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Festival Faculty, Artists and Staff

SUSAN DEAVER – flute & conductor

Susan Deaver, co-founder and director of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, is flutist of The Pierrot Consort and conductor of the Festival Chamber Orchestra. As a flutist, she has performed in the United States, Europe and Korea and was principal flutist of Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center from 1981 to 2002. She has performed with Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi and on Broadway in “Phantom of the Opera.” She received fellowships from the Bach Aria and Tanglewood Festivals and performed at the Music Festival of the Hamptons in 2006. She has recorded for New World records, CRI, Arabesque Recordings and North/South Consonance. Susan Deaver is the music director and conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, the University Orchestra at Stony Brook University and Principal Guest Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, which she conducted at Carnegie Hall. She has guest conducted in Scotland, England, Spain, Korea and Germany and was a conductor for Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Ensemble. Newsday featured her in an article about her work as Conducting Instructor for actor Freddie Highmore in Warner Brothers’ movie “August Rush.” As conductor of the LIU Post Orchestra from 1981 to 2006, she developed the orchestra from an ensemble of 11 to a full sized symphonic orchestra of over 70 undergraduate and graduates students. She creatively expanded the orchestral program to include a series of concerts at Tilles Center, an annual concerto competition, performance courses for music educators and orchestral educational residency programs with the New York Philharmonic and Tilles Center. Dr. Deaver is on the music faculty at LIU Post, Stony Brook University and Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate of musical arts in performance from Manhattan School of Music.


Dale Stuckenbruck enjoys an active diverse musical life in New York as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and teacher. His main studies were with his mentor of three decades, the violinist Erick Friedman, with whom he has appeared as soloist, in recording and in chamber music. He has performed as soloist/concertmaster with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, New York Virtuosi, New York String Ensemble, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, Taipei City Symphony Orchestra, Music at St. Ignatius, Dance Theater of Harlem, Queens Symphony, Masterworks, and Long Island Philharmonic. He has recorded the violin concerto by Lou Pelosi on CRI, recorded with Erick Friedman on Kultur Video, for countless commercial labels, and one hundred films. He has received international acclaim with Steve Margoshes, “Sawing to New Heights,” and acclaim for his performances of the “Divination by Mirrors” by Michael Levine with the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi. His performance of “Ancient Voices of Children” by George Crumb with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society led to the recording of this work for Bridge Records, which was nominated for a Grammy. As mandolinist he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, ABT, with Paula Robison at the Metropolitan Museum, and in a recording with the Charleston Symphony. He has been featured in Strings Magazine, Korean Monthly Music Magazine, Newsday, and the New York Times. He has been a guest lecturer for the Juilliard School of Music and the Long Island Guitar Festival. He recently founded Long Island’s most interesting conductorless-string ensemble, Kammermusik, for young talent. Since 1975 he has performed with Heawon Kim, his wife, in recitals in Asia, Europe and South America. He wrote and recorded the soundtrack for “Shadows” by Ed Lachman and Slater Bradley, which was recently shown at the Whitney Museum for five months. He has a member of the music faculty at LIU Post since 1986. D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music, 1984. Visit


With her ‘fluidly lyrical’ playing (New York Times), violist Veronica Salas is a versatile performer and teacher who has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and master class artist throughout the world. As soloist Salas has performed with Mostly Mozart, LIU Post Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, USC Symphony, Colonial and Westfield Symphonies. Under the auspices of the State Department, she has given recitals and master classes in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as touring the Greek Isles as violist of the Elysium String Quartet. As violist of Modern Works the recording of Ge Gan-Ru String Quartets, on the Naxos label, was chosen by critics of The New York Times as a notable recording of 2009. Highlights of other recordings include a Virgil Thomson CD where Salas is featured, an all Mozart CD with Stanley Drucker and the Bach Brandenburg Concerti featuring Lukas Foss. An avid chamber musician, Salas is violist of Pierrot Consort, Elysium Ensemble, Modern Works, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Canta Libre, and Queens Chamber Band in which she plays concertos on viola and viola d’amore. She has performed chamber music with Yoyo Ma, Eric Friedman, Lawrence Dutton, Joseph Fuchs and Stanley Drucker. Salas is presently principal violist of American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Philharmonic, Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and Westfield Symphony. She is on the faculties of LIU Post and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas received her B.M.A., M.M.A. and D.M.A. from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lillian Fuchs.


Maureen Hynes, co-founder of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher in the New York musical world. She performs regularly with the American Ballet Theater, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, American Composers Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Bard Festival Orchestra and the Queens Symphony. She has appeared at the Spoleto and Aspen Festivals, and at the Lake George Opera Festival. Her work in New York has included substitute work in many Broadway shows and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show. Ms. Hynes was a winner of the Concert Artist Guild Award with the Janus Ensemble and she is currently a member of the Pierrot Consort. She has performed in Europe, Canada, Korea and Hong Kong both as cellist and gambist. Professor Hynes is Director of Orchestral and String Studies at LIU Post, where she is professor of cello and conductor of the C.W. Post Orchestra, the C.W. Post String Ensemble and the Merriweather Consort. In 2009, she received the Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award from Long Island University for her contributions to the Department of Music. She was also the creator and director of the C.W. Post Pre-College Music Program. She has guest conducted at the Nassau All-County Festival at Tilles Center, the SCMEA Festival and the Long Island String Festivals in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Hynes has given Master Classes in Seoul, Korea and on Long Island and has coached at the Mannes Pre-College Division. She has recorded for the Albany label. Ms. Hynes is a member of Chamber Music America, Early Music America, MENC and the American String Teachers Association.

HEAWON KIM – piano

Heawon Kim’s auspicious studies began in her native Korea where she appeared at the age of 7 with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. Subsequently she won numerous competitions, appearing with these orchestras frequently on television and radio. After coming in 1972 to the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts. There she studied with Clifton Matthews. While studying with him, she won the Vittorio Giannini Award, the Southeastern Music Teachers Competition, and appeared with the Orchestra of the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts under the baton of Nicholas Harsanyi. Following rave reviews, she was brought to New York by Claude Frank, with whom she studied at the Mannes School of Music. She subsequently earned her Master of Music under Robert Goldsand at the Manhattan School of Music performing for the classes of Erick Friedman, Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, Franco Gulli, and Andre Watts. Ms. Kim has been a soloist with regional orchestras in the United States and has appeared as chamber musician with such groups as the Bronx Arts Ensemble, The Pierrot Consort, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Garrett Lakes Festival, Leonia Chamber Players, and the Colonial Symphony. She has appeared with the KBS at the opening of the Sejong Arts Center in Korea. She is much in demand as a partner in recitals with internationally renowned artists. She was a frequent partner for the late Erick Friedman for over 30 years. Other collaborations include Dennis Brott, Sergiu Luca, Marion Davies, Sanford Allen, Barry Finclair, and her husband, Dale Stuckenbruck. She is on the faculty of LIU Post as an instrumental coach and is very active in the Korean musical community, performing for fund raising concerts for displaced persons from North Korea. She has worked with her husband, Dale Stuckenbruck to create the new chamber organization for young talent called Kammermusik with whom she recently appeared in the Clara Wieck-Schumann concerto. They have two children and live on Long Island.


Nam-Sook Choei Lee, violinist, won a number of competitions in her native Korea early in her career, including the Grand Prize in the Dong-A National Competition. Her distinction garnered her appearances as a soloist, with both the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Following her graduation from Seoul National University, she enrolled at the Mannes College of Music with a full scholarship, under her mentor Young-Uk Kim. While studying at Mannes, her passion for chamber music lead her to become the first violinist of the Mannes Scholarship Quartet and receive guidance from Felix Galimiar. She also studied at the Meadowmount School of Music with Ivan Galamian. and Joseph Gingold. She participated in many festivals such as the Tanglewood Festival, the Round Top Festival, and the Garett Lake Festival, all with a fellowship. Ms. Lee appeared as a concertmistress for several orchestras, such as the AMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria, Bach Festival Orchestra in Marlboro, Vermont, and the New York Sinfonia. She also performed as a leader of the Piri Chamber Ensemble and was a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Philharmonia, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Seoul Sinfonietta and continues her musical endeavors in the New York community with the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. She also taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and at the Queensborough Community College, as well as in her own private studio. She is currently a faculty member at the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. She has been performing extensively in recitals and chamber concerts in both New York and in her native Korea.

CHRISTINE DORÉ, piano – Master Classes & Festival competitions

Pianist Christine Doré has received international acclaim as a chamber musician with wide interpretative capabilities. She has been hailed for her nimble-fingered brilliance and wonderfully expressive piano playing. Ms. Doré is a founding member of the chamber music ensemble Chamberosity, which recently commissioned and premiered Eric Ewazen’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano. The ensemble is making the first recording of this piece. Ms. Doré’s chamber music performances have been aired on such radio stations as KSUI (Iowa Public Radio) and WNYC. She currently serves on the music faculty of LIU Post, teaching Instrumental Coaching. Ms. Doré began her musical studies in England at the age of six and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she attended on a full merit scholarship. She made her New York debut in 1996 as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and has twice toured eastern Europe, including performances in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Ms. Doré has appeared as a soloist with the Camerata Orchestra of NY, the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Mannes College Orchestra. She has subbed regularly with the Long Island Philharmonic. She was also a member of the faculty of the highly regarded Stony Brook Summer Music Festival during its tenure. Ms. Doré ran the Music At Greenlawn concert series for the decade of its highly successful existence, ending in 2003. For several years she was a member of the chamber music faculty of the pre-college music program at SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Doré believes in the highest standards of musical education and is devoted to her many students, both past and present.


Hisaichi Shimura, violinist, was born in Japan and began violin studies at the age of 6. In 1992 after participating in a master class with Lewis Kaplan in Japan, he was inspired to move to the United States to study with Mr. Kaplan. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Mannes College of Music and appeared as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition 1995. His festival credits include Tanglewood, PMF, Salzburg, Bowdoin and the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, where he studied with Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck. His New York recital debut was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996 as an Artists International Competition winner. Currently he is presenting solo recitals and performing chamber music in the United States, South America and Japan. He is a member of orchestras such as the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, as a principal second violin, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony and Solistas Mexico Japon, founded by Yuriko Kuronuma in Mexico. He is a member of the faculty at Newark School of the Arts, The Waldorf School of Garden city and Greenwich House Music School in NYC, and was teaching assistant to Lewis Kaplan at the Juilliard School of Music’s Pre-college Division.

SARAH KADTKE – Administrative Assistant to the Directors

Sarah Kadtke has been playing the flute for 12 years and piccolo for 7 years. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Performance and will be a junior at LIU Post in the fall of 2019. An active member of the LIU Post community, Sarah is participating in the Honors College and various service clubs. In her years at LIU Post, she has been a member of many performance groups, including the Wind Symphony and LIU Post Orchestra. Active also as a chamber musician, Sarah has had the opportunity to be in musical residencies with her chamber ensembles at the Portledge School and Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. Sarah has also performed in multiple master classes at LIU Post and her chamber trio was coached by members of The Knights and most recently by the Shanghai String Quartet. She is currently studying flute and piccolo with Dr. Susan Deaver and Christopher Morrison. During the summer of 2018, Sarah participated in the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival and is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Directors of the Festival.

John Meschi – Festival Webmaster

John Meschi is an Adjunct Professor at LIU Post and the Department of Music's Director of Music Technology. In additiona to teaching music technology courses, he maintains the twenty-five station Music Technology Lab and the seventeen station Keyboard Lab. From 1989 to 2010 he served as the Department's Graduate Adviser. Mr. Meschi has also taught in the Department of Educational Technology, training teachers in basic computer skills, multimedia, and web design, and in the Department of Art and the Interactive Multimedia Arts program, specializing in internet and web design, sound in multimedia, and the development of database-driven websites. A TI:ME certified instructor and a composer/arranger, Mr. Meschi holds a B.S. in Music Education from NYU and an M.A. from LIU with a concentration in theory/composition. A recent composition Canon Redux was included on a CD released by The Artesian Guitar Quartet. He has been involved with the musical applications of computers since the mid-1980s with special interests in algorithmic composition and developing music-oriented software. In addition to teaching, composing and arranging, John currently maintains websites for the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, the Long Island Guitar Festival and the Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique Music School and Festival in Canada.