Praised as “a real talent here waiting to emerge” (Seattle Times), Shuying Li is an award-winning composer whose compositions have been performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Conference Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), Donald Sinta Quartet, 15.19. Ensemble (Italy), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), University of Cincinnati Wind Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, etc.
Most recently, Shuying has been commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to write a new piece for a Carnegie Hall premiere in December 2017. In addition, named one of the three resident composers in the Composer Librettist Development Program with the American Lyric Theater in their 2017-2018 season, Shuying will write a one-act opera being produced by ALT in May 2018. For more information, please visit http://shuyingli.com.
Through an accomplished career as speaker, solo performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue, flutist Erika Boysen is among classical music and interdisciplinary performance’s leading innovators. Referred to as “The Moving Flutist” for performing her instrument in tandem with dance choreography, she has been invited in Europe, Asia, and by over a dozen US states to perform in recital, teach master classes, and lead creative workshops.
Whenever possible, Ms. Boysen believes in combining the power of music, movement, and theater to create. Her career includes performances and premieres of new and existing work from composers like Kate Soper, Toru Takemitsu, and Jane Rigler. With highlight showcases in multiple years of the National Flute Association Convention, Boysen has earned international recognition, including features on The Flute View and Flute Talk.
A native of Iowa, Dr. Erika Boysen is based in North Carolina, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, and has three albums to her name, including the upcoming release of Listening to Movement, a video album-concept on mobile app. Learn more by visiting erikaboysen.com.
Joshua Anderson is an active orchestral and chamber musician and has given performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. Joshua currently holds the position of principal clarinet with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and has played under the baton of such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Peter Oundjian. As a chamber musician, Joshua has performed internationally alongside members of the New York and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Outside of performing, Joshua is also an active teacher. In addition to maintaining a private studio, he has taught lessons for the University of Michigan and Yale University, and has worked as a teaching artist for Yale's Music in Schools Initiative, the Morse Summer Music Academy, and the MPulse Clarinet Institute. In July, he will be joining the music faculty at the University of Nevada as assistant professor of clarinet. Joshua attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where he was a student of Deborah Chodacki and holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Yale University School of Music, having studied with Anthony McGill and David Shifrin respectively.
Violin & Viola
Dr. Christina Adams appears frequently as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has collaborated with leading artists from around the country, including New York Philharmonic principals Frank Huang, Michelle Kim, Cynthia Phelps, and Carter Brey, and has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Adams currently holds the Froehlich Family Violin Chair in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and is the artistic director of "If Music Be the Food...Lansing," a concert series that benefits the Greater Lansing Food Bank (www.ifmusicbethefood.com). She also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, and serves as the Assistant Director of Strings and Chamber Music at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy. Adams holds degrees from the University of South Florida (Dr. Carolyn Stuart), Boston University (Bayla Keyes), and a DMA from the University of Michigan (Aaron Berofsky). For more information, visit christinaadamsvln.com.
Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras is a faculty member of Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the Music Institute of Chicago. He is an active concert cellist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and has performed as a soloist with several of Venezuela’s top orchestras, as well as with orchestral ensembles in Colombia, France, and the US. He has been invited to teach master classes at schools of music including Michigan, Juilliard, Oberlin, Indiana University at Bloomington, and renown programs in Latin America. He is the author of the cello adaptation of Ronald Vamos’ Exercises in Various Combinations of Double-Stops, published by Carl Fischer, as well as other pedagogic works and scholarly articles.
Horacio is a member of the Reverón Piano Trio, an all-Venezuelan ensemble devoted to the divulgation of Latin American repertoire for piano trio. He started his cello studies at El Sistema in Venezuela, and made further studies in France and Spain. He holds a Masters and a Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. For more information, please visit horaciocontreras.com
Annie Jeng enjoys a diverse career as an internationally active performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur. She has performed widely in such settings as the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, the Kennedy Center, and in Spain and China. Annie’s essential goal as an artist is to make communities richer and more meaningful through the arts. Her projects include concert series at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company and facilitating music workshops in Michigan’s prisons through the Prison Creative Arts Project. In 2018, Annie received the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan to create a pedagogical resource featuring commissioned works by female composers that introduce contemporary piano techniques to young pianists. She received her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at University of Michigan under the mentorship of Logan Skelton and John Ellis. Annie began her position as Assistant Professor of Piano and Pedagogy at University of North Carolina Greensboro in Fall 2019. Annie is also a founder and member of the piano and percussion duo, Back Pocket Duo, with Colin McCall.