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Virginia Bigelow

Elizabeth Clarke

Vicente Della Tonia

Maryam Farshadfar

Roberta Goodman

Susan Groves

Fredericka King

Boyoung Lee

Christina Long

Keji Lu

Anne Russell

Jennifer Song

Patricia Tsai

Lydia Mong-Yi Wu

Soohyun Yun

 

 

 

Virginia Bigelow

Ginny's SOS Piano Studio
Walnut Creek, CA

 

Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Four Ballades, Op.10

 

Chamber Music
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op.1 No.2 (Largo con espressione and Scherzo, Allegro)

 

Virginia Bigelow grew up in a home with lots of laughter, games, music playing and singing. Her mother played violin in the Corpus Christi Symphony, and her father regularly played his own piano arrangements of current popular songs. Ginny, as soon as she could sit at the piano, spent hours making up her own music. Formal lessons started in the 3rd grade with Agnes Weeks, continuing in high school with Marilyn Babel. Being a flutist in the Ray High School band opened the door for Ginny the pianist, and she was the one usually asked to accompany her friends on their various instruments. Her dream at that time was to become a band director. An inspiring teacher at Baylor, William McKamie, changed that, and she switched to piano performance. Ginny earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor and a Masters from the University of Houston ­­ under Albert Hirsh, both in performance. She then moved to Southern California, began teaching piano, took lessons from Earle Voorhies, met and married Mark (whose dowry was a Steinway Grand), moved to Walnut Creek, continued teaching, did occasional accompanying, and usually played a piano solo at the end of her students’ recitals. Then she met Lillian Cox. Lillian arrived in Northern California’s Contra Costa County in the 1970’s with a Julliard background and strong emphasis on performing. Dame. Soon after meeting her, Ginny had a vivid dream that if she wanted to be really good, she should study with this Grand Dame. Many things followed that chosen path ­­ learning concertos (performances with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony, the Diablo Valley College concert band, and the Cantare con Vivo orchestra under David Morales), becoming a performing member of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society and the Berkeley Piano Club, and taking many summer trips to various countries in Europe to learn and perform at International Workshops. Now she has been coming to the PianoTexas Festival for more than 10 years, with opportunities to learn from the best pianists from around the world! In 1986 Ginny is proud to have won the teacher Grand Prize in the recording competition of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. In addition to private teaching since the 1970’s, she taught at Diablo Valley College from 1991 to 2012. These days, when not playing the piano, teaching, or at some kind of music gathering; Ginny might be found on the golf course or playing crazy card games with friends.
 
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Elizabeth Clarke

Private Studio
British Columbia, Canada

 

Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5, (2nd movement)

 

Canadian pianist Elizabeth Clarke is active as a solo performer, chamber musician, researcher, and teacher. She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta-Augustana. Her studies have taken her across Canada and Europe, including the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in Newfoundland, the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, the Nice International Summer Music Academy in France and, as a recipient of the University of Alberta’s prestigious Johann Strauss Scholarship in 2013, the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria. Elizabeth has performed in masterclasses for artists including Angela Cheng, Jon Kimura Parker, Pascal Rogé, Martin Hughes, and Angela Hewitt. In 2014 she was selected as a winner of the University of Victoria’s annual concerto competition and subsequently performed Brahms’s D Minor Piano Concerto with the university orchestra in the 2014/15 season. She has given solo recitals at many venues across Alberta and British Columbia, most recently as a featured young artist in the “Music on Sunday” series at the Old School House Arts Centre in ParksvilleQualicum Beach. Elizabeth currently works as an accompanist for the University of Victoria, in addition to teaching private students and serving as a university teaching assistant. She has also worked as a masterclass clinician in her native province of Alberta, teaching beginner to advanced students of a variety of ages. In addition to her performance activities, Elizabeth is a dedicated and accomplished academic. Upon her graduation from the University of Alberta she was awarded a Governor General’s Silver Medal which recognized her as one of the top three undergraduate students to graduate across the university that year. Her undergraduate project “Suffer for your Art? Music, Physiotherapy, and an Interdisciplinary Analysis of Pianists’ Injuries” won second prize in the 2013 nationwide Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations’ essay competition. At the start of her graduate studies she won a scholarship grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and her resulting research paper “The Piano Quartet in Canada” was accepted for publication on the website of the Canadian Music Centre, a national institution that promotes the music of Canadian composers. While always focussed on the piano, Elizabeth has also studied organ and harpsichord. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the natural wonders of her adopted home on beautiful Vancouver Island.
 
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Vicente Della Tonia

Allen University
Columbia, SC
 
Master Class Repertoire
Joseph Haydn: Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6
 
Chamber Music
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G major, Op.78 (First Movement – Vivace ma non troppo)

 

Dr. Vicente Della Tonia Junior has performed solo and chamber recitals in concert halls throughout the United States, Spain, and his native country, Brazil.  He has received top prize awards in numerous competitions, including the XXI Concurso Latino-Americano de Piano Rosa Mística, 21st Concurso Nacional de Paulo Giovanini, III Concurso Nacional de Piano Maestro Rodrigo Tavares, and Concurso de Piano Prof. Aécio de Souza Salvador.
Vicente holds performance and pedagogy degrees from the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), Georgia State University (M.M.), Universidade do Sagrado Coração (B.M.), and the Conservatório Musical de Lençóis Paulista (Artist Diploma), where he received these degrees with top honors. He studied under the guidance of Dr. Marina Lomazov, Dr. Scott Price (piano pedagogy), Dr. Sergio Gallo, Dr. Rosa Maria Tolon Marin, and Dr. Judit Gábos.
As an avid researcher, Vicente has presented on the pedagogy and literature of the piano, with an emphasis on first year of study, collaborative playing, group instruction, improvisation, and the works of American and Latin American composers, with special attention to the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. As a presenter, he has given lectures and workshops at Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national and state conferences and symposiums, and at the VII Coloquio of the Seminario Permanente de História y Música en México (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City).
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Dr. Della Tonia is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Piano at Allen University in Columbia, SC, where he teaches piano, class piano and music appreciation for undergraduate students. He enjoys reading, collecting musical scores, listening to classical music recordings, watching movies, and fine dining.
 
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Maryam Farshadfar

Maryam Farshadfar's Studio
Santa Clara, CA
 
Master Class Repertoire
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 (1st and 2nd movements)

 

Maryam Farshadfar has a passion for piano since the age of six that has taken her across the world to play and to share her love of music. She holds a Masters degree in piano performance and has performed in solo recitals and with chamber ensembles at prestigious concert halls including Tehran Niavaran Hall and Konzerthaus Freiburg. Maryam is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at University of Montreal. Her dissertation "The practice of Persian piano from 1879 to 1979" breaks ground in the vibrant world music cultural debate about the traditional practice of Persian piano. She enjoys an active career as a piano performer, scholar, and lecturer. She is currently a music faculty member in San Jose Evergreen Valley College.  
 
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Roberta Goodman

Private Studio
Carrollton, TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op.2

 

Bobbi Goodman holds her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she studied with the late Robert Prichard. She has served on the piano faculty at Brookhaven College here in Dallas and at Glendale College in Los Angeles. Her teachers in L.A. include Lillian Steuber, Aube Tzerko and Jakob Gimpel. In 1974, she signed up to play in a Master Class given by Daniel Pollack, where she met her future husband, Joel Goodman (also playing in the class). They married in 1977. After this class, Bobbi studied privately with Daniel Pollack for six wonderful years before she and Joel and their toddler, Rachel, moved to Dallas as Joel began his research at UTSouthwestern Medical School. In Dallas, Bobbi found that many teachers graduating from universities with Piano Performance degrees could play just about anything, but they confided in Bobbi that they really needed help in teaching the classics to their private students. This gave Bobbi the idea of offering classes in her home for local teachers to study all aspects of Piano Pedagogy. These classes met monthly from 1984 to 1993. There was an extensive cover article in the April, 2008 issue of Clavier magazine, entitled "Bobbi Goodman, Teacher of Teachers," which describes the classes and discusses a few classes in detail. Bobbi has lived in Carrollton since moving to Texas and has been teaching piano privately in her home. From 1984 to 1998, Bobbi served as a clinician and recitalist at the NPTI (National Piano Teachers’ Institute) and traveled all over the U.S. giving programs for piano teacher groups on many different topics. In 1998, Bobbi was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a disease similar to Arthritis, but it causes severe pain in the muscles and it affects the memory. Bobbi was given medication for the pain, but the side effects of the medication made performing and giving programs for teacher groups almost impossible. A few years ago, Bobbi finally decided that she missed her music so much that she made the decision to stop the sedating medications and return to full-time teaching and to working towards a return to performing and to giving classes. She continues to give programs for a few music teacher groups around Dallas. Any spare time Bobbi has is spent with Joel, watching their very active grandchildren.
 
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Susan Groves

Susan Groves Piano Studio
Austin TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6
 
Chamber Music
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op.8 (III. Adagio – IV. Finale: Allegro)

 

An active pianist and private piano teacher in Austin, Texas, Susan Groves comes from a long line of professional pianists, including her late father, University of Texas piano professor William Race, and her mother Katherine Race, who continues to teach and perform at age 88. Susan was a prizewinner in several national competitions as well as soloist with several orchestras, including the Austin Symphony at age 12. Principal teachers include Anton Kuerti, Danielle Martin, William Race and Nancy Garrett. Following the completion of her doctorate at UT, Susan and her father formed the Race-Groves Duo, performing concerts throughout the US and China until his death in 1999. Since then, she has given numerous performances in Austin and around Texas, both as a soloist and as chamber musician. A devoted participant in Piano Texas since 2011, Susan was chosen to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto #24 with the Ft. Worth Symphony during PianoTexas 2014. Susan Groves has maintained a large, award-winning private studio in Austin for 35 years and was twice voted Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Austin District Music Teachers Association. Her students have won many important competitions, including 1st place in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, been featured on NPR’s From the Top, attended the Aspen Summer Institute, and received piano degrees from Juilliard, among other institutions.
 
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Fredericka King

Emerson College
Boston, MA
 
Master Class Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Fantaisy in C major, Op.17 (Massig. Durchaus energisch)

 

Fredericka King, pianist, made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and has performed in the United States, Europe and South America. Appearing in recital at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, she has also been the featured artist on television, public radio stations such as WGBH in Boston, WVPR in Vermont, and WGMS in the Washington, D.C. area. She has performed as soloist with several New England orchestras, and as a soloist and collaborative artist, appeared at the National Gallery of Art, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Miss King performed as soloist and accompanist with the New England Spiritual Ensemble, touring throughout the United States and in Spain. She is a founding member of the group La Femme, La Femme, dedicated to the performance of chamber and solo works by women composers. With the ensemble American Classics, she recorded solo and vocal works by American women on the CD “Hooray for the Ladies!”. Chamber music, “Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio” by the African-English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, was performed and recorded with the Coleridge Ensemble. Her recitals feature works of Classical composers and also highlight the works of women, American, and African-American composers, as on her recording “A Born Pianist”. Ms. King earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston Conservatory, a Master of Music  degree at New England Conservatory and pursued doctoral studies at Boston University.  She was awarded a Teaching Diploma by the Royal College of Music in London,  England, and also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She is Senior Music Historian­in­Residence at Emerson College, a member of the piano  faculty at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and maintains a  private piano studio. Current projects include continued research on the history of  Boston’s famous Chickering piano company for a future book, and developing textbooks  on music appreciation, and American music history.
 
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Boyoung Lee

Southwestern Music Academy
Fort Worth, TX
 
Master Class Repertorie
Franz Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3

 

Classically trained but with a jazzy flair, Boyoung’s passion is in performing and teaching piano. After earning a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and English Major, Boyoung had realized that her true calling was as a pianist. Enrolling at Dong-duk University she finished and earned another Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music concentration in Jazz studies and Piano performance, taught by one of her mentor Jazz pianist Kwak Yoon-chan. She started her first professional teaching experience at Seoul S Music Academy as a Jazz piano teacher for high school students and enjoyed it immensely. She especially loved relating with the students on a personal level and helping them achieve better. Wanting to gain more experience and expand her scope as a professional pianist, she arrived in America. After receiving the Annual Piano Performance scholarship and under the tutelage of Dr. John Solomons at UT at Arlington, she earned a Performance Certificate in classical piano major performance in 2011. Still yearning for more and wanting to also intertwine her passion for music and practical ministry and worship, she entered the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth with the guidance of Dr. Jill Sprenger, then additionally earned the Master of Music in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Smith, professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Department. She continues to look for ways to expand her knowledge and various repertoires. Since her teens, she has been playing the piano as the accompanist for churches that she attends, notably the biggest Methodist church in Korea. She loves being able to serve at church and has numerous experience in performance and ministry outreach programs through music, which at one point she served as the music director and arranger. In America, Boyoung had the privilege of accompanying with instruments and voices, and theatre music. Currently a teacher and the media director at the Southwestern Music Academy and she also provides private lessons to all ages, which she has been active since 2003. Always willing to devote to her program and profession, Boyoung is constantly looking for ways to develop and expand her piano technique and musicianship not only as a teacher but as a performer. In her spare time, she likes to sit down and have cup of coffee with friends, attend symphony concerts, and go for walks.
 
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Christina Long

Long Piano Studio
Plano, TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No. 1
 
Chamber Music
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87 (Fourth Movement – Finale, Allegro giocoso)

 

Christina Long has concertized on three continents in countries including Canada, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey, Poland, and twenty-six states in the United States. Critics described her solo performances as having “unusual elasticity, colors, rhythmic clarity, and creative fantasies.” She has performed as a soloist, duo pianist (Long Duo), and chamber musician in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Theatre, Hangzhou Grand Theatre (China), Meyerson Hall (Dallas), Dallas Museum of Art, Phillips Gallery, Embassy Concert Series (Washington D.C.), Spoleto Festival (S.C), Calgary Dream Center (Canada), and Basically Beethoven Series (Dallas) among others. As a versatile recording artist who explores unknown repertoire in both traditional and contemporary styles, Ms. Long has recorded for Centaur Records and Dorian Luminus Records. These recordings include concerti for two pianos by Vaughan Williams, Harl McDonald, and Dana Suesse (world-premier recording). As a soloist, Ms. Long has collaborated with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Orchestra in Turkey, among others. Ms. Long’s live and recorded performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WQXR New York, WRR Dallas, CBC Canada, Philharmonic Station in Taipei, and several other radio stations. The Long Duo has been praised by the Washington Post for “putting new life into duo piano recitals”, and by News and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) for “playing with a cohesiveness of purpose, absolute accuracy of execution, and a near spiritual transparency”. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of North Texas where she received the Dissertation Award for Excellence in Musical Performance. Ms. Long served as an Artist-in-Residence at Southeast Oklahoma State University, and as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Tabor College in Kansas and Westfield State College in Massachusetts. The Ubiquitous Publishing Company commissioned Ms. Long to translate the book My Life with Great Pianists by Franz Mohr. Her teachers include Adam Wodnicki, Vladimir Viardo and Lillian Long. Ms. Long is also a passionate pedagogue whose students have won grand prizes at Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and first prizes of Texas MTA Performance Contest, Original Composition Competition, and Juanita Miller Young Artists Competition. She has taught masterclasses and presented lectures and recitals at various music teachers associations (Kansas, Texas), MEA (New Jersey), conservatories and universities in US, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Besides music, she and her family loves traveling, movies, good food, spending quality time with friends and family, and serving at North Texas Chinese Church in Flower Mound.
 
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Keji Lu

Southwestern Music Academy
Fort Worth, TX
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 (1. Allegro maestoso)
 
Chamber Music
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105 (First Movement - Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck)

 

Keji LU, a native of China, is pursuing M.M. Piano Performance degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She teaches at Southwestern Music Academy as a piano instructor and she has also taught elective piano lessons in the School of Church Music. Before moving to Fort Worth, she has taught private piano and group lessons in the Herald Music School (NY), the Joyous Music School (NY), and the Creative Music Club (China). She holds a B.A. in Music Theory from the China Conservatory, and during her Bachelor degree study she was granted Academic awards, participated in various master classes, and gave lectures in Ear-Training for college-level students. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Mannes College, where she served as graduate assistant theory coach in subjects of ear-training, dictation, theory, and Schenkerian analysis. She studied with Carl Schachter, Robert Cuckson, Hedi Siegel, Poundie Burstein, Noam Sivan, and David Loeb. She actively participated in numerous solo and collaborative performances. As a soloist, she is the first-prize winner of numerous piano competitions in her homeland. She also serves as an active accompanist and collaborative pianist/ harpsichordist for the China Children’s Choir, the Chanters Choir, the New York International Music Competition, the Southwestern Singers, and the Southwestern Chapel Orchestra. She has toured with Southwestern Singers as the accompanist in Mississippi, New Orleans, and Texas. In this year, she has also played with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Southwestern seminary’s 13th annual Gala concert, which celebrates the school as distinction as ‘All-Steinway School’. She has served as a church pianist weekly from her youth until today. Keji has participated in PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, where she performed in many concerts, and studied with Piotr Paleczny, Dina Yoffe. She has also taken master classes with Harold Martina. Her piano study has been under the teaching of Ding-Fan Wang, Marilyn Groves, Dr. Cristina Stanescu, Dr. Jill Sprenger (pedagogy), and Dr. Robert Smith.  
 
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Anne Russell

ACR Studio
Walnut Creek, CA
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Klavierstücke, Opus 118 (No.3 Ballade and No.6 Intermezzo)
 
Chamber Music
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Tri No.4 in B-flat major, Op.11 (First Movement – Allegro con brio)

 

Anne Cunnyngham Russell, pianist, singer and teacher, earned B.M. and M.A. degrees in Piano Performance from San Francisco State University under the guidance of Carlo Bussotti. She is a Performing Member of the Berkeley Piano Club and Concert Performer with the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society. Internationally, she has performed with International Workshops in France, Australia and Austria and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and as chamber music recitalist in Siena, ltaly with Hartt in Europe through the University of Hartford. Locally, as pianist and singer, she has given solo and collaborative recitals at the Regional Center for the Arts of Walnut Creek, CA and the Amador Theatre in Pleasanton, CA. She performed as pianist in Master Classes given by Ruth Harte, Sylvia Jenkins, Gwendolyn Koldofsky (collaborative piano), Fernando Laires, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Nelita True and participated as auditor of classes given by Guido Agosti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, ltaly. Additonal private studies have been with Sylvia Jenkins, Fernando Laires and Nelita True. As a singer (soloist and chorister), she performed several seasons with the Peninsula Women's Chorus in the United States, Central Europe and Great Britain. She performed in a vocal master class given by Lucine Amara of the Metropolitan Opera. Her principal teacher for vocal studies is Dewey Camp, Professor Emeritus from San Francisco State University. Anne is an active member of M.T.A.C., C.A.P.M.T., and M.T.N.A. as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music Permanent status, (NCTM). Inspired by early studies with her first teachers, Thomas Frederick Freeman, pupil of Godowsky and Tanya Zunser Ury, pupil of Fischer, she began the journey as a teacher at the age of thirteen, forming her first piano studio for children and adults. During undergraduate years, she taught classes for Yamaha International inSan Francisco. She served on the Materials Advisory Committee to develop new textbooks, was instructor for the Junior Original Composition Course and was invited to study and teach in Tokyo, Japan. Videos of her Model Classes were used as instructional material for teacher training seminars. Over the years, her private students have won scholarships from the CCMTAC, played in MTAC State Conventions, Honors Recitals, and Northern California Festivals through CAPMT. Currently, she maintains a large private studio in Walnut Creek, CA consisting of children and adults from beginning to advanced levels.
 
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Jennifer Song

Song Piano Studio
Oklahoma City, OK
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 Book.2
 
Chamber Music
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op.24 “Frühlingssonate” (First Movement – Allegro)

 

Born in South Korea, Pianist, Jennifer Mihee Song had the honor to perform at Carnegie Hall in the Artist International winner series as her debut recital. She has performed in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. She was the recipient of awards and top prizes in several competitions including Suri competition, Nanpa competition, and Eumyeon competition. Ms. Song received her Professional Studies certificate and Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student. She graduated from Korea National University of Arts and Kyungwon university and earned a Bachelor's degree with the highest honors. Her teacher was Dr. Silverman, Soojung Shin and Daejin Kim. She had masterclass with Gean Paul Sevilla, Mikhail Woskressensky, Mijoo Lee, Daewook Lee and Yonghi Moon. In chamber music, she had given numerous performances with her sisters, who play the violin and cello as, "the Song Trio" They were invited and had recitals in New York City, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul. Ms. Song was a private piano teacher for 12 years in New York City. Primarily she consulted her students for college admission. Her students went to Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and other schools. Ms. Song moved to Oklahoma City four years ago. She enjoys teaching students of any age in her Oklahoma City studio now as a member of MTNA and OMTA. Her students won several competitions such as MTNA, Oklahoma City orchestra league - Meinders, Guiliam piano competition and HubbardMales Competition.
 
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Patricia Tsai

Tarrant County College
Fort Worth, TX
 
Began studying piano at the age of six. 
Tsai holds a Master Degree of Music from Southern Methodist University, where she was awarded with full scholarship and assistantship (1987 ~ 1991). She was honored as “Who's Who International Outstanding Students in American Colleges and Universities” (1990).
Patricia received Brêvet Diplôme from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (1985); During the years of 1984 ~ 1985, she was requested by the piano faculty to be the substitute piano-instructor for grades up to high school students. 
 
Besides the piano field, she won 2nd and 3rd Medals in Voice of Concours de l'U.F.A.M. - International Music Competition for Women Artists Musicians, Paris, France (1983,1984). 
The year Patricia left Paris to see and accompany her dying mother, she was encouraged to participate the Competition of The National Chorus, and won the Piano Assistant Accompanist position also the Principal Associate Alto,Taiwan, ROC, 1985 ~ 1986.
 
In 1979, Patricia obtained a Bachelor Degree in French Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. 
 
Tsai was the elected 3rd vice president of Denver Music Teachers Association (1992 ~ 1993) and the secretary of Colorado Pace (piano method of Dr. Robert Pace) Setters (1993 ~ 1994). She is as well interested in other piano methods including the new Piano Safari Method.
 
When her family resided in Atlanta, GA (1994 ~ 1999), her leading performance of the 4th-grade class and the self-composition for chorus and piano accompaniment based on the poems of Tang Dynasty, won 4th prize at the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church (ACCC)’s contest of Annul Talented Spring Festival, 1999.
In recent years, Tsai has participated in TCU Summer Piano Institute (renamed "Piano Texas", Fort Worth), as well as the Symphonic Workshops & Professional Development at Kromériz (Czech Republic). She completed credit courses at TCU Piano Pedagogy Graduate Program (2009).
 
Tsai has been piano instructor since 2011 at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus.  On April, 2016, Tsai was awarded「Certificate of Appreciation」from Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, for her years of service and dedication to its Senior Education Program. 
 
She would dedicate Brahms music to late Professor - Monsieur Antonio Ruiz-Pipo, a short term yet crucial life-mentor in Paris, France; and Schumann music to late Mademoiselle Denyse Rivière,  for her enthusiastic teaching in music aesthetics.
 
Patricia Tsai is member of Fort Worth Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum; Committee member of Fort Worth Piano Solo Contest sponsored by Fort Worth Music Teachers Association. 
She appreciates very much Pianotexas International Acaedamy & Festival (Dr. Tamas Ungar as director), which gives her great opportunity to catch the piano playing back.
 
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Lydia Mong-Yi Wu

Playtime Music Center
Alhambra, CA
 
Master Class Repertoire
Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (I: Molto moderato)

 

Lydia Mong-Yi Wu, born in Taiwan, started studying piano at the age of three. After moving to the United States at the age of seven, she continued her studies in New York City in the studio of Mr. Shou- Ping Chiu. By the age of seventeen, Ms. Wu gave many solo performances, including Silver Bay Festival and Cornell University in New York, and Chinese Young Artist Competition in Washington D.C. She also studied with Maria Asteriadou, Xak Bjerken, and Jian Tian, and received master classes with Christine Dahl, Constance Keene, Graham Scott, Misha Dichter, and Lydia Boguslavsky. Ms. Wu received her bachelor and master degrees in piano performance at the University of Georgia, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Evgeny Rivkin. In 1999 she was a winner of the UGA Concerto Competition and Atlanta Steinway Society Scholarship. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, she received the Athon-Hughes-Cook Piano Pedagogy Scholarship Award in 2002. Ms. Wu was a member of Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at the University of Georgia. In 2005, she was winner of the Franz Liszt Award, and Outstanding Performer at GMTA Senior College Division. Since then she has appeared in many solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States. Her most recent appearances include the Franz Liszt Festival in Athens, Georgia, and Bonneville Chamber Music Festival in Ogden, Utah. Ms. Wu currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she is the Music Director at Village Presbyterian Church and Music Teacher at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). A member of the Music Teachers' Association of California and Music Teachers National Association, she teaches piano privately and continues to perform in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings.
 
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Soohyun Yun

Kennesaw State University
Atlanta, GA
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35, Book 2
 
Chamber Music
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87 (First Movement – Allegro moderato)

 

Soohyun Yun, Korean born pianist, is Assistant Professor and Piano Area Coordinator at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Georgia. Dr. Yun has explored solo and chamber music from baroque to contemporary and performed in venues in Europe, Asia and the US. New York Concert Review said "Yun unleashed much passion and color along the way.." at her solo debut recital as a recipient of the NY Artists International’s Special Presentation Award at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NY in 2008. Yun's enthusiasm for contemporary music brought her to perform a piano solo, Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire... in memoriam Olivier Messiaen by Tristan Murail, who was a pupil of Messiaen, at the composer's presence at Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and to perform at numerous venues as a pianist of the University of Illinois’ New Music Ensemble. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Dr. Yun received her D.M.A. piano degree and two master degrees (piano pedagogy and piano performance) working with professors Ian Hobson and Reid Alexander. Her BM in Piano Performance was under Myung-Won Shin at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Additional summer study includes the International Keyboard Institution and Festival at the Mannes School of Music (NY) and the Hochschule "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy," in Leipzig, Germany. As an educator and clinician, Dr. Yun is a devoted teacher who has been actively involved with Music Teachers National Association State and Local Associations throughout her career. As a frequent presenter, Dr. Yun has been presenting performance and pedagogical topics more than 35 times in local, state, regional, national and international venues. Prior to her appointment at KSU, she taught at the University of Idaho at Moscow, Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and also served as Coordinator for the UIUC School of Music Piano Laboratory Program. At KSU, she teaches undergraduate group piano instruction, applied piano lessons to majors, piano literature and piano pedagogy, small chamber groups, piano ensemble, and accompanying classes.
 
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