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Welcome to Prelude!
Prelude is an Arlington, VA-based nonprofit youth orchestra program offering several ensemble opportunities for talented young musicians interested in performing challenging repertoire and building their orchestral skills. Prelude focuses on developing ensemble skills and musical maturity while maintaining a fun and supportive atmosphere.
2013-2014 Concert Schedule
Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7 pm
presented by the Chamber Music Program

Winter Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4 pm
presented by the String Orchestra

Prelude Pops Concert with the Arlington Children's Chorus
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 pm
presented by the String Orchestra

Spring Concert
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 4 pm
presented by the Chamber Music Program

Season Finale Masterworks Concert
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4 pm
presented by the String Orchestra and the Chamber Music Program

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3 pm
Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3 pm
Joint performances with Encore Stage and Studio

For additional details on locations and ticket information, click here.
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Supporters
Prelude thanks its supporters for the 2013-2014 Season. View more information on Prelude's Supporters here.
Donations
Prelude relies on the generous support of the community to help us provide high quality musical and educational experiences to our participants and audiences alike.

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Latest News
Registration Open for Fall Auditions
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Prelude will hold fall auditions for the 2014-2015 season by appointment over the weekend of September 20-21, 2014. Registration closes on September 4, so that we can schedule appropriate judging panels for specific instruments. 

Please review the information on our website about our
ensemble options and audition requirements (including playing levels) to help you identify the best fit.


Prelude Presents the Season Finale
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Prelude will present its annual Season Finale Masterworks Concert on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM at the Gunston Arts Center.   Featuring members of our String Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs, this concert is the culmination of a year of excellent music making.  

The audience will be treated to favorite works of the three B's - Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms - performed by the String Orchestra, while our Chamber Musicians will delight you with a charming sampling of small ensemble works by Borodin, Dancla, Mozart, and others. Both ensembles join forces to present the 3rd movement of Vivaldi's Summer from the Four Seasons, featuring this year's solo competition winner. 

This concert is sure to be a crowd pleaser, so please join us for an exciting close to our season. Prelude audiences are always invited to meet and talk with the musicians at a reception immediately following the concert.  Admission is free; donations accepted gratefully.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Gunston Arts Center Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street
Arlington, VA 22206


We are Making Music this Spring!
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Please join us for our upcoming spring concerts. No tickets are required. Donations are always appreciated.

Spring Pops Concert - featuring the Arlington Children's Chorus and the Prelude String Orchestra
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 pm
Gunston Arts Center Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street
Arlington, VA 22206

Chamber Music Program Spring Concert - presented by the Prelude Chamber Music Program
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 4 pm
Artisphere Spectrum Theatre
1611 N. Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209


Holiday Concerts on December 14 and 15
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Please join us for one or both of our holiday concerts over the weekend of December 14-15, 2013. These events feature mixed chamber music presented by talented string musicians from Prelude: The Arlington Youth Orchestral Program, offering a relaxing break from the rush of the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Admission is free; no tickets required. Donations accepted gratefully. 

Holiday Concert - presented by the Chamber Music Players
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7 pm
Theater on the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206

Holiday Chamber Music Concert - presented by the String Orchestra
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4 pm
Williamsburg Middle School
3600 North Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Latest News
Welcome Back to Our Musicians
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Prelude welcomes all new and returning musicians for the 2013-2014 season.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, October 7 from 7-9 pm at Washington-Lee High School for the first rehearsal and mandatory parent meeting. 

At present, very limited space remains for the coming season.  Prospective members interested in auditioning for Prelude should
contact us to inquire about seat availability in your instrument group. 


Shy-Luen Chen Named Conductor of String Orchestra
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Prelude is pleased to announce that Shy-Luen Chen, DMA, has been named as the new Conductor of the String Orchestra, effective with the 2013-2014 season. Dr. Chen takes the baton from Jennifer Wade, who served as Conductor of the String Orchestra for the first four seasons and will remain with Prelude as Music Director. Ms. Wade commented that “Prelude is fortunate to have found in Dr. Chen a skilled conductor who balances musical excellence with a positive learning environment for young musicians.”

Dr. Chen’s full biography can be found
here. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Chen to Prelude!


Fairfax Chamber Ensemble Named Quartet-In-Residence for 2013-2014 Season
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We are delighted to welcome the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble as Quartet-in-Residence for the 2013-2014 season.

These talented professional musicians will coach and perform with members of the Prelude Chamber Music Program throughout the season.  This close collaboration will ensure artistic quality and provide our student musicians with unusual access to professionals of this caliber.  

More information on members of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble can be found
here.


Jennifer Wade Named Orchestra Director of the Year for 2012-2013 by VASTA
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We are very excited to share the news that Jennifer Wade has been named Orchestra Director of the Year 2012-2013 by the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (VASTA).

Ms. Wade is Prelude's Music Director. We are very proud of her! Congratulations Jennifer!

About Us

Our Mission
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Prelude is an educational and performing organization whose objectives are:
  • to advance the basic ensemble skills of young string instrumentalists through creative instruction, purpose-specific repertoire, and performance opportunities;
  • to foster a lifelong love of the arts in younger generations through personal experience in a performing ensemble;
  • to provide the convenience and accessibility of a challenging ensemble to the Arlington student community; and
  • to help build capacity and support for orchestral arts in the Arlington community.
Our Board of Directors
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Prelude’s Board of Directors includes community members committed to advancing the orchestral arts in the next generation of Arlingtonians and to principles of good governance of non-profit organizations.
  • Chris Bavolack is an experienced executive in education and nonprofit administration with an extensive roster of community and athletic volunteer experience. Mr. Bavolack currently works for American University and serves on the Board of the Arlington YMCA as well as his church council. He is the father of an Arlington Public School student.
  • Melissa Bishop is the proud parent of a Prelude violinist in his second year in the String Orchestra. Ms. Bishop is a professional musician working as a clarinetist in the U. S. Navy Band. The musical opportunities she had as young person playing in ensembles with like-minded students and coached by excellent, inspired instructors are some of her best memories. Her children go to school in Arlington County at Kenmore Middle School and Barcroft Elementary.
  • Pam Lassell is an active free-lance violinist and teacher, regularly performing at venues like the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, and Schlesinger Hall. She is an orchestral contractor (primarily in the choral field) working with the Washington Concert Opera, the City Choir, and numerous other choruses. Ms. Lassell is a product of the Arlington Public Schools music program herself.
  • Nancy Leach, a 30 year resident of Arlington County, is the mother of five boys (a college graduate, two currently in college, and two in Arlington Public Schools - HB Woodlawn and Williamsburg Middle School). She is a veteran of Capitol Hill and an active Board member and volunteer in community and school activities.
  • Carrie McLeroy has an extensive background in communications, marketing, and business development. She is currently the editor in chief of the U.S. Army’s flagship publication, Soldiers magazine. Carrie is also a U.S. Marine veteran. Carrie is the proud mom of one of the charter members of Prelude (the first enrolled violist) and has enjoyed seeing its young musicians grow.
  • Kevin O'Connor is Counsel with the Washington, DC law firm of Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP, where his practice includes a number of administrative areas, including international trade, federal taxation, and food safety. Mr. O'Connor has worked with 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and other tax exempt entities to incorporate and obtain tax exemption, and has counseled such organizations with respect to compliance with the laws that govern them. In 2009, he began representation of Prelude on a pro bono basis. Mr. O'Connor is the father of a son and a daughter who currently attend Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, VA.
  • Gretta Sandberg is a former Arlington and Fairfax County public school orchestra director, founder of Arlington County’s Jr. Honors Orchestra, and co-founder and former director of the Arlington All-County High School Orchestra, and 2007 VASTA Orchestra Director of the Year for the state of Virginia. Presently, Ms. Sandberg is Director of the Highland County String Program.
  • Jennifer Wade co-founded Prelude and serves as Music Director. Ms. Wade's full bio can be viewed here.
  • Anne Wengrovitz co-founded Prelude and currently serves as Executive Director. She is an experienced nonprofit executive, with expertise in strategic planning, project management, public relations, fundraising, and personnel. As a consultant to federal health agencies, she currently provides policy analysis, project management, writing, editing, and program evaluation services. Ms. Wengrovitz is the mother of a Prelude violinist who attends Yorktown High School.

Our
Programs

Our Programs
Prelude offers two ensemble opportunities for players in Grades 5 and above. Highlights include:
String Orchestra - Prelude’s Flagship Ensemble
Prelude's String Orchestra is designed to create a musically mature ensemble by actively teaching orchestral skills to our musicians and then integrating those skills into performances. We focus on building the following skills:
  • The ability to self-conduct
  • The development of a unified sound within individual sections and across the orchestra
  • A deeper understanding of what it means to lead and follow
  • Radically improved sight-reading
  • A heightened sensitivity to individual and ensemble intonation
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Highlights:
  • Intermediate string players in grades 5-9
  • Auditions by appointment, with feedback provided to all -- apply here
  • Monday rehearsals, 7-9 PM, Oct-May
  • At least three concerts per season
  • Read more about the auditions process and requirements here
Features of this unique program include:
  • Audition feedback for all candidates, regardless of acceptance. Prelude provides written feedback to all candidates on their auditions, giving players a sense of their strengths and areas in which they could improve. This avoids the frustration felt by young players who don’t understand the basis for acceptance decisions.
  • Monday evening rehearsals in Arlington from October through May. Prelude normally rehearses from 7-9 pm at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA.
  • Active instruction of audition and ensemble skills. Instructional rehearsals focus on building essential skills required for playing in high-caliber ensembles. Rehearsals are divided into two distinct segments: one for teaching skills and the other for rehearsal of concert repertoire.
  • Coaching by professional Guest Artists during special rehearsals. Previous Guest Artists have included Midori, the world-renown violinist, and local professional musicians from the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (fairfaxsymphony.org), the IBIS Chamber Music Society (ibischambermusic.org), and the Emperor’s Ensemble (emperorsensemble.com), among others.  
  • Performance opportunities for orchestra and chamber music. The String Orchestra performs three or more concerts during the season, showcasing many of the techniques that have been developed throughout the year.
A central program goal is that students who participate in this program reach a new level of pride and enjoyment in their playing, and are prepared for any higher-level ensemble to which they may aspire in the future. Students in Prelude are expected to participate in their school orchestras unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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The Prelude Ambassadors

Prelude members may also audition for the Prelude Ambassadors, a smaller ensemble of current orchestra members who make additional performances beyond the regular season schedule.  The Ambassadors have played for Arlington County Board special events, performed with the IBIS Chamber Music Society, and presented their own full concert.




Chamber Music Program
Prelude’s Chamber Music Program is designed for experienced musicians who are seeking a personalized approach to ensemble playing. A new feature for the 2013-2014 season will be a professional string quartet, the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble, who will serve as Ensemble-in-Residence.  These professionals will coach and perform with our musicians throughout the season.  This close collaboration will ensure artistic quality and provide our student musicians with unusual access to professionals of this caliber.  

Participants are encouraged to explore and develop a sense of musical independence through professional coaching sessions, peer collaboration with other chamber ensemble members, mentorship opportunities with musicians in Prelude’s String Orchestra, and performance opportunities in a variety of settings. 
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Highlights:
  • Advanced string players in grades 8-12
  • Audition individually or as a pre-formed ensemble -- apply here
  • Monday rehearsals, 7-9 PM, Oct-May
  • At least three concerts per season
  • Read more about the auditions process and requirements here
  • Players not ready for the Chamber Music program may be offered a place in the String Orchestra, which also includes Chamber Music experience
Other program features include:
  • Audition feedback for all candidates: Prelude provides written feedback to all candidates on their auditions, giving players a sense of their strengths and areas in which they could improve.  Candidates are always encouraged to take the feedback to private teachers to enhance the educational benefit of the audition experience.
  • Instruction in chamber music techniques: including ensemble leadership, sound development, ensemble identity, style analysis, performance techniques, music selection, and a refined sense of communication.
  • Guest Artist Sessions: Prelude values the interaction and insight that comes from exposing its young musicians to outstanding Guest Artists in the field. One Guest Artist session each season is set aside exclusively for Chamber Music participants, in addition to participation in other Guest Artist events offered to Prelude members though the String Orchestra program.
  • Three concert performances a year and multiple other performance opportunities as they arise: Twice a year, Chamber Music participants will give a dedicated recital-style concert featuring the music they have prepared with their coaches. Additionally, participants will perform jointly with the String Orchestra in the Season Final concert each May. Members may also be invited to share their talents through community service performances or other civic-minded events. 
Prelude believes that the maturing musicians who participate in this program will develop a deeper pride in their talents and abilities through musical exploration and technique refinement in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.

The program meets weekly on Monday nights from 7-9 PM and features dedicated coaching sessions with a professional performer/educator.

Artistic Personnel

Our Artistic Personnel
Prelude’s artistic team is comprised of highly competent musicians who are committed to balancing musical excellence with an enjoyable environment for young players. Our professionals bring high artistic, performance, and educational standards to their work. They are creative, energetic, and enthusiastic about working with young musicians.

As Music Director, Jennifer Wade oversees the artistic personnel and programming, working closely with the Conductor of the String Orchestra and the Quartet-in-Residence to select appropriate repertoire, prepare the musicians, plan Guest Artist sessions, and secure professional sectional coaches, as needed.
Jennifer Wade - Music Director
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Jennifer Wade is a successful violin/viola instructor, maintaining a large, competitive private studio for students of all ages, and an active freelance musician, performing regularly throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area. Ms. Wade’s thoughtful and respectful approach to working with young string players has earned her recognition from professional colleagues and a number of educational groups, through her service as judge, guest clinician, and chamber music coach.

In recent years, Jennifer has served as a judge for the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Violin Concerto Competition, the District XII Orchestra Festival, the Fine Arts Apprentice Program, and the Reflections Contest. Additionally, Jennifer has worked with several local schools in leading sectional rehearsals and coaching chamber ensembles. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Music Teachers National Association, the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and all local chapters of the aforementioned groups. Ms. Wade named Orchestra Director of the Year 2012-2013 by the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (
VASTA).

As a performer, Ms. Wade has played with a number of the area’s most prestigious ensembles including the Washington Concert Opera, the Cathedral Choral Society, the National Philharmonic, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Virginia Consort, and many others. Her love of performing is matched only by her commitment to nurturing a new generation of classical musicians.

A native Arlingtonian, Ms. Wade has always held very close ties with the orchestra programs in Arlington County, both in and out of the Arlington Public School System. Having participated in many of these programs as a student, Ms. Wade is highly motivated to give back to the community in artistic and educational capacities. Drawing from her experiences as an Arlington student, and later from her experiences as a private teacher with the majority of her students living in Arlington, Jennifer sees a need for a high quality intermediate string ensemble. Meeting this need was the impetus for the formation of Prelude.
Shy-Luen Chen - String Orchestra Conductor
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Shy-Luen Chen, DMA, is currently in his first season (2013-2014) as Conductor of the String Orchestra of Prelude: The Arlington Youth Orchestral Program (Arlington, VA). Dr. Chen holds a doctoral degree (DMA) in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland, and has an extensive conducting and performance resume. He worked with the DC Youth Orchestra for nine years, including serving as the First Violin Sectional Coach for their top two orchestras, Chamber Music Coach, adjudicator, and conducting various other ensembles as needed.

Born in Taiwan, Shy-Luen Chen began his musical training in piano and violin at an early age. Upon his graduation from the Sun Yat-Sen National University in Taiwan, he went on to pursue his graduate studies in the United States. He received his master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Maryland under Daniel Heifetz, and earned a second master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in orchestral conducting, where he studied with Geraldo Edelstein and Pu-Qi Jiang. Finally, he received his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland under James Ross in 2011. Additionally, he studied with his mentor Jorma Panula in Europe and took part in master classes and workshops with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Otto-Werner Mueller, Osmo Vänskä, Leonard Slatkin, Emil de Cou, Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Michael Gilbert, and Juozas Domarkas.

He made his appearance in the International Prokofiev Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2008. Previously, he participated in the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition of Orchestral Conducting in Athens, Greece. Over the years, he has made appearances as a guest conductor with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Academic Philharmonic Orchestra of Kharkov (Ukraine), Capella Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg (Russia), Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra (Estonia), St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra (Russia), Orchestra of Colours (Greece), Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice, Richmond Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and with Neeme Järvi Summer Academy in “David Oistrakh Festival” in Pärnu, Estonia 2007 and 2008. He was previously a co-founder of the Maryland Sinfonietta, where he served as one of its music directors since 2004. Among his collaborations, he has performed with Santiago Rodriguez, Wolfgang David, Wolfgang Panhofer, Selvadore Rähni, Clara Abou, and Silja Fontan.
Fairfax Chamber Ensemble - Quartet-In-Residence
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Founded in 2008, the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble (FCE) shares their love of chamber music through their energetic live performances of classical, romantic, and modern repertoire across the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. During their 2013-14 Season, the FCE looks forward to presenting a series of concerts at the historic Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria, performing and teaching during a guest residency at the State Street Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and coaching talented young chamber musicians through their residency with Arlington’s Prelude Youth Orchestra.



Violinist
Wendy Olson Posner’s chamber music performances have taken her to stages across the United States and around Europe. As a former member of the DaVinci String Quartet, she has concertized and coached chamber music extensively to students of all ages. She has performed in venues including the Taos Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco’s Composers Inc., and the Sierra Chamber Society. She has recorded the string chamber music of Charles Martin Loeffler for Naxos Records and the string music of Leslie Bassett for Equilibrium Records.

A graduate of Indiana University (BM) and the University of Michigan (MM and DMA), Ms. Olson Posner has served on the faculties of Colorado College, the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. When not making music with the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble, she keeps a busy freelance schedule and spends her free moments with her husband and two young sons.



Violinist Harriet Vorona is active as a freelance musician in the Washington, DC area and has worked with various orchestras and chamber music groups, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, and Concert Opera. She is a member of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a founder of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble, which had its inauguration concert in 2008. A native of Bad Pyrmont, Germany, Ms. Vorona has won several prizes in national competitions in the categories solo and chamber music and has given recitals in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and Japan. Her playing has been broadcast on German radio.

Ms. Vorona earned a Masters of Music from the Musikhochschule Frankfurt, Germany, and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University. Postgraduate studies in Jerusalem, Israel, followed. Her teachers include Barbara Rau, Edith Peinemann, Franco Gulli, and Hagai Shaham. She also attended master classes with Ulf Hoelscher, Ruggiero Ricci and Yair Kless. Ms. Vorona lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three young children.



Violist Elizabeth O'Hara has extensive experience with chamber music. In 2000 she co-founded the Vivace String Quartet, an ensemble that has performed several recitals in the Harrisburg, PA area. Elizabeth also co-founded the Altra String Quartet (now Altra Strings) in 2008, a professional all-female quartet formed out of Catholic University with whom she currently performs. The quartet had its most exciting performance in conjunction with Dream Works Pictures for the release of the movie The SOLOIST in the spring of 2009. The quartet performed works by several composers, including some pieces heard in the movie, and were accompanied by a visual artist who created a canvas work inspired by The SOLOIST and the music heard by the quartet.

A native of Hershey, PA, Elizabeth holds degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (BM) and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (MM). She has studied with chamber musicians such as violinist and pedagogist Helen Kwalwasser, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Sidney Curtiss, and cellists Orlando Cole, Jeffrey Solow, and Michael Mermagen.

Elizabeth currently lives in Arlington, VA, where she operates a private studio and actively freelances with area orchestras and ensembles.



An accomplished classical, rock, and folk cellist, Natalie Spehar has performed as a member of the Élan Duo (with Doug O’Connor, saxophone), the Great Noise Ensemble, the Low End String Quartet, and the Washington, D.C.-based cello rock ensemble, Primitivity. With a strong interest in contemporary music, Natalie has enjoyed mastering and premiering new and experimental works for cello, including several recent projects with live electronics and tape. Natalie has performed as a soloist with Graham Reynolds in The Kennedy Center’s presentation of The Difference Engine, with the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, and with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and has presented world premiere performances in venues including Ravinia, Severance Hall, and the National Gallery of Art. She has been awarded several scholarships, among them a USA Projects grant, the Canton MacDowell Club Scholarship and the Howard Hanson Scholarship toward her studies at the Eastman School of Music. In the summer of 2009, Natalie was one of five American performers selected to participate in Northeastern University’s Fusion Arts Exchange, a program and concert tour funded by the U.S. Department of State that featured young musicians from six countries, and in 2011-12 she participated in the inaugural New Music on the Point contemporary music festival as well as the inaugural Fresh Inc. Festival led by Chicago’s esteemed Fifth House Ensemble.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance as well as a Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris. An avid supporter of music outreach, Natalie has recently served as an Arts & Learning Intern for Young Audiences, Inc., an educator with Music For Life, and a performing member of the MacDowell Music Club, all national organizations dedicated to encouraging and providing community music education. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and looks forward to the upcoming season, in which she will present solo cello premieres in the Washington, D.C., Ohio, and New York City areas, as well as record her solo debut CD.

Guest
Artists

Guest Artists
Prelude’s program also features special rehearsals with highly skilled professional Guest Artists as a means to motivate and inspire young players. Guest Artist sessions include a presentation and/or performance in addition to time for the guest artist(s) to work with our ensembles. Each session focuses on a specific skill or skill-set based on the artist’s area of expertise. Previous Guest Artists have ranged from world-renown violinist Midori, to award-winning percussionists Joseph McCarthy and Tony Asero, to a demonstration orchestra consisting of professional musicians from in and around the DC metropolitan area.


Midori and Simeon Simeonov
In March 2012, Midori and her student Simeon (Moni) Simeonov visited Prelude as our season-ending Guest Artists. Midori and Moni joined Prelude for a rehearsal of the String Orchestra. Our guests coached our soloists and the orchestra, played side-by-side with our musicians, and performed solos. This special session was a component of Midori’s Orchestral Residency Program (www.gotomidori.com/orp/) and was made possible by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (www.alexsym.org).
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IBIS Chamber Music Society
The Arlington, VA-based IBIS Chamber Music Society has collaborated with Prelude on several occasions.  IBIS musicians have served as Guest Artists during special Prelude rehearsals and performed jointly with the Prelude Ambassadors.  (At left, Joseph Scheer, cofounder of IBIS and concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, coaches Prelude musicians.)

Demonstration Orchestra
Prelude was proud to host a Demonstration Orchestra comprised of professional musicians for our members in February 2013. This orchestra was comprised of 24 of the DC area's most active string players. Under the direction of Jennifer Wade, our professional guests demonstrated a number of techniques essential to fine ensemble playing in a fun, interactive manner. Prelude's musicians were treated to demonstrations of varying levels of precision in the areas of intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and stylistic interpretation, helping them understand in a thought-provoking and unforgettable manner what excellence really means in a performing ensemble. 

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Our
Supporters

Our Supporters
Prelude thanks our individual donors and organizational sponsors for the generous support that makes this program possible.

Prelude is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Organization are exempt from taxation subject to limitations set forth in the Code.

Arlington Arts
This program is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.
1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500
Arlington, VA. 22201

www.ArlingtonArts.org
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Arlington Community Foundation
This program is supported in part by the Dos T. and Harriet Hatfield Fund of the Arlington Community Foundation.
818 N. Quincy Street, Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22203

www.arlcf.org
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Foxes Music Company
416 S Washington Street  
Falls Church, VA 22046
www.foxesmusic.com
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Little Falls Presbyterian Church
6025 Little Falls Road
Arlington Virginia 22207
littlefallschurch.org
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Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP
1750 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
www.pkrllp.com
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The Potter Violin Company
4706 Highland Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
pottersviolins.com
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Virginia Commission for the Arts and the
National Endowment for the Arts

This program is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330 |
Richmond, VA 23219
www.arts.virginia.gov
www.arts.gov
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Walker Chapel United Methodist Church
4102 N Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

www.walkerchapel.org
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