Ella Weiss- Violin, Viola - TWO SPOTS LEFT!

 Dr. Yenlik (Ella) Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, orchestra performer, and teacher. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Education String Quartet she has visited and performed at dozens of schools and performed family concerts at the Boulder Public Library. She also mentors students at the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Ella completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Lauren Ballew - Violin - three spots left

Lauren Ballew considers herself a native of Colorado, though she moved here as a young child. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance as well as a Performance Certificate from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under Dr. Jubal Fulks and Margaret Gutierrez. She has participated in several Music Festivals local and national, including Green Mountain Festival in Vermont. Lauren’s studies have been enhanced through performances with numerous orchestras, chamber groups, and baroque ensembles both in the states and abroad. She has performance experience in Classical and Baroque styles as well as alternative styles (jazz, blue grass, improvisation). She believes that studying broadly has given her a well-rounded look at music to pass to her students and encourages students to explore what inspires them.   

Lauren is currently earning her Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Violin Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver where she studies with Professor Igor Pikayzen. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she is certified in Every Child Can as well as Suzuki books 1, 2, 3, and 4, and will continue her certifications through Suzuki book 8 in the coming year. She has been teaching privately for 6 years.  With 14 years of classical violin training, she hopes to pass along her love and passion for music. She desires for every child to have the opportunity to learn through music and believes that every child is capable of success. 


Emily Holmstead - Violin

As a dedicated teacher and sensitive musician, Emily Holmstead is tenacious and committed to connecting with others through music. In seventh grade, she began tutoring younger violin students and learned then that she loves to teach. 

Currently, Emily is working on a Master of Music degree in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy and Violin Performance at the University of Denver. She studies under Linda Wang, Lamont School of Music’s String Chair, and receives Suzuki instruction from Kathleen Spring, a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. Here, she also has performed as concertmaster and principal second for the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Emily is certified in Every Child Can and books 1-6, continuing her certifications through book 8 this year.  

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily began violin lessons at the age of 4. Her early teachers were Deborah Moench, a renowned Suzuki pedagogue, and Leonard Braus, emeritus associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University where she studied under Alexander Woods. She has performed in public masterclasses, both as a soloist and chamber player, for renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Stephen Clapp, Nicola Benedetti, Nicholas Mann, Alejandro Drago, the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, as well as the Danish String Quartet. 

Emily enjoys her family, the outdoors, quilting, and weekend adventures.