Alumni News

Tomoko1-1Dr. Tomoko Kashiwagi (DMA 2011)
Collaborative Alumni News Correspondent

A native of Japan, Tomoko Kashiwagi was appointed Instructor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2012. In addition to performing with Fulbright Trio, the resident faculty chamber trio at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Kashiwagi also performs regularly with double bass soloist DaXun Zhang, both nationally and internationally. These performances have taken the duo to such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Central Conservatory in Beijing, Guildhall School in London and Teatro Nacional in Panama. In 2010, the duo was awarded the Aoyama Music Award for best performance of the year at the Aoyama Music Memorial Hall in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Kashiwagi has been a member of the collaborative staff at the Meadowmount School of Music in NY since the summer of 2011. In previous summers, she was on staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and the National Summer Cello Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.  In the spring of 2014, she was one of the official staff pianists for the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Austin, Texas–the event’s first appearance in the continental United States. She completed her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Performer Diploma degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University. In May of 2011 she received the first Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.


Nyle Matsuoka  (MM 2011)Nyle
Nyle has been appointed Faculty Vocal Coach and Pianist in Wichita Grand Opera’s inaugural summer intensive training program, the 2015 Opera Academy of the Midwest. He served in a full-time role as pianist and coach with Austin Lyric Opera for the company’s 2014-15 season, and has been the Assistant Music Director of Austin’s Spotlight on Opera, Texas’ premier summer opera training program, since 2012.  Nyle was studio pianist and coach with Arizona Opera during their 2013-14 season and a coaching fellow for the Wolf Trap Opera Company in the summer of 2013.



Christina Wright-Ivanova (DMA 2012)Wright-Ivanova
Dr. Wright-Ivanova has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music- Vocal Coach and Collaborative Artist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and will join the faculty there in the Fall of 2015. Previously, she served as vocal coach at Boston University, and is serving as faculty coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Vocal Program this summer. In 2014, she released a debut-duo CD with violinist Kathrin ten Hagen entitled ‘Eastern Impressions’ under the German label ARS Produktion. She recorded a CD of contemporary chamber music with Juventas New Music Ensemble under the New Dynamic Records label. Recent concerts have included collaborative duo recitals in Germany, France, Bulgaria and Italy. She served as a Staff Pianist at AIMS in Austria during the summers of 2012-13, and recently joined the coaching staff at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO).



Yuying (Allie) Su (DMA 2012)allie_su
Dr. Su has now completed her second year on the piano faculty of the Oberlin College-Conservatory in Oberlin, OH as Collaborative Pianist/Instrumental Accompanying.  She performs regularly with faculty, guest artists and students, and is currently working part-time at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York in summer 2015.




Aram Arakelyan (MM 2012)Aram_Headshot_20132
Following his graduation from UT-Austin, Aram was accepted into the prestigious doctoral program in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California, where he studies with Dr. Alan Smith and Norman Kreiger.  At USC, he was awarded a full teaching assistantship, received the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Fellowship in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, and has twice received distinction at the annual Honors Convocation.  He has been one of the primary pianists in the viola studio of Donald McInnes and also performs for the USC Thornton Chamber Singers under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe, touring with the ensemble in 2014 in Beijing for the 12th China International Choral Festival and in Seoul for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music. Aram is on the staff of the renowned Colburn School, worked as pianist for the High School Honors’ Choir of the American Choral Director’s Association Eastern Division, and in June 2014 was an official pianist for the William Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival.  He and his wife Amy have two active sons, Raffi and Leo. Aram will join the collaborative staff at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate NY in summer 2016. 


Suyeon Kim  (DMA 2013)
profile pic South Korean pianist Dr. Suyeon Kim is beginning her second year as a Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the 2013-14 academic year, Suyeon performed extensively in the Denver metro area, and additional appearances have included New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Seoul’s King Sejong Hall, Youngsan Hall, and Kumho Hall. In the summer of 2014, she returned to the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, serving as staff pianist for her second season. Dr. Kim enjoys living in Colorado with her husband, Timothy Burns.




Jacob Coleman  (DMA 2014)Jacob Coleman
Dr. Coleman is currently living in Bloomington, Indiana, having been awarded a two-year collaborative post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Winds at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  In the summer of 2015, he returned as staff pianist at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate NY, his third consecutive season.






Hsin-I Huang (MM 2014)                                                      


A native of Taiwan, Hsin-I Huang holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Soochow University and received her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Huang is currently pursuing her DMA in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota, where she is a teaching assistant to Timothy Lovelace. In the summer of 2015, Huang assisted as a collaborative pianist in The University of Minnesota’s faculty-led summer programs, including the Bravo Summer String and Keyboard Institute with violin professor Sally O’ Reilly at the helm, and The Complete Flutist workshop led by Immanuel Davis, Professor of Flute. In the summer of 2014, Huang served as collaborative piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. Previous appointments include a teaching assistantship in collaborative piano at the Brevard Music Festival in the summer of 2013.


Kate Stubbs  (DMA 2015)Kate_Stubbs_2014_Headshot
Dr. Kate Stubbs has just been appointed Instructor and Collaborative Pianist on the faculty of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Kate holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University where she studied under Dr. Laura Melton and Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. From 2010-2012, Kate served as staff pianist for the BGSU opera theatre department and was featured in the school’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. From 2011 to 2012, Kate worked extensively with Toledo Opera, where her duties included serving as assistant pianist for their production of La Traviata, performing excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the company’s outreach program, and working with the children’s chorus. In the summer of 2013, Kate joined the faculty of Austin’s Spotlight on Opera, Texas’ premiere summer opera training program, and in the summer of 2014, she served as the pianist for the American Ballet Theater at The University of Texas at Austin.



Wenci Fan  (DMA 2015)Wenci Fan
Dr. Wenci Fan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shandong University in Weihai, China as well as a Master of Music in both Collaborative Piano and Choral Conducting from the University of New Mexico where she studied with Pamela Pyle and Bradley Ellingboe.  In the summer of 2014, she was a scholarship student at the Vancouver International Song Institute as well as staff pianist for Austin’s Spotlight on Opera, Texas’ premiere summer opera training program.  In previous summers she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, the Westminster Conducting Institute, and the Prestissimo! International Music Festival.
In the fall of 2015, Dr. Fan joined the faculty of Shandong University as a post-doctoral fellow in the music department. The fall of 2015 saw her touring in several cities in China with clarinetist and Buffet Young Artist Ying Nan Wang, serving as an official collaborative pianist at the
 Chongqing International Clarinet Festival, and performing in recital with Yao Guang Zhai, Associate Principal Clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Chiao-hui Yang, Associate Principal Clarinetist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
             In January of 2016, she will serve on faculty on the MaGenDavid International Music Festival, teaching and serving as a staff pianist, playing for faculty and student concerts and competitions.



Michael Bunchman  (DMA 2015)Michael Bunchman
Michael Bunchman has been appointed Staff Pianist and Collaborative Coordinator at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, to begin in the Fall of 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute. His teachers have included Marian Hahn, Joseph Kalichstein, Antoinette Perry, and Doris Pridonoff-Lehnert. As a collaborative pianist, Michael has performed with the Las Cruces Symphony, Opera Saratoga, Opera Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Natchez Music Festival, where he spent three seasons as assistant musical director. As an educator, Michael served on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 2005-2012.  In the summer of 2015, Michael returned for his fourth season as a member of the artistic staff of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater.



Ezgi Demirel  (MM 2015)Ezgi Demirel, Fulbright Scholar
A native of Turkey, Ezgi Demirel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Bilkent University Department of Music and Performing Arts. Under a full scholarship, she studied under Professor Hande Dalkilic and graduated with an Honors Degree in 2009. Upon graduation, Ezgi spent a year working and performing professionally with bass vocalist Merih Kazbek. Ms. Demirel received the prestigious Fulbright Award from the Turkish government and the Fulbright Commission to pursue her graduate degree study in collaborative piano in the United States, thus bringing her to the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Upon Ezgi’s return to Turkey, she began teaching at the University of Fine Arts in Karabuk, Safranbolu in the fall of 2015.