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Romulo Viana
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Romulo Viana is an active performer and teacher throughout South America, the US, and Europe. A native of Brazil, Romulo is sought after for his diversity—performing programs that often feature both classical repertoire and Latin American popular music. He has

Adrienne Munden Dixon
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Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a NYC-based violinist praised for her “animated and driven” performances (Connect Savannah). She is a current member of the Savannah Philharmonic and Desdemona (“an excellent young quartet” The New Yorker). She has given recent performances as a soloist

Mioi Takeda
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Japanese violinist Mioi Takeda has degrees from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (Bachelor of Music), The Juilliard School (Master of Music), and The City University of New York (Doctor of Musical Arts). Dr. Takeda studied with Dorothy DeLay,

Julia Birnbaum
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Violinist Julia Birnbaum is a dedicated teacher and performer in New York City. Ms. Birnbaum, who started playing violin at age 5 in her home state of Maryland, received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the

Xan Russell
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Alexandra ‘Xan’ Russell has always been inspired by the capacity of music to fuse mind, spirit, body, and community, and similarly, of joyful education to instill curiosity, empathy, and love of learning: it was inevitable that she would find her niche

Ellen Winter
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Ellen Winter is Brooklyn-based performer, songwriter and theater-maker from the woods of Northern Virginia. In 2017, she co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions with Chris Littler, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. She’s explored new work with NYTW, The Public,

Rachel Schmidt
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Rachel received her early ballet training from Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. While a member of SCBT she performed a range of roles in classical ballets such as the Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake as

Gina Tibbott
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Gina Tibbott is a ceramicist who studies archaeology and an archaeologist who studies ceramics. Her handbuilt and wheelthrown functional works are designed for everyday use, with the worst-case scenario of breakage presumably inserting them into the archaeological record. Her archaeological

Dave Gibson
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David Gibson received his MFA from Louisiana State University (1996) and his BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia (1990). He did a residency at the University of the Arts (1991). His work has been shown in juried and

JD Parran
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JD on his teaching style: “My focus is to be of service to my students, and in doing so, making them receptive to the knowledge I’ve gained through my more than 50 years as a composer, performer and improviser. My