Artist Faculty

Jessica Dan

Violin

Violinist Jessica Dan Fan is active as a teacher and performer in the Washington D. C. area, joining the Kennedy Center Opera house Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra in 2002. In addition to chamber recitals and solo performances, she frequently performs with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Concert Series, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, and Wolf Trap.

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Lin He

Violin

Violinist Lin He made his Carnegie Hall debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. In January 2016, he appeared the third time as the soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta. Over the past seasons, he made his Rapides Symphony Orchestra debut with the Korngold Concerto and the Lake Charles Symphony debut with the Sibelius Concerto.

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Brittany MacWilliams

Violin

Violinist Brittany MacWilliams has an active career both as performer and educator. She made her professional violin debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra and went on to win numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association competition. Since then, Ms. MacWilliams has performed extensively as soloist and concertmaster in such diverse locales as Istanbul, Beijing, Salzburg, Munich, Lisbon, and New York.

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Jonathan Magness

Violin

Alabama native Jonathan Magness was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in 2008; in 2014 he was named acting principal second violin. He has performed chamber works at several Orchestra concerts, including Schumann’s Piano Quartet and has been featured as soloist at Inside the Classics and Young People’s Concerts, performing music by Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Magness took center stage as soloist in 2011, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Marin Alsop.

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Daniela Shtereva

Violin

Daniela Shtereva was born into a family with five generations of musical tradition. Currently a member of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, Shtereva is also an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She is a winner of the Washington String International Competition 2006 and the National Society of Arts and Letters/Strad competition in 2007.

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Sean Wang

Violin

Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang is on the violin and conducting faculty at the Longy School of Bard College, and is also Founder and Director of the New York Intercultural Music Society, which performs and commissions music with Western and non-Western elements. His repertoire ranges from Baroque music (on period instruments) to contemporary compositions.

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Molly Gebrian

Viola

Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. She has collaborated with many composers, often in premieres of works written for her, and she has worked closely with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez for performances at the Lucerne Festival. She has a passion for understanding how people learn and experience music, and has collaborated on neuroscience research with leading scientists on music and the brain.

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Sheldon Person

Viola

Sheldon Person has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2011. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a guest with the London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Person has served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

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Wendy Richman

Viola

Violist Wendy Richman is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom she has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theater, Mostly Mozart Festival, and distinguished festivals worldwide.

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Anthony Kitai

Cello

Anthony Kitai joined the Houston Symphony in 2001, serving as Acting Associate Principal Cellist from 2003-2005. Previously, he was a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Iris Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Anthony Kitai has appeared with many orchestras including the Galveston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Symphony North of Houston, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Jonesboro Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Pine Bluff Symphony.

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Paul York

Cello

An accomplished soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Paul York has appeared in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. York serves on the string faculty at the University of Louisville, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule. Recent solo appearances include a performance of Karel Husa’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis with the Louisville Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor with internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Of his performance at Carnegie Hall, New York Concert Reviews said “The fiendishly difficult solo part was brilliantly played by cellist Paul York; one had to be in awe of his playing.”

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Sidney A. King

Double Bass

Sidney A. King’s multi-faceted career as a double bassist, composer and arranger spans over three decades. His extensive experience as an orchestral performer includes appearances with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the country. As a composer, Mr. King has received commissions from such diverse organizations as the Freudig Singers of Western New York, the American Harp Society and the Bunbury Theatre of Louisville. His compositions have been performed by artists and ensembles throughout the country. A gifted teacher, Mr. King serves as professor of double bass and Director of String Education Activities at the University of Louisville School of Music.

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Patricia George

Flute

Internationally known performer and teacher, flutist Patricia George travels the world performing and teaching. She has presented her Famous Flute Spa masterclasses for more than 300 universities, conservatories, public schools, and flute associations. In January 2011, George became Editor of Flute Talk Magazine and continues to write the monthly column ‘The Teacher’s Studio.” She has also written for the Idaho Music Educator’s Notes, the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Keynotes Magazine, and Chamber Music America.

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Robert Stephenson

Oboe

Robert Stephenson joined the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 1980. He has served as Principal Oboe under Music Directors Varujan Kojian, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart and Thierry Fischer. He has twice been a member of the Utah Symphony Music Director Search Committee and the orchestra’s Artistic Committee. Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Mr. Stephenson played Principal Oboe for three years with the Savannah Symphony and Georgia Chamber Orchestra under Christian Badea. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Hunter Thomas

Bassoon

Since 1996, Hunter Thomas has served as the Principal Bassoonist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, an orchestra with which he has performed since high school. Following a recent performance, The Huntsville Times refers to his “hauntingly lovely first solo” in Tchaikovskyís Symphony No. 6. Hunter has made numerous solo appearances with the HSO, including his acclaimed performance in 2005 of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. As an orchestral player, Hunter performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, with which he has recorded for the Dorian CD label. From 1980-1985, Hunter was the Principal Bassoon of the National Orchestra of Colombia, South America.

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Chad Burrow

Clarinet

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. In 2009, Chad was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet, chamber music and serves as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players. Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which offers regular performances throughout the year and an early summer music festival in Oklahoma City. Chad is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

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Alexander Shuhan

French Horn

Alexander Shuhan joined the Ithaca College faculty in 1998, where he is presently Associate Professor of Horn. In October 2013, he was a visiting guest instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and from 2005–2010, he served as Valade Instructor of Horn at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. As a founding member (1993), hornist, pianist and composer of Rhythm & Brass, he has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and the Middle East.

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Peter Bond

Trumpet

Peter Bond has played trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992. He studied with John Head of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet and Yale School of Music, as well as Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, and Adolph Herseth, all renowned teachers and members of the Chicago Symphony. While living in Atlanta in the 1980′s, he was a busy freelance musician, working frequently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, and lead trumpet for most visiting musicals and entertainers including Evita, 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, Ben Vereen, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett.

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Joshua Bynum

Dr. Joshua Bynum is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia, and performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Trombonist with the Georgia Brass Quintet, he is also a founding member of Resonant Projection, a professional trombone quartet with a mission to expand the range and style of trombone quartet repertoire, and to help young musicians appreciate chamber music. For several summers, he has served as trombone faculty for the Festival of Vale Veneto, in the Rio Grande de Sul region of Brazil.

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Eric Bubacz

Tuba

Eric Bubacz has an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. He studied for three years at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY before transferring to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he completed his Bachelor of Music.

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John Kilkenny

Percussion

John Kilkenny is currently Director of Percussion Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoys a multi faceted career that includes orchestral performances with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera and Ballet, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society, the Master Choral of Washington, and virtually every other Washington, DC, area performing arts organization.

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Amy I-Lin Cheng

Piano

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.”

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Amy Dorfman

Piano

As a performer, Amy Dorfman has been recognized with the Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and first prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She is a dedicated teacher whose students have been prize winners in state and national competitions. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and a guest artist and teacher at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

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Elizabeth Blakeslee

Harp

Elizabeth Blakeslee has performed regularly with with the National Symphony Orchestra since 1999, playing second harp and substitute principal harp as needed. She has been harp instructor at George Mason University since 2012. She also maintains a private studio of about thirty students.

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César Leal

Conductor

César Leal is orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor at the University of the South, where he also teaches and develops courses in musicology.

Leal has led ensembles in the U.S., Panama, Colombia, France, and the Ukraine. An advocate for young conductors, he teaches a summer conducting workshop for the KIIS program in Salzburg. Leal has recorded works by several Latin American composers and has presented scholarly papers in the U.S., England, Canada, Peru, Greece, Japan, and Switzerland.

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Artist Faculty

Jessica Dan

Violin

Violinist Jessica Dan Fan is active as a teacher and performer in the Washington D. C. area, joining the Kennedy Center Opera house Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra in 2002. In addition to chamber recitals and solo performances, she frequently performs with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Concert Series, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, and Wolf Trap.

More

Lin He

Violin

Violinist Lin He made his Carnegie Hall debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. In January 2016, he appeared the third time as the soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta. Over the past seasons, he made his Rapides Symphony Orchestra debut with the Korngold Concerto and the Lake Charles Symphony debut with the Sibelius Concerto.

More

Brittany MacWilliams

Violin

Violinist Brittany MacWilliams has an active career both as performer and educator. She made her professional violin debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra and went on to win numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association competition. Since then, Ms. MacWilliams has performed extensively as soloist and concertmaster in such diverse locales as Istanbul, Beijing, Salzburg, Munich, Lisbon, and New York.

More

Jonathan Magness

Violin

Alabama native Jonathan Magness was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in 2008; in 2014 he was named acting principal second violin. He has performed chamber works at several Orchestra concerts, including Schumann’s Piano Quartet and has been featured as soloist at Inside the Classics and Young People’s Concerts, performing music by Vivaldi and Piazzolla. Magness took center stage as soloist in 2011, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Marin Alsop.

More

Daniela Shtereva

Violin

Daniela Shtereva was born into a family with five generations of musical tradition. Currently a member of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, Shtereva is also an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She is a winner of the Washington String International Competition 2006 and the National Society of Arts and Letters/Strad competition in 2007.

More

Sean Wang

Violin

Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang is on the violin and conducting faculty at the Longy School of Bard College, and is also Founder and Director of the New York Intercultural Music Society, which performs and commissions music with Western and non-Western elements. His repertoire ranges from Baroque music (on period instruments) to contemporary compositions.

More

Molly Gebrian

Viola

Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. She has collaborated with many composers, often in premieres of works written for her, and she has worked closely with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez for performances at the Lucerne Festival. She has a passion for understanding how people learn and experience music, and has collaborated on neuroscience research with leading scientists on music and the brain.

More

Sheldon Person

Viola

Sheldon Person has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2011. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a guest with the London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Person has served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

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Wendy Richman

Viola

Violist Wendy Richman is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom she has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theater, Mostly Mozart Festival, and distinguished festivals worldwide.

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Anthony Kitai

Cello

Anthony Kitai joined the Houston Symphony in 2001, serving as Acting Associate Principal Cellist from 2003-2005. Previously, he was a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Iris Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Anthony Kitai has appeared with many orchestras including the Galveston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Symphony North of Houston, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Jonesboro Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Pine Bluff Symphony.

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Paul York

Cello

An accomplished soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Paul York has appeared in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. York serves on the string faculty at the University of Louisville, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule. Recent solo appearances include a performance of Karel Husa’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis with the Louisville Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor with internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Of his performance at Carnegie Hall, New York Concert Reviews said “The fiendishly difficult solo part was brilliantly played by cellist Paul York; one had to be in awe of his playing.”

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Sidney A. King

Double Bass

Sidney A. King’s multi-faceted career as a double bassist, composer and arranger spans over three decades. His extensive experience as an orchestral performer includes appearances with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the country. As a composer, Mr. King has received commissions from such diverse organizations as the Freudig Singers of Western New York, the American Harp Society and the Bunbury Theatre of Louisville. His compositions have been performed by artists and ensembles throughout the country. A gifted teacher, Mr. King serves as professor of double bass and Director of String Education Activities at the University of Louisville School of Music.

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Patricia George

Flute

Internationally known performer and teacher, flutist Patricia George travels the world performing and teaching. She has presented her Famous Flute Spa masterclasses for more than 300 universities, conservatories, public schools, and flute associations. In January 2011, George became Editor of Flute Talk Magazine and continues to write the monthly column ‘The Teacher’s Studio.” She has also written for the Idaho Music Educator’s Notes, the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Keynotes Magazine, and Chamber Music America.

More

Robert Stephenson

Oboe

Robert Stephenson joined the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 1980. He has served as Principal Oboe under Music Directors Varujan Kojian, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart and Thierry Fischer. He has twice been a member of the Utah Symphony Music Director Search Committee and the orchestra’s Artistic Committee. Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Mr. Stephenson played Principal Oboe for three years with the Savannah Symphony and Georgia Chamber Orchestra under Christian Badea. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Hunter Thomas

Bassoon

Since 1996, Hunter Thomas has served as the Principal Bassoonist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, an orchestra with which he has performed since high school. Following a recent performance, The Huntsville Times refers to his “hauntingly lovely first solo” in Tchaikovskyís Symphony No. 6. Hunter has made numerous solo appearances with the HSO, including his acclaimed performance in 2005 of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. As an orchestral player, Hunter performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, with which he has recorded for the Dorian CD label. From 1980-1985, Hunter was the Principal Bassoon of the National Orchestra of Colombia, South America.

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Chad Burrow

Clarinet

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. In 2009, Chad was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet, chamber music and serves as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players. Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which offers regular performances throughout the year and an early summer music festival in Oklahoma City. Chad is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

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Alexander Shuhan

French Horn

Alexander Shuhan joined the Ithaca College faculty in 1998, where he is presently Associate Professor of Horn. In October 2013, he was a visiting guest instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and from 2005–2010, he served as Valade Instructor of Horn at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. As a founding member (1993), hornist, pianist and composer of Rhythm & Brass, he has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and the Middle East.

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Peter Bond

Trumpet

Peter Bond has played trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992. He studied with John Head of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet and Yale School of Music, as well as Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, and Adolph Herseth, all renowned teachers and members of the Chicago Symphony. While living in Atlanta in the 1980′s, he was a busy freelance musician, working frequently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, and lead trumpet for most visiting musicals and entertainers including Evita, 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, Ben Vereen, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett.

More

Joshua Bynum

Dr. Joshua Bynum is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia, and performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Trombonist with the Georgia Brass Quintet, he is also a founding member of Resonant Projection, a professional trombone quartet with a mission to expand the range and style of trombone quartet repertoire, and to help young musicians appreciate chamber music. For several summers, he has served as trombone faculty for the Festival of Vale Veneto, in the Rio Grande de Sul region of Brazil.

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Eric Bubacz

Tuba

Eric Bubacz has an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. He studied for three years at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY before transferring to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he completed his Bachelor of Music.

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John Kilkenny

Percussion

John Kilkenny is currently Director of Percussion Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoys a multi faceted career that includes orchestral performances with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera and Ballet, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society, the Master Choral of Washington, and virtually every other Washington, DC, area performing arts organization.

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Amy I-Lin Cheng

Piano

Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.”

More

Amy Dorfman

Piano

As a performer, Amy Dorfman has been recognized with the Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and first prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She is a dedicated teacher whose students have been prize winners in state and national competitions. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and a guest artist and teacher at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

More

Elizabeth Blakeslee

Harp

Elizabeth Blakeslee has performed regularly with with the National Symphony Orchestra since 1999, playing second harp and substitute principal harp as needed. She has been harp instructor at George Mason University since 2012. She also maintains a private studio of about thirty students.

More

César Leal

Conductor

César Leal is orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor at the University of the South, where he also teaches and develops courses in musicology.

Leal has led ensembles in the U.S., Panama, Colombia, France, and the Ukraine. An advocate for young conductors, he teaches a summer conducting workshop for the KIIS program in Salzburg. Leal has recorded works by several Latin American composers and has presented scholarly papers in the U.S., England, Canada, Peru, Greece, Japan, and Switzerland.

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