Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival

JUNE 9-15, 2019

The Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival will bring together string chamber music enthusiasts to read, practice, and perform music in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains. An ensemble of professional players will be in residence for coaching and making music with participants.

Festival activities begin Sunday evening, June 9, with a meet and greet.  The daily schedule will be variable and flexible, making time for reading, coaching, and rehearsals, and also time to attend non-Festival teaching sessions as desired. You’ll be encouraged to share your music making at coffee breaks or after dinner, and to participate in music for Vespers. The week will culminate with a Friday evening concert of music prepared during the week.

A large collection of printed music will be available for your use throughout the week. Participants should be intermediate to advanced level players, comfortable with sight-reading. Bring your instrument and find others who share your joy of making music at Holden Village!


See rates. The fee for participating in the festival is an additional $25 and will be payable once you arrive in the Village.

Travel & Lady of the Lake info

For planning purposes, we need to gather information on your housing needs as well as your music experience/abilities. Please complete and return the Housing Registration Form and the Chamber Music Festival Information Form to education@holdenvillage.org no later than April 30, 2019. We have space for 40 participants.

Chamber Music Festival Housing Registration Form
We will gather your registration information via this form - you do not need to register online at the Holden website. Once we receive your form, our Registrar will send you an invoice for making your deposit.

Chamber Music Festival Information Form
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. Her love affair with Holden Village began in the 1980s. She’s returned numerous times as guest and as volunteer, and the violin and/or viola always comes along. Janice has inspired inumerable musicians of all ages as founder and conductor of Hildman Strings (community string orchestra) in Seattle throughout its 28 year history, as Founding Director of Music Center of the Northwest (Seattle’s first community music school)  and as Founder and Director of the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop, now in its 30th year. She plays in Philharmonia Northwest, Allspice International Folk Dance Band, and in the Frances Walton Quartet.

WINDER_NANCY.jpg Music 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. At St. Olaf College she played violin in the orchestra, switching to viola her junior year, studying both with M. Beatrix Lien. Nancy also studied viola with Donald McInnes, and has played with many of the amateur/semi-professional orchestras in the Seattle area. She 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. She first came to Holden on volunteer staff in 1971 with her guitar and her violin, and since then she’s always enjoyed the wonderful opportunities to make music at Holden and is very happy to help plan the first annual Railroad Creek Music Festival.