A musician of diverse abilities and interests, Matt McFarlane has been a part of the Bay View Music Festival since 1998. McFarlane studied Music Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and dual majored in Piano and Trombone. After teaching instrumental music at the Lamoni School District, he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. New York performances have included choral performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Minnesota Chorale, McFarlane has performed with the Minnesota Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and The Ordway in Saint Paul. His teachers have included Dalton Baldwin and JJ Penna. Conductors have included Osmo Vanska, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, and Colin Davis. Matt has accompanied in many voice studios, including those of Martha J. Hart and Sharon Sweet. Master Classes have included Diana Soviero, Virgina Zeani, George Shirley, William Preucil, and the Scholars of London. When not at Bay View, he spends time as the co-director of music with his wife Molly at Discovery Methodist Church in Chanhassen and spends his school year at the Main Street School of Performing Arts wrangling high school musicians.
Anthony Patterson began to study the piano at the age of three. At the age of eight he made his debut with the Lima Symphony and at age 12 he was chosen one of seven finalists in the American Federation of Musicians Young Artist Competition. In 1989, he was a finalist in the American Federation of Music Clubs national competition while winning the state and regional competitions. His teachers have included Richard Syracuse, Andre Watts, Jerome Rose and Earl Wild. He has served on the faculty of the University of Charleston, West Virginia; Capital University and Alma College, Alma, Michigan. Mr. Patterson joined the Bay View faculty in 1986.
Casey Robards has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut with baritone Christiaan Smith, performing a program of Top 40 pop songs sung as original art song arrangements. Her repertoire includes art song, opera, musical theatre, gospel and popular vocal music, string, brass and wind. In 2017, she served as associate music director of the University of Kentucky world premiere of “BOUNCE: The Basketball opera” co-produced with Ardea Arts.
Dr. Robards is Lecturer/Vocal Coach at the University of Illinois and Head of Collaborative Piano at the Bay View Music Festival where she serves as conductor/coach/pianist for the vocal young artist programs. Casey held prior faculty appointments at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory (postdoctoral) and Central Michigan University. She is interested in the intersection of music and social justice and has led benefit recitals for Musicambia, a non-profit organization that creates music conservatories in prisons.
Robards attended the Tanglewood Music Festival (04, 05), receiving the Henri Kohn Memorial Award.She has a DMA in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois.
Pianist Hee-Kyung Juhn was trained at The Juilliard School (MM), Indiana University (DM), and University of Michigan. Her teachers include Leonard Hokanson (a pupil of Artur Schnabel), Arthur Greene, Martin Canin, and collaborative pianists Martin Katz, Marshall Williamson and Jonathan Feldman.
As a soloist, Hee-Kyung has appeared with New York Classical Players, Pine Bluff Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción, among others, and has recorded Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach on MSR Classics. The American Record Guide noted her playing as “sensitive and imaginative”, the Gramophone wrote “her acumen for voice-leading lends impressive clarity.” The New York Concert Review called Juhn "a top notch, superb pianist, technically brilliant. . subtle."
As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Hee-Kyung has performed in venues such as Seoul Arts Center, Kumho and Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Teatro Municipal in Asunción, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Paul Hall in New York, etc. She has also worked as an opera coach, staff accompanist, and a church musician (organist and choir master) in various churches in California and Arkansas, and is is currently serving as the music director at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. As an academic, Dr. Juhn has taught at the University of California in Santa Barbara and Henderson State University in Arkansas. In the summers, she has served as the faculty pianist at the Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc. in New York City, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Hee-Kyung joined Bay View’s piano faculty in 2019, and also serves as the organist and leads the worship music for Sunday services.
Pianist Lei Cai started his music training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. He later came to the United States with full scholarships, and secured the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Florida State University. Cai has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on CDs under the Taiwanese label, Wei Xian. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto in Knoxville, TN, was described as “one of the finest performances of this work…” (Knoxville News-Sentinel). He has been invited to judge national competitions, to perform at world-famous music halls including the Sydney Opera House, to hold master classes in the United States, Korea, and China, and to perform as the featured artist at the national conventions. Together with his wife, Hee-Kyung Juhn, they regularly perform and teach master classes together, most recently in China, Korea, and Portugal. Dr. Cai has been the Professor of Piano at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas since 2001.
Active as a chamber musician, and vocal coach, Mariah Boucher frequently performs in recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists, and has been a featured soloist with orchestras performing the concerti of Mendelssohn and Ravel. She has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter, Lisa Raschiatore, and Jennifer Goltz to perform at the art space Trinosophes. She has worked closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music. As an opera enthusiast, Mariah has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Described as “superb partner”(schubert.org), pianist Mark Bilyeu passionately engages in music as a committed performer, inspiring teacher and enterprising curator. He was the only American finalist in the 2015 Das Lied Song Competition, and maintains an active performing schedule with both vocalists and instrumentalists. He has premiered works by Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas and Eric Reda, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune has said “…Bilyeu… [is] to the Minnesota classical music scene what craft brewers are to the beer industry — purveyor of a distinctive local product, at a period when corporate brands and entities seem increasingly distant and distrusted.”
Bilyeu has served as faculty at Viterbo University (Wisconsin) and was the Visiting Artist in Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Piano at the University of Northern Iowa, and is a faculty coach of the Up North Vocal Institute (Michigan). He is also the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Source Song Festival. Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Source is a week-long celebration of words and music which includes public concerts and masterclasses by international artists for pianists and singers, as well as a composer institute led by Libby Larsen.
Bilyeu has performed at such venues as the Grand Théâtre de Tours (France), the Everson Museum (New York), PianoForte Foundation (Chicago), Schubert Club of St. Paul, and the Belle Sylvester Recital Series of New York. He has been heard via live radio broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio with soprano Lori Phillips, and on WFMT via the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series.
In his home of Minneapolis / St. Paul, Mark also serves as Artistic Director of the South Metro Chorale, Associate Conductor of Calliope Women’s Chorus, and is the Director of Music at Calvin Presbyterian Church, where he administers the Shirley Tulberg Memorial Concert Series. He is also the curator of The Listening Circle – a program through the Schubert Club of St. Paul.
He holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the University of Minnesota, studying with Timothy Lovelace and Chicago Symphony Orchestra pianist Mary Sauer. He was named a 2017 Crear Scholar which took him to Scotland to study privately with Malcolm Martineau, he has studied at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Britten-Pears, Vancouver International Song Institute and l’Academie Françis Poulenc, and was a 2018 NATS Intern. Additional studies with Roger Vignoles and Susan Manoff. He is heard on the Bridge, Navonna and Leaf Record labels.
www.markbilyeu.com & www.sourcesongfestival.org
Paul Melcher grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance as well as an Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University in Piano Performance. With the St. Olaf Choir, he performed all over the United States and in Norway and has played in prestigious halls such as DeVos Hall, Heinz Hall, Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.
In 2003, Paul was the First Place Winner of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in DeVos Hall. In 2005, Paul was awarded first prize for the Schubert Club Competition of Minnesota. In 2007 and 2009 Paul was the concerto competition winner both at St. Olaf College and Central Michigan University playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Under the direction of Anton Armstrong, Paul’s playing was featured in the St. Olaf Choir production of “A Christmas in Norway” aired on PBS from 2005 through Christmas 2013.
In addition to his keyboard studies, Paul has experience in opera and has sung roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi with the opera program at Central Michigan University. Since 2012, Melcher served for the Cabaret Series/Opera on the Edge of Opera Columbus and has performed as the pianist for their “Opera on the Edge” production of La Boheme, as a tenor soloist in the 2014 production of Pagliacci and will perform this fall as pianist for La Traviata.
Paul is currently the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he is the Church Organist, Pianist, Cantor and Choir Director. There Paul is the visionary for the yearlong concert series called "Music on the Hill." Between July, 2013 and May, 2018 Music on the Hill hosted concerts which included professional as well as pre-professional musicians. Paul has brought in talent from major Conservatories such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Belgrade Conservatory, Oparto Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, Notre Dame and Ohio State University.
Paul lives in Marysville, Ohio with his wife, Chelsea and their son, Michael.
The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.” American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.” The Charlotte Observer writes that Auler handles “technical and virtuosic concerns with aplomb."
Auler’s playing has also been described as “beautiful” (Fanfare), “superb,” (Ann Arbor News) “stunning” (LaPorte Herald-Argus) “first-rate” (Cincinnati News-Record) and “a knockout.” (Syracuse Post-Standard.)
Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards. Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Auler has performed in notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Monadanock Festival, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and Festival A Tiempo Caracas (Venezuela).
He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.
Auler is also the founder and executive director of Laveck Concerts, a recital series that brings world-class classical music to an underserved portion of upstate New York.
Auler records for Albany Records, performs frequently with Society for New Music, and Syracuse Symphoria, and serves as Professor of Piano at the State University of New York (Oswego). He and wife Tara have a 4-year old daughter, Katie, and a 1-year old daughter, Caroline.
Auler is the 2016 winner of SUNY Oswego’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.
One of the most recognized emerging music directors, James Davis Jr. has proven to be an artistic leader who captivates musicians, audiences, and communities with his deep passion for music.
As a music director, producer, conductor, performer, arranger and teacher, James is actively involved in the modern effort to preserve live music performance and to present music as an essential part of our culture and education. James’ musicianship and artistic sensitivity both as a performer and a director has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a myriad of notable artists across genres including Ashford & Simpson, Alicia Keys, Jessye Norman, John Legend, Lyle Lovett, Richard Smallwood, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut.
His work behind the scenes is as equally intriguing as his stage presence as a conductor and instrumentalist. Known for his masterful productions and entertainment business acumen, James is on the short list of music directors who are sought out by industry professionals for music-related events and projects. James is the founder and President of JDJ Music, Inc. and has made an imprint both culturally and globally on the music scene. James served as the Associate Music Director for Arena Stage’s 2014 production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and has supervised musical productions at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Apollo Theater, to name a few. Additionally, James was appointed Artistic Director/Curator of the August 2014 Lagos Jazz Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. James also served as the Director of Music Ministries & Fine Arts at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City from 2008 – 2017. He has produced and arranged music for both film and television, including Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer and State Farm’s commemorative commercial for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, which aired nationwide.
A native of Winstonville, Mississippi, James’ musical skills were evident from a very young age, as he started playing the piano on his own at age three. His first formal musical training commenced at age seven studying piano and music theory with H. E. Marshall. James graduated from Morehouse College in 2004, where he studied piano with W. Floyd Ruffin and Joyce Johnson of Spelman College. He also studied organ performance and literature with David Oliver and choral and orchestral conducting with David Morrow. Additionally, James participated in piano master classes with Awadaggin Pratt, Stewart Goodyear and Joseph Joubert and conducting master classes with Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles. Also, while attending Morehouse, James became accompanist for the renowned Morehouse College Glee Club and by his senior year was named Student Conductor, a position that had not been attained by a non-music major in 25 years. In the summer of 2003, in the absence of the director David Morrow, he led the Morehouse Glee Club on a week-long tour of California cities. James is master of instruments in the keyboard family, including piano, pipe organ, Hammond B3 organ and synthesizer. His solid music education and natural born talent fuels his intrinsic drive to perform and produce music of all styles.
Currently James resides in New York City.
Pianist Nanyi Qiang has established a wide-ranging career spanning chamber musician, soloist, vocal coach, and pedagogue. He is in much demand as a concert artist in solo & chamber recitals and new music concerts throughout the US, Canada, and China. Dr. Qiang has appeared to public acclaim in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (NY), Hahn Hall (Santa Barbara, CA), MacMillan Theater (Toronto, Canada), and Grand Concert Hall at Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu, China). A promising soloist, Dr. Qiang recently performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with CSU Symphony Orchestra in Dayton. Qiang was a Collaborative Piano Intern at the prestigious NATS 2017 Intern Program (Toronto). Also an alumnus of Music Academy of the West, he has appeared in numerous music festivals. A strong advocate of new music and technology, Dr. Qiang has been commissioning and performing new music written for Piano and Electronics exclusively. Dr. Qiang also serves on the Board of Directors and performs regularly with “Onethirteen Composers Collective”, a new music organization based in Twin Cities, MN. Dr. Qiang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Central State University, OH. He completed his DMA in Collaborative Piano and Coaching from the University of Minnesota. www.neilnanyiqiang.com
Alex Munger is a collaborative pianist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For the 2019-20 season he will be joining the Houston Grand Opera Studio as a pianist/coach. This past year he was a staff pianist at the University of Illinois where he helped prepare La bohème and The Rape of Lucretia, among other duties. In 2018, Alex was a Fellowship Pianist with the Aspen Opera Center and will return in 2019. He received his M.M. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, where he was the recipient of the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Award in Vocal Accompanying and worked on productions of Don Giovanni and Hansel and Gretel. Alex is happy to return to Bay View, where he previously spent two summers in 2016-17.
Carson Rose Schneider is a collaborative pianist and coach currently based in Minneapolis, MN. She has given recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and is an active performer and coach of chamber music, art song, choir music, opera, and musical theatre. She is currently the Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Gate City Bank Young Artist Program, where she just finished her second season. Before that, she worked as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera and as a resident artist coach at Opera North in Lebanon, NH. She is thrilled to join the S.O.A.R.S. piano faculty at Bay View Music Festival.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Schneider worked as a staff accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University, where she played for voice and instrumental studios, along with faculty and student recitals. She also served as Assistant Director and Tour Pianist for University of Kentucky’s Schmidt Opera Outreach Program. Passionate about arts outreach, she has been involved in other opera outreach programs in Minneapolis-St Paul, sponsored by the Twin Cities’ Opera Guild. When she isn’t traveling, she freelances in the Twin Cities and is the pianist and choir accompanist at Union Congregational Church in Elk River, MN.
She finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2017, where she studied with Timothy Lovelace. As a graduate teaching assistant, she played and served as assistant coach for the Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop departments. Additional study includes time abroad as a collaborative piano fellow at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and as a piano fellow for Bay View’s mainstage opera program. Productions include Cosi fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Speed Dating,Tonight!, Alcina, Carmen, Suor Angelica, and Madama Butterfly. Along with her doctorate, she has other degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BM).
Pianist Dr. Hyun Kim collaborates with instrumentalists from prominent orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New World Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and São Paolo Symphony orchestras and with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Opera Center, Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera Company, Central City Opera, and Kentucky Opera companies. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Grandin Music Festival, the Festival de Musique de Sully et de Loiret in France, the Lucca Opera Festival in Italy, and Sintonize Produtora Cultural New Music Festival in Brazil. Kim has appeared as an orchestral pianist and harpsichordist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has served as a pianist for several competitions, including the Sterling String Competition, Metropolitan Opera national council auditions, Denver Lyric Opera Competition, Ekstrand Competition, Corbett Opera Competition, and various young artist competitions. Her performances and interviews have been broadcast on KVOD-FM Colorado Public Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas, Kim taught piano and chamber music and coached opera productions at several music institutions in the United States as a faculty member, such as at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Miami University. She has also been appointed internationally as a guest artist and clinician at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and at the University of Campinas in Brazil.
Kim is active with several scholarly organizations internationally and her most recent projects have been with Song of the New Generation in Asia, an organization that she founded to promote the research and performance of the contemporary art song medium, and Kim has served as a committee member with Sintonize Produtora Cultural, a new music festival in Brazil. Kim earned her master degree from College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently, she teaches as a visiting assistant professor in piano at the University of Arkansas.
Professor-Emeritus of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Hale retired in 2008, following a 32 year career with the opera department at CCM. He remains an active coach, conductor, accompanist, organist and composer of church music. An Oklahoman by birth, he studied at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin, New York and Italy. His performances have taken him to sixteen different countries from Austria to New Zealand. Dr. Hale will accompany festival artists and serve as Assembly Organist. He also teaches Yoga classes through the adult education seminars. Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Festival since 1979.