Dr. Kara Eubanks, Violin

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Kara Eubanks is a violinist, recording artist, and pedagogue based in Eugene, Oregon. At the Willamette Violin Academy, she is the director and teaches group and individual violin lessons.

Kara has performed solo and chamber music across the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, and the Czech Republic. She has performed as a solo artist and chamber musician at New York City’s Lincoln Center, in New York’s Music in Midtown chamber music series, at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France, and at Zeist Music Days in the Netherlands. As a recitalist, Kara has been featured at Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and New York City’s Elebash Hall. Her orchestral career includes membership in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Fontainebleau Chamber Orchestra in Paris, France, and the DiCapo Opera Orchestra of New York City. In 2014, she was inducted into the Sycamore Music Hall of Fame in her hometown of Sycamore, Illinois.

She also maintains an active career as a recording artist and popular-music performer. Kara has been featured on mtv.com, National Public Radio, and daytrotter.com, and on record labels such as Eenie Meenie and Lookout! Records. Her discography includes arrangements and performances with Troubled Hubble, The Gunshy, Future Monarchs, and Andrew Jackson Jihad.

As a pedagogue, Dr. Eubanks has been a member of the faculty at Northern Illinois University and at the Brooklyn College Conservatory in New York, where she taught graduate, undergraduate, Suzuki violin. She has also been pre-college faculty at the String Academy of Chicago and the Brooklyn Conservatory. She currently serves on the faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene and is the director of the Willamette Violin Academy.

Kara holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Her research examines the Suzuki Method’s relationship to Western Progressive education and Western traditional string pedagogy. She also holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northern Illinois University, where she studied under Mathias Tacke, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and the Vermeer Quartet.

Dr. Drew Nobile, Music Theory and Composition

Drew Nobile is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon, a position he has held since 2015. At the Willamette Violin Academy, Drew teaches private theory and composition lessons.

Before coming to the UO, he served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Brooklyn College. Drew’s music theory research focuses on harmony and form in classic rock music, mathematical applications to 20th-century music, and rhythm and meter in tonal music. His work has received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, the Dorothy Payne Award, and the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award. In a former life, Drew was an active violinist, having performed across the country in venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Symphony Hall in Boston.