Galliard String Quartet
The Galliard String Quartet, considered Hawaii’s premier string quartet, performs programs including the works of such favorite composers as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. Music of the masters is the Galliard’s forte, but the group’s repertoire also includes Strauss waltzes, romantic interludes, light classics, Hawaiian music, popular music and more.
Left to right: Wu Hung, violin; Sung Chan Chang, cello; Helen Liu, violin; Colin Belisle, viola.
Hung Wu, Violin
Hung Wu began violin studies at the age of 5 in his native country of Taiwan. A mere 5 years later he appeared as soloist with the Taipei Symphony on a television broadcast. During the course of his music studies in Taiwan, he has won the first prize for the national string quartet competition. At the age of 17, he directed a chorus and a chamber string orchestra; both took the fist prize in the national competition. After completing his obligatory tour of duty in the Taiwanese military, he came to the United States in 1986 to study at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut where he earned his Artist Diploma in violin performance. He went on to receive his Master of Music degree with honors from New England Conservatory in Boston. He has been the 2nd violin Principal of Honolulu Symphony since 1993. In his free time, he enjoys working on bows for string instruments, teaching, and Chinese cooking.
Helen Liu, Violin
A native of Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Liu began studying the violin at age six and is an active performer and educator in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. She currently performs with the Hawaii Symphony and is a performer with Ebb and Flow Arts chamber music series based on Maui and with Chamber Music Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Liu is also committed to the role of music in education and has taught students at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. She is currently on the violin and chamber music faculty at Punahou School, Iolani School, BYU-Hawaii, and serves as a string clinician at Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute since the summer of 2006.
Dr. Liu holds degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), New England Conservatory (M.M. and G.D. with Concentration in Music-in-Education), and University of Maryland – College Park (B.M.) where her principal teachers include Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, James Buswell, and Daniel Heifetz. Her chamber music experience was molded by members of world-renowned ensembles such as the Mendelssohn, Cleveland, Guarneri, Borromeo and Emerson String Quartets. She has also spent many summers with the Aspen Music Festival (CO), Castleton Festival (VA), Longy International Baroque Institute (MA), National Repertory Orchestra (CO), National Orchestral Institute (MD), Boston University Tanglewood Institute (MA), and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Prior to settling in Honolulu in late 2011, Dr. Liu devoted much of her time in Boston and New York, teaching and freelancing with various professional orchestras including Portland Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, New Bedford Symphony, and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Ensemble. In addition to her classical and baroque performances, she is a founding performer with The WAITIKI 7, a critically- and popularly-acclaimed modern exotica ensemble, with whom she has recorded the albums Adventures in Paradise and New Sounds of Exotica. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and discovering new tastes in food and drink with her husband and double-bassist, Randy Wong.
Colin Belisle, Viola
Colin Belisle currently lives in Honolulu where he is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and member of Chamber Music Hawaii’s Galliard String Quartet. Colin Belisle received a Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Carol Rodland, Matthew Michelic, Kim Kashkashian, and Simon Rowland-Jones at the Royal College of Music in London.
In addition to the Hawaii Symphony, Colin has performed regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New World Symphony in Miami, and Portland Symphony. He was a fellow at festivals such as Aspen, Banff, National Orchestral Institute, and Bowdoin. As a chamber musician he has performed solo and chamber works in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and has collaborated professionally with members of the Borromeo, Cassatt, Cleveland, New Hellenic, Bryant Park, and Turtle Island string quartets.
An enthusiast of contemporary music, he has performed the world-premiere of Augusta Read-Thomas’ Incantation for solo viola, as well as premiering works by Michael Gandolfi, Kenji Bunch, Martin Bresnick, Mohammed Fairouz, Pozzi Escot, Halim El-Dabh, and Jennifer Higdon. He has recorded works of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, Yehudi Wyner, on his album De Novo, which is available on Naxos and Albany labels.
Sung Chan Chang
Sung Chan Chang, started playing the cello when he was 7 years old. He was accepted to the Seoul Ye-Won Art School with prestigious honors in 2001, and the Juilliard Pre-College as a scholarship student in 2002. He graduated from The Korean National University of Arts with the Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, The Juilliard School with the Master of Music degree in 2010, Yale University with the Artist Diploma degree in 2012, and is currently studying at Northwestern University.
He studied with Richard Aaron, HyoungWon Chang, Myung-Hwa Chung, Andre Emelianoff, Hee Duck Lee, Aldo Parisot, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. He won numerous competitions, including: the Korean Music Spring and Fall competition in 1996, the Korean Young Artist Competition in 1997, the Korean Music Journal competition in 1997, the Seoul Teenager Competition in 2000, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Audition in 2000, New Jersey Philharmonic Competition in 2002, 44th Annual Sorantin Young Artist International Competition in 2003, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 2003, Aspen Concerto Competition in 2004, BMF Competition in 2006, Joong-Ang Daily News Competition in 2007, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition in 2009, and Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition in 2014. He won second prizes at the Nan-Pa Competition in 1999 and the National News Competition in 2000. He was also the prize winner of the New Jersey Young Artist Competition in 2004, and Isang Yun International Cello Competition in 2009.
He made his debut concert with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000. He performed with American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Music Academy Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, and Seoul National Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in KBS Hall, KNUA Hall, Kulas Hall, Kumho Art Hall, Paul and Morse Halls at Lincoln Center, Lutkin Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Sejong Grand Hall and Chamber Hall, Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall and IBK Chamber Hall, and Sprague Hall. His music festival appearances are numerous; include the Music Academy of the West, The Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, The Great Mountains Music Festival, and Bowdoin Music Festival. He is currently an associate principal cello of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
The Honolulu Brass Quintet
The Honolulu Brass is the premiere brass quintet in the state of Hawaii. The group performs a wide repertoire in various venues throughout the state.
Ken Hafner began the study of trumpet at the young age of seven. His studies include undergraduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduate studies with William Adam and Louis Davidson at Indiana University and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University with Vincent Cichowicz. Mr. Hafner has performed as a member of the trumpet section of the Honolulu Symphony for more than 20 years, including appearances under Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn and Robert Shaw. He has been a member of the Honolulu Brass quintet for the past 15 years and has performed extensively throughout the state of Hawaii both with the quintet and as a soloist. Mr. Hafner’s performance experience also includes work with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, as principal trumpet of the Artpark Summer Orchestra outside of Niagara Falls, New York and with the Maui Symphony. Mr. Hafner lives on the slopes of Punchbowl on Oahu with his wife, violinist Katharine Hafner, and 2 sons. He maintains a full studio of students in addition to his busy performing schedule.
Patrick Corvington, Trumpet
Acting Third Trumpet of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Patrick has been inseparable from the trumpet for nearly twenty years. He performs with the Hawaii Opera Theatre and is the newest member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet. Patrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Moore. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under trumpet virtuoso Marie Speziale. Prior to joining the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Patrick avidly freelanced in the greater Houston area where he could be heard as an extra musician in the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Patrick has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Miami’s New World Symphony.
A dedicated and passionate music educator, Patrick has instructed hundreds of students privately. He has served as an adjudicator, marching band brass adviser, and guest clinician for schools on the mainland and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Patrick is honored to be part of such a wonderful musical community in Hawaii. When a trumpet is not in his hands, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Maura McCune Corvington, a fellow member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet.
Maura McCune Corvington, Horn
Maura McCune Corvington has distinguished herself as a virtuosic young artist demonstrating “unusual maturity” in her expressive playing as described by La Scena Musicale. Mrs. Corvington currently performs as Acting Principal Horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra and throughout the islands as the hornist with the Honolulu Brass Quintet. Prior to her most recent appointments, Mrs’ Corvington performed as Acting Associate Principal and Third Horn at both the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra. In 2013, she was offered the Fourth Horn position with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Mrs. Corvington has performed as an extra musician with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Houston Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Equally devoted to music education, Mrs. Corvington shares her excitement and passion with her dedicated students at University of Hawai’i at Manoa where she serves as the Lecturer of Horn. An animated and engaging teacher, she can be found at ‘Iolani and throughout the community guiding students of all ages in private lesson, chamber, adjudication, marching band, and clinic settings.
A graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Mrs. Corvington earned her Master’s Degree in Horn Performance under the tutelage of William VerMeulen. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance under the direction of W. Peter Kurau and also graduated as a Secondary Piano Major at the Eastman School of Music. An avid racket sort athlete, Mrs. Corvington particularly loves winding down after a match to an adventurous and deliciously “foodie” dinner with loved ones.
Jason Byerlotzer, Trombone
Jason joined the Honolulu Brass Quintet in the fall of 2009. He is the Principal Trombonist for the Hawaii Symphony, a position he has held since 2008. He is a Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a low brass instructor at the Punahou School. Previously, Jason held positions with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Cleveland Opera.
Jason received his Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition, Jason attended the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers are: Per Brevig, Mark Lawrence, and Donald Knaub. Jason spent many summers as a student at the Aspen Music Festival. While at Aspen, Jason performed with the Cooper Street Brass Quintet.
Jared Lantzy, Bass Trombone
Jared Lantzy was appointed Bass Trombonist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and is also a regular member of the orchestra for the Oregon Bach Festival. While in Hawaii, Jared is a member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet. the Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra, Ballet Hawaii Orchestra, and served as Guest Lecturer of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Prior to moving to the islands, Mr. Lanzy lived in North Austin where he was active as a freelance musician, maintained a private teaching studio and is a proprietor of Edwards House Texas. Jared is an Edwards Instruments Performing Artist.
As a freelance musician, Mr. Lantzy has performed with such groups as the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Chamber Musicians, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Mexico Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, South Bend Symphony, International Chamber Artists, Waco Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, and Roswell Symphony. Commercially, Mr. Lantzy has played with Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliner’s Big Band, John Burnett Orchestra, Bobby Snader’s Big Band, numerous musicals, and several internationally broadcasted holiday celebrations. He has also recorded albums with the DePaul University Big Band with guest artists Jim McNeely & Mark Colby. He has also recorded Texas all State jazz bass trombone study tapes with Brian Allen for the use of high school students and teachers in the state. As a soloist Jared has presented recitals and master classes at the University of Texas, SMU, Baylor University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, The University of Central Arkansas and numerous high schools in Texas and Hawaii.
Mr. Lantzy received his musical education from Texas Tech University and DePaul University. As a student, Jared was invited to the 2007 Alessi Seminar as a participant; winner of the 2004 ETW division II solo competition; a member of Burnin!, The Texas Tech Jazz Trombone Band and winner of the 2005 ETW Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition; a member of the 2004 I.T.A. Remington award winning Texas Tech University Trombone Choir; a finalist in the 2004 Donald Yaxley I.T.A. solo competition, and a member of the Texas Tech Trombone Quartet, which was selected as a finalist in the I.T.A. quartet competition in both 2002 & 2004. His primary teachers include Charlie Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Floyd Cooley of the San Francisco Symphony (ret.), Mark Fisher of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and International Soloist Don Lucas. He has also studied independently with Christian Griego, Dave Kirk, Stefan Sanders, Randy Hawes, John Kitzman & Allen Barnhill. While in Chicago, Jared was an original member of the Chicago Trombone Consort.
Spring Wind Quintet
The Spring Wind Quintet, recognized as one of the country’s leading wind quintets, has been a major force in the development of chamber music in Hawaii. Many new works have been composed and arranged especially for the Spring Wind Quintet. The group has an extensive and varied repertoire earning several national grants and offers educational programs for all ages.
Susan McGinn, Flute
Susan McGinn has been a member of the Spring Wind Quintet since 2004 and has served as principal flutist of the Honolulu Symphony since 1990. A native of Detroit, she has studied with some of the world’s most respected flutists at several major universities in the United States and in England. She has been awarded positions in major music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, where she has served as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Currently, she is principal flutist of Oregon’s Peter Britt Festival, and has also played in some of Italy’s summer opera festival and chamber orchestras. Sue has instructed flute students at several universities in the United States and at many institutions in Hawaii.
J. Scott Janusch, Oboe
Scott has been Principal Oboe of the Hawaii (Honolulu) Symphony since 1987. He was a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. His teachers include John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Henry Schuman and Marc Lifschey. Prior to joining the Honolulu Symphony he performed in musical ensembles in Jamaica and Mexico. Scott is also the oboist in the Spring Wind Quintet and Education/Outreach Coordinator for Chamber Music Hawaii’s in-school and community concerts and workshops.
Scott has also performed as Principal Oboe with the San Antonio Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony, where he was a featured soloist in April 2004. He was also appointed by Jung Ho Pak as Principal Oboe of the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestra fro the 2001/2002 season, and appointed to the same position in the Kansas City Symphony by Maestro Michael Stern for their 2010/11 season. Scott has also been featured as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony on six occasions, performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto in 1990 and 2002, the Vivaldi d minor Concerto in 1999, the Bach Double Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante in 2007, and the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Andreas Delfs in 2008. Scott has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and participated in the Maui Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Also a keyboard artist, Scott has performed on the piano, harpsichord, and celesta for the Honolulu Symphony, Ballet Hawaii, Chamber Music Hawaii, and for many faculty recitals at the University of Hawaii.
James Moffitt, Clarinet
James Moffitt has held the position of Associate Principal and Bass Clarinet with the Honolulu Symphony and Hawaii Symphony since 1981, serving many seasons as acting Principal Clarinet. Clarinetist with Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet since 1986, he served as Acting Assistant Principal and E-Flat Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has performed, toured and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Winds. A former member of the Alabama Symphony, he performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra for ten seasons and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and La Jolla Summerfest.
Jonathan Parrish, Horn
Jonathan Parrish has been Assistant Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony since 1998 and has served as Acting Associate Principal and Acting Principal Horn. Before coming to Honolulu he was a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for four seasons. Jonathan has also held Principal Horn positions with the National Chamber Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and Maryland Symphony and has appeared as guest Principal with the orchestras of Richmond, Fairfax, and New Haven. He has also performed with the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde and several festivals including Rutgers Summerfest and the Music Festival of the Hamptons. Jonathan is originally from Virginia and received degrees from James Madison University and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He has also studied horn design and construction and performs on an instrument he built himself as an apprentice to horn craftsman George McCracken.
Marsha Schweitzer, Bassoon
So what IS a “Tresemble?” Chamber Music Hawaii coined this new word to describe its combined ensemble of mixed instrumentation drawing from all three of the resident ensembles. Tresemble concerts can program many great pieces of chamber music that do not fit into one of the typical categories. We even bring in guest musicians, such as pianists, harpists or vocalists to perform this often neglected repertoire. Sometimes a Tresemble concert uses a larger group of musicians to perform works such as Mozart’s Grand Partita for winds, Dvorak’s Serenade, or Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.