- Dr. Shiho Vogel – School Director
- Maggie Schlageter – Group Piano; Office Manager
- Steve Myerson – Classical & Jazz Piano; Director of Community Outreach
- Wayne Weng – Piano
- Soo Yeon Cho – Piano
- Alex Valencia – Guitar: Classical, Jazz, Latin, Rock
- Tina Chang-Chien – Violin & Viola
- Timothy Maureen Cole – Voice, Musical Theater, Music Theory, Group Piano
- Elizaveta Podonina – Piano
- Dr. Sora Oh – Piano
- Liza Marie Johnston Siegel – Voice, Musical Theater & Group Piano
- Lisa Smith – Piano
- Jennifer D. Kennedy – Piano
- Jenna Myers – Kindermusik, Group Piano
- Margaret Ahn – Piano
- Chih-Tung Cheng – Piano
- Rob Keiser – Piano
Dr. Shiho Vogel
Pianist, Dr. Shiho Vogel holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Michigan State University under critically acclaimed pianist, Panayis Lyras, and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College of City University of New York as a pupil of Miyoko Lotto, Arkady Aronov and late Constance Keene. Recipient of numerous honors and accolades such as the Margaret Rusk Griffiths/Kleist Music Scholarship, the Sophie Albrecht Piano Scholarship, the Cleveland Musical Arts Society Scholarship, Esther Hoffman Prize and Scholarship, and Dr. Benno Lee graduation award from the City University of New York., she has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in concert halls throughout North America and Japan.
The founding faculty member and executive Director of Lindeblad School of Music, Dr. Shiho Vogel balances her performance schedule with an active involvement in music education and piano pedagogy. She has served as a Commissioner on the Oswego’s Cultural Arts Committee (IL), an Academy Director at Fox River Academy of Music and Art (IL), and an Artistic Coordinator at Amati Music Festival (NY). She previously taught at Fox River Academy (IL), Michigan State University (MI), Amati Music Festival (NY), Amati Conservatory (NJ), Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Preparatory Department (OH), and Manhattan School of Music Summer program (NY) sponsored by ASCAP and the New York City Board of Education. As an adjudicator and clinician, she is invited to judge piano competitions for young artists as well as give lecture-recitals and master classes throughout USA and Japan. Her students have graduated to pursue music in leading Universities and Conservatories and have excelled at various competitions.
My teaching philosophy emphasizes the individuality of each student. I believe in providing students with the tools and skills that they can use to teach themselves. Through each learning process, I want students to gain a better understanding of self, learn work-efficiency, and expand their artistic personae. Piano learning should be a rewarding, fun, interesting, fulfilling, and exciting process. I am an enthusiastic teacher who believes in creating an environment in which students can learn. Throughout years of extensive teaching experience, I have helped students across a wide spectrum of levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. I enjoy sharing my experience and musical ideas with students and colleagues.
Additional specialty: preparation for competition, college entrance audition, and music examinations (theory, piano, etc). I also welcome home-schooled students, adult students, and special needs students.
Group Piano Faculty; Office Manager
A native of New York, Maggie Schlageter began her piano study at the early age of 7, and has since studied with numerous world-renowned artists; Bob Hallahan (jazz piano), Marta Puig, Dmitri Shteinberg, Wayne Weng (classical piano), Doug Richards (composition, theory, and arranging), and Jeanai LaVita (voice).
Maggie has previously worked as the drama and dance director at Camp Columbus, an all ages day camp for individuals with special needs, and as the founder and director of the Richmond Chapel Choir.
With over 9 years of teaching experience Maggie has developed the ability to captivate and engage students; encouraging them on their path to individual musical success. Her teaching experience includes collaborating with the nGomusa Zulu gospel choir in Durban South Africa, and instructing private piano lessons in Hyderabad India, as well as leading children’s choirs and ensembles with as many as 120 non-English speaking children.
Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Piano Studies and General Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Classical & Jazz Piano Faculty; Director of Community Outreach
Steve studied with the legendary organist Trudy Pitts at the University of the Arts where he received his Bachelor's Degree in music performance, and received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, where he studied with Harold Mabern, James Williams. He also took private lessons with Jim Ridl, Dr. Min Kim, Andy LaVerne, Bill Charlap and Mike Longo. After graduate school, Steve played solo piano gigs, casuals, pop music, and played with many well known musicians including Duane Eubanks, John Swana, Jimmy Bruno, Adam Nussbaum, the legendary Grover Washington Jr., and others. Steve toured with legendary soul group The Stylistics for over a year, was involved in the early stages of the Broadway play "Be My Love" by Sonny Grosso (French Connection), and arranged music for the film "Brooklyn Lobster" starring Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin. In 2005, he became the musical director and recorded a CD (Live At Feinstein’s) for actor-singer Gianni Russo who originally became famous for playing “Carlo Rizzi” in the film The Godfather. Steve released his first solo album In Your Absence in 2009. Recently, Steve Myerson holds the position of Program Manager at the non-profit community musical arts organization, Jazz House Kids. JHK was founded by Executive Director Melissa Walker, and is advised by Artistic Chair and Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Christian McBride. Steve continues to perform regularly at area venues and with local and national jazz artists.
Steve has been teaching since he was a student. That is actually the core of his philosophy, as he states "A good teacher is also a good student." Steve takes a unique approach to learning piano through a mix of traditional and non-traditional methods merging classical studies with jazz improvisation. He covers the piano basics using courses such as the popular Faber or Alfred method books, but through the books he draws out music theory and improvisation, keeping the lessons engaging and fun, yet challenging for enthusiastic music students. Steve 's method includes playing by ear, note reading, rhythm, music theory, improvisation and song composition. The goal of his teaching is to cater to the individual goals of the student, while also exposing them to many new musical possibilities.
Winner of 2013 Iowa International Piano Competition, Pianist Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “bold, vibrant, and immensely musical," and as having “delicacy amounting to almost reverence […] through gossamer touch." (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald) He has performed in Canada, the United States, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Serbia, Egypt, and Hong Kong, as a recitalist as well as a collaborative pianist. He has been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and the Avanti Orchestra. He has also been heard on radio stations such as the WQXR New York, CBC Radio, and Seattle King FM.
Mr. Weng has won prizes at the Washington International Competition for Piano, Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition, Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition, Pacific Piano Competition, CBC Debut Concert Artists Auditions, and the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition. He has also been a recipient of the Solti Foundation Grant and the British Columbia Arts Council Senior Scholarship.
In addition to performing, he has served as an adjudicator at the Festival on the Lake in Vancouver and the International Chopin Youth Competition in Houston.
He has participated at such summer festivals as the U-HAC International, International Holland Music Sessions, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Ecole d'Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, where he was awarded the Piano Prix.
Mr. Weng is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he studies with Ursula Oppens. He has previously studied with Donna Fishwick, Sasha Starcevich, Natalya Antonova, Pavlina Dokovska, Joan Havill, and Peter Frankl. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Yale University.
Soo Yeon Cho
Ms. Soo Yeon Cho received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at The Juilliard School, 2004-2010 under the instruction of Robert McDonald. She is an honor graduate of the Peabody Preparatory in 2003. During her years at Peabody, she was the winner of many auditions and given opportunities to perform at various venues at the institution and other venues in the Washington D.C region. In the year 2003, she won the Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, celebrating the grand opening of the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Upon her graduation with many scholarships and prizes, she was the fourth prize winner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and first prize winner in the two-piano ensemble category in the New York Piano Competition. In 2009 she was named the 3rd prize winner of the Kingsville Young Performers Competition.
Ms. Cho was honored to receive a various scholarships that were provided by The Juilliard School such as Irene Diamond Scholarship and Vladmir Horowitz Scholarship during her 6 years of stay at The Juilliard School. She is an active solo pianist as well as an avid chamber musician. During summer of 2007 and 2008, she was invited to participate in Piano Masterclass Program in Banff and studied with Marc Durand, Julian Martin, and Robert McDonald and also gave a several public performance during her stay at Banff. Ms. Cho appeared in recitals at Paul Hall, The Juilliard School as a solo pianist and also chamber musician with her colleagues. She especially loves collaborating with a violinist. In 2009, she played with a violinist as a chamber ensemble under the instruction of Kyung Wha Chung and Jonathan Feldman.
Last November, she appeared with Rutgers Symphony Orchestra as a soloist after winning the concerto competition at Rutgers University where now she's pursuing her doctoral degree in piano performance, studying with Dr. Min Kwon.
Music is like a mirror image of the ones who create/play it. I believe that teaching music is not just about playing the right notes, right rhythms, or knowing music theory; it is about telling a story, communicating with your own voice. I teach students how to utilize his/her voice to deliver what's behind hundreds of music notes given in front of them. In order to succeed, I, myself, try to communicate with each one of my students, get to know them, and find what's needed for him/her - which varies from one individual to another.
I have taught many stuents of different ages who need help preparing competitions, auditions, performances, or etc but I'm always open to share with my passion and love of music with anybody who's willing to take this musical journey with me!
Guitar Faculty – Classical, Jazz, Latin, Rock
Alex began playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. He was accepted to the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia in 1999 where he received extensive training in Latin American Music. Alex spent several years performing across the USA both as a soloist and an ensemble musician. He has been granted numerous scholarships including the School of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, the David Movshow Memorial Music Scholarship, and the Wilf Family Scholarship. In addition, Alex won first prize in the ASTA/NJ 2007 String Competition in the senior division.
Alex Valencia received his degree in Guitar Performance with the highest honors, from Kean University in New Jersey, where he studied under Christopher Kenniff. After his graduation, Alex moved to Chicago to study with world-renowned guitarist Denis Azabagic. Alex has also performed in master classes for guitarists such as Jason Viauex, and Kevin Gallaguer.
With more than 12 years of teaching experience, Alex is extremely versatile, instructing in diverse areas ranging from Latin music to jazz and Classical. He has extensive experience in preparing students for performances, auditions, and Carnegie-Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, along with instructing students in improvisation, comping, and ensemble music. While teaching at Fox River Academy in Chicago, Alex helped develop their music theory program and taught pre-college theory in addition to his guitar studio.
Violin & Viola Faculty
Tina Chang-Chien is an active music educator and performer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Ms. Chang-Chien’s education background includes the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She made her Carnegie Hall debut when she was just 17 years old. As an active performer based in New York City, she gives concerts regularly at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Grammy-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra, who collaborates and performs with such artists as Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Chang-Chien was featured as the principal violist with the Albany Symphony when they performed in Carnegie Hall in 2013. Outside of classical music concerts, she has performed with such artists as Gloria Estefan, John Legend, Patii LaBelle, Kenny G., and Carlos Santana at the 2008 Latin Grammys in Houston, TX.
A passionate advocate for her love of music, Ms. Chang-Chien actively participated in pedagogy courses and workshops in college, and taught violin classes for educational outreach program for under-privileged students at the Children’s Storefront in East Harlem, NY. She also coached students at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Orchestra in helping them to learn their assigned music. She was invited to the North Carolina Governor’s School in Winton-Salem, NC as a teaching artist in 2011. In 2013, she was invited to be an adjudicator for N.Y.S.S.M.A. to evaluate the elementary students’ violin and viola performances.
Timothy Maureen Cole
Voice, Musical Theater & Group Piano Faculty
Timothy Maureen Cole holds a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. In addition to years of teaching experience as a vocal instructor for all ages and levels, Timothy has taught courses and applied studies at the collegiate level with Horry Georgetown Technical College and James Madison University. She also received her certification in Early Childhood Music Education from Kindermusik International in 2011.
Timothy, a coloratura soprano, has extensive performance experience in both classical and music theater repertoire. Most recently she performed the lead role of Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s Elixir of Love with the JMU Opera. She also concertizes regularly, singing everything from traditional lieder and mélodie, to more contemporary works of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has performed in various music theater productions including: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Kiss Me Kate (Kate), and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally).
Working with students of all ages, Timothy treats every student as an individual. While she is classically trained, she often works with students on popular and music theater repertoire. She believes that the fundamental techniques of singing: breath, support, posture, resonance, and diction, can and should be applied to all types of singing. A crossover artist herself, Timothy easily maneuvers from one style to another as she teaches. Her specialization in pedagogy gives her a great technical understanding of the voice, and she enjoys preparing singers for auditions, competitions, and performances of all types.
Above all, Timothy wishes for each student in her studio to grow as a musician and individual during his or her studies, and to continue on with a love for music that will be a constant source of joy.
Ms. Elizaveta Podonina is a native of Kemerovo, Siberia, Russia. She is a young exciting performer and an energetic and engaging teacher. Ms. Podonina has performed with touring chamber music groups in Russia and in the U.S. She received her Bachelor's of Music degree in Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy from Kemerovo Music College at the age of 18 and has been teaching ever since. She also received a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and currently finished her Masters of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music.
Some of the accolades she has received include winning the National Bach Competition when she was 7 years old (in the 7-10 age group), Best Romantic Piece Performance in the Kuzbass Piano Competition and the Rachmaninoff Competition of Siberia. She was also awarded the honor to perform in Narva Castle in Estonia and won a regional duo competition in Khabarovsk (Far Eastern Russia). Since these awards, she mostly dedicated herself to teaching and accompanying. Ms. Podonina performance teachers have included Jeffrey Biegel, Raymond Beegle, Jeffrey Cohen, Lina Yarovaya, and Eva Zinger, and she studied pedagogy at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Carol Aicher and Dr. Jane Palmquist at Brooklyn Music Conservatory. Ms. Podonina also received a Masters in Philology from Kemerovo State University.
Music is a phenomenon that awakens the sense of beauty in the heart of a human being. It can be an integral part of everyone's emotional as well as intellectual development. Research on music and intelligence concludes that music training improves children's abstract reasoning skills more readily than computer instruction.
Therefore, all children should be exposed to music regardless of their perceived talent or lack thereof. A music teacher's purpose is to inspire and maintain a student's love and interest in music, to teach him or her to communicate this form of art in order to express themselves in ways that are not possible by other means.
Dr. Sora Oh
Korean-American pianist Sora Oh has concertized around the world, captivating audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Korea.
Dr. Oh has performed with the Poland Krakow Philharmonic, Rumania National Black Sea Orchestra, Vienna Residence Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, among others. In 2006 she made her New York debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of James Depriest at The Juilliard School's 100th commencement concert.
Among Dr. Oh's numerous competition honors are top prizes in the Samick and Hanguk piano competitions in Korea, Thursday Musical Competition, Schubert Club Competition, YPSCA Competition sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Oberlin International Piano Competition, and Five-Town Piano Competition. Dr. Oh was a recipient of a scholarship sponsored by the Evergreen Foundation and the Minnesota Association for Korean Americans Foundation. She has been featured in the television program Musica da Camera.
As an avid chamber musician, Dr. Oh has worked with Audrey Axinn, Martin Canin, Stephen Clapp, Jerome Lowenthal, Alan Kay, Charles Neidich, New York Woodwind Quintet, and Fred Sherry. In 2009 she was invited to participate in ChamberFest at The Juilliard School and performed Françaix trio for clarinet, viola, and piano.
A devoted teacher, Dr. Oh is currently on the piano faculty of New Jersey City University. Previous teaching experiences include working as an Ear Training instructor at The Juilliard School, instructor for the piano department as well as teaching assistant to Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music. In 2012, she won the Teaching Assistant Prize at Eastman for her accomplishments.
Dr. Oh began piano studies at the age of four. In Korea, she attended the Seoul Arts High School, studying with Minja Shin. When she was fifteen, her family moved to Minnesota, where she studied with Lydia Artymiw, a Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Oh received her Bachelor and Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal and completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music with Douglas Humpherys.
Liza Marie Johnston Siegel
Voice, Musical Theater & Group Piano Faculty
Liza Marie Johnston received a Master's degree in Music Education from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory. She also holds a New York State Teaching Certificate in Music. Liza began her performance career at the age of thirteen when selected as a cast member in an elite performance ensemble that toured throughout the US as well as internationally. As an accomplished singer-songwriter, she frequently performs her original work in the East Village of Manhattan. She also plays piano, ukulele, violin, and guitar.
Liza has worked as a professional vocalist and musical theater actress in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years. Highlights of her past roles include originating the role of “Mary-Kate” in the Misadventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, staring as “Jeanie” in the Off-Broadway production of Hair in the Downtown Cabaret, and touring with Clifford the Big Red Dog Live, as “Emily-Elizabeth” on the National Tour.
Her concert appearances include, the 20th Annual Holocaust Memorial Concert at St. John the Divine Cathedral NY as well as a soloist in “A Night with Rogers and Hammerstein” with The Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall. Liza is an original and current member of the New York University Singers Chamber Ensemble.
Liza has had the privilege of opening the door into the world of music for her students in many capacities. Previously, Liza has held positions as an instructor of music, voice, dance and musical theater at the Museum School, P.S. 333, James Madison High School (choir and musical theater), Stagecrafters and Beachwood Drama and Musical Theater, and served as a resident choreographer and theater school instructor of jazz, drama, and musical theater at Beachwood Community Theater.
A pure love of music lies at the very heart of Liza’s teaching philosophies. It is this love of music and song and dance that compels her to create and share musical experiences with all of the students she has an opportunity to work with.
Lisa Smith has 28 years of piano teaching experience. She is a member of the New Jersey Federation of Music Teachers and Pompton Valley Music Teachers Association.
Since joining in 1997, her students have received superior ratings in the NJ Federation at William Paterson University each year.
Her classical training began at the age of four under the direction of Irwin Buchner. From the age of 13 to receiving her Master's of Music degree she studied extensively with Juilliard-trained teachers. During this time she was a National Member with superior ratings in the Guild Auditions, held superior ratings in the MEA Competitions and was the winner of Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for Montclair State College.
Being a mother of four, she possesses a great understanding and compassion for her students and it is her goal to extend her knowledge and love of music to each child she teaches.
She is a skilled teacher in the Alfred, Bastien, and Faber method as well as the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic genres. She holds a Bachelor's of Music from Montclair State College and a Master's of Music from Montclair State University.
Jennifer D. Kennedy
Tailoring each lesson to the individual needs of her students, Ms. Jennifer Kennedy uses a multi-faceted approach that includes memory work, performance, sight-reading, ear training and theory, emphasizing this from the very first lesson. She believes that being a Teaching Artist is the highest endeavor of musicianship. Her purpose as a teacher is to utilize all of her skills and education to realize her students' goals. She strives to inspire students towards musical excellence and achieves this with positive reinforcement, dialogue and critical analysis.
She holds a Master’s degree in Classical Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music at State University of New York- Purchase, where she studied with Stephanie Brown. She also studied at the Washington Conservatory of Music with Dr. Michael Adcock, and has a Bachelor's degree from Williams College. She has performed throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom, and India.
Jenna Myers has a degree in both music and theatre with a concentration in vocal performance. She has been fortunate enough to study under mezzo-soprano Dr. Lisa Lutter and bass-baritone Mark Moliterno. She has sung in competitive choirs and won competitions around the world including the International Festival of Academic Choirs in the Czech Republic. Jenna has had the opportunity to perform such works as Robert Convery's cantata Songs of Children and Karl Jenkins The Armed Man A Mass for Peace. Jenna has played several musical theatre roles including Polly Peachum in The Two Faces of Kurt Weill, Maria in Bernstein on Broadway, and Gloria Kramer in One Touch of Venus. She has also played the role of Bianca in Taming of the Shrew. Jenna successfully programmed, staged and performed Simply Sondheim, an all Sondheim cabaret. Jenna has a background in piano and guitar and has sung a classical recital. She is the owner and operator of My Gym South Brunswick where she teaches children ages 6 months to 13 years of age on a weekly basis. In the past Jenna has taught vocal music lessons at Mila's Debut School of Music is Green Brook, NJ. Jenna is a licensed Kindermusik teacher and teaches all Kindermusik with Miss Jenna classes. She sincerely loves music and teaching children.
Margaret began playing piano at the age of 4 at her native country South Korea and began winning major music competitions from the age 6. She won several major competitions in Korea including Teachers College, Ye-Won, Horugel, and Wol-gan music competitions. At the age of 12, she won the grand prize at Ihwa national music competition, which is one of the most prestigious music competitions in Korea.
She came to the U.S. to study at the Juilliard School at the age of 13, and began her studies with Ms. Jane Carlson at the Juilliard pre-college as a scholarship student. She went on to study with world renowned pianists Abbey Simon and Gyorge Sandor obtaining a bachelors degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School. She won many competitions in the U.S. including The Juilliard Pre-College Concerto competition, Arnold Bullock Piano competition, and Ima Hogg Young Artist competition.
Margaret performed as a soloist with orchestras such as The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. When she performed Saint-Saens Piano Concerto Number 2 with the Seattle Symphony orchestra at the Seattle Opera House she received a full house standing ovation that lasted for 10 minutes.Critics raved her performance as powerful yet poetic and called her the rising star.
She made many recital appearances throughout the U.S. and south-east Asia including Hong-Kong and Japan. She also made her recital debut at the Hindemith House in Switzerland and in Vienna, Austria.
Margaret has been an active musician and a music educator over the years, serving as a piano faculty at Indian Hill Music School in Massachusetts, Lexington Christian Academy, Grace Chapel School of Creative Arts, and Mason Gross extension division at Rutgers University.
Margaret believes she is a more compassionate teacher and a musician after becoming a parent and has been focusing on nurturing students with love and care.
Chih-Tung Cheng is a pianist from Taiwan. Since her move to New York City in 2005 to pursue further music study, she gave recitals in Mannes Music College and the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as solo performances in the places such as The Goethe-Institute New York, Consulate of the Republic of Poland, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She also premiered the pieces by brilliant young composers, such as Ines Thiebaut and David Bridge. Chih-Tung’s own composition, three preludes, will be premiered by herself in March, 2013 in GUNY Graduater. Chih-Tung has special love for J.S. Bach’s music. She was invited to give recitals with All-Bach program in Taipei Artist Village and Taipei Cultural Center Wen-Shan Branch construction; the programs include J.S.Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier Book One and keyboard suites. During the years of studying in New York City, Chih-Tung’s interest in J.S. Bach’s keyboard works leaded her to explore early music on period instrument and had learned harpsichord with known harpsichordists Arthur Haas. Chih-Tung played the harpsichord in the Baroque ensembles in Mannes Music College and CUNY Graduate Center, where she was coached by renowned Bach-scholar Raymond Erickson.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with musicians such as Bonnie Mcalvin, William McNally, I-Ting Huang, Mary Hubbell, Danya Katok, and Emily Egan. Her interest expand to ballet music as well; she worked closely with choreographers Lance Westergard and Rachael Kosch in the New York Theatre Ballet School as a piano accompanist.
Chih-Tung enjoys teaching piano. She believes the goal of piano instruction is to help students not only learn how to play, but also how to think and develop their personality through musical learning. Chih-Tung received musical studies on performance and composition/music theory as well as professional educational training during the years in National Taiwan Normal University. She is a certificated high school teacher qualified by The Ministry of Education in Taiwan and taught music class in National Sun Yat-Sen University Affiliated High School from 2003-2005 in Taiwan. She has been an active piano instructor in New York City since 2006 and currently is a member of piano faculty in Piano School of New York.
Chih-Tung holds a B.M from National Taiwan Normal University, M.M. and PS.D from Mannes College for Music. She is currently a DMA student in CUNY Graduate Center, pursuing a dissertation on the topic on Beethoven’s late piano music. Ms. Cheng’s major teachers include Yu-Chen Lin, Lina Yeh, Edward Aldwell, and Thomas Sauer.
Mr. Rob Keiser received his Bachelors in Music in piano performance from Ithaca College, winning the prestigious Mary Hayes North Piano Competition Award in 2008. He received his Masters of Arts in piano performance form Hunter College, CUNY, winning their coveted concerto competition in 2012 for his performance of Liszt’s Totentanz. Mr. Keiser is busy as a performer in New York and New Jersey, most recently playing several recitals at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, where he is studying to receive his Doctorate degree.
He has extensive experience collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists, most recently performing a recital with a vocalist at the CUNY Graduate Center. Mr. Keiser is currently teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, where he teaches several theory, piano, and musicianship classes, along with private students. Mr. Keiser has been the musical director in several off-Broadway shows and continues to partner many vocalists and instrumentalists as collaborative pianist. Summer festival appearances include Italy’s Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in 2009 and the Brevard Music Festival in 2010. He is a student of Geoffrey Burleson at the Graduate Center.
I believe music is simply a language through which we express our deepest thoughts and emotions. Through my teaching I make sure to maintain, above all else, the individuality of the student. When playing music the performer must not only tell the composer’s story, but also must tell his or her own story. I try to get to know my students on a personal level, along with challenging them musically and intellectually. I encourage each student to consciously think about the musical choices they make, from the finest detail to the overall picture. When teaching young students I try to encourage a technique that will help them accomplish everything possible in their playing when they become advanced.