Rawson Studios Map

10318 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA 98325

(between Ness’s Corner Rd. and Anderson Lake Rd.)


360 379-3449 / rawson@mnstate.edu.com

Studio Instruction

Violin, viola, theory, piano, and chamber music

coaching for all levels and ages



Piano accompaniment for students and professionals

      solo and ensemble / vocal and instrumental


Artist recitals

presentation for in-home and community artist series


Gypsy and light classical entertainment

weddings, receptions, etc.


(Click here for more information on Rawson Duo background entertainment and to listen MP3 sampler files)

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 is currently on extended  leave 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.

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Sandy Rawson has been an active professional accompanist throughout her life, performing with numerous soloists and ensembles. She studied with Dieter Weber at the Musik Akademie in Vienna, Anton Kuerti at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado, and Earl Rymer at the University of Minnesota. Her love of music is equaled by her love for cooking. Having lived in Europe and Japan, she has a passion for international cooking.

The Rawson Duo, specializing in Romantic and early twentieth-century works, has given numerous recitals on college campuses and community performing arts series across the United States and Canada. Their CD recordings include Dine With Strauss, a selection of the most famous waltzes, and Dine with Brahms, the complete Hungarian Dances arranged for violin and piano. Both come with recipes for a complete dinner. Also available are the Complete Sonatas of George Enescu, and the Tchaikowsky Violin Concerto featuring Alan Rawson with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.