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Music Director, Conductor/String
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Christopher Chung

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Percussion
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Chi-Ching Lin

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Brass Teacher :   

Lovell Park Chang

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String Teacher :   

Tony (TungYin) Huang

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Music Director, Conductor/String
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Christopher Chung

   

A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Mr. Chung began his musical studies in piano, violin and cello at the ages of five and nine. Following a successful musical career in high school, he attended the National Taiwan Normal University where he majored in cello, minored in piano and was awarded the Certificate of Music Education. Upon moving to the United States, Mr. Chung studied under the tutelage of cellist Peter Wiley (of Guarneri String Quartet), at Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Performance.

Mr. Chung's wide professional experience encompasses symphony orchestra and chamber music performances, conducting, teaching, studio recording and administration. He served as Associate Principal Cellist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Yin-Qi Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and the Yin-Qi Chamber Orchestra in Taiwan. He performed with the Chinese Community Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Symphony Orchestra and the Amadeus String Quartet and Piano Trio. Mr. Chung's teaching positions were at the Guang-Ren High School, Xi-Men Elementary School, and Guan-Du Christian College in Taiwan. He has been serving as the Music Director, cello and piano instructor at the Song of Songs Music School, Eastern School of Music, Amadeus Conservatory of Music, and Melody Time Music Center in the United States.

In 2003, he was the Music Director and featured cellist for the world premiere of an original Chinese-language adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Hwa-Sun Culture Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

With Youth Orchestra, CYCNY, at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Chung performed Elgar's Cello Concerto as soloist in 2010, and Chung conducted the World Premiere of Yasuhiko Fukuoka's "Journey of a Thousand Miles" in 2012; the world premiere of Steve Margoshes's "Symphony Dance from FAME- The Musical", as well as the US Premiere of Shui-Long Ma's "Searching" Concerto for Gu-Zheng and Orchestra, with Hao-Yin Huang as Gu-Zheng soloist in 2013.

Mr. Chung has long believed that music has the power to transform lives, to transcend cultures and languages and to bring people together in important and lasting ways. It is for this reason that he dedicates his life toward inspiring a new generation of young musicians to pursue their dreams through the challenging and life-changing process of music education.

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String
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Dr. Chiang Sheng Johnny Kuo

   

A Taiwan native, raised in Long Island New York, Dr. Chiang Sheng Johnny Kuo is the eldest of 4 siblings. As an adolescent he developed a passion for both medicine and classical music. In High School he studied the art of Violin at the Manhattan School of Music and succeeded into Julliard Pre-College Division where he earned the privilege to play with the New York Youth Symphony. An honor for young Kuo considering renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin had played with this orchestra the year before. This level of commitment and passion translated into his college years as he decided and became the first of his siblings to pursue medicine. He completed his undergraduate and graduate medical training at University of Buffalo. He continued on to earn his PH.D at Columbia University and ultimately a Master¡¦s of Art Degree in Music Education at Columbia University¡¦s Teachers College. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Kuo served in various healthcare positions at the Director level most recently at the New York Gracie Square Hospital affiliate with New York Presbyterian Hospital where he has served as Chief Operating Officer for 11 years.

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Percussion
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Chi-Ching Lin

   

Taiwanese percussionist Chi-Ching Grace Lin maintains a varied chamber music and orchestra career in new york city area. Chi-Ching has performed with Dicapo opera, the Metropolitain opera orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo opera, National Choral, Binghamton Philharmonic,Riverside Symphony, New York Asian Symphony Orchestra, New Amsterdam Orchestra, Westfield Symphony Orchestra,Colonial Symphony, Park Chamber Symphony Orchestra,Centre Symphony Orchestra,Metro Chamber Orchestra in venues such as Lincol Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Version Hall in Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Jersey, Honk Kong, China and Japan. As soloist Chi-Ching was feature as marimba soloist in Day of Percussion Festival in NYC in 2001 and 2002 and also obtained the excellent performance of chamber ensemble award. In 2008 Chi-Ching premiered Andrew Beall's percussion concerto at Lincoln center with CYCNY. She also can be found on Andrew Beall's solo percussion album "Deliverance". As chamber musician,Chi-Ching has appeared with the Talujon Percussion group, Tam Dun Percussion group and 20th Century Contemporary Ensemble. Chi-Ching received her Master's degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Queens College and Mannes College the new school for music where she studied with Michael Lipsy, Michael Werner, Jim Priess, Barry Centanni and Glenn Valez. Chi-Ching is the percussion faculty of the Chinese Youth Orchestra of New York since 2006.

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Brass Teacher :   

Lovell Park Chang

   

New York raised trumpeter Lovell Park Chang holds a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan School of Music andd is currently pursuing for a dual degree program in Masters of Music and Master of Education from Manhattan School of Music. His most recent accomplishments include organizing a spring recital and winning the Fuchs Competition for Chamber Music. He was the recipient of the Canmine Caruso Scholarship in 2012.
Since 2002, Mr. Chang performs annually with Youth Orchestra CYCNY at a variety of performance spaces including Cardozo High School, Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, andd Alice Tully Hall. One of his latest performance with the orchestra includes traveling to Japan to perfonn the premiere of Journey of a Thousand Miles by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. His music studies began at the age of three, initially on the piano. Due to his dedication for music, be subsequently took private lessons on a number of other instruments including violin, clarinet, flute, cello, trombone, and oboe. Currently taking trumpet lessons with Thomas V. Smith of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Lovell P. Chang also previously studied with Vincent Penzarella, a retired member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

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String Teacher :   

Tony (TungYin) Huang

   

Tony (Tungying) Huang, Violinist and Violist, a native of Taiwan, is an active violist and violinist who has a Bachelor of Music in String Performance from Taiwan Soochow University, and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Boston University; also the Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of music in New York. He enjoys both performing and teaching string instruments. He teaches both private lessons in his studio in New York and lessons in private schools in New Jersey.

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Composer & Violinist :   

Prof. Fu-Tong Wong

   

Fu-Tong Wong (Ah-Tong), M, born in Guangdong 1948. Graduated at the Kent State University, School of Music in the U.S.A.
Mr. Wong is a violin educator, composer, and music theorist. He had taught in The National Institute of Art in Taiwan, as well as being the concertmaster of The United Experimental Orchestra in 1983. Before retired, he was a professor of Tainan University of Technology, Department of Music.
Mr. Wong composed and published many albums of vocal works and orchestra works, both in CD and music. His master works include "Symphony Condor Heroes", a four acts opera "Xi-shi", and the "Wong's Violin Teaching System, Volumes 1-12".
The works of Wong has been played worldwide, including Vienna, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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String
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Li-Ling Lillian Hung

   

Violist Li-Ling Lillian Hung was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1977. She started her long and distinguished study of Viola at the age eleven. Through out her earlier academic years, she studied with various famous violinists such as Mr. Kin-Fung Leung, the associate violin principle of Hong Kong Philharmonic. She graduated from Julliard School in 1999 and Yale University in 2001. Since the age of 18, Lillian Hung appeared in many recitals and chamber music concerts at Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Taiwan, Paul Recital Hall, Morse Hall in Lincoln Center, and Sprague Hall at Yale University. She co-played with Mr. Jesse Levine and violinist Kyung Hak Yu. In spring 2003, she was invited to play the Viola Concerto as soloist with Kaohsiung Youth Orchestra at Kaohsiung Cultural Center and also Chamber Music Concert with all members of Kaohsiung Music Association. Ms. Hung joined the string faculty of CYCNY Youth Orchestra in October 2003 and is currently teaching violin and viola privately in New York metropolitan area.

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String
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Justine Fang Chen

   

201 WE ST 72ND S T. APT. 5B NEW YORK, NY 10023 T.+1 212.875.8045 C.+1 917.349.6862 E-MAI L: justine@chen.net WEBS ITE: www.justinefchen.com Native New Yorker composer/violinist Justine F. Chen has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and commissions, including prizes from BMI and ASCAP. She has been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, New York Festival of Song, New Juilliard Ensemble, Washington Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, FLUX Quartet, Elements Quartet, Concertante, Long Leaf Opera, American Lyric Theater, Chants Libres (Montreal), and Tapestry New Opera (Toronto). She studied violin and composition at the pre-college division of The Juilliard School, and trained at the School of American Ballet. As a dancer, she performed in various productions with New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater. Among her principal composition teachers are Robert Beaser, David Diamond, and Andrew Thomas. Because of her unique inter-disciplinary background, Ms. Chen has a keen interest in artistic collaborations. To this end, she has written incidental music for numerous theatrical productions starting in high school, including Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In 2002, The Playwright’s Theater in New Jersey produced James Glossman’s award-winning adaptation of Jim Lehrer’s novel, The Special Prisoner, with Justine’s incidental music that juxtaposed soundscapes of the modern world with the musical traditions of Noh theater. Critics wrote “… A distinct asset is the atmospheric original score, performed by composer Justine Chen, who uses … traditional kabuki sound effects.” (Variety.com), “Justine F. Chen’s musical motifs and sound effects add the necessary tension and her presence on the stage provides a visual third dimension that suits the stark atmosphere.” (Independent Press,). In 2001, she collaborated with digital artist Ye Won Cho on a short animation Trilemma, which was selected for and screened at such prestigious festivals as the Hiroshima Animation Festival, the New York Expo, the Student Academy Awards, Anima Mundi in South America, and broadcast on PBS in “Reel New York” June 2002. Her collaboration with choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska (David Parsons Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch) Perpetual Flux, premiered at Alice Tully Hall in 1998, was subsequently programmed on Juilliard’s Summer Dance Tour. Other collaborations include Of Roots and Stones, a dance piece with Iyun Harrison (Alvin Ailey), performed in the Juilliard Spring Dance Concert, by the Juilliard Dance Ensemble and Orchestra at the Juilliard Theater in 2000. On this piece, the New York Times wrote, “Justine Fang Chen… blended popular dance rhythms into the kind of biography – Justine F. Chen, composer 201 WE ST 72ND S T. APT. 5B NEW YORK, NY 10023 T.+1 212.875.8045 C.+1 917.349.6862 E-MAI L: ju st ine@chen.net WEBS ITE: www. j u st inefchen.com propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of.” In 2004, she collaborated with choreographer Adam Hougland on a commission from the New York Choreographic Institute, in conjunction with New York City Ballet and The Juilliard School. As an accomplished violinist, she has performed worldwide and specializes in the performance and interpretation of contemporary music. She recently performed at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, and also with ICE as one of the 6 violin soloists at the US premiere of James Dillon’s much - anticipated Nine Rivers. As a scholar, she has lectured on electronic music, and Mario Davidovsky and his Synchronisms series. Since 1999, she has been actively studying the intricacies of interactive computer music program MAX/MSP. Her studies, guided by Mari Kimura, cutting-edge violinist and MAX/MSP programmer, has resulted in the creation of several interactive pieces, including a computer-enhanced chamber opera for The Juilliard School. This chamber opera, The Maiden Tower, was also presented as a part of New York City Opera’s VOX: Showcasing American Composers in May 2006. Scenes from The Maiden Tower were presented by Montreal’s premiere contemporary opera company, Chants Libres, in December 2008. As composer-in-residence for Long Leaf Opera 2007-2008, she was commissioned to write a youth opera. On her opera, an adaptation of Macbeth, the Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote, “… a promise of outstanding hope for the musical and theatrical future of America and the world. Three, Two, One - Bang!, a short teen-lingo opera by Justine Chen, was performed by teenagers from all around the Triangle …for a show that was both charming and provocative… The very talented Chen… was commissioned by LLO to compose a half-hour opera in a format accessible to teens both as performers and as audience… Chen's approach to teen opera is both practical and entrancing.” May 2008, scenes from her second opera, Jeanne, based on the life of Joan of Arc, were performed by New York City Opera in their VOX 2008 Showcase, and was described by the New York Times as “lyrical, atmospheric... striking… Throughout, Ms. Chen balances despair and humor.” Notable recent projects include a song cycle Philomel for soprano Jennifer Zetlan’s Marilyn Horne Foundation recital; songs commissioned for Elizabeth Futral by New York City Opera, biography – Justine F. Chen, composer 201 WE ST 72ND S T. APT. 5B NEW YORK, NY 10023 T.+1 212.875.8045 C.+1 917.349.6862 E-MAI L: ju st ine@chen.net WEBS ITE: www. j u st inefchen.com performances of Philomel by Lucy Shelton and Beta Collide, and miniatures for the Machine Project at the Hammer Museum’s Little William Theater at UCLA. In spring 2011, cellist Laura Usiskin premiered alaripu, a cello solo work inspired by Chen’s studies of Bharatanatyam (classical South- Indian Temple Dance) at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Taiwan’s prestigious SpringAutumnMusic Festival bestowed the honor of its first commission to Ms. Chen for a piece for guzheng and string quartet, which was premiered at the Hong Gah Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Later that same spring, her chamber opera based on the life of Charles Darwin was premiered by American Lyric Theater at Symphony Space. Ms. Chen served as composer-in-residence for Underworld Productions Opera in 2011-2012, and has been Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since 2012, where she is collaborating with librettist David Simpatico on a full-length opera based on the life of computer scientist Alan Turing. When workshopped in June 2013, Opera Pulse noted “Chen has a real knack for encapsulating space through sound…” The entire version of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing will be workshopped at Merkin Concert Hall in March 2015. In 2005, she completed her doctoral studies in composition at The Juilliard School, where she also earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin and composition.

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Percussion
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I-Ju Chang

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    Taiwanese percussionist I-Ju Chang began her musical studies playing the piano at the age of 5, and took up percussion at 17. Before coming to the Unites States, Ms. Chang was the timpanist of Taiwan Province Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble and freelanced regularly for the Taipei City Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. She was also a member of the Taipei Percussion Ensemble.

   In 1997, Ms. Chang came to the United States to pursue her Masters degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She graduated in 1999, earning the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. During this time, she was working with the Young Audience/New York performing group, who performed for New York City schoolchildren.

   Ms. Chang is currently a DMA candidate at SUNY at Stony Brook with a full scholarship. She participates in the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Player program premiering contemporary music in Manhattan regularly. She has commissioned several marimba solo pieces and percussion duet. Ms. Chang has the distinction of being the first percussionist to win the concerto competition at Stony Brook. She had her debut concerto performance in 2001.

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Piano and
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Joyce Lin

Pianist Yi-Chen Joyce Lin graduated from Manhattan School of Music and University of Southern California. She began her piano study at the age of 6. Piano teachers include Constance Keene, Bernadene Blaha, and Cheng-Zong Yin. Ms. Lin also plays traditional Chinese reed-pipe instrument - Sheng. She has won many first prizes in competitions. As a soloist, she has played in many countries in Europe. In 1996, she toured with the North America Elite Orchestra as the principal pianist and instructor to Dallas Meyerson Hall, L.A. Luckman Hall, and Taiwan National Concert Hall. She has also given numerous piano recitals in both New York and Los Angeles area. Ms. Lin is currently on the faculty of New York Chinese Youth Corps Orchestra.

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Woodwind
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Kenneth Chia

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Kenneth Chia holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MA from Indiana University, both in flute performance. Mr. Chia won the Long Island Flute Club Competition in 1993 and was the featured soloist with the Island Symphony. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and also as principle flutist and soloist with COS, the North American Elite Youth Orchestra in major cities in the US, Canada, Taiwan and the Philippines. He performed with the Youth Orchestra, CYCNY as principle flutist and soloist at Alice Tully Hall, NY, Hawaii and Taiwan in the summer of 2002. Mr. Chia was selected as one of the featured soloists in the July 29, 2002 Rising Star Concert with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Arthur Fagen. This past summer, Mr. Chia toured with the COS Alumni Orchestra to Denver, Colorado, as a soloist and debuted his conducting there with Michael Dadap, guitarist/COS Conductor, as soloist.

Mr. Chia, along with pianist Winston Choi, debuted at Weill Recital Hall in October 2000. The duo performed a well-received series of concerts in Sabah, Malaysia and Brunei in the summer of 2001. During that trip, they recorded their first CD together, a collection of works by both Eastern and Western composers. The duo performed in Kaosiung, Taiwan in December 2002 and Sabah, Malaysia in January 2003. They also recorded their 2nd CD while in Sabah, Malaysia.

Mr. Chia teaches privately and is the assistant conductor of COS and woodwind instructor of the Youth Orchestra, CYCNY. His teachers include Joseph Romano, Laurel Ann Maurer, Julius Baker, Alberto Almarza and Thomas Robertello. Mr. Chia studied conducting under Maestro Vincent La Selva at the Juilliard School.

He has received rave reviews as a frequent performer for the Long Island Composers Alliance in presenting new works of flute music. He has collaborated with composers such as Michael Dadap, Martin Kennedy, Avraham Sternklar, Herbert Rothgarber and Jane Leslie.

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2008 Instructors [Jeff Liang - Music Director & Conductor]  
[Christopher Chung - Cello/String Faculty]  
[Winnie Cheng-Wen Lai - Woodwind Faculty]  
[Chi-Ching Lin - Percussion Faculty]  
[Joyce Lin - Piano & Chamber Music Faculty]  
[Kenneth Chia - Woodwind Faculty]  
2007 Instructors [Jeff Liang]   [Winnie Lai]   [Chris Chung]   [Chi-Ching Lin]   [Joyce Lin]  
2006 Instructors [YouMing Chen]   [Alice Huang]   [Winnie Lai]   [Joyce Lin]  

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