Alumni Testimonies and Updates
Joy (Fraser) Hoffman, Bassoon 2003, 2005-2006
Joy graduated from Florida State University in 2009, where she earned her B.M. in bassoon performance. She is preparing to finish her M.M. from University of Maryland in May. Joy is also about to celebrate her one year anniversary with her husband Matthew, a Naval officer stationed in Connecticut. She looks forward to joining him there, and hopes to continue freelancing and private teaching.
Logan Strawn, Viola 2003-2004, 2006
Logan Strawn received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his Master’s Degree and Performer Diploma at Indiana University. He is a freelance musician and performs regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and has substituted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. He is currently serving as the Viola Faculty of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Asher Gelzer-Govatos, Cello 2003-2004
After graduating from high school in 2005, Asher attended the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated in December of 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy. During his time at TU, he was involved with Reformed University Fellowship. It was through this group that he met his wife Leslie, whom he married in 2009. Asher is in his third year of playing cello in the Signature Symphony, a local professional orchestra, and has taught lessons through a local conservatory.
In May 2009, Carrie graduated with a BM in violin performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Frederico Agostini. She is currently in her second year of pursuing a master's degree of science in music education IU. She is active as a freelance performer, private teacher, and assistant teacher for the Fairview Project in Bloomington. Along with some of her closest colleagues at IU, she is also a founding faculty member of the annual Porterville Strings Summer Workshop in California. Bethany Landby, Violin 2005 & 2008
A native of St. Paul, MN, Bethany holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, and is currently pursuing a performance certificate. At Lamont, Bethany studies with internationally acclaimed performance artist Linda Wang. She has also studied in Vienna with Polish concert violinist, Barbara Gorzynska as a Cherrington Global Scholar. Ms. Landby is an active member of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the Menae String Quartet, and also offers private music instruction. She is currently principal second violinist forthe Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra. Bethany has appeared in masterclasses with Robert Mann,David Kim,Aaron Berofsky, Adam Han- Gorski, Celine Leathead, Ernest Salem and Cho-Liang Lin.
Jennifer Hyde, Horn 2007-2008
Jennifer has attended the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado for the past two summers. In May 2010, she completed her undergraduate degree in horn performance from Gordon College. She is now working towards her masters degree at New England Conservatory where she studies with Jonathan Menkis, assistant principal horn player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to working with members of the BSO on a weekly basis, Jennifer freelances in the Boston area, playing with professional orchestras such as the Boston Philharmonic, the Lexington Symphony, and the New Bedford Symphony.
Laura Jesson, Viola 2005-2006
Laura is a junior at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Roger Myers. Last summer she attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA where she studied with Donald McInnes. She will complete her Bachelors degree in 2012, and hopes to pursue a Masters in Viola Performance.
Ariel Lagos, Saxophone 2004 & 2006
In 2007, Ariel helped found the Honduras Saxophone Quartet. The ensemble is the first of its kind in Honduras, and has gained popularity throughout the country and Costa Rica. Ariel also plays with a band called Pez Luna which performs in folk, jazz and bossa styles. The group has performed throughout Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico. This year, Ariel will finish his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the National Autonomous University of Honduras.
Jennifer Peck, Flute 2001-2006
Jennifer is set to complete her DMA in Flute Performance at the University of Oklahoma in May. She plays piccolo for the Lawton Symphony, substitutes for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and is a member of the Norman Chamber Players. Last summer, she was the Principal flute for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist in Germany and Croatia this past summer. Kristee Haney (formerly Kristee Logsdon), Voice 2001
Mezzo-Soprano Kristee Haney is establishing herself as a fresh, young artist in opera, concert and recital engagements. Currently a DMA voice student of mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle at the University of Kansas, she also teaches as an adjunct voice faculty member at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Ms. Haney has performed roles with the Kansas City Puccini Festival, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Mobile Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Kansas Concert Opera, Masterworks Opera Festival, as well as performing as a featured soloist with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Armonia Early Music Ensemble, Boston Early Music Festival, and at the Spoleto Festival USA. Ms. Haney has recently received critical acclaim for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Mobile Opera. Role highlights include Countess Charlotte Malcom (A Little Night Music), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). Sarah Rabbers, Dance 2008
Sarah completed her BA in Dance (with a minor in Communications) from Western Michigan University in 2009, and has been living in Chicago for the past year. She has danced for USA Ballet, Against the Grain, Framework Dance Chicago, and the M.C. Squared Dance company. Sarah attends professional dance classes at the Lou Conte and Hubbard Street Dance studios while maintaining a very active teaching schedule of her own.
Qing Jiang, Piano 2002
After graduating from Arizona State University in 2005 (where she studied with MWF faculty member Walter Cosand), Qing went on to complete her masters degree at Juilliard. She is currently in her 4th year of doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory, where she is also on piano and chamber music faculty for the preparatory school. She has also attended the Aspen, Music at Menlo, Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Perlman Music festivals. She recently gave a solo recital at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
Erin Phelps, Violin 2003
Erin is currently a junior at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying violin performance with Stephen Rose. In the summers following MasterWorks, she has attended the Heifetz Institute, ENCORE School for Strings, The Quartet Program, LyricaFest, the Masterclass Residency at the Banff Centre, and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Alison Rolf, Violin 2000-2002
Alison teaches at the Dayspring School of the Arts in St Louis, MO. Just this year, she was appointed as adjunct professor of violin at Webster University and also performs as the Concertmaster of the Webster Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Alison is a member of the Crusell Quartet, which presented a live broadcast last November on St. Louis’ local classical station and has a recent CD release with Centaur records. Alison also keeps busy playing for a number of shows at the well-known Fox Theatre in St. Louis, such as Shrek, South Pacific and Johnny Mathis. When she’s not playing, Alison enjoys spending time relaxing with her husband Andrew, whom she married in 2006.
Lydia Umlauf, Violin 2006-2008
Lydia is sophomore at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Currently pursuing a degree in violin performance, she is a student of Alexander Kerr (former Concertmaster, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). Lydia won the concertmaster position of Symphony Orchestra at IU this semester, and is also part of a piano quintet. She attends small church plant in Bloomington named Stoneridge Baptist Church, where she is involved in the music ministry.
Jenna Rothhaar, Tech 2008-2009
Jenna was thrilled to intern this past summer at WFRN, a local Christian radio station in Elkhart, IN. Currently at senior at Cedarville University, Jenna will be graduating with a B.A. in Electronic Media this coming May. She hopes to work in production at a radio station or in the music recording industry following graduation.
Kara Stuckey, Violin 2004-2005
In 2007, Kara moved to Cincinnati to study at the College-Conservatory of Music, and will graduate with her BM in violin performance in 2011. She has spent the past two summers in New York playing in the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra. She has also performed in various music festivals, orchestras, and masterclasses in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, England, and Italy.
Laura Salata, Violin 2005
Laura, who was married in 2007, has been living in Germany with her husband, Brian. She has maintained an active violin and piano studio out of her home, in addition to coaching group classes and ensembles. Many of her students came from military families (her husband is an Air Force Officer). They plan to return to the states at the end of this month.
Tess Sinke, Dance 2006-2008
Tess is now a sophomore at Mercyhurst College majoring in Dance with a Religious Studies minor. She is heavily involved in the ministry team and helps facilitate various fellowship groups on campus. Additionally, she works on the Mercyhurst dance departments outreach team, and works with a local refugee resettlement program.
Julie is completing her master's degree in horn performance at Bowling Green State University, studying with Dr. Andrew Pelletier. She holds the horn studio assistantship and teaches freshmen and sophomore horn majors. Julie is a former intern of the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship, where she worked as the Bible Study Administrative Assistant in beloved Winona Lake, IN.
Brandon Barnett, Bassooon 2010
After attending Masterworks this summer, Brandon began his college career at Howard University in Washington, DC. Currently pursuing a degree in Bassoon Performance, Brandon studies under Tia Wortham, principal bassoonist of the United States Navy Band.
Sarah Taylor, Bassoon 2009-2010
Sarah is beginning her master’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she is active in various ensembles. She is a student of William Winstead (principal bassoon, Cleveland Orchestra).
Rachel Wind, Opera 2001
Rachel completed her master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 2003. During her school years, Rachel maintained a private studio in addition to performing with the Kentucky Opera. For the past seven years, Rachel and her husband have been living in Asia. They have three daughters: Clara Anne who is 5.5, Chloe who is 4, and Christin who is 2.5. The Winds can be followed on their blog: www.gonewiththewinds.blogspot.com.
Stacey (Ogden) Eliason, Horn 1997-1998
Stacy holds music degrees from Indiana University and Central Washington University. She also studied at the Paris Conservatory as an exchange student. Influential teachers have been Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom, André Cazalet and Jens McManama. As principal horn in the Issaquah Chamber Orchestra, Stacy recently performed her first solo concerto with this ensemble. Past positions have included the International Orchestra of Paris and The Chamber Orchestra of Normandy touring orchestra. She has performed with the Tacoma Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Lyric Light Opera, Philharmonia Northwest, Nevada Opera Orchestra, and the Reno Philharmonic. Since 2004, Mrs. Eliason has performed solo recitals on chamber music series such as Music at St. Michaels (Paris, France) and the Incline Village Chamber Music Festival (Lake Tahoe, Nevada) promoting the horn’s solo repertoire. She was pleased to premier her first commissioned piece for horn and piano, Mischievous, by Jeffery Swingle, in 2007. Mrs. Eliason also enjoys performing jazz. Her first recording of improvisation on the horn took her to the 2009 International Horn Society’s Jazz Horn Competition as a finalist. She was honored to be part the 6th Annual Julius Watkins Jazz Horn Festival in 2009,as well asthe 2010 International Horn Symposium inBrisbane, Australia. Current schedule and information can be seen at www.mrs-eliason.com
Sarah Walker, Violin 2007-2008
Currently living in Indianapolis, Sarah plays with the Anderson and Noblesville symphonies in addition to maintaining a private studio. She also works as a registered nurse in abdominal organ transplant at IU hospital, and plans to begin her nurse practitioner graduate studies next fall.
Dean Wiers-Windemuller, Guitar 2004
Dean is now playing and performing in an indie-rick band called Open Land (www.myspace.com/openlandband) and teaching private guitar lessons professionally.
Kayla Winston, Theater 2008
Kayla is about to begin her first year of study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, New York City.
Ryan Webber, Trombone 2007 & 2009
After graduating high school in 2008, Ryan spent two years working with severely mentally and physically handicapped middle school students. During that time, he maintained a highly successful freelance career, performing with artists such as Michael W. Smith and Natalie Cole. Ryan was the bass trombonist with the Pierre Monteux Orchestra in Maine last summer, and has recently begun his graduate studies at the University of Kansas.
Since attending Masterworks, Nicole has been singing opera with Opera Cleveland. Presently, she is in Die Fledermaus with Opera Circle, another local opera company in Cleveland. Additionally, she works full time at the Cleveland Clinic and is involved with an international Bible Study called BSF (Bible Study Fellowship).
David Young, Bassoon 2008
David is now a sophomore at Northwestern University studying bassoon performance with Christopher Millard (Principal Bassoon, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada) and Lewis Kirk (of the Chicago Lyric Opera). Since attending Masterworks in 2008, he has attended the Eastern Music Festival and the National Symphony’s Summer Music Institute, as well as worked on the music staff of Camp-of-the-Woods, a Christian family retreat center in the Adirondacks. He is heavily involved with RUF, Reformed University Fellowship, and has helped to start a men’s bible study on campus.
Reinis Zarins, Piano 2008, MW Movement Leader
Reinis studies at the Royal Academy of Music and will be giving his debut recital at Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious venues in London, this month. He is also performs in Latvia (his home country) and elsewhere. In addition to maintaining an active performing career, Reinis will be participating in the Lausanne World Evangelization Congress in Cape Town, South Africa on the worship team . The congress is a massive event, hosting Christians from virtually all nations where the gospel has been proclaimed, and takes place from October 16-25.
Melanie Yodkins, Theater 2005
Melanie recently graduated from college with B.A. in Fine Arts (theater emphasis). Currently living in Johnson City, TN where she works as a night auditor at the Marriott, she plans to go back to school for a masters degree in Art History and Archives. She teaches drama to a group of 16 girls through the Johnson City Area Arts Council. In addition, she was asked by Johnson City’s Trinity Arts Council (a community of Christian artists and teachers who provide high-quality arts education programs) to develop and direct a theater program.