Dr. Yuanyuan (Kay) HE is a composer and video artist with roots in China. Her works often explore and intertwine various forms of media to create unique audiovisual experiences that engage the audience. Many of her works involve collaborations with choreographers, dancers, video artists, audio technicians, and stage lighting and design artists. As a multimedia composer, she is very active in the music community. Kay serves as the Creative Director for Electronic Music Midwest (EMM), which is an annual music festival dedicated to programming a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing high quality electronic media performances. She is also the founder and Director of the Austin, TX-based Turn Up Multimedia Festival for Women Artists, which works to promote women composers, performers, and visual artists. She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, where she teaches composition, electro-acoustic music, and orchestration.
During her career, Kay has won many awards and been selected for many performances in the U.S. and abroad. Kay earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and her Master of Music degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied under Dr. Russell Pinkston and Dr. Yevgeniy Sharlat.
Dr. Winnie Fan is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral clarinetist, educator, and advocate of new music. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally in China, Japan, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. She joined the Round Rock Symphony as Principal Clarinetist since 2013. She is also a member in the Houston Serenade Project and Sonic IMPACT New Music Chamber Ensemble. Described by Dr. Mary Alice Druhan as “…played with bold dynamic range…expressive legato…” on International Clarinet Association Journal, Winnie received numerous awards and recognition such as International Clarinet Association, Music Teacher National Association, Brevard Music Center, Fischoff International Chamber Music Association, Montecito International Music Festival.
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Winnie moved to the United States in 2010, where she received her Doctoral of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Her former clarinet teachers include Nathan Williams, Steve Cohen, Richie Hawley, Alexander Potiomkin, Wei-Leng William Chen, Pei-Yun Lin, and Eugenia Jin. Winnie currently maintains a large, private studio in the Greater Houston area.