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Joyce A. Ramée, Co-director, Co-founder, violist,. is active throughout the Northwest as clinician, recitalist, teacher and coach. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Ms. Ramée was a student of Max Aronoff from 1975 until his death in 1981, attending both Curtis and the New School of Music. Ms. Ramée was the last Aronoff student to graduate from Curtis, completing her studies there with Joseph dePasquale. Later studies were with eminent violist Sol Greitzer, and as a fellowship scholar at Tanglewood and the Waterloo Music Festival. Joyce Ramée has been soloist with several northwest orchestras, performing concertos of Walton, Bartok and Hovhaness; she has also performed premiers of chamber and solo works by composers Daniel Ott, Dell Wade and Lawrence Ebert. She is violist of the Aronoff Trio, is a member of the Auburn Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestras, and teaches at the University of Puget Sound. Her students have won positions in orchestras including the Oregon, Detroit, and Phoenix Symphonies. Ms. Ramée co-founded the Max Aronoff Viola Institute with Charles Noble in 1990, and has served as its Director ever since. to top

Paula Fendler, Co-director, received a Bachelor of Music from Pacific Lutheran University and Master of Music from Indiana University, both in organ performance, and she has performed in recitals throughout Washington. She studied piano and organ throughout her school years, singing in and accompanying church, school, and civic choirs, and the Choir of the West and Concert Chorus at Pacific Lutheran. Ms. Fendler has taught Music History, Music Theory and Choir; she has also held administrative positions in private schools and non-profit organizations. She served for many years as Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and other churches throughout the Tacoma area, and has been a performer, section leader and board member of various civic choruses. Ms. Fendler is a violist with the Rainier Symphony, a community orchestra. In addition to her duties as Associate Director of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute, she maintains the MAVI web site and is on the MAVI Board of Directors.  to top

Nancy Roth, violist, violinist, is currently concertmaster of the Culver City Symphony and Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony, principal second violinist of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and a member of the Pasadena Symphony. Dr. Roth has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and was co-principal violist of the Graz Philharmonic in Austria. She has been a featured soloist with numerous Southern California orchestras including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Carson Symphony, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Valley Symphony, and Rio Hondo Symphony. She has given numerous recitals and radio broadcasts in the United States, Austria and Mexico. Dr. Roth is a member of the String Family Players—a string quintet, which performs educational children's programs through the Los Angeles Music Center On Tour. She has played baroque violin and viols with Los Angeles Musica Viva and the London Early Music Group. Dr. Roth holds a Bachelor of Music from California State University Northridge, a Master of Music from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. She joined the MAVI faculty in 2001.  to top

Ellen Gutter McGlone, violist, is a studio teacher in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She studied with Max Aronoff briefly as a middle school student, and then periodically during college. After earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan, Ms. McGlone studied with Mr. Aronoff from 1975-1977 at the New School of Music before she won a job in the San Antonio Symphony. While in San Antonio, Ms. McGlone played in the Galliard String Quartet and in numerous other chamber ensembles. She also performed at the Victoria Bach Festival and the Graz Institute of Music in Austria. Ms. McGlone subsequently worked at the Symphony Department of the American Federation of Musicians. She earned a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and practiced law in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. McGlone currently performs classical chamber music, Celtic fiddle, jazz and rock, and teaches violin and viola students in all these styles. She has coached viola sections and chamber ensembles for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and her students have won positions in area youth orchestras and Virginia regional and all-state orchestras. She joined the MAVI faculty in 2012. to top

Thane Lewis, violist, is Principal Violist of the Tacoma Symphony and Assistant Principal Violist of the Northwest Sinfonietta. He has performed as Assistant Principal Viola of the Boise Philharmonic, and as an extra with the Oregon Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, the Auburn Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and the 5th Avenue Theater Orchestra. Mr. Lewis has appeared as soloist with the Tacoma Symphony, the Eastside Symphony, Octava Chamber Orchestra, the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber Orchestra and the Lake Union Civic Orchestra in Seattle’s Town Hall. The Tacoma News Tribune described his performance as “full of passion and flourish." As a chamber musician, Mr. Lewis has performed with the Onyx Chamber Players at Town Hall and in the Second City, Cascadia Sounds of Summer, Jacobsen, Mostly Nordic, Seattle Symphony Young Composers and Governor’s Mansion Chamber Series. He has also performed with the St. Helens String Quartet at the Cornish School of the Arts, with his own Trio Antonie, and as an Artist in Residence at Ascension Arts in Magnolia. Mr. Lewis is on the faculty of Midsummer Musical Retreat and the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop and  was adjunct string faculty for Northwest University from 1997 to 2008. In 2000, his biography of violinist Steven Staryk, Fiddling With Life, was published by Mosaic Press of Toronto. A graduate of the MAVI festival, he joined the Festival faculty in 2011.  to top

Scott Ligocki, violist, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied viola and chamber music with acclaimed violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and with the eminent pedagogue Karen Tuttle. Since returning to his native Seattle, Mr. Ligocki has enjoyed a varied career that includes orchestral and chamber music performances, recording for major motion pictures, and teaching. He is currently the principal violist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and was formerly principal violist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, where he also appeared as soloist. He frequently performs with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony. Chamber music performances include Belle Arte, Bellevue; Musical Experiences, Seattle; Second City, Tacoma; and Chamber Music in the San Juans. Besides his performing activities, Mr. Ligocki maintains a large studio of violin and viola students. His two books, Hodgepodge College of Violin Knowledge and Hodgepodge College of Viola Knowledge, have been well received by students and teachers. Mr. Ligocki joined the MAVI faculty in 1994.  to top

Kevin R. Aanerud, pianist, is a long-time resident of Seattle. Most of his musical activities are devoted to a large private piano studio and freelance accompanying. Many of Mr. Aanerud’s performances have been of contemporary works, including collaborations with William O. Smith and Stuart Dempster. He studied with Bela Siki as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in the 1970s. He continued his graduate work with Mr. Siki at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Aanerud’s recordings of contemporary music with Christopher Leuba and Stuart Dempster were produced during these student years. Kevin Aanerud has served on the MAVI Artist Roster since 2008, accompanying classes and student recitals and performing on the Aronoff Festival Concerts.  to top