Cello Masterclass Program

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op.40  –  D. Shostakovich

            Allegro non troppo

                        Joe Sawyer, Cello


Variations on a Rococo Theme, for Cello & Orchestra, Op.33  –  P.I. Tchaikovsky


            Variation i

            Variation ii

            Variation iii

                        Kyle Matson, Cello


Sonata in A minor, for Cello and Piano, Op. 36  –  E. Grieg

            Allegro agitato

                        Cori Holquinn, cello


Joe Sawyer, Cello

Joe Sawyer recently graduated from Sehome High School, and has been playing the cello for 8 years. He started playing in the 5th grade strings program at Larrabee Elementary School, and continued with Morgan Schwab at Fairhaven Middle School and later at Sehome High School under the direction of Kirstin Doud. Joe has been enrolled in private instruction with Coral Marchant for seven years. He has participated in North Sound Youth Symphony for seven years, WWU’s Chamber Days for the past four summers, Marrowstone Music Festival for two years and, most recently, Kairos Lyceum at Central Washington University. This past April, he competed in the State Solo contest and in the Ensemble contest with the Sehome Sucia Chamber Orchestra. Joe has had master classes with numerous instructors including, John Michel, cello professor at Central Washington University, and Efe Baltacıgil, principal cellist with the Seattle Symphony. Joe will study Music Education and Cello Performance at CWU this fall.


Kyle Matson, cello

Kyle Matson, 24, has been playing the cello for fifteen years and has been a student of Bellingham’s public education institutions every step of the way. He earned his Cello Performance Degree at Western Washington University, where he studied with Dr. John Friesen (Juilliard, USC). He has also competed in several music competitions throughout his high school and college years.

Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance in December of 2015. He is well known in the Bellingham community as a reliable and strong performer, engaged in chamber music and solo playing. Kyle also performs regularly with the Pacific Northwest Opera and is a member of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.


Cori Holquinn, cello

Cori Holquinn is a Bellingham native. She grew up on the north side of Bellingham, and began her musical journey at the age of 9 when she was loaned a violin by a former teacher. While sparking an interest in music, Cori quickly realized that the violin was not the right instrument for her.   She gave up the violin, after only a year and a half, for the cello and has never looked back. Cori has been playing the cello for over 16 years and in that time she has performed with various local groups including; the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra (of which she is current member of 10 years), the North Sound Community Orchestra, Whatcom Community College Collegiate Choirs and Music Club and the Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra. She has also toured around the Pacific Northwest with local Argentine tango band, Toccato Tango.


Cori has had the opportunity to work with, and receive coaching, from many professional level musicians such as Karen Iglitzin (Seattle area music instructor), Gerard Schwartz (former artistic director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), various members of the New York Philharmonic, Joshua Roman (Seattle-native virtuoso cellist) and international cello soloist, Johannes Moser.


Currently, Cori is attending Western Washington University where she will obtain a Bachelors of Music Performance in Cello under Dr. John Freisen. She previously studied under former principle cellist of the Whatcom Symphony, Chip Bergeron. In her spare time, Cori enjoys discovering and listening to new music, creating artwork through drawing and/or painting, and relaxing at home with her 3 cats, 11 fish, and one snail. When the weather is fair, she occasionally takes her cello out on the streets of Bellingham to do some “street jams” with friends.