Ceylon N. Mitchell II is an active freelance performer, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate in the Washington D.C. metro area. His mission is “keeping classical music alive, authentic, and accessible.” Recent accomplishments include a 2019 Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Artist Fellowship Grant and 2018 Prince George’s County Forty UNDER 40 Award in Arts & Humanities.
Jonathan has served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, a student-run ensemble on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2017, Jonathan was named conducting fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting at age 22.
Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her notable concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series in Washington DC, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. She is the co-founder of Meraki, a chamber ensemble devoted to awakening cultural compassion through music.
A very active violinist in the region, Samuel appears regularly with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and is currently a member of the Colour of Music Virtuosi, a twenty-member chamber orchestra comprised of African-American instrumentalists from across the United States, and for two seasons served as one of the concertmasters of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.
Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, Assistant Conductor at Johns Hopkins University's Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and conductor at Opus Concert Theatre. Jordan has led 40 world premieres, recorded six albums, and is a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.
Although classically trained, Ms. Swan has also performed with a variety of popular artists including, Roberta Flack, Tye Tribbet, Eric Roberson, Kurt Carr, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Bilal, and many other notable artists. Ms. Swan has been featured at the famed Blues Alley in Washington, DC and on BET. Most recently, she performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert with Mac Miller.
Douglas Shadle joined the Blair School of Music as Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.M. in viola performance from the University of Houston.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Kori Hill holds a M.M. in music history and music performance from West Virginia University and a B.M. in music performance from Miami University. Kori’s research interests include, the history of the violin/fiddle in African…
Tracey Pullo Schutty has a history of performance and executive leadership across some of the top arts organizations on the east coast, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Candlelight Concert Series, Howard County Arts Council, and York Symphony Orchestra.
Ege released her debut album in May 2018 with Wave Theory Records, entitled Four Women: Music for Solo Piano. The album has been described as “an impressive collection...performed with virtuosic assurance.” She has also been commended “for her goal to bring the music of these composers to greater public awareness.”
Er-Gene Kahng has been a leading figure in reviving the works of Florence Price. Her premiere recording of Price's two violin concerti has been released through Albany Records, and has been cited by The New Yorker, the New York Times, and NPR as an important contribution to American classical music.