Artistic Advisor and Music Teacher
A native of the Czech Republic, Jan Pellant accepted the position of Artistic Director/Conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony in July 2018. Previously, Jan had been Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and has conducted more than 30 leading orchestras across the world including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led performances with the Pilsen Opera and the University of Kentucky Opera Theater, and led the Prague Karlin Theater on an eleven-city tour of Romania in 2007. Jan studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, and he holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Kentucky. Jan Pellant has served as professor of conducting and orchestra studies on the faculty of the New York Conservatory and the International Conservatory in Prague.
Geoffrey Flolo is currently principal clarinetist for the Washington-Idaho Symphony. As a former member of the Presidential United States Navy Band, Washington, DC he served as section clarinetist, principal clarinetist, and soloist. Privately, he has worked as principal clarinetist for the Washington Winds at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, MD, and he has performed on the Concert and Millennium Stages at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Flolo’s principal teachers and influencers are Leon Russianoff of the Juilliard and Manhattan schools, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist emeritus, Stanley Drucker, and international clarinet soloist, Richard Stoltzman. He holds BMUS and MMUS degrees in performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Aside from his private students his teaching experience extends to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Community Music School, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School, the Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA, and the Potomac School in McLean, VA.
Viola Teacher, Violin Teacher, Chamber Coach
Karen Sanchez is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach where she majored in viola. She works as a freelance musician and teacher throughout Southern California. For 19 years Mrs. Sanchez was Youth Strings Conductor and Associate Artistic Director of the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. She has a special ability to motivate and train young string players. Her kind and caring approach to young musicians produces a very high quality of music education. Her students excel and strive for excellence while learning and having fun.
Rhys Gerwin is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Coeur d’ Alene, ID. He offers musical services such as instruction for all ages in many musical styles and on multiple instruments (guitar, bass, ukulele and piano). He also performs, offers basic music production, arranging and composition. His styles range anywhere from Classical to acoustic-singer-songwriter as well as Jazz, rock and experimental styles. His expertise lies primarily in jazz, improvisation and other popular styles of music such as Rock, Indie, Easy Listening, Pop, R&B, Soul, and Blues. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, Rhys moved back to his beautiful hometown of Coeur d’ Alene. Since then, he has been teaching, performing regularly as a solo artist, and connecting with local musicians.
Wendy has been teaching since 1988. She has a love and passion for music and is excited to meet the students this Fall! Wendy has had many musical opportunities throughout her life to accompany and solo on the piano. She has had music leadership assignments as well as conducted choirs, including children’s choirs. She has written and orchestrated music for two youth productions, one at Arco Arena for an audience of 17,000. Wendy attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. As a piano teacher, Wendy has been able to instill a love of learning the piano in her students. She teaches them with kindness and patience, each according to his or her own needs and ability, yet at the same time letting them know of expectations for excellence.
MariAnn is a performer and teacher located in Liberty Lake, WA. She teaches private lessons to students of all ages on horn and piano. She runs sectionals and coaches brass chamber ensembles for middle and high school music programs. MariAnn has a master’s degree in Horn Performance from the University of Idaho, and is also the Horn Instructor for North Idaho College, as well as Music Department Assistant. She is an active freelance horn player and teacher in the inland Northwest.
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Music Education, Kim moved to Florida and worked in the public school system teaching K-6 music, playing the harp at weddings and events on the side. She later moved to Virginia and became a full time freelance harpist, playing events in the surrounding areas of Maryland, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Kim has been playing and teaching in Coeur d’Alene since she and her husband moved here 14 years ago.
Chair of Piano and Director of Performance
A proud new resident of Sandpoint, Matthew Goodrich is a native of Syracuse, NY, and a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Julian Martin. He earned his DMA from the University of Washington under the direction of Robin McCabe. His dissertation, entitled Ricardo Viñes and Les Apaches, explored the life and talents of one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic performers.