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Frostburg State University to Offer Summer Music Academy for Classical Music

Frostburg State University will host its second annual Summer Music Academy from Saturday, July 22, through Saturday, July 29, featuring guest instructors and artists from top musical ensembles. The academy promotes classical music education, and the goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment.

Those who are ages 14 and up are encouraged to enroll. All skill levels are welcome.

During the one-week workshop, each attendee will experience instruction from world-renowned guest artists, including members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Canadian Brass, Boston Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, as well as FSU music department faculty members. The academy will be no larger than 60 students.

Academy activities will feature masterclasses, evening faculty performances, chamber music coaching, the Alexander Technique and exposure to internationally renowned musicians, soloists and teachers, as well as outdoor activities in the beautiful setting of the Allegheny Mountains.

Faculty are not only accomplished performers, but are also skilled instructors.

Violinist Johnathan Carney is in his 15th season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after 12 seasons with the same position with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Carney is passionate about music education and currently serves as artistic director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.

Joe Burgstaller, trumpeter, played with the Canadian Brass from 2001 to 2009, and he has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality. He tours worldwide as a soloist as well as a clinician with his groundbreaking masterclasses for all instruments called “Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing.”

Marvin Moon, a violist, came to the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007 from the Boston Symphony. As a soloist, Moon gave the world premiere of James Ra’s “Concertino” with the Curtis Chamber Ensemble, played Bartók’s “Viola Concerto” with the Temple University Symphony and was viola soloist in Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra” with both the New Jersey Symphony, under Vladimir Spivakov, and the Kennett Square, Pa., Symphony.

Charlie Powers’ cello 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 2013-14 season. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Morales and Peter Wiley.

Dr. Shu-ting Yao is the principal second violin at the National String Symphonia. Notable performances of recent seasons were the inauguration of Caroline Kennedy in the Japanese Embassy and then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s lecture in Washington, D.C. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall. She was a full scholarship doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at Catholic University.

Dr. Huai–En Tsai is the assistant principal trombonist for the Symphony of the Potomac and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, D.C. Tsai relishes his concert engagements as a solo, chamber and orchestra musician. His upcoming lecture engagements include Slider Asia 2016 in Seoul, Korea, and the American Trombone Workshop 2017 in Arlington, Va. He has performed and presented his research on trombone performance methods and history at numerous conference. His doctorate is from the Peabody Institute.

Clarinetist Dr. Mark Gallagher has performed with the Washington Opera, U.S. Navy Band, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, among others. He is a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City, an active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice. He is an associate professor of clarinet and music theory at FSU and has held instructional posts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carroll College.

Pianist Joseph Yungen has had tremendous success as a solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate and teacher. He is a founding member of the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition, an educational seminar for advanced young pianists. He is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Julliard. Yungen joined the music faculty at FSU this past fall.

Dr. James M. Reddan is a director of Choral Activites and Choral Music Education at FSU. He is an active choral conductor, adjudicator and clinician in demand regionally, domestically and internationally. Ensembles that he has directed have achieved worldwide recognition, including performing for the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Reddan received the citation for “Excellence in Music Education” from the American Prize in Choral Music and was recognized as the conductor for the first Honored Artist Choral Ensemble by the American Prize.

Dr. Brent Webber is a concert saxophonist who performs around the United States, China, Slovenia, Thailand and France. He 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. Webber is assistant professor of saxophone at FSU, where, in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios, he coordinates the jazz studies program.

A variety of price and residency options are available. For more information or to register for the academy, visit or contact the director, Karen Liu, at

The FSU Summer Music Academy is supported in part by the FSU Foundation. To support the FSU Foundation, call 301-687-4161 or visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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