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The Music Institute of Chicago has added new faculty in the Voice, String,
and Piano departments.
Philip Kraus, in the Voice Department, has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1990, including creating the role of the southern Senator John Calhoun in the world premiere of Anthony Davies’ “Amistad.” He founded Light Opera Works in 1980 and served as its artistic director for 19 seasons. “I am pleased to bring more than 20 years of experience from the Lyric Opera to the Music Institute,” said Mr. Kraus.
Jasmine Lin, new to the String Department, is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet. She has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Singapore, Taiwan, Uruguay, Brazil and elsewhere. Ms. Lin said, “I am very happy and honored to join the Music Institute family and its environment of nurturing, excellence, and passion for music.”
Keiko Alexander recently served on the piano faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she toured with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and served as chair of the Piano Department at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
“When my husband accepted the position of President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I was delighted to learn that such a wonderful school exists in Chicago,” Ms. Alexander said.