Sunday, July 8th, 7:30 PM
Denise Dillenbeck, violinist, has played for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and most recently as the Associate Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony. As a member of the Oregon Symphony, she was a featured soloist for several concerts, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the country and in England.
As a member of new music group Third Angle, she gave world premiere performances of works by many of today's leading composers. She was also the Lead Teaching Artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Community Partnership Program, where she led urban elementary school students in experiential music learning, and directed workshops on aesthetic education for classroom teachers and music educators.
Denise formed the Areté Trio with Oregon Symphony principal cello Nancy Ives and pianist John Pickett. Ms. Dillenbeck was recently named as violinist with the Kairos String Quartet at Central Washington University. She has recorded solo and chamber works for the Albion and KOCH International labels.
She holds a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory where she studied with James Buswell, and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota where she was Sally O'Reilly's teaching assistant and worked with Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis. The San Francisco Chronicle hails her playing as "simply first-rate."
Mary Jensen, flutist, has recently been named Artist in Residence of the Lake Chelan Bach Festival, where she has performed with the Festival Orchestra since 1993.
Ms. Jensen has served as Principal Flutist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra since 2006 where her solo playing has often garnered praise in the Tacoma News Tribune reviews of the Symphony's performances. Mary is also Principal Flutist of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014 season), Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, and Lyric Opera Northwest Orchestra. Additionally, she has appeared as Principal Flutist with such orchestras as the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, and South Shore Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber performer, Mary has performed with the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, WA, Icicle Creek Music Center and International Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Happy Hour Concerts, as well as other organizations.
Mary has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the Northwest region, such as the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Philharmonic, Icicle Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, and Tacoma Young Artists' Orchestra.
Ms. Jensen is an active teacher who maintains a private studio in Tacoma, where she also is a flute and chamber music coach for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. Mary is on the faculty of the Evergreen Music Festival and Lake Samish Music Camp. As a sought-after adjudicator, clinician, and Masterclass presenter, Mary has recently taught Masterclasses for Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Youth Symphony and conducts flute clinics and sectionals for school programs in the Puget Sound region.
Ms. Jensen holds a Performance Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where as a student of Michel Debost she was a recipient of the Dean's Talent and Merit scholarships. Additional studies were with Hal Ott at Central Washington University, and baroque flute studies with Kathie Lynn, also at Oberlin.
Dr. Dylan Marney is Chair of the Division of Fine, Applied, and Literary Arts and Assistant Professor of Music at Culver-Stockton College. He is a frequent soloist and performs annually as Artist-in-residence at the Lake Chelan Bach Fest. As an educator, Dr. Marney was the recent recipient of the Walter S. Reuling Prize for Innovation in Student Learning. His efforts resulted in the creation of a new Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree at Culver-Stockton College. Dr. Marney received his DMA from the University of Arizona, majoring in Piano Performance under Dr. John Milbauer, with a minor in Music Theory. His final research involved the application of musico-rhetorical theory to J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Central Washington University, studying with Dr. John Pickett, and was awarded 1st place in the Steinway & Sons piano competition for Washington State. Dr. Marney also has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the IUPUI School of Music in Indianapolis. His final project for the degree was an original film score for live piano and electronic accompaniment to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau. A proponent of collaborative arts efforts,
Marney has worked for Opening Minds through the Arts, was commissioned to compose electronic music for yoga practices, and continues to research and compose electro-acoustic works for film. As a collaborative pianist, he has served as rehearsal pianist for the University of Arizona Opera productions, and acted as string studio accompanist at Central Washington University. He received additional piano studies with Peter Longworth at the Kairos Chamber Music Festival and Rebecca Penneys at The Chautauqua Institution. He lives in Canton, Missouri with his wife Katie and their son Rhys.
Evelyn is an active violinist in the Seattle-Tacoma area. She is a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, and is Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony Tacoma. She also plays with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Vashon Opera, Auburn Symphony, NOCCO, Tacoma City Ballet, and others. Previous summer festivals she has attended include the Roundtop International Festival in Texas and the AIMS festival in Austria. She also performed in Cuba as part of a tour with NW Sinfonietta, which was the first US orchestra to perform there in decades.
Evelyn received her BA/BM and Masters in Music degrees from the University of Washington in violin performance. She received music scholarships to study with Ronald Patterson, and frequently served as co-concertmaster of the University Symphony. During her time there she especially enjoyed playing for patients at the UW Hospital. Previous to the UW she studied with Kelly Farris as a running start student at Eastern Washington University. She has participated in masterclasses with Andrew Dawes, Brian Lewis, Helen Callus, Maria Larionoff, David Halen, the Leipzig-Gewandhaus Quartet, and the Vermeer Quartet. In other venues Evelyn has performed with artists such as KD Lang, Anne Murray, Kanye West, Chicago, and more.
Evelyn is a native of Argentina and moved to Spokane, WA at a very young age. She now lives in Bellevue with her violinist husband Colin Todd and a small spoiled white dog named Dante. Her other career is as a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker, and has been a licensed real estate agent in Washington State for about 10 years. Evelyn has a sweet tooth, loves to eat and explore new cuisines, enjoys binging on Netflix, and loves dogs.
A native of Chelan, Maia Zander has concertized and presented masterclasses throughout Western Europe and the United States, and is a favorite collaborator with some of today's finest artists. An innovative teacher, Dr. Zander has served as a faculty member of the Suzuki Strings of Madison, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Project, and the Brookline Extension School. Most recently, she has served as orchestra director for the Malibu Middle and High School orchestra programs. Under her leadership, enrollments have reached record levels, and the orchestras have earned their highest ever rating at multiple regional orchestra festivals. In 2016, the Malibu High School Chamber Orchestra was even one of the top performing ensembles at a high school orchestra festival at Carnegie Hall!
Dr. Zander is also a fully certified Suzuki teacher, a graduate degree she earned from the prestigious program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University in 2008 and is the author of the book Intermediate Violin Repertoire: A Teachers’ Guide. Her principal teachers included her mother, Kerry Travers, and Central Washington University professor, Carrie Rehkopf. She resides in Malibu, CA, with her husband, Steve, and their dachshund-mix, Winston. They enjoy spending their free time cooking, hiking, and traveling.
Steve Zander is in frequent demand as an orchestral violinist, chamber music collaborator, and studio musician. Based in Malibu, CA, Steve is a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and regularly performs in many of the other professional orchestras in the Los Angeles area, including the Pasadena Symphony, the New West Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and as assistant concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Opera orchestra. While pursuing his studies, Steve was a member of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as a frequent substitute with the Houston Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Steve has collaborated with principal members of the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with members of the Pro Arte Quartet. Steve can also be heard on many motion picture and television soundtracks, including “Rango,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Logan.”
Steve began his violin studies at the age of four at the Aber Suzuki Center in Stevens Point, WI. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, as well as a Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His principal teachers were Patricia D’Ercole, Vartan Manoogian, and Sergiu Luca.
Roberta Bottelli stays busy as a cellist, conductor, and teacher. She teaches cello and chamber music at Whitworth University and Holy Names Music Center, and is a coach in the Spokane Symphony’s Young Musician Education Program (YMEP). Roberta often adjudicates for the Washington State Music Educators’ Association, coaching and critiquing cellists, chamber music groups, and high school and middle school orchestras. In 2014 Dr. Bottelli became the conductor of the Spokane Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a soloist, Roberta has performed with orchestras across the northwest, including the Lake Chelan Bach Fest orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Mid-Columbia Symphony, and she premiered Robert Prichard’s “Beneath the Skin” for solo cello and computer in 2006. An active orchestral musician, Roberta was the principal cellist of the Lake Chelan Bach Fest orchestra and the Mid-Columbia Symphony, and she performed with Vancouver New Music and Victoria’s Aventa ensemble. Other orchestral performance experience includes the Northwest Bach Festival orchestra, Coeur d’ Alene Opera, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and Washington East Opera.
Roberta loves collaborating as a chamber musician and is currently the cellist for the Riverside String Trio in Spokane. She was the founding cellist of Trio sTREga and the Cerberus Trio and her piano trio (Elan Piano Trio) was the winner of the 2004 Neskowin Chamber Music Fellowship. She frequently performs with Whitworth faculty and colleagues for recitals and the Spokane Symphony’s Chamber Soirée concert series. Dr. Bottelli completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and also holds degrees from Eastern Washington University (MA), Central Washington University (MM), and the University of Puget Sound (BA). Roberta has been the third chair cellist in the Spokane Symphony since 2006.
Applauded for her “stunning sound”, award-winning violist Michelle Rahn enjoys a career that balances teaching and performing. As an experienced teacher and viola instructor at Central Washington University, Dr. Rahn works to inspire curiosity; form healthy, efficient and musical players; and provide all the tools necessary to continue learning after graduation. She also works with youth, local youth symphonies, and maintains a private teaching studio. As a performer, Dr. Rahn is an active freelancer, soloist and chamber musician. Recently, she has performed in China, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Bermuda and across the US. She enjoys premiering new works and has recently performed pieces by Brian P. Buch, Rodney Lister and Andrew Smith.
Dr. Rahn is a native of southern Oregon and studied for her undergrad at the University of Oregon in violin performance until, upon hearing the Walton Viola Concerto, was compelled to switch to the viola. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance Diploma and Master's degree from Boston University. Her primary teachers were Michelle LaCourse, Edward Gazouleas, Leslie Straka and Steven Ansell.
While attending Boston University, she received the Dean's Scholarship, the String Department Honor’s Award and won the viola prize at the Boston University Bach Competition. Dr Rahn was a participant in the National Orchestral Institute (2008), the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy (2008), the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop (2007) and the Jascha Heifetz Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style (2003).
Previous appointments include faculty positions teaching viola, orchestral excerpts and chamber music at the University of Oregon School of Music and Chemeketa Community College.
During the summer, she performs and is on faculty for many festivals including: the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy, the Community Music Center Chamber Music Program in Portland, Oregon and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Junior Strings Intensive in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a performer in the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Astoria Music Festival.
Dr. Rahn approaches every pursuit with creative, positive energy. In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking, hiking, gardening and watching classic movies.