EDUCATION
MASTER CLASSES, OUTREACH & SCHOLARSHIPS

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OUTREACH

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival advocates for, provides instruction in and exposure to chamber music…

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MASTER CLASSES

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SCHOLARSHIPS

A $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a music major at the University of Rhode island. The recipient is chosen by the…

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“Music Enhances

the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.”

– Yo-Yo Ma

OUTREACH

In addition to presenting chamber music concerts, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival advocates for and provides exposure to chamber music through Education and Outreach.

Our new music education program for 2020 will focus on two local schools, Peace Dale Elementary School and Broad Rock Middle School, both in Wakefield, RI. Beginning in January, KCMF will support the string programs with additional instructors to assist students and by supplementing their resources by providing supplies such lesson books, shoulder rests, and other essential supplies.

In a separate endeavor, we are developing a participatory lesson plan for visiting artists to use as a template for presentations in Rhode Island schools. Details on this innovative program will follow in the coming months.

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival also offers master classes each year to Rhode Island music students. These intense coaching sessions with festival artists deepen the selected students musical understanding and sharpen their playing skills. Violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen and pianist Natalie Zhu will present master classes Friday, April 17 (time to be announced) at the University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center. Please see Master Class section for more details.

KCMF also offers a scholarship to one University of Rhode Island music student each year.
Please visit the Scholarship page for more information.

MASTER CLASSES

THE KINGSTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020 CLASSES

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival offers master classes each year to Rhode Island music students. These intense coaching sessions with festival artists deepen the selected students musical understanding and sharpen their playing skills.

MASTER CLASS POSTPONED UNTIL A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

JULIETTE KANG, VIOLINIST

TBD
University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center
Master Class with violinist Juilette Kang

Appointed First Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005, Canadian violinist Juliette Kang enjoys an active and varied career. Previously Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony and member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ms. Kang’s solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Omaha Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, and every major orchestra in Canada. Internationally she has performed with the Czech Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony in Seoul. She has given recitals in Philadelphia, Paris, Tokyo, and Boston. In 1994 she won the gold medal of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and was presented at New York’s Carnegie Hall in a recital that was recorded live and released on CD. She has also recorded the Schumann and Wieniawski Violin Concertos with the Vancouver Symphony for CBC Records.

In 2012 Ms. Kang was again a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall for the visit of her hometown orchestra the Edmonton Symphony, and she is a regular soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, most recently featured in the Bruch Scottish Fantasy conducted by music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
Ms. Kang has been a chamber musician since studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. Festivals she has participated in include Bravo! Vail Valley, Bridgehampton (Long Island, NY), Kingston (RI), Marlboro, Moab (UT), Skaneateles (NY), and Spoleto USA. In New York she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Mostly Mozart Festival with her husband, cellist Thomas Kraines, and at the Bard Music Festival. With Philadelphia Orchestra violist Che Hung Chen, pianist Natalie Zhu, and cellist Clancy Newman she is a member of the Clarosa Quartet, dedicated to exploring and enriching the piano quartet repertoire.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree at age 15 from Curtis as a student of Jascha Brodsky, she earned a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Robert Mann. She was a winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and she subsequently received first prize at the Menuhin Violin Competition of Paris in 1992. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School, one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the country, founded in 1908 and having served more than 300,000 students since.

MASTER CLASS POSTPONED UNTIL A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

NATALIE ZHU, PIANIST

TBD
University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center
Master Class with pianist Natalie Zhu

Known for captivating interpretations of a wide repertoire, Natalie Zhu is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award and Astral Artists Award. The Philadelphia Inquirer heralded Zhu’s performance in recital as a display of “emotional and pianistic pyrotechnics”.

Ms. Zhu has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with the Vermeer, Miami, and Daedalus quartets, and collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Mendelssohn, and Ying Quartets; and the Beaux Arts Trio, Variation Trio and Time For Three. Ms. Zhu has toured with renowned violinist Hilary Hahn since 1997. They released a CD for the Deutsche Grammophon label in September 2005.

Highlights of the current season include her return to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, The Friends of Chamber Music Reading Concert Series, Brooklyn Library Chamber Music Series, Maestro Foundation Concert Series, Curtis On Tour project, and concert tours in China and Korea.

Ms. Zhu has been Artistic Director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival since 2009 and has featured in festivals such as Marlboro, Amelia Island, Skaneateles, Tanglewood, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Great Lakes, as well as Kingston. She recently formed the Clarosa Piano Quartet, dedicated to exploring and enriching the piano quartet repertoire. The quartet consists of Zhu’s husband, violist Che-Hung Chen of the Philadelphia Orchestra, his orchestral colleague, first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang, and cellist Clancy Newman.

Ms. Zhu began her piano studies with Xiao-Cheng Liu at the age of 6 in her native China and made her first public appearance at age nine in Beijing. At age 11 she immigrated with her family to Los Angeles, and by age 15 was enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received the prestigious Rachmaninoff Award and studied with Gary Graffman. In 2001, she joined the Curtis faculty as staff pianist. She received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Claude Frank.

SCHOLARSHIPS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT!

In 2004, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival established a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a music major at the University of Rhode island. The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the URI Department of Music. Congratulations to all our recipients!

MOLLY VALLEE

Molly Vallee was born on June 29th, 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a talented and active orchestral, solo and chamber musician at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and is currently studying Music Education there.  She is principle flutist in the URI Wind Ensemble and is also in the URI Symphony Orchestra. Molly won the URI Concerto Competition in the fall of 2019 and will be performing the “Concerto in G Major,” by Carl Stamitz with the URI Symphony Orchestra this upcoming fall. Molly also performed in the Pentawinds Chamber Quintet and volunteered her talent as part of the Aurora Collaborative (1 year); a unique non-profit community chamber music program with the mission of uniting, inspiring, engaging, and innovating through unique collaboration between musicians and artists of all backgrounds. Throughout her years at the URI she has also had the pleasure of teaching private flute lessons to many students, ranging from beginners to intermediate players.

Molly has been playing flute ten years.  Her experience is very broad, having played in numerous community based ensembles including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble where she was principle flutist, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Reparatory Orchestra and the prestigious Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony. Molly was selected to perform in several Honors Ensembles including the Providence College Honors Wind Ensemble (1 year) and the Southern New England Honor’s Band (3 years). She was also a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Honors All-State Band and Orchestra from 2013-2018.  Molly is currently a Junior at the University of Rhode Island, majoring in Music Education. She studied with Mary A. Raiche Vallee for her first 7 years of instruction, and currently studies with Susan Thomas, Applied Flute and Chamber Music instructor at the URI. After getting her Bachelor’s, Molly plans on pursuing her Master’s degree in Flute Performance.