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Lakshmi Ananthakrishnan, violin

Lakshmi Ananthakrishnan has played the violin for over 30 years. She was an avid musician throughout her childhood in Kentucky, performing and soloing with local orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She received a degree in violin performance at the University of Louisville in 2000, studying under Peter McHugh. She then shifted paths to pursue a career in medicine, receiving a medical degree from the University of Louisville in 2004. She completed her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 and a fellowship in Abdominal Radiology at Northwestern Medical Center in 2010.

During her medical training, she continued to play violin with community orchestras and chamber music groups. She performed with the World Doctors Orchestra in 2009 in Cleveland, and with the World Civic Orchestra in 2010 and 2012 in New York. Lakshmi is now a practicing abdominal radiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is excited for her chance to renew her love of music by performing with the Boulanger Quintet.


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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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Kimla Beasley, soprano

Kimla Y. Beasley, soprano, a native Texan, is a product of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She received a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University and a MM from Louisiana State University where she studied with Soprano, Martina Arroyo.

Her opera and concert appearances have included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and at the Ecole Normale Conservatory in Paris. Ms. Beasley has also appeared with Naomi Music Productions And Recordings concert presentation of “Voices of the New Millennium II” at The Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. In addition, Ms. Beasley has completed a year and a half Broadway National Tour of Sunset Boulevard. Major roles include Monica in The Medium, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Sister Genvievre in Suor Angelica, Mercedes in Carmen, Sally in Carmen Jones, Helene in Hin und Zuruck, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in Porgy and Bess, Pamina/ Papagena in The Magic Flute, Monica in The Medium and Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

Ms. Beasley also extends her talents to theater and film appearing as Lou Wright in Power Play, Sis Laura in The Member of the Wedding, Liza in My Husband’s Gone Mad, Treemonisha/Freddie in Tin Pan Alley Rag, Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, and Benson in Of Thee I Sing. Film: Betty in A City Called Heaven.

She has worked with directors Carroll Freeman, Eileen Morris, Dr. Robert Henry & Thomas Carey. In addition, she has worked with coaches/conductors such as Bob Cowart, Kathy Olsen, Joshua Greene, John DeMain, Vjekoslav Sutej, Christopher Wilkins, Ward Holmquist, Peter Jocoby, Timothy Muffit and Stefano Vignati.

Ms. Beasley currently sings with the Opera On Tap North Texas chapter, is a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas chapter and appears frequently at Classical Open Mic. Ms. Beasley continues her professional career singing in concerts and has recently premiered a new work she commissioned entitled “Songs Of A Prodigy – Music set to the poetry of Phillis Wheatley”. Ms. Beasley desires to keep creating and performing great music and encourage younger generations to do the same.

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Barbara Biggers, harp


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Boulanger Quintet

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

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

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Noah DeGarmo, piano

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

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Sing-Yi Feng, violin

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

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Amy Gustafson, piano

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

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

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

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

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Kyle Logan Hancock, baritone

Baritone Kyle Logan Hancock’s opera and operetta credits include Doctor Dulcamara from L’elisir d’amore; Figaro, Bartolo and Antonio from Le nozze di Figaro; Sarastro from Die Zauberflöte; Noye from Britten’s Noye’s Fludde; King Melchior from Amahl and the Night Visitors; Captain Corcoran from H.M.S. Pinafore; The Duke of Plaza Toro from The Gondoliers; The Mikado from The Mikado; the Custom House Sergeant in La Bohème; and the Cappadocian in Salome (The Dallas Opera; Fort Worth Opera; The Living Opera, Richardson; First Presbyterian Church, Dallas; Regal Opera, Colleyville; the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, New York City; and the University of North Texas).

On the oratorio stage, Mr. Hancock has sung the bass solos from Händel’s Messiah; Verdi, Mozart and Fauré’s Requiems; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs; Schubert’s Mass in G; Raphael and Adam from Haydn’s Creation; and Pontius Pilate and Jesus in The Passion of Saint John by William de Bruyne (First Presbyterian Church, Dallas; Church of the Incarnation, Irving; Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving; Brookhaven Choral Society, Dallas; The Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey; and Coro Lirico of New Jersey). In musical theater, he has performed Cinderella’s Prince/Big Bad Wolf in Into the Woods and Liver Lips Louie/Cuban Dancer in Guys & Dolls (Theatre Coppell).

Kyle has actively sung in The Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Dallas Symphony. Since 2004, Kyle Hancock has been the bass section leader for the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, where he also rings in the handbell choir and plays French horn.

Mr. Hancock has studied voice with Judith Ritchie, Julian Reed, George Hogan, Mike Scarborough and Jeff Snider. He holds a Master of Science Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and currently works in the field of commercial real estate law at Dooley & Associates.

Upcoming engagements include: King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, on December 20, 21 and 22, 2008 (www.Presbyterians.org); and Custom House Sergeant in La Bohème at The Dallas Opera on February 13, 15, 18 and 21, 2009 (www.DallasOpera.org).

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Szu-Ying Huang, piano

Taiwanese pianist Szu-Ying Huang has extensive experience as soloist and chamber musician. Also highly experienced in art song, opera, and choral music, she performed in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, China, and Taiwan. A pianist since the age of five, her playing is characterized by warmth, passion and a deep musical understanding.

Huang won several solo piano competitions in Taiwan and performed recitals in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. by invitation. Also the winner of several important scholarships in the course of her graduate studies, Huang notably was awarded the Taiwanese American Charity and Education Association Music Scholarship by competitive selection, and performed by invitation in Washington D. C. (2013) for this national organization.

In the past five years alone, she has performed in piano solo master classes with distinguished musicians including Natalya Antonova, Alessio Bax, John Novacek, José Feghali, Lei Weng, and Pi-Hsien Chen, and in collaborative classes with Peter Serkin, Luis Garcia-Renart , Margo Garrett, Roy Howat, Graham Johnson, Alan Smith, Kevin Murphy, Javier Arrebola, Craig Rutenberg, Steven Philcox, Russell Miller, Phillip Moll, and Margaret Singer. She also had opportunities to work closely with living composers for their own compositions, include Libby Larsen, Jake Heggie, John Adams, John Harbison, and John Musto.

An active collaborative pianist with a specialization in both chamber and vocal repertoire, Huang received a full scholarship to participate the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth (2010), the SongFest program (Los Angeles, 2014 and 2019) as a Stern Fellow, the Art Song Festival at the Toronto Summer Music as an Academy Pianist Fellow (Toronto, 2014), selected pianist at the Source Song Festival (Minnesota, 2019). In Summer 2016, Huang also joined Chicago Summer Opera as the resident pianist of Britten's opera Albert Herring. Start in summer 2015, Huang joined the musical staff of American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, serving as a staff pianist.

From 2016 to 2018, Huang was the collaborative piano fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music, working closely with Grammy award soprano Dawn Upshaw, vocal coach Kayo Iwama, Erika Switzer, and collaborative piano faculty Frank Corliss.

Huang received the Master of Music degree in piano performance under the instruction of Marian Hahn from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (2011). She is in the final stage of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at University of North Texas, where she held an Accompanying Teaching Fellowship and serves additionally as Choral Accompanying Teaching Assistant from 2012 to 2016. At UNT, she is under the instruction of Gustavo Romero and Elvia Puccinelli.

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Matthew Lewis, cello

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



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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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Jeffery Ou, piano

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

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

Showing a remarkable disposition for music as a very young child, Jeffery began formal studies in piano at age 6, and excelled competitively in no less than 20 events in Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee in his teen years, where his performances were described as “very mature playing...” (North Texas Youth Music Competition, 2004); "utterly gripping in intensity" (Dallas Symphonic Festival, 2007); "...stunning playing on many levels" (Baylor-Waco Piano Competition, 2008); "very exciting...has a lot of flair as a performer and a real sense of visceral excitement" (Juanita Miller State Concerto Competition, 2009); "impressive...with much bravura and passion!" (Dallas Symphonic Festival, 2009); and "like a benediction" (Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series, 2014).

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

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

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

Recent performances have featured Jeffery as concerto soloist in Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich with the Shepton HS Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Plano. In the fall of 2015, to commemorate the 260th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jeffery embarked on an ambitious tour of presenting the complete cycle of solo piano sonatas in six recitals, a project that is currently halfway complete with 10 sonatas in 3 successful performances. The extensive, eclectic list of respected artists for whom he has performed includes pianists NING AN, JUYEON KANG, ROBERTO POLI, JEANEANE DOWIS, JONATHAN LOMASCOLA, BART VAN OORT, JULIUS DRAKE, HELMUT DEUTSCH, LELIA SADLIER, TRUNG SAM, CHARLENE HARB, PATRICIA MCKEWEN AMATO, Danish baritone BO SKOVHUS, German-Mexican tenor EMILIO PONS, German tenor FALKO HÖNISCH, American heldentenor DAVID SADLIER, casting director of Baden-Baden Festival ANDREAS GEIER, and senior vice president/director of IMG Artists MATTHEW HORNER among many others.

His private instructors have included Wells Yi Wu (winner of the inaugural Esther Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary), Baya Kakouberi (Director of Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas), Dr. Steven Harlos (chair, Division of Keyboard Studies - UNT College of Music) and acclaimed Mexican-American concert pianist Gustavo Romero. February 2018 saw Jeffery’s vocal performance debut in McKinney, singing the role of Sammy Fong in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song.” He maintains a very active solo and collaborative performing career, and is highly sought after as a respected teacher and freelance artist throughout the North Texas metroplex and beyond.



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Gustavo Romero, piano

"A pianist of genius" – The Washington Post

"Mr. Romero has great agility, adequate power and an unusually large repertory of colors and dynamic levels. More important, these virtues evoked a sense of the music at hand rather than mere piano techniques" – The New York Times

"The playing is authoritative incontrovertibly Beethovenian in re-creating the composers style, technically immaculate and compelling in the extreme" – The Los Angeles Times

Concert pianist Gustavo Romero is internationally renowned for his exceptional technical brilliance and interpretive depth and has gained an acclaimed reputation for his commitment to in-depth exploration of a wide variety of composers.

A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Mr. Romero discovered his love and gift for the piano at the age of five and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, when he also won his first piano competition. At 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. His exceptional talent was recognized by Rudolf Serkin, and at the age of 14 he attended the Juilliard School.

Mr. Romero has won many prizes including first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, The Avery Fisher Career Grant and The Musical America Young Artist Award.

He has performed with the world's leading orchestras including: The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Honolulu Symphony, New World Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Liège Philharmonic, a concert internationally televised from the United Nations.

For the past sixteen years, Mr. Romero has performed a summer series of concerts in La Jolla, California, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library featuring music of one composer each year. He has presented the works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff, the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart, the complete four-hand and two-piano works of Mozart and piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn conducting from the keyboard.

In the 2015-16 season, Schubert will be presented with Berg, Webern, and Schönberg. Concert tours include China, Korea, Taiwan, South Africa and the United States.

Past seasons have taken him to France, England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria, Mexico and all across the United States. Mr. Romero has performed in some of the leading concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, The Barbican in London, The Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, The Great Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Salle Gaveau in Paris.

He has been featured by NPR, BBC Radio and Radio France. A feature film about his life and artistry was produced in 2012 by The Snapshots Music and Art Foundation: Portrait in Piano.

His recordings include works by Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, Albeniz, Scarlatti and the five Beethoven concerti with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Romero is a Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.


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Luis Sanchez, piano

For over two decades, pianist Luis Sanchez has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Sanchez joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012.

Praised for his artistry, dazzling technique, and inspiring performances, Luis Sanchez has presented recitals and master classes at Steinway Hall in London, Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), Sala delle Muse at the Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari, Italy), Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agnone (Rome, Italy), National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), the Grieg Academy (Bergen, Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway), Hangyang University (Seoul, South Korea), the Piano Concert Series International (Louisiana), and throughout the United States. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain (Dallas), Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble.

Luis Sanchez enjoys a successful teaching career. Current and former students have been recipient of prizes at national and state competitions including the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Contest, the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, the Muncie Symphony Junior Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, The UT Arlington Competition Festival, among others. Additionally, his students have been accepted at numerous summer programs including Piano Texas, Chautauqua Piano Program, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, International Masterclasses and Festival in Moulin d’Ande (France). He thoroughly enjoys teaching a diverse group of students from different corners of the United States as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, China, Bulgaria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Colombia, and South Korea. In 2014 and 2015, he joined the piano faculty of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany.

He has been a frequent presenter at the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention, the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society Conclaves, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and national and regional College Music Society Conferences. Dr. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions and festivals, including the SAI Piano Competition at the Chautauqua Summer Institution, Musicfest Northwest (Spokane, WA), and Music Teachers National Association, among others. In 2009 and 2012, he was served as examiner of the International Piano Performance Examination Committee in Taiwan.

Equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, Dr. Sanchez pursued further studies in fortepiano and XVIII century performance practice with Malcolm Bilson, Andrew Willis, and Liv Glaser (Oslo, Norway). In 2012, he was commissioned to write an article on Phil Belt (American builder of fortepianos) for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and Early Music America.

In 2012, he was recipient of the Junior Faculty Research Award and the Provost Research Award at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to several career grants and an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, he has received numerous awards, including the Jrimian Young Artist Competition, Centro de Estudios Pianísticos Auditions, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Ball State University Concerto Competition, and Indiana Music Teachers Association. Born in Argentina, Dr. Sanchez holds degrees from the National Conservatory of Music “Carlos López Buchardo” and Ball State University. His teachers include Ana Litovsky-Grunwald, Graciela Beretervide, Robert Palmer, and Rebecca Penneys.

Dr. Sanchez’s CD “A Piano Recital” is available on www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com, and can be downloaded on ITunes. For additional information and engagements, follow him on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.sanchezpianist.com.


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Violin Students of
Jan Mark Sloman

Jan Mark Sloman served as associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and is now retired. A former University Scholar and Naumburg Grant recipient at Princeton University, Mr. Sloman was accepted without audition at the Curtis Institute of Music. He performed as concertmaster of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, with conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giullini, and has performed as guest concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, orchestras in Lugano and Melbourne, and the Pittsburgh Symphony at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. A noted teacher, Sloman was named Texas Music Teacher Association's Music Teacher of the Year in 2004. The competitive success of his students has brought him not only national recognition but also recent invitations to teach in Europe and China. 

He will present some of his outstanding students.

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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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Shan Su, viola

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

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Julee Kim Walker, flute

Flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to her appointment, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Walker received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. Walker has served on the Board of Directors in the Texas Flute Society and the Oklahoma Flute Society, and is the Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.

As a versatile chamber musician, she has performed and recorded with the jazz chamber group, Evan Weiss Project, and with the rock band Oso Closo. Julee has also performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony under Eugene Corporon, where she can be heard on the Klavier Wind Project, GIA WindWorks and the “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” series from 2005-2009. She appeared as soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conventions.

Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for 3 seasons, where she will return this summer, and has performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France. In the summer of 2013, she served on the faculty of the CICA International Summer Music Festival in Dallas, TX and traveled to South America to work with The Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In November 2014, she was featured soloist with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble, performing Joel Puckett’s “The Shadow of Sirius” and
Eugene Damare’s “Cleopatra Polka”.

Dr. Walker currently plays piccolo in the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and South Arkansas Symphony, and has also performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony and with Lyric Stage (Irving, TX). Dr. Walker has been runner-up for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Band piccolo audition, and a finalist at the U.S. Army Field Band flute audition. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, September Payne, Helen Blackburn, and Elizabeth McNutt. Please visit http://juleekimwalker.wix.com/flutist  for more information.

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Xiao Wang, piano

Xiao Wang was born in China and began her musical studies at age four and entered the Central Conservatory of Music in China at the age of eleven. In 2006, after graduating from the high school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, she was admitted to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to receive her undergraduate and master degrees. In 2018, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.
 
Xiao Wang has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in China and during her studies in the United States. In 2002, she earned the 3rd prize in the 65th Steinway Piano Competition in China. In the summer of 2005, she was one of six finalists at the Seventh Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. During her first three years at UC-CCM, Xiao Wang twice won the McElroy Competition of $2500 and the Cliburn Competition of $5000 in the Undergraduate Scholarship Competitions and was an alternate winner in the CCM concerto competition. In the summer of 2009, she won the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center Festival performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and also won 2nd prize in the Solo Piano Competition of the Brevard Music Center Festival. Recently, she won the University of North Texas Concerto Competition and performed Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she won 2nd Prize (Virtuoso prize) in the 13th Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale (13th International Music Competition) held in Padova, Italy. She also won the Premio Citta’ di Padova (City of Padova) Prize, which included 1st Prize in the Pianoforte Categoria E (ages 23-40) and 4th Prize in the Finale “Premio Citta’ di Padova” Riservata ai Vincitori del Primo Premio Categoria Superiore E.

Xiao Wang has performed in Australia as a representative of Chinese young pianists and in 2006; she attended and performed at International Piano Week of Belgium. She has also appeared in performances in the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, the Capital Teachers University in China, University of Michigan, Prague Piano Festival, Young Harris College and Lewisville Chamber Music Series. In 2015, she was invited by Press Agimus Padova to give a concert tour in Venice, Padua and Abano Terme.

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

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