Dandan L Powell is a doctoral candidate majoring in piano performance and have a secondary emphasis on music theory at the University of Northern Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also in piano performance at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. She was the piano instructor at Aims Community College in Colorado and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Northern Colorado for four years. She also worked as assistant director and taught piano lessons for Colorado International Piano Academy for three years. Dandan has nine years of experience teaching piano at all levels and to all ages of students. Some of her students have won national and International competitions, such as Walt Disney 90th Anniversary Piano Competition 2014, and Zhongxin International Piano competition and Festival in Singapore. Dandan Powell is an accomplished concert pianist having performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. She performed with the Italy Perugia Orchestra as well as with local operas in Schloss Heusenstamm, Kurhaus, Bad Schwalbach in Germany. She was awarded a second-place prize at the Music Teacher National Association competition in Colorado, a second-place prize at the Italy Imola Piano Competition, and Excellent Teacher award at the Walt Disney 90th Anniversary of Piano Competition. Dandan also helped holding the first Greeley-Youth Piano Competition in Colorado. She judged the First Greeley-Youth Piano Competition and Greeley Piano Competition in 2017 and 2018. She has been an officer at MTNA (Music Teacher National Associate) for three years. She also played with Symphonic Band, UNC Choir, Orchestra at University of Northern Colorado, and some local orchestra in Colorado State.
Chi Lee has enjoyed performing as an orchestral and chamber musician
throughout the world. Chi holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from Rice University. Her mentors include members of the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Chi joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as associate principal viola in
2018. She has performed in leading concert halls throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musik-und Kongresshalle Lübeck, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Admiralspalast Berlin, and Snapes Proms. Her performances in international festivals include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Rendsburg, Germany, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, Bard Music Festival, and Asian Youth
Orchestra, where she toured to Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanghai. Chi was a fellow of The Orchestra Now from 2016 to 2018 where she regularly performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. As a chamber musician, Chi is a founding member of the Florestan String Quartet, based in New York. The Florestan String Quartet has toured Taiwan, performing throughout the country in concerts and educational workshops for students. She has been teaching faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division and the Amadeus Music School in New York City. She was awarded the Best Teacher Award from the KRB NY International Competition in
2012 and was winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
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Viktoria began studying piano at the age of 6 at Music School in Russia St. Petersburg. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from Music College of Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg Russia and earned her Master’s degree in Music Education and Curriculum Development from St. Petersburg State Pedagogical Institute of Herzen – St. Petersburg, Russia. Viktoria has taught students of all levels and ages, teaching skills ranging from basic scales to classical sonatas to modern jazz. She also has plenty of experience teaching music appreciation, music theory, and ensemble music. Over the course of her career, Viktoria has learned that compassion, communication, and encouragement are just as essential to imparting technique and musical knowledge.
Ms. Song received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America. She has won several competitions, including the Young Artist Competition (Gaithersburg), the Piano Concerto Competition of Maryland State Music Teachers Association, the DC Federation of Music Clubs competition, the Luciana Montanari Mendola Award, the Friday Morning Music Club Piano Competition and the Catholic University of America Concerto Competition. Ms. Song has also been a student at masterclasses of The Washington International Piano Series, given by well-known pianists Igor Lebedev, Professor Changxin Guan and Professor Murray McClachlan. She recently performed Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the CUA Symphony Orchestra, and also as a chamber orchestra pianist in an opera world premiere in Puerto Rico.
Katherine holds a Bachelor from Lima, Peru and Maryland, USA. She currently teaches beginner piano and continues to perform as a mezzosoprano around the DMV area. She has performed with Opera Camerata of Washington DC, Inseries, Teatro Lirico of DC, Belcantanti and Maryland Lyric Opera in productions like Die Fledermaus, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Snowmaiden, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen and The Medium. She truly believes that music helps in the development of skills that allow our mind to be clear and happy.