Howard Hanson Scholarship Eastman School of Music
Music Merit Scholarship Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
2nd and only Prize Winner, ViolinOpen Category, National Piano and Violin Competition Singapore 2007
Teaching Assistant of Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic
Teaching Assistant of Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, former Assistant Principal 2nd of Cleveland Orchestra
I’m the tenured Associate Principal 2nd Violin of Boise Philharmonic and a tenured violinist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. I am also the Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra and have acted as titled positions in Music in the Mountains Festival (Grass Valley), Berkeley Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. As an experienced educator, I have served as teaching assistant to Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, former 1st Assistant Principal 2nd of the Cleveland Orchestra. During those years I taught Undergraduate Violin and also coached violin sectionals. Armed with my passion to help students achieve their dreams, my private students have consistently achieved a 100% entrance rate into youth orchestras and won 1st and 2nd prizes at the Reno Philharmonic Concerto Competition. I served on the Violin Faculty of the School of Young Talents at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a school that has produced multiple International Prize Winners. As an adjudicator, I have served on the panels of Las Vegas Philharmonic Concerto Competition and also Regional competition of Boise Idaho.
I have served as the Teaching Assistant for Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and also Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, former 1st Assistant Principal 2nd of the Cleveland Orchestra. During those years, I taught college undergraduate Violin and also coached orchestra sectionals. I maintained a private studio of highly motivated violin students, consistently achieving 100% entrance rate into the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. My students also won 1st and 2nd Prizes at the Reno Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Back in Singapore, I served on the faculty at School of Young Talents, a highly competitive school for young children, of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. (The school has produced multiple international competition winners.) I have also taught at-risk youths at a girls home.
I set big goals for each year for every student. Auditioning for the local youth orchestras, participating in local competitions or auditioning for colleges, and then we make monthly plans to work towards that goal. I also plan annual recitals so that students can enjoy performing in a supportive environment, and learn how to work + enjoy working with a pianist, or in a chamber music group. Collaborative musical skills are essential in a musician. :) On top of standard repertory, I add scales and etudes as part of the students’ learning, but also highly enjoyable songs that the students can choose themselves.
My teaching style is flexible and aims to motivate the student to fall in love with playing and practicing on his or her own. At each lesson I will ask if there is something is particular that the student was troubled by during the previous week’s practicing and aim to solve that problem together. Eventually the student will learn how to problem solve during practicing. I encourage students to listen to many recordings of the works that they are learning to find inspiration. I also encourage students to play music from other genres if it will inspire them to practice more! Since basic technical skills can be reinforced in many different genres, I feel this is often very fun for the students.