German-born and raised violinist, Dr. Felix Olschofka, has toured as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. His playing has been described as "violinistic pyrotechnics" (TheaterJones Dallas), "charged with beauty" (Gramophone), "a true dream of romantic melodiousness" (General-Anzeiger-Bonn), and "remarkable for dramatic power" (Star-Telegram Fort Worth).
Philip Lewis is hailed as one of the finest violinists/pedagogues in the US today. He has been described as a violinist of “Rare excellence—combining sensitivity, virtuosity, warmth, and vitality” (Baltimore Sun).
Thomas Johnson has been active as a performer and teacher for over twenty years. His career has taken him to Canada, Italy, France, Mexico, South America and Spain. As founder and head of the classical guitar program at the University of North Texas, he has attracted students from countries such as England, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and others. As a faculty member of Guitar Studies International, he took American students to Spain for seven consecutive summers. Mr. Johnson has served as juror for many guitar competitions.
Jaymee Haefner’s performances have been described by Daniel Buckley as possessing “an air of dreamy lyricism… interlocking melody lines with the deftness of a dancer’s footwork.” Joseph Gold wrote that her “subtlety of touch reminded [him] of the immortal Nicanor Zabaleta.” Jaymee has taught at the University of North Texas (UNT) since 2006 and was appointed as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music in 2010.
Violist Daphne Gerling leads a dynamic and engaging career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. She currently serves as Senior Artist Teacher of viola and chamber music, and Associate Director of the Summer String Institute at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has taught since 2011.
Hailed by The Strad as “an impressive protagonist proclaiming a magnetic, outgoing personality, a lustrous, vibrant tone, and excellent intonation,” violist Susan Dubois is considered one of the leading young artist-teachers of viola today. From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Argentina’s Teatro Colón, Dubois has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with her commanding and persuasive performances.
Julia Bushkova has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, in her native Russia, as well as Germany, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, South Africa, Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela. She has been a featured performer on numerous public and commercial radio and TV stations as well as nationwide on NPR's Performance Today. Her most recent solo and concerti performances took her to New York, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Michigan, Canada, Italy, Venezuela, South Africa, Argentina, and Belarus.
Proclaimed by the New York Times as "the master of his instrument," Jeff Bradetich is regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of the double bass in the US today. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 he has performed more than 600 concerts on five continents including his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1986. He has won many major solo competitions, recorded six solo albums of music for double bass and piano and has been featured on radio and television throughout North and South America and Europe including CBS, CNN, BBC and NPR.