Part-time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has continued coaching the top high school cellists in Austin. Her cello students have won the first stand cello chairs for Texas Region 26-All Region High School Symphony Orchestra this school year, and her students also won the cello audition for All-State Orchestra sponsored by TMEA (Texas Music Educator Association) and All-State Orchestra sponsored by TPSMEA (Texas Private School Music Educator Association).

—December 2023

Georgetown will be featured in the upcoming Amazon Prime docuseries “The Story of Art in America.” The show, created by award-winning director Christelle Bois, showcases the art scene of different cities and counties through interviews with well-known artists and historians. The docuseries aims to explore the significance of the arts in American society. Concert Cellist and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng-Olefsky was selected to be featured as one of the four artists. The filming took place on April 16th, and the episode is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in early 2024.

—May 2023

Pre-college and Southwestern students of Professor of Music Kiyoshi Tamagawa distinguished themselves in March. Eighth-grader Richard Wang won the first prize in the Steinway Piano Gallery Concerto Competition, Division II (Grades 6-8), and Lerchen Zhong, a ninth grader at Westwood HS, won both the first prize in the Senior Piano division and overall Grand Prize at the Asian American Community Partnership Music Competition. (Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng is the Artistic Director of the latter event.) Finally, SU piano student and Music major Anna Wicker ’24 performed at the Alpha Chi national convention in Albuquerque, NM.

—April 2023

Part-time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has been teaching and coaching top young talents in the greater Austin area. Three of her students won Cello Audition in the 2022–2023 Texas All-State Symphony, Philharmonic, and Sinfonietta Orchestras, sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association; and two of her students from St. Stephen’s School won cello auditions for the Texas Private School Music Educator Association (TPSMEA) 2022–2023 All-State Orchestra.

—February 2023

Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music and concert cellist Hai Zheng Olefsky has been invited to be an adjudicator for a strings-cello audition for All-State Orchestra by TMEA (Texas Music Educator Association) on Saturday, November 12, 2022. She has continued coaching the Austin area’s top high school cellists. Two of her cello students have auditioned and won the first cello chairs for both Texas Region 26 and Region 32-All Region High School Orchestra this school year.

—November 2022