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.



Interesting Bits


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 Sweden, 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 Cańada 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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   Upcoming events:

C O M I N G   U P   I N   A P R I L :

On Friday and Sunday, April 6 & 8 at 2 pm, the Rawson Duo will be joined by cellist Ian Rawson, coming up from southern California, and violist John Middleton flying in from St. Paul, MN, for a program of Brahms and Dvořák piano quartets.

A double reception treat will include a sampling of the latest creations by Elevated Candy Co., locally produced and presented by Julie and David McCulloch of Port Townsend (a family connection in there, by the way), along with Sandy's Bohemian touch . . .

Sonkás Kiflicské ?. . . Sýrová Roláda ?. . .

A special 10th anniversary occasion is in store – Brahms and Dvořák, Friends and Family – celebrating the good things in life with you, our friends!

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: 1894, Dvořák (second from the left) with family and friends in front of Vysoka chateau, near Pribram, approximately 50 kilometres south-west of Prague.



 (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