2013 Chamber Music Coaches

Elizabeth Morrison , cellist, Director and Head Coach of Idaho Music Workshops is an active cellist and chamber musician. She began her cello studies with the renowned Dutch cellist Willhem von Emines, and has also studied with Victor Sazer, Stephen Harrison and Burke Schuchmann. She has degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Texas at Austin, and has taught music, Latin, Japanese and English in England and the United States. As President of Chamber Musicians of Northern California for many years, she has directed many chamber music workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, including workshops at San Francisco State, San Jose State, Cal State East Bay, College of Marin and Mills College. She is also a writer and has written many articles about chamber music, as well as books on health and nutrition, meditation and animal communication. Elizabeth is totally qualified in her own right, and she worked specifically with Terrie Baune last summer to provide a smooth transition as IMW Director for this year. We are thrilled to have Elizabeth with us as Director, and look forward to a successful and enjoyable workshop!

Dr. Brian Hodges , Cello, Professor of cello at Boise State University, member of the faculty piano quartet, Les Bois Piano Quartet. Dr. Hodges received both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence. He served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI and has been the administrative assistant for the Luigi Silva Centennial Cello Celebration and the Bernard Greenhouse Cello Celebration and performed at both festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with several symphonies.

Along with his wife, pianist Betsi Hodges, he performs regularly as the Duo Navona. They have performed recitals in the U.S. and in Rome, Italy as part of the Rome Festival and recently participated in the Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy, the Hampden Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia, and completed a chamber music residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada. Brian and Betsi are also in the Rothko Piano Trio, with violinist Jo Nardolillo.

Dr. Betsi Hodges , Piano - Betsi received a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master's degree from Michigan State University, both in piano performance. Betsi recently completed a doctorate in accompanying and chamber music at the University of North Carolina, where she was the recipient of a graduate fellowship and assistantship, and was a member of the graduate resident piano trio. While in Greensboro, Betsi was a member of the piano faculty at Guilford College. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Michigan State Philharmonic and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. During past summers, Betsi has participated in the Rome Music Festival in Rome, Italy, the International Fine Arts Institute in Moscow, Russia, and a piano quartet residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has been the accompanist for the Eastern Music Festival, the Luigi Silva Centennial Celebration, the Bernard Greenhouse Celebration, and the International Falcone Tuba Competition at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival. She has performed with her husband, cellist Brian Hodges, as the Duo Navona at the Hampden Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as various recitals throughout the US and Italy. Currently, Betsi is an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University and is accompanist for Opera Idaho.

Randy Fisher , Violin/Viola, is a regular coach for chamber music workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area (CMNC), Sacramento (CalCap and Sacramento Chamber Ensembles), Carmel (Golden Gate), Santa Barbara, Los Angeles (Grand Pacific and SoCal), Spokane and Idaho. Mr. Fisher studied at the Manhattan School of Music for studies with Lillian Fuchs. He founded the Maranda Quartet and has played in many chamber music ensembles of note, and in symphonies including the Hong Kong Philharmonic and San Sebastian Symphony in Spain. He has taught violin, viola and chamber music at Old Dominion University, Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, Hong Kong Conservatory, Denver School of the Arts and Colorado College, where he established and conducted both a College and a community chamber orchestra. He is a Board member of the International Association of Chamber Music, Director of several string music events, an active soloist and chamber music player.

Robert Hatvani , Piano, recipient of many awards in Eastern Europe as well as the U.S., has toured as a soloist, in ensembles and as an accompanist. He is a graduate of P.I. Tchaikovsky Music School, D. Zador University in the Ukraine, with degrees in Piano Pedagogy, Artist of Ensemble and Accompanist. After moving to Hungary, while a student of Franz Liszt Music Academy, Robert performed as soloist with Debrecen Chamber and Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras, including the live performance on Bartok National Radio. His successful debut as a composer was with Boise State Symphony Orchestra performing his composition The Overture for Flute and Orchestra "Joy Dwells Within" with soloist Dr. Liana Tyson and conductor Dr. Craig Purdy. Recently Robert started Study Music LLC, an area music school. He enjoys performing and giving Master Classes, is an experienced chamber musician and coach, professor of piano at Treasure Valley College, Ontario, Oregon, and has completed a solo CD of original compositions.

Jana Jae Owens , Violin, professional musician, Vienna Academy of Music, Interlochen, International String Congress, student of Rafael Druian, Eduard Melkus, Anton Landler, former Concertmaster of several orchestras, current soloist, active chamber musician.