Raiden completed a Master’s in Viola Performance at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Molly Gebrian in Spring of 2021. In 2019 he graduated from Florida State University magna cum laude as a National Merit Finalist majoring in Viola Performance, where he studied under Dr. Pamela Ryan. Raiden has completed additional solo and chamber studies with Charles Castleman, Patricia McCarty, George Taylor, Tim Kantor, John Kochanowski, Basil Vendryes, Corinne Stillwell, Greg Sauer and Tomoko Fujita.
Raiden has performed solo works in masterclasses with Dimitri Murrath, Csaba Erdélyi, Erika Eckert, Catharine Carroll Lees, and both Almita and Roland Vamos at the 2018 ASTA National Conference as a guest performer. Chamber masterclasses include the Kronos Quartet, the Badke Quartet, the New Zealand String Quartet, Thomas Kraines of the Daedalus Quartet, and the Telegraph Quartet. Raiden has also studied at numerous summer and winter festivals, including Castleman Quartet Program, Lyricafest, Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. In 2020, he was principal viola of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Grove String Quartet, the Graduate String Quartet at the University of Arizona under the mentorship of Professor Tim Kantor.
Raiden has found success in Arizona through a multitude of awards and performances across the Tucson area. In summer 2020, Raiden was awarded two Medici Scholarships, one for his personal project of studying viola excerpts digitally with players across the country, and the other for the Grove String Quartet to pursue an online outreach project to be able to share music with community members in a time of isolation and lack of live performance during the pandemic. Winner of the 2020 Solo String Competition at the Graduate level, Raiden found many opportunities to still perform during the pandemic: the first live online performance of Quintetto Profano by Thomas Peterson was a resounding livestream success, alongside an outreach video performance produced by Raiden and his professor, Dr. Gebrian, for the If Music Be the Food 2020 online concert, aimed at raising donations for those in need within the local Tucson community. Other pursuits during the pandemic included a CIM Excerpt Workshop, Body Mapping Seminar, and a 2-week course with violinist Elise Winters, creator of Discover Violin, a teaching philosophy aimed at holistic, satisfying, and foundational musical studies for teacher and student.
Raiden is currently an Arts Integration Specialist in the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) program within Tucson Unified School District, working alongside classroom teachers to integrate core curriculum alongside the arts. Raiden is also the Orchestra Director for Elementary students at Steele and Miles Elementary Schools.
Raiden teaches private students violin and viola, performs in events with Magnolia Strings, and in 2022 won a position with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a tenure track chair in the viola section.
Katie completed a Master’s in Cello Performance at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music where she studied with Dr. Theodore Buchholz. Katie holds a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Florida State University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2019 and was awarded a Florida State University Music Merit Scholarship and Bright Futures Scholarship. Previous mentors include Greg Sauer, Si-Yan Darren Li, Rebecca Zimmerman, David Bjella, and Jonathan May. Katie has studied chamber music under the guidance of Molly Gebrian, Corrine Stillwell, Shannon Thomas, and Tomoko Fujita. Her solo masterclass appearances include Jeffrey Solow, Yan Tang, Colin Carr, Jonathan Swartz, Christopher Hutton, Peter Seidenberg, Neal Cary and Paul Wiancko at the 2020 Tucson Cello Congress. Chamber masterclass appearances include Basil Vendryes, Lawrence Dutton of Emerson Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, Badke String Quartet, and Thomas Kraines of Daedalus Quartet.
Katie’s summers are often spent at music festivals such as Eastern Music Festival, Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Rocky Ridge Music Center, the latter of which included studying with Cleveland Institute of Music professor Si-Yan Darren Li. Katie is a member of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and has experience in the commercial music industry as a session musician. Her most recent studio work was for Columbia Records artist Dominic Fike where she appears on tracks with millions of listens on streaming platforms. When she is not performing or studying music herself, she is teaching in a variety of capacities.
Katie enjoys donating her time and talent to a local non-profit arts organization that offers music lessons to high-risk students and support for their families. Throughout the University of Arizona school year, Katie is a Graduate Teaching Assistant who helps teach foundational music theory and history topics in general education courses for the non-music major college student. In the summer of 2020, Katie was the instructor of record for an intro to music theory course for the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Katie was 14 when she began teaching young cellists and running a private studio. A decade later, her dedication to students, performing, and recording have grown immeasurably and created a beautiful musical career.
Currently, Katie is an Arts Integration Specialist within the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) program in the Tucson Unified School District. She is the Orchestral Director at Dunham Elementary and Miles ELC (Middle School Orchestra). Continuing success with Dominic Fike recordings, alongside her leadership position in the organization and coordination of Magnolia Strings demonstrates her love for all things music in a wide range of capacities.