Artistic Director / Co-Founder
Ryo Hasegawa is a rising young conductor and founder of Mudita, a music and art education nonprofit. As a student of Marin Alsop, Ryo combines his discoveries in music-making with his innovative approach to share the beauty and joy of music and pursue his ultimate art form: music that is relevant in a community and people of today.
In 2019, Ryo made his American debut with the Charleston Symphony and later that same year served as an assistant conductor with the performances of Handel’s messiah. Ryo also served as the conducting intern with the symphony under the direction of his mentor Ken Lam and worked as an assistant to the librarian, and stage production team. During his time with the symphony, he conducted the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings. Additionally, he has conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), and several music festival orchestras. He made his first European appearance in Estonia with the Molodechno Symphony (Belarus) and the Orquestra Nova de Guitarras (Portugal) in 2017, followed by his Viennese debut with the PHASE ensemble (Austria).
Ryo is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland and active both in his native country, Japan and U.S.
Joseph Ehrenpreis is a multi-instrumental guitar performer. His specialization includes the 8-string “Brahms Guitar”, an instrument that was invented by David Rubio and Paul Galbraith in 1994.
Joseph is gaining an international reputation for creating a repertoire for the 8-string “Brahms Guitar”. He has accomplished this through premiering new music, as well through his own transcriptions of works originally written for cello, harp, piano, lute, and violin.
In October of 2020, Joseph released his debut record “New Music with Brahms Guitar, Volume 1”. As an Illinois Individual Artist Support laureate, his project was fully funded by the Illinois Arts Council. The record is the first in his series of premier records for the 8-string Guitar. The record was mastered by Grammy-award winning audio engineer John Baffa at TV Tray Studios.
Joseph is a Lillian Disney Scholar and studies with Miroslav Tadic at California Institute of the Arts
It is Joseph’s hope that music and sound will help to promote peace and solidarity in the world.
Program Coordinator/Co-Founder of Seminole Music Celebration
Geordan Raisler is a double bassist and electric bassist interested in the performance of Classical, Jazz, Funk, and other styles of music. He has played professionally around the Greater Orlando Area for several theaters such as Theater West End, Bay Street Players, and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, and currently performs as a sideman for the bands Honeypot, Rhenn Again, and Tigerseye. Additionally he has performed at several festivals throughout the Orlando Area including Immerse, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts and the Sanford Annual Jazz Festival.
Geordan attended the Seminole State College of Lake Mary, where he discovered his love for music and bass performance, and Rollins afterward, where he finished his undergraduate degree from the music program under the studies of double bassist Michael Hill, who currently sits as principal bassist for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and electric bassist Chuck Archard. Additionally, Geordan is excited to announce that he will be continuing his studies by attending the graduate program for music at the University of Central Florida.
Andre Agac-ac is pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music at Rollins College, focusing on saxophone performance in the Hamilton Holt School and is currently under the studio of Scott Devlin. Prior to Rollins College, Andre spent three years at Seminole State College where he studied under Dan Ferri and was later awarded his Associates of Arts in Music. Outside of academics, Andre is no stranger and is active within the Lake Mary & Sanford area. He has lead the Seminole State Music Department’s concert series as stage coordinator from 2017 to 2019 and has collaborated with a number of groups such as Jazz Ambassadors at Seminole State College, SoleExpression, Those Guys Band, and Weldon Street. He has also performed at Immerse Arts Festival, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Sanford Annual Jazz Festival, and Lakeside Jazz Festival. Alongside performing, Andre holds his own private studio where he is able to teach both classical and jazz saxophone. He is currently the saxophone specialist at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Andre is currently based in Lake Mary