Music — Classically trained and accomplished musicians will perform concert at downtown music store next week

Newberg Music Center, 514 E. First St., will host a concert next week featuring a popular Pacific Northwest duo that has hometown roots.

The Coleman Sisters, Julie and Janet, have performed at some of the Portland area’s top venues, including the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Old Church and the Keller Auditorium. But the pair grew up in Newberg — attending local schools including Newberg High — and won a number of local and statewide musical competitions.

Both are classically trained and accomplished musicians, but with different instruments: Julie, with the violin, and Janet, the piano.

Admitted to Julliard School at age 17, Julie Coleman first studied violin under the late Raphael Spiro, a renowned instructor at Lewis & Clark College. While in New York, she toured internationally with critically acclaimed 40-member orchestra American Sinfonietta and the Mainly Mozart Festival.

She has performed as guest concertmaster with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, The Chico Symphony, Aspen Young Artists Festival and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She spent five years as a member of the Portland favorite, Fear No Music (often stylized “fEARnoMusic”), and been involved with the Oregon Symphony’s outreach program in schools. She has also performed and recorded with the Portland-based musical group Pink Martini.

Janet Coleman has performed recitals in Europe, Central America and across the United States. She has collaborated with hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, sharing the stage with such artists as Marilyn Horne, Richerd Stotzman, Janos Starkos and Charles Wadsworth.

As a featured soloist, she has performed with the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest Washington Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. As a chamber musician, she was the pianist with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Fear No Music, Beta Collide and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

Also an educator, Janet has assisted young talent to top awards at the Music Teachers National Association and American String Teachers Association national competitions. She also serves as a coach and accompanist with the Portland Opera’s education and outreach tours and the opera workshop programs at Linfield College, Pacific University and Portland State University.

The Coleman Sisters’ first album, released in 2008 through the label Rosin and Ivory Production, is titled “Bits and Concert Pieces.” It will be for sale at the Newberg Music Center show.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the downtown music store. Tickets are $10 and doors open 30 minutes before show time. For more information, call 503-537-2196 or visit

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