Rawson Duo

Specializing in Romantic and early twentieth-century works, the Rawson Duo (Violin and Piano) has given numerous recitals on college campuses and community performing arts series across the United States and Canada. The Rawsons now reside in Chimacum where they perform throughout the year in the intimate setting of their home located on 7.5 acres, bringing to life rarely heard works celebrated with warm hospitality.



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Rawson Duo Concerts Reviewed:


Article written for the February, 2009 

Port Ludlow Village Voice 

by Bernard Super




New: First time ever recording of Amanda Maier and Julius Röntgen's Swedische Weisen und Tänze from Nordlys 2012, Music of Sweeden, recorded Sunday, December  23. Click on the image to listen, linked to the International Music Score Library Progect (IMSLP.org)  


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For a concert sample, here is the complete recording of a concert given at the  Rawson home in April, 2008 performing Russian and Armenian music: 


from Russia with Love

Mussorgsky / Rachmaninov, Hopak  / Balakirev, Impromptu 

Rimsky-Korsakov / Kreisler, Chanson Arabe 

Rimsky-Korsakov / Kreisler, Danse Orientale 

Rachmaninov, Romance Op. 6 No. 1 

Komitas, Apricot Tree / Khachaturian, Lyric Poem  

Khachaturian, Dance  

Tchaikowsky, Russian Dance from Swan Lake 

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Meditation 

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Scherzo  

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Melody 

Tchaikowsky, Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

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Archives: Olympic Youth Strings 

and Olympic Chamber Orchestra

(a non-profit organization active 2005 -2008)


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Violinist Alan Rawson first pursued his music interests in his junior year in high school as a self-taught folk guitarist, recorder player, and madrigal singer. Classical Violin studies were begun at Cañada Junior College in Redwood City California, since their program did not include Country and Western fiddling. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University and completed his doctorate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder in violin performance studying with Oswald Lehnert while developing a passionate interest in Rocky Mountain cycling and cross country skiing. He has served on the music faculties of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Idaho in Moscow, and has recently retired from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he directed the University Orchestra and taught upper strings. He was concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for twenty years and appeared as a featured orchestral soloist several times performing works by Tchaikowsky, Mozart, Sibelius, and Bruch, among others.

Alan has a passionate interest in exploring the music of past great composers, now all but lost to obscurity, and he is actively researching, locating and scanning public domain scores, making these freely available to the internet community worldwide.

A native of Fargo, ND, Sandy Rawson  (pianist, organist, harpsichordist) completed her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Minnesota and continued  her studies at the Musik Akademie in Vienna, Austria. During her long tenure in the Fargo Moorhead area, she was a highly active accompanist and large ensemble pianist performing with all the major organizations including opera, symphony, choral, ballet, universities and public schools. She frequently appeared on faculty and guest artist recitals at the three local universities, NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College. An active church organist from the age of 14, she held the post of organist at the First Congregational Church in Fargo for 25 years. She currently is the organist for Sequim Community Church. 

Sandy’s love of music is equaled by her love for cooking. A professionally trained chef, having lived several years in Europe and Japan, international cuisine has been a lifelong passion.


On the music research trail in Europe, 2000


Contact the Rawsons






The Rawson Home located on 7.5 acres in Chimacum, WA / Comfortable seating for 55 guests


Map and Directions


The Rawson Duo Concert Series


Alan Rawson, violin / Sandy Rawson, piano



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Join Alan and Sandy for the opening of their 2017-18 Season, performing violin and piano art music of the British Isles at their Chimacum home on Friday and Sunday, October 13 & 15 at 2 pm.

R  e  f  l  e  c  t   i  o  n  s     i  n     A  u  t  u  m  n 

Scotland’s best kept secret in classical music, Sir John Blackwood McEwen, will be the subject of the first half in rarely heard works obtained from the University of Glasgow, opening with selections from his youthful, Edwardian spirited Highland Dances of 1902. Improvisations Provençales (1937) follows, a remarkable suite in 5 movements, revealing a haunting voice of Celtic resonance and inspration he found in the south of France later in life.

Cyril Scott, a true English eccentric and man of many talents, follows with his sensual and exotic Lotus Land (1905), captured in Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of his best known piano work.

Frederick Delius’s evocative Sonata No. 1 (1914) concludes the program. Considered by the legendary English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham as “the last great apostle in our time of romance, emotion and beauty in music,” Delius wraps his listeners in rich, glowing autumn colors inspired of his early youth in the Florida orange groves.

Sandy’s English and French Fancies will complete the afternoon following the music.

Linger and celebrate the start of the Rawson Duo's 10th Anniversary Season in a setting of comfort and hospitality like none other. Seating is limited and arranged through advanced paid reservation, $25. Reservations: contact Alan or Sandy Rawson via email or call 360-379-3449 (press 1 when anti-solicitation message begins). Checks should be made payable to:

Dr. Alan Rawson, 10318 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98325

image: Lochranza Castle on the Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland (RD on the road, 2015)

Rawson Duo with cellist Fred Thompson to perform in Seattle

We’re excited to announce that we'll be playing later in October at the prestigious Frye Art Museum (atop First Hill in the downtown) as part of their Perspectives on Aging, Creative Aging Conference, performing in their beautiful presentation and recital hall (with gorgeous Schimmel grand!) at the end of this one-day event with a reception to follow, scheduled for October 27, 8:30 am until 6 pm.

Our presentation will include the McEwen selections that will be on the first half of our program here, with a sampling of his youthful Highland Dances written in his early 30s, contrasted with his mature, Improvisations Provençales, composed at the age of 69. And then friend and guest cellist Fred Thompson, who has appeared with us in Chimacum a number of times, will be coming up from Portland to join us in concluding with Gabriel Faure’s Op. 120 Piano Trio, an extraordinary and uplifting work composed at the age of 78 under severe physical impairments.

But there is so much more, with outstanding speakers and fascinating presentations planned. Details are linked to the image linked below, and consider coming. Tell your friends.


NORDLYS: Music of Scandinavia

Friday and Sunday, December 15 & 17, 2 pm / Details Coming Soon



 (RD on the trail, 2015: Scotland departure near Annon on The Solway Firth in June / Berlin arrival in July)



Concert life at the Rawsons

Some pictures from our 2009-2010 season 









Recent Programs

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2016-17 Season in Review








2015-16 Season in Review





2014-15 Season in Review






2013-14 Season in Review






2012-13 Season in Review

Friday and Sunday, May 17 & 19, 2 pm


Friday and Sunday, April 12 & 14, 2 pm


Friday and Sunday, March 8 & 10, 2 pm

Friday and Sunday, February 1 & 3, 2 pm


Friday and Sunday, December 21 & 23, 2 pm


Friday and Sunday, November 9 and 11, 2 pm


Friday and Sunday, October 5 & 7


2011-12 Season in Review



Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, May 4, 6, & 8


Friday and Sunday, March 30 & April 1


Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, 

February 24, 26, & 28


Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, January 22, 24 & 27


Friday and Sunday, November 11 and 13




Take a look at Rawson Duo Past Seasons

Follow these links for past concert fliers, programs, and event pictures

Rawson Duo, 2010-11 Season

Rawson Duo, 2009-10 Season

Rawson Duo, 2008-9 Season

Rawson Duo, 2007-8 Season