Teaching Artist Statement
Conductor and cellist Abbie Naze has been performing music for over 20 years, be it singing, cello, piano, or conducting. As a musician, Abbie has discovered it isn’t how we play music, but why. By teaching her students that the world and its events have constantly shaped music; the way it is performed, when it is performed, and why it is performed. She hopes her students come to understand that the music they perform turns right back around and shapes the world’s thoughts and reaction.
Abbie received her Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting at University of Washington where she was Conductor of the University of Washington Campus Philharmonia Orchestras and Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. Both in the United States and throughout Europe, she has conducted in numbers masterclasses and workshops for highly-respected conductors such as Ludovic Morlot, Murry Sidlin, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, and Paul Vermel.
Before her studies in Seattle, Naze received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at Minot State University where she studied cello with Erik Anderson. As a cellist, Naze was a soloist with the Minot Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their 2014 MSO Concerto Competition, and has also been accepted to perform and study at numerous music festivals across the country, including the Catskill High Peaks Festival in New York, led by Yehuda Hanani, and the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra in Hancock, Maine.