Professor of Violin at:
Mannes College The New School for Music
The Juilliard School Pre-College Division
New York University
Teaching Assistant in Juilliard College
ANN SETZER is widely-recognized as a soloist, chamber musician and as a respected pedagogue. Dedicated to teaching as well as performing, she is currently a professor of violin at Mannes College The New School for Music and is on the violin faculties of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, New York University and serves as a Teaching Assistant in Juilliard College. Dr. Setzer also teaches and performs at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music and the Green Mountain Festivals. She began her teaching career as a teaching assistant to Ivan Galamian in New York and at the Meadowmount School of Music where she was appointed to the faculty in 1981. Additional summer residencies have included the Green Mountain Festival, Interharmony Festival in Germany and the Killington Music Festival.
Dr. Setzer received her musical education at the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Sally Thomas and at SUNY Stony-Brook where she received her DMA. Her chamber music studies were with Josef Gingold, Jascha Brodsky, Earl Carlyss, Gilbert Kalish and Timothy Eddy. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a teaching fellowship from the Juilliard School and a quartet fellowship from SUNY Stony-Brook.
Critically acclaimed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer, Dr. Setzer has traveled throughout the United States and Europe and she has often performed as a guest artist on radio broadcasts. Because of her work in violin pedagogy, she is in demand as a master class artist and has given clinics in Germany, Korea and Romania and the United States. She frequently adjudicates in national competitions and her students have won prizes in numerous national and international competitions.
Director of Double Reed at NYU Steinhardt
Department of Music and Preforming Arts Professionals
"MULTIPLE ONENESS", art and music layered and blended together in intriguing ways." - SARASOTA TRIBUTE (2012)
"MULTIPLE ONENESS", an intriguing performance art piece
by the oboist Matt Sullivan and painter Ken Cro-Ken."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES (2011)
" ...the cutting edge." - THE NEW YORKER (1999)
"gorgeously lyrical playing." - THE NEW YORK TIMES (1994)
Oboist, Matt Sullivan has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as both a virtuoso performer and teacher, as well as an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his "gorgeously lyrical playing" and the New Yorker has called his inventive performances "the cutting edge". As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and Compact Discs, have been featured on National Public Radio and on Voice of America. In addition to his active teaching and solo recital schedule, he is a member of Musicians' Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players (Princeton University), the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, First Avenue - the electro acoustic trio and The Weekend of Chamber Music Festival in Sullivan County New York.
Professor Sullivan is a Performing Artist for Boosey & Hawkes musical Instruments and plays exclusively on Buffet Oboes. View his website here.
Native Korean violinist Sun Huh has risen to acclaim around the world for her musicianship and extraordinary performances. She has played concerts as a soloist in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and is a prize winner of many national competitions in South Korea. Huh quickly established her European career while studying in Germany, and she debuted as a concert soloist with “Neue Kammerorchester Düsseldorf” in the Mozart Festival under the baton of Rüdiger Bohn. She has had significant performance engagements as a soloist with German notable orchestras such as Collegium Musicum Jülich under the baton of Raymond Janssen and Neue Philharmonia Westfalen. She also appeared in several international music festivals to collaborate with renowned musicians including the Heine Quartet and Hariolf Schlichtig.
Her devoted passion to learning led her to the United States where she continued her professional career while a graduate student at the Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she earned the prestigious “Barbara and David Jacobs” scholarship to pursue her Performer’s degree, Master of Music in Performance, and Doctorate of Music in Music literature and Performance. As an active soloist and chamber musician, she collaborated with contemporary leading musicians such as Mark Kaplan, Atar Arad, Peter Stumpf, Edward Gazouleas, Lawrence Hurst, Kurt Muroki, Sarah Kapustin, Marcus Thompson, and Godfried Hoogeven. She has performed as a chamber musician at the Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop, and the Opening Ceremony Institute for Koran Studies, and for the Asian Culture Center 20th Anniversary Symposium at Indiana University. With her piano trio “Zima Trio”, she was invited to perform at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in 2018. Recently, she collaborated with the faculty of Vincennes University. After having established her professional career in the U.S., she still continues her performance engagements in Europe. One of the highlights was a solo performance at the ceremony of the “UNHCR World Refugee Day” in Switzerland. Recently she has joined the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico which provides dynamic concerts to Puerto Rican communities as a musical representative for the D’Addario and the Titin Foundations since 2019.
Huh is a graduate of the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Stephan Picard, Ida Bieler, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Mark Kaplan. As an educator, she has distinguished herself as a cultivator of young talent. She has been on the faculty of the Stafford Music Academy and a regular instructor of the Fairview Project in Bloomington. She has been annually invited to the Violonissimo School and the Bougy Music Camp in Switzerland as a guest professor and music instructor since 2016. Ms. Huh has sat on the jury of international music competitions, including the Manhattan International Music Competition and the East Coast International Competition.
Dr. Minjung Seo
Director, Beatus Artists,
Artist management / Agent
Pianist Minjung Seo has earned critical acclaim as a collaborative pianist and a soloist. She was praised as “a fine touch and great sensitivity” by Chatham Star Tribune and “brilliant” by New & Record. As a recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Pianists Award, Seo has participated as a pianist in multiple performances at the Lincoln Center. In 2016, Award winning group, Duo Respiro, Seo and Soprano Kye-hyun Kim made a debut recital in Carnegie Hall and concertized in prestigious venues in the US and Korea. She has been invited as an artist in residence in summer festivals, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen Music Festival. Seo received her doctoral degree from University of North Carolina with Andrew Harley, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the Juilliard School with Margo Garrett and Jonathan Feldman, and other degrees from Indiana University and Yonsei University. Currently Seo serves as a collaborative piano faculty at Auburn University and previously was a member of music faculty at Western Illinois University, Bennett College, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Dr. Jihyun Kim, Composition
Jihyun Kim's music has appeared in the prestigious venues around the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Harris Hall in Aspen, DiMenna Center, Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence Italy, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
Jihyun’s works were performed by eminent ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Oberlin Orchestra, Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Tanglewood New Fromm Players, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, JACK Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, USC New Music Ensemble, IU New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, Asciano Quartet, Switch Ensemble, Collage Ensemble, Earplay Ensemble, Karien Ensemble, and were featured in the Underwood New Music Reading, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Mayfest, USF New Music Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium and Korean Music Expo.
Jihyun was selected as the winner of the Consortium Commission from American Composers Orchestra/Alabama Symphony/American Youth Symphony, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the League of Composers/ISCM Composers Competition, the American Prize in Orchestral music, the Libby Larsen Prize, PUBLIQ Access, Florence String Quartet Call for Scores, the 32nd Chang-ak Composition Competition, the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award/ Russell Distinguished Teaching Award from Cornell University, and received honorable mentions from Red Note New Music Composition Competition, TEMPO New Music Ensemble Call for Scores, among many others.
Jihyun is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at the Washington State University. Before joining WSU, Jihyun has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory. She holds Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Cornell University, Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, with additional fellowship from Aspen School of Music and Tanglewood Music Center.