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Aquila di Guerra, violas da gamba

This group is made up of orchestra students from Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, TX who are expanding their experience with string instruments and music from an earlier era. Their group is directed by Pedro Funes.


Lakshmi Ananthakrishnan, violin

Lakshmi Ananthakrishnan has played the violin for over 30 years. She was an avid musician throughout her childhood in Kentucky, performing and soloing with local orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She received a degree in violin performance at the University of Louisville in 2000, studying under Peter McHugh. She then shifted paths to pursue a career in medicine, receiving a medical degree from the University of Louisville in 2004. She completed her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 and a fellowship in Abdominal Radiology at Northwestern Medical Center in 2010. During her medical training, she continued to play violin with community orchestras and chamber music groups. She performed with the World Doctors Orchestra in 2009 in Cleveland, and with the World Civic Orchestra in 2010 and 2012 in New York. Lakshmi is now a practicing abdominal radiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is excited for her chance to renew her love of music by performing with the Boulanger Quintet.


Sohyun Anh, piano

Pianist Sohyun Ahn has been described as a “ dynamo… fluid and accurate… with panache and glittering clarity…” by the New Jersey Classical Society Review and her solo recital at Seoul Arts Center was named the Best Concert of the Year by South Korea’s leading classical music journal, Eumak-Chunchu.

With a solo and concerto repertoire that ranges from J.S. Bach to John Musto, she has performed in prestigious concert halls and festivals in more than a dozen countries in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Her New York performances include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church, Riverside Church, among many others, and she was a guest soloist at the concert honoring the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth at the Sejong Art Center in Seoul, Korea. Hearing one of her performances, Roger Malouf, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, characterized it as “technically immaculate and of the highest musical quality".

Sohyun has performed as a collaborator with such renowned instrumentalists as violist Eunsik Choi and cellist Marion Feldman. She also works closely with the New York Westside Opera, the New Jersey Concert Opera, and the Pineda Lyric Opera, and has performed over twenty complete opera productions from Mozart to Wagner.

She has been honored at numerous international and national piano competitions, including the RSAMD Bach Competition, the Governor’s Recital Competition, the Daejeon Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the Yongpyung Music Festival Concerto Competition and the New York Trinity Church Concert Audition. She was a finalist for the Dudley International Competition, and received the semi-finalist award from the Vianna da Motta International Competition.

Sohyun received her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Professional Studies Degree at Manhattan School of Music, Masters Degrees with distinction from the Royal Scottish Conservatory and Tokyo Geidai Academy, and Bachelor’s Degree from Yonsei University in Korea.

In 2017-2018 season, Sohyun will be at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City and Chicago Myra Hess Concert Series as a soloist.


Boulanger Quintet

Sing-Yi Feng, violin; Lakshmi Ananthakrishnan, violin; Shan Su, viola; Matthew Lewis, cello; Noah DeGarmo, piano

The Boulanger Quintet was founded in April 2018 by an emergency physician, a pediatric emergency physician/medical toxicologist, a radiologist, a biomedical engineer and a medical student who all love medicine and music. We chose to name our group for the early twentieth century French musician sisters - the Boulangers. Lili Boulanger was a talented composer and the first female winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome composition competition. She unfortunately passed away at age 24 from tuberculosis in 1918. Her sister Nadia was a famous composer, pianist, and pedagogue who taught such students as Philip Glass and Daniel Barenboim. We wanted to continue to convey their love of music and education. We are grateful for coachings from Mark Miller of Mount Vernon Music and Matthew Kline. This is our debut performance together. We look forward to sharing our music with you!


Troy Chun, bass

Born in Daegu, South Korea in 1977, Troy Chun – Bass, started his proper music education when he reached age 27. Chun has grown up with musical variety in his teenage years and taught himself to play bass. Chun has a Bachelor degree in French Literature (Kwandong Univ. of Korea 2005). Chun immediately went into a private Jazz institution where Chun was introduced to Jazz music and Doublebass. After a year, he graduated and worked for Seoul Jazz Academy as a Teaching assistant. Chun has won the first prize from Incheon Jazz Competition.

In 2008 he was admitted to enter the University of North Texas Jazz Studies Major, studying under Professor Lynn Seaton. From 2010-2016 Chun has received various scholarships from the University of North Texas College of Music.

Chun is now a very active musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area playing with numbers of musicians with all styles of music.


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.


Tim Courtney, guitar

Specializing in fingerstyle and classical guitar, Tim’s repertoire spans over 5 centuries – from renaissance music of Spain to contemporary compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Tim blends his love of rock and classical music in the many fingerstyle arrangements of classic rock and pop tunes that he performs. From the Beatles and The Who to Soundgarden and Green Day, Tim’s arrangements appeal to a broad audience. In addition to regular performances, he is very active as a guitar instructor. Tim is on faculty at El Centro College in Dallas, TX where he teaches guitar classes, private lessons, music fundamentals and music appreciation classes. Tim also teaches guitar lessons and classes in Denton, TX through the Childbloom Guitar Program, and has served as a judge in guitar competitions at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX and Collin College in Plano, TX.

While spending his early days playing in hard rock and heavy metal bands in his hometown of Buffalo, NY, Tim’s desire to learn new styles led him to study jazz and classical guitar. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from SUNY Fredonia, Tim was awarded a graduate assistantship at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where he earned his master’s degree in performance. Tim was awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas upon entering the Doctor of Musical Arts program.


Dallas Consort of Viols

The Dallas Consort of Viols, led by Susan Scheib, is a group of classically trained musicians who meet regularly to explore the viol repertoire, the bulk of which was composed in the 17th century when this instrument flourished.  The members of the group travel regularly to workshops with noted clinicians to further their knowledge and share their love of the viol with other enthusiasts. The group is composed of Allen Garvin, Martina Kroll, Rachel Phares, Susan Poelchau and Susan Scheib.

About the Viol: The viol, or viola da gamba, is a family of stringed instruments celebrated in European music from the Renaissance to the Enlightnement. Today on both sides of the Atlantic, soloists as well as viol groups - known as "consorts" - have rediscovered the lost repertoire and etheral beaty of this early instrument. The viol was first known as the "bowe guitar" (vihela da archo), a joint descendent of the medieval fiddle and the 15th-century Spanish guitar. Unlike its cousin, the arm-supported violin (viola da braccio), the viol is held upright on the leg (gamba) or between the legs; its bow is gripped underhand; and its body is made of bent or molded wood. These characteristics lend a distinctive lightness and resonance to viol sound that have inspired a wave of new works by 21st-century composers and a growing enthusiasm on the part of international audiences.


Noah DeGarmo, piano

Noah C. DeGarmo works primarily as an Emergency Medicine Physician, but his primary passion has always been piano. He has studied with Iris Graffman Wenglin, Xak Bjerken, Alan Chow, and currently Matthew Kline. He has played in master classes with Leon Fleischer and Tong-Il Han. Concerto performances include Mozart No. 20, Beethoven No. 3, and Rhapsody in Blue, most recently as finalist in the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition in 2012. After moving to Dallas a few years ago, he competed in the Cliburn Amateur competition as a quarterfinalist in 2016 and received second place later that summer at the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition. Outside of music he enjoys his two golden retrievers, Mayzie and Ella, as well as travel and cooking.


Miguel Espinel, Chinese ruan / percussion / guitar

Miguel Espinel is a Venezuelan musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist, currently based in Denton, TX. He has a MA in Music with a focus on composition from the University of North Texas, where he is currently enrolled in doctoral studies for ethnomusicology. He has taken part in UNT's Chinese ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Nova (new music ensemble), and Brazilian ensemble for multiple semesters and is part of the free improvisation duo Monte Espina along with fellow Venezuelan improviser Ernesto Montiel. Espinel's compositions have been performed in conferences and concerts in Denton, Fort Worth, College Station, Houston, Saint Cloud (MN), New Brunswick (NJ), Tallahassee (FL), and Eugene (OR).


Sing-Yi Feng, violin

Sing-Yi Feng is a pediatric emergency physician and medical toxicologist on faculty at UT Southwestern who rediscovered her love of the violin after a fifteen-year hiatus. She has studied with Rochelle Walton, Carol Amado, and currently, Mark Miller. She was a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and a previous winner of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and performed Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol with them. In 2014, she participated in the Baltimore Symphony Academy, which resurrected her violin career. Since then, she has been in the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest Chamber Music for Adults and the Manhattan String Quartet workshops. Dr. Feng is currently a member of the World Doctors Orchestra and has been part of the WDO’s Munich/Salzburg and Dubai tours. She also participated in the WDO’s tenth anniversary celebration in June 2018 with concerts at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin. She also loves cooking and baking for friends and family, learning about fine wines, knitting, traveling, and running.


Jesse Fry, piano

Jesse Fry, piano, holds a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from Asbury College and a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education from Southern Methodist University. He has worked for the Salvation Army of Texas as Assistant to the Divisional Music Director where his responsibilities included administering private lessons to brass players, percussionists and pianists at Salvation Army centers around the state. He also directed bands, choirs and assisted local music leaders throughout the state of Texas. In addition, he had the honor of traveling with the Salvation Army to Central and South America and regularly attends the Territorial Music Institute held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2009 Jesse founded Collaborative Pianists DFW, an agency which provides professional accompanying services for a variety of Dallas-Fort Worth vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. In 2017, Jesse founded Trekorda as an expansion of Collaborative Pianists of DFW, whose services, musicians, and territory now reach beyond the immediate DFW community. See his website at:


Pedro Funes, viola da gamba

Pedro Funes received his Master's Degree in Early Music at Indiana University, where he received an Associate’s Instructorship, studying viola gamba and vielle with Wendy Gillespie. Previous teachers include Mary Springfels and Carter Crawford. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Houston on double bass and studied with Dennis Whittaker.He received his Master's Degree in Early Music at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied viola gamba and vielle with Wendy Gillespie and performed baroque bass in the IU Baroque Orchestra under Stanley Ritchie. He was the Teaching Assistant for the Beginner Viols at Conclave 2016. Pedro has performed across the state of Texas with Ars Lyrica, Texas Early Music Project, Austin Troubadours, La Follia and Principal Bass with Austin Baroque Orchestra. While in Houston he was a member of the Clear Lake Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Baytown Symphony.

He is the Assistant Orchestra Director at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe ISD and Director of the Aquila di Guerra (HS Viol Ensemble).  Currently he is the President of Viols of Houston, President of Houston Early Music and Director of the Young Players Weekend for the Viola Da Gamba Society of America.


Jay Gardner, tenor

Jay Gardner is a versatile performer at home in opera, musical theater and cabaret. He has performed with the Dallas Opera, St. Petersburg (FL) Opera, Lyric Stage, Circle Theater, The Dallas Theater Center and Sammons Cabaret to name a few. He was a soloist in the Carnegie Hall Premier of Sing For The Cure and has appeared at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado and the Cherry Creek Music Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. In 2014 Jay had the honor of attending the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as a Cabaret Fellow where he studied with international cabaret Artist Barb Junger and Tony and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel. He has also attended the St. Louis Cabaret Conference where he worked with Faith Prince, Marilyn Maye and Ann Hampton Callaway among others.

Jay co-authors The Music Men, a monthly column reviewing original cast albums and solo recordings by noted cabaret artists, for Jay serves as Founder and Artistic Director of Front Line Cabaret which is dedicated to bringing the art of cabaret to audiences in North Texas.Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor at Collin College where he teaches musical theater song interpretation and voice. See his websites at, or


Amy Gustafson, piano

American pianist Amy Elizabeth Gustafson has performed across the United States and in both Western and Eastern Europe.

Born into musical family, her talent was evident at an early age, and she received some of her beginning piano instruction from her grandmother. She also studied with Sandra Polanski of Jackson, Mississippi and took lessons during the summers with John Weems in Houston. By the age of 15, she had won several competitions, including the prestigious Baldwin competition. Her success led her to move to New York City, where she continued her studies at Manhattan School of Music, earning the Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Constance Keene and the Masters degree at New York University, where she was a scholarship student of Miyoko Nakaya Lotto. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin, studying under the renowned pianist Anton Nel and has completed her Professional Studies Certificate at Manhattan School of Music with Andre Michele-Schub. She is currently studying with Juilliard professor Julian Martin.

Gustafson has won numerous awards, including the second prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition and the Special Presentation Award from Artists International. In addition, she has participated in the master classes of some of the world's foremost pedagogues including, Julian Martin, Arie Vardi, Vladimir Feltsman, Veda Kaplinsky, Paul Badura-Skoda, Martin Canin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Luiz de Moura Castro.

Currently she enjoys a busy schedule of performing and teaching in New York City. Her most recent performances included recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Along with her busy performing schedule, she is currently a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music.


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.


Matthew Ho, violin

Born in Texas, Matthew Ho started his violin studies at age 4. He has since studied with his mother Hsing-Yi Lin, Andrew Gustus, Charles Krigbaum, and Jan Mark Sloman. Matthew has had the honor of winning competitions at the local and national levels. He has performed as a violinist at Carnegie Hall on four separate occasions. He won 1st place at the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2009, 2011 and 2013. His other honors include winning 1st place at the 2013 New York International Artists Association Violin Competition, a Gold medal at the 2013 American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) Festival, 1st place at the 2014 Duquesne Young Artist National Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 1st place at the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition in 2015. He was also featured in a special CD concert as part of the 2012 National Suzuki Association of the Americas conference. Matthew made his violin solo debut with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra in May, 2017 as the grand prize winner of its concerto competition. He won 3rd place at MTNA Nationals 2018, and was a "rising star" performer for Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas in summer 2018. He was.winner of the ASTA Junior String Competition 2019. Matthew is in the 10th grader at St Mark’s School of Texas.

Abigail Kent, harp

Abigail Kent is the 2017–19 touring “Concert Artist” of the American Harp Society after winning the prestigious Pan-American solo competition. Currently, she is presenting solo recitals and teaching masterclasses throughout the US and Canada, while also having been a featured harp soloist for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, a Laureate Finalist at the 2017 Classics Alive management search in Los Angeles, and named the February 2018 “New Artist of the Month” for Musical America International Magazine.

Her earlier awards include Finalist for 2016 International Harp Competition in Hungary, Winner of 2015 American Strings Teachers Association Senior Harp National Solo Competition, and Winner of “Play With Pros” Concerto Competition, performing with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the 2013 Saratoga Harp Colony.

As an orchestral harpist, she is Principal Harpist for “Symphony in C” and is Guest Musician Harpist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Additionally, she has been Principal Harpist of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra as well as the Principal Harpist fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. She has performed internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Southwark Cathedral in London, and Konzerthaus in Berlin and has performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, and Ken Lam.

An avid proponent of new music, she has premiered commissioned works and solos written for her including dahlianum by Andrew Hsu, The Star at Night by Ben Yee-Paulsen, and The Tolstoy Trio by Nicholas Bentz.

A multi-instrumentalist, Ms. Kent has studied classical piano, cello, and mandolin as well as Celtic harp and tenor banjo, and began her classical pedal harp studies in 2010 first with Judy McCoy, then Anastasia Jellison, Jacquelyn Bartlett, Catherine White and Elizabeth Hainen. In 2014, she completed a Jazz harp course with the legendary Park Stickney.

In masterclass settings, Abigail has worked with Susann McDonald, Jana Bouskova, Maria Luisa Rayan, Anneleen Lenaerts, Catrin Finch, Ina Zdorovetchi, Karen Vaughan, Chantal Mathieu, Skaila Kanga, Nancy Allen, and Isabelle Moretti.

Ms. Kent studied for a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then was selected as the Maryjane Mayhew Barton Fellow at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she graduated with the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics. Currently, she is a Presidential Scholar studying with Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in the Masters of Music program at Mannes School of Music in New York City.


Carolyn Keyes, flute

Flutist, educator, and arts advocate Dr. Carolyn Keyes brings infectious creativity and passion to every aspect of her career. From the concert stage to the classroom and the community, she is committed to sharing the wonders of music making with the world.

Carolyn’s love of performing has taken her around the United States: most recently to join the faculty of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Since moving to back to the area, she has reunited with guitarist Tim Courtney to form dZuo, an eclectic chamber ensemble specializing in original transcriptions of everything from traditional Japanese music to punk rock. Previously she was a member of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas, and was a frequent performer with the Cheyenne Symphony in Wyoming. Carolyn was a finalist and prize winner in the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition and received honorable mentions in the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition and the Texas MTNA Woodwind Young Artist Competition.

In her teaching practice, she continually strives to find innovative ways to empower her students. In the spring of 2011, she developed and implemented a class on creativity for the undergraduate flutists at the University of Colorado. She utilized exercises from creative writing and theater, along with original exercises, to help the students hone their creative process. She also organized a “scale relay race” to help her high school students improve their technique while having fun and working in teams. Currently, Dr. Keyes is an adjunct instructor at Tarleton State University. Prior to this year, she taught flute, flute choir, and various academic courses at Cameron University. She has also held positions as a lecturer at the University of Colorado, and as flute faculty at the Dallas School of Music, DanaVMusic, and the Jan Angle Memorial Conservatory.

As a recipient of the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership, Carolyn is committed to supporting the arts in schools and the community. Most recently, she served as the administrator for the Longmont Youth Symphony and participated in the Longmont Symphony’s Mentors in Music program, which provides expert instruction to schools in low income districts. Carolyn interned with the Shropshire Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that teaches music to war torn children in Europe and Africa, where she helped to organize their first annual “Practice for Peace” fundraiser. In 2011 she published an article on the role of imagination and the arts in a democratic education in the independent interdisciplinary journal, Consortium.

Carolyn received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. Her previous studies include a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. Her major teachers include Christina Jennings, Terri Sundberg, Elizabeth McNutt, Leonard Garrison, Nina Assimakopolous, and Judith Bentley. Carolyn continues to study the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) with David Yudo Sawyer.


Clara Kim, violin

Clara started learning violin when she was four and a half years old. She moved to Texas with her family in 2013. Her previous violin teacher in Grand Rapids, MI was Mrs. Dylana Jenson. Currently Clara is a student of Mr. Jan Sloman. She participates in the Reedy High School Orchestra. She was honorable mention in Colin County Young Artist Competition (CCYAC) in 2014. She was the first prize winner at Frisco's Got Talent contest in 2016. She was second chair in All Region Orchestra in the past three years. She was the second place winner in Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2017. She was the second place winner in Roger and Ella Jo Competition hosted by Allen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018. She won the 16th place in All state competition in Texas in 2018.


Tanakrit Korat, piano

Originally from Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Tanakrit is currently pursuing a Jazz Studies degree at the University of North Texas. In fall 2018, he studied abroad at Kungliga musikhögskolan (KMH) in Stockholm, Sweden where he studied jazz piano with Adam Forkelid. In Summer of 2018, he presented a jazz workshop at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand. Tanakrit also studied classical piano with Thomas Schwan at UNT.

Currently pursuing a Jazz Studies degree at the University of North Texas. Tanakrit studies jazz piano with Stefan Karlson, Sergio Pamies, and Pat Coil to name a few. Tanakrit also studies classical piano with Thomas Schwan at UNT. Tanakrit also led his own projects comprising of current and former UNT students. The group performed at venues across Denton. He was also a member of the 4 O'clock Lab Band directed by drummer Colleen Clark. The band performed a rigorous repertoire of Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Marie Schneider, and Chick Webb. Tanakrit was a finalist in the 2018 Thailand International Jazz Conference.


Les Touches, viols

Pedro Funes and Stephanie Raby have been playing together as Les Touches since October 2011, which they formed at the Jacobs School Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Their ensemble’s core repertoire is chamber music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period ranging from viol consorts to trio sonatas. They have performed concerts across the USA working with groups such as Texas Early Music Project and The South Dakota Chorale and continue to actively pursue collaboration with other musicians. They competed as one of 10 finalists in the York Young Artist International Competition in 2015 and performed at Boston Early Music Festival in 2013 and 2017.

2014 marked the inaugural season of Les Touches in Texas and the start of a partnership with Viols of Houston with whom they have started outreach at Oak Ridge High School. The joy they have found playing music together has compelled Les Touches to strive to share their passion for the viola da gamba and make this fascinating consort repertoire and chamber music accessible to their community in central and south east Texas.


Matthew Lewis, cello

Matthew Allen Lewis, Ph.D. studied mathematical physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a member of the University Circle Chamber Orchestra (for non-music majors) and local rock band thieves like us. He received his Ph.D. in Radiological Sciences in 2002 from UT Southwestern Medical Center, where today he serves on the faculty of the Department of Radiology as a image scientist working with emerging medical imaging modalities such as spectral CT and ultrasound tomography. In 2018, he enjoyed playing the liuto cantabile in the mandocello section of the Classical Mandolin Society of America En Masse Orchestra in Santa Rosa, California.


Hsingfang Liu, clarinet

Hsingfang Liu earned her Master degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Liu studied with Dr. James Gillespie, the former editor of The Clarinet which is the quarterly journal of the International Clarinet Association. At UNT, Dr. Liu performed with the UNT Symphonic Band, Clarinet Quartet, and the UNT Concert Orchestra as a principal clarinetist. Dr. Liu 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. She will perform with James Bowie High School Wind Ensemble in the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2018.

Dr. Liu enjoys a successful career as a clarinet teacher for the Plano and Frisco Independent School Districts. She enjoys teaching clarinet and watching her students grow and become successful musicians. Her students earned top honors in the Collin County Young Artist Competition and the Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition. Every year her students earned top chairs in the All Region Band, All District Band, and All State Band competitions.


Li Liu, jazz vocalist

Li Liu’s passion for jazz led her from Taiwan to the heart and soul of the music – the southern United States, the birthplace of jazz. Before moving to the United States, Li had already crafted a successful career as a jazz vocalist in Taiwan. She performed in major venues, toured with professional jazz musicians, recorded an album, and appeared in the TV programs Chinese Million Star and University.

However, in her heart she strove for more. She wanted to explore the roots of the music she loves, so she left her comfortable life in Taiwan and dove headfirst into the Texas jazz scene. At the University of North Texas she studied with some of the best jazz educators in the United States, and she continues to perform in the bustling music scene of the night clubs and bars of the downtown Dallas. Since moving to Texas Li has found a passion for singing gospel music in Texas Churches. This gospel sound has inspired her scat singing and compositions.

Li Liu is a risk-taker when improvising. She regards every solo opportunity as her last chance to express herself. Li has a strong sense of projection and loses herself in the pleasure of sharing music with her audiences. Her latest original Chinese jazz project – Song Dynasty creates a unique sound by fusing playful Chinese lyrics with jazz-rooted compositions. She has toured the east coast of Canada, the United States Pacific North West and Taiwan. She is looking forward to releasing her debut album with Song Dynasty in winter 2018.

Li has a passion for teaching, and she is always looking to develop her teaching skill. After receiving her master’s degree of Jazz Studies at University of North Texas in 2018 she participated the vocal pedagogy conference LoVetri’s method Somatic Voicework™ at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. She is certified in all three levels. Li is enthusiastic to share her experience and knowledge with all of her students.

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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.


YuXin Mei, pipa

YuXin Mei is a renowned pipa performer and currently a PhD student of Ethnomusicology at UNT and director of the UNT Chinese Ensemble. Mei's paper “Negotiating with Sound: The Living Sound Niche Created by the Chinese Immigrants in Dallas Area” won the Vida Chenoweth Student Paper Prize in 2016, awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains Chapter, and she received the presitigous Presser Graduate Music Award in March 2018. She completed the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Pipa Performance and Education at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Xingai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. From 2006-2012, she was faculty at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and previously she was Artistic Director and soloist for Zhuhai Chinese Music Chamber Orchestra.

Mei has performed in China, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and other countries and regions. She has taught masterclasses at the Macau Art School and the Chong Hong Chinese Music Association in Macau. She was invited to Norway from 2012 to 2016 as part of the cultural exchange project "Spoor" hosted by The Cultural Rucksack in Akershus. In 1998, Mei released the album Spring of Zhu Hai.


Yuko Mansell, violin

A native of Nara, Japan, Yuko Mansell began playing the violin at the age of three, and has been giving performances across North America and Japan. She holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under renowned violinists Henryk Kowalski, Ik-hwan Bae, Koichiro Harada, and Federico Agostini, as well as with Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of North Texas under guidance of Julia Bushkova. As an avid teacher, she maintains a large studio in Plano, TX, and performs with several ensembles across the Dallas – Fort Worth vicinity.


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 Piano Concerto No. 2 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, the Ukraine and the People’s Republic of China. He has performed the entire cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in public, from memory, as a concentrated series, twice. 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. 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 the Opera dell’Arte Ensemble (NYC). Further, he has collaborated with the University of North Texas (UNT) Symphony Orchestra.

Marshall earned his D.M.A. in Piano Performance degree at UNT in 2018. He also holds three M.M. degrees from SMU: piano (2011), organ (2012) and orchestral conducting (2013).


Menagerie Multicultural Ensemble

Menagerie Multicultural Ensemble was founded and managed by Sheng-Hsin Lin in March 2014 on the principles of friendship and musicianship among different countries, cultures, and languages. The ensemble seeks new possibilities in unorthodox performance formats.

Musicians in the ensemble represent their home countries including China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Venezuela. Their musical backgrounds are interdisciplinary to encompass fields such as classical performance, jazz, and ethnomusicology. The instrumentation is non-traditional and flexible with the incorporation of the clarinet, Chinese pipa, Chinese Sheng, a jazz rhythm section, and world percussion.The mission of Menagerie is to explore multicultural music making in a diverse world.

Collectively, Menagerie believes that music is the universal language of the world and can bring people together in common expression. Through the process of creating music together, the ensemble is able to create an innovative sound for the world and help unlock the barriers between varying nations, histories, and beliefs.

Musicians performing for this concert are: Sheng-Hsin Lin, clarinet/ arranger; YuXin Mei, pipa; Tanakrit Korat, piano; Ben Holt, guitar; Alexander Strader, Chinese sheng/clarinet; Troy Chun, bass; Nicholas Rothouse, world percussion; Li Liu, jazz vocalist; Miguel Espinel, Chinese ruan/percussion/guitar



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.


Mount Vernon Music

Mount Vernon Music is a membership-based nonprofit devoted to bringing outstanding performances of classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to underserved audiences in rural Northeast Texas. Mark and Ute Miller are founders and mainstays of the group.


Jeffery Ou, piano

In 2009, 18-year-old Jeffery Ou introduced himself to the music world by emerging as a Top 20 Semifinalist in the fourth season of “America’s Got Talent.” He was among the youngest contestants as well as the only classical musician, instrumentalist and East Asian to reach semifinals in the American spin on the “Got Talent” franchise that year. His performance drew worldwide attention.

The career of Taiwanese-American pianist, conductor, singer and television personality Jeffery Ou (b. 1991) has taken him across 5 US states and 3 countries. In Europe, Jeffery holds Diplomas in Art Song and Opera from the Sankt Goar International Music Academy in Germany, and is an alumnus of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He was also invited in summer of 2016 to enroll 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 Piano Performance, under the guidance of Dr. Steven Harlos and Gustavo Romero.

Showing a remarkable disposition for music as a very young child, Jeffery began formal studies in piano at age 6, and excelled competitively in no less than 20 events in Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee in his teen years, where his performances were described as “very mature playing...” (North Texas Youth Music Competition, 2004); "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 student musicians 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 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 (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. February 2018 saw Jeffery’s vocal performance debut in McKinney, singing the role of Sammy Fong in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song.” He maintains a very active solo and collaborative performing career, and is highly sought after as a respected teacher and freelance artist throughout the North Texas metroplex and beyond.


Christopher Phillpott, viola da gamba

Christopher Phillpott performs regularly on cello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba while maintaining a studio of over sixty students in the Frisco Independent School District. He has performed with such ensembles as the Dallas Bach Society, Denton Bach Players, Orchestra of New Spain, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and the Early Music America Young Performer’s Festival Ensemble; he currently serves as the librarian and personnel manager for Lumedia Musicworks. Mr. Phillpott holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance and a master’s degree in musicology from Texas Christian University, as well as an Early Music Certificate from the Florida State University.


Stephanie Raby, viola da gamba

Stephanie Raby was first inspired by authentic historical performance as a girl living in England. During her undergrad years at the University of North Texas she was presented with the unique opportunity to study the field and it was here that she learned about the viola da gamba. Her studies as a baroque violinist with Cynthia Roberts and as gambist with Patricia Nordstrom and Allen Whear had such an impact that she went on to complete a Master’s in Early Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Throughout her time there she was privileged to study with Stanley Ritchie (violin) and Wendy Gillespie (viol) among others. Currently Ms. Raby is an active violinist, violist, and gamba player performing with such groups as Mountainside Baroque, La Follia Austin Baroque, and Queen City Musicians as well as a founding member of Les Touches Viol Consort.


Nicholas Rothouse - world percussion

Nicholas Rothouse received his Bachelor Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he was able to play with the Brazilian Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Drew Zaremba UNITY Orchestra, Jazz Singers, Latin Jazz Lab Band, and the 7 time Grammy nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band.

Nicholas has performed with artists such as Shaun Martin, Robert “Sput” Searight, Mark Letteri, Mono Neon, Myron Butler, Tito and Tarantula, RC and the Gritz, Snarky Puppy, and Bobby Mcferrin. He has recorded with AMP Trio, Sergio Paimes, MAYTA, The Kwinton Gray Project, Christian Valdes Sextet, UNT Symphonic Band, UNT Wind Symphony, UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band, the UNT Two O’ Clock Lab Band, the UNT One O’ Clock Lab Band, and The Toshi Clinch Big Band.

In the summer of 2014, Nicholas toured Europe with his Grandfather’s band, Tito and Tarantula. He had the opportunity to play in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. In May 2016, he toured Australia with the One O’ Clock Lab Band in Sydney, Melbourne, and Mount Gambier. In May and June of 2017, he toured around the United States with Shaun Martin. In December 2017-January 2018, he traveled to Ghana and Mali with world renowned percussionist, Weedie Braimah. While in West Africa, he studied traditional Ga music from Ghana, and various styles of Djembe music in Mali.

He is currently playing with Shaun Martin, The Kwinton Gray Project, MAYTA, Bandan Koro, Eton y sus rumberos, JD Beck and Friends, Quentin Moore, and also freelancing with various bands/artists in the Dallas Metroplex.


Nikola Ružević, cello

A native of Croatia, Nikola Nino Ružević has performed in countries around the world where he has received critical acclaim for his artistry. The Los Angeles Times wrote about his “… thrilling intensity and apprehensible projection” and “compelling narrative skills and imaginative coloring. Each piece told a story the listeners could immerse themselves in."

Mr. Ružević has collaborated with conductors Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Milan Horvat, among others, and performed with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Solisti di Zagreb, Bartok String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Zagreb String Quartet, Viotti String Quartet, and Apple Hill Chamber Players.

As a juror, he has judged numerous international competitions including the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Violin and Cello Competition, the Salzburg-Mozart International Chamber Music Competition, Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, among others. Mr. Ružević has held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, UT Arlington, and University of Zagreb, Croatia, and has given masterclasses at some of the most prestigious music programs including Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Yamaha Ginza Concert Association, University of Southern California, and Grandmaster Orchestral Music Society Hong Kong.
Presently, Mr. Ružević is the Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music and the Coordinator of Chamber Music Studies at the University of North Texas.


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.

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 Performance Contest, the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, the Muncie Symphony Junior Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, The UT Arlington Competition Festival, 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 in Germany.

He has been a frequent presenter at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention, 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), and Music Teachers National Association, among others. In 2009 and 2012, he was served 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 Mark 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.


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, Europe and Asia, noted for her warm and beautiful tone, tireless energy and great musical temperament.

Praised for her “Exquisite sensitivity and a beautiful tone” and as a pianist who “captures audience’s ears and hearts,” Song enjoys her career as a performer and educator. In 2016, Song had her international tour which included Paris, Spain, Korea, and gave a sold out concert at Carnegie hall. 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.” In 2018, Song played Mozart piano concerto No. 23 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Giordano.

Her recent performances include recitals in such venues as Carnegie Hall, 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, Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School, 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 has also received the Best Teaching Award for superior teaching and has been nominated for the William S. Livingston Outstanding Teaching Award from University of Texas at Austin. Song 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.

Song resides in Coppell Texas, with her husband and two children. Since 2007, She has been serving as Artist in Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.

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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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Alexander Strader, Chinese sheng, clarinet

A musician fancying himself an astronomer, Alexander Strader creates new solar systems of sounds that provides the people of earth experiences that are out of this world. By peering through his musical telescope and observing different types of world music he is able to combine elements from all corners of the globe in his playing.

Utilizing his clarinet and bass clarinet Alexander has played for audiences big and small in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble settings. He has appeared in festivals such as Music in the Mountains and Cactus Pear as well as performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. On weekends he plays the clarinet to deepen worshippers’ liturgical experiences at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas. Additionally, he helps students discover their enthusiasm for music through teaching in Texas schools within Rockwall and Cleburne ISD. He has performed and recorded with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony appearing on the album Taylor Made.

Alexander has a deep connection with the Chinese community often forgoing the use of his clarinet in favor of the Sheng: a traditional Chinese mouth organ made of bamboo. Using this instrument he has collaborated with Confucius Institutes in the cities of Dallas and Denver as well as the Hua Yun Chinese Orchestra. Additionally, he and renowned pipa virtuoso Yuxin Mei have enlightened audiences of traditional Chinese music through their playing.

A soon to be master of music from the University of North Texas Alexander’s primary clarinet teachers are Stephen Girko and Dr. John Scott.


Shan Su, viola

Shan Su has played viola for 12 years and is a student of Dr. Susan Dubois. She has previously studied with Eva Lieberman, Sha Zhu, and Dr. Keith Redpath. Principal violist of the 2012 Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra and the 2011 and 2012 Honor Orchestra of America, Shan was a member of Carnegie Hall's 2014 and 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) under Maestros David Robertson and Charles Dutoit with soloists Gil Shaham and Yundi Li. Following acceptance into NYO-USA 2015, Shan was featured in the Dallas Morning News article "Richardson Violist selected for National Youth Orchestra" and in the Chinese magazine Music Lovers. Shan was the winner of the 2015 National Federation of Music Clubs' Wendell Irish Viola Award, and was awarded second place in NFMC's 2016 Collegiate Auditions. A speaker in the 2016 TEDxUTD conference, Shan shared a talk – When Music Meets Medicine. In 2018, she performed with the World Doctors Orchestra in Dubai. Shan is a third-year student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


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.


Kerry Turner, horn

Kerry Turner is well acquainted with the international touring circuit. As a member of the world-renowned American Horn Quartet, Bronze Medalist at the Prague Spring International Music Competition, and member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, he has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician all over the world. He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Orchestra of Radio-Tele-Luxemburg, Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra, South-West German Philharmonie, Munich Bach Orchestra and Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and the U.S. Air Force Band. With the AHQ he has performed with the Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw, the Royal Philharmonic of Stockholm, the Symphony Orchestra of Bordeaux, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic and the Birmingham Symphony, just to name only a few. He has also recorded extensively. The Horn Call dubbed Kerry “a remarkable individual. Not only is his ‘hornistry’ of world class level, but also his compositional skills are wonderful…. A fantastic musician who just happens to play the horn.”


Kristina Mascher Turner, horn

Kristina Mascher-Turner has been active as an orchestral horn player, chamber musician, soloist, and clinician in the culturally rich European music scene over the past 20 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison with Douglas Hill, she moved to Germany, where she continued her studies at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin with Professor Kurt Palm, earning her Orchestral und Soloist diplomas. Ms. Mascher has also studied with Fergus McWilliam of the Berlin Philharmonic. Early in her career, Kristina was engaged as principal horn in various chamber orchestras in the United States and Berlin, Germany. Particularly noteworthy were a series of tours she performed as Principal Horn with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano. In 1999, Kristina was engaged in the Odense Symfoniorkester in Denmark and six months later assumed the position of Principal Horn with the Brussels Philharmonic (Flemish Radio Orchestra) in Belgium (1999-2006), with whom she recorded and toured, and with whom she was featured in a special profile for Belgian television (VRT). 2008-2009 interim 3rd horn and 2012-2017 interim 2nd, 3rd, and 4th horn with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and 2010-2012 principal horn of the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, she is also a frequent guest with the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Liège Philharmonic, and the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. A passionate chamber musician, Kristina is also member of the Ni Ensemble of Luxembourg, who were first prizewinners in the 9th International Passau Competition. She has appeared as a guest artist with the American Horn Quartet in Slovakia, Spain, Australia, the United States, South Korea, and South Africa. Ms. Mascher has taught master classes in the US, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Africa, Hungary, the UK, and China, and has performed in over 30 countries on six continents. Kristina is currently Vice President of the International Horn Society and editor of the IHS Digital Newsletter, Horn and More.


Virtuoso Horn Duo

The Virtuoso Horn Duo, Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher-Turner, started performing together in 2002. These two accomplished horn players began studying, perfecting and performing the existing repertoire for two horns, putting particular emphasis on the concertos with orchestra, such as Haydn, Vivaldi and Telemann. Shortly thereafter, Kristina and Kerry presented a recital and master class at the University of Prague and at further venues in Luxembourg. They traveled extensively, giving concerts to enthusiastic audiences in Valencia, Spain at the International Horn Society's Annual Workshop, the second Australian Brass Festival in Melbourne, Australia, at the Academy of Music in Singapore, and at the Festival of Nations in Rome. The Virtuoso Horn Duo has also toured and offered master classes in the United States from coast to coast, often together with pianist Lauretta Bloomer and tuba virtuoso Kyle Turner. They have been featured guest artists at the second Hungarian Horn Festival in Mor, as well as at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the International Horn Symposium in Brisbane, and at the 2012 Brass Explosion in Singapore. Kerry and Kristina were artists in residence at the Beijing Conservatory as part of the second China Horn Festival. They appeared as soloists with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and various orchestras in Europe. Their highly-acclaimed recording of concertos for two horns and chamber orchestra appears on the MSR Classics label. Recent engagements include the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, the Montreal Horn Festival, the 40th anniversary of the Association Française du Cor, and the En Cors et Encore Festival in Normandy, France.


Agnes Wan, piano

Praised as a “big pianist, big musician, big potential” with “compelling artistry that draws the listeners in and envelops them with musical joy,” pianist Ho Yan Agnes Wan’s notable past engagements included a recital on the “Pianists of the World” series at the prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, United Kingdom and the season kick-off on the SPG Live! Concert Series at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Charlotte, where she performed on the legendary Horowitz piano (CD 503) as part of the piano’s Piedmont Region Tour. br />
An active piano recitalist, she has garnered awards at a few competitions, most notably the Artist International Debut Auditions and the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition. She was the only solo pianist selected into the final round of the 2012 International Web Concert Hall Competition, and has given solo recitals in fifteen states, Washington D. C., France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong. In a recent recital review published by the Classical Voice of North Carolina, critic Chelsea Huber wrote, “perhaps the best thing about watching her perform is the joy she exudes while playing. Wan has a sort of quiet intensity that manifests itself regardless of the mood set by the music … Wan performed the music with feeling that involved every fiber of her being,” Her debut compact disc recording, “Robert Schumann: Romance at the Piano,” released on Soundset Recordings label in late 2012, received critical acclaim from music critic Jerry Dubins (with the Fanfare Magazine): “… Wan plays these Schumann pieces as expressively and poetically as anyone I’ve heard, always placing her technical mastery at the service of Schumann’s ever-inventive musical imagination.”

As a clinician, Agnes Wan has been an active adjudicator at many youth piano competitions, and frequently gives masterclasses to talented young students at various Steinway facilities and a number of fine arts high schools. She has also given masterclasses at the Community College of Baltimore County, McNeese State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Montevallo, to name a few. As a presenter, she has appeared at the state-level Music Teachers Association conferences in Alabama, Indiana, Texas, and North Carolina, in addition to numerous workshops for local-level associations.. Her Book, "Physical and Mental Issues in Piano Performance: The Interrelationships between Physical Tension, Performance Anxiety, and Memorization Strategies," released by VDM-Verlag in 2008, has reportedly been recommended as a reference book for piano pedagogy courses at a few universities. Her scholarly articles have been published by the peer-reviewed journal, American Music Teacher.

Agnes Wan holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and an Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also obtained her bachelor of music (hons.) degree and double master’s degrees in music therapy and piano performance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Loyola University New Orleans respectively. Her teachers have included Gabriel Kwok, Nancy Loo, Jac McCracken, Uriel Tsachor, James Tocco, and Michael Chertock. Having previously taught at Vanderbilt University and Chowan University, Wan is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia State University. She also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer of Applied Music (Piano) at the College of William and Mary. In September 2013, she was invited to join the roster of Steinway Artist, an honorable designation she has since held.
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Peng Wang, double bass

Peng Wang graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2009. That same year, he went to the United States to study at Texas Christian University, where he received the Artist Diploma Certificate in 2012 and the Master Degree in 2014. Mr. Wang has won numerous awards while studying in the U.S., including two first prizes in the TCU Concerto Competition. He performed the Koussevitzky Double Bass Concerto with the TCU Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and 2014, and was awarded first prize in the 2016 PKL Honorary Recital, silver medal in the 2016 Young Texas Artist Music Competition, and second prize in the 2018 TCU International Double Bass Festival Orchestral Competition. Mr. Wang is now pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at TCU.

Mr. Wang is a successful teacher of double bass in the Fort Worth and Arlington area, and several of his students have won solo and orchestral auditions, including the first chair of Fort Worth Youth Orchestra in 2017. He recently served as the instructor of TCU Summer String Workshop and Texas All-State and All-Region Clinic 2018.


Xiao Wang, piano

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. In 2018, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.
Xiao Wang has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in China and during her studies in the United States. In 2002, she earned the 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 an 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. In 2015, she won 2nd Prize (Virtuoso prize) in the 13th Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale (13th International Music Competition) held in Padova, Italy. She also won the Premio Citta’ di Padova (City of Padova) Prize, which included 1st Prize in the Pianoforte Categoria E (ages 23-40) and 4th Prize in the Finale “Premio Citta’ di Padova” Riservata ai Vincitori del Primo Premio Categoria Superiore E.

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. In 2015, she was invited by Press Agimus Padova to give a concert tour in Venice, Padua and Abano Terme.

After her doctoral program, Xiao Wang remains active in performing, collaborating and teaching in the DFW area. She currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with her husband Jeff.


Elizabeth Wei, violin

Elizabeth Wei began violin studies at the age of seven. She has since studied with Charles Krigbaum and now with Jan Mark Sloman. She has been in Greater Dallas Young Orchestra programs since age of ten. Elizabeth has continuously made All Region throughout middle school and high school and has placed in the Symphonic Orchestra of All-State in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, she was the concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of All-Region. She has won Suzuki scholarships and was selected to perform at the 2014 Suzuki Associations of Americas Biennial Conference. In 2016, Elizabeth was selected into the Texas Chamber Music Institute, and she was accepted into the Meadowmount School of Music in 2017 and Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2018.

Elizabeth was the first place winner in the Junior Sonata division of the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2016 and placed second in 2017 for the same award in the Senior division. Recently, she was the first place winner of the 2018 OSU String Competition held in Stillwater, OK, received honorable mention in the 2018 TexASTA Young Artists Solo Competition, and placed as a finalist in the 2018 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition.

izabeth is also involved with numerous activities in school including but not limited to Academic Decathlon, receiving a bronze medal in social science in the 2015 Flower Mound Invitational Tournament, and HOSA, placing as a runner up state qualifier in Transcultural Health Care in 2017 and 2018. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading and traveling.


Eric Wood, clarinet

Eric Wood graduated in May 2014 from the University of North Texas College of Music. At different points during his time at UNT, he was a member of the Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, the Symphonic Band under Dennis Fisher, the 8:00 Steel Band under Nicholas Guiliano, and the Gamelan ensemble under the direction of Ed Smith. Eric studied clarinet with Deborah Fabian, and composition with Dr. Panayiotis Kokoras. He had the honor of having two of his compositions selected and performed at “Spectrum”, a showcase for new UNT student works. He is affiliated with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

As a composer, Eric strives to communicate with a clear tonal structure and easily accessible harmonic/ melodic ideas. As an instructor, he tries to fill his lessons with the same…clear structure and easily accessible ideas.

Eric is the winner of the Composers Concordance 5th Annual 'Generations' Composition Competition (category A: composers age 25 or younger) and is also the winner of the 2015 UMKC Commission Competition. He currently performs with the Carrollton Wind Symphony, which will be traveling to Chicago this December to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic. He teaches in Frisco ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.


Esme Wong, piano

Born and raised in a diverse and multicultural background, Esme Wong is a Malaysian classical pianist who grew up speaking three languages and lived in three countries. Enjoying versatile performances, she has performed a wide range of works from early to contemporary. She enjoys arts in various cultures and has traveled to 15 countries. Through her unique educational experience at United World College, she is inspired by global social movements and has participated in community works in Cambodia, the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Esme was awarded the certificate of excellence and made her first solo piano debut at the age of 12 at the Trinity College of London Awards and Concert. She was awarded the Diploma Licentiate at Trinity College of London (LTCL) at the age of 14. She was the pianist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) at the age of 16, where she started to develop her love for chamber music. In the following year, she was the only Malaysian to receive the Davis United World College Scholarship to study chamber music with one of the pioneer piano trios, Trio di Trieste, in Italy.

In 2012, she performed her first piano concerto with Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra in United States. She is also the pianist of Luther College Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) under the artistic conductor, Dr. Daniel Baldwin. Esme spent three-and-a-half weeks in January 2011 with Luther College Symphony Orchestra at Vienna, Austria and performed three concerts at Kulturzentrum Oberschützen, Stadtsaal Stockerau, and the prestigious Konzerthaus Vienna.

Esme began her musical adventure at the age of 4 under the guidance of her mother, Sabrina Tnay. Esme recently joined The Red River Lyric Opera as vocal coach and pianist. Her appearances include Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in Malaysia, world premiered a choral piece by Robert Beaser’s chorale work, and vocal collaborative works in SongFest at Colburn Conservatory where she worked with coaches and living composers including Kayo Iwama, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Alan Smith, Jake Heggie and Libby Larsen.

Esme is a staff pianist at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano and a teaching assistant from University of North Texas, where she studies with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli and Dr. Steven Harlos. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College where she studied with Dr. Du Huang and Dr. Jessica Paul. She has studied extensively with Yap Chiew Phin, Igor Cognolato and Cristina Santin throughout her musical adventures.


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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