Strings, Harp, and Guitar


Heaven Fan

Dr. Heaven Fan

Harp

Dr. Heaven Fan’s performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the Travel Grant Competition of Indiana University, the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis […]

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Jamie Johnson

Guitar

Jamie holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in classical guitar music performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Mr. Paul Reilly. Jamie has held numerous teaching positions in Indiana at both the university level and the freelance level, including Anderson University, Taylor University, Purdue University, and Ball State University, as well as at the […]

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Amy Kniffen

Viola

Amy Kniffen, violist, has been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Trained by prominent violists Emmanuel Vardi, Leonard Mogill, and Robert Vernon, she is a graduate of Temple University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Active in chamber music, Amy has performed with Suzuki and Friends, the Ronen ensemble, Quattra string quartet, […]

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Gert Kumi

Professor Gert Kumi

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Symphony Orchestra

Albanian native, Gert Kumi has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa.  Gert began playing violin at age eight.  Soon after, he won national recognition as the top prize winner of his country’s music competitions. At age 16, He made his orchestral debut with the Tirana […]

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Paul Rhine

Bass guitar

Bassist Paul Rhine has performed for decades. In Indianapolis, he was a fixture of the jazz scene, performing with local jazz luminaries, such as saxophonists Jimmy Coe and Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson; pianist/vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery; pianists Ken Fary, Steve Allee, and Claude Sifferlen; and drummer Kevin Johnson. Rhine has performed professionally in big bands, orchestras, and […]

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Yoonhae Swanson

Cello

Yoonhae K. Swanson, cellist, completed her Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in cello performance at Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Emilio Colon. Earlier studies were with Bong Kim (Yae-Won Arts School in Seoul, Korea), Lee Duckies (principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Eric Wilson (Professor of Cello at […]

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