The success of our intensive program hinges upon the efforts and teamwork of this incredible group of young professionals.
Director of Operations
Hannah Phipps is coming back to ICI for her fourth year. She is from Fort Collins, Colorado and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at St. Olaf College. Hannah has performed with Opera Fort Collins, St. Olaf Lyric Theatre, and as a vocal soloist with the St. Olaf Philharmonia. Although she remains an active cellist, Hannah plans to pursue a career in opera.
ICI Office Intern: Annie Koppes
Annie Koppes is a student in the Music Education program at Colorado State University. She has a diverse skill set, and a great interest in Musicology, she plans to pursue a PhD in this field. A cellist, working towards a certificate in Violoncello Pedagogy under the direction of Professor Barbara Theim, she is currently playing with the CSU Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. Annie is also involved with the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensemble, acting as cello section coach and helping to administrate this program. She has experience working as director of a subcommittee for the CSU Chapter of ASTA and is a member of NAFME.
ICI 2019 Fellow Magdalena Sas
Polish cellist Magdalena Sas graduated with distinction from the Royal Music Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium and Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland. Following her passion for chamber music she completed a postgraduate course in string quartet performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria where she studied with Johannes Meissl from Artis Quartet Wien. In 2011/12 together with the Vistula String Quartet she was a member of the renown European Chamber Music Academy in Austria and a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the USA (Yale School of Music).
In 2014 Magdalena was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to study with professor Eric Kim at the Jacobs School of Music in the USA. She is also a recipient of the Thomastic Infeld Vienna scholarship (Austria), Louise Willson scholarship (USA), Adam Mickiewicz Institute scholarship (Poland), European Chamber Music Academy scholarship (Austria), Young Talent Festival Schiermonnikoog scholarship (Holland) and Hulencourt Art Project scholarship (Belgium).
Magdalena is a prize winner of many international competitions including Charles Hennen Chamber Music Competition in Holland, Josef Windisch Kammermusikpreis Vienna, Val Tidone Competition in Italy, Emuse Competition in Greece, Rising Stars in Germany. She actively performs as a soloist, orchestral and especially a chamber musician in Europe, USA and recently – in India and Sri Lanka. In 2013 she was invited to perform during „Consonances” Chamber Music Festival in France where she had a privilege to share the stage with Ivry Gitlis, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, Marie- Luise Neunecker and many other acclaimed musicians. In 2012 together with her quartet Vistula she performed in the renown Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 Magdalena was selected to join the Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra to work under Guy Braunstein, the former principal of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
In 2015 Magdalena was invited to open the first cello program for the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai, an institution founded by Zubin Mehta’s late father, Mehli Mehta. While in India, she was an active performer and music educator and took part in a variety of artistic projects, including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra special performance for Zubin Mehta’s 80th birthday celebration, Paschim Rang Festival Goa, Zakir Hussain’s annual concert in legendary Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. Magdalena is also a founder of the MTM Trio, a group of international musicians based in Mumbai focused on popularizing piano trio repertoire and involved with outreach work.
In 2018 Magdalena won the prestigious Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship (USA), and is currently a doctoral student at the Mead Witter School of Music, UW Madison, studying with professor Uri Vardi.
Counselor: Maya Dimitroff
Maya has recently graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Cello Performance and English Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has studied with Dr. Dmitri Atapine since the age of twelve and also has played with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, Reno Pops Orchestra, University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Orchestra, and Toccata Symphony. She has performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with the University of Nevada Symphony Orchestra, and the Reno Pops Orchestra, with her husband Guillermo Teniente. After counseling for ICI last year, Maya is coming back to us for a third year this summer.
Counselor: Guillermo Teniente
Guillermo (Willie) is currently the Associate Orchestra Director of Atascocita High School in Humble Independent School District. He recently graduated with a cello performance degree under the tutelage of Dmitri Atapine at the University of Nevada in Reno. He was cellist of the quartet in residence, the “Nightingale Quartet” and part of the Orchestral Studies Career Program under the direction of Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio. Previously, Guillermo earned a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and before that his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M in Canyon Texas. He joins ICI this summer for a second year.