Corey Worley is a recent graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory where he holds a BM in Viola Performance and a BA in Psychology. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in Viola Performance at Le Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) in Paris, France in the class of Pierre-Henri Xuereb. Teaching all ages since high school, Corey has been a chamber music coach for Credo Chamber Music (Chicago), a sectional coach for Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, and conducted research on the History or French Viola Pedagogy at France's national library. Corey has performed throughout North America and Europe including recent performances with the International Contemporary Ensemble, members of Ensemble Intercontemporain, and was a featured performer at the Kennedy Center with his ensemble "Trio Ligatura." With a background in performance psychology, he has studied with Dr. Noa Kageyama (Juilliard's "Bulletproof Musician") and Dr. Jeffrey Huber (former US Olympic diving coach and IU performance psychologist). Corey believes in combining string pedagogical traditions with his research in performance psychology to not only develop reliable, healthy technique, but also teach students scientifically proven methods that aid in skill acquisition and developing a positive relationship with performance anxiety.
Fellow with the Lucerne Music Festival Academy, Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, National Centre for the Arts Young Artist Program
Performances at Bang on a Can 30th Anniversary Concert, Madison New Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, and Kennedy Center
Winner of XARTs grant, Taymor Fund Grant, and 4 Grand Prizes awarded by Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau
Member of Collaborative Arts Ensemble, New York City
Student of Peter Slowik and Elias Goldstein with masterclasses led by Heidi Castleman (Juilliard), Jean Sulem (Paris Conservatoire), and Juilliard, Emerson, Ebène, quartets
Phi Beta Kappa Society Member
Jossalyn Jensen, American violist, began her musical studies at age 4. Her solo debut with orchestra was at the age of 9 and she has since appeared in concert across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jeffrey Irvine and her Master of Music at The Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. She is a laureate of the Fulbright Scholarship to study in France at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with Jean Sulem. As an avid orchestral and chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Calliopée as well as with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, and Juilliard String Quartets.
Jossalyn is passionate about teaching and sharing what she has learned with others. Her experience spans 14 years of private teaching, acting as an assistant professor to Jeffrey Irvine, and holding an ear training teaching fellowship at the Juilliard School. Jossalyn believes in tailoring her curriculum to the needs and goals of the student. Her pedagogical philosophy is that the solution to any technical or musical challenge is found through the mutual trust and discovery of student and teacher.
A longtime student of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s professors AliMukhtar Papaiev and Eliana Golikova, Salam Karahawa is a fourth-year student at Oberlin College and Conservatory. He is pursuing degrees in viola performance and politics while minoring in economics. A passionate educator utilizing scientifically proven methods for preventing injuries, Salam has worked with students between 5-24 years of age for more than eight years. Working on using body muscles most efficiently to avoid injuries, Salam has worked with Curtis Institute of Music faculty Pamela Frank and her husband physical therapist Howard Nelson on learning the dynamics involved in fluent and healthy body movement while performing. He has taken classes in and conducted research on Body Mapping and Kinesthetic Awareness with Oberlin professors Deborah Vogal and Kelly Wilson. His performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra musician had spread from Yekaterinburg, Russia and Marseille, France to Beirut, Lebanon. Salam’s philosophy in teaching relies heavily on Body Mapping and Kinesthetic Awareness principles as well as on constructing a robust technique where almost all body parts are engaged in creating a natural and sustainable practicing and performance habits that would lead to tangible results in both the short and long terms.
Current student of Peter Slowik with masterclasses with Marc Thayer, John McGrosso (Ariana String Quartet), Jooyeon Kong (Saint Louis Symphony), and Vitalii Pervishyn (Qatar Symphony Orchestra).
Activity coordinator and sectional coach for Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (summer 2016).
Member of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (2015-2016)
Fellow in American Voices string summer programs in both Syria and Lebanon (2010-2014).
Ambassador and student liaison for American Voices organization.
Concertmaster of the Syrian Youth Orchestra (2009-2012).
Birsa Chatterjee is currently a fourth year jazz performance student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was a part of the nationally recognized and award winning jazz education programs such as Jazz House Kids and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Birsa has played in Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, NJPAC and in countries like Peru and India aside from the United States. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the jazz greats like Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hanes, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, and Jimmy Heath to name a few. Birsa is currently under the mentorship of saxophone legend Gary Bartz.
Classical Voice. Musical Theater.
Hailed as a “formidable talent" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and someone who “understands music’s power to transcend” (Beyond the Concert Hall), mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosio has been recognized for her diverse abilities in both concert and opera repertoire. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Vocal Arts from The Juilliard School, where she studies with Sanford Sylvan. Recent engagements include her work as a Vocal Fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed Susie in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, sang in the world-premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s In America, and worked with world-renowned artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Margo Garrett, and John Harbison.
In May of 2018, Olivia completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she performed three fully-staged operatic roles, went on tour with the Oberlin Sinfonietta to the Bang on a Can Festival in Brooklyn, and sang in masterclasses for esteemed artists such as Marilyn Horne. Olivia has been heard on NPR's "From the Top," featured twice in San Francisco Classical Voice Magazine, and is a recipient of several awards including the Avanti Award and Jack Kent Cooke Award. She holds prizes from competitions such as YoungArts and the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.
She is a former Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco, a national non-profit that provides educational resources and instruction to underserved students. She taught music, 7th-grade writing, and 6th-grade literature in 2015 and 2016. She believes in developing the right approach for each of her music students, with healthy singing being the focus of any genre.
Attending the Juilliard School for a Master's in Vocal Arts
Mezzo-soprano fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center
Performance/Interview on NPR's "From the Top"
Featured in "San Francisco Classical Voice Magazine
Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco (Music, 6th grade literature, 7th grade writing).
Micah Gleason is currently finishing her undergraduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She will graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education, with a choral emphasis. Michaela studies voice under the tutelage of Judith Haddon, and conducting under the tutelage of Stephen Squires. Micah has performed as a vocalist in a variety of settings, both as a soloist and an ensemble member. Highlights include Alto Soloist in the Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri; the role of Polly Peachum in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Ms. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium; and a great variety of art song repertoire ranging from Lieder to Melodie, to Spanish and Russian folk songs. Recent performances have included performing Brahms Op. 91, Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populaires Españolas; as well as conducting choral works both in Chicago and abroad in Oxford. She currently serves as the Alto Artist in Residence with the Rockefeller Chapel Choir at the University of Chicago, and the Alto Section Leader at the United Church of Hyde Park.
Classical Voice. Musical Theater.
Matthew Payne is a rising 5th year at Oberlin Conservatory and College. This summer, Matthew was delighted to perform in three solo concerts at the Chautauqua Institution. Recently, Matthew performed in concerts with singers and pianists from institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Matthew has performed in numerous operas and musical theater shows. Most recently, he was seen in Cleveland Opera’s production of Moniuszko’sStraszny dwór and as Mr. Gobineau in Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Menotti’s The Medium. In the fall, Matthew will be singing in Oberlin Opera Theater’s Bernstein Review and in Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s production of Cabaret. Matthew has also performed as a solo recitalist with the Society for New Music and as a concert singer with the Oberlin Cantata Project and Oberlin Baroque.
Artist at the Chautauqua Institute of Voice
Experienced Teacher of the Bel Canto Method
Master Classes with Gerald Finley and Steven Osgood
Named “an outstanding aria and recitative soloist” from Cleveland classical
Featured on Broadway.com
Ben Cruz is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His music draws from a variety of traditions, combining forward-thinking composition with an emphasis on improvisation. Ben began playing guitar at the age of twelve, and studied jazz and improvisation from New York City-based guitarist Vic Juris. Ben went on study history and jazz performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was mentored by Bobby Ferrazza, Dan Wall, Jamey Haddad, Jay Ashby, Paul Samuels, Billy Hart, and Brian Alegant. Ben has performed with Gerald Clayton, Billy Drewes, Phil Markowitz, Billy Childs, Vijay Iyer, Anat Cohen, Dominick Farinacci, and Petros Klampanis, among others.
Amber Scherer, 21, currently studies piano performance with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory. This coming fall, Amber will perform Dvorak's Piano Trio, Op. 65, in Oberlin's Honors Series in Oakton, VA. She's excited, as well, to participate in several large ensembles, including Oberlin College Collegium Musicum and Sinfonietta during the 2018-19 season. Amber has soloed with the Oistrach, Harper, and Northeastern Illinois Symphony Orchestras. She is a scholarship recipient of the Chicago Women's League of Musicians and a prize-winner of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competition, and Chopin Foundation Scholarship Competition, among many others. Additionally, Amber is an avid chamber player. Over the past year, she performed duets and sonatas with Oberlin peers in Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, and Tennessee. Amber frequently performs at senior homes both around her hometown and Oberlin. In high school, she helped organize collaborative music concerts that raised over $25,000 for the Chicago LEARN Charter School Network. Amber's love for community service has extended into her college life, where she will serve in her school's Conservatory Council of Students for the 2018-19 year and teach a Suzuki program at the Oberlin Community Music School.
Nuo (Hesper) Xu is a fourth-year Piano Performance major at Oberlin Conservatory, currently studying with Mr. Robert Shannon. She will go on to attend Manhattan School of Music for her Master’s in Piano this fall. She has also attended various summer music festivals and competitions, Macao piano competition, Cooper Piano Festival, Ithaca Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival where she studied with Michael Chertok who serves as a chair of the keyboard division of University of Cincinnati. As a performer, Hesper has played between many cities in China. Hesper has also played at Florence Congregational Church in Ohio as an organist and pianist.
• BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2018
• Attending Manhattan School of Music for a Master’s in Piano Performance
• Masterclasses with James Giles, Michale Chertok
• Winner of Macao Piano Competition 2013
• Organist at Florence Congregational Church in Ohio (2017-2018)
Linnea Scott, of Chicago, IL, is a fifth-year student at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, studying German Literature and Cello Performance. She currently studies with Amir Eldan, but before coming to Oberlin, Linnea studied with renowned pedagogue Dr. Tanya Carey, a well known Suzuki method teacher. Though her cello training is primarily classical, Linnea is an avid singer and folk/world musician and has worked with the likes of the Punch Brothers, Aoife O‘Donovan, and members of Yo-Yo Ma‘s Silk Road Ensemble. Her voice and theater background have provided her the tools to engage the whole body and mind of the student in their music playing, and she is constantly looking for new, creative ways to meet each student‘s needs and keep the learning fun.
A native of Loveland, Colorado, Jeremy Kreutz is pursuing his Master’s degree at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of cellist Desmond Hoebig. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Darrett Adkins. Jeremy has participated in the Brevard Music Center, Round Top Festival Institute, National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), and the Aspen Music Festival’s Orchestral Fellowship program. In addition, he was a Young Artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. During the summer of 2017, he was invited to perform alongside members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as part of the Ojai Music Festival, premiering works by Vijay Iyer and Courtney Bryan. He has performed in masterclasses for musicians such as Johannes Moser, Joel Krosnick, Mark Steinberg, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Gal Faganel, Joel Smirnoff, and Amit Peled, and was the winner of the Aurora Symphony and Greeley Chamber Orchestra concerto competitions. He considers community engagement an incredibly important aspect of his life, and has volunteered with numerous Elementary and Middle schools in Colorado as well as the state’s El Sistema program.
Classical Trumpet. Jazz Trumpet.
Ben Steger is a fifth year Biochemistry and Trumpet Performance major at Oberlin College and Conservatory. He has been teaching classical and jazz trumpet for over 8 years and has worked extensively with music education foundations, including Jazz St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to his teaching experience, he has performed around the country, including with the All-National Jazz Ensemble. He is currently studying with Eddie Henderson (who studied with Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis) and Roy Poper, one of the top trumpet players in the country (who has played on many movies, including Jurassic Park, and in the LA Chamber Orchestra). He is excited to pass on everything he learned from his incredible teachers to his own students!
President of the Music Mentor program at Oberlin
Intern at St. Louis Symphony education department
Intern at Jazz St. Louis education department
Member of the NAfME all-national jazz ensemble
Member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
Founder of Virtu.Academy
Lauren is a current fourth year at Oberlin pursuing degrees in Horn Performance and History. She has attended various summer music festivals including Interlochen Arts Camp, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, NSO Summer Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She has been the secondary lessons teacher at Oberlin for two years, and also has taught area high school students for the past year. She believes in establishing a strong and well-rounded foundation in fundamentals accompanied by a healthy amount of repertoire for young brass players.
Virginia district, regional, and All State band and orchestra
Past and current teachers include Prof. Roland Pandolfi, James Nickel, Andrew Bain, David Wakefield
Masterclasses with Martin Hackleman, Denise Tryon, and Jeff Nelson
Performances with Oberlin orchestras, contemporary ensembles, and the Wilder Brass Quintet
Max Reese is currently a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory studying under Richard Hawkins. He previously studied with Charles Salinger. Masterclass performances include Anthony McGill, Ricardo Morales, Steven Cohen, Eugene Mondie, and Campbell MacDonald. He has held chairs at all of Oberlin Conservatory’s large ensembles and has attended Brevard Music Center. He has performed under the baton of Joann Falletta, Keith Lockhart, Tim Weiss, Marcelo Lehninger, and Matthias Bamert. As a chamber musician, Reese can be heard with his wind quintet, The Guintet, on WCLV 104.9’s “Cleveland Ovations” performing Poulenc’s “Sextet.” The Guintet has also been the winner of the Danenberg Honors Recital at Oberlin Conservatory. Max is excited to pass on everything he has learned from his incredible teachers and musical career to his students.
Kelsey Burnham is in her last year at Oberlin Conservatory where she studies baroque flute and recorder under the direction of Michael Lynn. A Baltimore native, she is a Baltimore School for the Arts alumnus. While in Baltimore, Burnham participated in numerous ensembles such as the Peabody Youth Orchestra, the Peabody Wind Orchestra, the Baltimore School for the Arts Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. She has performed in cities such as Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Bloomington, and Washington, D.C. Burnham has several years of teaching experience as well and has previously worked for the Baltimore Symphony Orchkids program where she taught kids as young as seven years old how to play the flute.
Andrew is currently a fourth year Trombone Performance major at Oberlin Conservatory studying under Lee Allen. With 10 years of experience playing euphonium as well as trombone, Andrew is well versed in the pedagogy of all low brass instruments. As an alum of the Interlochen Arts Academy and current student at Oberlin, he has been fortunate enough to learn from some of the most elite members of today’s low brass world and is excited to continue spreading this knowledge to the next generation of low brass players.