Pacific NW Chamber Ensemble
Leah VanLaarhoven, flute
Leah VanLaarhoven lives in Seattle Washington. She grew up in La Grande, OR and moved to Moscow, ID in 2008. There she studied music at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. Leah graduated in 2013 with degrees in Applied Music and Psychology. She now serves her dual passions in the helping professions and in music by working as a Coordinator of Supported Living at the Arc of King County and playing flute in the Pacific Northwest Chamber Ensemble.
Carson Farley, cello
Carson Farley studied cello and composition in Los Angeles with professional cellists and composers. He studied music theory and history at the University of Washington. Carson has performed as soloist, with chamber music groups and orchestras, with jazz bands and pop groups, and he has been teaching music privately for 15 years. As a composer, Carson has scored music for video and had his works performed in Seattle. In addition to playing classical music Carson is also a jazz bass player and performs regularly with jazz groups. "I have been interested in music theory and composing since I was a teenager and this has fueled my musical creativity and continues to inspire me as a musician.
Ian McKnight, flute
Ian graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Music Performance on the flute in 2012. He enjoys performing classical orchestral and chamber music as well as Celtic, bluegrass and old time country music. Ian has composed a number of chamber works and released his first CD of all original music in December 2015. In addition to the modern flute Ian also plays the keyless Irish flute, penny whistle, and bluegrass mandolin. He also enjoys using his loop pedal to create fun instrumental covers of pop songs. During the day he repairs woodwind and brass instruments for Ted Brown Music in Tacoma.
Susan Bloomfield, piano
Susan Bloomfield is a multi-faceted musician with talents as pianist, vocalist, organist, choral director, teacher and composer. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music Degree from Western Washington University.
In addition to an active performance and teaching schedule, Susan is often asked to lead workshops and masterclasses in church music, feminist musicology and early keyboard technique.