Bio

Meng-Chieh (Mavis) Hsieh, voice

Mavis received her Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Ball State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the National Taiwan Normal University. She is the winner of several vocal competitions and has performed in Taiwan, United States, and Italy. Most recently, in October 2014, she was awarded 3rd prize and “Best Interpretation of F. P. Tosti” in Mondial National Vocal Competition, Taiwan. She has been heard as Rosalinde in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the first witch in Dido and Aneas. Ms. Hsieh was a featured artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2013. She has been a featured soloist in various operas and concerts, including Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, Los Angeles Taiwan Center,  Crescendo Vocal Ensemble in Massachusettes, and Hartford Opera Theater in Connecticut. Ms. Hsieh is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree of voice performance at the Hartt School at University of Hartford.

Jaclyn Jones, guitar

Jaclyn earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School and has been performing solo and chamber concerts for over ten years. She played for the NJ Guitar & Mandolin Society, Connecticut Guitar Society, and on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert series and was a guest artist on WPAA-TV’s Music with Purpose show. Ms. Jones has played at notable venues such as the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Augusta Curtis Cultural Arts Center. She currently teaches at the Ethel Walker School, the Community School of the Arts, Martocchio Music and privately in Northern Connecticut. In addition, she founded the Simsbury Historical Society concert series and was the Music Director for two years.