ICOA Educational Program - Artists of Tomorrow Faculty
CONDUCTOR: Lochlan Brown
Violin Faulty: Karen Cueva
Peruvian-American violinist Karen Cueva is an avid performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. She has been privileged to perform on stages such as Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman), under the batons of renowned conductors Alan Gilbert, James DePreist, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Cueva earned her bachelor and master’s degrees under the tutelage of Professor Lewis Kaplan. In 2015, she was recognized with Juilliard’s Joseph W. Polisi Award for exemplifying the values of an “Artist as Citizen”.
An advocate for social justice in music education, Ms. Cueva has taught in various non profit organizations and public schools in Boston and New York City as a teaching artist and violin teacher. In 2016, Ms. Cueva graduated with her Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. As a member of the Arts in Education graduate cohort, Ms. Cueva focused her studies on the intersection of race, excellence, and equity in music education. She is the co-founder of the Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard, a chamber orchestra devoted to fostering inclusion through socially conscious programming of traditionally marginalized composers and community impact projects. For her efforts with the Du Bois Orchestra at Harvard, Ms. Cueva was the 2017 recipient of the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, as well as the From The Top Arts Leadership Grant.
Ms. Cueva currently works as Manager of Learning & Engagement Programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute while maintaining a freelancing performing career in the heart of New York City.
Violin & Viola Faulty: Lindsey Castellano
Lindsey is a violin and viola applied lesson instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also the Research Associate for the Center for Arts Education Research and the Doctoral Assessment Fellow at Teachers College. She finished her Masters in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsey has been teaching violin for 16 years and has experience teaching a wide range of ages as a private and group instructor. Lindsey instructed the High String Fundamentals class at the UW-Madison, where she created and implemented a curriculum for the enrolled music education majors to learn a beginning to intermediate skill level on the violin and viola through a natural and accessible approach. She directed and coached the All University String Orchestras Chamber program in Madison and coached the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber program. Lindsey worked with a non-profit community music program in Wisconsin, Madison Music Makers, where she created a curriculum for volunteer teachers from the university and community to implement, and coached them in their instruction. She has been working with the Partnership for the Homeless in Brooklyn where she instructs and directs a music program that incorporates the interests, cultures, and voices of the students. She has a private studio in Manhattan and is a faculty member at the Bloomingdale School of Music. She has experience as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician and enjoys playing a wide range of musical genres.
Ieong Cheng (Katy) Ho
Macao-born violist, Ieong Cheng (Katy) Ho, has quickly gained national and international attention, gracing concert stages around the world. Katy has performed in various concert halls in the United States, China, Germany, Austria, France, and Denmark. She has served as a principal violist in The New Juilliard Ensemble, and Texas Festival Orchestra and as an assistant viola principal in The Juilliard Orchestra. She has performed with renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Robert McDonald, Trey Li, and Timothy Eddy.
As a dedicated music educator and advocate, she was awarded the Juilliard Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship in 2014, through which she taught viola performance at Lilian Weber School of Art during her artist residency. She was also awarded the Juilliard Summer Grant in 2014, through which she founded her own summer outreach project in her hometown – “Project MusiKid.”
Katy is a multiple scholarship recipient from Juilliard, Columbia University, the Macao Government, and Teachers College. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School. As an Enid W. & Lester Morse Jr. Scholar, Katy completed her Ed.M degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music and Music Education at Teachers College. Katy is on the faculty at Opportunity Music Project, Teachers College Community School, and serves an applied music instructor for the college.