Bio

  Mousai REMIX just celebrated their fifth year as a string quartet!  Formed in the fall of 2011, MR assembled out of a passion to study and perform the great string quartet literature for the Portland, Oregon community.
  
For five seasons Mousai Remix has used their concert series to raise funds and showcase local music education non-profits, including the Oregon Symphony James DePreist Community Engagement Fund, Portland Summer Ensembles, Bravo Youth Orchestras, and the Community Music Center.

In addition to their regular season, they have performed on many chamber music series throughout the region including Music in the Woods at Marylhurst University, Neskowin Chamber Music Festival, 45th Parallel, South Texas Lyric Opera, Linfield College, and Classical Up Close.  
  
Audiences at the MLK Senior Center, North Salem Schools, Hollywood Senior Center, Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics, PHAME Academy, Courtyard Fountains, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Powell's Books, Impact Northwest, Central High School in Monmouth, Park Academy and many more have enjoyed MR's performances. 
  
Mousai ReMix takes its name from the ancient Greek Mousai, the muses inspiring the arts and sciences.  The quartet is comprised of Oregon Symphony members Emily Cole, Shin-young Kwon, Jennifer Arnold, and Marilyn de Oliveira. Connect with them at @mousairemix on FB and Twitter.
Emily Cole
A Seattle native, Emily Cole recently earned a master’s degree at the University of North Texas, following undergraduate study at the University of Texas. While in Texas, she performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic and other orchestras. She joined the Oregon Symphony in 2011 and currently serves on the faculty of Lewis and Clark College.

Ms Cole has held concertmaster and principal positions at the 2005 and 2007 National Orchestral Institute and at the 2006 International Festival-Institute at Round Top. She was the first place winner for violin in the 2003 Washington State Music Educators Competition. In 2004, Ms Cole performed Vivaldi's Violin Concerto no. 12 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gerard Schwarz in a concert honoring longtime SSO patron Rebecca Benaroya. As a recitalist, she appeared on the 2008 Green Recital Series at the Carnegie Cultural Center in Ottawa, Kansas, a performance that was recorded for Kansas Public Television. She has performed in master classes for Glenn Dicterow, Sidney Harth, and Cho-Liang Lin.
Shin-young Kwon

Shin-young has been a member of the Oregon Symphony orchestra since 2004. She joined the Arnica String Quartet in 2005, and is a founding member of the Portland-based string quartet Mousai Remix since 2011.

In 1996, Shin-young transferred from Seoul National University to the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and earned both her B.M. and M.M. She later completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at Indiana University as a student of Miriam Fried. Shin-young’s dissertation is a survey of string quartets by minor composers of the Classical period.

Shin-young has been coached by Atar Arad, James Buswell, Isidore Cohen, Glenn Dicterow, Alexander Kerr, Peter Salaf, János Starker, Sheryl Staples, Alan de Veritch, Zvi Zeitlin, and members of the Orion, Juilliard, Chicago, and Takács quartets.

She has also participated in a number of music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West, the New York String Seminar, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Taos School of Music.

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold joined the Oregon Symphony viola section in the fall of 2005. A native of North Royalton, OH, she is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she obtained both her Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies Degrees as a student of Cleveland Orchestra principal violist Robert Vernon. In addition to the Oregon Symphony, Jennifer is a faculty member at the Community Music Center in Portland, OR teaching Suzuki violin, viola, and chamber music and is currently Oregon ASTA state president. As a performer, Jennifer has been featured as a member of the Harvey Rosencrantz Orchestra on several albums with the Portland based band Pink Martini. During the summer, Jennifer is on faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy a summer festival sponsored by the Sphinx Organization in Detroit, Michigan as well as the Portland Summer Ensembles chamber music festival. She has also been on the viola faculty of the Alfredo de Saint Malo Music Festival Panama, Sembrando Talentos Uruguay, and Project 440 based in Savannah, GA.

For one week a year she is member of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra (Detroit, MI)as well as the Gateways Festival (Rochester, NY) to showcase black and brown classical musicians. She is a former member of Red {an orchestra}, The Akron Symphony, The Youngstown Symphony, and The Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Jennifer was a semi-finalist in the 1998, 2001, and 2003 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino String Players and was the first Best Tone winner in 1998. She has performed with several orchestras in Carnegie Hall including The Spring for Music Festival 2011 with The Oregon Symphony, The New York String Seminar under Jaime Laredo, The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and the Paquito D’Rivera Celebration Concert as a member of YOA. Among Jennifer’s most memorable achievements is her solo performance with The Cleveland Orchestra in 1999 for their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. concert debuting Two Romances by Adolphus Hailstork.

When not playing the viola, Jennifer loves to spend time with friends dancing, karaoking, hosting game nights, and being social. She has a passion for shoes, all things Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna and is an avid Cleveland sports fan. Follow her on twitter @24caratviola.

Marilyn de Oliveira
Brazilian cellist Marilyn de Oliveira has been the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Oregon Symphony since September, 2009. During her few years in Portland, Marilyn has already been an active member of the area's classical music outreach and education scene with efforts such as founding the Oregon Symphony Player's Caroling Project, being a coach to Portland Youth Philharmonic students and being a part of the Portland Summer Ensembles faculty.  Prior to joining the Oregon Symphony, Marilyn was a member of the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons as both a section player and acting assistant principal.  She has also been a fellow of the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center (where she received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize), Spoleto Festival USA, Kent/Blossom Music Center, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In 2006, Marilyn was the Bronze Award Winner in the senior division of the 9th Annual Sphinx Competition.   She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University under cellist Emilio Colon and a Master of Music degree from Rice University with Norman Fischer.  Some of her live solo performances can be heard regularly on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.  Marilyn is married to Oregon Symphony cellist Trevor Fitzpatrick.

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