10th Annual Welcome Home Concert features cellist maya enstad

Saturday, January  4, 2020, 7:00 PM at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall, Bellingham 98225

Every year, the Festival sponsors a winter recital by a young musician from the area who is currently studying to be a professional musician in a nationally recognized music program.  The concert typically takes place at the end of the holiday season just after New Year’s.  It celebrates the talent and dedication of the featured young artists, their teachers, and the training they received in area education programs.

This year’s concert features cellist Maya Enstad, now a senior at Oberlin Conservatory. Raised in Bellingham, Maya currently studies with Amir Eldan at Oberlin. She won first place in the Bellingham Music Club’s Ethel Crook String Competition for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, and was awarded a fellowship position at the Marrowstone Music Festival in 2017 and at Bamfield (British Columbia) Music by the Sea in 2019. 

In 2018, she performed as a fellow at the Oberlin CREDO Summer Music Festival alongside her Oberlin-based string quartet, the Cornell Quartet. She has also participated in acclaimed festivals such as Orford Musique, the Academy at Domaine Forget in Quebec, and ENCORE Chamber Music.

An avid teacher, Maya maintains a small private studio in Oberlin, and has taught at the Asociación Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City, Panama. In addition to cello, Maya loves Haydn quartets, her dog, and Ohio sunsets. She plays on an 1894 Carl Zach cello, generously loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

The concert is free to all students. $15 suggested donation for adults. No tickets required.