HCC Chamber Music Series

                                    Marc Rosenberg, Guitar

                                  Zelda Faith Jones, Violin andViola

                              Rachel Shepard, Violin

                                 Vyacheslav Dobrushkin, Cello

                                  Sean O'Neal, Violin

Born and raised in Texas, Marc Rosenberg began his study of the guitar with Adam Flint and continued at the collegiate level with Chip Christ at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, earning a BM in Guitar Performance and earning his Master's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under Jim Ferla. He has participated in many competitions and masterclasses with such notable names as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Dale Kavanagh, Bill Kanengiser, and Lily Afshar. His diverse musical background has led to performances in various productions of musicals. In 2012, he played in the ensemble for Fort Worth's regional premier of Astor Piazzolla's tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. In 2013, Rosenberg was one of thirteen students accepted into the I Master in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Alicante, where he studied with world renowned guitarists and musicians David Russell, Ignacio Rodes, Hopkinson Smith, Robert Aussel, Manuel Barrueco, Carles Trepat, and Nigel North, while giving several performances in the region. After his studies in Spain, Rosenberg returned to Houston, Texas, where he is establishing himself as an up-and-coming guitaris while teaching guitar lessons at the Vivaldi Music Academy, HCC Central Campus, and Lone Star College in Cy-Fair.


Rachel Shepard is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and also performs with Houston Grand Opera, Mercury Houston, and works as a substitute violin for the Houston Symphony. She works as a private violin and viola instructor, chamber music coach, and sectional coach for students ranging from elementary school through advanced high school. Rachel has participated in festivals throughout the United States and abroad including Aspen Music Festival, Roundtop Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In 2014 she was selected for the YOA Orchestra of the Americas Summer Caribbean Tour, traveling to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica to perform and provide lessons to local music students. Rachel completed her Masters of Music degree from Rice University in 2013, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Rachel also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she studied under Eliot Chapo.


Zelda Faith Jones is a native Houstonian and has been performing, teaching, and coaching in Houston and other cities for over a decade. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and was an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In the past she has been featured as a faculty performer in the InterHarmony Music Festivals in Germany, and as a faculty performer and chamber coach in the Musicagiovani music festival in Italy. She also performed with Mirror Quartet in their Italian and Austrian Summer Concert Tours. Zelda is currently a member of Opera in the Heights, a local opera company that is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, Duo Scordatura, a new music ensemble that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and Carnegie Hall debut, and the Mud Turtle Quintet, a guitar & strings quintet that is currently in its second season in Houston and is also a regular participant in the HCC Chamber Concert Series.


A native of Salem, Oregon, Sean O'Neal began playing the violin at an early age after being inspired by an appearance of the great Itzhak Perlman on an episode of Sesame Street. He studied violin performance at the University of Oregon under full scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude in spring of 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Music. While there he frequently sat in principal positions in the University of Oregon Symphony, and played regularly with the Eugene Symphony, Eugene opera, Eugene ballet, Corvallis Symphony, and the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra. His 4th year at U of O he won the University’s concerto competition, and was also a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist competition. Upon graduating from the University of Oregon, Sean moved to Houston, Texas to begin his work in the Master’s program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In spring of 2013 he completed his MM at Rice University in Houston Texas, studying violin performance with Professor Kenneth Goldsmith. While there, he performed two master’s recital, played regularly with the nationally renowned Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra. He has also been an orchestral fellow at the acclaimed Round Top music festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. A passionate teacher as well as performer, Sean has been teaching violin privately for the past decade. Since graduating from Rice Sean has maintained a private violin studio with over 40 students, with many representing their schools in their All-Region and All-State honor orchestras. In the 2014-2015 season Sean had the pleasure of performing in many ensembles in Houston, including Ensemble Mercury, Symphony of Southeast Texas (where he has been offered a core position), and the Cypress Symphony.


Cellist Vyacheslav Dobrushkin was born in Ukraine in April 22, 1989. At the age of seven, he started his studies in the Music School of Uzhgorod. In 1997 and 1999, he obtained the first place in the Regional Competition of Violoncello. In 1998 he earned second place. From 1999 until 2007 Dobrushkin was a student of the University Institute of Fine Arts (UIFA) in Colima University, Mexico. While there, he was invited to play as a soloist with the San Luis Potosi Orchestra (2004). In 2006, he obtained First Place in the Second National Competition “Petrof-Simphony-Pearl River” for young performers. Dobrushkin has participated in several Music Festivals, academic concerts, special recitals, and various other concerts. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.


 

                              Houston Brass Quintet

                      led by trumpeter Sarah Perkins

Houston Brass Quintet strives to be the premiere chamber group in Houston with a focus on diverse music genres, collaboration in the arts community, arts education, and service to those in need in the greater Houston area.   Houston Brass Quintet will be a permanent part of the Houston Performing Arts and the greater Southern Region in the US. As a non-profit, the chamber ensemble plans to bring high-level chamber music to those who may not normally get that exposure.   Promoting music education through performance, school clinics, and outreach programs for youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to pursue music, HBQ plans to specifically target Title 1 school districts Houston wide. Through scholarship projects, offering clinics and coaching, the Houston Brass Quintet hopes to extend its audience to a young demographic that normally would not normally experience chamber music.  Finally, the chamber ensemble will have separate events designed specifically for our immobile citizens of Houston, assisting the ever expanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia community. By partnering with other non-profits, retirement communities, and specialized nursing facilities, we hope to serve the Houston community of all ages.  As HBQ builds a reputation, it should be a reputation set on honesty, caring, and well-deserved praise. 

 

Milbert Tumaliuan is a pianist and piano teacher, with over 15 years of teaching experience at music studios and after-school programs in Houston, as well as his own private piano studio. Milbert received his Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music in the Spring of 2009, and will pursue a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in the Spring of 2017. Milbert also serves as the Music Director at the University of Houston’s Catholic Newman Center, and as a staff pianist at St. Laurence Catholic Church and School in Sugarland. In addition, he is a freelance accompanist, playing for private events as well as for Houston-area middle and high school students for UIL Solo & Ensemble vocal, band, and orchestral competitions.

Pianist Milbert Tumaliuan

 

Oboist Danny Cruz graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2013 and promptly began teaching elementary school in Klein ISD. He has organized and performed recitals in 4 states and loves playing the oboe with friends. He began a master’s degree at Louisiana State University but soon withdrew for medical reasons. Danny Cruz recently began playing the oboe again and while his recovery is precarious he approaches music with a newfound gratitude and perspective. He loves his family, faith and science.