THE ARTISTS

A S H L E E   Y O U N G

S T E P H A N I E   C O O K E 

V I C T O R I A   F O X

G R A C E   S H I M E R

STEPHANIE COOKE IS A PERFORMER AND EDUCATOR WHO ENGAGES IN A WIDE SCOPE OF MUSICAL GENRES AS A SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE PIANIST, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. ALONG WITH PURSUING HER OWN CLASSICAL AND JAZZ GOALS, SHE RECORDS AND PERFORMS WITH THE INDIE-POP BAND THE VON TRAPPS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND THE UK, AND HAS MADE SOME GUEST APPEARANCES WITH THE INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS BAND PINK MARTINI. SHE IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PIANO! PUSH PLAY!, AND PERFORMS WITH A PORTLAND-BASED CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SEXTET, THE ANDREW ENDRES COLLECTIVE. ALONGSIDE HER ACTIVE TOURING, SHE ENGAGES IN RECORDING PROJECTS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES SUCH AS BENEFIT CONCERTS, JAZZ DUO/TRIO GIGS, COCKTAIL HOURS, GRADUATION CEREMONIES, WEDDING CEREMONIES AND CHURCH SERVICES.

 

STEPHANIE RECEIVED HER MASTERS IN PIANO PERFORMANCE AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY IN 2012 AS THE PIANO DEPARTMENT'S GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT. SHE RECEIVED HER DEGREE UNDER THE STUDY OF PROFESSOR LISA MARSH, PROFESSOR DARRELL GRANT AND DR. SUSAN CHAN. SHE RECEIVED HER UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE FROM CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY UNDER THE STUDY OF DR. JOHN PICKETT. 

 

STEPHANIE IS CURRENTLY STUDYING WITH PROFESSOR LISA MARSH TO BECOME A LICENSED ANDOVER EDUCATOR IN BODY MAPPING, A FORM OF SOMATIC EDUCATION THAT PROMOTES MUSICIAN FACILITY AND PREVENTS INJURY IN PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE BY GIVING MUSICIANS ANATOMICALLY CORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT THE BODY.

ALONGSIDE HER CONTINUED EDUCATION IN BODY MAPPING, STEPHANIE IS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OREGON MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION.

ASHLEE YOUNG BEGAN HER PIANO STUDY AT THE AGE OF 4 IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND CONTINUED STUDYING WITH VARIOUS TEACHERS THROUGHOUT HER CHILDHOOD.  SHE GRADUATED FROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY BILLINGS WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC, EMPHASIS IN PIANO PERFORMANCE UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF DOROTHEA CROMLEY.  SHE THEN GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN MUSIC, EMPHASIS IN PIANO PERFORMANCE UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF DANIEL POLLACK. 

 

THROUGHOUT HER CAREER, ASHLEE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE PERFORMER APPEARING IN MANY RECITALS, FESTIVALS AND COMPETITIONS. SHE WAS TRAINED CLASSICALLY AND FOR MANY YEARS FOCUSED SOLELY ON CLASSICAL MUSIC. SHE HAS COMPETED IN THE INTERNATIONAL FRANZ LISZT PIANO COMPETITION, RECEIVING 5TH PLACE AS WELL AS HONORABLE MENTION. SHE WAS THE WINNER OF THE MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS COMPETITION AND AS A RESULT HAS APPEARED AS A SOLOIST WITH SEVERAL ORCHESTRAS. SHE HAS PERFORMED AT THE KENNEDY CENTER AS WELL AS AT CARNEGIE HALL.  SHE, ALONG WITH ONLY 6 OTHER PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION.  SHE WAS THE WINNER OF THE 2008 LIBERACE INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION. SHE HAS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE KINGSVILLE INTERNATIONAL YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION, THE CRESCENDO MUSIC AWARDS COMPETITION, THE ALOHA INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION, THE LIMA SYMPHONY YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION, THE USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC COMPETITION, THE LADIES MUSICAL CLUB OF SEATTLE YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION, THE MISSOULA YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION, AND SEVERAL OTHERS. 

 

ASHLEE CURRENTLY LIVES IN PORTLAND, OREGON WHERE SHE PERFORMS AND TEACHES.  SHE NOW DEVOTES HERSELF TO ALL KINDS OF MUSIC AND APPROACHES MUSIC FROM AN ALL ENCOMPASSING SCOPE. SHE LOVES TO COLLABORATE AND HELP PEOPLE REALIZE THEIR OWN PATHS WITH MUSIC. SHE SPENDS MOST OF HER TIME PRACTICING, TEACHING HER PRIVATE STUDIO, TEACHING AT PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND RUNNING THE CONNECTION EXPERIMENT. 

Victoria J. Fox is a mezzo soprano communicator and connector who strives to breathe life and authenticity into every performance. A champion of contemporary music, Victoria has premiered operatic, concert, and chamber works by celebrated composers including Julia Adolphe, Donald Crockett, Veronica Krauses, Jordan Nelson, and Sarah Gibson. Victoria ferociously chopped carrots and sang of a housewife’s woes in the world premiere of the critically acclaimed opera HOPSCOTCH with The Industry in Los Angeles. She also created the role of The Word in Gilda Lyon’s eco-opera, A New Kind of Fallout based on the life and work of Rachel Carson with Opera Theatre Pittsburgh. She has performed new works around the country through Opera America’s New Opera Showcase, Aspen Contemporary Music Ensemble, Thornton Edge, and the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella Series.

 

In addition to creating new roles, Victoria enjoys diving into opera’s tradition of repertoire characters. Victoria studied and performed the role of Meg in Verdi’s Falstaff under the tutelage of Martina Arroyo in Ms. Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program in New York City.  Victoria then donned her britches and performed the role of Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Aspen Opera Theater Center. Other roles performed include Carmen, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Clairon in Strauss’s Capriccio, Siébel in Faust, and Nicklausse in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Arnalta in L’Incoronazione di Poppea  Marchesa Melibea in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, and La Duchesse in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein

 

Equally comfortable with sacred music and oratorio, Victoria has performed as the alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. She is currently working with composer Dale Trumbore on Pranayama, a song cycle that moves through the seven chakras through Chakra singing, Sanskrit mantra, and yoga movement.

 

Victoria earned her Bachelor of Music at The Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado and holds a Master’s Degree from The University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. Victoria has been honored as a James Conlon Music Scholar, is a recipient of the Jeanette MacDonald Operetta Scholarship, and is a two time Aspen Music Festival Fellow.

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