Focolari
Quartet

Meet the Musicians

Ryan Cockman, Violin

   

Ryan was born and raised in Orlando, Fl. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder to supplement his first Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Florida. After a brief digression into English Literature, he received his liberal arts education and BA in Music from Davidson College in Charlotte, North Carolina. He currently studies under the tutelage of Lina Bahn and Charles Wetherbee.

Ryan has attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Schlöss Ort Musik Festival in Gmunden, Austria. He was the winner of the Donald Plott Music Scholarship from Davidson College, which continues to facilitate his studies in Performance and Chamber Music. He has played in masterclasses given by the Tackas Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, Lawrence Dutton, Rebecca Penneys, and Jeffery Multer. Other than Violin, Ryan also enjoys surfing, beer brewing, fly-fishing, and parenting his two children, Dana (dog) and Chuck (cat).
 




Emily Lenck, Violin


            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 Tompkins, Viola


 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.





Megan Knapp, Cello


 
    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.

  Between her educational pursuits, Ms. Knapp freelanced in Los Angeles. During that time, she was a member of the American Youth Symphony and worked with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at their Hilltop Boot Camp. Among the highlights of her work in Los Angeles was performing Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet, as a member of the Walden String Quartet, at a party celebrating Dvorak’s life, hosted at the home of the Czech Republic Consul. Ms. Knapp was also a demo artist for the Apogee microphone, “Mic,” and she was named “Emerging Artist” for the 2011 Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in Los Angeles.  

  Aside from her classical music endeavors, Ms. Knapp also pursues alternative styles. She has recorded and performed with a Venice, California-based rock ‘n’ roll band, Romantic Comedy, and has been invited to take the stage with the Metropolitan Art Museum’s Artist in Residence, DJ Spooky. 


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