Mitchell Drury, violin
Mitchell Drury is an active freelance violinist and violin teacher in the Seattle area. He received his Master of Music Degree from the University of Washington, where he was a student of Ronald Patterson. Mitchell completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. While in the midwest, he performed as a member of the Arkansas Symphony and Illinois Symphony, and spent summers with the AIMS in Graz festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Society. In Seattle, Mitchell is the concertmaster of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly with the Federal Way Symphony, Lyric Opera Northwest and at various local theaters including the 5th Avenue and the Moore. In addition, Mitchell is first violinist and manager of the Puget Sound String Quartet.
Sol Im, violin
Born in South Korea, Sol Im began her violin studies at age 5. She came to the United States at age 10 and has studied under Kwanbin Park and Ronald Patterson. Following her debut performance at Benaroya Hall with Cascade Youth Symphony at age 16, she has performed in masterclasses with world renowned artists such as Gil Shaham and Elisa Barston. She has performed with the University of Washington (UW) Symphony and has won first prize in the Washington State Korean Music Association, third place in the State Solo competition and honorable mention in the Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition. Sol is currently the Donald and Gloria Swischer concertmaster for the UW symphony and in her third year pursuing a bachelors degree in violin performance. She studies under Professor Ronald Patterson, a student of Jascha Heifetz, at the UW School of Music.
Jae-In Shin, violin
A native of South Korea, Jae-In Shin was born in 1984 and began studying the violin at the age of five. She spent twenty-three years studying music at the Preparatory School of Korean National University of Arts, Yewon Middle School, and Seoul Arts High School. Jae-In received her bachelor's degree at Yonsei University in Korea. On a full scholarship, Jae-In earned her Master's degree at Yale School of Music studying under Professor Hyo Kang. She has served as concertmaster of the University of Washington Symphony and as assistant concertmaster of the Yonsei Symphony and of the Gloria Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. Shin has won numerous national competitions, including the Korea-Germany Music Competition, the Baroque String Competition, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the CBS Music Competition, and she has been a two-time winner of the Music Society Competition. She made her debut at the age of ten in a performance with the Daejeon Philharmonic which was broadcast on Korea Broadcasting Station. She has also performed as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, the Gloria Chamber Ensemble, and Washington Idaho Symphony. She has also appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. at Carnegie Hall-New York, New Haven, Pullman, San Francisco and Seattle; in Korea in Seoul, Dajeon, Busan and Jeju; in Courchevel, France; as well as in Hong Kong and Beijing. She is currently studying with Professor Ronald Patterson at University of Washington pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Pamela Liu, violin
Pamela Liu, violinist, has been in demand as a performer and pedagogue since returning to the Northwest six years ago. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and was a member of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan, before attending the University of Washington where she received a Masters Degree in Violin Performance.
A devoted mentor to young musicians, Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Academy of Music Northwest, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks Northwest. An active performer, Ms. Liu is the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony, studio recording musician with SEATTLEMUSIC, and part of the violin-guitar duo, Tutti Dolce, with husband Chris Liu.
Clifton Antoine, viola
Clifton maintains an active career as a violist, chamber musician and teacher. A native of Texas, his professional career began in Hannover, Germany. He is the founder and violist of the Belden Piano Quartet. Highlights of his career include performances with Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and chamber music performances with Emanuel Borok (Concertmaster Dallas Symphony), David Coucheron (Concertmaster Atlanta Symphony) and Wayne Brooks (Principal Violist Houston Symphony).
Clifton furthered his education at the Rice University, University of Houston and DePaul University. His teachers include Wayne Brooks, Rami Solomonow, Charles Pickler, Emanuel Vardi and James Dunham.
Elisa Clegg, viola
After three years of piano, Elisa Clegg started playing viola at the age of 10. She graduated in spring of 2012 from Central Washington University with a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance. As a freshman, she won the 2009 Snelling Scholarship Competition while also receiving the Mary Estep Scholarship and Presidential Tuition Waiver. She has performed with Trans Siberian Rock Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, The Passenger String Quartet, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Modern Orchestra, University of Washington Chamber Music Club, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and University of Washington Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs with the Siletz Bay Festival in Lincoln City, Oregon, where she has played with soloists including Eric Shumsky, Nathaniel Rosen, Gerald Robbins, Dick Hyman, and Haroutune Bedelian.
Christie Chen Paron, cello
Cellist Christie Chen Paron has appeared as soloist with renowned orchestras, including the Manhattan Philharmonic of New York, Union Symphony and Summit Symphony of New Jersey. Christie has appeared in such venues as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She was featured in the The McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, which was broadcast nation wide on WQXR, the radio station of the New York Times.
An active chamber musician, Christie has been invited to the Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and Kneisel Hall music festivals. She has performed as guest principal cellist for the String Orchestra of New York and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Christie has recently collaborated with David Finckel, the cellist of the Emerson String Quartet performing Schubert’s Cello Quintet, as well as violinist Donald Weilerstein, pianist Leon Fleisher, and cellist Paul Katz.
Christie began her musical studies of piano at the age of 4 and cello at the age of 10. She received her bachelor and master degree of music from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Zara Nelsova, Harvey Shapiro, and The Juilliard String Quartet cellist, Joel Krosnick. Christie received her doctorate degree from the State University of New York, SUNY, with soloist Colin Carr.
Christie is currently a faculty member of the Seattle University Fine Arts Department. She lives by Jackson Park golf course with her husband Alexander Paron, two big dogs and nine koi. She plays on a 1827 G. Battista De Lorenzi cello and with a Eugene Sartory bow.
Maria Scherer Wilson, cello
Intuitively and naturally, violoncellist Maria Scherer Wilson bridges the sensation of tone, with the sensibility of technique. She is known for her cross-disciplinary collaborations, and can be heard in the Seattle area performing with Scrape, Degenerate Art Ensemble, B'shnorkestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra and Led to Sea. Maria's genuine expression and personalized approach to the cello has attracted many artists. As an amplified cellist, she has played back-up for such popular musicians as Cat Power, Hauschka and Jody Watley. From 2006-09, Maria performed and toured with Florence Henderson, who acclaims her as "...a remarkable talent and brilliant cellist." She has toured internationally with the modern-dance company String Theory and has recorded in well-known studios in Los Angeles (Studio Deluxe, Steven Spielberg Stage) and Seattle (Glenn Sound, London Bridge). A private instructor of cello and a coach with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra- in-the-Schools Program, Maria is an advocate of music and long-time member of the American String Teacher's Association. In 1999, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Evansville, and in 2003, a Master of Music in Violoncello Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. At UT-Austin, under the tutelage of Professor Phyllis Young, Maria learned how to express her own voice through her cello. This relationship is unique, and reflects her love of music, discipline and improvisation as she teaches, records and performs.
Nathan Harrenstein, cello
Nathan Harrenstein is a recent graduate of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Masters of Music studying with cellist Bion Tsang. During his time at the University of Texas at Austin, he taught cello ensemble, music theory, and technique & repertoire classes in addition to private lessons through the String Project program. Prior to his degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Nathan went to the University of Washington, where he received a Bachelors of Music Degree cum laude in 2010 studying with cellist Toby Saks. Nathan has performed throughout the country, and has been playing the cello for 19 years.
Timothy Mar, cello
Timothy Mar began studying the cello at the age of seven and is currently pursuing a degree in Cello Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Alison Wells. Timothy’s playing has given him the opportunity to perform in multiple orchestras and at music festivals all across the country. A strong advocate of chamber music, he is a founding member of the Centre Street Quartet. Constantly seeking to bring chamber music to the community, Timothy has also recently become involved with Classical Revolution and the Seattle-based chamber collective Parnassus Project. In addition, Timothy is a passionate performer of new music and has given the world premieres of several pieces, including, most recently, a piece written for him by composer Andrew Posner. Timothy’s past teachers include Rajan Krishnaswami and Lauren Root, and he has also participated in masterclasses by Hans Jørgen Jensen and Anthony Elliott. Besides music, some of Timothy’s interests include eating, reading, and playing sports. Timothy plays on a 2010 Michael Doran cello.
Bryan Kolk, bass
Bryan Kolk is a bassist and educator from Michigan. He received both his Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Bass Performance from the University of Michigan. During his time there he debuted as guest soloist with the Troy High Orchestra alongside Daniel Bernard Roumain and premiered Joshua Bornfield’s quintet simplificulticity, a work that went on to win Peabody’s Delillo Composition Award. He currently directs the Redmond Middle School Orchestras, performs as principal of the Thalia Symphony Orchestra and associate-principal of the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and coaches extensively with the Seattle and Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Mayumi Tayake, piano
An avid performer of classical music, Mayumi especially enjoys romantic period compositions as well as experimental music. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Florida State University; her instructors include Solomon Mikowsky, Yong-Hi Moon, Martin Canin, and James Streem.
Since making her orchestral debut with Grand Rapids Symphony at age 17, Mayumi has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, and performed throughout US and Japan. She has participated in the Oberlin and Eastman International Piano Competition/Festival, Shandelee Music Festival, and Aria International Summer Academy. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in Manahattan, and DeVos Hall in Michigan. She played in the masterclasses given by Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Boris Bermann, Nelita True, Jon Kimura Parker, Richard Morris, Hae-won Song, and Margaret Leng-Tan.
Mayumi is currently finishing her DMA program at the University of Washington under the guidance of Craig Sheppard. She teaches at the Bellevue School of Music and Puget Sound Piano Studio. To escape from reality, she enjoys watching Japanese Owarai (comedy) while sipping a spicy chai latte.
Brooks Tran, piano
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Brooks Tran began playing the piano at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Patricia Michaelian, and has given recitals throughout the Seattle area. In 2011, he was featured as a soloist with the University Symphony and the UW Wind Ensemble. Tran is an avid chamber musician, collaborating regularly with chamber partners. He formed the Erös Trio in 2010, and has worked with internationally acclaimed groups, including the Claremont Trio and Cuarteto Casals. Tran is currently pursuing his master’s degree, studying with Craig Sheppard. He also maintains a private teaching studio, and is involved in various musical projects outside the classical world.
Ching-Yueh (Andrew) Chen, piano
At the age of 17 Andrew, a native of Taiwan, performed in The Metropolitan Hall in Taipei as winner of the city’s public high school concerto competition. In 2009 Ching-Yueh won 1st prize in chamber competition at Duxbury Music Festival, MA. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and his Master of Music degree from Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Currently, Andrew is a DMA student at the University of Washington, studying with Craig Sheppard.
Maggie Stapleton, flute
Maggie Stapleton, a South Carolina native, graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. in Flute Performance from Furman University in 2008 where she studied with Cynthia Hopkins. Maggie completed her M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Washington in June, 2010, under the instruction of Donna Shin.
Maggie has performed concertos with the Furman University Symphony Orchestra, the Bay View Festival Orchestra, the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. She earned an Honorable Mention in Paula Robison’s 2009 flute competition held at the University of Washingto and was the 2010 winner of the National Federation of Music Club’s Ernest A Bluhm Flute Competition
In addition to her regular studies with Professors Hopkins and Shin, Maggie has had the opportunity of studying and playing in masterclasses with Paula Robison, Brad Garner, and Thomas Robertello. Maggie attended the Bay View Music Festival near Petoskey, Michigan, in the summers of 2009 and 2010, studying with Donna Shin and Sean Owen. Maggie was a member of the Bay View Wind Quintet and the Bay View Festival and enjoyed playing great chamber works with other small combinations of instruments.
Currently, Maggie is a member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, is a substitute flutist with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and is excited to be a part of Parnassus Project! She is the Arts and Programming Coordinator at Classical KING FM 98.1 and has a private teaching studio. In her spare time, Maggie loves to cook, read, run, hike, and continue exploring the beautiful city of Seattle and surrounding areas of Western Washington.
Ruth Mar, harp
Harpist Ruth Mar has performed as a soloist in the US, Canada, and Israel, including concerto appearances alongside the Rainier Symphony and University of Washington Symphony. She is a 2012 recipient of an Artist Trust GAP award and has served on the music faculty as harp instructor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She is currently the Artistic Director of Parnassus Project, an innovative chamber music collective in the greater Seattle area. An active freelance musician, she regularly performs with ensembles such as Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spokane Symphony, Seattle University choirs, Rainier Symphony, and Thalia Symphony. She also maintains a private teaching studio in Kirkland. Ruth completed her Master of Music at the University of Washington with Heidi Lehwalder and her Bachelor of Music at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Judy Loman. Her other major musical influences include Alison Austin (harp) and Willard Schultz (piano). Ruth’s extra-musical interests include dabbling in graphic design, serving at her church, searching for good coffee, and spending time with family and friends.