Ruth Murata-Eisen is the owner of the Maui Music Conservatory. Ruth graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a piano major and has been teaching piano for 32 years. Her students have been soloist with the Honolulu Symphony and the Maui Pops. In addition, two of her students performed on the programs, “From the Top.” Ruth’s passion for the flute began in her middle school years and carried over when she continued to study the flute at Oberlin.
Ron Schecter plays cello for the flute choir in place of the traditional Bass flute, providing a rich and balanced sound to the ensemble. Ron’s primary teachers were Robert Gardner, principal cellist of the New York City Opera, and Frederick Zlotkin, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet. Ron performed for over thirty years in the New York City area, with organizations such as the Caecilian Chamber Orchestra, Trio Classico, the New Jersey State Opera, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, and the Waterloo Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz.
Ron’s versatility is reflected in his own arrangement and performance (with actor) of the poetry of T.S. Eliot to the music of J.S. Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello, his string quartet appearances as the opening act for the rock group “Meat Loaf” at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and his appearances at such venues as New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe. His early music background includes jazz piano, accordion, and bass. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. Currently Ron is a member of the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Haleakala Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Chamber Ensemble, the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and actively freelances and teaches cello privately.
Lauralei Singsank, 17, is a senior at Seabury Hall. She has been a member of her school band for seven years, and a member of the Maui Flute Choir since its foundation in 2011. She plays first flute with MYPO and has studied privately with Peggy Schecter for six years. Lauralei has played for Seabury’s productions of Hello, Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as the MAPA live! productions of Miss Saigon and Evita. She has been a four-year member of Seabury’s Art With Heart nonprofit benefit club, and has played with the school chorus on several occasions. In 2014 she marched with the Hawaii All-State marching band in the Pasadena Rose Bowl parade. Lauralei has also played with the Maui Pops and the Maui Chamber Orchestra, as well as occasionally enhancing the I’ao Congregational Church’s choir services. She also plays piccolo and alto flute.
Darius Soo Hoo is a 14 year old freshman. He started studying the piano with Ruth Murata-Eisen at the age of 5 and the violin at the age of 7 with Teresa Skinner. He learned to play the flute in the summer of 2012 and loves it, and joined the Maui Flute Choir in 2012. Darius plays violin in MYPO and the Suzuki-Maui Ensemble Stringendo.
Alexandra Underwood is a graduate of Baldwin High School. She played flute for 6 years and was a member of MYPO for four years, joining the Maui Flute Choir in 2011. Alexandra has performed with the Maui Community Band, Maui Pops Orchestra, and the Maui Classical Music Festival. She has performed with the pit orchestra for Maui OnStage’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”, as well as in MAPA’s (Maui Academy of Performing Arts) “Narnia, the Musical”. Alex was a member of Baldwin High School Marching Band, Chorus, Pit Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. In the fall of 2013, she began attending the California School of the Arts to pursue a career as a professional artist.
Angela Yasutomi is a 16 year old junior at Seabury Hall, where she performs with the school band. She has been playing flute since 2011 and studies privately with Peggy Schecter. She has been a member of MYPO (Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) for 4 years and joined the Maui Flute Choir in 2012. Angela also plays trumpet and french horn for King Ke’s marching band and jazz band, as well as french horn for Seabury’s band.