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.


(Joan Conway Young Artists Program)

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 an organist, music educator, and collaborative artist from West Michigan. He graduated from Hope College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education with an emphasis in organ studies. He grew up in the Holland/Zeeland area, participating a variety of musical and fine arts activities throughout high school. Aaron began his organ study with Nancy Mulder and later studied with Dr. Huw Lewis FRCO at Hope College. He studied voice and conducting with Dr. Brad Richmond. 

While at Hope, Aaron served in many leadership roles within campus governance, student life, and campus ministries, in addition to his performances, accompanying, and other music-related gigs. 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. 

In the summer of 2016, he participated in the first ever Awakening Institute, a gathering of high school students from churches and schools across the United States. While fulfilling his duties as intern, he assisted director in the planning and administration for the event in addition to serving on the staff for keyboard studies. Aaron has performed in several churches and venues throughout West Michigan, most recently being the Pillar Church Noon Concert series, the Free @ 3 series at First Reformed Church of Holland, and the Tulip Time Organ recitals at Dimnent Chapel. He is a current member of the Holland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has experience serving on the board as a student representative.

Beginning in January, Aaron will be teaching music at Holland Public Schools, overseeing Middle School choirs and Elementary music classes (K-7). Throughout the year, he serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church of Holland and Production Coordinator on the Board of Directors at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck(CMFS). Outside of school/rehearsal, Aaron enjoys reading, singing, 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 senior 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. 

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