Paul Kantor to be Guest Artist for String Festival Faculty Recital

October 8, 2012

Puget Sound string faculty members will perform Saturday, Oct. 20,
High school students join them on Sunday, Oct. 21

TACOMA, Wash. – Paul Kantor, a leading violinist and popular jury member for international violin competitions, will be the guest artist at the String Festival Faculty Recital, at University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 20. He will also perform on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the String Festival Faculty/Student Concert, which will include selected high school musicians.

The two 7:30 p.m. public performances in Schneebeck Concert Hall will include five School of Music string faculty members: Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, violin; Joyce A. Ramée, viola; David Requiro, cello; and Stephen Schermer, bass.

Chamber music from the classical and romantic eras will be featured both evenings. The public is welcome to attend. Ticket information for Saturday is below. Admission to the Sunday concert, featuring faculty and student chamber ensembles and a chamber orchestra, is complimentary and tickets are not required.

The weekend events are part of the Puget Sound String Festival, which is running for the second year. Talented high school students from around Washington and out of state are selected to participate based on the quality of their playing. Those chosen have the opportunity to take master classes with the Puget Sound professors and guest artist, as well as to practice in chamber ensembles and a chamber orchestra.

“It's an exciting opportunity for the students to share the stage with professional musicians,” said Maria Sampen, director of strings at Puget Sound. “It's also an exciting opportunity for audiences to hear the tremendous talent that resides in our high school string players.”

Guest artist Paul Kantor, a graduate of The Juillard School, is considered one of the leading violin educators in North America today. An artist who has performed as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, he is currently the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Kantor studied under Margaret Graves, Dorothy DeLay, and Robert Mann, and has taught at The Julliard School, The Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and Yale University. For the past 30 years, he has also been an artist and faculty member of Aspen Music Festival and School.

Maria Sampen, associate professor and director of strings at Puget Sound, has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the United States, and as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and North America. She is a member of the Puget Sound Piano Trio, The IRIS Orchestra, and Brave New Works, and is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

Tim Christie, affiliate faculty artist, violin, is artistic director and founder of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works, and The IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tenn. He also is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival.

Joyce A. Ramée, affiliate faculty artist, viola, is a member of Auburn Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras. She is co-founder of The Max Aronoff Viola Institute, a nationally recognized summer music festival held in Western Washington since 1991. She has performed as a soloist with area orchestras and in world premieres by American composers.

David Requiro is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at Puget Sound. He has performed with many orchestras and took first prize at the Walter W. Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, as well as the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International string competitions, and a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Japan.

Stephen Schermer, affiliate faculty artist, double bass, is assistant principal of the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra. He performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. He also is active in the recording industry and as a chamber musician with organizations such as the Olympic Music Festival and Simple Measures.

For tickets order online at, or call Wheelock Information Center to purchase with a credit card at 253.879.6013. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students with Puget Sound ID. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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