Cwen Homa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in musicology at Michigan State University. Her research interests include gender studies in music performance and Baroque keyboard performance practice. In 2015, she graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. During her BM degree, she attended a study abroad program in Todi, Italy offered by the MSU College of Music. She was selected as a winner of the 2017 Somers Excellence in Teaching Award for her performance as a teaching assistant of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities courses at MSU. She currently works as an accompanist at the MSU Community Music School and as pianist and organist at Okemos Community Church.
Young Taiwanese pianist Hsin-yi Huang was born in 1990. As a soloist, she attended 2008 International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, 2012 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and 2013 InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy and performed for Vitali Berzon, Alexander Kobrin, Nina Lelchuk, Robert Levin, Victor Rosenbaum, Daniel Shapiro, Boris Slutsky and Eduard Zilberkant. Hsin-yi is also an active collaborative and chamber musician. She is currently the pianist of Musique 21, which is a contemporary music ensemble devoted to the performance of works written by composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in MSU. She was the student mentor of the Celebrating The Spectrum Festival last year. Hsin-yi received her MM in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from University of Michigan, studied with Arthur Greene. She is currently pursuing DMA degree in Piano Performance in Michigan State University with Margarita Shevchenko.
Yi Jiang is a Master of Music student in Piano Pedagogy at the Michigan State University College of Music. Yi was born in China and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Yi is a student of Derek Kealii Polischuk.
A native of Taiwan, pianist Ling Lo won several awards in piano competitions, including the International Bohemia Metro Cup and the Taiwan Cultural Cup Music Competition. Besides being solo pianist, she dedicates herself to chamber music as well. In Boston area, where she accomplished her master degree with Prof. Pavel Nersessian, Ms. Lo has performed in a series of concerts titled "Mythic Women," and premiered the work by composer Bryan Segers, "study for two pianos." She recently establishes Henosis Quartet in Michigan area with friends. As a musician, Ms. Lo also devotes herself to connect the music and humanity, she recently attended the DOCTRID V Conference in Ireland with MSU Piano Faculty to present “Celebrating the Spectrum”, which is designed for the young autism pianist. Ms. Lo is currently a D.M.A. candidate and graduate assistant, studying with Deborah Moriarty at MSU.
Bronwen McVeigh is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, with a double major in piano performance and composition. She studies piano with Deborah Moriarty and composition with Mark Sullivan. Bronwen is a Presser scholar, a recipient of Michigan State University’s Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize, awarded annually to the University’s “most outstanding graduating senior,”, first place winner of the Louis B. Sudler prize for the arts, and she has received awards for both her compositions and her academic papers. Passionate about collaborative piano, Bronwen works extensively with vocalists and has given recitals and outreach concerts with her ensemble, the Cantabile Trio. Additionally, she frequently performs her own compositions, has premiered numerous compositions by emerging composers, and has worked with the composer David Maslanka as a performer and composer.
Hyeji Seo was born in South Korea. She graduated from Sookmyung Women’s University, earned B.M. in Piano Performance, Seoul in 2011. She had numerous sponsored concerts as a selected artist and won many competitions. Also, she had a recital at Ewon in 2009 and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with University Orchestra in 2010 with sponsorship by Sookmyung Women’s University. She was the winner of WIU 2012 concerto competition, had a recital Keumho Art Hall, Seoul, as a Sookmyung Women’s University Alumni in 2014. She performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, New York as a first-place winner of American Protégé International Competition in 2016. She also appeared in Sookmyung Women’s University 110th Anniversary Concert as an Alumni Guest Pianist. Currently, she is pursuing D.M.A. in piano performance with Prof. Deborah Moriarty at Michigan State University where she held a Graduate Assistantship and Dixon Vocal Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. She also earned her second Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Dr. Zhihua Tang in May, 2017.
Michigan native Lisa Summers regularly performs in collaborative and chamber recitals, and works as a piano instructor at a private studio. In June 2017, she participated a series of masterclasses and performances alongside her colleagues and professors in Todi, Italy, working also as a program assistant. This will be Summer’s second year participating in the “Celebrating the Spectrum” festival. Summers also serves as Event Manager on the MSU College Music Events Staff – overseeing over eighty performances and events throughout the academic year. Summers is currently a DMA candidate for the degree in Piano Performance, at Michigan State University, studying under the tutelage of Panayis Lyras, and a MM degree in Piano Pedagogy.
Tim Wright is currently enrolled at Michigan State University as a Music Education major and will be moving into his fifth year of college in the fall. Tim plays the French Horn and has performed in some of the top ensembles at MSU, including the MSU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the MSU opera. He also performed in a university endowed brass quintet for four years that played two recitals a year in addition to performing out-reach concerts to schools and retirement homes. Tim has assisted and observed in elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms and will be student teaching at Williamston High School next year in the spring. He teaches multiple band camps in the summer and has worked with young children as a camp counselor at Interlochen Center for the Arts.