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Benjamin Osterhouse is currently pursuing a doctorate in cello performance, studying with Tanya Remenikova. During his masters in cello performance at the University of Minnesota Benjamin also studied piano and double bass, and is now studying composition with Alex Lubet as a secondary emphasis to his doctorate. He has won 1st place in Strings in both the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and the Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition.
Aleks Tengesdal brings a sense of versatility to his cello playing having explored such realms as Improvisation, World Music, Early Music and New. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in cello performance at the University of Minnesota, studying with Tanya Remenikova.
A winner of the Missouri Emerging Artist Competition, Minnesota born cellist Daniel Keeler is a passionate musician and educator. He is currently a first-year doctoral student in cello performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Music Education, and the University of Missouri-Columbia in cello performance. As a performing contemporary musician, Daniel has performed a vast array of contemporary works in various solo recitals and with groups such as the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, and at the Missouri International Composers Festival. He held an assistantship with the New Music Ensemble-the leading contemporary ensemble at the University of Missouri-which is a part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.
Madison Rose Holtze, student of Dr. Zaro-Mullins, is a first year master’s student studying Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Distinction from the U of MN in 2018 with a BM in Vocal Performance. Madison is a Schubert Club scholarship competition winner (2017) and a four time MN NATS classical voice and musical theatre division winner (2015-2018). Favorite operatic roles include Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld,) Mrs. Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde.) In July 2019, she will perform the role of Serpina (La Serva Padrona) with Mill City Opera.
Priscilla Chang is known for her musicality and sensitive playing. She has won prizes in many different competitions and has been featured in numerous performances. Currently, she is studying with Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota for her DMA in piano performance. In recent news, Priscilla was featured with the Virtuosi Brunenses Orchestra in the famous Sala dei Notari in Perugia, Italy during Music Fest Perugia in August 2018, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under the baton of Uri Segal. She was also the winner of both the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and Mechelke Scholarship Competition this past Spring.
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Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.