Our Faculty

Outstanding Artists and Educators

Mark Salman
Director, Senior Division
Solfege, Theory, Ear-Training, Piano Literature, Composition, Literature & Music, Counterpoint
BM, Piano (Juilliard); attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for composition studies; performed in Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls in New York City; the subject of profiles in New York Times and Kick magazine; performed the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a series of eight recitals in New York City; many solo performances with local orchestras; CD recording on Titanic Records features the music of Beethoven, Alkan and Liszt.

Joseph Gottesman
Director of Chamber Music and Ensembles
His performing and teaching career has taken him from Lincoln Center to Broadway, and from New York and Seattle to Tokyo. He has toured most of the United States, as well as Europe and the Far East. In 2006 he was chosen as the viola soloist for Lincoln Center’s production of Bernarda Albaand has appeared as Principal Violist in Aida, Bombay Dreams, 110 in the Shade, as well as the national production Phantom of the Opera. In the 1990s he served as Professor of Viola at Western Washington University, where he also coached chamber music and conducted performances of the WWU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.  He has also been the viola coach for the Greater Boston Youth Orchestra, as well as for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Bellevue Youth Symphony. Mr. Gottesman conducts master classes and clinics throughout the United States in solo, chamber and orchestral playing.  His pedagogical interests extend, as well, to adult enthusiasts in violin, viola and chamber music. For ten years he served on the faculty of Chamber Music and Composers Forum of the East, in summer residence at Bennington College.

Lauren Halsey
Instructor, Ear Training
Lauren Halsey is graduating from the University of Washington in 2018 with a Ph.D. in music theory and a secondary emphasis in ethnomusicology. In her dissertation entitled “Exploring Rhythm in György Ligeti’s Late Works,” Halsey focuses on how Ligeti’s compositional style transformed from micropolyphony, where individual rhythms are inaudible, to an emphasis on audible rhythmic structures. Halsey currently works at the University of Washington where she teaches undergraduate courses in music theory and ear training. She also taught introductory music theory, ear training, and first-year western music history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Halsey received a master’s degree in music theory in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in music education with a clarinet emphasis in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her ongoing research involves the study of Ruth Crawford Seeger, Kaija Saariaho, Béla Bartók, Conlon Nancarrow, Brazilian popular music from 1968–1975, and rap and hip-hop music in the United States from 2000 to the present.

Anastasia Solomatina
Official Pianist, Instructor, Keyboard Harmony
Anastasia is a 2003 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Peter Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff. She continued with doctoral studies at Kazan State Conservatory, completing the program in 2008.  She was awarded the National Talented Youth Award by decree of President Putin before leaving Russia in 2008 to continue her professional activity in the United States. She has given recitals throughout Russia, USA, Italy, and Sweden.

Maria Larionoff
Instructor, Orchestral Audition “Boot Camp” for Violinists
Former Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maria Larionoff has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Oakland Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfonica in Mexico City. A Loomis Scholarship Award winner at the Juilliard School, Ms. Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Stuart Canin, Sally Thomas, Paul Doktor, Joel Krosnik and Felix Galimir. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Jamie Laredo, Bill Preucil and Glenn Dicterow.

Chic Streetman
Instructor, Creative Expression
Chic’s music focuses on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner with acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms and jazzy upbeat originals. He composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe for which he received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award, the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. He was a featured performer at the Paleo Music Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Berne Jazz festival in Switzerland. He performed his one-man show in ’02 for the Smithsonian: A Black History of The Blues, and has released six CD/albums.

Kaley Lane Eaton, DMA
Instructor, Music Composition
Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and soprano currently based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Eaton’s work crosses genre boundaries, exploring how the voice, body, and unconscious world of the performer can provide musical narratives through live digital processing, machine listening, sensors, and improvisation. She has been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2017 associate artist with master artist Derek Bermel) and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (2017 distinguished Holland and Knight Fellowship). Her work has garnered support from the Allied Arts Foundation (2018 recipient, Listen Up! Grants for women), 4Culture’s Tech Specific Grant Program, and the 2017 International Alliance for Women In Music’s Pauline Oliveros New Genre prize for works exploring electroacoustic media and innovative form and style. With Heather Bentley and Leanna Keith, Eaton co-directs Kin of the Moon, an experimental chamber troupe in Seattle. She holds a DMA from the University of Washington. For more information visit http://www.kaleylaneeaton.com/