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Chamber Music Listening Party with UMASS Grad Student Quartet

Friday, December 11, 2020,
6:00 pm
to 6:45 pm EST

Four graduate music students at the University of Massachusetts will share their experiences and performances in this listening session. Learn about the journey of pursuing music as a career and performing chamber music at a university. The quartet will perform selections from Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 77 No. 2 in F major.

This event is designed specifically for young musicians ages 11-17, but all are invited to join. Please RSVP for the Zoom link.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Vermont Violins!

Christopher Bolduc, Violin:
Christopher Bolduc was born in Boca Raton, Florida. He recently graduated with a BA in violin performance from the University of South Florida. From an early age, he was exposed to various genres of world music ranging from Brazilian Bossa Nova, African Fusion, Western and Indian Classical, and American Jazz. He began studying violin at the age of 11. Soon after he became concertmaster of his respective school orchestras and participated in regional academic orchestras like All-County and All-State Orchestras, securing the concertmaster position of both during his senior year. During previous summers, Mr. Bolduc attended Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brancaleoni International Music Festival, the DaPonte String Quartet Institute and Bad Leonfelden Sommerakadamie receiving lessons from pedagogues Mimi Zwieg, Rictor Noren, I-Hao Lee, Bayla Keyes, Marcus Thompson and Mark Gothoni. Mr. Bolduc accepted an assistantship offer to study at the graduate level at the University of Massachusetts Amherst starting in Fall 2020. Mr. Bolduc hopes that his listeners always leave feeling better than they did before, even in a small way.

Rebeca Rathlef, Violin:
Rebeca began studying violin at the age through the Suzuki Method in Campinas, Brazil. She graduated from the University of São Paul.  She played in the Experimental Orchestra of the Municipal Theater of São Paulo, where she performed in the various concert halls throughout the city. She is now in her second year of graduate school at the University of Massachusetts studying Violin Performance. Rebeca seeks improving string teaching pedagogy by completing various violin training programs like Suzuki school certification and through her Teacher Assistant duties at UMass Amherst.

Jiwon Lee, Cello:
Jiwon Lee is a graduate student and cello studio TA at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She is a freelance cellist and a cello instructor in the US and Korea. She has studied with Cellist Il-Hwan Bai and is currently studying with Edward Arron at UMass Amherst. Jiwon Lee has great interest and love for chamber music and orchestral playing.

Erin Thom, Viola:
Erin Thom is a violist from Mequon, WI, currently completing her Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She studied violin  and viola performance at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and her primary teachers include Nobuyoshi Yasuda, Molly Gebrian, Ronald Gorevic, and Kathryn Lockwood. While Studying at the University of Wisconsin, she was a recipient of the Eileen Cohen String Quartet scholarship from 2018-2019 and an ORSP research grant to study the life and works of Dmitri Shostakovich at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in 2016. Currently, she is a Teaching Assistant to professor Kathryn Lockwood at UMass, working in a string quartet and managing social media for the UMass string program. Most recently, she has become a host of the music podcast, Out of Tune, with Victoria Senko and Rebeca Rathlef.


UVMC is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the Associated Chamber Music Players.


Friday, December 11, 2020
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm EST
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