Each season, select world-class guest artists performing with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra are invited to present master classes for the benefit of area music students. These events are open to the public, FREE of charge. They provide the rare opportunity for students to work with masters of the musical craft, and for observers to enjoy high-quality student performances and ‘open lessons’ with the artists. They are highlights of our concert season, and we’d love to have you join us for the experience!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Katherine Chi, piano

4:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC

Canadian pianist Katherine Chi has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. Her “keen musical intelligence and powerful arsenal of technique” have been noted by the New York Times. Her interpretations of Mozart are highly regarded, as are her performances of large Romantic-Era and twentieth-century works. She has appeared with major orchestras internationally and is a regular at top festivals including Aldeburgh, Banff, Launadière, and Marlboro.

Accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age ten, Katherine Chi later received advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory. She was a prizewinner in the 1998 Busoni International Competition, and in 2000 became the first Canadian and the first woman to win first prize in the Honens International Piano Competition. She has recorded for the Arktos and Honens labels.

Katherine Chi returns to Huntsville to perform the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Gregory Vajda and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Julia Dina, violin

4:00 p.m.
Choir Room, First Baptist Church of Huntsville

Violinist Julia Dina is pleased to augment her first season as Concertmaster of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra with a special master class.

Praised as “excellent in every way” by Chicago Classical Review, Julia enjoys an active performance career in orchestral and chamber music. She studied violin with her father from the age of two, and won numerous scholarships and awards for further study at Chicago’s Merit School of Music. Having made her orchestral debut at only five years of age, she later performed as soloist with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Businessman’s Orchestra. Julia was Concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she toured internationally.

She has been featured nationally on WFMT’s celebrated program “From the Top.” A laureate of the Woolsey Competition, Julia holds a Certificate in Performance from Yale, where she studied with Hyo Kang; other influential teachers include Ilya Kaler, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Guillaume Combet, and Aurelien Pederzoli.

Julia Dina performs as soloist alongside Tamás Varga, Principal Cello of the Vienna Philharmonic, in a concert featuring works of Brahms and Bartók with conductor Gregory Vajda and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Huntsville.



  • Performers are selected by audition and/or recommendation. However, these events are free and open for observation to the public.
  • If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Hicks, by email at sharon@hso.org or by phone at 256-539-4818.