Faculty & Staff


Farkhad KhudyevIn the 2019-2020 academic year, Farkhad Khudyev will begin his appointment as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Butler School of Music. Described by the critics as “magician on the podium” and “the man of exceptional charisma” (Performing Arts Monterey Bay), with “the ability to connect with invisible worlds and to bring them alive in the music” (Herald), Farkhad Khudyev, has been recognized by the government of the United States as an Artist of Extraordinary Ability.

Farkhad was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where he first studied violin, piano and composition at the State Music School for gifted musicians. At the age of 10, he distinguished himself as the youngest performer selected to play with the National Violin Ensemble of Turkmenistan, and toured around Central Asia and Eastern Europe. As a soloist and a member of the Ensemble, Farkhad performed for the Presidents of France, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. At the age of 12, he was chosen to represent the country at the International New Names Festival, sponsored by the Moscow Conservatory, and was named as one of the most promising young musicians at the festival.

In 2001, Farkhad came to the United States to study at Interlochen Arts Academy and then completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory. He received his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Yale University.

Mr. Khudyev is the winner of the 3rd prize at the 8th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Germany, the Solti Foundation US 2018 Career Assistance Award, the Best Interpretation Prize at the 1st International Taipei Conducting Competition in Taiwan, the 1st Prize at the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition and the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 2007 National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the US. Mr. Khudyev has performed around the United States, Europe and Asia at world-class venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, DR Koncerthuset in Denmark, the Alte Oper Frankfurt Großer Saal and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festpiele in Germany.

Farkhad’s performances are described as “true, powerful, ecstatic and utterly riveting” (Herald), “graceful, very sensitive…” (Frankfurt Neue Presse), and “a triumph in every sense of the word” (New York Music Daily). Admired for “meticulous guidance, superb musicianship and extraordinarily imaginative interpretation” (Performing Arts Monterey Bay), Mr. Khudyev has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Frankfurt Opera Orchestra of Germany, Danish National Symphony Orchestra of Denmark, San Diego Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony Orchestra,  Greenwich Village Orchestra of New York City, New Jersey Youth Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, National Orchestra of Turkmenistan, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Xi’an Symphony Orchestra of China and the State Taipei Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan. Farkhad has served as the Assistant Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Music Director of New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra and the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Associate Conductor of the Hidden Valley Opera. Currently, Mr. Khudyev serves as the Music Director of the Orchestral Institute at the Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts and Youth Music Monterey County in California. Recently, Farkhad Khudyev has been appointed as the Music Director of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra at Austin.

During the 2018-19 Season, Mr. Khudyev will make his debut with the Seattle Symphony and work with the Dallas Symphony,  as well as return to conduct China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Yoona Jeong is a conductor, musicologist, and violinist. She is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Orchestral Conducting at University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate conductor of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and the University of Texas University Orchestra. Aside from her degree, she works as an assistant conductor of the Austin Symphony under Maestro Peter Bay.

Yoona is a well-rounded musician with a diverse musical background. She graduated with honors from Pusan Arts High School as a violin performance major and was a member of the orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology at Seoul National University (South Korea) where she graduated summa cum laude and received the chancellor’s award. In 2014, she matriculated at the University of Southern California and earned a Master’s degree in Choral Music at the Thornton School of Music. In 2018, she earned a second Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Baylor University where she was the graduate conductor, manager and head librarian of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra.

Yoona has been invited to attend several music festivals and conducting workshops including the Pierre Monteux School Music Festival, the Princeton Festival, the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and the University of Oregon Summer Conducting Institute. At these festivals and workshops, she studied with Kenneth Kiesler, Neil Varon, Michael Jinbo, and Jan Harrington. Her principal teachers include Stephen Heyde, Nick Strimple, Tram Sparks, Sharon Lavery, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Cristian Grases, and In Hwan Choi.


Ke Yuan Hsin Biography coming soon!