Volunteer Musicians for the Arts, Inc.

Because everyone deserves orchestra seats.

Are you studying music professionally in the Boston area?

Or maybe you recently graduated from a local conservatory or university?

If so, meet others who also believe in the VMA mission.  

Share your talent in places that need it most.

Get involved! 

VMA Chamber Music Ensemble in Residence

Members of the VMA Chamber Music Ensemble in Residence are a group of accomplished and truly talented musicians from the Boston area.  They live and breathe the VMA's mission and continually advance the arts in all that they do.  The VMA is honored to have them aboard as both performers, life-long educators, and founding members.

Jonathan Yasuda

Director, Pianist

Jonathan Yasuda founded the VMA so that it could be a light upon a hill -- to attract other likeminded musicians who wish to share their talents, together, in venues otherwise left unserved; venues remarkably in the most need of musical healing.  Jonathan also enjoys teaching the art of piano performance.  He currently serves as piano faculty at the College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College, Worcester State University, and Newton Music Academy.  And as a private event pianist crossing beyond the classical genre, he has worked for notable clients such as General Electric, Natixis Global Asset Management, CB Richard Ellis, Taj Hotel, Boston Harbor Hotel, Omni Parker House, among others. 

Ju Hee Kang

Volunteer Coordinator, Flute

Dr. Ju Hee Kang has won top prizes in numerous competitions, Alexander & Buono International Competition, The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the Pusan Music Competition, Yonsei University Competition, the Ewha-Kyunghang Competition and the Music Journal Competition among others.She had performed at verity places; Trinity Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie hall in NYC, The National Flute Association Festival (2008, San Diego), Se-Jong center for the Performing Arts, Yun-Ju-Yong Hall in Korea, Jewish home Life care of Manhattan, Corpus Christi Church at Manhattan.She received her undergraduate degree from Yonsei University with Shin Jung Oh. Recipient of a Presidential Award, Ju Hee Kang also holds the Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music with Linda Chesis. She completed her doctoral study at Boston University.

Denise Fan

Cello

Born in Hong Kong, Denise Fan is a D.M.A. candidate at Boston University, specializing in Historical Performance. She obtained her M.M. in Historical Performance from Boston University and B.A. (Hons.) in Music from Hong Kong Baptist University with First Class Honors and the scholastic award. Her teachers and mentors include Rhonda Rider, Sarah Freiberg, Laura Jeppesen, Peter Sykes, Martin Pearlman, Johnny Poon and Ray Wang. As chamber musician, she has performed with ensembles such as Handel and Haydn Society, American Baroque Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Hong Kong. She currently serves as associate principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Symphony, and she is on the substitute roster of Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. 

Michal Grace Harris

Piano

Michal Grace Harris received her masters degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan and currently resides with her husband in the greater Boston area.  From beginner to advanced level pianists, Michal believes that there is always a solution for every technical and musical problem, and thrives on helping students find those creative solutions.  Michal is the owner and instructor of Belmont Piano Academy.

Stephanie Buen Abad

Soprano

Named as a “standout voice” and “delightful and effervescent” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, soprano Stephanie Buen Abad is a singer equally at home in the opera, art song, and sacred music genres.  She has most recently appeared as Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Second Lady in The Magic Flute with New England Conservatory’s Opera Theatre, and has also sung Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Sirena in Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, and the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon. She has also enjoyed performances with chorus and chamber orchestra as soprano soloist in Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, Faure’s Requiem, and Stravinsky’s Mass .   

Moriah Trenk

Pianist

Moriah Feiner Trenk currently works as a full time pianist at Boston Ballet School and as a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As a versatile musician and collaborator, Moriah enjoys a busy schedule working as an accompanist for various instrumental and vocal studios, dance classes, musical productions, and choruses. She recently completed her Master's Degree in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory of Music, where she received a merit scholarship to study with Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman. As a recipient of New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship, Moriah performed interacted music programs throughout Boston. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from New York University where she was a student of Seymour Bernstein and Grant Wenaus. 

Peter Sulski

Viola

Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years.  While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being Artistic Director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. For seven years he gave the annual Viola Masterclass, along with many solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the Dartington International Summer School. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, and his first London South Bank appearance in 2001. After a brief stint in the Middle East as Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, Bicommunal Coordinator for chamber music for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and Principal Violist of the Cyprus Chamber orchestra, Peter returned in 2002 with his wife Anita to his native Worcester. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. Peter is Artistic Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and the Al Kamandjati Baroque Festival.

Krista Buckland Reisner

Violin

Krista Buckland Reisner, violin – “…Excellent left hand..” (Toronto Star), “…lovely tonal bloom…” (LeDROIT) are words that describe the performances of violinist Krista Reisner. A musician of great diversity, she has toured across her native Canada as a recitalist, performed concertos in cities ranging from New York City to St. John’s, Newfoundland, traveled to New Zealand with Canada’s baroque group Arcadia and has created mullti-media works for herself involving dance and movement. She was Principal Second Violin of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and has been a member of the Arizona Opera and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. In Boston, Krista is Concertmaster of Opera Boston and the Principal Second of Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She is also a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque period orchestras. She is one of Boston’s leading new music violinists, working closely with many of Boston’s leading composers including Thomas Lee, Theodore Antinou and appears regularly with the Fromm Players, and Hyperprism.

Alexis Lee

Cello, VMA Artist Emerita

Dr. Alexis Lee, a native of South Korea, recently moved to Nashville to join the string faculty at Belmont University. Dr.Lee came to the United States at age 11 and started playing the cello. She made her first stage performance three years later participating in The World Cello Congress III, performing as a member of Towson University Cello Ensemble at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall and in the 200 Massed Cello Ensemble which took its performance at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an active member of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and York Symphony Orchestra and later appeared as a soloist in year 2009 and 2013. She has worked with Bonnie Hampton, Toby Appel and Nicholas Mann, intensively studying chamber repertoires at the Juilliard School. As a chamber musician and orchestral performer, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. While pursuing her doctorate degree at Boston University, she collaborated with Music for Food concert series and given concerts for the Beethoven Research Center intensively studying Beethoven's op.132 with violinist Peter Zazofsky and Beethoven scholar Lewis Lockwood.

James Hampson

Natural Horn, VMA Artist Emeritus

James Hampson received his Doctorate in Historical Performance at Boston University as the first natural horn player to enter the program. He is currently studying with Douglas Lundeen, one of the pioneers of historical horns and the cantabile school in the United States. Mr. Hampson is an active freelancer in the Northeast, performing with a variety of ensembles including The Handel and Haydn Society, Grand Harmonie, Boston Classical Orchestra, the Clarion Music Society, Julliard415 and with period ensembles at MIT, Harvard University and Brown University. He has also performed with the Mercury Orchestra in Houston, Texas and is a Visiting Artist/Teacher at the University of Washington, instructing students in historical instruments and styles and performing historic horns with the University Orchestra under the direction of David Rahbee and Stephen Stubbs. Mr. Hampson has been recorded with The Handel and Haydn Society in the live recording of their Haydn in Paris concert and with the Clarion Music Society in Judas Maccabaeus. He received his Master’s degree in Modern Horn Performance from Rutgers University studying with Douglas Lundeen and Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Mathematics from SUNY Fredonia studying with Marc Guy.

Carrol Lee

Viola

Carrol Lee is an active freelance violist and violinist in New England and beyond.  She began playing violin at the age of six and discovered viola at the age of eighteen, receiving a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from the University of Colorado—Boulder, where she received the Gabor Ormai Viola Award, and a Master of Music from Boston University.  Carrol enjoys performing in a variety of venues and coaching and mentoring young musicians.   An avid chamber musician, she received her early training at the Chamber Music Connection (OH), working closely with the Cavani Quartet.  Her principal teachers include Karen Ritscher, Geraldine Walther, Erika Eckert, and Matthew Dane; and she has performed in masterclasses for Robert Vernon, Lynne Ramsey, Stephen Wyrczynski, Michelle LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine, James Dunham, and Paul Silverthorne, among others.  Carrol has been fortunate to attend various summer festivals in North America, performing and connecting with musicians from around the world.  In her free time Carrol enjoys reading, hiking, and all things culinary.

Wilson Pedrazas

Violin

Wilson is an active violinist in New England, serving as violinist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet.  

Thomas Carroll

Clarinet, Principal Clarinet

With a sound described as “beautifully warm” (Herald Times) and “sweet and agile” (New York Times), period clarinetist and instrument builder Thomas Carroll performs extensively throughout North America and Europe on historical instruments.  He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, and The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where his major teacher on early clarinets and chalumeaux was Eric Hoeprich.

Marielisa & Mariesther Alvarez

Violin

Venezuelan violinists, Marielisa and Mariesther Alvarez are founders and directors of the Boston String Academy, a non-profit organization inspired by El Sistema that provides a vibrant string orchestra program for inner-city young students, forging social integration through music by creating a path for them to become sensitive, responsible and creative human beings. The Academy has received grants and recognition from important organizations, such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and Harvard University.  

VMA Student Performers

VMA Student Performers are drawn from a select group of outstanding conservatory students and preparatory schools in the Boston area,  including New England Conservatory of Music, Boston String Academy, Boston University, and Boston Conservatory.  Along with the VMA Artists in Residence, these volunteer students play a vital role as performers and educators in the VMA's Music Education Program.  If you're a student, or recent grad, get involved!  

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