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Aguilas de Guerra, violas da gamba


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.


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.


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.


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


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

Yamaha Artist Amy E. Gustafson, has performed around the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia. She has won numerous awards, including second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition, second prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, and the Special Presentation Award and Alumni Presentation Award from Artists International.

Recent performances include two tours in China, a ten-recital tour in the south of the United States, solo recitals in Spain, a solo recital at Trinity Church Wall Street’s Concerts at One, as well as solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Her major teachers include Julian Martin, Andre-Michel Schub, Miyoko Lotto, and Constance Keene.

Gustafson is a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music, the founding director of The Stony Brook International Piano Festival (, the Vice-Director of the Gijon International Piano Festival (, and the Vice-President of the Spanish American Music Council (


Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet

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


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.


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.


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.


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).


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

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.


Shan Su Chamber Ensemble


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.


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.


Hyeyoung Song, piano

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

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

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

Currently, Song is serving as Artist in Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.


Leslie Spotz, piano

Leslie Spotz, Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, enjoys an international performing career that spans four continents and four decades, and has included solo performances in Moscow at Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia, her highly acclaimed tours of Germany, concerts in Italy at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute, solo recitals in Taiwan and Brazil, and her performance at the inaugural opening of Philadelphia’s magnificent performance venue, the Kimmel Center.

2017 includes solo recitals throughout Texas andperformances at the first Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women. In 2015 she performed solo recitals in New York City’s Tenri Cultural Institute, Indiana Wesleyan University, Dallas Public Library, and chamber music concerts in Dallas, TX, Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She returned to New York and the Tenri Cultural Institute with colleague, Heather Hawk, soprano, for the Leschetizky Association Annual Living Composers Concert May, 2016. She returned to Italy in June 2013 for performances at the Conservatorio di Milano and the Ambrosianeum Foundation. Also in June 2013 she performed in Buenes Aires, Argentina with soprano Marika Kyriakos and returned to London in May 2011. February 2010 included an all-Chopin Bicentennial recital in New York City. December 2010 she returned to Germany in a solo recital at the Heilig–Kreuz–Kirche in Berlin. Hailed by the prestigious Süddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, Spotz’ Beethoven was described thus: “Stripped of veneer, revealing all the edges and corners, Spotz earnestly confronted Beethoven’s tempi and dynamic indications, leaving mediocrity and shallow beauty behind and bringing out truth. In all, a concert of the highest critical standard, further proof of the high carat quality of this series.” Spotz has performed extensively throughout the U.S. from coast to coast. Concert highlights include her 2007 performance at Tarleton as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, performances of twenty Beethoven Sonatas at Rutgers University and her recitals for the Bach Festival of Philadelphia.
Receiving a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, Spotz studied for five years with the legendary, Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She completed her doctorate at Rutgers University in 2002. Her appearances as soloist include the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, South Jersey Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Kinhaven Symphony in Vermont, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Old York Road Symphony in Abington, PA, and the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas. March 2013 she was soloist with the University of Texas – San Antonio Symphony.

Spotz has become an advocate for women musicians through her performances, collaborating with flutist Adeline Tomasone on the critically acclaimed CD Fantasias, and women composers are featured on her solo CD, issued by Leonore Records in 1999. She has collaborated with violinists: Maria Bachmann, Joseph Genualdi, and Mark Steinberg; flutist Laurel Zucker; David Wetherill, former co-principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Frank Kaderabek, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Joseph Depasquale, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among the notable international singers for whom Spotz has accompanied are sopranos Heather Hawk, Amanda Squitieri, Julianne Baird, Gwendolyn Bradley, Judith Lovat and Donna Connolly, and tenors Martin Dillon and Robert Guarino. She regularly performs as a member of the Abilene Chamber Players. According to the The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Miss Spotz commands the resonant sound and the elegant gesture… playing of great color, boldness, and suavity… most engaging…".
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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.Nikola Ružević, cello


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.


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

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.


Eric Wood, clarinet


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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