Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

The Monody Trio to Perform on September 13 in Goodwin Recital Hall

Join us for an Early Autumn Serenade on September 13

Saxophonist Khari Allen Lee, pianist Jeremy Samolesky, and cellist Jacob Shin will perform a concert of classic and modern music on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall at Auburn University.

The performance will include selections by Debussy, Elgar, E. Marsalis, Morricone, and K. Allen Lee.

Khari Allen Lee is the 2022 Breeden Eminent Scholar for the Art & Humanities at Auburn University. He has been featured on dozens of recordings by artists including Terence Blanchard, Dr. John, Delfeayo & Branford Marsalis, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and has produced three albums as leader of the New Creative Collective.

Jeremy Samolesky is Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Auburn University. He has appeared on concert stages across four continents including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today.” 

Hajune Jacob Shin, age 14, is a student at Auburn Junior High School and is an award-winning cellist who began playing at age 8. Shin has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and has recorded with the Orchestra Camerata New Jersey.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for AU students. For more information about purchasing, email


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Hajune Jacob Shin, age 13, began playing cello at 7 years old and won his first international competition at age 8, the same year he debuted at Carnegie Hall. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and at Moody Hall at the University of Alabama. He studies cello with Wendy Warner, a previous winner of the Mstislav Rostropovitch competition. Hajune loves sharing his music with others in need, and at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, he released a recording of Bach’s Suite No. 1: Prelude on YouTube and an accompanying letter of encouragement to those suffering, which was covered by local and statewide media. Shin is a student at Auburn Junior High School and lives life as a student, friend, and musician each day.

Jeremy Samolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, serves as Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at Auburn University. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, Samolesky has appeared on concert stages across four continents including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Samolesky performs and teaches regularly at universities and conservatories around the world, with recent appearances throughout China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Ecuador, Serbia, Italy and the U.S. His debut solo CD on Centaur Records was praised by critics as “brilliant,” “distinguished,” and “full of intensity and drama.” His subsequent CD with clarinetist David Odom, Max Reger: The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano, was released by Albany Records. Samolesky was selected as the 1st Place winner of the 2016-17 American Prize in Piano Performance, Professional Division, prompting head judge Jeffrey Biegel to write: “Love this playing; has tremendous potential for garnering major attention.” 

As a teacher, Dr. Samolesky’s students are frequent competition winners and regularly receive prestigious scholarships and assistantships at renowned graduate music programs throughout the U.S. For his achievements, he was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” award from Auburn University. In demand as an adjudicator, Samolesky regularly serves as a judge throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, most recently as judge for the 2018 Hong Kong Schools Piano Competitions. Dr. Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano). He spends his summers as Artist Faculty at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Italy.

Khari Allen Lee has arisen as one of the most-in-demand saxophonists, educators, composers, and multi-instrumentalists of his generation. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, the Treme Brass Band, Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Terence Blanchard, Stevie Wonder, DeeDee Bridgewater, Branford Marsalis & many more. In addition to releasing three well-received albums with his own the group, the New Creative Collective, he is lead saxophonist and touring member of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Sextets and Quintets, former lead saxophonist of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra directed by Adonis Rose, and was a faculty member at both the University of New Orleans and Loyola University, following his extended tenure at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). He was recently chosen to become the Auburn University Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar in Residence for the Arts & Humanities.



Last Updated: August 26, 2022