Chamber Music Madness (CMM) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and inspirational chamber music experiences for youth and adults, fostering life-long learning and an ever-expanding community of chamber music players.


Players of all ages learn the art of ensemble playing and performance, develop an appreciation of chamber music literature, and improve their musicality in a collaborative manner.


Our programs value collaboration, expression, and confidence through:

  • A positive, joyful performance environment, respecting the growth of both the individual and the group
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Aspiring to reduce economic barriers – this includes offering financial aid to youth based on a nondiscriminatory financial aid application.
  • Inclusiveness, outreach, and community building – we actively recruit youth of color and underserved students at central and south Seattle Schools.

Board of Directors

President: Sharon Wong. Sharon is a technology executive, formerly at Cisco Systems and multiple startups. She plays the cello and piano in multiple chamber music groups.

Vice-President: Alexa Woodard. Lexi has worked in fundraising and nonprofits for nearly a decade. She received her B.A. in viola performance and B.S. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She continues to teach and play viola, and also enjoys hiking, reading, and spending quality time with her dog, Willow.

Secretary: Pam McDonald, MD. Pam is a family practice physician in private practice in Seattle. She is a violinist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and an avid chamber music player.

Treasurer: Jean Cole. Jean’s career focus has been project and financial management. Music is her passion and she currently operates a full-time music studio. She plays viola and violin with orchestral and ensemble groups as well as piano accompaniment for her studio students.

Teresa Gillespie, J.D.: Teresa recently retired as Dean of the Business College at Northwest University in Kirkland. She also had a career as a litigation attorney. She plays the violin and especially enjoys playing chamber music.

Daniela Grabs: Daniela is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Arzeda Corporation, a firm that engineers novel molecular enzymes and metabolic pathways. She is a violist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and an avid chamber music player.

At-Large: Karin Roth. Karin has had a multi-faceted career as a cultural facilitator and translator for Chinese delegations conducting business with Siemens in Germany and as a teacher of German as a second language. Since moving from Bonn, Germany to Seattle with her family, she has pursued art education, accordion-playing, and rowing. Karin is an accomplished artist. Her daughter participated in Chamber Music Madness years ago and continues to play violin.

Managing Director

Virginia Wright. Virginia has a degree in music and a background in systems administration, development and fundraising, and administration/management in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.


CMM was founded in 2000 by Karen Iglitzin, violinist and educator, formerly with the Philadelphia String Quartet. After years of international performing followed by teaching at Western Washington University, Karen saw a need for a new program to bring collaborative, joyful chamber music education to the youth of the Pacific Northwest. Hundreds of students have participated in CMM programs over the years and many prominent professional musicians are counted among our graduates.