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                Faculty & Clinicians for 2023

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         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

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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 25 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 7TH 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 over 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 5th consecutive year. 

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                 Michael van der Sloot                                               Cello Instructor                             
                  CELLO FOCUS

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, Calgary Music Academy's summer workshop and this is Michaels 2nd year teaching at Mountainside Cello Focus Program.


              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 and the Principal Violist with the Symphony of the Kootenays.  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 6th 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 Evening Fiddle Fun event at the lovely Gyro Park! 

                 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.  Ross will be offering a class on instrument makingVisit 

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