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Jamie Allen, recorder Sheng-hsin Lin, clarinet
Iwao Asakura, baritone Megan Lin, violin
Deborah Austin-Totter, piano HsingFang Liu, clarinet

Better Than One Harp Duo - Emily Mitchell and Jaymee Haefner

Yi-Jan (Rachel) Liu, percussion
Zachary Mansell, cello
Elizabeth Boyson, violin
Laura Brandenburg, harp
Michael Medina, bass
Mark Miller, violin

Alex Brombal, piano

Ute Miller, viola
Yi-Wen Chen, clarinet Evan Mitchell, piano
Daniel Chair, clarinet

Emily Mitchell, harp

Sunny Chou, euphonium Mount Vernon Music
Alice Derbyshire, recorder Jeffery Ou, piano
Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble - Laura Brandenburg, Cindy Horstman and Kimberly DeRosa - plus Michael Medina, percussion

David Podeschi, recorder
Susan Poelchau, harpsichord
Jan Sloman - violin students

Kimberly DeRosa, harp
Duo Azul, pianos - Hyeyoung Song and Amy Gustafson

Luis Sanchez, piano
Austin Simonds, piano
Hyeyoung Song, piano

Nathaniel Earhart, guitar Chie Soliz-Watanabe, piano

Chris Gale, ocarina

Leslie Spotz, piano
Yiyi Gao, piano / Chinese instruments Sweet Pipes Recorders

Jie Gao, Chinese instruments

Tarleton Chamber Music

Amy Gustafson, piano
Jaymee Haefner, harp

Ebonee Thomas, flute
Jonathan Tsay, piano
Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet Joseph Turner, Chinese instruments
Matthew Ho, violin Don Vitsentzos, classical guitar
Cindy Horstman, harp Brian Walker, trumpet
Claudia Jameson, soprano Dongni Xie, piano
Carlos Wagner Joseph, piano Xiao Wang, piano
Cornell Kinderknecht, recorder Sunny Heesun Yun
Yu-Hsuan Liao, clarinet  

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.


Iwao Asakura, baritone

Iwao Asakura, originally from Nagoya, Japan, has appeared in numerous opera  productions, including Figaro and Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Baritone in Kurt Weil’s The Seven Deadly Sins, and Nicia in Telemann’s Baroque opera Der geduldige Socrates. In addition Mr. Asakura has been soloist with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (TX), Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (AR), Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (MS), Bethany Oratorio Society (Linsborg, KS), Hot Spring Music Festival (AR), Amherst Early Music Festival (New London, CT), Cambridge Early Music Concert Series (UK), and Gothan SINGS! Concert Series at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY).

His solo concert experience includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Cantata #82: Ich habe genug (BWV 82) and Actus tragicus (BWV 106), Dvořák’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem (K. 626) and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Schubert’s Mass in G, Durufle’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’s German Requiem, and Serenade to Music and Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

As an avid proponent of Japanese vocal music, Iwao has presented lecture recitals on various Japanese composers and their songs at numerous conferences, including College Music Society (CMS) conferences (Helsinki, Finland; Santa Fe, NM; Portland, OR and Liberty, MO) and National Associations of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference in Abilene, TX.

Mr. Asakura is currently serving as Associate Professor of Music (Voice) at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. He has also taught at Mississippi State University, Ouachita Baptist University (AR), and Pearl River Community College (MS). He has received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy and the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS). He holds the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).


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.


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.

Duo harpists Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell, aka Better Than One, are bringing new works written and arranged for two harps to enchant the audiences of Texas and beyond. Performance invitations have taken them to Austin, Fayetteville, Nacogdoches (Stephen F Austin State University) and Denton (University of North Texas). They have performed recently for Chamber Music International (Dallas), the American Harp Society’s National Conference (New Orleans), Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts & Community Enrichment (Houston), St. John’s Lutheran Church First Friday Concert Series (San Antonio), and Astraios Chamber Music Series (Frisco, TX).

BTO recorded Gary Schocker’s Better Than One and Snow in New York City for the Albany Records CD, “Changes”. Released in 2016, Dennis Ferrara wrote: “This album is highly recommended for pure pleasure in listening.”

Dr. Jaymee Haefner is Assistant Professor of Harp and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas. She maintains an active roll on the Boards of the American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress. She received the Lauréate prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition. Daniel Buckley describes her performances as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism …”

Emily Mitchell is Artist in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. A 30-year career in NYC includes harp performances at Carnegie Hall and The White House, Principal Harpist for the EOS Orchestra and a recording artist for RCA-Sony/BMG. She won First Prize at the 7th International Harp Contest, Jerusalem, Israel. The New York Times has critiqued her as “a marvelous harpist”. NOTE: She is the daughter of Laura Nell Mitchell, a former member of Dallas Alumni Chapter.


Elizabeth Boyson, violin

Elizabeth Boyson's musical interests began while attending her older siblings' weekly violin lessons. At the age of six, Elizabeth eagerly began her formal violin instructions studying first at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas with Mrs. Venincasa and then independently with the late Arkaday 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.

In the fall of 2014, Elizabeth began studying with nationally recognized Mr. Jan Mark Sloman. Under Mr. Sloman's tutelage, Elizabeth has been a top winner in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for three consecutive years: 2015, 2016, and 2017. Additionally, in the spring of 2017, Elizabeth's audition with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was a positive experience, which in turn gained her a receipt of an acceptance letter. Also, as Elizabeth began her fourth year of studies with Mr. Sloman, in October 2017, Elizabeth turned twelve years old. When not practicing her violin, or doing her school work, Elizabeth enjoys speaking about health and safety as an officer in the Tumbleweeds 4-H club, programming robotics, and reading historical fiction. Elizabeth is grateful for her weekly instructions with Mr. Sloman, and is thankful to be a returning performer with the Mu Phi Epsilon Library Series.


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.


Alex Brombal, piano

Alex Brombal is a native of Ottawa, Canada, but emigrated to the DFW area as a teenager. Alex has had a lifelong passion for music and began studying piano at the age of six. During his studies as a child and teenager, he won multiple awards for performance and composition, including several first and second place awards in the Texas Music Teachers Association Composition Competition. In college he continued his studies in composition and piano performance under Gustavo Romero at the University of North Texas. Since college, Alex now considers himself a "professional-grade amateur" who studies in his free time—finding opportunities to perform and share his love of music—while taking his job as a software engineer anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Alex currently studies with Sheila Paige in New Jersey and Julie Chen in Plano, Texas.


Yi-Wen Chen, clarinet

A native of Taichung, Taiwan, is a multi-faceted performing artist who has given performances at major performance venues in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Italy, and the United States. From an early age, her creative passion has been fueled by an eclectic love of music, ranging from classical and contemporary to pop and rock. This fascination with various musical styles has continued to manifest itself in her broad choice of repertoire and participation in diverse performing ensembles.

Ms. Chen received her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance in 2006 at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), where she studied with Wei-Leng William Chen. After graduating from TNUA, Ms. Chen came to the United States and received her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory in 2008, where she studied with William Wrzesien, Craig Nordstrom, and Thomas Martin. In 2015 she completed her doctoral degree at University of Illinois, where she studied with J. David Harris.

As soloist, Ms. Chen has performed works from the standard classical repertoire and the jazz idiom, and new pieces with electroacoustic components. In addition to giving traditional recitals with professional colleagues, Ms. Chen is currently working on a commissioning project with several composers to assemble a full-length recital of new works for clarinet and electroacoustic accompaniment.

As an orchestral musician, Ms. Chen has served a leading role in ensembles such as Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Taipei Tong-Fong Wind Ensemble, Taipei Symphonic Wind Ensemble, China Youth Corps Wind Ensemble, Boston Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera.

A former member of Illinois Modern Ensemble, Ms. Chen also played an instrumental role in founding and guiding the TV Buddha Ensemble, an ensemble committed to performing and commissioning new works from emerging composers for an eclectic chamber ensemble whose members draw from a wide variety of disciplines such as classical performance, jazz performance, and music composition.

As a champion of new music, Ms. Chen has premiered solo and chamber works by notable and emerging composers including M.O. Abbott, Halim Beere Zack Browning, Taylor Briggs, William Andrew Burnson, Ming- Ching Chiu, Yiu-Kwung Chuang, Quinn Collins, Jason Cress, Daniel Dehann, Noam Elkies, Leon Harrell, Yu-Fang Hsu, Yuan-Chen Lee, Mei-Fang Lin, Jason Mitchell, Jordan Nobles, Mike Perdue, Paul Richard, Kyle Rowan, Scott Rubin, John Supko, Gautam Srikishan, Daniel Swilley, Steve Taylor, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Luca Vanneschi, among others.

In addition to her career as a performer, Ms. Chen has worked in many other roles in the music field. As a private studio teacher, she has taught clarinet, piano, and music theory to students of all ages. As a chamber coach, she has worked with wind ensembles in Taiwan and the United States since 2003. Ms. Chen has also worked as a recording artist for soundtrack and film music in Taiwan. Additionally, she has worked as an audio engineer for artists specializing in a variety of musical styles including classical, contemporary, and pop-rock music.

Yi-Wen Chen is currently based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where she continues her career as a new music commissioner/collaborator, classical music performer, and music educator.


Sunny Chou, euphonium

Wei-Chien (Sunny) Chou was born in Taiwan and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas. Dr. Chou currently teaches euphonium and tuba lessons in Plano ISD and Frisco ISD. She was a Graduate Teaching Fellow under Dr. Brian Bowman at UNT as well as the conductor of the Plano West Cluster Euphonium Choir. Her students reached the top chairs in the All Region band. Aside from performing euphonium music, playing the piano, and teaching, Dr. Chou also studied and conducted research in the field of Music and Medicine, which is associated with the music-performance related health issues. Her research in this field helps her to gain better insight for teaching and assisting students more efficiently.


Daniel Chair, clarinet

Hong Kong-born clarinetist, Daniel Chair started playing the clarinet at the age of nine. His teachers include J. David Harris, Steve Cohen, J. Lawrie Bloom, James Campbell and Martin Choy. He has played in masterclasses conducted by Julian Bliss, Frank Cohen, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, Andrew Simon and John Bruce Yeh. Daniel frequently performs with orchestras including Sinfonia da Camera, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Camerata Orchestra and Hong Kong Pro Arte Orchestra.

As an avid chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Jupiter Quartet and Lysander Quartet. He is also the founding member of the Hong Kong-based Clarion Clarinet Quartet, which has commissioned several new works in the past. Daniel also performed as soloist with various orchestras including Diocesan Wind Orchestra and University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of the Licentiate of Trinity College London in Clarinet Performance, he was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship as well as the T.I.S. Tichenor Guarantor Scholarship to attend Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and graduated with a Bachelors of Music degree. While studying at Indiana, he was the principal clarinetist of the IU Concert Orchestra and the winner of the School Concerto Competition.

Daniel graduated from the Master of Music programme at Northwestern University in 2014. He recently graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was the Teaching Assistant of the Clarinet Studio. During his time at UIUC, he won the Jupiter Quartet Guest Artist Award and the UISO Concerto Competition.



Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble

Founded by Cindy Horstman, the group also includes harpists Laura Brandenburg and Kimberley DeRosa. They are joined by bassist Michael Medina who provides percussion.


Kimberley DeRosa, harp

Classically trained harpist Kimberly Snaufer DeRosa is a concert and recording artist, a freelance performer and music educator. She performs as a soloist, chamber ensemble performer and orchestral musician. After earning her BM in harp performance at SMU (Dallas) and completing Special Graduate studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada), Ms. DeRosa became a leading Houston free-lance musician. In 2006, she performed and taught on the north East Coast until she returned to her home state Texas in 2010. Ms. DeRosa is a member of the Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble and the New Houston Harp Ensemble.

She has performed on occasions with Houston Symphony, Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, toured with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and performed in various celebrity concerts including Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bernadette Peters, and the Moody Blues. Her partnership with guitarist Marc Garvin (Snaufer-Garvin Duo) produced unique arrangements for harp and guitar focusing on Spanish & South American music. Their CD recording is titled “Zero Hour”. Her self-produced CD “Tidings of Joy” features harp with guest musicians performing Christmas selections. (

An educator and presenter, Ms. DeRosa instructs all ages and levels at her studio in Hickory Creek, Texas. She nurtures each student’s love for music and the harp while building confidence and polish. Current affiliations: Houston Baptist University Summer Harp Festival (founding director, 2000) and McKamy Middle School/Flower Mound (harp instructor). In addition to her traditional performances, Kimberly offers music and workshops for relaxation and wellbeing.


Alice Derbyshire, recorder

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

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


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 their individual listings and


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.

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.


Cris Gale, ocarina

Cris Gale is foremost an ocarina soloist, but is also an ocarina designer, author, educator, and popularist. Like so many others, Cris initially learned about the ocarina from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. While she was originally trained in the flute, the magical sound of the ocarina was irresistible, and in 1999 the ocarina became her primary instrument.

Frequently invited to perform at international festivals, Cris works with both international and domestic cultural
interchange organizations to not only advance the ocarina, but also increase cultural understanding through music. She co-headlined the USA-Japan Goodwill Concert at Carnegie Hall, and is the founder and president of the United States Ocarina Association. As an ocarina ambassador, Cris gives educational presentations at schools, clubs, conventions, and festivals, including the United States Ocarina Festival, which she organizes. If you'd like to learn more about Cris, please visit her website at


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 (


Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet

Ling (Holly) Hang, a native of Taiwan, earned her Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied clarinet with John Scott and collaborative piano with Steve Harlos and Berthe Odnoposoff. Ms. Hang was a member of the UNT Wind symphony, the UNT Collegium wind-conducting workshop, and can be heard on the 2012 through 2014 recordings by GIA publications. She currently teaches in Frisco ISD, Denton ISD, and Founders Classical Academy of Flower Mound. Many of her students have attended and earned top chairs on the All-state band, and UIL solo and ensemble contest. She is also an active collaborative pianist throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In the collaborative piano field, she specializes on instrumental works, and has performed a number of recitals at UNT. Currently she is a choir accompanist for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and piano instructor in the Rojas School of Music.


Jaymee Haefner, harp

Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Joseph Gold wrote that her “subtlety of touch reminded [him] of the immortal Nicanor Zabaleta.” Jaymee has taught at the University of North Texas (UNT) since 2006 and was appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010. An avid supporter of new compositions for harp, Jaymee Haefner has recently commissioned and premiered several new works, including In Arkadia for horn and harp by Gary Schocker (Los Angeles, 2015), Better than One and Snow for harp duet by Gary Schocker (New Orleans, 2015), Et descendit for flute, viola and harp by Sungji Hong (Denton, Texas, 2016), Music for Violin and Harp by Patricio Da Silva (Atlanta, 2016), Flutter by Kirsten Broberg (Hong Kong, 2017), and Still/Nervous by Gary Schocker (Hong Kong, 2017). She was featured at the 50th Anniversary American Harp Society (AHS) National Conference in New York City, the 2014 AHS National Conference in New Orleans, and the 2016 AHS National Conference in Atlanta, premiering a new work for violin and harp which was commissioned by an American Harp Society, Inc. grant.

She has also performed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Los Angeles, Colorado, in Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Jaymee has performed under the direction of several notable conductors, including Jaap van Zweden (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Roger Nierenberg (Music Paradigm), David Syrus (Royal Opera), and David Stern (Crested Butte Music Festival). Her recordings include features with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Daniel Narducci, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and James Boldin; she has joined several notable musicians on stage, including Johnny Mathis, Ben Folds, and the Canadian Tenors.

Jaymee regularly writes for The Harp Column and published a biography entitled The Legend of Henriette Renié. In the summer of 2017, she published The Legend of Henriette Renié and One Stone to the Building: Henriette Renié’s LifeThrough Her Works for Harp. She presented lectures at the 2014 World Harp Congress (WHC) in Sydney, the 2008 WHC in Amsterdam and the 2009 AHS Institute in Salt Lake City. Jaymee was Chairman of the 2011 AHS Institute and has served as the Treasurer for the World Harp Congress (WHC) and the National Harp Associations Liaison for the WHC Review publication. Dr. Haefner’s current projects include her “Better than One” duo with harpist Emily Mitchell, her “Beyond Debussy” trio with flutist Elizabeth McNutt and violist Daphne Gerling, and her “Crimson” duo with violinist Matt Milewski which released a CD recording in 2015.

She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. When she isn’t on stage, Dr. Haefner trains in karate with her son, and earned her first-degree black belt in 2015.


Matthew Ho, violin

Born in Texas, Matthew Ho started his violin studies at age 4. He has since studied with his mother Hsing-Yi Lin, Andre Gustus, Charles Krigbaum, and Jan Mark Sloman. Matthew has won competitions at the local and national levels and has performed as a violinist at Carnegie Hall several times. He has won 1st place at the 2013 New York International Artists Association Violin Competition, a Gold medal at the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) Festival, 1st place at the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition, and 1st place at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition in 2015. More recently, he performed at Carnegie as the only Category A (11-14 years old) prize winner at the 2017 New York International Artists Association Violin Competition. Matthew Ho is one of the Divisional winners who will be competing in the 2018 MTNA National Competition (Orlando, FL) this March.

Matthew Ho was featured in a special DVD concert as part of the 2012 National Suzuki Association of the Americas conference. Matthew made his violin solo debut with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra in May 2015 as the grand prize winner of its concerto competition. He has also soloed with Ottawa Chamber Orchestra as a part of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Matthew Ho is a 9th grader at St Mark’s School of Texas; he enjoys swimming, reading and ice skating.


Cindy Horstman, harp

Cindy Horstman has been performing, recording, writing, and arranging for the past four decades. Classically trained, she is the first recipient of a Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a prize winner in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz Harp Competition.

Cindy co-founded the jazz duo,“2tone”, with bassist Michael Medina, the producer of 2tone's 10 CDs. 2tone has toured nationally for 20 years and their recordings have received critical acclaim on and CD Baby. Horstman’s jazz theory workbook for harpists and her jazz-oriented arrangements and compositions for harp ensembles are very popular with harpists both nationally and internationally, becoming best sellers on the Harp Column Music website. She has given clinics nationwide and recently conducted her ensemble arrangements for the youth ensemble at the American Harp Society convention in New Orleans, the TMEA harp ensemble in Round Rock, TX, and the UT Longhorn Music Camp in Austin, TX.

Cindy currently teaches harp at Collin College in Plano, TX with an emphasis on arranging, particularly in the jazz idiom. Cindy’s latest composition for flute and harp, “Life Aquatic”, won 2nd place in the 2017 Composition Contest sponsored by the American Harp Society – Los Angeles Chapter.


Claudia Jameson, soprano

Claudia Jameson studied with Rosalind Phillips at Trinity University and with Sheila Harms in Dallas. Ms. Jameson began singing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in San Antonio and went on to play leading ingénue roles in musicals such as The Fantasticks, Carnival, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Medium and Cosí fan tutte in Atlanta and Dallas. She has been a soloist with several churches in the Dallas area. Ms. Jameson is a bilingual teacher with the Duncanville school district and focuses on composing educational songs for her kindergarten students.


Carlos Wagner Joseph, piano

Carlos Wagner Joseph is a pianist with extensive history in performing Classical, Jazz, and Latin Music. He received his degree from the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. His music style and technique are greatly influenced by Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt while the musical techniques of Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans serve as his foundation in Jazz. Currently living in the Dallas area, he performs with various local bands and orchestras in the DFW area.



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


Yu-Hsuan Caroline Liao, clarinet

Clarinetist Yu-Hsuan Caroline Liao recently graduated from the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance. She later continued her studies in the Master of Music program at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Yu-Hsuan is an active participant in various competitions, and has been named the winner of National Taiwan Clarinet Competition for twice. Although Yu-Hsuan is primarily a professional clarinetist, she is equally at home performing as an accompanist/pianist.



Megan Lin, violin

Megan Lin, 17, is a violinist from Plano, Texas. She is a junior at Liberty High School in Frisco and currently studies with Jan Mark Sloman of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Megan started learning the violin at the age of 4, and at age 8, the piano. In 2010, she received honorable mention in the Collin County Young Artist Competition and in 2016, third prize in the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition. She also received first prize in the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2016 and second prize in 2017, second in the TMEA Trophy Competition for piano in 2011, and honorable mention in 2012. In 2018, she was the Grand Prize winner of the Lewisville Lake Symphony Young Artist Competition.

Megan has attended the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York for the past three summers on scholarship from both Meadowmount and the Starling Foundation. At Meadowmount, her chamber groups have been coached by Ann Setzer, Kikuei Ikeda, and Patricia McCarty. Megan has also been consistently active in youth orchestras. She has participated in the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, and the New Conservatory of Dallas. Not only that, she has been active in her school orchestras throughout middle school and high school, earning consecutively concertmistress in region orchestras.

In the summer of 2014, Megan performed at Carnegie Hall as concertmistress of the Honors Junior Orchestra. This past December, she was accepted into the 2017 New York String Orchestra Seminar and performed in two concerts at Carnegie under the direction of Jaime Laredo. At the Seminar, she had the chance of working with renowned soloists Pamela Frank and Richard Goode. Her chamber group has also been coached during the Seminar by esteemed musicians including Samuel Rhodes, Ivan Chan, Daniel Phillips, Marcy Rosen, and Ida Kavafian.

Outside of music, Megan is one of the editors for her school’s online student publication Wingspan, which has won many honors including the CSPA Gold Crown and an NSPA Pacemaker. She also enjoys reading in her free time.


HsingFang Liu, clarinet

Hsingfang Liu earned her Master degree and Doctoral of Musical Art degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas who studies with Dr. James Gillespie, the formal editor of The Clarinet, the quarterly journal of the International Clarinet Association. At UNT, Hsingfang performed with the UNT Symphonic Band, Clarinet Quartet, and UNT Concert Orchestra as a principle clarinetist. She also played and recorded with the internationally renowned UNT Wind Symphony.

Dr. Liu is a freelance performing artist in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. She has been a featured guest artist with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra as well as the Naaman Forest High School Symphonic Band.

Hsingfang enjoys a successful career as a clarinet teacher for Plano, and Frisco Independent School District. She enjoys teaching clarinet and watching her students grow and become successful musicians. Her students earned top honors in the Collin County Young Artist Competitions and top chairs in the All Region Band, All District Band, and All State Band competitions.


Yi-Jan Liu, percussion

Yi-Jan (Rachel) Liu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from University of North Texas where she also received her Master’s degree. She has studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Robert Schietroma, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, Pei-Ching Wu and many other prestigious musicians.

Since living in Taiwan, Dr. Liu has been an active musician working with many wind ensembles. Not only performing as soloist, she has played orchestral/band percussion, chamber music, percussion ensemble and marching percussion. Dr. Liu has performed with world-renowned artists such as Japanese marimbist Keiko Abe and French organist Maitre Jean Guillou. She has also presented recitals, clinics, and master classes at several universities such as University of Tennessee and Utah State University.

Besides Western music, Dr. Liu is interested in world music and is especially inspired by Taiwanese music, Balinese music and Chinese traditional music. She plays a few Chinese percussion instruments such as Si-quai and Chinese drums and has travelled to Bali to learn Balinese traditional music, gender wayang. She composes and arranges music that incorporates elements from these countries’ musical styles.

Recently, Dr. Liu has won the 2nd place and the award of best interpretation at the 2017 Australian Marimba Competition in Melbourne, Australia. She also has significant teaching experience at different levels ranging from college to high school and middle school. Currently, she teaches percussion lessons at both the middle and high school levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Dr. Liu is endorsed by Innovative Percussion.


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.



Zachary Mansell, cello

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Zachary Mansell began playing the cello at age seven. He earned a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with Mark Kosower and Melissa Kraut respectively. He also studied with Emilio Colon at Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, and Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta. Mansell was the winner of the 2012 Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition. In the fall of 2017 he performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the principal chair. Mansell has performed concerts in Europe, North America, and Asia. In past summers, Mansell has been a participant of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany, National Orchestral Institute, Round Top International Festival Institute, and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, where he had the privilege to work with esteemed conductors including Michael Stern, Leonard Slatkin, and Christoph Eschenbach. As an orchestral musician, Mansell has performed with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, he performed Dohnanyi’s Second Piano Quintet with Peter Salaff, Carolyn Warner, and Mark Jackobs, all faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also performed in master classes with Chris Adkins, Zuill Bailey, Stefan Popov, and Lynn Harrell.


Michael Medina, bass

Bassist Michael Medina, a native of Beeville, Texas, moved to Dallas in 1978 and graduated from the University of North Texas. Michael owns "First Bass Productions", a recording production company that produces projects for a wide variety of artists including 2tone’s CDs. In addition to his work with Horstman, Medina has done extensive studio work, national and local television and radio spots, and recordings and performances with various artists including Luis Conte, Andy Timmons, Ignacio Berroa, Alex Acuna (Weather Report ), Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette, and Lou Marini. Michael is part of the research and development team at Mesa Boogie involved in creating and perfecting amplifiers for the bass guitar. Michaelis currently teaching Audio Engineering at Collin College.


Mark Miller, violin

Concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony 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-Residence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Following studies at SUNY Purchase, Indiana University - Bloomington and Boston University, he studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Kammerorchester of Düsseldorf and a member of the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn.


Ute Miller, viola

Ute Miller is the principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs frequently with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A founder and the Treasurer of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant. She also produces the Color of Sound series at Texas A&M Commerce, where she was Artist-in-Residence. Ute’s 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. 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 recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. The 2016-17 season found Evan soloing with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra (Brahms - Concerto No. 2), performing on Cliburn at the Modern concerts in both fall and spring, returning to Mount Vernon Music, and much more.

Evan’s new recording with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” Evan is also featured on the 2012 release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”

Since June 2014 Evan has been a TCA Texas Touring Roster Artist, and over the past four years he has given more than 150 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom.  Evan is recently completed his doctorate at Texas Christian University. For more information, please visit


Emily Mitchell, harp

Emily Mitchell has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording) In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”

Ms. Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, the BBC, Radio France, Arts & Entertainment, the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and People Magazine among others. Past performances have included Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Sir James Galway with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Carnegie Hall, performances before British Royalty at the King’s Lynn Festival, UK, The Waldorf Hotel in New York City and the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House.

Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was Principal Harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of NYC and taught on the distinguished faculties of New York University and Purchase College, SUNY. Ms. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University where she is Artist-in-Residence. Ms. Mitchell performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, and is director of The New Houston Harp Ensemble.

Her discography includes her popular voice and Celtic harp recordings for RCA Victor. Championing the
works of flutist and composer, Gary Schocker, Changes is her most recent and fourth CD of Schocker music including Garden in Harp and A Harp for Christmas, Volumes 1 and 2, all released on the Albany Records label. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Performer’s Certificate and an Associate with honours from the Royal College of Music, London, Ms. Mitchell won the coveted First Prize at the prestigious Seventh (1979) International Harp Contest in Jerusalem.


Mount Vernon Music

Mount Vernon Music is a charitable organization that provides outstanding performances of live music to communities in northeast Texas - traditional chamber music, jazz and other styles as well as educational and family concerts. President Mark Miller was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies grant, and has been performing and organizing musical events in northeast Texas for the past ten years. Presently concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and other area ensembles. Since 1997 he has produced The Color of Sound, a series of chamber music concerts underwritten by the Music Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mark and his wife Ute also play as Duo Renard.


Jeffery Ou, piano

The career of Taiwanese-American pianist, conductor and previous television personality Jeffery Ou (b. 1991) has taken him across 5 US states and 3 countries. In Europe, Jeffery is an alumnus of the Sankt Goar International Music Academy in Germany and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He was also invited in summer of 2016 to participate in the Cornish-American Song Institute (CASI) in England. In the United States, he is a graduate of the world-renowned College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he was an Emerald Eagle Distinguished Scholar and completed both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Performance, under the guidance of Dr. Steven Harlos and Gustavo Romero.

As a teenager, Jeffery played competitively in no less than 20 events in Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee, and his performances have been described as "utterly gripping in intensity" (Dallas Symphonic Festival, 2007); "...stunning playing on many levels" (Baylor-Waco Piano Competition, 2008); "very exciting...has a lot of flair as a performer and a real sense of visceral excitement" (Juanita Miller State Concerto Competition, 2009); "impressive...with much bravura and passion!" (Dallas Symphonic Festival, 2009); and "like a benediction" (Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series, 2014).

In the summer of 2009, at the age of 18, Jeffery was launched onto the national stage when he participated in NBC's "America's Got Talent," then in its fourth season. He would advance to the Top 48 Quarterfinals and ultimately to the Top 20 Semifinals in Hollywood, performing for and becoming personally acquainted with celebrities including Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff, Nick Cannon, Chris Brown and Ashley Tisdale. Back home, this accomplishment led Jeffery to receive the "Key to the City" award from the mayor of Balch Springs, Texas and the designation of "Jeffery Ou Day" from the mayor of his hometown of Carrollton (October 18, 2009), an invitation to appear on DIFFA 2010 (hosted by Queen Latifah), as well as extensive news coverage from Carrollton Leader, Dallas Chinese Times, Dallas Morning News, NBC, Neighborsgo, University of North Texas News Service, UNT's "Counterpoint" Magazine and CCTV (China).

In addition to piano, Jeffery has also played violin, viola, fortepiano and harpsichord (on the latter two, as a student of Bradley Bennight and Petra Somlai, at the University of North Texas). He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Alpha Chi National College Scholarship Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honour Society.

In extremely high demand as a collaborative pianist and accompanist, Jeffery has worked with students in well over 30 schools in various districts the past several years, and has twice been invited to perform in the Texas All-State Solo/Ensemble Contest in Austin, the McKinney ISD Honors Recitals and the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series in Dallas. He has also taught masterclasses at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas. He has been on staff as pianist at Lake Cities UMC in Lake Dallas since 2014, and from January 2016-May 2017 was staff pianist at Denton Wesley Foundation. Recent performances have featured Jeffery as concerto soloist in Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich with the Shepton HS Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Plano.

In the fall of 2015, to commemorate the 260th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jeffery embarked on an ambitious tour of presenting the complete cycle of solo piano sonatas in six recitals, a project that is currently halfway complete with 10 sonatas in 3 successful performances. The extensive, eclectic list of respected artists for whom he has performed in masterclasses includes pianists NING AN, JUYEON KANG, ROBERTO POLI, JEANEANE DOWIS, JONATHAN LOMASCOLA, BART VAN OORT, JULIUS DRAKE, HELMUT DEUTSCH, LELIA SADLIER, TRUNG SAM, CHARLENE HARB, PATRICIA MCKEWEN AMATO, Danish baritone BO SKOVHUS, German-Mexican tenor EMILIO PONS, German tenor FALKO HÖNISCH, American heldentenor DAVID SADLIER, casting director of Baden-Baden Festival ANDREAS GEIER, and senior vice president/director of IMG Artists MATTHEW HORNER among many others. His private instructors have included Wells Yi Wu (winner of the inaugural Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary), Baya Kakouberi (pupil of Sergei Dorenski and Vladimir Krainev; Director of Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas), Dr. Steven Harlos (chair, Division of Keyboard Studies - UNT College of Music) and acclaimed Mexican-American concert pianist Gustavo Romero. He maintains a very active solo and collaborative performing career.


David Podeschi

David Podeschi, recorder David is a retired retail executive, amateur musician and President of American Recorder Society.


Susan Poelchau, harpsichord

Educated in Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech, Susan Poelchau has performed extensively as an accompanist and continuo player in Dallas and Germany. Currently the Chair of the Sunday Concert Series, she is active as a pianist, singer, handbell director and performer on several Renaissance music instruments including viols, harpsichord and recorders. 


Luis Sanchez, piano

For over two decades, pianist Luis Sanchez has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Sanchez joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012. Praised for his artistry, dazzling technique, and inspiring performances, Luis Sanchez has presented recitals and master classes at Steinway Hall in London, Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), Sala delle Muse at the Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari, Italy), Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agnone (Rome, Italy), National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), the Grieg Academy (Bergen, Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway), Hangyang University (Seoul, South Korea), the Piano Concert Series International (Louisiana), and throughout the United States. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain (Dallas), Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble. In the 2017-2018 season, he has been invited to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.

Luis Sanchez enjoys a successful teaching career. Current and former students have been recipient of prizes at national and state competitions including the Texas Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition, the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, the Muncie Symphony Junior Concerto Competition, and the Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, among others. Additionally, his students have been accepted at numerous summer programs including Piano Texas, Chautauqua Piano Program, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, International Masterclasses and Festival in Moulin d’Ande (France). He thoroughly enjoys teaching a diverse group of students from different corners of the United States as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, China, Bulgaria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Colombia, and South Korea.

In 2014 and 2015, he joined the piano faculty of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, Germany. He has been a frequent presenter at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention. He has also presented papers at the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society Conclaves, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and national and regional College Music Society Conferences. Dr. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions and festivals, including the SAI Piano Competition at the Chautauqua Summer Institution, Musicfest Northwest (Spokane, WA), Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Florida Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Florida State Music Teachers Association, among others. In 2009 and 2012, he was invited to serve as examiner of the International Piano Performance Examination Committee in Taiwan.

Equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, Dr. Sanchez pursued further studies in fortepiano and XVIII century performance practice with Malcolm Bilson, Andrew Willis, and Liv Glaser (Oslo, Norway). In 2012, he was commissioned to write an article on Phil Belt (American builder of fortepianos) for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and Early Music America. In 2012, he was recipient of the Junior Faculty Research Award and the Provost Research Award at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to several career grants and an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, he has received numerous awards, including the Jrimian Young Artist Competition, Centro de Estudios Pianísticos Auditions, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Ball State University Concerto Competition, and Indiana Music Teachers Association.

Born in Argentina, Dr. Sanchez holds degrees from the National Conservatory of Music “Carlos López Buchardo” and Ball State University. His teachers include Ana Litovsky-Grunwald, Graciela Beretervide, Robert Palmer, and Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Sanchez’s CD “A Piano Recital” is available on,, and can be downloaded on ITunes. For additional information and engagements, follow him on Facebook and Twitter or visit


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.


Chie Soliz-Watanabe, piano

A native of Japan, pianist Chie Soliz-Watanabe made her Carnegie Hall debut as an Artists International prizewinner in 2006 and has performed at many other venues in New York, Colorado, California, Texas, Spain and Japan. She has won many prizes and awards including the Nagoya Television Piano Competition, the Mie Music Competition, the Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, the MTNA Competition in Texas, the Fort Collins Symphony Competition, the Wideman Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship Competition and the Virginia Warning International Piano Competition.

As an active collaborative musician, Dr. Soliz-Watanabe won the 2004 Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition in New York. In 2011, she was selected by renowned composer Jake Heggie to give the public premier of his new song cycle A Question of Light at the Dallas Museum of Art under the auspices of Dallas Opera.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Music from Tokyo College of Music.


Hyeyoung Song, piano

Praised for her “Authenticity, maturity and integrity,” “Exquisite sensitivity and a beautiful tone,” “Truly magical!”, and as a pianist who “captures audience’s ears and hearts,” Song enjoys her career as a performer and educator. The New Piano Group, in reviewing her sold-out Carnegie Hall performance, hailed her interpretations as “warm, expressive, yet powerful... Ms. Song gave a colorful account of this piece and made the piano sound like the orchestra…She is a keen listener who is aware of the voices and their movements. It was tender, calm, graceful and gentle.” Her recent performances include recitals in such venues as American Church in Paris, Candas Hall in Spain, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, Texas Hall, LBJ Fine Arts Auditorium, First State Bank Performing Arts Center, Margo Jones Performance Hall, Caldwell-Carvey Hall, Alkek Fine Arts Auditorium, Sejong Performing Arts Center, and 3.15 National Performing Arts Center in Korea.

As a dedicated educator, Song has been also invited to present recitals and master classes in many festivals and institutions such as Southwestern University, Texas Women¹s University, Central Texas College, North Texas College, the Stony Brook international piano festival, the Gijon International Piano Festival, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Seoul Theological University Piano Festival. She is a founding member of the piano duo AZUL with pianist Amy Gustafson and actively performs duo recitals throughout the United States.

Song won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Piano Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, the Sydney Wright Piano Competition, and Ewha Concerto Competition. She holds Bachelor¹s and Master¹s degrees from Ewha Woman¹s University, an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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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Sweet Pipes Recorders

The Sweet Pipes Recorders are mostly members of the Dallas Recorder Society who arranged a program for this series. The group is composed of: Jamie Allen, Cornell Kinderknecht, David Podeschi and Alice Derbyshire, recorder; Cris Gale, ocarina; Don Vitsentzos, guitar; Gretchen Nichols, cello; Susan Poelchau, harpsichord; and Claudia Jameson, soprano.


Tarleton Chamber Music

Composed of Texas A&M-Tarleton faculty members  Iwao Asakura, baritone; Brian Walker, trumpet; and Leslie Spotz, piano. See their individual listings.


Ebonee Thomas, flute

Ebonee Thomas is originally from Plano, TX and holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She was most recently Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony for 3 seasons. She was previously Principal Flute of the Florida Grand Opera and held a one-year position as Second Flute with the Houston Symphony. Ebonee completed a fellowship with the prestigious New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas where she performed the North American premiere of Christian Lindberg's flute concerto, The World of Montuagretta. She also performed John Adams' Chamber Symphony in Carnegie Hall under the composer's baton. Ebonee was principal flute for the Star Wars: In Concert! orchestra during their U.S., Canada, and Mexico tour. She also performed as Principal flute in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess: A Broadway Musical with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ebonee has performed with Sarasota Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony and most recently the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies. In addition to performing, Ebonee has a passion for teaching and holds a full studio of private students.


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.


Don Vitsentzos, classical guitar

Don Vitsentzos studied classical music performance at the University of California at San Diego under the direction of Phillips recording artists Celin and Pepe Romero where he was exposed to all forms of traditional Spanish and modern guitar repertoire. He records and performs regularly in the New York, Los Angeles and Dallas areas with various artists. He also studied classical Indian music with world renowned violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and records and performs with one of India’s foremost sitarists, Aloke DasGupta. Don has pioneered Esraj playing to new levels of technique by blending both Indian and Western Classical concepts and technique and is quite proficient at Sitar. |


Brian Walker, trumpet

Brian Walker is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Prior to his appointment at Tarleton, Dr. Walker previously taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas and The Florida State University as well as privately in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Additionally, he was an Assistant Band Director at Fowler Middle School in Frisco, TX before he began teaching college full-time. His students have been accepted into numerous undergraduate and graduate music programs throughout the United States.

Dr. Walker is an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild, where he is also Chair of the Recording Projects Committee and Co-Chair of the Video Media Committee. This year the Tarleton State Trumpet Ensemble performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio. He is also co-founder of the Dallas Trumpet Workshop, held annually in July at Eastfield College.

Dr. Walker holds degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA), The Florida State University (MM) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (BM). His primary teachers include Michael Miles, Christopher Moore, John Holt and Adam Gordon.

Dr. Walker is a frequent solo, chamber and orchestral performer. Most recently he performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall in April of 2014. Brian Walker is an artist for the Bach division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation.


Dongni Xie, piano

Born in China, Dongni Xie began playing piano at the age of five and gave her first recital at twelve. Xie is the Gold Medalist of the Odyssiad International Competition, American Music Competition and SAI Young Artist competition, and a prize winner of the Carmel International Piano Competition, the Debut Concerto Competition, Young Chang Piano Competition (Korea) and the BMC Zimmerli International Competition, among others. Xie has performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, at venues Including the Chateau de Fontainebleau, Gijon City Hall, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed with the Debut Concert Orchestra and opened the 2017-2018 season of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra.

Xie received her B.M. at Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Chen Jiang, M.M. at Peabody Conservatory of Music with Yong Hi Moon, and Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California with Norman Krieger. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Texas where she majors in piano performance with a full scholarship and fellowship, under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. In addition, Xie has worked with many distinguished pianists, such as Richard Goode, Dominique Weber, Robert Levin, Robert McDonald, John Perry, Boris Slutsky and Tsong Fu.


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.


Sunny Heesun Yun, piano

Pianist Hee Sun Yun, otherwise known as Sunny Heesun Yun, is from South Korea. As a solo pianist, she has performed throughout America, Europe, and South Korea. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea, and the Varna Opera House in Varna, Bulgaria.
She won the first place in several international competitions, including Rose Petroff Foundation Piano Competition in San Antonio, Texas, American Protégé International Piano and String Competition in New York City, American Protégé International Concerto Competition in New York City, and International Symphonic Workshops Piano Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2014, Dr. Peter A. Petroff (b.1942) dedicated his composition, Rhapsody No.8, to her. The piece was published in a folio, "Selected Advanced Concert Works for Piano," which is available at RBC Music in San Antonio, Texas.

Sunny is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas. She earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Chugye University for the Arts and graduated from Deokwon Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea. She is studying piano with a renowned Polish-American pianist and pedagogue Adam Wodnicki and orchestral conducting with Dr. Clay Couturiaux as her related field at UNT. She is an associate music director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Carrollton and is on the music faculty at Eastfield College.


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