J&F Musician Professionals

Vocal Teacher:

  • Sue Ma: The Northern California Soprano singer, the Music Director of the Harmony Voice Art Troupe, and the Artistic Director of the Silicon Valley Philharmonic Choir and the lead soprano. Graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Ms. Ma often participates in a variety of concerts, including international exchange concerts hosted by Kent State University in Ohio, Chinese New Year parties hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Mid-Autumn Festival, National Day, etc.

  • Cecilia Cai: Operatic soprano, professional voice instructor. Ms. Cai has experience working with theaters,media companies, schools and non-profit organizations internationally. She performed principal roles in major productions including Nedda from “I Pagliacci”, MIcaela from “Carmen” and Violeta Valero from “La Traviata”. She has performed with Verismo Opera, Opera San Jose, Bay Shore Lyric Opera, First Street Opera, Jarvis Conservatory and The Voice of Harmony Artist. She has taught public high schools, private middle school, public elementary school, various music schools and heritage schools.

  • Aining Wang: She is a pop song singer. She won the Bay Area Campus singer competition. She joined the National American Famous Song Contest “Topidol”, got into top 16. She also Participated in the “Love in China, Pure China, Charm of Hunan” performance in China. She is a member of the live band (D-Major member) in the Bay Area. She knows pop songs very well and she can help students gain knowledge of interpreting music and text by using voice productions harmony and melody.

 

Flute Teacher:

  • Kay Wang: Miss. Wang is an active flutist and awarded flute instructor. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Texas Christian University where she served as Graduate Assistant and taught flute throughout the studio. She also completed an advanced performance certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU, she studied with the principal flutist of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Ms. Lorna McGhee and was a member of Atlantic Flute Quartet.Miss Wang’s teaching area includes flute lessons, music theory and chamber coaching. Her philosophy has always been to encourage students to perform with their peers and collaborate with one and another to get a better understanding of music.

  • Michelle Chang: Graduated from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is principal flute in San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also is a winner of El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Music Legacy Open Music Competition and U.S. Open Music Competition. Her teaching style is organized and fun with students. She can help students prepare the school orchestra and brass band.

  • Kris Palmer: With over 25 years experience as a highly qualified private flute instructor (also teaches Piccolo, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute), Kris Palmer holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from Rice University. Dr. Palmer is a frequent guest lecturer on 18th-century performance practice, with lectures this season at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and the MTAC State Convention. Kris Palmer's musical awards include first prize in the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, second prize in the NFA Young Artist Competition, a Carnegie Recital Debut with Artists International, and a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. She is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and is a solo recording artist and the found and director of Black Cedar. Private flute lessons with Dr. Palmer includes: instrument technique, music theory, solo repertoire, chamber music repertoire, annual solo, chamber music performances, coaching and preparation for competitions and auditions.

       DR. PALMER'S FLUTE STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS AND HONORS FROM...

       CBDA All State Honor Band

       Nor Cal All State Honor Band
       Junior Bach Festival
       Bay Area Music Association Competitions
       CMTANC International Music Competition
       MTAC Certificate of Merit Convention Honors


Guitar Teacher:

  • Willian Stull II:  He studied classical guitar in Santa Cruz University. He is an experienced classical guitar player. Understanding of a variety of different musical styles with more focus on classical, modern acoustic, and rock music. His teaching style more flexible. He can provide students many music styles to play and perform.

  • Evan Nelson: Evan Nelson studied bass and classical guitar at University of California, Santa Cruz. He plays a diverse range of music, with styles and techniques including traditional classical, Latin American, rock, and jazz. With over 10 years of experience playing guitar/bass and University training in performance and music theory, he can instruct complete beginners and advanced students alike. His teaching aims to guide students towards becoming a better player and a better musician as a whole.

Violin Teacher:

 

  • Susan Shi: got her Master Degree on violin performance from Michigan. Ms. Sue is active member of MTAC.  She has been preparing students for the CM test from level 4 to Advanced level. Some of her students joined CYS, ECYS and SJSO. Ms. Sue also committed to the performance in the local community. She is currently the first violin at Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also invited to gave many performances to the Chinese community at special events. Ms. Sue is passionate with teaching young children. She believes the music education will enrich young children’s life and their body development. Playing violin is not only for learning to play an instrument, but also to enjoy the music itself.

  • Rejane Xie: She graduated from California State East Bay with major in Viola, She mastered the skills and knowledge in orchestra. She is the professional instructor of classic Violin and Viola. She has taught middle school and high school students to work on their band and orchestra’s pieces. She also help her students to prepare to get into the Bay Area orchestra. She has many ways to teach different ages and levels.

  • Lingling Yang: teacher and violinist, had been on the faculty of Tong Ji University (1993-2002), Shadbolt Center For The Art (2006-2009). Since 2009, she has been teaching in Bay Area. Graduated 1993 at Wu Hang Music Conservatory in Violin Performance with BA degree. After her graduation, she was an assistant of Ding Zhi Nou, the distinguished violin teacher in Shanghai Music Conservatory. Following her passion in teaching, she has over 26 years of teaching experience. Teaching students from Stanford University, coaching students for youth symphony auditions around the Bay Area. In 2009, one of her students won 1st prize in Vancouver Art Festival. In 2013, her student was the winner of music competition in Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. Lingling Yang is a member of CMTANC. She plays regularly with her fallow musicians in chamber groups and symphony orchestras.

  • Grace Leung: She has obtained ABRSM Grade 8 violin exam with distinction and got her Trinity music diploma performance ATCL in 2014. She also has experiences performing in public areas and various inter-school competitions as an assistant principle in first violin section in school orchestra and Tom Lee Hong Kong Youth NeoStrings Orchestra. She is exceptionally passionate in working with children through her voluntary experiences as well as having violin performance in certain occasions in YMCA. She also has several years of teaching experience. 

 

Piano Teacher:

  • Jia Yi: Ms. Yi has over 13 years teaching piano and music theory experience. With the Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and Bachelor of Music degree from Sichuan Music Conservatory China, Ms. Yi holds great passion for music teaching. Her students all get distinction and excellent in Royal Conservatory of Music (ABRSM). Some of her students achieved outstanding results in United States Open Music Competition. She pays a lot attention to formulating the teaching strategy according to the characteristics of each student. Student can not only learn solid playing technology from her, but also learn the ability of appreciating music. 

  • Sophia Xu: Pianist, experienced piano instructor with a demonstrated history of working in performing art industry. Strong education professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in piano performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She was invited to perform in Berlin International Music Festival and Academy. Ms. Xu is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California as well as Music Teacher National Association. Her many students get distinction in Royal Conservatory of Music (ABRSM) and United States Open Music Competition.

  • Wei Zhang: Pianist,She got master’s degree both on piano performance and piano pedagogy major at Eastern Michigan University and had two-year doctoral study experiences at James Madison University. Her strong affinity, meticulous care and enormous passion are well known among parents, who relied on her to develop kid’s music potential and also cultivate their early stage characters. She won the first prize and had successful concerto performance with EMU Symphony orchestra in EMUSO concert in 2019. She has many years of teaching experience. She has a lot of students got great achievements in piano performance.

  • Lily Fu: Pianist, she got her Master Degree in Duquesne University and Bachelor Degree in Sichuan Conservatory of Music majoring piano performance. Enthusiastic pianist with 20 years of classic piano training and able to teach students of different ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced. Fluent in Mandarin and English. Highly motivated educator of music and performance arts, adept in creating exciting and entertaining learning environments. she has 5 years teaching experience of teaching piano.

  • Gracy Wang: She has many years of teaching experience
    for younger kids.She is a versatile and innovative music teacher. She has a very unique
    approach to enlighten piano beginners to find their passion and overcome learning curves to
    achieve success quickly. Gracy ‘s classes are full of inspiration, relaxation and fun, where
    students advance their knowledge and skills along with abundant laughter and excitement.We
    are highly recommend this enthusiasm and passionate teacher to your child.

  • Jess Mak: received her bachelor’s degree at University of British Columbia and further her
    master degree in piano pedagogy at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a registered piano
    teacher of Royal Conservatoire of Music and she has been teaching at International Christian
    Quality Music Secondary and Primary School since 2012. Her job covers from teaching piano
    and music theory to being accompanist and vocal coach. Under the instructions from pianists
    Mr. Norman Lee and Mr. Stephen Wong, she studied precisely the relationship between correct
    healthy postures and the qualities of music tones and techniques. Consequently her studies led
    her into exploration of different posture methods, such as Alexander Techniques to advance
    piano playing. Many of her students received high scores from ABRSM or RCM exams and
    some of them were award winners from music festivals. In recent years, she has developed a
    keen interest in contemporary and choral music. She is also an active member of The Learners
    Chorus Hong Kong and performed in various choral concerts including The Bells by
    Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 8 by Mahler, War Requiem by Benjamin Britten etc.

  • Coco Yu: Expertise in Piano Teaching. 8+ years exceed expectation for performance review. High skilled in various type of education execution. Creative in teaching to build approchable relationship, and dedicate to unique style. A self-starter with proven ability to conceptualize and implement innovative solutions. Applies cutting-edge technologies to upgrade processes. Confident, assertive, diplomatic, detail-oriented, multi-task, organized, and outgoing with exceptional communication skills. Multicultural, bilingual professional-speak fluent Chinese and English. 

J&F Musician (San Jose)

408-680-2895 (Jia Yi) or 312-662-8865 (Sophia Xu)

1711 Branham Ln A11, San Jose, CA 95118

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