SoundWaves 2021

Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Program

July 17-24, 2021

A weeklong immersive summer music camp for strings, piano, and voice students age 9-18. Grow your musicianship and forge musical bonds with your peers in a supportive and dynamic environment! Enjoy a daily camp concert or special presentation. Daily schedule includes a peer-paired masterclass lesson with world-class faculty, electives, ensembles, classes, and practice/rehearsal time in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Camp hours: 8:30 am-5:30 pm daily (Sun Jul 18-Fri July 23)

Saturday schedules excepted see schedule below for more information

SoundWaves is an auditioned camp.  Please see audition video requirements for more information on how to prepare your audition video.

Register by January 31, 2021 to receive $25 off!



  • Jan 4 - Jan 31 Early Bird registration ($725)
  • Feb 1 - May 16 Priority registration ($750) 
    • Ambassador Fund applications are DUE by May 16
  • May 17-June 1 Regular registration ($850)

Enrollment fee: $25 for new students (existing OCM students do not pay enrollment fee)

After June 1, registration requests must be emailed to and are subject to space availability and administrative approval. There is an additional $100 fee for registrations approved after June 1.

  • Tuition ($725/$750/$850)
  • Enrollment fee: $25 for non-OCM students
  • Lodging (optional) $600
  • Full Meal Plan: $175 for lunches & dinners. The first meal served will be dinner at the Conservatory on Saturday, July 17, 2020 and conclude at dinner on Saturday, July 24, 2020.
  • Lunch Only: $75 (Sun July 18 - Sat July 24)
  • Dinner Only: $100 (Sat July 17 - Sat July 24)
  • Additional masterclass lessons (30 minutes, 6 days): $210 (subject to faculty availability)
  • NEW: SoundWaves is now open to winds, brass, percussion, and guitar! Tuition is $375 and includes the following daily activities:
    • 1 hour peer paired master class
    • 1 hour of elective
    • 1 hour chamber ensemble
    • 1 hour of daily large group "special" (professionalism class, faculty presentation, faculty concert, etc.)

Sat Jul 17

  •     1:00PM Check-In begins
  •     2:00PM Welcome and orientation for all students
  •     3:00PM Ensemble rehearsals and auditions
  •     5:30PM Dismissal/dinner
  •     7:00PM Welcome Concert

Sun Jul 18 - Fri Jul 23

  • 8:30AM - 5:30PM Daily class schedule (student specific schedules provided at check-in)
  • 8:30AM-12:30PM Classes/rehearsals/lessons
  • 12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch break
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM Daily special (concert, presentation, activity)
  • 2:30PM-5:30PM Classes/rehearsals/lessons
  • 5:30PM Dismissal/dinner

Fri Jul 23

  • 7:00PM Spotlights

Sat Jul 24

  • 11:00AM Composer’s Symposium
  • 1:30PM String Chamber Music 
  • 4:30PM Chords & Keys 
  • 7:00PM Institute Orchestras
  • Accepted formats: YouTube or Google Drive link with permissions set to “anyone with the link can view”.  Email attachments are not accepted.  If you need help uploading your video to YouTube or Google Drive check out our tutorial HERE.
  • IMPORTANT: Title your video as follows: Student Name - Title of Piece, Composer of Piece (if this information is not included in your video title or description your registration will not be processed until this is corrected)
    • Mary Smith - Concerto No. 3 for Violin Mvt. 1, W.A. Mozart
    • Johnny Lin - Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma, Gordon MacRae
  • Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.  If they are over 5 minutes adjudicators will only listen to 5 minutes of the video.  Consider choosing an excerpt of your piece or editing your performance video to trim to length.
  • Audition video performances should be no more than 6 months old.  The more current, the more accurate your student’s placement will be!
  • Make sure the student’s face, torso, and instrument are visible in the video shot.
  • Helpful hints: Dress to impress! If recording on a phone or tablet, turn your mobile device to landscape/widescreen (sideways) to record.  Make sure your rotation lock is turned OFF.
Voice-specific audition requirements
  • Please submit two contrasting solo selections, one of which should be a musical theatre selection for your screening audition.  Make sure the student’s entire torso from the waist up is visible, and the student is standing.  Live performance videos with accompaniment are encouraged.
Strings audition requirements
  • Recommended repertoire for your screening video: most current Suzuki or other solo piece. Please do not submit slow movements or lyrical works, if the student is concerto level, we recommend submitting an excerpt from the 1st or 3rd movement of your most polished concerto.
  • Piano accompaniment is not required but is encouraged.
  • Students auditioning for advanced orchestra must submit an additional video of two-3 octave scales with arpeggios, one major and one minor.  Advanced orchestra audition videos are due by May 16.  Please email your scale video link to with the subject line SoundWaves Audition - Advanced Orchestra
  • Be prepared to play a live audition for orchestral seating placement on Sat Jul 17.  Adjudicators will request specific excerpts from your camp orchestral repertoire.
Piano audition requirements
  • Recommended repertoire for your screening video: most recent solo piece in a moderate to fast tempo.  Please do not submit slow movements or other lyrical works (i.e. Satie).  If the student is concerto level please submit the exposition or an excerpt including a cadenza from a 1st or 3rd movement.
  • Advanced piano students who wish to study with a specific teacher should submit an additional video which includes an etude and scales/arpeggios (two hands) in a major and a minor key. Advanced student audition videos are due by May 16.  Please email your video link to with the subject line SoundWaves Audition - Advanced Piano

Guest Faculty - Strings

The versatile Ernest Richardson is in high demand as conductor, composer, arranger, organizational leader and inspirational speaker.
His versatility finds him within one season conducting Stravinsky's Firebird Suite or Broadway artists in the works of Leonard Bernstein, a live-to-movie production of Harry Potter, facilitating strategic decision-making      for leading arts organizations, or training young musicians for the passionate, persistent pursuit of perfection.  

He has been at the forefront of symphonic video/live music productions, conducting live-to-movie scores of the Harry Potter series with CineConcerts, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Pirates of the Caribbean, Singing in the Rain, Casablanca, Ratatouille, Star Trek (2009), the Charlie Chaplin silent film The Gold Rush and most recently Star Wars.

May 2020 marks his live-in-concert album debut with indie rock band Guster on OMAGAH! for their live performance with the Omaha Symphony in collaboration with the MAHA Music Festival in February 2019. The recording is available on or 

Richardson is presently the principal pops conductor and resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony at his appointment in 2015. Since 1993, he has laid the groundwork for and led in the development of the Omaha Symphony’s vaunted education and community engagement programs. In addition to his artistic leadership in the creation of the annual sold-out Christmas Celebration production and internationally performed "Only in Omaha" productions, he leads the successful Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks and Movie Music Series. The highly successful Family Series was created under his artistic leadership and he is one of the visionary forces behind the new and innovative Symphony Joslyn Series. As chief architect of the Omaha Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, Richardson has been at the forefront of crafting the vision for the programs and their impact on the community. The pivotal point in his leadership can be traced to the first education report written in the beginning of his tenure with the Omaha Symphony. This report paved the way for the structure, function and programming of the education department leading to innovations in all programming including the creation of Choral Collaborative, Celebrate Creativity, Music Alive!, the Family Series and Mission: Imagination.

Learn more about Ernest at:

A native of Longview, Washington, Clark Potter is Professor of Viola at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he is also on the conducting faculty.  Mr. Potter is principal viola of the Lincoln Symphony, director of NEBratsche (the UNL viola ensemble), and he is an active performer as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Potter has conducted the Lincoln Youth Symphony since 2007 and has conducted that ensemble in Rome, Prague, Budapest, Dresden, Leipzig, Vienna, Dublin and Belfast. He is also a member of two chamber ensembles: the Nebraska Chamber Players and the Trans-Nebraska Players, and he is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician at schools in Nebraska and around the region. He has conducted All-State Middle School Orchestras in Iowa, Oregon and Alabama, and he has appeared more than 20 times as a guest conductor of high school honors orchestras in Kansas, South Dakota, Nevada and Nebraska. In 2007, Mr. Potter was selected to receive the award for Private String Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and in 2008 he was honored as the String Educator of the Year in Nebraska by the same organization.

In 2019, Potter traveled three times to Europe. In March, he conducted the Lincoln Youth Symphony in Rome. In April, he was invited to conduct a youth orchestra in Budapest comprised of musicians from International Christian Schools from many of the major cities of Europe as well as Istanbul and Moscow. Then in October, Mr. Potter was invited to give a lecture regarding "The Shakespeare Project" and perform with his quintet, the Trans-Nebraska Players, at the Musical Intersections in Practice conference held at Churchill College, Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. That performance included works which Potter arranged of orchestral pieces inspired by Shakespeare's plays and readings from Shakespeare by scholar and actor, Mr. Tim Cribb, a fellow at Churchill College.

In 2017, Professor Potter gave the world premiere of the 1946 viola sonata by Oscar-winning film composer Ernest Gold in Lincoln with Professor Mark Clinton, and later in the year presented a lecture/recital of the work at the American Viola Society meetings in Los Angeles.

Mr. Potter worked for several years with Dr. Gregory Bashford and students of UNL's Biological Systems Engineering department to develop an instrument that measures breathing rates and intensities while playing the violin or viola. Results of initial testing were documented in the presentation "How do Upper String Players Breathe When They Play? Can Anything be Done to Help?", given at the March 2015 ASTA National Conference in Salt Lake City and the Nebraska Music Educators Conference in November of 2015.

In addition, Profesor Potter recently completed his second edition of the first five of the six cello suites by Bach for viola, and in 2019 he was awarded a Research Council grant-in-aid to purchase a 5-string viola for the viola studio at UNL, which will allow him to complete the edition with a version of the sixth and final suite.

In the spring of 2013, Mr. Potter received two significant awards.  First, he was awarded "Outstanding Faculty in Outreach, Engagement and Service" for the College of Fine and Performing Arts at UNL. Second, he was awarded the "Golden Baton Award" for his dedication and work as a musician and citizen in Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment at Nebraska, Mr. Potter taught nine years at Eastern Oregon University, where he was associate professor of strings and conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony. He received his graduate degrees from Indiana University and California Institute of the Arts and his bachelor's degree from Western Washington University. He has studied with Peter Marsh, James Dunham, Charmian Gadd, Richard Goldner, and Mimi Zweig.

During the summers, Mr. Potter is on the faculty of the Omaha Conservatory of Music Institute.  He has been a performer in the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, a guest artist at Rocky Ridge Music Center, artist/teacher of viola and chamber music at the Young Musicians and Artists summer program in Salem, Oregon, the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop, Lutheran Summer Music program and the Csehy Summer School of Music. He is active in the American String Teachers Association: he served six years on the board of the Nebraska chapter, he was president of the Oregon chapter, and he has written for the organization's national magazine. Mr. Potter recently served a three-year term on the Nebraska Music Educators Assoc. executive board. He has also dabbled in composition, having composed three pieces for young orchestras, music for two contemporary ballets, one full-length "cowboy" musical, several pieces for choir and pieces for smaller instrumental combinations, including a viola sextet.

In 2010, Mr. Potter performed the viola solo in Vaughan Williams' Flos Campi with the Lincoln Symphony, and with the same orchestra he was featured with violinist Anton Miller, performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in 2005. In 2010 he performed the premiere of Martin Gaskell's Fantasia for Viola and Orchestra in Austin, TX.   In addition, he is half way to his goal of performing as a soloist or chamber musician in each of the 50 states.

Clark would rather be at home than anywhere else in the world, however, enjoying time with his family (wife, Jan; daughter Shannon and her husband Phillip; and son Samuel and his wife Alexandria). He is a big baseball fan, and his favorite hobby is to run and race on roads and trails year around.

Patricia Ritchie combines her love for performing and teaching in Omaha, where she has taught Orchestra in the Omaha and Millard Public Schools for nearly 40 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and her Master of Music Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Denver-Lamont School of Music. Patricia has served as a guest conductor and clinician, adjudicator, coach, private lessons teacher, OAYO board member, cellist with the Omaha Symphony, and has performed for movie soundtracks. She has served as President of Nebraska Chapter of American String Teachers Association, Chair of Orchestra Affairs for Nebraska Music Educators, and as a conductor for Nebraska Ambassadors of Music European Tours.

Andrew Irvin (violin) has a broad range of experience throughout North America and Europe. Solo appearances include works by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Bruch, Vivaldi, Korngold, Bach, Mozart, Sarasate, Ravel and Dvorak. Currently Mr. Irvin lives in Arkansas where he is Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys playing in recital from coast to coast with organist David Christopher in the Irvin/Christopher duo. The Camino Trio is another of his chamber music outlets. This trio is made of Kelly Johnson, clarinet, and Gail Novak, pianist. All three musicians are connected by study in Arizona. Look for the Camino Trio on Kelly's CD "Child's Play" out soon. He can also be heard in recording on the Naxos label with the Hot Springs Music Festival. Mr. Irvin served as concertmaster, leader, and soloist of orchestra "Air de Cour," in Rochester, New York. This ensemble received grants from New York's State Legislature and The New York Council for the Arts. Highlights of his chamber music career include performances with the Ying Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and New York City premiere of composer Steve Mackey's Troubadour Songs. Mr. Irvin made his European debut at the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele, where he was principal violin in the festival orchestra and was featured on the chamber concert series. Before moving to Arkansas, he was principal violin in the Arizona Opera Orchestra

American Violinist Dr. Pasha Sabouri was born in 1983. Dr. Sabouri has performed recitals and concerts all over the world in places like: Holland, Sweden, Austria, Germany as well as the United States.

Dr. Sabouri has soloed for the opening of the Edinburugh Festival, as well as with the Texas Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, the Early Music Ensemble at the Butler School of Music, and the Ottawa Sinfonette. He has also won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, as well as being National Finalist for Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Division, The Texas Young Artist Competition, and the Coeur D’Alene competition. He has attended such festivals as IMS Prussia Cove, International Holland Music Sessions, International Sommer Akademie (Semmering, Austria), Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden) Aspen Music festival, London Master Classes taught by Gyorgy Pauk (Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London), Strings! featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Sound Encounters, and the Blanche Bryden Institute at the Sunflower Music Festival.

Dr. Sabouri has also performed in such orchestras as the Pittsburgh Opera, Wheeling Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Austin Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has also participated in master classes for such artists as: Itzhak Perlman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie Roland and Almita Vamos, Sylvia Rosenberg, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenazy and Ida Kavafian.

Dr. Sabouri has served as Adjunct Strings Professor at Concordia College as well as Violin faculty and Artistic Director at Concordia College Music Academy in Austin, Texas. Prior to this position, he was appointed Lecturer Violin Professor at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Sabouri also served as Brian Lewis’s teaching assistant at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctorate and Masters degree.  Dr. Sabouri received his Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has also been faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. Pasha’s principal teachers included Brian Lewis, Naoko Tanaka, Dr. Won-Bin Yim, and Martha Gronemeier. He performs on a Cuyper Violin made in 1793.

Rhys Buchele has studied with dozens of the most advanced instructors in the world from Juilliard to USC.  He has also enjoyed an exciting performing career playing in orchestras and symphonies around the country, recording for large scale Hollywood films and documentaries, and producing an impressive list of recordings at Capitol Records and other major studios. His greatest love, however, has always been teaching. Rhys lives in Fullerton, CA with his amazing wife, Carrie where they homeschool their two children and look after a small "farm" of cats, dogs, rats, frogs, chickens, turkeys, geckos and stick bugs.

Adrienne Sengpiehl has been the Principal Second Violinist of Midsummer Mozart since 1996 and spends August in Idaho as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Since playing with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, she continues her career actively freelancing with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, Marin Symphony, and Symphony Silicon Valley. As a chamber musician, Ms. Sengpiehl has been heard throughout the bay area from Noontime Concerts and Old First Church in San Francisco to the Napa Valley Opera House. She has recorded for numerous movie soundtracks, video games, and special projects at Skywalker Ranch. Recently, she performed in the pit orchestra for Soft Power at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. An avid music educator, Ms. Sengpiehl is both former faculty and affiliate teacher for the Virtuoso Program at the San Domenico School, and performer for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program. She is currently a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Symphony’s Music and Mentors Program visiting SFUSD middle and high schools, is an Artist-in-Residence at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, is creator and instructor of String Sisters at Katherine Delmar Burke School, and maintains her private home studio.

She is a featured clinician at many summer music institutes including the Omaha Conservatory of Music Institute, Summer Music Institute/SVSS Music School, Sound Encounters, and formerly Summer Music West at the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a Suzuki Violin Method Specialist and enjoys being a mom to two wonderful sons. Ms. Sengpiehl holds a bachelor’s degree from the Saint Louis Conservatory and a Masters in Music in violin performance from The Juilliard School

A former prizewinner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, Omaha-based violinist Jennifer Ahn is a performer and educator who shares her knowledge and passion of music across North America, Europe, and Asia. She made her Carnegie solo debut in January 2018 and has had solo performances with the Karwendel Festival Orchestra (Mittenwald, Germany) and all major orchestras in Nebraska, as well as various chamber performances in the United States, Canada, and Germany. She has appeared in Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Heifetz International Institute and National Arts Centre Youtube channels, and on Kansas Public Radio and BR-Klassik Radio. Highlighted as a “Notable Alumni” of the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) and former Jasper scholar, Jennifer frequently returns to OCM for various performances and served as an Emerging Young Artist-Faculty at the 2017 OCM Institute.

Ahn began her music studies at the age of 6 and a half, and has since studied with artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hagai Shaham, Grigory Kalinovsky, David Kim, the late Stephen Clapp, and Brian Lewis, among many others. An avid chamber musician, she has worked with many prominent names including Nicholas Mann, David Geber, Leonid Gorokhov, and members of the American, Chiara, Borromeo, Emerson, and Orion string quartets. She studied with Ruth Meints at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music. She currently plays on a 1749 Lorenzo and Tomaso Carcassi violin on generous loan from Manhattan School of Music.

Mikaila Seo (viola, violin) received her Master of Music Performance degree in 2012 from Roosevelt University in Chicago, after earning her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Boston Conservatory in 2009. She has studied with Lawrence Neuman, Sally Chisholm, and Rictor Noren. Mikaila has completed Suzuki violin teacher training with Dr. Laurie Scott, Nancy Lokken, Nancy Jackson, Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Alice Joy Lewis, and Suzuki viola teacher training with William Preucil, Sr. In the summer, Mikaila directs the SIUE String Development Camp. In addition to her teaching duties at the SIUE Suzuki String Program, she plays with the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, and freelances in the area. Prior to teaching in Edwardsville, Mikaila lived in Austin, Texas, and studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Dr. Laurie Scott. During her time in Austin, she served as the Assistant Director of the String Project at the University of Texas at Austin, was a violin and viola instructor at Southwestern University, maintained a full private studio, Seo String Studio, alongside her husband Jun, a cellist, and served as the Director of the Young Artist Division at Texas Strings Camp. In addition to teaching and performing, Mikaila enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her daughter Stella, and taking her doodle, Lulu, on long walks.

Cellist Mitchell Lyon approaches music making with a zeal for harnessing the unique power of musical experience. At home with audiences of all types, he has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to intimate private homes. 

An accomplished chamber musician, Mitch specializes in ensemble collaborations that run the gamut from classical piano trios, to crossover string quartets, to jazz combos, to dance and theater collaborations. His crossover trio project, Empire Wild, is currently recording their debut EP featuring original music and songs for cellos, voice and piano.

A native of Philadelphia, Mitch has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout the United States, France and the United Kingdom. As a recipient of Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship, he brought music to new and underserved audiences, including patients in New York area hospitals, nursing homes and alternative care facilities.  Mitch arranges, organizes and performs house concerts at private residences throughout the boroughs of New York City and in other locations by arrangement.

Passionate in his quest to spread the joy of music to young performers, Mitch has taught the children of New York through various Juilliard-funded fellowship programs at schools including Children’s Promise Zone and Harlem Promise Academy II. As a director of Juilliard’s student-run outreach organization, ARTreach, Mitch led several Juilliard teams to New Orleans, reaching out to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina and doing hands-on labor with Habitat for Humanity. Mitch continues his educational outreach mission in his current role as Teaching Artist Faculty for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program.

Mitch earned his MM degree with Timothy Eddy at the Juilliard School in May of 2014 as a Margaret J. & Roy H. Pollack and William R. Hearst Scholar. He earned his BM degree from the Juilliard School in May of 2012 as a student of Bonnie Hampton, where he held scholarships from the foundations of the Juilliard Alumni, Ruth Katzman, Presser, J & B Werter, and Stephen E. Somers. His former teachers include Jeffrey Solow and Deborah Reeder. For four years, Mitch held the Myer-Schwartz Piano Trio cello scholarship at Settlement Music School. His awards include the Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship, the Bach Atonement Scholarship, and others. The summer of 2017 will find Mitch performing from  Connecticut to California.  During past summers, Mitch has performed as a fellow of the Fontainebleau School in France, as a visiting artist at the Finchcocks Museum of Keyboard Instruments in Kent, UK, at Music in the Mountains in Eagles Mere, PA, as a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in Santa Cruz, CA. Mitch spent four summers as a counselor at the Meadowmount School of Music, studying with Melissa Kraut and Hans Jorgen Jensen. During previous summers he studied at the Castleman Quartet Program, the Montecito Summer Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains. He has performed in master classes for Mark Kosower, Steven Isserlis, Christopher Rex, Andres Diaz, Timothy Eddy, Ko Iwasaki and Anne Martindale-Williams. He has worked privately with Gary Hoffman and Clive Greensmith.

Mitch plays on a Jules Grandjon cello dating from 1880, except when he is rocking out, when he uses a Quintus carbon-fiber cello built by Tony Cook of GraceStrings with an Acoustic Combo Amp, model AG120S and a ceramic under-bridge pickup.

Dr. Jun Seo started playing cello at age 13 and he soon attended Seoul Arts High School where he won the 1st prize from the Seoul Young Artist Chamber Music Competition. During his high school years, he came to the United States to study abroad and attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. He received the 2nd prize from Newton Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, the International Chamber Music Society in Boston and the Sorantin International String Competition. He received a 1st prize from Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition and UT Butler School of Music String Competition. He has also received Best Instrumentalist award from Sidney Wright Competition and two honorable mention awards from Sidney Wright Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He soloed with the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra at the University of Texas-Austin, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Austin Civic Orchestra. Dr. Seo was an adjudicator for numerous competitions, such as University of Texas String Project at Austin, Texas Strings Camp, Austin Chamber Music Center, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Suzuki Program and Jackie McGehee Young Artist’ Competition.
He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory School of Music in Boston in 2009. He received a Master’s of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Bion Tsang. At the same time, he was a teaching assistant for Professor Tsang and a faculty member at the UT-String Project for three years. Dr. Seo received full scholarships to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute, StonyBrook Summer Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival. In 2013, Dr. Seo was a resident artist at the Lake George Music Festival in Lake George, NY. From 2010-2015, Dr. Seo was a music director at Austin Korean Presbyterian Church. He also was a cello faculty member at Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute, String Orchestra Camp at Webster University Community Music School, Chamber Music Encounter at Webster University Community Music School, Austin Chamber Music Center, Songbird Rising String Camp at Austin, Assistant Director at Texas Strings Camp Young Artist Division and he also was a cello instructor at various public schools in Austin area.
Dr. Seo has studied cello with Jin-kyung Chee, Hee-song Song, Laura Blustein, and Yeesun-Kim. He also played in Cello masterclasses of Brinton Smith, Laurence Lesser, Alexander Baillie, Ralph Kirshbaum, Peter Wispelwey, Lynn Harrell and Anner Bylsma. He has collaborated with artists such as David Ying, Phillip Ying, Mark Fewer,Yehonatan Berick, Lynn Chang, Thomas Landschoot, Sheila Browne, and Christof Huebner.  In the summer of 2009, Dr. Seo performed alongside the Cappella Choir of Seoul Theological University in their European tour. In the summer of 2014, he toured several European countries such as Switzerland and Scotland with the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble. Recently, Dr. Seo recorded the cello part for “Learning Together: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensemble Volume 2 by Laurie Scott, Winfred Crock and William Dick”. He has maintained a full private studio since 2007. Dr. Seo joined as cello faculty, Traditional and Suzuki, at Webster University Community. Dr. Seo joined as cello faculty at University of Illinois at Springfield as well as University of Illinois at Springfield Community Music School in Fall 2019.

Matt Gold fell in love with the double bass when he began playing the instrument at the age of nine. He went on to study with John Chiego at the University of Memphis on a full scholarship, and later with the distinguished bass pedagogue Lawrence Hurst at Indiana University where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance. While at IU, Matt also had the privilege of working with Bruce Bransby, former Principal Bass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Stanley Richie, the world-renowned Baroque violinist. Matt has been a tenured member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. Nowadays, he can frequently be seen on stage at Richmond's Carpenter Theatre with the Richmond Symphony. ​

Matt has always had a strong interest in a variety of eclectic styles. In high school, he began rock and jazz lessons on guitar and studied jazz bass at the University of Memphis with Tim Goodwin, formerly of the Kennedy Center "Jazz Ambassadors" program. Matt has also taken composition lessons from Prix deRome winner Kamran Ince. He currently plays double bass in Goldrush, a Richmond-based rock band. ​

A dedicated teacher, Matt is a classical bass instructor at the College of William & Mary and the Ozark Suzuki Institute, alongside the highly accomplished Monsters of Bass. For many years, he appeared as a clinician with the Ottawa Suzuki Strings Institute and Sound Encounters, under the direction of legendary Suzuki protégé Alice Joy Lewis. When he is not making music, Matt loves to explore Richmond and beyond with his wife, Treesa and their two magnificent daughters, Kit and Artemis.

Guest Faculty - PIANO

Jack Winerock received undergraduate and master's degrees at the Juilliard School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Currently Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas School of Music, he was awarded the prestigious Kemper Teaching Award in 2003. In 2009, he was chosen Teacher of the Year by the National Federation of Music Clubs, and in 2010 he presented the Chopin Master Class at the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) annual convention.

Winerock received Second Prize in the International Bach Competition, made his orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and played his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.  He has toured Europe, Asia, and South America as well as the United States. In 1986, he gave the first performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in the People's Republic of China, and in l990, he was appointed the first U.S. Visiting Professor at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

Winerock has achieved national and international acclaim as a performer, teacher, and lecturer. He currently performs solo recitals and presents numerous master classes in Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His students have won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the MTNA, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Johanna Hodges. They hold important faculty positions both in the United States as well as in conservatories in Europe and Asia. Winerock is also Artistic Director of the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) Piano Competition and Festival held every summer at the University of Kansas.

Stephanie Chevalier is a  Suzuki Piano and Classical Voice Instructor, mezzo soprano and an Early Music specialist. She attended The American University and St Mary's College of Maryland ( a public honors college) where she studied Piano and Vocal performance and Graduate studies at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where she studied Opera.  Ms Chevalier has 35 years of teaching experience from preschool through College preparatory and undergraduate level. She is a registered Suzuki Piano Instructor having completed both short term and apprentice programs and a sought after vocal instructor and coach.

Former positions include:Charleston Academy of Music Voice, Piano and Theory Instructor. Levine School of Music Assistant Voice Faculty Chair, Suzuki Piano, Theory and Voice Instructor, as well as, Voice Class Grant recipient for Program Development; Prince Georges Community College Chair for Applied Suzuki Studies including Piano, Violin, Cello, Harp ,Guitar and Flute.  At The College of Southern Maryland, she was a Voice Instructor and Summer Musical Theatre Camp Coordinator, as well as choreographer. Ms. Bramble has taught Summer Workshops at The University of Miami (Florida), Beaver College, Shenandoah Conservatory,Westminster Choir College, The College of Southern Maryland and Catholic University. She  also served on the Executive Board for the MTACC as Vice President as well as, the Fall Festival/Monster Concert Chair. 
Ms Chevalier has been a frequent soloist in the Washington, DC area and sang with the Washington Opera for 10 Seasons as well as Opera Vivente, The Washington Savoyards, The Little Theatre of Alexandria, The Lyceum and the Church of The Epiphany Concert series, The In Series as well as, The Des Moines Metro Opera to name a few. She made her European Opera debut in 1998 and spent 2 Seasons with The Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy. She was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and the winner of the Colonial Dames Scholarship (piano) Competition.
She is the former Piano Division Chair or the Suzuki Association of The Greater Washington Area where she also served on the Board of Directors. Ms Chevalier is also the former Director of The Suzuki Piano Institute of Washington DC, and the Suzuki Piano Workshop of Washington DC.  
She is an active member of AGMA, NATS,MTNA,VMTA,NVMTA,NGPT,SAGWA, SAA, CMTA and SCMTA, MSMTA. Ms.Bramble is the former National Piano Guild Chair for Fairfax/Northern Va and Sang with the Charleston Renaissance Ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina.
Ms. Chevalier currently resides in Baltimore, Md (Patterson Park) where she teaches Suzuki Piano and Classical Voice both live at her home studio and online to students globally.

Guest Faculty - VOICE

Jeremy Powell is a voice teacher with experience internationally, working with singers of varying genres, varying ages, and achieving a variety of goals for clients, all within one area of specialty: TECHNIQUE. 

Jeremy has formed a strong international reputation as a specialist in two major areas of technique: 1. Building voices from the ground up for those who are new to vocal technique, and 2. Solving problems and repairing injuries/poor habits for established professional singers. 

As an experienced professional onstage performer, as well as an experienced professional pianist, Jeremy's knowledge of the demands on a working singer provide insight into not only what is required by casting directors/directors/musical directors, but also the physical demands on the voice from the singer's perspective. (It doesn't hurt to have a professional standard pianist as your voice teacher either.....)

Megan Osterhaus has performed on Broadway in shows such as Mamma Mia! Covering the role of Sophie, the original cast of Mary Poppins where she played the leading role of Winifred Banks and the Broadway revival of Les Miserablescovering the role of Fantine. She has also toured nationally across the U.S. and Canada performing inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing the Narrator, Cameron Mackintosh’s American Premiere of Martin Guerre and Mamma Mia! where she met her husband, Chris Bolan. She also played the title role of Mary Poppins in the Mexico City premiere and Toronto productions. Selected regional credits include The Guthrie Theater, Music Theater of Wichita, Papermill Playhouse, PCLO, and Lyric Theater. She’s a Native of Oklahoma and holds a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. She studied voice from her mother, Kay Creed, who was an Opera Singer for the New York City Opera and has taken that training in Opera and applied her own technique to be geared towards musical theater. She also studied with her father, Carveth Osterhaus, who directed all over the country and ran the theater program at Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Her mother and father were both founding members of Lyric Theater. She teaches voice both at WCSU and privately in Westport. She also choreographs various productions throughout Connecticut and Upstate New York.

Kyle Branzel is equal parts actor and musician. National tour: Murder for Two (The Suspects), Henry and Mudge (Dad). Off-Broadway: Piggy Nation The Musical (Oliver Oxley). Regional: Footloose (Willard) and Guys and Dolls (Benny) at Timber Lake Playhouse, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder) at Grandstreet Theatre. As music director/pianist: See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago), The Fabulous Lipitones (Penguin Rep Theatre), A Chorus Line (Timber Lake Playhouse). BFA from Chicago College of Performing Arts and proud AEA member.

Pianist Ellen R. Sommer has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and coach. She performs extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South Americas, Europe and Asia. Most recent engagements have included concerts and master classes at Universidad de Costa Rica Conservatory in San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, Ellen traveled to Tokyo with the Allegresse trio, premiering two new pieces at the International Double Reed Society conference.

Sommer often serves as a pianist for regional, national and international competitions and festivals, as well as recital series and radio broadcasts. Sommer is a frequent performer in the live broadcast studio at Kansas Public Radio. Additionally Sommer coaches and performs for several summer camps and institutes, including the Omaha Conservatory of Music Institute, BLYAP and Sound Encounters Suzuki Strings camp in Ottawa, Kansas, Midwestern Music Camp in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen Academy in Michigan.

Recently Sommer was awarded a prestigious honor as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni from Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, MO. Sommer is a founding member of Allegresse, a fresh and inspiring trio for flute, oboe and piano.  Recently the trio was invited to present a recital and master classes at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, California. Allegresse is currently completing a third CD recording and preparing for a March 2017 premiere of two new works for the trio, including soprano.

Sommer has collaborated on numerous professional recordings, including four under the auspices of Potenza Records.  Most recently, Sommer recorded works of composer, Ingrid Stolzel for the Parma label. Sommer currently serves as a lecturer in piano at the University of Kansas School of Music.  She performs regularly with faculty, visiting artists, and students. From 1994-2003 Sommer taught at Missouri Western State University, both as piano and voice faculty.

Guest Faculty - Composition

A Southern California native, Stephen Hill was born in the summer of 1958. Hill lives and teach in Whittier, Ca. where he have taught K-12 instrumental music for over 35 years. Hill also directs the Orchestra at California High School, also located in Whittier, Ca.

Hill attended Cerritos College (1976-78) in Norwalk, Ca. where he studied with Composer, Philip Westin (a student of Roy Harris and Ingolf Dahl). After 2 years at Cerritos, he had the wonderful opportunity to transfer to Ouachita Baptist University (1978-80), in Arkadelphia, Ark. Hill went to Ouachita, to specifically study with Composer, Dr. W. Francis McBeth (a student of Clifton Williams, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson).

Being from California, and attending Ouachita in Arkansas, going home on weekends was not an option. Hill spent most of my weekends at school hanging around the Music Building. Dr. McBeth afforded him a great deal of personal time and attention. He would often invite Hill to his home to visit where we discussed everything from music to fishing. The pair remained good friends for over 30 years until his death in 2012. After graduating from Ouachita in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory and Composition, Hill returned to California, for graduate work at California State University, Los Angeles. It was at CSULA, where he studied with Composer, Dr. Byong Kon Kim, and Composer William Hill. Hill also received valued mentoring from Choral Director, Dr. William Belan.  Hill received my Master of Arts in Music Composition in 1984. Hill composes for the simple joy of it. He has written for Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Chorus, Piano and Solo Instrumental works. He self-publishs his music through SARAHTIM Music, named for his children Sarah and Tim​