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Classical Pianist | music & career coaching
Technique & Artistry
Hello! I am a classically trained pianist, currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While my priority (and first love!) is music, I've also spent a lot of my time in academia dedicated to enhancing my teaching and performance with related industries. As such, I also hold a BA in psychology and minor concentrations in business, entrepreneurship, music education, and arts leadership.
About performance: I made my orchestral debut with the Saint Petersburg State Symphony in Russia at the age of nine (I know, I was that kid) and have gone on to perform with many orchestras across the US, including the Louisville Symphony and the Chicago Ars Viva Symphony. My awards include first place at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, grand prize at the Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Joseph Shelhardt Award at the Hellam Young Artist Competition. As a soloist, I have played at Lincoln Center, the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, and Carnegie Hall. All this is a very long-winded way of saying: I've been doing this for a very long time, and I hope to have insightful things to say if you have questions about artistry, technique, learning process, memorization, or anything else related to the piano.
About all the things outside performance: I've made it my mission to broaden access to music-- the classical world can be very narrow but there's no doubt that the training and knowledge that it has can benefit any musician in any genre. Some organizations that I have worked with in service of this goal include National Public Radio's "From the Top," the San Francisco Opera Education Department, and the Pasadena Symphony & Pops. I'm grateful for stepping into the world of business, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship and the comprehensive view it's given me on what's expected and needed of musicians today. If you've ever wondered what musicians can do to actually monetize their careers, how to use social media to further your artistic brand, or even what options there are out there for career (and what you need to prepare in order to get there!), I would love to offer support.
Performing / Recording Artist
I am a classically-trained violinist and pianist and have studied music composition for visual media and orchestral conducting. I have extensive experience as both a performing and recording artist across several genres of music. I also have experience working on multi-media and interdisciplinary projects. Under Media Files, I’ve included a short reel of my composition work and a concert clip from a solo violin recital.
Classical and Film Composer
SiHyun Uhm is an accomplished composer, pianist, and multimedia producer. Currently based in both New York and South Korea, SiHyun has an impressive body of work that includes commissions from the US AirForce Academy Band, YAMAHA, Rice University, Columbia Digital Audio Festival, Five by Five Ensemble, and Enhakē Ensemble, among others. She has also been a recipient of several Composer Fellowships with esteemed organizations such as the American Composers Orchestra, Really Spicy Opera, and Nashville Symphony Composer Lab, as well as multiple prizes and awards, including from the President's Own Marine Band and the Art Council of Korea.
SiHyun is a versatile musician who has proven herself as a skilled audio engineer, producer, and arranger. She has worked across genres including classical, electronic, pop, rock, and film/game music, showcasing her ability to adapt and excel in various musical styles. In recognition of her talent, SiHyun was awarded the 3rd prize in the Shanghai International Digital Music Festival and has established a successful career as a film/game music composer. Her ability to captivate audiences and showcase her artistic prowess in different musical landscapes further highlights her versatility and breadth as a musician.
SiHyun completed her undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in and earned her Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School under Professor Ludwig. She will be continuing her composition Ph.D. degree at UCLA. She also holds a diploma from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts.
Daniel Aaron Ramirez
Producer / Composer / Arranger
Performance feedback (vocal, instrumental, ensemble/band)
Described by the New York Times as “magically atmospheric” and a “vivid capsule of self-expression, often at impressive levels of accomplishment,” his compositions blend the intricacy of art music with the natural flow of jazz and folk music into a seamless whole.
Daniel creates music with a breadth and scope that reflects his unique and distinctive experiences as a Mexican-American composer. Born in El Paso, Texas, Daniel studied composition, conducting, and jazz trumpet at Mannes Conservatory, New School University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Over the last two decades, he has distinguished himself by engaging in diverse musical idioms.
Daniel’s work in the theatre includes being music director of multiple off-Broadway productions at St. Annes Warehouse and The Kitchen and the famed Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU. He toured Japan several times with Japanese icon Senri Oe as music director, conductor, and arranger.
Daniel’s arrangements for Sting, Plácido Domingo, and Orpheus Chamber Ensemble are a few examples of the sweeping range of his musical vision. His music has been featured at the River to River Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic. He will be collaborating with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company in the Summer of 2022, and his album Octubre is set to be released in the Fall of 2023. Daniel is currently completing his first opera, The Tragedy of La Llorona.
Composer / Conductor / Sound Healing Artist
Project Review and Feedback
Musician/Educator/Wearer-of-Many-Hats, Derek J. Weagle (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based artist and healer invested in the disruption of social and academic barriers around classical music, as well as the preservation of music-making as an act of joyful humanness. With a practice rooted in syncretism, Derek can be found equally comfortable in roles ranging from conductor to composer and performer to teacher.
They hold a B.M. in Music Education from UMass Lowell and an M.M. in Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, as well as a Certificate in Sound Healing from the Sage Academy of Sound in Woodstock, NY. Current engagements include work as an independent Sound Healing Practitioner; Associate Conductor of the Queer Urban Orchestral; Assistant Conductor of Choral Chameleon; Artistic Director of the Adelphi University Vocal Ensemble; Founding Artistic Director of Bloom Sound Collective; Composer & Owner at Risanare Music; Board of Directors for the Refugee Orchestra Project. For more information on Derek’s artistic practice and services offered, see their website at www.derekjweagle.com.
Award Winning Film Composer - Avengers. Star Wars
I'm all ears!
Jonathan Bartz is an award winning multi-media composer living in Los Angeles. He has enjoyed working in the music department on legendary films such as the recent Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and the Avengers series (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame). He has worked with directors and artists from Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to Cheyenne Jackson and Mariah Carey. His music has been heard, recorded, and performed across the United States from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the scoring stages of Los Angeles.
Recent credits include: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (James Mangold - LucasFilm), The Fablemans (Steven Spielberg, Amblin), Lego Star Wars Animated Television Series (Ken Cunnigham - Disney+), Dear Luke, Love Me (Guillermo Díaz, Beanstalk Films) & The Orville Season 3 (Seth MacFralane - Fuzzy Door Productions). For a full list of credits, click .
Jonathan is incredibly excited to share and offer any insights into the industry and your work!
Vocals Review and Feedback
If you want to clean up your vocals, prepare for an audition or conquer "that tough part", I'm your gal. My professional credits include singing with Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, Schmigadoon!) and Nathan Gunn (Met Opera, Broadway). I'm a versatile voice coach with over 15 years of professional performing experience ranging from Opera and Accapella Folk Songs to Bluegrass and Rock. I have a Master of Arts in Voice and Opera from the University of Iowa, where I learned command of the vocal instrument and the anatomy of singing. If you come to me with high notes, sustained phrases, or challenging riffs, I'll know just how to help.
I also specialize in Audition Prep and character development. Whether it's adding depth to your performance or helping you hit the big money note- working with me will add an edge to your performance and ensure you put your best self in front of the directors and casting agents. If you're looking for high-value feedback that will serve you for years to come, choose me as your voice coach. I look forward to hearing you. -Emily
Broadway Conductor / Keyboardist
Vocal Auditioning for Music Theater
I have 25 years of experience conducting Broadway Musicals and on National Tours. My training is based in Classical Piano, and I have extensive experience in coaching Opera. I can provide meaningful advice on multiple subjects in the performing arts- ranging from audition preparation to touring advice. I have owned private businesses and feel that a performing arts career should be operated like a business for yourself. Using my experience, I hope to help you find ways to unlock your full potential and enjoy a successful career in music.
Composer / Arranger
Composition/Songwriting Review and Help (Transitions, Endings, Chord Progressions, Writer's Block)
Hey everybody! I'm your friendly neighborhood composer/arranger based in the US. My specialty is contemporary classical-ish jazz-ish music. (Neoclassical?)
Need help writing for Choir or Orchestra? I'm your guy- I love all things Musical Theatre Music, both writing, and singing! And I have waded in the pools of pop music as well. I have been a singer since the womb and play many instruments, including bass, piano, and guitar. I can't wait to work with you!
Vocal Coach / Music Coach
Thomas Dawkins, a distinguished graduate of Brandeis University, achieved the highest honors in Music and was awarded the inaugural Ira Gershwin Prize for his exceptional music performance. Throughout his diverse career, teaching has remained a fundamental part of his musical identity. With a straightforward teaching philosophy, he welcomes anyone with a sincere aspiration to improve and work diligently.
Musicians often have a team of teachers and coaches to rely on, but sometimes they encounter problems without clear solutions. Seeking a fresh perspective from someone new can be a game-changer, not necessarily because they are more skilled, but because they offer a different approach. Asking specific questions and receiving direct answers can unlock success where others have struggled.
Thomas served as the Music Director of the Congregational Church of Harvard, UCC, for around 11 years. Previously, he worked as a substitute organist at St. Peter's Church of Weston, Follen Church of Lexington, Temple B'nai Torah of Sudbury, and Boston Jewish Spirit. He also worked at the Longy School of Music as a piano accompanist and vocal coach for several years. Thomas has coached for various organizations, including New England Light Opera, Opera Brittenica, Opera on Tap, and Greater Worcester Opera. His former clients have performed at renowned venues such as San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
The keyboardist has performed with Boston orchestras and at the Newton Free Library. His recording of Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude was featured on the Carnegie Hall education website in 2014. He also appeared on four episodes of the NPR radio game show Says You! in 2016. As a baritone chorister, he sang with various ensembles, including the Boston Baroque and the Handel + Haydn Society of Boston (featured on five recordings). He also contributed to the soundtracks of Final Fantasy XV and Hans Zimmer Live. In addition, he has sung opera and oratorio with Boston-area groups.
Pianist / Vocalist / Singer / Songwriter
Keyboard Review and Feedback
Lisbelkis Rausenberger (Lis), a singer and teacher from New Jersey, has immersed herself in many musical avenues. Lis teaches Grades 1-8 General Music and is a keys and vocals instructor at the School of Rock in Hoboken. Her keys and vocal background consist of over ten years of experience. She is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and is on track to receive her Master's Degree in Music Education at Adams State University.
Lis has always had a passion for music and imparting that passion to others. In addition to teaching, Lis continues to pursue opportunities to make music with others through choral singing, performing in operatic and musical theater productions, and playing in orchestral/pits for productions. Instagram: @lisrausenberger Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lisbelkis-santana-147944153 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@lisbelkissantana8433