Executive Director - Drew X. Coles
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, Drew Coles, has been a member of the New York City music scene for several years now. His wide range of musical knowledge and ability to cross stylistic and philosophical boundaries make him a valuable asset and keep him performing, teaching and collaborating steadily throughout the year. Upon recently finishing a tenure as CEO of Pro Arts Management and Consulting LLC, Drew began serving as the Executive Director of the International Chamber Orchestra of America.
Drew earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Business from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Metropolitan College of New York, and is currently engaged in research and coursework toward his doctorate at Columbia University's Teacher's College, as a teaching fellow. One of Drew’s current research projects, the Musician’s Minute Project, looks to examine how professionals use their time to deduce the most successful practices in order to unearth how the programing and curricular options offered in post-secondary institutions can better reflect the needs of graduates and future graduates.
Director of ICOA Educational Program - 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.
Faculty of ICOA Educational Program - Andy Lin
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Lin is recognized as one of the most promising young violists and erhuists of today. In addition, he is also the founder and artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions, including the Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, the 2008 Juilliard Concerto Competition, which led to his his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, and the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. In January 2013, he appeared as soloist on both the viola and erhu with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Incheon Philharmonic in Korea.
Mr. Lin is a dedicated chamber musician and a member of the award-winning Amphion Quartet. The quartet, a 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition winner, is currently starting a three-year residency in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS2 program.
An accomplished erhuist, Mr. Lin recently made his Lincoln Center erhu debut in Alice Tully Hall as a soloist with the COS Young Symphonic Ensemble. He has performed the erhu solo part in the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s Engraft for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Lin has also been invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to be the erhu soloist in Iris dévoilée by Chen Qi-Gang.
Mr. Lin has performed on the Metropolitan Museum’s Gallery Concert Series and Patrons Lounge Concert, and has appeared at the OK Mozart and Chamber Music Northwest festivals. Mr. Lin is currently a faculty member at the Chinese Cultural Arts Institute in Harrisburg, PA.
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.
Staff Conductor - Robert Kahn
Robert Kahn is a versatile conductor of symphonic, operatic, and choral music. For the 2015-2016 season, he has been the assistant conductor for the Mannes Opera, working under Joseph Colaneri. Robert was appointed Staff Conductor of the International Chamber Orchestra of America during their 2015-2016 season. He also serves as the conductor of the Washington Square Singers.
Robert is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Mannes College, studying with David Hayes. Previous conducting teachers include Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Harlan Parker, and Harold Farberman. He holds a Double Bachelors Degree in Physics and Clarinet from The Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory.
Development Coordinator - Yiqin Becky Guo
Yiqin holds a Bachelors degree in English from Shanghai Normal University, and a Master's degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Yiqin has obtained extensive business development experience in international arts and culture promotion when she served as a senior executive in the Shanghai Broadband TV Co. and the China National Center for Developing Cartoon, Animation and Game Industry. Yiqin has also served as consultant to several Non-for-profit organizations including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Along with more than ten years of professional experience, Yiqin describes her dream job as; "something she loves, something she is good at, and something in which she feels a sense of making a difference, of having a purpose in life larger than herself."
Social Media Coordinator - Xiaoyu Wang
Xiaoyu holds a Bachelors degree in International Journalism and Communication from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has gained extensive experience in strategic storytelling and new media through internships with media organizations in China. During her study abroad experience in Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, Xiaoyu also participated in a number of film and arts projects.
Xiaoyu is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Communications Practice at Columbia University. She is continually sharpening her skills in market research, rhetoric, writing, and new media, all while consistently learning how to become a more effective and adaptable communicator.