Kyung-Nam Oh is a cellist, conductor, and music teacher. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music from Kyung-Hee University in Korea and then went on to earn a Master’s degree from Ball State University and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University. Mr. Oh has taught cello for more than twenty years and his students have won numerous competitions. In a broader context, his students have developed in many cases as role models for the societies in which they live and work. Mr. Oh has played cello in numerous solo and chamber music recitals including in the US. Midwest, South Korea and Hungary. Mr. Oh believes his role is as much being a mentor to his students as it is in being a teacher. With this philosophy in mind he has served as Director of various youth groups including Master’s Youth Orchestra and Anderson University Summer String Camp. Mr. Oh was also an adjunct faculty at Anderson University and Taylor University in Indiana before moving to Boston.
Composer and pianist Joo Park received Ph.D in Music Composition at the University of Minnesota in the studio of Alex Lubet. She received her Masters Degree in Composition at Boston University. She had taught for four years at the University of Minnesota and McNally Smith College of Music as faculty. She published a CD, “Passionate Message,” with Silkheart, and the book, “Musical creativity,” by Springer. As a collaborative pianist, she has extensive experience of playing with many singers and instrumentalists in addition to accompanist activities at church for more than 10 years. She pursues her life with all musical activities- performing, composing, and teaching.
Bulgarian violinist Dorisiya Yosifova is a Boston based freelancer and instructor. Her most significant performances include appearances with the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, Jupiter Quartet in Oberlin Conservatory’s Winter Term Intensive, performing at Carnegie Hall as part of Oberlin Orchestra, and Le Poisson Rouge with the Next Festival for Emerging Artists. She has held concertmaster positions with Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestras, and Round Top Orchestra. Dorisiya has won several awards and competitions, including the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Merit Scholarship and Marrowstone Music Festival’s String Fellowship Award.
In addition to maintaining a private studio, Dorisiya is a private teacher at Music & Arts in Newton and a violin instructor in the Musika Music Lessons program in Boston. Dorisiya holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory (2015) and is currently completing a Master’s of Music degree program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2017).
Violinist Carol Cubberley freelances and teaches in the Boston area. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys helping each student find their own musical voice. Along with YoFES, she also teaches at The Conservatory at Highlands, in Wayland, and in Jamaica Plain. Carol performs with such ensembles as Symphony Nova, Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Cambridge Philharmonic. During the last year Carol has been a resident musician at Avaloch Farm with composer and pianist Andy Costello, performed a solo recital at Brandeis University in which all of the music she played was by women composers, and taught a music history class titled "Women Composers Through the Ages" at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She received her BM from Oberlin Conservatory and her MM from Boston Conservatory.
Yank’l Garcia is a violist and board-certified music therapist from Miami, Florida. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music degree in music education at Boston University. Yank’l has previous experience working with El Sistema inspired programs, and is looking forward to continuing the goal of social transformation through music. She is the new conductor of the Viotti Orchestra at YoFES
She studied with Donald Becker, Founder and Director of the Suzuki Institute of Boston as a child and later trained through high school and started teaching violin at the Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center during her junior year in high school. She continued teaching in Western Massachusetts while completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nora has taught students from age 3, up through the high school level. Her other interests in the arts include salsa dancing and instruction. She is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Violist Maureen Heflinger is a multifaceted performer and educator who feels equally at home premiering new works, leading a viola sectional, and getting in and out of a headstand. After growing up in Fairbanks and studying with Marcus Thompson at New England Conservatory, Maureen enjoys a varied freelance career in Boston. She currently holds titles of Principal Violist and Chamber Fellow with Symphony Nova, and plays for Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Maureen is the Director of Chamber Music at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, teaches viola sectionals at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and maintains a private studio in Boston.
Lisa Sailer is a violist and certified Alexander Technique teacher originally from Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory. Lisa recently completed a three-year training course at Boston Conservatory at Berklee to become a certified Alexander Technique instructor. Because of her Alexander training, her music teaching emphasizes healthy playing, body awareness, and injury prevention. Lisa teaches music at several after-school and weekend programs around Boston and has been a guest lecturer and teaching assistant at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.