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Sonatas and String Ensembles

July 21 — 25, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $425.00.

Early Bird Discount Use the coupon code VZ22WH in the cart to receive a 10% discount on the total order. Early Bird Discount coupon code is valid until Friday, May 2, 2014.

Course Description
In our Sonatas and Strings Ensemble workshop students will study with world renowned Cornish faculty members Michael Lim, Mara Gearman and Paige Stockley-Lerner. Students will have the option of solo/sonata concerto work with accompanist and private lessons. Daily schedule will include coachings, rehearsal time, master classes, lessons and dress rehearsal leading to a final public performance scheduled for Saturday.

Who should enroll?
Students, ages 15+, with an intermediate to advanced facility for their instrument.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus. 

Audition Requirements
Open for enrollment to students, ages 15+, with an intermediate to advanced facility. In audition is required for ensemble placement.

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Mara Gearman
Adjunct Instructor

While still early in her career, violist Mara Gearman is already 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. She is also a founding member of the Barston String Quartet as well as Trio Tara with pianist Oksana Ezhokina and Laurie DeLuca, clarinet. Gearman has held or been awarded a number of orchestral appointments, including principal viola (at age twenty) under maestro Rossen Milanov, and principal viola at the Kansas City Symphony and at the Oregon Symphony under music director James DePriest. Currently she is the second desk violist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under maestro Gerard Schwarz. As a solo performer Gearman has won solo awards at the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions, performing viola solos ranging from American composers Alan Shulman and Derek Bermel to Hungarian composer Miklos Rozca. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, her primary teachers included Roberto Diaz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Karen Tuttle, as well as additional study in Canada, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland with Nobuko Imai, Barbara Westphal, and Gerard Causse.

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Michael Jinsoo-Lim
Adjunct Instructor

Praised by Gramophone for playing with "delicious abandon" and described as "bewitching" by the Seattle Times, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Recently named concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Lim is also widely known for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet. In demand as a chamber musician and as a performer of new and experimental music, he is a member of Open End, a New York City-based ensemble specializing in contemporary music and improvisation. Lim has recorded for Naxos, DreamWorks, Albany Records, CRI, Bayer Records, and Aguava New Music, and appears on numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-winning score to Brokeback Mountain. Lim received his formal training at Indiana University, where he was a pupil of the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold, and at the Juilliard School, where he taught and studied chamber music as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He currently serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches violin and chamber music.

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Paige Stockley-Lerner
Adjunct Instructor

Cellist Paige Stockley, a Seattle native, is known for championing the music of living composers from the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of the St. Helens String Quartet, which received two 4Culture grants for commissioning new works and a recording residency at Jack Straw. The quartet is releasing its first CD of new works this year, entitled "American Dreams", and performs at Benaroya Recital Hall, Lopez Community Center, and Cornish College of the Arts. Paige holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her early training was at the University of Washington, where she studied with cellist Toby Saks while earning a double major in Political Science and English. She has also played in orchestras around the world: from Connecticut to Spain, Mexico City, Prague and Krakow, spending a year at the European Mozart Academy playing under the baton of Sandor Vegh and studying with Steven Isserlis. Her main teachers have included Ardyth Alton, Michael Haber and Valentin Hirsu. She served as the cellist on a West Coast tour with singer Rickie Lee Jones and was principle cellist on the European Mozart Academy tour of Mozart's "Zaide" arranged by Luciano Berio. Performing frequently with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Auburn and Tacoma Symphonies, Paige also records television and film soundtracks with Seattle Music. She coordinates the Seattle Chamber Music Festival’s “chamber music in the public schools” program each spring, and is the artistic director of Second Sundays in Snohomish. Paige’s solo CD, “August Ruins,” a five-movement suite for cello with original music by Peter Vukmirovic Stevens, is being submitted for a Grammy nomination in Fall 2014—and is already a top seller on Playing on a 140-year-old French cello made in 1879 by Francois Hypolite Caussin, her French bow, made in 1880 by the great master Voirin, serves as the perfect match. Her worldwide, cello-related travels have influenced her non-musical interests as well, deeply informing her interests in design and cooking. Paige lives in a 100-year-old house near Seattle’s Lake Union, with her husband Steve and daughter Daisy.