Hsin-Yee Shih – Piano
Hsin-Yee Shih began her musical training in her native hometown, Tainan, Taiwan, where she studied both piano and oboe and was exposed to both western and traditional Chinese music. Upon immigrating to the US in 1994, Hsin-Yee started to take private piano and oboe lessons, theory, and chamber music classes at the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also joined the Oakland Youth Orchestra in the same year. Prior to going to the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, Hsin-Yee performed as a soloist with the Oakland Youth Orchestra (oboe), and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra (piano).
Hsin-Yee got her Bachelor Degrees in both Piano and Oboe Performances and her Masters degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute. Hsin-Yee has completed all the requirements for the preliminary California Teaching Credential. Hsin-Yee has served as a staff accompanist for the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, and the Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. She is the music director for the American Buddhist Culture Society Youth Orchestra. She has been teaching piano since 2005. Hsin-Yee is a patient teacher; she enjoys guiding students on the path of becoming better musicians.
Dr. Christina Chen – Piano
Taiwanese pianist Christina Chen has won numerous awards in the United States and Taiwan, including the first prize at The Performing Arts of Scholarship Foundation (PASF) this year 2021, the first prize at the Taipei County Student Competition of Music, and second place at the National Student Competition of Music in Taiwan. She was invited as one of two pianists to compete in the 2016 concerto competition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She also was the winner of the Chamber Music Competition at UCSB in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
Christina has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Taiwan. Performance venues have included the Lehmann Hall at the Music Academy of the West, Clark Hall and Gusman Hall at the University of Miami, Radke Fine Arts Theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma, the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and Lotte Lehmann Hall and Karl Geiringer Hall at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also performed in masterclasses of pianists, including Richard Goode and Dean Kramer.Christina began her piano studies at the age of four and entered the music program in Kuang-Jen Catholic Elementary and High School, Zhongzheng Senior High School, where she was a student of Wen-Ling Shih. She graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (B.M. in Piano Performance), as a student of Dr. Linju Ou, where she received the Book Awards every semester.
She holds a master’s degree in keyboard performance from the University of Miami, where she was a pupil of Santiago Rodriguez, who won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1981). Christina is currently receiving her Doctoral of Musical Arts in Keyboard Performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the guidance of Dr. Charles Asche. She held the Martin Kamen Fellowship Award and served as Teaching Assistant in piano teaching and collaborative piano.
Apart from piano studies, she has also studied the oboe for over 14 years and has performed in many orchestras in Taiwan and won several competitions. Her teachers include Pai-Ying Pan and Yun-Ying Gan. Christina has been teaching for many years and is passionate about providing a comprehensive education and engaging music experience for all ages of students.
JiYeon Lee – Piano
Jiyeon Lee is a professional pianist who graduated from Yonsei Universeity (South Korea) in Piano performance and accompaniment(MD). Also, she has briefly studied at the Manhattan school of Music in New York. As a pianist, she was a member of Korean chamber Orchestra and performed at concerts for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kazakhstan National Conservatory to name a few. Her teaching experiences was gained from teaching piano at Busan Middle School of Arts, Busan High School of Arts, Kookmin University, etc. in Korea and currently she is enjoying teaching students in SF bay area.
Samuel is a Composer, Orchestra Conductor, Music Educator and founder member of the Simón Bolivar Orchestra. He is the Director of Community Synergy Inc and Bow to Strings and he Stratfford School Orchestra Teacher. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music from California Institute of the Arts. Samuel is also a choir director, a composer and an arranger, he has an extensive list of compositions and/or arrangements ranging from classical, popular, world music, symphonic, choral works and worship music.
California Institute Of The Arts, CALARTS, Santa Clarita, CA.
[Master Of Fine Arts]
Instituto Universitario De Estudios Musicales IUDEM, Caracas, Venezuela
[Bachelor Of Arts In Music Composition]
Founding member of “El Sistema” Of Symphonic Orchestras in Caracas, Venezuela directed By the legendary Dr. Jose. A. Abreu:
Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Worked as a conductor at:
- Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra
- Symphonic Band of the State of Carabobo
- Emil Friedmann College String and Voice Orchestra
- Carabobo Symphony Orchestra
- Haydn Orchestra – Emil Friedmann College
- Conservatory Orchestra (ONJV)
- ONJV National Children’s Orchestra “B”
Joy Zheng – Piano, Vocal
Ms. Joy Zheng possesses more than 30 years of Music Teaching experience. Specializing in Children’s Music education (K to 12). She conducted extensive research on Music teaching methods, has a deep understanding of student’s learning psychology. Joy is highly skilled in the below areas (both group classes and individual teaching):
Piano (beginning to intermediate level),Voice (Singing).Chorus training, conducting,Music theory.Sightsinging, Ear training.
Working experiences: Fruit Lake Middle School Hubei Province China 1982-1995
Music Teacher -Wuhan Academy of Educational Sciences Wuhan, China 2006-2014. Resposible for music education teaching methods research.Music teacher training
Education: Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Wuhan, China 1982. BA (Major in Voice with a Minor in Piano)
Awards: “The most outstanding music teacher” in China Associations
Membership: Vice president of the Hubei Chorus Association .Vice president of Music Education Association of primary and secondary schools.Vice president of Social Music Education Promotion Association.
Publications: Music education is intellectual education Chorus art and chorus teachingPrimary and secondary school instrumental music teaching Singing and singing teaching practice.
Ilan Emily Lin – Piano
Ilan Emily Lin graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. She started playing piano at age of five, continuing through her graduate school under Dr. Richard Bundy, Dr. Linda Thornton, Dr. Robert Gardner, and French pianist Ms. Marylene Dosse. Receiving training from MYC (Music for Young Children), Harmony Road, and Musik Garten, she has been teaching children’s group and private piano/violin class since 2006 in the Bay Area.Emily is a member of American College of Musician, Music Teacher’s Association of California (CM) and Chinese Music Teacher’s Association of Northern California. Ms. Lin created a fun and inventive piano teaching style, which can be adapted for students of different ages and levels to reach each student’s individual goals, in classical and popular music.
Joyce Yao – Piano
Ms. Joyce received her bachelor’s degree at University of California, San Diego. In 2005-2007, Ms. Joyce was a vice chair of winds ensemble at San-Chong Senior high school, Taipei. She also was a first clarinet of wind ensemble at University of California, San Diego in 2010 and 2012. Ms. Joyce’s professional skill is teaching piano and clarinet with all ages specially beginners. She also sings in a choir in bay area in her free time. Up to date, she has taught over 350 students since 2007 and currently even doing virtual lesson for students oversea.
Vivien Tay – Piano
Sarah Zhong – Piano