Meet The Teachers

En-Ting Hsu

String Sprouts Lead Teacher, Violin


A native of Taiwan, En-Ting is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the UMKC Conservatory, studying with Scott Lee. She received her Master’s of Music at Indiana University and obtained the Bachelor of Music degree at National Taiwan Normal University. As an orchestral player, she performed in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong. As a chamber music lover, she has attended Eastern Music Festival and Kent/Blossom Music Festival in past summers. Also, her string quartet won the first prize in National Taiwan Music Competition for several times.  En-Ting is a HCM alumni.

James Farquhar

String Sprouts Lead Teacher, Cello


James Farquhar is currently a student under Kurt Baldwin at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Under Baldwin’s instruction, James has attained UMSL Artist of the Year and has organized numerous outreach recitals in the communities around St. Louis.


After completion of his Undergraduate degree in Spring 2022, James plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Cello Performance, beginning a program in Fall 2022. His ultimate career goal is to be a concert cellist for a major symphony orchestra, as well as teach privately for underserved students throughout Kansas City and St. Louis. 

James has been a Heartland Chamber Festival Scholar for five consecutive years.

Assistant Sprouts faculty


Jude Frank

Hamp Henning, Jr.

Laura Hoesley

Sprouts are mentored by HCM alumni as Lead and Assistant teachers and Kansas City  Symphony musicians who perform quarterly at the Sprouting Up concerts, all creating a caring and supportive community.