As a contemporary international artist, Diana Wuli has performed in concerts throughout the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Most recently, she was on tour with the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, performing and teaching alongside esteemed international faculty and artists, bringing music to local venues and communities. She has also performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Diana has been the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, including the Donovan Johnson Travelling Scholarship (AUS), Thornton Foundation Award (UK), Eva Heinitz Cello Award, and Janos Starker Scholar (USA) in support of her position as Assistant Instructor in Cello at Indiana University. She is currently completing her Doctor of Music Performance at Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of renowned cellist and distinguished cello professor Emilio Colón. In addition to performing, Diana is also a passionate pedagogue, giving workshops and masterclasses as guest artist and teacher at Miami University, Fresno State University, Indiana University, and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She works closely with renowned pedagogues to research and develop new and innovative cello teaching methods. As an avid believer in the purpose and power of music, Diana is actively involved in projects with the mission of bringing music and music education into underserved communities around the globe.
KevinFlynn is pursuing his Doctor of Music in Cello Performance at Indiana University as the Eva Heinitz Memorial Scholar and as assistant to his teacher, Emilio Colón. He received a Master of Music in Cello Performance at Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Cello Performance, studying under Pablo Mahave-Veglia, and in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University. He has played in venues from Constellation Chicago to Yellowstone National Park, and has been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today and in I CARE IF YOU LISTEN’s Fall 2015 mixtape. Kevin has served as an adjunct lecturer in music theory in the GVSU music department, and as a teaching assistant in the GVSU Philosophy department. Previous engagements include concerts across Canada with The Magisterra Soloists, GVSU New Music Ensemble’s 2016 National Parks Tour, Bloomington Early Music Festival, fresh inc. festival with Fifth House Ensemble, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
Jason Gong is an international pianist and cellist from Michigan. He received his Masters in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, United Kingdom studying under Prof. Noriko Ogawa and Prof. Paul Roberts and his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan studying under Dr. Louis Nagel.
He received his Masters in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, United Kingdom studying under Prof. Noriko Ogawa and Prof. Paul Roberts and his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan studying under Dr. Louis Nagel.
An accomplished performer and music educator, Jason comes to CelloChanWoods as a cellist assistant to the CCW cello staff. His polished cello playing, perspective as a pianist, and his solid teaching skills bring added perspective to the artistic process at CCW. He has a passion for collaboration, both with other musicians as well as with other disciplines. Most recently, he created and performed original works on both cello and piano with other musicians and visual artists for the Curiosa exhibition in Gois, Portugal, and also performed works by Ravel and Debussy alongside original choreography with dancers and choreographers from the London Contemporary Dance School.
Jason is very excited to be returning to CelloChanWoods. He greatly values its distinctive atmosphere, as well as the strong sense of community the retreat fosters. CCW creates an extremely supportive environment where the participants are able to work through musical, mental, and emotional barriers.
Joseph Tatum is a multi-genre cellist and composer residing in Reno, Nevada where he performs with a number of diverse ensembles. His primary objective has been to explore and innovate the cello's unique capabilities as a non-classical performance instrument. In June 2016 this goal manifested itself when Joseph teamed up with Ethan Gray to form Darabello, a duo featuring original composition for looped cello and percussion. Very soon after forming Darabello, Joseph was commissioned by Reno’s Artown to create a show alongside dancer Alex Kaskie, which set the stage for an invitation to perform a collaborative 2017 TEDx talk in Carson City, NV. More recently, Joseph’s debut album with Darabello, “Stone Tangled Ivy,” is set to release in April, 2019.In addition to these projects, Joseph performs as a section member of the Reno Philharmonic, as well as with the Desert Rose Ensemble. He also maintains an active interest in teaching, including work with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program as well as leading a studio for private cello lessons. Joseph holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
Ethan Young is the cellist of the Rockefeller String Quartet and is a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly throughout the state of Arkansas with his quartet and other chamber ensembles, including the Platypus Players of whom he is a founding member. He holds teaching positions as the cello instructor for the Sturgis Music Academy and as Adjunct Cello Instructor at Hendrix University and Henderson State University. He has served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra, and the Indiana University Baroque Orchestra where he has studied baroque cello under renowned early music specialist Stanley Ritchie. Other orchestral positions have been with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute with the New World Symphony. He has worked under the baton of numerous conductors including Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Ludovic Morlot He has played chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Center and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, and has performed on numerous chamber concerts in Ann Arbor, MI and Bloomington, IN, where he performed in the world premiere of Brian Newbould’s transcription of Schubert’s D. 385 violin sonatina for clarinet and string quartet, featuring James Campbell on clarinet. Ethan holds a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan where he studied with Anthony Elliott, and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University under Peter Stumpf.
Dory Mead, CelloChanWoods Assistant Director, leads classes in movement, facilitates many aspects of the CCW vision, and creates dynamic events. Her talent as a leader and ability to bring people together is well known. She earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan school of Music, where she studied with George Shirley and Freda Herseth, and has had 18 years of private study. She appeared in La Purpura de la Rosa and The Rover while at Michigan. Ms. Mead spent two summers performing with the Aspen Music Festival Opera program, during which she was a featured artist opening for Jessye Norman. Ms. Mead has also performed with the Metro City Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater and the Austin Shakespeare Company. While studying with W. Steve Smith in New York, Ms. Mead incorporated both Jazz and Classical into her performance repertoire at the Victor Café in South Philadelphia. Recently appearing with the Brass Tacks Ensemble as King Henry in Shakespeare's Henry V, Titania in Ann Arbor Shakespeare in the Arb, 2015 alumna of the OperaWorks Intensive training program and member of A2CT's long-form Imrov troupe 'Dearly Beloved, Ms. Mead is dedicated to continued education as a performer and educator. She currently teaches privately in Ann Arbor, MI, is a faculty member of the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. As a teacher and mentor, Ms. Mead spent ten years teaching rock climbing and outdoor adventure activities to children and adults. She has been teaching singing lessons for 5 years and her technique is influenced by her teacher W. Stephen Smith, author of The Naked Voice. Assistant director of the CelloChanWoods Music Retreat, her experience mentoring a wide range of people through challenging processes makes her a patient and positive vocal instructor with a unique approach.
Our Chef Chef Mary Potts lives a multifaceted life, which comes together in creative and adventurous approaches to food. Celebrated photographer, competitive Jujitsu World Gold Medalist, and avid traveler, Mary weaves many talents in to an expressive tapestry of cooking. Her long career in some of the finest restaurants in the culinary air of South East Michigan includes being a Baker at Blue Tractor, Pastry Chef for the famed Vellum restaurant, leading to a position as Sous Chef at Lena and ultimately recruited as the inaugural Executive Chef at the Ypsi AleHouse in Michigan. All these experiences come together to create Chef Mary’s unique approach, which blends home-cooked comfort foods with the flavors she experiences around the globe.
You will see numerous photos of Chef Mary's creations during CelloChanWoods in the Gallery (many of which incorporate locally grown food purchased at the local farmers market as well as bounteous organic blueberries harvested right in the blueberry fields of Knoll Farm).
“Charlie Mead recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors in Philosophy. For the past two years he has been learning culinary skills at American Flatbread in Waitsfield, Vermont and will be moving to Chicago in the fall. He has spent his time here in Vermont learning guitar, Snowboarding on Vermonts slopes, and learning about the ethics of food.”