Master Class Students 2020

The following students will be playing for Mr. Frank Huang

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Emily Boone, a student of Joseph Genualdi, is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Missouri, Kansas City with a concertmaster fellowship. She is an alumni of Chicago College of Performing Arts as well as University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In recent years, Emily has performed with faculty members of the ShenYang Conservatory, co-presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society, as well as performed a world premiere of a new version of Chen Yi’s Chinese Folk Dance Suite. Emily works closely and collaborates with many composers as a passionate advocate of new music, performing and premiering works nationally and internationally.

 VIOLINIST

EMILY BOONE

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Augusta Schubert has been playing violin since the age of four and has performed in over 20 states. She has received awards from institutions such as the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, The Texas Music Educators Association, the Houston Civic Symphony Concerto Competition, the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has performed concertos with the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Pendleton Symphony Orchestra in Oregon. Augusta has also had the privilege of attending the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Solo Violin Workshop, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Credo Oberlin, the David Kim Orchestral Institute, and the Cincinnati Young Artists program at the Cincinnati Conservatory. She is currently approaching her third year at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University where she has received several unique performance opportunities including a tour across Georgia and Alabama during which she performed with members of The Rolling Stones, REM, and the Allman Brothers Band. After college she plans to pursue a career in violin performance.

VIOLINIST

AUGUSTA SCHUBERT

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Known for her boundless imagination and deep understanding of music, Rachel Yi is a promising violinist currently studying at the New England Conservatory. As a student of Ms. Miriam Fried, Rachel has also studied privately and taken master classes with other renowned artists, including Paul Biss, Mihaela Martin, Nicholas Kitchen, Paul Kantor, Daniel Phillips, Hye-Jin Kim, and Ara Gregorian. 

 

Awarded third place at the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition in 2017, Rachel also placed first at the 2016 Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016 and placed second in the Clemson University Concerto Competition in 2015. Both prizes gave her the opportunity to solo with the full orchestra. Other awards include co-winner of the 2014 College of Charleston Young Artist Competition and MTNA state winner in 2014 and 2013. Rachel is the recipient of several scholarships including the Anthony Quinn Foundation, Fine Arts Foundation, and GCYO. 

 

Rachel has also been invited to participate in many music festivals, such as the Heifetz Institute of Music, Madeline Island Chamber Music, Heartland Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and the East Carolina University Summer Chamber Music Institute, and most recently, the Taos Chamber Music Festival. Looking forward to the summer of 2020, Rachel will be attending the Ravinia Steans Music Institute.

VIOLINIST

RACHEL

YI

The following students will be playing for the Parker Quartet.

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Violist

HSIANG HSIN CHING

.Hsiang-Hsin Ching, a Taiwanese young violist who started learning the violin since she was 2 years old with Gue-Chu Chu in Taipei and started learning the viola at the age of
13. Winning the first prize of the National Students’ Music Competition as a viola soloist, in 2016, awarded Pacing Arts Scholarship in the following year and participated in the
foundation, took in part of many concerts at several places in Taiwan, including National Recital Hall, and also performed in Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan. During the high school period, as the president of the Taipei First Girls High String Orchestra, led the orchestra won many prizes and performed in hospitals, ceremonies, and lots of events. Invited as an orchestra academy to participate in Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in the summer of 2018 and 2019, not only increased experience playing in the orchestra as a member or a section leader but also performed a lot of chamber repertoire. Currently studying with professor Scott Lee in UMKC.

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Cellist

JAMES FARQUHAR

James Farquhar, 22, is currently a student under Kurt Baldwin (of the Arianna String Quartet) at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Under Baldwin’s instruction, Outreach performances have become an integral part of his growth as a musician. Before the crisis caused by COVID-19, he regularly shared his music at schools, churches, nursing homes, child care centers, and other organizations. After completing his undergraduate degree, James plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Cello Performance. His ultimate career goals are to be an Outreach  Coordinator, Private Cello Instructor, and a Concert Cellist for a major Symphony Orchestra. As the winner of the UMSL Young Artist Competition, James will perform Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky with the UMSL Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2021.

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Violinist

JUDE

FRANK

Bio: Jude Frank, age 16, has studied violin for 11 years. Over this time he has taken part and performed in a variety of institutes and programs, including the Heartland Chamber Music Stringendo and Camerata programs, the Heartland Chamber Music Summer Festival, the Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute, and the DFW WOW Lone Star Young Artist Program. He has studied violin with Beth Titterington and David Kovac, and currently studies with Anne-Marie Brown. He has also studied classical piano for 10 years under Marles Dudley. Jude Frank performs on a violin made by Ken Beckman.

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Cellist

ALICE

GUO

Alice, a rising senior, started cello in 4th grade. She has been part of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City since freshman year and has sat principal chair in the Symphony orchestra. She has also been a part of the Missouri All-state orchestra since freshman year. In the summer of 2019, she was part of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. They performed at Carnegie Hall and other concert halls in Europe. Alice's studies with Susie Yang.

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Violist

YEONGJU

HEO

Originally from Seoul, Korea, YeongJu Heo studied violin with Benny Kim and received a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at UMKC conservatory. With her strong attachment to viola since her young age, she has recently appeared as a violist and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance under the guidance of Scott Lee. As a dedicated chamber musician, she has participated in Heartland Chamber Music Festival as a festival scholar in recent years and frequently outreached to perform chamber music internationally.

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Violinist

POSUNG

HUANG

Taiwanese violinist, Posung Huang, is currently pursuing the Post-Master’s Certificate in Performance at DePaul University, studying with Mr. I-Hao Lee. He received his Master of Music degree at University of Missouri – Kansas City, and obtained the Bachelor of Music degree from National Kaohsiung Normal University. He attended several music festivals around the world, include the U.S., France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Posung played in the Masterclass that lead by Paul Kantor, Gerardo Riberio, Helen Kim and Telegrah String quartet. As an orchestral musician, he also performed with the Formosa Philharmonic, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and Midwest Chamber Ensemble.

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Cellist

JOSHUA

KOVAC

Joshua Kováč is a homeschooled eighth-grader from Johnson City, Tennessee, and currently studies cello with Daniel Veis.

 

Joshua began his musical studies at the age of four and has since received numerous honors and awards. At the age of seven, Joshua won first place at the ProBohemia International Competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and second place at the Heran International Cello Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic. Other honors include first prizes at the American Protégé Competition and International Grande Music Competition, second prize at the International Virtuoso Competition. He is also a first prize winner of the Youth Aliyah Concerto Competition and a third prize winner of the Hilton Head Symphony Youth Concerto Competition.

Joshua performed as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Kinnor Philharmonic, ETSU Chamber Orchestra, and Scruffy City Orchestra. On February 6, 2020 Joshua appeared on the From The Top, Show 382 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, class of 2020.

Joshua has furthered his studies at several summer festivals -- including Music@Menlo, Heartland Chamber Music Festival, ETSU Chamber Music Festival, and National Cello Institute and performed in masterclasses for Gilbert Kalish, Matt Haimovitz, Steven Doane, Keith Robinson, Thomas Landschoot, Ivan Chen, and the Parker String Quartet. Joshua is currently a student of ETSU pre-college Chamber Music Program and a member of ETSU Chamber Orchestra.

Among other interests, Joshua enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes, playing chess, reading, skiing, competitive swimming, hiking, and riding his bike.

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Violist

LILY

LI

Lily is Taiwanese. Li started her musical education when she was 5 years old. During her teenage years, she began her experience with chamber music, and received the opportunity to enter the National Student Music Competition in Taiwan and received high results. She attended the University of Taipei, where she studied with the viola principal of NSO— Grace Huang. Lily also attended VivaViola Hsin-Yun Huang ViolaFest and performed viola Quartet at the festival concert.

Lily is currently studying at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, where her principal teacher is Scott Lee.

 

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Violinist

ERIC

PROBUS

Eric Probus, a senior homeschool student from Independence, MO, began playing the violin at age 5, studying with his mother, Andrea. Since 2016, he has studied with Melody Brock. Eric has been a regular summer participant in the Sforzando String Camp in Chicago, playing chamber music and string orchestra literature. He is an active member of his church, playing in the church orchestra and singing and playing the violin, viola, and piano in small ensembles with his family and others. Eric loves listening to music and can often be found with headphones on listening to Mahler or Rachmaninoff.

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Violinist

AARON

TSENG

Aaron Tseng, age 14 has studied both violin and piano for 10 years. He has participated in the school orchestra, Youth Symphony of Kansas City, Westwood Ensemble, and Heartland Chamber Music in 2019. Aaron loves to play the violin and piano and his dream is to become a great violinist so he can play beautiful music for people to enjoy. He loves to continue to learn so he can achieve his goal.

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Violinist

I-HSIN

WU

I-Hsin Wu, a Taiwanese violinist began playing the violin at age six.  Wu has competed in and won and multiple national concerto competitions playing Saint-Saëns Havanaise and Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in d minor.  In 2005 she participated in the exchange concert in Sendai Japan with violinist Paul Huang.

 

She was a member of the Taipei Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Festival and served as the associate concertmaster in 2014.

 

Wu obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 and her Masters’ in Music Performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in May of 2020.

 

Wu’s teachers include Vincent Chao, Won Bin Yim, and Benny Kim.

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Violinist

WILLIAM 

YEH

William Yeh, 10 years old, was born in London and raised in Taipei. William began learning violin at the age of 5 and is now a fourth grade student in the premier music program for gifted children in Taipei. At age 9, he won the second prize at Taipei Student Competition of Music held by Taipei Ministry of Education (age group 12 years and under). The same year, William performed in a masterclass at Singapore Violin Festival; he also performed both violin and chamber music repertoire at HeifetzPEG (Program for Exceptionally Gifted, USA). Most recently, William won the 1st Place Division 1 prize (age 8-11) at the PIMF Concerto Competition (Philadelphia, USA) and will be performing with the New York Sessions Symphony in 2021. William was also the First Prize winner of Strings Junior Division (age 12 and under) at 2020 Atlanta Festival Academy Inaugural Competition. Besides playing the violin, William enjoys playing chess, soccer, and ice-skating, as well as singing and dancing in musicals.

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