ACME 2017
Arizona Chamber Music Experience
ACME 2017 Faculty Biographies
Lee Chivers

Dr. Lee Ann Chivers, Music Director and winds coach, actively performs and teaches in the Phoenix area. Her experience includes several awards for solo performance; performances in solo, chamber and orchestral settings with various groups and teaching masterclasses across the Southwest; and performances at several National Flute Association (NFA) conventions. Dr. Chivers currently teaches for Paradise Valley Community College, and acts as Music Director for the Recreative Art Center’s Chamber Music division. She held positions as flute instructor for The Master's College and La Sierra University in California, served as teaching assistant at Arizona State University, and has taught for several community music schools. She founded the Greater Los Angeles Flute Society and organized many events held by the Society. She served on boards for several flute-realted organizations, and served in significant positions within the NFA.

Frederick Chao
Frederick Chao, strings coach, is currently a member of the cello section of The Phoenix Symphony, was previously the associate principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony, and currently teaches at Phoenix College as well as maintaining a private studio at his home. An avid chamber music enthusiast, he has been a member of the Delmar Trio, Stonybrook Trio and the Philharmonic String Quartet; currently, Fred is the cellist of Quartet Sabaku. Chao and his wife, flutist Barbara Chao, spend their summers at the Masterworks Festival where Fred teaches cello and performs orchestral and chamber music. He holds degrees from Indiana University (BM), and SUNY at Stony Brook (MM), where he was selected for the Stony Brook Graduate Trio.


Rose French
Dr. Rose French, brass coach, has a very exciting and diverse career as a professional musician and educator. She is the Founder of the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a professional woodwind chamber ensemble, and hornist for the Phoenix Chamber Brass, and she participates as guest artist and chamber music coach at the Saarburg (Germany) International Chamber Music Festival. Dr. French performs frequently with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony. She is the horn professor at Grand Canyon University and holds faculty positions at Arizona State University, Phoenix College, and Paradise Valley Community College. French holds degrees from Arizona State University (DMA and MM), and Duquesne University (degrees in Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance).

Karin Hallberg
Dr. Karin Hallberg, strings coach, serves as Senior Lecturer of violin/Suzuki Pedagogy at Northern Arizona University (NAU), is Coordinator of the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Suzuki String Program, and Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Violin II in the Flagstaff Symphony, as well as performing regularly on the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series. Karin was a recipient of the VIOLA Arts Educator Award from the Flagstaff Arts Council in 2014, served as a clinician at Suzuki Workshops across the US and Internationally, and has extensive experience in both chamber and orchestral settings. Dr. Hallberg holds degrees from NAU (Ph. D) and the University of Denver (MA).



Stephanie Lovell
Stephanie Lovell, piano coach, teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Redlands where she serves as staff accompanist and instructor in the Community School of Music and the Arts.  She received both a BM and MM in piano performance at the University of Redlands, studying with Louanne Fuchs Long. Her awards include multiple first prizes in the prestigious Joanna Hodges International Piano Conference and Competition; and performing concerti with both the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the University of Redlands Chamber Orchestra. Mrs. Lovell was a keynote and workshop speaker and worship leader at various church music conventions and seminars in Nevada, Arizona, California and Virginia, and has served as an adjudicator and master class teacher for the Music Teachers' National Association.

Jackie Schwandt
Dr. Jacquelyn Schwandt, strings coach, enjoys a varied career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician and recitalist. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Viola at Northern Arizona University, Principal Viola with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and on the string faculty of the NAU Academy for Music and Dance. She has taught at music camps and master classes both domestically and abroad, has been a featured soloist with several orchestras, served as violist with Symphony orchestras across the US and Europe, and has participated in several orchestral and chamber music festivals. Dr. Schwandt holds degrees from the University of Oregon (DMA), Wichita State University (MM), and Southern Methodist University (BM).



Ben Yingst
Ben Yingst, winds coach, currently plays second bassoon in the Tucson Symphony. He has previously worked with the chamber groups Mill Avenue Chamber Players and Paradise Winds, as well as several other groups and orchestras throughout the Phoenix area. He worked at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a teaching assistant during their summer camp, and taught bassoon at Glendale Community College. Ben holds degrees from the University of Southern California (MM) and Arizona State University (BM) in bassoon.






Stefanie Harger Gardner, winds coach, teaches at Glendale Community College, and has previously served on the faculty at Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College. She completed DMA, MM, and BM degrees in clarinet performance at Arizona State University. Gardner frequently performs with Arizona Opera, the internationally recognized Paradise Winds, Égide Duo, the Phoenix Symphony, Seventh Roadrunner, and abroad in Belgium, France, Italy, and Japan. In 2012, Gardner won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition with her study on hand posture. Gardner has performed in conferences for the International Clarinet Association, the International Double Reed Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Viola Society. She is a Silverstein Pro Team Artist and a Henri Selmer Paris Artist performing on Privilege clarinets.
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