Cara Lieurance

Oliver Herbert was a senior in high school in California when he performed last May in the Stulberg International String Competition, for which he won the silver medal.  Now in his first year at the renowned Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA, he returned to Kalamazoo as the guest soloist of the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra for its concert on October 11.

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Derek Fawcett fondly remembers his days in the Dalton Center's Rehearsal Room C at Western Michigan University, where he studied vocal and keyboard music. He took what he learned from teachers Craig Arnold, Diana Spradling, David Little, Sunny Wilkinson, and Steve Zegree, among others, and formed a successful band, Down The Line, with which he recorded five albums over a decade. 

The Texas Tenors

The Texas Tenors, which first came to national attention on the television show America's Got Talent in 2009, parlayed their initial success into a concert schedule of over 160 performances per year, including a recurring season in Branson, MO at the Starlite Theatre.  John Hagen is the primary arranger of the group, and fills the role of "operatic" singer among the three.

Violinist Lana Trotovsek, a Slovenia-born Londoner, made her U.S. orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its season-opening concert last month. Prior to her performance, she talked about her career to date, her childhood in Slovenia, and the teachers who changed her life.

Jiyang Chen

The Gilmore's Rising Stars Series opened on September 27th with a concert featuring Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong.