Bach Fest String Quartet at Chelan Valley Wineries
Free admission to all concerts. Donations accepted.
Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery
Thursday, July 5th - 7:00 PM
Tunnel Hill Winery
Friday, July 6th - 7:00 PM
Monday, July 9th - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 10th - 6:00 PM
Meet the Festival String Quartet
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.