Faculty – Summer 2018

 

Concert Band

Grant Okamura

Grant Okamura was director of bands from 1985–2009 and is now professor emeritus at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Mr. Okamura conducts the Oahu Civic Orchestra, and has served as Assistant Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

Junior String Orchestra

Talia Turnbull

Talia previously taught with the Columbus Youth Symphony, the Ohio State University Summer Student String Workshop, and was on the strings faculty at the American Conservatory of Paris in France. Since moving to Hawaii, Ms. Turnbull has coached students in the HYS Academy, and at Punahou and Iolani schools. She recently started a new strings program at Red Hill Elementary.

Ms. Turnbull earned an MM from Ohio State University in Cello Performance (emphasis on String Music Education), and a BM from University of Oregon.

Symphony Orchestra
& Core String Orchestra

Joseph Stepec

Mr. Stepec is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at UH Manoa. Locally, he has adjudicated competitions for Punahou School, ASTA, and MTNA and led clinics at Roosevelt, Kamehameha, Moanalua, and Farrington.

Previously, he worked with the Rochester Philharmonic and has served as assistant to the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia and the Indiana University Philharmonic.

As a violinist, Mr. Stepec has participated in festivals in Maine, Texas, Vermont, and North Carolina. He has performed recitals in Cleveland, Nashville, Cincinnati, and abroad in Slovenia. He has worked with and assisted Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Carl St. Clair, Andrea Quinn, and Daniel Boico. Mr. Stepec studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and conducting at the Eastman School of Music with master teacher, Neil Varon. He studied additionally with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and pursued doctoral studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Jazz Ensemble

Dean Taba

A highly regarded studio and freelance musician, Dean Taba began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After extensive studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a refinement of his skills on both the acoustic and electric bass, Dean relocated in 1984 to Los Angeles to become one of its most in demand musicians.

Also a respected clinician and educator (Los Angeles Music Academy, Musician's Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Grove School of Music) Dean has recently performed/recorded with Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Jake Shimabukuo, Andy Summers, Sadao Watanabe, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, Rick Braun, The American Jazz Institute Orchestra, Dave Koz, Jeff Richman, Pauline Wilson, The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Ho, Bill Watrous, and many others as well as playing on countless CDs, TV shows, and movie soundtracks.

Ignace Jang, Program Director, PMI Solo & String Quartet

A dedicated educator, Jang is on the faculty of the University of Hawaii and Punahou School. He spent much of his time ensuring the success of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival String Program before joining the Hawaii Youth Symphony. “It is the time you have lost for your flower that makes her so important”, says St. Exupéry’s Little Prince. Jang tries to follow that motto in his teachings year-round, to students of all ages, of all places.
As a violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang is known for his sparkling technical fireworks, his sumptuous and enticing tone, and for his ability to forge personal connections with his audiences.

 

Colin Belisle, Viola

Colin Belisle is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the violist of Chamber Music Hawaii's Galliard String Quartet. He is also a faculty member at ʻIolani School in Honolulu. He has collaborated professionally in chamber music settings with artists of The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, Borromeo, Cassatt, Cleveland, New Hellenic, Bryant Park, and Turtle Island string quartets. As a string quartet musician he has had residencies at UH Manoa, Denison University, Bennington College, and University of New England.

Colin received a Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. His most primary teachers include Carol Rodland, Matthew Michelic, Kim Kashkashian, and Simon Rowland-Jones at the Royal College of Music in London.
Colin has recorded chamber works of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, Yehudi Wyner, with the Ibis Camerata, namely De Novo on his album Commedia, which is available on Naxos and Albany labels.

 

GaHyun Cho, Violin

Violinist GaHyun Cho, came to international prominence upon winning First Prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in 2012.   Cho has been featured over the airwaves of KBS South Korea, NHK Japan, on Berlin radio, Radio Classica, Milano and KUSC, Los Angeles. She has participated in Midori Goto’s Music Sharing and Orchestra Residencies Program, leading clinics, masterclasses, orchestral sectionals and workshops in youth orchestra settings throughout the United States. She has contributed to NEOJIBA, the acclaimed youth program in Bahia, Brazil, based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model. GaHyun Cho is a graduate of Seoul National University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She is in Doctorate Degree in Musical Arts at the USC Thornton School after completing Artist Diploma, as a Starling Foundation Scholarship Recipient under the tutelage of Midori Goto. Currently, she is a faculty at California Lutheran University.

 

Eugene Chukhlov, Violin & Viola

Russian-born violinist Eugene Chukhlov teaching commitments at the Crowden and San Domenico schools in the Bay area have earned him high praises from faculty peers, parents and students alike. Chukhlov has performed as a member of the Arlekin String Quartet, which has been affiliated with the chamber music program at San Francisco State University for many years. In his native land, Chukhlov earned degrees in psychology and pedagogy at the Gnesin College and a Masters from the Moscow Conservatory. The psychology skills he acquired have served him well in his musical teachings.

 

Khullip Jeung, Violin

Mr. Jeung is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College, Mannes College of Music and BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College). From 2005 to 2014, he led the highly acclaimed Good Neighbor Ensemble based in New Jersey and is now the music director of the Love Violin USA. He is a founding member of the BeneSori Quartet and the President of the BeneSori Music Foundation. During the summers, he has taught at the Maui Summer Music Festival and the Waterville Valley Chamber Music Festival. Since the summer of 2014, Mr. Jeung has also been teaching at the Narnia Summer Music Festival in Italy and in 2013, founded the 4Strings Music Festival in New York in which he is also its director. Please visit www.khullipjeung.com for more on Mr. Jeung.

 

Jisun Kang, Violin

Ms. Kang is currently a founding member of the BeneSori String Quartet and the concertmistress of the New York Tutti Ensemble.
She has won numerous competitions such as the Watford Music Festival Competition (England), Busan Music Association Competition, Busan MBC Music Competition, and the Music Journal Competition in Korea.
Jisun Kang received her bachelor's degree at the Seoul National University and earned her master's degree from The Juilliard School.
In 2014, Ms. Kang assumed the position of associate music director of Love Violin, USA. During the summers, she has taught and performed at the Waterville Valley Music Festival in New Hampshire, Maui Summer Music Festival, and Narnia Music Festival in Italy. Ms. Kang is on the faculty of the Mannes Prepatory Division since 2016. Please visit www.jisunkang.com for more on Ms. Kang.

 

Parry Karp, Cello

Cellist Parry Karp is Artist-in Residence and Professor of Chamber Music and Cello, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 42 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet's over 100 year history.
Parry Karp is a active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the United States, and has recorded six solo CDs. Unearthing and performing unjustly neglected repertoire for cello is a passion of Mr. Karp's. In recent years he has transcribed for cello many masterpieces written for other instruments.

 

Helen Liu, violin

Dr. Helen Liu, violin, plays in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of Chamber Music Hawaii's Tresemble and the Galliard String Quartet. Dr. Liu collaborated with various artists including James Buswell, Carol Ou, Carol Rodland, Colin Carr, Arthur Haas, and the Emerson String Quartet. Dr. Liu’s diverse career has included performances at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, the Longy International Baroque Institute, Suntory Hall in Tokyo with the New York Amadeus Quartet, and The Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany with her exotica group, The Waitiki 7. A native of Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Liu earned her Graduate degrees at New England Conservatory with James Buswell and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY-Stony Brook under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer. She is on the violin and chamber music faculty at Punahou and `Iolani Schools, BYU-Hawaii, and maintains a private studio in Honolulu.

 

Igor Veligan, Viola

Professor Igor Veligan is an accomplished violinist and violist, currently performing with the L'Estro Armonico String Quartet, the Arlekin String Quartet, Argenta Trio and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento.
A dedicated teacher, Professor Veligan Igor Veligan is a faculty member at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and American River College in Sacramento. Prior to his move to the US, he taught at the School for the Performing Arts in Ternopil, Ukraine.
Igor Veligan holds a Master of Arts in violin performance and chamber music from Odessa State Conservatory.

Bassoon

Faculty TBA

Clarinet

Lynne Nakaura
Curtis Noborikawa
Michael Han

Flute

Lynn Muramaru

Lynn Muramaru draws upon numerous musical and non-musical encounters, and life experiences to convey musical concepts as well as express with musicality and artistry. From learning how to hold the instrument and read music to preparing for an audition or performance, Ms. Muramaru enjoys working with all levels. Along with giving private lessons, she is the Director of Beginning and Intermediate Bands at ʻIolani School, starting students on their life-long journey playing a wind or percussion instrument. She has performed with the Royal Hawaiian Band, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (now Hawaii Symphony Orchestra), Maui Symphony Orchestra (principal flute), University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (as a community member) and the Hawaii Concert Band. Her flute mentors were Edward Kanaya (Middle School band director and HSO flutist), Jean Harling (flute lecturer, U of Hawaii and HSO principal), Richard Hahn (professor of flute, U of Idaho), James Pellerite (professor of flute, Indiana U), Kenton Terry (Philadelphia Orchestra), and Ken Andrews (Toronto Symphony). Former students have entered a variety of professions including music education, and one earned her Masters of Music and currently performs on her flute with the United States Army Band.

Oboe

Susan Ochi-Onishi

Susan Ochi-Onishi has been with Kaimuki Middle since 1993, directing the Beginning and Advanced Concert Bands. Mrs. Ochi-Onishi graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1984 and a PDMUS Secondary Music Education degree in 1987. She received a Master of Music degree in 1985 from Northwestern University, where she studied the oboe under Ray Still (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the English horn under Grover Schiltz (CSO). Mrs. Ochi-Onishi is a member of the OBDA, HMEA, MENC, and is presently serving as President for the Hawaii Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association.

 

Ryan Hirokawa

Faculty TBA

Saxophone

Wayne Fanning

Trumpet

Faculty TBA

Trombone/Tuba

Thomas Hesch

Junior String Orchestra

Talia Turnbull

Talia Turnbull is the new Orchestra Director at St. Louis School. She has previously taught strings at Red Hill Elementary, been a guest music teacher at 'Iolani and Punahou Schools, served as Operations Coordinator for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, and directed the orchestras in the Grandview Heights School District in Ohio. Prior to moving to Hawaii, she was on the strings faculty at the American Conservatory of Paris in France. Ms. Turnbull has performed with the Ashland Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, New Albany Symphony, and the Newark-Granville Symphony.

Ms. Turnbull received a Master's degree in cello performance with an emphasis on string music education from Ohio State University and a Bachelor's degree in music education and cello performance from the University of Oregon.

Musicianship Class

Duane Padilla
After earning degrees from Northwestern University and Yale University, concert artist and educator Duane Padilla began his performance career as an orchestral musician, performing with the National Repertoire Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Also an active classical chamber music performer, his ensemble The Gemini Duo was a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC, and earned outreach grants from Chamber Music America and the American Federation of Musicians and was a featured ensemble on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Performing Artist Roster and the CMA Rural Residency Artist Roster. Duane's more recent artistic endeavors have turned towards jazz. As a founding member of The Hot Club of Hulaville, he won the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts's award for jazz album of the year for their gypsy jazz release "Django Would Go!". His subsequent solo jazz violin album "Sentimental Swing" was named one of the top 40 jazz releases of 2011 by the South African Jazz Educators Association. Recent concert collaborations include duo performances with Pianist Tommy James (Music Director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra NYC), fingerstlye guitar legend Jeff Linsky, Guitarist Paul Mehling (Hot Club of San Francisco), Grammy winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Jeff Peterson, and Jazz Ukulele Grand Master Ben Chong. He has opened concerts for jazz giants Martin Taylor, John Jorgensen, and John Pizzarelli.

An equally accomplished educator, Duane studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Betty Haig, Lisa Hershumgel, Stevie Svenden, Teri Einfeld, Alan Lieb as well as Rolland/Zweig Pedagogy with Stacia Spencer. He has studied conducting with Marvin Rabin, William Jones & Shinick Hahm. He has studied jazz violin with Tim Kliphuis, Ben Powell, and Aaron Weinstein, Jason Anick and Christian Howes. Duane began his teaching career in CT where he was head of the Suzuki Program at the Tabor Community Arts Center and the Bethwood Suzuki School. While in Connecticut, he also designed and implemented a unique public school string program for grades 1-3 based on the Suzuki violin method for Wintergreen Magnet School. He has served as President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Hawaii and the Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii. He currently is on faculty at the Punahou Music School and Chaminade University and is serving as Chairman of the American String Teachers Association Eclectic Styles Committee.

Bass

TBA

Cello

Tugce Bryant

Viola

Colin Belisle

Colin Belisle is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the violist of Chamber Music Hawaii's Galliard String Quartet. He is also a faculty member at ʻIolani School in Honolulu. He has collaborated professionally in chamber music settings with artists of The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, Borromeo, Cassatt, Cleveland, New Hellenic, Bryant Park, and Turtle Island string quartets. As a string quartet musician he has had residencies at UH Manoa, Denison University, Bennington College, and University of New England.
Colin received a Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. His most primary teachers include Carol Rodland, Matthew Michelic, Kim Kashkashian, and Simon Rowland-Jones at the Royal College of Music in London.
Colin has recorded chamber works of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, Yehudi Wyner, with the Ibis Camerata, namely De Novo on his album Commedia, which is available on Naxos and Albany labels.

Violin

Helen Liu, violin

Dr. Helen Liu, violin, plays in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of Chamber Music Hawaii's Tresemble and the Galliard String Quartet. Dr. Liu collaborated with various artists including James Buswell, Carol Ou, Carol Rodland, Colin Carr, Arthur Haas, and the Emerson String Quartet. Dr. Liu’s diverse career has included performances at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, the Longy International Baroque Institute, Suntory Hall in Tokyo with the New York Amadeus Quartet, and The Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany with her exotica group, The Waitiki 7. A native of Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Liu earned her Graduate degrees at New England Conservatory with James Buswell and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY-Stony Brook under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer. She is on the violin and chamber music faculty at Punahou and `Iolani Schools, BYU-Hawaii, and maintains a private studio in Honolulu.

 

Program Director

Dean Taba

A highly regarded studio and freelance musician, Dean Taba began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After extensive studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a refinement of his skills on both the acoustic and electric bass, Dean relocated in 1984 to Los Angeles to become one of its most in demand musicians.

Also a respected clinician and educator (Los Angeles Music Academy, Musician's Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Grove School of Music) Dean has recently performed/recorded with Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Jake Shimabukuo, Andy Summers, Sadao Watanabe, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, Rick Braun, The American Jazz Institute Orchestra, Dave Koz, Jeff Richman, Pauline Wilson, The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Ho, Bill Watrous, and many others as well as playing on countless CDs, TV shows, and movie soundtracks.

Listening Class

Ira Wong

Guest Lecturers

TBA