Phillip began studying violin at the age of 4, but switched to cello at age 9 because his mother didn’t want him and his twin brother competing on the violin. After growing up in Cincinnati, Phillip decided to stay local for the opportunity to study with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist, Alan Rafferty at the UC College-Conservatory of Music. There, he received his Bachelor’s of Music and is currently working on his Masters. Phillip’s career goal is to be an orchestral musician, and has already had success with auditions with Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Phillip intently follows and watches the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals games.
Korean pianist Bin Yu began studying music at age five. Bin graduated Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University in South Korea. She acquired her master degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania on full scholarship and stipend. While she was attending West Chester University, she received the Jacob’s Music Steinway award. She has worked extensively with Carl Cranmer, Aviram Reichert and Sun-Kyung Lee. Bin is currently in a doctorate program at the College- Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati on full scholarship under the legendary American pianist James Tocco.
Bin won the first prize in the MTNA Pennsylvania State Competition, Honorable Mention at the MTNA Eastern Division Competition and was the winner of the Concerto Competition at West Chester University. She has performed the Jeon-Ju Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Symphony Orchestra in South Korea and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra in the states. She attended several music festivals, including Yeon Eum Music Festival in South Korea, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, where she won the Marina Bondarenko Memorial Prize. She has played in Masterclasses with pianists John Perry, Menahem Pressler, Boaz Sharon, Richard Braun, Jon Nakamatsu and Ann Schein.
As a collaborative pianist, Bin has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists and served as an accompanying graduate assistant at West Chester University. She also was an accompanist for the Temple University preparatory students in Philadelphia. Bin has been teaching all ages and skill levels since 2010 working through both her personal private studios in South Korea and Philadelphia as well as being a guest instructor, lecturer and accompanist at Music Education Center in Virginia. Her teaching philosophy is based on a primary focus that all of her students love and enjoy music at whatever capacity they choose.
Ashlyn Ronkes began her violin studies at the age of four and a half in her home city of
Corona, California. For the first eight years, she was taught using the Suzuki method and
books. Ashlyn has a passion for teaching, playing in orchestra, and exposing classical music to the community and public schools. Currently, she is a Masters of Music violin performance major at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, studying under Dr. Won Bin Yim. In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelors of Music degree with a minor in eurhythmics from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Updegraff and Joan Kwuon. During her last couple of years in Cleveland, she also was a substitute violinist for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. In past summers, she has attended music festivals such as the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center studying under William Preucil, Round Top Summer Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School studying under Masao Kawasaki. In 2010, she was awarded a scholarship and internship to the Sierra Academy of Music and attended the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival in California.
Ashlyn won her first concerto competition in 2005 and soloed with the Claremont Youth
Symphony Orchestra. She also placed first in the Junior Chamber Music concerto competition
of 2011, performing as soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra. She competed in
the Satori String Competition of 2010, winning first in its Prodigy Bach, Prodigy Solo, and Open
Solo categories. For many years, Ashlyn had participated in the Suzuki Violin Graduation,
completing Level XII, and the Music Teachers Association Certificate of Merit Program,
receiving Branch and Showcase Honors. She has also enjoyed performing with the Riverside
City College Symphony and Corona Symphony orchestras, as well as serving as principal second
violin of the La Sierra University Symphony.
As a chamber music enthusiast, Ashlyn was involved in Junior Chamber Music (JCM)
where her piano trio was selected to be in the honors program and toured Austria in 2012. In
Ashlyn's home state of Southern California, she has performed community service as part of the
New World Piano Quintet, playing in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, homes for
the mentally disabled, and for charity functions. Besides playing classical music, Ashlyn enjoys
improvising and playing with the Calvary Chapel Corona worship team, eating Asian cuisine,
trying different coffee shops with friends, and doing outdoor activities such as biking by the
Caitlyn Chenault is a Cincinnati based cellist who hails from sunny Southern California. She is currently completing her Doctorate in cello
performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Professor Yehuda Hanani where she also holds the role of Head Orchestral Librarian Graduate Assistant. As an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician you can hear Caitlyn performing in a variety of venues across the tri-state area, some of the chamber and orchestral groups include Kentucky Symphony, Richmond Symphony,
Concert Nova, and Cincinnati’s Classical Revolution.
As a dedicated educator Caitlyn has been teaching traditional and
Suzuki cello lessons for over ten years to aspiring cellist from ages three to
eighty-three through such organizations as CCM’s Preparatory Department,
the Hyde Park School, The School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and
the Redlands Community School of Music. Caitlyn believes in working with
each student and their family to find the most engaging and appropriate style
of learning for each individual.
When Caitlyn is not cello-ing, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her fiancé Walter Park and their cat, Pietra.
Rebecca Willett, a Young Steinway Artist, has felt from a young age that God is calling her to be a musician. She began her music education with piano at age 4 and added violin at age 7. Rebecca performs regularly on piano as a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music, under world-renowned pianist, Awadagin Pratt at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
During high school, Rebecca traveled from Virginia Beach to NYC to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, conductor and teacher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn. After being accepted to seven conservatories, Rebecca chose to attend Mannes School of Music in New York, New York beginning August 2012 to study under Irina Morozova. Rebecca earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro.
In July 2013, Rebecca was named Runner Up in the Cremona International Piano Competition and performed in the Winner's recital in Cremona, Italy. She has won first prize in numerous concerto competitions, and made her solo orchestral debut playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor twice in March 2010 with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and the York River Symphony. She performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in 2015. After performing in the 2008 Terrific Talented Teens Concert through Sundays at Four, Rebecca was asked back in 2009 to present a full recital. Rebecca has performed as a soloist in the Virginia Symphony’s Young Artist Showcase many times, since the age of 10. She was also chosen to perform in 10-Piano Concerts in Sacramento, California and Matsumoto, Japan.
Rebecca is from Virginia Beach, and is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Willett and the sister of Caroline and Eliza Willett. She is blessed to have been a student of gifted teachers: Melody Diehl, Anne Bugg, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Suzanne Guy, Dr. Jason Peterson, and Dr. Lelia Sadlier.
Lee started to play cello as a young student in the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools at Sands Montessori, later graduated from the School of Creative and Performing Arts and studied with Norman Johns of the Cincinnati Symphony and Nadine Monchecourt of the Dayton Philharmonic. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, was one of the winners of the Corbett-Mayerson competition and has toured Poland. Lee studied the Suzuki Method in Chicago, Columbus and at the University of Louisville, where he won the Mastropauolo Merit Award. In 2011, Lee attended the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin Conservatory. He is an active performer in the Cincinnati area and was awarded a scholarship from the Cincinnati Foundation. He now studies cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a full scholarship student of Dr. William Grubb.
Jordan Neiman moved to Cincinnati from Boston where he completed his master’s degree and was the first prize winner of the Churchill Competition at the Boston Conservatory. He is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Principal teachers and coaches include Awadagin Pratt, Jung-Ja Kim, Clifton Matthews, Paul Schenly, and Markus Placci. Jordan has played recitals around the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. An experienced teacher, Jordan believes in reaching each student according to their individual goals and learning styles. He has studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Karen Beres, Max Levinson, and Dr. Michelle Conda.
Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara is an active musician and member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra and Clermont Philharmonic. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
He believes that all students have a high level of learning potential and the teacher should guide them in the pursuit to achieve their goals using the most comfortable, intelligent and balanced way to master important skills. The teacher and student should work together in gaining understanding of how cello playing works through a combination of technique, physical abilities, the laws of physics and gravity, and music itself.
Eliza Li-Han Tseng is currently pursuing her Doctoral Musical Arts Degree in Cello Performance at University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music with awarded a scholarship from CCM under the instructions of Professor Yehuda Hanani and Lee Fiser. She graduated from University of North Texas in 2014 under Professor Nikola Ruzevic with Master of Music Degree. During her master’s study she was awarded a scholarship from the College of Music and taught in the UNT- String Project. She has been a cello instructor at Northern Kentucky University – Music Preparatory Department since 2015 Fall.
Ms. Tseng started her cello learning at the age of twelve and took second place in the high-school cello division of the Eisenbach Music Competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In her first summer of undergraduate studies, she was a visiting scholar at the Internationales Musikkonservatorium Graz, immersing herself in cello performance, chamber music, and classes. She had participated in a full scholarship music festivals, including the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and Manchester Music Festival (MMF), enjoyed the orchestral and chamber music study, weekly performances, master class, teaching students, and concert tours in both USA and Asia.
As a performer, Ms. Tseng also has participated in numerous chamber groups and orchestras, including performing with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO), National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. She has studied cello with Yehuda Hanani, Lee Fiser, Nikola Ruzevic, Chia -Yi Tseng, Chung-Cheng Lin. Chamber music with Danwen Jiang, Eugene Osadchy, Amit Even-Tov (Ariel Quartet).
Ms. Tseng professional goals include enjoying playing the cello and exploring the music possibilities; she had a recital with violin, guitar and dancer in 2015 and Asia concert tour with AYO in 2016. She would like to maintain performing and teaching as part of her musical life.
Chia-Jui He, Flutist and Pianist
Born in Tainan, Taiwan Chia-Jui He studied at College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati and National Chiayi University. Her teachers included Dr.
Bradely Garner, Dr. Tzu-Ying Lin, Anders Norell, Yu Hui Lin and Li-Xiang Lee.
Being a music instructor Ms. He has more than 10 years teaching experiences
both in Flute and Piano. She creates her particular teaching methods to adapt varieties
students in all ages and she believes to enjoy the music is the best way to keep the
interests of learning the music. Under her instruction, students have been members of
the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth orchestra,
All-State Ensemble of Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and achieved top
places in national competitions and high levels for the Associated Board of the Royal
Schools of Music (ABRSM).
As a musician, Chia-Jui is also very active in all kinds of music performances.
Recent performance activities are around the world which includes in Taiwan, Japan,
China, Cincinnati, Dayton, New York City and Malibu, California.
Chia-Jui has served as a church pianist in Sharon Baptist Church since 2010 and
was an Adjunct faculty in flute performance of University of Dayton, flute sectional
teacher in Kings High School and Cincinnati Hills Christian academy. Currently,
Chia-Jui is a doctorate candidate of College-Conservatory of Music, University of
Jeongeun Park was born in Seoul, South Korea and resides currently in Cincinnati, Ohio. From an early age, she surrounded herself in music whether it was the informal piano lessons from her mother or the focused study of the violin beginning at the age of 5. Leading up to her high school years, she switched her area of focus from violin to viola and attended the prestigious Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul to obtain her Bachelor of Music degree. Under the tutelage of Professor Do-Yeon Kim, Jeongeun participated in and won numerous competitions. Furthermore, during her time at the university, she performed as the Principal Viola of the orchestra until her graduation.
After making the decision to study abroad, Jeongeun began her studies under Professor Catharine Carroll Lees and Professor Masao Kawasaki in 2010 at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Beginning with her Artist Diploma, she went on to complete her Master of Music degree as well and is currently a Doctoral Candidate. Alongside her studies, she has attended several contests and festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and several master classes.
Her professional experience is rooted in education, having run her own private studio while in Seoul and having run a more exclusive studio in Cincinnati. At school, she has been a mentor and tutor with her work as a Graduate Assistant, teaching both Undergraduate and Graduate level students. Coupled with her work in several local orchestras as a Violist, Jeongeun Park is the epitome of a musician: driven, passionate, and absolutely in love with music.
Sarah Macey is a violist living, studying, and performing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career in Chicago, Illinois, where she was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She then spent four years in Indianapolis, Indiana, working on her BM at Butler University. Under the tutelage of Richard Auldon Clark, Sarah participated in many chamber ensembles, was principal viola of the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Butler Ballet Orchestra, participated in the annual concerto competition and won the Helen Speicher scholarship award, performed three recitals, and was a teaching fellow at the Butler Community Arts School where she had many students. After her time in Indianapolis, Sarah moved to Cincinnati to continue her studies and receive her MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Dr. Catharine Lees. At CCM she has studied chamber music under the Ariel Quartet, been a member of the CCM Philharmonia, performed in several recitals and given two recitals of her own, and has tried to learn as much as humanly possible from the amazing students and faculty at the school. She will be continuing her education at CCM as a doctoral student (DMA) in viola performance.
Scott Jackson is an accomplished violin performer, from Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati under Prof. Won Bin Yim. Scott has competed in numerous competitions and was a semifinalist in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sphinx competitions. He also won the CCM Concerto Competition in 2014. In 2015, Scott was accepted into a fellowship position with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, IL where he performed extensively with both the orchestra as well as a member of the PI String Quartet. He has been invited to play in masterclasses with famed violinists such as Midori, Gil Shaham, and Augustin Hadelich. Scott currently plays in several orchestras and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has also been invited for the past four years to play with the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on 6-week tours across the United States. Scott is a founding member of the Price Hill String Quartet, which performs regularly in Cincinnati, Ohio and has earned a grant from ArtsWave, the nation’s largest community campaign for the arts. Scott began studying the violin at age 10 in his hometown of Las Vegas. He has attended numerous summer festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University’s String Institute, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Scott received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas, under Brian Lewis and a Masters Degree from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
JaeEun Lee is currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she previously earned her Master of Music degree studying with Won-Bin Yim.
JaeEun loves to teach and studied string pedagogy during her doctorate at CCM. She is certified in the Suzuki method and studied with Suzuki pedagogues in California and North Carolina. Comfortable with Suzuki and traditional methods, she always finds the best way to reach each student.
JaeEun learned piano as a child as well, and she still loves to play and teach piano. She has served as pianist for Sacred Heart Church since 2012 and she loves to play piano for her string students at recitals and lessons.
Cara Simpson is a violinist, violist, and educator currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a BM in Viola Performance from the University of Kentucky and a MM in Performance from the University of Cincinnati CCM. Her primary teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Margaret Karp. Cara is a Suzuki Certified violin and viola teacher and enjoys teaching both traditional violin and the Suzuki Method.
Cara regularly performs solo and chamber recitals and is an active orchestral musician, performing in such orchestras as the Lexington Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Clermont Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Aspen Concert Orchestra and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has studied with some of the country’s top musicians at various summer festivals including Aspen, Meadowmount, Encore, Brevard and Sewanee.
Jennifer is an experienced violin and viola teacher with a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catharine Carroll. Jennifer is also experienced as a Suzuki violin parent and her students appreciate her varied perspectives on violin and practicing. An expert at fitting violin into today's busy lifestyles, she has developed unique tools to allow music to complement your schedule. Jennifer is also a music historian and strongly believes that greater knowledge about music broadens student perspectives.
Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Kanako Shimasaki of Springfield, Ohio, began studying violin at the age of four. As a soloist, she has been featured on Discover Classical 88.1, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and has appeared as guest soloist with the National Symphony Summer Music Institute Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia and Artaria Ensemble, and Great Wall Soloists.
Kanako is a founding member of “Three,” a collaborative trio with Luke Gillespie, Professor of Piano/Jazz at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her sister, Mariko. Together, they perform in concert series’ around Japan and the United States, most recently appearing at the Millennium Stage in DC, John Legend Theater, and the Kyoto City International Foundation.
Kanako received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, all with full scholarships, from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM.) She currently serves as a teaching assistant and is on the faculty in CCM’s Preparatory Department.