Events

2020 – 2021 Guest Artist String Master Classes Series and Guest Academic Lectures at Key to Change

All master classes take place from 6-8pm PST and academic lectures take place on Fridays at 3:00pm remotely. If you are interested in attending a class, please contact us to receive RSVP and receive a link to our classes.

Key to Change is thrilled to offer our students master classes with distinguished guest artists from around the world. This school year our students will have the opportunity to work with the following renowned musicians:

Nicole Cherry, violin

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:00pm

Dr. Nicole Cherry is Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Texas at San Antonio and second violinist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet. Dr. Cherry has performed extensively in distinguished venues including the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, and the Banff Centre. A solo tour of the Middle East and Asia included performances before the Queen Noor of Jordan and in underdeveloped townships in Johannesburg during Apartheid.

Dr. Cherry served as artistic director of the Marian Anderson String Quartet Chamber Music Institute held in the underserved areas of Brazos Valley, Texas, as well as in St. Thomas,Virgin Islands. In recognition of this outreach with the quartet, Dr. Cherry garnered two Mayoral Proclamations, the Congress of Racial Equality’s MLK JR. Award for Outstanding Arts Achievement and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award.

Dr. Cherry’s doctoral research on the nineteenth-century Afro-European violin virtuoso, George Bridgetower, which explores historical socio-cultural theories in string music has garnered her awards that include Texas Tech University’s Paul Whitfield Horn Award and the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award. As a graduate of the Master’s degree program, The Juilliard School profiled Dr. Cherry in the Journal’s 100th-anniversary issue, “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and the Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.”

Please RSVP to receive link to attend this master class virtually.


Immanuel Abraham, violin

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 6:00pm

American violinist, Dr. Immanuel T. Abraham, is an award-winning performer, composer, masterclass clinician, and pedagogue. He has toured seven countries, and has been a featured artist for PBS, CBS, Blue Lake Public Radio, American String Teachers Association magazine, Southwest Strings, Fiddlershop’s “Music is for Everyone”, The Entertainer Magazine, Shar Music Company, Mind Over Finger, Violin Podcast, Arizona Daily Star Newspaper, Lovin’ Life in Tucson Newspaper, The Arizona Jewish Post Newspaper, the Tucson Film Festival, and much more.

His versatility as a performer spans many genres. He has served as the Concertmaster for the Annual Concert Without Borders at the Douglas/Agua Prieta port of entry, the Michigan Pops Orchestra, the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Contemporary Ensemble (ACE), Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, MuseArt, and Opera in the Ozarks. In recent years, Dr. Abraham also opened for We The Kings, Ben Folds, HelloGoodbye and numerous other popular bands. For these, in addition to their sets, he invariably plays his own original compositions on his 5-string electric violin, custom-designed by Ned Steinberger.

Dr. Abraham is the author of “J.S. Bach’s Chaconne: A Performer-Composer’s Approach to Interpretation”, and composer of the “Abraham 24 Caprices for Solo Violin”. He has also written complete theatrical scores, three milti-movement string quartets including “The Gilgamesh Quartet” and “Codex Janus Quartet” (reviewed by SHAR). He is also the founder and director of The Violin Guild, and artistic ambassador of Southwest Strings, WMutes, and Ovation Press. His instagram, @TheViolinDoctor, engages 20,000 followers. Dr. Abraham is an active advocate of world kinship through the arts, social equality, and environmental proactivity.

Please RSVP to receive link to attend this master class virtually.


Wynton Grant, violinist and lecturer

Friday, November 13th at 3:00pm

Lecture: YOUR Truth Will Set You Free: A Candid Conversation about Life and Entrepreneurship as a Musician

LA-based Grammy-nominated musician and serial entrepreneur Wynton Grant will address some realities facing students and new professional musicians. A recent graduate himself, Wynton will discuss practical and strategic actions students can take to leverage their own particular skill sets and connections into a sustainable career, and provide suggestions on ways to best prepare for an uncertain future in unprecedented times.

Grammy-nominated violinist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Wynton is one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after performers. Wynton can be heard on record with today’s hottest artists from Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus to Alicia Keys and has toured internationally with Grammy-winning artist Rostam. He has recorded for composers like Hans Zimmer and Alan Menken, and can be heard on the soundtrack to Disney’s Mulan (2020), The Lion King (2019), and more.

The sole recipient of The Dean’s Prize upon his graduation from the Yale School of Music, Wynton is also an alumnus of the University of Southern California and Lynn Conservatory.

Wynton is equally at home in classical and pop music settings, and constantly discovering new techniques for violin performance, including beatboxing, singing, and rapping while playing.

In addition to music, Wynton is a passionate and successful serial entrepreneur. The founder/CEO of Visions Unlimited Media, Staash International, and Sola, Wynton is also an active real estate investor with a portfolio of properties in Southern California and Wyoming.

Please RSVP to receive link to attend this master class virtually.


Timothy, Peters, violin

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:00pm

Timothy Peters is in his 8th season with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is currently serving as Principal 2nd Violin. He has performed as a titled guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including Principal 2nd Violin of the Dresden Philharmonic (Germany), Sub-Principal 2nd Violin of the BBC Philharmonic (Manchester, UK), Principal 2nd Violin of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Guest Concertmaster of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed as a guest player with the Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as Concertmaster with many of the USA’s leading festival orchestras, including the Spoleto USA Festival and the National Orchestral Institute.

Timothy’s many solo performances include recital appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, and an appearance as a soloist on Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion”. His recent concerto appearances include performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Maggini Ensemble (Houston, Texas).

Please RSVP to receive a link to attend this master class virtually.


Michael Klotz, viola and violin

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:00pm

Born in 1978 in Rochester, NY, Michael Klotz has established an international reputation as a performer and pedagogue of the viola. Klotz made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 17 and has since then appeared as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra principal worldwide. He joined the Amernet String Quartet in 2002 and has toured and recorded commercially with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain. Klotz has performed at some of New York’s most important venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, MoMA, Bargemusic, and the Kosciuzsko Foundation.

Michael is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master’s Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School.

He is a dedicated teacher and serves as Senior Instructor and Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, where he teaches viola and chamber music. Additionally, he teaches a select number of highly gifted pre-college students. Michael Klotz resides in Hallandale Beach, FL with his wife Kelly and sons Jacob and Natan, as well as two dogs and a cat.

Please RSVP to receive a link to attend this master class virtually.


Kristin Lee, violin

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. “Her Technique is flawless, and she has a sense of melodic shaping that reflects an artistic maturity,” writes the St. Louis Post‑Dispatch, and The Strad Reports, “She seems entirely comfortable with stylistic diversity, which is one criterion that separates the run-of-the-mill instrumentalists from true artists.”Kristin Lee has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ural Philharmonic of Russia, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Dominican Republic, and many others. She has performed on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center presented by the Musicians Emergency Fund,the Kennedy Center,Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Louvre Museum in Paris, Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. An accomplished chamber musician, Kristin Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing at Lincoln Center in New York.

Please RSVP to receive a link to attend this master class virtually.

Photo by: Arthur Moeller


 


Chelsey Green, violin

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:00pm

Described as “passionate, electrifying, and innovative,” international, Billboard-charting recording artist Chelsey Green breaks down stereotypes of traditional violin and viola playing. A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Chelsey Green is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, entrepreneur and educator that combines classical and contemporary to make music uniquely her own.

Chelsey and her ensemble, Chelsey Green and The Green Project, have released four studio projects, debuted on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz and iTunes Jazz charts and performed live shows and educational workshops around the world; including shows throughout the United States as well as through the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Japan and Haiti. Dr. Green maintains an active performance and recording schedule while also teaching full-time as an Associate Professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

A few performance highlights include the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards with Lizzo, Songs In The Key Of Life Tour (D.C.) twice with Stevie Wonder, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival with jazz violinist Regina Carter, the Essence Music Festival with MC Lyte, the Theater at Madison Square Garden with J.Cole, NPR Tiny Desk with Wu-Tang Clan, the Boston Pops with Rhiannon Giddens, a feature ensemble debut with The National Symphony Orchestra and a nationally syndicated Walmart commercial produced by BET Networks appearing alongside Kirk Franklin and Estelle.

Dedicated to educating youth of all backgrounds, Chelsey Green and The Green Project also spend time devoted to the community by providing a wide range of educational music workshops to city and county schools, after school programs and educational groups to illustrate the magical power music can have in their lives.

Hear and see more at www.chelseygreen.com.

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Photo by: Derrel Todd Photography

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Renowned Luthier Donates Violin to Instrument Library for Student Use

The Key to Change received a major donation in the form of a new violin (valued at $17,000) from David Van Zandt, a local violin maker, who has graciously gifted the instrument for the organization’s library. Van Zandt stipulated that the violin must be performed by a Black or Brown student, while they are enrolled in Key to Change.

Renton High School junior Analisa Ruiz was selected as the first recipient to use the violin. Analisa is considering becoming a music major after graduating high school. Analisa is a recipient of the Daniel Ching Scholarship. Dr. Morris selected Analisa to use the violin over the next two years. “She’s made enormous progress as a violinist while here at Key to Change,” said Dr. Morris. “I believe the use of this beautiful instrument will be a huge boost to her self-confidence as a student and player.”

Key to Change provides violin and viola lessons for middle and high school students living in South King County. Enrollment for new students will begin on August 17 – September 9, 2020.

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Scholarship Showcase

Left: Daniel Ching teaches violinist Rachel Joshua (grade 12) in a guest string master class. Right: Daniel Ching teaches the middle school violin class in a guest string master class.

Last September, we launched our Empowering Youth for Change (EYFC) Fund, to guarantee our financial stability for years to come, no matter what the economic climate is. Never could we have predicted that a global pandemic or the social upheaval would truly test the capacity of not only our organization, but the entire world. While 2020 has certainly been challenging, we are thankful that music continues to be a source of inspiration and solace for our students, who study violin and viola in our string studio.

Included in the creation of the EYFC Fund is the Daniel Ching Scholarship, a new merit based award for our students, who exemplify artistic talent. We recently awarded over $11,000 to our violin and viola students to continue their study in our string studio.

As a celebration of the EYFC Fund and the Daniel Ching Scholarship, you are cordially invited to attend a virtual showcase of our scholarship recipients where they will perform for Daniel Ching on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 6:00pm PST. Come see how your investment in EYFC Fund has positively impacted our amazing students.

The Daniel Ching Scholarship is named after my former violin instructor, who I studied with at the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel played a critical role in shaping my career as a performer and inspired me to give back to the next generation. He and I have both overcome tremendous hardships in our careers and this new scholarship honors that journey by creating new musical opportunities for underserved students in South King County.

The upcoming virtual showcase is free and only requires an RSVP. Please respond by Monday, August 3rd, 2020. Once received, you will receive a link to our event.

Thank you for everything you do to support young musicians in South King County. We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder

PS: Can’t attend the event? Support our youth with a donation towards our Empowering Youth for Change Fund.

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Key to Change Guest Lecturers: Spring-Summer Trimester

Being a strong and effective musician requires more than just music lessons. We’re committed to providing opportunities for our students to continue learning, growing, and preparing for their future, even if their normal public school classes are on hiatus. We are bringing in guest lecturers from a variety of academic fields over the next few months to conduct video lectures with our students and help broaden the scope of their music training.

Join these professors and experts who will lecture on an array of academic topics via Zoom. Please RSVP at info@keytochangestudio.org to receive access to these lectures. 

Friday, May 8, 3pm: Dr. PJ Alaimo
Seattle University Professor
Class Demonstration:  “Kitchen Chemistry: Acids and Bases”

Dr. Alaimo earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy from University of Michigan in 1994 and his PhD in organic chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1999.  After conducting research in chemical genetics and teaching biochemistry at UC San Francisco Medical Center, he started working at Seattle University in 2004, where he is currently a professor.


Friday, May 15, 3pm: Jonte Lee
Educator
Class Demonstration: “Crystals All Around Us”

Jonte Lee is a high school chemistry STEM teacher at Calving Coolidge High School in Washington DC Public Schools District. Before becoming a high school teacher, Jonte worked in the corporate sector as a marketing specialist. Through teaching, he found his life’s passion. He enjoys making meaningful connections with students and pushing them academically forward.


Wednesday, May 20, 4:30pm: Victor Zamora
Program Director for the College Success Foundation
College Preparatory Workshop

Victor Zamora currently works at the College Success Foundation as a Program Manager for Improvement and Quality. Previously, he worked as at KIPP Colorado Schools as the Director of KIPP Through College overseeing the College Counseling offices at two high schools. During his time in Colorado, he implemented strategies that increased the number of students attending their first-choice schools all around the country. He started his career working as an admissions counselor at Seattle University and then as Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment at Oregon State University. He is passionate about helping families through the complicated admissions process as well as supporting students for a successful journey through college.


Friday, May 22, 3pm: Iann Seel
CPA and Key to Change Board Member
Class Discussion: “Balancing Your LIfe and Your Finances”

Iann is an auditor at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, a national financial services firm. She work in the public sector, specifically auditing employee benefit plans and non-profit organizations. Iann graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting as well as minors in music and interdisciplinary studies. She played the violin in the Central Washington Symphony as well as the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and still plays the piano as a way to relax.


Friday, June 5, 3pm: Dr. Andrea Henderson-Platt
Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina 

Dr. Henderson’s research examines the influence of religion on health and family outcomes, with a strong emphasis on the implications of religious institutions, practices and values among Black Americans. An important aspect of her research examines how religious involvement protects against the different forms of stress, particularly racialized stress. To address this line of inquiry her work uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and takes an interdisciplinary focus incorporating perspectives from critical theory, social psychology, history, and public health. Her work has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Religion and Health, and Journal of Family Issues. Dr. Henderson received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas Austin in 2011, and she joined the Department of Sociology at UofSC in 2013.


Friday, June 12, 2020 3pm: Dr. Lisa “Osunleti” Beckley-Roberts
Ethnomusicologist

Dr. Lisa “Osunleti” Beckley-Roberts, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Interim Chair of music at Jackson State University, earned her doctorate in Ethnomusicology and Masters Degrees in Ethnomusicology and Harp Performance at Florida State University, after having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Harp Performance from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Her research interests include Africana spiritual traditions and the role of music within them, the creation of sacred space through music, music and memory, and Africana music and dance traditions.  She is also an accomplished performer who has been principal harpist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra while also performing with the neo-soul and hip-hop performers of Tallahassee Nights Live.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3pm: Daniel Hammes
Educational Administrator
Lecture: STEM and Music “The Perfect Duo for the Wonder Brain”

Dan has 20+ years in college administration as College faculty, Academic Advisor, and Campus Director. He currently serves as the campus director for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University overseeing the Renton and Joint-Base Lewis McChord campuses as well as teaches part-time as principal faculty for City University of Seattle in the School of Management since 1999. He has worked in public schools in Michigan, private schools in Washington, as well as in leadership roles both for-profit and non-profit companies in the Puget Sound. He holds a Bachelor’s in Theology from Faith Baptist Bible College, four master degrees from City University of Seattle, and a Master’s of Science in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Friday, June 19, 2020 3pm: Kymani Thomas
Consultant and Key to Change Board Member
Music Wellness Workshop

Cellist Keith Thomas is a committed advocate for access and inclusion in classical music. With over a decade of experience in community engagement, as a member of the Da Camera Young Artists Program, principal cellist of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, and most recently through the Teaching Artist program at the Seattle Symphony, he is especially focused on working with underserved populations and students of color. Keith also collaborates with nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies to help them develop and distribute compelling messaging.


Friday, June 26, 2020 3pm: Naomi Ishisaka
Seattle Times Journalist and Photographer

Naomi Ishisaka is the Social Justice Columnist for The Seattle Times. She is a journalist and photographer who focuses on racial equity and social justice. Through writing and photography, Ishisaka documents social justice movements, issues and events. Her writing and photography have appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald, Heart and Science Magazine and many other publications. Ishisaka served for eight years as the Editor in Chief of the award-winning ColorsNW Magazine, a monthly magazine focusing on communities of color in the Northwest.


Friday, July 10, 2020 3pm: Keisha McKinsley
Nurse

Keisha D. McKinsey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years experience in the medical field, delivers individualized care to each patient.  Mrs. McKinsey started McKinsey Health & Wellness so everyone could have access to quality healthcare, whether patients have insurance or not.  Keisha received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and her Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She’s currently a doctoral student at Abilene Christian University. She is a Renton High School graduate. 


Friday, July 17, 2020 3pm: Dr. Aronica V. Williams, MD
Doctor Specializing in Family Medicine

Dr. Williams graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin,Medical College of Wisconsin in 2005. Dr. Williams works in Milwaukee, WI and specializes in Family Medicine. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Orthopedic Hospital Of Wisconsin and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Theory from Loyola University New Orleans.


Friday, July 24, 2020 3pm: Michael Bean and Roni Ayalla
Business Development and Creative Strategists

Michael and Roni are the founders of Sandpaper Productions, a communications and design agency based in Austin, Texas. The firm helps companies and entrepreneurs of all sizes tell their stories more effectively with compelling visuals. Prior to founding Sandpaper Productions, Michael and Roni worked for media companies in New York. Both received their Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington in Seattle, where each worked with youth at nonprofits on digital storytelling.


Friday, July 31, 2020 3pm: Dr. Stephen Luckey
Assistant Professor of Biology at Seattle University
Understanding the Covid-19 Pandemic: From Basic Science to Public Health

Dr. Luckey’s research aims are twofold: 1) to understand the role of cell cycle regulators in both physiologic and pathologic hypertrophy; and 2) to identify regulators that promote beneficial cardiac growth and improved cardiac function in the context of heart disease. Ultimately, findings from this research may contribute to the development of therapies to mitigate the effects of heart failure. Professor Luckey received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Dayton, his Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, and conducted his postdoctoral research in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has also taught classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Regis University, Denver.

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Key to Change with the Seattle Symphony

In February three of our students shared the stage with the Seattle Symphony at a special outreach performance at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Amariah Strand, Alia Uffenorde, and Jasmine Wang all represented Key to Change and the broader musical community of South King County with their exceptional performances in a pre-concert recital. Key to Change collaborative pianist Joseph Williams was the accompanist.

Watch their performances and a post-concert interview in the videos below!

Amariah Strand performs the Kuchler Violin Concertino in G Major, Op. 11:

Alia Uffenorde performs the Kuchler Violin Concertino in D Major, Op. 15:

Jasmine Wang performs the Seitz Violin Concerto in G Minor and Polish Dance:

Post-Concert Interview with the Students:

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2020 Master Classes at Key to Change

Key to Change is thrilled to offer our students master classes with distinguished guest artists from around the world. This school year our students will have the opportunity to work with the following renowned musicians:

Cellist Seth Parker Woods
Presented in partnership with the Seattle Symphony

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5pm at Mill Creek Middle School (for group lesson students)
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6pm at Renton High School (for private lesson students)
Thursday, Feb. 6, 4pm at Renton High School (for group lesson students)

Cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. In addition to solo performances, he has appeared with such renowned ensembles as the Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble L’Arsenale, New York City Ballet, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, Woods has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen to Elliott Carter, Georg Friedrich Haas, Lou Reed, and Rachael Yamagata. He is currently the Artist in Residence with the Seattle Symphony and the interactive concert hall Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center.


Violist Arnaud Ghillebaert

Wednesday, March 18, 6pm at Renton High School

Originally from Paris, Arnaud Ghillebaert has performed as an orchestra musician with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Mariner) and the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Blomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and is now a member of the New Haven Symphony and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.


Violinist Alexander Kerr

Wednesday, April 29, 6pm (Online master class)

Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and in September 2011, he assumed his role as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Please RSVP to receive link to attend this master class virtually.


Violinist Lynn Chang

Wednesday, May 13, 6pm (Online master class)

A top-prize winner in the international Paganini Competition, Lynn Chang enjoys an active international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. For 25 years, he performed as a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and he has appeared at the Marlboro and Tanglewood music festivals and as a soloist with orchestras worldwide. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer, and Orion string quartets. In 2010 Chang performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, to honor Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, and in 2011 he performed for President Obama at the nationally telecast Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Please RSVP to receive a link to attend this master class virtually.


Violinist Adrian Anantawan

Saturday, April 11, 5pm at Riverton Park United Methodist Church (as part of the Key to Change Solo String Festival)

Violinist and educator Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games and the United Nations. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Active within his community, Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young person with disabilities within a chamber music setting.


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine
Presented in partnership with Early Music Seattle

Thursday, April 16, 7pm at Renton High School

Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. Pine has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious ensembles including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Iceland, Montreal, New Zealand, San Diego, St. Louis and Vienna Symphonies; the Buffalo, Calgary, Rochester and Royal Philharmonics; the Louisville and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Royal Scottish Philharmonic, the Belgian and Russian National Orchestras; and the Israel, Mozarteum and Scottish Chamber Orchestras.


Violinist Ruth Marie Ballance

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30pm at Renton High School

Violinist Ruth Marie Ballance performs extensively throughout North America as a part of the Ballance Duo. Dedicated to audience building and music education, the Ballance Duo presents artistic, thematic programs, and converses with their audiences to make music come alive for listeners. Ruth Marie served on the faculty of Suzuki Talent Education Program Birmingham and was a member of the Samford Quartet. She taught at both Samford University and University of Alabama – Birmingham, and has held previous appointments at Hochstein School of Music and Dance and the Cleveland Institute of Music, among other educational institutions.


Violinist Annie Fullard

Wednesday, July 22, 6pm (Online master class)

Violinist Annie Fullard joyfully celebrates more than 30 years as a member of the Cavani String Quartet, and recognizes the empathy and connectivity of chamber music as a metaphor for the kind of communication that we should strive for between cultures and nations. A leader in the field of chamber music performance, advocacy and education, she serves as Distinguished Artist, Charlie and Mary Jean Yates Chamber Music Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings and, for more than 30 years served as faculty and member of the Quartet -in- Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2018, she served as resident faculty for The Juilliard Music and Arts summer program in Shanghai, China.

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Spring Salon Fundraiser

You’re Invited to Our Spring Salon Fundraiser!

“The Spring Salon is one way to connect string students in South King County with the support of the community. The Spring Salon is an intimate gathering of friends and family, cheering on youth who are dedicating their time and talent to learning the violin.”

– Micaela Pearson, Key to Change Board President

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2pm
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art Gallery
1210 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
$100 Suggested Donation

We are thrilled to invite you to our annual Spring Salon Fundraiser at the beautiful Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art Gallery in Downtown Seattle! Join us for an afternoon of performances by current students, plus an opportunity to meet our board, staff, and other members of the local music community. Let’s work together to celebrate our students’ successes and pave the way for the next generation of young musicians in South King County.

Hosted by Vivian Phillips, arts consultant and Key to Change Advisory Board member.

Vivian is an independent arts consultant focusing primarily on projects that forward the work of artists, arts organizations, community arts, and cultural engagement.  Her work places an emphasis on achieving equitable outcomes for traditionally marginalized members of the arts community. Vivian also served as a director on the Quinton Morris short film BREAKTHROUGH, based on the life Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  She is a past chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and serves as a director on the KUOW and University of Washington Foundation boards.

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Unable to attend but still interested in supporting music students in South King County? Click here to donate to our Scholarship Fund and make a difference for young musicians in our region.

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