Emily Madonia began studying the violin at age three in Anchorage, Alaska. After winning the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist’s Concerto Competition at age eighteen, she went on to earn a B.M. in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2006. Prominent teachers include: Beverly Beheim, Therese Fetter, Fred Halgedahl, Mikhail Kopelman and Zvi Zeitlin. She has appeared as a soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic, and has given numerous solo recitals. Emily has been a member of the Marini String Ensemble, Quartsemble and currently performs with Terra Vista Strings, Third Floor Music, Avalon Strings and Divisi Strings. She has taught chamber music at the Hochstein School, Eastman Community School and maintains a private studio in Houston. She also performs with the Corpus Christi, Victoria, Kingsville Symphony Orchestras, and the Houston Grand Opera.
Minkyung Lee joined as a voice faculty at Northwest Vista College in 2014. She is a native of South Korea and moved to Austin, Texas where Mrs. Lee received her both MM and DMA in Vocal Performance from University of Texas at Austin. . Her performance credits include being the Soprano Soloist with the Concert Choir of University of Texas. She also performed several opera roles including Mrs. Holen in the Premiere Opera Genghis Khan with Salvage Vanguard Theater Company. Opera Roles with University of Texas Opera Theater and Ascoli Summer Opera have included the following: Mrs. Norlan in The Medium, Nursing Sister in Sour Angelica, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title role of Anna Bolena. A Versatile musician, Dr. Lee is an active recital singer and a teacher with fully motivated by positive and energetic character as a performer into classroom to empowering students’ need in academic setting. During the summer, She participates as a voice faculty at Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at University of Texas at Austin
Robert Saenz was raised in San Antonio, Texas where he studied percussion with Bill Powellson, Eric Remsen, Kirk Scott, and Dean Witten. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of John Beck. As a freelance percussionist he has lived and worked in Rochester; New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and has performed across the United States.
Jason Kiss was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to Texas as a youngster. After receiving his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he spent many hours in isolation overlooking the dark churning waters of Texas rivers. Kiss then decided it was time to weave a new path in the world; something from left field. He constructed a necroclassical (wordplay on neoclassical) project called Goatcraft, which fuses metal and classical music aesthetics under one exposition. He has performed across the United States at music and film festivals, and has released three albums under the Goatcraft moniker. In addition to his own music, he has done session work for numerous metal bands, including the death metal band Origin. Mr. Kiss is self-taught on piano, and he strives to further develop and refine his musical expressions. He is the sole composer of Convergent Morphogenesis, which will be debuted this Fall.