Classical II – Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti
Vicki Boeckman

Vicki Boeckman has been performing and teaching since the 1980s. Pre-pandemic, she was an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist who traveled all over the United States and to many other countries to perform and teach. During the pandemic, she embraced the virtual platform with enthusiasm and awe, and discovered formerly inconceivable possibilities reaching students and audiences all across the globe. She is thrilled to be back on the concert stage again playing with the Yakima Symphony.

Before settling in Seattle, Vicki resided in Denmark from 1981-2005 and had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the finest musicians and composers of the day: Jaap ter Linden, John Holloway, René Jacobs, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Pedro Memelsdorf, Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Ole Buck and Markus Zahnhausen to name a few. Her Danish recorder trio Wood’N’Flutes had a fantastic fifteen-year run performing all over Europe and working with contemporary composers in addition to doing children’s theater. She was an adjunct professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for twelve years and taught at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. Many of those students are now professionals, performing and teaching in conservatories in Denmark and around Europe.

In the Pacific Northwest, Vicki has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Medieval Women’s Choir, Gallery Concerts, Boise Philharmonic, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony. She is currently music director for the Seattle Recorder Society, co-director for the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS) and Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop.

Isabella Pagel

Isabella Pagel (She/her) is a recorder player and teacher who has taught and performed in numerous countries. She continues to be inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and her hometown of Seattle. Isabella started playing the recorder when she was nine years old, and since then she has studied with Nina Stern, Vicki Boeckman, and Bart Spanhove. As a performer, Isabella has played in numerous chamber ensembles both in Seattle and The Hague, Netherlands and has performed in various settings including solo concerts, orchestral productions at the University of Washington and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and benefit concerts. She studied recorder and music pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Reine-Marie Verhagen.

A dedicated educator, Isabella teaches students of all ages and is the Communications Coordinator for S’Cool Sounds, a New York City-based organization committed to bringing music into the lives of children through ensemble playing. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she traveled with S’Cool Sounds to Kenya to teach students in Kibera. She recently co-wrote the S’Cool Sounds Curriculum with Nina Stern. Isabella also has taught recorder with Pi Muziek voor Kleuters, a unique music program for preschool students in The Hague. She is currently graduating from Antioch University with a BA degree in music and human development. After a pandemic hiatus, Isabella is elated to return to live performances with the Yakima Symphony! [Photo by Rebekah Gehrke]