Strings

Laurel Wells

Laurel Wells is known for her work on both baroque and modern viola and violin. She has enjoyed an extensive and eclectic musical life, performing in Hong Kong, Norway, Canada, and throughout the United States.  For twenty years she played violin with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, between seasons earning Master’s degrees in violin and viola from Indiana University.  She studied chamber music at the Banff Centre in Canada and performed extensively under the guidance of the Vermeer Quartet.  Laurel was a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, holding the position of principal viola.

David Brown

Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver's professional music community for thirty years. He has performed with almost all the musical organizations (Masterpiece Music, Curio, Music in the Morning, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Children's Festival, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Festival Vancouver, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cantata Singers, UBC Recital Series, Vetta Chamber Music, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) in existence during this time. In addition to live performance David has extensive film and commercial recording experience.

Meg Brennand

Meg Brennand: "Stunning" (Seattle Weekly) "Exemplary musicianship and true flair" (The Journal American).

Meg is known for her work on both modern and baroque cello.

She is currently the cellist of the Onyx Chamber Players, an ensemble based in Seattle and Chicago that recently completed a Beethoven cycle at Town Hall and will begin a Mozart cycle in 2007.

Anne Brennand

Cellist Anne Brennand is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and the Greeley Symphony. She has also played in the St. Mary's Baroque Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson dance, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Springfield Orchestra, Northeastern Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in the Domaine School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians and the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon.

Eileen Swanson

Eileen Swanson serves as principal violist and artistic administrator of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and on the faculty of Marrowstone Music Festival.

Eileen teaches privately in the Seattle area and directs and performs in the Providence Point Chamber Concert series.

Thane Lewis

Thane Lewis is Principal Violist of the Tacoma Symphony and Assistant Principal Violist of the Northwest Sinfonietta. He has performed as Assistant Principal Viola of the Boise Philharmonic, and as an extra with the Oregon Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, the Auburn Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and the 5th Avenue Theater Orchestra.

Mary Sokol Brown

Mary Sokol Brown is well known in the Vancouver music community as both a performer and teacher. She has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony since 1979 where she holds the fourth chair position in the first violin section.

Mary has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with many of Vancouver's musical ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony, Vetta Recital series, Vancouver New Music, Music in the Morning and on CBC Radio broadcasts.

In the summers she has taught and performed at the Courtenay, West Coast AMS, and Marrowstone Music Festivals.

Dorothea Cook

A native of Seattle, Washington, Dorothea Cook ("Deede" to her friends) majored in performance at the University of Washington where she studied violin with Vilem Sokol and Emanuel Zetlin. She augmented her college education with summer course work in England with violin pedagogue Kato Havas and in France at the Fontainebleau Summer Institute, studying theory and solfege under the direction of Robert Levin and Nadia Boulanger.

Cecilia Archuleta

Violinist Cecilia Archuleta is one of the Pacific Northwest's most sought-after violinists for chamber music. She has participated in twelve seasons at the Olympic Music Festival. Cecilia has appeared with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and the Northwest Puppet Center.

Cecilia has performed both with the Seattle Symphony and with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is currently Concertmaster of Philharmonia Northwest, and is a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta.

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