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).