Nobuko Amemiya, Piano
Maxim Anikushin, Piano
Dr. Maxim Anikushin has graced the stage of venues, such as Stern and Weill halls of Carnegie Hall, and grand and small halls of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. He won prestigious prizes in competitions in Russia, Italy and Spain. After Dr. Anikushin performed his New York recital debut on May 9, 1999 at Weill Hall, Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review wrote: “Maxim Anikushin is un-doubtedly destined to enter the annals of his generation’s important young pianists”. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Brett Bakalar, Oboe
Oboist and English Horn player, Brett Bakalar has freelanced as a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician throughout the DC Metro Area and the NY/NJ Tri-State area. He has performed in venues throughout the United States, Ireland and China, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cork City Hall in Ireland, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Qindao Grand Theater in China. Brett Bakalar earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers include Robert Botti, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Mark Hill and Lynne Cohen.
Jason Benjamin Balish, Guitar
Classical guitarist Jason Benjamin Balish is an active teacher and performer based in New York City. He has performed in master classes in the United States and Europe for such renowned guitarists as Benjamin Verdery, David Leisner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Michael Newman, Gerald Garcia, and Hans-Werner Huppertz. As a performer, Jason is an advocate for new music, having premiered new ensemble works by composers Jerry Tabor and Robert A. Baker. Jason holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Salisbury University, where he studied with Dr. Danielle Cumming. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Performance at Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Mark Delpriora.
Alexandra Beliakovich, Piano
First Prize Winner of the Klaviermusik International Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Second Prize winner of the Fourth International Piano Competition in Panama, pianist Alexandra Beliakovich has performed in Belarus, China, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and the U.S. In addition to performances at the Kosciuszko Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Yamaha Center in New York, Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, she won MSM's Annual Concerto Competition, which awarded her a New York debut with the MSM Philharmonia in the Gershwin Concerto in F. Before coming to New York, she studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Music, under Jury Gildiuk. She is currently a DMA candidate, as a student of Solomon Mikowsky.
Adam Bilchik, Guitar
Adam Bilchik is a first-year graduate student at MSM studying classical guitar with David Leisner. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Adam has over 6 years of experience teaching all ages. Having started classical guitar at a young age, Adam is especially patient with children. He has a Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Loris Chobanian and Jorge Amaral. While primarily a classical guitarist, Adam also has experience with other styles. He previously taught at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department, a nationally accredited music store, as well as his own private studio. His goal as a teacher is for every student to enjoy playing to his or her fullest potential. Adam is extremely dedicated, with a passion for music and teaching.
Christine Browning, Soprano
Owen Broder, Saxophone
Saxophonist Owen Broder has performed at international jazz festivals, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), and Monterey Jazz Festival, and shared the stage with artists, such as Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, and Scott Robinson. He recently appeared at New York's Jazz Standard in Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, a band that was nominated for three Grammies and won the Jazz Journalist Association's "Large Ensemble of the Year” award.
Ana García Caraballos, Saxophone
Ana García Caraballos is a Spanish musician, who received her Bachelor degrees with Honors in Piano Performance, Saxophone Performance, and Pedagogy in both Piano and Saxophone from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. She also received a degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Navarra. Recently, she graduated with her Master of Music in Classical Saxophone Performance from Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Paul Cohen. This fall, she began her DMA studies in Classical Saxophone at MSM. In addition to teaching through MSM, she has worked at the New York Summer Music Festival and Imani Winds Chamber Festival, under Jeff Scott. In January 2012, she was featured in the recording of Allard Variations for Alto Saxophone and Piano by John Lissauer.
Lynn Chao, Trumpet
Lynn Chao is a master’s degree candidate in Classical Trumpet Performance at Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Vincent Penzarella, former Associate Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. She completed her Bachelor degree in Trumpet Performance at Montclair State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has participated in various music festivals, including the Orford Academy Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has taught trumpet classes in NJ public school summer music programs in Harrington Park and Mahwah. Lynn enjoys sharing her musical experiences through teaching.
Alexander Crosett, Piano
Alexander Crosett has been described as "...a young pianist of extraordinary talent and accomplishment" (Thomas Mastroianni, American Liszt Society) for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. Alex is a Master of Music candidate in the studio of Andre-Michel Schub at Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to MSM, he received a Performance Diploma in Piano from Bard College-Longy School of Music. Alex has nearly a decade of teaching experience and has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and PALS Summer Program, in addition to MSM Sunday. He also maintains an active private studio in Manhattan. His teaching emphasizes the development of a well-rounded musical education, precise skills, a confident stage presence, and, most of all, a lifelong love and appreciation for music! For more information, visit his website.
Lawrence DiBello, Cello
Lawrence DiBello received his Bachelor of Music from Purchase College in 2012, after studying with Julia Lichten for 4 years. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and studying with Clive Greensmith and David Geber. He has played in chamber music master classes for members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Orion String Quartet, and the Guarneri String Quartet and participated in festivals, such as Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes. Teaching, performing, and community outreach are areas of great interest for Lawrence, and he is finding ways to combine them in unique and meaningful ways. As a teacher, he believes that learning to play music is much more than just learning how to play an instrument; it’s about discovering a new form of expression and understanding of oneself.
Hannah Elizabeth DeBlock, Soprano
Hannah Elizabeth DeBlock, holds her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is a candidate for the Professional Studies certificate. As a student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, she has appeared with the Contemporary Opera Ensemble and the Summer Voice Festival, as well as Mignon Dunn’s Opera Workshop. Since moving to New York, she has performed twice with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, as the Witch in Engelbert Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel in February 2012, and as title role of Cendrillon by Jules Massenet in August 2012. Ms. DeBlock most recently sang the role of Pamina with the Manhattan Opera Studio in their production of Die Zauberflöte. Her upcoming performances include Micaëla in Bizet´s Carmen, Jenny in Ned Rorem´s Three Sisters who are Not Sisters, and Armida in Handel´s Rinaldo. As an instructor, Ms. DeBlock has taught both flute and voice to students of a wide variety of ages.
Anna Farysej, Soprano
Anna currently studies with Mrs. Catherine Malfitano, as a master’s degree candidate at Mannhattan School of Music. Last season, she took part in the productions of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Faust by Charles Gounod at Manhattan School of Music and performed Russian songs at Carnegie Hall, as a winner of the Opera Festival. In August 2013, she made her debut as Poppea in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with dell'Arte Opera. In May 2012, Anna sang Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and performed Biblical Scenes, a duet for soprano and accordion composed by Bronislaw Kazimierz Przybylski, with Elisa van Kasteren at the Dakota Theatre in the Hague, Netherlands.
Eoin Flood, Guitar
Eoin Flood is currently completing his Professional Studies degree with Mark Delpriora at the Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to MSM, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of John Feeley. He has performed classical guitar recitals across Ireland, including at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the World Music Festival in Dun Laoghaire, and the National Concert Hall. He has ten years of teaching experience, working with individuals and small and large ensembles at several schools in Ireland. Regardless of style and context, his ambition is always to impart a solid grounding in guitar playing, while fostering a love of music in each student.
Alyssa Greengrass, Flute
Originally from Long Island, Alyssa is currently perusing a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Linda Chesis. She holds a BM in Flute Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey, under Kaoru Hinata. During her studies, Alyssa won the Concerto Competition performing Ballade by Frank Martin with the Rutgers Sinfonia Orchestra, as well as the Mason Gross Chamber Music Competition with her woodwind quintet and flute quartet. She has attended multiple festivals, including the Pierre Monteux School, Orford Center for the Arts, Oxford Flute Summer School, and Brevard Music Center. Alyssa has taught private students across New York and New Jersey. She is very excited to be a part of MSM Sunday and looks forward to meeting her new students.
Sharik Hasan, Jazz Piano
Lele Jiang, Violinist
Born in Xiamen, China, Lele completed her Bachelor degree at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where she studied with Zhou Qian. During her studies, Lele was a member of the Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, and the Concertmaster of the New Music Ensemble. Jiang Lele currently studies violin with Lucie Robert at the Manhattan School of Music. Major engagements include a performance with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, guest appearance with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Concertmaster at the Texas Music Festival and Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia. Most recently, her piano quintet won top prizes in the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.
Anzhelika Kamara, Cello
Russian native, Anzhelika Kamara completed her B.M.and M.M. in Cello, Piano Performance, and Teaching at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow with Vladimir Tonkha, B.M. at Manhattan School of Music under Marion Feldman and P.S. at the Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden with Helge Waldeland. She has performed across the globe with various ensembles, including the Voronej Philarmonic Orchestra, with whom she performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations at the first Rostropovich Cello Festival. She was also honored to perform at the birthday celebration of Mstislav and for Russian and German presidents at a Russian-German forum in Hanover. Anzhelika currently resides in New York, where she teaches a growing number of students of various ages.
Chloé Kiffer, Violin
French violinist Chloé Kiffer entered the Paris National Conservatoire Superieur at age 15. She has won several international competitions including the prestigious “Prix de la Vocation” by the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, Paris (2012). Last year, she won the Eisenberg-Fried String Concerto Competition at Manhattan School of Music. Following studies with Joshua Epstein in Germany, she is pursuing a master’s degree under Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at Manhattan School of Music.
Ritva Koistinen, Piano
Finnish pianist Ritva Koistinen is currently pursuing Master of Music in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music. After graduating from Sibelius Academy in 2009, she worked as a freelance musician in Finland, performing with chamber music ensembles, singers, and theatre groups. Ms. Koistinen has ten years of teaching experience, and she has held a position in Palmgren Conservatory in Pori, Finland since 2011 as a teacher and accompanist. Outside of music, Ms. Koistinen is passionate about poetry, nature and good coffee.
Taddes Korris, Bass
Taddes Korris grew up in Edmonton, Canada, where he began his studies of the bass with Jan Urke, Principal Bass of the Edmonton Symphony at 17. Taddes attended Manhattan School of Music for his undergraduate studies, studying with Jeremy McCoy of the Metropolitan Opera and David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic. At graduation, Taddes was awarded the Homer Mensch Award for Excellence in Double Bass performance. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. and is a substitute section bass member of the Edmonton Symphony in Canada. Taddes also maintains a teaching studio of diverse students, studying a range of styles. He believes that proper body mechanics, mental clarity, stability and relaxation are the keys to playing effectively and musically. He includes his knowledge and experience in Yoga, Physiology, Qi Gong, Reiki, Feldenkrais and Tai Chi into his teaching. For more information, visit his website.
Amanda Lee, Horn
Hornist Amanda Lee is a freelancer and private teacher in New York City. She is seen regularly with groups such as Ensemble LPR, The Westchester Collegium, Bergen (NJ) Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. An enthusiastic teacher, Amanda works with young students through programs at Manhattan School of Music and Corona Youth Music Project. Before coming to New York, Amanda studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Solis of the Cleveland Orchestra. In Cleveland, she served as principal horn of the Ohio Philharmonic and can be heard on a recording featuring the orchestra with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Future projects include a recital combining music and visual art, which showcases her original artwork. She completed graduate work at Manhattan School of Music as a student of Javier Gandara of the Metropolitan Opera.
Nhamin Lee, Piano
Pianist Nhamin Lee is emerging as an engaging performer and educator in New York. After winning several competitions in Korea, she was chosen as a promising young artist by the organization Eumag Chunchu. Highlights of her performing career include a solo appearance with the Jinju Symphony Orchestra and collaborations with other musicians at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in NYC, Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., and Alexander Girardi Hall in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy. Her teaching emphasizes music appreciation, fundamental technique, and developing critical thinking by analyzing the individual student’s playing. She tailors her teaching method to the student’s personality and works with all ages (age 5+) and all levels (beginner to advanced). Ms. Lee received her undergraduate training at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea and her Master’s degree in piano performance under Phillip Kawin from Manhattan School of Music.
Tereza Lee Kirkhum, Piano
Born in Brazil to Korean parents and raised in Chicago, Tereza is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Dr. Marc Silverman. In New York, she has appeared as a soloist at Steinway Hall, Barge Music, and Lincoln Center. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on May 17th, 2009, a concert presented by Artists International Presentations, as part of its annual solo competition. Tereza performed with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, upon winning a school-wide competition as a freshman. She is married to jazz trombonist Danny Kirkhum and is a DREAM Act activist. One of her many dreams is to share her passion for music through education.
Tristan McKay, Piano
Tristan McKay is a New York based contemporary pianist, multimedia composer and music educator. An avid supporter of new music, Mr. McKay frequently works with living composers and has premiered dozens of new works in the tri-state area, as well as internationally. Mr. McKay holds a Master of Music in Contemporary Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare, and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance from New York University, where he studied with Marilyn Nonken. In addition to MSM Sundays, Mr. McKay is currently on faculty at the Bergen Academy of Music in Oradell, New Jersey, and Larchmont Music Academy in Larchmont, New York. Mr. McKay also maintains a private studio in Manhattan.
Devon Morin, Baritone
Praised for his rich and emotional vocal quality, Devon Morin is currently a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official standing chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Devon has performed the roles of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, and the title roles of Gianni Schicchi and Signor Deluso, as well as the roles of Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance and Vicomte Cascada in The Merry Widow with Opera Providence. He has also sung as the baritone soloist in Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Devon was recently accepted to Manhattan School of Music, where he will be pursing his master’s degree in Vocal Performance studying with Mark Oswald.
Sam Nester, Trumpet
Sam Nester graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2007. In 2010, he was awarded an Australian-American Fulbright Scholarship, enabling him to study trumpet performance with Mark Gould at Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2012. He currently performs with Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, BERG, ExhAust and is a frequent collaborator with W4 New Music Collective. Nester has taught trumpet in Australia and assists in the Brass and Music History departments at Manhattan School of Music, while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Graeme Norris, Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute
Graeme Norris moved to New York from Brisbane, Australia, in 2012 to complete a Master degree in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to Manhattan School of Music, Graeme taught saxophone and clarinet in a variety of styles and settings through the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Young Conservatorium, and the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane. He served as Director of the Central Coast Conservatorium Summer School, near Sydney, and has directed big bands and ensembles at secondary schools in Sydney and Brisbane. In September 2012, he commenced teaching at Promise Academy in Harlem through the MSM Outreach Office.
Alessio Olivieri, Guitar
Alessio Olivieri is an Italian guitarist, musicologist and teacher currently based in New York. Before coming to New York, he studied at the Conservatory C. Pollini of Padova. He was won several national and international competitions, and has performed extensively performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Italy, United States, Australia and New Zealand. His recordings include new music for guitar and Operaperta Duo-Spanish popular songs, Venetian boat songs, Neapolitan songs with the Italian soprano, Elisa Ramon. He is an Editorial Intern at Boosey&Hawkes Inc. in NYC, and a 2nd year master’s student in Classical Guitar Performance at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Mark Delpriora. For further information visit his website.
Timothy Parsons, Countertenor
Timothy Parsons, countertenor and conductor, is an active soloist and ensemble member in the New York City choral scene, having performed with the Clarion Music Society, the Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue Choir of Men and Boys, and the Oratorio Society of New York. This season includes performances of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil in Quebec City and Mozart’s Requiem with the Clarion Music Society in New York. As a soloist, Timothy has been praised for his “splendid” singing of Bach, and his “high register” by Opera News. As a teacher, Timothy regularly works with choral groups and at several institutions, including Manhattan School of Music. Timothy holds a bachelor's degree in Classical Voice from MSM, where he studied with Mark Oswald and Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and is a candidate for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting, studying with Kent Tritle.
Nadia Petrella, Soprano
Praised by the New York Times for her "creamy voice", Nadia Petrella's many performance credits include Violetta (La Traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Mimi (La Boheme), Lucy (The Telephone), First Lady (The Magic Flute), and Venus (The Judgement of Paris). She has sung with many reputable companies such as Nickel City Opera, Opera on the Avalon, and Opera Lyra Ottawa. This past year, Nadia was a district winner and regional finalist of the New England Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and placed third in the Canadian National Music Festival. Nadia received her Master of Music in Voice Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Nadia has taught voice and piano privately since 2007. She focuses on healthy technique in all musical styles and nurturing the joy to be found in music.
Richard Philbin, Woodwonds
Richard Philbin is a woodwind player, composer, and instructor based in New York. Raised in Hayward, California, Richard began studying music at a young age and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music. Richard has taught private lessons independently and as a part of the Thornton Outreach Program. In addition, he has instructed master classes at Moreau Catholic High School. Richard’s performing experience is wide ranging and includes participation in large and small jazz ensembles, classical ensembles, pop and funk bands, musical pit orchestras, and studio recordings. Richard has studied with Dr. Ed Green, Bob Sheppard, Dann Zinn, John Daversa, Jason Goldman, and Gilbert Castilanos.
Caitlyn Phillips, Flute
Originally from southern California, Caitlyn Phillips is pursuing her Master of Music in Orchestral Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Robert Langevin. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Flute from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Michael Parloff. She has performed concertos with the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles and as an alumna with the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. She has taught privately in the New York City area for four years and is excited to return for her second year as a teacher for MSM Sunday.
Matt Poon, Piano
Chinese-Canadian pianist, composer, and educator, Matt Poon holds a Master of Music in Composition from Manhattan School of Music and is currently completing a Master of Music in Piano Performance. He is an advocate of collaborative projects between performers and emerging composers and often performs his own music for solo piano, chamber groups, and piano with electronics. His music has been premiered by the American String Quartet, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Poon’s teaching philosophy encourages his students to study a balanced variety of repertoire and to be well-rounded and knowledgeable musicians through composing, improvising, music appreciation, and aural skills training. For more information, visit his website.
Michael Refvem, Piano
Michael Refvem is a candidate for a Master of Music degree in Classical Piano at Manhattan School of Music. Originally from Washington state, he earned his Bachelor of Music at Western Washington University, studying with Jeffrey Gilliam. He has performed in master classes for artists including Gilbert Kalish, Margo Garrett and Jeremy Denk and in venues around the United States. Most recently, he participated in the Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival, giving concerts in venues, including Martinu Hall, the Convent of St. Agnes, and Salmovsky Palace. In Prague, Michael worked and met with many luminaries of the piano world, such as Paul-Badura Skoda, Andrei Gavrilov and Alfred Brendel. He aspires to a performance career and a lifetime of dedicated teaching. This is his second year with MSM Sunday.
Dafne Sahin, Jazz Voice
Born and raised in Berlin, the New York-based singer and composer Defne Sahin is rapidly developing an international reputation as a versatile and creative performer, who draws influences from time spent immersed in countries including Turkey, Spain, Brazil and the US. She is equally at home singing jazz, Bossa Nova, pop and Mediterranean traditional music. Dafne has performed internationally, including concerts at Carnegie Hall New York and JazzFest Berlin. Before coming to New York, Defne studied Vocal Jazz Education at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, and the Escola Superior de Música, Barcelona. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Vocal Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music, where she is studying with Theo Bleckmann and Gretchen Parlato. As a teacher, Defne focuses on finding an individual sound and style with her students, ages 3-60.
Andrew Shillito, Jazz Guitar
Andrew Shillito began studying guitar at the age of 9 and has focused primarily on performing and studying jazz music since the age of 16. In addition to jazz, he has experience performing a variety of musical genres, including gospel, R&B, hip-hop, contemporary Christian music, and southern soul. Andrew recently worked as a faculty member for the Roanoke Jazz Institute, a summer music camp for students ages 14-22. While staying in Roanoke, the faculty band, led by Chad Eby, recorded an album named “New Business” which can be found at http://chadeby.bandcamp.com. Andrew is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Manhattan School of Music, where he works as a teacher assistant and faculty member for MSM Sunday.
Enriqueta Somaribba, Piano
Enriqueta Somarriba is a young Spanish pianist, currently pursuing her Professional Studies Certificate with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky at Manhattan School of Music. In addition to solo performance, she enjoys playing in chamber groups and with vocalists, frequently collaborating with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Andrés Segovia, under conductor Víctor Ambroa, in the presence of her Majesty the Queen of Spain. Additionally, she has recorded for the Spanish National Radio and WFMT Chicago and offered numerous recitals in her native country, as well as across Europe and the United States. Since a young age, Enriqueta Somarriba has found teaching an incredible way to channel her passion for music and as a source of apprenticeship for her own playing and performance.
Chad Sonka, Baritone
Baritone Chad Sonka is a second-year master’s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. Previous performing credits include: Thaïs, Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Ensemble) and Elijah (Elijah) with Manhattan School of Music; Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Melchior) with Nevada Opera; Cosí fan tutte (Don Alfonso), Street Scene (Henry Davis), and The Telephone (Ben) at Luther College. Mr. Sonka was selected as a participant for Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, as well as Sherrill Milnes’ VOICE Studio at the Savannah Voice Festival. He also won Luther College’s Concerto Competition, where he performed with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Chad is an active voice teacher in the New York City area, teaching private lessons at Brooklyn Musical Arts, as well as various programs for Manhattan School of Music. Chad is looking forward to performing Dancairo in Carmen with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
Ruben Steijn, Drumset
Ruben Steijn, a native of Nienburg, Germany, has studied the drums since he was four years old. From 2006-2007, he studied at the Los Angeles Music Academy and in 2011, Mr. Steijn earned his Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. With a full scholarship of the DAAD he is currently studying with John Riley towards a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Steijn has a long history of teaching students from all levels in his private studio as well as in music schools in the Netherlands.
Harriet Stubbs, Piano
At age 5, Harriet was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, London, as the youngest student ever admitted to the Junior department. Hatty went on to perform across the UK to critical acclaim, including solo recitals at stately homes such as Castle Howard, which led to her selection as one of the top three pianists in Britain by Julian Lloyd Webber on ITV’s Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies when she was 13. Before coming to New York, she studied with Douglas Finch at Trinity College of Music. Hatty recently graduated with her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and won first prize in the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Competition. This year, she is looking forward to a busy concert schedule between New York and London.
Sven Stucke, Violin
Sven Stucke was born in Magdeburg, Saxonia Anhalt Germany. He has studied at institutions in Germany and Italy, including the Cologne College of Music and Dance. He is currently a postgraduate student at Manhattan School of Music, where he studies with Mr. Zukerman and Mrs. Kopec, as well as Prof. M. Schub and Mrs. S. Rosenberg. He has won several international competitions and has appeared with chamber groups around the world. He plays a master violin from the Italian violin maker Joseph Guarnerius Filius Andrae (Cremona, 1715). This instrument has been loaned him by the Maggini Foundation of Switzerland.
Peter Tinaglia, Tenor
Lyric tenor Peter W. Tinaglia is a recent graduate of the master's program in voice at Manhattan School of Music. He portrayed Fatty in MSM's Spring 2013 opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and was featured in MSM's Spring 2013 musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim. Last fall, Peter participated in MSM's Opera Scenes program and in Mr. Ken Merrill's seminar on the music of Kurt Weill from 1927-1933. Last year at MSM he portrayed J. P. Morgan in the American Musical Theatre Ensemble's production of Ragtime. Favorite opera scene work includes Alfredo (La traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). Favorite regional opera and operetta credits include The Rape of Lucretia, Così fan tutte, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Kismet, and The Great Waltz. Peter is a proud graduate of Northwestern University (B.A.) and Boston University (M.S.). In addition to performing, Peter maintains a private voice studio in New York City. He also works as a project manager for a non-profit and teaches graduate courses in project management online at Boston University.
Eric Umble, Clarinet
Eric Umble is a vibrant soloist and chamber musician. He has given recitals across the Americas and Europe, and he is the founder of a benefit concert series in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that raises thousands of dollars for local charities. He has received many awards, including first place in the T. Gordon Parks Memorial Collegiate Competition, University of Kansas Concerto Competition, Naftzger Young Artists Competition and second place in the Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition and Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition. Eric is a teaching artist with MSM Sunday and is the managing director of the American Modern Ensemble. He studies with David Krakauer at Manhattan School of Music.
Jieqing Wang, Piano
Having received her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from Central China Normal University, Jieqing is pursuing a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She has placed in several competitions in China and Germany, including the Beethoven Music Festival in Germany and Kawai Piano competition. She has also taught in China and the United States. In addition to MSM, she teaches at Brooklyn Music Arts.
Jason White, Piano
JasonWhite is master's degree candidate for Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music. As founder of the improvisation group Digital Prowess, artistic director for the K-W Arts Awards Show, a project manager for the Open Ears Festival, and a board member for NUMUS and the Grand River Jazz Society, Jason White is active at the forefront of musical and interdisciplinary art-making in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. He has also published more than 40 compositions for film, concerts, and plays “In my studio, people are learning not just piano, but LIFE. Math, language, communication, work habits, problem-solving, listening, embracing challenge, and setting goals. Every student has different needs; my job is to work with a student to help them to his/her needs, and, hopefully, to have some fun while doing it! I encourage parents to sit in on all lessons. Transparency, fun, and experience. That's what I offer.”
Min Yang, Violin
Min recently received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied violin under Curtis Macomber and Albert Markov. Before coming to MSM, she studied at East China Normal University, where she performed Barber’s Violin Concerto and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra, founded by Yehuda Menuhin. She has been teaching for six years and maintains a private studio in New York, as well as teaching through MSM’s pre-college program and community music school.