Meet the Studio

Yu-Rou Li earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Taipei National University of the Arts. She has performed with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, she won third prize in the ICA Young Artist Competition and first prize in the Taipei Symphony Orchestra Young Talent Competition, performing Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Yu-Rou is set to graduate with her DMA in spring 2020.

 

Jiyeon Lim is a graduate of Ewha Women’s University and the New England Conservatory, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. During her undergraduate training, she won second prize in the Ewha Chamber Competition and first prize in the Ewha Concours. Jiyeon is from South Korea and is currently a first-year DMA student.

 

 

Tyler Webster serves at the studio Assistant Instructor while working on the second year of his doctorate. Tyler is the Associate Principal and Eb clarinetist with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale in addition to performing regularly with the Victoria Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Central Texas Philharmonic, Density 512, Southwestern University Symphony & Chorale, and the San Antonio Symphony.  He has been a finalist for the “President’s Own” Marine Band and the Air Force Premiere Band, where he was offered a position with the “Heritage Band of America.” He often spends his summers at music festivals including Round Top Festival, Brevard Music Festival Institute, Domaine Forget, Aria Institute, and Eastern Music Festival. A devoted teacher, Tyler has maintained a private studio for the past nine years. 

 

A Soochow University graduate, Yin-Ling (Lynn) Liu is a second-year master’s student. As an avid soloist, she has placed in competitions such as the Young Texas Artists’ Competition, the ICA Young Artist Competition, the National Student Competition of Music in Taiwan and the Taipei City Student Competition of Music. She has participated in festivals including The Henri Selmer Paris International Summer Academy, Lift Clarinet Academy, and the International Clarinet Festival in Taiwan.

 

 

A native of Taiwan, Zhi-Yuan (Bruce) Luo has taken his talent as a soloist to international stages, competing in the Beijing International Clarinet Competition and the Music Alp Music Festival in France. His accolades include first prize in the Tunghai University and Soochow University concerto competitions, audience choice winner of the Young Texas Artist Music Competition, second prize in the 8th Vienna International Art Festival and selection as a finalist in the Buffet Crampon Clarinet Competition. Bruce is a graduate of Tunghai University and is set to complete his master’s degree in spring 2020.

 

Ryan Stockhausen is from Lake Orion, Michigan and earned his bachelor’s degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Ryan performed three seasons with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and now performs locally with Density512. His festival experiences include the Texas Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Miami Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is set to receive his master’s degree in spring 2020.

 

A second-year master’s student, Abbey Young serves as the Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio. She is originally from State College, Pennsylvania and earned her bachelor’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music and Hutton Honors College at Indiana University. Abbey has performed with Density512 and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and she was recently selected as a finalist for the United States West Point Band.

 

 

Julie Yu is a graduate of Baylor University. She has spent summers at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec and the Round Top Festival Institute. A scholarship prizewinner of the Houston Virtuosi’s Concerto Competition, she was also a finalist in the solo division of the Clarinet Colloquium’s Young Artist Competition. Julie will receive her master’s degree in spring 2020.

 

 

Brendan Fairleigh is a first-year master’s student from Olathe, Kansas, who has previously attended the University of Kansas and Southern Methodist University. Brendan was a semifinalist in the Naftzger Competition and has participated in the Round Top Festival Institute and Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Indigo Wind Trio.

 

 

Paul Hafley is from San Diego, California and is currently completing the first year of his master’s degree. Paul served as the principal clarinetist of the Corinth Symphony Orchestra from 2017-19 and has performed as a soloist with Sinfonietta Memphis. As a solo player, he was the winner of the San Diego Clarinet Society Competition and the University of Memphis Concerto Competition and a finalist in the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. He has spent his summers at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Center, and Round Top                                                 Festival Institute.

 

A Pensacola, Florida native, Hank Landrum is a first-year master’s student. He was the winner of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and he made his debut abroad as a semifinalist in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition in Oostende, Belgium. As an orchestral clarinetist, Hank subbed regularly with the Pensacola and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras. Last summer he served as a clarinet fellow for the National Repertory Orchestra, where he held the Hon. Samuel L. Bufford and                                               Julie Metzger Chair. Hank is a graduate of Florida State University.

 

A first-year master’s student, Rachel Jordan is from Muncie, Indiana. As a soloist, Rachel has won concerto competitions at Ball State University and MasterWorks Festival, performing Weber’s Second Concerto and Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody. In 2018, she won the Indiana Music Teachers’ Association Collegiate State Woodwind Audition. Rachel has subbed with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra since 2015.

 

Originally from Magnolia, Texas, Lauren Batchelor will graduate with her degree in music studies in spring 2020. She currently serves as president of Mu Phi Epsilon and as a section leader with the Longhorn Band. Her most fulfilling musical memory at UT was performing with the Wind Symphony when Professor Gunn soloed on Michele Mangani’s clarinet concerto.

 

 

Andrew Armstrong is a junior music studies major from Spring, Texas. He is the current Vice President of Membership for the Mu Theta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. An advocate for new music, Andrew cites performing Viet Cuong’s “Electric Aroma,” as one of his most memorable moments at UT. This experience has inspired him to pursue music composition of his own.

 

Daniel Toscana is a junior music studies major from Tomball, Texas. He is involved in Mu Phi Epsilon and TMEA and cites performing Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration in youth symphony as his favorite musical memory.

 

 

A junior music studies major, Julie Vest has performed as a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. Originally from Arlington, Texas, Julie is an active member in Mu Phi Epsilon.

 

 

A sophomore performance major, Michael Cho is from Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

 

Thea Kilbane is a sophomore music studies major. An Austin native, Thea served as drum major at James Bowie High School and as a member of the Texas Youth Wind Symphony. She is currently involved as a member of Tau Beta Sigma.

 

 

 

Thomas Rodriguez is a sophomore working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Music. Originally from Leander, Texas, he is a three-time TSSEC outstanding performer and Austin Civic Orchestra sub as well as a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and the Longhorn Band.

 

 

 

Originally from Pflugerville, Texas, Logan Seaton is a sophomore music studies major. This summer he worked at the Longhorn Music Camp, which he attended as a high schooler. Additionally, he plays with the Longhorn Band and the Longhorn Pep Band and is a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

 

 

A freshman music studies major, Veronica Dean is a current member of the Longhorn Band. She is originally from Hurst, Texas, where she was a three-year soloist with the L.D. Bell High School Marching Band and received sweepstakes at the solo contest throughout high school.

 

 

Ivan Dolotina is a freshman music studies major from Katy, Texas. In high school, Ivan performed at the region and all-state level. He served as principal clarinet with the Symphonic Band, soloing on Danzon No. 2 at the Honors Performance Series in Carnegie Hall.

 

 

YinJia (Becca) Wang is a freshman performance major from China. During high school she studied clarinet at the Xiamen Music School, earning first place in the Fujian Province Wind & Percussion Arts Competition, International Associate of Arts Youth Competition, and Germany-China Music Culture Wind Instrument Competition. She has spent her summers at the Yingtan International Clarinet Summer Festival, Osaka International Clarinet Summer Festival, and Xiamen Music                                                               School Symphony Orchestra Summer Camp.