is an internationally-trained and recognized group

of performing musicians and teachers. Each

member of the faculty brings a unique area of

expertise to the Institute - including freelance skills,

working in recording studios, symphony orchestras,

performing chamber music, concerto repertoire,

and solo recitals.




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Joyce A. Ramée, Co-director, Co-founder, violist,. is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. She 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. A northwest resident since 1987, Ms. Ramée teaches at the University of Puget Sound and is a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. In 2007 and 2008 she was selected as the violist to represent Max Aronoff’s alumni in Centennial Celebration Concerts for the Curtis String Quartet at Temple University, Philadelphia. She is violist of the Cathedral Trio and the Aronoff Chamber Players. 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


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


Marjory (Jory) Noble, violinist received her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from Indiana University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her string quartet toured Europe while under the tutelage of the Fine Arts Quartet. Ms. Noble has performed with the South Bend Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, Winnipeg Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Milwaukee Symphony. She was assistant concertmaster of the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta and the Ravinia Festival and toured with Chicago Symphony. Since moving to Seattle in 2008, she has performed with Pacific NW Ballet and other orchestras, as violinist of Aronoff Chamber Players and with COHO String Quartet. Ms. Noble is a member of Seattle Mandolin Orchestra and is training to become a Certified Clinical Musician.  to top


Karin Choo, violinist, holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory, where she studied violin performance with James Buswell, and from Tufts University. Currently, Ms. Choo is a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and is music director of the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra. She is Concertmaster of the Vashon Opera and performs chamber music with the Aronoff Chamber Players, Vashon Chamber Music and Club Shostakovich.  to top


Amy Windus, cellist, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at the University of Oregon. Her graduate studies were at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been Principal Cellist for the Tacoma Symphony for over 20 years. Also a member of the Auburn Symphony, Ms. Windus has performed with the Ortega Baroque Ensemble in San Francisco, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Coast Festival, Eugene Ballet, Opera and Symphony Orchestras and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has toured the country with the Mason Williams Time and Rivers show and the Lauren Pelon Renaissance/Jazz Trio, and has appeared at the Paramount Theater, with Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Orchestra and the Tacoma Opera company.  to top


Kevin R. Aanerud, pianist, is a long time resident of Seattle. He studied with Bela Siki at the University of Washington and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Mr. Aanerud’s recordings of contemprorary music with Christopher Luba and Stuart Dempster were made during his student years. He currently maintains a large piano studio and is an active collaborative pianist for chamber music and student competitions. He has been a faculty artist at the Max Aronoff Viola Institute since 2008. In addition to his concert work with Aronoff Chamber Players, Mr. Aanerud is organist for St. Madeline Sophie Church and accompanist for Musica Sacra Chorale.  to top


Bonita Shuen is a pianist/harpsichordist in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area who has performed frequently as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Germany, Taiwan, India, and China. An associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ms. Shuen studied piano with Pawel Checinski and Jane Coop at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree. She later studied harpsichord under Richard Rephann at the Yale School of Music and earned a masters in music history at Yale University. She has served as a lecturer in music history at Yale, as a classical music critic for the Mumbai Independent, and performed with the Yale Collegium Musicum, members of the Women's Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Beijing, and the Telemann Orchestra, Berlin.  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