Praised as “a real talent here waiting to emerge” (Seattle Times), Shuying Li is an award-winning composer whose compositions have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Lyric Theater, Argus Quartet, Hartford Opera Theater, Donald Sinta Quartet, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), among others. Originally from China, Shuying holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She serves as the Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the Gonzaga University. Upcoming projects include performances by Moscow Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Boston Modern Orchestra Project; an opera commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with librettist Julian Crouch; as well as a band consortium commission by 20 universities including the Hartt School, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Cornell University, and University of Illinois, etc. Visit for more information.
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 is a faculty member of the University of South Florida, and 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
ANNA MARÍA OTAMENDI
Venezuelan pianist Ana María Otamendi has performed as soloist, collaborative pianist, and conductor in Austria, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, the United States, Spain, Italy, and Greece with renowned artists such as Donald Sinta, Michelle DeYoung, Paul Groves, Ana María Martinez, members of the Chicago Lyric, Houston Grand Opera, and Dallas Opera Orchestras, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Orchestras, Dallas and Milwaukee Symphonies, etc. She is the Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at Louisiana State University, Artistic Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute, as well as pianist and founding member of the Reverón Piano Trio (ensemble devoted to the standard, modern, and Latin American piano trio repertoire). Recitals, masterclasses, and speaking engagements have taken her to Cambridge University, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Mahidol University (Thailand), Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Texas at Austin, and more. She is fluent in four languages, and a Geophysical Engineer whose thesis was published in the prestigious journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.