Mount Vernon, Washington

Starry Night Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 3:00pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 3:00pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 3:00pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 3:00pm
Advance tickets: $20 for adults, $10 children and students 16 and under, plus applicable fees.

The Starry Night Chamber Orchestra is a group of Northwest professional musicians, comprised of soloists and music educators who perform for the Starry Night Chamber Series centered in Mount Vernon Washington.

This year the Lincoln Theatre welcomes back the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra for a special series of concerts for our 2016-17 season. 

Next Performance:

April 1, 3PM at the Lincoln Theatre

Music of Franz Schubert 

The Starry Night CHAMBER MUSIC Series continues with a Romantic concert featuring the music of the great Viennese composer, Franz Schubert. Guest Young Artist, Hugh Davis, baritone, performs songs (lieder) from Schubert's prodigious creative outpouring. The composer's last work, the gorgeous C major String Quintet, for two violins, viola, and two celli, will be the grand finale. It is a stunning testament to Schubert's joy in his life of musical expression, even while facing  imminent death.

The performers:
Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis are Artistic Directors of Vashon Chamber Music and the Vashon Island Cello Camp. For many years they were the first stand of cellos in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Douglas also played principal cello for the Pasadena Symphony and first chair cello for many Hollywood composers, including John Williams and James Horner, while Rowena played (and still plays) Associate Principal Cello for the Los Angeles Opera. They are the proud parents of two boys, one of whom, Hugh, will be singing at the April 1st concert.
Hugh Davis is a senior at Vashon Island High School. In 2016 he played Billy Crocker in Vashon High School's production of Anything Goes and the role of Thierry in Vashon Opera's Dialogues of the Carmelites. In January 2017 he placed first in both the classical and musical theater divisions of the Tahoma Chapter of NATS student auditions. In February he won second prize in the Schmidt Vocal competition and was chosen to attend the Met Opera Guild's High School Opera Singer Intensive at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Leslie Faye Johnson, Violist received much of her performance training at the Juilliard School, where she studied with William Lincer, completing Bachelor's and Master's degrees; her Doctorate is from the University of Washington, where she studied with Steven Staryk and Eric Shumsky.  Other teachers: Henryk Kowalski and Georg Janzer -Indiana University, Kim Kashkashian - New York City, Stephen Shingles-London, and Daniel Benjamini at the Aldeburgh Festival, at the Britten‐Pears School, England. She performed as Principal Violist/Solo Violist of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and as guest artist on many prominent Northwest chamber music series: Olympic Music Festival, Chamber Music San Juans, and Second City Chamber Music. Leslie currently a plays with the chamber group a piacere da camera. She is a champion of contemporary music, having premiered many solo and chamber works. In addition to teaching privately, Leslie has taught at Eastern Washington University, where she was Assistant Professor of Violin/Viola and a member of the Spokane String Quartet. Leslie’s CD recording of the Six Bach Suites was released in 2013.
Celia Rosenberger, violin Celia has held first violin positions for several years of her performance history, in San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a freelance concertmaster and chamber musician in the San Francisco Bay area, in the 1970's and  1980's, and in the Pacific NW since 1991. Positions of management and teaching: Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Department (pre-college) Lopez Youth Orchestra (children ages 8-18) director, privately and through the Lopez Public School, since 1993. Music Director, Community Shakespeare Company, Lopez Island. Conductor of Lopez Chamber Orchestra since 2005. Camp Manager and music coach, Sounds of Summer Music Festival/Camp.Member of the Starry Night Orchestra since 2010. Concertmaster of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, 2010-2012
Sharyn Peterson, violinist, vocalist, and violist, is a Northwest native, trained at University of Washington. She has soloed with several symphonies in the Northwest, and is an experienced instructor of all ages of instrumental and choral groups. Her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance included many credits of string pedagogy and vocal performance. Her primary violin instructor was the esteemed Emanuel Zetlin, and she received her MA in Violin performance with Denes Zsigmondy.  As a full scholarship attendee, she performed in the Tanglewood Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. Currently Director of Mount Baker and Fidalgo Youth Symphonies, Mrs. Peterson has served on the faculties of Seattle Pacific and Western Washington Universities, Skagit Valley College, Sehome High School, Shuksan Middle School, Whatcom Hills  Waldorf School, and many others. She has directed Sounds of Summer Music Festival for over two decades; teaching strings, conducting the advanced groups, coaching chamber music, and directing the choirs. As a conductor, she directed the Skagit Opera, the Starry Night Orchestra in Meydenbauer Hall, Bellevue, and numerous full production musicals in the Skagit Valley, Washington.
Sharyn has soloed in Benaroya Hall with Orchestra Seattle, and in the 2013 Chinese Cultural Association Concert, and in Mt Baker Theatre with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. An experienced arranger and producer for stage and recording studios, she is also Founder and Artistic Director of both Starry Night Chamber Series and Peterson Conservatory of Music in Mount Vernon, where she teaches voice, violin, and viola. She can often be heard as a soloist with Northwest orchestras and ensembles, and as Concertmaster/Director of the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra, which frequently accompanies Washington dance and choral organizations. She recently led the youth ensemble North Stars Chamber Orchestra in a Concert tour to Lisbon, Portugal. Sharyn is honored to have performed the  Brahms Violin Concerto with Rainier Symphony in May, 2016. 
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Followed by:

 June 10, 3PM at the Lincoln Theatre

Life after Coffee? 

 The Coffee Cantata by J.S. Bach 

Staged as an opera in a small café, a daughter strategizes to gain a dowry, (and a husband)  from a Father who detests her caffeine addiction!  


Past Performances: 


February 25, 3PM at the Lincoln Theatre 

Nordic Lights! 

Sibelius Bb String Quartet, Grieg Peer Gynnt Suite

Starry Night String Quartet:

Sharyn Peterson Celia Rosenberger - violins

Lisa Humphrey - viola, Matthew Rehfeldt - cello

and The Brass Menagerie Quintet


Sunday, September 25th at 3pm

Romany Fire

Music inspired by the 18th century Gypsies of Europe 

Richard Rorex-guitar, Sharyn Peterson-violin, 

 Jeffrey Cohan-flute, Colin Meek-Cello


 October 8, Saturday, 7:30PM  at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt Vernon 

 Trios by Schoenfield, Schubert and Amy Beach 

Trio Seattle: Mayumi Tayake-piano, Mannfried Funk-cello, Sharyn Peterson-violin


 November 12, 3PM at the Lincoln Theatre 

Featuring the Beethoven Wind Octet and

assorted works by Bozza, Haydn, PDQ Bach, and Rossini

Brian Madsen and Kristine Kiner, oboes

Mary Kantor and Deborah Colyn, clarinets

Robin Stangland and Beverly Soler, French horns

Phillip Thomas and Jackson Stewart, bassoons