Praised for her “musical maturity and masterful technique,” (Leipziger Volkszeitung) Korean-born violinist Soo Yeon Kim regularly performs as a solo, chamber, and orchestral performer throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Kim has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, St. Cecilia Music Center, Cornell University’s Barnes Hall, Yamaha Hall at Ginza in Japan, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hall in Germany, as well as in France, Holland, and South Korea. As a soloist, she has garnered both national and international recognition and has soloed with Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, New Jersey High Mountain Symphony Orchestra, City College of New York Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, among others. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the leading composers of her generation and has worked closely with the New Juilliard Ensemble and Focus! Festival at Lincoln Center and premiered a number of contemporary chamber works by living composers around the world including Andrew Ford and Aleksander Lasoń, which were live-streamed on New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. Her recent premiere of the renown contemporary American composer Samuel Adler’s A Euphonious Quartet is now available on major digital platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. As a young artist, she has been featured in major music festivals both in Europe and in the U.S. including Kronberg Academy Festival and Leipzig Internationale Sommer-Musikakademie in Germany, Holland Music Sessions in Netherlands, the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard in NYC, and American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
As a sought-after pedagogue, Dr. Kim is a current Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, as well as the Director of String Chamber Ensembles at Houghton College. Previously, she has served on violin faculty positions at Luzerne Music Center and Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, NJ. This is her first summer teaching at the Bay View Music Festival.
Dr. Kim is a graduate of Juilliard with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees on full scholarship and has recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. (sooyeonkimusic.com)
Hailed for his "particularly outstanding" playing (Chattanooga Times Free Press), Josh Holritz is a violinist and violist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States.
Josh is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. He has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and served as concertmaster for the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). Josh has performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and New World Symphony and currently substitutes with the Charleston and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Josh was a founding member of the Emmaus Quartet which gave over 100 performances in the Southeast between 2004-2006. Josh currently maintains a busy performance schedule with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife, CSO principal flutist Kristen Holritz. Additionally, Josh performs weekly with the CSO String Quintet in their effort to bring classical music to local schools and the great Chattanooga community. Josh is currently collaborating with Lee University professor Dr. ChoEun Lee to perform the entire Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle over four semesters between 2017-2019.
Josh is an advocate for newly composed music and improvisation. His doctoral dissertation, entitled "A Player's Guide: Lera Auerbach's 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46", includes a complete recording of Auerbach's Op. 46 preludes. Josh's free improvisation work can be heard on Spotify under the album title Blow-Fi. In 2017 Josh performed two world premieres of chamber works by Chattanooga composers Douglas Hedwig (Movable Borders) and Jonathan McNair (All a-Cryin'). Josh is also an active studio musician in Nashville and has played on multiple soundtracks for many of today's popular films, television shows, and video games.
Dedicated to training the next generation of musicians, Josh currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Violin for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Adjunct Professor at Covenant College where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. He has also served on faculty for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and is currently a faculty artist for the Bay View Music Festival.
Josh holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a M.M. from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia.
Libor Ondras is a viola recitalist, conductor and educator. Dr. Ondras began his studies as a recipient of the Slovak Ministry of Culture fellowship to study viola at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory with Yuri Bashmet. To further his career and experience, Ondras continued his studies at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, and completed his M.M and D.M.A. degrees at the University of Houston. Among the highlights of his graduate studies years are fellowships at the Pacific Music Festival established by Leonard Bernstein (Japan), the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute (University of Maryland), Encore (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Sir George Solti's Carnegie Hall Project.
Dr. Ondras has performed with major orchestras throughout the US and Europe including Florida Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Philharmonics... He has given lectures and played recitals for the American Viola Society and International Viola D'Amore Society. His research and scholarly writings were published in the Journal of American Viola Society. Ondras' conducting engagements include Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra of Grand Rapids and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra of Petoskey and a guest conductor for the Slovak State Opera.
Prior to coming to MI, Dr. Ondras served as a Director of Orchestras at the University of Tampa, FL, where he also founded and lead Quartet-de-Minaret. Among their frequent chamber music appearances and residencies are such festivals as Haydn International Festspiele (Austria) and Sarasota International Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Ondras currently serves as a Director of Orchestras and String Specialist at Grand Rapids Community College.
Laurielle Warren began her serious musical studies with Sheridan Kamberger Currie and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied under Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Dr. Dominic DeStefano. She continued her studies with Dr. Misha Galaganov while earning her Master of Music degree at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she served as the Graduate Assistant for the program. Laurielle is an active pedagogue and performer, teaching on the faculty of the TCU Music Preparatory Division and at the Fort Worth Suzuki School, and currently performing with The Jackson Symphony (TN). Laurielle has performed in several orchestras in five states.
Laurielle enjoys performing as a chamber musician and has performed in chamber music groups in the United States and in Italy. Currently, she performs with The Jackson Symphony String Quartet and with her husband, a clarinetist, in the Warren Trio. Laurielle coaches in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra chamber program, which prepares students to perform string quartet repertoire in the United States and abroad. In the summer, Laurielle serves as a Faculty Artist at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan, teaching and performing in the Bay View Faculty String Quartet.
Laurielle is also the director and co-founder of a teaching business in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex called DFW Strings & Piano. (https://citystrings.com/dfw/)
A native of Austin, Texas, cellist Laura Andrade is a prizewinner of the 2019 Sphinx competition and has appeared as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Festival appearances include IMS Prussia Cove, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Taos School of Music, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Moritzburg Festival in Germany. Laura holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School with Natasha Brofsky. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate studying with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott.
Originally from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, cellist Meghan Berindean is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Low Strings at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. An enthusiastic performer of chamber music, Berindean has performed as a member of the Tallahassee-based Eppes Quartet and the Cleveland-based Judson String Quartet, with whom she was the recipient of the Francis E. Sykora Outreach Grant through the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previously, she was a first prize-winner of the MENC Pennsylvania State Chamber Group Competition as a member of the Valens Piano Quartet. Berindean enjoys spending her summers at Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where she coordinates the string chamber music. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan for the summer of 2019.
As an orchestral player, Berindean is currently co-principal cello of the Clarksville-based Gateway Chamber Orchestra, She has served as principal cello of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northern Tier Symphony, and Altoona Symphony, as well as assistant principal of Williamsport Symphony and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. She has performed with Charleston Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony. As the winner of the 2016 Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition. Berindean was a featured soloist in the University Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season. She has performed in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Andrés Diaz, Lynn Harrell, and David Finckel. Berindean completed her doctoral degree in cello performance at Florida State University as a student of Gregory Sauer, writing her dissertation on the cello music of Bohuslav Martinu. She received her Master of Music degree of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Sharon Robinson. She achieved her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the Pennsylvania State University, as a student of Kim Cook, where she was the recipient of the Eleanor Beene Scholarship Prize.
Philip Alejo is the Assistant Professor of Bass at the University of Arizona. Previously he performed as Associate Principal Bass in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, taught at St. Ambrose University, and served as Visiting Professor of Bass at the University of Michigan. A former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and an orchestral mentor with the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Philip has played with Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Ensemble Dal Niente, Flint Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Philip collaborates regularly with harpist Claire Happel in River Town Duo. River Town Duo recently premiered newly commissioned works by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and Yale composer Hannah Lash during appearances at the International Society of Bassists 2015 Convention and the American Harp Society 2015 Summer Institute. Philip’s additional performances have taken place alongside Menahem Pressler, Yehonatan Berick, Martin Beaver, Paul Coletti, the Prazak Quartet, the Jasper Quartet, Maiya Papach, Spencer Myer, Katinka Kleijn, and David Bowlin.
Philip has performed at numerous music festivals, including Spoleto Festival USA (SC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival (NC), Mackinac Island Music Festival (MI), Oaxaca Instrumenta (Mexico), Aldeburgh Festival (England), Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival (AZ), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and Aspen Music Festival (CO). As a fellow at the Center of World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan, Philip studied tango performance during a residency in Buenos Aires with bassist Horacio Cabarcos.
He teaches at the Milt Hinton Institute at Oberlin College, AZ ASTA Bass Jam, and the Richard Davis Conference for Young Bassists at the University of Wisconsin. Philip holds degrees from Oberlin College (BA, BM), Yale University (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), where his principal teachers included Diana Gannett, Donald Palma, Peter Dominguez, and Thomas Sperl.