Tag: Strings

Ms. Katelyn McClinton

Violinist, Ms. Katelyn McClinton has always held an interest in music from a young age. Her parents, both musicians themselves, introduced her to classical music as she grew up. At the age of 9, she began taking violin classes through her school. A year later, she began lessons with Karen Lauffer and studied with her for 4 years.

In her high school years, Ms. McClinton then studied with Dr. Courtney Orlando, who was her primary teacher until high school graduation. Towards the end of her high school career, decided that she would continue her music education through college. In the fall of 2011, Ms. McClinton attended The Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, studying with Dr. Yeon-Su Kim. Throughout her 4 years at Gettysburg, Katelyn participated and performed in groups like the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra, Metta Ensemble, and Sunderman Strings, which included a performance in New York City.

Thanks to the years spent at college, Ms. McClinton has a major interest in chamber music and hopes to continue performing chamber music in her career. She has attended music festivals throughout numerous summers, including the International Music Institute and Festival in Maryland and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Ms. McClinton has a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and a Master’s of Music Performance from Towson University. She has also studied with the late John Eaken, Grammy-nominated violinist and former concertmaster of the York Symphony.

Ms. McClinton is currently a private violin instructor in the Maryland and York, PA area, giving violin lessons to beginning, intermediate and advanced students. She has been teaching for over 6 years and works with each student to find their own unique path in music. Ms. McClinton has also performed with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra in the Central PA area and is currently a member of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Ms. McClinton joined the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. She is the founder of Stravaganza Piano Trio. In 2021, Katelyn began working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Shenandoah University and Conservatory. She plans to continue studying and performing works of black composers, as well as learning other methods of teaching and playing contemporary music.

When not performing music, Ms. McClinton enjoys diving into other creative outlets by writing stories as well as doing makeup.

Ms. Yun-Ting Kuo

Ms. Yun-Ting Kuo began studying the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 8 in Taiwan. After a year, she began playing the viola. During her studies, Ms. Kuo majored in viola performance and minored in piano performance. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in viola performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, studying with Ms. Victoria Chiang and Mr. Choong-Jin Chang. She received her Master of Music with full scholarship at the Peabody Institute and a joint Bachelor degree from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and the Peabody Institute.

Ms. Kuo was invited to Shanghai Orchestra Academy to perform in the 5th anniversary concert with Franck Huang, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. She has attended multiple music festivals, which includes the Korean National Symphony Orchestra Academy and the Aspen Music Festival with fellowship in 2018 and 2019. From 2013 to 2015, she joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra’s International Youth Orchestra under the baton of Cho-Liang Lin and was selected to perform in the faculty concert. She also participated in the Formosa Chamber Music Festival in 2014.

Ms. Kuo has won numerous prizes in the National Taiwan Music Competition in viola and chamber music. She is passionate about teaching as well and has been teaching piano, violin, and viola for over 10 years in Taiwan and Silicon Valley. She has accompanied students and friends in concerts and auditions as a pianist and has helped them achieve their goals.

As an active orchestral violist, Ms. Kuo is the violist of the York Symphony Orchestra. She has played with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and served as the principal violist in Aspen Conducting Academy. She is also the substitute violist of the New World Symphony. She has played in the masterclasses of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Jonathan Vinocour, Hsin-Yun Huang, Stephen Wyrczynski, Ken Hakii, Scott Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Endellion Quartet.

Mr. Keith Karasik

Mr. Keith Karasik teaches double bass and strings. His biography will be posted soon.

Ms. Emilie Flores

Violinist and Pianist, Ms. Emilie Rose Flores was born in Takoma Park, Maryland and began her violin studies at the age of seven under the tutelage of the legendary master, Korean teacher and performer Mr. Ang. Ms. Flores was selected as the concert mistress to perform chamber music and solo concerto performances at the College Park Youth Orchestra. While finishing high school, Ms. Flores was accepted into the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE) of Washington Adventist University as the first violinist. As an avid pianist and violinist, Ms. Flores has toured with NEYE throughout the world performing a myriad of concerts from New York to Australia. Though her performances overseas and throughout the United States have included recordings, solos with orchestras and chamber music concerts. Her recital programs invariably include shorter works, of which she is so fond, as well as the larger masterpieces. Ms. Flores is a Carnegie Scholar and has performed with several recording artists such Pentatonix’s MR Kevin Oulusola, Beatriz Taylor, and others. Ms. Flores is pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Performance from Washington Adventist University, is an active piano and violin teacher and in addition to teaching, Ms. Flores enjoys performing as a free-lance musician in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

Dr. Monica Roberson, Director

Monica Tripp-Roberson, D.M.A, is a recognized performer, composer and music educator. Before receiving her Doctorate of Music in Composition/Theory and Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Roberson also studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received her Master’s of Music and the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelor’s of Education in Music.

As a pianist, she has performed throughout the United States to rave reviews. She has been featured on public television in Jacksonville, FL. Her piano playing has been described as “passionate and energetic.” She has competed in various piano competitions and received awards such as third place winner of the DeBose National Piano Competition.

As a composer, Dr. Roberson has composed various pieces ranging from solo to symphonic works. Her music has appeared in master classes with world-renowned vocalist, Dawn Upshaw. She has won several composition competitions, some of which include winner of the Margaret Blackburn Composition Competition. She was also awarded the Eubie Blake Scholar Award for outstanding musician and composer. During her studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was awarded a grant from the Women’s Studies program in order to compose her chamber opera piece titled “A Room of One’s Own” based on the book by Virginia Woolf. She currently accepts commissions and participates in collaborations with artists. With every note she writes, she strives to touch the souls of listeners through rich, colorful, and energetic sounds.

As a teacher, Dr. Roberson has received positive ratings from her students. She teaches piano, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Her students have won various competitions and scholarships such as first place in the ACT-SO competition for vocal performance and second place in the ACT-SO competition for violin performance. She has recently taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spelman College, Howard University, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Anne Arundel Community College. She has also assisted with the growth and development of private piano programs at the Nathan Carter School of Music, Maryland Conservatory of Music and Champaign School of Music. Dr. Roberson is a recipient of the Guild Teachers’ National Honor Roll Award from the American College of Musicians for preparing top students for piano adjudication and international composition contests. In 2022, she was award the Piano Guild Hall of Fame. Dr. Roberson is currently a part-time professor at Howard Community College.

Dr. Roberson is also active in church music ministry. She has served as musician and assistant director at the Cross Creek Presbyterian Church and Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, Warner Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA, and Friendship Lutheran Church in Savoy, IL. She has also served as the Director of Music at the Oakland Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.

Additionally, Dr. Roberson is a writer and publisher. She has written several articles for Salem Press and EBSCO Publishing’s multi-volume of biographical and analytical publication of Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century as well as The Forties in America. She has also written several articles in their upcoming multi-volume of The Twenties in America, The Thirties in America, and Great Lives from History: African Americans. She is currently engaged in research in reference to popular ethnic music, women in music, spectral music, and theory and analysis of 20th century music. Dr. Roberson is also the publisher of Roberson Music Publishing Company where several of her works have been published. To learn more about Dr. Roberson, visit her website.


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