The 50 State Sonata Project

The 50 State Sonata Project is a large scale co-commission that is bringing new music to every corner of the US in 2016, with one violinist in each state premiering Amerigo, a new sonata for violin and piano by Stephanie Ann Boyd. This is Part I of a two year project dedicated to the life and work of John Kendall, the man who brought the Suzuki method to the US in the 1960s and was (long, long ago) Stephanie's violin teacher. The second year of this project will see a second sonata co-commissioned by 50 violinists from around the world. 









Violinist Alicia Doudna has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad.  She has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Ronald Copes and members of the Cavani Quartet.  As a chamber musician she has appeared at various festivals including Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, The Great Lakes Chamber Music with various chamber orchestras and ensembles, including A Far Cry, The East Chamber Orchestra, The Suedama Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  As a member of the Phoenix Quartet, she performed and taught as an artist-in-residence at the University of Michigan. Ms. Doudna was previously the director of the Peninsula Strings Program in Blue Hill, Maine and also served as a Fellow and teaching assistant to Merry Peckham at the Perlman Music Program in New York.  She has taught at The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Family Suzuki Institute, been on the faculty of the Sphinx Preparatory Program in Detroit, MI and has given guest artist master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio.  Her principal teachers included Lucy Chapman, David Updegraff, Mimi Zweig and Suzuki Method pioneer, John Kendall.  She holds a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a MM from The New England Conservatory. Alicia is currently living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she performs and teaches solo and chamber music.  She continues to be inspired by her love of music and the people who enrich her life.

Julie Fox Henson is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, in addition to performing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the area. Ms. Henson enjoys a successful teaching studio in the Ames/Des Moines area, and was voted the 2010 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year by the Iowa String Teachers Association.  Since the summer of 2001, she has been a member of the Belin String Quartet, which had started as a summer concert series inDes Moines and now also performs concerts and educational programs throughout the year.   Ms. Henson performed throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe and South America from 1982 to 1992 as first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet.  The ensemble won first place in the Coleman and Monterey Chamber Music Competitions in California, and a prize at the Evian String Quartet Competition in France.


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