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 19, 2017

André Chiang, baritone

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Roberts Recital Hall, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Baritone André Chiang, touted by the Oregonian as “vocally commanding,” brings his lyrical voice to repertoire spanning from Handel to Glass. Recent engagements include performances with Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, Virginia Opera, Portland Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, and the Manhattan School of Music.

Along with his stage work, Mr. Chiang is equally comfortable in recital and concert. These credits include appearances with La Grange Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, and the New Orleans Symphony Chorus, among others.

Mr. Chiang holds the Bachelor of Music of the University of South Alabama, where he is currently on faculty, and the Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition for Voice.

He makes his HSO debut on October 20, 2017, performing as baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Claire HuangciClaire Huangci, piano

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
(general seating is ON STAGE, not in the house)

Claire Huangci, a native of Rochester, New York, is now based in Europe as a top-flight performer, recording artist, and educator. Recognized as a child prodigy, she gave a private concert for President Bill Clinton at age ten and went on to study with Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute and with Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama, and Media Hanover.

Ms. Huangci’s international appearances include performances with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, China Philharmonic Orchestra, and Istanbul State Symphony; she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Salle Cortot, and Leipzig Gewandhaus, and at the prestigious Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, and Verbier Festivals to name but a few. Ms. Huangci’s recording of sonatas by Scarlatti received the German Record Critics’ Award and the coveted “Editor’s Choice” of Gramophone magazine.

She makes her HSO debut on November 3, 2017, performing the Ravel Piano Concerto in G.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Mayuko KamioMayuko Kamio, violin

4:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC
(general seating is ON STAGE, not in the house)

The gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Mayuko Kamio is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long, expressive phrasing, and virtuoso technique. The New York Times has called Ms. Kamio an “exciting young musician,” and “a radiant talent.”

She has appeared as soloist with Boston Pops Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley, among others, and has toured as soloist with various orchestras including Budapest Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and the BBC Philharmonic. She has recorded concertos by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and various chamber and solo works for the Sony and BMG labels.

Ms. Kamio, born in Osaka, Japan, was the youngest-ever winner of the 1998 Menuhin International Violin Competition. Her studies took her to Toho Gakuen in Tokyo, the Juilliard School, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich.

Mayuko Kamio makes her HSO debut on February 3, 2018, in a performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Emilio ColonEmilio Colón, cello

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center
(general seating is ON STAGE, not in the house)

Cellist Emilio Colón, born in Puerto Rico, is acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer. His extensive international career has taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony of Istanbul, and San Angelo Symphony. He has participated in festivals such as the Casals Festival, La Musica International Chamber Festival, and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.

Also a seasoned conductor, Mr. Colón is founder and Artistic Director of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico and has led the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala and the Texas Festival and Chamber Orchestras as guest conductor.

The second-youngest person ever appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he had previously studied with internationally celebrated cellist Janos Starker, Mr. Colón is a renowned educator. He has taught courses at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the Paris Conservatoire, Toho Gakuen in Tokyo, and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has received the U.S. Ambassador’s Cultural Diplomacy Award for his work in improving relations between the U.S. and foreign countries. He recently served on the jury of the Pablo Casals International Violoncello Competition.

Mr. Colón makes his HSO debut on May 5, 2018, performing both the Schumann Cello Concerto and Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote.


  • 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.