Anna Williams,Violin & Viola
My students call me Anna and you may view my availability Tuesdays here.
Anna Marie Williams is rapidly distinguishing herself as one of the most celebrated and sought-after solo, chamber music and teaching artists of her generation. Her playing has been described as "...truly amazing" and as "sending a tingling sensation up my spine." (Fanfare Magazine.)
In the US, Ms. Williams has appeared as featured soloist in performances across the country, including appearances at Jordan Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Boston Opera House, WMP Hall (NYC), "Laguna Beach Live!" (CA), andwith the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic (RI) the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestras (CA) and the New England String Ensemble (MA). Ms. Williams has also been featured as soloist in appearances in Guatemala and Russia.
Ms. Williams is a passionate teacher, having served as Teaching Assistant to the world-renowned pedagogue, Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music (Pre- College.) She has also served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, Wellesley College and The Castleman Quartet Program, San Diego State University, the Gillispie School, Villa Musica Community Music School, the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, the Needham High School, the Gateway School, and Belvoir Terrace. In addition, she has taught at the St Marks International Chamber Music Institute and Festival, as well as the LyricaFest, and ArtsAhimsa festivals. Ms Williams holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (BM), and the Longy School of Music of Bard College (MM, GPD) where she also served as Chamber Music Ambassador and from San Diego State University (Artist Diploma).
Kelly Illescas, Violin
My students call me Kelly and I will be teaching Aniko's studio while she is away.
Kelly Illescas has recently come to New Hampshire from North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in Music Education. She also received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Kelly has been an orchestra director for 15 years, specializing in teaching children from Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. Kelly has also performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Snyder Memorial Orchestra, where she held an endowed principal chair. Kelly was an active member of the Cumberland Quartet, Fayetteville, North Carolina’s premier orchestral quartet, and performed all over the state for various events.
Alana Chown, Cello
My students call me Alana and you may view my availability Tuesdays here.
Alana was previously a faculty member of the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she provided high-quality individual and group cello instruction, acted as a guest lecturer in cello pedagogy, directed the summer chamber music festival, Festive Week of Strings, and coordinated String Academy’s Urban Students in the Arts Outreach Program. As a freelance musician, Alana was the principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, an Artist-in-Residence at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, and maintained a thriving private teaching studio. In collaboration with pianist Elena Abend, Alana recorded and released her solo debut album Paper Moon in 2015. Currently, Alana is performing with Symphony New Hampshire and is a faculty member at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. Alana is excited to be a new member at the Nashua Community Music School.
Alana Chown (cello): B.M (Ithaca College) and M.M (University of Michigan); cello studies with Elizabeth Simkin, Anthony Elliott, Heidi Hoffman, Denis Brott and Uri Vardi; masterclasses with Richard Aaron, Timothy Eddy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Anner Bylsma, András Fejér; chamber music studies include Takacs, Cavani, Ying, Audubon, Concord, Pacifica and Ariadne String Quartets as well as Rachel Barton-Pine, Ani Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Martin Katz and Anner Bylsma; music festival performance include Quartet’s Intensive String Quartet Seminar and the National Summer Cello Institute.
Peter Paetkau, Violin
My students call me Peter and I will be teaching the students of Anna Williams on January 30 and March 27.
Peter Paetkau is a recent graduate of Goshen College in Northern Indiana where he studied Music, Religion, and Spanish and is currently attending the Longy School of Music where he is a student of Anna Williams. As an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician, he has performed in a variety of venues across Canada, USA, Peru, and in Europe. He has attended a number of festivals including the Schlern International Music Festival and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy where he performed and studied with renowned musicians including Alexander Brusilovsky, Vladimir Landsman, Soyoung Yoon, Arthur Arnold, and others. During his time in Indiana, he performed with a number of local orchestras and chamber ensembles including solo performances with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra where he also acted as concert master. Paetkau has worked in a variety of educational settings including coaching sectionals, orchestral rehearsals, and chamber ensembles. He has also taught lessons both for groups and individuals over a wide range of abilities and ages. His passion for music as an emotional and communicative art drives his teaching and performing practice. Paetkau’s past teachers have included Rosalyn Trianno, Solomia Soroka, and Jameson Cooper of the Euclid Quartet.
A first prize winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and previously of the New England String Ensemble Competition, Ms. Williams' devotion to chamber music was the inspiration for the formation of the acclaimed Neave Trio. The Neave Trio has been recognized for its "bright and radiant music- making" (WQXR Radio, New York City) and as "having exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum" (Fanfare Magazine). Their first album for the Chandos Label is set for release in November, 2016.