Music To Our Ears: University of Iowa Violin and Vocal Duet

Music To Our Ears University of Iowa Violin and Vocal Duet
Friday, May 1, 2015

Timothy Hsu, violin

An Oklahoma native, Timothy Hsu has had the opportunity to perform and teach in various cities throughout the country and South America, including Baltimore, Dallas, Aspen, Iowa City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hsu has always had a passion for teaching and community engagement programs throughout his career. During his time at Peabody, Timothy was actively involved in several outreach organizations for students in underserved communities, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids and the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony’s Bridges after school programs as a lead violin teacher. He was also on the TWIGS violin faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In the summer of 2012, Timothy traveled to Acarigua Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s El Sistema education sites. He was also one of two violinists from the United States asked to teach a special masterclass in Guanare, Venezula during that same summer.

Mr. Hsu is currently finishing his doctoral studies with Katherine Wolfe as a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. He enjoys teaching his non-major undergraduate violin students at the university and hopes to become a violin professor after graduation. He holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Peabody Conservatory. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melancon of the Peabody Trio.

Neher, Lisa R J, vocalist

Mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher brings dramatic specificity and committed physicality to operatic, concert, and song repertoire. Trained as a stage actress, she is equally comfortable in the worlds of opera and spoken theatre. A composer and passionate advocate for contemporary music, she frequently premieres new works as well as established masterworks of the last fifty years. Recent engagements include Alto Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Central Iowa Symphony and the Grinnell Oratorio Society, Mozart’s Requiem with the University of Iowa Choirs & Orchestra, a staged performance of Augusta Read Thomas’s Sun-Songs: Three Micro-Operas with the Center for New Music, and the role of Jennifer in the premiere of the chamber opera One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan with the Singaporean ensemble Chamber Sounds. She appeared as Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals with the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre this April. Lisa is a Teaching Artist at Coe College and was a 2014 Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She is the creator of the One Voice Project, which promotes the composition of new works for unaccompanied solo voice through a call for scores initiative. Lisa is a student of Susan McBerry, Julia Broxholm, and Katherine Eberle, and is pursuing her doctorate in voice at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Stephen Swanson. For more information, visit