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Washington D.C

Elizabeth Polek

Violinist

Elizabeth Polek is enjoying a varied career with performances in solo, chamber, and symphonic genres.  She is also a committed teacher, and works weekly with nine students at Music & Arts in Bowie, Maryland.  Born in Baltimore, she is currently pursuing her graduate degree at the University of Maryland, where she holds a performance assistantship.  Elizabeth completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston, where she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in viola performance. Elizabeth has performed in orchestras under the batons of James Ross, Larry Rachleff, Richard Bado, and Itzhak Perlman, and is a rotating principal in the University of Maryland Orchestra.  During the summer, Elizabeth enjoys participating in chamber music and orchestral festivals.  She attended the New York University String Quartet Workshop in 2005, and in 2006 and 2007, Elizabeth participated in the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, performing the Ginastera “Concert Variations” viola solo in a 2007 concert.  In 2008, she played with the Spoleto Festival orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina.  This summer, Elizabeth is excited to return to Spoleto and to also participate in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Allyson Clark

Violinist

Allyson Clark began studying the violin at the age of four at Nevada School of the Arts where she was a Liberace Scholar.  She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Neil Weintrob and Curtis Macomber.  Hailed by the New York Times for her “finely polished” and “warm-toned” playing, Ms. Clark has performed in myriad venues including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, the Library of Congress, Constitution Hall, and the National Gallery.  She recently completed a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, College Park under the tutelage of James Stern, Elisabeth Adkins, and members of the Guarneri String Quartet.  An active recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Clark can be heard performing throughout the Washington D.C. area. 

Heidi Schaul-Yoder

Violinist

Heidi Schaul-Yoder is an avid chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teacher with a strong interest in contemporary music and interdisciplinary projects.  Ms. Schaul-Yoder is currently a masters student at the Juilliard School studying with Ronald Copes and Naoko Tanaka. While at Juilliard, she has served as assistant concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the conductorless Chamber Orchestra, participated in the Juilliard Chamberfest, and performed with the Artemis Chamber Ensemble.  She has also performed at the Kennedy Center and around New York as a member of the Mimesis Ensemble. Ms. Schaul-Yoder is a graduate of Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler and performed with the 20/21 New Music Ensemble. In past summers she has attended the Quartet Program, the string and chamber music sessions at Domaine Forget, the Beijing International Festival and Academy, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College, and Kneisel Hall.  Ms. Schaul-Yoder maintains a private violin studio in New York, and has served on the faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory Performing Arts Camp, the Chestnut Hill Arts Camp, and the Nosis Institute.  She was recently awarded both the Morse and Instrumental Music Program Fellowships from Juilliard, and will be teaching musical concepts and violin technique to New York public school students this coming year.

Glen McDaniel

Violinist

He began studying the violin at the age of 8 and worked with Arkady Fomin.  Under the direction of Kenneth Goldsmith at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Glen was able to perform in master classes with violinists such as Vadim Gluzman and Philippe Quint.  More recently, Glen was given the opportunity to play under the baton of world-renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman.  Currently, Glen is a Master at the University of Maryland with David Salness.

Elizabeth Meszaros

Cellist

A native of Long Island, New York, Elizabeth Meszaros is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland.  She has earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance from LSU, studying with Dennis Parker.  Prior to LSU, Ms. Meszaros attended Ithaca College in New York and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education, studying with Elizabeth Simkin.  While at Ithaca, she was principal cellist of the symphony, chamber, and string orchestras, as well as a member of the Gallagher String Quartet, Ithaca College Cello Choir, and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Meszaros attended the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy during the summer of 2004, which brought chamber music to the region of Campobasso.  In 2007, she returned to the Bowdoin Festival as performing and teaching assistant to the former teacher, Elizabeth Simkin.  Ms. Meszaros won fourth prize in the LSU Concerto Competition in 2007, earning a performance as soloist with the LSU Symphony.  As an orchestral player, Ms. Meszaros has attended the International Festival at Round Top, and was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony, and Louisiana Sinfonietta.

 

 

Chun Hsin Wu

Violin

 Chun Hsin Wu started playing the violin at age four in Kao-Hsiung, Taiwan. In 1994, she continued her musical studies with the Concertmaster of Dallas Symphony Bing Wong in the United States. In 1996 Ms. Wu won the First Place award from the Southern California Young Musicians Competition, Romantic Period. In 1998 she studied with the head of American Suzuki Organization William Starr in Colorado. In 2000 she won the Second Place of Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Concerto Competition. In 2001 she won Second Place in Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Ms. Wu received her Bachelors of Music degree in Violin Performance in 2006. During her undergraduate studies, she studied with Mr. Oswald Lehnert. During that time she received Outstanding Chamber Music Honors at the University of Colorado. In 2005, she won First Place in MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Young Artist Competition, Colorado Division, and then Honorable Mention at the Regional Division. Alongside with solo works, Ms. Wu keeps an active chamber music career as well. She was the violinist of Piove Trio. Piove Trio won MTNA Chamber Music Competition, Colorado Division, and then Second Place at the Regional Division. She has gotten master classes from Donald Weilerstein, Charlie Castleman, Benny Kim, Alice Schoenfeld, Jennifer John, Daniel Silver, Paul Erhart, Erika Eckert, Judith Glyde, members of the Takács Quartet, members of the Guarneri Quartet, and Anne Epperson. Ms. Wu has performed with numerous orchestras and she is an active recitalist in United States and Asia. Ms. Wu is currently pursuing the Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance under Dr. Gerald Fischbach at the University of Maryland, College Park on a Graduate Assistantship.

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