• Tanya Tomkins February 22, 2015 Why I Decided to Start a Chamber Music Festival

    The short answer is that I have been playing music for what feels like forever and one day I woke up with a distinct sense that something needed to change. It’s not that I don’t still love performing, because I do, but I realized that what excited me now was teaching young musicians and hopefully […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins October 14, 2014 I Was a Lousy Music Student

    Personally, I was never a kid who responded well to the great teachers of my instrument. I always learned best by playing with other people, listening to other people play and just being around music. Even now it is often hard for me to isolate the mechanics of cello playing divorced from a musical context. […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins August 25, 2013 Ruminations on the Earth from Moab

    Concerts have taken me to some gorgeous places in the last few years — Montana, Alaska, Oregon — and every year for the last twenty, to Moab, Utah for the annual music festival here. The more I see of it, the more I am in awe of the stunning natural beauty of this country. It […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins August 13, 2013 Spontaneity in Music/Music in the Vineyards

    Having spent every day rehearsing and performing with some of my favorite musicians at Music in the Vineyards Festival last week, I finally had a breakthrough of sorts. Is classical music suffering from drops in audiences and funding because we have gotten too rigid in the way we play these great masters? The renowned violist, […]

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