Dr. Carl Van Wyk
Carl van Wyk commenced undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree and completed a Master of Music degree at UCT as well. In that same year he received a symphonic commission from the Cape Performing Arts Board, his work, Derivations won the composer’s competition of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and he was awarded the South African Music Rights Organization’s (SAMRO) Overseas Scholarship for Composers and spent a year studying with British composer Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During that time a set of orchestral variations he had composed won two prestigious prizes, the Manson and West awards for composition at the RAM.
Returning to South Africa his studies in electronic music composition were accelerated by a practical course given by Dutch composer, Henk Badings, who subsequently served as co-examiner of Van Wyk’s doctoral work.
After an initial appointment at the University of Port Elizabeth, Dr. van Wyk joined the staff of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as Senior Lecturer in Music Theory. In 1991 he was appointed Head of the University’s School of Music and functioned in this capacity until 1996.
Carl van Wyk has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions. He is also the composer of many works. His “Little Dance for the Piccaninny” has been an examination piece in the international piano lists of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. His folk opera, “Fiela’s Child” was premiered in September 1993 at the School of Music of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His “African Suite for Children’s Orchestra” has proved very popular with audiences and performers and his “Three Paraphrase for Two String Quartets”, commissioned by SAMRO, was given its world premiere performance at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Norway, in 1996. This work has enjoyed further performances at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. His Organ Sonata, composed in 2011/12 was performed in the Gewandshaus, Leipzig, Germany, by Barry Jordan
Carl van Wyk has worked as Theory and Composition Teacher at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas since 2002. In addition to designing and implementing a music theory program specific to the Suzuki environment, he has also been very active in composing and arranging music for a variety of student-based ensembles. The works are designed for the enrichment of Suzuki students and includes several World Music offerings.
Carl van Wyk has served as accompanist and composition teacher at a number of Suzuki workshops and has designed and presented computer-driven composition and theory classes at the Colorado Suzuki Institute (CSI) Snowmass and Beaver Creek, Colorado, DFW WOW Suzuki Institute, TX, and numerous other institutes. He is presently researching all aspects of Suzuki Organ teaching and plans to initiate organ studies at SMID in the immediate future. With this in mind he has designed and created a student practice organ which is adjustable, sonically attractive, affordable and appropriate for students to practice on at home.
Leah Chae, born in South Korea, began her musical training on the piano at the age of 2 with her mother and started the violin training with Suzuki method at the age of 4 after she immigrated to US with her family. She had played both piano and violin as double-major until she got to attend Kangwon Arts High School in Korea. After she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Kyunghee University in Seoul, she came back to US and started her Master’s degree at Indiana University where she received Jacobs School of Music Graduate Merit-based Scholarship.
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where she studied with Mimi Zweig, a professor of violin and viola and director of IU String Academy. While studying for a master’s degree with Professor Zweig in 2008, Leah started her teaching at IU String Academy where she worked for six years until she left IU, and became an Associate Instructor for Professor Zweig in 2010, from which she earned a full scholarship and stipend for the rest of her doctoral coursework. Her duty as an Associate Instructor included teaching private and group as well as theory teaching. Active as a performer while studying at IU, she studied chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Pacifica Quartet, and had appeared in many solo recitals, orchestra performances, and chamber music concerts. In addition to the modern violin playing and teaching, she also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at IU. She is also an active accompanist, playing in many lessons, masterclasses, and competitions for string players and singers.
Leah has registered for violin teacher training at DFW WOW in 2016. In the spare time she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats, Bob and Johny.
Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. As a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber collaborator, Levin brings the harp to the forefront of a diverse musical spectrum, using her instrument to connect with diverse audiences.
The youngest principal harpist of a major American orchestra, Levin has performed at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the World Harp Congress, and with the Dallas, Jerusalem and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Players, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra, among others. She was a featured Guest Artist at the 2017 Lakes Area Music Festival, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall and at the BRAVO! Vail Music Festival. She is a 2016 Winner of the Astral Artists national auditions, and a top prizewinner at the International Harp Contest in Israel. Levin is on Faculty at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
A strong believer in music’s powerful impact, Levin organized a concert series in early 2017 with her fellow Dallas musicians, with all profits benefiting the International Rescue Committee and the Refugee Services of Texas. She is passionate about sharing music in schools, giving free masterclasses and interactive performances to students and young harpists.
The 2017-2018 season brings Levin’s second season as Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as over 30 solo and chamber performances throughout North America. With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Levin performs Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto under Jaap van Zweden. Other musical highlights include performances at National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the Lyric Chamber Society, Englewood Fine Arts, the University of Ottawa, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players. She is the Featured Artist for the 2018 Southwestern Music Festival and will be a Guest Artist at the 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. In September 2017, Levin released her debut album, Something Borrowed, which explores the connection between music, literature, and culture. For the recording, the Classical Recording Foundation awarded her the 2017 Young Artist of the Year.
Emily is a core member of the New York-based new music group Ensemble Échappé, and can be heard on the recordings of composers such as Charles Wuorinen, David Dzubay, and Louis Karchin. In 2012, The Indiana University Composition Department recognized her for her collaboration and performance of new music. Most recently, Emily commissioned a four-composer set of character pieces inspired by Shel Silverstein.
Emily began harp lessons at age five with Mary Kay Waddington, author of the Suzuki harp method. She received her Master of Music degree in 2015 at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen, where she was a teaching fellow for both the Ear Training and Educational Outreach departments. A self-described bookworm, she completed undergraduate degrees in Music and History at Indiana University with Susann McDonald. Her honors history thesis discussed the impact of war songs on the French Revolution.