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The Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop is a unique camp for advanced and intermediate string students ages 10 through 18 looking to share the joy of playing ensemble repertoire in a supportive and stimulating environment. With a world-class faculty, participants benefit from expert coaching, sight reading clinics, supervised practice sessions, master classes, the opportunity to perform with small ensembles in formal and informal concerts.
The workshop takes place in the heart of the Willamette Valley, on the beautiful campuses of Oregon State University and Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis. A residential option with lodging on the OSU campus will be available to students ages 14 and above.
The OSU Chamber Music Workshop features an on-campus residence option for students ages 14 and above, available for both sessions. A limited number of need-based and merit scholarships will be provided.
One week: $550 tuition
Residential Camp (lodging and dining on the OSU campus; evening activities will be offered)
One week: $550 housing and dining fee + $550 tuition
A limited number of merit and need based scholarships are available to offset tuition and housing costs.
Jessica 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. Concertmaster of the Corvallis Symphony Orchestra since 2007, she is also the founding Artistic Director of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, an intensive quartet program held in Corvallis in July. She is a Core Musician performing on violin and viola with Chamber Music Amici, a chamber music series based in Eugene. 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.
Dr. Alice Blankenship is the Concertmaster of Oregon Mozart Players, section violinist with Eugene Symphony, a member of the Oregon Bach Festival baroque and modern orchestras, and co-artistic director of microphilharmonic, a chamber music series at the Shedd Institute in Eugene, Oregon. She performs on baroque violin and directs the annual microphilharmonic baroque! concert on period instruments at the Shedd. She has been a guest baroque violinist with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica.
Dr Blankenship holds a DMA degree in violin performance and music history from the University of Oregon; a Certificaat of Early Music and Historical Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands; and a Master of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Colin Pip Dixon is a violinist and composer originally from New York City. He studied, lived and worked in Paris, France for many years and has been based in Eugene, Oregon since 2017. He is co-artistic director of The Elsewhere Ensemble (www.ElsewhereEnsemble.com), a chamber group bringing together music, literature and theater. With the Elsewhere Ensemble he has produced, composed, and performed original works such as His Majesty, the Devil – a play with music (based on Dostoyevsky), Chekhov Triptych, The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde), Letter to Brahms, Icarus Quartet, etc. in places such as New York City, Paris, Lyon, Brussels, Beirut, Montreal, Eugene and Portland Oregon, as well as in the Edinburgh and New York International Fringe Festivals, the Max International Music Festival in Belgium at the inauguration of Hammana Artist House in Hammana, Lebanon. For many years he worked closely as violinist, composer and music director with the French theater company Th tre de l’Arc-en-Ciel (now Compagnie de la Premi re Seconde) touring extensively throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland. As a chamber musician, after completing his undergraduate studies, he was invited on full scholarship to study and perform at The European Mozart Academy in Poland. In Eugene he performs frequently with many local groups such as the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, microphilharmonic, Chamber Music Amici and Oregon Mozart Players. He has taught in the French conservatories of Reims, Versailles, Orsay and at the Great Neck Conservatory in New York. He is also a guild certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner and has been giving workshops on body awareness for musicians for over15 years in Europe and the US, both privately and in many conservatories and Universities (University of Oregon, Pacific University, Stony Brook University), as well as at ASTA, ORASTA and OMEA conferences, and weekly at Virtuosity.Online.
Cellist Jason Duckles is from Vancouver, Canada, leads an active life as a chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Amelia Piano Trio which has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. As a chamber musician, Jason has been presented with an ASCAP award (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) for adventurous programming, and top prize in both the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Munich ARD International Competition.
Jason has performed as the solo cellist with the Mark Morris Dance group and has toured with of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project in concerts from New York to Kazakhstan. He was a member of the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, Germany. Jason’s involvement in education has always been central part of his musical life – he has taught at several universities across the United States.
He has had the honor of performing in concert with members of the Beaux Arts trio, and the Artemis, Cleveland, Orion, Emerson, and Guarneri String Quartets. Jason can be heard on the recording labels Sony, Naxos, Channel Classics, Traditional Crossroads, and Cedille Records.
Originally from Paris, Arnaud Ghillebaert has performed with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Marriner) and the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Blomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, was a member of the New Haven Symphony (2015-2019) and plays with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in the summer since 2013 (Corrado Rovaris, musical director). A member of the Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in England for one year, he appeared in London’s National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. A founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, in 2013 he created the role of the Shadow in His Majesty the Devil - a play with music. The show, inspired by Dostoyevsky, was performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, FringeNYC, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. A dedicated chamber musician, he frequently plays alongside the University of Oregon music faculty. Recent performances include recitals with pianists Anton Nel and Kelly Kuo; he was invited to perform at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans and in the “Starry Nights” music series at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University alongside Colin Carr, Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet) and Nick Cords (Silkroad Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider). He received his Masters from the Royal College of Music in London and completed his Doctorate in Violin and Viola performance at Stony Brook University in 2016. He has been the viola instructor at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance (Eugene, OR) since Fall 2017. Since arriving in Oregon he has performed in the Oregon Bach Festival, is the principal violist of the Oregon Mozart Players, and has been playing concerts and performances with Chamber Music Amici, Microphilharmonic, Eugene Opera and the Eugene Symphony (viola and violin section).
Violinist Anthea Kreston is currently first violinist of Delgani Quartet. She was the first American violinist to play in a major European string quartet, Germany’s Artemis Quartet, and she travelled the world, performing on some of the most legendary stages, from Carnegie Hall to Wigmore, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Seoul. She was a Professor at the Universit t der Kunste Berlin, where Clara Schumann and Schoenberg taught; a Master Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels; and enjoys returning to teach at the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater. She loves to write, penning a classical music blog for the London-based Slipped Disk, one of the top five most read music blogs internationally and has an awesome husband and two funny and generous daughters. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet, and Isaac Stern. But most of all, she loves being with her family, growing tomatoes, and petting bunnies.
Maria Larionoff has served on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music and has been a guest Artist-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She has taught at the Round Top Festival in Texas and the Interlochen Arts Academy and currently teaches an orchestra repertoire class and chamber music at the Seattle Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Larionoff’s versatility as a violist as well a violinist has led to invitations at many chamber music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Seattle International Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Marrowstone Music Festival, Chautauqua and the Vetta series in Vancouver, BC. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Jamie Laredo, and Glenn Dicterow.
In 2001, Ms. Larionoff and her husband, doublebassist Barry Lieberman, founded The American String Project, a conductorless string orchestra made up of Concertmasters and soloists from around the world. The group received great critical acclaim both for their annual performances at Benaroya Hall, as well as for their numerous recordings. In 2018 Ms. Larionoff was appointed Artistic Director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and has led the orchestra in a tour of Washington, expanded their student outreach programs and launched free outdoor parks concerts in the summer months.
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 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.
Anne 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.
Ms. 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 Anne performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Rachelle McCabe, Jessica Lambert, and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony.
George Thomsonhas enjoyed a multi-faceted career. Formerly a busy freelance musician and conductor in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the American Bach Soloists; from 1996 to 2005 he was Principal Violist of the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was a member of the Festival String Quartet. He was 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, he 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.
Victoria Wolff began her cello studies at age eight in Los Angeles, California. In high-school she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to get her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Victoria taught privately in Austin for almost 20 years, with University of Texas String Project, as a chamber music coach and director of her own cello ensemble, The Wolff Tones. She performed regularly with the Austin Symphony as well as with many groups both classical and non-classical. She held a position as adjunct professor at Baylor University in Waco Texas from 2007 until the birth of her son in 2014. She has enjoyed performing in Corvallis with The Chintimini Chamber Music Festival for many years and finally in 2017 has moved back to be with family here in Oregon. Since returning to Oregon Victoria has performed with Chamber Music Amici in Eugene as well as with her Flute, Piano and Cello Trio, Trio Despina. Victoria is enjoying teaching and her growing studio now includes the continuation of The Wolff Tones Cello Ensembles. Victoria is married with two children and is fully appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
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