About The Kairos   


Kairos Player Biographies


Denise Dillenbeck   

The Players

Carrie Rehkopf &

Denise Dillenbeck,


Tim Betts, violist

John Michel, cellist

Residency   The Kairos Quartet is the resident ensemble of Central Washington University.  The members are faculty in the CWU Music Department.

Carrie Rehkopf has crafted an exciting career blending the best of the worlds of performing and teaching.  An enthusiastic teacher, she has served as the violin professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg since 1990. Her students are immediately employed upon graduation, and teach across the United States as well as in Hong Kong and Japan.  Former students serve in principal positions of many orchestras, as well as receive awards as outstanding teachers in the public schools, private studios and higher education. Ms. Rehkopf has  toured North America over the past 21 years as first violinist of the Kairos Quartet, and has also performed on chamber music concerts at the Tanglewood, Banff and Norfolk festivals. In addition to numerous solo recitals and concerto performances with youth orchestras and the CWU Symphony Orchestra, she has soloed with the Everett, Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima, Southwest Washington and Lake Sammamish Symphonies. She especially enjoyed having a flash mob join her on the cadenza of Mozart's G Major Concerto with the Everett Philharmonic.

For more information see her website.

Denise Dillenbeck has toured Europe, America and the Caribbean with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the U.S. As a member of the Oregon Symphony, she was a featured soloist for several concerts. She was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the states and in England. As a member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, she gave world premiere performances of works by many of today's leading composers. As Lead Teaching Artist in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Community Partnership Program, she led urban elementary school students in experiential music learning, and directed workshops on aesthetic education for classroom teachers and music educators. Denise is concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta and Lake Chelan Bach Festival orchestras.

Mr. Betts has been a Lecturer of Music at Central Washington University since 2005 teaching viola, chamber music, and music theory and performing as part of the Kairos String Quartet, Tim Betts has established himself as an enthusiastic and sensitive performer, collaborator, teacher, and clinician. His frequent performances and educational activities  with the Kairos String Quartet, as well as with many other of the region’s musical organizations, make him a regular presence throughout the northwest. Mr. Betts also serves as the Executive Director of the Kairos Lyceum, a summer chamber music institute for advanced high school and college-age string players. Prior to his appointment at CWU, Mr. Betts was active as a musician in New York where he earned a Masters Degree in Viola Performance and served as teaching assistant to Debra Moree at Ithaca College and as teaching assistant to Patricia McCarty at the Meadowmount School of Music. He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota where he pursued performance studies with Korey Konkol.

John Michel, in his twenty-fifth year as cello professor at Central Washington University, enjoys his career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. In addition to regular solo recital programs, he has performed a dozen concertos including the Shostakovich #1, Herbert, Dvorak and the Brahms Double with his wife Carrie Rehkopf.  In double series concerts, Mr. Michel has performed all of the six Bach Cello Suites for memory, and regularly appears in the Seattle Bach Marathon. He has published many recordings and numerous live performances that are readily available online. Mr. Michel is cellist and founding member of the Kairos String Quartet, which holds an endowed professorship as the resident ensemble of Central Washington University and Icicle Creek. He is the founder and former director of the Internet Cello Society (cello.org), a cyber-community of cellists. For more information see his website johnmichel.com

Carrie Rehkopf

Tim Betts

John Michel

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