The following are Music Faculty members who provide individual instruction to music majors.
Violinist, Khullip Jeung is known and sought around the world as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and violin pedagogist. Professor Jeung started playing the violin at the age of 5 in South Korea and soon after immigrated to Hawaii. He had his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony at the age of 9, playing the Khachaturian Concerto and soon after the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole to great acclaim. At the age of 15, Professor Jeung moved to New York, after being accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College to study with Dorothy DeLay on scholarship. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard studying with Sally Thomas with the C.V. Starr Scholarship, Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship to name a few.
Professor Jeung has been awarded the Grand Prize in the Korea Times Music Competition (LA), American String Teachers Association Competition (HI), and the youngest recipient of the Morning Music Scholarship to name a few. Television and radio broadcasts include, Saturday Night Live, The Saturday Morning Show, Saturday AM, Superkids, MBC Arts Theater and much more. He was also featured in the String and Bow music magazine of the October 2006 publication. His two, live-recorded, unedited inspirational CDs have had enormous popularity both here in the US and abroad and is currently working on the third album. Most recently, he also recorded the only instrumental numbers for the new upcoming Broadway, “Gatsby”.
Professor Jeung has been invited to judge many competitions such as the New York International Music Competition, Camerata Artists International Competition, and National Young Musicians Showcase Competition. In 2011, he founded the International Virtuoso Competition with his vision to create a fair and just competition that would also expose fine young talent.
Professor Jeung is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College, Mannes College of Music and BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College). From 2005 to 2014, he has been the music director of the highly acclaimed Good Neighbor Ensemble based in New Jersey and is now the music director of the Love Violin USA, a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged children around the world (www.loveviolinusa.org).
He is a founding member of the BeneSori Quartet which extensively performs in the NY metropolitan area and the President of the BeneSori Music Foundation which he created in 2013. During the summers, he has taught at the Maui Summer Music Festival and the Waterville Valley Chamber Music Festival. Since the summer of 2014, Professor Jeung has also been teaching at the Narnia Summer Music Festival in Italy and in 2013, founded the 4Strings Music Festival in New York in which he is also its director.
Please visit www.khullipjeung.com for more on Professor Jeung.
Professor Aundrey Mitchell (Applied Studies, viola) has taught at Moravian College, Westminster Choir College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Music, and Eastern Music Festival. She has also been a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In addition to teaching, Professor Mitchell maintains an active performing career.
Professor Mitchell has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with performances at classic venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Gallery of Art, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, to the Mariinsky Theater and Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia. As a member of the Philadelphia Virtuosi she toured South America, Mexico, Serbia, and Russia.
As soloist, Professor Mitchell has appeared with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, and the Antara Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in Canada, France, and Italy and participated in numerous festivals including the Taos School of Music and the L’École d’Arts Americaines at Fontainebleau, France.
Professor Mitchell received BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music studies with Lucien Joel, completed post graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Karen Ritscher, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University studying with Michael Tree. Professor Mitchell joined TCNJ – The College of New Jersey music faculty (Viola, Chamber Music) in the Fall 2017. Additionally, she is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the City University of New York (CUNY) – Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She spends her summers teaching at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.
Dr. Robert Reed, Associate Professor of Music at BMCC, is a consummate cellist and teacher. He regularly appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral cellist throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. For over 15 years, Professor Reed has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and he has also performed with many notable celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, John Denver, Rod Stewart, Yes, Deep Purple, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind and Fire, and Andrea Bocelli, to name just a few. His cello teachers include Lawrence Lesser, Stephen Kates, Colin Carr, Erling Blondal Bengtson, and distinguished pedagogue, Louis Potter, Jr. (author of the Art of Cello Playing).
Professor Reed holds performance degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment at BMCC/CUNY, Dr. Reed held teaching positions at Eastern Michigan University, Hillsdale College, Albion College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Interlochen Summer Music Camp. Professor Reed also serves on the executive board of the Violoncello Society of New York, and is a founding board member of Musica Trinitatis Concert Series of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in NYC.
After a 20 year career as a professional chorister in New York City working with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, The American Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York and others, Professor Uehlein has settled into a career as a teacher at BMCC as an Adjunct Lecturer as well as Director of Music at the Church of St. Francis Xavier where he has been leading and directing the music for the last 18 years. Professor Uehlein has a BM in composition and conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and MA from Columbia University in composition and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance. He has sung many comprimario roles in regional opera and still sings and composes. He lives in midtown with his puppy and loves to garden and cook.
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a former member of the acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and currently is Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, a trio of women devoted to developing projects that combine early and new music. She was a featured soloist on the Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns, and has been a guest soloist with many ensembles, including the Washington Bach Consort, Carmel Bach Festival, Parthenia, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), Locrian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Dogs of Desire, Ekmeles, Hesperion XXI and Distinguished Concerts International NY.
Professor Horner-Kwiatek has sung with English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, and American Opera Projects, and has premiered roles in many operas both in the UK and the US, most recently The Overseer in Sweat at National Sawdust, and Gertrude Stein in Six. Twenty. Outrageous. for AOP at Symphony Space. She was featured as the first avatar in a live opera, singing the role of Alcina in Cracked Orlando at Juilliard Center for Innovation in the Arts. Professor Horner-Kwiatek holds degrees from Queens University Belfast and Columbia University, and recently obtained her Doctorate from The Juilliard School. Professor Horner-Kwiatek teaches at Fordham University, Columbia University Teachers College and maintains a private voice studio. She is also the Music Director of the newly-formed Fordham University Collegium. Her websites are JacquelineHorner.com and ModernMedieval.org.
Oliver Henderson, tenor, is critically acclaimed for his “perfect comic timing” and is accomplished not only as a comic singer/actor but also in romantic operatic leads. A native of Tennessee, he made his professional debut with in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Nashville Opera. Since this debut he has performed in a variety of roles and venues, notably the tenor role in Haydn’s Creation oratorio at Carnegie Hall.
Professor Henderson has performed extensively with Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio. Highlights of his work with the OLO include the role of Danilo in Franz Lehar’s Merry Widow, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and the title role in the recording of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke on Albany Records. His roles with the IU Opera include Dapertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette.
Previously, Professor Henderson has served full-time appointments on the voice faculties of Central Michigan University and East Carolina University and holds music degrees from the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Middle Tennessee State University.
Eugenia OiI Yan Yau is the chair of Music and Art Department, and professor of music at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the City University of New York. At BMCC, she teaches private voice and directs all Choral Program including the College Chorus, Select Chorus and Downtown Community Chorus which she founded in the Fall of 2006. Her choruses have been featured in both commercial and traditional classical performance venues, including the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, 2010 US Open with Gloria Estefan, 911 Memorial for Recovery Workers on May 30, 2012 and Masterwork Series Spring Concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center since 2008, performing well-known choral works ranging from Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes De Confessore, Schubert’s Mass in G, Faure’s Requiem, to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.
Besides her teaching duties at BMCC, Professor Yau maintains an active schedule of presenting lecture-recitals on Chinese, German and American art songs at institutions including the University of Texas, University of Michigan, National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Baptist University and De La Salle Lipa University in the Philippines. She has also performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra, Borough of Manhattan Community College Downtown Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Texas State University Chorale and Orchestra.
In addition, she is the Director of Music for Family Ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (FAPC, New York City). At FAPC, she is in charge of music activities for the Family Ministries programs including the Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, and annual Christmas Pageant productions with more than 100 participants. Professor. Yau has regularly been featured as vocal artist of global literature for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its national and international assemblies and conventions since 2004. For the local Chinese communities, Professor Yau has also been serving as a music consultant to the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), New York since 2006, and has designed CPC after school and pre-school music education programs.
Professor Yau received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Hong Kong Baptist University, Master’s Degree at Texas State University, and completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance at the University of Texas at Austin. She has also received professional recognition including the Fellowship Diploma of Singing from Trinity College of Music in London, and the Licentiate Diploma of Singing from Royal Schools of Music at London.
Stephanie J. Lehman
Adjunct Lecturer Lehman has been a member of BMCC faculty since Fall 2009. With a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Music Performance from Binghamton University, she is now teaching at BMCC. Professor Lehman has taught a variety of subjects, from private percussion to music history. When not here on campus she can be found performing as a freelance musician and private teacher.
Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao
Assistant Professor and pianist Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao has presented solo performances in venues such as Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Temple Square in Utah, the Chicago Cultural Center and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Professor Liao’s first solo album of works by Granados, Schumann and Beethoven was released by MSR Classics in 2010. MusicWeb International praised the album, describing Liao’s playing as “energetic and brisk… elegant and thoughtful.” Fanfare commented on her “very impressive and well-thought-out program,” and Audiophile Audition noted that Liao’s Granados “captures the folk element in the music very well, bringing color and dash to her performance.”
An active collaborative pianist as well as soloist, Amber Liao’s collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists have led to performances in the CAMI Hall, Symphony Space and the Lenox Athenaeum, among others.
Professor Liao began her musical training in Taiwan and continued her studies in the U.S. with Boris Slutsky and Arkady Aronov. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute. Amber Liao is the winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the Taiwan Classical Music Society Young Artist and the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition.
Before joining the faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Professor Liao taught at Montclair State University and Seton Hall University, and was on the faculty of the Horne School of Music at Snow College as the Director of Piano/Theory. She is a certified adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and has served as a juror for numerous regional and national competitions.
Selected recordings and projects of Professor Liao can be found on www.amberliao.com.
Beginning his journey in Eden Valley, a small South Australian country town with a population of only 200, guitarist/composer Quentin Angus has been based in the world’s Mecca for jazz—New York City—since 2010.
Since his arrival he has received national and international recognition for both his guitar playing and composing. This includes an APRA Art Music Award for ‘Excellence in Jazz’ (2012), subsequent nominations in 2013 (‘Excellence in Jazz’) and 2014 (‘Work of the Year’), winning three ASCAP ‘Young Jazz Composer Awards’ (2012/2013/2015), five Downbeat Magazine Awards in the ‘Composition’ (2011/2012/2014) and ‘Soloist’ (2012/2014) categories, and being named the Channel 9 ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ (Arts Category/2013).
Described by critics as “Lord of the strings“– The Age (Michael Dwyer), “The Future of Jazz Composition”– Paul Williams (ASCAP), and “Exuberant, richly melodic and smartly arranged”– Richard Kamins (Culture Creature), Professor Angus has been leaving audiences in awe around the world with performances in Holland, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. This includes appearances at the ‘Montreux International Jazz Festival’ (Switzerland), ‘Melbourne International Jazz Festival’ (Australia), and ‘Jazz Hoeilaart Festival’ (Belgium), along with the release of three critically acclaimed albums as a band leader, ‘In Stride’ (2018), described as “Eclectic, dynamic and lyrical” – Dragon Jazz, ‘Perception’ (2013), described as “A truly special and essential recording” – Jazz Inside Magazine (Eric Harabadian), and ‘Retrieval Structure’ (2011), described as “fresh, sophisticated, vibrant and formidable”– All About Jazz (Edward Blanco).
Professor Angus is an Associate Professor of Music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He holds a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), awarded with a ‘Deans Commendation’, a Master of Music Degree (Jazz Performance) under the tutelage of jazz great John Abercrombie, awarded ‘Summa Cum Laude’. Angus’ is the author of five original transcription books of Gilad Hekselman improvisations: ‘Splitlife’ (2012), ‘Words Unspoken’ (2012), ‘Hearts Wide Open’ (2012), ‘This Just In’ (2013) and ‘Homes’ (2015). He has also been published by ‘MelBay’, ‘Jazz Heaven’, and the ‘NZMiC’ music journal along with conducting presentations of his academic research at music conferences across Australasia.
Angus’ has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Ari Hoenig, Kevin Hays, Jon Gordon, Shai Maestro, Colin Stranahan, Linda Oh, Rogerio Boccatto, Jo Lawry, Elliot Mason, and Will Vinson. As part of his formal academic education, he has received instruction from Jason Moran, Nate Smith, John Riley, Todd Coolman, Hal Galper, Jonathan Kreisberg, Randy Johnston, Pat Martino, Adam Rodgers, and Carmen Lundy.
Oren S. Fader
“The guitarist Oren Fader played brilliantly.” — The New York Times.
“His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”— Guitar Review
Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Recent concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey and the Omaha Symphonies.
Professor Fader has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
He has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be heard on over 45 commercial recordings and film.
Professor Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Professor Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
Professor Fader’s website is http://www.orenfader.com.
Augie Haas currently lives in New York City where he is a professional trumpeter, composer, and teacher. As one of the most in-demand trumpet players in New York, Professor Haas has worked with artists including: Harry Connick, Jr., The Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Gil Evans Project, Birdland Big Band, various Broadway shows, and The Radio City Orchestra. Augie is currently a regular member of the orchestra for Aladdin on Broadway.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Professor Haas earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts. After Chicago, he attended The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Conservatory for a Masters in Studio Music in Jazz, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts.
Professor Haas has released four albums under his co-founded label Playtime Music: The Llama, Doing it Augie Style, Baby Jazz, and his latest album Endless, featuring all original compositions. Most recently he published his first book entitled Build Your Range.
Professor Haas’s website is: http://www.augiehaas.com.