dilyana2Dilyana Kirova

Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Bassoon

Dilyana Kirova, a native of Bulgaria, grew up in a musical family and started playing the bassoon and piano at the age of 12. After graduating from the School of Music and Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, she enrolled in the State Academy of Music in Sofia where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree. During several summers she attended master classes at the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy in Austria. She earned a Masters Degree in Music from Catholic University of America, where she is currently working toward her Doctoral Degree as a student of Truman Harris, Assistant Principal Bassoon of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Dilyana Kirova is a prizewinner of several competitions, including the prestigious Antonin Reicha Competition in Austria, and the Contemporary Austrian Composers Competition. She has recorded for the Bulgarian National Television and Radio, and has performed as soloist at concertos in Bulgaria, Austria and the United States. Recently, she performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; had a solo recital at the Millenium Stage (Kennedy Center); and also played with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Dilyana is currently playing with the woodwind quintet, Around the World. She is presently performing for the Washington Performing Arts Society and also she has been a music teacher and accompanist for the Montgomery County Arts Council and Play’s the Thing (Workshop for Children).

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Yana Hristova


Bulgarian flutist Yana Hristova passionately embraces jazz and world music which expands on her extensive classical training. She is an active freelancer in the DC area, sharing her musical prowess as a participant in various projects and ensembles that incorporate a vast array of musical genres. Some of her recent performances include a classical flute and guitar recital with guitarist Cristian Perez, a concert with the Capitol Wind Symphony, and a multicultural chamber/world music set with the Cristian Perez Quintet. Yana has performed at the Mansion at Strathmore, Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, and Twins Jazz club.

Yana began her musical journey playing by ear with a mini, electric piano, followed by formal piano lessons at the age of seven. At ten, she immersed herself thoroughly in a classical music education program where she pursued the flute. Her formative flute teachers include Nikolay Yordanov, Ivona Nedeva and prof. Lydia Oshavkova.

During her high school and college years, Yana won first prize in several national and international competitions, among them “Svetoslav Obretenov,” “Classical and modern” and “Young Virtuosos”. She continued developing her musicianship in the master classes of world-renowned flutists Andrash Adorian, Wolfgang Schulz, Brian Luce, Gary Schocker, and Marianne Gedigian. Yana’s dedication provided her the rare opportunity to perform as a soloist with professional orchestras including: Mozart – Concertos in D and G, Vivaldi – Concerto “Le Tempesta di Mare,” and Reinecke – Concerto D. In 2006, she was the sole recipient of Gallery “Young talents” scholarship for Woodwind instruments.

Yana holds flute performance degrees from the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria (BM) and the University of South Florida (MM) where she was presented with an Outstanding Merit Award in “recognition of outstanding student citizenship and exemplary performance during the 2007-08 academic year.” She recently completed two years of postgraduate studies at George Mason University, which included jazz lessons with Kenneth Rittenhouse (member of The United States Army “Blues” Jazz Ensemble).

Yana’s teaching experience begins in 2003. She taught one-on-one and group flute lessons in Herndon. Vienna, Bethesda and Arlington through various organizations. Yana continually strives to expand her teaching style by attending seminars (like “Beyond the Notes: Exploring New Paths to Excellence” by The Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)), subscribing to flute magazines, and participating in online discussions and blogs on flute-related topics.


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Douglas Harvey

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone

Piano, Guitar, Brass and Woodwinds

Experienced music educator in piano, guitar, woodwinds, and brass instruments for the past 25 years.  Holds a Master’s in Theory & Composition from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s from Hampshire College.  His compositions have been premiered at Music in Miami, New Jersey Composers’ Guild, and NYU Composers’ Forum festivals.  Douglas is a recording artist with LP and CD credits, appearing with such diverse bands as The Hollow Bodies, Artificial Intelligence, and The Dream Smashes.  As co-founder of Dead Issue Records, Douglas is active as songwriter, arranger, producer, and recording engineer.


yufenchouMaria Weissman

Piano, Flute and Voice

Maria Weissman earned her B.A. in Music from George Washington University, where she studied voice, piano, and flute. As an undergraduate, she interned with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, an annual festival that creates equitable performance opportunities for female musicians, from upcoming young artists to established professionals. She is a strong supporter of women in the arts. For her senior capstone, she arranged works by female composers and songwriters ranging from Blossom Dearie to Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) for jazz quartet, vocal trio, and small choir.

Maria enjoys working with students of all ages and backgrounds. As an instructor, she likes to help students find their musical voice, based on their goals and interests. She has had the opportunity to study with Alison Crockett (voice, arranging), Jim Levy (piano), and Conrad Manhoff (flute), all of whom have had a great influence on her music career.

Maria currently sings, plays keyboard, and writes music for her band, lux cadenza.

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