Rachel Thompson is a clarinetist originally from Rochester, NY. She has experience playing both Eb and bass clarinet as auxiliary instruments. She has performed in venues from Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater to the Crystal Cathedral in California to Carnegie Hall. She attended Wheaton College for her undergraduate studies, where she studied under Trevor O'Riordan of the Elgin Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic.
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Alexandria Hill is a violinist originally from Columbus, Ohio and currently lives in Chicago while earning her masters in music performance. She teaches and freelances frequently throughout Chicago for ensembles such as the Matt Jones Orchestra and 5th Wave Collective. Alexandria has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center and on NPR's Tiny Desk series.
A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students.
Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, the last one three years ago.
A pianist since the age of three, Yuri Tanaka has been recognized for her talent in both the United States and Asia. While studying in her native country of Japan, she won several competitions, including the Meiko Miyazawa Piano Competition (First Prize), Sakai Piano Competition (Third Prize), and the Chopin International Competition-Asia. She has also performed as a soloist with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (broadcast by NHK). After studying with Professor Edward Auer in Tokyo, Tanaka studied and earned her Performance Diploma at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Seungjin Han graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea. He won several competitions in Korea including Korea Chopin Piano Competition. He also performed at Young Artists Debut Concert sponsored by the City of Seoul and Young Musicians Festival which is an annual concert by winners at major competitions in Korea.
In 2016, Seungjin attended Edward Auer Piano Workshop at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and won in the senior solo competition. A year later, in 2017, he had a return recital at IU as a prize of the competition.
Pianist Mizi Li began her musical studies at the age of five years old in her native Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. From 2010 she studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, under the guidance of Xian Zou. After finishing her bachelors degree in piano performance, she moved to Chicago to enroll as a Masters student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with the acclaimed pianist Dr. Winston Choi.
German pianist and WVMTA Teacher of the Year 2017 Henning Vauth serves as Associate Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Co-Director of the Center for Wellness in the Arts, and Program Director of the School of Music (Interim, 2018/19) at Marshall University in West Virginia. He is President-Elect of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (U.S. National Music Honor Society).
If we were to find one adjective to describe Elif Allenfort—the musician, the teacher, the person—, "passionate" might be the most fitting. Her exceptional musical talent is readily apparent in her performance, but her passion doesn't end when the performance does; it extends to teaching and spreading the joy of music as self-expression. Her exuberance, intelligence, wit, and compassionate nature are always evident; not just in her performances and in her teaching, but also in how she sees the world and interacts with the diverse circle of music lovers she surrounds herself with.
David McDevitt is an American classical pianist from California. David's musical journey is different from many of his peers in that he started to play piano only in his 20s with no previous musical experience or training. His interest in piano began when he heard a CD of piano works of Mexican composers that reminded him of the music his Father and Grandfather played in their conjuntos when he was a child. David then went on to study piano first at his local community college then at James Madison University where he completed his bachelors and masters degree under the guidance of Dr.