The Tucson Repertory Orchestra, led by Maestro Toru Tagawa will perform Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring piano soloist and UAZMusic faculty artist Fanya Lin.
Established in 2011 by violinist/conductor Toru Tagawa, and flutist Linda Doughty Kneifel, the Tucson Repertory Orchestra (TRO) has quickly emerged as a prominent classical music ensemble in Tucson. Its diverse roster comprises a blend of local professionals, university music students, and music educators who gather monthly to rehearse classical masterpieces. Invitation-only participation ensures fair rotation within each section, thus ensuring equal opportunities for all musicians. The Tucson Repertory Orchestra is proud to announce that we are a 501c3 organization! Your donation is now tax deductible.
Donations can be mailed to:
Tucson Repertory Orchestra (TRO)
4745 E. Waverly St., Tucson, AZ 85712
Or online at: tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org/donate
Described as a “striking interpreter” who gives a “committed and heartfelt performance” by Musical America and The New York Times, pianist Fanya Lin has captivated audiences worldwide with her charismatic and gripping performances. Her orchestral appearances include the ToruÅ„ Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Grand Junction Symphony, and Aurora Symphony. Fanya’s performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was depicted as “mesmerizing performance, it appeared as though a tornado had touched down through her [Fanya Lin] body and lifted her, feathers fluttering, from the piano stool as she weighed into the keys” by Hastings Times and Festival Flyer.
An avid soloist, Fanya promotes classical music to the general public by creating innovative concert programs and engages her audience by presenting interactive performances. Her solo recitals have been featured in numerous prestigious concert series, including the Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise, Stecher and Horowitz Young Artist Series, and Eslite Emerging Artist Series. Moreover, in part of group efforts, Fanya has encouraged and assisted younger generations of music students to continue their education and peruse their dreams through fundraising events such as the Saint Island Fundraising Concert, Weber State University All Steinway School Designation, and the Sid & Mary Foulgers School of Music. Fanya also dedicates herself to new music by performing with contemporary music organizations such as Focus and Axiom.
As a chamber musician, Fanya has collaborated with world-class musicians including Noah Bendix-Balgley (concert master of Berlin Philharmonic), Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinetist of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society), and Ta’u Pupu’a (tenor in major opera productions including Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera). Fanya’s festival concerts and masterclass series include Aspen, Music@Menlo, Rocky Mountain Audio Festival, Minnesota International Piano Camp, and Savannah Arts Academy.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Fanya is a top prizewinner of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Concours International de Piano France-Amériques, New York International Piano Competition, and Seattle International Piano Competition. Fanya earned her Doctoral Degree at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw; her master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal; and her bachelor’s degree at Weber State University with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. In Fall 2019, Dr. Fanya Lin joined the faculty at University of Arizona in Tucson as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano.
For more information, please visit fanyalin.com
For booking, please contact Arragnement by Jack Price
Toru Tagawa has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra since 2011 and he has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sierra Vista Symphony since 2016. He was just named the Music Director of the Foothills Philharmonic in 2023. In 2015 and 2019, the Tucson Repertory Orchestra toured Japan, performing in Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka and Aichi prefectures. He has been the Orchestra Director at Canyon del Oro High School since 2008. Under his direction, the Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017. Toru was one of the nine finalists for the UA online Amazing Teacher of the Year in 2020-2021. His conducting teachers include Thomas Cockrell, Charles Bontrager, Jung-Ho Pak, Maurice Peress and Sandra Dackow. Toru has participated in conducting workshops at the Juilliard School of Music and the Queens College, participated in Symposiums in Boston and Chicago and is a member of the Conductors Guild. He appeared as a guest conductor in AMEA HS Regional Orchestras, CODA All State Orchestra and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. He has served as the president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona from 2018-2020.
Toru, from Hiroshima, Japan, started playing the violin at age 6, and joined the Kurashiki Junior Philharmonic Orchestra at age 9. He received his Violin Performance degrees from the University of Tulsa (BM) and the Florida State University (MM), and a Music Education degree (MME) from the University of Arizona. His principal violin teachers include Steven Moeckel, Gary Kosloski, Eliot Chapo, Derry Deane, and Mikio Ejima.
Yudai Ueda is the Assistant Conductor for the Tuscon Repertory Orchestra and a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona. During his time as the Nelson Riddle Graduate Assistant at the university, his responsibilities included conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra and assisting with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Ueda founded LendAnEar and has performed diverse chamber pieces with the ensemble as its conductor. From 2015 to 2021, Ueda served on the Fred Fox School of Music faculty at the University of Arizona. Duties included directing bands and teaching conducting, music education, and leadership. For community outreach, he started an annual conducting workshop and a regional etude workshop through the university. He has frequently visited schools as a clinician-conductor, judged for music festivals, and presented at various music conferences. Before his DMA studies, Ueda studied orchestral conducting in New York and Vienna. After a conducting fellowship in Vienna, he served as the director of the orchestral program for the Vienna Summer Music Festival and as an assistant conductor for operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II. Ueda received his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting and Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Arizona University. His conducting mentors are Dr. Thomas Cockrell and Toru Tagawa.
José Leonardi Moore
Laura Rose Roland
Julian Guerrero Teyes
Mary Beth Tyndall
Chris Zatarain (English Horn)
Madeleine Reed (Contrabassoon)
Daniel Brown (euphonium)
Matt Stout (euphonium)
Alan Honeker (tuba)