Geneva Conservatory

Ms. Julie Castor Lawrence

Director
Violin, Music Theory, and Chamber Music
Suzuki Teacher Certification
B.M. in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music
M.M. in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. candidate in Violin Performance, Rutgers University

New York City-based violinist Julie Castor has performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, and throughout the United States. She appeared as soloist with the Ashland Symphony alongside renowned violinist Aaron Berofsky, with the Hudson Symphony, and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Steinway Hall, United Nations Chapel, Spanish Cultural Institute of New York, Fort Lee Library Series, Union Theological Seminary, Ashland University, The University of Akron, and Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestral musician, she has performed in New York’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space with orchestras like the Chappaqua Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Chelsea Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, Bellayre Opera, and Dell’Arte Opera. She has been a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, guest artist and concertmaster for the Calvin College String Summit, and orchestral apprentice and concertmaster at the MasterWorks Festival. In 2011, she was invited to Nice, France for a two-week residency with Phillipe Entremont and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia . Ms. Castor recently shared the stage with Broadway performers in a concert version of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” and can be seen in the new Amazon TV seriesMozart in the Jungle.A dedicated educator, Ms. Castor has been the Director of The Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan since 2012, where she maintains a violin studio. She is also an Instructional Coach for the Harmony Program, supervising string teachers and working with underserved youth in New York City. She is a Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and American String Teachers Association. She received her Suzuki Teacher Certification from the School for Strings.Ms. Castor has worked with members of the Emerson, Orion, and American String Quartets and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has performed in masterclasses for David Kim, Robert Mann, and Andres Cardenes. She received her B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Laurie Smukler and Isaac Malkin. She will begin her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University in the Fall 2015. Ms. Castor plays a violin crafted in 2014 by Boston violin maker Benjamin Ruth.

Ms. Sohyun Ahn

Piano and Music Theory
B.M. Yonsei University (Korea)
Professional Studies Degree, Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. in Piano Performance, Rutgers University

Pianist Sohyun Ahn has been invited to perform in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, South Korea and the United States. She was named Performer of the Year by Eumak-Chunchu, South Korea’s leading classical music journal.In the States, her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Cami Hall, Bechstein Hall, Hubbard Recital Hall, Klavierhaus, Dimenna Center, St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church Riverside Church, Interchurch,Juilliard School, Concordia College, Union Theological Seminary in New York. She has frequently featured at the Concert at One in Trinity Series, Roeliff Jansen Library Series, Fortlee Library Series, and the Bernard Township Library Series. Sohyun has also performed at Rutgers University, St. Elizabeth College, All Saints Episcopal Church, Kirkpatrick Church, Madison Grace Church, Nous Theater, NV Hall in New Jersey, An Die Musik Sereis in Baltimore, Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University Christian Church in Texas.Sohyun studied at Yonsei University, Royal Scottish Academy in Music and Drama, Tokyo Geidai Academy, the Manhattan School of Music and received her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University.

As a dedicated educator, Sohyun taught at Rutgers University and gave masterclasses at the  University of Malaya, the Universiti Putra Malaysia, the University College of Sedaya International. Her activities included adjudication of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. Sohyun currently serves as a faculty at the Concordia College, Caedmon School and the Geneva Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Hannah Cen

Piano
B.M. in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music
M.M. candidate in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Pianist Hannah Lingen Cen, born in Tianjin, China, has delighted audiences as a soloist. She has performed in New York venues such as Steinway Hall, SUNY New Paltz and The Esplanade Luxury Senior Residences, Manhattan School of Music. Internationally, she has also performed at the Western Shore Art Salon and the Gold and Purple Yue Real Estate corporate office in Tianjin, China. Ms. Cen attended the PianoSummer Festival at SUNY New Paltz for four consecutive summers. She is an active collaborative pianist, having performed many chamber recitals at National Opera Center NYC and Manhattan School of Music, serving as an accompanist for the college and precollege divisions, and at The Geneva Conservatory of Music. She is studying with Phillip Kawin, and her former teachers include Anton Malikov and Mikhail Alexandrov. Ms. Cen has played in masterclasses for world-renowned pianists Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Jereme Rose and Hui-Ying Liu. As a dedicated teacher, Ms. Cen has taught students from beginner to intermediate levels in the New York and New Jersey area, including preparation for the ABRSM and RCM exams. To maximize student learning, she works with students to connect their music making with their other interests and pursuits. Ms. Cen currently serves as pianist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and is Organist and Choir Director at Calvary United Methodist Church in the Bronx. She is studying organ privately with Dr. Katherine Meloan. Ms. Cen joined McGill Organ Academy and Montreal Organ Festival where she worked with Organist Hans-Ola Ericsson and Jonathan Oldengarm.

Dr. Patricia Davis

Violin
Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings (NYC)
B.M. in Violin Performance, Eastman School of Music
ARCM (Performer’s Certificate), Royal College of Music (London)
M.M. & D.M.A. in Violin Performance, Stony Brook University

Violinist Patricia Davis is based in New York City where she performs with American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and in several Broadway show orchestras. She has participated in music festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada and has collaborated with such artists as Montserrat Caballe, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Andrea Bocelli, The Smashing Pumpkins and rock star legend, Peter Gabriel. Recent performances include at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and the White House. Ms. Davis has also performed with various ensembles on NPR’s Performance Today, MTV, A&E, CNN, PBS’s Great Performances, The MacNeil-Lehrer Report and on Good Morning America. She was recently featured as solo violinist on WQXR (NYC) with pianist/composer Beata Moon. Ms. Davis graduated from the Eastman School of Music, London’s Royal College of Music and SUNY Stony Brook where she received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance as a student of Joyce Robbins.

Ms Davis has served as jurist for The Juilliard School Pre College Concerto Competition, The New York String Orchestra Seminar and Columbia University’s Concerto Competition. She is on the faculty of the Geneva Conservatory (NYC) where she trains young violinists in the Suzuki Method.

Ms. E.J. Lee

Violin

Han Yang University, B.M.

Manhattan School of Music, M.M.

Violinist E.J. Lee joined The Chelsea Symphony in 2010. Two years later, in 2012, she became the acting Second Principal. She began playing the violin in Seoul, Korea at the age of four and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a master’s degree in 2004. At the age of seven E.J. made her first appearance as a soloist, playing the Vivaldi Violin Concerto with a full orchestra.  As a teenager she won a national violin competition in Korea, which lead her to perform Bruch Violin Concerto with the Seoul Symphony. Throughout the years, E.J. has performed in various prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The depth of her practice has lead to intersections with conductors, such as Charles Dutoit and Kurt Masur, and composers that include Pierre Boulez. She performed Boulez’s “Notation III” under his baton. 

E.J. has taught students privately and in schools for over twenty years. E. J. is committed to service, which she demonstrates through her role as a board member at The Chelsea Symphony, and as an advocate for musical outreach. As an advocate, she actively seeks to address a larger philanthropic goal of bringing music to audiences for whom access to music and concerts is often challenging.

Mr. Joseph Lee

Cello
B. M. in Cello Performance, The Juilliard School
M. M. in Cello Performance, The Juilliard School
M. M. in Orchestral Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Joseph Lee began piano studies at the age of 4, violin studies at 7, and then finally cello at the age of 11. Mr. Lee won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition resulting in his concerto debut, playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto in Davies Symphony Hall under conductor Edwin Outwater. Joseph grew up in northern California where he studied with Irene Sharp. Mr. Lee earned both a bachelors and masters degree in music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Darrett Adkins. He also earned a masters degree in orchestral performance from The Manhattan School of Music studying with Alan Stepansky. Mr. Lee has performed in masterclasses for Ralph Kirshbaum, Lynn Harrell, and Janos Starker. Mr. Lee joined the New York City Ballet orchestra in September of 2012 and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami from 2010 until 2012.

Ms. Alina Lim

Cello, Chamber Music
B.M. in Cello Performance, The Juilliard School
M.M. in Cello Performance, The Juilliard School

Alina Lim, cellist of the Allant Trio, is as versatile a chamber musician as she is a performer in solo and orchestral music. Ms. Lim has appeared in various venues across North America including Carnegie Hall and Rolston Recital Hall in Banff, Canada. Her career has also brought her to halls in Australia, Germany, Korea, Norway, Poland, and the U.K., including the Royal Albert Hall and the Seoul Arts Centre. The Allant Trio was selected as a winner at the Beverly Hills Auditions in 2013, as well as being the recipient of the Jonathan Madrigal Entrepreneurship Grant from The Juilliard School. An advocate of chamber music, Ms. Lim has performed in community settings for people who have limited access to classical concerts, giving performances at the James Lenox House for Senior and the soup kitchen of Calvary-St. George’s Episcopal Church. Ms. Lim won various awards and scholarships through The Kiwanis Music Festival of the Greater Toronto Area and The Ontario Music Festivals Association. She was also a two-time winner at the national finals of The Canadian Music Competition.Recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, she has performed on the NPR show From the Top, and has been featured on ABC Classic FM in Australia and on the MBC Network in South Korea. She has been principal cellist of various orchestras throughout her career, such as the Mannes Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has performed in venues of international recognition, including the BBC Proms in London and the Lincoln Center Festival as part of the Juilliard Orchestra Tour in the summer of 2012. Ms. Lim was an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, in addition to a participant in other music festivals such as ENCORE School for Strings, Meadowmount School of Music, the Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Lim began her cello studies with Joowon Kim at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and went on to continue her studies with David Hetherington. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Richard Aaron in the accelerated Bachelor of Music/ Masters of Music program. Ms. Lim also continued her studies with Marcy Rosen at the Mannes College, The New School for Music.

Ms. Luka Oida

Piano and Music Theory
B. M. in Piano Performance, Northwestern University
M. M. in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. candidate in piano performance, The Hartt School of Music

Southern California born pianist Luka Oida has made solo and chamber music appearances in major cities throughout the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Her talent has also taken her beyond the United States to Austria, Italy, Poland, and Japan. As a soloist, she has performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with Austria’s Vienna Residence Orchestra. She has also performed at Steinway Hall in New York City, the International Music Academy in Italy, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, and the New Orleans International Piano Institute, to name a few. Ms. Oida holds a Masters in Music degree at New York’s Manhattan School of Music, where she studied piano performance under Phillip Kawin. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music with Alan Chow. Prior to Northwestern, Ms. Oida studied with Dr. Louise Lepley at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Dr. Kyle Werner

Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training, Music History, and Composition
B.M. in Composition, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
M.M. in Composition, Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. in Composition, Manhattan School of Music

Kyle Werner is a composer whose interest in showcasing performers’ expressive capabilities has led to collaborations with world-class musicians and ensembles, such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Rapids Symphony, Axiom Brass, Windscape, guitarist Jordan Dodson, and members of Eighth Blackbird. His works have been performed at the Colburn School, Hindemith Music Centre, Manhattan School of Music, Midwest Composers’ Symposium, MusicX Festival, Opera on Tap, Palais de Fontainebleau, Society for American Music Annual Conference, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Tenth Presbyterian Church, the Yamaha Piano Salon, and Greenwich House Music School. Dr. Werner has also been composer-in-residence at Chamber Music Campania in Varano, Italy. He has completed Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, in addition to summer study at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. His primary teachers have included Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, Susan Botti, and J. Mark Stambaugh. A passionate music educator, Dr. Werner has taught students from middle school through graduate level and currently teaches music theory at Geneva Conservatory of Music. He previously held a doctoral teaching fellowship at Manhattan School of Music, where he coordinated the tutoring program and taught aural skills, instrumentation, and music theory to students ranging from freshman to graduate students. Also an avid sailor, he holds certifications from US Sailing and the American Sailing Association, and has sailed in the Bahamas, Cyclades (Greece), Florida Keys, Great Lakes, New York Harbor, and the San Juan Islands.

Ms. Sophie Zhang

Piano
University of Toronto, B.M. with Honours
Manhattan School of Music, M.M. in Piano Performance
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Artist Certificate in Chamber Music
Columbia University, Doctor of Education candidate

Chinese-born Canadian pianist Sophie Xuefei Zhang enjoys a career both as soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared on stage with Kim Kashkashian, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Ian Swensen, Bonnie Hampton, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Ives String Quartet, American String Quartet, Windscape, and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, among others. First-place winner of the national Canadian Music Competition, Sophie was also the First-place winner of the Beijing district of Concours de Piano Sino-Francais “MIDO” and semi-finalist of the 12th Pacific International Piano Competition. Sophie was the winner of Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award and was on full scholarship to attend the Chamber Music program at The Banff Centre. She has performed at venues such as Beijing Concert Hall, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Carnegie Hall, Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Rolston Recital Hall at The Banff Centre, CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, and Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Theatre. Sophie has also been heard on Beijing Classical Music Radio Station FM97.4, CBC Radio Soundstreams Canada, and Banff Centre Radio Station. She has been named an Osher Foundation Scholar. An active educator, Sophie has presented out-reach programs and lecture-recitals with various chamber groups on topics ranging from the piano trios of Schumann and Shostakovich to the transcriptions of Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg. She has also led masterclasses for the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University and coached chamber ensembles from the Crowden School in Berkeley, and has given lectures at Duke Kunshan University as well as Beijing Huiwen Middle School in China. Sophie currently serves as Freelance Lecturer at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, and is co-founder and director of Lex54 Concerts.

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