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Programs 2015-2016 
Performers 2014-2015

Abilene Chamber Players Kristin Isaacson, cello
David Arndt, recorder, lute Peter Isaacson, violin
Deborah Austin-Totter, piano David Kemp, recorder
Azul Piano Duo Clara Kim, violin
Kevin Ayesh, piano Jooyoung Kim, piano
Erik Barnes, piano Daniel Kelly, trumpet
Kimla Beasley, soprano David Kemp, recorder
Elizabeth Boyson, violin Jieun Lee, piano
Laura Logan Brandenburg, harp Hanhan Li, piano
Cole Burger, piano Logan/Walters Harp Duo
Walteria Bethea Caldwell, mezzo-soprano Peter Neubert, viola
Nicholas Cerny, violin Jeffery Ou, Piano
Chang & Cho Piano Duo David Podeschi, recorder
Fenia Chang, piano Zachary Ridgway, piano
Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh, piano Rio Brazos Ensemble
Young-Hyun Cho, piano Laura Salfen, flute
Ron Clinton, piano Jan Sloman Violin Students
Charles Coltman, clarinet HyeYoung Song, piano
Alice Derbyshire, recorder Leslie Spotz, piano
Mary Alice Druhan, clarinet Caen Thomason-Redus, flute
Gary Fair, clarinet Jonathan Tsay, piano
Karen Ferrer, recorder Peggy Turner, recorder
Melody Gamblin-Bullock, conductor Libby Vanatta, piano
Amy Gustafson, piano Vivace Singers - Brookhaven College
Heather Hawk, soprano Julee Kim Walker, flute
Matthew Ho, violin Jeff Walters, harp
  Elizabeth Wei, violin

Abilene Chamber Players

The Abilene Chamber Players was founded in 1998 by the instrumental performance faculty in the School of Music and Fine Arts at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. The current members include faculty from both Hardin-Simmons University and Tarleton State University.

Charles Coltman, clarinet; Peter Isaacson, violin; Peter Neubert, viola (not pictured); 
Kristin Isaacson, cello; Leslie Spotz, piano

The ensemble performs a wide variety of music from the Baroque to the most contemporary music of the 21st century. In the last several years, the Abilene Chamber Players have presented concerts throughout Texas for the San Angelo Museum of Art Sunday Concert Series, The Langdon Center, Music at Marvin Concert Series and for the Dallas AGO chapter. More recently the ensemble has performed abroad in several venues in London, England including: The Space, St George’s Bloomsbury and Southwark Cathedral. In 2013, the Abilene Chamber Players performed an American Music program at the Conservatorio di Milano and the Ambrosaniem Society at Salla Falck in Milan, Italy. The Abilene Chamber Players hold degrees from the University of North Texas, Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, Manhatten School of Music, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Members of the Abilene Chamber Players have recorded for Centaur Records and Lenore Records.

The group has performed interesting programs of chamber music that dates from the 18th century to more contemporary works by Pulitzer Prize- winning composer, Karel Husa, and works by Peter Schickele, Astor Piazzolla. Dana Wilson, and Michael Daugherty. Artistic Director, Charles Coltman, and the Abilene Chamber Players have also presented a multi-media performance of Hindemith’s Der Damon for ten players with the simultaneous projection of visual art from the expressionist period and have expanded the group to perform Nina Rota’s Nonetto, and nonettes by Martinu and Poulenc. In the Fall of 2015, the Abilene Chamber Players presented a concert featuring HSU composers including a large-scale work by Bernard Scherr.


David Arndt, recorder, lute

Dr. Stephen Arndt is a retired educator and therapist who spends his time studying foreign languages, composing and playing music, writing short fiction, and drawing in pen and ink. He plays many instruments, including recorder, Irish harp, lute, vihuel.


Deborah Austin-Totter, piano

Deborah Austin-Totter is a freelance pianist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and is an accompanist, and coach for the DSO’s nationally recognized “Young Strings” program. She is staff accompanist for the DSO sponsored “Lynn Harrell” competition. She performed for the DSO Nasher chamber music series and has served as accompanist for several national and Texas state competitions. Deborah also teaches adult piano students at Dallas/Music, Inc.

Deborah has worked with the students of Jascha Heifetz, Ivan Galamian, Jan Mark Sloman, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Nathanial Rosen. She has accompanied in master classes for Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Arnold Steinhardt, Jaime Laredo, Elmar Oliveira, Ani Kavafian, Rachel Barton, Stephanie Chase, Fredell Lack, Alisa Weilerstein, and others.

Deborah performs regularly with Dallas/Fort Worth professionals and students of all instruments, specializing in violin repertoire. She has performed in many U.S. cities, as well as Canada. Deborah was the soloist in the North American premier of Robert X. Rodriguez’s Piano Concerto #2, and has recorded on the CoDa and DBH labels.

Deborah completed her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, as well as her Master of Music degree in piano performance at SMU. She began her study of the piano at age 3, and by nine, she added cello. The choice of second instrument was fortuitous, allowing her to develop a heightened sensitivity and awareness in the performance of the stringed instrument repertoire, with which she is now extensively involved.

At SMU, Deborah continued her study of cello. She also did extensive work in piano pedagogy, chamber music, accompanying, and orchestral playing. She received the Paul Vellucci Award for outstanding senior pianist and the Sigma Alpha Iota Award for outstanding ensemble player.


Kevin Ayesh, piano

Pianist Kevin Ayesh has performed concerts and presented master classes throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong. Dr. Ayesh has been the head of the Music Department at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina since 1992. As a North Carolina Visiting Artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.

In 2013, Ayesh was the featured guest artist-teacher at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany; in 2011 he presented a master class at Hong Kong Baptist University. Within the past ten years, Ayesh has given recitals and master classes at Washington State University, Boise State University, Portland State University, Colorado State University, Missouri State University, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Texas State University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, the University of Mississippi, the University of North Dakota, the University of South Dakota, the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Rhode Island, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Utah Valley University, West Liberty University (WV), St. Mary’s University (MN), Point Loma Nazarene University (CA), Carson-Newman University (TN), Shorter University (GA), Saddleback College (CA), Southwestern University (TX), Randolph College (VA), Nyack College (NY), Brevard Community College (FL), Western Wyoming Community College, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Concert Series in Yuma, AZ, St. Paul’s Cathedral Arts Series in Burlington, VT, First Presbyterian Church TGIF Series in Santa Fe, NM, Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA, the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society Series in Fernie, BC (Canada), and the Elkader Opera House in Iowa, in addition to numerous recitals in North Carolina.

Ayesh has appeared three times as concerto soloist with the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra; twice with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, twice with the Asheville Chamber Players, and also with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the Wichita Community Orchestra, and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has given numerous lecture-recitals of the piano music of American composer Robert Starer. Ayesh has adjudicated Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) auditions for the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia state conventions, and has been a featured clinician at both the Georgia and South Carolina Music Educators Association state conventions.

Ayesh is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award, Baltimore Music Club Award, and Winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers' Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. He has been a finalist in several national and international competitions, was awarded Second Prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition, and won both Third Prize and Composer's Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Ayesh received his Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Texas; his master’s and doctorate degrees are from the University of Maryland. His teachers were Elinor Aiken, William Race, and Nelita True.


Azul Piano Duo

Duo Azul, made up of Korean pianist Hyeyoung Song and American pianist Amy E. Gustafson, was founded in 2009, out of a deep friendship and a mutual love for the four-hands and two piano repertoire. The two met in Austin, Texas while they were both completing their doctoral degrees at the University of Texas. The Duo’s first performances were in 2010 in Texas, and they are both thrilled to be back together for several performances in the 2014 – 2015 season with a program that centers around American and Spanish music and influences, but also includes some French and Russian composers. See


Erik Barnes, piano

Erik Barnes began playing piano at the age of six, in Buffalo New York. He studied with the late Fred K. Hoeffler who was a local musician specializing in current Broadway hits and popular music. Erik’s first paid “gig” was with an inter-racial band named the “Mixed Emotions” in 1967, playing mostly rock and motown hits. At 13 Barnes began more serious studies with Victor Smiley after moving to Seattle. These studies were purely classical and ultimately led to the succession of degrees in this area, namely B.A. from Yale College 1978 (studies with Ian Hobson), M.A. from Washington State University 1980, and finally doctoral studies at University of North Texas as a teaching fellow with Joseph Banowetz. Eschewing the ivory towers, Mr. Barnes opted for the open ended and sometimes precarious life of a local gigging musician – fifteen years of school was simply enough. Shortly after 2000, Mr. Barnes decided to try his hand at saxophone. He says, “If one lives long enough, there is enough time for at least two true loves….”

Notable performances include a major tour of the United States after college (sponsored by BAWA), appearances with the Symphony of New Mexico, Big Spring and San Antonio, Dallas Summer Musicals, as well as jobs with some of the most accomplished musicians on the planet.

Mr. Barnes lives in Dallas with his wife, Lisa and soon to be teen, Zoey. Together they provide him with the true reason for living, working and playing.


Kimla Beasley, soprano

Kimla Y. Beasley, soprano, a native Texan, is a product of the Houston Grand Opera's Opera Studio. She received a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University and a MM from Louisiana State University where she studied with Soprano, Martina Arroyo. -

Her opera and concert appearances have included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and at the Ecole Normale Conservatory in Paris . Ms. Beasley has also appeared with Naomi Music Productions And Recordings concert presentation of "Voices of the New Millennium II" at The Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as well singing the role of Marcellina in concert with the International Lyric Academy in Italy . Major roles include Monica in The Medium, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Sister Genvievre in Suor Angelica, Mercedes in Carmen, Sally in Carmen Jones, Helene in Hin und Zuruck, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in Porgy and Bess, Pamina/ Papagena in The Magic Flute, Monica in The Medium and Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

Ms. Beasley also extends her talents to Broadway theater and film, completing a Broadway National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, appearing as Lou Wright in Power Play, Sis Laura in The Member of the Wedding, Liza in My Husband's Gone Mad, Treemonisha/Freddie in Tin Pan Alley Rag, Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, and Benson in Of Thee I Sing. Film: Betty in A City Called Heaven. She has worked with directors Carroll Freeman, Eileen Morris, Dr. Robert Henry & Thomas Carey. In addition, she has worked with coaches/conductors such as Bob Cowart, Kathy Olsen, Joshua Greene, John DeMain, Vjekoslav Sutej, Christopher Wilkins, Ward Holmquist, Peter Jocoby, Timothy Muffit and Stefano Vignati.

Ms. Beasley currently sings with the Opera On Tap North Texas chapter, is a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas chapter and appears frequently at Classical Open Mic. Ms. Beasley desires to keep creating and performing great music and encourage younger generations to do the same.


Laura Logan Brandenburg, harp

Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She is founder, director and member of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for the past 20 years. A highly regarded free lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010 as well as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995 - 1997. Her recent adventures on harp include concertizing with Jeff Walters as The Logan/Walters Harp Duo, performing all original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps. 

Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura was founder and director of the popular HarpFire summer camp, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010. In 2011, she directed one of two Institute Ensembles at the 9th Summer Institute of the American Harp Society. 

She has been the head of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop since 2012. Laura has served as a long time board member of the American Harp Society in Dallas chapter and is currently the Southwest Region Director of the AHS. In addition to her duties at TCU, she maintains an active private Suzuki harp studio.

Laura considers her most significant lifetime achievement to be her two sons, Ethan and Luke, who have fallen asleep to the sound of harp music their entire lives and never once complained.  


Cole Burger, piano

Dr. Cole Burger serves as Instructor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches and coordinates class piano and piano pedagogy. Previous places of employment include the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Texas, the Levine School of Music, and Armstrong Community Music School. Cole is also on the faculties of Lutheran Summer Music and Camp Encore/Coda. Dr. Burger holds degrees in piano performance and economics from Northwestern University and the University of Texas.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a First Place Winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Other performances include the conferences of the National Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, and Music Teachers National Association, in addition to venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has also given benefit recitals for worthy non-profit organizations that have raised more than $50,000. For more details, please visit


Elizabeth Boyson, violin

Elizabeth Boyson’s musical interest began while “tagging along” with her older brother and sister to their weekly violin lessons. At the age of six, Elizabeth eagerly began her very own formal violin instructions - first through the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas with Mrs. Andrea Venincasa, then with the late Arkady Fomin. During that time, Elizabeth participated in the New Conservatory of Dallas and performed in the “2014 Next Generation Concert”. Mr.Fomin was a guiding and nurturing influence for Elizabeth and is dearly missed. Mr. Jan Sloman took over as Elizabeth’s musical instructor and mentor in the fall of 2014. Elizabeth is ten years old, an inquisitive reader who enjoys history, Shakespeare, and foreign languages. She looks forward to her evening swim practices with the Dallas Mustang Swim Team.


Walteria Bethea Caldwell, mezzo-soprano

Walteria Bethea Caldwell has been a professional piano and voice teacher for over 10 years. She has received her Bachelors degree in Music Performance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and participated in Masters Studies in Vocal Performance from Mercer University . Walteria has also taken additional enrichment courses including special education and music education studies for continuing education in both North Carolina and Georgia . Throughout her music educational career she has won competitions in both the US and Europe , scholarships, and is a member of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon.

Walteria is a professionally trained mezzo-soprano and music educator who tours around the country and abroad. In college, Walteria played professional piano gigs, sang roles in opera scenes, and performed as a lead soloist in the US premiere of "Changed My Name", as well as being one of the soloists for her alma mater's Chancellor's Installation Service. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (one of the leading music universities in the US ), Walteria became a music educator and continued as a church pianist while harvesting a performance career. With successful teaching experience for over 15 years, some of her voice and piano students have branched off into their own careers performing professionally from Las Vegas to New York, winning auditions, roles, and talent competitions in the US with other accolades in under her instruction. Walteria later received music graduate studies from Mercer University , and received extensive knowledge on vocal pedagogy.

Performing in the United States and in Europe (France and Italy) as a classical singer, Walteria has traveled as a frequent concert soloist with various choirs/orchestras for oratorio works such as Bach's Mass in D Minor, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Bach's Christmas Oratorio Weihnachts-Oratorium, Théodore Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, and John Rutter's Feel The Spirit. In the field of opera, Walteria has been in several productions as the Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as Hansel and the Gingerbread Witch from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. She has performed both of the roles of Carmen and Mercedes from Bizet's Carmen. From Verdi's repertoire, Walteria has sung Azucena from Il trovatore (The Troubadour), Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera (The Masked Ball), Meg Page from Falstaff, and will be performing Amneris in an upcoming concert version of Aida. As a Rossini bel canto singer, Walteria has performed in opera scenes as Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and Hedwige from Guilaume Tell (William Tell). From Mozart's operas, she has been featured as Cherubino in Le Nozze di FIgaro (The Marriage of Figaro), in scenes as Zerlina from Don Giovanni, and in staged viewings as both 3rd Lady and 3rd Spirit in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Other roles include scenes as Prince Orlofsky from Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Augusta from The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Dido from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

In concert, Walteria has performed numbers from Handel's Rinaldo, Gerswhin's Porgy and Bess, Marian Anderson for education promotion in history, and Voices Before Mine (tribute to African American women in classical music). She debuted the role of Sylvia in the opera Wading Home (libretto by Rosalyn Story, composed by Mary Alice Rich) which is based off of the successful novel bearing the same title. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and is head of the non-profit foundation Diversità Opera Company.


Nicholas Cerny, violin

Nicholas Cerny, 13, was born in California and moved to Dallas five years ago. He has been playing the violin since first grade, and has been a student of Mr. Sloman for two years. He plays on his grandmother’s 1860 Mittenwald violin, and is a member of the Sinfonietta orchestra of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Nicholas is a student at Highland Park Middle School, where he is concertmaster of the Honors orchestra. He was also recently appointed concertmaster of All-Region orchestra. Nicholas is a member of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and the Children’s Chorus of The Dallas Opera. He has performed the role of Amahl in Dallas Baptist University’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and will sing the role of Mr. Ham in the Dallas Symphony’s upcoming staged production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in Guadelupe Cathedral, Dallas.


Chang & Cho Piano Duo

Two wonderful pianists, Fenia Chang and Young-Hyun Cho make up this duo.
See their individual biographies.


Fenia Chang

Pianist Fenia Chang has enchanted audiences from all over the United States with her beautiful tone in a wide range of repertoire. Her solo debut recital at Weill Recital Hall in New York was highly praised that the critics called her an “out of this world pianist”.

Dr. Chang has maintained a busy concert career in both solo and collaborative performances in Asia, Europe and the United States. She has performed extensively at different venues including Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall, the Museum of Modern Arts in New York, the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, the Strathmore Hall, Fairfax Auditorium, the Ellipse Arts Center,, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Concert Hall in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

A winner of several major international competitions, Ms. Chang is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the top prizes at the Elizabeth Davis International Piano Competition, Thomas Richner International competition, Concert Artists Internationals, Young Artist International Piano Competition, and the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition of the United States, as well as the Composer’s Prize from Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, France.

Dr. Chang has collaborated with such notable musicians as violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Reiko Watenabe, Michael Shih, Charles Stegman, Cellist Bion Tsang, Karen Basrak, Eugene Osadchy and Pianist Anton Nel and Brian Ganz. In 2005, Dr. Chang became the first local pianist to be invited to perform at the prestigious Greenville Entertainment Concert Series in Greenville, Texas. She also appeared as a collaborative pianist at the National Music Teachers Conference in Texas and Nebraska Music Teachers Convention Concert, Academy of the West in California, Fox Valley Spring Festival in Chicago, French Piano Institute at Ecole Normale de Paris in France. As an active chamber musician, she is a frequent guest artist of the Taipei Chamber Music Players which included a concert tour across Asia and China. She also toured with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Festival and appeared in the International Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan.

A Steinway Artist, Dr. Chang received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland. She currently serves as music faculty at Eastfield College in Dallas, and the collaborative pianist at Southern Methodist University. In addition, she maintains a private piano studio in Plano, where she resides with her husband Eugene and two lovely children Warren and Declan.


Ekaterina Chernaya Oh, piano

As an acclaimed and award-winning pianist, Dr. Ekaterina Chernaya Oh enjoys a distinguished career as a concert performer and pedagogue. After early study at the Saratov State Conservatory in Russia, she came to United States for further studies at the University of Wyoming and University of North Texas where she studied with the world- renowned pianist Vladimir Viardo ­ winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Artist-in-Residence at UNT.

Dr. Ekaterina Chernaya has delighted audiences in a wide array of venues. She has appeared at the Rachmaninov Hall Moscow Conservatory, Skryabin Museum, Saratov State Conservatory Hall. She has performed as a soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony and the Saratov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Russia. Dr. Ekaterina Chernaya Oh remains in demand not only as a soloist, but also in chamber music and vocal collaboration.

Her teaching experience includes: Austin College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of North Texas, University of Wyoming and Saratov State Conservatory in Russia. She has been a prizewinner in many competitions, including International Piano Competition - San Jose, California.

Dr. Ekaterina Chernaya Oh holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Saratov State Conservatory in Russia and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. Her major teachers were Vladimir Viardo, Harold Heiberg, Theresa Bogard, Anatoly Skripay.


Young-Hyun Cho

Young-Hyn Cho has performed numerous concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and appeared as a guest artist at many universities and institutions: Piano Texas International Academy and Festival; Seoul National University and Yonsei University in Korea; IUGTE Conference in Austria; Ruhr University at Bochum in Germany; Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca, Italy, Palazzo Biscari, Sicily, Italy; Centro de Ciencias de Banasque Pedro Pascual in Spain; World Piano Conference in Serbia; University-College Sedaya International in Malaysia; Goethe Institutes in Thailand; Hawaii University international Conference, Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Christian University, Levine School of Music, Bowling Green University, Louisiana State University, South Carolina State University, Missouri State University, Auburn University, University of Central Oklahoma, McNeese State University, Henderson State university, Oakland University, Meredith College, Humboldt State University, California State University, Texas State University, Southern Methodist University, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State University, and Baylor University.

She has performed as a featured soloist with the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eurasian Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Holland Symphony Orchestra, and New Philharmonic of Orchestra of Irving. Young-Hyun Cho won prizes from the Louisiana International Piano Competition, the Harrison Winter Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, the Korea Music Association Competition, the Seoul Arts Center Orchestral Festival Soloist Competition, the KBS Music Competition, and the JoongAng Times Music Competition. In addition, she received a Certificate of Artistic Achievement from Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and has been a frequent guest artist for music events affiliated with the competition.

She has adjudicated at the numerous music competitions, including Dallas Chamber Symphony Orchestra International Piano Competition, World Piano Conference International Piano Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Piano Competitions.

Young-Hyun Cho received her Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, the Master’s degree and the Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and the Bachelor’s degree from the Seoul National University. Her major teachers include Dr. Nelita True and Boris Slutsky. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano at University of Texas at Arlington.


Ron Clinton, piano

Dr. Ron Clinton currently serves as Executive Vice President for Instruction at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Before coming to NTCC as a faculty member in music and humanities, he performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and South America as a concert pianist, appearing as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Houston, Austin, Lubbock, and the Republic of South Korea. In 1983, he was awarded a Doctor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Piano Performance where he studied with William Race and performed in master classes with such notable artists as Augustin Anievas, Claude Frank, Anton Kuerti, and Leon Fleisher. He later went on to serve as artist in residence at the University of Mokwon in Taejon, South Korea.

During the 2000-2001 academic year, Dr. Clinton was invited to join the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Southern Chile in Valdivia, Chile where he taught piano, served as guest conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra Austral de Chile, and performed concerts throughout the country, including performances at the prestigious Frutillar International Music Festival in southern Chile. He was married to Betty Whitlock (a violinist and former MVM Board member) for 36 years until her recent passing and has two children, Amy Muldoon and Evan Clinton. 


Alice Derbyshire, recorder

Alice Derbyshire is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. With a music background in piano and viola, Alice began playing recorder at age 25. In 1979, she joined the Dallas-based medieval and renaissance music band, Earthly Pleasures, which performed at festivals and in concert for 15 years. She also studied voice at TWU in Denton, and has sung with the Denton Bach Society for several years.

Alice Derbyshire is retired and lives in Krum, Texas. She is president of the Dallas Recorder Society, and serves on the board of both the Texas Toot, and The American Recorder Society.



Mary Alice Druhan, clarinet

Dr. Mary Alice Druhan is serving as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University – Commerce after holding previous teaching positions at James Madison University (VA) and Louisiana State University.

She has enjoyed invitations to many prestigious events in the United States, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Italy, and Thailand in recitals and in conference performances for the International Clarinet Association (ICA) ClarinetFest [Atlanta, Kansas City, Austin, Lincoln, and Assisi, Italy], OU Clarinet Symposium, International Double Reed Society, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators’ Association, Louisiana Music Educators’ Association, International Harp Society, World Saxophone Congress, American Bandmasters’ Association, and the College Band Directors’ National Association.

Dr. Druhan currently performs with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Triforia Winds, and the Color of Sound chamber series. She has also performed as the solo Eb clarinetists with the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” as well as a Bb section member of the Ceremonial Unit and as a featured soloist with the concert band. She has worked with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A), Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Plano Symphony Orchestra, Natchez Opera, Shreveport Opera, Sorg - Whitewater Opera, and Ohio Light Opera. Her research and creative activities were recognized by Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 with the awarding of the University Faculty Research Award, Office of the Provost.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has recognized Dr. Druhan’s excellence in teaching with the “James ‘Jim’ Vornberg Award for Teaching” in 2011. Her lecture on mentoring the college music student through the applied studio was presented for the national conference of NACWPI in 2011. Dr. Druhan served on a teaching panel discussion for the International Clarinet Association in Los Angeles/Northridge. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Dallas Wind Symphony and her recent work includes teaching and performance video guides of the 2013-14 Texas UIL all-state etudes for Dr. Druhan is the founder and director of the Northeast Texas Clarinet Day, an event which has evolved into the Texas Clarinet Colloquium, recipient of the 2011-2012 Community Seed Grant award from the College Music Society and a nationally attended event which hosts hundreds of musicians annually.

Dr. Druhan has suffered and is in recovery from a serious playing-related injury which inspired her research into musician injury, prevention, and recovery. Her work in this area has been and will be a main feature in The Clarinet, journal for the International Clarinet Association. She is also involved in a number of lectures about injury prevention around the country and is collaborating internationally with health-care professionals, instrument technicians, and musicians on a number of related projects.

Mary Alice Druhan is a Backun Musical Services Performing Artist as well as an Artist with the World Clarinet Alliance. Her teachers include Diana Haskell, Timothy Wright, Steve Cohen, and Ronald de Kant. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Music Educator’s Association, American Chamber Society, American Federation of Musicians-Dallas, World Clarinet Alliance, NACWPI, and the College Music Society.


Gary Fair, clarinet

Clarinetist Gary Fair currently makes his home in San Antonio, Texas where he is active as a performer, clarinet teacher, clinician, and judge, sharing his years of experience with the next generation of clarinetists.
Gary completed his doctorate in clarinet performance (DMA) under Dr. Stephanie Zelnick at the University of Kansas. HIs Master's degree in clarinet performance was completed at the University of Northern Colorado, under professor Bil Jackson, and Gary completed his Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at California State University, Sacramento, where he studied with professor Deborah Pittman. Additional studies have been with Luis Baez (associate principal of San Francisco Symphony), Laurie Friedman-Adler (professor at Hofstra University), and Frank Renk (bass clarinetist for San Diego Symphony).

Gary has been fortunate enough to participate in master classes by Frank Cohen, Dmitry Ashkenazy, Scott Anderson, Dr. Frank Kowalsky, Raymond Santos, and Fred Ormand among others. As an educator Gary has taught all levels of music education. He taught elementary school band in Sacramento before teaching high school band in Merced, CA. He has also served as Director of Bands at Modesto Junior College, and Graduate Teaching Assistant at both University of Northern Colorado and the University of Kansas.

In the past, Gary has served as principal clarinet with Camellia Symphony, and has played with orchestras in Modesto (CA), Greeley (CO), Sacramento, Berkeley, and several other orchestras throughout Northern California. Currently, he spends more time performing chamber music and recitals with other musicians throughout South Texas and around the country.


Karen Ferrer, recorder

Karen Ferrer is an artist living in Arlington, Texas. She began piano lessons when she was seven and continued them for several years, until she was seventeen. She also played the flute in High School band. She started pl;aying the recorder in 1997 when her son saw a recorder in a mail-order catalogue and wanted one. She ordered one for herself and one for him. He soon got bored with it but Karen kept playing. She took lessons from Peggy Turner and has also participated in recorder workshops. She also arranges music for beginning recorder consort and for recorder trio. Karen Ferrer who plays regularly at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.


Melody Gamblin-Bullock, choral conductor

Melody Gamblin-Bullock, music professor at Brookhaven College, has been Director of Choral Studies at Brookhaven College since 2006. She also directs the 48-member Choral Society at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She has been Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Artistic Director of the Spirituals Renaissance Chorale, and Clinician (1999, 2000), speaking on “How to Prepare for UIL.”

She is a member of Texas Music Educators, Texas Tech University Research Consortium, and has performed with the American Chamber Choir, Dallas Chamber Ensemble, Dallas Vocal Arts Ensemble, Fort Worth Opera Chorus, Irving Civic Chorale, and Tyler Civic Chorale. She received her BA in Music Education from Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. and her Master of Music in Music Education from TCU in Fort Worth. She is presently working on her Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.


Amy Gustafson, piano

Yamaha Artist Amy E. Gustafson, has performed around the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia. She has won numerous awards, including second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition, second prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, and the Special Presentation Award and Alumni Presentation Award from Artists International. 

Recent performances include two tours in China, a ten-recital tour in the south of the United States, solo recitals in Spain, a solo recital at Trinity Church Wall Street’s Concerts at One, as well as solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Her major teachers include Julian Martin, Andre-Michel Schub, Miyoko Lotto, and Constance Keene.

Gustafson is a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music, the founding director of The Stony Brook International Piano Festival (, the Vice-Director of the Gijon International Piano Festival (, and the Vice-President of the Spanish American Music Council (


Heather Hawk, soprano

Soprano Heather Hawk, from Killeen, Texas, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Tarleton State University in 2005, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University in 2007, and, most recently, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas in 2013, where she studied voice with Richard Croft and Lynn Eustis. While at Baylor, she was named a Pi Kappa Lambda scholar, and also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Tarleton State in May 2008.

Heather’s recent musical honors include winning First Place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition in March 2012, as well as receiving the John Thomas Woman’s Voice Award given by the Women’s Chorus of Dallas in April of the same year. In November 2012, Heather won First Place in the TEXOMA National Association of Teachers in Singing “Singer of theYear” vocal competition. In 2013, she was a National Semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Vocal Competition. In May of 2015, Heather was named a national semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.

Recent operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina, Katisha in The Mikado, and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. Heather made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in April 2014 with the New York International Music Festival. Other notable solo appearances on the concert stage include Rutter’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Matthew Ho, violin

Born in Texas, Matthew Ho started his violin studies at age 4. He has since studied with his mother Hsing-Yi Lin, Andrew Gustus, Charles Krigbaum, and Jan Mark Sloman. Matthew has had the honor of winning competitions at the local and national levels. He has performed as a violinist at Carnegie Hall on four separate occasions. He won 1st place at the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2009, 2011, and 2013. His other honors include winning 1st place at the 2013 New York International Artists Association Violin Competition, a Gold medal at the 2013 American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) Festival, 1st place at the 2014 Duquesne Young Artist National Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 1st place at the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition in 2015. He was also featured in a special CD concert as part of the 2012 National Suzuki Association of the Americas conference. Matthew Ho made his violin solo debut with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra this past May as the grand prize winner of its concerto competition. Matthew Ho is a 7th grader at St Mark’s School of Texas.


Peter Isaacson, violin

Peter Isaacson is Associate Professor of violin at Hardin-Simmons University and Director of the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers have been Catherine Tait, Sally Thomas, Renato Bonicini, Stephen Clapp and Daniel Mason. During the course of his applied study, Mr. Isaacson performed in masterclasses with Peter Salaff and Jaime Laredo. His chamber studies have been with members of the Cleveland and Audubon String Quartets, Toby Appel, John Graham, André Emilianoff, Lewis Kaplan and Zvi Zeitlin. 

As an active performer, Mr. Isaacson has performed with the Abilene Chamber Players, Soundscapes, the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Craftsbury Chamber Players and the Absolute Ensemble in New York City. He has also performed on the Musica Viva concert series, the Focus Festival, Music at Marvin, San Angelo Museum concerts and the Wednesdays at One concert series in Alice Tully Hall. His performances have been broadcast on the Woodsongs Radio Hour and WRGV Public Radio in Georgetown, Kentucky. 

Mr. Isaacson has held faculty positions at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State), Cumberland College, Camp Encore/Coda, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Abilene Summer Music Festival where he serves as Artistic Director. As a member of the Niles String Quartet, he was a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was selected to participate in the Audubon String Quartet Seminar at Virginia Tech. Mr. Isaacson has collaborated in performance with members of the Audubon String Quartet, Meliora Winds, Phil Ying, and folk-singer Michael Jonathan. In 2010, Mr. Isaacson released a recording of chamber works by Josef Rheinberger for Centaur Records. During the summer of 2011, Mr. Isaacson performed concerts with the Abilene Chamber Players in London, England at the Space, St. Georges, Bloomsbury and Southwark Cathedral. Also in 2011, Mr. Isaacson pursued further study in pedagogy at the Royal College of Music in London through interviews with Professor Jan Repko along with observations of studio teaching and masterclasses. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Isaacson performed concerts with the Abilene Chamber Players in at the Sala Falck and the Conservatory in Milan, Italy. 


David Kemp, recorder

David Kemp is a retired music teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana, now living in Fort Worth. He composes and arranges music for recorder consorts, and is founder of Cowtown Recorder Society, a new chapter of the American Recorder Society.


Clara Kim, violin

Clara Kim was born in 2003 in Grand Rapids, MI. She started taking violin lessons when she was four and a half years old. She moved to Texas with her family in 2013. She previously studied violin with Mrs. Orit Beder and has studied with Mr. Jan Sloman since September 2014. She is in 6th grade and attends Pioneer Heritage Middle School. She is also a member of PHMS Orchestra.


Jooyoung Kim, piano

Pianist Jooyoung Kim, a native of South Korea, has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her dazzling technique, superb musicianship, and exquisite artistry. Since making her debut at the age of twelve as a soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kim has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Yonsei Sinfonietta, Yale University Symphony Orchestra, and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Jooyoung Kim maintains an active performance career in recitals with numerous singers and instrumentalists. She has given solo and chamber recitals on guest artist series in colleges and universities including Anderson University, Taylor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Ball State University, among others. Her upcoming and recent performances on a number of notable concert series include The Pianists of the World Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, UK, Music Mondays in Toronto, Canada, Les Dimanches  Musicaux Concert Series, Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France, Trinity Concert Series in Richmond, The Brick Church Concert Series in Deerfield, Newton Free Library Concert Series in Boston, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Lunchtime Classics Series on Classical 90.5 in Louisville, 2015 Kawai Invitation Recital Series in Seoul, Flute and Piano Duo Recital at 2015 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Afternoon Concert at Eskenazi Health, Piano Duo Concert sponsored by Steinway & Sons at Cosmos Hall, Piano Duet Concert at Severance Hospital, Solo Recital at Kumho Art Hall, Yonsei University Alumni Concert, Faculty Opening Concert at Benefic Chamber Music Camp, 40th Annual Festival of New Music, Faculty Concert at ARIA International Summer Academy, Young Artist Concert at Sejong Cultural Center, Yonsei Debut Recital,  Joint Piano Recital at Yamaha Hall, and numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Her performances have been broadcasted live on the radio stations in WFMT Chicago, WUOL Louisville, among others.

Ms. Kim has won top prizes in numerous national and international competitions including the Joong-Ang National Music Competition, the Yonsei Debut Award, the Kingsville International Piano Competition, the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, Ball State University Graduate Concerto Competition, the 12th International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the Taneev International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Russia where she took Third Prize, Prize of the Foreign Ensemble, and Prize of the Union Composers of Russia.

As an active recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, Ms. Kim has performed in various music festivals including Yong-Pyung Music Festival, Busan Piano Festival in Korea, International Piano Festival in Spain, Courchevel International Music Festival in France, Internationale Klavierakademie Murrhardt in Germany, and Aria International Summer Academy, where she has worked and collaborated with renowned concert pianists, musicians, and pedagogues.

Ms. Kim was also invited to perform at prestigious venues including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, New York University Casa Italian Zerilli Marimo, Falcone-Borsellino Hall in Italy, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Kaluga Philharmonic Hall in Russia as a prizewinner of many international competitions. Critic/Composer Jeffrey James wrote of her Carnegie Hall debut "Jooyoung Kim gave a forceful, poetic, sensitive and at times even playful reading of Liszt. Technically wonderful playing of a very high level."

Jooyoung Kim graduated from Yewon Arts School, Seoul Arts High School, and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, from which she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with top honors. Ms. Kim received Artist Diploma from the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany and then proceeded to earn a doctoral degree from Ball State University as a teaching assistant and a recipient of full scholarship. During her doctoral study, Ms. Kim was awarded the Graduate Student Recognition Award for every year and, by a vote of the faculty, the Outstanding Graduate Student for the 2008-2009 school year. Fittingly, she was awarded the ASPIRE Creative Art Grant in 2007 and 2009.

Currently, Dr. Jooyoung Kim serves as Adjunct Piano Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.


Daniel Kelly, trumpet

Daniel Kelly, a native of Charleston, SC, joined Texas A&M University-Commerce in the fall of 2010 after serving on the faculty of Indiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Dallas Wind Symphony and has performed with the Plano Symphony, Northeast Texas Symphony, Mobile Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Gulf Coast Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Terre Haute Symphony and Brass Quintet, Philharmonia à Vent, Columbus Brass, The Prairie Ensemble, Champaign-Urbana (IL) Symphony and Brass Quintet, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH), Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra and the Festival of Trumpets at International Trumpet Guild conferences in New York and Evansville, IN.

Dr. Kelly was a featured presenter at the 2006 ITG Conference in Glassboro (NJ) and has presented solo recitals throughout the South and the Midwest. He is also a founding member of The Ambassador Brass Quintet, which has given concerts and workshops in the US, Thailand and China. More recently Dr. Kelly has presented recitals and master classes at the Campina Grande International Music Festival (Brazil) and performed at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Dr. Kelly holds a BS in trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a MM and DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers include Michael Ewald, Ronnie Romm, Ray Sasaki, and Richard Steffen.

He has been designated a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) by the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the College Music Society, the International Trumpet Guild, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Kelly is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.


David Kemp, recorder

David Kemp is a long time music educator holding a B.A. in Music, an M.M. in Vocal Performance, and a M.F.A. in Drama and communications. 40 years of teaching in elementary education and choral directing in various church settings has been fulfilling and rewarding. In retirement David spends his days composing and arranging for various recorder combinations and playing recorders with anyone who will sit still long enough. With the assistance of several friends David has organized the Cowtown Recorder Society where cowboy attire is purely optional.


Jieun Lee, piano

Jieun Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she began piano studies at age six. She made her orchestra debut at the age of 14 with Gangdong Symphony. She won the first prize of the Korea Nazarene University piano competiton and Isabel Scionti competition. She holds her bachelor's degree from Chugye University for the Arts with honor scholarship for outstanding academic performance. In 2015, she received her master's degree from the University of North Texas. She was a pianist in UNT Symphonic Band in 2014-15 and plays in UNT Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra in 2015-16. Ms. Lee is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at the UNT with Gustavo Romero.


Hanhan Li, piano

Hanhan Li is a current doctoral student of music performance in UNT, is studying piano with virtuoso pianist, Gustavo Romero. Hanhan has played piano from her 4 years old, and she has been interested in presenting various style of piano music. She has won prizes in the 14th Asian Piano Open Competition, Guangzhou Piano Open Competition, Asia-Pacific Bach and Liszt Piano Performance Contest, and Cross-Strait Youth Piano Open Competition. And she had recitals in Shenzhen Concert hall in China, Denton downtown Square, CMIT Music Institute of Texas in Carrolton, and C.C.Young Senior Center in Dallas in recent years.


Logan/Walters Harp Duo

The Logan/Walters Harp Duo comprised of Laura Logan Brandenburg and Jeff Walters is an exciting new artistic collaboration specializing in original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps. The performance pieces chosen include works not often heard on the harp, ranging in style from classical to jazz to bluegrass. The duo delivers a unique blend of eloquent lyricism, technical mastery, imaginative interpretation, and witty, insightful commentary. Performances of this novel and innovative duo include The Fine Arts Chamber Players Bancroft Family Concerts at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Corsicana Palace Theater Performance Series, The Texas Christian University School of Music Faculty Recital Series, and the Lenten Recital Series at St. Alban's. The duo is honored to be invited to perform for a joint Mu Phi Epsilon/Dallas Harp Society recital as part of the Dallas Public Library Concert Series, and is looking forward to a performance this summer at the 2016 American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jeffery Ou, piano

Taiwanese-American pianist, conductor and former television personality Jeffery Ou (b. 1991) is a fast-rising artist in his generation and today's concert circuit. At just 23, he has nevertheless established a rich and diverse musical upbringing that distinguishes himself from many of today's forthcoming young artists.
A previously avid competitor throughout his teenage years, Ou performed to great acclaim in virtually countless events, including, to name a few: 2004 North Texas Youth Music Competition (First Prize and Overall Grand Prize Winner); 2006 Collin County Young Artist Competition (Third Prize); 2006 Northeast Texas Piano Competition (Second Prize overall); three-time prizewinner in the Dallas Symphonic Festival (2006-2008); two-time prizewinner in the Baylor-Waco Piano Competition (2006, 2008). He was a Semifinalist in the 2007 Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition, 2009 Lennox International Young Artist Competition, and 2009 Juanita Miller State Concerto Competition. He was also a Finalist in the 2009 Vernell Gregg (national) Young Artist Competition and the 2009 Fort Worth Symphony Young Artist Competition. In 2014, Ou was named the runner-up for the Isabel Scionti Piano Performance Scholarship Fund, an annual award given to one pianist each from the University of North Texas and Texas Women's University in Denton.

Ou is perhaps best known for his brief television career when, at the age of 18, he achieved national acclaim on season 4 of NBC's summer reality hit, "America's Got Talent." He would advance to the Top 48 Quarterfinals and ultimately into the Top 20 Semifinals, with his performances broadcast live to thousands around the US weekly, and to studio audiences which included Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and Nick Cannon. This feat, stemming from an initial pool of tens of thousands of individuals auditioning across the nation (including record-breaking numbers in Houston, TX where Ou auditioned), launched the young pianist into a period of hometown celebrity for the latter half of 2009. In October of that year, then-mayor of the City of Carrollton, Ronald Branson, formally established October 18th as "Jeffery Ou Day." In addition, Ou's post-AGT homecoming was honored by then-mayor of the City of Balch Springs, Carrie Gordon, who presented him with the prestigious Key to the City as well as the role of Grand Marshal in the city's annual Christmas parade. Ou was also invited to present a public homecoming concert at DFW Piano Gallery in Dallas, in which he chronicled his performances on America's Got Talent and was presented with a crystal award to commemorate his experiences. Further honors included an invitation to appear on DIFFA 2010, hosted by Queen Latifah. Throughout late 2009, Ou was a media sensation, pursued and documented by such news agencies as Carrollton Leader, Dallas Chinese Times, Dallas Morning News, NBC, Neighborsgo, and the University of North Texas News Service.

Jeffery Ou is a recent graduate of the renowned University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas, where he received the Master of Music (M.M.) Degree in Piano Performance, studying with acclaimed Mexican-American concert pianist, Gustavo Romero. He previously received his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance in August 2013 under Dr. Steven Harlos, Chair of the Division of Keyboard Studies at UNT. At the time of his initial enrollment in the Fall of 2009, Ou was the only freshman and one of just three undergraduate piano performance majors in the College of Music. During his undergraduate years, Ou was a 4-year member of the university's coveted and selective Emerald Eagle Scholars Program, an endeavor aimed at providing assistance to academically exceptional but financially struggling students whom are also Texas residents. In December 2009, he was recognized by the EESP as a Distinguished Scholar. From 2009-2011, he was a tenor and featured soloist in the university's Mens' Chorus. In addition to piano, Ou also studied harpsichord with Bradley Bennight and Petra Somlai, and in May 2015 completed a minor in Orchestral Conducting under Maestro Clay Couturiaux, Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies at UNT and director of the Concert Orchestra. From 2010-2013, Ou served as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Council (undergraduate representative for keyboard studies division), a role he reprised from 2013-2015 in his graduate studies. In May 2014, Ou was inducted as a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Other professional affiliations include the Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Chi National College Scholarship Honor Society.

In the summer of 2014, Ou successfully auditioned for, and was invited to participate in, the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS). This intensive six-week summer workshop, founded in 1969 and held annually in the city of Graz, Austria since 1971, attracts the most promising young pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists from around the world to engage in career-building essentials through masterclasses, collaborative performances, and artistic training with respected European and American pedagogues. In addition, AIMS also offers qualified participants the opportunity to audition for agents/presenters who come to Graz in search of talent, and is regarded as a leading summer program of its kind in Europe. During his time at AIMS, Ou received intensive training in collaborative piano under Dr. Charlene Harb and vocal coaching under Patricia Amato. He made his European performance debut in July 2014, presenting works by George Gershwin, Gian Carlo Menotti and Kurt Weill in the "American Opera Classics" concert at the Graz Casineum. Additionally, he was a featured performer in the "AIMS Artists in Recital" series and toured extensively throughout Austria, to cities including Graz, Hallstatt, Salzburg and Vienna.

Upcoming engagements for the 2015-2016 season include performances with the Shepton High School Orchestra, under Joshua Thompson (with whom Ou made his soloist debut in October 2011) in Plano, TX; a return performance in the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series in Dallas, Texas, and performances with UNT's newly-assembled North Texas Collaborative Pianists (NTCP). In 2016, to commemorate Mozart's 260th anniversary, Ou will undertake an ambitious, year-long project that traverses the oeuvre of this great and beloved composer. All 19 of Mozart's complete sonatas for solo piano will be presented, in 6 recitals, within 12 months at venues across North Texas. The project is slated to begin in November 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Over the years, Ou has performed in masterclasses for such diverse artists as David Lomascola, Juyeon Kang, Bart van Oort and Jeaneane Dowis. His past principal teachers include Wells Yi Wu (pupil of Aldo Antognazzi and Joaquin Achucarro) and Daredjan "Baya" Kakouberi (pupil of Sergei Dorenski and Vladimir Krainev). At UNT, he has also received coaching from violinist Szemoke Jobbagy, and pianists Imre Patkai and Liudmila Georgievskaya. He is in great demand locally as a collaborative musician and accompanist, and has given world premieres of works by 4 UNT students. In the United States, his performances have taken him to venues across Texas, California, Louisiana, Nevada and Tennessee. In April 2014, Ou became a United States citizen.


David Podeschi, recorder

David Podeschi is a retired retail executive who is active in promoting the recorder, its community, and its music. He currently serves as President of the American Recorder Society, President of the Texas Toot Early Music Workshop, and is Treasurer of the Dallas Recorder Society.


Zachary Ridgway, piano

Since making his San Antonio debut in January of 2011 playing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Incarnate Word Orchestra, Zachary Ridgway has rapidly distinguished himself as one of the area’s most active performers. Performances have included concertos with orchestra, many concerts of chamber music, a lecture-recital on the music of Olivier Messiaen, a duo recital, a recital of new music, and many more. Zachary is also among the founders and organizers of the annual Mozart Festival Texas hosted at the University of the Incarnate Word. Zachary has been on faculty at UIW, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Trinity University. He is beginning a doctorate in piano performance at University of Texas in Austin.


Rio Brazos Ensemble

Fort Worth based Rio Brazos Ensemble was formed in 2004, when Peggy Turner, Karen Ferrer, and Alice Derbyshire came together to play on a series of concerts with the Dutch mandolin orchestra ONI, on tour in Texas. The collaboration was successful and after the orchestra’s departure the trio formalized to continue playing for Fort Worth schools, churches, and seasonal events. The group has also performed six concerts on two tours to the Netherlands, in 2006 and 2013. The Rio Brazos Ensemble showcases music from the traditional recorder repertoire, as well as world folk music and contemporary works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Ensemble members are Peggy Turner, Karen Ferrer, Alice Derbyshire and David Kemp.


Laura Salfen, flute

Flutist Laura Salfen is an active performer and teacher based in the San Antonio area. Originally from Gahanna, Ohio, Laura holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Texas. Her teachers include Mary Karen Clardy, Elizabeth McNutt, Federica Lotti, Katherine Borst Jones, and Ann Stimson.

Laura is the winner of the 2005 Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Artist Competition and the 2006 Ohio State University Student Concerto Competition. She has served as an officer in the Central Ohio Flute Association and as Clinicians Coordinator for the Texas Flute Society Annual Flute Festival. Laura is an active freelance musician, has performed recitals in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, and works frequently with the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA).

Laura is currently an adjunct professor at St. Philip’s College and teaches for the Extended Academic Studies department at the University of the Incarnate Word, teaching music courses for the UIW Prep and the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP). She is also an active member of the soprano section in the Parish Choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio and participated in a weeklong choral residency at Gloucester Cathedral in England in July 2014. She enjoys organic gardening, exploring libraries, and spending her free time with her husband and son.


Violin Students of Jan Sloman

Jan Mark Sloman served as associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and is now retired. A former University Scholar and Naumburg Grant recipient at Princeton University, Mr. Sloman was accepted without audition at the Curtis Institute of Music. He performed as concertmaster of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, with conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giullini, and has performed as guest concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, orchestras in Lugano and Melbourne, and the Pittsburgh Symphony at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. A noted teacher, Sloman was named Texas Music Teacher Association's Music Teacher of the Year in 2004. The competitive success of his students has brought him not only national recognition but also recent invitations to teach in Europe and China. 

He will present some of his outstanding students: Elizabeth Boyson, Nicholas Cerny, Clara Kim and Matthew Ho.


HyeYoung Song, piano

Pianist Hyeyoung Song, First Prize winner of The Janice K. Hodges Piano Competition, is an active performer who has concertized extensively throughout the United States and Korea, noted for her warm and beautiful tone, tireless energy and great musical temperament.

Song won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition, and Ewha University Concerto Competition. She has also received the Teaching Excellence Award from University of Texas at Austin.

Her most recent performances included recitals at Steinway Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, LBJ Fine Arts Auditorium, First State Bank Performing Art Center, Margo Jones Performance Hall, Caldwell-Carvey Hall, 3.15 National Performing Arts Center and Alkek Fine Arts Center Theatre. Song has been also invited to present recitals and master classes in many universities and music festivals such as Texas Women’s University, Central Texas College, North Texas College and Southwestern University.

Currently, Song is serving as Artist in Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.


Leslie Spotz, piano

Leslie Spotz, Associate Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, enjoys an international performing career that spans four continents and has included solo performances in Moscow at Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia, her highly acclaimed tours of Germany, concerts in Italy at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute, solo recitals in Taiwan and Brazil, and her performance at the inaugural opening of Philadelphia’s magnificent performance venue, the Kimmel Center. She returned to Italy in June 2013 for performances at the Conservatorio di Milano and the Ambrosianeum Foundation. Also in June 2013 she performed in Buenes Aires, Argentina with soprano Marika Kyriakos and returned to London in May 2011. February 2010 included an all-Chopin Bicentennial recital in New York City at the Tenri Cultural Institute. December 2010 she returned to Germany in a solo recital at the Heilig–Kreuz–Kirche in Berlin. Hailed by the prestigious Süddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, Spotz’ Beethoven was described thus: “Stripped of veneer, revealing all the edges and corners, Spotz earnestly confronted Beethoven’s tempi and dynamic indications, leaving mediocrity and shallow beauty behind and bringing out truth. In all, a concert of the highest critical standard, further proof of the high carat quality of this series.” Spotz has performed extensively throughout the U.S. from coast to coast. Concert highlights include her 2007 performance at Tarleton as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, performances of twenty Beethoven Sonatas at Rutgers University and her recitals for the Bach Festival of Philadelphia.

Receiving a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, Spotz studied for five years with the legendary, Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She completed her doctorate at Rutgers University in 2002. Her appearances as soloist include the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, South Jersey Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Kinhaven Symphony in Vermont, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Old York Road Symphony in Abington, PA, and the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas. March 2013 she was soloist with the University of Texas – San Antonio Symphony.

Spotz has become an advocate for women musicians through her performances, collaborating with flutist Adeline Tomasone on the critically acclaimed CD Fantasias, and women composers are featured on her solo CD, issued by Leonore Records in 1999. She has collaborated with violinists: Maria Bachmann, Joseph Genualdi, and Mark Steinberg; flutist Laurel Zucker; David Wetherill, former co-principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Frank Kaderabek, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Joseph Depasquale, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among the notable international singers for whom Spotz has accompanied are sopranos Amanda Squitieri, Julianne Baird, Gwendolyn Bradley, Judith Lovat and Donna Connolly, and tenors Martin Dillon and Robert Guarino. She regularly performs as a member of the Abilene Chamber Players. According to the The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Miss Spotz commands the resonant sound and the elegant gesture… playing of great color, boldness, and suavity… most engaging…".


Jonathan Tsay, piano

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Jonathan started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Carol Leone, Jonathan earned a Bachelors of Music with Honors at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). While at SMU, he was the recipient of the van Katwijk Award, the Roy and Sue Johnson Award, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Award. Jonathan entered l’Université de Montréal in 2005 as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and through an accelerated program received his doctorate in 2009.

Jonathan has participated in the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Le Centre d’arts Orford in Quebec, and the Banff International Keyboard Festival. Through these institutes Jonathan has received instruction from some of the premier musicians from around the world, including Joaquín Achúcarro, Boris Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Boris Petrushansky, Abbey Simon, Arnold Steinhardt, and Tamas Ungar.

Jonathan has remained active as a chamber musician; of an appearance in a concert with violinist Stirling Trent, Scott Cantrell (The Dallas Morning News) writes: “Their impeccable performance... was the afternoon’s highlight.” Jonathan has collaborated with some of the world's most recognized musicians such as Alessandra Marc, Chee-Yun, Nathan Olson (Co-Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic). He has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.

First prize in the 4th annual Concours de musique de Repentigny (2006), Jonathan made his Canadian solo debut during the following concert season. He was a top prizewinner in the collegiate division of the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award, and was also a top prizewinner in both solo and concerto divisions of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) piano competitions. He is also the winner of the South Central division of the 2004-2005 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano competition and was a national finalist. Recent and upcoming performances with Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change and the Avant Chamber Ballet.

Jonathan’s other musical backgrounds include violin studies with Irene Lau, percussion studies with Joey Carter, composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting lessons with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips. Jonathan served as pianist, violinist, violist, and percussionist for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, where he also won the Young Artists’ Award.

Jonathan has composed scores to multiple documentaries; most recently he wrote music for Parker Brown’s exploration into college smoking entitled DRAG, which can be found on internet podcasts and public broadcasts throughout the US. Jonathan's recordings can be found in Brahms - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, published by Amadeus Press and available on A CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide May 2009.

Jonathan also participated in various extra-curricular activities including football, track-and-field, and Teen Court. He was a three-time winner of the Eagle Award, given out yearly to the top competitor in the Traditional Karate League. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing football, maintaining his website (, and watching cartoons. His long-term goals include purchasing a small island at the US/Canadian border with his close friends and building a summer haven there.

Jonathan currently is the Artistic Director of ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas.

Caen Thomason-Redus, flute

Whether it is a recital of virtuoso baroque sonatas, a chamber concert of French impressionism or an entire program of unaccompanied contemporary African American music, Caen Thomason-Redus makes each performance a unique, engaging experience. Holding several principal flute positions, performing for two years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as their Minority Fellow, and teaching at universities such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Evansville (IN), he enjoys a diverse career of teaching, performing and recording.

Caen has had the privilege of working with some of today’s great composers including Philip Glass, Gunther Schuller, Chinary Ung, Mario Davidovsky, Barbara Kolb, David Maslanka and Robert Beaser, and recently premiered works by Shawn Okpebholo and Carlos Rafael Rivera. He recorded The Flute Collection and the Moyse Collection of Flute Classics, a total of five recordings and anthologies published by G. Schirmer, and later this year will be recording two albums of Latin and contemporary music for flute and guitar.

He is professionally active with the National Flute Association, Early Music Now, the Center for Black Music Research, and is a Muramatsu Artist. Caen earned performance degrees from Rice University and the University of Redlands (CA) and did additional studies at the University of Michigan and the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria. His primary instructors were Leone Buyse, Candice Palmberg and Yaada Weber. He is married to hornist Kristi Crago and they enjoy spending lots of time with their three young children.


Peggy Turner, recorder

Peggy Turner grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin and received a BA-Music Degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Peggy has been performing in various early music ensembles since 1970. In 1978 she became interested in Celtic music and studied Celtic Flute with Noel Rice in Chicago. She performed with two separate Celtic bands before she and her husband helped form the quartet Threadneedle Street, in 1992. The couple created and performed educational music programs for children all over the United States until 2001, when Peggy took a full time job as a music teacher. She has continued to perform through the years both as a member of her Celtic Band and as a free-lance musician. Peggy teaches music at Oakhurst Elementary School in Fort Worth, and is creator of Super Recorder Saturday - a day-long event for Fort Worth ISD recorder students.


Libby Vanatta, piano

Libby Vanatta, a native of Middle Tennessee, joined the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 as Instructor of piano. She currently teaches class piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and private piano lessons as well as coordinating accompanying serves for the department. An active accompanist in Commerce, Ms. Vanatta has also performed throughout the country at conferences, competitions, and in guest artist recitals.

Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Vanatta formed Doppio Movimento in 2011 with her Texas A&M University-Commerce colleague, Dr. Luis Sanchez. The duo gives regular performances and presentations including a presentation at the 2013 Texas Music Teachers Association conference on how to use piano duets to teach other musicianship skills in regular piano lessons.

Prior to her appointment at Texas A&M-Commerce, Ms. Vanatta taught at The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS), Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN), and Millikin University (Decatur, IL). Her teaching responsibilities have included music theory classes, class piano, and applied lessons. In addition to teaching and accompanying, she also served as coordinator of graduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi and coordinator of class piano at Millikin University. Through the various university community outreach programs, Ms. Vanatta has taught Musikgarten classes, private piano lessons, theory/musicianship classes for kids, and beginning group classes for all ages. For eight years, she spent her summers working for Illinois Summer Youth Music camps at the University of Illinois, teaching theory classes, class piano, and music listening classes, and as piano camp instructor. For five of the ten years she spent teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program at the University of Illinois, she served as coordinator of the program, managing its day-to-day activities.

Designated a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association, Ms. Vanatta continues to be active in the organization as advisor to the TAMU-C Collegiate Chapter and Treasurer for Hunt County MTA. While in Mississippi, she served on the Mississippi Music Teachers Association board as Certification Chair. She is also a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity where she serves as Director for the Graduate Performance Awards. Ms. Vanatta has served as adjudicator for many events including state solo and ensemble competitions, ensemble festivals, sonata/sonatina festivals, Piano Guild auditions, NFMC festivals, and MTNA state syllabus events. She served as examiner during the summer of 2013 for the International Piano Performance Examination Committee in Taiwan. In addition to administering piano examinations all over Taiwan, Ms. Vanatta also participated in a charity concert given in Tainan.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in piano performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Julee Kim Walker, flute

Flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to her appointment, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. Julee received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. Walker has served on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society and the Oklahoma Flute Society, and is the Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
As a versatile chamber musician, she has performed and recorded with the jazz chamber group, Evan Weiss Project, and with the rock band Oso Closo. Julee has also performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony under Eugene Corporon, where she can be heard on the Klavier Wind Project, GIA WindWorks and the “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” series from 2005-2009. She appeared as soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conventions.

Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for three seasons, where she will return this summer, and has performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France. In the summer of 2013, she served on the faculty of the CICA International Summer Music Festival in Dallas, TX and traveled to South America to work with The Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In November 2014, she was featured soloist with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble, performing Joel Puckett’s “The Shadow of Sirius” and Eugene Damare’s “Cleopatra Polka”. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke and Carol Wincenc.

Dr. Walker currently plays piccolo in the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and South Arkansas Symphony, and has also performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony and with Lyric Stage (Irving, TX). Dr. Walker has been runner-up for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Band piccolo audition, and a finalist at the U.S. Army Field Band flute audition. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, September Payne, Helen Blackburn, and Elizabeth McNutt. Please visit for more information.


Jeff Walters, harp

Jeff Walters studied harp with Professor Gayle Barrington at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a degree in Music Theory; he was a member of the Longhorn Band, the UT Orchestra, and the UT Harp Ensemble. Encountering a need for more selections for the ensemble to play, he began arranging and transcribing music for multiple harps. The group began performing many of his works in concert; the Corpus Christi Caller-Times remarked of a UT Harp Ensemble tour performance, “Jeff Walters’ arrangements were bright and exuberant, with pleasing witty touches.” As a member of the UT Orchestra he was featured in the Student Concerto Competition program, performing the Debussy Danses; he also contracted regularly with the Abilene Symphony, the Laredo Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Austin Symphony.
At UT Jeff was first exposed to "pop harp" by hearing a classic recording of Mimi Allen and immediately became interested in performing and arranging in that genre. He performed extensively at Austin-area hotels, restaurants and private functions, including the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Headliners Club, the University Club, and the Driskill Hotel. This interest in ‘non-classical’ harp led him to begin adapting jazz standards to the harp, which he performed several nights a week at the downtown Omni Hotel. He was the first-place Grand Prize winner in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz Harp Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, where his novel jazz adaptations were well received. The formation of the jazz trio Harp Spectrum followed and the group performed regularly at the Stouffer Hotel and at functions around Austin. After graduation he spent time in California where he was the Lounge Harpist at the Warehouse Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California; there he studied with renowned pop harpist DeWayne Fulton. In addition, he has studied with jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, former touring harpist and original inspiration Mimi Allen, and former Chicago Symphony harpist Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in beautiful Camden, Maine.

Jeff has released two recordings, HarpJJJazz, with selections featuring his jazz duo, trio and quartet, and Sanctuary Harp, an inspirational CD featuring several original compositions. Jeff’s arranging talents are lately being put to use again with the formation of the Logan/Walters Harp Duo, the repertoire of which features his new arrangements and transcriptions for two harps.


Elizabeth Wei, violin

Elizabeth Wei began violin studies at the age of seven. She has since studied with Charles Krigbaum, and now with Jan Sloman. She has been in Great Dallas Young Orchestra programs since age of ten. She won Suzuki scholarships and selected to perform at 2014 Suzuki associations of Americas Biennial conference. Recently She was the first place winner on Junior Sonata division at the 2016 Dallas Symphonic Festival. She love reading, travel, Math and Harry Potter.


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