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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

Sohyun Ahn was named the Best Concert of the Year by Eumak-Chunchu, South Korea’s leading classical music journal and has been described as a “an absolute master“ by New York Concert Review. In the States, her performance venues include Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, Dimenna Center, Beethoven Haus, Bechstein Hall, Hubbard Recital Hall, Juilliard School, Hunter College, Concordia College, Union Theological Seminary, Trinity Church, Saint Paul’s Chapel, St.John’s in the Village, InterChurch, Central Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church in New York City. She has also performed at Rutgers University, St. Elizabeth College, All Saints Episcopal Church, Madison Grace Church, Kirkpatrick Church, NV Hall, Nous Theater in New Jersey, An Die Musik in Baltimore, Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas at Austin, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at Chicago Cultural Center and Dallas Mu Phi Epsilon Public Library Concert Series.

Her performances include appearances with the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, Royal Scottish Academy Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Tutti Orchestra and the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a guest soloist at the concert honoring the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth at the Sejong Art Center. Her performances and interviews have been broadcast nationally in South Korea on EBS-TV and live broadcast on Chicago’s classical station WFMT. She was invited to perform at the W. Kempf Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy and the Ferrara International Music Festival Concert Series.

Frequently collaborating with NYC based musicians, Sohyun enjoys promoting the works of contemporary composers such as Alan Hovhaness, Michael Kosch, Chanhae Lee, David Loeb, John Musto, Juri Pang and Kyle Werner. Sohyun is also a chamber musician and has performed with renowned instrumentalists such as violist Eunsik Choi and cellist Marion Feldman among others. She worked closely with New York Westside Opera, New Jersey Concert Opera and Pineda Lyric Opera, and performed over twenty complete opera productions from Mozart to Wagner.

Sohyun has taught at Rutgers, New Jersey State University, Concordia College in New York and University of Texas at Austin. Currently Sohyun is a Steinway Educational Partner and a director of Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York City. Dr. Ahn received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Masters degrees with distinction from the Royal Scottish Conservatory and Tokyo Geidai Academy, and a Professional Studies Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Her performance credentials are further enhanced through prize winnings in 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, the New York Trinity Church Concert Audition, the International Asahi-Breweries Music Foundation Competition and the Yewon Music Competition. She was a finalist for the Dudley International Competition and received the semi-finalist award from the Vianna da Motta International Competition. Her Mozart Sonatas CD is released in Classic Art Label and reviewed by New York Concert Review as “a perfectly balanced, crystalline performance.” In 2019, Sohyun will be performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonata Concerts at St. John’s in the Village, New York City.

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Ivey Barr, mezzo soprano

An inveterate performer of pants roles, Ivey Barr has appeared with Comet Opera at UT Dallas in the roles of Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing, an original Mozart pastiche), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Ruggiero (Alcina), and returns this December as Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito). Elsewhere, she has performed with Little Opera Company of Charlotte (as Prince Orlofksy in Die Fledermaus), Opera in Concert in Italy, Public Works Dallas at Dallas Theater Center, Opera on Tap, Voces Intimae, Dallas Classical Singers, and in concert with pianist Lauren Barr. She currently studies with Edward Crafts of Opera in Concert, where she also does marketing and website work, and with vocal coach Stephen Dubberly.

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Barbara Biggers, harp

Barbara Biggers has been described by reviewers as one who “plays with beauty and nuance.” She has lived in Dallas, Texas for the past seven years and has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony and Oklahoma City Philharmonic as well as many free lance groups in the area. Previously she was an active freelancer in the New York area.

Ms. Biggers performed regularly with the New Jersey Symphony, and was principal harp with the Westfield Symphony. She also worked with the New Jersey Opera Theater, Princeton Symphony, New York City Opera as well as many other symphonic groups in the New York area. In addition, she has performed for the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.

As soloist, she has appeared with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Marble Collegiate Concert Series, Monmouth Symphony, Newtown Chamber Symphony, and American Harp Society and has performed at Merkin Concert Hall in recital. Her multi-faceted career has included performing with headliners as diverse as Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, The Irish Tenors, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis and many more. She has performed on "The Today Show" and also has done a national television commercial.

Ms. Biggers was principal harp with the Broadway musicals Follies, Ragtime and Nine. She has also performed with the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Producers, Light in the Piazza, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirate Queen, 42nd Street, Wicked, Hello Dolly and Carousel. Her recordings include a solo CD, Nocturne, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with the American Boy Choir, the cast albums of Nine and Follies and Fantasy Sonata by Sir Arnold Bax with violist Brett Deubner.

Ms. Biggers also maintains a large private teaching studio, and has done numerous master classes for the American Harp Society. She began her harp studies with her mother, Jeanne Fintz Goldstein and then proceeded to the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alice Chalifoux.

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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. They chose their name for their 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. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

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Tim Courtney, guitar

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

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


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Rachel Davies, mezzo-soprano

Rachel Davies, North Texas mezzo-soprano and 2019 Semifinalist in Classical Singer’s National Vocal Competition, is a skilled interpreter of works both musical and literary. Recent professional credits include a turn as Mrs. Anderssen in the Liebeslieder Quintet of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, with Theatre Frisco, Alcina (cover) in Alcina with Comet Opera, Prince Charmant in Cendrillon and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito as part of immersive operas with Promenade Opera Project, Dame Ragonde in Le Comte Ory and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Miami Music Festival, and Juditha (cover) in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans with Eudaimonia Music. While at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she received her Masters in Music in Operatic performance, she undertook Madame Flora in The Medium, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffman, among assorted musical theatre roles. She is the co-Founder & Artistic Director of the immersive and innovative Promenade Opera Project. Ms. Davies has participated in master classes with Jamie Barton, Sandra Piques Eddy, Caren Levine, Stephen Salters, and Christine Brewer. She is an experienced soloist in concert repertoire, opera, choral music, musical theater, and the American Songbook.

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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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Avanti Dey, mezzo-soprano

Avanti Dey is a native of Kingston, Canada and has been singing and performing for over 20 years. Opera roles include Bradamante (Alcina), Dorabella (Così Fan Tutte), Mother (Hänsel und Gretel), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Violetta (La Traviata), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). Musical theatre credits include: Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Lady Beaconsfield (Jekyll & Hyde), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). She also has extensive choral experience, including with the St Louis Symphony Chorus and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas. Avanti is also a composer/arranger for multiple instruments and voice, and released Anachronism, her debut album of original piano compositions, in 2005. In addition to being an active singer with Opera on Tap, she has also appeared with Diversitá Opera Arts Company, Classical Fusion, and Make Music! in the Dallas metroplex. Avanti is currently appearing as Vitellia in Comet Opera’s La clemenza di Tito, and studies with Nancy Elledge.

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Catalin Dima, piano

The Romanian Pianist Catalin Dima has performed in many venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Among his previous concerts, Catalin has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cosmos Club (Washington D.C.), the International House (D.C. and NYC), the Romanian Cultural Institute (NYC), the Klavierhaus (NYC), the Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago), the Karura Hall (Tokyo) and the Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest).

His solo engagements include concerts with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), the Washington Sinfonietta (D.C.), the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Winchester, VA), the Symphonic Winds (Durant, OK), and the Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra (Pitesti). As an active chamber musician, Catalin participated in international music festivals such as International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC), Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany), and International Summer Academy (Austria).

Together with the Romanian violinist Alex Malaimare, Catalin started a project that includes lectures and promotes Romanian classical and folk music throughout the U.S. Their engagements include tours in Indiana, Illinois, D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas. An enthusiast of contemporary music by American composers, Catalin worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers such as David Lang, Jennifer Higdon, and John Corigliano, and performed with distinguished music groups such as Edge Ensemble (Shenandoah Conservatory) and Great Noise Ensemble (Washington D.C.).

Catalin is a prize winner of numerous competitions. His successes include Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition (U.S.), Shenandoah Concerto Competition (U.S.), Yamaha Piano Competition (Romania), Karl Filtsch International Piano Competition (Romania), and Pro Piano International Competition (Romania). Catalin Dima currently serves on the music faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music in New York City.

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Alan Dyer, piano

Alan Dyer is a widely respected choral director, performer, and music educator with a passion for nurturing the development of new works and creating engaging and collaborative artistic performances. He is the founder and artistic director of The Texas Voices and the associate director of music at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. He is also a pianist for Texas A&M—Commerce School of Music, where he accompanies choral ensembles and voice students. He also accompanies instrumental soloists from middle school to the professional level.

Throughout his career, Alan has worked with renowned choral directors such as Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch and John Rutter. He has performed with ensembles throughout Dallas, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Plano Civic Chorus, and numerous church and school choirs. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at area colleges, including Texas Woman’s University, Richland College, and Collin College. He earned his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and his bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.

Alan is active in the American Choral Directors Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. He has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including a special organ performance at the Vatican.


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Brandi Estwick

Mezzo soprano Brandi Estwick is a champion for the continued cultivation of the musical arts at all levels of education from elementary school through higher education. In addition to her work as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University and Collin College, Ms. Estwick also serves as the assistant director of the Brookhaven-Allegro Guitar Orchestra alongside her long-time duet partner, classical guitarist and composer Eddie Healy. Performing an array of Spanish and Latin American repertoire, the duo has enjoyed a string of successful performances throughout the United States and in Madrid, Spain. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Voice Performance from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at The University of North Texas.


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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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Eddie Healy

Eddie Healy received a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas followed by a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University; both in classical guitar performance. He is the director of Guitar/Music Theory studies at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. He performs regularly with mezzo-soprano, Brandi Estwick. Healy is the assistant director of the Texas International Guitar Competition and Festival, the education director of the Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, and a faculty member of the ChamberArt Madrid festival.

He has published the sheet music for a number of his original compositions with Joachim-Trekel Musikverlag of Hamburg, Germany and Les Productions d’OZ of Quebec. In 2012 he released a CD titled Direction which consists entirely of his own compositions.

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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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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 Yūdo Sawyer.

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Min Kyung Kim, piano

Korean Pianist Min Kyung Kim serves on piano faculty at Grayson College and doctoral candidate in Piano Performance and Music & Medicine under Joseph Banowetz and Dr. Kris Chesky at the University of North Texas. She completed her bachelor degree in Piano Performance at the Myongji University in South Korea and Master’s degree in Piano Performance with Joseph Banowetz at UNT. As a pianist, she was recently awarded as a first-prize winner at the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition and first prize winner at the 2019 IMC International Piano and String Competition. She performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2018 and 2019. Ms. Kim and her colleague, Jake Moon has premiered and recorded a Complete Music for Piano Duo and Duet, Volume two of Dmitry Shostakovich for Toccata Classics in London in 2016. Praised by critics as “skillful reading and energized performances… clean articulation … they’re terrific together”, they were described as being “powerful advocates of the music and clearly had a ball…” by MusicWeb International. She is a Toccata Classics Artist.

Ms. Kim has also appeared in performances in the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, United States International Duo Piano Competition in Colorado, and the 250th Anniversary of Mozart in Korea and numerous solo recitals and chamber recitals. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in Korea and the United States including those held by Music Education News Competition, the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, the Ye Won University Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. She was recognized as an outstanding student in piano performance while at Myongji University and received the outstanding student scholarships. Throughout her master and doctoral studies, she has been the recipient of the James T. Rhea Scholarship, College of Music/USC Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarships and the Raupe Grant. Ms. Kim’s fascination with performing health issues has led her to explore relationships between musicians and their health problems. As a researcher, she is a current student researcher at the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health with Dr. Chesky. She presented a paper on memorizing problems and performance anxiety among pianists at the 2014 Performing Arts Medicine Association in Aspen, Colorado and the 2016 Federation of North Texas Area Universities.

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Jeong Hoon Lee, flute

Jeong Hoon Lee, a native of South Korea, is an active recitalist, collaborative artist, and teacher throughout the U.S. and Asia. He has performed internationally including Seoul Arts Center, Expo Arts Hall, Auer Hall, Musical Arts Center in Indiana, Murchison Performing Arts Center and made a debut concert at the Carnegie
hall in New York as the first prize winner of American Protégé International Competition in 2018. In this summer, he has placed first prize at the Golden Classical International Music Competition. He has also participated in the master classes of Jasmine Choi, Susan Milan, Jaffrey Khaner, Jeanne Baxstresser, and Paul Edmund-Davies.

Mr. Lee received a Bachelor of Music from the Mokwon University in Daejeon, Master of Music and Performer Diploma from the Indiana University at Bloomington. He is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of North Texas, where he served as a Teaching Fellow under Mary Karen Clardy. He
also was the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Fellowship, Ben E. Keith Foundation Music Scholarship and Toulouse Graduate School Awards for Academic Achievements. His previous teachers are Min Park, Kathryn Lukas and he recently joined as an adjunct faculty of the Northlake College in Irving, TX.

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Jieun Lee, piano

Jieun Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and began piano studies at the age of six. She entered Sunhwa Arts Middle and High School in South Korea and made her orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Gangdong Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. During her undergraduate studies at Chugye University for the Arts, she received an honors scholarship for outstanding academic performance and has performed at the Ewon
Cultural Center, the Seoul Economic Daily Cheju Winter Festival, the J & R Music Festival, the 15th Annual Concert of Chugye University, and the Concertos night of Chugye University.

After moving to the United States in 2013, she won first prize at the Isabel Scionti competition, the Rose Petroff Foundation Piano Competition. In summer 2019, she won first prize at the Golden Classical International Music Competition and also won second prizes and Granados special mention at the IBLA International Competition and Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Competition in Ragusa, Italy. She was a recipient of the Korean American Foundation Scholarship, Academic Achievement scholarship, and
the Dean’s Camerata scholarship from the University of North Texas. She has performed at the Carnegie Hall, the Dallas Public Library, the PianoTexas International Piano Festival in Fort-Worth and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. She has also participated in the master classes of Jerome Rose, Victor Rosenbaum, Sean Chen, Tamás Ungár, Andrey Ponochevny, Billy Eidi, Herve Billaut, Massimo Somenzi and the Baumer String Quartet.

Ms.Lee received her Masters degree from the University of North Texas in 2015. She is currently the pianist at Martin United Methodist Church while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the UNT with Gustavo Romero.

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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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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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Musical Arts Club

Centennial Celebration of the Musical Arts Club performed by all current members.

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Opera on Tap

The North Texas chapter of Opera on Tap was founded in 2010. Opera on Tap (OOT) was born in 2005 at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn and incorporated in 2007 to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form and to support the developing artists who continue to keep the art form alive. What began as a small monthly gathering of ambitious, classically trained singers looking for more performance opportunities, has grown into a producing organization that has gained a loyal audience base and national recognition as an innovative force on the classical music scene. Through its Chapter program, which now has over twenty vibrant national (and international!) chapters, OOT has created a large network of performers, creators, and supporters.

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Judith Rodriguez, lyric soprano

Texas native, Judith Rodriguez, is a lyric soprano and Spanish music specialist, living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her voice has delighted many stages, most recently at The Hall of the Americas in the Organización de Estados en America in Washington, D.C., singing a program of Zarzuela (Spanish Operetta) music.

In July of 2019, Ms. Rodriguez made her operatic debut in Florence, Italy, singing the title role in the opera, Suor Angelica, under the direction of Adrian Sylveen, Artistic Director of Connecticut Lyric Opera.

Ms. Rodriguez has received great reviews in Spain for her interpretation of versatile roles such as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the lead role of Marina, Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Pepita in Pepita Jimenez, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.

She recently received positive reviews from Texas Classical Review after having performed the lead role in the Zarzuela, El Barbero de Sevilla, in Dallas. “The most challenging role of the evening, that of Elena, fell to soprano Judith Rodriguez, who displayed a solid tone with an impressive flexibility in the Rossini-style aria ‘Me llaman la primorosa’.”

Judith Rodriguez performs regularly with Timeless Concerts in Texas and was also recently featured in the podcast, “Eat, Drink, Opera” for the month of May 2019. She will next sing a program of Rachmaninoff music with Timeless Concerts at the Arlington Museum of Art this September.

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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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Texas Flute Society

The Texas Flute Society is a non-profit organization organized for the purpose and objectives as follows: to further the activities and education of flutists in North Central Texas, to sponsor concerts, workshops, clinics, masterclasses, and festivals at which members and guest artists can perform and disseminate information, and to direct our efforts toward cultural and educational values in and for the general community, striving for activities with a public interest wider than that of members and contributors. The Texas Flute Society is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

The Texas Flute Society has been serving flutists, their families, and friends in north central Texas for over 30 years. Initially formed as a club of flute teachers working together to provide activities for their students around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, the Texas Flute Society is now nationally known as an outstanding regional flute organization that puts on an annual festival that is larger in size and scope than any other regional flute event in the U.S.

In addition to the annual festival, the Texas Flute Society also sponsors between three and six other events throughout the year. Some are clinics directed towards one level or age-group (e.g., advanced high school students), while others are concerts or master classes that have wide appeal to flutists of all ages and skill levels. The Texas Flute Society publishes several newsletters throughout the year with informative articles and maintains a website that helps keep the members and area flutists informed. For more information, please visit www.texasflutesociety.org, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram @texasflutesoc.


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Kristen Thompson, clarinet

Noted for playing with “remarkable intensity” and “dynamic interpretation” (The Clarinet), clarinetist Kristen Thompson is an established performer, educator, and clinician based in Dallas, Texas. She is the co-founder of the Virtual Clarinet Academy, an online resource that encourages students to Level Up Your Playing by advancing their technical abilities.

Ms. Thompson’s passion is performing and she can regularly be heard in solo, recital, or musical theatre engagements across North Texas. While primarily a clarinetist, she is additionally fluent on all members of the flute and saxophone families. She has been a finalist in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition (Dallas, TX). Prior engagements have been with the Centennial High School Percussion Ensemble, Dallas Millennial Choir and Orchestra, Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, and the North Texas Wind Symphony.

An enthusiastic educator, Ms. Thompson is proud to share her love of clarinet with hundreds of students each year as a D’Addario Woodwinds Clinician. She additionally maintains a 40-member private studio at Hebron High School and Arbor Creek Middle School in Carrollton, Texas. Her students consistently earn chairs in Region and All-State bands, as well as receive top ratings and “Outstanding Soloist” honors at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Further, she was recently appointed as an Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Brookhaven College.

Ms. Thompson holds a MM in Performance and a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she was one of two recipients of the prestigious Priddy Scholarship in Arts Leadership, served as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Kris Chesky, and performed and recorded extensively with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. An advocate of musician’s health, she presented a poster on the role of the vocal musculature in wind performance at the 2013 Performing Arts Medical Association Conference in Aspen, CO. Ms. Thompson holds a BA in Music and a minor in chemistry from Potsdam (NY) State College. Her primary teachers include Kimberly Luevano, James Gillespie, and Raphael Sanders.

Kristen currently resides in Dallas with her sweet boxer-mix, Capi. They enjoy road trips and camping.


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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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Chie Watanabe, piano

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

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

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

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Katie Wick, soprano

Katie Wick is a Soprano and voice teacher from Dallas, Texas. Katie received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she was a member of the Beta Mu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. Katie most recently finished her Masters in Vocal Performance at Baylor University and is a voice teacher in Mesquite ISD, Richardson ISD and at the Alliance Music Academy in Plano. Katie has enjoyed a balance of teaching and performing. Katie is equally at home in both Musical Theater and Opera; her most notable roles include Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music and Despina in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. Katie is a new member of Opera on Tap and is so excited to be a part of it!



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Kelly Wolff, mezzo soprano

Kelly Wolff is a private voice lesson instructor in the HEB independent school district. She has been teaching independently for 7 years at 3 separate schools in the district. Kelly graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Vocal performance in 2013. While at Tarleton, she competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing events, participated in the opera workshops on campus, and received a minor in Broadcast Journalism. This year she has performed around Dallas with Opera on Tap and has continued her role as a featured soloist in the Chancel Choir at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church.Currently she is a member of TMEA and the Mu Phi Epsilon Delta Pi chapter since 2011.




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