January 26 & 27, 2018

5HE Piano Trio - Color

Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) was founded and is led by Eastman School of Music alumni Melissa and Eric Snoza.  In addition to the cutting-edge artistry of 5HE, Melissa and Eric excel at all things entrepreneurial. Join Melissa and other members of 5HE as they present five free workshops and an open concert at the River Campus and the Eastman School, focusing on the practical application of entrepreneurial concepts to the careers of artists and arts organizations.

Friday - January 26 | River Campus

Funding Your Dreams

  • AIN Center Workshop
  • 1-305 Dewey Hall (Simon School)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Learn the basics of strategically planning income streams in both for and not-for-profit business models.

Anatomy of a Start-Up

  • AIN Center Workshop
  • 118 Gleason Hall (Simon School)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Interested in starting your own venture? Discover tools and ideas for getting started through 5HE’s service-based approach to entrepreneurship.

The Cultural Chameleon: Finding Uncommon Connections

  • I-Zone Workshop
  • Hawkins-Carlson Room – Rush Rhees Library
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Learn the secret of how listening and embracing team members from diverse backgrounds fosters stronger teams.

Saturday - January 27 | Eastman Campus

Putting Your Audience Center Stage

  • Eastman School of Music Workshop
  • Hatch Recital Hall
  • 9:30am – 10:30am
  • This workshop teaches the basics of psychographic marketing analysis through hands-on, interactive activities and case studies.


Journey Live: Creating Community Through Music, Gaming, and Crowdfunding

  • Eastman School of Music Workshop
  • Hatch Recital Hall
  • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Discover how the intersection of art, music, gaming, technology and crowdfunding has led to Fifth House Ensemble’s interactive performance experience of the score to JOURNEY LIVE.



  • Fifth House Ensemble Concert
  • Hatch Recital Hall
  • 8:00pm – 9:30pm


Melissa Snoza – Flute

A passionate advocate for chamber music, Melissa Snoza is a founding member of Fifth House Ensemble. A dynamic educator and coach, Melissa currently teaches a music entrepreneurship course at DePaul University, and has served as professor of flute at Carthage College. As 5HE’s Executive Director, Melissa drives the organization’s entrepreneurship programs, having created workshops for New England Conservatory, the Colburn School, Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, TEDx Michigan Ave, and the fresh inc festival on arts entrepreneurship and creative programming. Her writing has been featured on the Entrepreneur the Arts blog and Huffington Post. Having held positions with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Peninsula Music Festival, Melissa’s performance activities have spanned South America, Europe, Russia and Japan. Previous award credits include First Prize at the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition.  Melissa is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, including the Arts Leadership Program, and Northwestern University, with principal teachers including Bonita Boyd and Walfrid Kujala. Melissa is not only a well-known flutist and educator – she also makes a mean spread of Brazilian food and a mouth-watering chocolate pecan bourbon pie.

Charlene Kluegel – Violin

Praised for her “musical verve” (New York Classical Review) and “soaring violin” by the Chicago Classical Review, GRAMMY-nominated violinist Charlene Kluegel has established herself as a versatile artist and dedicated educator. Ms. Kluegel has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and China at venues such as the Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Banff Centre, and Orchestra Hall Detroit. She has collaborated with artists such as Robert McDuffie, the Cuarteto Casals, Frank Huang, Sara Laimon, and Michael Kannen. In 2013, she gave the North-American premiere of Osamu Katsuki’s “Poem” for solo violin. As the violinist of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, she can be heard regularly on local and national radio broadcasts and on the Cedille Records and Dynamic Catholic labels. Always curious to expand her musical horizons, Ms. Kluegel collaborated on the explorative CD of Latin Jazz “Canto America” which was nominated for a GRAMMY – Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016. An avid educator, Ms. Kluegel has given masterclasses at the University of Texas Austin, the McDuffie Center for Strings, Bowling Green State University, and Drake University. During the year she teaches violin and chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. She has served on the jury of various competitions including the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition and the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Dedicated to the career advancement of students, Ms. Kluegel is currently completing her thesis “Preparing Orchestral Violin Excerpts: Tempo and Style Considerations from Mozart to Brahms.” Prior to graduating from Cornell University, Ms. Kluegel studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen, and the Hochschule der Künste Bern. She completed her Master of Music degree under Pamela Frank at the Peabody Institute of Music where she also served as her studio assistant. As a recipient of the Indiana University Artistic Excellence Award, she is a Doctor of Music Candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under Jorja Fleezanis.

Herine Coetzee Koschak – Cello

An avid conversationalist, cellist Herine Coetzee Koschak is on a lifelong quest to engage in meaningful and personal exchanges through music. Herine is a founding member of Fifth House Ensemble and is regularly heard on local and national radio stations and concert stages, as well as on the Cedille record label. As a passionate advocate of music education in underserved communities, Herine joined the faculty of the Merit School of Music in 2002 and served as Co-Director of the Suzuki-Alegre Strings Program and the String Department Chair from 2010-2014. She has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous orchestras including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony, and International Chamber Artists. Herine has held titled positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the National Repertory Orchestra, and has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the renowned new music ensemble, eighth blackbird. An Indiana University alumna, her principal teachers were Janos Starker and Emilio Colon. She resides in Deerfield, IL with her husband and young son, with whom she shares a love of Nutella.

Katherine Petersen – Piano

Described as a “strong and exciting performer” who plays with “musical feeling and great technical skill” by the New York Classical Review, Katherine Petersen enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician and soloist. She has collaborated with artists such as Charles Castleman, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, and Michal Schmidt, and has appeared at venues such as the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the Empire Saal at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, Jordan Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Additionally she was invited to perform the inaugural concert of the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the American University. A founding member of ensemble Duo FAE, Ms. Petersen collaborates frequently with violinist Charlene Kluegel. The duo has recently been featured on the Journées de la Culture Series in Quebec, and many other series across Canada and the United States. An active collaborative pianist, Petersen has held staff positions at Conservatory and Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Killington Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Recently she was also a competition pianist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Standard Life Competition. Additional summer festival performances include those at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Castleman Quartet Program, Yellow Barn YAP, Heifetz Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Petersen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Vivian Weilerstein. She went on to attend the Schulich School of Music of McGill University for her Masters and DMus under the tutelage of Stéphane Lemelin and Sara Laimon, where she was a recipient of the Harold Helm and Provost Fellowships, the Schulich and Graduate Excellence Scholarships, the Susan Tajra Scholarship for pianists, harpsichordists and organists, and the Dale Bartlett Prize for Collaborative Pianists. In her free time, she is an avid cyclist and enjoys watching sci-fi movies. She also makes a mean cheesecake.