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Michael Resetar,


Michael Resetar is an accomplished performer and teacher. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, as well earning a degree from the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Michael’s performances with the Roma Trio have been broadcast on WFMT classical radio station in Chicago, as well as chamber performances streamed live on WQXR in New York City. He studied under famed soloists Toby Appel and Gilad Karni. He has served as teaching assistant to his first teacher, Susan S. Starrett, who herself was a protégé of esteemed Hungarian violinist and pedagogue Paul Rolland.



Joshua Hunton,


Joshua Hunton is a New York-based violist, whose performance experience spans opera, ballet, chamber, and symphonic repertory, to live silent film accompaniment and modern dance collaboration. Current projects include exploring the music of living composers. Versed in the pedagogies of Paul Rolland, Shinichi Suzuki, Karen Tuttle, and Mimi Zweig, he maintains a studio in Chinatown and serves as a teaching artist with both the Harmony Program and the Noel Pointer Foundation. He has also held a position as Adjunct Instructor for violin and viola at NYU Steinhardt.

Mr. Hunton received his B.M. in Viola Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and his M.M. in Viola Performance and Advanced Certificate in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt. His teachers have included Stephanie Baer, Ronald Carbone, Stephen Wyrczynski, Masumi Rostad, and Peter Slowik.



Oriana Falla


An active chamber musician and studio musician, Ms. Oriana received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles where she was granted a full scholarship. She is a multi-instrumentalist, having studied piano since the age of six and violin since the age of nine. Oriana also has extensive experience as a private teacher. She strongly believes in music being a form of expression for everyone and has worked as a Teaching Artist in California with The Harmony Project and The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.



Gizem Yucel


Gizem Yucel is a versatile concert violist equally at home in many genres, from jazz, rock, and experimental to classical. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in viola performance from Hacettepe University State Conservatory and Bilkent University in her hometown of Ankara, Turkey. Gizem teaches violin, viola and piano.



Tia Allen


Tia Allen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Metropolitan Museum, Royal Opera House of Muscat, and the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo. She has also performed as a member of the Dayton Philharmonic as part of the diversity fellowship program. As an educator, she teaches with the Harmony Program and has held an educational quartet residency at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with Quatuor Mahogany.




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