Violoncellist & Sound Healing/Reiki Practitioner

As a creator and manipulator of sound, violoncellist Maria Scherer Wilson dedicates her talents to music and healing in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Phyllis Young's Celebration of Life Concert

University of Texas at Austin - Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX

Honoring my beautiful teacher, Phyllis Young, on this day. May her heart be happy and her soul reunited with her beloved Jimmy.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 12, 2017

One of the Butler School of Music's most distinguished emeritus faculty members has passed away. Phyllis Young, Professor Emerita of Cello and String Pedagogy, who was the first holder of UT's Parker C. Fielder Regents Professorship in Music, died on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Austin at the age of 92. She was born Phyllis Casselman on Oct. 20, 1925, to Velma Stewart and Philip James Casselman, in Milan, Kansas, and raised in Conway Springs, Kansas. Deciding to pursue a career in music, she earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in cello performance from UT Austin, where she studied under her beloved cello professor Horace Britt. She also studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Chigiano Academy in Siena, Italy. She was a UT Music faculty member from 1953 until her retirement in 2007 and was one of the first women at UT to be promoted to full professor. In addition to her private cello studio, Mrs. Young established the Texas Cello Choir and directed the renowned UT String Project for 35 years, seeing it become a world-wide model for programs that train string teachers and young string players. Her former students hold positions in major universities, schools, and orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic. Professor Young was President of the American String Teachers Association 1978-80 and spent additional two-year terms as President-Elect and Past President. Her first book on string pedagogy, Playing the String Game: Strategies for Teaching Cello and Strings, published in 1978, went through multiple printings and was translated into more than half a dozen foreign languages. Her second book, The String Play: The Drama of Playing and Teaching Strings, appeared in 1986, and she authored numerous articles in professional journals. She gave hundreds of invited workshops and master classes in more than 33 countries around the world and in most states of the U.S. Mrs. Young received many honors and awards for her work, including the Distinguished Service Award of the American String Teachers Association in 1984. She was honored in 2000 by Indiana University's Eva Janzen Memorial Cello Center with the title "Grande Dame du Violoncelle," and in 2002 she received the Paul Rolland Lifetime Achievement Award from ASTA and the National School Orchestra Association. She is listed in Who's Who in America and similar publications and was the subject of a doctoral dissertation done at Boston University in 2010. Beginning in 1945, for 46 years Phyllis was married to James M. Young, a World War II Air Force veteran and one of the founders of Tracor, who died in 1991 after many years of disability from multiple sclerosis. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother. She leaves a sister-in-law, Madge Casselman, and a nephew, David M. Casselman, both in Arlington, Texas, and a niece, Marsha C. Dickson, in Newark, Delaware as her primary relatives. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home are not yet complete. There will likely be a small memorial service at Westminster, where Phyllis had a beautiful apartment for the last several years, and a future celebration of her life and career held in UT's Butler School of Music. Her inspiring work and beloved personality have touched the lives of many and had a lasting impact on thousands of musicians and music lovers around the globe, leaving the world a more beautiful and harmonious place in her wake. For those desiring, you may also access the online guest registry and obituary at www.wcfish.com.

Gyrokinesis Acupuncture Sound Bath

Seattle Changing Room, 2110 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA

Gyrokinesis class and Acupuncture by Paige Barnes - Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowl Sound Bath by Maria Scherer Wilson: The Element of Spring is Wood

Sunday, May 6: 2:00-4:30pm, $85

To Register, please RSVP to the EventBright link listed under tickets.

Come nourish your liver as we transition into the Spring season. In Chinese medicine, the spring season is represented by the element of wood, associated with the liver and gallbladder organ systems. In addition to the function of the organ and it's channel, there is an psychological expression as well. The liver's associated psyche is named the Hun, which can be described as an ethereal spirit. The Hun's nature is to provide inspiration and intuition, giving the mind capacity of self-insight and introspection as well as the ability to project outwards towards vision and purpose. The spring amplifies the essence of the Hun. It asks you to connect to your intuition and inspiration, to create your dreams through imagination, planning and collaboration.

Gyrokinesis class and Acupuncture by Paige Barnes

Gyrokinesis is a slow, fluid, exercise practice based on the natural expression of the spine. By gently working the joints and muscles through circular and rhythmic movements with corresponding breathing patterns, the exercises stimulate and calm the body's nervous system, promote circulation and opening new neuromuscular connections.

Following the class Paige will provide a group acupuncture experience to integrate flow and imagination internally through acupuncture. Yoga mats, bolsters, pillows and blankets will be provided. Paige will listen to your pulse and choose 3 to 5 acupuncture points (maximum 5 needles).

Sound Bath by Maria Scherer Wilson

The acupuncture session will be immersed in a sound bath. Using crystal alchemy Singing Bowls around the body Maria will generate sonic vibrations to relax and ground the energetic body. The vibrations promote a flow between alpha, theta and delta brain waves promoting states associated with vivid imagery, intuition, creativity and deep restorative sleep.

To learn more about Gyrokinesis, please visit www.gyrotonic.com/about/gyrokinesis-method/, and Sound Healing, please visit www.earthtonehealing.com

Quartet Evolution: Classical Crossover Concert

Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S., Seattle, WA

Quartet Evolution is a vibrant, fun and versatile string quartet! Begin Scarseth (violin) & Lin Chen (violin/vox), Brian Hillyard (viola) and Maria Scherer Wilson (cello). We have been making music and performing in Seattle together since 2009. Our love of musical exploration has brought us to create an expansive and fun repertoire beyond the classical playlist that includes popular rock, pop, jazz tunes and even your latest TV and movie themes. Join us tonight to enjoy a Classical and a Contemporary set of music! Doors at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30pm, Tickets sliding scale: $10-25

Sera Cahoone w/String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Zoe Muth

Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her latest album, From Where I Started (2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there—the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells—have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she’s been a part of in the city (Carissa’s Weird, Band of Horses).

ALEX GUY- Led to Sea Violinist, Violist, Composer and Songwriter Alex Guy is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea, a magnetic chamber-pop ensemble that fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. As a musician Alex has performed and collaborated with a virtual whose who of bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond. Notable collaborators include Jherek Bischoff, Laura Veirs, Sera Cahoone Ahamefule Olou, Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz, The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Paranthetical Girls and many more.

Sera Cahoone w/ String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Zoe Muth

Benaroya Recital Hall , 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her latest album, From Where I Started (2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there—the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells—have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she’s been a part of in the city (Carissa’s Weird, Band of Horses).

ALEX GUY- Led to Sea Violinist, Violist, Composer and Songwriter Alex Guy is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea, a magnetic chamber-pop ensemble that fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. As a musician Alex has performed and collaborated with a virtual whose who of bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond. Notable collaborators include Jherek Bischoff, Laura Veirs, Sera Cahoone Ahamefule Olou, Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz, The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Paranthetical Girls and many more.

ZOE MUTH - Zoe Muth And The Lost High Rollers First making her name in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been called “Seattle’s Emmylou,” and heralded as one of the best songwriters to come out of Washington State. Playing bars and cafes as a young pre-school teacher, she saved up her minimum wage earnings and beer bucket tips to pay for her 2009 debut album, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. That album, along with her 2011 follow up, Starlight Hotel, went on to garner praise from the international press, and landed on No Depression’s “Top 50 Albums” list in their respective years.

Sera Cahoone w/String Trio by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) and guest Lenore

The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave , Portland, OR

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to these earliest influences with her new album, From Where I Started (released March 24, 2017). Sera will be joined by Alex Guy - viola/violin/vox, Begin Scarseth - violin and Maria Scherer Wilson - cello.

Jherek Bischoff: By Land and By Sea

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island

Renowned musician, composer and Bainbridge Island native, Jherek Bischoff presents contemporary chamber works in a special evening of songs inspired by the sea with commentary on how living aboard a sailboat in Eagle Harbor shaped his career in music. Called a pop polymath by The New York Times, Jhereks recent collaborators include playwright Robert Wilson and music icon David Byrne. Joining Bischoff are Heather Bentley and Alina To on Violin, Alex Guy on Viola, and Maria Scherer Wilson on Cello.

Spring Afresh Service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave S. , Renton, WA

St. Luke’s Seasonal Liturgies returns in 2018 with Spring Afresh, a free event. We will gather on the Spring Equinox at 7:00 pm for an evening of poetry, story, song, and chant. These liturgies are one of St. Luke’s major ways of welcoming and engaging the wider community. Your family, friends, and guests are more than welcome.

Dancing in the Streets - A Rock Symphony Fundraising Event

Xfinity Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA

A Rock Symphony Fundraising Event Homage Senior Services (formerly Senior Services of Snohomish County) and the Snohomish County Music Project invite you to Dancing in the Streets, our 7th annual fundraising dinner show. It's a one-of-a-kind evening of food, friends, and fabulous music!

The Sound Edge Orchestra will accompany the super-groovy vocalists Jimmie Jerrod, Annie Jantzer, Tamara Power-Druits, and Andrew Vait

Led to Sea

The Royal Room , 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

Led to Sea is the unusual and magnetic solo project from the Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer Alex Guy, who fuses classical, pop and experimental music. She'll be joined my Maria Scherer Wilson on cello and Adam Kozie on drums. Her live shows as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah and Jherek Bischoff. She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls.

NW Yoga Conference Session - In the Spirit: Experiencing Our Inner Selves Through Yoga, Affirmation & Music

Washington State Convention Center , 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA

When we experience the deep nature of ourselves, our hearts and mind are directed toward unity, toward connection. This unique workshop offers a gateway into deep inner experience, and ultimately unity, through asana, affirmation and live music. Each affirmation and piece of music has been crafted for each specific pose, taking us beyond the mind and body into a deep experience of our highest selves in meditation. Led by an certified Ananda Yoga teacher, Murali, and accompanied by David Eby, cellist of Pink Martini and the Bodhi Trio, Maria Scherer Wilson, cellist and Paean Lee, violinist.

North Corner Chamber Orchestra - Vibrant Hearts: A Romanian Celebration

The Royal Room , 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

In collaboration with the Romanian American Chamber Concerts and Arts, ROCCA, pianist Oana Rusu Tomai (Founder and Artistic Director)

Please make table reservations directly through The Royal Room

General admission $25, Seniors $15
Ages 18 & under + music students $10

Program:

Enescu - Double Wind Quintet

Enescu - Romanian Rhapsody, Featuring Romanian-American pianist Oana Rusu Tomai

Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances

We unfortunately cannot offer complimentary tickets at this venue, but students and those under 18 may enjoy a reduced rate of $10.

North Corner Chamber Orchestra - Vibrant Hearts: A Romanian Celebration

University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

In collaboration with the Romanian American Chamber Concerts and Arts, ROCCA, pianist Oana Rusu Tomai (Founder and Artistic Director)

General admission $25, Seniors $15
Ages 18 & under + music students FREE at UCC

Program:

Enescu - Double Wind Quintet

Enescu - Romanian Rhapsody, Featuring Romanian-American pianist Oana Rusu Tomai

Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances

World Sound Healing Day

World Wide

World Sound Healing Day Celebration! . At 12 noon (your time zone), sound forth the “AH” sound for 5 minutes, created and projected with the energy of compassion and love, sending a sonic valentine to Gaia, our Mother Earth. We are all co-creators here on Mother Earth and our intentions today will be to Heal our Planet! Heal our Waters! and Raise our Consciousness! Let us celebrate our Oneness together. Aum shanti!

Seattle Rock Orchestra performs David Bowie

Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N Naches Ave, Yakima, WA

Seattle Rock Orchestra honors David Bowie, a true 20th Century icon! With a program that explores his early glam years as Ziggy Stardust, and culminates with a string of dance hits from his middle and late career, there won't be a dry eye in the house or a booty that isn't shaking! Featuring the songs 'Life On Mars,' 'Starman,' 'Let's Dance,' 'Fame,' 'Young Americans,' and many more.

Winter Restore - A Discussion about Health during the Winter Season

Domanico Cellars Tasting Room - Barrel Room Gallery, 825 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Peony Acupuncture invites you to join Seattle health practitioners in a discussion about self-care during the winter season over a glass of wine. The conversation will be held in the Barrel Room Gallery featuring the mythic mountain paintings by Mya Kerner and a terra-cotta pottery installation by Zak Helenske with live music by violoncellist Maria Scherer Wilson (6:00-6:30pm). During and after the discussion people will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk with the practitioners. This will kick off a season inspired conversation around health and pleasure organized by Peony.

PRACTICIONERS

ACUPUNCTURE, Paige Barnes www.peonymedicine.com

NATUROPATHY, Grace Chang www.adoseofgrace.com

NUTRITION, Jen Minnich www.jenminnich.com

GYROTONIC, Miguele DeQuadros www.mdequadros.com

SOUND HEALING/REIKI, Maria Scherer Wilson www.groovecello.com

Cathedrals XiX: Sera Cahoone (strings by Alex Guy), Shenandoah

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St Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA

KEXP and Abbey Arts present CATHEDRALS XIX: Sera Cahoone with strings by Alex Guy ( Led to Sea), Begin Scarseth & Maria Scherer Wilson

Guests: Shenandoah Davis, Dean Johnson ( Lowman Palace)

Special Holiday Show-- Sera Cahoone will perform this special one-night-only show accompanied by a string trio, arranged / led by bandmate, Alex Guy.

Live @ St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle 12/1/17, 8:00 show, 7:00 doors A unique open floor concert experience, quiet picnics welcome Seating available, including chairs, benches, and floor space

$14 student advance, $16 general advance (not including fees) $20 day of show (cash/credit)

All ages, mostly seated, bar w/ ID (local beer, wine, cider) Quiet picnics welcome, no outside alcohol allowed.

Series tickets available for 12/1 & 12/2 www.fremontabbey.org/cathedrals