Faculty for Summer 2019
JEFF FARAGHER MICHAEL VAN DER SLOOT MARTINE DEN BOK OLIVIA WALSH CVETOZAR VUTEV
Chamber Strings Cello Focus Chamber Strings Chamber Strings Chamber Strings
CELLO FOCUS (Adults and Youth (13+)
The CELLO FOCUS program (June 21-23, 2019) will be taught this year by Cellists, Jeff Faragher and
Michael van der Sloot. Both are experienced professional musicians, captivating performers and excellent quality cello instructors from the Kootenays in BC and Alberta. This 3 day intensive program is called
"The Essence of Sound" and is geared to the intermediate and advanced students. See full Bios below
CHAMBER STRINGS (Adults and Youth (13+)
The CHAMBER STRINGS Program (July 8-12, 2019) include Jeff Faragher (Director, Cello Instructor, Ensemble Coach, and Orchestral Conductor ), Cvetozar Vutev (Violin Instructor, Ensemble Coach), Olivia Walsh (Cello Instructor, Ensemble Coach), and Martine den Bok (Violin Instructor & Ensemble Coach). Our faculty are professional musicians and excellent quality instructors/coaches for strings and chamber music. They will work closely with our registrants on a daily basis during the Chamber Strings week offering coaching, orchestral conducting, warm-ups, sectionals, and private lessons (one 45 min lesson per student included in tuition).
Be captivated and inspired by our faculty performances! Chamber Strings is designed for intermediate to advanced level string players. See Full Bios below
Have a listen Bach & Vivaldi Concertos
Jeff Faragher, Program Director
Cello Instructor Conductor Coach
Known for his enrapturing performance style, Jeff Faragher is a natural entertainer. With extensive training and experience as a classical cellist, he performs and teaches in the Kootenays and Calgary as a professional cellist and is one of the regions most active performers. Jeff plays regularly as a soloist with Symphony orchestras throughout western Canada in addition to playing in several chamber ensembles. Currently, he is Artistic Director (Conductor) for Symphony of the Kootenays. At the University of Alberta Jeff began a Doctor of Music focusing on contemporary styles on the cello. This lead him down the path of using his jazz training to create new styles of playing cello in many different genres including Celtic, gypsy-jazz, middle-eastern, tango, and flamenco. Jeff feels at home in almost any ensemble and brings his energy to the mix. With more than 19 years of helping cellists reach their goals, he has been inspiring students of all ages. Drawing from his extensive experience working with world class instructors from around the world he has honed a style that speaks to his students and excites them to find undiscovered heights in their playing.
Cellist Olivia Walsh enjoys a varied schedule of teaching, orchestral and chamber playing, as well as conducting and adjudicating and studio recording. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Olivia graduated with a degree in Performance from the University of Alberta under the guidance of Tanya Prochazka. Olivia further pursued studies in conducting and pedagogy before settling with her family in the Okanagan. Since arriving in Kelowna in 2006, Olivia has enjoyed teaching throughout British Columbia, playing in both the Okanagan and Kamloops Symphonies, as well as teaching in Kelowna and Penticton.
Olivia joined Jeff for the 2016 Cello Focus Program and will be joining us again for the 3rd consecutive year!
Violin Instructor Coach
Cvetozar Vutev has served as concertmaster with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and has taught violin, viola, chamber music, and string orchestra with the Kamloops Symphony Music School since 2005. He has also served as concertmaster with the Symphony of the Kootenays since 2016. Cvetozar has also been a first violin core player with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and holds the position of music director of Vivace Chorale Kamloops since 2007, and the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra since 2012. He has also acted as choir instructor of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops since 2013.
Cvetozar achieved a master's degree in violin performance under Boyan Lechev at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1990. In 2016 he achieved a doctorate in musicology and musical arts at the same institution. Cvetozar also attended violin master classes taught by Yfrah Neaman (UK) and Wolfgang Marschner (Germany). In 2000 Cvetozar earned a master’s degree in law at the Kliment Ochridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2017, he received the Mayor’s Award for the Arts – Artist of the Year: Performing Arts in Kamloops.
Cvetozar has performed and taught violin, viola, chamber music, and orchestra for 30 years. He has played in numerous solo violin, chamber music, symphony, and opera performances in 12 European countries, as well as the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Canada. We are excited to welcome Cvetozar back again from last year (2018).
Michael van der Sloot Cello Instructor
Michael van der Sloot is a young Canadian musician with a versatile range of skills and interests. As a cellist, Michael has performed with iconic figures such as Anton Kuerti, Andrés and Roberto Díaz, Raphael Wallfisch, and eighth blackbird. He was a founding member of the Mahewa String Quartet, grand prize winners in the chamber music category of the 2008 Canadian Music Competition. As soloist, he has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Youth Orchestra, with whom he premiered his own Cello Concerto in C in April 2013.
Mr. van der Sloot has participated in prestigious summer festivals including those at the Banff Centre and National Arts Centre, and studied at Southern Methodist University (B.Mus.’13; M.Mus. ‘17),and Northwestern University (M.Mus. ’15) after receiving his pre-collegiate training through the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. His primary teachers include cellists John Kadz, Andrés Díaz, and Hans Jørgen Jensen, along with composers Xi Wang, Simon A. Sargon, Jay Alan Yim, Kevin Hanlon, and Lane Harder.
In addition to his pursuits as a cellist and composer, Michael is a dedicated music instructor, teaching cello, chamber music, theory, composition, and history. He is a member of the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory & Calgary Music Academy. He is a member of the cello and chamber music faculty at the Valhalla Summer School of Music in New Denver, BC as well as Calgary Music Academy's summer workshop.
We warmly welcome Michael to Cello Focus 2019!
Martine den Bok
Violin Instructor Coach
Martine denBok is a classically trained, professional violinist with a captivating stage presence and a ‘spine-tingling’ tonal colour palette. A natural born musician who began violin lessons at the age of three, Martine has now performed as concertmaster for over twenty productions with Edmonton’s ‘Opera Nuova Orchestra’, spent three seasons playing next to Juno nominated Pablo Diemecke with Victoria’s ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’ and played first violin for Edmonton’s popular and ecclectic ‘StringBeans Quartet’. She holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance, and is the Principal Second Violinist of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Now a resident of New Denver BC, Martine is a busy multi-instrumentalist and collaborator, most noteably with her acclaimed duo, ‘Freya’ – a group known for their heartfelt and spell-binding instrumental compositions and sweet vocal harmonies. Aside from performing, Martine maintains a busy teaching studio with students from Nelson to New Denver.
We are excited to welcome Martine back again for her 3rd consecutive summer!
Ross Hill from Calgary will be joining us again this summer to re-hair bows and do minor repairs and adjustments on stringed instruments. He will also have a supply of accessories such as rosin,bows and more for purchase. Visit www.aeolianstrings.com