TRAINING: Violin, Viola, Cello
Bachelor of Arts: Education, Violin Performance: WWU, Indiana University School of Music
Tara Kaiyala Weaver brings nearly 30 years of teaching, coaching and playing experience to EMS, with a special ability to inspire and grow students of any age and ability. Tara began violin at just 18 months old, was performing by age 3, and was in intensive chamber and orchestral studies soon after. Having moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2016 to live near her children, Mrs. Weaver spent the past twelve years as Violin Faculty at Pipestone School of Music in Twisp, WA. Tara was Conductor of the Pipestone Youth Orchestra for 7 years, Conductor of the Pipestone Orchestra for 4 years, facilitated the music scholarship program and yearly summer music camps, led the Tamarack String Quartet, performed regular recitals, soloed multiple times with both orchestras in Okanogan County and is a composer with a performance project in the works on-line. Tara has premiered several of her pieces and won numerous awards and performance competitions including 1st place at the WA state solo & ensemble competition, and 2nd place at the Seattle Young Artist competition. Formerly, Tara was a member of the Pipestone Orchestra, Okanogan Valley Orchestra, Wenatchee Valley Symphony and Everett Philharmonic, and is a current member of Whatcom Symphony and Chamber Orchestra as well as Starry Night Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and String Quartet. Mrs. Weaver has been the Viola Coach for the Fidalgo Youth Symphony for 2 years, and is Faculty at Sounds of Summer Music Festival. She continues to teach violin, viola and cello in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
TRAINING: Violin, Viola
Bachelor’s Degree: Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Sergei Rachmaninov Conservatory, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Yelena Nelson has more than twenty years of teaching experience. Yelena’s passion for classical violin began when she started taking lessons at the age of nine. Yelena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Sergei Rachmaninov Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don, Russia where she studied with Professor Alexander Mileikovsky. Upon graduating from the Conservatory, Yelena performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic for fifteen years, and after moving to the US in 2000, she joined the first violin section of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Yelena has assisted teaching music at local public schools, including Ferndale High School and Fairhaven Middle School. She is also a long time member of the Whatcom Choral Sinfonia and the Chamber Choral Orchestra. In 2000 Yelena founded her private studio and continues to share her love of music by teaching violin and viola to everyone from beginner to advanced. During her lessons, Yelena guides her students’ development through continuously supporting their growing talents and individuality. Yelena teaches in Whatcom County.