Two orchestras and a wind ensemble

an unrivaled musical experience

Congratulations to all the concerto competition participants!


Mia Huang, 15, violin, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K219 (Sinfonia)
Richard Yuan, 15, cello, Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (Sinfonia)
Phyllis Cheng, 13, cello, Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 (Ensemble)

Special thanks to competition coordinator Leonore Lakshmanan.


Ellen Fisher-Deerberg graduated from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where she majored in music performance and studied with Murray Panitz, former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ellen is a well-respected freelance artist in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and has performed in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist in both the USA and Germany. Ms. Deerberg has performed concerts and recitals in collaboration with an extensive variety of instrumentalists including classical guitar, harp, guzheng, viola, percussion, string ensemble, and Native American flutes.

Ms. Deerberg has been teaching flute for 30 years, formerly at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and the Music School of Delaware, and is currently on the faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music, a division of Rider University. Ms.Deerberg’s students have been members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Bravura Youth Orchestra, Bucks County Youth Orchestra, Delaware Valley Youth Orchestra, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey All State Bands. Her students have won first, second, and third prizes in the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Young Artists Competition. Ellen is the principal flutist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra where she has been featured as a concerto soloist, and she also substitutes with the Bay Atlantic Symphony. She is a founding member of the newly formed Lyra Flute Ensemble which features flutists from the greater New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, who launched their inaugural 2016-2017 concert season with a performance at the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes at the Peabody Institute on Memorial Day 2016. Ellen is also a frequent guest artist with the San Diego based flute quartet, Flutes de Salon, which performed several concerts at the 2015 National Flute Association’s annual convention in Washington D.C., and at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, Virginia. Ms. Deerberg has been a member of the Princeton based Volanti Flute Quartet since 2007, with colleagues from the Westminster Conservatory.

Since her debut performance with the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 14, Hyojin Lee has appeared as an active soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the Slovak Košice National Philharmonic, the Hungary Sabaria Symphony, Soli Deo Orchestra, the Kyungbook Symphony, the Keimyung University Orchestra, Multimedia Art Ensemble ARS, and the Good-Mori Korean traditional ensemble, among many others. She has served as principal cellist of the Indiana Concert Orchestra.  

Ms. Lee was a recipient of the Dean’s Music Merit Scholarship at Indiana University, where she received her Master of Music degree and her Performer’s Diploma. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University, where she holds a graduate fellowship with full Scholarship and stipend to study with Jonathan Spitz . Former teachers include Kazimierz M. Michalik, and at Indiana University, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Csaba Onczay. While at Indiana, Ms. Lee also took frequent public lessons with Janos Starker. She has participated in numerous master classes with such artists as Gary Hoffman, Julius Berger, Werner Thomas-Mifune, and Timothy Eddy, as well as festivals in Europe including the Mozarteum Music Festival (Austria) and the Zagan Music Academy (Poland).

 A strong advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Lee has premiered numerous works by Korean composers including Eunshil Kwon, Gregory Kim, and Jaman Koo. She has been actively involved in Helix!, the new-music ensemble at Rutgers, which performs solo and chamber works, including premieres, throughout the New Jersey areas. Equally enthusiastic about early music, she has explored Baroque cello with Christine Gummere and 18th-century performance practice with Rebecca Cypess, presenting chamber recitals on period instruments.

Ms. Lee teaches a vibrant studio, and she directs student string ensembles. She also serves as cello faculty in the Rutgers University Extension Division. She coaches during the summer at the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute. Her cello students have won first prizes in international competitions in Korea and the United States, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.