Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting
I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliché to say so, but it's true! :)
For me, having parents of different ethnicities and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)
Piano and cello have been quintessential in my life for the past 40 years. I have been fortunate to share my passion and love of these two instruments with young musicians in the past 30 years, to develop their own interests and skills in music.
Born from a musician’s family in Beijing, China, Grace started music lessons at the age of 5. She has enjoyed the process of learning, performing and teaching piano and cello. After graduating from the China Conservatory of Music, Grace happily joined the world-renowned Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, she showcased in two solo concertos with the Australian Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
As an established young musician, she moved to the United States in 1989. Since then, she has worked as a free-lance musician and taught master classes at the Kingwood Music School in the greater Houston area. Grace also served as an adjudicator for the Texas Solo and Ensemble Festival up until 1995. From 1995 through 2002, she has been a cello and piano instructor at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts.
In 1998, Grace established her own music studio. Her students include local piano and cello festival winners from such events as the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Northwest Chopin Festival, and Washington State Solo and Ensemble. In her free time, Grace is an avid outdoor enthusiast; she spends weekends hiking, skiing and exploring all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. Despite various interests, Grace’s passion for music supersedes all else; she was born into a musical family and instills daily in her students, a zealous love for music.
• 1981 – 1985, BA, China Conservatory of Music
• 1985 – 1987, MA, China Conservatory of Music
• 1990 - 1993, MA, Ole Miss, University of Mississippi
Piano, Violin, Cello, Music Theory, Banjo, Fiddle, Viola
Versatile, goal-oriented music instructor with a B.A. in music education who can provide a sound learning
environment while using innovative teaching techniques to encourage active student participation. Experiences in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances on various instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
Master of Arts in Teaching candidate with special interests in musician's health.
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