Five Seasons Chamber Festival Faculty

The Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival welcomes the following faculty in 2014.

Five Seasons Chamber Music faculty bring both depth and breadth to the festival. All have achieved one or more graduate degrees, from some of the most rigorous music programs (including Suzuki) in the United States and Europe. All are active performers. All are active teachers, with studios encompassing every age from pre-school through university level.


Sage Cole, violin
Faculty, Lucy Moses School, Silver Music, Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York
BA, summa cum laude, Barnard College, New York
MM, violin performance, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Suzuki pedagogical studies with Allen Lieb and Ecaterina Gerson, School for Strings, New York

Timothy Shiu, violin
Associate Professor, Univ. of Memphis; member, Ceruti Quartet
Founding member, Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival
Faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy
BA, Yale University
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
Post-graduate fellowships, Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore) and the Juilliard School

Laura Kobayashi, violin
Private teacher and freelancer, Washington D.C. area
Previous faculty at West Virginia University, University of Nebraska (Omaha), University of Georgia, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
BM, The Julliard School
MM, Yale University
DMA, University of Michigan

Suzanne Wagor, Festival Artistic Director, viola
Faculty, Special Music School (P.S. 859), Lucy Moses School, School for Strings, New York
Founding member, Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival
BM, performance, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
MM, performance, the Juilliard School
Performance Diploma, orchestral training, Guildhall School of Music, London

Kenneth Law, cello
Artist/Teacher of Cello, Fairfax, VA; Summit Music Festival, New York
BM, Performance, Eastman School of Music (Paul Katz, teacher)
MM, Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music (Alan Harris, teacher)
GPD (Graduate Performance Diploma), Peabody Conservatory (Stephen Kates, teacher)
Arnhold Chamber Music Fellow, The Juilliard School

Craig Swygard, double bass
Private teacher, Iowa City
Quad Cities Symphony, Southeast Iowa Symphony
BM, Iowa Wesleyan College
MM, West Texas Tech
MFA, University of Iowa
Principal teachers: Eldon Obrecht, John Hood, Michael Cameron, Diana Gannett

Associate Faculty, Strings
Jonathan Goya, violin - Master's candidate, Princeton University
Eunkyung Son, cello - Master's candidate, Yale University
Philip Bergman, cello - Master's candidate, University of Wisconsin


Lorie Scott, flute
Faculty, National Taiwan Normal University, (2012-13 Fulbright appointment), Tainan National University of the Arts; Luther College
BA, Luther College (Iowa)
MM and DMA, University of North Texas


Christian L. Behrens, bass trombone, tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba
Stockton (CA) Symphony, Opera Cleveland, San Francisco Bay area freelance
BM, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Principal teachers: John Engelkes, San Francisco Symphony; James DeSano, Cleveland Orchestra; William Behrens, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra

James Sherry, trumpet
Director of Jazz and Instrumental Ensembles, University of Dubuque
Appearances of conductor, composer, and performer in 40 states, Europe and the Caribbean
BS, Illinois State University
MM, Yale University School of Music
DMA, Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore)


Gretchen Brumwell
Faculty, University of Northern Iowa, Grinnell College, Coe College, Cornell College, Wartburg College, Orchestra Iowa Symphony School
Principal harpist, Orchestra Iowa
MM, harp performance, Rice University (Houston)
Principal teachers: Paula Page, Mary Bircher, and the legendary Alice Chalifoux


Joshua Russell
Faculty, Illinois State University
MM and DMA, piano performance and pedagogy, University of Iowa


Steven Shanley
Assistant Professor, Coe College; music director/conductor, Cedar Rapids Municipal Band
BME, University of Northern Iowa
MM, University of Minnesota
MA in Educational Leadership, University of Iowa


Jason Weinberger
Artistic Director and CEO, Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony
BA and MM, Yale University
MM, Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore)


William Preucil
Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa School of Music
Faculty, Preucil School of Music, Iowa City
BM and MM, Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)
Past officer, Suzuki Association of the Americas, International Suzuki Association, American Viola Society
Recording artist, method books of Suzuki Viola School