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Jamie Allen, recorder Cornell Kinderknecht, recorder
Ben Allred, piano Jooin Lee, violin
Deborah Austin-Totter, piano Sheng-hsin Lin, clarinet
Iwao Asakura, baritone Eldred Marshall, piano
Elise Belk, oboe Michael Medina, percussion
Mark Miller, violin
Better Than One Harp Duo - Emily Mitchell and Jaymee Haefner Ute Miller, viola
Emily Mitchell, harp
Laura Brandenburg, harp Evan Mitchell, piano
Fenia Chang, piano Mount Vernon Music
Young-Hyun Cho, piano Jeffery Ou, piano
Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble - Laura Brandenburg, Cindy Horstman and Kimberly DeRosa - plus Michael Medina, percussion Susan Poelchau, recorder
Alison Read, harp
Luis Sanchez, piano
Kimberly DeRosa, harp John Scott, clarinet
Duo Azul, pianos - Hyeyoung Song and Amy Gustafson Jan Sloman - violin students
Hyeyoung Song, piano
Duo Soleo - Jooin Lee, violin and Minna Han, piano Leslie Spotz, piano
Nathaniel Earhart, guitar Sweet Pipes Recorders
Amy Gustafson, piano Tarleton Chamber Music
Jaymee Haefner, harp Jonathan Tsay, piano
Minna Han, piano Julee Kim Walker, flute
Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet Brian Walker, trumpet
Cindy Horstman, harp Xiao Wang, piano

Jamie Allen, recorder

Jamie Allen has over 30 years of experience as a composer, conductor, performer, and music educator. He has been named "Composer of the Year" by the New Mexico Music Teachers Association and was hailed as "the most inventive young composer in the state" by The Santa Fe Reporter.

Allen was a Teaching Artist and director of Children’s Choruses for the Santa Fe opera for ten years, and has taught music at every level, from primary to college. He continues to be a frequent presenter, educational consultant, and conductor for many arts organizations. He has also co-chaired the Education & Community Engagement Leadership Committee for the League of American Orchestras.

As Education Director for the Dallas Symphony, Allen helps the orchestra to reach over 70,000 children and adults each year with award winning educational programs, including Youth & Family Concerts, an innovative string instruction program for minority students in Dallas, in-school & community programs, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, web sites, master classes and more.


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.


Better Than One Harp Duo

Duo harpists Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell, are bringing new works written and arranged for two harps to the audiences of Texas and beyond.

Dr. Jaymee Haefner is Assistant Professor of Harp and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas.

Emily Mitchell is Artist in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University and recently appointed to the faculty of Sam Houston State University. NOTE: She is the daughter of Laura Nell Mitchell, a former member of Dallas Alumni Chapter.


Laura 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 has led the Octavia Harp Ensemble for the past 20-plus years. The ensemble has released two recordings on the Traditional Sounds label and has commissioned and premiered several new works for harp ensemble. 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. For many summers during that time, she enjoyed returning to New Orleans to play Principal Harp with the acclaimed Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.

She also served as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (1995-1997) and has played second harp numerous times with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera and with The Dallas Opera, where she was privileged to perform the entire Wagner Ring Cycle. 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 from 2001 - 2010. She has conducted ensembles and presented workshops for the American Harp Society in Dallas, the AHS Summer Institutes of 2011 and 2014, the Harp in Worship Conference, Harp Journeys, and Harp Journeys Youth Festival. Laura is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Harp Society. She previously served as a long time board member of the AHS in Dallas chapter and has served numerous times as Chair of the AHS in Dallas Student Scholarship Competition. She is currently the AHS Southwestern Region Director.

Laura has been privileged to work closely with many fine contemporary composers and has been the honoree of two commissioned works for harp and organ: Passacaglia by Joel Martinson was premiered in 1995 and Legend by Charles Callahan was premiered in 2000.

Laura is married to Allen Brandenburg, a 25 year R.N. with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. She 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.


Fenia Chang, piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Fenia I-Fen Chang, is currently on the piano faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Chang started her career by winning the first Taipei Kawai International piano competition at age 11, two years after her formal piano lessons, and made her solo debut immediately after on TV and Radio Broadcasting. She holds both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at University of Maryland where she had studied with Abbey Simon, Russell Sherman, Jerome Lowenthal, Thomas Schumacher and Santiago Rodriquez.

Since the mid-1980s, she has maintained a successful concert career and has been a collaborative pianist in chamber music and accompanying in much of Asia, Europe and North America as well as throughout her native Taiwan.
Her concert engagements have included recitals at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Music Conservatory in China, Taiwan’s National Concert/Recital Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Modern Arts Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NY, the Arts Clubs of Washington, DC, Strathmore Hall in Rockville of MD, Ellipse Arts Center of Virginia, Fairfax County Council of the Arts as well as appearances in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, California.

Ms. Chang has accumulated numerous accolades in recent years for her pianistic achievements, including top prizes at the Thomas Richner, Frinna Awerbuch, and Young Keyboard Artist International Competition, the prestigious Rising Musician Award of Taiwan in 1991, the Best Interpretation Composer’s Prize at the Olivier Messiaen piano competition in Paris, France, and First Prize at the Elizabeth Davis International piano competition in 1994. Collaborative performances include the International Music Festival in Keelung, Taiwan in 1997, and at National Taiwan Summer Music Festival in Taichung, Taiwan in 2000 and 2001. Her Duo-Piano performances have also taken her to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, MTNA Central Division Conference Concert in Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City.

She has appeared as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in NY. Her 2004 engagements include recitals at University of Nebraska, Texas A&M-Commerce, Baylor University, Texas Women's University and Southern Methodist University. Besides being an active soloist and collaborative pianist, Dr. Chang has served on the piano faculty at Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland, at Taipei Normal City College, National Taiwan University of Arts, Soo-chow University in Taipei, Tung-Hai University in Taichung, and The Tainan Women’s College of the Arts, all in Taiwan. She has given many master classes and is a regular adjudicator for piano festivals/contests. Her former students have won top prizes at many well-known piano competitions throughout the world.


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.


Duo Azul, pianos - HyeYoung Song and Amy Gustafson

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


Nathaniel Earhart, guitar

Raised in the small town of Hillsboro, Texas, Nathaniel Earhart first experienced music hands on at age 5, through classical piano lesson. After six years he quit his formal piano training to pursue the guitar. Nathaniel was self-taught in popular music for the next seven years until he was introduced to classical guitar, by former Hill College instructor, Stacy Arnold. In the summer of 2008, less than a year later, he began his studies with world class performer and teacher, Robert Guthrie. That fall he transferred from the local community college to Southern Methodist University, where he spent the next two and a half years studying both music and guitar intensively in the Meadows School of the Arts. Nathaniel graduated in December 2010 from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar performance, and in May 2013 also from SMU with a Masters of Music in Guitar performance, on a full tuition artistic scholarship. Earhart is currently working on a Performers Diploma from SMU also on a full tuition scholarship, candidate may 2016.

He has had the opportunity to have masterclasses and private lessons with many of today’s preeminent guitarists including Christopher McGuire, William Kanenguiser, Jason Vieaux, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Scott Tennent, Xuefei Yang, Juan Carlos Laguna, Dr. Richard Todd, and Jeffery McFadden. He also had the privilege of studying early music with Dr. Larry Palmer, one of today’s leading performers on harpsichord and organ.

He currently teaches classical guitar as an adjunct professor at Collin College, Hill College (Hillsboro, Cleburne campuses), Northlake College in Irving, Zhen Music and Art Institute, and frequently performs throughout North Texas. Nathaniel also taught class guitar and private lessons at Southern Methodist University, and teaches privately in the DFW area. Prizes he has won include first prize in the duet division in the professional/college category of the 11th UT Brownsville guitar competition, won the 2013 Dallas Allegro Guitar Society’s open audition/competition. In July 2013 Nathaniel was a top finalist in the Taxco, Mexico International Guitar Competition.


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 (


Cornell Kinderknecht, recorder

Cornell Kinderknecht is an award-winning recording artist, composer and performer of historic and ethnic woodwind instruments from cultures around the world. He is an Indian Summer Music Awards winner, a Great American Song Contest winner, a Grammy nominee, and has twice been a finalist for “Musician of the Year” at the Texas Music Awards. He has been a featured soloist at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Cornell’s music can be heard in film, television soundtracks and advertising. He has a studio of private world flutes students and is a regular performer and presenter at workshops and music festivals throughout the US.

In addition to being co-music director of the Dallas Recorder Society, Cornell is the director of the Pacific Northwest Native American Flute Gathering and serves on the board of directors of the United States Ocarina Association. Learn more about Cornell and his music at


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.



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.


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.

His engagements for the 2015-2016 season included performances with the Shepton High School Orchestra, under Joshua Thompson (with whom Ou made his soloist debut in October 2011) in Plano, TX; a nd performances in the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series and with UNT's newly-assembled North Texas Collaborative Pianists (NTCP). In 2016, to commemorate Mozart's 260th anniversary. Ou performed an ambitious, year-long project - all 19 of Mozart's complete sonatas for solo piano in 6 recitals, within 12 months at venues across North 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.


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.


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.


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, 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 includes 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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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.


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.


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.


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