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Megan Holland

Originally from Albuquerque, Megan Holland began studying the violin at age four with Susan Kempter, nationally renowned pedagogue, author and Suzuki teacher trainer. She later studied privately with Leonard Felberg, former Professor of Violin at the University of New Mexico, concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and violinist of the Seraphin Trio. She has received Suzuki teacher training from Susan Kempter. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David Updegraff, head of the Violin Department. She received a Master of Music degree and an Advanced Studies diploma under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California.

Megan has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Reviewers have characterized her performances as "poised" and "powerful". She held the position of Principal Second Violin in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and member of the CSO String Quartet since 2001. In addition to her duties as Principal Second Violin, she also performed as soloist with the CSO on several occasions. She has given critically acclaimed solo and chamber music performances in the Piccolo Spoleto Chamber Music Spotlight Series. She also has been a member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, a summer orchestral and chamber music festival under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmermann, since 2002. In 2003 she performed as soloist with that orchestra. She has performed in the Breckenridge Music Festival's Winter Concert Series since it's inception in 2002. She has also appeared as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Albuquerque Philharmonic.

Currently, Megan is co-director of the Strings program at Sandia Preparatory School. She is an active performer in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. She performs regularly with Chatter, the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and Santa Fe Pro-Musica. She has been a guest faculty member at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and The Strings Summit in Cullman, Alabama. She has coached the violin section of the Front Range Youth Orchestra for three years. She taught violin in a classroom setting in the inner city public schools of Los Angeles as part of the Young Musicians Foundation outreach program. She has also been a frequent guest clinician in the public school system of Fort Worth, Texas. Her students have been accepted at major national summer festivals and have played in the Harvard University Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston Orchestra, the University of South Carolina Symphony, and the Piccolo Spoleto Conservatory Orchestra.

Robyn Julyan

Robyn Julyan has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Singapore.

Robyn is originally from Albuquerque, NM, where she began playing the violin at age three with renowned Suzuki pedagogue Susan Kempter. She later continued her studies with Leonard Felberg, then professor of violin at the University of New Mexico and a founding member of the Seraphin Trio.

She received her Bachelors of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Tokyo Quartet first violinist Martin Beaver and Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. She received her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with David Updegraff, violin department head. In 2003 she was awarded a fellowship to help Singapore start its first conservatory, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and to play with the Singapore Symphony.

As a dedicated educator, Robyn received apprenticeship Suzuki training under her former mentor, Susan Kempter. She maintains a private studio of students ranging from very young beginners through those preparing for college auditions. She joined the faculty at Regis University in Denver, CO in 2011.

Her students have been accepted into the top orchestras of organizations such as the Colorado All State Orchestra, Western States Honor Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and the International Music Academy, Pilsen.

An active chamber musician, Robyn has been a featured performer in concert series and festivals around the country and abroad, including the Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Series for three years, the Charleston Chamber Players, Charleston House Concerts, and the Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Concert Series. She participated in the Domaine Forget festival in Quebec in 2000 and 2001, and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado from 2002 to 2003.

In 2005, she moved to Charleston, SC, where she won a full-time position as a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and in 2007 moved to Denver, Colorado.

Robyn held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in 2007 and was a member of the Colorado Symphony from 2007 to 2010.

She has been a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2008, and spends two weeks every August in Santa Cruz, CA slaving over challenging music for the satisfaction of bringing the very newest classical music to life!

Robyn lives in SE Denver with her husband, Benjamin Tomkins. They share their home with their cat, Molly, and their dog, Wallace. Photo by R. R. Jones

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Photographs of Susan Kempter's Bisiach courtesy of Robertson & Sons Violin Shop