Jack Unzicker

Growing up in a very musical family helped steer three of the four Walvoord siblings into professional music careers. Amanda Dykhouse is the concertmaster of the Holland Symphony, Jennifer Walvoord is the concertmaster of the West Michigan Symphony, and Martha Walvoord is the associate professor of violin at the University of Texas at Arlington.

For the first time, the three sisters will perform at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck in programs at 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26. Joining them are two musical spouses: pianist Drew Le, who co-directs the festival with Jenny Walvoord, and bassist Jack Unzicker, who is married to Martha Walvoord. Martha Walvoord tells Cara Lieurance about her family's love of music, and about how they came up with pieces for multiple violins to play in their sister celebration.


The married musicians Martha Walvoord, a violinist, and Jack Unzicker, a double-bassist, have made it their mission to create a new repertoire of violin-bass duets. This week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll share their newest commission with audiences on Thursday and Friday night.


Drew Le

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck presents "Musical Companions" this week, a program of works for two to seven players by Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Nielsen, and Michigan composer Tom Knific.