Alaska born violinist Molly Emerman is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Austin Symphony.
Molly leads a multifaceted career as a performer and educator. She has performed throughout the US, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Japan, and China as a chamber musician and soloist, including appearances at the Spoleto, Lucerne, Artosphere, Pacific (PMF), and Beijing International Music festivals. Orchestral highlights include performances under conductors Pierre Boulez, Fabio Luisi, and Krzysztof Urbański with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Charleston Symphony, and the New World Symphony. In Austin she is also a member of the Austin Opera Orchestra, and has performed at SXSW and for numerous commercial recording projects, working with artists such as LMFAO, Harry Connick Jr., and Christopher Cross.
Devoted to teaching and outreach, Molly previously worked as a Teaching Artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, teaching and presenting concerts and workshops throughout the region. In Austin she regularly engages in outreach for the Austin Symphony and the Austin Chamber Music Center, and maintains a private violin studio.
Molly holds performance degrees from Rice University, Northwestern University, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Her principal teachers were Kathleen Winkler, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Julia Bushkova.
Currently in Austin, in addition to teaching her private studio and her students at Southwestern University, she is on faculty and works as the Office Manager at the University of Texas at Austin String Project. Mikaila also teaches at Austin Chamber Music Center, and the University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Music Camp. Past teaching engagements include the Austin Soundwaves Program, Songbird Rising String Camp, and the Round Rock Symphony ASPIRE program.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Esther has performed as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony and Petersburg Symphony. She has also given chamber music performances in Vienna and southern France as part of the Aix Festival.
She received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Vanderbilt University while studying with Christian Teal. While in Nashville, she performed with the Nashville Symphony and Chattanooga Symphony, taught at Belmont University’s Belmont Academy, and was an active studio musician playing on several soundtracks for Sony Playstation, Sega, and Warner Brothers. She has performed with Michael Buble, Trans-Siberian Orchesta, and Michael W. Smith.
Esther received a Master’s degree in violin performance from UT Austin where she studied with Sandy Yamamoto. She also worked with the Miro Quartet, David Kim, and Menahem Pressler.
An avid teacher of all ages and levels, she currently has a private violin studio of over twenty students. She has coached chamber groups for Austin Chamber Music Center, and leads sectionals at several high schools. Her students have participated in Region orchestras, Austin Youth Orchestra, and State and Region UIL solo and ensemble.
Yvonne is currently a doctoral candidate in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a middle school Orchestra Director in Round Rock, TX and an experienced Suzuki method violin teacher. Yvonne is also the Director of the Austing Youth Concertante Orchestra. She also has a private studio and teaches at The University of Texas at Austin String Project, which she has also served as Assistant Director and Preschool Coordinator. Yvonne is an active clinician and has presented her work at the Suzuki of the Americas Association, American String Teacher of America conferences, and Texas Music Educators Association. Her research focuses on children’s musical development, parental education, and children’s musical achievement.
Lani began her music violin studies at the age of three. She was awarded the Constance Weldon Scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where she graduated with honors with B.M. in violin performance. She later attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned her M.M. in violin performance while serving as a teaching assistant and performing as concertmaster of The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at UT Austin. Lani has studied violin with Sandy Yamamoto, Glenn Basham, and Reiko Niiya; chamber music with the Miró Quartet; and music education with Robert Duke and Laurie Scott.
Lani currently teaches in The University of Texas String Project, where she has served as coordinator for the outreach program at UT Elementary School. She also coaches chamber music at the Austin Chamber Music Center and maintains an active private studio. An avid supporter of public school music education, Lani has served as a teacher and orchestra consultant for Manor Independent School District in Texas and The Lee County Public School System in Florida, where she assisted both districts in developing and growing string orchestra programs.
She is a member of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, and former principal violist of Corpus Christi Symphony. She plays regularly with the Austin Symphony and other groups around the Austin and Central Texas region. She has performed as well with the : Victoria Symphony, Waco Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, Strawberry Creek Music Festival in Malibu, California, as well as the Victoria Bach Festival. She was a founding member of the Vega Piano Quintet, as well as the Budjanova Ensemble. She has taught in the UT Strings Project, served on the faculty of the Armstrong Community Music School, as well as taught at the University of Maine and University of Texas-Austin.
He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory School of Music in Boston in 2009. He received a Master’s of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Bion Tsang. At the same time, he was a teaching assistant for Professor Tsang and a faculty member at the UT-String Project for three years. Dr. Seo received full scholarships to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute, StonyBrook Summer Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival. In 2013, Dr. Seo was a resident artist at the Lake George Music Festival in Lake George, NY.
Dr. Seo has studied cello with Jin-kyung Chee, Hee-song Song, Laura Blustein, and Yeesun-Kim. He also played in Cello masterclasses of Brinton Smith, Laurence Lesser, Alexander Baillie, Ralph Kirshbaum, Peter Wispelwey, Lynn Harrell and Anner Bylsma. He has collaborated with artists such as Yehonatan Berick, Lynn Chang, Thomas Landschoot, Sheila Browne, and Christof Huebner. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Seo performed alongside the Cappella Choir of Seoul Theological University in their European tour. In the summer of 2014, he toured several European countries such as Switzerland and Scotland with the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble. Currently, Dr. Seo holds a full cello studio in Austin, and is a music director at Austin Korean Presbyterian Church.
While in Atlanta, Marie taught private lessons and group classes as well as technique classes, cello ensembles and held sectionals and orchestra rehearsals at many programs, including as the Waldorf School of Atlanta and the Atlanta International School. In addition to her active teaching schedule, Marie performed frequently in Atlanta and the Southeast as a freelance musician.
Marie has most recently served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin String Project and the University of Texas Elementary School in East Austin, where she taught private lessons, group classes, and a middle school string orchestra. Additionally, Marie served as the UT String Project Preschool Coordinator for the Preschool program violin, cello and bass students and served as the coordinator of the UT String Project Cello Workshop in October 2012. Marie has organized and presented lectures regarding different aspects of cello technique and pedagogy as well as the effects parent involvement in the music learning process.
When not teaching children and writing about music learning, Marie spends her free time experimenting in the kitchen, making homemade ice cream, hiking around Austin and Texas, and drinking coffee with her fiancè, Sono.
Ruth received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville under the mentorship of John Kendall, pioneer in bringing the Suzuki philosophy to the United States.