Faculty and Conductors

Lin He

Violin

Violinist Lin He made his Rapides Symphony Orchestra debut with the Korngold Concerto and his LSU Symphony Orchestra debut with the Beethoven Triple Concerto during the 2013-2014 season. At a recent concert in Carnegie Hall for the Children of Syria, he shared the stage with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Solo and chamber recitals will take him Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and mainland China to orchestral leadership of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, and Rapides Symphony. In April, 2014 he appeared as the soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and gave series of solo and chamber concerts and master classes in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Shi-Hwa Wang

Violin

The students of master teacher Dr. Shi-Hwa Wang regularly win concerto, solo, and chamber music competitions at state, regional and national levels, and have received full scholarships to prestigious music schools. He is an active performer and recording artist.

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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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Katherine Lewis

Viola

Violist Katherine Lewis enjoys a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, solo performer, and orchestral musician. She is Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University and Master Teacher for the ISU String Project, and currently performs as principal viola in the Peoria Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, and Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. Her previous orchestral experience includes appointments in the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as frequent work with the Houston and New World Symphonies.

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Amber Archibald

Viola

Amber Archibald has been praised for her bold and vivacious playing that matches her personality. ARTS! Houston Magazine exclaimed that her technique was “seemingly effortless…precise,” and that she was “a natural in every sense.” Highlights include solo performances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany and with the Seattle Symphony. She was a member of the Young Eight string octet, an all Afro heritage ensemble devoted to spreading a positive message through classical and hip-hop music to underserved communities.

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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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Marian Shaffer

Harp

Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in both harp and piano. She studied both instruments for one year at the Vienna Academy for Music and the Performing Arts and then received a Fulbright scholarship to Cologne, Germany for further study. Her principal teachers include Mimi Allen, Marjorie Tyre, Lucile Lawrence, and Hans Joachim Zingel. In 1974 she graduated from Memphis State University with an M.A. in music and German.

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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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Rebecca Van de Ven

Oboe

Rebecca Van de Ven plays principal oboe with the Adrian Symphony in Michigan and the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the positions of second oboe in the Battle Creek Symphony and assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony. She currently teaches at Sewanee: The University of the South. She has had a private studio for many years and formerly taught oboe at Albion College and Spring Arbor University.

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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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Mark Babbitt

Trombone

In constant demand as soloist, orchestral musician and teacher, Mark Babbitt enjoys a high degree of success in all areas of trombone performance.

Mark has performed extensively with the Seattle Symphony and Opera. In 2009 he performed Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Seattle Opera. With the Seattle Symphony he has recorded the music of Bodine, Borodin, Brahms/Sheng, Dvorak, McKinley, Mahler, and Schuman. He has performed as guest principal trombone with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with numerous orchestras throughout the country, including: Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic.

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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. While in school, Eric was a member two different brass quintets, both of which competed and placed second at the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition. During the summers, he attended several noted festivals including: The National Repertory Orchestra, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Sully Music Festival, Centre d’Arts Orford, Harmony Ridge Brass Seminar, Festival of Art and Musical Excellence and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he was the first tubaist to win the Chamber Music Prize. Shortly after graduating from Curtis, he attended the Colonial Euphonium and Tuba Institute where he won second prize at the International Tuba Solo Competition. He also placed first on tuba in the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition.

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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. Chamber music appearances include collaborations with flautist Karen Johnson, pianist Carlos Rodriguez, the Folger Consort, Verge Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, Chris Deviney, John Tafoya, Robert Van Sice, Gregory Zuber, and She e Wu. Michael Daughertyís UFO Percussion Concerto, and the Washington DC area premiere of the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two Timpanists and Wind Symphony are included in his highlights of his recent concerto appearances.

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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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Larry J. Livingston

Conductors

Larry Livingston is a distinguished conductor, educator, and administrator, and a highly respected motivational speaker, frequently appears with professional, festival, collegiate, and all-state wind ensembles, bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2013, Mr. Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.”

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Alastair Willis

Conductors

GRAMMY-nominated conductor Alastair Willis was invited to the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conductor Preview in Salt Lake City, and awarded a conducting fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he studied and collaborated with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Sir André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas and Jorma Panula.

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Mei-Ann Chen

Conductors

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

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Raphael Jiménez

Conductors

Praised for his “tightly wrought” and “stirring, vividly shaped” renditions (New York Times) and for his “delicious buoyancy and impeccable taste” (Washington Times), Jiménez is celebrated for his work with orchestras around the world, with recent engagements in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S

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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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Faculty and Conductors

Lin He

Violin

Violinist Lin He made his Rapides Symphony Orchestra debut with the Korngold Concerto and his LSU Symphony Orchestra debut with the Beethoven Triple Concerto during the 2013-2014 season. At a recent concert in Carnegie Hall for the Children of Syria, he shared the stage with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Solo and chamber recitals will take him Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and mainland China to orchestral leadership of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, and Rapides Symphony. In April, 2014 he appeared as the soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and gave series of solo and chamber concerts and master classes in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Shi-Hwa Wang

Violin

The students of master teacher Dr. Shi-Hwa Wang regularly win concerto, solo, and chamber music competitions at state, regional and national levels, and have received full scholarships to prestigious music schools. He is an active performer and recording artist.

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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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Katherine Lewis

Viola

Violist Katherine Lewis enjoys a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, solo performer, and orchestral musician. She is Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University and Master Teacher for the ISU String Project, and currently performs as principal viola in the Peoria Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, and Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. Her previous orchestral experience includes appointments in the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as frequent work with the Houston and New World Symphonies.

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Amber Archibald

Viola

Amber Archibald has been praised for her bold and vivacious playing that matches her personality. ARTS! Houston Magazine exclaimed that her technique was “seemingly effortless…precise,” and that she was “a natural in every sense.” Highlights include solo performances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany and with the Seattle Symphony. She was a member of the Young Eight string octet, an all Afro heritage ensemble devoted to spreading a positive message through classical and hip-hop music to underserved communities.

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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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Marian Shaffer

Harp

Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in both harp and piano. She studied both instruments for one year at the Vienna Academy for Music and the Performing Arts and then received a Fulbright scholarship to Cologne, Germany for further study. Her principal teachers include Mimi Allen, Marjorie Tyre, Lucile Lawrence, and Hans Joachim Zingel. In 1974 she graduated from Memphis State University with an M.A. in music and German.

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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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Rebecca Van de Ven

Oboe

Rebecca Van de Ven plays principal oboe with the Adrian Symphony in Michigan and the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the positions of second oboe in the Battle Creek Symphony and assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony. She currently teaches at Sewanee: The University of the South. She has had a private studio for many years and formerly taught oboe at Albion College and Spring Arbor University.

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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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Mark Babbitt

Trombone

In constant demand as soloist, orchestral musician and teacher, Mark Babbitt enjoys a high degree of success in all areas of trombone performance.

Mark has performed extensively with the Seattle Symphony and Opera. In 2009 he performed Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Seattle Opera. With the Seattle Symphony he has recorded the music of Bodine, Borodin, Brahms/Sheng, Dvorak, McKinley, Mahler, and Schuman. He has performed as guest principal trombone with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with numerous orchestras throughout the country, including: Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic.

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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. While in school, Eric was a member two different brass quintets, both of which competed and placed second at the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition. During the summers, he attended several noted festivals including: The National Repertory Orchestra, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Sully Music Festival, Centre d’Arts Orford, Harmony Ridge Brass Seminar, Festival of Art and Musical Excellence and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he was the first tubaist to win the Chamber Music Prize. Shortly after graduating from Curtis, he attended the Colonial Euphonium and Tuba Institute where he won second prize at the International Tuba Solo Competition. He also placed first on tuba in the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition.

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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. Chamber music appearances include collaborations with flautist Karen Johnson, pianist Carlos Rodriguez, the Folger Consort, Verge Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, Chris Deviney, John Tafoya, Robert Van Sice, Gregory Zuber, and She e Wu. Michael Daughertyís UFO Percussion Concerto, and the Washington DC area premiere of the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two Timpanists and Wind Symphony are included in his highlights of his recent concerto appearances.

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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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Larry J. Livingston

Conductors

Larry Livingston is a distinguished conductor, educator, and administrator, and a highly respected motivational speaker, frequently appears with professional, festival, collegiate, and all-state wind ensembles, bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2013, Mr. Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.”

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Alastair Willis

Conductors

GRAMMY-nominated conductor Alastair Willis was invited to the American Symphony Orchestra League’s National Conductor Preview in Salt Lake City, and awarded a conducting fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he studied and collaborated with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Sir André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas and Jorma Panula.

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Mei-Ann Chen

Conductors

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

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Raphael Jiménez

Conductors

Praised for his “tightly wrought” and “stirring, vividly shaped” renditions (New York Times) and for his “delicious buoyancy and impeccable taste” (Washington Times), Jiménez is celebrated for his work with orchestras around the world, with recent engagements in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S

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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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