Akwasi Papa Abrefah is a steelpan instructor, performer, and band director based in the Bay Area. He was born in Oakland, California and raised in Richland, WA where, at the age of 9, he started playing steelpan - known commonly as steeldrums in the United States. Through middle school and high school, he traveled around the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. playing with bands OK 2 Botay and Bram Bratá before coming to Stanford where he continued with Cardinal Calypso.
Hui (Daisy) You is a distinguished Zheng (Gu-zheng, Chinese Zither) soloist and an acclaimed Chinese music educator. Since 2004, she has been on the faculty of the Department of Music at Stanford University. She lectures Gu-zheng courses of all levels and directs the Stanford Gu-zheng Ensemble, which she founded in 2004. She currently co-chairs the United States International Music Competition and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Music Teacher’s Association in Northern California.
Lecturer in the Perspectives in North American Taiko seminar, Faculty Advisor to Stanford Taiko, Performing Member: Jun Daiko (charter member), San José Taiko (1996-1999), Stanford Taiko (charter member 1992-1996). Founder and Director Summer Taiko at Stanford (1999- 2015). North American Taiko Conference Advisory Board member (2005 - 2013) and invited presenter (1997, 2005, 2011). TCA (Taiko Community Alliance) Board member (2013 to present).
Director, Chamber Chorale and Symphonic Chorus. Nationally and internationally invited master class teacher in conducting and choral music, guest conductor and adjudicator in choral music; has conducted master classes and performances with festival, honor, and collegiate choirs, orchestras, and other instrumental ensembles from over 20 states as well as from England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan.