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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 www.sohyun.org


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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.

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Adam Booher, piano

Pianist Adam Booher’s musicianship has been described as “thrilling,” and “full of emotional energy” (NashvilleArts). Mr. Booher frequently performs as collaborative pianist at Florida College, and in May of 2018, he performed as pianist with the Florida College Chorus in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. In an upcoming 2021 tour accompanying the Florida College Chorus, Mr. Booher will perform in Italy. Mr. Booher also performs regularly with cellist Dr. Carlos Audi, with recent and upcoming concerts occurring at universities and recital halls in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Mr. Booher serves as Professor of Music at Florida College, where he teaches applied piano and music theory. For the past two years, he has received the top-rated activities professor award 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 Vice President of Florida’s MTNA Competitive Events. He regularly adjudicates state and district competitions and the National Federation of Music Clubs Auditions. Mr. Booher also serves as president of the Mid-State Music Teachers Association and treasurer of the Florida State Music Teachers Association District 9. Awards include first place in the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Piano Festival at West Virginia University, first place in the Florida MTNA Young Artist competition, 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 Dr. Joel Hastings.

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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.

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Júlia Coelho, soprano





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Catalin Dima, piano

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

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

Catalin is a strong proponent of Romanian music, especially classical with folk influences. 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 previous engagements included tours in Indiana, Illinois, D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

An enthusiast of contemporary music, especially by American composers, Catalin collaborated 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 laureate and winner of top prizes in several international piano competitions including the Fr. Chopin International Piano Competition (CT), Shenandoah Concerto Competition (VA), 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 the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music in New York City, and a second Master of Musical Arts degree from University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.

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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.


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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 musicprofessor.com. 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.

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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.





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Amy Gustafson, piano


American pianist Dr. 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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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.

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Claudia Jameson, soprano/libretto


Claudia Jameson studied with Rosalind Phillips at Trinity University and with Sheila Harms in Dallas. Ms. Jameson began singing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in San Antonio and went on to play leading ingénue roles in musicals such as The Fantasticks, Carnival, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Medium and Cosí fan tutte in Atlanta and Dallas. She has been a soloist with several churches in the Dallas area. Ms. Jameson recently retired as a bilingual teacher with the Duncanville school district and focuses on composing educational songs for students.


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Gyuwan Kim, piano

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Gyuwan Kim began studying piano 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 is currently on the faculty of the Department of Music as a collaborative pianist at Midwestern State University.

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Hamin Kim, cello

Hamin Kim is an active cellist performing across the globe, has featured on London’s Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St James, Piccadilly, BBC Radio 3 & 4, TBN, Prague’s Církev československá husitská, Veneto’s Aula Magna del Seminario, Warsaw’s Chopin-Górecki Festival, Daejeon’s Mokwon Chapel, Dallas's Meyerson Center, DC’s Kennedy Center and recently held chamber recitals in Atlanta, Agadir, Charlotte, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris, Rabat, Raleigh and Seattle.

Currently, Hamin resides in North Texas, he is an Adjunct Faculty at Dallas College at Cedar Valley Campus and a String Teaching Artist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Young Musicians Program (El Sistema USA). Also, Hamin is a section cellist of the Las Colinas Symphony and a member of Kim Quartet, comprised of his three sisters and himself that actively tours throughout the world when not in town.

Born in Korea and raised in North Carolina, as a child of two musicians, Hamin was immersed in music from his earliest childhood. He began playing the cello at his age of nine and gave his very first public recital in the same year. In his teenage years, he was proud members of Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestra, North Carolina Honors All State Orchestra, Triangle Youth Philharmonic in North Carolina and NAfME All National Honor Orchestra at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Especially, Hamin played in the Carolina Philharmonic frequently as its youngest member and young artist soloist.

With the Minerva Scholarship from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Hamin had taken undergraduate coursework in various subjects prior to pursing his intensive music studies in London. The Royal Academy of Music, London awarded Hamin an entrance scholarship to study cello performance and Music. He received his Bachelor's and Master's in Performance degrees from the Academy under Professor Jo Cole and frequent supervisions by Mario Brunello, Colin Carr and Sungwon Yang.

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Kihwa Kim, piano

Pianist Kihwa Kim is an active collaborative pianist. Kim held the position of an orchestra pianist at the City of Mokpo Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, and a staff pianist at Northern Kentucky University. Apart from her numerous experiences as a chamber music musician, Kim has worked as an opera coach for several opera companies (Dayton Opera, First Coast Opera, Chonnam National University, Knoxville Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Kangsookja Opera Line) and celebrated music festivals (Music Academy of the West and Opera NEO). In her capacity as a pianist and opera coach, she has prepared and performed a wide range of operatic repertoire, including Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir D’amore, Don Pasquale, L’Étoile, Hansel and Gretel, Un ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, Falstaff, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Bohème, The Medium, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Little Women, and Trouble in Tahiti. She also was invited as a vocal coach to work for music festivals in Italy such as Lingua e Canto and Mantova National Music.

Kim completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music with Colette Valentine and Tamara Sanikidze after earning Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Marie-France Lefebvre and Kenneth Griffiths. Before Kim studied in the United States, she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at the Chonnam National University with Hyunok Moon where she was appointed the Honorary Chancellor’s Award as the top graduate of the college.

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Mikyung Kim Kwon, violin

Violinist Mikyung Kim Kwon received her DMA 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 has 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 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 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 for last 10 years.

Ms. Kim Kwon recently moved to Dallas area and started teaching at Rock Hill High School in Prosper ISD as a violin instructor. Ms. Kim Kwon currently resides in Frisco with her husband, two adorable daughters, and a baby girl expecting in November.

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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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Jin Ah Kwon, piano




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Tsun-yuet Kwok, cello





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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.

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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 UNT Symphonic Band in 2014-15 and plays 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.



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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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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.

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Susan Poelchau, piano/composition

Susan Poelchau, a graduate of Texas Tech, has performed extensively as an accompanist and continuo player in Dallas and Germany. She served as Chair of the MPE Sunday Concert Series for many years and is active as a singer, handbell director and performer on several Renaissance music instruments.









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Mary Alice Rich, composition/violin

Violinist Mary Alice Rich is a Dallas composer known fo her opera “Wading Home” based on the novel by Rosalyn Story. The opera was awarded an MPower Grant from the Sphinx Competition and was presented in concert form on April 2, 2015 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. A graduate of University of Illinois and three-time winner of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Contest, Ms. Rich's music is available through Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Wingert-Jones Publications, RBC, Tempo Press, Latham Music, Alry Publications, and SmartMusic.



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Monika Ruusmaa, harp


Monika Ruusmaa is a passionate musician specializing in historical performance practice. Her main focus is the abundant repertoire of the Renaissance and the Baroque, performing both as a soloist and basso continuo player on Italian triple-string harp. She is also an editor and arranger of various works for plucked ensemble and embellished compositions making use of Renaissance

As a chamber musician, Ruusmaa performs regularly with the University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra, Duo Di Ana, Dallas Bach Society and Orchestra of New Spain. She has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival and toured Estonia, Germany and Vietnam. As a modern pedal harpist, Monika performed with the UNT HarpBeats. After receiving the Graduate Artist Certificate and Master’s degree Monika is continuing her DMA study in University of North on baroque harp. In addition to playing various historical harps, Ruusmaa is also a professional recorder player and has recorded several CDs with the Royal Wind Music consort and the Renaissance music ensemble Rondellus. She holds both Bachelors and Master’s degrees in recorder from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands.

She will play a varied program from medieval to 20th century music, mostly Spanish repertoire with improvisation and diminutions upon songs and dances. She will perform solo baroque harp music, arranged pieces together with guitar/theorbo player Héctor Torres and soprano Júlia Coelho.

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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.


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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.

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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…"

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

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Héctor Torres, guitar/theorbo




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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.

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