Lionel Thomas, Violinist
Violinist Lionel Thomas is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in violin performance and string pedagogy. In 2009 Mr. Thomas received his Master of Music degree from he University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus. While a graduate student in Cincinnati, Mr. Thomas taught on faculty of CCM Prep and the Sassmannshaus Tradition. Mr. Thomas earned Bachelor of Music degrees cum laude in violin performance and music education from the University of Oregon in 2007, studying with Kathryn Lucktenberg.
Currently, Mr. Thomas performs with the Eugene Symphony and teachers at CMI. Throughout his teaching career, students of his have been awarded scholarships to further their musical study and earned marks of honor on Royal Conservatory of Music practical exams. Prior to joining to faculty of CMI, Mr. Thomas taught a studio of violin students of varying ages and abilities at the Bermuda School of Music.
Mr. Thomas is a former scholarship student of the Aspen Music Festival and School (2006 and 2012) and was recipient of an American Suzuki Institute Schinichi Suzuki Teacher-Training Scholarship in 2008. Mr. Thomas is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed teacher training for violin books 1 through 6. Plans for the future include more teacher training at institutes and workshops.
Chas Barnard, Cellist
Cellist Chas Barnard recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in cello performance from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Professor Steven Pologe. In 2013-14, Mr. Barnard received a DAAD Scholarship to study with Claudio Bohorquez at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. As a high school student, Mr. Barnard appeared as a soloist with the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and the Marrowstone Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra. He also performed as part of a recital in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. With the Schoenard Piano Trio, Mr. Barnard was a semi-finalist in the Bischoff Chamber Music Competition junior division. In addition to performing Mr. Barnard enjoys teaching, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Minkyung Song, Pianist
Minkyung Song made her solo recital debut at the age of 16 and has been awarded numerous musical prizes since her childhood. In 2008, Ms. Song appeared in the cancer 'Concerto Night' as a soloist with the Poland Silesian Philharmonic Katowice. She completed her B.A at Chonnam National University in South Korea and M.M at University of Cincinnati. She is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance and pedagogy with Dean Kramer at the University of Oregon, where she teacher studio piano, class piano, and weekly performance classes. In addition to her activities as a solo and chamber performer she has participates in master classes with Cary Lewis, Edward Auer, Markus Groh, Natalya Antonov, Peter Gach, Thomas Hecht and Vadym Kholodenko. Her long-cherished vision has been to share her music with underrepresented audiences, for which she maintains an active roster of concerts. She has studied previous with James Tocco, John Ritter and Hyun-ok Moon.