The Team
Eddie Nicholson - Violist
Eddie Nicholson is a violist, music mentor and enthusiast. Starting his formal education at the age of eight on the upright double bass. He later taught himself the viola at the age of 12 where he made the official switch from the double bass. After graduating high school in Woodbridge, Virginia, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, on a full music scholarship to Northeastern Illinois University, where he studied music performance and education. After a year and a half at the university, he gave his scholarship away to become a full-time caretaker to a very ill family member for the following six years until their passing. During his time in Chicago Nicholson has performed with the Peoria Symphony, Southside Family Chamber Orchestra and the Dead Superheroes Orchestra to name a few. Nicholson currently resides in Seattle, Washington, as an office manager and IT support. He can be seen performing with the Seattle Philharmonia Northwest and the Mirabilis String Quartet. In his free time, he enjoys playing electric viola performing collaborative Dubstep music with local DJ artists and musicians.
Jeremy Neufeld - Pianist
Jeremy A. Neufeld is a pianist, organist, vocalist, and conductor, specializing in classical and sacred genres. He received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and business / economics from the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and a Master of Music in piano performance and church music from the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the 2012 Piano Department Honors Award Recipient for the School of Church Music at Southwestern. As an active soloist and collaborative pianist, Mr. Neufeld has performed in the British Isles, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. In Washington, he has collaborated with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Richland Light Opera Company, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Columbia Basin College, Tri-Cities Prep Theatre, and the Marysville City Band. Mr. Neufeld serves as Director of Music Ministries at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville and resides in the Silver Lake area of Everett, WA. Mr. Neufeld dedicates tonight’s performance to Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ, without whom there is no talent.
Maija Henderson - Violinist
Maija comes from Connecticut, where she received a BS in music education and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. After graduating, Henderson developed a strong interest in early music and continued studying baroque violin with Mary Hostetler-Hoyt. She has performed early music with Arcadia Players, The Fanfare Consort, The Mostly Baroque Players, and more recently, with Musica Antiqua at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Henderson enjoys playing Irish fiddle, placing third at the Connecticut Audubon Fiddle Festival in 2003. She has recorded with The Jovial Beggars and The Other Irish Band. She currently lives in the Wenatchee Valley, where she started the group “Kurio,” a duo focused on folk music from Ireland, England, France, Scandinavia and America. Henderson has been teaching violin and viola privately for 20 years, and is currently teaching orchestra and mariachi for the Wenatchee School District.
Mariachi Huenachi
Mariachi Huenachi is recognized as the best high school mariachi group in the state of Washington under the direction of Ramon Rivera. The Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Program is nationally recognized as the fastest growing mariachi music program outside of Mexico with more than 300 participating students ages 9-18. In 2014, Rivera received the Golden Apple Foundation’s Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and Seattle City Club recognized him with their Washington State Jefferson Award—a “Nobel Prize” for public service—which honors ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others.
Ballard Civic Orchestra
Ballard Civic Orchestra, In 2016 the multi-generational Ballard Civic Orchestra (BCO) received two major grant awards from the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund and from the 4Culture foundation in support of its motto “Building Community through Classical Music” and its 2016-2017 inaugural concert series entitled “Celebrating Hispanic & Latin American Cultural Heritage.” The mission of the Ballard Civic Orchestra is to enhance individual and community life by providing more access and opportunities for both audiences and musicians to enjoy and/or perform classical music. To keep its commitment, BCO offers once-a-month, beginning orchestra workshops where BCO member volunteers provide stringed instrument instruction and ensemble experiences for aspiring musicians without charge. Regular BCO rehearsals take place on three Monday nights at the Sunset Hill Community
Emily Cowgill - Pianist
Emily comes from small town in Eastern Washington. Where at a young age studied Piano. Emily began performing professionally at a young age of 24 after her studies. And has colaborated with choral groups and church groups. She teamed up with Jose in the beginning for his first 2 professional concerts. And will soon be colaborating on his first Studio Album.
Jen Moultine - Cellist
Jennifer Moultine is a teacher and performer living in Ellensburg, WA. Taking a rather winding path away from and back to Central Washington, Jen has studied music, performed throughout the northwest, been a baker, lived in the jungle of Ecuador, managed a crisis hotline in Olympia, WA, studied public health and writing at the Evergreen State College, worked as a music librarian, and been a stay-at-home mom, among other things. Mrs. Moultine has been a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and joined YAMA as a Teaching Artist in January 2014. She also plays baroque cello, performing regularly with the faculty of Central Washington University and other early music performers in the University's Musica Antiqua Series and around the Pacific Northwest. Mrs. Moultine enjoys hiking and hanging out with her husband and two kids when she is not making music with her YAMA family.
Jenny Humphrey - Violinist
Jenny Humphrey is excited to be a part of the enthusiastic and versatile YAMA team. Starting her violin studies at age seven, her professional career includes teaching orchestral strings in the Tucson Unified School District; a decade of private violin instruction in Eugene, OR; and directing and serving on the Board of Directors for several traditional fiddle camps. In Tucson, she performed with the University Orchestra, and she has performed throughout the Northwest with her band, Kingdom County. Mrs. Humphrey received her B.A. in Music Education from Central Washington University, and loves gardening, stained glass making, and adventure.
Brendan Kellogg - Cellist
Brendan Kellogg began studying cello at the age of 3 with the Texas String Project in Austin, TX. Growing up, Brendan moved around the country frequently but was always a student of the Suzuki method. Eventually he enrolled at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he earned a B.A. Music degree, studying with Dr. Ilse Mari-Lee. From Bozeman, Brendan migrated west to Seattle where he earned a Master of Music, Cello Performance degree from the University of Washington while studying with Toby Saks. Since graduating from the UW, Brendan has, for the most part, stayed in Seattle where he has developed a career as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. He has won numerous awards for his achievements, including several regional MTNA competitions, winner of the Black Hills Young Artists Competition, and finalist in many others such as the Lucy Palermo Weed Competition, UW Concerto Competition, etc. He has performed with many orchestras in the Western US, and sat as principal cellist with the Black Hills Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Butte Symphony, and UW Symphony Orchestras. Brendan has delivered many well received performances both as soloist and with several professional chamber music ensembles, and has been a featured soloist with several orchestras across the Western US. His cello can also be heard on many movie and video game soundtracks. Brendan is also an accomplished pedagogue, having over 15 years of experience teaching cello to students of all ages, abilities, and musical goals. He has also been known to make rare appearances as a rock-and-roll cellist, and has been heard at venues such as the Triple Door, The Moore Theatre, and Bumbershoot, among others.
Fernando Luna
Fernando Luna is an actor, director, cultural entrepreneur, and community advocate. Fernando’s work as a social worker and social justice advocate has focused on disadvantaged and marginalized populations that struggle for justice and human dignity in the face of persistent structures of injustice, inequality, and the abuse of power.Fernando’s artistic vision is to produce plays from Latin America and the Caribbean that introduce diverse cultural worlds which allow audiences to more fully understand the Latinx experience in the twenty-first century and the complexities which arise from the intersections of these cultures with non-Latinx cultures.Fernando is a graduate of The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Policy Program. He also studied at the Freehold Theatre Lab & Studio’s Ensemble Training Intensive (ETI). Where he was under the artistic tutelage Donald Byrd, John Jacobsen, Amy Thone, Christine Marie Brown, and Paul Budraitis, among other notable Seattle theatre experts.Fernando co-founded Latino Theatre Projects five years ago. He is extremely proud and honored to have directed its production of Mariela in the Desert in the spring of 2016. During the summer of 2016, he was selected to be in the international cohort of directors to attend the prestigious developmental program of Lincoln Center, The Chicago Directors Lab.In the fall of 2016, he worked with prize-winning tenor José Iñiguez for his Encanto concert at the Moore Theater and José’s sold out Unplugged concert at Seattle’s West of Lenin theatre. Fernando continues to collaborate by providing coaching and stage direction for José’s presentations. In his role as Producing Artistic Director, Fernando presented the highly successful LTP production of 26 Miles at West of Lenin. As an actor he has appeared in Anna in the Tropics, Death and the Maiden, and Beauty of the Father and also directed our production of Mujeres de Arena/Women of Sand. He has also acted with Burien Actors Theatre and Vashon Allied Arts. He appeared in the feature film Nothing Against Life and the internationally acclaimed short film Pearl.