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Ayaan Ahmad, violin

Ayaan Ahmad is a 15-year-old Bangladeshi-American violinist from Sharon, Massachusetts. He began studying the violin at the age of four with Daniela Rubenstein. Since 2015, he has been studying with Jan Mark Sloman, Faculty at Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, he is also studying with Ryan Meehan of the Calidore String Quartet. In 2015, Ayaan won 1* Prize at MMTA's Bay State Competition. In November of 2020, he won 3rd prize in the senior division of the 2020 Sejong Virtual Music Competition, and the award for best interpretation of Korean music. In November of 2021 Ayaan won the 2nd prize in the same competition. This past summer in 2021, Ayaan was accepted into and attended the Perlman Music Program. There, he worked with esteemed teachers such as Li Lin and Catherine Cho, and performed and worked with world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. He has performed in masterclasses with Professor Paul Kantor, Professor Michael Ma, and Augustin Hadelich. In addition to his solo work, he has played with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in venues such as Boston's Symphony Hall, and is a member of a string quartet at the New England Conservatory. Outside of playing the violin, Ayaan enjoys playing the guitar, ultimate frisbee, and is passionate about math.


Cal Alexander, violin

Calvin Alexander, 17, is currently a junior at Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Calvin began studying the violin at the age of four with Mrs. Angela Russell, and he currently studies with Mrs. Laura Crawford, founder and director of the Centenary Suzuki School. Calvin also began to study with Mr. Jan Sloman of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. Calvin has performed in masterclasses for several acclaimed musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Robert Lipsett, Li Lin, Catherine Cho, Alexander Kerr, Martin Beaver, Paul Kantor, Jinjoo Cho, Tessa Lark, Francisco Fullana, and more.

Calvin was one of three violin students accepted into the Perlman Music Program in 2020, and he will continue attending the Summer Music School at PMP for the next three years. Through this program, Calvin receives the opportunity to work with many distinguished musicians through lessons, chamber music coachings, orchestra, and more. In 2018 and 2019, Calvin attended the ENCORE Chamber Music Summer Academy.

In 2021, Calvin was awarded the Grand Prize in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, and he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in June 2021. In past years, Calvin represented the South-Central Region at the National MTNA Junior Strings Competition. In 2020, he was fortunate to win second place nationally in the Junior Strings Competition after winning an Award of Merit the previous year. This year, Calvin represented Louisiana at the South-Central Region MTNA Senior Strings competition, winning second prize. Last year, Calvin won first prize in the ENKOR International Violin Competition. Calvin has been grateful to have been given the opportunity to solo with many different orchestras. Calvin has performed the Waxman Carmen Fantasie and Vitali Chaconne with the Shreveport Symphony, and he has played the third movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Centenary Youth Orchestra. He is looking forward to performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Marshall Symphony this April. Calvin has also performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra twice after winning their Young Artists' Competition in 2018 and 2020. In 2020, Calvin won the Grand Prize at the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, giving Calvin the invitation to perform with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. He hopes to play with the MSO post-COVID. In 2018, Calvin performed at the National Biennial Suzuki Conference in Minnesota, and he also won the Red River Radio Young Artists Competition.

Calvin has toured the United States, Canada, and Brazil acting in three Broadway musicals. Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story, and Matilda from 2012 through 2015. At school, Calvin serves as a Lieutenant Governor in the LaMissTenn Key Club Division and participates in Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, TED-Ed Student Talks, and National History Day. When not playing the violin, Calvin also likes to learn German and philosophy with friends, relax with his dogs, and play Ping-Pong.


Sohyun Ahn, piano

Pianist Sohyun Ahn was named the Best Concert of the Yearby 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, First Baptist Church, High Line Nine Gallery 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, Allegro Music Consultants Concert Series in Philadelphia, Jamestown Community Piano Association Concert Series in Rhode Island.

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 has invited to perform at the W. Kempff 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, performed with renowned instrumentalists, such as violist Eunsik Choi, Cellist Marion Feldman among others. She worked closely with New York Westside Opera, New Jersey Concert Opera, Pineda Lyric Opera, and performed over twenty complete opera productions from Mozart to Wagner.

Currently Sohyun is a Steinway Educational Partner and has taught at Rutgers, the New Jersey State University, Concordia College in New York and University of Texas at Austin. She also has worked as a director of Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York City. She received her Doctoral 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, 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.

In 2019, Sohyun gave the complete Mozart Piano Sonata Concert Series at St. John’s in the Village, New York City. Her Bach Goldberg Variations CD is released in Sonoris Label and Mozart Sonatas CD is released in Classic Art Label and reviewed by New York Concert Review as “a perfectly balanced, crystalline performance.”

This is her 4th season for the Mu Phi Epsilon Public Library Concert Series. More details at


Carlos Audi, cello

Dr. Carlos Audi has performed numerous solo and chamber concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Argentina, and Brazil. In addition, he has been a member of several orchestras in Brazil and in the United States such as the Orquestra Sinfônica de Santo André, the Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de São Paulo, the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tallahassee, Augusta and Albany Symphony Orchestras, and the Opera Tampa Orchestra.

Dr. Audi was born in Brazil where he started his music studies at the age of seven and currently holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University. His main cello teachers were Maria Cecília Brucoli, Zigmunt Kubala, Robert Suetholz, Robert Jesselson and Lubomir Georgiev. He also has attended master classes with renowned cellists such as Janos Starker, Alan Harris, Timothy Eddy, Steven Doane, Peter Rejto, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, and Antonio Meneses.

Audi has performed in the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo as a finalist of the Orquestra Experimental de Repertório’s Concerto Competition.

Dr. Audi is on the faculty of Florida College, Hillsborough Community College, and Hillsborough County Public Schools, and is a sought-after master class presenter, adjudicator, and lecturer.


Minhee Bae, violin

Violinist Minhee Bae, a native of Seoul, South Korea, studied with Min Kim at Seoul National University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree, as a recipient of the undergraduate scholarship. Ms. Bae continued her studies at College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati with Dr. Piotr Milewski, where she received her Master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts with full scholarship as Dr. Milewski’s teaching assistant.

Ms. Bae has been invited as ‘rising star’ to Music Alp Festival in France, concert series in museum in Los Angeles. She also has been participated in Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Great Mountain Music Festival, and has recently appeared at the Robert J. Werner Hall, Seoul Art Center. She is currently associate concertmaster of the Plano Symphony and a violinist in the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She also occasionally plays with the Irving Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony.

As a passionate teacher, Ms. Bae taught at College-Conservatory of Music as well as privately in Cincinnati. Now she resides in Frisco, running private studio for all levels of the students. As a strong believer in creating a tangible change in the world through music, she has been performed as a guest member of chamber group for educational concert for children, organized concert series at hospital, and regularly performs as a member of ensemble 82.


Aria Bethea, soprano

As a senior in high school, Aria is a member of National Honors Society, Texas Thespians, and is the President of her school’s chapter of Business Professionals Association. She has be featured in performances such as Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, Ms. Hannigan in Annie, the 2nd Lady with Opera Shorts in The Magic Flute, Eurycleia from The Oddesy, 39 Steps, and Sally and Charon from Lightening Thief. Aria will be performing as Mitch Mahoney from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and in the Tempest with Ovation Academy of Performing Arts. She will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall with a full academic and theater scholarship.


Adam Booher, piano

Pianist Adam Booher’s musicianship has been described as “thrilling,” and “full of emotional energy” (NashvilleArts). Mr. Booher frequently performs collaboratively, and in 2018, he performed as pianist with the Florida College Chorus in concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Mr. Booher performs with cellist Dr. Carlos Audi, with recent and upcoming concerts occurring at universities and recital halls in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. In 2020-21, Mr. Booher and Dr. Audi were selected to perform at the College Music Society Southeastern Regional Conference and the Florida State Music Teachers Association Conference. Mr. Booher serves as Professor of Music at Florida College, where he teaches applied piano and music theory. He has received three top-rated activities professor awards at Florida College, given to the teacher with the highest overall student ratings in non-lecture courses.

Active in state and local music teachers’ associations, Mr. Booher serves as the state chair of Florida’s MTNA Competitive Events. He regularly adjudicates state and district piano competitions and the National Federation of Music Clubs Auditions, and he has served as a test reader for Advance Placement Music Theory exams the last two summers. His students have won top prizes in the Florida MTNA competitions and the Tampa Young Artist Competition. Mr. Booher serves as president of the Mid-State Music Teachers Association and treasurer of the Florida State Music Teachers Association’s District 9. Awards include first place in the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Piano Festival at West Virginia University, third place in the MTNA Southern Division competition, and first place in the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition. Mr. Booher received the Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University, where he studied with Joel Hastings..


Chris Brunt, organ/piano

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Chris S. Brunt holds music degrees from Millsaps College (B.M.) and Westminster Choir College (M.M.), has studied at the Royal School of Church Music (London, England), and has done post-graduate work in music history at the University of Mississippi. He most recent appointment is as full-time organist at Custer Rd. UMC-Plano, TX. Prior to joining the CRUMC staff he was Music Associate-Resident Organist/Director of Cox Chapel Music at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX (2001-2015). At HPUMC Chris worked in all aspects of the church music program, playing for more than 3000 services, and participating in over 50 concerts. As a regular organist-pianist in the DFW area Chris has played in more than 50 churches/worship venues. He has assisted several area choral groups through the years including The Highland Park Chorale, The Dallas Choral Festival, Verdigris Ensemble, Vox Humana, The Dallas Chamber Choir, The Arts District Chorale, Project Eve, Orpheus Chamber Singers, The Allen Symphony Chorus, and The Dallas Symphony Chorus. He is presently serving as Dean of The Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Walteria Caldwell, mezzo soprano

Walteria Caldwell is a professionally trained mezzo-soprano, pianist, director, and music educator who tours around the country and abroad. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she took Graduate Music Studies in Performance from Mercer University.

Performing in the United States and Europe, Walteria has traveled as a frequent concert soloist with various choirs/orchestras for oratorio works such as Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Bach's Christmas Oratorio Weihnachts-Oratorium, Théodore Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and John Rutter's Feel The Spirit. In the field of opera, Walteria has been in several productions as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as Hansel and the Gingerbread Witch from Hansel and Gretel. In Bizet's opera, Carmen, Walteria has performed the full role of Mercedes on stage and Carmen in concert. From Verdi's repertoire, Walteria has performed as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Quickly and Meg Page from Falstaff, Azucena in scenes from Il trovatore, and Amneris from Aida in concert. In newly composed work, she debuted the role of Sylvia in the opera Wading Home (composed by Mary Alice Rich with librettist Rosalyn Story), and performed as the Juggler/Opera Singer in Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing by Malcolm Fox. As a Rossini bel canto singer, Walteria has performed in opera scenes as Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Hedwige from Guilaume Tell. From scenes in Mozart's operas, she has been featured as Cherubino and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte, as Zerlina from Don Giovanni, and 3rd Lady and 3rd Spirit in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

Walteria has been teaching voice and piano students for over 20 years; those students have branched off into careers performing professionally in Las Vegas, Atlanta, and New York while winning auditions, roles, scholarships, and talent competitions under her instruction.he also has experience teaching choirs, staging, and in administrative duties in music. Currently, Walteria teaches and directs Opera Workshop, piano, voice, and Diversity in Music.

As the Executive Director of the non-profit Diversita Opera Arts Company, Walteria assists in providing music scholarships to students and promotes diversity through concerts and opera. Outside of classical music, Walteria performs genres such as jazz and musical theatre. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon.


Lethicia Caravello, harp

Lethicia Caravello is a Brazilian-born classical harpist based in Dallas, TX. She holds a Masters of Music from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Bachelors of Music Performance degree from Brigham Young University. In her studies, she received mentorship from notable harpists Ina Zdorovetchi, Dr. June Han, Felice Pomeranz, Heidi Lehwalder, and Dr. Nicole Brady.

Lethicia is an active solo, orchestral, accompanist, and chamber performer. She regularly performs in concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician, as well as in many ensembles, including the Boston Chamber Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New England Film Orchestra, Firebird Pops Orchestra, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and others. In recent years, she was also the resident artist fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival and the Orchestra of the Americas, and performed in many other classical music festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the National Music Festival.

Lethicia has distinguished herself as a musician and was nominated for the Arthur Foote Award by the Harvard Musical Association for the year 2020. Lethicia has competed in both nationally and internationally receiving first place in the American Protegé International Competition for Piano and Strings and was a finalist for the American Harp Society National Competition Young Professional Division. Along with performing, Lethicia is a trained Suzuki Method teacher and teaches at the MindaMusic School while also holding a private studio.


Avanti Dey, mezzo-soprano

Praised with an “arrestingly beautiful mezzo-soprano voice” and for performing with “thoughtful musicianship and admirable virtuosity”, Canadian mezzo-soprano Avanti Dey is highly coveted for both her dramatic and comedic performances. A spe8cialist in the works of Handel and Mozart, Avanti has performed the roles of Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, and Bradamante in Alcina (Comet Opera), as well as Sesto in Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Antigua y Moderna). Other highlights include her portrayal of Mother in Hansel and Gretel with Diversitá Opera Arts Company, as well as musical theatre roles including Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music with Artisan Center Theater, and Lucy Barker/Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Music Theater of Denton. Avanti is currently appearing as a Sister Sophia in Dallas Theater Center’s The Sound of Music, and will make her debut with Operativo Houston this summer in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She was born in Kingston, Ontario and holds a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information about Avanti, visit


Catalin Dima, piano

Hailed as a pianist that displays “an expressive and unleashed interpretation, transcending all the technical challenges of the score…a gift to the audience” (Romanian Music Radio), Catalin Dima has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation. Catalin performed in acclaimed venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Klavierhaus, the International House, and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York City, the Cosmos Club and the International House in Washington D.C., the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, the Geneva Conservatory of Music, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Thalia Concert Hall in Sibiu, the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Hall in Bacau, the Oltenia Philharmonic Hall in Craiova, and the Pitesti Philharmonic Hall.

Catalin is a prize winner of numerous international piano competitions, including Karl Filtsch International Piano Competition (Sibiu), Pro Piano International Competition (Bucharest), Yamaha Piano Competition (Bucharest), Fr. Chopin International Piano Competition (Hartford, CT), and Shenandoah Concerto Competition (Winchester, VA).

His engagements with orchestras include concerts with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), the Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra (Pitesti), the Washington Sinfonietta (Washington D.C.), the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Winchester, VA), and the Symphonic Winds (SOSU).

In his pursuit for innovative programming in concerts and recordings, Catalin combines mainstream and rare piano repertoire, often focusing on Romanian, American, and Japanese composers. Catalin worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers such as David Lang, Jennifer Higdon, and John Corigliano, and performed in concerts with distinguished music groups dedicated to contemporary music such as Edge Ensemble (Shenandoah Conservatory) and Great Noise Ensemble (Washington D.C.). Together with violinist Alexandru Malaimare, he started a duo project that includes lectures and concerts and promotes Romanian music throughout the U.S. Their engagements include tours in Indiana, Illinois, D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

A frequent guest artist and adjudicator, Catalin Dima is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and College Music Society. He has served as a judge for festivals and competitions such as the Denison Piano Competition in Denison, TX, the 26th Washington Conservatory of Music Festival in Washington D.C., the NVMTA Piano Achievement Awards in Fairfax, VA, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy Festival in Winchester, VA.

As a performer Catalin participated in renowned international music festivals such as International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NYC), Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany), and International Summer Academy Prague-Wien-Budapest (Austria).

A native of Bucharest, Romania, Catalin holds degrees from Shenandoah University (D.M.A.), Mannes School of Music (M.M.), and the Romanian National University of Music in Bucharest (M.M., B.M.). Currently Catalin serves on the music faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is also the founder and the artistic director of the Texoma Piano Competition and the artistic director of the Musical Art Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. When he is not working, Catalin enjoys swimming, biking, camping, and hiking in the mountains.


Diversità Opera Arts Company

Walteria Caldwell, director

Diversità Opera Arts Company is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing music scholarships to deserving students in the area along with performance opportunities. We promote music education and enjoyment to populations that cater to special needs, foster care, and senior living. We also provide a diverse cast of performers through opera/classical music on stage along with artistic shows throughout the United States. Our directors and board members are dedicated musicians, educators, and nonprofit mentors who support the endeavors of positive change.


Christina Dragoo, soprano

Soprano Christina Dragoo has an extensive performance resume, singing at a wide variety of venues, including, the Florence International Music Festival, Los Angeles Fashion Week, the Renaissance Fair, the Viper Room, and many opera companies including Diversitá Opera. Her most frequently performed roles include Gretel from Hansel and Gretel, and Donna Anna from Don Giovanni. In Mozart's The Magic Flute, she has performed as Pamina, Papagena, and the Queen of the Night. She also appeared in world premieres of operas by Jonathan Price. Ms. Dragoo also has over 20 years of experience as a voice teacher with students performing at Disney Hall, the Winspear, and Angel Stadium. They have appeared in numerous operas, musical theatre productions, and TV shows. Christina has served as the children's chorus master for the California Philharmonic, Opera Pasadena, and Repertory Opera Company. She has music directed several shows including Little Women, Descendants the Musical, Shrek Jr., and Annie Jr. Christina currently runs a private studio and is the Director of Music at Ovation Academy in McKinney TX.


Mary Alice Druhan, clarinet

Dr. Mary Alice Druhan is serving as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University – Commerce after holding previous teaching positions at James Madison University (VA) and Louisiana State University.

She has enjoyed invitations to many prestigious events in the United States, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Italy, and Thailand in recitals and in conference performances for the International Clarinet Association (ICA) ClarinetFest [Atlanta, Kansas City, Austin, Lincoln, and Assisi, Italy], OU Clarinet Symposium, International Double Reed Society, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators’ Association, Louisiana Music Educators’ Association, International Harp Society, World Saxophone Congress, American Bandmasters’ Association, and the College Band Directors’ National Association.

Dr. Druhan currently performs with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Triforia Winds, and the Color of Sound chamber series. She has also performed as the solo Eb clarinetists with the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” as well as a Bb section member of the Ceremonial Unit and as a featured soloist with the concert band. She has worked with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A), Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb/A, Bass), Plano Symphony Orchestra, Natchez Opera, Shreveport Opera, Sorg - Whitewater Opera, and Ohio Light Opera. Her research and creative activities were recognized by Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 with the awarding of the University Faculty Research Award, Office of the Provost.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has recognized Dr. Druhan’s excellence in teaching with the “James ‘Jim’ Vornberg Award for Teaching” in 2011. Her lecture on mentoring the college music student through the applied studio was presented for the national conference of NACWPI in 2011. Dr. Druhan served on a teaching panel discussion for the International Clarinet Association in Los Angeles/Northridge. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Dallas Wind Symphony and her recent work includes teaching and performance video guides of the 2013-14 Texas UIL all-state etudes for Dr. Druhan is the founder and director of the Northeast Texas Clarinet Day, an event which has evolved into the Texas Clarinet Colloquium, recipient of the 2011-2012 Community Seed Grant award from the College Music Society and a nationally attended event which hosts hundreds of musicians annually.

Dr. Druhan has suffered and is in recovery from a serious playing-related injury which inspired her research into musician injury, prevention, and recovery. Her work in this area has been and will be a main feature in The Clarinet, journal for the International Clarinet Association. She is also involved in a number of lectures about injury prevention around the country and is collaborating internationally with health-care professionals, instrument technicians, and musicians on a number of related projects.

Mary Alice Druhan is a Backun Musical Services Performing Artist as well as an Artist with the World Clarinet Alliance. Her teachers include Diana Haskell, Timothy Wright, Steve Cohen, and Ronald de Kant. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Music Educator’s Association, American Chamber Society, American Federation of Musicians-Dallas, World Clarinet Alliance, NACWPI, and the College Music Society.


Jane Fore, flute

Jane Fore maintains a private flute studio for students in Plano and Frisco ISD. She also serves at Custer Road UMC in Instrumental/Handbell Music Ministry, involving volunteers of all ages in ministry. She is a member of the Texas Flute Society, National Flute Association, and Texas Music Educators. She enjoys playing alto flute with Flute Suite--a professional flute choir in Plano. Jane and her husband, Dave, love spending time hiking in Colorado every summer.


Colin Grady, piano

Colin is an active fifth grader who excels academically in all fields, but has an unwavering passion for science, innovation, and design. He aspires to a career in engineering, but as a back-up plan, he also dabbles in stand-up comedy. He recently achieved notable success competing in Future Lego League, a Lego and robotics competition. He also placed first in the creative writing UIL competition. In addition to cerebral pursuits, Colin enjoys a variety of athletic activities including competitive swimming, basketball, and mountain biking, and has been playing piano for three years. Above all, Colin is a dedicated and caring big brother to his three younger siblings.


Amy Gustafson, piano

Praised for her “exquisite sensitivity” and a “style filled with class and elegance” by La Voz de Asturias (Asturias, Spain) and recognized as a “talented player who doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold” by Lucid Culture (New York City), American pianist Amy E. Gustafson has performed across the United States and in both Western and Eastern Europe. Her debut album, Reverie, consists of music by Claude Debussy and was released in June 2017.

Recent performances include replacing legendary pianist Abbey Simon in Los Angeles at LACMA’s series, Sundays Live, an appearance with the Sofia Sinfionetta in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a concert tour in Dallas, Texas with her piano duo, Duo Azul. Other recent engagements have taken her to Spain, China, and Canada, and she has also performed New York City venues, such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church Wall Street, the Tenri Cultural Institute, CAMI Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Born into a musical family, her talent was evident at an early age, and she received much of her beginning piano instruction from her grandmother. By the age of 15, she had won several local competitions, including MTNA’s Baldwin Competition, and her success led her to move to New York City to continue her studies.

Since then, Gustafson has won numerous awards, including the second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition, second prize in the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, and the Special Presentation Award and the Alumni Award from Artists International Presentations, Inc.

Gustafson completed her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her major teachers have included Julian Martin, Andre-Michel Schub, Anton Nel, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto, and she has benefited from the advice of many renowned pedagogues, including Solomon Mikowsky, Arie Vardi, Veda Kaplinsky, Robert McDonald, Paul Badura-Skoda, Marc Durand, Martin Canin, Leslie Howard, and Luiz de Moura Castro.

In addition to her performing career, Gustafson is on the piano faculty at Millersville University and is Director and Faculty of the Gijón International Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain, as well as Director of the Palmetto International Piano Festival in South Carolina. Previously, Dr. Gustafson directed The Stony Brook International Piano Festival in Stony Brook, New York.

Amy E. Gustafson is a Yamaha Artist.


Heather Hawk, soprano

Soprano Heather Hawk, Associate Professor, Tarleton State University, has amassed a large array of stellar performances since her graduation from Tarleton State University in 2005. The invitation to perform at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria summer 2016, culminated in her winning First Prize at the AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition August 2016. She won fourth place as National Finalist in the NATS Artist Award Competition in Chicago July 2016. Hawk won First Prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition in 2012 as well as receiving the John Thomas Woman’s Voice Award given by the Women’s Chorus of Dallas in April the same year. Hawk won First Place in the TEXOMA National Association of Teachers in Singing “Singer of the Year” Young Artist vocal competition. In 2013, she was National Semi-finalist in the Classical Singer Vocal Competition. In 2015, Heather was named a national semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. She performed the song cycle, Try Me, Good King, by noted American composer, Libby Larsen, in 2016 for the Leschetizky Association Annual Living Composers Concert in New York City. Of her performance, with pianist Leslie Spotz, Larsen said, “Gorgeous voice! ~And a great collaboration with your pianist!”

Recent operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina, Katisha in The Mikado, and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2014 with the New York International Music Festival and returned in 2015 for a second solo performance in 2016 at Carnegie Hall in less than two years. Other notable solo appearances include Rutter’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

She earned her DMA from University of North Texas, and her Masters in Vocal performance from Baylor University.


Claudia Navarro Jameson, soprano/libretto

Claudia Navarro Jameson is no stranger to the stage. She began singing ingenue roles professionally at the age of 18 while a freshman in college. After moving to Atlanta from San Antonio, Ms. Jameson continued performing in musicals and opera until she and her husband moved to Dallas. She quickly got involved with the Dallas Alliance Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Richland College, and the Arlington Opera performing roles such as Maria in West Side Story, Yum Yum in the Mikado, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti. Ms. Jameson was a member of the Dallas Civic Chorus under Lloyd Pfautsch, choral director at SMU and performed solo work for him. After singing as soloist at East Dallas Christian Church and Church of the Incarnation, she became a bilingual teacher and recently retired after 25 years of service. Ms. Jameson is still active in various music organizations and performs for them and at church. As the librettist, she will be performing in Anám the Witch and Beatrice the Beautiful and serving as stage director with Diversitá Opera Arts Company. Excerpts from the opera will be featured in this concert.


Jennifer Jones, soprano

Jennifer Jones is the Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney. Along with ministry, she also teaches and performs in the DFW area. Jennifer has a Bachelor degree in Voice Performance from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters degree in Voice Performance from University of Redlands. During her professional life, she has composed, arranged, rehearsed and performed many pieces. One of her biggest accomplishments and challenges was discovering and creating virtual music content during the COVID pandemic. She compiled an entire virtual Christmas cantata in December of 2020. She brings a joy into rehearsal time and knows how to liven up the room. Through her pedagogical training she is able to help her singers achieve healthful and full sounds.


Gyuwan Kim, piano

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Gyuwan Kim began piano studies at the age of seven. At 14, he was chosen as the youngest soloist for the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra’s concert tour in S. Korea and made his debut playing Beethoven’s first piano concerto. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Borodin Orchestra in Moscow, Kyung Hee University Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, Gyeonggi Youth Performing Arts Members, and Seongnam Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has been actively engaged in a variety of musical roles as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble pianist and has performed across Korea, the United Stated, Russia, and Taiwan at major concert halls, such as Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Sejong Center, and Dallas Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Not only was Dr. Kim the first-prize winner at the Kyung Hee University Concerto Competition and the gold-prize winner at the Piano Society of Korea Competition, but also he was awarded the prize of excellent academic achievement from Kyung Hee University, an appreciation plaque from the Seongnam Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a certificate of recognition for outstanding performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. As a full-time teaching assistant at the University of North Texas, he served as the pianist of the UNT A Capella Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus. Also, he served as the pianist of the North Texas Wind Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and Frisco ISD Elementary Honor Choir. He has performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony on seven recording sessions for the GIA Publications and Naxos label in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Dr. Kim holds his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in piano performance with a minor in violin performance from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, one of the most prestigious private universities in Korea, where he studied piano with Dr. Yung Hae Chun and violin with Professor Juwon Yuk. During his studies, he earned the Music Teacher Certificate and received the Dean’s Award as the valedictorian. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he moved to the United States to attend the University of North Texas where he earned his Master of Music (M.M.) degree in piano performance with a related field in orchestra conducting and his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in piano performance with a related field in wind conducting. While at the University of North Texas, he studied piano with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul, wind conducting with Professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and orchestra conducting with Dr. Clay Couturiaux.

Dr. Kim was on the faculty of the Department of Music as a collaborative pianist at Midwestern State University from February 2019 to May 2021. As a lifelong learner, he has recently started his new adventure, viola studies. Since August 2021 he has been studying viola with Professor Catherine Forbes in the Graduate Performance Certificate program at the University of Texas at Arlington as a recipient of the full-tuition scholarship.


Mikyung Kim Kwon, violin

Violinist Mikyung Kim Kwon received her Doctoral degree in Musical Arts at Rutgers University as a recipient of full scholarship, Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School and Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Robert Mann, Kyung Sun Lee, and Philipp Quint.

Ms. Kim Kwon has performed numerous recitals and concerts in the past few years across the world, domestically in the New York City metropolitan, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Sarasota and New Brunswick, and internationally, in Austria, China and Korea. In the States, her performances include high profile venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Gordon Auditorium, Severance Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, among others. She has served as a concertmaster at the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and principal player at Oberlin China tour Orchestra. In 2007, she performed in Liederkranze Hall in NYC as a prize winner of the Joyce Dutka Competition.

Ms. Kim Kwon has served as a leader of New York Classical Symphony Orchestra, section violinist at Symphony in C, Clarion Music society, Ensemble 212, and New York Soloist Ensemble.

Alongside her solo and orchestra work, Ms. Kim has long been interested in chamber music and selected to participate and perform at Kneisel chamber music festival, Norfolk chamber music festival, Sarasota music festival, and Aspen music festival. Furthermore, she performed chamber works with Oberlin Conservatory faculty artists including Kyung Sun Lee, Darret Adkins and Peter Takacs in the Cleveland area. Ms. Kim Kwon has also been invited to perform at Adonai Concert Series at Christ St. Stephen Church and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York for 2016-2017 season, and Sonoma County Library Concert Series and Old St. Hilary's Landmark Concert in the San Francisco area for 2018-2019 season.

As a dedicated educator, Ms. Kim Kwon has served as an adjunct faculty at the Pre-college division of Brooklyn College and Lucy Moses Music School at Kaufman Center.

Currently, Ms. Kim Kwon is a member of Sherman Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Lebanon Trail High School and Rock Hill High School as a violin instructor. Ms. Kim Kwon resides in Frisco with her husband and their three adorable daughters.


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.


Jin Ah Kwon, piano

Praised by Fanfare magazine as “a pianist with extraordinary pianism and artistry by any measure or standard,” Dr. Kwon has performed concerts in recitals and symphonic programs internationally, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, Murchison Performing Arts Center in Texas, and Tambov Grand Concert Hall in Tambov, Russia.

Dr. Kwon’s solo debut album “Music by Chopin & Liszt” includes short pieces by the two renowned composers and is sponsored by the Texas Chopin Society. This solo album was released by Centaur Recording in Spring in 2021. She has received critical acclaim from classical music magazines including the Eumak Jurnal and Fanfare Magazine, as well as major newspapers including YTN and KTN. Dr. Kwon looks forward to her second solo album in 2022 with the Sheva collection in the UK.

As a lecturer, she served as a music professor at Dallas College, teaching music to college students. Currently, she works at Tarrant College as a staff pianist and music director for the Milal Orchestra. She is also a piano teacher who runs her own studio, teaching hosts of talented students who have won many national and international competitions. Many of her students went on to international and national music schools including Yonsei University, Sangmyung University, Yewon School, Sun-hwa Art Middle and High School, Gyewon Art High School, and the University of Texas Arlington’s master degree program.

As a jury member and guest artist, Dr.Kwon participates in music auditions for her community. She was invited to audition for a scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington and took part in student scholarship processes. She also advised prominent college students sponsored by the Arlington Arts League. In addition, she was invited to a student music contest sponsored by the Corpus Christi Teachers’ Association to judge outstanding music students in the Texas area.

Committed to bringing an inspiring concert program and classical music experience to a broader audience, she founded and now directs the Milal Orchestra and Milal Chamber ensemble, which provide musical opportunities to differently-abled individuals in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles.

Her musical projects are diverse and broad-ranging. Mostly recently: The 2021 Virtual Texas Flute Festival, 2021 Dallas Library Music Composition Workshop Concert, 2020-2021 concert season sponsored by Texas Chopin Society, the Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni Chapter concert series 2021-2022, and a recital at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church in fall 2021.

As a soloist, she won several international competitions, including First Prize in International Competition of Romantic Music 2020 sponsored by America Protégé, First Prize in the 27th Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Texas in the USA in 2019; First Prize in the 2017 IMKA Music International Competition at Sarajevo, Bosnia; Special prize at the 2017 International Cochran Piano Competition.

Dr. Kwon received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University under Professor Kwi-Hyun Kim, a scholar, teacher, pianist, and pupil of György Sándor, who served as the dean of the keyboard department at Seoul National University.

Kwon started her pianist career when she was an undergraduate student. She was invited by the Russia Tambov Symphonic Orchestra to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto op.16 with renowned musicians. After a successful debut, she performed a solo recital in BuAm Art hall and participated in a concert series in E-won Culture Center, South Korea. Before she graduated from Seoul National University, she participated in the concert series "Liszt’s 200-birthday Celebration Concert" sponsored by the Korean Piano Society with famed music professors in South Korea. She was also invited to perform her solo recital in BuAm Art Hall. At that time, she met a professor, Gustavo Romero from University of North Texas and he invited and recruited her to come to Texas.

Jin Ah Kwon received her PhD in music from the University of North Texas at Denton this summer. In Denton 2017, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.1 with the UNT Concert Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition at Murchison Performing Arts Center while studying for her doctoral degree. She was also invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as a contest winner and received much acclaim.

Her dissertation "Franz Liszt as Transcriber and Editor: a Historical Overview and Analytical Study of his Three Versions of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, D.760" is about a rare edition of Franz Liszt, and she continues to research and apply the project to her next solo. She will be recording a CD album based on this project with Timothy Jackson, her co-professor and a distinguished research professor of UNT.


Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok, cello

Native of Hong Kong, Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok has appeared as soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has also performed over 30 world premieres of contemporary music. Kwok currently holds position of principal cello at McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously played with orchestras including the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Hong Kong New Philharmonic, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He played solo and chamber recitals both in Asia and in the States, and solo appearances with orchestras including Mesquite Symphony, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Art Academy Orchestra and Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra.

He has received awards including 1st prize in the Hong Kong Music Festival and 2nd prize in the National Competition of Asia. In addition to his classical performance, he worked with worship ministries and pop singers in Southeast Asia, recording more than ten albums as solo cellist; in 2021, he also worked with RedSeaMusic (CA, USA) to produce music videos. Kwok’s future commitment including playing chamber recitals in Dallas-Fort Worth area and solo performances with Mansfield Philharmonic and Coppell Community Orchestra in the season of 2021 to 2022.

Kwok began cello study at the age of 6 in Hong Kong under Ms. Tung Hiu-lo, later he has finished his Master of Music in cello performance with Professor Ray Wang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at TCU School of Music, majoring in Cello Performance with cognate in Music Theory. In the U.S. his primary teachers included Jesús Castro-Balbi and Eugene Osadchy. He also had the privilege of coaching by Johannes Moser, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Bagram Saradjian, Dmitri Atapine, Maja Bogdanovic and Li-Wei Qin. As musician and scholar, Kwok holds memberships of Pi Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society, and is a regular performer on the Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series.

Kwok currently served as faculty of Prime Music Institute and Greenville Suzuki Strings, and was appointed as assistant to artistic director of the Texas Cello School in 2021. He had served as faculty of Clear Creek Music Festival (OR), TCU Summer Cello Academy, Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra and Fort Worth B Sharp Youth Music Program; he also serves as teaching assistant of international renowned cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, as well as assistant director of TCU Cello Ensemble. Kwok believes in Authentic Christianity and the philosophy of Authentic Music Performance. Besides cello playing, he loves fishing, reading, trying new foods, enjoying movies, video games and music arranging.

“Tsun-yuet’s wide knowledge of cello technique and repertoire will be a wonderful resource……
His work ethic will without a doubt inspire all those around him.”
          Christine Lamprea, Artist-Teacher of Cello, Longy School of Music


Hyejin Lee, violin

Violinist Hyejin Lee is dedicated to her career as both an active performer and a passionate professor. She was born in Daegu, South Korea where she began her musical studies at age eleven.

Hyejin Lee completed her doctoral degree in violin performance and minor in music and medicine at the University of North Texas having been awarded the University Graduate Scholarship, College of Music Scholarship, Anshel Brusilow Scholarship in Orchestral Studies, and The Lupe Murchison Foundation Scholarship. Ms. Lee received the University Graduate Scholarship at the University of Cincinnati where she completed her master’s degree in violin performance. She also received the Suzuki Method Violin Teacher Training Certification in Ohio.

Hyejin is a prize winner in numerous national and international music competitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and South Korea, including the East Coast International Competition, American Protégé International Music Competition, New York International Competition, London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, IMKA Music International Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, Korea and Germany Association Competition, Seoul Shinye New Musician Music Competition, Korean Music Association Competition, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, Daegu Catholic University Music Competition, and Daegu Music Association Competition.

She made a debut performance in Weill recital hall at Carnegie hall in 2018. She also was invited to perform in Stern Auditorium and Weill recital hall at Carnegie hall in 2019. Ms. Lee has attended the France Courchevel Music Alp International Festival, Russia Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory International Festival, and Italy Spoleto Music International festival.

She was a Teaching Artist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Musicians Program and served as the first violinist at Richardson Symphony Orchestra and Sherman Symphony Orchestra. She also was a violin & viola instructor at Carrollton ISD and Frisco ISD, and a faculty at Music Institute of Texas and China Weihai Music International camp.

Hyejin Lee is currently an Adjunct Professor at Tarrant County College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Music Academy, and a member of Texas Community College Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American String Teachers Association.


Jieun Lee, piano

Jieun Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she began piano studies at age six. She made her orchestra debut at the age of 14 with Gangdong Symphony. She won the first prize of the Korea Nazarene University piano competiton and Isabel Scionti competition. She holds her bachelor's degree from Chugye University for the Arts with honor scholarship for outstanding academic performance. In 2015, she received her master's degree from the University of North Texas. She was a pianist in the UNT Symphonic Band in 2014-15 and played in UNT Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra in 2015-16. Ms. Lee is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at the UNT with Gustavo Romero.


Yinhui Stacy Li, piano

Dr. Yinhui Stacy Li started piano lessons at five and performing in public in China at seven. She earned her master’s degree in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University after graduating from Sichuan Conservatory of Music of China with a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. She further obtained a Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University under the instruction of Dr. Robert Satterlee, Dr. David Kalhous, Ian Hobson, and the late Steinway Artist Joel Hastings.

Dr. Li was a prize winner of the TOYAMA Hong Kong Piano Competition and the 2016 Florida State University Annual Piano Competition winner. She has appeared internationally as a soloist and chamber music musician throughout the U.S. in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Tallahassee, Dallas; Sulzbach and Rosenberg, Germany; Corfu, Greece; Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guiyang of China.

In 2012, she played a series of duo concerts in Sichuan, China, to support Smile Angel Foundation, sponsored by a hospital to treat more cheilopalatognathus patients. Each of those concerts had more than 500 audience members. Besides all those performing experiences, Dr. Li also worked as a visiting professor at the Piano Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Li’s repertoire widely ranges from the Baroque period to contemporary music. She appeared at the biannual Ligeti Études concert at the 17th New Music Festival at Florida State University where she collaborated with a rising young composer Fernanda Navarro at the 18th New Music Festival. Among the other projects, she has also performed one of the most representative minimal piano works Phrygian Gates written by a living American composer John Adams ( b. 1947) in Tallahassee, Florida.

As a versatile individual, Dr. Li has had the opportunity to assume different professional roles, including being a private piano lesson instructor and a music camp organizer. Through these experiences, she has been fortunate enough to educate a diverse group of students aged from pre-kindergarten to college. All students became capable of playing the piano and acquired a deeper understanding of music, making their musical journeys more meaningful.

Dr. Li founded Prime Music Institute in 2021, and currently serves as the Director and a piano faculty member at PMI. Dr. Li is a Steinway Educational Partner.


Samuel PJ Lopez, tenor

Samuel PJ Lopez, tenor, has been a member of the Dallas Opera chorus since the 2015-16 season and recently appeared in a supporting role as the Official Registrar in Madame Butterfly in 2022. Previous roles include Don Jose in Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks, Alfredo in La Traviata, Eisenstien in Die Fledermaus and Sam in Sussannah as a student at Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a Semi-Finalist in the McCammon Fort Worth Opera competition and while at Stephen F. Austin State University he was the winner of the Concerto/ Aria Competition and Vocal Recitalist of the Year.


Jazmin Luevano, soprano

Jazmin will play the role of Beatrice in Diversita Opera Company's production of "Anam the Witch and Beatrice the Beautiful."


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.  He will be the piano soloist with the Arlington Symphony / Garland Symphony / Las Colinas Symphony in May, 2022.

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).


Ella Mitchell, soprano

Ella Mitchell is an active participant in Sunnyvale Middle School’s 6th Grade Girls Choir and performed the solo for the song In Winter by Rebecca Rossiter during the choir’s most recent Winter Concert. In addition to singing, Ella plays piano and guitar and enjoys crocheting in her spare time.



Yuri Noh, violin

As an active performer and thoughtful pedagogue, Dr. Yuri Noh has obtained significant experience around the world, including in Korea, Italy, Germany, and the US.

Her first solo debut in South Korea was with the Dae-jin Orchestra, and after, she expanded her knowledge and artistic experience by participating in numerous music festivals, performances, and competitions in Italy, Germany, and the USA. She has performed at various performance venues such as the Giardino del Teatro Olimpico and Teatro Comunale in Italy, and the Charles W. Eisemann Center, Moody Performance Hall, and Meyerson Symphony Center in the US. Recently, she performed as a winner of the International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has had a broad range of orchestral experiences. In the past, she served as a concertmaster with the Round Top Festival Orchestra in the US and International Lyric Academy Symphony Orchestra in Italy. She serves as a sectional violinist with Lewisville Lake Symphony.

Dr. Noh loves to teach and work with students. Currently residing in Dallas-Fort Worth area, she has a private violin/viola studio. Also, she is a lead instructor at the Wise Youth String Ensemble, string orchestra instructor at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, and private violin and viola instructor at Lewisville ISD. In the past, she served as adjunct faculty at Dae-jin University, Korea. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Dae-jin University in South Korea. At the University of North Texas, she earned a Master's degree in Violin Performance and Early Music and earned a Doctorate degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral.

Dr. Noh believes in the power of the music. She regards music, both performance and education, to be a worthwhile investment for all people around the world. As a result, she constantly strives to provide the opportunity to learn about and experience music to people of all ages.


Susan Poelchau, piano

Her enjoyment of making music with others has led Susan Dixon Poelchau through a varied and enjoyable career as a collaborative musician. As such she has accompanied instrumentalists, singers and choirs as pianist and harpsichordist in both in America and Europe, as well as directing and composing for small choral ensembles and handbell choirs. Lately Mrs. Poelchau has enjoyed exploring the rich repertoire of early music as a member of recorder and viola da gamba ensembles.


Mary Alice Rich, composition/violin

In rural Minnesota it was considered odd to want to become a professional violinist; thankfully Mary Alice Rich’s wonderful music teachers disagreed. Mary Alice received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance at the University of Illinois. For 10 years she played in professional orchestras and opera companies in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Tulsa, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. During that time she also taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

When She was diagnosed with focal dystonia, she was devastated to have her performing days cut short. Then a strange thing happened: George Gershwin appeared to her in a dream. He kindly listened to her story and suggested she try writing music, which she did.

Mary Alice Rich studied composition privately with Profs. Jack Waldenmaier, Ted Hansen, and Winston Stone while making her living teaching violin & raising her small daughter. Soon she began to win composition contests, followed by commissions, & publication by several established music companies. In 2015 she collaborated with novelist Rosalyn Story on an opera Wading Home for which Ms. Story won a $40,000 Sphinx MPower Grant. Wading Home has received seven performances in Dallas, New Orleans, & South Africa.


Monica Rodriguez, violin

Dr. Monica de la HozRodriguez is a native of Brazil. She holds a Doctoral Degree in viola and violin performance from the Louisiana State University and two Masters’ Degrees, in violin performance from The University Southern Mississippi and in viola performance from University of New Mexico. During her time spent in New Mexico, she also received the Certificate in Suzuki Philosophy and Violin Teaching Long Term Training under Professor Susan Kempter.

Monica took part in numerous international music festivals and masterclasses with artists as Roberto Diaz, Nadja Salermo, Erick Friedman and Manfredo Kraemer. As a soloist, she gave solo and chamber recitals in Brazil, USA, Panamá, Slovakia, Germany and Italy, and is the winner of the Louisiana Viola Society Competition (2011). She currently settled in Texas and is a violin faculty of A&M Texas University in Commerce and Greenville Suzuki Strings. Besides teaching, Monica also holds position as a violist of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in Baton Rouge Louisiana, as well as arranger and electric string player position with the rock band Epic Unplugged based in Dallas, Texas. In 2021, she received the “Bow Rehairing” Professional Development and Training under the professor Lynn Hannings.


Gabriel Sanchez, piano

Gabriel Sanchez was a top prize winner in the 1997 Casablanca International Piano Competition in Morocco and is a laureate of many other international competitions.  As a soloist, he has performed internationally and throughout the United States. Robert Carlos Contreras Roman, Mexican music critic, wrote that Sanchez performs with “gran passion y expresividad estilistica.” He studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music under a full scholarship and continued his studies at the University of North Texas under his beloved teacher and mentor, Vladimir Viardo. Mr. Sanchez taught piano, music history, and music theory at the celebrated Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas from 1996-2003.

As a collaborative pianist, Sanchez has performed with such artists as Stanislav Katenin, Gordon Hunt, Jacques Zoon, Gary Schocker, Alexa Still, Marco Granados, Thomas Robertello, Rolf Smedvig, Ian Clarke, Paul Edmond Davies and Jean Ferrandis. Recent MSR CD releases, all received with critical acclaim, include Ballade, Works for Flute and Piano (with Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flutist), Scree (with Elena Yarritu, flutist) and Rêver en Couleurs (with Lisa Garner Santa, flutist). Most recently, Sanchez has been invited to join the keyboard staff of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has performed with new concertmasters, Alex Kerr and Nathan Olson.


Jan Sloman Violin Studio

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.


Jeffrey Snider, baritone

Jeffrey Snider is a native of Buffalo, New York, and received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He received the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1996 and in 1998 he returned to UNT as an associate professor in the College of Music. His operatic roles include Iago in Verdi’s Otello and Ping in Puccini’s Turandot in concert performances at the University of North Texas, the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Diversità Opera in Dallas, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Utah Festival Opera, “Number 8” in Conrad Susa’s Transformations with Voices of Change, and the Count di Luna in Verdi’s Il trovatore in El Paso.


Lyric Sosa

Lyric is a straight A student in the 9th grade. He is a member of the Business Professionals Association and is the recipient of the Diversitá Opera Piano Scholarship for young artists. Lyric has been active in Muay Thai since the age of 3 and currently trains at Aiki Muay Thai Boxing Gym.


Leslie Spotz, piano

Leslie Spotz, as Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, received the 2017 Texas Music Teachers Association “Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement” Award. As winner of the 2017 TSU College of Liberal and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, Spotz 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.

Recent seasons have included solo recitals throughout Texas, Rio de Janeiro and Il Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Brazil and performances at the 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, part of the heritage that is only three musicians-students-teachers away from Beethoven. 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. Published recordings also include the three sets of 5 CDs each of solo piano literature, representing the repertoire for 13 graded levels, 2019-2021, 2016-2018 and 2010-2012 for the International Piano Performance Examination Committee (IPPEC) based in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. 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, who was longtime 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. According to the The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Miss Spotz commands the resonant sound and the elegant gesture… playing of great color, boldness, and suavity… most engaging…"

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Rebekah Tower, soprano

Rebekah Tower is a member of Sunnyvale Middle Schools 6th grade and show choirs. She also sings with Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and First United Methodist Church of Dallas’ children’s choir. Rebekah also plays piano and rides horses.


Julee Kim Walker, flute

A native Houstonian, flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. She is Associate 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. She 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. She is Artistic Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Southeastern Symphonic Winds, Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble and Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke, Amy Porter, Christina Jennings and Carol Wincenc.

Recent engagements include a Texas tour with the Texas Guitar Quartet, performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, and recitals and masterclasses in Shanghai, China and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for 4 seasons, and also performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France, and the Red River Lyric Opera Festival in Wichita Falls, TX.

An esteemed teacher, Dr. Walker was the 2016 recipient of the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, and for masterclasses and lectures all over the world, including University of North Texas, CU Boulder, Florida State University, Shanghai Normal University in China, and the Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As an adjudicator, Dr. Walker has adjudicated for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Triennial, the Mid-South Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Oklahoma Flute Society, TMTA and MTNA competitions, the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown competition and the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir and Newly Published Music competitions. Dr. Walker currently serves as the President of the Texas Flute Society, and serves on the NFA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Dr. Walker has performed with The Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, The Dallas Winds, Lyric Stage and Abilene Philharmonic. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings, September Payne, Helen Blackburn, and Elizabeth McNutt.


Laehyung Woo, violin

Laehyung Woo was born in Seoul, South Korea and made her debut at the Kumho Arts Gallery as the grand finalist for the Kumho Asiana Airlines Prodigy Audition at the age of 14. She graduated cum laude from Seoul National University. In 2008, she was awarded a merit-based scholarship for her master’s degree at New England Conservatory under professor Alexander Korsantia. She studied for her artist diploma at Texas Christian University under Tamás Ungár. While studying for her DMA at the University of North Texas under Pamela Mia Paul, she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship Tuition Scholarship Award and was also a teaching assistant.

Dr. Woo’s passion for music has allowed her to perform in various countries including Europe, Asia, United States, and Canada. She won the IBLA Grand Prize at the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition. She has also performed at various competitions such as Washington International Piano Festival Competition, The Schlern Music International Competition, San Antonio Young Artist Competition, and Jacob Flier Piano Competition at New Paltz. Many other notable venues that she performed at are
Carnegie Weill Hall, Kennedy Center, New York University, Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall in New York, Williams Hall in Boston, Pepsico Recital Hall in Fort Worth, Tarrant County College, Elon College in North Carolina, Little Rock, Star City, Harrison City in Arkansas, Shinjuk City Arts Hall in Taiwan and Seoul Arts Center. She was invited to perform at Kumho Arts Hall as a winner of the Young Artist Audition and also gave performances at Banff Piano Masterclass, Piano Texas and Mozarteum in Salzburg.

While traveling for performances throughout her career, Dr. Woo, has had the opportunity to meet many world-class artists and has amassed many connections in different parts of the world. Such as professors from New England Conservatory, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, and The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She has visited universities such as Seoul National University, Korea National University of Arts, and Hanyang University in Korea. Dr. Woo had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses offered by these professors. While participating in these masterclasses, she was able to connect many talented artists in Korea with the opportunity to further their careers in the United States. Currently, Dr. Woo serves on piano faculty at University of North Texas and Tarrant County College.


Elim Wong, violin

Elim Wong is a fifth grader from Plano, TX. She displayed an early interest in classical music and was drawn to the beautiful sound of the violin at a very young age. She started violin with Mr. Landefeld. At age 8, she joined Mr. Sloman’s studio; She has since been under the distinct guidance of Mr. Sloman and Ms. Koh. Elim believes music is a universal language with immense healing power. She would like to be a professional violinist and use her music ability to inspire others and to honor God.


Ella Yeh, violin

Violinist Ella Yeh lives in Plano, Texas, started her violin studies at 4 with Leah Greenfield, and later with Julia Bushkova at The University of North Texas. Since 2019, she has been under the tutelage of Jan Sloman and Eun-song Koh. She has competed and won top prizes in her age division at the DMTA competition. Besides violin, she enjoys playing pickleball, tennis, singing in choir, and making tik tok dance videos. This is her first season for the Mu Phi Epsilon Public Library Concert Series.


Giyeon Yoon, violin

Violinist Giyeon Yoon joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2019 having previously served as a violinist at the National Symphony Orchestra for their 2018/19 season. Prior to her appointment with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Giyeon previously served as a concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival, the Manhattan School of Music, and Seoul National University. As a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2018, she was named one of ten Zarin Mehta Fellows to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of their 2018 Global Academy.

A brilliant and enthusiastic musician, Ms. Yoon enjoys an exciting and versatile musical career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teaching artist, and orchestra musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She had her debut recital when she was 11 years old at the Eastman School of Music in New York where she studied with Zvi Zeitlin, as well as at the Kumho Art Hall in Korea. When she was a student at the Seoul Arts High School, she was chosen to play the Waxman Carmen Fantasy and made her Seoul Arts Center Hall debut with Nanse Gum, who was the first Korean to win the prize at the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition in Berlin. Ms. Yoon also won the first-place prize at numerous competitions including the 52nd Dong-A Competition and the Joongang Competition.

In addition, she was a grand prize winner of the New York Artists International Competition, winner of the New York International Music Competition, and was chosen in the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist competition, having a recital in New York. She was the first prize winner of the 2021 New York International Artists Violin Competition. In July 2022, she will perform at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Yoon started her career after numerous years of studying and performing in both her native South Korea and the United States. She began her intensive studies under the tutelage of professor Young Uck Kim at Seoul National University. She earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree, both from Seoul National University, and she graduated with the highest honors. After she came to the United States, Giyeon received another Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship. While she was in New York, she worked with Sheryl Staples, Principal Associate Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Lisa Kim, Associate Principal Second Violin of the New York Philharmonic, and Laurie Smukler, the founding first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet.

An avid educator, Ms. Yoon teaches in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings program and she gives masterclasses to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians. She has also been active as a judge at the Friedlander Concerto Competition and the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition. She teaches violin privately with over a decade of teaching experience, and her students have made numerous accomplishments including winning competitions, passing orchestra auditions, and acceptance to college programs throughout the United States and Korea.


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