“In Memoriam” is a concert in honor and remembrance of those devastated by the March 1 terrorist attack. Music and art play important roles in both celebrating the joys of life and mourning its tragedies. As musicians and artists, we seek to provide a creative, solemn platform for members in our community to process and grieve Kunming’s recent tragedy. This classical music concert will incorporate visual art and spoken word to both commemorate those who suffered loss and also remember that in the midst of tragedy, beauty and hope still exist. We know we must cling to hope in our own hearts before it can pervade the world around us.
A graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois, USA, Karen Brubaker has been studying flute for thirteen years. Karen thoroughly enjoys performing, has won a number of competitions, and has appeared as a guest soloist with multiple orchestras. In addition to considerable performing experience, Karen specializes in early childhood music education and currently teaches early childhood group music classes and private flute lessons at YaGe Community School of the Arts here in Kunming. Through her passion for music, love for children, and fascination with cultures, Karen seeks to cultivate creativity, nurture ability, & inspire musicality wherever she goes.
“Allison Good is an illustrator, watercolorist, and photographer from Richmond, Virginia, USA. Illustration. As life changes and evolves, so does her work. She draws inspiration from nature, patterns, and the small moments of every day life. Life is busy and complicated, so she tries to capture its simplicity and beauty that we often miss. Photography. She is blessed with the opportunities she has been given to see different corners of the world. Her photography allows you see snapshots into her journey as it unravels. Education. She graduated with a B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Communication Arts/Illustration.
She’s been working as a freelance illustrator/designer, teacher, and painter ever since. Currently, She is enrolled in a Chinese language school and teaching Art in Kunming, China. When she’s not working on illustrations.. She enjoy traveling, running, jazz singing, studying Chinese, teaching Art techniques, collecting new material, and writing. ”
A 2012 graduate of Wheaton College, Rebekah Nivala received her training in Piano Performance under Dr. Karen Redekopp Edwards of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Illinois, USA and Katariina Liimatainen of JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland. Throughout college, she received several awards, including: the Nancy Schofield Fadely Music Scholarship (2008-2011); the Peter Boak Music Scholarship (2009); the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society Music Scholarship (2008). Rebekah’s performing experience ranges from solo and collaborative recitals on Martha’s Vineyard, USA, to participation in chamber music and concerto competitions in the Chicago area, as well as performances in Finland and Kunming, China. Rebekah is currently a piano teacher at YaGe Community School of the Arts, Kunming, where she works to create opportunity for quality music instruction and performance.
Kara Stuckey, violinist, has performed regularly with Musica Antiqua Basel, a Baroque Chamber Orchestra (Basel, Switzerland), JS Chamber Ensemble (Cincinnati, OH), Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Richmond, IN), as well as with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Markgräfler Sinfonieorchester (Mülheim, Germany). She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music while studying with Piotr Milewski at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, she is a violin and theory instructor as well as Kunming branch manager at the
YaGe Community School of the Arts in Kunming, China. She is a certified instructor in both the Suzuki and the Sassmannshaus Tradition violin methods, and has taught violin, viola, and music theory in the College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department (Cincinnati, OH). She has maintained a private studio in Cincinnati, as well as taught violin at the collegiate level via the Cincinnati University’s Distance Learning Program.
Morgan Trang is a music educator who has taught woodwinds, brass, percussion, and general music at schools in the U.S. She has been playing the flute, her primary instrument, for 14 years and enjoys performing a variety of musical styles. While at Northwestern College (Minnesota), she studied both music and Chinese and continues to pursue those fields of study here in Kunming. Morgan now teaches both music and English classes at YaGe Community School of the Arts, where she encourages the cultivation and sharing of artistic skills and ideas in a crosscultural context.