Key to Change commits to fighting racism

January 11, 2021

Dear Key to Change Community:

This year, we are making some important and very needed changes to our program to ensure that students in our string studio feel valued and represented, not only within our organization, but also within the musical curriculum and repertoire. While our organization is quite diverse with students, staff, board members and guest artists representing various racial ethnicities and backgrounds, I believe that we can all benefit from more formalized practices that will bring us closer together; especially when dealing with circumstances regarding racism, political or social issues.

Over the next six months, Key to Change will work with HeARTWork Collective, an arts consulting group who specialize in anti-racism and social justice work for students and organizations. We have hired two dynamic teaching artists who will work with our string students, staff and board in various workshops on how to confront and navigate through social bias and systemic oppression, which are infused in our institutions and communities. Our goal is to educate our entire organization on what power each of us has to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for everyone we come in contact with.

I continue to be proud of the hard work that Key to Change is doing to ensure that our students become self-aware leaders who will galvanize positive change in their respective communities. While music is what binds us together, the deeper connection of fostering healthy, sustainable relationships with each other is at the core of who we are. I’m hopeful that through our training, we can restore a common purpose of unity and respect to the people we interact with and the communities in which we live.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Quinton Morris, DMA
Executive Director & Founder
Key to Change

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Key to Change Students Receive Top Honors

Ellie Whitby, an 11th grader at Kentridge High School was among the eleven Key to Change students who received a superior rating at the Jackson State University’s Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Two weeks ago, eleven students from the Key to Change string studio received superior (1st place) ratings at Jackson State University Music Department’s virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest. The contest attracted high school student musicians from all over the country, where JSU music professors judged and coached each participant. All eleven Key to Change students performed scales and individual solo pieces that they have been learning in their respective group and individual music lessons. Key to Change studio represented the largest studio of students who participated in the Solo and Ensemble Contest. 

The Key to Change student participants included:

Alia Uffenorde, violin – 9th grader at Tahoma High School

Analisa Ruiz, violin – 11th grader at Renton High School

Derek Nguyen, violin –  9th grader at Hazen High School

Devin Nguyen, violin – 9th grader at Hazen High School

Ellie Whitby, violin – 11th grader at Kentridge High School

Jasmine Wang, violin – 9th grade homeschooler

Jason Deng, violin – 9th grader at Kent-Meridian High School

Jolene Nguyen, viola – 11th grade at Hazen High School

Madison Cole, violin – 9th grader at Garfield High School

Madison Woolery, violin – 11th at Kenridge High School

Richie Doan, violin – 12th at Renton High School 

The Jackson State University Department of music is perhaps best known for the Sonic Boom of the South. This high-energy show-stopping marching band is legendary throughout the United States and abroad, and has been chosen to perform for nationally televised awards programs and professional football games.  However, the music program is about that, and much more. This unit is home to over 20 music ensembles that master and perform Western classical, jazz, gospel, and world music genres throughout the Southern region.  These include numerous brass ensembles, vocal and instrumental jazz combos, an orchestra, opera workshop, choirs, symphonic bands, and an African music and dance ensemble. The program has produced internationally renowned performers, music educators, and music producers who have matriculated through our National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited programs in Music Education (both graduate and undergraduate), Music Performance, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies. 

Jackson State University is a historically Black college, located in Jackson, Mississippi. 

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Caleb Vaughn-Jones is the inaugural Composer in Residence

Caleb Vaughn-Jones is the inaugural Composer in Residence

Caleb Vaughn-Jones, a classical cellist and composer will serve as the inaugural Composer in Residence at Key to Change. Vaughn-Jones will compose original works for both violin and viola for string students of all musical levels that they will perform in virtual recital in the spring of 2021. Based in Los Angeles, Vaughn-Jones will work virtually with Key to Change string students in a master class setting, assessing their playing ability to compose repertoire specific to their playing abilities and later coaching them on the created repertoire. Select string students will perform Vaughn-Jones’ original works and be interviewed on Dr. Quinton Morris’ new show on Classical King 98.1 FM radio. Morris’ new show is scheduled to premiere in January 2021. Morris is the executive director and founder of Key to Change, which he founded in 2017.

 

“I’m ecstatic about Caleb joining our studio as our inaugural Composer in Residence”, states Morris. “I’m thrilled for our students, who will have an opportunity to work with not just a young, brilliant composer, but someone who looks like them and understands their story. Representation is key and it will be present in Caleb’s residency through his teaching and the music he composes.”

Vaughn-Jones’ career in performance and musical composition has taken him around the world through industries of solo and symphonic performance, film, gaming, and sound production; from the Civilization games series by Firaxis Games, to solo performances in works with Hans Zimmer, Mark Lackey, and Southern Africa’s Free State Symphony Orchestra in Bloemfontein, ZA. His solo works and compositions in the United States include touring performances with the Sphinx Virtuosi at venues around the country, including the New World Center of Miami, FL and Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.

Brenda Barnes, CEO of Classical KING 98.1 FM Radio says, “We are thrilled to welcome Caleb Vaughn-Jones as our first Composer in Residence. We are grateful to Dr. Quinton Morris, our Artist-Scholar in Residence, for selecting Caleb and giving us a chance to work with a brilliant young composer.”

Born 1985, Vaughn-Jones’ artistic and musical interests showed at an early age. He attended performances of the Charleston Symphony and the Spoleto Art Festival, hosted in Charleston, SC. At the age of 8, he began voice lessons; by age 10, began studying the cello. In grades 11 and 12, Vaughn-Jones attended the South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, spending his summers at Indiana University’s Strong Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp where he received the prestigious Emerson Scholarship. Following those studies, Vaughn-Jones attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and the Lynn Conservatory of Music.

“I’m really excited to create music that, hopefully, they find exciting and refreshing to learn and perform. I remember being a student and having those few pieces that I didn’t mind practicing because I really connected with the music. I really want them to realize how powerful this art form is and their instruments are tools that can bring about a huge range of emotions,” says Vaughn-Jones. “For me, this is the single driving factor behind my pursuit of artistic excellence; we can have a lasting impact on the listener.”

In 2013, Vaughn-Jones founded Regulus Sound Productions, specializing in production and sourcing of original sounds from Africa for various companies around the world, notably for Firaxis Games, Mandharam (Bollywood), and Step Up. Regulus Sound Productions has grown into a music production company, mixing remote cello recordings for producers in music for film, television, and gaming industries.

In conversation about his time in South Africa, Vaughn-Jones comments: “living in South Africa for 9 years had an impact on me. Some of this influence is obvious, a lot of which I’m probably unaware of at this point. During my time there I had the opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. I learned most from traditional African singing. Attending weddings and church services were essentially music masterclasses for me. There are certain ways that Xhosa men sing bass notes that impressed me. That sound can fill a room.”

“South Africans tend to be more concerned about today, not the future…I find that they are a society that values deep relationships, everything has intention. Conversations are deeper, the food is made with love, and belly laughs are common. In terms of my performances and compositions, I have found that I second guess myself less. It is easier for me to determine whether something is actually impactful or not because I am not trying to impress the “academy”, but instead impact the human soul,” Vaughn-Jones says.

The Composer in Residence is in sponsored by Classical King 98.1 FM.

To learn more about Caleb Vaughn-Jones, visit calebvaughnjones.com

For more information, please contact:

Thomas Sweeney, Creative Content Manager

(916) 934-8640

tsweeney@keytochangestudio.org

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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 Awards $11,000 in Daniel Ching Scholarships

“I was extremely honored and flattered when Key to Change wanted to start a scholarship fund in my honor. I’m overjoyed as these awards will give these young musicians the same opportunity I was given at their age, and all through the generosity of the entire Key To Change community which has given already so much to the fund. I feel tremendous pride that Key to Change exists because of the vision and hard work of my former student, Dr. Quinton Morris. I could not be more proud of what he has given to the community in South King County already, and look forward eagerly to the next stages of growth for the organization.” – Daniel Ching, violinist of the Miró Quartet

We are thrilled to announce the first round of recipients for the Daniel Ching Scholarship for Musical Excellence. Launched in 2019, the Daniel Ching Scholarship is named after the former violin instructor of Key to Change Founder and Executive Director Dr. Quinton Morris. Daniel played a critical role shaping Quinton’s career as a performer and inspiring him to give back to the next generation. Both artists overcame tremendous hardships on their way to becoming world-class violinists, and the new Daniel Ching Scholarship honors that journey by creating new musical opportunities for underserved students in South King County.

The inaugural recipients of the Daniel Ching Scholarship are as follows:

  • Richie Doan, violin, 11th grade
  • Nathan Wang, violin, 11th grade
  • Analisa Ruiz, violin, 10th grade
  • Jolene Nguyen, viola, 10th grade
  • Madison Woolery, violin, 10th grade
  • Ellie Whitby, violin, 10th grade
  • Alia Uffenorde, violin, 8th grade
  • Jasmine Wang, violin, 8th grade
  • Madison Cole, violin, 8th grade
  • Amariah Strand, violin, 8th grade
  • Hayley Camp, violin, Key to Change alumna, college sophomore and double major in violin at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and mathematics at Johns Hopkins University

 

Recipients of the Daniel Ching Scholarship each received personalized videos from Dr. Quinton Morris and Daniel Ching.

If you would like to donate to the Daniel Ching Scholarship Fund or learn more about this exciting endeavor, please click here.

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COVID-19 Updates at Key to Change

Key to Change is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment for our students. Due to community health concerns relating to COVID-19, some Key to Change programs may be modified in the coming weeks. Please check back on this page for the most recent updates.

Our Solo String Festival, Spring Finale Recital, and Spring Salon Concert, and Summer Camp are cancelled, in accordance with recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Weekly violin lessons at Key to Change are being conducted remotely via Zoom or Google Hangouts until further notice. Students’ weekly lesson times will remain the same, and they will receive a link via email to join in these online classes.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. Key to Change is doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of students and community members at our events.

This is an evolving situation, and updates on COVID-19 are available from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Six-Week Intercession Private Violin & Viola Lessons

Sign up now for private lessons during our special six-week intercession and receive weekly individualized instruction via video sessions with our Executive Director Dr. Quinton Morris. Plus, participate in a special guest artist master class online! Lessons are available for middle and high school students living in South King County.

The first 10 students to sign up will receive a free additional 30-minute lesson!

March 30 – May 8, 2020 
Tuition: $450
Payment plans are available.
Please call 425-243-2597 for more details.

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Recent accomplishments of our students:

  • Performing solo concerti as the recital opener for the Seattle Symphony’s Community Concert in Renton
  • Alumnus served as former concertmaster of the Tacoma Youth Symphony
  • Alumnus majoring in violin performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • All-State participants and All-District Superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Contests
  • Numerous Student of the Month awards
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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.

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

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Key to Change Receives 2019 Best of Kent Award

KENT September 27, 2019 — Key to Change Studio has been selected for the 2019 Best of Kent Award in the Music Instructor category by the Kent Award Program.

Each year, the Kent Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kent area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Kent Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Kent Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Kent Award Program

The Kent Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kent area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Kent Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Kent Award Program

CONTACT:
Kent Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@businessawardsdecision.net
URL: http://www.businessawardsdecision.net

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