Dr. Shuai Wang, pianist, performs actively as a recitalist, soloist, and orchestral keyboardist. She has recently performed concerts in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall in NYC, Gardner Museum in Boston, Buffalo Chamber Music Series, Sailfish Point Culture Center in Florida, and the Performing Arts Center at the University of Georgia. She presented solo recitals at the Tianjin Chinese (ZhongHua) Theatre, in Palm Beach Florida, Ann Arbor, Chicago and San Francisco. Dr. Wang has appeared as a soloist with the CIM Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She is the keyboardist for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Fireland Symphony Orchestra and a substitute keyboardist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Shuai Wang serves on the piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the director of the Classical Revolution Cleveland.
Luke Rinderknecht, percussion, made his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2001, performing Paul Creston’s Marimba Concerto at Severance Hall. He has performed orchestral and chamber music on four continents as a member of Metropolis Ensemble, The Knights, Festival Chamber Music, Verbier Festival Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, and No Exit, among others, and as a guest with Alarm Will Sound, the Metropolitan Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Luke appears on the Buffalo Philharmonic’s double Grammy award winning recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, and has recorded three albums with The Knights on Sony Classical. He has appeared in many diverse groups and settings, from the Qatar Philharmonic at the United Nations in NYC, to indie rock band The Dirty Projectors and Alarm Will Sound at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, and the Barbican, to performances of Benjamin Britten’s opera “The Turn of the Screw” conducted by Lorin Maazel at the late maestro’s Castleton Festival. Luke has also performed in musicals, on Broadway in “Legally Blonde” and regionally in “Les Miserables.” As a chamber musician, Luke has had the pleasure of performing with amazing partners in his role as a faculty member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival the past five summers. While living in New York he performed annually at Carnegie’s Weill Hall with Festival Chamber Music. In Cleveland he has appeared in recital with Dan Lippel at MOCA through the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society and Cleveland Museum of Art. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Juilliard, where he studied with Daniel Druckman, Gordon Gottlieb, and Greg Zuber, and was the 2005 recipient of the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music.
Emma Shook, a native of Oregon, joined the second violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2001. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera orchestra. Ms. Shook earned bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. At Juilliard, she co-founded a conductorless chamber orchestra, and in 1992 won the Peter Mennin prize for leadership and achievement in music. Ms. Shook has given many chamber music concerts in the United States and abroad. She is also a participant in The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music program, which brings musicians into the classrooms of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and other area schools. Ms. Shook lives with her family in Cleveland Heights.
Sarah Beaty, mezzo-soprano, lives in Los Angeles and is in demand as an opera and choral singer. This spring she sang the role of Dryad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with the Pacific Opera Project and Castitas in Hildegard’s rarely performed Ordo Virtutum with Cantoris LA. A specialist in contemporary music, Sarah sang in the world premiere production of Chris Cerrone’s Pulitzer Prize finalist opera Invisible Cities with LA’s leading avant-garde opera company, The Industry. This November she will be singing in their mobile opera, Hopscotch, which will take place in moving cars throughout Los Angeles. In the fall of 2013 she premiered Prometheus Bound with the Center for New Performance at the Getty Villa Amphitheater. Sarah has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Chorale, CityMusic Cleveland, the Camerata of Los Angeles, de Angelis Ensemble, and has performed in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Segerstrom Center, Symphony Space, and more. In 2012, she spent 6 months in Macao, China, as a featured opera singer at The Venetian. Sarah is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a private voice teacher in LA. www.sarahbeaty.com
Cellist Maaike Harding, joined the New World Symphony in 2011. She has recently played under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Honeck, Osmo Vanska, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. After her studies, she began an active freelance career in the Cleveland area, performing with CityMusic Cleveland, The Canton Symphony, and The Akron Symphony. A devoted teacher, she maintained a private studio and was instrumental in developing a youth orchestra in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland. Her teachers have been Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig.
Violinist Tara Lynn Ramsey is committed to revitalizing audiences’ experiences with classical music through performances of the highest calibre, exploration of less conventional concert formats, educational outreach, and the direct engagement of musicians with their listeners and the broader communities in which they live and work. She holds degrees from Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music summa cum laude) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music). Originally from Cedar Falls, IA, she now makes her home in Cleveland as a freelance violinist and violin teacher. As a student in Chicago, Tara Lynn began collaborating with musicians who specialize in genres outside of the “classical” world, taking her performances out of the concert hall to restaurants, museums, schools, and community centers. She has continued this work in Cleveland, frequently performing at the Happy Dog and other bars through Classical Revolution Cleveland; playing concerts at public libraries, medical centers, and other institutions; and participating in outreach presentations for students. She is a member of Ars Futura and performs as a substitute musician with orchestras throughout northeast Ohio and with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Tara Lynn is a member of the Suzuki faculty at the Music Settlement of Cleveland and maintains a private studio at Skyline Music in Westlake, OH. www.taralynnramsey.com
Madeline Lucas is a flutist and artistic administrator based in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Lucas earned her BM (2009) and MM (2011) from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Joshua Smith. While pursuing her studies, Madeline received recognition for exemplary orchestral playing, adventurous programming and chamber music leadership. As a specialist in contemporary music, Madeline has premiered over fifteen works, including three written for her. Ms. Lucas is the flutist of Ars Futura, a mixed-chamber contemporary ensemble, and North Coast Winds, a Cleveland-based woodwind quintet. Recent appearances include The Ohio Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Band and Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, on the stage of The Kennedy Center, and with Five One Experimental Orchestra. She was one of 25 flutists invited to compete in the 2010 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Equally talented as an artistic administrator, Madeline serves as the Ensembles Manager at the Cleveland Institute of Music, managing 285 conservatory students in 2 orchestras, an opera orchestra, wind ensemble and new music ensemble and enjoys the varied life of an artist/administrator. She studied previously with Valerie Simosko in her native city of Charlotte, NC and can be heard on Centaur and Naxos recordings.