ChamberFest Dubuque Workshop


Led by Michael Gilbertson & Friends
Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7PM
Clarke University, Jansen Hall

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! The workshop is free and open to all. Children through adults are encouraged to participate. Held on Wednesday, June 6 at Clarke University, the workshop begins with a combined session with all the musicians before breaking into small groups for each instrument.

Registration by June 1 is required to participate in small groups
Register online now, or contact NISOM at (563) 690-0151 to register offline.

Small Groups:

Piano with David Fung
Violin with Hanah Stuart
Cello with Bridget Pasker
Clarient with Zach Manzi
Percussion with Evan Saddler
Composition with 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 concert on June 7. 


David Fung

Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and having “superstar qualities” by Le Libre, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for performances that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with premier ensembles worldwide. David recently made his New York recital debut presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers. In 2017-18, he has solo recital debuts at the Brussels Piano Festival and the Kennedy Center presented by Washington Performing Arts, and performances with Orpheus, the Albany Symphony, and others. Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the "top five" international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). The first piano graduate of the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Mr. Fung has also studied at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik and the Yale School of Music.

Hanah Stuart

Hanah Stuart, hailed as a performing artist who “wields a violin with unmistakable panache” (Theater Mania), is a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, and was previously Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Utah Symphony. Ms. Stuart has served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and The YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stuart’s media appearances and recordings include features on Harmony Film’s documentary The Road to Carnegie Hall, CBS's The Early Show, 2009 Kronberg Academy's Abschlusskonzert der Meisterschüler, and an internationally broadcast performance for Keshet Eilon’s Gala Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been featured on HBO’s 2006 Academy Award nominated documentary, Rehearsing a Dream.

Bridget Pasker

Cellist Bridget Pasker is a passionate chamber musician and performer. A Dubuque native, Bridget has performed in many countries of the world, including the US, Canada, Italy, and France. While in Italy, Bridget was very excited to receive a scholarship from the Cini Foundation to perform and record the works of Gino Gorini, a 20th century Venetian composer at the Teatro La Fenice. The recording can be found on Naxos or ordered at Bridget holds a Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a Professional Studies diploma and Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While she was completing her studies at The Juilliard School, Bridget discovered a true passion for outreach and music education and was honored to be selected as a Gluck Community Service Fellow. She has a teaching studio at the Mid Peninsula Music Academy in Redwood City, CA. 

Zach Manzi

Zach Manzi is the Co-Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Conduit. Zach recently completed three seasons as a Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami. He has performed summer seasons at the Colorado Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival, and Brevard Music Institute. A passionate educator, Zach regularly teaches clarinet master classes and lessons and received a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship to teach music to third graders in an underserved New York City public school. He co-created and produced the informal educational webisode series NWS Offstage, in which NWS Fellows share tips about being healthy and productive musicians. He has also been invited to present about innovation in classical music at several national and international conferences, including a talk at TEDxCoconutGrove in Miami last year. Zach received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2015.

Evan Saddler

Evan Saddler is a collaborative percussionist interested in synergy between artists from across disciplines. The first prize winner of the 2014 Kerope Zildjian Percussion Competition and the 2016 Black Swamp Percussion Competition, Evan enjoys performing in a variety of musical contexts ranging from mixed-chamber, orchestral, interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, post-rock, and as a multi-percussion soloist. Evan recently performed on three world-premieres of pieces for small ensemble during the Bang on a Can Festival at MASSMoCA in 2016. He has also performed with the Michigan Percussion Quartet at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. Additional performances have included engagements with AXIOM, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.

Michael Gilbertson

Michael Gilbertson is a composer whose works have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by The New York Times, "vivid, tightly woven" and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun, and "genuinely moving" by the Washington Post. He studied composition at The Juilliard School and at Yale. Michael's orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony. 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 recent work Quartet was premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2017. The piece earned him a nomination for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music, for which he was a finalist.


ChamberFest Dubuque Concert


Featuring Michael Gilbertson & Friends
Thursday, June 7, 7PM
Clarke University, Jansen Hall

Experience an intimate concert with world-class performers while supporting local community music programs. Don’t miss the 10th year of ChamberFest Dubuque!

One of the Tri-State Area’s most unique concerts, ChamberFest Dubuque is led by Artistic Director Michael Gilbertson, who was a 2018 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. A NISOM and Juilliard alumnus, Gilbertson is a composer and faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Each year since 2009, he invites a select group of musicians from across the country to join him to perform a benefit concert for NISOM.

Experience ChamberFest Dubuque on Thursday, June 7 at 7PM in Clarke University’s Jansen Hall, sponsored by US Bank. Enjoy solos and chamber ensembles with a variety of musical styles that highlight the talents of each artist. Following the concert, mingle with the performers during a champagne and dessert reception.

Free Tickets Available: Thanks to US Bank, a limited number of free tickets are available for students in grades 5-12 from low and moderate-income families; each student receives 1 student ticket and up to 2 adult tickets. Free tickets are available until May 18 or while supplies last. Contact NISOM to claim free tickets. Tickets not claimed by May 18 will be available for sale to the public.

Ticket Waiting List: The concert is now sold out of available tickets. More tickets may become available after May 18. Call NISOM at (563) 690-0151 to be added to a waiting for any tickets that become available. Adult tickets are $40 through May 25 and $50 beginning May 26. Seating is general admission. 

The tenth year will feature Gilbertson with other returning favorites and new faces. Violinist Hanah Stuart was among the first performers in 2009; then a Juilliard student, today she is a member of the San Diego Symphony. Dubuque native and cellist Bridget Pasker first performed at ChamberFest Dubuque in 2010 during her first year at Juilliard and then went on to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In a testament to quality of musicians Dubuque produces, this year will introduce a third Dubuque native, percussionist Evan Saddler, who recently earned a master’s degree from Juilliard. ChamberFest Dubuque 2018 also features returning pianist David Fung, who performed at the festival in 2013 and 2014 and recently made his solo recital debut at The Kennedy Center, and clarinetist Zach Manzi of Miami’s New World Symphony Orchestra, who is new to the festival and was featured in his own TED Talk.

Each year features a unique set of performers that only come together during NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque, so whether this is your first year or your tenth, you will experience a concert like none other. The audience calls it “fantastic,” “fabulous,” and “awesome” with a “truly excellent level of musicianship.” One 2017 concert goer said, “Even if I went to New York and spent a fortune I wouldn’t see anything better (maybe not even as good)!”

With your ticket purchase, in addition to hearing the artists in an intimate setting, you support music in our community. Proceeds from ChamberFest Dubuque support NISOM’s mission to provide quality, affordable music education and enrichment in the Tri-State Area. You provide music lessons and classes to students of all ages and economic backgrounds and give creative outlets to adult musicians in ensembles. You reach students in downtown Dubuque with free and low-cost programs and bring the community free concerts.

Michael Gilbertson was student at NISOM before attending the prestigious Juilliard and Yale Schools of Music, so he knows the impact of a music school in Dubuque. Gilbertson first approached NISOM in 2009 about a benefit concert because he wanted to give back to our school. Now, he returns year after year to bring this musical performance to our community and help NISOM continue its mission because he believes in the importance of our work.

Student Recitals


Free Student Performances
Saturday, May 19
9:30AM, 11AM, and 1PM

Join us for our final student recitals of the school year! Choose from three recitals offered on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30AM, 11:00AM, and 1:00PM. Each will take place in the beautiful in the Marble Chapel of Emmaus Bible College, located next door to NISOM at 2570 Asbury Rd in Dubuque. Student recitals are free and open to public and feature students of a variety of ages, skill levels, and instruments.


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