The faculty of the Preparatory Division consists of gifted and experienced professional performers who are passionate about teaching young people.
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Helena BaillieWith her ‘brilliance and poignance’ (The Strad), London-born Helena Baillie is emerging as an artist of exceptional communicative depth and a rare ease on both violin and viola. A prizewinner in international competitions including the Munich ARD, Banff and Tertis, Helena has performed throughout Europe and the United States, where her performances are regularly broadcast on Performance Today for American Public Radio. Helena has collaborated in chamber music with such eminent musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Steve Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Tokyo Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Her love of chamber music has taken her to the La Jolla Summerfest, Tucson Winter Chamber Festival, and the Kronberg Festival in Frankfurt, among others. From 2010-12, Helena was honored by an Artist Fellowship at Bard College in Annandale-on Hudson, New York. During her residency, she produced and performed Bach Among Us, a collaborative project with dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In an unconventional staging that removed the traditional divisions between artist and audience, Helena invited audience members to share the stage with performers, creating a warm and immersive concert experience. Helena is committed to outreach and education, and has traveled across the globe to engage new audiences under the auspices of Midori’s Music Sharing Foundation. She performs regularly at prisons and appears for New York-based Music Kitchen, a program that brings top musicians together to share the inspirational, therapeutic and uplifting power of music with disenfranchised New Yorkers. Helena graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt and viola with Roberto Diaz. Isaac Stern, Felix Galimir, and Leon Fleisher guided Helena in chamber music, and she spent a year in Berlin studying with the eminent violist Wilfried Strehle. Helena's violin was made by Collin Gallahue in 2012, and her viola is a 2009 Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
David DeggeDavid Degge is an active performer of contemporary solo and chamber music for percussion. He comes from a widely varied musical background, growing up in a choral singing tradition, but he quickly developed an affinity for percussion instruments when he was ten. Noted for his virtuosity on the hammered dulcimer, he has given numerous performances as a soloist and has used free improvisations on the dulcimer as a basis for much of his own music composition.
David’s attendance at the first annual So Percussion Summer Institute in 2009 confirmed a growing interest in contemporary percussion music, and it was there that he met the other founding members of Mobius Percussion, a new music group in which he currently plays. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, An Die Musik, Budapest Music Center, and the Liszt Academy of Music, among others. He has collaborated with various groups including S? Percussion, NEXUS, Mantra Percussion, SONAR New Music Ensemble, UMZE Chamber Ensemble, and the Amadinda Percussion Group. In 2013, David received a Fulbright grant to Hungary, where he studied with Zoltán Rácz as an exchange student at the Liszt Academy of Music. A highlight of his time in Budapest included participation in the first Liszt Academy student performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians under the direction of Mr. Rácz.
David holds a Bachelor of Music in education from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Percussion Teaching Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Allen Teel, Keith Lloyd, Robert van Sice, David Skidmore, Judah Adashi, and Zoltán Rácz.
Shawn JaegerDescribed as “mournful” (New York Times), “luminous” (Washington Post), and having “a sound world of its own” (Pioneer Press), the music of composer Shawn Jaeger (b. 1985, Louisville, Kentucky) often engages Appalachian folksong, field recording, and creative placemaking. He has worked with leading performers, including Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Dal Niente, Longleash, Contemporaneous, Alexi Kenney, Ryan Muncy, and Vicky Chow. His music has been featured at venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Jordan Hall, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and on such festivals as Tanglewood, MATA, FERUS, and Resonant Bodies. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the American Composers Forum/Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), Roulette/Jerome Foundation, the BMI Foundation/Concert Artists Guild (Carlos Surinach Commission), and Chamber Music America. His awards include the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, Northwestern University’s M. William Karlins and William T. Faricy Awards, the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and two BMI Student Composer Awards. His opera, Payne Hollow, received coverage in Modern Farmer and a mention in Gene Logsdon’s Letters to a Young Farmer.
Jaeger holds a DMA from Northwestern University, and a BM from the University of Michigan. He has taught composition at Tufts University, Princeton University (as a 2016-18 Princeton Arts Fellow), and Brown University. He lives in Brooklyn.
Jessica JonesTenor saxophonist and pianist Jessica has worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil
Taylor, Don Cherry, and Peter Apfelbaum as well as a variety of Haitian, Caribbean and African bands. These influences helped form her compositional direction which is grounded in the jazz tradition and, as is truly traditional in jazz, reaches for new directions and a unique sound. The primary outlet for her compositions for the past twenty years has been the Jessica Jones
Quartet, a pianoless quartet founded with fellow tenor player and husband Tony Jones. She has released four albums of her band, including guest artists from the community of innovative east and west coast musicians and poets. Jones received an NEA study grant, and has been profiled in JazzTimes magazine.
The Jessica Jones Quartet has played in the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City, the Bay Area Jazz Poetry Festival, and the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival in Oakland, California, where the group headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has been featured in venues on the East and West Coast including Yoshi’s and Dizzy’s Club and released several CDs to critical acclaim including “Nod,” featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and their most recent, “Moxie.”
In addition to her work with the band and as a sideman in NYC, Jessica is an innovative jazz educator and consultant, working with children on improvisation, composition, and oral traditions for Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Vision Festival, Brooklyn Friends School and others. She has worked with Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp, Jam Camp West, the City of Oakland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center developing music programs for youth, including JALC’s JazzGirls Day program.
Media coverage includes reviews in Wire, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Jazz Now, All About Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, Signal to Noise, Nashville City Paper, Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, Cadence and several jazz websites and blogs.
Preparatory Division Director / Double Bass
Ryan KammRyan Kamm has taught double bass and musicianship in the Preparatory Division since 2008. In 2011, with Susanne Son, he founded the Bard Music Camp, a two-week summer program serving 80 students annually, which is now in its 10th year. He has been codirector of the Preparatory Division since 2012. As a double bassist, Kamm held a tenured position with the Nashville Symphony, was a New World Symphony fellow, and had a one-year appointment in the Cleveland Orchestra. Other performance experience includes substitute work with the New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Albany Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. Festival appearances include Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. A dedicated teacher, Kamm’s teaching experience includes Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and, in the New York area, the Diller Quaile School of Music, St. David’s School, and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Kamm holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in double bass performance from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Boston University, and as a postgraduate studied with Harold Robinson. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker, Lawrence Hurst, and Craig Brown.
Sachiko KatoSachiko Kato is a Japanese-born, Los Angeles-raised, and Juilliard-trained pianist. Ms. Kato has performed extensively as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician throughout North and South America and Japan since her debut recital at Carnegie Weill Hall in 1994. Her pianism has been feature-broadcasted by WNYC, “New Sounds” program, WQXR, KMZT, and SKCR FM, and as received critical acclaim: : “the velvet smoothness and silken beauty… an extremely imaginative player… she plays with such a sense of effortlessness and ease” (Fanfare Jan.-Feb. 2013); “a lovely, delicate touch… interpretive clarity… impressively crisp fingerwork and consistent energy.” (New York Concert Review).
Featured in the Juilliard centenary publication, “Dance Drama Music: 100 Years of the Juilliard School,” as one of the 100 outstanding alumni, Ms. Kato is known for her beautiful sonorous sound and a wide-ranging repertoire. In addition, she has been active in the new music scene as the founder and artistic director of Weaving Japanese Sounds contemporary music concert project founded in 2004 to promote cultural exchanges through music.
Ms. Kato has recorded the Goldberg Variations on the Centaur Records label in 2012. Jerry Dubins of Fanfare claims: “Sachiko Kato’s performance is truly special” and “… everyone who embraces Bach’s Goldberg Variations on piano, this deserves to be heard and is urgently recommended.”
She has recently been chosen to be a part of New York’s premier classical music radio station WQXR’s Chopin Marathon event and her live performance was broadcasted live globally through streamlining. Ms. Kato currently resides in Washington Heights, NYC, and her 2019 plans include finishing and publishing a book about her unique piano method and recording a Debussy/Ravel CD to be released sometime in the summer.
Fore more information, please visit www.sachikokato.com.
Sean KatsuyamaSean Katsuyama is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, studying with Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. He has toured Asia and Europe as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Japan with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and North America with Star Wars in Concert. Currently residing in New York City, he has performed solo and chamber music in many of its important halls, and had the honor to play for workers at the World Trade Center site following the events of September 11th. Aside from performing, Mr. Katsuyama teaches music appreciation courses, and teaches cello privately. His hobbies include golf, photography, and the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess.
Piano, Early Childhood
Amy Kawa PosnerPianist Amy Kawa Posner teaches both Early Childhood Music classes and private piano lessons at the Preparatory Division of Bard College Conservatory.
Ms. Posner made her Lincoln Center debut in 1998 after winning the Juilliard Concerto Competition at age 19. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Juilliard where she was a recipient of the Robert Fabian Scholarship in Piano. Her major teachers were Martin Canin and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and she studied chamber music with Bruce Brubaker, Jonathan Feldman, Albert Fuller, and Felix Galimir.
In addition to teaching at Bard, Ms. Posner is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Vassar College. She is also on the faculty of The Music Studio of Albany where she teaches private piano lessons to pre-college students. Her early childhood music classes incorporate elements of the Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff methods of pedagogy.
Ms. Posner is also interested in the intersection of music, law, and arts policy, and holds a Master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.
She resides in Red Hook with her husband and two stepchildren.
Janara KhassenovaOriginally from Kazakhstan, pianist Janara Khassenova is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory where she completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies. While in United States, she completed an Artist Diploma Program in Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music. She has performed as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras in countries of the former Soviet Union, Italy, Greece as well as United States.
Janara collaborates frequently with various musicians in a variety of projects and regularly performs in a piano fourhand duo with pianist Ellina Blinder.
In addition to the Bard Preparatory Division, Janara currently teaches piano at her studio in Newton, MA and in New York City where she resides.
Jaram KimA laureate of the 2000 Yehudi Menuhin International Young Violinists Competition, Jaram Kim made her debut at the age of six in GwangJu Namdo Art Concerto Hall. The following year Jaram won the Gold Medal in the GwangJu HoNam Art Competition and at the age of ten, she performed Wieniawski Second Violin Concerto with the Seoul Chamber Orchestra. After receiving the Keum Ho scholarship, Jaram came to the United States to study at the Juilliard PreCollege in the studio of Hyo Kang. While attending Juilliard, she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition and performed with the Juilliard PreCollege Chamber Orchestra. She then went on to study in the Precollege program in the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Grigory Kalinovsky, and made her New York concerto debut performing with the Jupiter Symphony under the baton of Maestro Jens Nygaard.
Jaram has been an active participant in numerous festivals and master classes in the US, Canada, and Europe, including the Kronberg Academy in Germany, Aurora Master classes in Sweden, and Amiata Festival in Italy and in 2011, she won the position of Concertmaster of the orchestra La Verdi in Milan.
An active educator as well as performer, Jaram has taught extensively throughout the US and Italy. Her faculty teaching positions include Music in the Mountains, Manhattan in the Mountains, and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. In addition to the Bard Preparatory Division, Jaram currently holds a teaching position at Gracias Music at Mahanaim in Huntington, NY.
Emmanuel KohEmmanuel Koh is a recent graduate from The Orchestra Now (T?N) degree program at Bard College, where he received a Masters of Music in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies.
He holds a B.M. in Viola Performance with highest honors from the University of Michigan and an M.M. in Performance from the University of Akron, where he also studied conducting under Maestro Guy Bordo and conducted the Akron University Symphony. As a soloist, Emmanuel received "most outstanding violist" award in Singapore's 3rd Performers' Festival, and has appeared as a soloist in many parts of South East Asia, including Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In his studies, he was also appointed principal violist for Michigan's University Philharmonia Orchestra, Akron University Symphony Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now. He was a fellow in The Orchestra Now and regularly performed with the orchestra in the greater New York Area, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum and The Richard B. Fisher Center of Performing Arts. In addition to teaching at Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Emmanuel has also served as violin and viola faculty at Do Re Mi Music and Arts in New Jersey.
Trombone, Baritone Horn
Hsiao-Fang LinHsiao-Fang Lin, trombone, was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She completed her double degrees at Bard College: a bachelor of music degree in trombone performance, studied with John Rojak, Demian Austin, Weston Sprott, and Denson Paul Pollard, and a bachelor of arts degree in computer science.
In addition to working as an audio video engineer for Bard SummerScape for the past few years. Hsiao-Fang performed with America Symphony Orchestra for Le Roi Malgré Lui (The King in Spite of Himself) in The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in 2012. She has also participated in numerous music festivals including the Summer Trombone Workshop and the Asian Trombone Seminar, studied with Dietmar Küblböck, Haim Avitsur, David Taylor, James Olin, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto.
Hsiao-Fang is currently working as the Director of Music Programming at the US-China Music Institute and the orchestra manager at Bard Conservatory of Music.
Meredith LustigMeredith Lustig is thrilled to be joining the Bard Prep Faculty! A native of New Hampshire, Mrs. Lustig has been teaching and performing across the United States and Internationally for nearly a decade. Appearances during the 2015-16 season included Musetta in La Boheme (Syracuse Opera), Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera), Fiona in Brigadoon (Gulfshore Opera), Megan in Robert Paterson’s The Whole Truth (American Modern Ensemble), a Broadway Extravaganza with Opera Hong Kong, and her debut with the North Eastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Past seasons included: Papagena/The Magic Flute, Zina/Dark Sisters, Musetta/La Boheme, Carolina/Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Clorinda/Cenerentola (Pittsburgh Opera); Daisy/The Great Gatsby (Aspen Opera Theater); Bella/An American Tragedy (The Glimmerglass Festival), Gianetta/L’Elisir D’Amore, Cephisia/Orpheus (New York City Opera), Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Tiresias/Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Juilliard Opera).
Mrs. Lustig is proud to have held residency at the Ravinia Steans Institute, The Glimmerglass Festival, the Caramoor Rising Star Program, Town Hall Theatre’s Broadway Rising Stars Program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Bel Canto Institute in Florence Italy, and as a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist. An avid recitalist, she has sung with the New York Festival of Song at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. Favorite symphonic appearances include Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra), Verdi’s Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana (Erie Philharmonic), and Vaughn William’s Serenade to Music (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Mrs. Lustig is a passionate advocate of new music, workshopping material with the New York University Graduate Musical Theater program, the NYFOS Next Festival, and many other independent projects. Mrs.
Lustig earned both her undergraduate and masters degrees from the Juilliard school, and was awarded the institutions first Novick Career Grant. She is a 2015 American Traditions Competition Semi-Finalist; 2012 Metropolitan National Council Auditions Pittsburgh District Winner, and third place Regional Finalist.
David PosnerDavid Posner joined the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in the fall of 2000, the youngest principal horn in the orchestra’s history. During his tenure he appeared as a solo artist with the orchestra, performing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No.1 in 2004 and, more recently, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Gerard Schwartz conducting. In 2015, he also performed Schumann’s Konzertstuck with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Posner has also performed as principal horn with Les Violons du Roy, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He has also performed in the horn sections of the Fort Worth Symphony, the Miami Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Boca Raton Symphonia, the New Hampshire Chamber Music Festival as well as the International Festivals at Domaine Forget, Lanaudiere, and the Chamber Music Festival of Montreal. He can be heard on recordings produced by Atma, Analecta, and the CBC.
Mr. Posner holds a Bachelor of Music, with Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he studied under renowned pedagogue W.Peter Kurau.
Chloë SchaafMezzo-soprano Chloë Schaaf is a New York City native. She has been performing and teaching on the east coast and in Europe for over a decade. In recent seasons, Chloë has appeared with The Orchestra Now in Verdi’s Requiem, the Helena Symphony in Händel’s Messiah, the Grammy award-winning Albany Symphony in selections from several Mozart operas, the Orchestra of the League of composers in John Harbison’s Mottetti di Montale, the Greenwich Choral Society in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Regina Coeli, and with the Northern Berkshire Chorale in Duruflé’s Requiem.
Operatic roles include The Queen (Full Moon in March, John Harbison) at the Fisher Center, Ruggiero (Alcina, Händel) with OperaRox Productions, Demoiselle d’Honneur (l’Étoile,Chabrier) with Dutch National Opera, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart) with both New Jersey State Repertory Opera and the Residentie Orkest in Den Haag, NL), and Don Ramiro (La Finta Gardiniera, Mozart) at the Juilliard School.
Chloë is a 2019 Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, appearing in numerous chamber music performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall. She has spent previous summers as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the Professional Fellowship at Songfest in Los Angeles, and as a New Young Artist with the Victoria Bach Festival. In concert, she has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Miller Theater, Harris Hall, The Leeds Lieder Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and The New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Chloë is a Samling Scholar and holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Guildhall School of Music, and the graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Victoria SchwartzmanBorn in St. Petersburg, Russia, Victoria Schwartzman (formerly Mazin) performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Victoria has appeared at the Music Mountain Festival with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall, at Summit Music Festival with Dmitri Berlinsky, at Bargemusic, in the Gessner-Schocken concert series in Cambridge, WMP Concert Hall, and the Nicolas Roerich Museum concert series in New York City. As a member of the Yanvar Trio, she was a prizewinner in the Val-Tidone Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Zinotti International Chamber Music competition, both in Italy.
After graduating from Jerusalem Conservatory, Victoria continued her education at the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. While pursuing various degrees in solo and chamber music performance, she was selected to perform in masterclasses given by Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, and Richard Goode, among others. Her principal teachers include Irina Kivaiko, Issak Kossov, Victor Rosenbaum, Sally Pinkas, Eda Shlyam, and Eteri Andjaparidze.
As soloist with orchestra, Victoria has performed with the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. She has performed at the Quartet Program in Pennsylvania, and participated in the Tel-Hai International Piano Festival in Israel and the Lyrica Chamber Music Festival in New Jersey. Also active in the field of opera and art song, Victoria was vocal coach and accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Bard Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, and the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria.
Victoria is as committed to performance as she is to education. She recently gave a master class in Russian vocal repertoire at Queens College, NY. She is on the coaching faculty in the Vocal Department at Montclair State University and Long Island University Post. Victoria is also the co-founder of the Newburgh Music Festival, a week long immersive classical music program devoted to both solo performance and chamber music, located on the shore of the Hudson river, in Newburgh, NY.
Preparatory Division Director / Piano
Susanne SonCanadian born pianist, Susanne Son made her debut with the Toronto Symphony at the age of 12. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras. In North America, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center, Kravis Center, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and Roy Thomson Hall. She has also performed throughout Canada and Japan.
Festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Banff Centre School of Fine Arts.
A two-time recipient of a Canada Council Grant, she is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Ms. Son is a top-prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and has received the Chalmers Award from the Ontario Arts Council.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Son has performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and in the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest series.
Her principal teachers include Seymour Lipkin, Stephanie Brown, Paul Shaw, James Anagnoson, and Jerome Lowenthal. In masterclasses, she has worked with Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Emanuel Ax, Jane Coop, Eugene List, and Misha Dichter.
Ms. Son currently resides in New York City.
Lucia Hyunju SongSoprano Lucia H. Song is widely praised for her vocal talents and refined musicianship, and was described by Opera News as ‘an exceptionally lovely voice, exquisitely touching’.
She was the winner of the German Lieder Society Competition and First Prizewinner from the William Garrison Competition, and also received the Best Liszt Interpretation Award from the American Liszt Society. She was one of the recipients of the 2003-2005 New Triad for Collaborative Arts fellowship awards, for which she was awarded concert performances in and around New York City.
In 2009, she made her New Jersey State Opera debut in the title role as Serpina inLa Serva Padrona by Pergolesi. She made her Korean opera debut in the title role in Hänsel und Gretel at the National Theater of Korea. Recent operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amor, Pamina and Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Gilda in Rigoletto, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and The Widow in The Boor by Dominick Argento.
Ms. Song received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. She also holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music.
As a concert artist, Ms. Song sings with numerous orchestras, and has appeared as a soloist in Schubert’s C Major Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. She has been invited to perform at the Washington Square Music Festival, the Midday Concerts at the United Nations, the Penn Alps “Schrock Memorial Concert” sponsored by the Alta Schrock Memorial Fund, and in faculty recitals at Rice and Indiana Universities.
Martha SullivanComposer Martha Sullivan creates music in various genres but is best known for her works for the human voice. She has earned accolades for her choral music and has won competitions sponsored by such organizations as the Dale Warland Singers and the Sorel Organization. Her music has been commissioned and performed by groups as far away as Glasgow, Tokyo, and Zurich, as well as by numerous choral groups in the United States.
She is also a professional singer, specializing in new music; she has recorded and premiered works by such avant-grade composers as Toby Twining and John Zorn. She currently sings with, conducts in, and composes music for C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective in New York City. She has also sung in every opera staged at Bard Summerscape since 2009.
Her education includes a B.A. in Music from Yale and studies at Boston University's Opera Institute; she is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Music Composition at Rutgers. Her dissertation focuses on the semiotic implications of one particular musical gesture—the Siren topos—in music ranging from early 19th-century Lorelei songs to 20th-century operas to 1960s television theme songs. She has presented parts of this work at various international conferences on music theory.
She has taught for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (as voice faculty and as coordinator of the Music Theory program for high-school singers); New York University/CAP21 (teaching music theory to music-theater students at NYU's Tisch School); the Gregg Smith Singers (teaching voice and composition to students in Gregg's summer workshops); Rutgers (Aural Skills, Intro to Music Technology, and Intro to Music); and Westminster Choir College (Musicianship I and Musicianship III, both of which combine music theory with hands-on aural skills work).
David TempleClassical guitarist and composer David Temple has performed throughout the country as a soloist and an ensemble player, carrying out the mission of presenting concerts full of color and variety. He has released four albums, including original compositions, original transcriptions, and repertoire of five centuries. Original work has been used in film, television, and in musical theater. He is a graduate of the music school at Eastern Michigan University, and has taught guitar, composition, and theory for the Friends Central School in Ardmore, PA, the Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia, and his private studio in Red Hook, NY.
Jingwen TuHailed by The Mercury News (San Jose, CA) as "a pianist with insight and passion, practically vanishing into the notes…" Jingwen Tu has forged a chamber and solo career throughout North America and Europe. Recent performances have taken her to such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, The DiMenna Center, The Morgan Library and Museum, the Banff Center, and Matav Music Hall in Budapest, among many others. Ms. Tu has been featured at the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Perlman Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Center Chamber Music Residency, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. She has also collaborated with renowned musicians Peter Serkin, Donald Weilerstein, Colin Carr, and Katherine Murdock.
Ms. Tu has garnered awards and recognition at several international piano competitions. She was a Laureate of the Ackerman Chamber Music Prize and a recipient of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Award, as well as a prize winner at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition.
In addition to being lauded for her performing career, Ms. Tu is recognized for her passionate commitment to education. She has enjoyed visiting artist and lecturer positions at major institutions including Vanderbilt University, the University of Michigan, Ohio University, Hunter College, the Casita Maria Center of Arts and Education, and the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Ms. Tu currently serves as faculty at Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division, and adjunct professor of piano at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution.
Ms. Tu holds a B.M. from Oberlin College, an M.M. from The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship and the Irene Diamond Fellowship, and a D.M.A. from SUNY-Stony Brook University. She counts among her principal teachers Sedmara Rutstein, Thomas Sauer, Julian Martin, Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.
Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute
Ian TysonDr. Ian Tyson is a New York City–based clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist. He has performed with orchestras and chamber groups and given solo recitals in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Merkin Hall. He is a member of Trio 212, was previously a clarinetist with the United States Air Force bands, and was most recently an Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Fellow. A champion of new music, Dr. Tyson recently commissioned the piece Crystal Cathedral from composer Leanna Primiani.
A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Tyson teaches clarinet at Special Music School, and clarinet and saxophone at New York Conservatory of Music and Arts, and also maintains a substantial private studio. He has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a teaching artist with Daraja Music Initiative, Dr. Tyson works in Tanzania teaching students to play the clarinet and helping to conserve the African Blackwood tree.
Dr. Tyson received a DMA from Stony Brook University, MM from Michigan State University, and BM from Miami University (Ohio). His principal teachers include Alan Kay, Anthony McGill, Frank Ell, and Michele Gingras.
Wan-Shyuan WuPianist Wan-Shyuan Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. She began her piano studies at the age of five. She had previously studied and participated in masterclasses with Pei-Shan Lee, Paul Katz, Joel Ayau, Victor Rosenbaum, Karl Paulnack, and Kayo Iwama.
A graduate of the Advanced Performance Studies Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music, Wan-Shyuan had further studies with Frank Corliss and worked with many professional singers, instrumentalists, and pianists.
She also performed piano and celesta with The Orchestra Now (TON) in the greater New York Area, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Richard B. Fisher Center of Performing Arts.
Wan-Shyuan joined the faculty of the Bard Conservatory Preparatory Division in 2019.