Our artistic faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized musicians with prolific careers in performance and education. 

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    Amadi Azikiwe is a renowned violist, violinist, and conductor who has performed in major cities throughout the United States, including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also performed worldwide, including in Canada, South America, Central America, Switzerland, India, Japan, Nigeria, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean. Azikiwe has been a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center and performed at various festivals worldwide. He has also appeared on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “St. Paul Sunday,” among others. Azikiwe has won numerous awards and prizes from various organizations and was a visiting faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Currently, he is a Music Artist Faculty member of the NYU Steinhardt School, the Mannes School of Music, a member of The Harlem Chamber Players, the Pressenda Chamber Players, the Serafin Ensemble, and Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra.

  • alexandra enyart

    opera conductor

    Alexandra Enyart is a talented opera singer and conductor based in Chicago. She has performed with numerous opera companies around the world, including The Atlanta Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Orlando. Enyart has won several competitions, including the CODA conducting competition in 2017 and the CCM's Mozart Overture Conducting Competition in 2018. She has served as a Chicago Sinfonietta Fellow and a Turn the Spotlight Fellow with Chicago Opera Theatre music director, Lidiya Yankovskaya. As a transgender conductor, Enyart is committed to creating a more equitable and diverse musical world. She has successfully chartered "Faulty Systems," an annual program that brings together activists and artists to share stories of underrepresented communities or ideas through various art forms. Enyart also helped launch the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium's sing-thru program, which provides young artists with an accessible space to experiment with musical styles and traditions following their education.

  • sun huh


    Native Korean violinist Sun Huh has risen to acclaim around the world for her musicianship and extraordinary performances. Huh earned her doctorate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Kaplan, her Bachelor’s at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, and Konzert-Examen at Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. She performed as a concert soloist with German orchestras such as Collegium Musicum Jülich, Neue Philharmonia Westfalen, and Neue Kammerorchester Düsseldorf. As an active musician, she has been regularly featured with world-renowned musicians in music festivals where she gives masterclasses, chamber music, and outreach concerts.



    Dr. Lauren Pokorzynski is a versatile violinist with experience as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist. She currently serves as Principal Second Violinist at the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Lubbock Chamber Orchestra. Pokorzynski won the concerto competition at Texas Tech University in 2018 and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras. She is also involved in chamber music organizations in Amarillo and Midland, TX. In 2018, she co-founded the Lubbock chapter of Classical Revolution, bringing high-quality chamber music to an under-served community. Pokorzynski graduated with high honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder and recently obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Tech University. She also maintains a private teaching studio in Lubbock, TX.



    Brian Johnston joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 2018. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Opera, Detroit Chamber Winds, Toledo Symphony, and New World Symphony. Johnston is also a former regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His teaching experience includes the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers were Jay Friedman, John Rojak, John Faieta, & Eric Reynolds. Johnston is a Vincent Bach performing artist.



    Josué Berrocal is a highly regarded percussionist and teacher from Costa Rica. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in Belgium and has won numerous awards, including second place in the Filadelfia Marimba Competition in Calabria, Italy and first place in the International American Protégé Music Talent Competition. Berrocal has performed with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra and the Heredia Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with conductors, soloists, and composers from around the world. He is currently a tenured percussion professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Costa Rica and frequently teaches master classes in the Central American region. Berrocal also founded the Inpercussion Festival & Competition and is a Solmusa artist and BlackSwamp percussionist.



    Cara Chowning is a highly sought-after coach, music director, and collaborative artist who has performed extensively in the US, South America, and Europe. She is equally comfortable performing vocal and instrumental music, and has worked with many distinguished musicians, including members of the Village Trio. She was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Teaching in Vocal Coaching at Ball State University, and has launched her own business, In-tune Artistry, which helps musicians and artists embrace their unique, authentic artistry through mind-body awareness. Chowning has worked with a range of organizations, from opera houses to cruise ships, and is a supporter of outreach and arts education. She holds degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching. Chowning is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and diplomaed Breath Coach.



    Dr. Erin Helgeson Torres is a flutist who is highly regarded for her expertise as an educator, clinician, soloist, new music specialist, and chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed and taught in various countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Austria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, China, and Canada. Currently, she is the Visiting Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University where she teaches the flute studio and musicology courses. Erin serves as Principal Flutist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and is also involved with other orchestras and ensembles. She performs regularly with her husband, saxophonist Dr. Michael Torres, as Tower Duo. Erin has conducted her dissertation research in Dijon, France, and holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Ohio State University and Stetson University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and greyhound.

  • eric rodriguez


    Eric Rodriguez currently resides in Muncie, Indiana, wrapping up his Doctoral of Arts degree at Ball State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from McNeese State University and a Master's in Music from Stephen F. Austin State University. He holds the Principal Trumpet position at Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Section trumpet at Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. He is current Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Taylor University and holds a faculty position at Indiana State University where he performs with the faculty brass quintet. He has performed with Orchestra Indiana, Lafayette Symphony, Kokomo Symphony, Carmel Symphony, and Lima Symphony.



    An engaging and accomplished clarinetist, Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort regularly premieres new works in recital and at Clarinetfest and has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Richmond Symphony, Lima Orchestra, Carmel Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. Dr. Vos-Rochefort is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and previously served as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at University of Dayton and Stivers School for the Arts. Vos-Rochefort received her Doctoral degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying with Ben Freimuth, her Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music studying with Mark Nuccio, Diplômes Supérieurs in Clarinet and Chamber Music from L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris studying with Guy Deplus, and her Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College studying with Michael Galvan.

  • tyler taylor


    Tyler Taylor is a composer-performer from Louisville, KY. Tyler is currently a full time resident composer at the Louisville Orchestra as part of the inaugural installation of their Creators Corps Residency. In this role, Tayler not only writes music for the orchestra, but also works closely with community organizations, schools, and programs in the city of Louisville. Tayler’s performance experience ranges from contemporary music recitals to professional orchestral settings. He has recently performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Huntington Symphony, the Louisville Ballet, and the Owensboro Symphony. He teaches privately at the Louisville Academy of Music and has a small group of private students from southern Indiana and Louisville. He holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (DM Composition with minors in music theory and horn performance), the Eastman School of Music (MM Composition), and the University of Louisville (BM Composition). His principal composition teachers include Tansy Davies, Aaron Travers, Don Freund, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Krzysztof Wołek, and Steve Rouse. His principal horn teachers include Emily Britton, Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen, W. Peter Kurau, and Bruce Heim.

  • Michael Rueda


    Michael Rueda is a freelance musician, private instructor, and oboe repair technician based in Columbus, Ohio. Rueda received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor of Music from Ohio State University. His certificate of oboe repair is from the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology. He has performed as a substitute musician with a number of Midwest organizations, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. Primary teachers include Robert Sorton, Michael Henoch, Dr. Abby Held, and additional instruction from Dwight Parry, Frank Rosenwein, Jamie Roberts, Hugo Souza, Robert Morgan, Joshua Lauretig, and more.

  • kaden henderson

    double bass

    Originally from New Albany, Indiana, Kaden Henderson is a double bassist with a passion for music education and outreach. He began his studies in middle school with Karl Olsen of the Louisville Orchestra and Doug Elmore. Henderson continued on to study with Bruce Bransby at Indiana University and later earned his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University, under Don Palma. Kaden has participated as a fellow in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Chelsea Music Festival under Ken-David Masur, and many others. Kaden regularly appears as a bassist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and various other orchestras around the country. As a teacher and educator, Henderson taught undergraduate bassists at Yale University and participated in Yale's prestigious "Music in Schools" initiative to provide string lessons to students in and around New Haven, Connecticut. He also works with "Musicians for the World", a nonprofit that provides free lessons to students without access to musical education from around the globe.

  • cecelia swanson


    Cecelia Swanson is an accomplished cellist, teacher, and artist who holds a Master's degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy and a degree in Professional Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Music. During her time at CIM, Swanson studied with renowned faculty members, including Sharon Robinson and members of The Cleveland Orchestra, co-founded the award-winning Elless Quartet, and performed in dozens of concerts. Prior to moving to Cleveland, she held positions with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and Lubbock Symphony in West Texas. As a Teaching Artist with Documentary Songwriters, Swanson collaborates with students of all ages, and of all different backgrounds, in an effort to create music that fosters human connection. She has also performed in over one hundred concerts and events since relocating to Cleveland in 2019 and teaches cello and chamber music at Aurora School of Music and privately. Swanson's teaching philosophy focuses on building confidence and igniting a lifelong passion for music in her students, helping them find their inner voice and joy in playing.

  • Emily bLack

    Voice - soprano

    Described as a “sleek and glistening vocal talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Emily Yocum Black is a versatile and accomplished performer in an array of styles and genres including art song, oratorio, choral, musical theatre, opera, and early music. Recent engagements include performances and recordings with Conspirare, premiere performances of Benedict Sheehan’s Vespers with the Saint Tikhon Choir, inaugural concerts with Artefact Ensemble, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians with the Louisville Orchestra, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Spire Chamber Ensemble and soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque. Competitions include 2nd Prize Meyerson/Zwanger Award in the 2021 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, the 2019 Silver Medal at the American Traditions Vocal Competition, 1st Place in the 2019 American Prize for Art Song-Professional Division, 1st Place in the 2019 Mid-South NATSAA Competition, 2nd Place in the Handel Aria Competition, and 1st Place in the Kentucky Bach Choir Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition. Emily lives in her hometown of Paducah, Kentucky with husband Fowler, baby boy Quincy, and sweet dog Sookie. She maintains a full schedule of private voice students at her home studio and in the Paducah Public Schools.

  • Evan Bravos

    Voice - Baritone

    Baritone Evan Bravos is a rising talent in the world of opera and classical music. Praised by critics for his "lovely lyric baritone," Bravos has performed in a wide range of productions across the country, from the Lyric Opera of Chicago to Opera Tampa. His recent roles include Silvio in I Pagliacci, Nathan/Father in "Let's Celebrate," and Kenny Kincaid in The Cook-Off. Bravos is also an accomplished concert performer and recitalist, having performed with numerous symphony orchestras and art song initiatives. He has won several awards and accolades, including an Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan National Council auditions and the Central City Opera Apprentice Artist Award. Bravos continues to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

  • Jackie Royce


    Jackie is a freelance bassoonist and teacher, and a native of Louisville, KY. She has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Evansville Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Orchestra Indiana. She is also a member of the Louisville Winds and Louisville Concert Band. Jackie is extremely active in the Louisville music scene as a performer and recording artist, spanning multiple genres. She has been a member of art-rock band Ut Gret since 2011. She has also performed/toured/recorded with Cat Casual, The Ford Theatre Reunion, Adjy, Tim Barnes, The Mothership Ensemble, Sapat, Camera Lucida, il Troubadore, NovemberGroup, Dane Waters, Eugene Chadbourne, and Jecorey "1200" Arthur. Jackie has led workshops on free improvisation with youth and adults. She has been teaching middle and high school students privately for 13 years.