Jul. 25 — Aug. 1, 2021

Port Orford, Oregon

Meet the members of our counselor quartet!

The Redfish Festival Counselor Quartet will be in residence for the week of the festival and act as mentors and counselors for the students of the festival. When they are not working with the younger students, the quartet will be rehearsing and coaching with festival faculty, and will be featured in their own concert during the festival!

Clara Fuhrman is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of Oregon as a student of Fritz Gearhart. She frequently performs as a member of the 1st violin section in both the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Mozart Players, is on violin faculty of the UO Community Music Institute, and is Mr. Gearhart’s graduate teaching assistant. Ms. Fuhrman holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Ian Swensen, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated with honors in the performance major and received the university’s prestigious Roderick MacArthur Award for her undergraduate thesis. Ms. Fuhrman has attended the Eastern Music Festival as a string fellow, the Aspen Music Festival, the Montecito International Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Festival. Ms. Fuhrman has won the Puget Sound Concerto/Aria Competition, as well as the strings category of the Washington State MTNA Competition. She has also had the pleasure of performing for and collaborating with acclaimed musicians such as James Ehnes, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Rebecca Fischer, Leon Fleisher, and Joshua Bell.

John Nevill is a young violinist with a reputation for passionate, spirited performance. John’s ability to connect with audiences carries over into his teaching style, giving his students the tools to express and explore. John’s unique approach to violin pedagogy encourages the use of experimentation with a focus on creative independence. John firmly believes in the importance of a musical education and the enrichment it provides.

John is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a B.A. in violin performance and composition. His musical education has led him around the world, playing in countries such as Germany, Mexico, Poland, and China. He is currently a student at UCLA’sHerb Alpert School of Music, working towards a M.M. in violin performance. In his free time, John enjoys tutoring students in music theory, and exploring the dining scene of Los Angeles. In the future, John’s wish is to become a music professor at the university level.

Christopher Vivas is a born and raised Las Vegan who was greatly influenced by the entertainment around him. Christopher has been studying music for eleven years and continues to with a fully paid tuition scholarship in Music Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Christopher is versatile musician studying solo, chamber and orchestral performance. Christopher Vivas is a name know throughout the valley with his earned position as the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Education and Community Engagement Intern assisting, coaching, instructing, and lecturing at several musical events, schools, and studios. Christopher has also been awarded several superior ratings at solo and ensemble, participated in the Clark County Honor Orchestra, played in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Las Vegas Young Artist Orchestra, and performed in the Nevada All State Orchestra for several consecutive years.

Christopher has performed both nationally and internationally through several programs and festivals. Christopher was recognized as an artist in residence at Arkansa’s Hot Springs 24th Music Festival as the violist for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Undergraduate String Quartet. Christopher has also toured through cities and conservatories in Italy including: The Alessandria Vivaldi Conservatory Of Music, The Milan Conservatory, The State Music Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi” in Turin, and Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito in Parma, with professors Marcello Bianchi and Claudio Pavolini.

His talent was recognized at the famous Interlochen Center of the Arts receiving an award in Excellency of Leadership and Artistry in quartet performance. Christopher has also previously performed with artist Clint Holmes, Paige O’Hara, Frankie Moreno, Suzanne Vinnik, Members of Rock of Ages, and Members from bands Asia, Meatloaf, and Santana.

Christopher has studied with notable musicians as Leanoard Schranze, Michael Ouzounian, Jason Bonham and currently studies with Kate Hamilton.

Cellist Jeayoung Jo is a versatile musician whose passion and spirit for music shows in his performances. He has been studying music for fourteen years and has studied solo, chamber and orchestra performance. A graduate of the National University of Mokpo in South Korea, Jeayoung earned a B.A. in Cello Performance and Music Education. He has been awarded several superior ratings at both solo and ensemble levels. He was a member of the Jeonnam National Orchestra Cellist in Korea and also served as a cello instructor for the Jeonnam National Youth Orchestra and Sucheon Youth Orchestra. As a young aspiring musician in Korea, Jeayoung also performed various genres within traditional Korean music. He has also collaborated with acclaimed musicians such as Sarah Chang and Richard Yongjae O`Neill. He continues his study of the cello under Professor Andrew Smith, professor of music at UNLV and Principal Cellist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Jeayoung further shares his talents by teaching young potential musicians and performing in front of various audiences in Las Vegas. Jeayoung is currently performing with the University of Nevada Las Vegas graduate string quartet and working with Charis Ensemble, performing for the purpose of performance and volunteering.

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