Wednesday, July 24

Featuring works by composers , Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn, Gioachino Rossini, Geminiano Giacomelli, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Undine Smith Moore, Katerina Gimon, and Carolyn Quick and Antonio Vivaldi.  With guest collaborators Signe Lusk (piano) and Savannah Gentry (flute)

Carolyn Quick is a “versatile young soprano” (Eugene Opera) with a “pure timbre” (Opera News) and “haunting” voice (Eugene Opera). She has sung a vast repertoire of musical styles including opera, early music, renaissance, choral, and contemporary music – including thirteen world premieres in both North America and Europe. In 2015, she performed the role of Miles – from Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw – with the Eugene Opera; in 2016, she sang as a Vocal Fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival under the tutelage of Roomful of Teeth’s Estelí Gomez; in 2017, Carolyn had the privilege of participating as both a singer and composer the Uzmah-Upeat Summer Music School in Milna, Croatia; and in the last year has performed as the Soprano soloist in both G.F. Händel’s Messiah and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia and the South Puget Sound Community College Chorus. Carolyn is a member of the Portland Symphonic Choir and the Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir.  

Cynthia Trif is a very diverse lyric soprano with a pure voice who has been performing as a soloist for many years. Her passion for singing is evident in her varied repertoire including opera, early music, choral and jazz. She has performed principle roles in Sweeney Todd, Candide, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, and Yeoman of the Guard.   She is a member of the internationally award winning Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir. 


Website link:  http://www.carolynquick.com/

Lessons Studio


Wednesday, July 31

The Orchid Trio, violinist Siying Ge, violist Deborah Shuster, and cellist Quinn Liu, perform Schubert string trio D.471, Beethoven string trio No.1 in E flat, Op.3, & Serenade in C major op. 10 by Dohnanyi.

The Orchid Trio has been performing in various venues in Portland and presents exciting performances of both classic and contemporary repertoire in concert settings. 

Siying Ge got her Master degree from Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestra musician,Siying served as a Principal violinist with New York International Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015. She also recorded a full range of music for Final Fantasy 15. Siying served as a Concertmaster, Principal violinist and Violinist with New York International Orchestra, MSM Symphony Orchestra, Senior Opera Orchestra, Tongji Symphony Orchestra,SoundtRec Boston Orchestra, Video Game Live Orchestra,Tenyc Music Orchestra. She was also Invited by several music festivals as a head violinist for Art String Quartet in Asia.

Deborah Shuster studied at the Peabody Conservatory as an undergraduate and received her M.Mus. degree from The University of Colorado. She was a founding member of the Vento e Cordi Quartet in New York, and has played with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, Teatro Lirico e Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy and the Michigan Opera Theater. She currently plays viola and cello in chamber ensembles in Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Born in Xinjiang, China, Quinn Kun Liu began her cello studies at age of eight and won her first cello competition at ten. Quinn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received a full scholarship. As an orchestra musician, Quinn has served as the principal cello and cellist in a variety of orchestras such as the Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Cello Project, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony. Previously, she also played in Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. Quinn is an active chamber musician and she has been invited and performed in several music festivals in the States and Asia.


Wednesday, August 7

Naomi LaViolette on piano, guitar and vocals
with Peter Frajola on violin, guitar and ukulele
Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist, and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche amongst retro-style grooves, cool jazz, and classical arrangements. Naomi’s smooth vocals are remniscent of Norah Jones’ sultry blues and the ambience of Sarah McLachlan, and her wide-ranging keyboard sounds evoke both the funky rhythms of Billy Preston and classic folk-rock of Carole King. Naomi has released four records, most recently Live at The Old Church with Members of the Oregon Symphony, released February 2019. Her roots are deep in classical music—she has a master’s degree in classical piano performance—but she has also immersed herself in jazz standards, folk songs, soul, pop, and gospel. Her original music has received great reviews and critical acclaim from media and she has performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, The Doug Fir Lounge, and The Bite of Oregon. She has been the pianist for the Oregon Repertory Singers since 2004.

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, joined the symphony in 1984. He attended the University of Oregon for two years on the Ruth Close Scholarship, and was a Murdock Scholar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received his B.M. Peter went on to become the assistant concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and the co-concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony before returning to Oregon in 1984. He also has played in the Eugene, Marin and San Francisco Opera orchestras. Peter has been the concertmaster of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival since 1994.  As a soloist, Peter has performed with the Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and numerous appearances with the Oregon Symphony.


Wednesday, August 21

Performing Ludwig Beethoven – Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 97 (Archduke Trio) and Bedřich Smetana – “Die Moldau” for Piano Trio .  Website: https://www.facebook.com/pdxtrio/

Andrew Bonner – piano, has degrees in music from Harvard and Brandeis University. He concurrently studied piano with Katja Andy and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a freelance musician in Boston for 20 years. He is currently a naturopath, but continues to perform and compose music as much as his schedule allows.

Alistair Kok – violin, holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He performs with Newport Symphony, Salem Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, and Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton.

Rebecca Reese – cello, studied cello at Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A.) and the University of Denver (M.A.). She performed in many classical orchestras and chamber music groups as well as playing studio-recorded background music for TV and movies such as: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghost Busters, Color Purple, The Natural and Star Trek III to name a few. She is currently a physician (M.D.) with a practice in cranial osteopathy and homeopathy.


Wednesday, August 28

Program will include music by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, György Ligeti, & Maurice Ravel.

Dr. Stephen Lewis (b. 1983) is a composer, pianist, conductor, and educator living in  Portland, Oregon. A multi-faceted musician, Stephen  performs traditional piano music with a cutting-edge composer’s urgency while bringing a classical concert pianist’s devotion to beautiful sound and expressive power to avant-garde and experimental music. He searches for a rawness and immediacy in his interpretations of Beethoven and Chopin while also helping win over audiences with his renditions of complex atonal works by the likes of Schoenberg, Stockhausen, and Ligeti. Stephen performs music he believes has important and moving implications for today’s world from both the present and past and seeks to invite audiences in to share it with him. He believes that even the most demanding music is an opportunity for connection, edification, and meaningful experience.


Wednesday, September 4

Piano trio, ThreePlay, Tylor Neist violin, Dale Tolliver ‘cello, & Michael Barnes piano, perform trios by Saint-Saens & more!



Wednesday, September 11

Kristy is a Collaborative Pianist who has a passion for creating flawless performances that showcase the best in the performer while keeping the accompaniment in a supportive role. Program TBD




Wednesday, September 18

Concert pianist David Rothman performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major with Michael Banres “orchestra as organist.”



Wednesday, September 25

Kay Robbins, pianist & music educator, performs works by Bach, Beethoven, & Chopin, as well as classical & popular pieces on nature themes, from “Clair de Lune” to “Autumn Leaves”.  Interesting commentary before each selection.