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Aguilas de Guerra, violas da gamba

Ute Miller, viola
Sohyun Anh, piano
Deborah Austin-Totter, piano
Cezanne Quartet
Mount Vernon Music - Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell, violin; Ute Miller, viola; Nino Ruzevic, cello; Jack Unzicker, bass
Sunny Chou, euphonium

Jeffery Ou, piano

Tim Courtney, guitar Shan Su - chamber ensemble

Eleanor Dunbar, violin

Nino Ruzevic, cello
Pedro Funes, viola da gamba

Jan Sloman - violin students

Jay Gardner, tenor

Hyeyoung Song, piano

Amy Gustafson, piano

Leslie Spotz, piano

Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet

Jonathan Tsay, piano

Steven Juarez, viola
Abigail Kent, harp

Virtuoso Horn Duo: Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher Turner, horn

Carolyn Keyes, flute

Jack Unzicker, bass
Sheng-hsin Lin, clarinet Agnes Wan, piano
Yuko Mansell, violin Xiao Wang, piano
Eldred Marshall, piano

Elizabeth White, cello

Mark Miller, violin

Eric Wood, clarinet


Sunny Heesun Yun, piano
   


Aguilas de Guerra, violas da gamba



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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.

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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.

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Cezanne Quartet

Formed in 2014, the Cézanne Quartet is the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. They have appeared in masterclasses with the Escher Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, and the American String Quartet and have competed in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition where they received Second Place Ensemble in the Senior Division.

The group has performed with the Bridge the Gap Chamber Series, the Meadows Virtuosi Players, the Texas Christian University CelloFest, the Open Classical Artist Series, and Ensemble 75. They have collaborated with artists such as Andres Diaz, Matt Albert, and the Altius Quartet. Future collaborations include performances with the Escher Quartet, violinist Emanuel Borok, and pianists Alessio Bax and Liudmila Georgievskaya.

The quartet is named after the French impressionist painter Paul Cézanne because of the first work the group studied together - the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor. Players are Eleanor Dunbar, violin, Chloe Trevor, violin; Steven Juarez, viola; and Elizabeth White, cello.

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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.




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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.


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Eleanor Dunbar, violin

Violinist Eleanor Dunbar has established herself as a young artist. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where she attended Southern Methodist University, studying under Professor Emanuel Borok, former concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. Eleanor is a recipient of the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.

She grew up in Southern California, where she started her musical education at the age of three. She studied with Gail Gerding Mellert before moving to Dallas. At 14, she received grand prize at the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards in California. At 16, she won the Young Artists Competition also in California, for which she was awarded a performance at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Also at 16, she was accepted as a Young Artists Guild member and gave various solo recitals around California.

Eleanor had her first solo debut at age 11, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Asia America Youth Orchestra under Maestro David Benoit. She continued to solo with various orchestras following that. Some standouts include performing the Tchaikovksy Violin Concerto, also conducted by Maestro David Benoit, but this time with the professional Asia America Symphony, and the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under Maestro Thomas Wilkins. At 17, she won the general concerto competition at SMU, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students of all ages, and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Paul Phillips.

She has had the opportunity to take lessons from and collaborate with many artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Andres Diaz, Ivry Gitlis, Paul Kantor, Ida Kavafian, Gustav Rivinius, Sylvia Rosenberg, Abram Shtern, and Michael Tree. This past summer, she shared the stage with Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music, performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.

Eleanor plays on an 1896 Joseph Anthony Chanot made in London.

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Pedro Funes, viola da gamba


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Jay Gardner, tenor

Jay Gardner is a versatile artist at home in many different genres. He was a featured soloist in the Carnegie hall premier of Sing for the Cure comissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Turtle Creek Chorale. In the Dallas area Jay’s theatrical performances include Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon, the Second Man in Side By Side By Sondheim, Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Other productions include Evita, The Spectre Bridegroom, Into the Woods and the regional premier of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s King David. On the opera stage Jay has been heard as Canio in Pagliacci with Kansas Concert Opera, the Second Noble in Lohengrin and the Second Jew in Salome both with The Dallas Opera. Jay was featured in Bernstein on Broadway at the Crested Butte Music Festival and was a soloist with the Cherry Creek Music Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. Jay received his degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice at the University of North Texas.

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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 (www.sbipf.org), the Vice-Director of the Gijon International Piano Festival (www.gijonpiano.com), and the Vice-President of the Spanish American Music Council (www.spanishamericanmusiccouncil.org).

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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.



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Steven Juarez, viola

A passionate musician, determined ensemble leader, music administrator and founding member of The Cezanne Quartet, Steven has studied viola since the age of nine. Steven has transformed into an ambitious and enthusiastic ensemble musician.

Steven’s musical journey, development and experience has been a result of performances with The Cézanne Quartet (2015 Coltman Competition Silver Medalist), The New Conservatory of Dallas (Dallas, New York, Durango, CO and Riga, Latvia), The Institute for Strings (Dallas, TX), Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), The Peabody Institute’s Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) and The National Symphony Orchestra’ Summer Music Institute (Washington, DC).

The development of Steven’s musical style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. He has studied, performed and collaborated with extraordinarily talented professionals and ensembles like Arkady Fomin, Andrés Díaz, Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, Justin Bruns, Rose Armbrust Griffin and the Altius Quartet. Further honing of his talents came from masterclasses with Peter Slowik, Roberto Díaz, Barbara Westphal, Stephanie Chase, Míro String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, American String Quartet, Modigliani String Quartet.

Steven has studied at The Peabody Institute of Music as well as Southern Methodist University under the watchful eye of Victoria Chiang and Ellen Rose, respectively. He graduated from the award winning, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing
and Visual Arts in Dallas where he won the Dallas ISD Concerto Competition and his chamber quartet won Chamber Music International’s High School Division

While continuing his studies, Steven lives in Dallas, TX and currently teaches in the Dallas metro area public school systems of Highland Park, Garland and Mesquite. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his family.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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).


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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.






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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.

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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.











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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.


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Shan Su Chamber Ensemble


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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.

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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.


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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…".
video links: http://www.tarleton.edu/playpiano
http://www.tarleton.edu/singvoice

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Jonathan Tsay, piano

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

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

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

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

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

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Virtuoso Horn Duo

The Duo is made up of Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher Turner, horn.




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Agnes Wan, piano

A native of Hong Kong, pianist Agnes Wan has received awards at various competitions including the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, Artists International Debut Auditions, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Loyola Concerto/Aria Competition, University of Iowa All-University Concerto/Aria Competition, the University of Iowa Chamber Music Competition, and the Hong Kong Open Piano Competition. Praised as a “big pianist, big musician, big potential” with “compelling artistry that draws the listeners in and envelops them with musical joy” at the Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York.

Critic/pianist Rorianne Schrade wrote of her New York debut, “Ms. Wan put her all into a substantial program that she clearly knew down to each millisecond … an excellent perfor¬mance … Ms. Wan’s joy in music making is infectious … Her encores of Chopin were meltingly lovely … an enjoyable debut.”

She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Maryville Orchestra, and the Columbia County Civic Orchestra. Having served as a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada where she frequently performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist, she is an active recitalist. In recent years, she has given solo recitals across the southern and Midwestern United States, in addition to her Paris debut recital at the American Cathedral and her Chicago debut on the PianoForte Salon Series broadcasted live on WFMT.

She regularly performs on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s “Studio C” program, and has also debuted on the “Lunchtime Classics” series on Louisville’s Fine Arts Station, broadcasted live on WUOL. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference in North Carolina. The reviewer wrote that, “Pui-Shan Cheung’s piano work, Three Chinese Paintings, beautifully performed by talented pianist Agnes Wan … exhibited an array of virtuosic musical flourishes which Wan executed energetically.” Her upcoming recital and concerto engagements will bring her to Illinois, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama in the upcoming seasons.

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

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

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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.

She 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.


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Elizabeth White, cello

Cellist Elizabeth White is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet and an alumnus of Southern Methodist University where she studied with Andrés Díaz and Christopher Adkins. Highlights of her career include performances at the Texas Christian University CelloFest, the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, the Clandeboye Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and with the Meadows Virtuosi Players. While at Southern Methodist University, she founded the Meadows First Performances Recital Series which aims to make chamber music more accessible to students and community members on campus.

Elizabeth had her solo debut with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra where she played Elgar's Cello Concerto and appeared with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra where she played Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major. In April 2015, Elizabeth performed the six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach in Perkins Chapel on the Southern Methodist University campus. She was a President's Scholar at Southern Methodist University and in 2011, she was an Emerson Scholar at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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Eric Wood, clarinet



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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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