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Summer Chamber Music Workshop

Claire Tatman, Director 

Claire Tomoko Tatman is a violinist and instructor who performs primarily in Nevada, Arizona, and California and has privately taught violin and coached string ensembles for the past 12 years.  She currently plays in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and actively subs with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Symphony OrchestraArizona Opera, and Phoenix Symphony


Her past large ensemble experience includes the Arizona MusicFestAmerican Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Nevada City, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. She performed with the Sunriver Festival in Bend, OR during summer 2019.

Claire earned her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in December 2013. She is currently working on a Masters in Orchestral Studies at the University of Nevada (UNR) in Reno, NV and studies with Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a member of the Nightingale String Quartet, the quartet in residence at the university. Claire is also the newly appointed director for the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop (SCMW) and is extremely excited to lead next summer's workshop in 2020. 

Hermes Camacho – Violin/Viola

Composer/conductor Hermes Camacho earned degrees in music from Cal State Long Beach (B.M.), University of Colorado (M.M.), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). Hermes has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, New Music USA, ASCAP, SCI, and the American Composers Forum, among others. Highlights as a conductor include performing for 45 Ambassadors to the United Nations as well as a performance for the Mexican Independence Day, televised nationally on Univision. Hermes currently serves on the faculty of Austin Soundwaves, an El Sistema youth music program benefiting the underserved community of East Austin, as well as a Lectureship at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Outside of teaching, he is Co-founder of and Head of Content and Development at Picardy, an online platform for learning musicianship. Hermes and his wife make their home in Austin, Texas with their two sons, Charlie and Matthew.

Angelese Pepper –  Cello Coach


Cellist Angelese Pepper is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she also earned her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude studying with Thomas Landschoot. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno where she was a member of the prestigious Nightingale String Quartet and graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Dmitri Atapine. Angelese has won several competitions, scholarships, and fellowships throughout her cello playing career and enjoys a diverse array of musical outlets including playing the organ, composing, and conducting. She also enjoys drawing cartoons and animating, as well as traveling, exploring the great outdoors, and meeting new friends.

Sarah Coyl –  Viola Coach


Heralded by Reno Arts News for her “tender” playing, Sarah Coyl enjoys a diverse musical career. She recently graduated from the Orchestral Career Studies program at University of Nevada, Reno, where she won the chance to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the University Orchestra. While at UNR, she was also a member of the Nightingale String Quartet, the University’s quartet-in-residence. It was during the Covid-19 lockdown that Coyl finally had the time to switch from violin to viola, something she’d dreamed of doing for years. She has played with folk and rock bands, even performing with Michael Bolton and Johnny Mathis. As a teacher, Coyl uses a variety of techniques, including the Suzuki method, and has had great success in achieving a mature tone in the playing of her young students. She is contracted with the Reno Phil.


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