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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; Kristin Isaacson, cello; Leslie Spotz, piano; Peter Neubert, viola

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.


Ben Allred, piano

While completing both the Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance and the Graduate Artist Certificate at the University of North Texas, Ben Allred has pursued an eclectic musical career. He currently holds the title of Assistant Chorus Master for the Dallas Opera. Mr. Allred is a very active solo pianist, collaborator, vocal coach, teacher, jazz improviser, and transcriber, and has performed with numerous groups such as the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, the UNT Center for Chamber Studies, the UNT Nova Ensemble, the Vienna Piano Academy, the UNT Orchestra as a concerto competition winner, the American Repertory Ensemble, the UT Austin New Music Ensemble, The Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, and the Lewisville Lake International Chamber series.

He has premiered his own solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony. Ben has received formal training from several renowned teachers, including Pamela Mia Paul, Gregory Allen, Leon Fleischer, John Perry, Paul Badura-Skoda, Nelita True, Krassimira Jordan, Vladimir Viardo, Anton Nel, Dan Welcher, Christoph Hammer, Carol Leone, Yves Henry, Frank Heneghan, Timothy Lovelace, Jeffrey Hellmer, and David Renner.

Mr. Allred has held many scholarships and teaching assistantships, and currently holds the Eastman Piano Scholarship at the University of North Texas. While a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, Ben studied piano pedagogy under Martha Hilley and Sophia Gilmson. In 2010, Mr. Allred was invited to China, along with members of the UNT music faculty and DMA students, to serve as guest faculty at the Southern Chinese University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. The purpose was to build and promote the growth of a chamber music program. Other positions that Ben have held include an Artist in Residence at St. Charles Community College, Teaching Fellow for the UNT Nova Ensemble, and adjunct faculty instructor at North Texas Community College.


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.



Elise Belk, oboe

Oboist Elise Belk received her Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Linda Strommen. In 2004, she was awarded a Master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with the former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra, John Mack. Among the many ensembles throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania with whom she performs are the Warren Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the University Circle Wind Ensemble, with whom she has been a featured soloist. Elise teaches at Texas Wesleyan University.


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.


Nicholas Cerny, violin

Nicholas Cerny, 14, was born in California and moved to Dallas seven years ago. He is currently second chair of the Philharmonic Orchestra in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. He attends St. Mark’s School of Texas, and was recently chosen as a member of the TPSMEA All-State Orchestra. Last year, he was also concertmaster of TMEA All-Region orchestra. Nicholas received second place in the DMTA 2017 Symphonic Festival Sonata/Piece division. He is also a member of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Nicholas plays on his grandmother’s 1860 Mittenwald violin.


Cezanne Quartet

Formed in 2014, the Cézanne Quartet is the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. They have appeared in masterclasses with the Escher Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, and the American String Quartet and have competed in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition where they received Second Place Ensemble in the Senior Division. The group has performed with the Bridge the Gap Chamber Series, the Meadows Virtuosi Players, the Texas Christian University CelloFest, the Open Classical Artist Series, and Ensemble 75. They have collaborated with artists such as Andres Diaz, Matt Albert, and the Altius Quartet. Future collaborations include performances with the Escher Quartet, violinist Emanuel Borok, and pianists Alessio Bax and Liudmila Georgievskaya. The quartet is named after the French impressionist painter Paul Cézanne because the first work the group studied together was the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.

Members are Eleanor Dunbar, violin; Lauren Densinger, violin; Steven Juarez, viola; and Elizabeth White, cello.


Young-Hyun Cho, piano

Young-Hyun Cho currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; Masters degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University; and Bachelors degree from Seoul National University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Nelita True and Boris Slutsky.

Young-Hyun Cho has given numerous piano concerts internationally. The Jülicher Zeitung praised her performance as “Hohe Kunst auf den Tasten” (High Art on the Keys), “Hoch anspruchsvolles Repertoire vorgetragen in selten zu horender Perfektion” (A highly challenging repertoire presented with a rare to hear perfection).

Young-Hyun Cho has garnered many awards and accolades in music competitions, including Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition, Harrison Winter Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Korea Musicians Association Competition, Seoul Arts Center Orchestral Festival Soloist Competition, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Music Competition, and JoongAng Times Music Competition.

Young-Hyun Cho has performed as a featured soloist with orchestras of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony (twice), Seoul National Symphony, Korean Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, Eurasian Philharmonic, International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Eastman Symphony, New Philharmonic Irving, and University of Texas at Arlington.

She has performed and given master classes at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, Sejong Grand Hall, Seoul National University and Yonsei University in Korea; Ruhr University at Bochum, Regensburg University, Bochum synagogue and Schlosskapell in Jülich, Germany; Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca and Palazzo Biscari in Sicily, Italy; Centro de Ciencias de Banasque Pedro Pascual in Spain; World Piano Conference in Serbia; IUGTE International Conference in Austria; University-College Sedaya International in Malaysia; Goethe Institutes in Thailand and Korea; Hawaii University International Conference, Texas Music Teachers Association, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival; California State University at Long Beach, Humboldt State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Levine School of Music, North Carolina State University, South Carolina State University, Bowling Green University, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, Missouri State University, Auburn University, University of Central Oklahoma, McNeese State University, Henderson State University, Oakland University, Briar Cliff University, Northwestern College, Morningside College, Meredith College, Texas State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State University and Baylor University.

Young-Hyun Cho has also performed numerous chamber music concerts across the country. She has worked with many instrumentalists on wide range of chamber music repertoire, especially instrumental duo sonatas and trios.

She has performed 20th and 21st century pieces also. She has given lecture-recitals on Olivier Messiaen’s works internationally and performed contemporary composers’ works at the 2017 Society of Composers Inc.

She has adjudicated at numerous music competitions, including Dallas Chamber Symphony Orchestra International Piano Competition and MTNA Music Competitions (i.e. Southern Division). She is serving as an appointed juror for the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition.


Charles Coltman, clarinet

Charles Coltman is Professor of woodwinds and is head of the Music Business program at Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Coltman completed the D.M.A. degree in clarinet at the University of North Texas where he was a student of James Gillespie. He has a M.M. in Woodwinds and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance also from The University of North Texas. He did post-graduate study on clarinet at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Peter Hadcock. His teachers include Lee Gibson, John Scott, Andy Crisanti, James Riggs, and Eric Nestler.

Dr. Coltman has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, and the Casa Manana Orchestra. He has been a member of the Dallas Summer Musicals Orchestra for over twenty years and has performed for Phantom of the Opera, Will Rogers Follies, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Showboat, and Wicked, among others. He has toured with national tours of Evita and La Cage aux folles. He is a former member of the Texas Saxophone Quartet which reached the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City. He is currently assistant principal clarinet of the Abilene Philharmonic and continues to freelance in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Dr. Coltman has played for artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Ben Vereen, Hal Linden, Carol Lawrence, and Barry Manilow. He recently took over the position of Director of the Abilene Chamber Players, a resident ensemble at Harden-Simmons University comprised of HSU faculty and local guest artists. The Chamber Players perform three concerts a year with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st century music. He has taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Dallas Baptist University, Cedar Valley Community College, Mountain View Community College, and the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Clarinet Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in Clarinet Performance from The North Texas State University, his Master's degree in Woodwinds from The North Texas State University, and his Doctorate in Clarinet Performance from The North Texas State University in 2002.


Lauren Densinger, violin

Lauren Densinger is the second violinist of the Cezanne Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at Southern Methodist University and recipients of the Peak Scholarship. Before her recent appointment with Cezanne, she was completing a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach. During her time at New World, Lauren was awarded frequent opportunities as a principal player in the orchestra, and has worked with countless renowned conductors and soloists, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vanska, Matthias Pintscher, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Ax and Anne Sophie-Mutter. She has also worked with mainstream artists such as singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby, and accredited actor, Malcolm McDowell.

Lauren was also an active solo performer while at New World, most notably in her second season when she performed the solo violin part of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with Jeannette Sorrell, founder of Cleveland’s early music ensemble, Apollo’s Fire. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Lauren completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance studying with Charles Castleman. During her time at Eastman, she was a frequent concertmaster and principal of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman Opera Orchestra. She was also an active participant in the Eastman Collegium ensemble and performed regularly as a baroque violinist at Christ Church of Rochester as a permanent baroque consort member.

Lauren has spent her summers at music festivals such as AIMS Graz, Colorado College Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She also served as Assistant Dean at the Castleman Quartet Program for three summers, where she gained experience in the administrative side of music making. Most recently, she attended the Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the privilege of working with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, their orchestra director, Andris Nelsons, as well as performing in and leading numerous high level chamber groups and ensembles.


Duo Soleo

The Duo Soleo is made up of Jooin Lee, violin and Minna Han, piano.


Eleanor Dunbar, violin

Violinist Eleanor Dunbar has already begun to establish herself as a young artist. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, attending Southern Methodist University, studying under Professor Emanuel Borok, former concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, where she is earning her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. Eleanor is a recipient of the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. She grew up in Southern California, where she started her musical education at the age of three. She studied with Gail Gerding Mellert before moving to Dallas. At 14, she received grand prize at the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards in California. At 16, she won the Young Artists Competition also in California, for which she was awarded a performance at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Also at 16, she was accepted as a Young Artists Guild member and gave various solo recitals around California. Eleanor had her first solo debut at age 11, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Asia America Youth Orchestra under Maestro David Benoit. She continued to solo with various orchestras following that. Some standouts include performing the Tchaikovksy Violin Concerto, also conducted by Maestro David Benoit, but this time with the professional Asia America Symphony, and the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under Maestro Thomas Wilkins. At 17, she won the general concerto competition at SMU, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students of all ages, and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paul Phillips. She has had the opportunity to take lessons from and collaborate with many artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Andres Diaz, Ivry Gitlis, Paul Kantor, Ida Kavafian, Gustav Rivinius, Sylvia Rosenberg, Abram Shtern, and Michael Tree. This past summer, she shared the stage with Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music, performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. Eleanor plays on an 1896 Joseph Anthony Chanot made in London.


Anais Feller, violin

Anais Feller began studying the violin aged 5. In the summer of 2016, she participated in a 2-week music camp in Engers, Germany where she performed as a soloist with the camp orchestra in Burg Namedy. She won the first prize at Dallas Symphonic Festival 2016 for her age group. She currently plays with GDYO – Sinfonietta as a first violin. She is a 6th grader at the Providence Christian of Texas school. Anais also enjoys ballet and participated in YAGP 2016. She danced as a party girl at Nutcracker 2016 with Dallas Ballet Center. In her free time, she enjoys making DIY projects using cricut!. She has studied violin under Mr. Sloman, Miss CarMichael of Dallas & Mr. Tseitlin of San Diego.


Joley Flowers, flute

Joley Flowers has played flute in the University of Texas Longhorn Bands (marching, symphonic, jazz), the Austin Symphonic Band, and various styles of ensembles on multiple instruments. She has released two CDs of her original songwriting and arrangements and currently teaches Elementary Music in the public schools. She adores the refinement of HarpEssence!



HarpEssence is an ensemble of four harpists who came together to celebrate their passion for the harp. The group performs all styles of music, often in intricate four-part harmonies, for all types of events such as weddings, teas, funerals, church services, museums and gallery events and corporate events. In addition, HarpEssence performs programs for libraries, schools, clubs, retirement centers and any organization wanting a musical program that is unique and educational. They offer standard programs such as Christmas Joy!, Ages of Music with the Harp, Love Makes the World Go Round and Celtic Sounds They also can develop a program around a requested theme. Members are Susan Koskelin, Joan McCord, Grace Johnson and Linda Mudd. Their website is


Szu-Ying Huang, piano

Born in Taiwan, pianist Szu-Ying Huang has a wide range of experience with solo piano, art song, chamber music, opera, and choral music. Her musical ventures have led her to a variety of performances in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan. She starts playing piano at age five, and her music always represents a unique character of the warm sound, passionate personality, and deeply understanding of music.

As an active collaborative pianist and vocal coach in the Dallas area, Huang has worked closely with many distinguished singers and instrumentalists. She has received a full scholarship to participate the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth in 2010. In summer 2014, Huang was pleased to attend SongFest program in Los Angeles as a Stern Fellow, and was also invited to the Art Song Festival at the Toronto Summer Music as an Academy Pianist Fellow under the instruction of François Le Roux, Graham Johnson and Steven Philcox. In summer 2015, Huang will join the position in AIMS Graz as the staff accompanist.

In the past five years, she has performed in piano solo master classes with distinguished musicians including Natalya Antonova, Alessio Bax, John Novacek, José Feghali, Lei Weng, and Pi-Hsien Chen. Recently, she focuses more on vocal repertoires and has performed in collaborative vocal piano master classes with Graham Johnson, Alan Smith, Craig Rutenberg, Steven Philcox, Russell Miller, Phillip Moll, and Margaret Singer.

Huang received the Master of Music degree in piano performance under the instruction of Marian Hahn from the Peabody Institute (2011). She is in the final stage of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at University of North Texas, where she holds an Accompanying Teaching Fellowship and serves additionally as Choral Accompanying Teaching Assistant. At UNT, she is under the instruction of Gustavo Romero and Elvia Puccinelli.


Kristin Isaacson, cello

Kristin Isaacson, associate professor of cello and bass, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from Louisiana State University. Ms. Isaacson earned her Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. Her interests in Jazz and improvisation led her to pursue a thesis topic on translating the improvisational style of Charlie Parker to the cello. Ms. Isaacson has held faculty positions at Abilene Christian University, Eastern Kentucky University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Craftsbury Chamber Players Youth Program, the Music Academy at Louisiana State University, and she served as instrumental music director at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, Vermont. Ms. Isaacson has performed extensively in New England and Louisiana, performing with such diverse groups as the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Hop River Chamber Players, the Abilene Chamber Players, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Ohio Light Opera, the Vermont Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Ms. Isaacson’s principal teachers include Iseut Chuat, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Dennis Parker and master classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and Ralph Kirschbaum. In addition, she has studied improvisation techniques with Eugene Friesen and jazz improvisation with pianists Willis Delony and Kent Hewitt. She has studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, Miriam Fried, members of the Tokyo Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players.


Grace Johnson, harp

Grace Johnson recently retired as Business Manager of WRR Classical 101.1 FM. An accomplished pianist and accompanist, Grace has toured Europe and plays for private events. As a harpist and student, Grace participates in two harp ensembles: the Geoffrey Harp School Ensemble and HarpEssence.


Steven Juarez, viola

A passionate musician, determined ensemble leader, music administrator and founding member of The Cezanne Quartet, Steven has studied viola since the age of nine. Steven has transformed into an ambitious and enthusiastic ensemble musician. Steven’s musical journey, development and experience has been a result of performances with The Cézanne Quartet (2015 Coltman Competition Silver Medalist), The New Conservatory of Dallas (Dallas, New York, Durango, CO and Riga, Latvia), The Institute for Strings (Dallas, TX), Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), The Peabody Institute’s Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) and The National Symphony Orchestra’ Summer Music Institute (Washington, DC).

The development of Steven’s musical style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. He has studied, performed and collaborated with extraordinarily talented professionals and ensembles like Arkady Fomin, Andrés Díaz, Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, Justin Bruns, Rose Armbrust Griffin and the Altius Quartet. Further honing of his talents came from masterclasses with Peter Slowik, Roberto Díaz, Barbara Westphal, Stephanie Chase, Míro String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, American String Quartet, Modigliani String Quartet. Steven has studied at The Peabody Institute of Music as well as Southern Methodist University under the watchful eye of Victoria Chiang and Ellen Rose, respectively. He graduated from the award winning, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where he won the Dallas ISD Concerto Competition and his chamber quartet won Chamber Music International’s High School Division While continuing his studies, Steven lives in Dallas, TX and currently teaches in the Dallas metro area public school systems of Highland Park, Garland and Mesquite. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his family.


Syuzanna Kaszo, piano

Last year Syuzanna enjoyed the unique experience of serving as a jury member at two prestigious international piano competitions in the Ukraine, as well as appearing as a musical editor of piano works written by a Transcarpathian Composer of our age Joseph Bartosh.

Born in the region of Transcarpathia in the Ukraine, Syuzanna was brought up in a Hungarian environment in a family of musicians. Her musical education began at the early age of five. Over the years, Syuzanna has appeared on many leading concert stages, most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Chapell of Bond Street in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Plus Flagey in Brussels, at the Colony Hall of National Philharmonic in the Ukraine, Petit Palau in Barcelona, Sala Sao-Paolo in Brazil amongst many others.

In 2013, Syuzanna was one of the 28 participants invited from 148 applicants, to the 6th USASU Bosendorfer Competition. The event provided a unique opportunity to perform in front of the legendary pianist of our century Martha Argerich.

Syuzanna is a graduate of the National Music Academy of Ukraine where she studied under the honoured artist of Ukraine Prof. Valery Kozlov. She then continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, with the Head of Keyboard Department and a renowned British pianist Graham Scott. Syuzanna was one of the two winners of the prestigious ABRSM Scholarship for the year of 2011-2013 that kindly supported her Master of Music Degree Programme studies at the RNCM. This fall she started work on the Artist Diploma programme at TCU. In earlier years Ms.Kaszo has also benefited from support of the Barbara Silverstone Bursary and the F W Wright Scholarship.

During her studies in the UK Syuzanna has won many awards, including the Beethoven Performance Prize, Concerto Performance Prize and Bakszt Memorial Prize for performance of Chopin at the RNCM and a 4th prize at the Sheepdrove International Piano competition (UK). Her latest international competition successes and appearances included a victory at the XVI Stefano Marizza Piano Prize during October 2012 in Trieste, Italy, a Bridgewater Hall performance at the “Reflections on Debussy” festival, organized in cooperation with the RNCM and under leadership of Noriko Ogawa and a performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto with RNCM SO and Gergely Madaras earlier in the Year. Other competition awards include first prize at the A. Zatin International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix at the XXIst Century Hopes International Competition in the Ukraine. Syuzanna was also awarded a Medal in the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona .

Notable Festival appearances count the Judith Weir, Steve Reich, Watford and Newbury Spring Festivals in the UK, Zemplen and Bartok Festival in Hungary, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Tbilisobo in Georgia, the Pianotexas Music Academy and Festival supported by Cliburn Foundation in Forth-Worth.

Through her performing career Syuzanna has collaborated with many major orchestras in the Ukraine, such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Estradno-Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk Philharminic Orchestra, Uzhorod Camerata, Harmonia Nobile under conductors Volodimir Sirenko, Mykola Sukach, Victor Zdorenko, Anatoly Zatin and Natalia Ponomarchuk among others.

Syuzanna participated in master class workshops under Vadim Rudenko, Vladimir Viardo, Vladimir Krainev, Bernd Geotzke, Sergio Perticaroli, Steven Osborne, Ilana Vered supervision and has also received tuition from Andras Schiff, Peter Donohoe, Malcolm Bilson, John O’Conor, Gary Hoffman and Michel Beroff among others.

Future engagements include recital performances across the UK, Central and Eastern Europe.


Mai Ke, violin

Ke Mai (Mai Ke) is originally from China and studied violin with former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, Emanuel Borok. In 2014, he received his Performer’s Diploma from Southern Methodist University. Mai Ke is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet, now the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Mai Ke grew up in Nanning, where he started violin at age 4. At age 10, he won 3rd Prize at the 2nd National Children’s Violin Competition of China. In 2001, Mai Ke traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to study with Professor Liudemila Ovcherenko in the National Music Academy. In 2007, he won 1st Prize at the International Musical Forum’s “21st Century Art” Competition. In 2009, Mai Ke performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with The State Estradno Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mykola Lysenko in the International Richter Festival. After acquiring his Masters and Bachelor of Music Performance from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, he won a first violin position in the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. With this top Eastern European orchestra, he toured and performed around the world in venues such as Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, and Suntory Hall.

In 2011, after a global online audition, Maike was selected as Principal Second Violinist for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, which was a weeklong collaboration of 101 musicians from 33 countries. The grand finale included animated visuals and was streamed live on YouTube around the world. Grammy award-winning conductor and Artistic Advisor, Michael Tilson Thomas led the project, among other musical luminaries from leading orchestras around the world. The concert was streamed to 33 million worldwide and has been viewed over 2.5 million times online.


Clara Kim, violin

Clara Kim started learning violin when she was four and a half years old. She moved to Texas with her family in 2013. Her previous violin teacher was Mrs. Dylana Jenson. Currently she is a student of Mr. Jan Sloman. She will be in 9th grade this year. She will attend Reedy High School. She was honorable mention in Colin County Young Artist Competition (CCYAC) in 2014. She was the first prize winner at Frisco's Got Talent contest. She was second chair in All Region Orchestra in the past three years.


Susan Koskelin, harp

In addition to being a retired school librarian and a storyteller, Susan Koskelin has been a musician for many years and fell in love with the harp several years ago. She began studying and playing the harp immediately and continues to study this beautiful instrument with Kimberly DeRosa. Susan plays for many weddings and special events in the DFW/Denton area. She has also played with local orchestras for productions of "Phantom of the Opera," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Cinderella." She is a member of the harp group HarpEssence.


Karah Cruse, violin

Karah Cruse, age 15, lives in Roanoke where she attends Chapel Hill Christian Academy. She began studying the violin at the age of 4. As a member of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, she won both the 2010 Young Performer’s Concerto Competition and the 2011 Young Artist’s Concerto Competition and performed them both with the orchestra. Karah was a top prize winner in the Young String Soloist’s Competition for 2012 and again in 2013 as well as the 2013 and 2014 DMTA Symphonic Festival. She enjoys attending the Institute for Strings during the summer.


Sheng-hsin Lin, clarinet

Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Sheng-hsin Lin is currently a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas (UNT) under the tutelage of Professor John Scott. She has served as the assistant principal clarinet of both the Tainan and Chi-Mei Symphony Orchestras in Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan and a Master of Music in clarinet performance from Indiana University at Bloomington where she studied with James Campbell. From 2010 to 2013, she was a Teaching Fellow at the UNT College of Music.

Ms. Lin is an active performer and participates in various ensembles and performances. Some of her appearances include a clarinet and guitar duo recital at La Casa de la Cultura Azcapotzalco, a lecture recital presenting Taiwanese folk music at El Colegio Azcapotzalco in Mexico City, and Trio Indiana Concert (IU Faculty Chamber Concert/Bernard Portnoy Memorial Concert). In addition to traditional clarinet repertoire, Ms. Lin enjoys contemporary works and has premiered many Taiwanese compositions. Important performances include Dr. Sansan Chien’s Dolly's Family for solo clarinet at the International Conference on Musical Arts and Pedagogy, Dr. Chien’s Overture to Medusa as the clarinet soloist with the NKNU Music Department Orchestra, and Tsen-Ling Lin’s The Memory of Clarinet, Interactive Music for Clarinet and Computer. At UNT, she has performed with the Center for Chamber Music’s Graduate Woodwind Quintet, the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, NOVA (New Music Ensemble), and has participated in CEMI (Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia) Concerts.

She was awarded the first place at the Taiwan Arts Cup Competition, a winner of the Concerto Competition at the NKNU Music Department for her performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the Tainan Young Musician Competition. Other accolades include the Music Merit Award, the Earl O. Bates Scholarship, and the Dean’s Scholarship from Indiana University at Bloomington. She also won the George and Sandy Papich Chamber Scholarship, the Marceau C. Myers Memorial Scholarship, and the Woodwind/Percussion Scholarship from UNT.

Ms. Lin has participated in a series of GIA recording projects and has performed at the national conferences of symphonic bands and ensembles such as WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) and CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) under the baton of Eugene Corporon with the UNT Wind Symphony. Lin seeks to use her clarinet as a method to build friendships between people from different cultures and origins.


Eldred Marshall, piano

Eldred Marshall began studying the piano at age six and played in public by age seven. His prodigious and inquisitive mind allowed him to master large swaths of the piano repertoire quickly as well as consistently win top prizes at the competitions he entered as a child. By 16, he debuted with orchestra, playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the Victor Valley Symphony Orchestra. Before entering into Yale University, where he graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science, he had already performed all over the United States.

The critically-acclaimed pianist has performed internationally: Spain, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Belgium, Germany Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. He has performed the entire cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in public, from memory, as a concentrated series, twice: once in Portland in 2007 and in San Francisco in 2008. He followed that project with a full West Coast (US) tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2008 and 2009. In the 2015-2016 Season, he toured extensively through Texas with two all-Bach piano recital programs, one of which included the Goldberg Variations. In 2016, he was named a semi-finalist in the Ninth J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany. He has appeared in piano festivals in Italy as well as the United States. Orchestrally, conductors with whom he has collaborated orchestrally include K. C. Manji, Carlo Ponti, Beau Benson, Greg Grabowski, Michelle Merrill, Jonathan Moore and Jessica Morel.

As an orchestral conductor, Marshall has led several international ensembles: the Ukrainian State Academic Orchestra (Kiev, Ukraine), the Kharkov Youth Symphony (Kharkov, Ukraine), the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Pleven, Bulgaria), the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra (Vidin, Bulgaria), the Filharmonica Oltenia di Craiova (Craiova, Romania), and the Constanta “Black Sea” Philharmonic Orchestra (Constanta, Romania). In the United States, he has worked as the conductor for the Riverside (CA) Opera Institute’s Children’s Opera Division, and has served as assistant conductor of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and has collaborated with the University of North Texas (UNT) Symphony Orchestra.

Marshall earned three M.M. degrees from SMU: piano (2011), organ (2012) and orchestral conducting (2013). Currently, he is finishing his D.M.A. in Piano Performance at UNT, where he studies with Pamela Mia Paul. Additionally, he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at UNT and is an adjunct lecturer at SMU. His doctoral dissertation topic is on the art of conducting piano concerti from the piano – performance practice, discipline and whether or not it is “real conducting.”

The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) hailed his “dazzling technique” and his “clean, tidy approach.” Music critic Laurence Vittes described him as an “illumination in music,” and said of his all-Beethoven recital: “Marshall presented a recital so full of musical thrills and beauties, and so in identification with the composer’s own persona, that, for a few hours, it was as if he were communing across the centuries to conjure up a rare and magical musical spectrum.” The Telegraf Online Constanta (Romania) reported that Marshall “captivated the audience” in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20, which he conducted from the piano.


Joan McCord, harp

Joan McCord studied piano until she married a career Army officer. After earning two degrees while her husband served in Vietnam, Korea, and an ROTC assignment, she taught English at several colleges until she retired from Tarrant County Community College. Since 2003 Joan has renewed her love for music by studying the harp with Geoffrey Ricketts. She plays her pedal harp in schools, churches, libraries, restaurants, private parties, hospitals and retirement centers and with the group HarpEssence.


Mark Miller, violin

Presently concertmaster of the East Texas Orchestra, violinist Mark Miller also performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music Association, a membership-based nonprofit devoted to bringing outstanding performances of classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to underserved audiences in rural Northeast Texas. He also co-directs the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-esidence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Their most recent recording, on the Fleur de Son label, is of music by Mozart and contemporary composer Benedikt Brydern. Following studies at SUNY Purchase, Indiana University - Bloomington and Boston University, Mark studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Düsseldorf and a member of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. He has appeared as soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.


Ute Miller, viola

Ute Miller serves as principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, and performs regularly with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Ute is a founder, treasurer and managing director of Mount Vernon Music Association. Her musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer, founding member of the Juilliard Quartet. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra.


Evan Mitchell, piano

Pianist Evan Mitchell’s solo and collaborative performances have been heard in major cultural centers on four continents, and broadcast throughout the U.S. and China. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Victoria, among others. Mitchell is a featured artist on the 2012 CD release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music,” and a recently recorded DVD/CD with bassist Szymon Marciniak will be released in early 2016.

Recent highlights include debuts on Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series and at Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center, and in June 2014 the Texas Commission on the Arts named Evan to its Texas Touring Roster. Most recently, Mitchell gave a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City as a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition. In addition to his active concert schedule, he has given more than 120 performances over the past three years for Musical Awakenings®, the signature educational outreach program of the Van Cliburn Foundation. Other performance affiliations include the Goss-Michael Foundation (contemporary British visual art), Avant Chamber Ballet, and DFW-based Open Classical, whose motto – “Music that’s dressed down, not dumbed down” – reflects a mission to present classical music in unconventional spaces.

Mitchell holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. For more information, please visit Indulge your nostalgia for a better place and time in this age-old Eastern European Jewish musical tradition, with expressive melodies and influences from gypsy music to jazz.


Mount Vernon Music

Mount Vernon Music Association is a non-profit organization devoted to bringing outstanding performances of live classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to communities in the northeast Texas region.

It is founded by Mark Miller and Ute Miller. Various other chamber musicians make up the group, depending on what they are playing.


Linda Mudd, harp

Linda Mudd spent many years as a pianist/accompanist prior to devloping an interest in the harp, currently studying with Kimberly DeRosa. In addition to performing in HarpEssence, Linda is part of The Selkie Girls, a Celtic band, and performs for special events, including weddings, churches and private events in the DFW area.


Peter Neubert, viola

Peter Neubert received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Lawrence University as a student of Matthew Michelic; a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Paul Neubauer; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola performance from the University of Kentucky as a student of Dorotean Vismara Hoffman. Additionally, Dr. Neubert has participated in viola master classes with Thomas Riebl, Jeffrey Showell, and Emanuel Vardi; studied with Vladimir Mendelssohn at the Estate Musicale a Portogruaro, Italy, Barbara Maurer at the Internationale Ferienkurse f ü r Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and Michael Gieler at the Ensembleakademie IMPULS in Graz, Austria; and coached chamber music with the Audubon and Orion Quartets, Jaime Laredo, James Tocco, Michael Tree, and Alain Meunier at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

He has performed in solo and chamber music concerts across the United States and in Europe, and was a semi-finalist at the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and a second prize winner at the chamber music competition of the Estate Musicale a Portogruaro in 1999. An avid supporter of new music, Dr. Neubert has commissioned several works and has been a guest artist at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s festival for contemporary chamber music where he collaborated in performances with notable American composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Steve Reich, and Michael Torke.

Prior to joining Hardin-Simmons University as Instructor of Viola and Chamber Music, Dr. Neubert taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Southern Mississippi.



North Dallas Trombone Choir

Formed in 1994, the North Dallas Trombone Choir is an all volunteer group of musicians that share a love of playing trombone and performing good music. The NDTC rehearses weekly and performs regularly. Music styles include gospel, classical, jazz and pop, and performance venues include churches, weddings, concert halls, gazebos, and the ever-popular Great American Mall. The group is conducted by Philip Graham, retired member of the Dallas Symphony and Symphony Brass Quintet. The North Dallas Trombone Choir musicians consist of Alto Trombone - Darrell Hoffman; Tenor Trombones - Howard Scheib, Laura Taylor, Darrell Hoffman, Jim Melton, Ken Lenoir, Don Heaton, and Rob Eads; and Bass Trombone - Greg Barton.


Laura Pillman, flute

Laura Pillman is an experienced orchestral, solo, and chamber musician who has performed in Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Maine, Michigan, and Eastern Europe. She currently resides in Denton, TX, where she is completing her DMA degree with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy at the University of North Texas. She is one of the principal flutes of the school’s symphony orchestra, and is a frequent contributing performer on many recitals. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in the summer of 2015.

Ms. Pillman won the 2016 Coeur D’Alene Young Artists Competition, and performed the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Coeur D’Alene Symphony on March 11 and 12, 2016.

Ms. Pillman has extensive chamber music experience, including wind quintet, flute choir, chamber winds, chamber orchestra, and duos with all instruments. At UNT, she was awarded the Teaching Fellowship for Chamber Music Studies for the 2015-2016 academic year. She works with undergraduate wind students, placing them into performing groups, and coaches them to prepare them for two concerts each semester. At Baldwin-Wallace, her wind quintet won the Ovation award in 2012, with a performance of Nielsen’s Wind Quintet.

One of her dreams is to start a touring chamber ensemble: commissioning new works, performing both traditional and educational concerts around the world. She traveled to Denmark in 2015 to study at the Royal Conservatory with Professor Toke Lund Christiansen, and her hope is to return to Denmark in the future for a full year of study.

Ms. Pillman also enjoys performing contemporary music and electronic music. She collaborated closely with composer Tim Harenda to create Pathogen, a work written for Ms. Pillman and piano. She was a featured performer at the 41st International Computer Music Conference in September 2015, the UNT NOVA ensemble in April 2015, and at the LaTEX Festival in November 2014. She enjoys collaborating with composers and electronic musicians. She will be premiering a work written especially for her in early 2016. At Bowling Green State University, she was an active member of the BGSU New Music Ensemble, At Baldwin-Wallace, she performed with the contemporary music ensemble I(a, of which she was also a member of the executive board.

Ms. Pillman maintains an active teaching studio of middle school/high school students, and also serves as an adjudicator for solo competitions.

Ms. Laura Pillman received her MM in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), studying with Dr. Conor Nelson. She received her BM from BM in Flute Performance from Baldwin-Wallace University (Ohio), studying with George Pope.


Yuanyuan Que, piano

Pianist and Composer Yuanyuan Que was born in 1994 in China. After she got her Bachelor’s Degree from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance in 2016, she was admitted to the University of North Texas College of Music to continue studying piano with Professor Gastavo Romero for her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance.

Miss Que learned playing Accordion in her hometown at 4 years old and started to learn piano in 8 years old. When she was 11 years old she was admitted to Music Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music and learned from Professor Hanguo Yang. At her 8 age she started composing poems and at age 11 she started to compose her own musical works. In the period of Music Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Miss Que was awarded “Excellent Student” and “Civilized Student” for the academic year 2006-07. In July, 2006, she won Ten Top Award in the Thirteenth Session of the Nationwide Push (Literature and Art) Newcomer Competition both in Leshan Division and in Sichuan Division. She also won the Excellent Award in 2008 First Session of “Yingchang Cup” Nationwide Youth Piano Competition in Sichuan Division.

In 2010, after she attended just two months in her Music High School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Miss Que went to Chongqing to learn German at the Goethe Institute and was self-taught for her all high school academic studies; during vacations she was taught by her parents. In summer or 2010 she won the Championship Award of 2010 World Expo German Writing Competition and was invited to visit Germany from January 9th to January 29th, 2011 for free. She visited German musician Mr. Zarko there and Mr. Zarko likes her piano performance and her original music composition works very much.

In April 2012 she passed the most difficult and highest German level test “Test DaF.” The same year she was admitted to Sichuan Conservatory of Music for her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. During her Undergraduate years she was already an excellent piano teacher and achieved her Teacher Qualification Certificate in China. In September 2015, Miss Que studied about two months from American Piano Professor Thomas Rosenkranz in Sichuan. In 2016 Miss Que passed the TOEFL and graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She compose the Graduation Song for the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Before entering University of North Texas College of Music, Miss Que received American University offers of full scholarships and full Teaching Fellowships including Arizona State University, University of Northern Colorado, Bowling Green State University.

At UNT Miss Que was a volunteer performer for the Satie-Ricon Music Festical in October, 2016 and was invited to become a member of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She will give two concerts in Dallas in March, 2017 and one concert in April at UNT.


Gustavo Romero, piano

"A pianist of genius" – The Washington Post

"Mr. Romero has great agility, adequate power and an unusually large repertory of colors and dynamic levels. More important, these virtues evoked a sense of the music at hand rather than mere piano techniques" – The New York Times

"The playing is authoritative incontrovertibly Beethovenian in re-creating the composers style, technically immaculate and compelling in the extreme" – The Los Angeles Times

Concert pianist Gustavo Romero is internationally renowned for his exceptional technical brilliance and interpretive depth and has gained an acclaimed reputation for his commitment to in-depth exploration of a wide variety of composers.

A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Mr. Romero discovered his love and gift for the piano at the age of five and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, when he also won his first piano competition. At 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. His exceptional talent was recognized by Rudolf Serkin, and at the age of 14 he attended the Juilliard School.

Mr. Romero has won many prizes including first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, The Avery Fisher Career Grant and The Musical America Young Artist Award.

He has performed with the world's leading orchestras including: The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Honolulu Symphony, New World Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Liège Philharmonic, a concert internationally televised from the United Nations.

For the past sixteen years, Mr. Romero has performed a summer series of concerts in La Jolla, California, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library featuring music of one composer each year. He has presented the works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff, the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart, the complete four-hand and two-piano works of Mozart and piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn conducting from the keyboard.

In the 2015-16 season, Schubert will be presented with Berg, Webern, and Schönberg. Concert tours include China, Korea, Taiwan, South Africa and the United States.

Past seasons have taken him to France, England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria, Mexico and all across the United States. Mr. Romero has performed in some of the leading concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, The Barbican in London, The Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, The Great Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Salle Gaveau in Paris.

He has been featured by NPR, BBC Radio and Radio France. A feature film about his life and artistry was produced in 2012 by The Snapshots Music and Art Foundation: Portrait in Piano.

His recordings include works by Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, Albeniz, Scarlatti and the five Beethoven concerti with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Romero is a Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.


Nathan Ryland, piano

Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, TX, has been a winner in competitions coast to coast, from the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition to the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition in North Carolina. He has also received recognition in the Dallas International and Texas State International Piano Competitions, in addition to his selection as a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Performance Contest. Ryland has also performed numerous orchestral engagements, earning performances with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, UNT Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony.

Ryland is a student of Dr. Pamela Mia Paul, currently pursuing his senior year of studies at the University of North Texas. During his time at the University of North Texas, he was selected as the piano winner of the UNT Concerto Competition, performing with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. He was also chosen as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Piano Performance as well as being named to the President’s List numerous times.

Ryland has also participated in various summer music programs, including the Brevard Music Center, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Texas State International Piano Festival. While at Brevard, he was selected as the winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, playing his debut with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He also consecutively won second and first prizes in the BMC Piano Competition. In the course of his summer activities, he has studied with distinguished faculty including Elisabeth Pridonoff, Norman Krieger, and Boris Slutsky.

​ In addition to playing the piano, Ryland also runs his own recording business. He enjoys composing and won a composition contest with his orchestral piece, “Forever.” He likes to work with computers and audio equipment, building his own computer from scratch and assembling several audio systems. He also loves musicals, and strives to spread the joy of music to others through
​whatever avenue possible.



John Scott, clarinet

John Scott is Professor of Music in Clarinet at the University of North Texas. Mr. Scott was a member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (1987-2011), and has performed with such orchestras as the Dallas Symphony and the Ft. Worth Symphony, and as a recitalist and clinician throughout the United States. His performances have included the Victoria Bach Festival in Texas, the New York University Contemporary Music Festival, performances in Denver, Tempe, Lubbock, Salt Lake City, San Juan, Los Angeles, Ostend, Stockholm, London, Porto, Paris, Assisi and Tokyo as well as in recitals and teaching throughout Taiwan. He performs regularly with Chamber Music International (Dallas, TX). Recordings include "Birdsongs, Romantic Chamber Music of Arthur Bird," “Equipoise” and “Wild Exotic Dances.” He is a member of the Texas Clarinet Consort.

He has been a member of the University of North Texas College of Music faculty since 1981. Prior to joining the UNT faculty he taught at Susquehanna University (PA) and Augusta State University (GA). He earned both the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degree in applied woodwinds and music literature from Indiana University (Bloomington), where he was a clarinet student of Henry Gulick.

His former students have held positions in numerous orchestras, schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and in premier military bands in Washington, D.C. Several have been winners, semi-finalists and prizewinners in the I.C.A. Young Artist Competition and Orchestral Competition.

He has served as Music Review Editor, and Advertising Manager for The Clarinet, journal of the International Clarinet Association, and as Chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies and Associate Dean of Admissions in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He is an artist-clinician for Buffet-Crampon and D’Addario.



Katherine Siochi, harp

Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” 21-year old Katherine Siochi is an award-winning classical harpist residing in New York City. Ms. Siochi began her musical studies with the piano when she was 5 years old, and began learning the harp at age 9. She holds a Bachelor of Music in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with NY Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. In the fall of 2015, Katherine will continue her harp studies with Ms. Allen in the Master’s program at Juilliard as a proud recipient of The Kovner Fellowship.
Ms. Siochi has received several awards as a soloist in national harp competitions, the most recent being first prize in the American Harp Society's Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. She was also awarded the Salzedo Prize for the best performance of "Scintillation" at that AHS Competition. Her other honors include first prize in the junior division of the American String Teacher’s Association, winner of the Anne Adams Awards, winner of the Aspen Music Festival harp competition, and first prize in the Advanced Division of the American Harp Society. She has appeared twice on NPR’s radio program “From The Top” in 2009 and 2010.

Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Siochi has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Orchestra Hall of Minneapolis. She has played with The Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, New World Symphony, and Orchestra Iowa. During her summers, Ms. Siochi attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, the Tanglewood Music Center in 2014, and recently received the two-year harp fellowship for Aspen Music Festival’s 2015 and 2016 seasons. In May 2015, she joined Ensemble ACJW to perform Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In addition to the harp, Ms. Siochi studied secondary piano at The Juilliard School under Dr. Michael Shinn during her four years as an undergraduate. Katherine grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco at The Preucil School of Music.


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 to be announced later.


Leslie Spotz, piano

Leslie Spotz, Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, enjoys an international performing career that spans four continents and four decades, 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.

2017 will include solo recitals throughout Texas andperformances at the first Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women. In 2015 she performed solo recitals in New York City’s Tenri Cultural Institute, Indiana Wesleyan University, Dallas Public Library, and chamber music concerts in Dallas, TX, Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She returned to New York and the Tenri Cultural Institute with colleague, Heather Hawk, soprano, for the Leschetizky Association Annual Living Composers Concert May, 2016. 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. 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 Heather Hawk, 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…".
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Chaofu Tian, saxophone

Born in Hunan, China, saxophonist Chaofu Tian resides in Denton, Texas. Currently, he is completing the Graduate Artist Certificate at University of North Texas College of Music. Mr. Tian is an active professional musician and has performed in the United States and China. He can be heard performing with the North Texas Wind Symphony, the New Ages Saxophone Quartet, and solo recitals.

As a soloist, Mr. Tian regularly presents solo recitals including five degree recitals at UNT. He has performed Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla with the Plano Sinfonietta in 2015. He also has performed in several national and regional conferences for the saxophone such as North American Saxophone Alliance Regional IV Conference at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (2013) and the conference held at Oklahoma University, Norman, OK (2015).

As a chamber musician, Mr. Tian’s saxophone quartet was invited as guest artists to present a chamber music recital at East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX (2013). In the summer of 2015, Mr. Tian performed a recital tour that included the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and the City of Changsha, China. During this tour, Mr. Tian performed his arrangement of chamber music with the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument. Mr. Tian recently served as the alto saxophone chair with the North Texas Wind Symphony under the director of renowned conductor Eugene Corporon. He was featured in a CD recording produced in May 2016.

Chaofu Tian maintains a successful saxophone studio in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. His students have been selected to participate in both district and region bands.

Mr. Tian holds degrees in Saxophone Performance from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Arts) in Guangzhou, China and the University of North Texas College of Music (Master of Music). His principal teachers include Eric Nestler, Letao Xu, and Weilong Xi as well as additional studies with the Canadian virtuoso and recording artist, Dr. Julia Nolan.


Jonathan Tsay, piano

Soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, producer, and arts administrator Jonathan Tsay maintains an artistic career as diverse as his interests. A recent multi-city tour of Taiwan included solo recital stops at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Kaohsiung Music Hall, and the Pingtung Arts Center. Other recent solo engagements include performances for The Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and Fine Arts Chamber Players.

A sought after collaborator, Dr. Tsay has also performed alongside some of the world’s premier musicians, including Chee-Yun, Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic), dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, Chloé Trevor (“musical ambassador to Generation Z”), the Cézanne Quartet, and Nathan Olson (Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra). Jonathan performs regularly as Principal Keyboard of the Dallas Chamber Symphony as well as the Las Colinas Symphony. Jonathan also serves as Artistic Director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of his city of Dallas, Texas.

Jonathan's recordings can be found in Brahms - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, as well as on Chloé Trevor’s debut album Immortal and Danse Macabre. A solo CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide in 2009, and production of three recording projects are slated for completion in 2017.

Increasingly popular as a masterclass teacher, Dr. Tsay has given masterclasses for Taiwan National University of the Arts, Kaohsiung Normal University, Soochow University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has served on the screening jury for the Dallas International Piano Competition as well as adjudicator for numerous competitions including the Texas Music Teachers’ Association Solo Competition and Austin Youth Music Ambassadors.

Dr. Tsay started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Leone, Jonathan earned a Bachelor’s of Music with Honors at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Jonathan entered l’Université de Montréal as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and received his doctorate through an accelerated program. Jonathan’s musical background also includes composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips.



Agnes Wan, piano

A native of Hong Kong, pianist Agnes Wan has received awards at various competitions including the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, Artists International Debut Auditions, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Loyola Concerto/Aria Competition, University of Iowa All-University Concerto/Aria Competition, the University of Iowa Chamber Music Competition, and the Hong Kong Open Piano Competition. Praised as a “big pianist, big musician, big potential” with “compelling artistry that draws the listeners in and envelops them with musical joy” at the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York. Critic/pianist Rorianne Schrade wrote of her New York debut, “Ms. Wan put her all into a substantial program that she clearly knew down to each millisecond … an excellent perfor¬mance … Ms. Wan’s joy in music making is infectious … Her encores of Chopin were meltingly lovely … an enjoyable debut.”

She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Maryville Orchestra, and the Columbia County Civic Orchestra. Having served as a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada where she frequently performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist, she is an active recitalist. In recent years, she has given solo recitals across the southern and Midwestern United States, in addition to her Paris debut recital at the American Cathedral and her Chicago debut on the PianoForte Salon Series broadcasted live on WFMT. She regularly performs on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s “Studio C” program, and has also debuted on the “Lunchtime Classics” series on Louisville’s Fine Arts Station, broadcasted live on WUOL. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference in North Carolina. The reviewer wrote that, “Pui-Shan Cheung’s piano work, Three Chinese Paintings, beautifully performed by talented pianist Agnes Wan … exhibited an array of virtuosic musical flourishes which Wan executed energetically.”

Her recital and concerto engagements brought her to Illinois, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama in past seasons. After gaining her undergraduate degree in piano performance from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Agnes furthered her studies in the United States, completing her master’s at Loyola University New Orleans and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teach¬ers have included Gabriel Kwok, Nancy Loo, H. Jac McCracken, Uriel Tsachor, Rene Lecuona, James Tocco, and Michael Chertock. Additionally, her passion for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has led her to mentor with the renowned Chinese pianist Yuan Sheng, who studied intensively with the legendary Bach expert, Rosalyn Tureck.

As a clinician, Agnes established the Professional Piano Academy of Nashville in May 2010, and has been an active presenter and adjudicator at many youth piano competitions including the United States Open Music Competition. Her Book, "Physical and Mental Issues in Piano Performance: The Interrelationships between Physical Tension, Performance Anxiety, and Memorization Strategies," has been published and released by VDM-Verlag in 2008.


Xiao Wang, piano

A doctoral student and teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas, College of Music, pianist Xiao Wang was born in China and began her musical studies at age four and entered the Central Conservatory of Music in China at the age of eleven. In 2006, after graduating from the high school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, she was admitted to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to receive her undergraduate and master degrees.

Xiao Wang has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in China and the United States. In 2002, she earned 3rd prize in the 65th Steinway Piano Competition in China. In the summer of 2005, she was one of six finalists at the Seventh Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. During her first three years at UC-CCM, Xiao Wang twice won the McElroy Competition of $2500 and the Cliburn Competition of $5000 in the Undergraduate Scholarship Competitions and was alternate winner in the CCM concerto competition. In the summer of 2009 she won the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center Festival performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and also won 2nd prize in the Solo Piano Competition of the Brevard Music Center Festival. Recently, she won the University of North Texas Concerto Competition and performed Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.

Xiao Wang has performed in Australia as a representative of Chinese young pianists and in 2006; she attended and performed at International Piano Week of Belgium. She has also appeared in performances in the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, the Capital Teachers University in China, University of Michigan, Prague Piano Festival, Young Harris College and Lewisville Chamber Music Series.


Alex Wasserman, piano

Hailed as a “sensitive and sophisticated artist,” pianist Alexander Wasserman is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most engaging performers of his generation.

A recent prize winner of the Bauru/Atlanta piano competition, Dr. Wasserman maintains an active concert schedule, with recent recital performances in the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, La Jolla, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Santa Barbara and Washington, D.C. His performances are frequently broadcast on television and classical radio stations throughout the country.

As a concerto soloist, Dr. Wasserman has appeared with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic (CA), the New Valley Symphony (CA), the Suburban Symphony (OH), The Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra (CA), The DeKalb Symphony (GA), The Reinhardt Symphony (GA), and the Parma Symphony (OH) in concertos by Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky. As an orchestra pianist, Dr. Wasserman appeared as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop in the summer of 2014.

As a chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as guest pianist with the Atlanta Chamber Players. A recent performance of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet with the Atlanta Chamber Players resulted in immediate re-engagement for the Brahms Piano Trio in C Major. As a guest artist for the Atlanta Symphony’s “pre-concert chamber series,” Dr. Wasserman was featured on stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall in a performance of Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies for Viola, Oboe, and Piano with Atlanta Symphony Principal Oboist, Elizabeth Koch-Tiscione and Violist, Jessica Oudin. He has since been invited back to perform on the 2014-15 Atlanta Symphony pre-concert chamber music series.

Equally dedicated to the education of emerging talent, Dr. Wasserman is the recently appointed Artist-in-Residence at Reinhardt University (GA). He also served as Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University (OH) shortly before his move to Atlanta. He has given masterclasses at University of St. Thomas (MN), Westmont College (CA), Cleveland Music School Settlement (OH), Youngstown State University (OH), Kennesaw State University (GA), and Reinhardt University (GA). In addition, he serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy – an intensive one-week summer piano festival held at Reinhardt University. Dr. Wasserman also maintains a private piano studio; his students have been prize winners in the GMEA All-State Competition, GMTA Romantic and Impressionistic Competition, GMTA Piano Competition, MTNA Competition, Nashville International Piano Competition, Rising Stars Competition, Rome Symphony Concerto Competition, Atlanta Community Symphony Concerto Competition, and more.

Alexander Wasserman, a native of Los Angeles, began formal piano studies with Suzanne Julian. He went on to receive degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (GPD). Most recently, he completed the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program in Piano Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Yong-Hi Moon, Daniel Shapiro, and Antoinette Perry. Additional study with Paul Schenly and Sergei Babayan has also been of primary influence.

Dr. Wasserman currently resides in Marietta, GA with his wife, Jessica Oudin, a member of the Atlanta Symphony viola section.


Elizabeth White, cello

Cellist Elizabeth White is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet and an alumnus of Southern Methodist University where she studied with Andrés Díaz and Christopher Adkins. Highlights of her career include performances at the Texas Christian University CelloFest, the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, the Clandeboye Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and with the Meadows Virtuosi Players. While at Southern Methodist University, she founded the Meadows First Performances Recital Series which aims to make chamber music more accessible to students and community members on campus. Elizabeth had her solo debut with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra where she played Elgar's Cello Concerto and appeared with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra where she played Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major. In April 2015, Elizabeth performed the six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach in Perkins Chapel on the Southern Methodist University campus. She was a President's Scholar at Southern Methodist University and in 2011, she was an Emerson Scholar at Interlochen Center for the Arts.


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