Piano Accompanying

Recent Graduates

Accompanying Program Class of 2020

Mei-En ChouA native of Taiwan, Mei-En Chou is a doctoral candidate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Dr. Jean Barr and holds a Graduate Assistantship in Opera Coaching. She gives annual recital tours with duos MusiC2 and Duo Mystère and has appeared with the Dallas American Asian Youth Orchestra (Carnival of the Animals), the Red River Wind Symphony (Rhapsody in Blue), the Sun Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart Two-Piano Concerto, K.365), and the North Texas Wind Symphony (Husa Concertino). Her performance with the NTWS was released as part of the CD “Domains” in December, 2008 (GIA Publications).

Ms. Chou taught at Louisiana College (Pineville, LA) as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence from 2008-2016. For five years, she was the Director of the Junior Level of the Louisiana International Piano Competition, and has served as a judge for competitions and festivals. Ms. Chou earned her MM in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. During her residency in Denton, she taught both privately and at the School of Creative Art, conducted and directed the choir of the North Texas Chinese Church, and participated in the UNT Wind Studies Conductor’s Collegium. Ms. Chou holds a bachelor’s degree in trumpet from the National Taiwan Normal University and received her certification as a high school music instructor by the Ministry of Education. She began her piano studies at the age of four and began playing the trumpet at the age of nine.

Danielle Guina

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Danielle Guina is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr. Active in vocal and instrumental areas, she currently holds a Graduate Assistantship in Piano Accompanying at Eastman.

Performing in concert and festivals internationally, Guina has appeared at Songfest, duo526 Sonata Seminar, the FCMF National Music Festival, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. She received a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Piano and Vocal Performance (2018) from Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, and was awarded the Brandon University Gold Medal for the Bachelor of Music Degree. Along the way Guina has received numerous awards, including the Brooks Smith Fellowship in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, the Ruth and Arno Drucker Scholarship, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Prince Edward Arts Scholarship.  

Guina has worked with renowned pianists Lydia Brown, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Timothy Long, Kevin Murphy, and Alan Smith. She has also participated in masterclasses with Andrew Harley, Hila Plitmann, Alexandra Nguyen, Gordon Gerrard, Murray McLachlan, Andrei Pisarev, Douglas Finch, Futaba Niekawa, Colin Carr, Cecilia String Quartet, and Krisztina Szabó.

Maggie HinchliffeMaggie Hinchliffe is a pianist from Glen Ridge, New Jersey with a focus in the collaborative arts. She has performed in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Nashville’s live public radio. Maggie has appeared in premiere festivals such as Songfest, AIMS in Graz, and Source Song Festival and performed in master classes for renowned artists such as Julius Drake, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson and Alan Smith in addition to living composers such as Libby Larsen, Edie Hill, and John Musto.

Maggie graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, receiving her B.M. in piano performance and pedagogy. She was inducted into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, received the Michelson Collaborative Arts Award for exceptional performance in vocal collaboration, and received the Achievement in Teaching Award for piano pedagogy. While at Vanderbilt, Maggie also played for the Nashville Ballet and maintained a private studio.

Now in her first year as a master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, Maggie studies piano accompaniment and chamber music with Jean Barr. She holds two Graduate Assistantships as Opera Pianist and Studio Accompanist in addition to the Ruth & Arno Drucker Scholarship.

Chiao-Ju HungBorn in Taipei, Taiwan, Chiao-Ju Hung started her piano lessons from 6 years old. She attended musical school when she was 9, and have been studied in music ever since. Major in piano, Chiao-Ju studied with Professor Lina Yeh at National Taiwan Normal University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She also acquired her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from NTNU in 2007. Due to her minor in composition and the love of the challenge of interpreting them, Chiao-Ju premiered several pieces (both solo and collaborative) by contemporary Taiwanese composers. She also performed her degree recitals in 2002 and 2007. Since 2011, Chiao-Ju has given annual recital tours between Taiwan and US as piano duo MusiC2. Apart from performing, she was the accompanist of several choirs in Taiwan, including Joy Choir, Supreme Administrative Court Choir and Taipei YMCA Oratorio Choir. She also taught piano lessons at various studios in Taipei. In 2017, Chiao-Ju was invited to be one of the official pianists of Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours in Taipei. She is currently pursuing her second Master’s Degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Jean Barr.

Linzi Li

Linzi Li is known for her rich and diversified musical roles as collaborative pianist and  soprano.  Currently, Linzi is a Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music major graduate student in Eastman School of Music in the studio of Dr. Andrew Harley. In her first year, she studied with Dr.  Jean Barr. Her natural instinct as a musician has led her in embracing varied careers. She also received her Bachelor of Music Education from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and once worked as a music teacher in Shanghai Xuhui High School. During the time in Shanghai, Linzi was trained as a singer for five consecutive years under celebrated mezzo soprano, Guang Yang, and  thus developed her interest in vocal music. She also holds a Piano Performer’s Certificate from the University of Southern California and studied with world-renowned collaborative pianist and composer, Alan Smith. Enjoying her versatility as pianist and singer, Linzi was accepted to Songfest as both pianist and singer. As a Fall 2019 pianist of Songfest, she had the opportunities to be in masterclasses coached by Graham Johnson, John Musto, Margo Garrett, and Alan Smith. She attended the 2014 Liederfest in Suzhou, China, where she took the masterclass and was coached by Margo Garrett, Jennifer Tung, Lucas Wong. Linzi’s piano teachers also including Luman Duan, Xiaoyan Xia, Lucas Wong, Louise Thomas.

William Evan RitterWilliam Evan Ritter is a pianist, composer, and pedagogue from Dallas, Texas who is currently based in Rochester, New York. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Evan received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in addition to the Peter Salaff Prize (‘18) and John Celentano Award (‘17). He is currently a double Master’s Degree student at Eastman studying Piano Performance and Literature, and Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. At Eastman, his primary teachers are Dr. Douglas Humpherys and Dr. Jean Barr. Summer festival studies include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Gijon International Piano Festival with teachers such as Anton Nel, Robert McDonald, Logan Skelton, and James Giles.

A consummate chamber musician as well as soloist, Evan is a founding member of the Windsor Piano trio, an award-winning group that has performed in the United States and Canada. In 2017, the group claimed first prize at the National MTNA Competition and were finalists at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition in 2016. The Windsor Trio was closely mentored by Professors Elinor Freer and David Ying at the Eastman School of Music. There, they also performed in masterclasses for Trio Cleonice and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

Outside of performance, Evan has taught students of all ages and levels. Since 2015, he has been on the faculty of the Southeast Asia Music Festival. There, he works with a studio of students from the Philippines teaching private lessons, masterclasses, and group classes. As part of his position, Evan has performed in venues in the Philippines including Valencia City, Manila, and Bukidnon. Inspired by his own Filipino heritage, Evan is committed to providing high-quality music training to other young Filipino students. Currently, Evan is a Piano Faculty Intern at the Eastman Community Music School and maintains a small private studio in Rochester.

Evan has held the position of Choral Scholar at Christ Church Rochester since 2014 and was a member of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum as a bass vocalist. Evan is an acting Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.

Corey SilbersteinCorey Silberstein holds the position of Staff Collaborative Pianist at Luther College in Decorah, IA. He has performed with instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the United States and abroad, and has held fellowships in collaborative piano at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Particularly dedicated to the art song genre, he won first prize in vocal accompanying at the 2019 Kneisel Lieder Competition.

Corey’s approach to music-making reflects his passion for exploring connections between music theory, performance, and non-musical disciplines such as painting and literature. He has lectured on Beethoven’s last piano sonata and its influence on twentieth-century novelists, as well on Spanish references in Debussy’s chamber music. Corey earned his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with pioneering collaborative pianist Jean Barr, and he holds dual master’s degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy (Eastman) and Piano Performance (Indiana University).