Lawrence Brownlee

17 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, American-born tenor Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by The Guardian as “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars.” Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world

Lawrence Brownlee – tenor

Canadian pianist Winston Choi is the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named Laureate of the 2003 Honens Piano Competition and winner of France’s Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans in 2002. An inquisitive performer, his fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists. 

Winston Choi – piano

As Violetta, Steyer sang with tonal beauty and dramatic conviction.  Her legato was seamless and she was impressive at both ends of the vocal range – we were in tears at the end.”                                                   
              —WFMT’s Andy Karzas


Christine Steyer – soprano

Described as “star quality” by the Boston Globe, Susan Warner is a clarinetist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. In addition to her position at the opera house, Susan is a member of the Prairie Winds, a nationally touring wind quintet with an annual residency at Madeline Island Chamber Music.

Susan Warner – clarinet

Pianist Jeffrey Panko is a musician whose versatility of style and genre, encompassing repertoire from Bach to the contemporary, is presented with poetic grace, technical aplomb and a large color palate.  The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Panko began his formal musical education at the age of six with his grandmother, Lorraine Jagodzinski.

Jeffrey Panko – piano

David Griffin is the fourth horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, Griffin began his career with the Rochester Philharmonic and followed with positions in the orchestras of Montreal and Houston before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995. Griffin has served as guest principal horn of the Los Angeles

David Griffin – horn

Stephanie Jeong was appointed associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2011 by music director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2010 to 2011. She is a top-prize winner and recipient of the Best Paganini Concerto Prize of the 2008 Paganini Violin Competition in Italy. Jeong made solo debuts at the age of 12 with the CSO and the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the Feinberg Competition, respectively.

Stephanie Jeong – violin

Gina DiBello was appointed to the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Riccardo Muti in April 2013. Previously, she was principal second violin of the Minnesota Orchestra and before that, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Gina was appointed concertmaster of the Music of the Baroque.

Gina DiBello – violin

Taiwanese born violist Youming Chen was appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its 125th season. Dr. Chen served as Associate Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony, and was a member of the Grant Park Music Festival. He has previously participated in Pacific Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Prussia Cove, and Music@Menlo.

Youming Chen – viola

Alexander Hanna was appointed Principal Bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Riccardo Muti in the spring of 2012. Prior to his Chicago appointment, he served as Principal Bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for four years.

A 2008 graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, Hanna has performed as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, lecturer and orchestral musician around the world.

Alexander Hanna – bass

Dennis Michel is second bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He serves as head of woodwinds at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since 1988, he has spent his summers teaching and performing at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

Dennis Michel – bassoon

Brant Taylor was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim. He was previously cellist of the Everest Quartet, prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  

Brant Taylor – Cello