Artist Biographies

Stephen Heyde - Baylor University

Stephen Heyde is Music Director/Conductor of the Waco Symphony and the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence at Baylor University. Before assuming his duties at Baylor in 1984, Mr. Heyde was on the violin faculty at West Virginia University from 1975-1984. He is a co-founder of the College Orchestra Directors Association and served as President of the organization from 2006-08 and received the Lifetime Achievement award in January 2018, only the second such award given by CODA. Stephen Heyde made his European debut with the Krakow State Philharmonic in March 1998. Since then, he has conducted in Europe many times including a residency in Budapest, Hungary where he conducted the orchestra of the prestigious Liszt Academy and received the prestigious Ferenc Liszt ring. He has been an invited member of the ensemble juries for the 55th and 57th annual European Music Festival for Young People and recently conducted the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra in Argentina. Stephen Heyde has collaborated with many of the greatest artists of our time, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Midori, James Ennis, André Watts, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, Doc Severinson, Art Garfunkle and Chris Botti among many others. Heyde has conducted All State Orchestras and other festival orchestras in numerous states around the country. He is a frequent evaluator of collegiate orchestra programs and conductors and has been a guest conducted at many Universities, most recently at Yale University, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Austin and Brigham Young University. Under Mr. Heyde’s direction, the Baylor Symphony has performed eight times at the Texas Music Educators Clinic/Convention, appeared at the prestigious Piccolo Festival and at national conferences of the American String Teachers Association and CODA and was featured in a nationally televised PBS Special with an estimated audience in excess of six million viewers. This year, the BSO was named winner of the coveted American Prize for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Under Stephen Heyde’s direction, the Baylor Symphony has toured internationally in Costa Rica and Belgium. Stephen Heyde is a recipient of Outstanding Teaching Awards at West Virginia University and Baylor University.

Jerry Junkin - University of Texas at Austin

Jerry Junkin – University of Texas at Austin

Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, in addition to serving as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. Previously, he served on the faculties of both the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities as Professor of Music and Conductor of the Texas Wind Ensemble, he serves as Head of the Conducting Division and teaches courses in conducting and wind band literature. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, and students of Mr. Junkin hold major positions throughout the world.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia since 2003, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Winds since 1993. Additionally, he serves as principal guest conductor of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki, Japan. In 2005 he was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. A recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to music Award, he was the 2012 Texas Bandmaster of the Year and in 2015 received the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2017 he was named the Phi Beta Mu International Outstanding Bandmaster.

Performances under the direction of Mr. Junkin have won the praise of such notable musicians as John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman and Michael Colgrass, among many others. Mr. Junkin has released over 30 compact disc recordings for the Reference, Klavier and Naxos labels. The New York Times named his release with the UT Wind Ensemble on the Reference Recordings label, Bells for Stokowski, one of the best classical CD’s of that year. Their performance of Circus Maximus was recently released on the world’s first Blu Ray audio disc in 5.1 surround sound by Naxos. In 2014 he led The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on a four-week tour around the world. Other major appearances with the UT Wind Ensemble include 1992 and 2008 European Tours, the 2007 Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley, in addition to two Carnegie Hall performances, eight TMEA Convention concerts, three ABA Convention performances and six CBDNA National Convention appearances.

Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. He spends his summers in residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, as well as appearing at major music festivals throughout the world. Mr. Junkin has served as President of the Big XII Band Director’s Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, is Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association, and Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association. Regularly making guest appearances with ensembles such as the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Taipei Symphonic Winds, the current season finds him conducting throughout the United States in addition to appearances in Japan, China, and Europe. Mr. Junkin is a Yamaha Master Educator.

Gary Lewis - University of Colorado Boulder

Gary Lewis – University of Colorado Boulder

Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra.

At CU Boulder Mr. Lewis also leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting including both the masters and doctoral level. His former students are currently enjoying success as conductors with professional orchestras and opera companies, university and school ensembles, and youth orchestras. 

Prior to his appointment at Colorado, Lewis served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, and Abilene Christian University.  He is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles.  He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (Chengdu, China), the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Ballet, Midland Ballet Theater, Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Western Plains Opera Theater.  His work with summer music festivals has also been noteworthy including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival (opera and symphonic) and Rocky Ridge Music Center.

As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras and Bands in many states along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America.  In 2010 Mr. Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and continues to serve as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lewis is also a strong proponent of new music.  He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with composers such as Dan Kellogg, Carter Pann, George Crumb, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Stephen Paulus, and many others.

Mr. Lewis is a Yamaha Master Educator.

Tess Crowther - Cello

Tess Crowther – Cello

Canadian cellist Tess Crowther is currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is quickly gaining recognition for her unique musicianship that spans a wide range of genres. She has shared the stage with artists ranging from Yo Yo Ma and Renee Fleming to Weird Al and Evanescence. Her passion for artistic expression is rivalled by her passion for music education. On top of her many performing commitments Tess runs a thriving private cello lesson studio with locations in Dallas and Plano, Texas where her students place consistently in the top of their region. 

As a classical cellist, Tess is an avid soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her solo engagements have taken her across Europe and North America, performing with internationally renowned artists and ensembles. Most recently, she was invited as soloist to perform the American Premier of Pavel Karmanov’s Cello Concerto, ‘Musica Con Cello’ with the McKinney Philharmonic. 

Tess is a co-founding member of the Grigori String quartet which was awarded first place at the University of Toronto’s 2013 Felix Galimir Competition. Most recently the Grigori String Quartet has released a music video titled ‘Immortal’, a powerful music and dance collaboration  raising awareness about musicians and mental health. 

Tess has made regular appearances in chamber concerts in Toronto, at venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, University of Toronto Noon Concert Series, and Noon Series at Christ Church Deer Park. Tess has been a regular performer in Dallas in the Meadows Virtuosi Concert Series, and was the winner of the 2016 and 2017 Meadows Chamber Music Honors Competition.

Tess has led as principal cellist in a number of orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where she was awarded the Steve Sitarski Leadership Award in 2013. She was invited as one of three cellists in Canada to participate in the 2013 Canada-India National Orchestral Tour in India. She is currently the principal cellist of the McKinney Philharmonic and a tenured member of the East Texas Symphony. 

You can find Tess featured in numerous video productions including  ‘Terminator 2 – Judgement Day’ (JoslinMusic ), ‘Transcendence’ (Grigori String Quartet), ‘Rhiannon’ (Katrina Cain), ’Linger’ (Greater Than Live by Gateway), and ‘Chevalier de Sangreal’ (JoslinMusic). She has also been featured on Global News Edmonton and Breakfast Television Toronto.

In the recording studio Tess has recorded with artists and ensembles such as the Fort Smith Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Catie Waters, KC Clifford, Katrina Cain, Aziz Maraka, Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam, Joslin, Robby Higgenbottom, Jason Dodge, Erik Johnston, Rameez Anwar, Drew Zaremba, and Rachael Winters. 

Tess began playing the cello at age three. She holds two undergraduate degrees – a Performance Diploma in Cello Performance from The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Thompson Rivers University, as well two graduate degrees – a Performer’s Diploma and Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University. Tess’s primary teachers include Andrés Diaz, Chris Adkins, Sasha Adkins, David Hetherington, Shauna Rolston and Rachel Mercer.

Chris Martin - Trumpet

Praised as “brilliant…impeccable” by the New York Times and a musician  of “effortless understated virtuosity” by The Chicago Tribune, Christopher Martin is Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to this, he was Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for eleven seasons. Mr. Martin has enjoyed a distinctive career of more than twenty years as solo trumpet of some of America’s finest orchestras.  As a soloist, Christopher Martin is in great demand in New York and around the world and has made several world premieres. Martin’s passion for new music has seen numerous works brought to life in both the orchestral and wind band repertoire. Christopher Rouse’s Heimdall’s Trumpet, John Mackey’s Antique Violences, and Julie Giroux’s Taboo were composed for Mr. Martin.  Christopher Martin’s discography includes a solo trumpet performance in  John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012). 2019 saw the release of Antique Violences with Jerry Junkin conducting the Dallas Winds.  Mr. Martin serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

Christopher Martin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Philippe Quint & Marta Aznavoorian

Philippe Quint & Marta Aznavoorian

Multi Grammy Award nominee violinist Philippe Quint is internationally recognized for his unique and insightful approach to standard repertoire, championing and rediscovering neglected repertoire and embarking on imaginative, exciting journeys of explorations and collaborations with artists of different genres. “Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him, also adding that “Quint’s tonal opulence, generously inflected with subtle portamentos, sounds like a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler.”

American violinist of Russian heritage, Philippe Quint is constantly in demand and regularly appears with major orchestras and conductors worldwide at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, while making frequent guest appearances at the most prestigious festivals including Verbier, Aspen, Colmar, Hollywood Bowl and Dresden Festspiele.

Quint’s award winning 17 commercial releases discography includes a recent debut on the Warner Classics label, a CD titled Chaplin’s Smile, that features 13 original arrangements of songs by Charlie Chaplin. The disc received worldwide acclaim, multiple Editor’s Choices from all major radio stations and such publications as Forbes, Gramophone, Limelight, Strad, and Strings. The album also inspired Philippe to create and produce Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, a multimedia show that will have debuts worldwide throughout the 2019-2020 season, including the opening of the 5th International Tchaikovsky Festival in Klin, Russia, Ravinia Festival, Baltimore Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County as well as its orchestral premieres of the show in Germany, Poland and Bulgaria to name a few.

Chaplin’s granddaughter, Kiera Chaplin said in Forbes magazine, “I think it’s amazing that in 2019, one hundred and thirty years after his birth, my grandfather Charlie Chaplin is still around and loved by so many, that even a hundred and five years after his first movie was made, he still surprises people. Philippe Quint’s new album Chaplin’s Smile is allowing him to be discovered by a whole new audience as a talented composer, a side of him many people did not know.”

Highlights of Quint’s 2019-2020 season include performances with Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Bochumer Symphoniker, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Thailand Philharmonic under the batons of Andrew Litton, Steven Sloane, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Rune Bergmann, Jorge Mester and Carolyn Kuan.

Highlights of his 2018/2019 season included being named Artist-in-Association for the 2018/2019 season by Utah Symphony which included two weeks of performances with the orchestra and a recording by Utah Symphony for Hyperion label under the batons of Andrew Litton and Thierry Fischer. He also made his debut with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, his Moscow debut with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducted by Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and took the Chaplin Project on tour with recitals in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Berlin, London, Utrecht and Bilbao while also making returns to the Aspen and La Jolla Music festivals.

In addition to his award winning discography, the celebrated American violinist of Russian heritage has won worldwide acclaim playing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Quint’s appearances in recent seasons have taken him to the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Komische Oper Orchestra, Leipzig’s MDR performing under the batons of such renowned conductors such as the late Kurt Masur, Edo De Waart, Andrew Litton, Tugan Sokhiev, Ludovic Morlot, James Gaffigan, Carl St. Clair, Michael Stern, Vladimir Spivakov, Cristian Macelaru, Kristian Jarvi, Krzysztof Urbanski, Jorge Mester, Jahja Ling, Krzysztof Urbanski, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Tugan Sokhiev, Tito Munoz, Steven Sloane and Bramwell Tovey.

In the 2016/17 season at the invitation of Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Philippe opened the 28th edition of the Colmar Festival dedicated to Jascha Heifetz with Tugan Sokhiev conducting the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto.

Winner of  the “Ambassador of Arts” award in 2014 presented to Philippe Quint by Brownstone and Gateway Organizations at the United Nations in March of 2014, his 2015-2016 season highlights included debuts with Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, Milwaukee Symphony with Edo de Waart, Kansas Symphony with Michael Stern, Vancouver Symphony with James Gaffigan, plus returns to San Diego Symphony with Jahja Ling and Indianapolis Symphony with Krzysztof Urbanski.

In the summer of 2015, he hosted the 2nd Annual Benefit “Philippe Quint & Friends” at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall presented by the Russian American Foundation. The first benefit concert took place at the New York Times Center in 2014 and featured John Corigliano, Joshua Bell, Michael Bacon, J.Ralph and Emily Bergl. Along with Lou Diamond Phillips, Darren Criss and Lea Salonga, Philippe appeared at the Kennedy Center’s “After the Storm” Benefit Concert for the Philippines. Later that summer he also debuted at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a part of a special “Joshua Bell & Friends” concert.

Philippe Quint is the first classical artist to star in the lead role of a major independent film Downtown Express co-starring Nellie McKay from producer Michael Hausmann (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain and Amadeus) and multi-Emmy winning director David Grubin. This 2012 film premiered in New York and Los Angeles as well as at a number of national and international film festivals including Woodstock, New York, Houston (Opening Night), Mons (Belguim), Cuba, Vermont, and Florida.

An active chamber musician, Philippe has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Verbier, Luzern, Caramoor, Colmar, Ravinia, Aspen, Rome, Moritzburg, La Jolla, Lincoln Center and Chautauqua festivals in addition to recitals and chamber performances at the Kravis Center, UC Davis Presents, National Gallery in Washington and most recently at San Francisco Performances with Composer/Pianist Lera Auerbach.

Quint’s live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR. His recordings have received multiple “Editor’s Choice” selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. His remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his “bravura technique, and unflagging energy.”

Philippe Quint’s formidable award winning  discography includes a large variety of rediscovered treasures along with popular works from standard repertoire. His AvantiClassics label recordings include Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos paired with Beethoven’s Romances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería led by Carlos Miguel Prieto, original arrangements of Bach’s works by composer/pianist Matt Herskowitz titled “Bach XXI” , “Opera Breve” CD with pianist Lily Maisky, Glazunov & Khachaturian Violin Concertos with Bochumer Sinfoniker and Steven Sloane and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic led by conductor Martin Panteleev, paired with Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35.

Other critically acclaimed albums are on the Naxos label and include the world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices, Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Prieto/Mineria), William Schuman’s Violin Concerto, Ned Rorem’s Violin Concerto, Miklos Rozsa’s Complete Works for Violin and Piano with pianist William Wolfram, Bernstein’s Serenade (Alsop/Bournemouth) and a unique compilation of works by Paganini arranged by Fritz Kreisler, which BBC Music Magazine called “truly phenomenal.”

Making his home in New York since 1991, Philippe Quint was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia), and studied at the Moscow’s Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. After moving to the United States, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

The Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing.” Among his many honors, Quint was the winner of the Juilliard Competition and Career Grant Recipient of Salon de Virtuosi, Bagby and Clarisse Kampel Foundations.

Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

Marta Aznavoorian

Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Marta Aznavoorian, has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world as orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator. A Chicago native, she has performed in her hometowns most prestigious venues and tours extensively throughout the world. She made her professional debut at the age of 13 performing Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K.491 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center in four concerts of their series.  She has won over audiences appearing as soloist with orchestras internationally including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatory Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony which resulted from a personal invitation from Michael Tilson Thomas who also was her conductor. 

Aznavoorian has worked with such renowned conductors such as the Late Sir George Solti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lukas Foss, Henry Mazer, Francesco Milioto, Kirk Muspratt among others. She has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Stravinsky in the Stravinsky International Competition where she was also lauded the special prize for best interpretation for the commissioned contemporary work.  As a recipient of the 1990 Level 1 award in the National Foundation for the Arts Recognition and Talent search, Ms. Aznavoorian became a Presidential Scholar and was invited to the White House where she met former President George W. Bush and performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Aznavoorian is founding member of the Lincoln Trio which Fanfare Magazine has labeled as “one of the hottest young trios in the business”.  The Grammy Nominated trio tours regularly throughout the world and just celebrated their most recent CD release from Cedille Records called Trios from our Homelands which was also nominated for a Grammy in the best small ensemble/chamber music performance in 2017.

In strong demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with many artists all over the world and has frequented many festivals including Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, Hornby Island, Green Lake Festival and she will be making her 9th straight season appearance at the Ravinia Festival in 2017. 

A champion and lover of new music, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with the worlds leading composers including William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Pierre Jalbert, Stacy Garrop, Laura Schewendinger,  and continues to collaborate with several of the most innovative composers of our time.   In 2017 she was awarded the “Standing Ovation Alumni Legend Award”  for her outstanding outreach, performance and teaching mentoring to her hometown community in Chicago.  

A student of the renowned teacher  Menahem Pressler,  Aznavoorian received her Bachelor  degree and Artist Diploma  at Indiana University and her Masters Degree from New England Conservatory where she studied with the late Patricia Zander.  A passionate teacher and educator, Aznavoorian has  taught and given masterclasses at Universities throughout the United States and abroad, and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago,  and Piano and Chamber Music  faculty at DePaul University School of Music.  Aznavoorian records for Naxos,  ARTEC label, Cedille Records and has just recently released  Violin and Piano arrangements of the Music of Charlie Chaplin under the Warner Classics and Erato label with violinists Philippe Quint and Joshua Bell.

Marta Aznavoorian is a Steinway Artist. 

Emily Burak - Violin

Emily Burak

Raised in a musical family, Emily began to play violin at the age of three. Since graduating with a performance degree from the University of North Texas, Emily has been fortunate to perform on stage with esteemed artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dierks Bentley, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Weird Al Yankovic, Johnny Mathis, and others. Recently, Emily has been featured in several of creative composer & director Joslin D’Souza’s music videos. Emily also performs regularly with the electric-string group “Rockestra” and is an active freelance classical/pop violinist in DFW.

Steve Story - Jazz Violin

Steve Story – Jazz Violin

Steve Story has been playing the violin since age 6.  He grew up playing in dance bands in his local town of Shawnee, Ok. After graduating high school he attended the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained a Masters Degree in Music from Wichita State University. He has performed with numerous orchestras around the country and has toured through out the U.S. Europe and Canada from 1987-2000.  Steve has been playing jazz on the violin for the last 30 years performing with his own group, The Steve Story Jazz Quartet.  He currently is a resident of Keller, Texas and teaches privately and performs with his own groups and others in Dallas -Ft. Worth Metroplex.  Steve has performed or recorded with: Doug Stone, Willie Nelson, Steve Wariner, David Ball, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Wichita Symphony Orchestra, The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Louise Mandrell,  The Drew Phelps Group, Lynn Seaton, Ray Price and the list goes on.   

Kristin Van Cleve - Baroque Violin

Kristin Van Cleve – Baroque Violin

Kristin Van Cleve was recently appointed chairperson of the music department at the University of Dallas, where she has directed the chamber ensemble program since 2007. She is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata and is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Van Cleve began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas.   As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Washington, D.C., France, Mexico and throughout the southwest. Ms. Van Cleve is concertmaster of several other historical instrument ensembles, including the Orchestra of New Spain, and has performed with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.  As a modern violinist, she is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival, has returned to Alaska as a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and in June 2011 traveled to Bolivia to teach and perform.

Ms. Van Cleve is active as a clinician for violin students of all ages and also maintains a private teaching studio in Dallas. She performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and traveled with that orchestra to Carnegie Hall in 2008.

John Corigliano - Composer

John Corigliano

The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano’s numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concerti among over one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Recent scores include Conjurer(2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin(2005), developed from the themes of the score to the François Girard’s film of the same name, which won Corigliano the Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan(2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3:Circus Maximus(2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2(2001: Pulitzer Prize in Music.) Other important scores include String Quartet(1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition);Symphony No. 1(1991: Grawemeyer and Grammy Awards); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles(Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991, International Classical Music Award, 1992); and the Clarinet Concerto(1977.) One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name; for the past fourteen years he and his partner, the composer-librettist Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York.

Lawrence Loh - Conductor

Lawrence LohLawrence Loh

Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), was named Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony commencing in the 2017-18 season. Mr. Loh concluded his 12-year tenure as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2017. Mr. Loh had a decade-plus association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he currently leads annual pops and other select programs.

Mr. Loh’s previous positions include: Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera; Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Having a particular affinity for pops programming, Mr. Loh has been engaged for repeat performances with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Texas Tenors and more. He has assisted John Williams on multiple occasions and conducted numerous sold-out John Williams tribute concerts. He is particularly adept at conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film, and he is has lead Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Pixar in Concert, Disney in Concert, The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain, among other concert productions.

Mr. Loh is active as a guest conductor, both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to annual concerts in Pittsburgh and Dallas, his recent engagements include the Boston Pops (Tanglewood); Detroit Symphony; San Diego Symphony; Seattle Symphony; Buffalo Philharmonic; and the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral. Past engagements include the National (Washington D.C.), Indianapolis, Tacoma, Utah, Naples, Knoxville, Florida, El Paso, San Luis Obispo, Edmonton, Colorado, Charleston (SC), Malaysia, Daejeon (South Korea) and Greater Bridgeport Orchestras. His summer appearances include the festivals of Sun Valley, Bravo Vail Valley, Aspen (CO), Mann Center in Philadelphia, Breckenridge, Las Vegas, Hot Springs (AR), the Kinhaven Music School (VT) and the Performing Arts Institute (PA). In the summer of 2016, he made his debut at Tanglewood, conducting Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra and returned in 2017 to conduct the Boston Pops.

Mr. Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale, his Masters in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and his BA, and Certificate of Management Studies, from the University of Rochester. Lawrence Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary. Follow him on instagram @conductorlarryloh or twitter @lawrenceloh or visit his website, www.lawrenceloh.org

Livestream Schedule

  • Lawrence Loh – Sunday, September 13. 2:00 p.m.
  • University Conductors Round table – Sunday September 27. 2:00 p.m.
  • Tess Crowther and Emily Burak – Sunday, September 27. 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  • Philippe Quint & Marta Aznavoorian – Sunday, October 11. Time TBA
  • Chris Martin – Sunday, Sunday, October 11. 2:00 p.m.
  • Kristen Van Cleeve – Sunday, October 18. 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  • John Coriglano – Sunday October 25. 2:00 p.m.
  • Steve Story – Sunday, October 25. 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
  • Steve Story – Sunday, November 1. 4:30 p.m.