Assistant Professor of violin and viola has given solo recitals on various concert series in Chicago, London, Atlanta & Detroit. She has performed on radio stations in Michigan and Hawaii, and soloed with orchestra across Germany & Austria. Formerly the Associate Principal of the Honolulu Symphony, Ms. Rehkopf has performed under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti. As a full scholarship student at the University of Michigan, she earned her degrees studying with concert violinists Camilla Wicks, Angel Reyes, and violist Yitzhak Schotten. She was a James B. Angell scholar (4.0 cumulative GPA). She studied further in London with David Takeno, and has coached with members of the Tokyo Quartet. Ms. Rehkopf has also performed on chamber music concerts at the Tanglewood, Banff and Norfolk festivals.

Ms. Rehkopf has performed in the Oregon Coast Symphony, the Lake Chelan Bachfeste, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the SummerWind Music Festival. They have given masterclasses and workshops at the Evergreen Music Camp, the Olympia Youth Symphony Camp, the Birch Bay Festival and the Okanagon B.C. Community School. They, along with violinist Marcia Kaufmann and violist Scott Hosfeld, comprise the Kairos String Quartet. The Kairos Quartet has given concerts in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Washington and is in residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth. Projects have included the world premiere of three quartets by Argentinian composer Ricardo Garcia Barrero.


Mr. Michel enjoys a professional career as an accomplished soloist, teacher and chamber musician. For the past five years, he has served as the cello and bass professor at Central Washington University.

He regularly gives solo recitals and has appeared as soloist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Wenatchee Symphony, the Yakima Symphony, Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and others. During the past summers, Mr. Michel has performed in the Oregon Coast Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the Lake Chelan Bachfeste and the Banff Music Festival.

He has given masterclasses and workshops at the Evergreen Music Camp, the Olympia Youth Symphony Camp, the Birch Bay Festival, the Okanagon B.C. Community School and the Interlochen Arts Camp. His formal training includes Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, Jeffrey Solow and Stefan Popov were his main teachers.

Mr. Michel is the cellist of the CWU "Rainier" Piano Trio which makes regular tours of the Northwest. The trio has collaborated with guest artist Eric Shumsky and Philadelphia String Quartet members Alan Iglitzen and Irwin Eisenberg. More recently, Mr. Michel and his wife Carrie Rehkopf have joined forces with another husband and wife pair, Scott Hosfeld and Marcia Kaufmann, and formed the Kairos Quartet. Last summer the Kairos Quartet performed at several music festivals including the The SummerWind Festival at the University of Oklahoma The group gave the world premiere of three string quartets by Argentinian composer Ricardo Garcia Barrero at the SummerWind Festival and later recorded them. The Kairos quartet has also recorded musical excerpts for the CDRom Music Mentor - Maestro version by MidiSoft Corporation. Starting this summer the Kairos Quartet will be the quartet-in-residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, WA.

Mr. Michel has recently founded the Internet Cello Society which is a virtual community of cellists from around the globe. The ICS publishes a monthly newsletter that is distributed via email and provides the Internet world with an archives of cello related materials on the World Wide Web. The address of the WWW site is The ICS is 150 members strong in its first month.

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(Bachelor of Music, Furman University; Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, The University of Texas, Austin) is Central's director of orchestras. He studied cello with the internationally recognized string pedagogue Phyllis Young. Dr. Baldwin received his formal training in string pedagogy as a teacher in the University of Texas String Project. He studied conducting with Henry Charles Smith, Cornelius Eberhardt, Sung Kwak, Walter Ducloux, and Fiora Contino. In 1991 he was a Conducting Fellow of the Conductor's Institute of the University of South Carolina. Dr. Baldwin served from 1985-1988 as Music Director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Since 1992 he has conducted the youth orchestra at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, the largest summer music festival in the South. As a cellist he is a member of the the Yakima Symphony and Brevard Music Center Orchestra. In 1993 Baldwin received the Excellence in Teaching Award, given annually by the CWU Parents Association.