Wednesday, July 16, 2014

meet our coach, agnieszka likos, at our workshops on august 16th & 17th

Agnieszka Likos recently completed her Master’s Degree in violin performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in the studio of Stefan Hersh. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, where she studied with Sibbi Bernhardsson and was awarded the Smith Scholarship for artistic work and academic achievements. During her pre-college studies, Agnieszka was a student of Marko Dreher at the Music Institute of Chicago. She began violin in Poland under direction of Dorota Pelczar at Ignacy Jan Paderewski School of Music in Krosno, and continued with Iwona Wojciechowska at Henryk Wieniawski School of Music in Łódź.

Agnieszka realizes her musical interests in the field of chamber music, performing at multiple chamber music festivals in Bowdoin (ME), Madeline Island (WI), Hot Springs (AR) and Urbana-Champaign (IL). She took part in multiple masterclasses led by outstanding chamber musicians such as the Guarneri Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Arianna Quartet, Parker Quartet and Shanghai Quartet. From 2004 to 2006 she was a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Program. As a member of a piano trio from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Program, Agnieszka won the first prize in the O.P.U.S. Chamber Music Competition in Chicago. 

Agnieszka is a founder and a violin teacher at the Likos String Academy.

meet our coach, patrycja likos, at our workshops on august 16th & 17th

Patrycja Likos began her cello studies at the age of eight at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski School of Music in Krosno, Poland, under the direction of Wojciech Pelczar. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from the Grayna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź under the tutelage of Andrzej Orkisz. Patrycja then went on receive an Artist Diploma in cello performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the studio of Brandon Vamos. Currently, Patrycja is a regular member of Civic Orchestra in Chicago.

Patrycja has performed solo in master classes led by such outstanding cellists as Andrzej Bauer, Michael Flaksman, Jonathan Pegis, Jeroen Reuling and Paul Uyterlinde. As a chamber musician, she took part in chamber music master classes of Pacifica Quartet, Parker Quartet, Arianna Quartet and Jupiter Quartet. She received invitations to DoCha Chamber Music Festival and Allerton Music Festival, where she performed chamber music with faculty members of the University of Illinois.

Patrycja has participated in cello competitions in the United States and abroad. In 2011, Patrycja won the first prize in the Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition at Urbana-Champaign. She earned the third prize at the International Cello Competition in Kosice, Slovak Republic, and the first prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Stalowa Wola, Poland. She participated at International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria, and at the K. Wilkomirski’s Youth Cello Competition in Poznan, Poland. As an awarded graduate, Patrycja has performed with the Rzeszów Philharmonic in Poland.

Patrycja is a founder and a cello teacher at the Likos String Academy in downtown Chicago.

meet our coach, andrew harmon, at our workshop on july 20th

Andrew Harmon is a double bass performer and teacher in the Chicago area. He was appointed Principal Bass of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and is a member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Springfield). He has also performed with the Rockford Symphony, Madison Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Opera Illinois, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra and the International Beethoven Project (Chicago). He has been a clinician at VanderCook School of Music and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as has taught at The Musical Offering (Evanston) and Ossia Space in the Fine Arts Building (Chicago Loop). A St. Louis native, Andrew has studied with members of the St. Louis Symphony and Chicago Symphony. He earned a BA in English and Music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. Andrew and his wife, cellist Karen Schulz-Harmon, live in Chicago's historic Kenwood neighborhood.

Monday, July 14, 2014

meet our guest coach, yu-sui esther hung, at our workshop on july 19th

A versatile performer, Yu-Sui Esther Hung has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and her native Taiwan. A chamber music enthusiast, she is equally at home with singers and instrumentalists and has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan.

Yu-Sui has participated in numerous piano and chamber music masterclasses conducted by leading musicians, most notably Martin Canin, Orlando Cole, Vladimir Feltsman, Seymour Lipkin, Lambert Orkis, David Soyer, Herbert Stessin, James Tocco and the Guarneri Quartet. As an orchestral pianist, Yu-Sui has performed in major concert halls such as the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Aspen Music Festival and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and has worked under the baton of Luis Biava, James Conlon and David Zinman. A strong advocate of new music, she has premiered both solo and chamber works extensively including works dedicated to her and has played with various contemporary ensembles throughout the US.

Yu-Sui holds a bachelor’s degree in piano and clarinet from National Taiwan Normal University, master’s in solo and collaborative piano from Temple University, and doctorate in piano performance with secondary expertise in theory from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She is currently on the faculty of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, where she teaches piano and theory and serves as staff pianist. She also serves as the music director at Taiwan Presbyterian Church of Greater Chicago in Des Plaines. Before settling in Chicago, she has taught piano, music theory, and ear training at Temple and CCM. Her primary teachers include Charles Abramovic, Li-Chin Lai, Lambert Orkis and Frank Weinstock.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

meet our guest coach, lisa goethe-mcginn, at our workshop on august 16th

Lisa Goethe-McGinn has an active career as a teaching artist and soloist/chamber musician.  She has performed in many festivals and concert series’ throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

Known as a versatile performer, Lisa is a much sought after performer of contemporary classical music and improvisation.  She is currently working on solo projects and with duo, Cherchez la Femme.  She has performed with new music and improvisation groups, Ensemble Noamnesia and MAVerick Ensemble.  She has given both U.S. and World premiere performances of numerous compositions and has worked directly with composers George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, Savlatore Martirano and Yehuda Yannay among others.

Her first feature CD, Uncommon Voices on Vienna Modern Masters, was released in 2008 containing works by American Composers; Burt Levy, Salvatore Martirano, Yehuda Yannay and Ben Johnston.

Lisa received her degrees from the University of Illinois and Millikin University and has studied with Alexander Murray, Mary Karen Clardy and Mary Ellen Poole.  She has had the privilege to study additionally with Robert Dick, Camilla Hoitenga and Anne LaBerge and has participated in Masterclasses with Walfrid Kujala and Patricia Spencer.

Lisa is an active teaching artist and chamber coach.  She is on the faculty of Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, Suzuki-Orff School of Music and maintains a home studio.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

meet our guest coach, kate black, at our workshops on 7/20, 7/26, 8/2 & 8/10

Violinist, Kate Black, has taught at the Carnegie Mellon University String Preparatory Program in Pittsburgh since its inception in 2003. Originally from Chicago, she holds a bachelor of music degree from DePaul University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers have included Paul Kantor, Andrew Jennings and Mark Zinger. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Kate was on faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.

Ms. Black enjoys performing as well as teaching. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when it performed under the direction of Daniel Barenboim in Carnegie Hall. She also performed frequently with the chamber orchestra Concertante di Chicago. While living in Pittsburgh, she has held the Assistant Concertmaster positions in the Wheeling, Westmoreland and Youngstown Symphonies, as well as Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Live Music Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second Violin in the West Virginia Symphony. Currently, she is a frequent substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony and is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. In the summer, Kate has performed with the Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Topeka, Kansas and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Ms. Black currently resides with her two wonderful little boys, Nicholas and Wesley, and husband, Jeremy.