Photo of Chamber Music Program musicians and coaches

Chamber Music Program

Photo of chamber music students and coach
Photo of chamber music students
Photo of chamber music students and coach

Mission Statement

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


Fall Semester 2019
September: 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
Concert: November 23 at 5:00 or 7:00 PM
    at Oakwood Retirement Center West

Chamber Music Coaches

Jonathan ThorntonJonathan Thornton
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.

Ina GeorgievaIna Georgieva
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.

Zachary PreucilZachary Preucil
Zachary Preucil is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Cello Performance with a minor in Arts Administration at UW-Madison. Zachary received his M.M. in Cello Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and B.M. in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His primary cello teachers have included Uri Vardi, David Ying, Yeesun Kim, and Walter Preucil.

An active educator, Zachary has served on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago, Music for Youth of Arlington Heights, and the Kanack School of Musical Artistry. Additionally, he has held graduate teaching assistantships at the Eastman School of Music and UW-Madison. Zachary has been invited as a guest clinician at the Community Cello Works program (Blacksburg, VA), Music Institute of Chicago Suzuki Workshops, Wheaton College Community School for the Arts, and numerous solo/ensemble contests. He has also coached chamber music at the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra and Farley’s House of Pianos. Zachary has trained in the Suzuki Cello Method with Rick Mooney, Jean Dexter, and Tanya Carey.

Zachary is currently associate principal cellist of the La Crosse Symphony and has recently performed with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Midsummer’s Music Festival, Green Lake Music Festival, Caroga Lake Music Festival, the MIC Faculty/Guest Artist Series, and as a soloist with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has also been a featured performer on “The Midday With Norman Gilliland” on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Vinícius Sant'AnaVinícius Sant'Ana
Vinícius Sant’Ana earned his Master’s degree in Violin Performance at UW-Madison under the guidance of Dr. Soh-Hyun Park Altino. Vinícius has won several competitions including the Sao Paulo Young Artist Competition. As an educator, Vinícius served as a violin teacher at Arioso School of Music and the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras program. Vinícius has been teaching private violin lessons since 2007. Sant’Ana has performed with leading Brazilian orchestras and regularly performs with Dubuque Symphony and La Crosse Symphony. As a concertmaster of the Pão de Açúcar Chamber Orchestra, Vinícius played in major concert halls of Brazil, recorded several CDs, and toured abroad. During Fall 2014, Vinícius was invited by the Pão de Açúcar Chamber Orchestra to play as a soloist and concertmaster in their debut at Carnegie Hall, NY.

James Waldo, CelloJames Waldo, Cello
A native of Minnesota, Cellist James Waldo leads a musical career marked by diversity and adventure. Waldo, a Suzuki cello student through high school, had the opportunity to play for Yo-Yo Ma at age 11. This inspiring moment convinced Waldo that music can be a powerful force for good, and he has been pursuing ways to live out this dream ever since. Waldo performs regularly around the U.S. with his wife, pianist Alyona Aksyonova, as A.W.Duo. A specialist on baroque cello and viola da gamba, Waldo is a founding member of LeStrange Viols and a co-founder of Listen Closely.

Waldo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the tutelage of Uri Vardi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma with Timothy Eddy at Mannes College. Beyond classical music activities, Waldo has always been drawn to folk, popular, and jazz music. Teaching has always been one of Waldo’s primary passions. In addition to serving on the faculty of Mozartina Conservatory in Tarrytown, NY for five years, Waldo has maintained a private studio since the age of sixteen. Waldo loves cooking, reading, and being outdoors with his family and pets.

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