Violin/Viola (BS, MM)
Rosemary Boccuzzi is a native of the New York area and has been a music educator as a Choral, Orchestra and Musical Theatre Director in the D.C. Metropolitan area for the past 35 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University, a Master Degree in Music Education from The Catholic University of America and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education, Innovation and Leadership from American Meridian University. She studied viola with Jody Gatwood, Rosemary Glyde, and Eric Lewis (Manhattan String Quartet), and choral music with Frauke Hasseman, Don Craig, Phil Mattson, and Steve Zegree.
Ms. Boccuzzi has led high school programs at West Potomac HS, Jefferson Science and Technology HS, JEB Stuart HS, and Lake Braddock Secondary School. She has consistently received superior ratings at national and international festivals and has received invitational performances throughout the D.C. area including The White House, The Kennedy Center, Old Post Office Pavilion, Lee-Fendell House, Mt. Vernon, Woodlawn Plantation, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. She is an accomplished violist, violinist, and pianist. In addition to her choral and orchestral conducting, she has directed and produced many musicals throughout Fairfax County. Ms. Boccuzzi is frequently invited as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Piano (BM, MM)
Pianist, composer, and chamber musician. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from National Taiwan University, her Master of Music in Piano & Composition from University Of Texas. She also did special graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music in piano, composition and chamber music. Ms. Chang has studied with Sacha Gorodnitzki, Leon Fleisher, Sequeira Costa, Fernando Laires, Walter Hautzig, Jack Winerock and Ming Tcherepnin.
She has received many awards, grants, and has given recitals, lecture recitals, workshops and performed concertos in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
Her performance includes the Dame Myra Hess Series, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Hall, Trinity Church Series, Shriver Hall and Strathmore Hall. She has given master classes and lecture recitals in George Washington University, Savannah on Stage Festival, Mannes School of Music, Delaware State College, Levine School of Music, McDaniel College, La Plata University, Georgetown University and New England Conservatory, U.S. State Department, World Piano Pedagogy Conference,.
An active chamber musician, she has performed with members of National Symphony, Baltimore symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, White House Orchestra, Army Band. She is in constant demand for adjudication. She has judged in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England in Carnegie Hall and American Asian Music Society in New Jersey. This August she is invited to perform at the Shanghai International Youth Cultural and Arts Festival 2011 in Shanghai, China.
She loves gardening and feels teaching is like working on the garden, waiting patiently for the plant to grow and bear fruit. From sewing the seeds, watching it starts to grow is like watching the students grow & progress. It is such a joy to her. Her students have won solo, ensemble and concerto competitions at Laurel, Columbia, Montgomery County, Maryland State Music Teachers Asso. & International Competitions. Thus they have played at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall, Mekin Hall, The Opera Ho in NY. She often brings students to senior homes, Art galleries, Brookside Garden to perform, teaches them how to share their talent by serving the community at a young age.
She was a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and is the Director of the International Young Artist Piano Competition that she founded in 1985.Now the IYAPC is in all States and overseas such as Germany, France, Singapore, China, Taiwan, with International board members and juries. In 1995 she founded the Musical Arts International Inc.
Cello (BA, MM)
Sophie Chang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She is trained through Suzuki Book 3 and teaches Suzuki and traditional cello lessons. She has taught in various group and private settings in the United States and Tanzania as part of the Daraja Music Initiative. As a performer she attended the Brevard Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festivals and was principal of the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, and the Avanti Masterworks Festival orchestra.
Cello (BM, MM)
David Chentian, professional cellist, has performed as a creative soloist, recitalist, symphony orchestra musician and chamber musician across DMV area, including various performances at Strathmore music center, Maryland Theatre, Richmond Altria Theater. He accomplished his Master of Music degree and Graduate performance degree from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He is an active member of American federation of Musician association, Local string piano competition judge, Artist musician on Apple, Spotify, Google play and Amazon music. He’s also a member of several professional symphony orchestras in the DC and Baltimore region.
Besides performances, David is also a string specialist and music educator. He has served as String coach at the Strathmore music center, Cello Teaching Artist at Mason community arts academy, Cello instructor at Harmonia school of music, String coach at many Youth Orchestras, Competition judge of many string /piano concerto competitions & music festivals, David had Suzuki string method and cello pedagogy training from the Peabody Institute, he combines Suzuki, traditional and unique efficient teaching methods for students. His students have earned honors at competitions including the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, York Symphony Youth string competition and have won principal chairs at local youth orchestras and their school orchestras. One of his advanced student accepted by Indiana University Jacobs school of music with granted scholarship. He has a wide range of experience performing and teaching. He enjoys sharing the joy of music through performing and teaching.
Flute (BM, MM)
Nayoon Choi is an active flutist, teacher, and freelancer in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Ms. Choi has over fifteen years of experience to teach the flute and piccolo in London, South Korea, and the USA. She teaches various skill levels from beginner to advanced and students of all ages in both private and group lessons. Her students have won various competitions and have continued their studies at the university level. Recently she served as adjunct professor at George Mason University to teach music fundamentals class and gave a series of performances in Vienna, Austria.
Ms. Choi has given solo recitals throughout Korea, London, and the USA, and toured Spain and the UK as a member of the Meridian Trio for flute, viola and harp. She has won concerto competitions at George Mason University and Illinois State University, and 2nd prize in the North-London Chamber Festival. Ms. Choi made her solo debut with Masan Youth Symphony Orchestra in South Korea at the age 13. She has performed in numerous master classes with Sebastian Bell, Andras Adorjan, Susan Milan, Wissam Boustany, Jeffrey Khaner, and Christina Jennings. Her formal teachers include Young Kim, Susan Milan, Paul Edmund-Davies, Jamie Martin, Wissam Boustany, and Dr. Kimberly Risinger.
Ms. Choi earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London, her Postgraduate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music, also in London, and her Master of Music degree in flute performance from Illinois State University. Currently she is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University concentrating in flute performance.
Voice (BM, MM)
Laura Couch is a vivacious mezzo-soprano and devoted music teacher of over five years. Laura cares deeply about her students and strives to help them find their best selves through music. A New Jersey native, she has taught private voice, beginning piano, choir, music theory, music technology and theater classes. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Rutgers University, and she is in her final semester at Shenandoah University for her Master’s degree in Voice Performance. Throughout both degrees, she has studied with world-renowned soprano, Nancy Gustafson. Laura has also studied voice in Los Angeles, CA for two summers at the highly acclaimed art song festival, SongFest. In addition, she has studied voice in Austria through the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Program. Last Summer, Laura studied contemporary classical music at the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. This Summer, Laura will be performing Third Lady and Third Spirit in the New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She will also study voice at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and will perform Threepenny Opera as the Ballad Singer and Jenny Diver cover. In addition to teaching and performing, Laura is a compassionate music therapy singer for the nationwide Songs by Heart Foundation. Songs by Heart strives to create connection and joy through music for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Every week, she is reminded of the truly transformative nature of music as she engages these seniors in song. Laura is thrilled to be teaching at Harmonia and can’t wait to help you meet your musical goals! She wants her students to think of her as their biggest supporter.
Violin, Viola (BM, MM)
Maribeth Frank began her violin studies at the age of three at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She continued on to study at many pre-eminent schools including the Meadowmount School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of Houston under the tutelage of many well-known teachers including Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky, Linda Cerone, and Elaine Richey. While living in Houston, Texas she played with the major Orchestras in the area, including the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras, as well as enjoying a fulfilling career of private teaching. Since moving to the Northern Virginia area in Oct. 2002, she has played as Concertmaster with the Annapolis Symphony as well as a member of the Washington Ballet, Richmond Symphony, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras as well as teaching extensively at her private studios.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Piano (BM, MM, DMA)
Dr. Luis Gonzalez received his B.M and Licensure in Piano Performance from the University of Costa Rica and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University and D.M.A in Piano performance and Pedagogy and Literature from James Madison University.
Dr. Gonzalez was a concerto competition finalist at U.C.R (1985) and JMU (2008). Former piano faculty and staff accompanist at U.C.R. and the National Institute of Music in Costa Rica. He was also a founder member of Young Chamber Musicians in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Dr. Gonzalez was an Organist for the Metropolitan Choir at the National Cathedral in San Jose. He is currently an adjunct faculty at Mary Baldwin College. He also participated in the Early Music Workshops at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, Amherst Winter Baroque, and Virginia Baroque Academy. He performed a Solo and collaborative recitals in Costa Rica, El Salvador and the United States. He also participated in the Research on the use of cinematic imagery in piano pedagogy.
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet (BM)
New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and musical styles.
Mr. Guertin has had numerous instrumental and vocal concert appearances which include performances with Keith Richards, Jose Feliciano and Jazz Great Hank Mobley, back-up singer for Pete Seeger, opening for the rock bands ‘YES’ and ‘The Village People’, the Opening Ceremonies for the Provincial Parliament of Ontario (Canada), the US Coast Guard Base, Flotilla 73, the World Peace Center (NYC), the ANZAC Commemoration Service, British Empire Building, Rockefeller Center (NYC), the 150th Anniversary of ‘Taps’, and the J.F.K. Assassination 50th Anniversary Commemoration (Arlington Cemetery, VA). He also collaborated with the Blues Music Award Album of the Year Nominee, Paul Gabriel-2014, and has been an On-Air Personality with various radio stations.
Mr. Guertin studied Music Education at the University of Florida, and after touring with Florida State Theater’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin” playing saxophone and clarinet, moved to the New York area for the last 25 years working with world-renowned Gospel singer Georgia Louis accompanying her on Piano and Saxophone (Ms. Louis was the first black woman to host a nationally syndicated television show, “TV Gospel Time” in the 1960’s and was named Louis Armstrong’s “Musical God-Child”). He also studied voice with Dr. William H. Collins, Jr. and Robert LaRocco, both of New York City and has had extensive experience as a Gospel and Jazz vocal/instrumental soloist and accompanist.
Dr. Elizabeth Hill
Piano (BM, MM, DMA)
Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her concert appearances in the Washington, DC area include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has most recently performed internationally in Freiburg, Wörlitz, and Zwickau, Germany.
After receiving her early musical training in her hometown, Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. Elizabeth was then awarded a full assistantship to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. As a master’s student, Elizabeth’s interest in contemporary music lead to performances of works by John Hillard, Liviu Marinescu, and the premier of the cycle “Mosaics,” for solo piano, by Tim Rumsey.
In 2015, Elizabeth graduated from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, attaining the Doctorate in Musical Arts in Chamber Music. As a doctoral student, her enjoyment in presenting lecture recitals led to presentations on solo piano and chamber works by numerous composers including Hayden, Janáček, and Mieczysław Weinberg. Her most recent topic “Chamber Music in Exile” is an exploration of the intimate musical narratives composed by émigré composers of the World War II era. Elizabeth’s principle instructors of solo and collaborative piano include Drs. Lise Keiter, Eric Ruple, Gabriel Dobner, and Ralitza Patcheva. She has performed in masterclasses with Jean-Paul Sevilla, Charles Fisher, Andrew Willis, and Leonard Hokanson. In addition to her performing career, Elizabeth maintains a successful studio of private students, and has enjoyed teaching in the Washington, DC area since 2008.
Guitar, Piano (BM, MM)
Korean guitarist and pianist Youngik Jang has been proving his musical passion at numerous music festivals, mainly in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Starting with performance at “Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship series at Mainstay” in Rock Hall, Maryland, Youngik has received many performance opportunities, which became even more augmented with his recent achievement of winning second prize at Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Youngik is also internationally active and he received the invitation at Sungshin Women University in South Korea as guest artist.
Youngik’s first musical experience started at the age of four by learning piano, then classical guitar starting from the age of ten. With the decision of pursuing a musical career, Youngik started to perform recitals while attending “Yewon Art School” in South Korea, with achieving first prize at “Seoul Baroque Competition” under the guidance of the alumni of Peabody Conservatory, Byeong-woo Lee. With his sagacious advice, Youngik decided to study abroad in United States of America, and attended “Idyllwild Arts Academy” in Idyllwild, California while studying classical guitar from Kenton Youngstrom. Youngik later attended Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Julian Gray, with enormous scholarship award, and pursued a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Teaching Assistant offer.
Besides being a soloist, Youngik is also active in an ensemble. His guitar quartet performed and received positive acknowledgement at Guitar Foundation of America in New York Regional Symposium in 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, Youngik’s quartet also won the “Small Ensemble Showcase” competition at Guitar Foundation of America in Denver, Colorado in 2016.
Youngik has also been participating in the field of composition. He performed his composition at “Computer Music Consort” in 2014 at Peabody Conservatory, and worked as film scoring engineer in the South Korean movie industry since 2012 with several great hit movies: ‘Ode to My Father,’ ‘The Face Reader,’ ‘Perfect Number,’ and ‘The Neighbors.’
Youngik has played the piano since the age of four, as well as teaching piano. He involved piano performance in many of the concerts he has given in the United States and Canada. Additionally, he composed piano pieces during his film scoring experience in Korea.
Youngik is currently active as a soloist and chamber artist since being a member of Phoenix Arts Management in 2014, and concentrating on performance and composition while pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Art (DMA) at Shenandoah University with full-scholarship and Teaching Assistant position.
Voice (BM, MM)
Known for his warm resonant voice, Colin B. Johnson, bass-baritone, is a dynamic educator, performer and researcher. At Shenandoah Conservatory, he served as a post-masters teaching assistant for the past three years while pursuing a doctorate in voice pedagogy. Colin earnestly teaches private voice lessons in a variety of genres including both classical and contemporary commercial music. His approachable but passionate style generates a fun collaborative environment.
As a performer, he has been heard in many opera houses and theatres across the country as well as in Germany and Italy. In 2005, Colin had the honor of performing with Stephanie Blythe in Opera Colorado’s production of Handel’s opera Guilio Caesare. Another performing highlight was singing at Carnegie Hall in 2008 as the Norman Carlberg Award Winner in the Liederkranz Foundation. His roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Méphistophélès in Faust, Caspar in Der Freischütz, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. He has performed with such opera companies as Opera Lancaster, Opera Naples, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera and Sarasota Opera. His other concert works include Baritone Soloist in Brahms’ Requiem, Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. Colin had the honor of performing the bass solo in Verdi’s Requiem in Lancaster, Pennsylvannia. Colin is also a devoted Lieder singer having performed Schubert’s Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Vier erneste Gesänge by Brahms.
He holds a Masters of Music in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory and Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the University of Iowa. Colin’s research interests include applying motor learning strategies to the singing voice studio as well as vocal tract acoustics. This past June, Colin presented research on motor learning feedback in the singing voice studio at the Voice Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) and has completed the first session of the Summer Vocology Institute with renown voice researcher and educator Dr. Ingo Titze.
Cello (BM, MM)
Cellist Youbin Jun has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues including Jordan Hall, Sejong Performing Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, Weil Hall in Carnegie Hall, and Walter Auditorium in Lincoln. She graduated Seoul Arts High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Jun’s awards and honors include first prize at American Protégé Concerto Competition, New York International Music Concour, Second prize at Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition and numerous accolades from Korea as well.
Ms. Jun has been invited to the Sarasota Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Orford Arts Centre. Ms. Jun has appeared as a section cellist in Boston Civic Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic orchestra. She completed her Doctoral courses at Rutgers University with a full scholarship. Ms. Jun is a cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chamber Orchestra, and also appears frequently with the Fairfax Symphony. She maintains a busy schedule of solo and chamber music concerts as a solo cellist of Friday Morning Music Club. She is on faculty at the Mason Community Arts Academy in George Mason University, and maintains a private studio of successful and engaged students in Northern Virginia.
Ms. Soo Y. Kim graduated Ewha Womens’ University in Seoul, S.Korea and she studied both Musical Composition and Economics. She grew up and lived in musical family. Her sister is very dedicated organist in S.Korea and she has a lot of relatives who majored in music.
She has been teaching piano over 10 years at various locations including her home studio and piano accompaniment experience at local churches. She also teaches early childhood music at local preschool. She is a active member of NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers Associations) and many of her students have been participating local piano festivals and competitions.
In her spare time, she likes to watch movies and compose her own children’s songs.
Voice/Theater (BM, MM)
Sarah Kitts is a soprano, voice teacher, and conductor based in Washington DC. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Georgia College & State University and her Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she learned evidence-based vocal technique. An active concert soloist, Sarah has sung in choral ensembles in works such as Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor,” as Violetta in excerpts from Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Frank Ticheli’s “Constellations” under his baton, as well as premiering multiple soprano concert solos in Budapest and Vienna.
Since she began her singing experience in musical theater, Sarah has extended her conducting skills to directing musicals. She has been the vocal director for the Milledgeville Players’ production of “How to Succeed in Business,” as well as directing many scenes in Georgia College’s Musical Theater Scenes class throughout her undergraduate experience.
Sarah’s true passion lies in helping students find their authentic voice with a healthy technical foundation. She teaches functional training of the voice in multiple styles, including classical, musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, and more.
Violin, Viola (BM, MM)
Sylvia Lim has had the honor of performing for a variety of audiences in various countries such as Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Thailand, Bolivia, The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Italy.
She began her violin studies at age six with Olga Khroulevitch. In 2007, she was the only violinist to be admitted into the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program where she continued her studies with Ricardo Cyncynates; Assistant Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. She obtained her Bachelors of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland studying with Dr. James Stern. She continued her graduate studies with a Performance Certificate from Ohio University. Other notable teachers and mentors include Jody Gatwood; Concertmaster Emeritus of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Mrs. Jennifer Kim, first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra. For her Masters, she was awarded with a full scholarship and assistantship and was in the Klinder Graduate String Quartet.
Recently, she graduated from Ohio University, obtaining her Masters degree in Violin Performance studying with Dr. Dawn Wohn.
Sylvia has had lessons and master classes with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet, David Kim; Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Nurit Bar-Josef; Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra, Pamela Hentges; Principle Second violinist of the National Symphony Orchestra; Mr. Joel Smirnoff, Dr. Caroline Chin and Lara St. John. At age fifteen, she performed for world renown Russian conductor and violinist, Vladimir Spivakov. She has performed in concert halls such as the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, Millennium stage as well as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed in the Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra as well as the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. She has attended and performed at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy as well as Aria International Summer Academy.
Since 2004, Sylvia and has been an active music missionary working with non-profit organizations like The New Life Foundation, visiting various countries and sharing the gospel with music. Her other interests include art, travel, animals and watching her favorite basketball teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards.
Dr. You Jin Park
Piano (BM, MM, DMA)
Dr. You Jin Park, pianist, accompanist, and music teacher, was born in Busan, South Korea. She completed her B.M. and M.M. in piano performance at Dong-A University (Busan, South Korea), where she was honored for the top GPA scores for both of her degrees. Dr. Park was awarded five years of full scholarships, while also serving as the educational assistant teacher within the Department of Music. She then completed her doctoral degree (D. M. A.) in piano performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, where she performed as the winner of Bach-Handel Competition and the Student Soloists Competition. In 2016, she started her professional teaching career at Washington University of Virginia as adjunct faculty. To enhance and extend her musicianship, Dr. Park began the Artist Graduate Certificate Program in piano performance at George Mason University where she performed at the Arts by George Showcase (2016), Honors Recital (2018), and at various Chamber Music Recitals (2016, 2018) while studying with Professor Anna Balakerskaia. In 2017, she was chosen as semi-finalist of American-Liszt International Piano Competition and went on to perform at Ohio State University. Dr. Park has been teaching over ten years in her private studio in addition to being an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) in both Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley Association. Starting in 2014, as the conductor and accompanist of the Hepzibah Youth Community Outreach Club, Dr. Park, along with its youth volunteers, goes out & performs in regional community centers. For serving the organization, she received The President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016-2017 (Silver) and 2015 (Bronze).
Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers National Honor Roll, Mrs. Reeder has over 44 years of experience of private piano teaching, and incorporates theory and ear training instruction into the lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her students have gone on to study with world renowned piano teachers, such as Emilio Del Rosario at Music Institute of Chicago, and Menaham Pressler at Indiana University School of Music. They have also received many awards from National Guild of Piano Teachers, MTNA, Society of American Musicians, National ARTS Recognition Program, and many regional and national competitions.
Dr. Steffany Shock
Violin, Viola (BM, MM, DMA)
Violinist Steffany Shock began her musical studies as a child in Toledo, Ohio, where she studied with Eugene Goldberg, who was a student of Maurice Warner. As an orchestra musician she has performed extensively with groups in Northwest Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. She currently works as a freelance violinist in the Washington D.C. area and performs regularly with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Washington Concert Opera. Steffany holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from James Madison University, where she was the teaching assistant for Wanchi Huang, a Masters of Musical Arts from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University. She has completed Suzuki teacher training for Violin Units 1-10.
Piano (BA, MM)
Mrs. Shyu graduated from Tunghai University from her native country Taiwan. She also earned a certificate from Royal College of Music, London and two Master of Music degrees from Boston University, one in piano performance and one in organ performance.
As a chamber player, pianist and organist she has performed in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Rockville MD.
She has been teaching piano for years with great success. She has also taught group classes for Yamaha Music School and Music for Young Children. In the past, she served as the music director/ organist/pianist at Rockville Presbyterian Church and organist/pianist at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville MD. And St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Landover Hill MD. Currently, she is the organist/pianist at Rockville United Methodist Church, Rockville MD.
Jenete St. Clair
Jenete St. Clair graduated with a Bachelor degree in Music Performance in voice and cello from Utah State University. Currently Jenete is a voice performance Master student at George Mason University. Jenete has trained in the Suzuki Cello method and studied Pamela Davenport and Carey Cheney. After teaching for six years in Southern Maryland her students went on to college in Virginia and Maryland on music scholarships. Jenete is a member of the Suzuki Association for the Americas, and has served as a cellist for the Southern Maryland String Quartet, the Prince Georges Philharmonic, and The Washington Temple Orchestra, and helped the Charles County Youth Orchestra with cello sectionals. Between 2014-2016 Jenete served as the Schubert Singers Preparatory teacher. In 2017 she served as the Music Director for the Port Tobacco Players musical theater Camp Mockabee. During her time at George Mason she has performed with Mason Opera as Baba in The Medium, & Hansel in Hansel & Gretel. She has also performed with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company and Port Tobacco Players in Musical Theater and Operetta’s. Jenete is currently the music director for Godspell Jr. at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church where she also serves as the Mezzo-Soprano choral associate. Jenete also teaches with Little Hands, and serves as chorus member in the Washington National Opera Chorus. Jenete is passionate about bringing high quality music opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels.
Cello (BM, MM)
Henry Stubbs recently graduated with his MM in Cello Performance/Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In April 2017, Henry graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BM in Cello Performance. In January 2015, Henry was named a national finalist for the MTNA Young Artists strings competition after winning the MTNA competitions for the state of Ohio and the five state East Central Division. His primary teachers have been Alan Rafferty and Richard Weiss. Other influential teachers include Jared Ballance, Avi Friedlander, and Stephen Geber.
Henry has studied chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, Ariel, Miami, and Vega String Quartets. Additionally, he has performed in masterclasses for Hans Jorgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, Alisa Weilerstein, Johannes Moser, Merry Peckham, and Melissa Kraut. An accomplished orchestral musician, Henry has served as principal cellist of the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, CIM Orchestra, CCM Concert Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute. He has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Henry completed his long-term Suzuki training under the guidance of Abbey Hansen. He has registered Every Child Can and Suzuki Units 1-10 training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Currently on faculty at the Harmonia School of Music & Art, Henry has previously taught at the Aurora School of Music, the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, MyCincinnati, and Cincinnati Young Artists.
Dr. Antoinette Velikina
Piano (BM, MM, DMA)
Dr. Antoinette Velikina has a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano from the Catholic University of America, Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from the State Academy of Music, Sofia Bulgaria, with additional postgraduate studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria. A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Salzburg, Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture and Bulgaria Hall (Sofia, Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University Concerto Competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and Catholic University. Her professional affiliations include College Music Society, Music Teacher’s National Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers. As an educator and the mother of two young sons, Dr. Velikina loves to teach students of all ages and abilities. She has been teaching piano in the Washington, DC area since 2001 and has served as a faculty member at Catholic University of America, Harmonia School for Music and Art, Musical Expressions. Dr. Velikina students perform at local events regularly and successfully complete ABRSM piano and music theory exams. She is a certified Harmony Road instructor.
Dr. Michele Walton
Flute (BM, MM, DMA)
Michele Walton holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Music degree from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. She performs regularly around the DC Metropolitan Area including with the Avanti Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Walton works as a freelance musician and teacher. Her primary teachers include Alice Weinreb and Rebecca Gilbert and has performed in masterclasses with Demarre McGill and Conor Nelsen.
Voice, Theater (BM, MM)
Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy.
She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano. She appreciates her mother for supporting her early start in music. When she was in Italy, she won many international competitions. She received 1st prize at the Flaviano Labo international competition, and 3rd prize at the Mario Basiola international competition; she also won prizes at Imperia, Katia Ricciarelli, Vinas, Viotti, Angelica Catalani international competitions in Italy.
Ms. Sonia H. Yon has performed in main role in many operas, such as Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, La forza del Destino, Tosca, Don Carlo, Requiem, Sour Angelica, Manon Lescaut, Anna Bolena, and Il Corsaro in Italy and South Korea. She also performed in the opera Magic Flute in Vienna, Austria. She performed over 500 concerts in New York, Fairfax and many cities in Europe and South Korea.
Ms. Yon has 18 years of teaching experiences. She was an adjunct professor in South Korea for seven years. She taught Voice, Piano, Italian diction, and Opera Theater. She has been a church choir conductor for over 15 years, which has given her excellent understanding of the dynamics of group singing.
Ms. Sonia H. Yon has been giving lessons in the traditional Bel Canto technique to professional singers, as well as high school students who are going on to major in vocal music. She is able to teach Italian songs, German songs, French songs, and any kind of Opera scores and Broadway songs. Moreover, she is enjoying teaching Musical Theatre based on her profound opera experiences. Ms. Yon absolutely loves children, and delights in seeing their musical growth and progress.
Dr. Ying Zhao
Piano (BM, MM, DMA)
Dr. Ying Zhao is a music educator, active solo and collaborative pianist. Dr. Zhao holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as a teaching assistant and rehearsal pianist. Her primary teachers include Steven Smith, Marylène Dosse and Lanlan Guo. She also played in masterclass of Jerome Lowenthal, Leon Fleisher, Boris Slutsky and Richard Becker. An active performer, Dr. Zhao has appeared on stages throughout United States and China, including San Francisco State University, California State University Fullerton, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, Beijing Normal University, Xiamen University, Pittsburgh Heinz Hall, National Archive Museum, Penn State’s President’s Concert, Garcia Piano Competition, National City Christian Church, and Mayflower Music Festival.