DAVID CHO | Maestro for The Nutcracker
Born in Seoul, Korea, David immigrated to the United States in 1985. David received a variety of music lessons during his childhood in Palos Verdes, California before focusing his energy exclusively on the piano. He later attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.
David won First Prize at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition (2007) in Mexico City which resulted in numerous conducting engagements in Europe, Asia and South America. He has conducted the symphonies of Seattle, Houston, Memphis, Fort Wayne, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. He has collaborated with such guest artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Chang, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jennifer Koh, Leila Josefowicz, Jennifer Frautschi and Alexander Kobrin. During previous summers, David made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Currently, he serves as the Music Director of the ACSI Music Festival in South Korea.
After heralded guest appearances with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and 2009, David was appointed as the orchestra’s seventh Music Director in 2011. He began his tenure with the LSO in the 2012-2013 season and is now actively involved in community engagements.
AMY FARIS | co-Producer for Click
Amy Goode Faris is a composer, arranger, performer, poet, and recording artist from Lubbock, Texas. After earning a degree in Music Composition from Texas Tech University, she went on to tour and record with numerous rock bands and to perform with such luminaries as Mac Davis, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, and David Gaschen. Amy has contributed keyboard and piano tracks to countless albums and has released two Christmas albums of her own, Hot Chocolate Songs and Hot Chocolate for Two (with Hannah Jackson). In 2013, she and Scott composed a new original soundtrack for the silent film Metropolis. The 146-minute score featured diverse genres for an ensemble of 24, and its sold-out live performances garnered critical acclaim. In 2015, Amy received the YWCA Women of Excellence award in Arts and Culture. With Scott, she has composed the soundtrack for the new documentary Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier (2017). Amy maintains a private piano and composition studio in Lubbock.
SCOTT FARIS | Composer and co-Producer for Click
Record producer, guitarist and visual artist Scott Faris is the owner of the Amusement Park Recording Studio in Lubbock, Texas. He’s the former Director of Guitar Studies for South Plains College’s Commercial Music Program and taught guitar at the studio of world-renowned guitarist David Brandon for eleven years. Scott has recorded and produced hundreds of tracks including Flatland Cavalry’s album Humble Folks which hit #2 on the iTunes Country Chart, # 38 on Billboard Magazine’s Country Chart, and was the #1 album in Texas for 2016. Their single “One I Want” was #1 on radio in Texas as well.
In 2013, Scott and Amy were commissioned to compose a new soundtrack for the 1927 silent film Metropolis. They performed Metropolis Elektro in sync with the film to sold out audiences and rave reviews during the Flatland Film Festival. More recently, the duo composed a score to the documentary film Between Earth and Sky, a production of Texas Tech Public Media. The film was an official selection at the Environmental Film Festival In the Nation’s Capital and is currently being screened at events around the globe.
LISA ROGERS | co-Music Director for Percussion Pointe
Lisa Rogers is Professor of Percussion Studies and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at Texas Tech University where she teaches applied studies and directs ensembles such as “Apocalypso Now.” She attended Texas State University and Texas Tech University for her undergraduate and graduate studies. Rogers received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of Oklahoma. She released her first compact disc recording, Paint Me a Sky, in January 2000 for solo vibraphone. Currently, Rogers serves as President of the Percussive Society as well as Associate Research Editor for Percussive Notes. Rogers was the 2007-2008 recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Rogers served as a co-music director in the Ballet Lubbock Spring 2015 production of Percusssion Pointe.
Allan Shinn | co-Music Director for Percussion Pointe
Alan D. Shinn has served as Professor of Percussion since 1982. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri and the Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University. His primary teachers were Tim Lautzenheiser and Ron Dyer. He served as Chair of the Winds/Percussion Area from 2004-2007. Shinn was the Director of Jazz Studies at Tech from 1985-2005 and retired from leading the summer jazz program in 2013. From 2005-2015, Shinn served the School of Music as Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies. Prior to coming to Texas Tech in 1982 as faculty percussionist, he served as Instructor of Percussion and Jazz at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Over 150 percussion students have graduated with music degrees at TTU since 1982 and are enjoying careers in education (all levels) and performance as well as music business and industry. Shinn is Principal Timpanist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Roswell, NM Symphony and has performed a number of times with the chamber orchestras of Santa Fe Pro Musica and 20th Century Unlimited. Alan Shinn is also a busy drum set artist as well as an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southwest and Midwest. He is currently an Artist Endorser of Vic Firth and Paiste Cymbals. Alan Shinn was the 2009 recipient of the William Kerns Performing Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Lubbock. In November at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX, Professor Shinn received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. In 2015, Shinn was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lubbock Roots Historical Council in conjunction with the Caprock Jazz Festival. Shinn served as co-music director in the Ballet Lubbock Spring 2015 production of Percussion Pointe.