Born in Nara, Japan, Takeshi Abo earned a bachelor’s degree at Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan, and continued his study at Michigan State University in 1995. He earned both master’s and the doctoral degrees at MSU. Dr. Abo is Concertmaster of the Alma, Battle Creek, and Midland Symphony Orchestras. He has also played as Concertmaster with a number of orchestras throughout Michigan. An active violinist, Abo has given recitals and concerto performances inJapan, theUnited Kingdom, and theUnited States.
Dr. Abo has been on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He also served as assistant professor of violin/viola atCentralMichiganUniversity. Currently, he is on the faculty atAlmaCollegeandAlbionCollege.
His primary teachers include Robert Dan, Joseph Fuchs, and Misako Kameda.
Daniel Tressel, cellist and composer, divides his time among composing, performing, and teaching. After receiving a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively, Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.
As a cellist, Daniel has performed as a soloist with the Livingston Symphony, University of Nevada Symphony and Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. On numerous occasions he has been invited to present recitals and masterclasses in China at Universities such as Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of Duo Piacevole and the Armonia String Quartet, and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Reno Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony, among others.
As a composer, Daniel has received commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Livingston Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll. His most recent commission, a new work for solo violin, is scheduled to be released on White Pine Records by the end of 2016.
Daniel currently is the cello faculty at Albion College and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School. He previously taught as a music theory/composition faculty at Spring Arbor University.
Clarinet and Saxophone
Sarah Manasreh has enjoyed a diverse performing career, appearing in concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, performing in seven different countries. Currently, she is teaching at Albion College and Expressions Academy of Music and has performed with the Holland Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the Michigan Philharmonic. While acting as interim associate professor of clarinet and music theory at the University of Arkansas, she has held positions as principal clarinetist of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She also performed as a Broadway woodwind specialist in shows such as Legally Blond, South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Little House on the Prairie, and Grease. In addition, Sarah has instigated community music schools and musical outreach programs throughout the United States and England, working to bring music to underserved children and adults through the teaching of composition and individual instrumental lessons. She has taught and performed as a guest at the University of Arkansas band camps, Coastal Carolina College, Chautauqua festival, and the Michigan State Conductor’s Symposium.
Sarah completed her Bachelors of Music Performance at Florida State University and Master’s of Music Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music. Currently, Sarah is working towards her Doctorate in Musical Arts at Michigan State University under the instruction of Dr. Elsa Verdehr
Karen TenBrink became the director of the Albion College Women’s Chorus in 2007. She has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, respectively. She has worked with choirs in various capacities: founder of a children’s choir in Japan, associate conductor of the Ann Arbor Boychoir, choir teacher at middle and high schools in Woodhaven and Novi, choirmaster for the Bangkok Opera in Thailand, and as associate conductor of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.
She maintains a private voice and piano studio and performs regularly as a choral and solo singer. She lives in Jackson with her husband and two children.