Master Classes are FREE and are open to students who play the instrument, just starting to play the instrument, or who are thinking about playing the instrument. The class will include: ​Instruction on the instrument
"Petting Zoo" time where students can try the instruments with professional help!
Bring your instrument, a music stand, and a solo piece you are working on (if you have one).

OBOE MASTER CLASS - LAURA GOBEN HARPER, Instructor

JANUARY 20, 2020   5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Taylor Creek Church

Laura Goben Harper is the principal oboe of the Olympia Symphony and the MidColumbia Symphony, and maintains an active growing private studio in Western Washington—teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She is currently on faculty at Northwest University and Pierce College, and presents regular instrument demonstrations and clinics in public schools as well as giving masterclasses throughout the state. Ms. Harper is also an active chamber musician, performing with the Calico Trio, the Sound Ensemble, and various other quintets and trios. She received her Master's of Music from the University of Oregon and her Bachelor's of Music from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a student she recived various awards such as Outstanding Gradutate in Performance, the Ensemble Fellowship Award, the Sigma Alpha Lota Alumni Scholarship Award, and University of Michigan Honors. Her primary teachers include Melissa Pena and Dr. Nancy Ambrose King.

TUBA MASTER CLASS - EDGAR PHILLIPS, Instructor

JANUARY 27, 2020   5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Taylor Creek Church

Edgar Phillips has been a prominent freelance Tubist in the Puget Sound region for more than thirty years. Formerly Principal Tubist for the Bellevue Philharmonic, he has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, NW Ballet Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony and others. He is currently prinicpal tuba with the Olympia Symphony and performs regularly with the Pacific Brass Quintet, Tacoma Revels and the Bavarian Village Band. He has recorded a number of motion picture and video game sound tracks and has recorded with the Emerald City Brass quintet and the Cascadia Brass ensemble among others. A graduate of the University of Washington and Manhattan School of Music, he currently resides in Tacoma with his wife and daughter.

DOUBLE BASS MASTER CLASS - SAMUEL BOOTH, Instructor

FEBRUARY 3, 2020   5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Taylor Creek Church

Samuel Booth, conductor and bassist, holds a degree in Double Bass Performance and Masters in Orchestra Conduction from Central Washington University. An established bassist, he has played with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony Orchestra, Everett Philharmonic, and Lake Union Civic Orchestra. Sam has also played bass for Jackie Evancho at Seattle's Paramount Theatre as part of her America's Got Talent tour. A Seattle native, Sam has studied with Anna Doak, Doug Miller and Jon Hamar.
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 VIOLIN MASTER CLASS - JOHN WELLER, Instructor

MARCH 16, 2020   5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Taylor Creek Church

Violinist John Weller has been a member of the Seattle Symphony for four decades, 35 of those years as assistant concertmaster. As such, he performed as concertmaster for Seattle appearances of Renee Fleming and Mistislav Rostropovitch, as well as for Marvin Hamlisch's many Pops concerts in Seattle.  Also a 16 year veteran of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra in New York City, he traveled with that group often to Japan.  John speaks Japanese, is addicted to crossword puzzles, and authored a book, Violin Down, relating devastating events of his youth . Seeking peace and balance on the waters of Puget Sound, John has lived aboard his sailboat, Poeme, for many years.