Allen University to host debut performance of Bryan Chamber Ensemble

The newly formed Bryan Chamber Ensemble will make its debut on the Allen University campus at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the historic Chappelle Auditorium (1530 Harden St., Columbia). The free performance is open to the public, but concert goers are highly encouraged to reserve their seat.

The string chamber ensemble will perform classical works featuring composers such as Wolfgang A. Mozart and Felix B. Mendelssohn. Formed in 2018, the eight-member ensemble is comprised of talented musicians including:

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Violinist Timmothy Baker is a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. Baker has performed with the Greenville, Aiken, Hendersonville (North Carolina) and Augusta Symphony orchestras, as well as the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra and Long Bay Symphony. A native of Columbia, Baker has maintained a private violin studio for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music performance from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music in music performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Violist and Violinist Alvoy Bryan Jr.,founding member of the Bryan Chamber Ensemble, serves as music department coordinator at Allen University. While Bryan has performed with many local and regional orchestras, he has performed chamber music internationally in Europe and South America. The Columbia resident is chief executive officer and co-owner of the Bryan Music Group. Bryan earned a Bachelor of Music in performance from Indiana University, his Master of Music in music performance from the University of North Carolina at Greenville and terminal degree in music performance from the University of South Carolina.

Cellist Idris Chandlerhas performed with orchestras in the Carolinas including the symphonies of Augusta, Asheville, Florence, Hendersonville, Long Bay and the Charlotte and South Carolina Philharmonic orchestras. Providing string arrangements and background vocals, he is a member of the guitar/cello duo, “DayClean,” which combines elements of soul, folk and hip-hop to create a unique and eclectic sound. A visual artist, too, Chandler enjoys graphite and acrylics. The Eau Clair High School alumnus has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina.

Violinist Catherine Culp Hazan was a full-time member of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra for six years and premiered several solo and chamber works by contemporary Brazilian composers during her residence in Rio De Janeiro. Her solo career includes several concerto performances including a presentation for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. A faculty member of Presbyterian College, Hazan holds a bachelor’s degree from Converse College and a master’s from The Catholic University of America, in addition to a performance certificate from the University of South Carolina.

Cellist Timothy Holley, a professor of music at North Carolina Central University, has collaborated with the Mallarme Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997. An alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Michigan, Holley’s doctoral dissertation at U-M focused on the cello music of African American composers. Holly has given lectures on the aesthetic diversities of African-American concert music, as exemplified by the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, the poetry of Langston Hughes and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson.

Violinist Sarah Land is a performing violinist, teacher and yoga instructor in the Columbia area. An active orchestral violinist, Land has performed extensively throughout the Southeastern United States. She is violinist of the arsNOVA piano trio which won first prize in the 2013 South Carolina Music Teacher National Association. The violinist performs with the “Knott-Land Duo,” regularly appearing in recital with her husband cellist Ryan Knott. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the University of South Carolina.

Violist Arthur Rossis an active performing artist, having served as acting principal violist of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, associate principal violist of the Greenville Symphony and as a tenured member of the South Carolina Philharmonic. In 2017, Ross created and produced his own one-man show. Part-viola recital, part-autobiography, part-guided meditation, Listening Laboratories was a guided experiential investigation of the value of art to the individual. The following summer, Ross began a new video series, which continues to explore Listening Lab concepts. Ross’ video series can be viewed on YouTube under Arthur Ross Listening Laboratories. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Violinist Shr-Han Wumade her major concerto debut in 2008 with the National Sun Yat-Sen Symphony in Taiwan. She performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic. She holds the title of senior assistant concertmaster with the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra and associate concertmaster with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra. She earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the National Sun Yat-Sen University, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of South Carolina.