WHITE LAKE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Director & Co-founder
Sondra is currently the director of Music at the Arts Council of White Lake and director of the White Lake Chamber Music Festival. Having a dream and vision of great musical possibilities in the White Lake area, she created the White Lake Chamber Music Society and joined with the ACWL in 2007 to build the music branch. With the strong help of the board of the Music branch, she leads and directs multiple programs and events including The West Michigan Junior Strings Program and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival.
Sondra received her Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in Music Performance and studied with Clark Brody of the Chicago Symphony and Harrison Orr, Eastman School of Music & Kalamazoo Symphony. She was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 18 years and performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Twin Lake Symphony. She has taught privately for many years and has consistently had students go on to be music majors and pursue music after high school.
Sondra has a passion for chamber music and runs “Music Connections”, connecting classical ensembles and musicians with playing opportunities. She currently performs with Solace – a flute/clarinet duo and Quint-essence – a woodwind quintet. In addition, Sondra is a substitute music teacher, instrumental sectional coach, and a private saxophone and clarinet instructor. She has 7 wonderful children, 5 grandchildren, and helps her husband pastor Living Word Church of Muskegon.
Robert Swan was raised in Norwalk, CT. and attended Indiana University’s world renowned music school where he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s with Highest Distinction, ABD in Music History and Literature, and Performer’s Certificate. Swan studied with David Dawson, Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, William Primrose, Georgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler.
Appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's viola section by Sir Georg Solti in 1972, Robert Swan was also Professor of Viola at Northwestern University from 1972-1980. He was principal violist of Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Ars Viva! Orchestra, a founding member of the Evanston Chamber Ensemble, a member of the Eckstein String Quartet, and has been a guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He also worked many hours in the recording studios in Chicago playing music as diverse as Pizza Hut andMcDonalds commercials to the Mannheim Steamroller and the Smashing Pumpkins albums.
Bob loves fly fishing, bird hunting over pointing dogs, golf, chess and red wine which is why his chess is only adequate to mediocre. He recently retired from the CSO, serves on the board of the Arts Council of White Lake, and spends most of his time in Michigan enjoying a traffic-free life.
Bryan is a regular performer at the Classical Music Night the first Wednesday of each month at the Book Nook and Java Shop, of which he is one of the owners.
Bryan was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Creston High School. He received his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Hope College where he studied with Charles Aschbrenner and also has a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Bryan has been attending the Ischia Chamber Music Workshop on the island of Ischia in Italy.
Travel is part of life for Bryan who monthly commutes from Austin, where he currently serves as co-founder and President of BeneQuest, a 401(k) Advisory Firm. He returns to Montague and summers at a cottage in North Grey Dunes with family.
Active musically in solo and chamber music, he also enjoys performing with 16-year-old twin daughters, Adrienne (violin) and Miriam (piano) as "Trinergy".