The Skyros Quartet
The Skyros Quartet brings a bright and inventive style to the performance stage. Passionate about the education of future generations of musicians, Skyros has partnered with Chamber Music Madness to direct its student programs. In addition, Skyros musicians offer private lessons and perform as principal players in the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. Beyond their work in the Pacific Northwest, Skyros has concertized across the US, Canada, and China. Founded in 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin during their Masters studies, Skyros also completed a doctoral quartet residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Skyros released their debut album, INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY, to great international acclaim in August 2015. It can be heard on the Navona label of Parma Recordings.
Sarah Pizzichemi, violinist, received her Doctorate in Musical Performance from the Glen Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska. She has a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance and a Masters degree in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah was an enthusiastic Chamber Music Madness student in her youth and made her solo violin debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2004.
Willie Braun, cellist, received his Doctorate in Musical Performance from the Glen Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska in 2015. His Bachelors degree in Cello Performance is from Arizona State University in 2010 and he has a Masters in Chamber Music Performance from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Willie and his colleagues have developed a chamber music curriculum for school orchestra students.
Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, chamber musician, and educator. He has performed solo recitals and concerti and chamber music around the world. As a recitalist and collaborator, he performs and lectures frequently. Notable performances include concerto performances with the Seattle, Thalia, Tacoma Youth and Renton Youth Symphonies, and Orchestra Seattle. Recently, he presented his recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Morris has embarked on a world-wide tour as part of his “Create Your World” initiative. Dr. Morris studied pre-law and violin at Xavier University of Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Assistant Professor of Music at Seattle University.
Thane Lewis, violist, is Principal Violist of the Tacoma Symphony and Assistant Principal Violist of the Northwest Sinfonietta. He has performed as Assistant Principal Viola of the Boise Philharmonic, and as an extra with the Anchorage Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Auburn Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and the 5th Avenue Theater Orchestra. Mr. Lewis has appeared as soloist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra in Seattle’s Town Hall and with the Eastside Symphony. He is an Adjunct String Faculty member at the Northwest College and an active studio musician, recording orchestral works for the Sonic Window, Immortal Classics, and First Impression Music labels.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Lewis has performed in the Second City, Cascadia Sounds of Summer, Jacobsen, Mostly Nordic, Seattle Symphony Young Composers and Governer’s Mansion Chamber Series. He frequently performs with the St. Helens String Quartet at the Cornish School of the Arts, with his own Trio Antonie, and as an Artist in Residence at Ascension Arts in Magnolia.
Jeffrey Wang, cellist, has a concert career spanning fifteen years and is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, playing chamber music, and in a teaching studio. He has appeared as a recitalist on Seattle Chamber Music Festival’s Emerging Artist concert. He has also served the solo cello role in Broadway Across America’s Mary Poppins production. Beyond Classical, he has performed with touring groups such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and with hip hop star Diddy (Sean Combs) and appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts locally and abroad. He received a Bachelors in Music from the University of Washington and a Masters in Music from the University of Texas, Austin. Honors include two–time Seattle Symphony Gold Medalist Award, Concerto soloist and Presidential Scholarship and Dean’s List recipient at the University of Washington and University of Texas at Austin School of Music, as well as being a prize winner of Chamber Music International, and several other competitions. Jeffrey was born in Taiwan and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Cecllia Archuleta, violinist, is one of the most sought-after violinists for chamber music. She participated in twelve seasons at the Olympic Music Festival. Cecilia has appeared with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and the Northwest Puppet Center. Cecilia has performed in both the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is Concertmaster of Philharmonia Northwest and a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta and has a busy private teaching studio
Tim Betts, violist, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and Douglas Honors College, teaching viola performance, chamber music performance, and courses in the history and literature of music. Tim is violist with the Kairos String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at CWU, and serves as the Director of the Kairos Festival and Lyceum, a summer chamber music program for advanced high school and college string players. Known as a sensitive performer and collaborator and an enthusiastic teacher and clinician, his frequent performances and educational activities with the Kairos String Quartet and numerous regional orchestras, ensembles, summer festivals, and youth symphonies, have made him a fixture of string performance and education throughout the Northwest. Tim earned a Masters Degree in Viola Performance at Ithaca College and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. His recordings of chamber music can be found on the MMC, Inscape, and Navona labels. His most recent release on the Navona label features a collaboration with world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
Miriam Shames, cellist, brings to her teaching, coaching and performing a passion for communicating with and helping people through music. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and an MA in Performance from The Julliard School. She has performed recitals on the Second City Chamber Series, played with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and as Associate Principal cellist of the Tacoma Symphony. Her students range from young children to adults and retirees, and she loves being able to help each individual find their joy in playing. She also loves books, biking, animals, and road trips.
Charles Enlow, pianist, has been richly praised throughout the United States and in Europe for his sensitive and virtuosic recital performances. In the Pacific Northwest, he has appeared frequently as a solo recitalist and with chamber music ensembles. As a collaborative pianist, Charles Enlow has worked with a variety of renowned vocalists including William Lewis, Darlene Wiley, Pamela South, and Elizabeth Mannion. He served as principal pianist and vocal coach with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria, taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, and is currently a member of the music faculty at Shoreline Community College, where he teaches collaborative piano, vocal ensemble performance, and directs Shoreline Community College’s annual Opera Workshop and Spring Musical productions. A native of Idaho, Dr. Enlow pursued his musical studies at the Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He was twice Regional Winner and National Finalist in Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Competitions.
Andrew Wan, violinist, is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. In August 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. He performs internationally, and has been a regular performer with the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Alex Velinzon, violinist, served as concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 2012–2015 and recently returned to Boston to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the sphere of chamber music, violinists Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn, as well as cellist Wendy Warner, have numbered among Velinzon’s partners. While in Seattle, he also has performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Sam Vance, actor, director, and educator, has broad experience in teaching students including directing the education programs for Teatro ZinZanni, and Experience Music Project. He has served as Theatre Artist in Residence for the Museum of Glass and has directed numerous school touring productions for Taproot Theatre Company. Sam has a B.A. in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University and is an MFA candidate at Goddard College. In his high energy workshops, Sam will use improvisational games and tools that engage artists with each other and bring a fresh energy to performance.
April Wolfe, actress and educator, has an MFA from the University of Washington where she has taught acting and a BFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She has extensive experience as a theatre arts teacher, workshop director, and stage actress.