members of all of the above
Nave Graham, flute
Flutist, Nave Graham, leads a versatile and fulfilling career as a solo and orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. She has been a prizewinner in numerous prestigious young artist competitions including the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, Central Ohio Flute Association, Flute Society of Kentucky, South Carolina Flute Society, and the Houston Flute Club. She is also a past winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition for which she performed at the 37th annual NFA convention in New York City.
Nave has attended various reputable orchestral summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, the National Music Festival, and the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra. She has also attended several festivals dedicated to new music including New Music on the Point, the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, and the Bang on A Can Summer Music Festival.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Randolph Bowman.
Mikey Arbulu, clarinet
Mikey Arbulu is originally from South Florida, but has recently made his home in Cincinnati, OH.
He has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and New World Symphony and serves on permanent positions in the Kentucky Symphony and Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra. While not performing in orchestras, Mikey serves as a clarinetist in the chamber groups All of the Above and the American Chamber Winds. He has performed with these ensembles throughout the United States, Italy, France, Germany, and Brazil.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In his free time, Mikey is usually gaming on his PC, board gaming with friends, or playing Android: Netrunner. He also has a very cute dog.
Scott Jackson, violin
Scott Jackson is an accomplished violin performer and recently received his Doctoral Degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Scott has competed in numerous competitions and was a semi-finalist in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sphinx competitions. He also won the CCM Concerto Competition in 2014. In 2015, Scott was accepted into a fellowship position with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, Illinois, where he performed extensively with the orchestra and as a member of the PI String Quartet. He has been invited to play in masterclasses with violinists such as Midori, Gil Shaham, and Augustin Hadelich.
Scott currently plays in several orchestras and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has been invited for the past four years to play with the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on tours across the United States. Scott is a founding member of the Price Hill String Quartet, which performs regularly in Cincinnati, Ohio and has earned a grant from ArtsWave. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Porterville Summer Strings, an intensive 2 week long music festival that targets the low-income area of Porterville, California.
Scott has attended numerous summer festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University’s String Institute, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Brian Lewis. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he completed a Masters degree and his doctoral work while studying with Professor Won Bin Yim.
Yijia Fang, cello
Born in Shantou, China, Yijia Fang began his cello studies with his father, principal cellist with the Shantou Philharmonic Orchestra. After receiving his BM Degree at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, he continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. William Grubb for his Artist Diploma and Master of Music Degrees.
In 2014, Yijia won first prize at the Hong Kong International String Competition and received the Excellent Performance Award at the Beijing Aiqin International Cello Competition. In 2016, Yijia premiered the cello version of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with maestro Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.
Yijia's cello was made in 1870, and was donated by Mrs. Robinson. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cincinnati.
Matthew Umphreys, piano
Cincinnati-based collaborative pianist and vocal coach Matthew Umphreys specializes in opera, chamber music, and new music. Matthew recently joined the faculty of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he operates as staff pianist for choirs, concerts, and recitals, and also teaches Opera Workshop. He performs regularly with Cincinnati Opera, and has spent several summers as pianist and coach at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Savannah Voice Festival in Savannah, Georgia.
Matthew graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with his Master's degree in Collaborative Piano in 2014. He is currently the Director of Music at Columbia Baptist and Linwood Baptist churches in Cincinnati. Matthew is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa and received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Business Management in 2011 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
David Abraham, percussion
David Abraham is from Portland, OR; you can find him in Cincinnati, OH these days. He enjoys immersing himself in new music, and has had the fortune of attending various renowned musical festivals, while also collaborating with and performing alongside several notable and prominent new music savants.
David recently completed his DMA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and also holds degrees from Central Michigan University (MM), and Portland State University (BM). Expect him to be very enthusiastic involving anything related to South Park, Metallica, The Los Angeles Lakers, Manchester United, and the Denver Broncos.