THE HYMN PROJECT
October 14, 7 PM
The Hymn Project is centered around bringing the beauty and depth of hymns to string ensemble and exploring how these old traditions pass down and invite us to experience something greater than ourselves.
Violinist Hoi Ting Davidson is an active performer and educator in the greater Houston region. With a background in classical performance, Davidson holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music and a MM from the University of Texas at Austin where she was concertmaster and concertino soloist with the UT Symphony Orchestra.
She currently works as a member of the River Oaks Quartet which performs regularly as part of the international Candlelight Concert series and at other events such as a recent gala for former vice president Mike Pence. She also plays with Quartetrachord, which performs their own compositions and arrangements in addition to works of the classical genre.
Her freelance career has led her to perform across Austria, China, and throughout the US including concerts as lead violinist on Two Cellos’ tour and for the SXSW Amazon Prime promotion of the popular TV series “Good Omens.”
In addition to performing, she teaches violin on the faculty of the Paganini School of Music and at the Small Victories Foundation, a nonprofit helping people with traumatic brain injuries. In her spare time, Davidson enjoys working on her passion projects including the study of Argentine tango music and composing.
Robin Tozzie is a passionate performer of chamber music, symphonic works, and works for solo violin. Most recently Robin graduated from Rice University (2022) with a Masters degree in violin performance under the guidance of Paul Kantor.
Additionally, Robin holds a Bachelor's of Music degree specifying in violin performance from Florida State University (2019) under the instruction of Dr. Benjamin Sung. Robin has been fortunate to study with many wonderful teachers and be surrounded by inspiring colleagues.
Sharing her love for music is a never ending goal she hopes to impart to her audiences, colleagues, and students.
Jaenesha Iwaasa Browder
Jenaesha Iwaasa Browder is an alumni of the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. From Rice she earned both a Master’s degree in cello performance and a Bachelor’s degree double majoring in cello performance and music theory for which she received a Distinction in Undergraduate Research and Creative Work award. She has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Canada, Italy, and throughout the United States including a guest performance on NPR’s “From the Top.” Jenaesha enjoys performing in a variety of styles and genres. She is a founding member of Quartetrachord, a Houston based string quartet and principal cellist of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Her love of performing is matched by a deep passion for education and outreach. Jenaesha conducts her local youth symphony in addition to teaching both privately and collegiately through Wenatchee Valley College. She strongly believes in the importance and power of music in communities, often volunteering and consulting in schools to provide quality education for young cellists.
Outside of her training in cello and music theory, Jenaesha also works as a collaborative pianist and studies the violin. She enjoys arranging and composing across a wide variety of styles from cello etudes to string ensemble and sacred choral music to video game soundtracks. Her creative passions extend beyond music into textile and fiber arts, sculpting, graphic design, and silversmithing.
Dominique began her musical training in Chicago, where she attended New Music School. While in Chicago, she played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and was a featured artist in the Grant Park Music Festival’s Young Artist Showcase. Dominique has since been playing with orchestras in the US and abroad, including concerto performances during an international tour with the Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria). Dominique was selected as the 2023 Artist-In-Residence with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, where she presented educational programs in public schools, gave a series of solo recitals and pre-concert lectures, and performed as soloist with the SEISO. As an orchestral musician, Dominique can be found performing regularly with orchestras in the Midwest, most recently appointed as Associate
Principal Viola in the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
As an avid chamber musician, Dominique was a founding member of Siren Duo, an award-winning clarinet and viola ensemble that played contemporary works by living composers. Working closely under the guidance of Jorge Montilla Moreno, Siren Duo was honored to be selected to premiere a piece at the International Clarinet Association in 2022. Dominique is currently the violist of Kaydenn String Quartet, which was the first Quartet-In-Residence with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony in 2023, and was coached extensively by Elizabeth Oakes (Maia Quartet). This year, KSQ has performed alongside the renowned Cavani Quartet as an octet, and
was invited to the Green Lake Festival of Music (Ripon, WI.) as featured guest artists. During her tenure with KSQ, Dominique has received coachings and master classes from highly acclaimed string quartets, including the Maia, Brentano, Pacifica, Castalian, Kronos, Aizuri, Jupiter, Jasper, Dalí, JACK, and Cavani Quartets.
Dominique is also an active teacher: in January 2023, Dominique accepted a faculty position at Knox College (Galesburg, IL), where she is the instructor of violin and viola and the director of the string ensemble. She also currently is string faculty at Monmouth College. Previous faculty appointments include the Preucil School of Music (viola and chamber music), and Kirkwood Community College (violin and viola).
Dominique is currently completing a doctoral degree in Viola Performance and Pedagogy with a secondary area in Chamber Music Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa. At UI,
Dominique studies with Professor Christine Rutledge and is the teaching assistant of the viola studio.
Iowa City, IA
Chiaki graduated from Kobe-Yamate University School of Music in Piano Performance. A native of Japan, she joined the APA Chamber Music Association after graduation and continued to study Piano Performance and Chamber Music. Chiaki was on the faculty of the Yamaha Music School in Kobe, where she also worked as a chamber musician and accompanist.
Following a move to Ohio, she worked as an accompanist for a Suzuki cello studio in Columbus as well as accompanying for other studios and recitals. After moving to Detroit, Chiaki worked as an accompanist for the Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music in Detroit and other string studios, including those of Anthone Eliott and Caroline Coade at the University of Michigan.
The students she accompanied played in competitions and master classes, including one by Yo-Yo-Ma. Chiaki has accompanied most of the instruments, including voice. She is a Suzuki mom to two children (cello and piano; and viola) who are now majoring in music in college and love chamber music. Chiaki joined the Preucil School in 2013.