Emily is a native of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, under the guidance of Carolyn Stuart, from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She was awarded a USF Talent Grant and USF Directors award, as well as being a Bright Future’s recipient, to study at the university.
During her time in Florida, Ms. Lenck was able to discover and explore the many facets of new music. She had the opportunity to work one-on-one with composer, Augusta Read Thomas, for a group performance of Thomas’s solo violin pieces. Ms. Lenck was also part of the “Radiance” tour which brought a program consisting solely of new music to North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston University, and Boston Conservatory. She was a pit orchestra violinist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Tampa, FL and Estero, FL from 2009-2012. She has performed with The Space Coast Symphony, SEU Orchestra, USF Symphony, and USF Opera. Ms. Lenck has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for Augustine Hadelich, Jeffrey Multer, Kevin Lawrence, Timothy Eddy, Rebecca Penneys, and David Ying.
Ms. Lenck is currently working on her Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the guidance of Lina Bahn and Charles Wetherbee, where she is a graduate teaching assistant.
In the future, she looks forward to pursuing the process of collaborating with composers and performing new works. She hopes to make new music more accessible to the general audience. Ms. Lenck also enjoys collaborating with musicians from different music genres such as pop, rock, and folk.
Amy is pursuing her Master’s of Music, Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Bachelor’s of Music, Performance from Boise State University, where she was selected as one of the Top Ten Scholars of the 2008 graduating class. She was also a four year recipient of the Presidential Music Scholarship. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Tompkins performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Boise Baroque Orchestra, and Opera Idaho.
As President of the Boise State Viola Club, Ms. Tompkins helped organize visits to the public schools to provide lessons to students who would otherwise not receive private instruction. She has also visited schools to give sectionals and work with students on orchestral music. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, Ms. Tompkins has been adjunct faculty at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Workshops, a quartet coach for the Boise State University Music Camp, and faculty at the Idaho Viola Camp. She has also been a guest lecturer at Mountain View High School and the Caldwell Public Library.
Ms. Tompkins has appeared as a soloist with the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony, Centennial High School Chamber Orchestra, and Hymns of Thanksgiving Orchestra. She also received second place in the Idaho State Solo Competition in 2007 and 2008. As a chamber musician, Ms. Tompkins has competed at the Mt. Hood Orchestra Festival, receiving first place in 2007. In both 2007 and 2011, her quartet won first place at the Boise Chamber Music Society Quartet Competition. Ms. Tompkins has been a chamber music guest artist and string fellow for the Spring Strings Festival in Wallowa, Washington and the Rendezvous Music Festival in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to classical chamber music, Ms. Tompkins performed and toured with the Idaho band, The Well Suited, and recorded on their first album, The Story of James Douglas: A Rock Opera.
A devoted advocate for the arts, and an eager performer, Ms. Knapp earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Cello Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her
primary teachers include Judith Glyde, Andrew Cook, and James Fåittz.
Ms. Knapp has appeared in masterclasses, including those taught by Stephen Geber, and Johannes Moser. Ms. Knapp is a member of the Focolari String Quartet, which has also performed in a masterclass led by the Takacs String Quartet.
Ms. Knapp is a champion for new music. While at UNC, she was a founding member of a mixed chamber group, the Radical Chamber Ensemble, and was an original performer in the Music of Our Time series. Since moving to Boulder, she has been invited to perform George Crumb’s Vox Ballenae with a number of groups, while her Focolari Quartet was selected to collaborate on, and perform, a world premiering piece at Naropa University.