Sarah Macey, Violin & Viola

Sarah Macey is a violist living, studying, and performing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career in Chicago, Illinois, where she was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She then spent four years in Indianapolis, Indiana, working on her BM at Butler University. Under the tutelage of Richard Auldon Clark, Sarah participated in many chamber ensembles, was principal viola of the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Butler Ballet Orchestra, participated in the annual concerto competition and won the Helen Speicher scholarship award, performed three recitals, and was a teaching fellow at the Butler Community Arts School where she had many students. After her time in Indianapolis, Sarah moved to Cincinnati to continue her studies and receive her MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Dr. Catharine Lees. At CCM she has studied chamber music under the Ariel Quartet, been a member of the CCM Philharmonia, performed in several recitals and given two recitals of her own, and has tried to learn as much as humanly possible from the amazing students and faculty at the school. She will be continuing her education at CCM as a doctoral student (DMA) in viola performance.

Eliza Li-Han Tseng, Cello

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Eliza Li-Han Tseng is currently pursuing her Doctoral Musical Arts Degree in Cello Performance at University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music with awarded a scholarship from CCM under the instructions of Professor Yehuda Hanani and Lee Fiser. She graduated from University of North Texas in 2014 under Professor Nikola Ruzevic with Master of Music Degree. During her master’s study she was awarded a scholarship from the College of Music and taught in the UNT- String Project. She has been a cello instructor at Northern Kentucky University – Music Preparatory Department since 2015 Fall. 

Ms. Tseng started her cello learning at the age of twelve and took second place in the high-school cello division of the Eisenbach Music Competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In her first summer of undergraduate studies, she was a visiting scholar at the Internationales Musikkonservatorium Graz, immersing herself in cello performance, chamber music, and classes. She had participated in a full scholarship music festivals, including the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and Manchester Music Festival (MMF), enjoyed the orchestral and chamber music study, weekly performances, master class, teaching students, and concert tours in both USA and Asia. 

 As a performer, Ms. Tseng also has participated in numerous chamber groups and orchestras, including performing with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO), National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. She has studied cello with Yehuda Hanani, Lee Fiser, Nikola Ruzevic, Chia -Yi Tseng, Chung-Cheng Lin. Chamber music with Danwen Jiang, Eugene Osadchy, Amit Even-Tov (Ariel Quartet). 

Ms. Tseng professional goals include enjoying playing the cello and exploring the music possibilities; she had a recital with violin, guitar and dancer in 2015 and Asia concert tour with AYO in 2016. She would like to maintain performing and teaching as part of her musical life.

Rebecca Willet, Piano

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Rebecca Willett, a Young Steinway Artist, has felt from a young age that God is calling her to be a musician. She began her music education with piano at age 4 and added violin at age 7.  Rebecca performs regularly on piano as a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music, under world-renowned pianist, Awadagin Pratt at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

During high school, Rebecca traveled from Virginia Beach to NYC to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, conductor and teacher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn. After being accepted to seven conservatories, Rebecca chose to attend Mannes School of Music in New York, New York beginning August 2012 to study under Irina Morozova. Rebecca earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro.

In July 2013, Rebecca was named Runner Up in the Cremona International Piano Competition and performed in the Winner's recital in Cremona, Italy. She has won first prize in numerous concerto competitions, and made her solo orchestral debut playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor twice in March 2010 with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and the York River Symphony. She performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in 2015. After performing in the 2008 Terrific Talented Teens Concert through Sundays at Four, Rebecca was asked back in 2009 to present a full recital.  Rebecca has performed as a soloist in the Virginia Symphony’s Young Artist Showcase many times, since the age of 10.  She was also chosen to perform in 10-Piano Concerts in Sacramento, California and Matsumoto, Japan. 

Rebecca is from Virginia Beach, and is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Willett and the sister of Caroline and Eliza Willett.  She is blessed to have been a student of gifted teachers:  Melody Diehl, Anne Bugg, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Suzanne Guy, Dr. Jason Peterson, and Dr. Lelia Sadlier. 

Dominic DeStefano, Violin & Viola

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Dominic has been teaching violin and viola across the Cincinnati area for 12 years and his students have been members of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Cincinnati Starling Project, and have continued their studies as music majors. Comfortable with a variety of teaching styles, Dominic has been honored with a teaching award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Dominic earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in viola in 2010 and has also taught at the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville.

Dominic also performed as Artist in Residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, MI, and is an active performer across the country. Recent recital performances include appearances at the University of Illinois, University of Tennessee, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil and the University of Queensland in Australia. He was named a viola fellow of the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland and a teaching fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has been featured at the International Viola Congress, the American String Teachers Association National Conference and in England’sThe Strad magazine.

Cara Simpson, Violin & Viola

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Cara Simpson is a violinist, violist, and educator currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a BM in Viola Performance from the University of Kentucky and a MM in Performance from the University of Cincinnati CCM. Her primary teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Margaret Karp. Cara is a Suzuki Certified violin and viola teacher and enjoys teaching both traditional violin and the Suzuki Method.

Cara regularly performs solo and chamber recitals and is an active orchestral musician, performing in such orchestras as the Lexington Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Clermont Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Aspen Concert Orchestra and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has studied with some of the country’s top musicians at various summer festivals including Aspen, Meadowmount, Encore, Brevard and Sewanee.

Jordan Neiman, Piano

Jordan Neiman moved to Cincinnati from Boston where he completed his master’s degree and was the first prize winner of the Churchill Competition at the Boston Conservatory. He is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Principal teachers and coaches include Awadagin Pratt, Jung-Ja Kim, Clifton Matthews, Paul Schenly, and Markus Placci. Jordan has played recitals around the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. An experienced teacher, Jordan believes in reaching each student according to their individual goals and learning styles. He has studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Karen Beres, Max Levinson, and Dr. Michelle Conda.

JaeEun Lee, Violin

JaeEun Lee is currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she previously earned her Master of Music degree studying with Won-Bin Yim.
JaeEun loves to teach and studied string pedagogy during her doctorate at CCM. She is certified in the Suzuki method and studied with Suzuki pedagogues in California and North Carolina. Comfortable with Suzuki and traditional methods, she always finds the best way to reach each student.
JaeEun learned piano as a child as well, and she still loves to play and teach piano. She has served as pianist for Sacred Heart Church since 2012 and she loves to play piano for her string students at recitals and lessons.

Jennifer Griswold Osmanoglu, Violin & Viola

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Jennifer is an experienced violin and viola teacher with a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catharine Carroll. Jennifer is also experienced as a Suzuki violin parent and her students appreciate her varied perspectives on violin and practicing. An expert at fitting violin into today's busy lifestyles, she has developed unique tools to allow music to complement your schedule. Jennifer is also a music historian and strongly believes that greater knowledge about music broadens student perspectives.

Kanako Shimaskai, Violin

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Born in Springfield, Ohio, Kanako began studying violin at age four. As a soloist, Kanako has been featured on Classical WDPR 88.1, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Millennium Stage Concert Series in Washington D.C. In 2013, she was named the Violin Winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Summer Music Institute Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia and Artaria Ensemble, Great Wall Soloists, and Wright State University Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded the Levine Award at the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees Summer Music Institute and made her Kennedy Center solo debut as a winner of the SMI Competition.


Kanako graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a full scholarship student, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.  While at CCM, she was a winner of the Chamber Music Competition in 2012 and 2015 and the Brandenburg Concerto Competition in 2013.  Kanako is continuing her studies in the Masters Program at CCM where she is a recipient of a full scholarship and teaching assistantship.

Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara, Cello

Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara is an active musician and member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra and Clermont Philharmonic. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


He believes that all students have a high level of learning potential and the teacher should guide them in the pursuit to achieve their goals using the most comfortable, intelligent and balanced way to master important skills. The teacher and student should work together in gaining understanding of how cello playing works through a combination of technique, physical abilities, the laws of physics and gravity, and music itself.

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