Faculty & Clinicians for 2022


         JEFF FARAGHER                         JOSEPHINE VAN LIER               MARTINE DEN BOK                   OLIVIA WALSH                    CVETOZAR VUTEV

              Chamber Strings                               Cello Focus                                      Chamber Strings                           Chamber Strings                      Chamber Strings

                Cello Focus

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              BRIE HURLBERT
      Chamber Strings, Fiddle Fun

      Jeff Faragher, Program Director
   Cello Instructor    Conductor       Coach                
                CELLO FOCUS        
             CHAMBER STRINGS


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. 

                          Olivia Walsh
                                 Cello Instructor         
                         Chamber Strings              

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 6TH consecutive year!

                     Cvetozar Vutev
              Violin & Viola Instructor   Coach         
                  CHAMBER STRINGS

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 for the 4th consecutive year. 



                 Josephine van Lier                                                        Cello Instructor                             
                  CELLO FOCUS

A versatile musician and educator, Josephine van Lier is equally at ease on historic instruments - such as baroque cello, a 5 string violoncello piccolo, a 7 string bass viola da gamba, a violone or a tenor or treble gamba - as on their contemporary counterparts, using instruments and bows whose designs, construction and material span over 400 years in origin; from her 1725 baroque cello to her 1870 modern cello, from gut strings on her historic instruments to steel strings on the modern ones. She, therefore, covers a wide variety of repertoire utilizing the endless possibilities that this range of instruments, string set-ups and bows allow her. She recently found “the cello of her dreams”, a baroque cello built by John Sexton in 1725, still in its original condition. Josephine has garnered much world-wide critical acclaim for her 4-disc recording of the Bach cello suites in leading publications around the world, such as Strad Magazine, Oxford Early Music and including an “Editor’s Choice”, five-star rating from London’s “Early Music Today”. Founding member and artistic director of Early Music Alberta, Josephine van Lier is a strong advocate for the historically informed performance practise of early music. A passionate and very active performer, soloist and chamber musician, Josephine is always looking for challenging and exciting projects. She performs throughout North America, Asia and Europe. She is much sought after across North America for performing, adjudicating festivals, teaching masterclasses, holding lectures and directing workshops on historically informed performance practice. Josephine van Lier is the founder and artistic director/conductor of La Folia, Edmonton’s baroque string ensemble specialized in the historically informed performance of little known music of the renaissance and baroque eras. Josephine thoroughly enjoys teaching cello, baroque cello, viola da gamba, cello ensemble and viola da gamba consort out of her private studio. Her students are enthusiastic and active members of Edmonton’s rich music scene. She is the recipient of the “Celebration of Women in the Arts Award” from the Edmonton Arts Council.


              Martine den Bok
        Violin & Viola Instructor    Coach                 
             CHAMBER STRINGS

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 5th consecutive summer!       

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                 Brie Hurlbert


             Chamber Strings

At age 5, Brie began classically studying violin but she always enjoyed playing fiddle for fun. Later she honed her fiddling skills as she studied with Buddy McMasterat the Gaelic School of Celtic Arts at Cape Breton and learned bluegrass fiddle techniques with John Showman. As singer and fiddler, Brie played with the “Kootenay Grass Company” and currently plays with the Symphony of the Kootenays.  She is an experienced teacher of violin and fiddle techniques and currently teaches 20-25 students from children to adults.  Brie has been participating in and assisting with Chamber Strings since 2014.  She facilitates our Tuesday Evening Fiddle Fun event! 

                 Ross Hill


             Chamber Strings

Luthier and master instrument maker 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.  He is joined by his apprentice Andrew Sholtz who also happens to be wonderful musician and graduate of University of Calgary (Viola and Trombone).  Visit www.aeolianstrings.com