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Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., Univerity of Arts; D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory. Honors and awards at all three schools, including the Rudolf Serkin Prize (Oberlin), Strine Award (U. Of A.) And Zierler Award (Peabody). Performances throughout the U.S. and abroad as both soloist and chamber musician; broadcast performances and interviews on WFLN (Philadelphia), and WBJC (Baltimore); soloist with The St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Gallery Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony; solo and chamber recitals in New York and Washington D.C., including an appearance at XM Radio Studios. Recordings on multiple labels. Juror at international piano competitions in China, Taiwan, and New York. Juilliard Pre-College Faculty since 2000; former faculty member of Peabody Conservatory and Towson University.
Since his concerto debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has appeared nine times, the American pianist Steven Graff has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and glowing critical praise. Mr. Graff studied at The Juilliard School where he received Bachelor's and Master's and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Graduate School of CUNY. He has toured China, Norway, Japan and cities across the U.S. Graff has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, at Merkin and Alice Tully Halls in New York City and his performances have been broadcast in Oslo and Honolulu, in New York and on Chicago's WFMT. Graff has premiered and recorded contemporary works, most recently on the Centaur, Capstone and Zimbel labels. Graff recently gave master classes at Franklin and Marshall College and at the University of Arizona at Flagstaff. Summer festival performances include the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine, Hawaii's Aloha International Piano Festival, and at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival. Recent concerto performances include a nine-city tour of China playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Manhattan Symphonie, and a premiere of John Carbon’s new piano concerto, Fantasy Nocturne, at the Barshinger Center in Pennsylvania with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra. Graff has judged for The Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival’s annual piano competition, France’s Fontainebleau Festival, the Gina Bachauer Jr. Competition, and the Music Teachers' National Association. Steven Graff currently serves on the faculty at New York's Hunter College, at The Macaulay Honors College, and at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Steven Graff is a Steinway Artist.
Pamela Greitzer is an active cellist and teacher in the New York area. As a chamber musician, she performs at Alice Tully, Weill and Merkin Concert Halls. Her performance of the Barber Cello Sonata was hailed by Tim Page of The New York Times for its “Patrician Purity." She is a member of The Stamford Symphony, the New York Pops Orchestra, and The All Star Barbados Pops Orchestra. She also performs with The American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and in Broadway orchestras. Ms. Greitzer is in residence as a faculty member and performing artist at the St. Barth Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist and as principal cellist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in several tours throughout Asia and can be heard on Crystal Records with the Maryland Bach Aria Group. Ms. Greitzer has been a faculty member at The School for Strings, The Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division and Head of the Cello Department at The Collegiate School. She currently has a private teaching studio. Ms. Greitzer holds bachelors and masters degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Channing Robbins.
Violinist Hae-Young Ham, a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1986, last appeared as soloist with the Orchestra in 1991 with Erich Leinsdorf. As a winner of the Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition in 1980, she was a soloist with Zubin Mehta. Ms. Ham has made solo appearances with the New Jersey Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and Korea’s KBS Symphony. Active in chamber music, Ms. Ham is a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, with which she has performed in Europe, Korea, and the U.S. She has participated in a chamber music residency in Hot Springs, Virginia, and in Germany’s Bahnhof Rolandseck Festival. Ms. Ham studied chamber music with Josef Gingold and Felix Galimir. Ms. Ham has won top prizes in several national competitions in her native Korea as well as in the U.S. At age 15, when her family immigrated to the United States, she continued her studies with Margaret Pardee in The Juilliard School’s pre-college division. Later, she went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard.
A charismatic and versatile flutist, Janet Arms has been a member of the New York City Opera orchestra since 1988. She has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St. Louis Symphony in the US and throughout Europe, as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. She has a long-standing association with the Bard Festival Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra, has worked with the NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New Jersey Symphony, as well as subbed on Broadway in The King and I, Finding Neverland and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a faculty member of the Hartt School, Janet holds the title of Senior Artist Teacher as well as the Associate Chair of Chamber Music of Winds and Brass. She has been a faculty member of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy – PRISMA in Powell River, BC for many years and has spent several summers in Brazil, teaching and performing with the faculty of the renowned Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza. As an active performer in commercial recording here in NYC, Janet can be heard on a number of film documentaries for PBS. Scored by Michael Bacon, these include Jewish Americans, The Kennedy Years, and The Roosevelt Years to name a few. She made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner of the Concert Artists International competition while completing her Masters degree at Juilliard. Ms. Arms’ chamber music career has included appearances with her NYC Opera colleagues at Lincoln Center, performances at the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival, with the Concordia Chamber Players, the New York Chamber Soloists and appearances at PRISMA where her colleagues from the Chicago Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, LA Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent chamber music project, The Pandora Duo, is a collaboration with guitarist and fellow Hartt faculty member Christopher Ladd.
Oboist Yousun Chung has performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Based in New York, she is an associate musician at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Orpheus and others. Ms. Chung has recently joined as a Senior Artist teacher in Hartt school of music in 2015. Ms. Chung is an assistant Faculty member at the Juilliard School, Pre-college division since 2007, as well as main Faculty for the reed classes. She is also an adjunct faculty at Columbia University since 2013, where students have to audition for a special prize in order to study under her tutelage. As an achieved ensemble player and a solo artist, Ms. Chung appeared as a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in the summer of 2008. Ms. Chung has also performed as a guest soloist with the Sejong soloists from 2006 to 2010 at Carnegie Hall and the Great Mountain Music Festival in South Korea. In 2003, Yousun Chung made her Alice Tully Hall debut where she premiered the Ursula Memlok Oboe Concerto with the New Juilliard Ensemble. As a winner of the concerto competition in 2006, Ms. Chung performed the Handel G minor Oboe Concerto at the Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Ms. Chung received her Bachelor and Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Elaine Douvas, Eugene Izotov, Thomas Stacy, Linda Strommen, and John Mack, as a recipient of the Eilleen Hayes Ludlam Memorial scholarship. As a Full scholarship student, Ms Chung also received a Professional Studies degree from the Mannes School of Music, where she studied with Elaine Douvas and Richard Dallessio.
Karen Beardsley is best known for her creation of the role of “Max”in Oliver Knussen and Maurice Sendaks fantasy opera “Where the Wild Things Are” which she premiered at Glyndebourne in England,debuted at New York City Opera and New York Philharmonic , filmed for BBC and premiered across the United States and Europe. Her international operatic career took her around the world singing leading roles in the major opera houses in Amsterdam, Taiwan, Paris, Santiago, Singapore, London, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to mention a few. A master teacher, she has been on the Precollege voice faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1996 and has a thriving private studio of over 40 students in Tenafly, NJ. Her students have won first and second place in the NATS competition in NYC for the past five years and have sung on Broadway as well as major theaters across the United States and Canada. She and her husband, Maitland Peters are proud to have recently established the “Karen Beardsley and Maitland Peters Endowed Voice Scholarship” at Manhattan School of Music for exceptional voice students with exciting potential in the Precollege Division.