yoo jung chang
Yoo-Jung Chang, cello was featured as a soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra as the second prize winner of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition. She has won an array of awards in competitions around the world, including, the Nan-Pa Music Competition, Korean Brahms Association Competition, Seoul Baroque Chamber Orchestra Competition and Pasadena SAI Music Scholarship Competition.
As an active orchestral and chamber musician, Changhas performed with various ensembles such as the Chicago Civic Orchestra (IL), Oskaloosa Music Festival Ensemble (IA), International Chamber Soloists Ensemble (NY), Ohio Light Opera Orchestra (OH), and YMF Debut Orchestra (CA)...READ MORE
Cello & Suzuki Cello
Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. Her career has encompassed orchestral and chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. In a review of the second CD she recorded with pianist Rene Lecuona, Fanfare magazine declares, “her tone and technique are the stuff that cello legends are made of. Holman’s cello sings with a lustrous tone that’s hard to resist.”
In addition to her work with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Ms. Holman is the principal cellist of the Quad City Symphony, a position she has held since 2008...READ MORE
I encourage my students to develop their musical skills by focusing on technique and sound production. Creating a solid foundation takes time and patience but it is essential if students are to become free to incorporate their own ideas and emotions in the music they are studying. I encourage students to listen carefully while practicing, learning to identify problem areas and find solutions. Playing the cello is a unique journey for every student.
I have been teaching cello privately in the Quad Cities for the past 29 years. I currently play in the Muscatine Symphony as well as the St. Ambrose Chamber Orchestra and the String Arts Trio.
Cello & Suzuki Cello
Philadelphia native Genevieve Tabby, first picked up the cello after being inspired by her twin sister’s violin lessons at the age of eight and to this day, continues to perform alongside her professionally. As a teenager, she was a repeated performer on NPR’s “From the Top” series and television show at Carnegie Hall, and a repeated semifinalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Tabby completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber and Dr. Melissa Kraut and took part in the Cavani String Quartet’s prestigious Intensive Quartet Seminar (IQS)...READ MORE
Dortha manning dewit
Dortha DeWit was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in Michigan. Her early violin studies were with her mother, Jean Manning, also a violinist, teacher and conductor; later teachers included Romeo Tata, Roland and Almita Vamos, Richard Young, and Josef Gingold. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Indiana University, where she also did doctoral coursework. She has performed with orchestras and in solo and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest. Mrs. DeWit has taught at Augustana college and St. Ambrose University... READ MORE
Canadian violinist Naha Greenholtz was born in Kyoto, Japan, where she began her violin studies at age three. Since her solo debut at 14, concerto performances have included engagements with the San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and National Repertory Orchestras, as well as the Vancouver, Quad City, Burnaby, and Kelowna Symphonies. In the Madison area she makes regular solo appearances with the Madison Symphony and the Middleton Community Orchestra.
Naha also maintains an active career as an orchestra musician. In addition to her duties as Concertmaster of both the Madison and Quad City Symphony Orchestras...READ MORE
American violinist WAYNE LEE enjoys a prolific career worldwide as a member of two internationally-acclaimed chamber ensembles. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Formosa Quartet, a string quartet that performs extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, with recent and upcoming engagements at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. As teaching artists, the Quartet members serve as the faculty string quartet-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and are also founders and faculty at the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan...READ MORE
Violinist Emily Nash, graduated with her MM in violin performance while studying with Almita and Roland Vamos at Northwestern University, graduating early and with high honors. She received her BM in violin performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while studying with Simin Ganatra. Nash has participated in master classes with the Silk Road Ensemble, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Wendy Sharp, Roland and Almita Vamos, John McGrosso, Kurt Baldwin, Rebecca Henry, and the Parker Quartet...READ MORE
Violin & Sukuki Violin
Janis Sakai has performed orchestral, chamber music, and solo works internationally. She has been studying the violin since the age of 5, winning numerous awards in competitions, and has performed with world-renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, James Ehnes, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Rachel Barton Pine, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Har Mar Superstar, and Christian Tetzlaff...READ MORE
Violinist Sabrina Tabby, from Philadelphia, developed a fondness for chamber music at a very young age that has carried her through her life as a musician. At the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Sabrina performed across four continents, as concertmaster of and soloist with the Conservatory Orchestra, in chamber music, as well as in various baroque and new music ensembles. It was there that Sabrina became a founding member of the NYC-based new music ensemble, Contemporaneous, prominently featured on the Innova Recordings album “Stream of Stars: Music of Dylan Mattingly."...READ MORE
Viola & Alexander Technique
Julia Bullard is Professor of Viola at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she has appeared as soloist with the Bogotá Chamber Orchestra (Bogotá, Colombia) and the UCS Symphony Orchestra (Caxias do Sul, Brazil). She is also the violist of Trio 826; since its formation in 2011, the trio has performed throughout the US, as well as in France and Brazil, and released their first CD, entitled “Mosaic,” in 2016...READ MORE
Viola & El Sistema
Bruno Silva began studying viola in 2004 in his native Brazil at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia. After one year, he placed in a solo competition and had the opportunity to perform with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, performing the G Major Viola Concerto by Telemann. He graduated from the conservatory in two and a half years, a program which normally takes eight years, and then enrolled in the University of Brasilia.
Bruno has gained much experience as and orchestral and chamber musician. He has worked with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta...READ MORE
Will Yager is a versatile bassist/improviser committed to collaborating with living composers in the creation of new solo and chamber repertoire for the double bass. He has worked directly with composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, Miya Masaoka, Mary Jane Leach, Michael Pisaro, and Amy Williams, among others. He is a founding member of the soprano/double bass duo LIGAMENT and improvising trio Wombat. Recent appearances include the Nief-Norf 2020 Virtual Marathon, Oh My Ears Festival, Big Ears Festival, Feed Me Weird Things, New Music on the Point, Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, where he was a Robert Black Double Bass Fellow...READ MORE
other team members
Website Designer/Digital Strategist
Lauren Peet graduated from Belmont University in the Spring of 2019 with a bachelors of business administration and a focus on Music Business. With a strong passion for both music and education, Lauren spent her first year out of school as digital strategist for the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition. In addition to this position she also continued helping artists and small companies with their digital strategy and social media marketing.
In May of 2020 Lauren launched her company LP Social, a digital strategy consulting agency dedicated to delivering the highest quality of digital marketing strategy and management. She is very honored to be a part of the Quad City Music Academy team!
Jeff vom Saal
Jeff vom Saal is the Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony & Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, a position he has held since 2016. He is credited with infusing the organization with renewed verve, and has increased revenues from $4MM to over $6MM, an increase of over 50% in three years. He has also spearheaded efforts to broaden the reach of the Symphony and Fox, expanding the range of concerts and events, and establishing a program for children to attend symphony performances for free.
Prior to his appointment in Spokane, Jeff held the position of Executive Director of the orchestras of Marin, California (2012-2016), Quad Cities, IA/IL (2007-2012), and Fargo, North Dakota (2005- 2007)...READ MORE
Student Intern: Stacey is the inaugural intern for QCMA. If you are interested in learning more about an internship or volunteer opportunity, please contact us.
I am very grateful for this opportunity and privilege to be an Intern for the Quad City Music Academy. I believe that everyone should be able to access music and witness the pure joy that comes with it. I'm very excited to be a part of such an amazing team of people that are bringing a music school to the Quad Cities so that we may all share in the love of music!
Stacey Sharpe began music at an early age when she enrolled in piano lessons at six years old and violin lessons at twelve years old...READ MORE
Fundraising & Development Advisor
Emma Stapleton has spent the past decade working in development and leadership positions in the nonprofit sector with a strong passion for education and social justice causes. Stapleton is a dynamic fundraiser who has a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding 7+ figure grants and major gifts. She currently serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy for Entertain Impact.
Prior to this position, Stapleton served as Development Director for the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition, Director of Development for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Berklee College...READ MORE