Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival

September 5-10, 2021

The Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival brings together string and woodwind chamber music enthusiasts to read and perform music in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains.

Professional players will also be in residence, to enhance the music making.

The daily schedule will be variable and flexible, making lots of time for reading music together, and also time to attend regular Holden faculty presentations as desired.

You’ll be encouraged to share your music making at coffee breaks and in our daily “Chamber Music for Dessert” presentations, and to participate in music for Vespers. In Holden style, be open to spontaneous playing opportunities throughout the village! The week will culminate with a Friday evening concert of music prepared during the week.

A large collection of printed music (duos, trios, quartets, quintets) will be available for your use throughout the week.

Participants should be intermediate to advanced level players, comfortable with sight reading at or beyond the music of Mozart.

Bring your instrument and find others who share your joy of making music, while enjoying everything else you love about Holden Village!


Chamber Music Festival Information Form

We are excited that you are interested in participating in the Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival at Holden Village. Festival staff will use this information for planning purposes.  Please complete the Chamber Music Festival Information Form in order to participate as a musician.

If you have any questions on the music components of the Festival, please contact Janice at jhgockel@msn.com.


Gockel_Janice.jpgJanice Gockel’s love affair with chamber music began in junior high school.  It was enhanced by eight summers of study at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, including private lessons with Sally Peck and William Primrose and chamber music with Gabor Rejto,  Jerome Lowenthal, and Mitchel Lurie.   Janice holds degrees in viola performance from Augustana College, Rock Island, and Wichita State University.

Janice has inspired inumerable musicians of all ages through her studio and class teaching at Music Center of the Northwest, Seattle’s community music school.   She was Founder and conductor of Hildman Strings (community string orchestra) in Seattle throughout  its 28 year history.  She also established the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop and served as its Director for 30 years.  She plays in Philharmonia Northwest,  Allspice International Folk Dance Band, and in the Frances Walton Quartet.

Her love affair with Holden Village began in the 1980’s when she brought students from her congregation to a Youth Weekend, having heard of Holden from Beany Lundholm, her theory professor at Augustana.   She’s returned numerous times as guest and as volunteer, and the violin and/or viola always comes along, plus a stack of chamber music in case she finds like minded musicians – which happens more often than not.  Always the instigator, Janice encourages and participates in  ensembles to play at Vespers or coffee break, for variety shows, or just for fun.   Holden’s musical spontanaiety even led to a performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” accompanied by more than a dozen players.

WINDER_NANCY.jpgMusic has always been part of Nancy Winder’s life. She started violin at age 10 and studied in Seattle with E.C. Knutson and Marilyn Garner. She played in Seattle Public School All-City orchestras, but never auditioned for the Seattle Youth Symphony because they rehearsed on Saturdays and she wanted to ski. Turned out string-playing was the higher skill! At St. Olaf College she played violin in the orchestra, switching to viola her junior year. She studied both with M. Beatrix Lien. She brought her guitar along when she came to Holden on volunteer staff in 1971, and was surprised and excited to see all the other instruments and musical styles in the Village! She returned that summer with her violin, and has been bringing her violin and now viola with her whenever she comes to Holden. There are always wonderful opportunities to make music! Nancy also studied viola with Donald McInnes, and has played with most of the amateur/semi-professional orchestras in the Seattle area.  She also has played a lot in church and, in her other life as a parish pastor, she strongly encouraged the involvement of instrumentalists in the worship life of the community. And yes, she has played viola in her vestments! She is excited to be part of the planning for the Third Annual Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival..