A.B.D. in Vocal Performance and Conducting, University of Houston
M.M. in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, Sam Houston State University, 1995
M.M. in Musical Theatre and Opera Performance, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, 1989
B.A. in Vocal Performance, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, 1984
Alex Qian is the founder of the LSC-CyFair Music Department, where he has produced and conducted musicals, operas and major choral works. Qian has appeared as a festival guest singer, conductor and workshop presenter in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Europe, China and the United States. A doctoral student of University of Houston and a graduate of both Shanghai Conservatory and Sam Houston State University, he has studied musical theatre, opera performance and choral and orchestral conducting with Jingzu Bian, Shaozeng Xie, Geshuen Ma, Walter Foster, Kent Hatteberg, Steve Smith, Charles Haussmann and Katherine Ciesinski. He also studied in summer workshops with Robert Shaw, Richard Miller and Ingo Titze.
JOHN WOLFSKILL, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Professor of Music
D.M.A. in Music Education, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2004
M.M.Ed., Sam Houston State University, 1975
B.M.E., Sam Houston State University, 1973
Dr. Wolfskill studied saxophone at Sam Houston State University and clarinet and flute at the University of Houston. He directed bands at all levels in public schools for six years and private schools for six years. He taught music lecture courses and privately for 21 years in area colleges before accepting the position at Lone Star College-CyFair. He has been an active performer in the greater Houston area for over 30 years, including playing musicals, private events, and in churches. He is grateful to have been a part of the many exciting instrumental ensemble performances at LSC-CF for the past six years.
The music department is further supported through
a network of award-winning adjunct instructors:
M.M. in Music Composition and Theory, Texas State University, 2008
B.M. in Music Performance, Texas A&M, 2003
Christopher L. Borders is an active composer, performer, and educator serving three Lone Star College campuses since 2008. He brings knowledge to teach a variety of courses including Electronic Composition, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music History, Piano Classes, and Applied Percussion. As a composer, he has written musical scores for National Geographic, the Harte Foundation's Gulf of Mexico series, and other industrial projects. Additionally, he composes for concert band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. Most notable compositions include an electro-acoustic mixed chamber ensemble piece Searching for the Shade of the Bodhi Tree: for string quintet, two percussionist, and laptop; The Monkey King: War and Meditation on Pink Orchid Mountain for symphonic band, and Oil for solo piano. In addition to music education, Mr. Borders is active in the biological and physical sciences. He tutors all levels of Biology, Inorganic & Organic Chemistry, and Physics for the Kinkaid School. He is also an active international medical volunteer for global health organizations, such as Unite For Sight.
D.M.A. in Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 2010
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1999
B.M. in Vocal Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1997
Zachary Bruton is a native of Houston. He has been a faculty member at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and at Houston Community College, and currently serves on the voice faculties of San Jacinto College Central and Lone Star College-CyFair. He has been an apprentice with Jerome Hines’ Opera Link in New Jersey, Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts, and Brevard Music Center. The roles he has performed include Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogue of the Carmelites, and Laurie in Little Women. Dr. Bruton has also performed song recitals with Richard Hundley, Richard Faith, and John David Earnest. In addition to his vocal training, Dr. Bruton has studied acting through the Kim Tobin Acting studio, which is based on the techniques of Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler.
M.M. in Harp Performance, Stephen F. Austin University, 2014
B.A. in Music, Thomas Edison State University, 2011
Susanna Campbell's enthusiasm for all things harp-related prompted her to share the joy of music with others as a teacher and performer in Greater Houston. She is currently principal harpist with Houston Civic Symphony and the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra and substitute harpist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. She has also performed with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Cypress Philharmonic, the Symphony North of Houston, and the Galveston Symphony. Ms. Campbell earned a Master's Degree in harp performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Ms. Emily Mitchell. In addition to performing, Ms. Campbell maintains a private harp and piano studio and takes great delight in training and mentoring young musicians. She guest clinics at area schools for music camps and competition preparation, is an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College, and teaches at the Houston Summer Harp Festival each year. Although teaching and performing are her twin passions, she recently branched out into the field of arranging and published two solos for harp. As a freelance harpist, Ms. Campbell has had the pleasure of performing at a variety of stylish venues such as the St. Regis Hotel, the Houston Club, the Petroleum Club, and the Courtyard at St. James, and is the preferred harpist for Briscoe Manor, a beatufiful event facility in Richmond.
M.M. in Music Education, The University of South Dakota, 1990
B.M. in Music Education, The University of South Dakota, 1985
Cyndi Gernhart earned a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in woodwinds. She taught primarily instrumental music (marching, concert and jazz band) at various levels as well as lessons throughout the upper Midwest for over 15 years. She led the NSAI-Kansas City songwriter’s group, worked in a music studio, made songwriter trips to Nashville, and was fortunate to do a lot of different things in between. Since moving to Texas in 2014 she began teaching at Lone Star College-CyFair where she currently teaches MUSI 1306-Appreciating Music.
Ph.D. in Composition, Royal Academy of Music, 2009
M.M. in Composition, University of Louisville, 2000
B.M. in Theory and Composition, Lamar University, 1998
Composer B. P. Herrington was born in East Texas, in 1976. His works have been performed by artists such as soprano Tony Arnold, conductor James Baker, Ensemble Linea, El Perro Andaluz, the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, and the BBC Singers. His music has been heard in such venues as Rothko Chapel, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, and London’s Purcell Room. He is founding director of Intersection New Music Collective based at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches composition and analysis. Composition awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Morton Gould Award (ASCAP), Leo Kaplan Prize (ASCAP), First Music Award (New York Youth Symphony) and two composition awards from the Royal Academy of Music. His music has been selected for performance at June in Buffalo (2013), Wellesley Composers Conference (2013), the Cleveland Composers Recording Institute (2013), Pharos Arts Festival in Cyprus (2012), the Soundscape Festival in Italy (2011), UMKC Cello Days (2010), the OMMAGIO memorial concert for Berio in London (2004), the Royal Festival Hall Organ Recital Series (2002), and the British Society for the Promotion of New Music (2001). Herrington studied with Simon Bainbridge (2001-2004), Marc Satterwhite and Steve Rouse (1998-2000), and Frank Felice (1994-1998).
A.B.D. in Composition and Conducting, University of Houston Moores School of Music
M.M. in Saxophone Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 1993
B.M. in Music Education and Performance, West Virginia University, 1982
Saxophonist, Musician, Husband, and Father, Mark Holter resides in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife Gretchen and son Rodney. Mark is an Instructor of Music at Lone Star Cy-Fair and the Instrumental Director at Stonebridge Church. Mark makes a living as a Financial Advisor with AXA. He has a been professional musician and music educator his entire life. Mark has toured extensively and played shows for many performers such as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Coasters, Temptations, Four Tops, Platters, Natalie Cole, Spinners, Michael Bolton, and many others. He has also played with such luminaries as Charlie Haden, Phil Woods, Chris Vadala, Joe Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Terence Blanchard, Adam Nussbaum, Willie Thomas, Marvin Stam, and Red Holloway. Mark has written many compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions for big band, small groups, and churches.
D.M.A. in Music and Voice, Stony Brook University, 2015
M.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Michigan, 2010
B.M in Music Education and Vocal Performance, 2008
Mezzo-soprano, Monica Isomura’s uniquely rich voice and captivating stage presence have been garnering increasing attention in the Houston musical community. This year, she performed the leading role of Jo March in Adamo’s Little Women at Opera in the Heights. In concert, she was heard as the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Durufle Requiem with The Houston Chamber Choir, alto soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church. In past seasons, she has sung the roles of Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium at Opera in the Heights, and has appeared in productions and concerts with The Lone Star Lyric Opera, Da Camera, the Houston Heights Orchestra, and the Memorial Classical Music Series. She has previously sung for Michigan Opera Theater, The Castleton Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera New Jersey’s Emerging Artist Program, and Toledo Opera’s Opera-on-wheels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in voice from Stony Brook University in New York. A passionate educator, Monica serves as the Education Coordinator for Opera in the Heights, is an Adjunct Professor of voice at Lone Star College Cyfair, is a teaching artist for TUTS’ Humphrey’s School of Musical Theater, and maintains a thriving private voice studio. ?
B.M. in Applied Music, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 1978
Alan Johnson is a professional violinist, teacher and adjudicator with over 58 years of experience. He began playing violin at age five and has since studied with such teachers as Fredell Lack, Jascha Brodsky and Margaret Pardee. He has been the Concertmaster of the Baytown Symphony and a member of the first violins of the Lake Charles Symphony. Past credits include Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston POPS Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, U.S. Marine Band Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma City Symphony, and regional orchestras. He is a founding member of the d'Amore String Quartet (Washington, D.C.). He is also an adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Lee College (1987-1999 and 2006-present).
D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of Texas in Austin, 2006
Performance Certificate in Piano, Eastman School of Music, 2003
M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, 2002
B.M. with highest honors in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, 2001
So Yoon Lee, pianist, first prize winner of the 22nd Kingsville International Competition enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. In addition to garnering many awards from her alma mater, she was the second prize winner of the 26th Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City (2002); prize winner of the Washington International Competition in Washington, DC (2005); and second prize winner at the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York City. She has studied with Barry Snyder, Anton Nel, Krystian Zimerman, Ursula Oppens, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean Barr, and Ann Shein. For many years she has maintained a busy schedule as performer and collaborator in solo recitals, chamber music performances, and ensemble performances. Her recital appearances have included numerous performances at the Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and numerous other major world venues. Eager to pursue dual careers in teaching and performing she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas Pan American and Texas Southern University. She is currently a piano faculty at Lone Star College-CyFair, where she received a Faculty Excellence Award in 2010.
D.M.A. in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2005
M.M. in Composition, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2000
B.M. summa cum laude in Piano Performance and Composition, Univ. of Houston, 1998
Dr. Hauy Ming Ng is Adjunct Instructor of Music at Lone Star College-CyFair, where she has taught since the fall of 2008. She earned a D.M.A. from Rice University at Houston (where she held the Brown Fellowship), and a M.M. from the University of Houston. Among her many commissions and performances are those with the Aura contemporary Music Ensemble in Houston, Symphony North of Houston and the United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Ng has performed the Fauré Ballade for Piano and Orchestra as a soloist with the Symphony North of Houston. Other collaborations include those with the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Houston.
M.M.A. in Clarinet Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1987
B.S. in Music Education, University of Illinois, 1981
Sheila Paterson is a native of Chicago, Illinois. While enrolled at Chicago Vocational High School, Ms. Patterson was awarded a full scholarship to Interlochen National Music Camp where she spent two summers studying the clarinet with renowned clarinet pedagogue, Sidney Forrest. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she studied privately with Howard Klug. Following graduation she spent four years as the clarinet soloist with the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command Band. Ms. Patterson received her Master of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance from Rice University where she studied with Richard Pickar and David Peck (additional Doctoral work in clarinet performance) both former principal clarinetists with the Houston Symphony. Former positions held include; Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Southern University, Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Prairie View A&M University and Music Educator in the Houston Independent School District. Ms. Patterson currently serves as the Clarinet Professor and adjunct music professor at Lone Star College Cy-Fair. She currently performs with the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO), the Houston Symphonic Band and Clarinet Ensemble and the Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet.
M.M. in Classical Guitar Interpretation and Performance from the University of Alicante (Spain), 2013
M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
B.M. (Cum Laude) with Honors in Classical Guitar Performance from Texas Christian University, 2009
Marc Rosenberg, like most young guitarists, began studying electric guitar before finding his way to the world of classical music. Since then, he has given performances as both a soloist and chamber musician around Texas, Pennsylvania, and Spain. He has performed for the Fort Worth Guitar Guild and gave the opening performance of the 2013 Guitar Festival in Girona. He has participated in competitions as well as classes with some of the best guitarists and lutenists in the world including Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Nigel North, Hopkinson Smith, Dale Kavanagh, Ignacio Rodes, and Roberto Aussel. Since returning from his studies in Spain, he has become a highly sought-after guitarist, bassist, and teacher in the Houston area.
Advanced Degree in Vocal Performance, Opera Music Theatre International, 1997
B.M. in Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 1987
As a performer, Drew Slatton has thrilled audiences across the United States, Europe, and South Korea, appearing in more than 150 different productions with over 40 leading tenor roles in both opera and musical theatre. He has garnered much praise for his “focused vocal intensity and fine acting.” Specializing in the repertoire of Verdi, Puccini, and Verismo composers, he is known for his “distinctive steely timbre,” “thrilling high notes,” and “robust tenor voice.” Mr. Slatton is a familiar face to the LSC Cy-Fair stage, having performed the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in last spring’s Les Miserables. Still an active performer, other recent performances include a reprise of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in Ft. Bend County, Turiddu/Canio in the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, and several concert appearances. Mr. Slatton studied singing with the legendary basso Jerome Hines and acting with internationally renowned director Frank Corsaro. His experience and expertise have made him an invaluable teacher and trainer in the arts of singing and acting. Following his mentors, he tailors his teaching method to give his pupils the physical strength and artistic instincts to succeed in the vocal arts. Mr. Slatton’s honors include awards from Opera Music Theater International, the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Richard Tauber Competition, and Syracuse Opera (Artist of the Year).
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Texas State University, 1989
A.T.C.L. in Vocal and Piano Performance, Trinity College London
B.A. in Music Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, 1987
Lily Tsang began her music studies at a young age mainly under the influence of her father, Paul, a respected choir master/teacher in Hong Kong. She started taking piano lessons at age 4, and also learned to play the violin and Guzheng. As a teenager, she started giving piano lessons, directed a church youth choir, and was actively involved in various music institutions, such as Hong Kong Yips Children Choir and Hong Kong Chorus. In addition to teaching in the Lone Star College-CyFair music department, she also maintains a small private studio. She is an active vocal coach and accompanist for choirs and instrumentalists. Currently, she is also the choir director of the Houston Yellow River Chorus.
D.M.A. in Oboe Performance, University of Cincinnati, 2017
M.M. in Oboe Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014
B.M. in Music Education, Baylor University, 2012
Abby Yeakle Held is an oboist with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati. With a background in Music Education, she is passionate about teaching no matter the venue. Dr. Held joins the LSC faculty to teach the American Popular Music coursework as well as Applied Oboe. Dr. Held has performed with orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and the Castleton Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel. Her varied career as a performer has also allowed her the opportunity to play at the iconic Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater with DeVotchKa, a popular indie rock band out of Denver, Colorado. Her main research area includes the Viennese oboe, played exclusively in Vienna, and its application to the modern oboist as a classical/romantic period instrument. Dr. Held is recognized in the U.S. as both a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Presser Foundation Award.