NAOMI BLANKENSHIP

Piano and Violin

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Naomi Blankenship

Naomi has been playing piano and violin for nine years and teaching for the past three years. She completed a Minor in Music at Western Washington University (WWU) in Spring 2017. She started playing at age 12 and quickly grew to love music as a way to create beauty for herself and others. Naomi plays many different musical styles on both instruments, including classical, sacred, fiddle, and modern.

Piano Education

As a piano student, Naomi participated in adjudication, Master Lessons, and competition. At WWU she studied under Dr. Milica Jelaca Jovanovic and played in piano recitals and Master classes with WWU professors. Piano compositions she has played include Prelude in D Major, Opus 23, No. 4 by Rachmaninoff, Piano Sonata Opus 10 No. 1 by Beethoven, Opus 118 No. 2 & 3 by Brahms, and a piano duet of Uranus by Holst.

Violin Education

Naomi took violin lessons through high school and played in Fidalgo Youth Symphony for five years. At WWU, Naomi studied under Professor Walter Schwede and played in his Master classes. Violin compositions she has played include Maleguena, Op 21, No. 1 by Sarasate, Autumn from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Op 71 No. 1 for two violins and piano by Moskowski, and the Double Violin Concerto by Bach. Naomi played violin as a member of the WWU Symphony from 2015-2017, including works such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and The Firebird by Stravinsky. She has also played in various quartets and ensembles.

Community Involvement

Naomi has performed with her sister at senior communities and various events throughout Skagit County with both piano and violin since 2013. Naomi also enjoys playing violin and piano at her church and finds the most joy in music by using it to glorify God as the Creator of all beauty. Teaching since fall 2014, Naomi is graduating from WWU in December 2017 with a B.A. in Chinese and a minor in Music. She loves performing and teaching students of all ages, inspiring them to love and enjoy music for themselves and share it with others.