Maeve Berry, a recent cum laude graduate of the BM piano performance program at the Pennsylvania State University, is thrilled to be continuing her studies at Eastman under the direction of Dr. Andrew Harley. While pursuing a solo performance degree with Dr. Christopher Guzman, Maeve was able to engage in many collaborative partnerships while at Penn State. She received several awards throughout her college years, including the prestigious Presser Scholarship in 2018. This past spring, Maeve was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda chapter at Penn State.
Maeve attended the Brevard Music Center in 2017, where she studied with Norman Krieger for three weeks. She was also fortunate to have participated in several masterclasses at Penn State in vocal repertoire and performance with Arlene Shrut. This past summer, Maeve traveled to Germany with The Penn State Concert Choir, where she sang with the choir and played the organ in cities like Leipzig, Dresden, and Berlin. She has also been a collaborative pianist for faculty recitals during the Cleveland Trombone Institute and the Penn State Honors Music Institute.
In addition to collaborative piano, Maeve finds great joy in studying music theory, enjoys singing in a choral setting, and playing the organ. She is looking forward to embracing the many opportunities around Eastman in the next two years!
Hannah Bossner, a pianist from Metro Detroit, is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Dr. Andrew Harley. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Oakland University and Bowling Green State University, respectively, where she graduated with honors and held scholarships. She was active in local and university competitions, winning awards via the Birmingham Musicale, the Tuesday Musicale of Pontiac, and the Conrad Art Song Competition. She also won two concerto competitions, allowing her to solo with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland University Chamber Orchestra. During her time at Bowling Green she held a graduate accompanying assistantship, where she played with strings and voice studios, along with the Wind Ensemble.
The past four summers Hannah has participated in the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, University of Florida International Piano Festival, and the Brevard Summer Institute as a collaborative teaching assistant. She has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with distinguished artists including Yong Hi Moon, Bruce Brubaker, Mayron Tsong, and the Shanghai Quartet. Her most recent activities include accompanying the strings studio at Oakland University, and performing a combination collaborative-solo recital across Michigan with violinist Teresa Bellamy.
A 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.
Long Island native Rebecca Golub is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Graduate Assistantship for studio accompanying. Her primary teacher is Dr. Andrew Harley.
Rebecca received her master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she had the opportunity to study with two piano teachers, Dr. Alexandra Nguyen and Dr. Margaret McDonald. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for which she served as one of the pianists for the school’s opera program and wind symphony. While at CU, Rebecca also had the chance to study with the school’s two vocal coaches, as well as the renowned quartet in residence, Takács.
With a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (vocal emphasis) from the Eastman School of Music, Rebecca possesses a unique set of skills that aid her musical studies and professional partnerships, including choral conducting, vocal pedagogy, educational psychology, and experience playing violin, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, and singing.
Although passionate for both instrumental and vocal music, her keen interest in vocal coaching influenced her decision to attend Songfest at the Colburn School this past summer. Other festivals include AIMS in Graz, Atlantic Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music, and Brevard Music Center. Over the years, she has had the privilege to work individually and in masterclasses with esteemed artists including Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Jean Barr, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Alan Smith, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and others.
A devoted academic as well as performer, Rebecca has been a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society since she was inducted at the Eastman School in spring 2017.
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 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.
Born 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 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.
Chun-Hsin Liu, originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is currently in her first year of the MM degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she holds a Graduate Assistantship in Studio Accompanying and studies with Dr. Andrew Harley. Chun Hsin finished her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she studied with Dr. Chuan-I Huang. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including Academic Excellence Award (2016-2017), Outstanding Graduate Award (2019), and first prizes from several piano competitions. As an undergraduate, Chun-Hsin participated in many vocal masterclasses given by such renowned artists as Jin Lin, Tai-Li Jhu, and Yi-Qiao Shi She recently played in the piano masterclass of Henri Sigfridsson at Palazzo Ricci Music School in Montepulciano, Italy.
William 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.
John Robertson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and he is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Andrew Harley. He has given recitals throughout the United States and has also worked as a staff accompanist at Bob Jones University, Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and the Vann Vocal Institute, accompanying faculty in recitals and undergraduate and graduate students in recitals, auditions, and competitions.
John has repeatedly performed in Opera Birmingham’s Sounds of the Season and Home for the Holidays recitals, the annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Opera Shots, and Art of the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. In January 2017, he performed with pianist Laurie Middaugh in a special two-piano accompaniment for Opera Birmingham’s production of Three Decembers, and he returned the following season to perform in The Tragedy of Carmen. He has performed in the orchestra for Samford University’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Red Mountain Theater Company’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia!
John has served as chorusmaster and vocal coach for many operatic and musical theater productions, including The Desert Song, Die Fledermaus, and Naughty Marietta with Birmingham Music Club, and The Pirates of Penzance, Amahl and the Night Visitors, On the Town, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, and numerous opera workshop performances with Samford Opera. Active also as a music director, he has conducted Samford University’s recent productions of Bat Boy: The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Children of Eden.
For three years, John served as Lecturer and Collaborative Pianist at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, teaching applied piano and courses in accompanying, chamber music, and musical theater. He previously served as a member of the music faculty of Judson College in Marion, Alabama, teaching applied piano and group piano, and courses in music theory and piano pedagogy.
An active collaborative pianist, Alexa Sowers frequently performs with vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber groups and diverse ensembles. She has worked as studio pianist at Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp and Illinois State University in addition to working with multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles and opera programs. Alexa has taught students of all ages and ability levels and has worked as pianist at several churches.
While the pianist for Illinois State University’s Wind Symphony ensemble, Alexa had the pleasure of performing, touring and recording all contemporary repertoire while working with living composers including William Bolcom. She also performed with the wind symphony and choral ensembles in the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Illinois. Following her interest in contemporary music, she most recently studied and conducted research in Paris at L’Ircam, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).
As a solo pianist, Alexa has won numerous competitions. She has been a featured pianist in the Piano Sundays at Old Capitol concert series in Iowa City and participated in several festivals including the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.
Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at Illinois State University. Her instructors and mentors include Jean Barr, Tuyen Tonnu, Ksenia Nosikova, Paul Wirth and Rachel Joselson. Alexa is currently studying with Dr. Andrew Harley at Eastman School of Music where she is a DMA candidate in piano accompanying and chamber music. At Eastman School of Music, she has held a graduate award as opera pianist/coach and is currently holding a graduate award as studio pianist.
In demand as both an instrumental and vocal collaborator, pianist Brock Tjosvold has performed throughout the United States with many up and coming musicians, as well as established ensembles. Brock is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Andrew Harley. Most recently, he was a collaborative piano fellow at the 2018 Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA., studying with Jonathan Feldman. Other recent performance highlights include Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the National Repertory Orchestra and a performance at Carnegie Hall with clarinetist Amy Humberd.
Brock is an active orchestral keyboardist, and has performed in professional orchestras such as the Albany Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the large ensembles at Eastman.
In addition to the Music Academy of the West and the National Repertory Orchestra, Brock has attended the 2015 Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Rita Sloan and Anne Epperson. In 2013, he attended SongFest, where he studied with Martin Katz and Margo Garrett.
New music continues to be a large part of Brock’s career. He has worked with several living composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Ben Moore, John Luther Adams, Charles Wuorinen, and Nina C. Young, in addition to student composers while in school. While at Eastman, he has performed with Musica Nova, the resident new music ensemble.
Currently the music director at First Universalist Church of Rochester, Brock enjoys playing organ and directing the choir in addition to his work as a pianist. He has formerly been the organist at Liberty Christian Church (Martinsville, IN) and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral (Laramie, WY).
Brock began his primary musical training at the age of six with Patricia Randolph, later earning a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Wyoming, magna cum laude, under the tutelage of Dr. Theresa Bogard. He previously completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan with Martin Katz and a Performer’s Certificate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy.
Yucong (Zoe) Wang is a composer, pianist, and classical music entrepreneur from China. She is currently pursuing her two Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees in collaborative piano and composition at Eastman School of Music, where she holds the Brook Smith Fellowship, the Samuel Adler Scholarship, a graduate assistantship as studio pianist and teaching assistantship in composition. She studies collaborative piano with Dr. Andrew Harley and composition with Prof. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. Yucong is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Dragonfly International Music Festival (DIMF) in China. She organizes and performs in masterclasses, concert series, competitions, and lectures at DIMFs since 2017.
As a collaborative pianist Yucong has performed in many concerts in China, the United States and Europe. In recent DIMF concert series she has been performed with artists including world-renowned Paganini Golden Medal Winners: Oleh Krysa, Bin Huang, Giovanni Angeleri, and Feng Ning. She has also collaborated with artists including Chien-Kwan Lin, Kei Saotome, Alexander Suleiman, Jiafeng Chen, and Nikita Zimin. As a composer/pianist, Yucong has performed many contemporary repertoires and collaborated with many new music ensembles. Her recent performances include music by Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, John Rea, Diego Vega, and many other colleges.
Yucong began to compose at age 12. In July 2018, her saxophone solo piece Broken Suite commissioned by Saxophonist Jiaqi Zhao had its world première at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Croatia. Her orchestral work Blackbird: II. Aggregation was selected in 2017 Underwood New Music Reading, performed by American Composer Orchestra with conductor George Manahan at DiMenna Center in New York City. In 2017, violinist Wendy Toh and the Eastman School Student Orchestra (ESSO) gave the première of her Violin Concerto No.1 in Eastman’s Kodak Hall. Her recent composition awards include the First Prize (Junior) of 8th International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague, 2017, with two special prizes the Best Variation and the Best Free Composition; the honorable mention of 2019 Israel/Pellman Award. She has also received Belle Gitleman Award and Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize at Eastman School, the second prize in the Confucius Award Composition Competition, and the first prize in the Young Promise Composition Competition.
Yucong Wang received her Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Eastman School, studying with Prof. David Lipak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Robert Morris. She holds her Master of Music degree at Eastman School, studying with Dr. Jean Barr. Before she began to study at Eastman in 2013, Yucong studied composition at Shanghai Conservatory and Music Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory.