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2017 Faculty


Acclaimed for his "elegant poetry and virtuosic fire," Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition.

Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International READ MORE

Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys' concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents.

During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of cities of Asia. A frequent guest artist in   READ MORE

Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he had his early training with Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music.

Subsequent study was at Trinity College, Dublin, and with Bela Siki at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the University of Washington  READ MORE

Founding Artistic Director of the Northern Lights Music Festival, pianist Veda Zuponcic made her formal European debut in 1971 as a recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller grant.

Critics in London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Berlin noted her powerful and fluent technique, intelligent   READ MORE

Mitsuko Ichimura has concertized extensively throughout Japan and the US, as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists on stage and on television. She is known for her huge coloristic range and lyricism.

Ms. Ichimura is founder and director of the Ichimura Music School in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, where she produces strong   READ MORE

Grigor Khachatryan Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan began studying music and playing the piano at Barsej Kanachyan's Music School of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. Shortly thereafter, Khachatryan moved to the United States to continue his education and Bedford, Indiana    READ MORE


Mikhail KopelmanMikhail Kopelman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova and Yuri Yankelevich.

In 1973 he won second prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. READ MORE

Yosif FeigelsonRespected around the world, Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson enjoys a solo career spanning over three

He has been compared to such cello greats as Rostropovich and Piatigorsky, and praised for his arvelously singing tone, effortless technique, and sincere, enlightening interpretations.   READ MORE

Igor PetrushevskiIgor Petrushevski is widely considered as one of the leading violin professors in Europe. His students are winners of international competitions including: P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. Paganini, M. Long-Thibaud, Tibor Varga, Rodolfo Lipizer, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Wieniavsky, Cologne, Heifetz, Sion, Postacchini, Joachim, Britten, Caneti, Enescu, Valsesia and   READ MORE

Celine LeatheadMontreal native Céline Leathead joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1994 after being a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony.

At Orchestra chamber concerts, she has played music by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Mozart,   READ MORE

Timothy SchwarzConcertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music    READ MORE

Matthew WilliamsViolist Matthew Williams was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, The Berne University of the Arts, and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. He began his viola studies with Susan Barton and  READ MORE

Sally DorerSally Gibson Dorer is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and performs frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, she has performed on Prairie Home Companion with the house band, and   READ MORE

Opera / Opera Apprentice Program

Gavriel HeineBorn in America and educated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Gavriel Heine is equally at home in symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire. He was one of Ilya Musin's last pupils at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and follows a long line of conductors who were deeply influenced by the legendary pedagogue. In 2007, Valery Gergiev invited Heine to make his debut READ MORE

Maxim MikhailovMaxim Mikhailov was born in Moscow to a traditional opera family. His grandfather Maxim Dormidontovich Mikhailov was one of the Bolshoi's best Russian basses. In 1987 Maxim Mikhailov joined the Bolshoi Opera House as the principal soloist and soon after he won the READ MORE

Since her debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world for dramatic mezzo-soprano operatic and concert repertoire.

In 16 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Dever has been heard in the READ MORE

Lourin PlantDr. Lourin Plant holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

He has served as the Assistant Director of the Chicago Children's Choir   READ MORE

Leah Frey-RabineLeah-Beth Frey-Rabine was born and raised in Crosby, Minnesota and grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts as a child.

She developed her talent by attending Indiana University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in opera and Master of Music in vocal performance. READ MORE

Cory RenbargerDr. Cory J. Renbarger joined the faculty at Bemidji State University in 2012. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Concordia College.

Beginning his training in Moorhead, MN, he studied with David Hamilton READ MORE