Meng-Chieh (Mavis) Hsieh, Mezzo Soprano
Originally from Taiwan; after graduation from National Taiwan Normal University, Ms. Hsieh came to the States and pursued further education in vocal performance. She finished her Master of Arts degree at Ball State University in 2012, and she then received a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in 2019. She is the winner of several vocal competitions, and she has performed in Taiwan, Italy, and the United States. In October 2014, Ms. Hsieh was awarded 3rd prize and “Best Interpretation of Francesco Paolo Tosti” in the Mondial National Vocal Competition, Taiwan. She was a featured artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2013. She has been a featured soloist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble in New England, the Hartford Opera Theater in Connecticut, and at the Los Angeles Taiwan Center. Ms Hsieh and guitarist Jaclyn Jones are the founders of Luca Duo. Since the duo formed in the spring of 2019, Luca Duo has been receiving many performance requests in the New England and New York City areas. She is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently relocated to Maine, Ms. Hsieh is on the roster of Amethyst Chamber Ensemble, as well as teaching voice and piano in her private studio.
Jaclyn Jones, guitar
Jaclyn Jones has been performing solo and chamber concerts for over ten years. Ms. Jones earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School of Music with performing arts scholarships and was selected to perform in several 20/20 Honors Chamber Music concerts. She was a guest artist on WPAA-TV’s Music with Purpose show and 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 has played for concert series sponsored by the NJ Guitar & Mandolin Society, Connecticut Guitar Society, and La Bella Strings; as well, she was selected to play solo and chamber works for Leo Brouwer in a historic concert in celebration of his 80th birthday. Ms. Jones performed in numerous masterclasses for renowned artists such as Oscar Ghiglia, Scott Tennant, Odair Assad, Antigoni Goni, the Brasil Duo, Jorge Caballero, and Leo Brouwer.
Ms. Jones is a compassionate teacher who has over ten years of professional experience. She received formal teacher training in the Suzuki Guitar Method and currently teaches at the Music School at Sound Crossing, the Ethel Walker School, Martocchio Music, the Community School of the Arts, and her private studio. She was a featured guest teacher running a Technique Workshop at the Connecticut Guitar Society’s Guitar Day, founded the Grace Academy Guitar Department in Hartford, CT, and taught at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Music & Arts.
In addition, Ms. Jones enjoys volunteering in the community. She is an active Board Member of the Connecticut Guitar Society, and has performed for patients at the Jefferson House of Hartford Hospital and the Hospital for Special Care. She founded the Simsbury Historical Society concert series and was the Music Director for two years. Ms. Jones plays a 2009 Smallman/O’Leary hybrid by Alan Chapman.