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!

Presented in memory of
Harry E. and Mabry B. Miller

Friday, February 10, 2023

Tai Murray, violin

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


Acclaimed violinist Tai Murray is an Associate Professor of Violin at Yale University, described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as possessed of “exceptional assurance and style.” She has performed as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In The Strad, Murray has written of her commitment to championing contemporary music by composers of both ethnic and stylistic diversity. She is winner of a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the 2012 Sphinx Medal of Excellence. 



Friday, February 24, 2023

József Balog, piano

4:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center


Winner of the prestigious Franz Liszt Grand Prix du Disque, pianist József Balog has in recent years established a reputation as one of Europe’s most sensitive and dynamic concert pianists. He has given more than 1,000 performances in 25 countries, having appeared at Lincoln Center, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Kensington Palace, London. As soloist with orchestra, Mr. Balog has performed with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, Opéra de Nice, and the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey. 


Friday, April 28, 2023

Michael Dean, bass-baritone

4:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center

Currently Professor of Voice and Chair of Vocal Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, Michael Dean has appeared with the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and in numerous recordings of Baroque opera. He has performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Houston Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and I Musici de Montréal, among others.  



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.