Peabody Conservatory of Music
Master of Music
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yun-Chi Cheng started studying the piano at age 4, and began singing in the Taiwan Broadcasting Children’s Choir when she was 10. At age 12, she picked up the bassoon as her primary instrument and in 1993 went to Sydney to study in the Young Artist Program at the Sydney Conservatory of Music and later at the Australian Institute of Music under John Cran. At AIT, she received her Bachelor of Music. After Australia, Yun-Chi left for the U.S. where she studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Linda Harwell and obtained her Master’s of Music in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Mrs. Cheng studied with Professor Asger Svendsen at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden. Upon finishing her overseas studies, she returned to Taipei where she performed and taught at Kuang-Jen High School of Music and Taipei Hwa-Kang Art School until 2010.
Yun-Chi has won prizes for both bassoon and piano such as the senior’s first prize in 1993 for solo bassoon at the Taipei National Competition and the second prize at the Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs Junior Piano Competition. As a bassoonist, she has given solo recitals at the Sydney Power House Museum, Taiwan National Concert Hall and, most recently, in 2010, she performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with Fredericia Byorkester in Fredericia, Denmark. She has also been a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, East-West Philharmonic Orchestra, Penrith Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Taichung City Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Pro Art Ensemble.
San Jose State University
Master of Music, Piano Performance
Music has been a part of Ivy’s life since she was four years old. She attended different piano competitions in China and won many awards, including 1st place in the Canton Province Piano Competition in 2005, 1st place in the Beethoven Cup Competition (Shenzhen) in 2003, 3rd place in the Beijing National Piano Competition in 2005, and 5th place in the Lotus Cup International Piano Competition (Macau) in 2006. She was also an assigned piano accompanist for college applicants at vocal auditions in Canton. After she moved to the U.S., Ivy became a rehearsal and performance accompanist in the Ina Chalis Opera Ensemble in San Francisco and has been invited to perform in the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Event in San Jose in 2011. Ivy received her Bachelor Degree in South China Normal University with an emphasis in Music Education. Later on, she was accepted to San Jose State University as a Walker Scholar; there, she studied piano with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and finished her Master Degree in Piano Performance. Ivy has also studied piano with Mrs. Machico Kobialka, Mr. Alexie Sultanov, and Mrs. Ying Liang. Ms. Gao has teaching experience both in China and the U.S.A. and she’s very passionate about sharing the love of music with her students.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music | Master of Music
Holy Names University | Preparatory Music Department
Daphanie Lin enjoys a busy career as an award-winning performer, teacher and author. A devoted pedagogue with more than 15 years of teaching experience, Daphanie currently teaches harp and piano at Holy Names University Preparatory Music Department, as well as in her private studio. Her students have amassed local and regional awards, as well as national recognition and achievements. She is an active member of the music community, participating as a member and/or serving in leadership functions within various organizations including the American Harp Society, World Harp Congress, Suzuki Association, Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California (CMTANC) and Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). She is also frequently asked to serve as adjudicator for various competitions as well as evaluator for MTAC’s Certificate of Merit testing. A member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Daphanie is the author of “An Introduction to the Harp for the Young Beginner” – which has been developed into a student handbook and teacher’s guide. She received her Master of Music in Harp Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Holy Names College. One of her greatest joys is to provide musical inspiration and confidence to her students. Daphanie believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the gift of music and aims to equip her students with the technical and musical tools necessary to express themselves on their instrument of choice.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Master of Music, Piano Performance
Xiyan Wang started her piano studies at the age of five. At the age of 12, as a native of Guangzhou China, she was admitted to the Xing Hai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou as a student of Mei Li. After receiving several local and regional competition awards, she was granted scholarship at Interlochen Arts Academy in 2001, where she began studying piano under Thomas J. Lymenstull and Dr. Stephen Perry. Xiyan graduated with honors in Piano Achievement and was awarded the Fine Arts Award in Music. She received awards from the Piano Arts of Wisconsin National Concerto Competition in 2002, and performed at Northwestern University of Chicago's "From Vienna to Harlem" Piano Festival in 2003. In 2004, Xiyan was chosen to perform for the Chinese Government Delegation in Washington D.C. on behalf of the Emerson global manufacturing and technology company.