Guest Artist Profiles

September 17, 2016

Jan Fillmore Scott is a founding member of the chamber ensemble PASTICHE and is the Assistant Department Head for the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has performed as a recitalist/clinician throughout the United States and with numerous orchestras including Louisville Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, and Symphony of Southeast Texas. Ms Scott has been a performing artist/teacher at the prestigious Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Louisiana Touring Artist, and is on the Louisiana Artist Roster. Ms Scott has recorded with Innova and Centaur Labels allowing new audiences to hear the clarinet in an exciting new setting. 

October 22,2016
Vadym KholodenkoVan Cliburn Recital 2013 Gold Medalist

“With Kholodenko, the instrument, and the [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1], showed refreshing vitality, showcasing a thoughtful and enterprising talent.” –Philadelphia Inquirer
Vadym Kholodenko has emerged as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted performers of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Winner of the coveted gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, he is forging an international career throughout Europe, Asia, and North America to great acclaim. This season, he makes debuts with the Atlanta, Eugene, and Hawaii Symphony Orchestras, and also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert presented by the San Diego Symphony. He enters the second year of his artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with the continuation of the Prokofiev piano concerto cycle and chamber projects, and returns to the Rochester Philharmonic. European engagements include debuts with the BBC Scottish, Kristiansand Symphony, Spanish National, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and a return to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In August 2015, he appeared in Zurich with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev under the auspices of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. Recitals will take him to Austin, Budapest, Porto, Vancouver, and other cities around the world.

December 3, 2016
Guest artist is Grammy Award winning Tenor, Dan Coakwell

Dann Coakwell, tenor, has been praised as an “eloquent … vivid storyteller,” “with clear, attractive tone” (The New York Times), a “fine voice, admirably produced” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and he has been commended as “the standout vocal soloist … with utterly natural diction,” expressing “a gorgeous lyric tenor that could threaten or caress on the turn of a dime” (The Dallas Morning News). Dann is much sought-after as a performer of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries, specializing in J.S. Bach’s Evangelist roles. Additionally well versed in the repertoire of Benjamin Britten and other composers from the last century, he also actively seeks out opportunities to collaborate with modern composers and perform new music. 

March 4, 2017
Mike Middleton, Texas State Accordion Champion

Mike Middleton is a semi professional accordionist and his main musical interests are Midi Enhanced Accordion music from all genres. Mike perform mainly for charity events and local festivals, including all styles of international accordion music. He also enjoy arranging compositions to accordion, and have recently been performing at many churches and for Senior groups throughout Central Texas. Mike's  latest performances include renditions/arrangements of "Ghostriders in the Sky", "Variations on an Amazing Grace", "Beer Barrell Polka Variations", "Russian Minka Variations", and other favorites. Mike has preferred instruments are a Titano Starlight Royal Cossoto Accordion with a Melody Maker onboard Midi Synthesizer, a Petosa Mahogony Alpine Tuba Bass Accordion, and sometimes….a Mirafone 189 Kaiser Tuba.

April 29,2017
Guest Violinist is Yeagy Park

Violinist Yaegy Park was born in 1997 in Houston, Texas. She began violin studies at age three, and had her first concert at age four as a Houston Young Artist. In 2008, Yaegy was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist and performed on the NPR show From the Top. Over the next few years, she won top prizes in competitions such as the American Protege International Competition, the International Russian Rotary Children's Music Competition, the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, LISMA International Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, and the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition.Yaegy is also an avid chamber musician, having won competitions in the chamber division at the KRB NY International Music Competition and the Crescendo International Music Competition. She was recently named a Young Arts Winner of 2015. Currently, Yaegy attends Juilliard Precollege studying with Catherine Cho. She is a member of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture.