master's Degree in Music Teaching and Performance from the Kazakhstan State University. She was the leading violin teacher at the most prestigious music school in Kazakhstan, former republic of the USSR, the Music College for Gifted Children of Almaty State Conservatory. In addition, she was Dean of the Music Department in Prokofiev Music School in Almaty (the capital of Kazakhstan) for a number of years. Also included among her honors are the Excellence of Teaching medal from the government of Kazakhstan and her selection as Soviet Union Laureate Teacher of the Year. Ms. Podolnaya came to the US in 1999, to be reunited with her family. She settled in Ashland, Oregon, where she started a small private music studio for violin and viola students. Her stellar teaching skills soon placed her services in high demand once more. Since opening her studio in the US, increasing numbers of her students have become professional musicians. Many have entered professional music schools, and have become soloists and symphony players throughout the world. Ms. Podolnaya has served since 2000 as Associate Conductor of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO) and has a private studio in Ashland, Oregon.
 Ann GrabeCellist Ann Grabe is an instructor at Oregon State University, principal cellist of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and principal cellist of the Oregon Mozart Players. Grabe has a Suzuki cello studio in Corvallis. (more)

Michal Palcewicz playing celloMichal Palzewicz grew up in Warsaw, Poland and prior to coming to the U.S. at age 21, trained and performed extensensively throughout Europe. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Academy of Music in Warsaw, winner of the Saunderson Award in the 52nd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, finalist of the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Italy, and Winner of Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany. 

Teachers and coaches with whom he has worked include: David Soyer (Guarneri String Quartet),members of the Amadeus Quartet (Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Niessel, Martin Lovett), Michael Tree (Guarneri String Quartet), David Geber (American String Quartet), Peter Oundjian (Tokyo String Quartet), Robert Mann (Julliard String Quartet), Pinchas Zuckerman, Hugh Maguire, Isidore Cohen, and William Pleeth.

Anne RidlingtonAnne Ridlington is a Corvallis native who started her musical studies early, first taking violin lessons with Peg Varvel and Aida Baker, and later cello, with Nancy Sowdon and Hamilton Cheifetz of Portland. She spent many years playing in local youth orchestras under the direction of Ms. Sowdon, Penelope Wolff, and Charles Creighton.

Ridlington earned her Bachelor of Music in cello performance at Indiana University School of Music, where she studied primarily with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi but also took lessons with Helga Winold, Emilio Colón, and Janos Starker. She spent a year playing in the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and a year in Santa Barbara, California, playing on the sidewalk for tourist dollars. Since returning to Corvallis, Ms. Ridlington has taught in the Elementary Strings Program and at the Corvallis Waldorf School and gives private lessons. Anne is a member of 

the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, where she is Principal Cello, and the Oregon Mozart Players. She often performs with the Corvallis Repertory Singers. In May 2010 she performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Rachelle McCabe, Jessica Lambert, and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony.

Noah SeitzNoah Seitz is an adjunct professor of cello at Pacific University and teaches cello in the Salem/Keizer area of Oregon. He performs regularly with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Symphony, Camerata Musica Chamber Music Series, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and other Oregon ensembles.

A Corvallis native, Seitz completed his bachelor's degree in cello performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 2001. He returned to Oregon as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oregon, where he won the music school concerto competition in 2003, performing Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" Hebraic Rhapsody. He has participated in masterclasses with Jeffrey Solo, Steven Isserlis, Zara Nelsova, the Tang Quartet, Ying Quartet, Emerson Quartet and St. Lawrence Quartet.Seitz and his family live in Keizer, Oregon. Beyond music, he holds a private pilot license and loves anything to do with aviation.

Abigail StoughtonAbigail Stoughton has performed and taught professionally for more than 40 years. Her viola and chamber music teachers have included: Raphael Hillyer, Burton Fine, William Primrose, Lillian Fuchs, Emmanuel Bay, Joseph Silverstein, Eric Rosenblith and Rudolph Kolisch. She has taught chamber music at the American University Preparatory Department and at Bemidji State University, where she was an adjunct professor for six years and taught viola. Stoughton's professional playing engagements have included many recitals and orchestral solos; playing in the William and Mary String Quartet; a quartet residency program in Elmira, New York; the Metolius Quartet; the Trout Quintet with William Preucil and many other ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest. For the last 27 years, Stoughton has lived in Corvallis, where she teaches viola and chamber music. She is principal violist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players.



Rachelle McCabeRachelle McCabe, concert pianist and Executive Director of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, is Director of Piano Studies and professor of music at Oregon State University. (more)