Practicing Musician’s Violin Teacher Co-Founder – North Corner Chamber Orchestra
I perform regularly with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, the Oregon Symphony, and the Oregon Bach Festival orchestra. While living in Minneapolis, I performed and toured with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, I have recorded with the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and for the soundtracks of numerous motion pictures and video games. I am a co-founder of Seattle’s conductor-less chamber orchestra, the North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO).
“Playing music has provided me with more opportunities than anything else in my life.” -Blayne Barnes
The study of music gives people the opportunity to express themselves in every conceivable way. It stirs in us an intellectual curiosity (how do I fix this technical problem?), becomes an emotional outlet or “inlet” (why does this phrase make me sad?) and, of course, makes us want to join in, physically (dance!). It’s a great way to meet people and make friends, travel the world, and guide us in understanding different cultures. It has been such a deep part of my life for as long as I can remember, even before I played violin. My hope is that through teaching, I can encourage students to discover and respect their own unique connection to music.
Music Education History
Bachelor of Music Degree, summa cum laude – Arizona State University
Master of Music degree – University of Oregon
When studying for my Masters, I received extensive Suzuki pedagogy training. I have held faculty positions at Oregon State University and Willamette University, as well as at community music schools in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and St. Paul, Minnesota. I currently teach out of my home studio in Seattle, Washington. Notably, my studio has included the children of professional musicians, including members of the Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, as well as university music professors and school orchestra directors. In addition, my current and former students have won first prize in competitions, including the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (Bellevue, Washington), have soloed with youth orchestras, and have successfully auditioned to become members of youth orchestras in Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Portland, Oregon. My former students have gone on to study music at universities and conservatories throughout the US and the UK.
I had the opportunity to perform two of Sibelius’ symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The experience of being in a great city playing with a world-class orchestra on a world-class stage is one that I will never forget.
The inaugural concert of NOCCO (North Corner Chamber Orchestra) was incredibly memorable not only because the orchestra sounded fantastic, but because it was the culmination of a tremendous amount of work on the part of myself and my colleagues. It’s wonderful to see something that started as a hopeful “experiment” still going strong years later.
Again with Sibelius! Performing all of Sibelius’ symphonies with Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard was a highlight of my performing career. Clearly I’m a big fan of Sibelius, but Dausgaard inspired the orchestra during those weeks in a way that I have rarely seen.