This November, we applaud and acknowledge the individuals and community partners who support Classical Tahoe Festival & Music Institute
The Classical Tahoe Music Institute, inaugurated in 2018, offers more than twenty music education and appreciation programs and events for the community and audience members, of all ages and abilities, to engage with music and musicians during the three-week summer festival.
In 2019, the Music Institute served 656 participants through classes and workshops for a total of 102 hours of music education - with the help of thirteen partner organizations and collaborations.
Join us in thanking Band Directors Todd Holway and Jesse Steele
This week we applaud two music educators in North Lake Tahoe: Todd Holway, Band Director of Incline Village Jazz Band and Jesse Steele, Band Director of Truckee High School Jazz Band.
Over the past two summers, Todd and Jesse have brought both bands together for Classical Tahoe Music Institute's High School Jazz Workshop and performance in the Pavilion on Sierra Nevada College Campus. Students have had the opportunity to receive special instruction on the art of jazz performance from Classical Tahoe soloists. In 2018, students worked with Chris Brubeck of Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pictured above) and in 2019, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn offered her instruction.
Todd Holway graduated from the Western State College in Gunnison CO with a B.A. in Music Performance where he studied classical piano and played in the jazz bands. He toured with the rock band Mama’s Cookin which ended up in Lake Tahoe where he has since taught music. He has given private lessons at the Tahoe Conservatory of Music, Tahoe Music Institute, and Sierra Nevada College and lead the North Tahoe HS Jazz Ensemble from 2010 til 2013. He was the music teacher at Creekside Elementary School from 2013-2015 and in 2015, he became the music director at Incline High School. The IHS music program features a jazz band, jazz combo, concert band, pep band, choir, guitar class and a new mariachi band! Holway plays in local bands Peter Burt and the King Tide, Sneaky Creatures, and the jazz trio QMO.
Jesse Steele grew up in Tahoe City, and is an accomplished local musician and educator. He has performed with Jelly Bread, Downbeat, Peter Joseph Burt, and currently plays with Sneaky Creatures. He has also been featured as a trumpet soloist with the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs jazz in the Tahoe Truckee area with various ensembles. Steele graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and completed his Masters of Music in music education from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is now in his fifth year teaching music at Truckee High School.
Thank you Todd and Jesse for continuing to inspire music making in our community and ensuring the continued success of the High School Jazz Workshop at Classical Tahoe.
The Music Institute initiative for music education, appreciation, and community performances is made possible with generous support from the M.E.G Memorial Fund for Creative Arts.
The Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, California
November 29 - December 8, 2019
"Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance, and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love." - odc.dance
"When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout." ted.com