Ms. Jessica Chuang was born in San Jose, California and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She has started her musical journey since she was 5 years old with piano learning, and at the age of 9 Ms. Jessica also started learning the violin as her secondary instrument. She auditioned for Music Talented Class in both Zhanghe Junior High School and Kuanglen Catholic High School. Ms. Jessica received her Music Degree in Performance and Education from Aletheia University, Taiwan.After graduation, Ms. Jessica knew that teaching and sharing the joy of music learning with students was the right path for her, and she began teaching music movement classes, keyboard group classes, and piano and violin private lessons in Gyanfu Elementary School, Hi Del Berg Music Center, along with many other music private studios. Ms. Jessica prepares her students for the International ABRSM Practical Exam and other competitions. As an active performer, Ms. Jessica also participated in several performances at the National Concert Hall and Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taiwan.Having taught since 2009, Ms. Jessica is very experienced and she is confident working with different students at various ages and personalities. Ms. Jessica’s classes are full of love, caring, and fun. She builds trust and relationships with her students, which encourages them to enjoy music learning and they always look forward to seeing Ms. Jessica in the next lesson
Tracy Chen started her music studies at a prestigious music program in Taiwan, emphasizing in both piano and violin performance. She received her BA degree from UC Berkeley in 2015 and her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in piano pedagogy at San Jose State University in 2019. While Obtaining her Masters at San Jose State University, Tracy developed her own group piano class curriculum and have run her curriculum successfully during her time there. On top of creating her own curriculum, Tracy has also successfully prepared piano students for guild national exam, certificate of merit, and ABRSM and violin students for orchestra auditions. Tracy believes that through fun and enjoyable musical experience that students can further on improve their piano and violin technique. She provides students with a supportive platform to fully develop their musical ability.
MASTER IN MUSIC EDUCATION
PIANO | VOCAL
台灣東吳大學音樂系音樂學碩士。現任PALO ALTO CHINESE SCHOOL教師、FMMA音樂教師。曾任桃園市建國國中、新北市福和國中、台北市百齡高中音樂教師。
曾參與台北市立交合唱團、南加州臺大校友合唱團、COLBURN COMMUNITY CHORALE、華山天主教聖樂團、實驗合唱團等演出。
University of Southern California Master of Music
National Taiwan Normal University Bachelor of music
Taiwan Music Competition of Piano-1st Place 2013
National High School Student Competition of Piano-4th Place 2013
Victor National Music Competition of Piano-1st Place 2009
Seidof &Sons National Music Competition of Piano-1st Place 2009
Taiwan Music Competition of Piano-2nd Place 2008
Eisenbach National Music Competition of Piano-1st Place 2008
Taiwan Music Competition of Piano-2nd Place 2007
Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy 2017
American Liszt Society-Southern California Mini Piano Festival 2019
Chia-Chia Shen Piano Recital 2017
Performer in Piano Concerto 2015
Pianist Represents St. Dominic Catholic High School 2008
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Private Piano Teacher
•Taught private piano lessons for five years, students age from 5 to 23
•Students participated in Yamaha Grade Examinationfor Piano Performancepassed Grade 11 and 7
•Student has been admitted to talented music program in junior high school
Ms. Judie (Yunlin Chiu), received my Bachelor Degree from Music School of Aletheia University in Taiwan;
I have been teaching music class at YAMAHA keyboard group class from 1998-2006,Taiwanese Public Kindergartens from 2007-2010, and Bilingual Kindergartens from 2010 -2016.
Ms. Judie moved to the Bay Area in 2017, and started teaching group keyboard classes at Blue Hills Elementary School in Cupertino and Quinlan Community Center;Little Mozart and Bilingual Music Class at Lochinvar Preschool, Monticello Academy, and Mission Valley Montessori in Fremont. I am very passionate in teaching younger children and loved by all my students.
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, is recognized as one of the most promising and the only active performers who specialized in both western and eastern instruments. Praised by The Strad “The great Molto adagio…..elicited some of the night’s most sensitive work, especially from Wei-Yang Andy Lin on viola.” and New York Times “Taiwanese-born violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin..…is also a virtuoso on the erhu, and he gave a brilliant performance.” Andy came to the U.S. in 1997 to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School with full scholarship, and received his Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook also with fullscholarship. Andy has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Lincoln Center solo debut at the Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Orford Academy Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, and Children’s Orchestra Society.
In addition to his solo career, Andy is an avid chamber musician and is a founding member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet. The quartet was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and was on the roster of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS2 Program from 2013~2016. Andy is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and serves as principal violist of the New York Classical Players and the Solisti Ensemble. He has been invited to perform chamber music with Itzhak Perlman where The New York Times described “Mr. Perlman, playing first violin..… answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin.”
In addition to his accomplishments as a classical musician, he is also an active erhu player. He has recorded film music for a number of movies and short films, including “The Blood Brothers” and the award winning short film “Daughters” (Best Original Score at NYU Tisch Film Festival). He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. He also premiered Winnie Lan-In Yang’s “Fantasy for Erhu and Strings” with the New York Classical Players. He has recently performed an erhu concerto “Wild Grass” by Wenjing Guo with the Juilliard Orchestra at its Focus! Festival final concert at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in which it was featured on the New York Times, this also made him the only person in the Juilliard history who performed concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra on both western and eastern instruments.