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Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music" (July, '99). Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Bach Artists, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society. Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble whose performances the New York Times has described as the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert. (July, 2005), Mr. Bailen also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, 'Modern Works,' the Cape May Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival and is founder of the series Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York. He is assistant-principal cello of the Stamford Symphony and appears frequently with leading New York area orchestras such as the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Deutche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, BMG and Flying Dutchman Records and has been heard as solo cello in numerous Broadway shows.
Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Graduating in 1977 with High Honors in Music and French Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Bailen also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University where he was awarded the coveted Slater Prize for Entrepreneurship. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking. Mr. Bailen has also gained national attention as a writer and producer of children's music receiving over twenty-five commissions (including a Yale Alumni grant) for his "Song to Symphony" project, an extended school residency program that presents children's original musicals in an orchestral setting (subject of a NY Times feature article, Sept. 2006). Recently Mr. Bailen premiered his Double Concerto for flute and cello with the Johns Hopkins Orchestra with he and his wife, flutist, Susan Rotholz as soloists. They live in New York City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.
Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, a trained German harpist, studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe where she graduated in 1986 with a Diploma for Education and Orchestra harpist. From 1985-1986 she studied at the University of Houston American harp music through a Fulbright Scholarship. To further her ensemble and orchestral playing she studied at Rice University in Houston, Texas, through a scholarship in Graduate Studies. Eventually she left for New York where she received her Masters(1989) and her Doctorate in Education (1992) from Columbia University.Her dissertation was on contemporary harp music and covered new repertoire for the harp. She recorded two CD's in the 1990s.
American guitarist Richard Jacobowski received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music in 1993. As a student, he was chosen to perform for the great master, Andres Segoviaand soon afterward was awarded the prestigious Andres Segovia Award for Outstanding Guitar Performance. Richard has given numerous performances on Public Radio FM-WNYC and on many concert stages in NYC, includingfour critically acclaimed recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. These concerts were presented by the American Institute of Guitar, Gateway Classics and the Aranjuez Strings, New Talent of the Guitar Series. In Europe, he has given concerts and adjudicated guitar competitions at music festivals throughout Spain, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, and in France at the International Festival of Guitar, lle deRe, 2002. His work as a chamber musician brought him to Lithuania as part of the Pazaislio Music Festival, 1999. As a teacher, Richard was Director of Guitar Studies at William Paterson University for ten years. He is currently on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Articles by and interviews with Jacobowski have appeared in Soundboard, 20th Century Guitar, and La Guitarra.
Dr. Ondracek is a founding member and the first violinist of the Voxare String Quartet. In addition to her work as a performing artist, Dr. Ondracek is a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, a faculty member at Teachers College, and also maintains a private teaching studio in both New York City and Connecticut.
Viola and Violin
Katherine Sinsabaugh has performed with the Sinsabaugh / Hall Duo and Trio Angelicus, both of which made their New York debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall. As a NY freelancer, she has performed in numerous Broadway Shows, including Ragtime, Show Boat, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and with area freelance orchestras. She has toured with Barbara Streisand, Pavrotti, and Andrea Bocelli to name a few. As a chamber musician Katherine has performed in The American Landmark Series, Trinity Church, Vermont Mozart Festival, St. Paul's Arts Festival, The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Music Series, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and The Aspen Festival. Katherine holds a Doctorate in Music and Music Education from Teachers College -- Columbia University. Prior studies include an MM from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Karen Tuttle and Burton Kaplan and a BA from Barnard College-Columbia University where she studied with Paul Doktorat the Julliard School, receiving among other prizes the Alpha Zeta Fellowship. Dr. Sinsabaugh is on the faculty of the Mamaroneck UFSD school district and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Lindsey is currently a Doctor of Education candidate at Teachers College. She has taught privately for 14 years and has experience with individual and group instruction, ages 3-50+. She finished her Masters in String Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsey instructed the High String Fundamentals class at the UW-Madison, where she created and implemented a curriculum for the enrolled music education majors to learn a beginning to intermediate skill level on the violin and viola through a natural and accessible approach. Lindsey directed and coached the All University String Orchestras Chamber program at the UW-Madison. She also coached the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber program for 5 years. Lindsey worked with a non-profit community music program in Wisconsin, Madison Music Makers, where she created a curriculum for volunteer teachers from the university and community to implement, and coached them in their instruction. She is currently working with the Partnership for the Homeless in Brooklyn where she instructs and directs a music program for families with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and learning abilities.
Ieong Cheng (Katy) Ho
Macao-born violist Ieong Cheng (Katy) Ho has quickly gained national and international attention, gracing concert stages around the world. Katy performed in various concert halls in United States, China, Germany, Austria, France, and Denmark. She served as a principal violist in The New Juilliard Ensemble, and Texas Festival Orchestra and an assistant viola principal in The Juilliard Orchestra. She had performed with renowned musicians such as Itzak Perlman, Lang Lang, Robert McDonald, Trey Li, and Timothy Eddy. Katy is a multiple scholarships recipient from Juilliard, the Macao Government and Teachers College. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School. As an Enid W. & Lester Morse Jr. Scholar, Katy is finishing her Ed.M degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College in Music and Music Education degree. Currently, Katy is the faculty at Opportunity Music Project, Teachers College Community School and a violin and viola instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jack, Weng Chong Lio
Jack, Weng Chong Lio is a violinist born-and- raised in Macau. Being trained in the traditional conservatory setting since the beginning of his music journey had allowed him to start his teaching career as early as in high school. Jack received his bachelor degree in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He has performed in numerous concerts and music festivals hosted across the globe, including The United States, China, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Czech, Taiwan and Korea. He had also been appointed as a delegation team member in participating a joint-concert in the World Expo during his undergraduate studies.
After his graduation, Jack worked as a full time music teacher for 4 years, duties included: group violin classes/group music theory classes/orchestra sectional coach/string orchestra conductor; as well as a part time private lesson teacher, which he maintained eight to ten students in his private studio with age from 5 to 50+. He helped various students in preparing music practical exams and prepped students’ aural skills for their undergraduate music program studies. He has 10 years of teaching experiences in different music areas. He had also founded his own chamber ensemble & orchestra association with fellow musicians in Macau and worked closely with other musicians in producing concerts and student-teacher concerts.
Jack is currently pursuing the Master of Education in Music & Music Education, while working as a student instructor teaching violin applied lessons in Teachers College, Columbia University.
An active solo and chamber musician, Allison Reisinger has performed at numerous concert halls across the country, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Miller Recital Hall at the Manhattan School of Music, and the National Gallery of Art. She has appeared with the National Music Festival both as a orchestral player and soloist, the Lake George Music Festival, and the National Philharmonic. Allison has been featured in numerous master classes with Ilya Kaler and the Tempest Trio, Shirley Givens, Tao-Chang Yu, and Kurt Nikkanen. Allison has studied with Laura Goldberg of the Juilliard School, Dr. James Stern at the University of Maryland, Elizabeth Faidley of the Manhattan School of Music and Igor Yuzefovich of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Allison maintains a private studio, while also teaching both applied violin and in the Music Explorers program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan, violinist, has performed throughout the United States and countries abroad. The founder and artistic director of the Solare Chamber Players, Dr. Tanaka-Suwan has played throughout her career with artists including Kurt Masur, Lukas Foss, Joshua Bell, Carolin Widmann, Vladamir Feltsman, among others.
Currently the music director at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls (BGLIG), Dr. Tanaka-Suwan built a music curriculum using the Suzuki Method where all students receive violin instruction. Under the tutelage of Dr. Tanaka-Suwan, BGLIG’s music program has received national recognition and has been highlighted in The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Pix 11, News 12, among others; and will be featured in the documentary film ‘Joe’s Violin’. Dr. Tanaka-Suwan received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with a concentration in music-in-education from the New England Conservatory. She completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in violin performance at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Dr. Tanaka-Suwan is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tammy Sue Yi
Tammy Sue Yi is a violinist, strings specialist and orchestra conductor from Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelors of Music in violin performance at Azusa Pacific University and earned a Masters with a CA teaching credential at the University of Southern California. Ms. Yi has more than 10 years of experience teaching in applied lessons and classroom violin instruction. She created an effective curriculum and methodology for string pedagogy for 1st-3rd grade classroom violin instruction and started an award winning children's string orchestra program in Orange County, CA, who received invitational performances at Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts, Walt Disney Hall. Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Ms. Yi is published on USC Rossier Education Magazine, USC Show and Tell, TC Today, OC Parenting Magazine, Orange County Register and is featured on the Campaign For Teachers College Columbia University. Currently, she is the founder and orchestra director at Teachers College Community School Children’s Orchestra in Harlem, and Nyack Public Schools. Ms. Yi is also a Doctoral student in Music and Music Education, a graduate research assistant and INSTEP Coordinator at Teachers College, Columbia University. www.youtube.com/yimusically