Summer at Cornish

Super Strings!



July 6 –July 11, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 218, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

Registration for this course has been closed

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

Do you love playing your violin, viola or cello? Been taking private lessons or playing in your school orchestra or other ensemble? Then this is the time to come discover why string players are at their happiest playing chamber music. We'll explore string quartets, large chamber ensemble (with no conductor!) and put on a workshop performance for family and friends at the end of the week. We'll even show you the wave of the future for classically trained string players: improvisation! Come get into the swing of the great musical conversation at the heart of string performance.

Who should enroll?

Middle school students, ages 11-16, (rising 6th graders) with basic skills in reading music should enroll.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 1:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to middle school students, ages 11-16, with basic skills in reading music and developing facility on their chosen string instrument.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    11 - 16
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available


Brandon Vance

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Brandon is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and the youngest to received the award, at the age of 14. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelors and Masters in Music, and studied under renowned violinist and pedagogue, Mr. Paul Kantor.

Brandon has performed with Scottish fiddlers Calum MacKinnon, Alasdair Fraser, Bonnie Rideout, Catriona MacDonald, and Buddy MacMaster. His discography includes “Beyond the Borders” with Mark Minkler and Alchymeia’s Debut Album. He received Suzuki Certification through book four from the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies and took a workshop from Mr. John Kendall, the man who first brought the Suzuki Method to America.

Brandon has played with four professional orchestras, and is currently a member of Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Symphony. He has collaborated with folk crossover musicians Mark Minkler (Irish flautist/Jazz pianist), Eliot Grasso (Uillean piper/Classical pianist), and Nadia Tarnawsky (Ukrainian folk singer).

Annie Chang-Center


Photo credit: Jerry and Lois Photography

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Annie Chang-Center, violist and pianist, has concertized in Europe, Asia and the U.S. as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed as a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a violist, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, Prague, Red Rocks, and Music In The Mountains Festivals and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, Philadelphia string quartets.  When Annie lived in Arizona, she was the pianist of the Concorda Trio with her husband, cellist Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley. She was also the assistant principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony, the principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony Sinfonietta and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra for which she performed regularly as a viola soloist.

Paige Stockley-Lerner

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Cellist Paige Stockley, Cornish faculty,  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 summer, 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, where she spent 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 principal cellist on the European Mozart Academy tour of Mozart’s “Zaide” arranged by Luciano Berio.

Performing frequently with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the 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.  She loves working with young players and encouraging their love of music.

Paige’s solo CD, “August Ruins,” a five-movement suite for cello with original music by Peter Vukmirovic Stevens, is already a top seller on Amazon.

Her 140-year-old French cello, made in 1879 by Francois Hypolite Caussin, is perfectly complemented by a French bow made in 1880 by the great master Voirin. Paige’s worldwide, cello-related travels have influenced her non-musical interests as well, deeply informing her interests in design and cooking. She lives in a 100-year-old house near Seattle’s Lake Union, with her husband Steve and daughter Daisy.