ChamberFest Dubuque Workshop


Led by Michael Gilbertson & Friends
Wednesday, June 14, 5:30-7PM
Loras College, Gallagher Hall, Visitation Building

Learn from rising stars of the international music scene! This June NISOM will bring world-class young professional musicians to the Tri-State area for ChamberFest Dubuque. As part of the festival, local students can work with these phenomenal artists! Thanks to grant support, the workshop is free and open to all. Children through adults are encouraged to participate.  Held on Wednesday, June 14 at Loras College, the workshop begins with a combined session with all the musicians before breaking into small groups for each instrument.

Registration by June 9 is required to participate in small groups
Register online now, or contact NISOM at (563) 690-0151 to register offline.

Eventbrite - ChamberFest Dubuque Workshop


Small Groups:

  • Memorization with pianist Sean Chen
  • Chamber Ensemble Playing with violinist Elizabeth Fayette
  • Bach Cello Suites with cellist Bridget Pasker
  • Musical Styles on Acoustic Guitar with guitarist Jiji Kim
  • Mallet Instruments with percussionist Mari Yoshinaga
  • Turning Words into Music with composer Michael Gilbertson

Each year brings a unique combination of performers. These distinguished musicians perform separately across the country and around the world, but they will only come together for NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque. You can hear them live in concert at the ChamberFest Dubuque Gala Performance on June 15. See below for their impressive credentials.

Free workshop sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation.


About the Artists:

Memorization with Pianist Sean Chen

Pianist Sean Chen was the third prize winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and was  named a 2015 fellow by the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts. He has performed with many prominent orchestras, and his solo recitals have brought him to numerous major venues worldwide. The New York Times hailed his “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions,” and in 2014 he was recognized as “One to Watch” by International Piano Magazine. Mr. Chen earned his Bachelor and Master of Music from Juilliard, meanwhile garnering several awards, most notably the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He received his Artist Diploma in 2014 at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles Fellow.

Chamber Ensemble Playing with Violinist Elizabeth Fayette

Violinist Elizabeth Fayette is the recently appointed first violinist of the Vega Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity,” and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 as the winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition. Her performances have taken her from New York to Texas to Israel, where she performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as winner of the Art Sanders Prize. In recent seasons she was prizewinner in the Ima Hogg Competition and won Second Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Ms. Fayette received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from Juilliard. Most recently, she completed her studies in The Juilliard School’s esteemed Artist Diploma program.

Bach Cello Suites with Cellist Bridget Pasker

Cellist Bridget Pasker, holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a Professional Studies diploma and master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While completing her studies at Juilliard, Bridget discovered a true passion for outreach and music education and was honored to be selected as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, which led her to performances at community hospitals, hospice care centers, and other specialized care facilities. Ms. Pasker has continued this dedication throughout the Bay Area. She also has a teaching studio at the Mid Peninsula Music Academy in Redwood City, CA. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Pasker has performed in the US, Canada, Italy, and France.

Musical Styles on Acoustic Guitar with Guitarist Jiji Kim

Guitarist Jiji Kim has been applauded by the Calgary Herald as “talented, sensitive…brilliant.” First Prize winner at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Ms. Kim has performed in a wide array of venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and even on a moving trolley during a tour in Hong Kong! Her performances have been featured on PBS, NPR’s From the Top, and more. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jiji began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, and was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts at age fourteen.  She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music as one of the first two  guitarists in Curtis’ history. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. 

Mallet Instruments with Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga

Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga, as a member of arx duo, has been described by composer Alejandro Vinao as "absolutely wonderful, graceful, and powerful.” The duo has performed recitals, coached chamber groups and given lectures and private lessons in Asia, Europe, and the US. They also serve on the faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia. Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an early age, she began studying piano at age 3, marimba at 5, euphonium at 10, cello at 11, and percussion at 12. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, violinist Noah Geller, and their dog Monkey.

Turning Words into Music with Composer Michael Gilbertson

Composer Michael Gilbertson’s works have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by The New York Times and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun. Michael's works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. His choral pieces include works published by Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. His one-act opera, Breaking, was commissioned by the Washington National Opera and premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2013. His most recent work, a string quartet for the Verona Quartet, was premiered at Carnegie Hall in February, 2017.  Mr. Gilbertson studied composition at The Juilliard School and at Yale.



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