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Chamber music society of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Ian Scarfe & Friends

2:30 PM, Sunday, March 25


  • Ian Scarfe, piano
  • Daniel Rouslin, violin and viola
  • Charles Akert, cello
  • Sarah Brauer, mezzo-soprano


  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op. 69
  • Johannes Brahms - Two Songs for Alto, Viola, and Piano, Op. 91
  • Arvo Pärt - Fratres for Cello and Piano
  • Maurice Ravel - Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Gaetano Braga - La Serenata for Voice, Cello, and Piano

This is the seventh concert of our 2017-2018 season.

We had scheduled Vinafera, known as the Trinity Alps Ensemble when they gave us a fine concert in October 2014. It turns out that two of the three musicians are not available to play for us after all.
The pianist, Ian Scarfe, has assembled maybe an even more enjoyable concert for us.

It will feature Dan Rouslin of the Willamette University Music Department, playing violin and viola. Dan was one of Ian's favorite professors and mentors when Ian was a student at Willamette. They will be joined by Charles Akert, cello, and Sarah Brauer, mezzo-soprano.

Ian Scarfe, a native of southeast Texas, is currently a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He works as a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay area, and each year completes several concert tours, which take him across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, which is dedicated to bringing classical music to the communities in and around scenic Trinity County in Northern California.

Daniel Rouslin received his undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and did graduate work at the University of Chicago and University of Iowa where he earned his doctorate. For thirteen years he was first violinist of the Delos Quartet, which toured Europe seven times and won first prize in the Colmar (France) International String Quartet Competition in 1981.

Since 1986 Dr. Rouslin has been a member of the music faculty at Willamette University, where he is head of the string program and teaches violin, chamber music, music theory, aural skills, and a variety of general education courses. He has also been the leader in arranging for Willamette University students to play in our late April Camerata concerts every year to support music lesson scholarships for kids.

Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Charles Akert began his cello studies at age 5. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Passionate about chamber music, Mr. Akert has been an active chamber musician for over 15 years and has performed in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. He currently is the cellist in the indie-rock band The Family Crest, which tours regularly across North America.

Rounding out the program is Sarah Brauer, mezzo-soprano, who is on the music faculty at the University of Oregon.