Chamber Music Seminar

Chamber Music Seminar


Constance Cook Glen
Brenda Brenner
kim Jayoung Kim
Hilary Glen
stephen Stephen Wyrczynski
Shelley Taylor
Frank Diaz





Constance Cook Glen, Director

Constance Cook Glen serves as Senior Lecturer and Director of the Music in General Studies program at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Glen holds undergraduate degrees in piano performance and history from Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduate degrees in musicology, piano, and theory from Indiana University. She teaches courses developed from her research interests (Opera, the American Musical, Music of War and Peace, and Music for the Listener). Glen currently serves as the MGS representative on the National Board of the College Music Society.

She is the recipient of numerous awards at Indiana University, including: 2015 Honorary Faculty Member – Tau Beta Sigma, the "Commission on Multicultural Understanding Faculty 2011 Award," ArtsWeek grants in 2009 and 2010, an Active Learning Grant from Instructional Support Services in 2008, and the Blue Ribbon Award for Outstanding Instructors, given by the Disability Student Services Office in 2004. In addition, Glen has volunteered her skills as a pianist to promote and champion contemporary composers, and served as president of a local chamber music group for five years. For twenty years, she was on the faculty and then music director at summer music programs in Colorado: Rocky Ridge Music Center and Lamont School of Music Pre-College Academy.

Glen is committed to impacting social change through music and is currently on the planning committee for a summit entitled: Music, Business and Peace – scheduled for May 2017. Previously, she has presented papers in this vein, including: Leonard Bernstein as an Artist-Citizen, the politics of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Gershwin’s role in race and the American musical identity.

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Brenda Brenner, violinist

Brenda Brenner, Associate Professor of Music Education in the Jacobs School of Music, specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy. She received a BM and BME from Wichita State University, and an MM and DMA in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As director of the Fairview Project - a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum - Brenner is researching the cognitive, academic and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction. An active performer of chamber music throughout the United States, Brenner partners with pianist Kenneth Huber and her husband, organist Christopher Young. She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy, and is Assistant Director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the ASTA National Conferences, and at Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States. Brenner is the President of the American String Teachers Association.

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Hilary Glen, cellist

Hilary Glen has been praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument.”  After three years under Michael Tilson Thomas with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL., Dr. Glen took positions with Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet and principal of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA).  She is also professor of cello at the University of Alabama and principal for the Tuscaloosa Symphony.

Making her stage debut at the age of 6, Dr. Glen caught the performing bug early. Since then, she has performed nearly everywhere, including a mountainside in the Italian Alps, Carnegie Hall, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Bliss Center in Belize. She has collaborated with many musicians including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Mikail Kopelman, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman, and John Adams.

As a passionate chamber musician, Dr. Glen coordinates and performs with several small ensembles including her collaborative company, Chamber Ballet Brockport. Her ensembles have played at a wide variety of national and international venues including the Kennedy Center, as well as local schools, churches, coffee shops, hospitals, sidewalks, and senior living centers. 

Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She regularly visits schools to present experience-based workshops and is dedicated to bringing music to underserved areas. Dr. Glen looks forward to traveling with her string quartet to perform and present masterclasses as part of her educational outreach initiatives.

She completed her BM at Indiana University, where she studied under Janos Starker and earned her MM and DMA, under Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors, and/or dancing.

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Jayoung Kim, Pianist

Praised by Menahem Pressler and Paul Badura-Skoda for her impeccable technique and artist playing, Korean pianist Jayoung Kim has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist in Asia, Europe and North America. She is a laureate of Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, Jean Francaix International Piano Competition and International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. She participated in festivals such as Aurora, L’academie de Lausanne de Musique, Banff and IMS Prussia Cove. Kim appeared as a piano soloist with soloist with conductors as Cliff Colnut, David Glover and among others. Jayoung has performed with Laurence Lesser, Lucy Chapman, Hagai Shaham, Dmitri Murrath, James Buswell, Jakob Koranyi, Lynn Chang among others. Her live concerts were broadcasted by Espace-2 (Swizerland) and CBC (Canada). She also appeared on the NPO Opium Op4 and Spiegelzaal in the Netherlands. She studied at Yonsei University in Korea and received her doctorate in piano at Indiana University under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler. Currently she is on piano and chamber music faculty at Dana Hall School of Music and NEC’s Preparatory School and Continuing Education and is a staff pianist at NEC and Boston University. Also she is a founder and artistic director of the Wellesley Chamber Players.

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Shelley Taylor, Yoga Instructor

Shelley Taylor has taught yoga in the Bloomington community for over 30 years and has served as adjunct yoga faculty for the Indiana University Kinesiology Department since January, 2006. She teaches in a variety of settings; including studios, retreats, group classes, and private sessions, and specializes in helping others achieve positive transformations. She received her bachelor and master’s degree in Cello performance and Early Music from the Indiana Jacob’s School of Music and also has a wide range of training and experience in the healing arts, with certifications in Reiki, Essential oils, and Feng Shui. This is expressed in her classes through a comfortable flow of yoga poses, breathing, stretching, strengthening and relaxation. Shelley facilitates a style of Hatha yoga that is accessible to everyone at every level and creates an atmosphere in the yoga room that is heartfelt, inspiring and compassionate. She provides a safe space for awareness, discovery and restoration in mind, body and spirit.

Taylor’s classes focus on learning how to breathe in order to support your body and mind to function optimally, how to gain flexibility and strength, how to release tension and stress, how to slow down, and how to keep your mind focused in the present, release past and future concerns and appreciate the emotions, body, and life you have right now.

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Stephen Wyrczynski, violist

Stephen Wyrczynski is professor of viola at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, joining in 1992.

He began violin studies at age 8 and eventually switched to the viola at age 16. In 1983, he began viola studies with Kim Kashkashian and later with Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory, where he became Tuttle's teaching assistant. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in 1988 from Juilliard, where he continued to be her assistant. He was then accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, then principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Wyrczynski earned a diploma there in 1991.

Wyrczynski keeps an active teaching schedule. He is also on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to teaching private lessons, he conducts a seminar in orchestral audition repertoire and techniques. He has taught at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, and Mannes College of Music in New York, where he does quarterly coachings in orchestral repertoire. He has previously taught orchestral studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, the National Orchestral Institute, and the New York State Summer School for Orchestral Studies.

As a chamber musician, he has played in many of North America's celebrated venues. He has had performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Newport Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kingston Music Festival, Casal's Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, and the Apollo Chamber Players. He also has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Edgar Meyer, and Dawn Upshaw.

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Frank Diaz

Frank M. Diaz is associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

He earned a bachelor’s and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, and an M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida. He previously held teaching positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Oregon, and school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He is also former music director and conductor of the Corvallis Youth Symphony in Corvallis, Ore. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference, and various conferences and honor festivals across the United States.

Diaz maintains an active schedule as a performer, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and appears regularly as a guest speaker for arts organizations, educational institutions, and civic groups across the United States. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Wyoming All-State Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, University of Colorado-Boulder, UMKC Midwest Honors Band and Orchestra Festival, Marquette Orchestra Festival, Ithaca College School of Music, Ithaca Summer Music Academy, University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, Southeastern String Workshop in Greensboro, N.C., and the American String Teachers Association Conference. He has founded and conducted orchestras at Florida State University, University of Oregon, and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Along with his work as an educator and conductor, Diaz is an active researcher on topics such as mindfulness in arts education, contemplative science, and teacher wellness, and presents regularly at international, national, and regional conferences. His research is published in prominent peer-reviewed journals, including Psychology of Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, and Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. Diaz currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and is a co-director of the Music and Mind Lab at the Jacobs School of Music.

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