2017 Artist Faculty
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, TEACHER - SOLO STRINGS PROGRAM, VIOLIN
Gene Wie appears internationally as a conductor, chamber musician, and educator, dividing his time equally between the classroom and concert stage. His performances on violin, viola, clarinet, and saxophone have taken him across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific, into major venues like the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Moulin d'Ande (France), Salzburg Mozartaeum (Austria), and Prague Leichteinstein Palace (Czech Republic), with ensembles including the Elegie String Quartet, the Monarch String Quartet, and the Blackbird Music Project. He has also appeared as Principal Clarinet of the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra and Substitute Viola with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. His extensive work in Arts and Technology education includes positions as Artistic Director of Summer Chamber Music, Music Director of the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, Director of the Orchestra and Chamber Music Program at St. Margaret's Episcopal School, and Computer Science Teacher at Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth. His string mentors have included William Fitzpatrick, Haroutune Bedelian, William Kennedy, Hong Cheng, and Lori Franke, and his studies in chamber music have been with W. Fitzpatrick, Yoko Matsuda, Peter Marsh, Robert Becker, Margaret Parkins, Nina Scolnik, and members of the Blaeu and Miro String Quartets. Gene earned B.S. Information and Computer Science and M.F.A. Music degrees from the University of California at Irvine. www.genewie.com
COORDINATOR - SOLO STRINGS PROGRAM
Chika Wie was born in Nagoya, Japan, where she started with the Suzuki Method from age four. She moved to the United States at age ten and enrolled at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where she participated in private lessons, Suzuki classes, chamber music, orchestra, and served as a concertmaster for the Orchestra de Camera. She was also featured as a soloist on performances with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Her primary teachers have included Chan Ho Yun, Virginia Frazier, Sherry Cadow, Nawomi Ishida, and Jun Maekawa, and she studied chamber music with Shun-Lin Chou, Andrew Duckles, Richard Naill, Deborah Aitken, Anne Diener Zentner, and Clayton Haslop. She has performed in masterclasses for Cho-Liang Lin, Mark Kaplan, Martin Chalifour, Corey Cerovsek, and Evan Wilson. Chika has extensive SAA Registered Suzuki Teacher Training and Dalcroze Eurhythmics Training, and currently works with over thirty private students in her studio and is the Orchestra Manager and Director of the Suzuki Academy programs for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California. She previously served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at St. Margaret's substitute teaching for the Upper School, and was a staff member at the Admissions Office. A graduate of the California State University, Long Beach, she holds a B.M. Violin Performance and a California Teaching Credential in Mathematics and K-8 Music.
TEACHER - SOLO AND SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAMS, CELLO
Jay Tilton is a graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where he received his Master's degree in Cello Performance under the study of Norman Fischer. Prior to his studies at Rice, he attended Vanderbilt University and the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. In 2004, Mr. Tilton placed 3rd in the MTNA National String Competition, where he represented the Southern United States. He has also won first prize in California''s VOCE and MTAC competitions. While in college, he won the Vanderbilt concerto competition and was awarded the Heard Prize for String Playing and the David Rabin Prize for Musical Excellence. He has attended various summer programs including the Henry Mancini Institute, Colorado College Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. In 2008, Mr. Tilton was the recipient of the prestigious Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood, awarded to him by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also selected by audition to perform a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tilton has been privileged to perform under some of the world's leading conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, André Previn, Sir Andrew Davis, Raphael Frühbeck de Bergos, Oliver Knussen, Herbert Bloomstedt and John Williams. He has also played in master classes for several esteemed artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, Richard Aaron, Joseph Silverstein, Lynn Harrell and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, Turtle Island and Emerson String Quartets. Outside of the classical music scene, he enjoys performing and recording with singers and songwriters in his current home of Nashville, and has also performed with popular artists such as Brian McKnight, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Ricky Skaggs and Josh Groban.
SOLO STRINGS PROGRAM - COLLABORATIVE PIANO
Adela Kwan Neth enjoys a career as a collaborative pianist, pedagogue, and soloist. Neth has been a participant in master classes and residencies with notables such as Menahem Pressler, John Perry, and Morten Lauridsen and has participated and won various music festivals and competitions. Her principal teachers include Arthur Schnabel protégé Charlotte Zelka, Macy Zeng, and Dr. Lorna Griffitt. With the generous assistance of fellowships from the University of California at Irvine, Adela’s education includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Collaborative Piano, a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, and Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a focus in Education. Neth maintains full studios in Los Angeles and Orange counties and is a sought-after pianist and pedagogue. Adela is grateful for the privileged opportunity to share her musical traditions with her cherished students and colleagues at SMES.
TEACHER - SOLO AND SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAMS, DOUBLE BASS
Dr. Matt Hare is well known as a performer and educator. He is on faculty at the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, and Saddleback College. Dr. Hare also teaches several sections of Music Appreciation and History of Rock online and in the classroom at Saddleback College. He is a string coach at Irvine, Laguna Hills, Trabuco Hills, and University high schools. He frequently gives recitals and master classes that often include his own transcriptions and arrangements. Dr. Hare is a long-time member of the International Society of Bassists. He was a clinician for their Young Bassists’ program at the 2009 convention at Penn State, and the 2011 convention in San Francisco. Previously he was first director of educational programs at Lemur Music, a retailer that specializes in the double bass. He has been on faculty at Luther, Cornell, and Wartburg Colleges and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Dr. Hare freelances with many ensembles in Southern California, including the San Bernardino and San Diego Symphonies. He has been a regular member of the bass sections of the Quad Cities and Peoria Symphonies, and has played in the sections of many symphonies in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from Bloomsburg University, a MM from Butler University and a DMA from the University of Iowa. Major teachers include Mark R. Jelinek, Diana Gannett, David Murray and Volkan Orhon.
TEACHER - SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM, CELLO
Zhou Long is currently a cello faculty at Vienna Music Institute in Irvine, California. Since her solo debut at age seventeen, she has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Long has appeared in prestigious venues such as the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and the House of Genoa in Italy. She’s also been heard on radio broadcasts presented by WCLV in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Long has performed with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Fargo/Moorhead Orchestra, Concordia Symphony Orchestra, and Vivaldi Conservatory Orchestra and Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also participated in numerous international festivals, among them the National Orchestra Institute, the National Repertoire Orchestra, Bravo International String Seminar and Madeline Island String Quartet. Ms. Long was a prizewinner in the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition and was the winner of American String Teachers Association string competition. She was also a featured soloist with the Concordia College choir in PBS’s Emmy winning production of Concordia College’s Christmas Concert. Ms. Long received an SGA Summer Undergraduate Research Award giving her the chance to explore more about classical music at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy.
COORDINATOR - PIANO PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
Dr. Andrea Garreffa was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in a musical family. She graduated at the Buenos Aires National Conservatory with the “Highest Academic Achievement” and was awarded a scholarship to study in Germany. She received her Master in Musical Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied with Estela Olevsky and her Doctor in Musical Arts at the University of Arizona, Tucson where she studied with Dr. Paula Fan. She performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Argentina and Uruguay. As a soloist and chamber musician she performed throughout Europe, South America and the United States. She has been a winner of many piano competitions, including First Prize Winner at the Mozarteum Piano Competition in Santa Fe, Argentina. Dr. Garreffa has participated many master classes and festivals with renown musicians including Maria Szraiber, Lee Luvisi, Fernande Kaeser, Garry Muller, Paul Trein, Silvia Kersenbaum and Poldi Mildner. As a passionate chamber musician, she has received coaching from James Buswell, Victor Rosenbaum, Matt Haimovitz, Jane Hawkins, Masuko Ushiolda, Charles Treger and Mark Russell Smith. Dr. Garreffa is an active member of the CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music teachers) currently serving as a co-chair for the Piano Auditions. She has an established piano studio located in Dove Canyon, CA, and is the Director of the Piano Academy at St. Margaret's Episcopal School.
COORDINATOR - SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM
Jennifer Visick teaches private lessons in Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and San Juan Capistrano. She is currently a faculty member of the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program where she teaches group classes & serves on their Board. She offers private viola & violin lessons as a vendor for Sky Mountain Charter School; helps direct the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California's Suzuki Academy orchestras; and directs the Choristers Handbell choir and the after-school Suzuki String Academy at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. She also volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher at her church, Bethany of Sierra Madre. Her past teaching work includes teaching 3rd grade Suzuki violin classes at Willard Elementary School (in Pasadena), teaching Suzuki and musicianship classes at various local music stores and community music schools, and work with several elementary schools in the Savanna School District assisting and coaching heterogeneous beginning string classes. Jennifer has taken Creative Ability Development teacher training with Alice Kanack, and has taken extensive Suzuki viola, violin, & "Suzuki in the Schools" teacher training from Kerstin Wartberg, Julia Hardie, William Preucil Sr., Rick Mooney, Susan Kempter, Christie Felsing, Laurie Scott, Ronda Cole, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Edward Kreitman, Ed Sprunger, and Lorraine Fink. She has also studied with Melissa Tong, Pam Wiley & Mark O'Connor in the Mark O'Connor Violin Method; and has studied various string teaching techniques in short seminars under Charles Krigbaum, Barbara Barber, Mimi Zweig, John Kendall, and William Fitzpatrick. www.jennyvisick.com
TEACHER - SOLO STRINGS PROGRAM, VIOLIN
Judy Yoo is a concert violinist and recording artist for Disney and Universal Music, and Associate Concertmaster of the Burbank Philharmonic. A pupil of the late Eric Rosenblith, she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory. She has appeared as a principal player in orchestras throughout the United States and Asia, including the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Massachusetts Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. She received the Boston Microtonal Society, Jonathan Keith Scholarship Award in 2003, merit scholarship from the New England Conservatory, Orange County Arts Society, Violin Performance First Prize Award and was the First Place Winner for the Many Cultures, One World, Appreciation Award. A dedicated teacher, she served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory college level as a violin, solfége teaching assistant, and keyboard, music theory instructor. She was the violin and viola instructor at the North End Music Performing Center, Revere High School, Beacon Hill School and Ipswich High School. An established private instructor with an extensive studio of students throughout Orange County, Judy was an Artist Faculty member of the Summer Music Festival the previous season.
TEACHER - SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM, VIOLIN/VIOLA
Kania Gandasetiawan is a Registered Suzuki Teacher of Violin, and an adjunct faculty member at St. Margaret's Episcopal School where she teaches private lessons and group classes for the Suzuki String Academy. Kania graduated with dual undergraduate degrees in Biology (Genetics) and Music Performance (Viola) from the University of California at Irvine, where she studied with Professor Jerzy Kosmala. While a student at UCI she attended the Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival where she studied chamber music with William Fitzpatrick, Yoko Matsuda, and Gene Wie. Following post-graduate work in violin and string pedagogy with Chika Wie, she began her pursuit of a California Teaching Credential in K-12 Music at California State University, Long Beach. She currently serves on the teaching staff of Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, and teaches privately in Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano.
TEACHER - PIANO PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
Sylvia Park grew up in a musical family and began her piano studies with her mother, Youngsook Park, an accomplished pianist and teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree as a scholarship student at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. She then received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, studying under Boris Slutsky. Ms. Park was a featured pianist on Radio Korea and has performed in concerts throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. With her performing career largely behind her, Ms. Park has shifted her focus to teaching, taking much joy in sharing with her students her passion for classical music. She is a firm believer that musical studies benefit and enrich the life of every student, and talent, or lack thereof, should never be the determining factor. Ms. Park maintains a growing private studio in Diamond Bar and also teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, for which she is currently serving as Vice President of the San Gabriel Valley Branch. Her other commitments include her role as the Region VII Chairperson of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival. Her primary teachers have included Boris Slutsky, Haewon Song and Dr. Karen Owen.
TEACHER - PIANO PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
George Ko is acclaimed for his ability to excite and energize audiences through his vivid and evocative playing. The Taiwanese-American pianist has electrified listeners all over the world. Critics praise him for his meticulously crafted interpretations and his natural singing ability at the piano creates an opera-like experience for concert goers. At 24 years old, the Young Steinway Artist has performed all over the world, including recitals in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, and Bali. No stranger to the stages of some of New York’s most prestigious venues, he is already a veteran at Carnegie Hall where he has appeared more than a half dozen times both as a soloist, and three-time First Prize laureate of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. He has also been heard at Steinway Hall in a performance that led one critic to proclaim “a rising star if ever there was one.” George has also appeared as a soloist with the Irvine Philharmonic, the Napolinova Youth Orchestra, the River Charles Ensemble, and the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California. He was also chosen to perform on behalf of the Carnegie Hall series, Ancient Paths, Modern Voices at California’s Bowers Museum, to commemorate Isaac Stern’s film From Mao to Mozart. George has also been invited to select Steinway Concert Grands, Model D-274, at the famed Steinway factory for various artistic institutions and also debuted those instruments in concert. The Model D that currently resides at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was inaugurated by George’s performance of Chopin’s Third Scherzo and selections from his Op. 10 Études. Ko has also been invited to perform before Vice President Joe Biden, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator Barbara Boxer. George is a St. Margaret's alumnus, and a recent graduate of Harvard University. His past teachers include Professor Boaz Sharon, piano chair at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, John Perry, Mina Perry, Leonid Levitszky, and Marge Chen.