Violin-Viola Division Adjudicators
Dr. Meredith Arksey, Violin-Viola
Dr. Meredith Arksey, violinist and violist, is a popular adjudicator returning again to PAFE, and an associate professor of Music at Washington State University in Pullman, where she is the coordinator of the string area and teaches studio violin and viola to undergraduate and graduate string majors. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Camilla Wicks and a string pedagogy graduate teaching assistant under Robert Culver. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from Michigan State University with I-Fu Wang. She performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician and has been a featured soloist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, the Alma Symphony Orchestra and the Washington-Idaho Symphony, as well as guest violinist and violist with the Spokane String Quartet.
Since 1989, Dr. Arksey has been the first violinist of the Silver Bay String Quartet, an ensemble that has a summer residency in New York State. She is also the violinist in Washington State University’s Palouse Trio. She is past-president of the Washington American String Teachers Association, and often serves as a presenter, clinician and adjudicator at conferences, competitions, master classes, and festivals throughout the United States. Before joining the faculty at WSU she was the artist-in-residence at Alma College, Alma Michigan, and spent her summers studying and performing at U.S. and European music festivals. She is currently on the board for Washington State ASTA and is an adjudicator for national ASTACAP and a contributor to STRAD Online Magazine.
Yuan Fang - Violin
Director of the China Conservatory of Music Orchestra, violinist, Deputy Head of China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Director of the China Conservatory of Music Middle School Orchestra. Graduated from Oberlin University with honors, and held concerts at the Kulas Music Hall. In 1996-1999, was concert master of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was invited by the Ministry of Culture, accompanied by Bosnia and Herzegovina National Philharmonic Orchestra to play Mendelsohn's Violin Concerto in E minor in Sarajevo. In recent years, he worked as a visiting professor by the Germany Mainz School of Music, Vancouver Conservatory of Music and Italy Music Festival.
Professor Mr.Taras Gabora wrote in the evaluation of Fang Yuan: "He is China's first-rate violinist, an important member of the international violin community, he will promote the development of the art of violin playing."