Ava Gehlen-Williams has been playing the violin for eleven years. As a music teacher, she strives to create a supportive atmosphere that encourages creating and sharing music together. As a performer, Ava has played with Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra, Cascade Youth Symphony, and WMEA All-State Orchestra groups. She is the concertmaster of the Edmonds-Woodway Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, she studies under Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi of the Skyros Quartet and plans on pursuing both music and science in her career.
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Sarah Mahoney started PSMA with a mission to bring the best collaborative music education to students of all ages. She believes there is no age too young to begin playing, performing, and building confidence through student collaboration. She has performed with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Pacific University Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and Northwest Symphony Orchestra among others. She has studied collaborative piano at Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Aspen Summer Music Festival and School. As a 2018 Forbes Under 30 Fellow, Sarah recently attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit focused on education and social entrepreneurship. She will speak at the National Association for Music Education conference this fall and will earn her Masters in Teaching through Antioch University in the upcoming year.
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Begin is a born and raised Pacific Northwest musician with a strong passion for making music accessible to all people. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001, she started to perform with Symphony Tacoma and is currently the concertmaster of the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Along with performing, Begin teaches hundreds of students every week through her work with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Seattle Public Schools, Edmonds School District, and her private studio. Over the last 15 years of teaching, she has taught people from ages 4 to 85 and has worked with students who have different challenges, such as hearing impairment, vision impairment, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Begin strives to make music learning fun and rewarding and always works to find the best method for each unique student.
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Dana Wenzel has been playing the violin for fourteen years. Her main aims as a music teacher are to make music accessible to everyone regardless of skill level and to foster a community of performers and families centered around a love of music. To do so, she has made an effort to teach her students at PSMA a rounded curriculum that includes violin theory and history. Dana has also tutored English and Music Theory at Edmonds Community College.
Dana is an active performer. In 2017, she was awarded Special Recognition for her Complete Program in the Seattle Young Artists’ Music Festival, performed as concertmaster and featured soloist in Cascade Youth Symphony’s European Tour, and received second place at the state Solo/Ensemble festival for the 441 duo. As well as presenting solo repertoire, she performs with the 441 duo in many different locations; they may be found on social media, on the streets at local farmers’ markets, and at private events. She has studied under Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi of Skyros Quartet, Janet Button and Jan Coleman. Dana is currentlyworking towards a degree in Violin Performance at the University of Victoria.
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Andrew Kim is a current undergrad at the University of Washington, pursuing both a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Andrew believes every up-and-coming musician's goal should be to find the space and ability to create music with others, and he strives to encourage future generations to learn and appreciate the creation of music. To help facilitate these goals, he has taught local students in an effort to encourage the growth of school music programs and has coached various chamber groups at Edmonds-Woodway High School while in attendance. Additionally, he founded the "Lessons for All" program, which allows elementary school students who would otherwise be unable to experience lessons enjoy the benefits of being under a dedicated private teacher and reach beyond the standard curriculum.
In the past, Andrew has taken part in many musical experiences, including debuting at Benaroya Hall with the Cascade Youth Symphony, participating in All-State/All-Northwest groups throughout high school, and competing twice at the state Solo/Ensemble contest. The second year he competed in state Solo/Ensemble, he won second place with the 441 duo. Andrew also strives to contribute to the local music scene and assists with various musicals around the area, including Madrona Children’s Theatre and Driftwood Players productions. He currently plays a 1703 Matteo Gofriller cello, generously lent to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
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Henry Wetzel has been playing the piano for fourteen years and the cello for eight years. He offers cello and piano instruction to beginning students of all ages. Currently, Henry is learning the Boccherini Cello Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 6 for piano.
Henry is currently a senior at Edmonds Woodway and is participating in their International Baccalaureate program. In addition, he plays cello in the Edmonds Woodway Philharmonic. He has a passion for sharing his knowledge of music and aims to bring out the best in each student he teaches.
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