Shinjoo Cho is a bandoneonist, pianist, and accordionist and a versatile solo and ensemble musician embodying many musical traditions. Her musical path began with piano in her native Korea at the age of five. After immigrating to the US in 1991, she continued her study with Peter Coraggio in Hawaii and later with Ingrid Clarfield in Princeton, New Jersey, where she studied piano performance and pedagogy at the Westminster Choir College. During this time, she won numerous scholarships and competition prizes and performed at the Carnegie Hall. Shinjoo traveled to Serbia for an immersion in Balkan music and studied bandoneón in Argentina.
She has collaborated with international music, dance, and film artists in multidisciplinary projects. Equally at home with classical music, she participated in the Marlboro Music Festival under the direction of Leon Fleisher and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2012 at the Severance Hall. Currently, Shinjoo splits her time between the US and Buenos Aires, Argentina and performs extensively as a bandoneonist and pianist. She is a principal bandoneonist and assistant director of Orquesta Tipica La Hannibal and in May 2015, she performed as a solo pianist at the inauguration of Centro Cultural Kirchner, which was broadcast live on Argentine national television.
Joseph Kauffman was born in Oakland, California. He began studying the violin when he was five with Dejin Sun, and later with Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summers, Joseph participated in international music festivals such as Interlochen, Luzerne, Music in the Mountains, Kinhaven, and Recontres Musicales International des Graves, and the Mozarteum Festival where he worked with many fine musicians and teachers.
Joseph graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a BM in Violin Performance, and was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award given out to one exceptional student. Joseph was a winner of the Beene, Kroulik, and Brewster competitions in Pennsylvania, and in 2008, received first prize in the PSU Philharmonic Concerto Competition where he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto. He returns to Penn State every summer for the Penn’s Woods Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. He joined the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in 2014 as a principal violist and often serves as concertmaster for Temple Orchestra in opera and symphonic performances.
Greg StrohmanGreg currently serves as a contributing faculty member in music at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in 2014. He also holds a Master of Music degree from Temple and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lebanon Valley College.
Greg has always enjoyed a diverse yet extensive musical background. From an early age he studied and pursued trombone, piano, and music composition, winning numerous accolades in all three areas. As a high school student Greg appeared as pianist on national public radio’s showcase for young classical musicians, “From the Top.” He has served as a staff accompanist for Lebanon Valley College's Summer Music Camp, various National Association of Teachers of Singing’s (NATS) Regional Competitions, and as a rehearsal accompanist for the Harrisburg Opera. Greg has performed with the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, as a concerto soloist with the Lebanon Valley College Symphony Orchestra, and in masterclasses for Petronel Malan and Santiago Rodriguez. As a collaborative pianist, he has worked with a diverse range of vocalists and instrumentalists—including members of the Metropolitan Opera, United States Marine Band, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Jason Klinke In addition to being a full time piano technician, Jason Klinke is a Philly based jazz guitarist in high demand. Jason began studying the guitar at age 11 and while attending Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, he studied under the likes of Tom Giacobetti, Terrell Stafford, and Bruce Barth. In addition, studying privately with veteran guitarist and educator Joseph Federico. Since graduation he has worked with many of the area’s top jazz musicians including Larry McKenna, Byron Landham, Akiko Tsuruga, and Mike Boone. Jason has performed extensively in the east coast, at venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Museum, Keswick Theater, Center City Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Music Fest, Somers Point Jazz Fest, and Jazz Bridge Concerts.
Recently, Jason has been collaborating with composer/guitarist extraordinaire Steve Giordano-a duo exploring the more interactive possibilities of new original music and time honored standards alike. He can also be seen performing with Skyline, an organ trio led by organist Lucas Brown, supported by drummer Anwar Marshall as well as various combos featuring vocalist Rhenda Fearington. Jason’s recording credits include, the Tap Room Trio’s 2011 release “Live in Time”, Rhenda Fearington’s 2012 release “This Moment’s Sweetness”, and the Somers Point Jazz Society "Artist Member Compilation".
Benjamin Blazer attended Temple University, where he attained a BM in music theory and double bass performance, as well as an MM in music composition. He studied double bass with John Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra and composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Maurice Wright and Richard Brodhead. Benjamin currently thrives in the field of music education as a music teacher for Central High School in the School District of Philadelphia as well as a faculty member for the Temple Music Preparatory Division. He continues to compose and have his music performed regularly, and plans to write more for the Oscuro Quintet in the near future. His works include Sustenance for Double Bass, Five Pages for Piano, Dunbar Songs for baritone and piano and several works for strings.