Elizabeth T. Hoard, Founder
Miya Saito-Beckman graduated this past June earning a Master of Music in violin performance and pedagogy at the University of Oregon, having also earned her B.M. in violin performance summa cum laude from the UO in spring 2017. She studied and performed abroad in Vienna, Austria with her professor Fritz Gearhart during the fall of 2015. Ms. Saito-Beckman has been a featured soloist with the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra and was a two-time soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony. She has taken master classes with violinists James Ehnes, Rachel Barton Pine, and Georg Hamann. An avid chamber musician, Miya has studied with both the Arianna String Quartet and the Calder String Quartet.
In addition to her classical interests and accomplishments, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also deeply involved in alternative strings music. She was accepted to study with members of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at the Global Musicians Workshop at Depauw University. She has also been the recipient of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship in 2013, and the 2009 winner of the ASTA (American String Teacher Association) Alternative Strings Award— she was invited to perform at the National String Conference in Atlanta, GA. A four-time finalist at the National Fiddling Championship, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also the four-time Oregon State Fiddle Grand Champion.
As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, Ms. Saito-Beckman was awarded the TA position of the University of Oregon’s Suzuki Institute. She taught private lessons, fiddle classes, theory classes, group classes, and coached chamber ensembles weekly. A number of her students have been national champions at the National Fiddle Competition. She has taught on the faculty at the Chamber Music Camp of Portland, The University of Oregon Symphony Camp, the Fiddlestar Youth Camp, and the Northwest Suzuki Institute.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Olga Radović began studying the piano at the age of seven. She had her debut with an orchestra in the hall of Belgrade Philharmonic at the age of twelve and her first solo recital at the age of fourteen.
Olga has played in all the most important venues in Belgrade and region, had an opportunity to play in Germany, Slovenia, Norway, Slovakia, China and USA. She performed in venues like Kolarac Hall, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, Rekstensamlingene and Kabuso Art center in Norway; Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, Hartford Public Library, Studley Theatre in the US. Olga has participated in multiple festivals, most notably Tel Hai Piano Festival in Israel, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in Norway, Sommermuik in Nagold, Germany. She has participated in masterclasses with eminent pedagogues and pianists Pavlina Dokovska, Alexander Korsantia, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Simon Trpceski, Marianna Shirinyan, Lisa Smirnova. She also had a chance to work closely with living composers like Richard Danielpour and Frederic Rzewski.At the very young age of 19 she got the first teaching position at Elementary Music School in Belgrade. Since that point pedagogical career has been a very significant part of her musical path. She has experienced herself in teaching students of all levels and ages. Olga holds the bachelor’s degree from Belgrade, where she studied with Professor Vladimir Milosevic. She moved to USA to continue her studies with Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Angelina Gadeliya and received a Teaching Assistantship position. Olga is about to continue her academic path at Mannes School of Music, under the guidance of Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic for Professional Studies Diploma.
Our faculty brings the gift of music to the Bronx Community. They have graduated from many renowned institutions, including the Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes College for Music, and some of the finest conservatories in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and throughout the world.
Pianist JooHyun Julie Lee is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Horacio Gutierrez. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Music in piano performance at the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert McDonald. She continued her studies at Cleveland Institute of Music with Haesun Paik, where she received an Artist Diploma.
Ms. Lee was a teaching fellow at the Manhattan School of Music, where she teaches group piano classes and private students. She was a piano teaching assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp, working with students of all precollege ages and levels.
As a performing artist, Ms. Lee was presented in Kumho Young Artist Concert Series in Korea. She also appeared on the NPR radio show From The Top, as a member of the J Cubed Trio.
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