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Deborah Austin, piano James McQuillen, piano
John Bush, piano Mark Miller, violin 
Ruth Chang, violin Ute Miller, viola
Hyunjung Chung, piano Mount Vernon Music Piano Quartet
Adrian Demian, violin Stephen Nielson, piano
Bo Dong, viola North Dallas Trombone Choir
Alan Dyer, piano Carlo Pezzimenti, guitar
Aurelien Eulert, piano Fredrica Phillips, piano
Joe Florer, piano David Reece, tenor 
Jay Gardner, tenor Jim Richardson, piano
Robin Garner, clarinet Ana Rodriguez, piano
Robin Green, piano Bryan Rowe, guitar
David Grogan, Baritone Ruth Seib, piano
Carol Harlos, cello Laurie Shulman, piano
Steven Harlos, piano Oksana Sifri, violin
Elaine Harrison, piano Hope Simmons, violin
Kristie Janczyk, piano Jan Sloman, violin 
Sarah Jiang, violin Jason Smith, piano
Shruthi Kattumenu, violin John Solomons, piano
John Landefeld, cello Patricia Surman, flute
Mark Landson, violin Patsy Underwood, piano
Doohi Lee, piano Alicia Wallace, soprano
Jordan Lee, violin Wei-Ling Wang, piano
Catharine Lysinger, piano Kay Williams, piano

Deborah Austin, piano


Deborah Austin began her study of the piano by the age of four.  At nine she added the cello, a fortuitous choice of a second instrument, which allowed her to develop a heightened sensitivity and awareness in the performance of the stringed instrument repertoire.  She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degree, magna cum laude, in piano performance from Southern Methodist University, where she also won the Paul Vellucci Award for outstanding senior pianist.  Ms. Austin was the soloist in the North American Premiere of the Piano Concerto Number Two by Robert X. Rodriguez, and has done extensive work in chamber music and accompanying performance both in the United States and in Canada.    




Ruth Chang, violin 


Ruth Chang is a tenth grader who began playing the violin at the age of four. She has been a student of Jan Mark Sloman for three years. In 2006, she won first prize in the FWYO Young Artist Competition and performed as a soloist in the Ed Landreth Hall at TCU. She also won second place in 2003 and 2007 in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for the elementary and junior concerto divisions. In 2008 she won, yet again second place in the Dallas Symphonic Festival for the junior sonata division. She recently performed in a master class for violinist, Stephanie Chase. In the summer, she attends The Institute For Strings and attended The Meadowmount School of Music in 2009. Ruth enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and reading.




Hyunjung Chung, piano


Pianist Hyunjung "Rachel" Chung, a native of South Korea, performs extensively in recitals, chamber music concerts, and conferences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, her Master of Music degree and Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Chung is a winner of the 27th Artist International New York Debut Audition, as well as concerto competitions at Rutgers, Mannes College of Music, and with the South Orange Symphony Orchestra. She has given performances in France, Thailand, Korea, Canada, and throughout the United States. Chung has collaborated with many established instrumentalists and served as an accompanist and orchestral pianist for the Delaware Valley Opera Company and Hudson Opera Company in New York. As an active music educator, she has adjudicated at numerous competitions and festivals. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Chung taught piano, aural skills, and music theory at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been Assistant Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta since 2006.




Adrian Demian, violin


In his sixth season as concertmaster of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, the Romanian born violinist Adrian Demian began studying the violin at the age of 6 and made his debut as a soloist at the age of 12 with the Arad Symphony Orchestra.

An avid performer of the chamber music repertoire, Adrian Demian participated in international music festivals in Romania, Canada and the U.S., as well as on tours of France, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, and Poland. He has performed as a soloist with Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Arad Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest National University of Music Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving.

At the age of 24 Adrian became one of the youngest violinists to be offered a position as violin professor with the Bucharest National University of Music. Until he moved to the U.S. six years later, he maintained a very successful studio; his students won several awards in national and international violin and chamber music competitions.

In his spare time Adrian Demian enjoys spending time with his family, and watching British comedies on PBS.




Bo Dong, viola

Bo Dong began playing the violin in her native country of China at the age of 4. When she was 10 years old she was accepted into the Central Conservatory of China where she also began viola studies. Her passion for the viola lead her to choose the viola as her primary instrument with which she excelled to critical acclaim.

When Ms. Dong was 13, she was selected by the famous composer and conductor, Dr. Herbert Zipper to attend Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California where she was awarded a full scholarship. During these four years, she studied with Alan DeVeritch and Meredith Snow.

After graduating from Crossroads, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the
Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Donald McInnes and Ralph Fielding. It was during this time that she participated in the
Los Angeles based American Youth Symphony, in addition to playing in the USC Thornton Symphony.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from USC, she
attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied with Barbara Hustis. During that time, Ms. Dong became a member of the Plano and Irving Symphonies where she currently holds co-principal positions. She has also performed with the Dallas based, Grammy nominated chamber music ensemble, Voices of Change and in 2008 she performed with the internationally renown, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Ms. Dong has participated in masterclasses and chamber music coachings with Yo Yo Ma, Andre Watts, Zubin Mehta, Alexander Treger, Evan Wilson and Paul Phillips. Her broad orchestral experience keeps her in demand as an orchestral and chamber music player.

In 2005, Ms. Dong married cellist, John Landefeld and is currently living in Plano, Texas where she has a private music studio.




Alan Dyer, piano


Alan Dyer has been a choral director, performer, and music educator for more than 20 years. Skilled at selecting exceptional choral literature, Dyer also enthusiastically supports the development of new compositions. In addition to Artistic Director of The Texas Voices, a professional chamber choir, Dyer is an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman's University and the music associate at First Unitarian Church in Dallas. He is also the principal accompanist of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas. Throughout his career, Dyer has worked with renowned choral directors such as Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, Dr. Peter Bagley, and Cynthia Nott. He earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and has completed doctoral courses at the University of North Texas. Dyer is active in the American Choral Directors Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association.




Aurelien Eulert, piano


Versatile pianist Aurelien Eulert has already been an active performer both in the United States and Europe. Regularly performing both as a soloist and collaborative pianist, he has given numerous performances in his native France, as well as Germany, Luxembourg and both coasts of the United States.

Born and raised in Alsace, France, Aurelien started his musical studies at age 5 and entered the studio of Jean-Louis Haguenauer at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Strasbourg at age 9. In 2003, he received his Diplôme d’Études Musicales with American pianist Amy Lin, followed by the highest degree at the Conservatoire, the Diplôme de Perfectionnement in Piano in 2005. He also received his Diplôme de Perfectionnement in Chamber Music with the highest honors in 2004.

Offered a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, NY, Aurelien left France to pursue his Master’s of Music in Piano Performance in the studio of Dr Fred Karpoff. After more than fifty concerts and recitals, multiple performance honors and his graduation from the program, Aurelien moved to California to continue his education in the studio of Kevin Fitz-Gerald at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

In addition to numerous solo recitals and performances with orchestra, Aurelien is more active as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He has often performed in various large ensembles (Saint-Saens’s Carnaval des Animaux; Copland’s Appalachian Spring; Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire; Bartok’s Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion among others), as well as in more intimate formations. In 2002 he founded the Flute and Piano duet Duo Aura with French flutist Razika Djoudi which has performed intensively in France, Germany and the United States. Specialized in the Flute repertoire, he has held a regular position as a collaborative pianist in the French international Flute summer festival Flutissimo since its creation in 2005, where he works and performs with renowned Flute principals of Europe’s finest orchestras, soloists and legends like Michel Debost, Patrick Gallois, Andras Adorjan or Pierre-Yves Artaud. At Thornton, he is currently appointed studio pianist in the studio of James Walker.

Aurelien has also had great experience with the Vocal repertoire, having coached and performed with singers for many years and being fluent in French, English, German and Italian. Recent highlights include a televised performance with International opera star Rod Gilfry, as well as the musical direction of the 2008-2009 productions of the Chamber Opera of USC program. Aurelien has also performed many times as orchestral piano and celesta player in various professional and university orchestras, under the baton of prestigious conductors like David Levi, Julien Masmondet, Carl St-Clair and internationally acclaimed film composer John Williams. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Thornton School of Music Orchestras and the Downey Symphony. After moving to Los Angeles, he also started to record as a studio pianist for movie soundtracks, and has already been featured on more than twenty different movies and documentaries. His performances at Thornton also have often been featured on the Greater Los Angeles area radio station KUSC’s broadcasts.

After completing his Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance at Thornton last May, Aurelien started his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts. He was awarded a full scholarship and appointed a Teaching Assistant position and is a Eugene Ngai Memorial Scholar for the year 2009-2010.




Jay Gardner, tenor

Jay Gardner is a versatile artist at home in many different genres. In 2002 he was honored to be a featured soloist in the Carnegie hall premier of Sing for the Cure comissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Turtle Creek Chorale. In the Dallas area Jay’s theatrical performances include Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon, the Second Man in Side By Side By Sondheim, Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Other productions include Evita, The Spectre Bridegroom, Into the Woods and the regional premier of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s King David. On the opera stage Jay has been heard as Canio in Pagliacci with Kansas Concert Opera, the Second Noble in Lohengrin and the Second Jew in Salome both with The Dallas Opera. This past summer Jay was featured in Bernstein on Broadway at the Crested Butte Music Festival and was a soloist with the Cherry Creek Music Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. Jay is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice at the University of North Texas.




Robin Garner, clarinet 


An active freelance musician, Robin performs regularly with the Garland/Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Chamber Winds.  She holds music therapy and social work degrees from Loyola University-New Orleans and the University of Texas at Arlington, respectively, and has studied clarinet with Steve Cohen, Paul Garner and Andy Crisanti.  Robin enjoys blending her skills to write and perform educational music programs for children.   Her hobbies include trains (she is a featured writer for the Age of Steam Railroad Museum’s newsletter) and quilting.




David Grogan, Baritone


David Grogan has passed his dissertation defense at the University of North Texas, and will graduate with his DMA in May. Currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, he has performed extensively throughout Texas and New Mexico, getting positive reviews in local papers. The Dallas Morning News hailed Mr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in "The people that walked in darkness" and the light of revelation in "The trumpet shall sound." A recent performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.” He has performed as a soloist with Dallas area arts groups such as the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Mesquite Civic Chorus, the Dallas-based Allegro Artists, and several Texas universities. Recent performances include Elijah with the New Mexico Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arlington Master Chorale, and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Plano Civic Chorus. Teaching is one of Mr. Grogan’s favorite activities, whether it is voice, choir, or whatever subject is at hand. 



Carol Harlos


In great demand as a freelance cellist, Carol Harlos maintains a busy schedule performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and numerous other ensembles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She also maintains a private teaching studio.




Steven Harlos


Steven Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, performing the Gershwin Concerto in F. Known around the world for his sensitivity as a collaborative pianist, he has performed with artists of international stature including Timofei Dokshutzer, Harvey Phillips, Erick Friedman, and Gervase de Peyer. In the popular music field, he has worked with such diverse entertainers as Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune.


As a jazz pianist, he assisted Dick Hyman in the first performances of his ballet Piano Man with the Cleveland Ballet, and subsequently performed the work with the Cleveland Ballet on numerous occasions. He also performed Mr. Hyman’s ballet The Bum’s Rush with the American Ballet Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His success as a composer has included the publication of his Sonata Rubata for flute and piano and Benniana, a jazz sonata for clarinet and piano. He currently serves as staff keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and as coordination of piano and collaborative piano at the University of North Texas in Denton.




Kristie Janczyk, piano


Kristie Janczyk made her debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2009 as being named a 1st prizewinner in the American Protégé International Competition. She has won major prizes in competitions throughout America and abroad. Notable prizes include 2nd prize at the Aloha International Piano Competition, two 1st prizes at the 2009 USOMC International Competition, first place at the Petroff Piano Competition, semi-finalist in the Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition, third & fourth (prizes at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition (2008, 2006) and first place in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, where she performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Mairs. Kristie was also awarded honorable mention at the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, Bradshaw and Buono Competition and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition. In 2006, she was in the top three finalists for the Contemporary Award at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City.

In August of 2008, Ms. Janczyk was a soloist with the Viva Vivaldi Festival Orchestra in Mexico City under the direction of Michael Meissner. Performances during this festival included a solo Bach recital at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura and 8 concerts with the Meadows Trio. In May of 2007, she performed for Prince Edward of England as a benefit to help raise money for his organizations and her former high school. In February of 2007, she performed for New Conservatory of Dallas’ 30th anniversary gala concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. In March of 2005, she performed with Dallas Wind Symphony.

In addition, she has played with the New Conservatory of Dallas as a soloist for Symphony of Toys at the Meyerson Symphony Center and performed in recitals in Austria. From 1996-2001, she was a soloist with Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado under the direction of Arkady Fomin. In December of 2000, she performed in recital for the President of Latvia and also performed the Bach d minor concerto in Wagner Hall with the Riga Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia. In the summer of 2001, she toured Germany and Czech Republic as pianist for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and returned with the orchestra to Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2004. 

Ms. Janczyk has participated in festivals such as the Toronto Summer Music Festival and Academy where she was selected to perform in the Emerging Young Artists Recital held at the Royal Ontario Museum in July 2009, International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City, Aloha International Piano Festival, Chetham International Summer Festival in Manchester, UK, Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, and the Beverly Hills International Music Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Kristie Janczyk is a 2009 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Master’s Degree in piano performance and a 2005 graduate of SMU with a Bachelor of Music Degree both under the direction of Alfred Mouledous. 




Sarah Jiang, violin


Sarah Jiang is a 6th grade student in Frisco. She began her study of violin at age 5. She was the 1st place winner of CMTANC Youth music Competition in California. She performed a winner recital at Santa Clara University in 2005, 2006. She has been a student of Jan Mark Sloman since November 2007. In the summer, Sarah participates in the Institute of Strings in Dallas. She won first place at the 2009 Dallas Symphony Festival Elementary II Sonata . She also enjoys reading, singing, gymnastics.




Shruthi Kattumenu, violin


Shruthi, age 13, is an 8th grade student at Renner Middle School in Plano, TX. She leads their Chamber Orchestra, participates in the All-Region Orchestra, and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She received 1st place recognition in the Concerto and Sonata Elementary II division at the Dallas Symphonic Festival in 2007 and 2008. In March 2009, she was invited with the SID Advanced Strings group to attend L’Ecole de Musique Suzuki in Lyon, France. Her summer activities have included The Institute For Strings, Cremona Ensemble and Advanced Strings at DFW WOW Suzuki Institute. Shruthi is a student of Jan Sloman, and is a former student of Nicolette Solomon. When Shruthi isn't playing her violin, she loves to read, paint, and experiment with cooking. 




John Landefeld, Cello

John Landefeld holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Anthony Ross, former principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic and world-renowned pedagogue, Steven Doane. 


In 1980, Mr. Landefeld studied the Suzuki cello method with Karan Nagase and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. He has also taken Suzuki pedagogy coursework with Gilda Barston, Jean Dexter, Anastasia Jempelis and Barbara Wampner. Mr. Landefeld has taught at the Park Avenue Suzuki Studios in Rochester, New York and the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, where he served as Suzuki Cello specialist and chamber music coach for nearly ten years. 


In 1985, John Landefeld was invited to play with Janos Starker in a cello festival sponsored by the Chicago Cello Society. One year later, Mr. Landefeld was a national finalist in the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, and a finalist in the Julius Stulberg Competition. Mr. Landefeld has performed as soloist with the National Repertoire Orchestra, the Central Wisconsin Symphony and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with such artists as, Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, Perry Karp, Karl Fruh, and the Fine Arts Quartet. 


For more than a decade, Mr. Landefeld has been sought after as an orchestral cellist. In 1993, he accepted a special invitation to be a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. There he performed as co-principal cellist under the acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition to appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Landefeld has performed with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has collaborated with prestigious conductors such as, James de Priest, Leon Fleisher, Simon Rattle, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi and Miguel Harth–Bedoya.


Mr. Landefeld has attended the summer music festivals of Tanglewood, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, National Repertoire Orchestra and Music in the Mountains. He has performed as Principal Cellist with numerous symphony orchestras including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (CWSO), National Repertoire Orchestra, the New World Symphony and most currently, the Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony Orchestra. 


As a chamber performer, Mr. Landefeld was awarded First Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He is also cellist of the classical, crossover group, Neo Camerata with which he has had the pleasure of playing for enthusiastic audiences all across the United States as well as in Europe in countries such as Austria, France and Belgium. With Neo Camerata he has helped to create what critics have called a "genre-busting," "technically impressive," "emotionally stirring" and "totally cool and amazing" experience.


In 2005, Mr. Landefeld married violist, Bo Dong and is currently living in Plano, Texas where he has a private music studio.




Mark Landson, Composer/Viola

The music of Mark Landson has been described as “a wonderful melding of pop idiom and classical craft”. Classically trained from age six on violin, viola, and piano, Mark Landson began to find his voice as a composer while singing and playing keyboards in rock bands in high school. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where his most important influences were the music of Bartok, Berg, Hindemith, Reich, Britten, Respighi, Talking Heads, Violent Femmes, and New Order. Although he studied classical composition technique and harmony, he concentrated mostly on pop music composition, as the expression of contemporary classical composers seemed to lack the relevant voice he was seeking.

After Eastman, he moved to Spain to become a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Granada, where he played viola, composed arrangements for that orchestra, and continued his development as a composer in various pop music projects. These divergent interests ultimately led him to experiment with how classical form and composition could incorporate pop music elements in a way that would provide for both a wide range of expression and connection to the contemporary world.




Doohi Lee, piano


Doohi Lee began the piano at age 13 and studied with Paul Kueter, continuing with Harriet Goler at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Piano Performance. He changed his major field of study to Biomedical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering in Cleveland, while continuing his piano studies with William Appling and Andrius Kuprevicius. During the summer of 1986, he was accepted to the Fontainbleau School of Music in France, where he studied piano with Gaby Casadesus and music analysis with Narcis Bonet, as protégé of Nadia Boulanger. Lee has also coached with Carolle Anne Mochernuk, Samuel Sander, Emilio del Rosario, Jose Fegahli, and Tamas Ungar.


As piano soloist, Lee performed with the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra in Michigan in two separate occasions, performing the Piano Concerto Nos. 19 and 20 by Mozart. He has also presented solo recitals in Lexington, Richmond, Cleveland, Detroit, Antwerp, Montreal, and Buenos Aires. In June of 1999 and 2000, he was invited to participate in the First and Second Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs at Fort Worth, Texas. In August 2001, as part of Altamura Music Festival on the Greene (Catskills, New York), Lee performed and recorded the Piano Concerto No. 20 (K466) by Mozart with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, Karel Mark Chichon conducting.


A devoted chamber musician, Lee has performed with the members of The Cleveland Orchestra (June 1989, for the benefit of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus), The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Chamber Ensemble, and the Montreal Symphony. In June of 1991, he was invited to perform the “Trout” Piano Quintet by Schubert with The Lafayette String Quartet for the benefit of The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 2003, Lee founded The Phoenix Trio, with Nancy Messuri (Violin) and Dwight Anderson (Cello), and presented many concerts in the greater Dallas area.


Also a Conductor, Lee began conducting in college with the Case Men’s Glee Club as Interim Conductor. He studied orchestral conducting with David Daniels, Michael Charry, David Delta Gier, and Gustav Meier. He was Apprentice Conductor under David Daniels, and made his orchestral conducting debut in 1994 with The Pontiac-Oakland Symphony in Michigan, directing the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Liszt and the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn. At the Altamura Music Festival, Lee also conducted the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, in a performance of the Overture to “Die Fledermaus” by R. Strauss and the Symphony No. 7 (1st Movement) by Beethoven. 


As a physician, Lee is a Surgical Radiologist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, chronic soft tissue pain, diabetic neuropathy, and vein diseases. He currently practices in Plano, Texas. 




Jordan Lee, violin


Jordan is an 8th grade student at Robinson Middle School in Plano, TX. She has won awards from the Dallas Symphonic Festival, the North Texas Youth Music Competition, and the Collin County Young Artist Competition. Jordan has been a member of the All-Region Orchestra, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and the National Junior Honor Society. Her summer activities have included the Institute for Strings, the Great Wall International Music Academy, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. For the past 5 years, Jordan has studied with Jan Mark Sloman, and is a former student of Paul Landefeld.




Catharine Lysinger, piano


Catharine Lysinger is Director of Piano Preparatory Department, Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at SMU. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston. 




James McQuillen, piano


James McQuillen has served as Music Director and Conductor for the shows Who Done It? The Musical (reading) at the York Theater Company in New York City; Co-music Director for The Three Redneck Tenors and The Girl of 10,000 Smiles at the 2006 Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival. He has been Music Director for Watertower Theater’s productions of Violet, Guys and Dolls (in association with the Dallas Wind Symphony) and Grey Gardens; and at Lyric Stage Evita, Master Class, The Pajama Game, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, two Dallas Divas concerts, and the world premieres of The Winner, Desperate Measures, and The Spectre Bridegroom, for which he received a Rabin Award nomination for Best Musical Director. At Lyric Stage, he was also the Associate Musical Director of Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Follies, The Fantasticks, and 110 In the Shade. He has been Music Director at Plano Repertory Theater for award-winning productions of Camelot and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; at the Dallas Theater Center for Guys and Dolls; at Casa Manana for Desperate Measures; for Circle Theater Side By Side By Sondheim and Guys On Ice. He has coached and accompanied singers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Nuremberg, Germany. He has served as a Staff Coach-Accompanist at Mountain View College and Collin County Community College, and he continues to be a much sought-after coach/accompanist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 




Mark Miller, violin


Presently concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, violinist Mark Miller performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. He is President and a founding performer of Mount Vernon Music Association, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing outstanding performances of live music to communities in the northeast Texas region. Mark also directs the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence together with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Following studies at Purchase College, NY, Indiana University - Bloomington and Boston University, he studied in Germany with Jürgen Küssmaul. He was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Düsseldorf, Germany and a member of the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn.




Ute Miller, viola

Ute Miller is principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, and performs with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. A founder and the Treasurer of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant. She also produces the Color of Sound series at Texas A&M Commerce, where she was Artist-in-Residence. Ute’s musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester/Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. 




Mount Vernon Music Piano Quartet


The Mount Vernon Music Piano Quartet is composed of Mark Miller, violin, Ute Miller, viola, Carol Harlos, cello and Steven Harlos, piano.




Stephen Nielson. piano


Even though he is a sought-after pianist, recording artist and composer, teaching remains an enthusiastic pursuit for Stephen Nielson, and he maintains a limited schedule for working with gifted young people and adults in the North Texas area. He also accepts a few invitations annually to conduct master classes in performance, practicing and repertoire.  




North Dallas Trombone Choir


Formed in 1994, the North Dallas Trombone Choir (NDTC) is a 13-piece all volunteer group whose members share a love of playing trombone and performing good music. The NDTC rehearses weekly and performs regularly. Music styles include gospel, classical, jazz and pop, and performance venues include churches, weddings, concert halls, gazebos, and the ever-popular Great American Mall. The group is led by Rob Eads. Members include Howard Scheib, Rob Eads, Don Sanders, Lorenzo Martinez, George DeFoe, Glenn Todd, Don Heaton, David Morris, Ron Richard, Jim Smith, Rodney Crawford and Greg Barton. This program will be conducted by Chris Westover, with players Howard Scheib, Rodney Crawford, Glenn Todd, Laura Taylor, Don Heaton, Tim Norris and Greg Barton.




Carlo Pezzimenti, classical guitar


Since beginning his study of classical guitar in Florence, Italy at the age of thirteen, Carlo Pezzimenti has worked successfully to impart his wealth of knowledge to students of the guitar, to further develop his artistry, and to share his musical philosophy with audiences around the world. 


Summers, Pezzimenti attended Andrés Segovia's "Music in Compostela" festivals. Studying with the father of the classical guitar, he laid a strong foundation for his musical career. Pezzimenti continued his studies at Loyola University in Rome with Sergio Notaro. Later, he acquired a degree in music from the prestigious Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, and furthered his studies with Jose Tomás in Alicante, Spain. After returning to the United States in 1974, he attended master classes with Jesús Silva, Oscar Ghighlia and Federico Moreno-Torroba. His private studies with Segovia continued from 1980 to 1985 during annual visits to Madrid. 


Carlo Pezzimenti's Carnegie Hall debut took place in 1982 to great acclaim. Subsequent performances included concerts with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. 


Pezzimenti has gained the attention of the music world through performances in the United State, Europe and Latin America. His appearances on the concert stage, as well as on radio and television, have received consistent, ever-widening acclaim. He has given live performances on the radio in Spain and the United States, appeared on television numerous times, including a PBS special, "Up Close" and was recently interviewed on the NPR program "Latino USA". 

In October, 2005 Mr. Pezzimenti completed a three week tour of China. His repertoire consisted primarily of pieces from Spain, Latin America and South America. The programs were received with much enthusiasm. 


Mr. Pezzimenti is releasing a new CD in 2006 on the Mapleshade Records label. It includes a solo called "The Garden of Occult Pleasures" and a duo with the acclaimed guitarist Aaron Cotton titled "Diplogenesis." 


Composers such as Federico Mompou, Manuel Ponce, Ernesto Garcia de Leòn, Brian Clément-Foreman, James Phelps, and Antonio Lauro draw him to works of the twentieth century. Pezzimenti's intuitive approach to the music conveys the emotional core of each composition and his flawless technique reaches beyond the mere mechanics of playing the instrument. 


Mr. Pezzimenti is a highly respected teacher of the guitar, holding faculty positions at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas and at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Students benefit from the vast experience and wealth of knowledge shared by this caring musician. He makes his home in Dallas with his wife Anita. 




Fredrica Phillips, Piano


A native of Rochester, New York, Fredrica Phillips began her piano studies at the age of 2½ with her mother, Evelyn Prior, in the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. Ms. Phillips went on to receive both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers have included Frank Glazer at the Eastman School, and Ozan Marsh, and Patricia Benkman Marsh at the Chautauqua Summer Music School. She has also coached with Alfred Mouledous and John Perry. At the Eastman School, Ms. Phillips was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and she was a winner of Eastman’s concerto competition. As the winner of the 1975 Young Artists in Recital Piano Competition, she was heard in recital at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has given recitals and performed concertos with orchestras in Rochester, New York City, Dallas, Atlanta, Michigan, Chicago, and other cities. She has also given numerous chamber music performances. 


In December, 2000, she performed the Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto with the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra, and in 2001-02, she gave solo recitals at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and at the Dallas Public Library. She has performed solo recitals in Dallas, Plano and at the Dallas Public Library. 

Ms. Phillips maintains a private piano studio in Plano, Texas and is an active member of the Plano Music Teachers Association, the Dallas Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Her students have won prizes in the Dallas Solo Piano Contest, Dallas Symphonic Festival, the PMTA Trophy Competition in Plano and the TMTA Piano Performance Contests. Ms. Phillips lives in Plano with her husband, Paul, and her children, Kathryn and David.




David Reece, tenor


David Reece is a singer of varied styles and repertoire, with a special interest in performing music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He began instrumental and vocal studies in Illinois, performing in music theater, recital, opera and cabaret. For many years he was a member of and soloist with the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis - St. Paul, noted for adventuresome programming in contemporary music. With the Dallas contemporary ensemble, Voices of Change, he performed excerpts from Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared. He has been soloist with Orpheus Chamber Singers of Dallas, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Dallas Bach Society, Texas Vocal Artists Greater Dallas Children’s Chorus and Greater Dallas Youth Symphony, as well as other noted groups in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex and San Antonio. He has performed regularly on the Transfigured Nights and St. Rita Fine Arts series in Dallas; as the title role in Britten’s St. Nicolas, tenor soloist in Masses by Dvorak, Haydn and Beethoven and works by Bach and Handel. Highlights of his career include performances of the world premiers of Voices by Stephen Paulus with the Minnesota Orchestra, three song cycles by Joel Martinson, Finzi’s Dies Natalis, and appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and St.. Paul Sunday Morning as well as concert performances of Turandot,Fidelio and Boris Godunov, with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductors Leonard Slatkin and Edo DeWaart.  




Ana Rodriguez, piano


“Ana has her own sound with a Latin signature…with passion that comes from her heart and the journey of her agile fingers over the keyboard transports us and takes us through our America. She interprets the sounds of Latin America majestically.”


Cuban American Pianist, Ana Lourdes Rodriguez, who specializes in Latin American Music has performed extensively in concerts and recitals in Europe, Mexico, Canada and the United States, in cities such as Boston, Miami, New York, Prague, and Rome. She has been presented in prestigious concert halls such as Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall and Carnegie’s Recital Hall. Because of her innovative programming, Miss Rodriguez has had much success with audiences, and is commonly invited to return for more performances. In addition, Miss Rodriguez’s expertise in Latin American music has made her a frequent performer for music organizations such as, “The Dominican Association of Classical Artist” “Amigos de la Zarzuela” and the “Cuban Cultural Center of New York”. She has performed for the Miami Dade College Hispanic Heritage Month Festival and was also invited by Yamaha Music Center in Miami to perform for their Brazilian Music Festival where Miss Rodriguez performed music by Ernest Nazareth and Marlos Nobre.


Her concerts have been televised and broadcast on radio in New York and Mexico. Miss Rodriguez also takes great pride in working with composers, and has had the opportunity to give premieres of their works. Most recently she gave the world premiere of Martin Kutnowski’s Tango Rhapsody for piano and orchestra. In addition to her varied repertoire Miss Rodriguez also offers programs where she dedicates the full recital to one living composers work, such as Dominican Republic composer Rafael Landestoy. El Nuevo Herald (Miami) has described Miss Rodriguez as a “Young pianist for new music.”


As a soloist with orchestra, Miss Rodriguez has performed with the Balcones Chamber Orchestra in Austin Texas, St. Augustine Orchestra,and The Sy Sugar Pops Orchestra in Florida among others. Most recently she performed with one of the most respected orchestras in Mexico, the Queretaro Philharmonic where she performed the Khachaturian Piano Concerto and gave the premiere of the Tango Rhapsody by Martin Kutnowski. This concert was broadcast live on Radio Queretaro.  She was also invited to perform the Bartok Piano Concerto No.3 with the Queretaro Philharmonic for the 2009-2010 season.


Miss Rodriguez’s talent has made her recipient of several awards. The Puerto Rican Cultural Association has honored Miss Rodriguez’s talent and commitment to Latin American music by awarding her the Emilia Conde Award, which is given to a young artist each year. Miss Rodriguez made her New York debut in Carnegie’s Recital Hall as Winner of Artist International Special Presentation Award. The following year Miss Rodriguez was once again honored by Artist International by receiving the Alumni Award and by giving a concert in Merkin Concert Hall. She has also given performances for the University of Miami Summer Music Camp in Gusmann Concert Hall.


Miss Rodriguez will be performing with the Queretaro Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Puerta and will give concerts in Steinway Gallery in Miami as well as other engagements that will take her across the United States, Canada, and Mexico during the 2009-2010. Miss Rodriguez can also be seen and heard in the movie “Fourhand” where she plays solo and chamber music.


Ana Rodriguez holds a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. 




Laurie Shulman, Piano  


Laurie Shulman is a nationally known writer on music. She is well known to North Texas classical music audiences as the program annotator for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, the Dallas Chamber Music Society, and the new music ensemble Voices of Change. She currently provides program notes for five other orchestras and four chamber music series. She has earned a national reputation writing for music organizations and summer festivals throughout the country, ranging from Boston and Tallahassee to Minneapolis and Seattle. Her article on the Blue Candlelight Music series appeared in GrandLuxe Registry Dallas in December 2009. She has articles appearing this spring in Symphony Magazine and the Journal of the American Viola Society. Laurie has also furnished CD liner notes for more than twenty record companies. An authority on new music, she works extensively with living composers.

Her articles have been published in D Magazine, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Chamber Music Magazine, Tempo, and Stagebill. She was a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove II, published in 2006.  Shulman’s first book, The Meyerson Symphony Center: Building a Dream, was published in 2005 by University of North Texas Press to critical and community acclaim. 

Born in New York City, she earned a B.A. in European history from Syracuse University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in historical musicology from Cornell University. Since moving to Texas in 1985, she has been an involved member of the cultural community. She is currently working on a book about Claudia Cassidy, the former drama, music, and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune and is a popular pre-concert speaker. She remains active as an amateur chamber pianist. 


Laurie’s interests outside music include European travel, foreign languages, cooking, and wine. She is a veteran long distance runner who has completed nine marathons, including three in Boston. She lives in Dallas with her husband, William Barstow. 




Oksana Sifri, violin


A native of Daugavpils, Latvia, Oksana Sifri is a freelance violinist in Dallas/Fort-Worth area. As an active performer she serves as Assistant Concertmaster for the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Plano Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony and East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She has spent the past two summers as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) orchestra in Graz, Austria. Ms. Sifri is also an accomplished chamber musician. As a member of the UNT Graduate String Quartet she conducted master-classes and recitals in Shanghai and Chengdu, China. As an educator, she is a committed teacher with a studio of nearly fifty students in Plano. Ms. Sifri has various degrees from the Daugavpils University and a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas.




Hope McGuire Simmons, violin


Hope, age 13, is from Fort Worth TX. She is a member of the Youth Orchestra of Fort Worth, and was a finalist in the Fort Worth Symphony Concerto Competition in 2008.




Jan Sloman, violin


Jan Mark Sloman has served as associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1977. 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:

  Shruthi Kattumenu 
  Sarah Jiang 
  Hope Simmons 
  Ruth Chang 
  Jordan Lee




Jason Smith, piano


Jason Smith is currently staff coach/accompanist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Previous to this position he was Principal Coach for the Fort Worth Opera where his duties include being rehearsal accompanist for main stage productions as well as touring across the state of Texas with Children's Opera Theatre. Mr. Smith received a Master of Music degree in Opera Coaching from Florida State University after completing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Utah. Other experience includes work as an apprentice coach/accompanist for Utah Opera. Mr. Smith has also been on faculty at the Seagle Music Colony for six seasons. He was the Music Director and pianist for Crazy for You, The Fantasticks, The Barber of Seville, La Traviata and Most Happy Fella




John Solomons, Piano 


John Solomons, Associate Professor of Piano at University of Texas at Arlington, has appeared with great success as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America, performing in concert with the Emerson String Quartet, Cliburn winner Fabio Bidini, and under the direction of American conductor Gunther Schuller. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Solomons began his piano studies at age four, and continued his studies in the U.S. with noted Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro from the age of eleven. Other primary teachers include Steven de Groote and Hartt School founder Moshe Paranov. Solomons holds degrees from Texas Christian University, the Hartt School of Music, and the University of North Texas where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Adam Wodnicki. 

Grand prize winner of the 13th Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, John Solomons was praised by Gyorgy Sandor as “an exceptionally gifted artist, whose musical and pianistic achievements are of the highest order”. Additional winnings include 1st prize in the Stewart Grant Competition, 3rd prize in the American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition, and the Catalan Composers Prize at the Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain. His interest in 20th century music has led to premiers of works by contemporary composers William Albright, James Sellars, Carlos Guinovart, Lloyd Taliaferro, Rufus Brown and George Chave. An active adjudicator, Solomons has served on numerous juries including the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s International Chamber Music Competition and the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International piano Competition, among others. 

Solomons has taught and performed solo and collaborative recitals at the Curs Internacional in Girona, Spain; the Festival de Inverno in Vale Veneto, Brazil; and in 2005 was sponsored by the Arnaldo Schwimmer Foundation in a series of recitals and masterclasses throughout Bolivia. Recently listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Solomons has recorded on the Centaur and Evolutionary Music Records labels.




Patricia Surman, flute


Flutist Patricia Surman is flute professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and at Tulsa Community College. She earned a BM in flute performance from the University of Redlands and a MM in flute performance and in musicology from the University of North Texas where she was a student of Mary Karen Clardy. In addition, she holds a diploma from the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice where she was a student of Philippe Bernold. Patricia is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas.

Patricia has performed with the Tulsa Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra and the Redlands Symphony. She has been a soloist with the Riverside Camerata, the Keene Camerata, the UNT Flute Choir, and the Flutissimo Académie in Les Vovires, France. Patricia recently completed recital tours in California and Nevada; Madrid and Alcala, Spain; and Oklahoma and Texas with Madera Winds. Her live concert at Palacio Laredo in Alcala de Henares appeared on Solidaria TV. She was an invited performer in the 2009 Lewisville Lake International Chamber Music Series, guest and faculty artist recitals at Methodist University, Southwestern Adventist University, and Northeastern State University, as well as guest speaker at the Mid-South Flute Society's 2009 Festival.

Upcoming engagements include recitals with Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Brown Bag It Concerts, Oklahoma City Public Library’s Noontime Series, Mu Phi Epsilon Series at the Dallas Public Library, and Flower Mound Lamb of God Saturday Concerts. Patricia can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choralworks CD series.




Alicia Wallace, soprano


Alicia Wallace, a native of Rochester, NY has sung with the Eastman Opera Theater, University of North Texas Opera Theater and the Pultneyville Light Opera Company. She performs a wide variety of roles, including the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Sister Martha in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the Mother in Madame Butterfly, Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice: The Musical, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard.


Ms. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in vocal performance and opera from the University of North Texas. At the University of North Texas, Ms. Wallace won recognition as a finalist in the Concerto Competition in 2006, and was the recipient of the Art Glass Opera Scholarship for 2006-2007. At the Eastman School of Music she was the recipient of the George Eastman Grant. On the musical theater stage, Ms. Wallace has performed roles from Marian Paroo in The Music Man to Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, winning the award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2000 from the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Stars of Tomorrow. As a concert artist, she has performed in venues throughout the United States and Scotland, including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Eastman School of Music, Pennsylvania State University School of Music, and the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas.  This coming 2009-2010 season, Ms. Wallace will join the Dallas Symphony Chorus, singing such great choral works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. In November 2009, Ms. Wallace will be performing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate in Dallas, TX.




Kay Williams, piano


Kay Williams is a member of the piano faculty of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She is an associate professor of elementary theory, class piano, private piano and introduction to music. She hold a PhD. and a M.M. from Texas Tech University and a B.M.E. from Abilene Christian University. In addition to her assigned collegiate duties, Dr. Williams is active in accompanying student and faculty recital performances and accompanying community events such as UIL solo and ensemble contests and community musical theater productions. Dr. Williams also maintains a private Suzuki piano studio. At the present time, Kay is interested in the music of David Guion, a Texas composer who achieved a degree of fame in the 1930s and 40s, but since that time has been forgotten by the music world at large. Another highlight of Dr. Williams' tenure at Abilene Christian University has been the opportunity to perform two-piano programs with other members of the piano faculty.



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