Yoon-Hee Jung, Flute
Yoon-Hee Jung, a native of Seoul, South Korea, began her flute studies at the age of seven and made her debut with New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra four years later. She went to Yewon school and Seoul Arts High School in Korea. While she was studying with Ui-Kyung Park in Seoul Arts High School, she gave her solo recital as she won the Young Artist audition by the Kumho Arts Center. She was the winner of Music Journal Competition, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, and TBC Broadcasting Competition in Korea.
Jung then she moved to California to study with James Walker, a former principal flutist of Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 17. The same year, she won a second prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental competition.
Other honors include second prize of Yokohama International Competition in Japan, Gluck Fellowship, USC Scholarship, and Merit Scholarship from New England Conservatory. She participated in numerous summer festivals including National Repertory Orchestra in summer 2010.
Jung received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with Academic Honors from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where she studied with Paula Robision and Jeanne Baxtresser. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Southern California with James Walker.
Mirae Sohn, Oboe
Mirae Sohn is a doctoral oboe performance student at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Ms. Sohn graduated with honors and received a Bachelor’s degree at the Seoul National University, Korea. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance with a two-year merit scholarship.
Ms. Sohn studied under Wan-soo Mok, Ji-Won Yoon, Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, David Wiess and she is currently under Professor Joel Timm and Allan Wogel’s guidance. Ms. Sohn have performed at each school’s symphony orchestras and winds ensembles. Since 2012, she has played the baroque oboe under Dr. Paul Sherman. She has interests particularly in both modern and early-music instruments.
Becky Rick, Oboe
Rebecca Rick is a music educator and oboist currently living in the Los Angeles area. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching privately, coaching chamber music groups, and directing ensembles in a classroom setting, she is an active oboist, having performed as a soloist and in chamber groups and orchestras.
As a member of the Binger Sextet, Rebecca was awarded first place in the 2010 Wheaton College Chamber Competition, performing Francis Poulenc’s Wind Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet. In the same year, she was invited to perform on stage at Orchestral Hall at Chicago Symphony Center with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. While at Wheaton, she also played in the concert band and several chamber ensembles.
In 2010, Rebecca worked as an orchestral management intern at the Masterworks Music Festival, where she served as a music librarian, interfaced with clinicians, and organized concert set–ups. In the summer of 2011, Rebecca worked as the director of a 30–piece choir of Chinese high school students at the Pui Tak Community Center in Chicago, IL. At Pui Tak, she pioneered and implemented her own vocal curriculum, spearheaded publicity, coordinated and directed rehearsals, and organized an end–of–summer concert. Rebecca has also taught as an Instrumental Music Instructor in the Geneva School District, as well as directing elementary school band.
Rebecca recently worked as the Arts Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, Indiana, where she developed a music program and organized and booked musicians for the club’s first ever Guest Artist Series. Her love for youth also took her to the Vysoke Myto English Camp in the Czech Republic, where she taught teenage students for three summers. Rebecca lives in the Los Angeles area and is currently teaching as Woodwind Specialist at St. John Bosco High School. She also incorporates music curriculum into Life Covenant Church’s children’s ministry program in Torrance.
Rebecca aspires to use her talents in music education, music therapy, and the Alexander Technique to benefit young musicians.
Michael Hong, Clarinet
Michael is currently a senior studying for his B.M. Clarinet Performance at Azusa Pacific University. He began playing the clarinet at the age of 11. During his high school years, he attended the Orange County High School of the Arts. Aside from Ensemble Christo, he is participating in his university’s Wind Ensemble, Wind Sextet, and Symphony Orchestra. He had studied under William Wellwood and Jennifer Showalter. He is currently studying with Michele Zukovsky and Tie Bai. Outside of his music life, Michael likes to go to the park with his golden retriever.
Elizabeth Low-Atwater, Bassoon
Renowned for her musicality and warm sound, Bassoonist Elizabeth Low, is quickly establishing herself in the Southern California music scene. As a fellowship recipient, she attended UCLA for her Master’s degree studying with John Steinmetz and received her Bachelors from Cal State Fullerton. Other teachers include Dr. Rebecca Rivera, Gwendolyn Rose, and Elliot Moreau of the Pacific Symphony.
In the summer of 2010, she was invited to perform at the Hot Springs Music Festival, where she participated in various chamber groups in addition to their Festival Orchestra. An active chamber musician, at UCLA Ms. Low was invited to play in the scholarship Gluck Foundation’s Woodwind Quintet that reaches out to the community through performances for non-profit organizations. She is a two time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Competition of 2010 and 2011, and has played for the Music Guild Association.
Elizabeth is on adjunct faculty at Fullerton College as well as numerous local schools including Oxford Academy and Irvine High. She also keeps a private studio where her students have gone on to play in honor orchestras, chamber events, and received music scholarships in college. In addition to her teaching, Elizabeth is maintaining an active performing career playing with groups like the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, Dana Point Symphony, and the Neapolitan Trio.
She loves to travel and has been to many places around Europe and Asia for both musical and humanitarian purposes.
Rachel Spidell, Horn
Rachel Spidell received her Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Arizona in 2013. While in Tucson, Rachel was an active presence in both the University and local music scenes, performing with groups such as the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various chamber ensembles.
In the summer of 2013 Rachel performed as a member of the 2013 Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, CA. Last fall she relocated to Southern California where she freelances and performs as a community volunteer with the UCI Symphony Orchestra.
Hyungbin Jung, Trumpet
Hyungbin Aiden Jung is currently a trumpet player at Dosan Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Christo-Los Angeles. He served as a trumpet player with Brass Without Borders in the United States. He also serves as an instructor at Shekinah Music Academy and a brass coach at Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra.He performed as a soloist in South Korea, Australia, and many states in the U.S.
Jung holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Missouri State University and the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His principal teachers include Jong-Woon Lee, Grant Peters, Alan Siebert, and Philip Collins.
Jung Keun Song, Trombone
Arthur Lin, Percussion
Matt Ordaz, Percussion
Matt Ordaz began studying music at an early age and went on to earn many awards in piano performance and composition; he has three published Children’s pieces for piano through Willis/Hal Leonard. Currently, Matt is studying under Cliff Hulling to complete a Bachelor or Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Biola University’s Conservatory of Music. At Biola, he has received recognition for musical and academic achievements while being heavily involved as the principal percussionist/drummer in various orchestral and jazz ensembles. Matt teaches privately out of his home and holds the position of Music Director for Heights Christian Junior High. He has played Percussion and Drums in various venues and ensembles throughout southern California, including the Pacific Symphony’s Youth Orchestra, Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, and many theatrical productions in the area.
Hee-Seung Lee, Piano & Harpsichord
A native Korean, pianist Hee-Seung Lee has appeared internationally as a recitalist and collaborative pianist. First appeared in the United States by winning the SYMF Young Recitalist Competition, Ms. Lee has won numerous competitions in Korea and USA, including the First Prize in Eum Hyup Competition, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Rotary International Dan Stover Memorial Music Competition, MTAC State Piano Concerto Competition and Palisades Symphony Young Artist Competition. As a soloist, Ms. Lee has appeared with Palisades Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber performances of works by Mendelssohn and Smetana at the LACMA Bing Theatre were heard live over the radio while her solo in Redlands Bowl aired on the cable TV. Her recent international performances include solo and duo recitals as a guest artist at the University of the Philippines College of Music and The National Arts Center in the Philippines in addition to the chamber concert in Seoul Arts Center, Korea. Ms. Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music under full scholarship and awarded The Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying upon graduation. Received master’s degree and Performer Diploma with Associate Instructorship from Indiana University, Ms. Lee is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Piano Performance under merit scholarship at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with world-renowned pianist Daniel Pollack.
Howard Chen, Piano
Jeehee Oh, Piano & Librarian
Jeehee Christy Oh is a pianist and music educator. She completed her Bachelor degree in Piano and Arts Management at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. She studied under Edmund Battersby and Reiko Neriki. She is currently a member of MTAC and is teaching at the Orchepia School of Music.
Matt Peterson, Piano
Matt Peterson is a pianist, composer, and educator. He has composed for film, theatre, and Internet productions, and has performed as a soloist and in groups around the country.
Matt holds a Master’s in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and Composition from Wheaton College. In 2010, he was invited as the overall winner of the Ben Heppner Concerto Competition to perform Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. He recently performed with the All-American College Band at the Disneyland Resort.
Matt currently lives in L.A. and works as a piano instructor and performer.
Samuel Kim, Violin
Samuel Kim started playing the violin at the age of 10. Since then he received his musical trainings from the Orange County High School of the Arts, received his Bachelor’s at Eastman School of Music, and Master’s at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His musical influences include Kevork Mardirossian, Dr. Ernest Salem, Daniel Shindarov, Lynn Blakeslee, Ed Persi, and Roxi Persi.
Carrie Ann Bark, Violin
Carrie Ann Bark received her Bachelor’s in violin performance at the Jacob School of Music in Bloomington, IN in 2009, and masters with certification in music education, also at Jacobs, in May 2013. As a music teacher, she currently works with Education Through Music-LA in four different elementary schools in the Burbank area, while teaching violin privately in LA. During the summer, Mrs. Bark performs, teaches, and acts as Director of Education for the Porterville Summer Strings camp – an outreach annual strings camp at low cost for the students in Porterville, CA. To continue using her skills as an orchestral performer, she plays for the orchestras of Sarang Church in Anaheim, and for the Orange County Symphony, also in Anaheim.
Gloria Kim, Viola
Gloria Chu Young Kim, a native of South Korea, began to study the violin and the viola in the lyceum of Novosibirsk Conservatory in Russia. She won top prizes in several national and international competitions in Russia and Portugal. Ms. Kim graduated in 2008 from the Temple University in Philadelphia with a major in Viola Performance. She is a member of YMF Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles in the 2013-14 season. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at University of Southern California with Professor Che-Yen Chen.
Linda Choi, Cello
Ms. Linda Choi received her bachelor’s & master’s degree from the school of music at Indiana University – in Bloomington where she received numerous scholarships. She also received her performance diploma there in 2002. Under the direction of many influential instructors including: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi Ronald Leonard, Emilio Colon and Charles Baker Ms. Choi has had her interest in music grow and blossom.
Ms. Choi has been invited to play at several music festivals some of which include: The Aspen, Indiana Summer Festival and Mimir Music Festival. She has joined the group called Del Gesus String Ensemble playing concerts in Ecuador, Chile and several cities throughout California.
She has been member of and joined several orchestras some of which she participated as the principle cellist such as The San Bernardino Symphony, Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic, Debut Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony, The Terre Haute Symphony and The Bloomington Pops Orchestra.
She has her own private studio which she has been operating since 2002 throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County. Her passion has always been to be an inspiring teacher to many young children and teens – to pass on the gift of music.
Nathan Atwater, Bass
Nathan Atwater, double and electric bassist, enjoys a wide variety of performance settings. Having studied classical bass with Fred Tinsley and jazz with Luther Hughes, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton. He was the recipient of honors for both classical and jazz including the Friends of Jazz Scholarship and the Warne Foundation String Scholarship. Nathan has worked with such orchestras as the Dana Point Symphony, Corona Symphony Orchestra, Montage Civic Orchestra, Cypress Pops Orchestra, and the Orange County Symphony. As an educator Nathan teaches privately at the Orange County Music Academy as well as coaching for San Clemente High School. Active also in musical theater, Nathan has performed productions with the Costa Mesa Civic Theater, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Musical Theater West, La Habra Depot Theater, and Theater Out, to name a few.
Elliott Bark, Conductor
Elliott Bark has received The 31st Republic of Korea Composition Award (the most prestigious composition award in Korea) and Carnegie premiere of his Shalom for Flute and Orchestra. As a conductor, he devotes a tremendous amount of time to conducting new music by living composers, premiering more than 50 compositions by living composers. A recipient of 2012 Mrs. Hong Pham New Music Performance Award from Indiana University, Elliott is currently music director/conductor of Ensemble Christo, Bethel Vision Orchestra and Porterville Summer Strings, and previously worked with Indiana University New Music Ensemble as assistant conductor. Elliott received his Doctor of Music at Indiana University, studying composition with Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund and P.Q. Phan and instrumental conducting with David Effron and Arthur Fagen.