ARTISTIC MANAGEMENT:

Peter Tiboris

General Director and Music Director of
MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall and MidAm International
Email: mozart11@aol.com
Tiboris@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-736-1617

Mobile: 973-725-2622

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Peter Tiboris, Greek American conductor, music director, and producer, has enjoyed a worldwide career for more than forty years of which the past thirty have been in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of MidAmerica Productions, which has produced concerts in Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (now called David Geffen Hall), and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; performance series in Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy; and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. Maestro Tiboris is also the founder of the Manhattan Philharmonic, Elysium Recordings, and most recently, MidAm International.

Since 1983, he has presented more than 1300 concerts worldwide and 1000 in New York, including 550 on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, where he has also conducted many of the concerts. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Manhattan Philharmonic, which he founded; and the Pan-European Philharmonia, in Warsaw, Poland; and Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, in Florence, Italy.

He made his European conducting debut on July 1, 1983, in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, with the Moscow Philharmonia as part of the Dubrovnik Festival; and his New York conducting debut on January 7, 1984, with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He has conducted in 20 countries, among them Mexico; Russia, in St. Petersburg and Moscow at Column Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Shostakovich Hall; Great Britain, in London at the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall; Austria, at Vienna’s Konzerthaus; Poland, in 11 cities including Warsaw; Czech Republic, in Prague’s Rudolfinium and Smetana Hall with Virtuosi di Praga and the North Czech Philharmonic; Italy, at Teatro di Roma, Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Regio di Parma, and 20 other locations; Portugal; Turkey; and Egypt, at Cairo’s National Opera House. Mr. Tiboris has conducted such renowned orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Oxford’s Philomusica, Niedersächsische Orchester Hannover, the Prague and Brno philharmonics, National Opera Orchestra of Cairo, American Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Société Philharmonique de Montreal, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Orchestra di Siciliana di Palermo. In March 2016, he made his Asian conducting debut with the Macao Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus in Macao, China. Additionally, he has conducted nearly every major choral work as well as countless symphonic works, selected operas, and ballet.

On his Carnegie Hall series, he has showcased hundreds of guest conductors and thousands of visiting ensembles from throughout the world. He has conducted or presented hundreds of works with numerous and significant world and American premieres, including music by Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven/Mahler, Taneyev, Cherubini, and Theodorakis. The concerts have been hailed by The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, and The New Yorker, among other noted publications.

His company, Elysium Recordings, has released 30 recordings, most of which are premiere and first-time commercial releases. He performs on ten of those. The International Festival of the Aegean has recently concluded its 12th season in Syros, Greece; and MidAm International, Inc., founded in 2013 as a producer of concerts abroad, has presented performances in Vienna, Florence, and Syros, with proposed concerts in China and France.

Peter Tiboris studied music at the University of Wisconsin and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois, but he credits his move to New York City some thirty years ago as the most important event in his musical and professional life. He is married to the soprano Eilana Lappalainen, and they reside in Germany, Greece, and the U.S.

 


Norman Dunfee

Production Manager
Email: ndunfee@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-239-0205

 


James Redcay

Director of Program Development for
MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall & MidAm International
Email: jredcay@midamerica-music.com

In NYC: 212-239-0205

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A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, James Redcay recently joined MidAmerica Productions in April of 2015. A graduate of New York University, Redcay spent four years in New York City as an accomplished pianist, composer and teacher, performing and composing for numerous concerts and institutions. During this time Redcay also held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. After graduating from NYU, Redcay moved abroad to Macao, where he taught music at the Conservatory of Macao and created and managed arts and entertainment programs for Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands. After six fruitful years, Redcay and his wife relocated to the United States and now reside in New York City.

 


Eilana Lappalainen

Principal Artistic Administration for MidAm International And Director of Vocal Division for MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall
In NYC: 212-239-0205, ext. 222
Mobile: 862-215-5795


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Eilana Lappalainen, of Finnish-Canadian descent, has performed title roles to critical claim in the world’s premier opera venues including Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Montréal, Bellas Artes, Teatro Verdi Trieste, New Israeli Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Polish National Opera, Opera North, Staatstheater Essen, Prague State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ottawa, Marin Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera San Jose, and in cities such as Wiesbaden, Dessau, Halle, Mannheim, Bremen, Würtzburg, Bielefeld, and Winterthur.

Her repertoire includes leading roles in Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Wozzeck, Der Freischütz, Jenůfa, Giovanna D’Arco, Un ballo in maschera, I masnadieri, Il trovatore, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Medea, Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro, La fanciulla del West, Turandot, and Tosca. At Carnegie Hall, she has sung Verdi’s, Mozart’s and Fauré’s Requiems; Zanetto; A Gala Concert; Vivaldi’s Gloria; a recital in Weill Recital Hall, and recently, the New York premiere of To Be Afraid of the Dawn. Her recording of Zanetto was released in 2008, and a CD of Mahler songs was released in 2013, both by Elysium Recordings. This past summer she sang the role of Nedda in Pagliacci at Festival of the Aegean. Recently, she has performed in such diverse places as New York, Arizona, Catania, Calabria, Florence and Macao. Her future engagements include Aida in Thessaloniki, and concerts in Taormina, Paris, New York, Prague, and Passau, Germany. She is working on a new recording, “Dramatic Divas,” which will be released in 2017.

In addition to her singing career, she is the Artistic Director of Opera Productions of the Festival of the Aegean, General & Artistic Director of Greek Opera Studio, Festival of the Aegean Manager, and Artistic Administrator, Director of the Vocal Division at MidAmerica Productions.

 


CORE ADMINISTRATION:

Joseph J. Bill

Vice President & Director of Administration
Email: jbill@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-239-0205

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Joseph J. Bill was previously a senior administrator and financial manager for Comex, a membership organization for commodities trading. Originally from Long Island, New York, he attended Pace University and presently resides in New Jersey. He plays the keyboard as a hobby, although previously as a piano student, he performed in Carnegie Hall.

 


Joyce Howard-Brazel

Vice President & Director of Account Operations
Email: jhoward@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-239-0205


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Joyce Howard-Brazel came to MidAmerica Productions in 1997, after serving for eight years in the U.S. Army as an Electronic Warfare Systems Repairer, attaining the rank of Specialist Promotable. Previously, she worked as a Customer Account Coordinator for WTGS-28, a FOX network affiliate station in Savannah, Georgia. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she attended the State University of New York at Purchase. She is currently studying music composition. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, crocheting, reading, cooking and traveling.

 


Dale Zeidman

Vice President & Director of Public Relations and Publications
Email: dzeidman@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-239-0205


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Dale Zeidman, Director of Public Relations and Publications, rejoined MidAmerica Productions in 2008, after a hiatus of seven years. Previously, she had worked at MidAmerica from 1994-2001. She came to MidAmerica Productions for the first time by way of Symphony Space, a New York theater; New York City Opera; and ABC News. Before returning to MidAmerica, she worked with several nonprofits in New York, including the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music.

 


Molly Waymire

Director of Audience Development
PipTix
Email: molly.waymire@piptix.com
Mobile: 917-513-3080


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Molly Waymire studied mathematics and computer science at Indiana University. Over the past 20 years, she has gained experience in treasury and management through her work at several theaters, performing arts centers, and theme parks throughout the United States. She was appointed to her present position in 1993.

 


Zui Tao

Program Director for MidAm International & Executive Associate to the
General Director
Email: ztao@midamerica-music.com

In NYC: 212-239-0205 or 212-736-1617
Mobile: 347-322-2280

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Zui Tao graduated in May 2013 from New York University with a master’s degree in performing arts administration. A strong advocate of a global performing arts exchange, she studied arts management in Asia, the U.S., and Europe, and is involved in a variety of cultural activities that engage and educate diverse audiences who come from different cultural backgrounds. She previously worked at various international music festivals. In addition to her master’s degree, she holds a bachelor's degree in arts management from Nanjing University of the Arts and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Nanjing University.


 


CONDUCTORS:

Giuseppe Lanzetta

Principal Guest Conductor
Music Director, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Florence, Italy

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Giuseppe Lanzetta has conducted leading orchestras throughout the world. He debuted in November 2003 with the Berliner Symphoniker in the Philharmonie Grossen Saal and, in May 2006, Carnegie Hall. Maestro Lanzetta has conducted well-known choirs, including Teatro Comunale of Florence (Italy), International Choir of Louvain (Belgium) and Choir Madrigale Bucharest.

He created the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in 1981. Its 40 musicians have played over 1300 concerts in Europe and abroad. He conducted at the International Festival of Krakow in 2003 in Heidelberg, and at the Wiener Kammersolisten, Ungarische Kammerphilharmonie in the Musik Verein, and in the Konzerthaus, all in Vienna. Maestro Lanzetta has been Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Pro Arte di Messina, Italy; and Director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Grosseto, Greece.

Born in Montecorvino, Rovella, Italy, in 1960, he studied choral music and choir conducting under Pierluigi Zangelmi, and instrumentation for bands with Lorenzo Semeraro. At the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence he studied composition with Franco Cioci and orchestra conducting with Bruno Campanella.

In August 1992 he performed at the Salzburg Music Festival. He worked with the Academy Award-winner, Roberto Benigni, in a concert in Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence; he also conducted in Florence at the Piazza Signoria, Piazza Pitti, and Piazza Santa Croce’s Eve concerts. In 2005 he was awarded the Medal Beato Angelico and, in 2006, he received the award for the Florence Music del’Arte.

 


David R. Thye

Conductor/Program Development
Email: davethye@gmail.com
Mobile: 940-765-2956


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David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer and clinician. While inspiring excellence through discipline and musical integrity, he consistently delivers cutting-edge live performances with sincerity, focus and enthusiasm.

In addition to his work with MidAmerica Productions, Thye is a freelance festival, state, and honor choir conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant.  Prior to his present posts, he was the Robert L. Burton chair of graduate conducting at Southwestern School of Music and music director and conductor of the Master Chorale (the principal chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra).  Over the past four decades, he has been director of choral activities at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, the University of Montana in Missoula, and the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Having received his B.A. degree in music education and voice from the University of Sioux Falls, Thye began his teaching career as a public school choral director. He earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with such noted teachers as Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Margaret Hillis, Don Moses, Glenn Block, Ron Nelson, Rod Walker and many others.

Under Dr. Thye’s baton, various professional, collegiate, community, and high school choral organizations have been selected to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City and other premier concert halls and venues across the nation and Europe. In recognition of his outstanding success, the University of Sioux Falls presented him with its Alumni Pacesetter Award.

 


Brian J. Bacon, Jr.

Conductor/Program Development
Email: bjbaconjr@gmail.com
Phone: 931-337-7050

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Brian J. Bacon, Jr. is the Director of Music and Liturgy at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Artistic Director of the Festival Chorale of Fairfield Glade in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. He has served at churches throughout Tennessee and Missouri in the capacity of Worship and Music Ministry. He has participated in MidAmerica Productions' Carnegie Hall choral series on six occasions, most recently as a guest conductor in 2013 and 2015. He studied at Roane State Community College (Harriman, TN), where he received the Outstanding Musician Award and conducted the Roane State Chamber Choir; Maryville College (Maryville, TN), where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music; and Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), where he will earn his Master of Arts in Music and Worship in the fall of 2016. He has performed with such choruses as Knoxville Opera Company Chorus; Roane Choral Society; Cumberland County Community Chorus; Saint Joseph Community Chorus; Roane State Community College Concert Choir and Celebration; Maryville College Concert Choir, Off-kilter and Community Chorus; and Mastersingers at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee. Mr. Bacon is an active member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and American Choral Directors Association.

 


Matthew Harden

Conductor/Program Development
Email: mharden@midamerica-music.com
In NYC: 212-239-0205, ext. 210


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Matthew Harden is founder and artistic director of the adult chamber ensemble Madrigali et al., which is the fourth choral ensemble he has built over his career. In addition, he is Music Minister at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Kearny, New Jersey. His collegiate teaching experience includes being Director of Choral Activities at three different universities, The University of Nebraska at Omaha, The University of South Dakota and East Carolina University.

Dr. Harden earned his doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choral Music Education) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his master’s degree from Portland State University, and two bachelor’s degrees (Performance and Education) from Southern Oregon State College. His studies and degrees are in the areas of conducting, organ performance, music education, and vocal performance. He has taught private voice lessons since 1983 and worked with several singers to rehabilitate their injured voices. 

He founded the North Coast Chorale, now celebrating its twenty-eighth year of existence. He was assistant conductor and tenor section leader for the Portland Symphonic Choir, Artistic Director for the Early Music ensemble “Sine Nomine,” and taught in various Oregon schools for twelve years. He has conducted choirs on tour in the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Russia and The Netherlands, and festival choirs in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and most recently the professional choir Polifonia in Lithuania. An active member of the ACDA, Chorus America, NAfME, NCCO, and IFCM, he served as President of the Nebraska Choral Directors’ Association from 2011-2013.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife Shellie and is very proud of his three children, Tim, Noelle and CJ.

 


Sonja Sepulveda

Conductor/Program Development
Email: sonjasepulveda@hotmail.com
Mobile: 803-316-3487


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Sonja Sepúlveda is Director of Choral Activities and professor of music theory at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and conducts the Salem Chamber Choir, Chorale, and SuperTonics. She came to Salem College following positions at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia.

Graduating from Winthrop University with Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees, Sonja Sepúlveda earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina where she studied under Larry Wyatt and Carol Krueger. 

Sonja Sepúlveda is former SC Choral Festival Chairman and served as SC All-State Chairman for four years. She also served as her state ACDA Chairman for Jazz and Show Choirs. Her choirs have toured Europe, Mexico, and Canada. She sang with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus for eight years and with the Carnegie Hall Chorus in 2000 and 2002.  She is well known for her work with youth choruses and is in demand as a choral adjudicator and clinician.

In 2006, she founded the Palmetto Voices, a choir of alumni students from Western Kentucky University, University of South Carolina, Brewton Parker College, Salem College and Sumter High School.  The choir strives to preserve the legacy of the Negro Spiritual and share the vision that this unique American choral art form is for everyone.

 


PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:

Joseph Stebbins

Program Development for MidAmerica Productions At Carnegie Hall &
MidAm International
Email: joestebbins64@gmail.com
Mobile: 917-517-3764


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Joe Stebbins has been involved in concert development and production with MidAmerica Productions for almost ten years. During his tenure, he has assisted conductors, music directors, and countless performers, in experiencing life-changing performances in New York’s historic Carnegie Hall. As a student assistant at International Schools in Hamburg, Germany, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he enjoyed traveling to sing and sometimes compete with choirs in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Mexico, Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. He received his bachelor of arts degree at Columbia University and continued post-graduate studies at Hunter College and City University of New York pursuant to a master’s degree in musicology with an emphasis on late period Romanticism and 20th-century performance practice. In his leisure time, Joe enjoys teaching guitar, attending good films, and instrumental arranging.

 


Eric Spiegel

Program Development Associate for MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall & MidAm International
In NYC: 212-239-0205

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Eric Spiegel joins the MidAmerica team with experience teaching Middle School and High School vocal/general music. Eric holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As a performer, Eric has sung and acted in choirs, jazz groups, a cappella ensembles, and musicals across the United States and around the world. Eric also conducts the Brooklyn chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, and sings with the Manhattan Holiday Carolers and Pella Productions.

 

 


Alexander Brosseau

Program Development Associate for MidAmerica Productions at
Carnegie Hall & MidAm International
In NYC: 212-239-0205
 

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Reared in Clive, Iowa, Alexander Brosseau joined MidAmerica Productions in January of 2017.  A graduate of Iowa State University, Brosseau was fortunate to study under Donald Simonson, world-renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes. Following graduation from ISU, Brosseau matriculated at Columbus State University, where he studied under Earl Coleman. After the completion of his graduate work, Brosseau moved to New York City, and presently studies under Christopher Arneson, Maestro Joshua Greene, and N. Brooke Lieb. 

 

 


Cheri Thye

Program Development for MidAmerica Productions At Carnegie Hall &
MidAm International
Email: cherthye@gmail.com

Mobile: 940-765-2954

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Cheri Thye grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains in Bozeman, Montana. After marrying her college sweetheart, David R. Thye, she has lived in several different places in the Midwest, Southwest and Northeast. With her husband she has traveled extensively across North America and Europe getting to know the people and culture of each place they visit. Cheri has a degree in Business Administration and Elementary Education. During her 25 years of teaching in the classroom she directed many music presentations. Another area of music she has had the privilege of being part of is singing under the baton of her husband in different venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. One of the most thrilling performance moments is the first cut off in the dress rehearsal in Carnegie Hall. Every time it gives chills when you hear what some call the Ghosts of Carnegie Hall singing back to you. As Program Development Associate with MAP and MidAm, Cheri is honored to have the privilege to work with outstanding music ensembles and to be a small part of Changing Lives One Concert at a Time.

 


SOCIAL MEDIA:

Kirk Naylor

Kirk C. Naylor

Social Media Specialist
 

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Kirk C. Naylor is a multimedia artist and composer of experimental music, now living in Brooklyn. At UCLA, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition, he organized and produced several undergraduate composer recitals to critical acclaim. Since moving to New York in 2013, he has kept busy producing and composing for digital performance pieces and videos. He currently makes a career out of web and print graphic design and social media management for freelance clients.

 

 


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS:

Cindy Zhang

Administrative Assistant in Music Production and Associate to Director of
Program Development (James Redcay)
Email: czhang@midamerica-music.com

In NYC: 212-239-0205

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Cindy Zhang graduated from New York University in May 2016 with a master’s degree in music business. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Ithaca College. Her experiences have been on both sides of the curtain. As a pianist she performed at Lincoln Center in 2013, while as a production assistant she has worked at multiple international music festivals throughout Europe and Asia.


 


Jennifer Suragiat

Administrative Assistant
Email: assistant@midamerica-music.com
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Jennifer Suragiat joined the MidAmerica Productions team in October of 2016.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Voice and Opera Studies from New York University in addition to a Master’s Degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College.  Jennifer is a strong advocate for the performing arts and its continued work in providing more performance opportunities for students and working professionals.  Her previous experience at Westminster Choir College highlighted the importance of music in schooling.  This was through opportunities at Westminster to perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kimmel Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin with The Philadelphia Orchestra.


 


NEW ENGLAND SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE:

Preston Hawes

Artistic Director, New England Symphonic Ensemble
Email: ne.ensembles@gmail.com
Phone: 203.535.8595
Web: www.NEYE.squarespace.com

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Hailed by the European Academy of Arts and Sciences as an “electrifying and virtuosic” performer with “exquisite taste and rare talent,” Canadian violinist, Preston Hawes is a laureate of the Concours de Musique Du Canada, the Andrews International Music Competitions, the Prix de Musique de Chambre à Fontainebleau, and recipient of the JC Van Hulsteyn award and Peabody Career Grant. He has been heard as a soloist in over 35 countries and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Plovdiv Symphony Hall.  He holds a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma at Yale University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute of Music. He is assistant professor of music and director of strings at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD and is artistic director of the New England Symphonic Ensemble.