Mini Music Makers

Music in Schools


An IP is an Interactive Performance that the musicians will create specifically for each Artist-In-Residence project. Modeled from Carnegie Halls’ Ensemble Connect, we will use these interactive performances to engage with audiences by “exploring and discovering a piece of music or musical concept”.

Our IP sessions will inspire the children of county and community, and our hopes are to have a lasting impact. Lindsay McIntosh, Director of Musica Sierra, will work closely with the superintendent, principals, and teachers to personally curate an experience for each school or center that will inspire and uplift the members attending.

Fall dates TBD...due to COVID-19 restrictions 

Fire and Grace | Folk and Baroque
Edwin Huizinga, violin
William Coulter, guitar

“…exuded life, emotion, warmth, and depth.”
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand

Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Fire & Grace’s repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity — fire and grace — found in these diverse traditions.

Recent and upcoming performances have included engagements at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Mozaic Festival, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the Electric Earth Concerts, the Monterey Museum of Art, and with Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. In March and April 2017, Fire & Grace toured to New Zealand with appearances at the UPSURGE Festival, the Festival of Colour, and the New Zealand School of Music. They will tour New Zealand for a second time in August 2019. The group’s self-titled debut album combines melodies from Argentina, Bulgaria, and Western Europe with dance elements from baroque and folk musical traditions.

About the artists:

Performing both baroque and modern repertoire, Canadian violinist Edwin Huizinga has appeared alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Mike Marshall, and Stevie Wonder, and has been featured as a soloist with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Sweetwater Music Festival, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. Edwin is a founding member of the baroque ensemble ACRONYM which has released six full-length albums of previously unknown and unrecorded baroque music. Edwin also performs all over the world with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. In 2020 he begins tenure as Artistic Director of the Sweetwater Music Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival's Baroque and Classical Academy.

Guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional guitar music for over twenty years. His most recent solo recording, The Road Home (Gourd Music) was met with critical acclaim, and in 2005, he received a Grammy Award for his contribution to The Pink Guitar, a collection of solo guitar arrangements of Henry Mancini’s music. William maintains a classical guitar studio at the University of California at Santa Cruz at teaches at many summer music camps.

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