Audrey Flores, horn

Audrey Flores, horn

Audrey Flores is a freelancing horn player in New York City.  She attended the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music, and regularly plays on Broadway and with orchestras in the tri-state area.

Formerly Principal Horn of both the Allentown Symphony and the Haddonfield Symphony, Audrey has also played with the New World Symphony, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.  She was a musician in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra in 2011 and 2012, and in the New York Spectacular in the summer of 2016.

A frequent soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players, the OMNI Ensemble, and was featured as a soloist with the Haddonfield Symphony for performances of the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings.  She has also performed at the Sunriver Music Festival, the Vermont Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and as a part of the Bravo! Vail Summer Music Festival.

She is currently recording her first solo album which will be released in the summer of 2017.  This is her second performance as a soloist with the Broadway Bach Ensemble.

Sarah Boxmeyer, horn

Sarah Boxmeyer, horn

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sarah Boxmeyer is a horn player currently based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she received her master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music and bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in her hometown of Philadelphia.

An active musician and educator, Sarah has participated in concerts, music festivals and tours across the United States and abroad including performances in Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic.

Sarah is delighted to make her Broadway Bach Ensemble debut with this performance.

Alexander Chin, horn

Alexander Chin, horn

Midwest-born hornist Alexander Chin moved to New York in 2007 and studied with Mr. Erik Ralske, Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera at Manhattan School of Music where he received his bachelor of music degree. He continued his studies at Mannes The New School for Music under the wing of the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Horn, Mr. Philip Myers and went on to receive his master of music degree.

Mr. Chin has played with members of the New York Philharmonic, Met and Philadelphia orchestras as well as world-renowned soloists Placido Domingo and Rachel Barton among others. Traveling the world Mr. Chin has taken part on the international stage performing in spectacular venues such as China’s National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Czech Republic’s Dvorak Hall in Prague, Vienna’s Musikverein, Leipzig’s famed Gewandhaus among other famous American stages such as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center on a regular basis.

He is a member of the Bridge Arts Ensemble, the Patriot Brass Ensemble, and remains an active freelancer and teacher in the Greater New York area.

Steven Behnke, horn

Steven Behnke, horn

A horn player of diverse experience, Steven Behnke has performed extensively in the New York City area including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He has also been featured on WQXR and has won numerous concerto competitions.

In 2008 he became a member of the Wholly Brass Quintet and has completed several national tours with the group. Steven completed a bachelor’s of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Michelle Baker and Eric Ralske. Previous teachers include David Jolley and Sharon Moe. He has also taken lessons and participated in master classes with Thomas Jöbstl, Julie Landsman, Eric Ruske and Jonathan Lipton.

In 2009 he founded the Patriot Brass Ensemble, a ground breaking non-profit brass group that performs for veterans of the United States Military.

Xiao Wang, violin

Xiao Wang, violin

Violinist Xiao Wang’s great talents have been recognized with many awards and prizes. As the first prizewinner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition, he performed with the Kodaly Philharmonic Orchestra during its Budapest Spring Festival as well as with the Gewandhaus Academisches Orchester in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany.  Mr. Wang was also awarded first prize at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition, resulting in a solo performance with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and Maestro Lavard Skou Larsen. He has appeared under the baton of Maestro Andreas Ligeti in Hungary’s Bela Bartok National Concert Hall as well as in New York as part of the Young Music Forum Series, and been featured in live performances on Houston Public Radio’s “Front Row” series. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with Phillip Entremont, the American String Quartet, and members of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and the New York Philharmonic.

msm-Xiao-Wang3953Mr. Wang began playing the violin at age five, and at the age of ten entered the Central Conservatory in Beijing with Professor Wei-dong Tong. He later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joseph Silverstein, and is currently completing his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Lucie Robert. He has played in master classes for Claude Frank, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt and Pamela Frank.

 

Sophie Shao, ‘cello

Sophie Shao, ‘cello

A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was the winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. This season, she makes her Washington recital debut at the Phillips Collection in addition to recitals at Middlebury College, Bargemusic, Tuesday Musical Club (TX), and in other cities around the country. Ms. Shao also performs Beethoven’s A Major Sonata in What Makes it Great, on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series; appears as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony; and leads a Sophie Shao and Friends tour with violinist Frank Huang and pianist Gilles Vonsattel, among many other appearances. Last season’s highlights included a twelve-city tour with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra in performances of the Elgar and Haydn C Major concerti, recitals across the country, touring performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and participation in a play/discussion of the Prelude from Bach’s C Major Suite, as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.

Ms. Shao has collaborated with members of the Brentano, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard and Orion quartets, and with artists such as Alessio Bax, Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Gil Shaham, David Shifrin, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Andre Watts, among many others. She has also performed as a guest with the Formosa and Shanghai quartets and the Trio Cavatina, and is a frequent guest at many leading festivals including Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Bard Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Dedicated to the music of our time, Ms. Shao has recently premiered concertos by Richard Wilson and Howard Shore, and has recorded the music of Wilson, George Tsontakis, Anna Weesner and Barbara White. She has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin on Tan Dun’s dynamic Ghost Opera in Indianapolis, and last summer premiered a work by Lowell Liebermann for mezzo-soprano and ensemble at Chamber Music Northwest. In addition to the aforementioned recordings, Ms. Shao can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (for the Marlboro Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary recording), and Howe Records. This season, she releases a double-CD set of Bach Cello Suites through the support of the Classical Recording Foundation.

A native of Houston, Texas, Sophie Shao began playing the cello at age six, and was a student of Shirley Trepel, former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. At age thirteen she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying cello with David Soyer. After graduating from the Curtis Institute, she continued her cello studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory of Music, and plays a cello made by Honoré Derazey in 1860, once owned by Pablo Casals.

Bio from the Halcyon Music Festival

Teresa Cheung, conductor

Teresa Cheung, conductor

Equally at home with both orchestral and vocal genres, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, and operatic productions in the US and Canada. Her recent conducting appearances include the Amarillo Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Mobile Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Portland Symphony, Regina Opera, Stamford Symphony, Western Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Besides maintaining an active schedule with professional orchestras, Cheung often appears as conductor for colleges and universities, with All State/All County orchestra festivals, and has served as a conducting clinician for Lincoln Center’s “Meet The Artist” program.

The 2016-2017 season marks Cheung’s ninth season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. Recently Cheung made her conducting debut with the New York City Ballet, and is delighted to be making her first appearances with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta this season. A resident in New York City, Cheung was Resident Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra. While she was Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape she was rehearsal/offstage conductor for a number of rarely performed operatic masterworks. Some of the most outstanding examples include the 2010’s highly acclaimed US premiere of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, the first US fully-staged production of Robert Schumann’s Genoveva in 2006, and the 2004 production of Mark Blitzstein’s Regina.

Teresa CheungKnown for her creative concert programming, collaborative projects and outreach programs, Cheung is a passionate advocate for music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure with the Altoona Symphony, Cheung has created numerous programs that engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. The orchestra also performed in numerous occasions with university ensembles such as the ones from Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Juniata College on works such as Silvestre Revueltas’ La Noche de los Mayas, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Cheung’s vision of taking Altoona Symphony beyond Central Pennsylvania has led to a collaborative project with Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ Commonwealth Speaker Karl Middleman in “Dvorak’s New World”, a Humanities on the Road program that was broadcasted throughout the state of Pennsylvania in December, 2011.

Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Amongst her many initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. A native of Hong Kong, Cheung received her Masters Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is a recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.

Michael F. Tietz, conductor

Michael F. Tietz, conductor

Michael F. Tietz is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Broadway Bach Ensemble, a 50-piece orchestra on New York’s upper west side, which he founded in 1985. His conducting repertoire spans baroque, classical, romantic and 20th-century works. Mike has had the privilege of working with numerous professional musicians as soloists, including members of major New York orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Mike started his conducting activities at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Light Opera Company, which he founded in 1978. He is a member of New York’s Village Light Opera Group, where he has served as Music Director, Assistant Music Director, Chorus Master, member of the company/chorus, and orchestra member. Mike has pursued conducting studies with Michael Adelson, Diane Wittry and Joseph Gifford, and at conducting workshops in New York and Nevada.

An active ‘cellist and violist, Mike plays in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the New York City metropolitan area. He is also a bagpiper with the Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums, performing parades and shows in the tristate area.