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2017 International Music Festival Artists

Christina Bouey

Christina Bouey

Canadian violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” Among her awards and prizes include the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition. Christina has performed as soloist with the Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Banff Orchestra, Shattered Glass and the Hemenway Strings. Her solo and chamber performance credits include Carnegie Hall, Esterházy Palace, Yamaha Center Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard Club of New York, the Chromatic Club of Boston, Montreal Chamber Festival and the Indian River Festival. She has also been featured on WQXR New York. Christina has collaborated with artists such as Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Joji Hattori, Nicholas Mann, Irina Muresanu, and Bright Sheng. Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magnum cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student. In June 2014, as part of the 150 year celebrations on PEI, Juilliard dancers performed a modern dance to her first compositional commission for solo violin, with Christina playing it on the violin. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet. She plays a 1900 Scarampella on generous loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank.

Cora CooperCora Cooper

Cora Cooper teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string techniques at Kansas State University. As a performer, Cooper recorded for NAXOS American Classics and has professional symphony experience playing with the Vermont, Austin and Tallahassee Symphonies, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Research on music by women composers led to multiple performances at the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and lectures in the United States and England. Published editions include the four-volume Violin Music by Women: A Graded Anthology, Easy and Progressive Violin Duets by Josephine Trott, Six Duettos by Joseph Gehot, and Six Duettos for Two Violins by Maddalena Lombardini-Sirmen. Cooper served on the violin committee for the 1997 and 2009 editions of the ASTA String Syllabus, and has been a contributor to both the AST Journal and GIA Publications’ Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra. She presented sessions at the 2003 and 2010 national ASTA conferences and adjudicated ASTA’s Nagyvary Violin Competition in 2004. Cooper has twice attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Pedagogy at the Juilliard School, and is certified in the Sassmannshaus Method.

Steven DianeSteven Doane

Internationally known soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and pedagogue. Steven Doane appears at festivals and on concert series throughout the United States and overseas. Doane received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory and his MM from SUNY Stony Brook. He received a Watson Foundation Grant for overseas study in 1975, and had further studies with Richard Kapuscinski, Bernard Greenhouse, Jane Cowan, and Janos Starker. Steven Doane received Eastman’s Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993, and the Piatigorsky Prize in teaching at the New England Conservatory in 1986. As a member of the New Arts Trio, Doane was awarded the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1980. He made his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts in Don Quixote with David Zinman and the Rochester Philharmonic in 1983. His Tully Hall recital debut occurred in 1990, and has been followed by numerous recital appearances, including programs in London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Saunders Theater, and many other venues. Steven Doane currently holds the title of “visiting professor” at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he has done several residencies.

Sasha Gee EnegrenSasha Gee Enegren

A nine-time concerto soloist with orchestras including Ensemble 212, Brevard Summer Festival Orchestra and New York City’s Bach Society, Sasha Gee Enegren enjoys exploiting the extroverted side of bassoon. Ms. Enegren plays extensively with Uncommon Temperament, a bold new Baroque collective performing in and around Manhattan. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Enegren has been heard at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Symphony Space under the batons of prominent conductors including Kurt Masur, Adam Fischer, Otto Werner Müller, and Benjamin Zander. Ms. Enegren has enjoyed frequent performances with the Savannah Philharmonic where she will continue to play throughout the 2011-2012 orchestral season. In New York City Ms. Enegren is an active freelancer and is a doctoral student at the Manhattan School of Music, where she also earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance, and is the recipient of the Helen Fahnestock Hubbard Family Scholarship, and the Theodore H. Barth Foundation Scholarship. Teachers include Frank Morelli, Patricia Rogers, Marc Goldberg, Mark Popkin, and Carol Aicher. She has been a core member of Ensemble 212 since 2005.

Ken HakodaKen Hakoda

Ken Hakoda is enjoying his 13th season as music director and conductor of the Salina Symphony. To honor his accomplishments, the Ken Hakoda Endowed Conductor Chair was established in May of 2014. In addition to his work with the Symphony, Hakoda serves as associate professor of music at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he teaches choir, music education and music theory classes. At St. Olaf College, he earned a bachelor of arts degrees in choral music education, instrumental music education and theory/composition, for which he was awarded with the departmental distinction. While at St. Olaf, Hakoda studied voice with Dan Dressen, saxophone with Ruben Haugen, composition with Tim Mahr and Peter Hamlin, and conducting with Tim Mahr and Steve Amandson. Hakoda continued his education at Wichita State University as a graduate assistant, where he served as the director of the Shocker Pep Band. He earned master of music degrees in instrumental conducting, studying with Victor Markovich and Harry Davison and theory/composition, studying with Dr. Walter Mays and Dr. Dean Roush. Hakoda is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is studying pedagogy approaches in music education.

Jesse HenkensiefkenJesse Henkensiefken

A Kansas native, Jesse Henkensiefken performs regularly as a conductor and concert cellist. He is the founder of the International Music Festival at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he also serves as the Director of Orchestras & String Studies. Henkensiefken has concertized throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. As a guest conductor, he has performed with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Salina Symphony, the Salina Youth Symphony and the 2015 Kansas Music Educators Association South Central District Symphony Orchestra. He is the 2013 National winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foncannon Conducting Scholarship, and in 2014 was awarded a KWU Woodworth Grant to study conducting at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in Russia, under the director of Maestro Anatoly Levin. He has worked on the precollege faculties of Park University and the University of Kansas, and was the Assistant Conductor of the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble. In addition he was the Music Director of the Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra and Noel Pointer Foundation Youth Orchestra and is the current Assistant Conductor of the Salina Symphony. As a cellist Henkensiefken is a Sorbel Award winner of the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition and has recorded for film and radio abroad. He has served as Principal Cellist for the Empire State Sinfonia (Brooklyn, NY), Ensemble du Monde (NY, NY), the Kansas City Philharmonia and the Salina Symphony. Henkensiefken holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, and a performance certificate from Park University’s International Center for Music. His primary teachers include David Gilbert, Edward Laut, George Manahan, Martin Storey and Nikolai Uljanov. Henkensiefken has had further training with the likes of Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz and Yo-Yo Ma.

Dr. Margaret MarcoDr. Margaret Marco

Dr. Margaret Marco is the principal oboist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and performs with several Kansas City ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony. She served as artist/faculty at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic; the Mozartissimo Chamber Music Festival in Madrid, Spain, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee and the Midwestern Music Academy in Lawrence, KS. Dr. Marco is the Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas where she has taught since 1998. The Kansas City Star describes Margaret Marco’s oboe playing as “wistful and utterly engaging,” while the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports “Marco’s deft and lilting expression ...was often reminiscent of a soprano’s operatic aria.” Margaret Marco’s “utterly engaging” performances have been heard in Europe, South and Central America, Canada and the United States. Her musical appointments have included principal oboe of the Orquesta Sinfònica de Maracaibo, in Venezuela, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Rome Festival Orchestra, Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She holds degrees from Northwestern University, The University of Iowa and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Katie WolfeKatie Wolfe

Violinist Katie Wolfe leads an intriguing career mix as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and adjudicator. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. She also shares her passion for music as a teacher. Originally from Minnesota, she joined the string faculty of The University of Iowa in 2004 as Associate Professor of Violin. Prior to teaching in Iowa, Ms. Wolfe taught violin, viola, and chamber music at Oklahoma State University. She also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Ms. Wolfe received a B.M. in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Miriam Fried. She coached chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky and Janos Starker, among others. She continued her studies, earning a M.M. in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), studying violin with Sylvia Rosenberg and chamber music with Ani Kavafian and Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet. She received further training from a wide variety of summer festivals and teachers, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Kneisel Hall, Musicorda, the Quartet Program, Solo Bach Seminar with Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, and many others.

Anna Sorkina

Anna Sorokina

Violist Anna Sorokina was born in Moscow Russia. In 2005 she completed her Masters of Music degree at Moscow Conservatory under the direction of professor U. Bashmet; in 2011 she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the same conservatory. In 1999 and 2000 Anna Sorokina held the principal viola position in the International Regions Symphony Orchestra in Munich. During her training she has performed in Moscow’s main halls in chamber ensembles. In 2014 Anna Sorokina recorded a CD of “Sonata-Pastoral” of P. Markelov. She is currently studying on a second Masters of Music degree at Park University’s International Center for Music with Kansas City Symphony principal violist Christine Grossman.

Tatiana Tessman

Tatiana Tessman

Multiple prize-winning pianist Tatiana Tessman has performed as soloist with orchestras across three continents, including the World Symphony in Cincinnati, Shreveport Symphony, Bach’s Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philarmonia, Uruguay Philharmonic Symphony, Panama Philharmonic Symphony, Korea W. Philharmonic the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra upon a personal invitation from Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, to name a few. On the competition front, Tessman has had overwhelming success as she claimed first prizes at the Glenn Gould International Piano Competition in Ostra (Italy), Santorini International Piano Competition (Greece), 55th Wideman International Piano Competition, the Missouri International Piano Competition and the 50th Cincinnati World Piano Competition, in addition to multiple other awards at the Panama International Piano Competition, the Florida International Piano competition and the Eisenberg-Fried Manhattan School of Music Concerto competition in New York. Fueled by her victories on the grueling international competition circuit, Tessman is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Keyboard Studies at Kansas Wesleyan University.