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The ASU Community Music School provides students from the community with opportunities for study with ASU faculty and graduate students.
Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Assistant Professor of Practice (Piano Pedagogy), Director of the Music Prep Program and Coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance and music education with a piano pedagogy concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds a Master of Music in piano performance and an Master of Music Education in early childhood/elementary music education from the University of South Carolina, where she studied piano with Scott Price. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in Fall 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music.
As a soloist, she won the Crane Annual Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered many compositions, including works by Whitney Ashe, Cameron Britt, David Heinick, Katherine Hoover, John Fitz Rogers, Timothy Sullivan, Brian Vlasak and Mark Weiser. Most notably, in 2007, she premiered Stacy Garrop’s Pieces of Sanity at Carnegie Hall with saxophonist Christopher Creviston.
As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the World Saxophone Congress, Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conferences, NASA Solo Competition, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, Potsdam Single Reed Summit, Penn State Single Reed Summit, Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, Dutchess County Saxophone Day and the Southeastern Piano Festival. She has collaborated with various artists, including Elizabeth Buck, Christopher Creviston, Geoffrey Diebel, Joe Lulloff, Jeffrey Loeffert, Timothy McAllister, David Pittman-Jennings, David Stambler, Deanna Swoboda, James Umble, Robert Young, and members of the United States Military Bands.
A published author, Ms. Creviston has presented on topics such as “Music Learning Theory”, “Teaching Music to Children with Special Needs”, “How to Teach Proper Practice Techniques” and others. She has presented at conferences such as the World Piano Conference (Novi Sad, Serbia), Music Teachers National Association National Conferences, Texas Music Teachers Association Conference and the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Conferences, to name a few.
She performs regularly in a duo with her husband, Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking, available through CD Baby. Their recordings have been described as “engrossing” (Fanfare Magazine), “highly imaginative and expressive” (composer Denis Bédard), “a good blend of the standard and the new” (American Record Guide), and “sensitive, transparent, powerful music making that causes one to hold their breath often” (Donald Sinta).
David Berry is a pianist/keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger/composer, and music educator. He currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music at Arizona State University, where he is entering the final year of his studies towards his Masters of Music degree in jazz piano performance.
A native of Wenatchee, WA, Berry has been active as a performer since youth.
Appearing at venues around the Pacific Northwest and the Phoenix Valley, he is quickly gaining recognition as an emerging young artist.
Berry maintains a busy schedule of performing in addition to teaching private lessons, jazz piano classes, jazz combos. His teaching assignment for the 2019-2020 school year includes instructing ASU’s new courses “Modern Jazz Arranging I and II”.
A graduate of Washington State University, Berry received his Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance in 2017, Magna Cum Laude. While at WSU, Berry studied jazz and arranging with Grammy award winning pianist/arranger Brian Ward, Pulitzer prize nominee Dr. Greg Yasinitsky, as well as classical piano with Dr’s Jeff Savage and Karen Savage. In addition to his primary studies on piano, Berry was active in the music education and choral music groups at WSU. With an interest in administrative work, Berry also served for two and a half years as the president of Allegro: The Student Association for Musical Advocacy.
Berry placed as the top finalist in the 2016 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival collegiate solo instrumentalist category, and soon after made his professional debut as a jazz pianist with the Vern Sielert/Dave Hagelganz Quintet. Working with this quintet of experienced professors is how Berry made his connections to Michael Kocour and the Phoenix professional music community.
Immediately after completion of undergraduate studies, Berry accepted a temporary teaching certificate to take over as Director of Orchestral music at his Alma Mater high school. Upon completion of the spring semester, Berry was offered an opportunity to take over as Director of Instrumental music at Eastmont High School, a 4A program, but ultimately declined to pursue studies at ASU.
Now a resident of Tempe, AZ, Berry can be seen performing regularly around the Phoenix Valley at venues such as The Nash, The Valley Bar, The Lost Leaf, Carly’s Bistro, etc. Aside from his role in school of music ensembles, Berry plays important parts in local groups such as Dr. Chris Stover’s “Helical Ensemble”, Biddy Healy’s “Salt River Bed”, Alex Oliverio’s “Sunshine Ensemble”, Dr. Ben Hedquist’s Trio & Elton John tribute project, “Yellow Brick Rodeo”.
Previous compositional commissions include solo instrumental pieces, works for four-voice choral ensembles, indoor percussion ensembles, marching percussion ensembles, and jazz big bands. Berry is available for commissions as a composer, although his recent compositional focus has narrowed in on jazz trios/quartets/quintets.
Berry’s debut jazz piano trio album, “Pomegranate” is available for purchase at davidberrymusic. bandcamp.com
Connect with him on Instagram: @davidberrymusic & Be sure to watch for monthly calendar updates and other news at Davidberrymusic.com
Kirsten Hutchinson is currently engaged in the pursuit of a musical career based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. She enjoys a vibrant musical lifestyle as a soloist, private teacher, classroom instructor, and performer. Kirsten was awarded the honor of being selected by Metropolitan Opera Conductor, Gregory Buchalter, as Opera Fairbanks' first Young Artist Apprentice for the 2010-2012 seasons. Additionally, she has played several principal roles with Opera Fairbanks, Anchorage Opera, University of Alaska Fairbanks's Opera Workshop, and internationally with Théâtre Roger Barat in France and the Lowveld Chamber Music Association in South Africa. Some of these roles include; Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, Desdemona/Nanetta in Verdi and the Bard, Roxy LaRue in the World Premiere of The Color of Gold, and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
Kirsten has been a featured soloist at the UAF New Music Festival, the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, with the Northern Lights String Orchestra, and was selected to perform with the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. She has performed the Soprano role in the UAF University Chorus' performance of Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, covered the Soprano role of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in public rehearsal with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and most recently performed the Soprano role in Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major with the Uplands Festival Orchestra in South Africa. She traveled for two consecutive sessions to Zimbabwe as a featured soloist and is an active board member for Music Inspire Africa. She appears frequently in solo recital in Fairbanks, and has also given performances at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music in New York, Loyola University in Louisiana, Athens in Greece, White River and Nelspruit, SA, and in her home state of Maine. Kirsten competes often in regional and state competitions, claiming 1st Place in the 2014 NATS Alaska Advanced Artist Competition.
She completed her Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks under the artistry of Dr. Jaunelle Celaire and joined the University of Alaska faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Voice in 2015. She is currently a DMA student of Dr. Stephanie Weiss (Arizona State University).
Natalie Burton is pursuing her doctorate degree in piano performance and pedagogy at Arizona State University as a teaching assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Baruch Meir and Prof. Hannah Creviston. A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) magna cum laude. There she studied with Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Timothy Strong, and Regina Yeh; and was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, PLU Music Scholarship, and Bertha Gilbertson Endowed Piano Scholarship. Her deep interest in Chinese culture and piano education led to a year of research at Central China Normal University under a Fulbright Research Grant, where she took lessons with Xin Xin. This was followed by a master’s degree in piano performance at Soochow University School of Music studying with Dr. Elise Yun. There she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, Yamaha Music Scholarship, and Chinese Government Outstanding International Student Scholarship. Natalie has given numerous solo recitals and performances in piano festivals and masterclasses. Notable performances include those for Suzhou Cultural Arts Center, Spokane Public Radio, PLU Board of Regents, and the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association State Conference. With a heart for teaching, Natalie has enjoyed enriching students’ lives with the joy of making music.
Ka Hou Chan is currently pursuing his DMA degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Baruch Meir at Arizona State University, where he also earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honor of summa cum laude in 2017. He received Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Texas Christian University, where he served as a graduate assistant and accompanist for the opera program.
Born in Macao, China in 1995, Ka Hou began his musical studies at the age of 7. In 2007 and 2008, he had an opportunity to study with Mr. Jun Yang, a former chair from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At the age of 12, he won the first prize in China Guangzhou National Piano Competition and made his first concerto debut with orchestra at the age of 14, playing Yellow River Piano Concerto. In the same year, he was accepted into the pre-college program of Escola de Musica do Conservatorio de Macau (Macao Conservatory School of Music).
Ka Hou has been sponsored by The Cultural Affairs Bureau in Macao since 2013 for his studies abroad, and was recipients of numerous distinguished scholarships and awards – “Special Music Talent Scholarship,” “Fine Arts Music Award,” “Herberger Institute Award,” “Helene M. Robinson Award.” He has participated in masterclasses of many teachers and artists, such as Yoheved Kaplinsky, Asaf Zohar, Tamás Ungár, Nancy Weems, Anne Epperson, Min Kwon, Igal Kesselman, Tatiana Gerasimova, Victor Asuncion, Jun Yang, Xinning Zhang, Gabriel Kwok, Jackson Leung, The Shanghai Quartet and The Rossetti Quartet. He has also participated in international festivals such as Schlern International Music Festival (Italy) and White Nights International Piano Festival (Russia).
Ka Hou started teaching piano at the age of 15 and he is very excited to be one of the instructors at ASU Prep Program and Teaching Assistants for class piano at ASU, starting Fall 2019.
Ning Guan is a doctoral student in Piano Performance Pedagogy at the ASU School of Music, studying with Prof. Robert Hamilton and Prof. Hannah Creviston. She holds a Bachelors Degree with Honors in piano performance from Auckland University School of Music in New Zealand, where she studied with Prof. Rae de Lisle. She achieved her Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the ASU School of Music under Prof. Robert Hamilton and Dr. Janice Thompson. She has performed in Jinan, Qingdao and Beijing in China; Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand; and Arizona in the United States. She also played ensembles and accompaniments for The Royal New Zealand Ballet School in Auckland. After she came to the states, she joined the National Music Teacher Association and has been an active member of the East Valley Music Teacher Association. She is an independent piano teacher who has over twenty years of teaching experience. Her students have won EVMTA Piano Competitions and Prize Piano Performers, played in Ensembles and recitals and participated in ASP Piano Evaluation each year. She has a great passion for teaching and performing. Besides music, she also loves poetry, visual arts and philosophy. She emphasizes on fusing different artistic forms in her teaching to inspire students have a wider variety of imagination and deeper understanding of music.
Bonson Lee is a Master’s student under the direction of Dr. Christopher Creviston at Arizona State University. Throughout Lee’s musical career, he has performed at saxophone camps, clinics, Las Vegas Saxophone Day, NASA Region 2 Conference, as well as competing in the solo and chamber rounds of the MTNA National Competition, as well as the Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Lee has also performed in masterclasses for teachers including Kathleen Mitchell, Preston Duncan, J. Adam Briggs, members of the Air Force’s Horizon Saxophone Quartet, members of the Capitol Quartet (includes Dr. Christopher Creviston, Joseph Lulloff, Dr. David Stambler, Dr. Henning Schroeder), Dr. Edward Goodman, and Dr. Eric Lau, respectively.
Lee has taught at numerous public schools during his undergraduate studies at UNLV including Durango High School, Sierra Vista High School, Coronado High School, Spring Valley High School, Las Vegas Academy, Shadow Ridge High School, Kenny Guinn Middle School, Tarkanian Middle School, Sawyer Middle School, Schofield Middle School, OK Adcock Elementary School, and JM Ullom Elementary School, respectively. In the Phoenix area, Lee has been an active educator in giving private lessons as well as being the Teaching Assistant/saxophone technician for the Arizona State Sun Devil Marching Band.
Lee has had great privilege to perform at the highest level with ensembles, some of which have done numerous recordings. In 2016, he was part of the UNLV’s Wind Orchestra album entitled The Return, and in 2017’s album, 24k Gould. In 2016, Lee was also part of the UNLV Wind Orchestra’s performance to the grand finale of the Festival des Anches d’Azur in La Croix Valmer, France, by invitation of the city’s mayor. During its 20-year history, the festival has grown and evolved significantly, and the UNLV Wind Orchestra has been the only American university ensemble ever invited to perform.
Lee was also in UNLV Jazz Ensemble I’s album “Rail Trails” / “Latin Journey III” 2017. Lee was able to compete at the 60th Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival held in Monterey, California in March 2017, in which they received 1st place in the Top College Big Band division. From winning the competition, Lee and the UNLV Jazz Ensemble I was invited to perform at the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2017.
As an active soloist, Lee has performed with many ensembles with high schools in the Las Vegas area as well as UNLV. Lee has also competed in the MTNA National Solo Competition, the NASA Solo Competition, and the 4th Manhattan International Music Competition and plans to compete in upcoming competitions in the school year.
Lee has great experience in chamber music playing and collaboration in many wind ensembles and saxophone ensembles, thus being the baritone chair of the uprising saxophone quartet helíos_. Through helíos_, Lee has been able to educate and perform at numerous high schools and universities in the Las Vegas and Phoenix area and has plans to travel across the US later this school year. Lee also performs regularly on campus as he is part of ASU’s Wind Symphony, Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the ASU Saxophone Choir.
Recently, helíos_ was announced a Semifinalist of the 2020 NASA Quartet Competition as well as a Finalist in the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Earlier in September, helíos_ just finished their Las Vegas Tour that consisted of teaching masterclasses as well as performances at Las Vegas Academy, Clark High School, and Sierra Vista High School as well as UNLV and CSN. helíos_ plans on competing in the upcoming competitions such as the MTNA Chamber Music Competition, the NASA 2020 Biennial Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in the upcoming school year.
Lee received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Fall 2017 and plans to finish his master’s degree by Spring 2020. He wants to further pursue a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Performance, in wanting to teach music academically in higher education at the collegiate level.
Jiaxian Li was born on April 22, 1993, Sichuan, China. She has been studying piano since she was 4 years old. She studied with Wei Kang, a piano professor from Xichang University. In 2005, she entered the high school of Sichuan Conservatory of Music and studied with Hanguo Yang, a former head of piano department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She won the first prize in “Xichang Piano Competition” in 2002. In the same year, she won the second prize in “Stanley National Piano Competition”. In 2011, she got honorable mention in KAWAI national competition. In 2012, she won the First Prize Winner of The Performance Award of Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 2016, she won the First Prize Winner of the FSMTA Byrd Memorial Piano Ensemble Competition.
Besides playing the piano, Jiaxian likes teaching very much. She started to teach since she was 16 years old. Some of her students have passed the Piano Grade Exam and one of her students has awarded the second prize in a piano competition in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2015, and the Master’s degree at Lynn University. Currently she is studying piano performance emphasis on piano pedagogy at ASU as a Doctoral student.
Joel Martinez is a university professor and a pianist with very high professional standards. This has allowed him to stand out as one of the leading performers and teachers in his home country of Honduras.
Martínez has always been passionate about teaching music and found himself teaching even before deciding to pursue a career in music. As of 2018, he had worked for ten years as a faculty member of the Art Department at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH for its acronym in Spanish). As a teacher, he has taught courses on Harmony, Counterpoint, Solfege, Music History, and Piano.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from UNAH, under the tutelage of Maestro Wolfgang Lappenberg. Besides that, he took a semester worth of lessons with Dr. Carl Blake, Fulbright scholar, during his residency in Honduras. As a university student, Mr. Martínez was able to travel several times to the United States to attend The Master Works Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana, receiving private and master classes with renowned faculty from music schools such as Eastman, Curtis, University of Michigan and Arizona State University.
As a performer, he has played as a soloist with the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at UNAH, and frequently collaborates with chamber music ensembles and accompanies student graduation recitals. In addition to his work within the university, Mr. Martínez quickly emerged as prominent national pianist. He has played several recitals as a collaborative pianist alongside some of the best Honduran performers. Some highlights include his performance as a soloist of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and regular performances with them when harpsichord, organ, harp or other keyboard parts are required. Joel has helped prepare several operas, as répétiteur and cembalist. Besides performing in the classical landscape, he also plays in a band with jazz, funk, and fusion influences. With a fresh proposal of original music, Mr. Martínez has been invited to play concerts at international festivals held at institutions such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
All the preceding experiences have contributed to his teaching philosophy, regarding music and piano performing as a whole. His approach to studying, performing and teaching has consistently improved over the years, implementing every valuable piece of instruction obtained as a performer and as a student from world class faculty.
Molly Lajoie is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and AMDA, New York. She is an award-winning choreographer here in the valley. She has choreographed for Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Arizona Opera, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, Arizona State University, Valley Youth Theatre, Greasepaint, and Prather Entertainment. Three of her shows have been on national tour as well. Molly directed/choreographed ASU’s production of Kiss Me Kate last fall. She also had directed/choreographed A Chorus Line and Marvelous Wonderettes at TheaterWorks. But she also loves performing. Some of her acting credits include White Christmas (Judy), Godspell (Molly) The Will Rogers Follies (Ziegfeld’s Favorite—Ari-Zoni Nominee), Cats (Victoria), Company (Susan), Grease (Marty), Crazy for You (Tess), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl), The Three Javelinas (Josefina) and Molly Sweeney (Molly). She was also a featured singer-dancer for An Evening with Rogers and Hammerstein with the Phoenix Symphony. Molly is a teaching artist for Childsplay, teaches Broadway Dance Styles, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance Technique in the MTO Department at ASU, is an instructor at Phoenix Theatre’s Summer of Dance program, and started her own company “Fall into Dance,” which offers private and drop-in classes throughout the year.
Lajoie is a teaching artist for Childsplay for both their summer programs as well as residencies. She also teaches for Phoenix Theatre’s Summer of Dance program and started her own company Fall into Dance to continue to bring adult dance classes to the valley throughout the year. Lajoie is represented by Dani’s Agency.
Lajoie attended Minorm Modern Dance, Saint Mary's College (1996), received a BA in communications and theatre from the University of Notre Dame (1996) and an Intregrated Program Certificate, AMDA, New York (1998).
A Phoenix native, Ryan Roubison has had an interest in music from an early age. As a multi-instrumentalist, he specializes in teaching guitar, mandolin and pennywhistle. As a passionate music educator, Ryan believes that the impact of the teacher reaches far beyond technical instruction. He has been an active musician in the valley for over ten years, performing a range of musical styles from classical, to folk and rock and roll. Ryan has arranged Bela Bartok’s Six Romanian Folk Dances for guitar duo, and spends much of his time teaching, performing, composing and arranging works for guitar. He is a current instructor at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, and serves as a pit orchestra musician for the Greasepaint Theater Company. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in classical guitar.
Lirui Xiong started playing the piano at the age of ten in Chongqing, China. At age thirteen, she attended the attached middle school of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music under Daxin Zheng and Bo Tang. Over the course of her education, Lirui has won numerous piano competitions including 2019 Osaka Regional International Music Competition ( Honorable mention), the 14th Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition (Chopin Nocturne Category, 3rd Prize, 2007), the Toyama Piano Competition in Chongqing (1st Prize, 2004 and 2010), the Shanxia Bowl Piano Competition in Sichuan (3rd prize, 2003). Lirui has participated in various festivals and masterclasses, working with renowned pedagogues such as Richard Goode, Arthur Greene, Nancy Weems, and Rebecca Penneys among many others. Among these festivals are the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (Tampa, 2016), the Brancaleoni International Music Festival (Italy, 2017), and the Prague Piano Festival (Czech Republic, 2019). In 2019, Lirui obtained her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music at the University of South Florida School of Music under Dr. Svetozar Ivanov. There, she held an assistantship in teaching and accompanying. Lirui will be pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance Pedagogy in Arizona State University School of Music.
Chenbaixue Yang was born in Nanjing, China in 1994. She is now pursuing a DMA degree in ASU, studying with Dr. Baruch Meir and Dr. Hannah Creviston. She received a bachelor’s degree in Nanjing Normal University, where she majored in music education with an emphasis on piano performance. She later received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her long-term piano studies were with Prof. Yixin Liu (Associated Dean of Nanjing Normal University), Dr. Xiao Chen (Chair of Piano Department of Jiangsu Second Normal University) and Dr. David Westfall (Chair of Instrumental Department of the Hartt School).
Chenbaixue began her piano study when she was four years old. She frequently participated in piano competitions and won prizes during her childhood. In recent years, she participated in several music festivals such as White Nights International Piano Festival and TODI International Music Festival. She took master classes, directed by many notable pianists and professors. As both a soloist and an accompanist, Chenbaixue performed and gave recitals in Russia, Italy, US and China, and gained valuable experience playing with TIMM Ensemble. She was the recipient of various awards and scholarships such as “the Paul W. and Mary Lombard Eukers Endowment Fund Award”, “Hartt MM Talent Award”, “Fuller Talent Award”, “NNU Outstanding Student ward” and “Evelyn Bonar Storrs Piano Scholarships Fund”. From 2018 to 2020, Chenbaixue worked as a graduate assistant of accompanist in the Hartt School. She taught private piano lessons and worked as a high school music teacher from 2012 to 2018. She was also a volunteer teacher in an aid education program from 2013 to 2014 in China. Her vision has been to inspire students to a better understanding of music and to build practical habits of the piano practicing in their individual disciplines.