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The TSO Master Class series offers Southern Arizona’s emerging musicians a special opportunity to work one-on-one with world-renowned musicians. Through this series TSO expands the learning continuum through adulthood, bringing the community into an intimate setting with the TSO’s musicians and guest artists.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  No reservations necessary.

For information about participating in or with questions about attending a master class, contact Education Programs Manager Alana Richardson at or 620-9167

Joyce Yang, piano

Tucson Symphony Center
September 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.

Anne Gratz, cello

Tucson Symphony Center
October 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Cellist Anne Gratz is Principal Cello of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Kingfisher Quartet, Tucson Symphony String Quartet, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and Tucson Pops Orchestra.  She has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Texas Festival Orchestra. Anne’s upcoming performances include a concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with True Concord Voices and Orchestra and her Tucson Symphony Orchestra concerto debut with Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto. Anne is also active as a cello teacher in Tucson and works with many schools and music programs including Pima Community College, Tucson Junior Strings, and Tucson High Magnet School. 

A native of Indiana, Anne graduated as valedictorian from Interlochen Arts Academy and received BM and MM degrees and an Orchestral Studies Diploma from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris.

William Hagen, violin

Tucson Symphony Center
November 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Twenty-three-year-old violinist William Hagen is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition (the highest ranking American since 1985). Having captured the attention of the Belgian press and public during the competition, William has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” ( who “plays with an obvious and sincere love for the very act of music making” (North Texas Performing Arts News). Already a seasoned performer on concert stages around the United States and abroad, William’s 2016–2017 season includes debuts with the Oregon and Pasadena symphonies and recitals at Ravinia and the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, among others.

William Wolfram, piano

Tucson Symphony Center
November 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. A versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, he has won the respect of musicians and critics across the country and abroad. Wolfram has several recordings on the Naxos label, has played recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe, and has performed with dozens of the finest orchestras in the world.

Alexander Lipay, flute

Tucson Symphony Center
December 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Alexander Lipay has been Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 2006. He holds the same position with True Concord Voices and Orchestra and St. Andrew’s Bach Society Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal flute with the San Diego Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. He also served as principal flute of the Tucson Chamber Artists and the Sunriver Music Festival.

Mr. Lipay has performed as a soloist with the Tucson Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Hermitage Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists and Arizona Chamber Orchestra.

Heidi Stober, soprano & Andrew Craig Brown, baritone

Tucson Symphony Center
January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

In the 2013-14 season, bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown makes his debut at San Francisco Opera as Dr. Grenville in La Traviata. Recent engagements have included his debut at English National Opera as Achilla in Julius Caesar and Colline in La Bohéme, and as Chick in Wonderful Town with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.  Andrew sang the roles of Paolo in Simon Boccanegra and Il Duca Ramiro in Maria Padilla at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival of Warsaw, roles which he also recorded with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A recent graduate of Yale Opera, Mr. Brown appeared in the Yale School of Music productions of Don Giovanni as Leporello, Le Rossignol as L’Empreur, Le Nozze di Figaro as Dr. Bartolo, and Cosi fan Tutte as Don Alfonso.

Since her critically acclaimed debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in the fall of 2008, Ms. Stober has cultivated a long standing relationship with the company, going on to appear in a variety of leading roles including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte,Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in a new production of L’elisir d’amore, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Princess Ninette in Robert Carsen’s new production of Prokofiev’s L’Amour des Trois Oranges.


In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival

Conrad Tao, piano

UA School of Music Crowder Hall
February 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Tucson Symphony Center
March 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Winner of the prestigous Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical talent have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music performances.