Dear Five Seasons Chamber Music Family,
We are pleased to announce that Festival 2021 will be taking place June 21-26 at St. Paul's Methodist Church (1340 3rd Ave SE) and at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1285 3rd Ave SE). We have initiated a plan to create a socially responsible pandemic game plan to reach out to our friends, students, patrons, and faculty. The first step we have taken towards our virtual and socially distanced festival is the creation of our Youtube channel.
Please enjoy some great festival performances from the past by clicking the player to the right. Hit the subscribe button while you visit the Five Seasons Chamber Music Youtube channel to keep up with all the latest music and information as we produce and reveal this exciting new phase of our mission to educate and engage our musical community.
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Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival
The festival where the line between teacher and student becomes a path which leads to mentorship, collaboration, and understanding.
Welcome to Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival.
Festival participants will enjoy chamber groups for strings, flute, harp, woodwinds, and jazz combos and get to work with some of the finest musicians in the country.
We take pride in finding musicians that have performed in all parts of the music industry from the orchestral hall, big band riser, chamber ensemble, or commercial music setting , students are pleasantly surprised to find the ease with which our faculty slip between genres at the highest level of teaching and performance.
Stephanie is the founder of the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. A former vocal teacher and retired director of the Cedar Rapids Symphony School, Stephanie brings decades of experience to bear on the intricacies of music education as well as music administration. She began the festival in 2003, and it has grown in popularity over the years to become one of the most popular music festivals in Iowa.
Artistic Director/Grant Writer/Technology Coordinator/Double Bass
Double bassist and electric bassist Richard Wagor currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Richard, in earning his BA in music from the University of Iowa and a MM from Manhattan School of Music, has worked with various teachers including Eldon Obrecht, Diana Gannett, Homer Mensch, and Robert Kassinger. Richard has also performed in a wide variety of professional settings. Richard has played orchestrally as a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bass in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and both Principal Bass and assistant principal bass in the Dubuque Symphony. Additionally, Richard has performed as a substitute bassist with the Des Moines Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony, the Delta Symphony, the Kenosha Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and others. Richard has also played other genres of music with Bobby McFerrin, Foreigner, Sutton Foster, Sachal Vasandani, Leni Stern, Adam Schroeder, Love is Here to Stay: A Gershwin Experience, the Five Seasons Jazz Trio, Five by Design, the Roots of Rhythm Trio, Pat Smith, Jennifer Lee, Tim Daugherty, the Yale Repertory Theater, NOWIS, the Bill Shepherd Big Band, the Rod Pierson Not-So-Big Band, Ben Schmidt, Peter Hart, the Bernemann Brothers Band, and the Poor, Poor, Rich to mention a few. As a teacher, Richard has formerly held positions with the University of Northern Iowa, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Richard currently works at Griggs Music in Cedar Rapids. Richard is a founding member and board member of the Five Seasons Chamber music and Jazz festival.
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We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.