Featured Artists


Nathan Cole
Nathan Cole
First Associate Concertmaster
LA Philharmonic
Charlie Powers
Charlie Powers
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Shu-Ting Yao
Shu-Ting Yao
FSU Violin Lecturer


Mark Gallagher
Mark Gallagher
FSU Clarinet Associate Professor
Brent Weber
Brent Weber
FSU Saxophone Assistant Professor


Joseph Yungen
Joseph Yungen
FSU Piano Lecturer

Artist Biographies

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music.

While in Chicago, Nathan taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.

Charlie Powers

Charlie Powers’ playing has been described by The Washington Post as “poised, elegant, supple of phrasing and mellow of tone.” He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's cello section during the 2013-2014 season. He previously served as Assistant Principal of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and performed regularly at the White House, the State Department, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Vice President’s residence.

Since making his solo debut at age 17, Powers has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and Brahms’ Double Concerto with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. A proponent of new music, Powers has recently performed works for cello and orchestra by Aulis Sallinen and Jennifer Higdon.

Powers is a founding member of two critically acclaimed chamber ensembles, the Teiber String Trio and The Phillips Camerata, as well as the recently formed Pittsburgh Cello Quartet. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Morales and Peter Wiley. He received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood, where he served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center orchestra under James Levine. Other festival appearances include Banff, Heifetz, Aria, Icicle Creek and the 2000 World Cello Congress.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Powers began his cello studies at age three with Jeannette Chapman. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a Piatigorsky Scholarship recipient and studied with Colin Carr. Other influential teachers include John Michel, Richard Aaron, David Wells and Michael Mermagen.

Powers resides in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood with his wife, soprano Anastasia Robinson, a yellow Lab named Maizey, and two Russian Blue cats, Mischa and Dmitri.

Shu-ting Yao

Praised by Black Forest Messenger of Germany "Thrilled Violin Playing!" and "Unforgettable Performance!" violinist Shu-Ting Yao enjoys her career as a solo and chamber violinist. Her extraordinary musical talents brought her to perform in Carnegie Hall as well as many major concert venues in Europe and Asia. Notable performances of recent seasons were including the inauguration of Caroline Kennedy in Japanese Embassy, the U.S. Secretary John Kerry’s lecture in Washington DC and the National Dinner of Taiwan in Twin Oaks Estate.

Currently assistant principal second violin at the National String Symphonia, Yao also performed with many acclaimed ensembles, including Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Symphonie, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, The Symphony of the Potomac, Baltimore Philharmonic, Bel Cantanti Opera Orchestra, Toscanini New Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of DC and the Celebrated String Quartet.

A native of Taiwan, Yao began her music study with violin and piano at the age of seven. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America where she served as a full scholarship doctoral fellow as well as the teaching assistant in music theory department. She also obtains degrees from the Mannes College of Music, Peabody Conservatory and the National Taipei University of Education (NTUE). Her primary teachers include Keng-Yuen Tseng, Nina Beilina, Emil Chudnovsky and Jody Gatwood. Yao won the first prize of the NTUE concerto competition in 2001 and the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2009. While at NTUE, she was invited to attend Aspen Music Festival and Asia Youth Orchestra. Her talent and musical sensitivity brought her to perform in Germany, France, Italy, United States as well as her home country Taiwan. Yao also attended the Masterclass of Kronberg Academy in Germany where she was mentored by Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Roby Lakatos, Daniel Hope and Ana Chumachenko. She was also the featured soloist at the Twentieth American Cardinals Dinner in Houston, TX and the 100th Anniversary of Taiwan ROC Founding Day Celebration Ceremony in Washington DC.

Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart

Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, D.M.A., is a dedicated teacher, chamber musician and an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary music. She is the director and founder of The Flute Academy, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is passionate about working with aspiring young musicians, helping them shape their love of music.

Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart has served on the faculties of Union College, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Frostburg State University, Ithaca College and Schenectady County Community College. She is an instructor and administrator for the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes and has also been on the faculty for the Savage Mountain Summer Chamber Music Summer Series and Flauto Musicale.

She was a prize winner at the 2002 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, a participant in the First Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition and has appeared as a semi-finalist in the Myrna Brown and Ducrest Young Artist Competitions.

Dr. Bacchiocchi-Stewart is principal flute with The New Jersey Wind Symphony and is a member of the Lyra Ensemble (along with Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, Anna Meyer and Elivi Varga). She has performed with TRITONIS (flute, cello, and guitar), guitarist Joel Brown, percussionist Michael Zell, I Venti Semplice, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, and the After Now: Nothing You’ve Heard Before music series, among others. She has given concerts, lectures, workshops and master classes throughout the United States and has also performed in several groups throughout Europe and Japan.

She has maintained large flute studios for over 20 years both privately and in the college setting. She has taught levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, adult amateur, advanced, college and professionals. Her students have been among the flute sections of several youth orchestras and admitted into prestigious schools such as The Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, New England Conservatory, The Peabody Institute, Indiana University and Ithaca College.

Her academic achievements include a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and the Zurich Masterclass series. Her main teachers have been Marina Piccinini, Bradley Garner, Wendy Mehne, Claudia Anderson and Selma Moore.

Mark Gallagher

Clarinetist Mark Gallagher is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received a B.M. degree and studied with Lawrence McDonald. He also holds a M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music having studied with D. Stanley Hasty and D.M.A degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Dr. Linda Bartley. Other major teachers included Robert Marcellus and Alfred Zezter, both of the Cleveland Orchestra. Dr. Gallagher has performed with the Contemporary Music Forum of Washington, Washington Opera, United States Navy Band, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Bronx Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and the Skylight Opera Theatre Orchestra.

He made his New York recital debut performing with violinist Sylvia Rosenberg at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and is also a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City being award a solo recital in Weill Hall. An active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice, Dr. Gallagher has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, with recent concert tours of the Netherlands, which included a live national radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw, and performances in Beijing and Changsha, China. He has also had solo and chamber appearances in Germany and the Czech Republic. Other performances include appearances in Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Wisconsin Public Radio, as well as a concert tour of Sweden. Dr. Gallagher has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman “American Music” Series.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Dr. Gallagher is an active teacher and clinician, lecturing on occupational health issues for musicians and the Alexander Technique. Currently he is an instructor of clarinet and music theory at Frostburg State University and has held pedagogical posts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carroll College. During the summer, Dr. Gallagher has been the director of faculty at the Semplice Harbor School of Music and Chamber Music Festival on Washington Island, Wisconsin and director of the Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy at Frostburg State University.

Brent Weber

As a concert saxophonist, Brent Weber is active performing around the United States, China, Slovenia, Thailand, and France. Brent joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the capitol of China's Sichuan province, Chengdu in 2007. After two incredible years teaching and freelancing in Southwest China, Dr. Weber returned to the U.S. to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. From 2009-2012 he had the opportunity to study with teachers Kenneth Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, Joseph Wytko, and Connie Frigo. Brent is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland where in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios he also coordinates the jazz studies program.

Joseph Yungen

Oregonian pianist Joseph Yungen has had tremendous success as a soloist and performer of chamber music, art song, and new music. He enjoys an active life as a performing pianist and instructor throughout the United States, and has performed and taught in China as guest artist on numerous occasions.

Winner of the Audience Favorite Award in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, Joseph received First Prize in the 88th Annual Bruce P. Carlson Schubert Club Piano Competition in Minneapolis, the Ann Fehn Pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and the Barr Award for Excellence in Accompanying. He attended the Music Academy of the West as a Collaborative Piano Fellow in 2012.

In 2013, Joseph was the featured soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Musica Nova (Brad Lubman, director), with the composer in attendance. He has also performed with the New Juilliard Ensemble (Joel Sachs, director) and AXIOM (Jeffrey Milarsky, director). Joseph cofounded and taught master classes for the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition in 2014. He joined Frostburg State University as a full-time music faculty member in 2016.

Joseph holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jonathan Feldman as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. He earned Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and in Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.