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CHAMBERFEST. In 2018 during its 10th season, Chamberfest featured six performers with three coming from Dubuque--Bridget PASKER in her eighth appearance at the event, Evan SADDLER, and Michael GILBERTSON.

Gilbertson, a graduate of Juilliard, a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, composer in residence for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, founded the event founded the event as a way of "giving back" to Dubuque and the NORTHEAST IOWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC in which he was once a student. Although the event changed over the years, the primary purpose remained to support NISOM. A concert is annually presented along with a live performance with Iowa Public Radio before the concert at noon. Educational master classes were also offered.



Gloss, Megan. "The Music Plays On," Telegraph Herald, May 31, 2018, p. 10A