Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop
Develop your talent this summer at Oregon State University’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop, a camp for string students ages 10 to 21, held in Corvallis at Oregon State University and Ashbrook Independent School. Explore the world of chamber music with a distinguished faculty of Oregon’s top string players. Benefit from coaching, sight-reading, supervised practice, master classes, and opportunities to perform with ensembles in informal concerts. Enjoy exploring the OSU campus during fun group activities.
This workshop is offered to advanced players (Session I and Session II) and to intermediate players (Session I only). Enrollment is selective and limited to 40 students in each session. See audition requirements on the application requirements page.
Students fourteen and older may register in our residential option on the OSU campus. View the tab to the right for details.
Scholarships are available for both high merit and demonstrated financial need.
The following instructors will be teaching at one or both sessions of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop:
Rachelle McCabe, executive director of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, is a professor of music at Oregon State University. Rachelle has appeared in many chamber music festivals including the Victoria International Festival, The Highlands Festival in North Carolina, Chamber Music Northwest in Portland and the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis. She was a faculty member of The Seattle Piano Institute in 2012 and an adjudicator at the annual Hong Kong Festival in 2008 and 2012. She holds a doctorate from The University of Michigan, a master's from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's from The University of Washington.
Jessica Lambert, artistic director of the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, teaches violin and viola at Oregon State University and is concertmaster with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. Jessica previously played viola in the Oregon Symphony and violin in the El Paso Symphony. She was concertmaster of the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Ensemble and a featured soloist in the New Music series. Jessica is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.
Monica Huggett was born in London and entered the Royal Academy of Music at age sixteen as a student of Manoug Parikian. She currently serves as artistic director of the Portland Baroque and Irish Baroque Orchestras, and as artistic advisor of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program. Previously she cofounded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman, founded Ensemble Sonnerie, worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music and with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert, toured with flutist James Galway, and cofounded, in 2004, the Montana Baroque Festival. Huggett’s recordings number in the hundreds and have won numerous prizes; most recently, her CD Flights of Fantasy was named 2010 Classical Recording of the Year by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. Her recording of J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites for a young prince, with PBO principal oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz and Ensemble Sonnerie, received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Small Ensemble Recording.
As one of the leading exponents of baroque violin on the west coast, Carla Moore serves as concertmaster for Portland Baroque Orchestra as well as co-concertmaster and soloist for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco). She is founder and co-director of Archetti, a conductor-less Baroque string band dedicated to the performance of 18th-century concerto repertoire, and performs chamber music with the early music ensembles Music's Re-creation and Voices of Music. Carla’s most recent recording is J. S. Bach Violin Sonatas with Voices of Music. Her videos with that group now have over five million views on YouTube. Upcoming engagements include The Baroque Orchestra of Colorado (Denver), Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), and chamber performances in Seattle, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Carla teaches baroque strings at the University of California at Berkeley. She studied with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. Shortly after earning her Masters degree at IU, Carla won First Prize in the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music.
Cellist Tanya Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she discovered that certain music sounds wonderful when performed on the instruments for which it was composed. This discovery has informed a diverse career as soloist and chamber musician. The first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, she is equally at home on baroque and modern instruments and has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including at the Frick Collection, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. She has numerous recordings, including the Beethoven Cello Sonatas with fortepianist, Eric Zivian (Bridge) and a recording of the complete Bach Suites on Baroque cello for Avie. Currently one of Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque’s principal cellists, she has performed as soloist with both orchestras. Tanya has given master classes at Juilliard, SFCM, San Jose State University, and is on the faculty of the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy.
Violinist 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 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician. She is a member of Portland-based new music ensemble FearNoMusic, and for 6 years she served as Artistic Director. Currently, Inés 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, Inés won a national audition for the title chair of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony. She now enjoys her time with her 2 year-old son, and regularly performs chamber music around Portland, and teaching several young violinists. Her most influential violin teachers have been Roberto Valdes and Andrés Cárdenes.
Violinist Paloma Griffin became Artistic Director of the Portland, Oregon based modern classical ensemble FearNoMusic in May of 2011. Formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma’s concerto appearances include performances with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Fresno Philharmonic. As a member of the Portland based “little orchestra” Pink Martini, Griffin appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Orchestra in London, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. In 2012, Paloma was a guest concertmaster with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and performed at music festivals around the US, including Arizona Musicfest, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Sunriver Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA.
Born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Salt Lake City by French parents, he studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, did undergraduate work at the Eastman School 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 being on faculty during Interlochen's Adult Chamber Music Camp. Already receiving praise, just this year, along with pianists Cary Lewis and Tomas Svoboda, he has released his first solo CD entitled Mid Century Modern--four sonatas for viola and piano.
Cellist Nancy Ives has been the Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony since October 2000. Concerto appearances with the OS have included Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 2, Strauss Don Quixote, and Pezzo Capricioso by Tchaikovsky. In 2001, She filled in on the Dvorak Cello Concerto at the last minute for an ailing soloist with the Clark College Orchestra, and in August of 2004, joined Ron Blessinger and Stewart Goodyear in a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at he Cascade Festival of Music in Bend, Oregon. She performed Strauss Don Quixote with the Oregon Symphony and music director Carlos Kalmar in April of 2006, and the Dvorak with Salvador Brotons and the Vancouver (WA) Symphony in October 2009 and Elgar with Portland Columbia in 2011.
Upon the arrival to Portland of former Oregon Symphony concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti, Nancy joined the other string principals in forming the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, about whose local debut at the Classical Millennium Broderick Gallery series David Stabler of The Oregonian said, “The quartet's exhilarating energy and rhythmic drive inspired images of a rich future for fans of chamber music.” In addition to appearances across the state on behalf of the Symphony, in 2006 the quartet performed as part of the citywide “Month of Mozart” festival for Friends of Chamber Music and on the “New Music at Willamette” series. July of 2005 marked Ives’ debut with Chamber Music Northwest, and she played several times for the innovative “Music in Context” series. During the 2003-04 season, as acting Artistic Director of the new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, she presented a premiere by David Dzubay for the Continental Harmony Project of the American Composer’s Forum. She has been a frequent member of the resident ensemble of the Ernest Bloch Festival Composers' Symposium, a guest artist with Fear No Music and with Third Angle Ensemble, has performed with jazz fiddler Hollis Taylor on several occasions, and had the privilege of performing with Janos Starker in Lincoln Hall in February of 2001. New ventures include forming the Rovetti String Quartet (with Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Marc Rovetti, violinist Denise Dillenbeck, and violist Charles Noble) and Trio Areté with pianist John Pickett and violinist Denise Dillenbeck, and she has joined the intrepid new music group fEARnoMUSIC.
As a New York-based freelancer, before moving to Portland, she was Principal Cello and a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Principal Cello of the American Chamber Opera Company. She was a regular recitalist at the Friends of the Arts Beethoven Festival and the Apollo Muses Festival in New Jersey, and in addition to performing the standard concerto repertoire with orchestras in the Northeast and the Midwest, she played her own composition Dialogue III for cello and orchestra with the Danbury Community Orchestra. She appeared with many new music ensembles, notably North-South Consonance and Musicians' Accord, playing over a hundred premieres by composers such as Milton Babbitt, Chen Yi and Bruce Adolphe. Her special interest in new music led to recordings on the Opus One and Koch labels and her versatility led to soundtrack recordings for PBS and the Smithsonian. She appeared with Laurie Anderson and Brazilian pop star Gal Costa at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, with Nana Vasconcelos at The Knitting Factory and Merkin Hall, and recorded with rock star Lenny Kravitz. Ives combined acting with cello playing in an Off-Broadway production of Orpheus in Love by Craig Lucas. During several years on tour with Phantom of the Opera, she performed a comedy routine about the cello in AIDS benefits across the country.
Nancy received her early training on the cello at the influential University of Texas String Project. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas, where she was also an active composer, and her formal education culminated in both Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in cello performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is an active teacher, both private studio, master classes and clinics around the Northwest and summer programs including Chamber Music Camp of Portland and Portland Summer Ensembles. She has served as a past president of the Oregon Cello Society and on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Symphony.
Ann Grabe is principal cellist of both the Oregon Mozart Players and the OSU/Corvallis Symphony and plays with the Eugene Symphony and the Mozart's Magic Flutes and Cellophoria chamber ensembles. She also has a Suzuki cello studio in Corvallis and teaches at Oregon State University. She taught cello at two music schools in Germany and taught for seven years at l’Institut Musical Suzuki de Lyon; she has also taught teachers in France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Scotland and England. Ann received a Musikerziehung and Aufbaustudium Diploma from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, and a bachelor’s from Ithaca College.
Jason Duckles is on faculty at Oregon State University and has recently been appointed Associate Professor of Cello and Orchestra at Willamette University. He has performed with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, members of the Beaux Arts trio and the Cleveland, Orion, Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. He was awarded top prize in both the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Munich ARD International Competition.
Anthea Kreston is acting concertmaster of Portland Opera. She has won major awards as a violin soloist and as a chamber musician, including top prize at the Munich ARD International Competition and Concert Artists Guild. She performed worldwide with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Project.
Anne Ridlington teaches in the Elementary Strings Program and at the Corvallis Waldorf School, gives private lessons and is a member with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players, often performing with the Corvallis Repertory Singers. She spent a year in the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and a year in Santa Barbara, California, playing as a street performer. Anne is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music.
Michal is a member of Trine, a virtuosic world-fusion band. Michal is a current company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and over the last four seasons has performed in The Pirates of Penzance, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The White Snake, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and She Loves Me. Michal was the founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, which performed in the United States at the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Concert Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in England at Snape Proms Festival and Wigmore Hall. With the quartet Michal earned the Saunderson Award at the 52nd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and was the winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig. He studied with the Amadeus Quartet, Hugh Maguire, David Soyer, Julia Lichten, Michael Tree, Tomasz Strahl, Barbara Musiej and attended the Academy of Music in Warsaw and the Manhattan School of Music. Michal is the principal cellist of the Rogue Valley Symphony, founding member of the Palzewicz Ensemble, and currently teaches cello at Southern Oregon University.
Ms. 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.
Noah Seitz, a Corvallis native, completed his Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2001. He then returned to Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oregon where he won the Music School 2003 Concerto Competition, performing Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" Hebraic Rhapsody. He has participated in Master classes with Jeffrey Solo, Steven Isserlis, Zara Nelsova, The Tang Quartet, Ying Quartet, Emerson Quartet and St. Lawrence Quartet. Since 2003, he and his family have been residents of Keizer. He continues to teach in the Salem/Keizer area, and performs regularly with his wife, pianist Sara Greenleaf, the OSU Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Camerata Musica Chamber Music Series in Salem, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Porland Cello Project, and various Oregon ensembles. Noah is adjunct professor of cello at Pacific University, where he coaches string quartets, and sits principal in the university orchestra. Noah went to University of North Texas, University of Missouri Kansas City, and the University of Oregon, where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. He studied with Carter Enyeart (UNT and UMKC) and with Steve Pologe (University of Oregon). He was a Clinician at the Kansas City Cello Clinic 1999-2002. Noah and his wife, Sara, have two musical daughters, Lilla and Clara. His hobbies include fishing, golfing, flying model (and real when he gets the chance) airplanes, and spending time with his huge extended family.
Abigail Stoughton teaches viola and chamber music in Corvallis, and is principal violist with the OSU/Corvallis Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players. She has taught chamber music at the American University Preparatory Department and at Bemidji State University. Her professional playing engagements have included playing in a quartet residency program in Elmira, New York, the William and Mary String Quartet, the Metolius Quartet and many other ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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We will begin accepting audition recordings on March 5, 2014.
Prospective students pay a $50 application fee, refundable if a student is not accepted into the workshop.
Please note: minimum student proficiency for the intermediate level of this camp is set at Suzuki Book 3 (or equivalent). This workshop is not affiliated with the International Suzuki Association.
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- Checklist for Application Materials and Audition Requirements [PDF]
- Scholarship application [PDF]
- Teacher recommendation [PDF]
Application Materials and Audition Requirements
- Completed online registration form.
- Teacher recommendation including teacher’s contact information
- Scholarship application (if requesting financial aid)
- Recorded audition (no piano accompaniment) sent to Jessica Lambert at email@example.com.
- For Intermediate Level
- Two scales of your choice: one Major and one minor in two or three octaves (your choice)
- A solo piece (at the level of Suzuki book 3 repertoire or higher Total time: 5 minutes
- For Advanced Level
- Two scales of your choice: one Major and one minor in three or four octaves (your choice)
- Two contrasting solo pieces: exposition of a concerto movement of and a selection of your choice. Total time not to exceed 12 minutes
More information coming soon
Students who are 14 and older have the option to stay on the OSU campus for one or two weeks while they are attending the workshop. Please indicate on the online registration form if you are interested in this option and someone will be in touch with you with more details.
One week at Weatherford Hall on the OSU campus: $700.00 will include tuition, room & board.
Two weeks at Weatherford Hall on the OSU campus: $1200.00 will include tuition, room& board.
For students who are not admitted, there will be a 100 percent reimbursement of the application fee.
Before July 1: 50 percent reimbursement of the application fee
After July 1: none of the application fee will be reimbursed
To participate in the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, students must be at least 9 years old. Proficiency at Suzuki level 3 (or equivalent) is a miminum requirement for the intermediate level at this day camp. For an idea of the expected proficiency level for advanced students, please see the required music selection for the recorded audition on the application requirements page. (Note: This workshop is not affiliated with the International Suzuki Association.)
Although we will be offering snacks, is up to students to bring their own lunch every day. We will be offering light refreshments on Saturday between 11-12 at a pre-concert reception for parents and students.
Students will perform a concert at Central Park in Corvallis and a concert at Ashbrook Independent School.
Although some of the workshop will take place at OSU and at Central Park, the workshop will begin and end every day at Ashbrook Independent School. The workshop hours are from 9:00am to 3:30pm for intermediate students and from 9:00am to 4:00pm for advanced students Monday-Friday and 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturday.
Currently, the enrollment deadline is set for June 23, 2014.