Shuying Li - Composer & Artistic Director

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 Carneige 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.

Erika Boysen - Flute

Dr. Erika Boysen is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she enjoys performing in a variety of chamber, orchestral and improvisation-based ensembles, championing music of living composers.  In demand as a performer and clinician, she has been a featured artist at the Hampton Roads Flute Faire, Raleigh Area Flute Association, Montana Flute Festival, Tennessee Technological University Flute Day, Eastern Carolina Flute Symposium, Iowa Flute Festival and University of Virginia Flute Forum.  

Committed to developing new and innovative ways of presenting and teaching the traditional model of classical flute, the majority of her research and scholarship focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts.  Through movement, singing and acting, she promotes an approach to education and performance that highlights multiple aspects of artistic expression.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Boysen received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.   For more information, please visit: erikaboysen.com

Joshua Anderson - Clarinet

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.

Christina Adams - Violin

U.S. violinist Christina Adams appears frequently as a soloist, 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 spends her summers in Italy as the Assistant Director of Strings and Chamber Music at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival.
 
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.

Joachim Angster - Viola

Joachim Angster has performed across France, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Joachim has studied in France (Strasbourg and Paris) and in the U.S (Cleveland), and holds a Master's degree from the Lausanne Haute Ecole de Musique in Switzerland. His main teachers have included P. Xuereb, T. Adamopoulos, and G. Karni.

Joachim joined the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich during the 2015-2016 season, where he worked with renowned conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Herbert Blomstedt, and Sir Neville Marriner. In April and June 2018, he will participate in the final round of the 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition and in the semi-final round of the 2018 Washington International Competition. In 2010, Joachim received the Pfimlin Prize from the city of Strasbourg; he was a laureate of the French National Viola Competition in 2009 and 2010. Passionate about chamber music, Joachim is a founding member of the Valere String Quartet, with which he performed extensively in concerts and festivals in Europe and the U.S.A, and recorded on multiple occasions for the Swiss national radio. Joachim is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Viola Performance at the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Caroline Coade. 

Jeremy Crosmer - Cello

Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist, both as a cellist and a composer. Crosmer completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in cello, composition and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012 at age 24. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the Assistant Principal cellist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, and joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. He is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. Crosmer is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49, and a current member of the band ESME, a pop-classical mash-up duo that released its first CD in December of 2016. Crosmer was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. Crosmer has taught music theory, pre-calculus and cello at universities across Michigan. He is currently on faculty at Oakland University.

Horacio Contreras - Cello

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 - Piano

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. 

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