Chamber Music Program
Helping students discover their full potential through collaborative music making, creating a special bond between students and coaches.
"Chamber orchestra is a phenomenal way to improve interpersonal skills among fellow musicians. It also strengthens the musician's skills and ability to play with other people and creates a bond through music."
"The best part of the program is that my children have a lot of fun! The coaches that Farley's hires are not only accomplished musicians, but are skilled at keeping the kids on track and enjoying themselves in the process. I never thought my children would like classical music so much!"
— Chamber Parent
"I really enjoy being in the chamber group because it is fun, and I get to meet new people! The coach gives the challenge the group needs. They are also fun and entertaining!"
— Chamber Student
Info for the 2018/19 School Year
Meeting time: Sunday evenings for 55 minutes
Meeting location: Farley's House of Pianos
Sign-up deadline: August 15th, 2018
Please call 608.271.2626 Ex. 4 with any questions.
|Fall Semester 2018||Spring Semester 2019|
|September: 9, 16, 23||January: 13|
|October: 7, 14, 28||February: 3, 10, 17|
|November: 11||March: 3, 10, 17|
|December: 2, 9||April: 14, 21|
|Concert: December 16||May: 5, 12|
|Concert: May 19|
To facilitate proper placement in a group, students not enrolled in lessons at Farley's should send a two‑minute video that demonstrates their current playing level to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber Music Coaches
Originally from Iowa, Elspeth Stalter-Clouse has a Master's in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout graduate school, she was a member of the Hunt Quartet, an outreach ensemble affiliated with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Elspeth has worked with the Community Music Lessons programs at both Goshen College and the University of Wisconsin, and is currently on faculty with Music con Brio, a nonprofit music program operating out of Emerson Elementary School. She also works with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. Elspeth is a violinist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and works as a freelance musician throughout Wisconsin.
Pianist Jonathan Thornton has been teaching for most of the past decade. He has taught private lessons ranging from the youngest beginners to advanced university students and retired adult students. He has also taught ear training and class piano as part of teaching assistantships during undergraduate and graduate study. In addition to this diverse teaching experience, he has performed solo and collaborative recitals around the United States and in parts of Europe. Jonathan received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin‑Madison. He studied with Christopher Taylor and was a winner of the 2012 UW‑Madison Beethoven competition.
Samantha Sinai, cellist, music therapist, and cello teacher, is extremely passionate about bringing music to people in accessible, meaningful ways. Currently, Samantha is working on a bridge-building project that utilizes music and facilitated conversation to build community, connection, and understanding. Samantha also developed and is implementing a music therapy program for the American Family Children’s Hospital. Through her music therapy work, she has brought music to patients, kids with special needs, veterans who were previously homeless, and women who have experienced trauma. Samantha recently completed her Master’s degree in cello performance under Professor Uri Vardi. Samantha took a special interest in pedagogy and now holds a cello studio in Madison.
Bulgarian-born violist Ina Georgieva is an accomplished orchestra musician, chamber music performer, and teacher. She holds degrees in viola performance from the National Academy of Music (Bulgaria); Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar; and Texas Christian University. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Ina was a member of New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria). Prior to moving to the USA, Ina was a member of the Sofia State Opera and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Ina is trained in the Suzuki method and is a certified early music education instructor. Currently, Ina is a member of Madison Symphony Orchestra and is a coach with the Chamber Music program at Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. She also teaches violin and viola at the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Wes Luke is a violinist who currently serves as the Concertmaster of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and as a section violinist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons he has appeared as a concerto soloist with the UW-Platteville Symphony Orchestra and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra. Wes is the first violinist of the Ancora String Quartet and performs regularly with the Mosaic Chamber Players and the Rhapsody String Quartet. He currently coaches for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Dubuque, Loras College, and Beloit College. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and UW‑Madison.
Born and raised in Madison, Mikko Rankin Utevsky is a conductor, violist, and baritone. A graduate of the UW-Madison School of Music, where he now serves as Music Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, he performed in numerous ensembles and in multiple roles with the University Opera. Since 2013, Mikko has been Music Director of The Studio Orchestra. He was recently named Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society Chorale. He also teaches viola and music theory, performs with regional orchestras, and serves as cantorial soloist for Congregation Shaarei Shamayim. He founded the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, a summer training orchestra, and has served as Music Director for seven years.
Zachary Preucil is pursuing a D.M.A. in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and his B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. Zachary has trained in the Suzuki cello method and in the Creative Ability Development improvisation method. He has served on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), the Kanack School of Musical Artistry, and Music for Youth of Arlington Heights, and has served as a coach for the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program. Recently, Zachary has performed with the Midsummer’s Music Festival, La Crosse Symphony, and as a soloist with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra.