Collaborative pianist James Rice is the co-director of TCA. He is a freelance pianist in the Triangle area and teaches at the Triangle Music School in Durham, as well as in-home lessons in Chapel Hill. Hailing originally from Tennessee, James has performed throughout North Carolina performing with the Sun-Stipe-Rice trio, in trio with Leah Peroutka and Roman Placek, as well as with principal violist for NC Symphony Sam Gold and Brent Wissick, professor of cello at UNC Chapel Hill. As a freelancer, James regularly works with students and faculty at UNC, and he was on staff for the Oberlin in Italy opera program during the summer of 2016. James holds a masters in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a bachelors in piano from the University of Tennessee. He has also worked with Carolyn Bridger at UNC's chamber music workshop and Anne Epperson during her residency at UNCSA. James lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and daughter.
Emi Mizobuchi, co-director of TCA, is a violist and eurhythmics instructor who grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. Educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music (earning a Bachelor's degree with Kirsten Docter and a Master's degree with Stanley Konopka), Emi was able to immerse herself in a wide variety of engagements and opportunities in Cleveland including playing with local music organizations, working as a substitute for regional symphonies, and being a part of various community outreach performances. Emi has been enamored with chamber music and collaborative ensemble work from a very young age, and has had the good fortune to work with many accomplished chamber musicians from the Cleveland Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartett, and the Cavani Quartet. Emi now teaches viola and violin out of her home in Chapel Hill, and works with the non-profit organization Music For Children, co-directing their summer program, SCORE. Outside of music, Emi enjoys studying languages; she received an undergraduate minor in Spanish Language from Case Western Reserve University, and does her best to maintain her proficiency in her native language of Japanese.
Yolana Murrell (Suzuki violin, viola) is a graduate of UNC, and has taught both traditional and Suzuki violin and viola in Chapel Hill, NC since 1993. She has played with the Durham Symphony, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and currently The Pittsboro Bach Society. She is also an active chamber musician. Her teachers have included Mary Frances Boyce, Edith Gettes, and Eric Pritchard. Her goal as a teacher is to get students to produce the best sound possible with as healthy a technique as possible. Yolana and her husband have two sons. She spends her spare time gardening, reading, working out, and playing chamber music. She enjoys the schools, the concerts, and the parks and recreation opportunities in Orange County.
Cellist Lindsay Stipe is a teacher and chamber musician based in Durham, NC. She earned her Master’s degree in cello performance at UMass Amherst as cellist of the UMass Graduate String Quartet and teaching assistant to Astrid Schween, now cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet. Lindsay completed her Bachelor’s degree at UNC Chapel Hill with Brent Wissick, studied chamber music performance in Vienna with Josef Luitz, and studied with internationally recognized recording artist, Nancy Green. Lindsay has performed professionally in a variety of settings including Interlochen’s Faculty Chamber Music Series, the Five College New Music Festival, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Her most recent collaboration, the Chippoaks Chamber Ensemble, marked its first season with performances at the Carol Woods Wednesday Evening Concert series and the Cedars Young Artists Concert series. Lindsay received her pedagogy training from Dr. Tanya Carey, celebrated cellist and former president of the SAA, and has taught lessons and coached chamber music at UMass Amherst and Interlochen Arts Camp. She currently serves on the faculty of Kidznotes, a non-profit, music for social change program based on El Sistema, serves as adjunct faculty at Meredith College where she runs the Suzuki Cello program, and maintains her private studio in Durham.
Matt Chicurel is a violist, violinist, active gigging musician, conductor, and private instructor based in Chapel Hill, NC. He has performed and worked with organizations all around the area, including the North Carolina Symphony, Playmakers Repertory Company, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and more. He has also performed in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Halls and the Lincoln Center. Mr. Chicurel is an alumnus of the U.N.C. School of the Arts, and Mannes College the New School for Music, graduating under the respective tutelage of Ulrich Eichenauer and Daniel Panner. Mr. Chicurel maintains a strong commitment to arts education. His former students have been or are currently enrolled in some of the world’s finest institutions including The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also a director with the Piedmont Youth Orchestra, founder and conductor of the SidexSide chamber program, and Vice-President of the non-profit group, Music for Children.
Emma Dunlap-Grube grew up learning to play the cello from a young age at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA. From 6th through 12th grade she participated in the school’s chamber program and was a founding member of the Teeny Bopper String Quartet. Music was an important and joyful part of Emma’s childhood and that remains true today! Emma received her B.A. in cello performance at UNC Chapel Hill, and Masters in cello performance at UMass Amherst under Astreid Schween of the Julliard String Quartet. Emma has attended numerous summer festivals including the Eastern Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Camp and Meadowmount School of Music. Emma is the director of Girls Rock NC summer camps, and has been a chamber coach at the Interlochen Arts Summer Program. She is certified in Suzuki Cello Books 1-5 by Dr. Tanya Carey, former president of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She currently teaches general music and cello at Kidznotes, an El Sistema program in Durham. Emma has performed at the Five College New Music Festival in Amherst, MA and premiered new works at the New Music series at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She regularly performs with the cello in non-classical genres, composing and performing in a rock band, Gown, and recording cello on projects for Chris Stamey, SOON, Between the Buried and Me and others.