But we are still shy of that “self-sustaining” goal…
If you have not already joined us in this worthy effort, we hope that you will consider helping us reach our goal. Contributions to The Joan Conway Young Artists Program can be sent to The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, P.O. Box 1073, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453.

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck enjoyed the artistic leadership of Joan Conway for more than ten years. Over that time, Joan devoted countless hours and untold effort to strengthening and improving the festival in every conceivable way. She continues to be a valuable member of the CMFS family.

One of her many contributions was the establishment of the intern program – an effort on her part to offer student musicians the opportunity to work, for a small remuneration, with the festival in a variety of ways. In the process, they learn many real-world aspects of concert mounting and production that add immeasurably to the understanding of what a career in music can mean. During Joan’s tenure, many interns have passed through this program, including one of our current Artistic Directors, Jennifer Walvoord.

At the time of Joan’s resignation as Artistic Director the Board of Directors voted to name the intern program in her honor – The Joan Conway Young Artists Program – and to establish an endowment that will provide self-sustaining funds to carry the program into the future. This will be a permanent legacy celebrating Joan’s lifelong dedication to the nurturing of young musicians. Thanks to the generosity of many of our patrons, the fund has consistently grown in a few short years.

Aaron Goodyke: Young Artists Program Production Coordinator
Aaron Goodyke is a [super]senior at Hope College studying Vocal Music Education with an emphasis in organ. He grew up in Zeeland and attended Holland Christian High School, during which he took part in theatre and a variety of musical activities. Aaron received the Gertrude Beckman organ scholarship from 14th St. CRC where he began studying organ with Nancy Mulder. He currently studies organ with Dr. Huw Lewis and voice with Dr. Brad Richmond at Hope. Aaron accompanies and sings in the Hope College Chapel Choir, a group that has toured extensively around the US and abroad. He has performed in two DeVos Musical Showcase performances as a soloist in addition to other local concerts in the Greater Grand Rapids area, including Free @ 3 concerts at First Reformed Church, Tulip Time organ recitals, and the Pillar Church noon series. Currently, he is organist at First Presbyterian Church of Holland and Production Coordinator on the Board of Directors at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck(CMFS).

Aaron is active in exploring technology integration in the music classroom. In the spring of 2015, he received a grant from the National Association for Music Merchants to attend the Music Technology Leadership Academy hosted by Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) in San Antonio, Texas, where he collaborated with other educators nationwide on the topic of engaging the ‘non-traditional’ music student through technology.

Beyond his studies, Aaron has many roles in campus governance, student life, and campus ministries at Hope College. During his junior year, he was invited to represent the student body in a strategic planning process for Hope College, working alongside senior administration, faculty, and staff. In the last year, he served as Artistic Technical Assistant for Hope’s Chaplain of Worship Arts, Researcher & Webmaster for the Educational Technology Team at Hope, Student representative on the Teacher Education Council, Vice President of Hope’s circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa(ODK) National Leadership Honor Society, President of the Hope College Chapel Choir, and as President of Hope’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education(NAfME).

When not at school or rehearsals, Aaron enjoys reading, conversation over coffee, and playing a good game of Settlers of Catan.

Ellen Messner: Young Artists Program Intern
Ellen Messner is from Marcellus, Michigan and a junior at Hope College where she plans to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance. Ellen is also a member of the Mellon Scholars program at Hope where she pursues her  interest in studying ethnomusicology. She started piano lessons at the age of four and has always had a passion for music and for sharing that passion with others.

Jonathan Bading: Young Artists Program Intern
Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, Jonathan’s earliest musical memories consist of him turning pages for his father at the organ and singing in his mother’s children’s choir. Jonathan is now a rising junior at Hope College, pursuing a degree in Organ Performance with a concentration in Music History and Theory. He studies organ with Huw Lewis, voice with Linda Dykstra, and conducting with Brad Richmond. He is a recipient of the Ruth Haidt Hughes Scholarship in Organ Performance and the Marie Blauwkamp Organ Scholarship. He is a Mellon Scholar at Hope as well, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the promotion of interdisciplinary research in the Arts and Humanities. After receiving a summer research grant from the Mellon Scholars Program, Jonathan will be doing research on medieval liturgical manuscripts in Vendôme, France this June.

In his free time (what a concept!), Jonathan enjoys reading and writing poetry, engaging the French cinema, and watching Washington Capitals hockey.