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Berkeley, CA

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About Kristen
My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, an
d also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!

In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
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Paymon S. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
It was a good session with Kristen. She is an accomplished musician.Looking forward to moving up to the next level with her help.
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Ruby April 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Great first lesson. Excited for more.
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Sophie March 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Kristen is warm, engaging, and knowledgeable. My daughter is very excited for her next lesson.
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Kristen K.

Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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About Tasha M.

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Irvine, CA

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Viola may be the instrument everyone in the string section tells the most jokes about, but it's no laughing matter. Viola is one of the most expressive instruments out there. Learn to overcome its acoustic challenges and sing beautiful melodies or play your part confidently in an ensemble.

About Tasha
EDUCATION
Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra.
Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude.
Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers.
Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004.
Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School.
Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader.
Often featured as a soloist.
Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School.
Began studying Music Theory in high school.
Also sang in choirs at church and school.
Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree.
Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education.
Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, ha
ving also studied viola, in 2010.

TEACHING
Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present
Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present
TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present
Musika teacher. 2010-2016
Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year
McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010
Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010
Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009
Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006
Orchestra mentor in high school.

PERFORMING
Saddleback Master Chorale
Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California
Orchestra of St. Margaret's
Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008.
Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music)
Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school
All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school
First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF)
Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky
Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern
Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade
Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.

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I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!

I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.

*** Lesson Details ***
Typical 30-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 45-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 60-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
30 minutes - Solo Repertoire

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.

Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.

*** Specialties ***
Solo performance preparation
Chamber music performance preparation
College auditions
Orchestra auditions
Chamber music coaching
Recital performances
Note reading tutoring
Music theory tutoring
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Lafayette S. July 22, 2017
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Valecia R. May 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
Tasha is a very good instructor! She has been very flexible with her schedule to accommodate us. My daughter enjoys learning with her.


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Hamdy March 27, 2017
· Violin · Online
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About Samuel N.

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Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
-Etudes
-Intonation
-Repertoire
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.

About Samuel
I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 17 years, and teaching for a total of 7-8 years. I'm at graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself and my philosophies as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to hone their facility. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technique through Dr. Suzuki's repertoire selections.

I know that playing a stringed instrument is quite challenging, so I do prefer students who are willing to commit to lessons, and a time that we meet each week. Committing to a time aids in students preparation for lessons, as individual
practice is crucial if you are looking to advance in your craft. In my experience, if you do not commit, or put in individual practice, you will not see results.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence, determination and hard work can not only progress them in learning an instrument, but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things before our first lesson. I may also provide a list of sheet music to order after our first lesson if I feel we do not have the necessary materials.

I only travel to homes in the city of San Francisco. If you live outside of the city in the Bay Area, you are more then welcome to find a time to come to my studio for lessons.

I'm also unable to teach beginners online (via Skype), as I believe it is vital to have an instructor in the room in order to make physical adjustments to maintain proper bow hold, posture, and left hand positioning. I'm more than happy to teach intermediate-advanced students online.

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Please refrain from using this button unless you are truly interested in lessons with me, live in the city of San Francisco, and your question cannot be answered by my profile information. If you have questions about payment, please contact the TakeLessons support team as I do not deal with payment directly. This saves me a lot of time that I need for other aspects of my life, and shortens my daily to-do list. Thank you for your understanding.

My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and a member of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic and at the Rheingau Musik Festival. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. He currently performs all around the Bay Area as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His main mission is to revive interest in Western Art Music so that is once again accessible to the every day human.
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Girlie June 12, 2017
· Viola · In home
Sam has been the viola instructor for our daughter Ava (12 years-old) for over a year now. We can't say enough good things about Sam. He's punctual, easy to work and talk with, flexible with his schedule and gives wonderful feedback on how Ava's doing. He is patient, mild-mannered, attentive, encouraging, supportive, and he really makes the most of the time spent teaching Ava. It didn't take more than a few lessons until we can hear an improvement in Ava's playing. He nurtures the passion she has musically and his support as an instructor helps motivate her to become better with each lesson. She practices on her own without being reminded as she wants to be able to even make the slightest improvement between each lesson. It's great and we're lucky to have found the perfect instructor for Ava the first try:) Thank you! Sam:)
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Alexdrea C. January 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great ideas for Alex to work on scale technique and reminders for holding form.
Enjoyed the experience.
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Kiley M. October 27, 2016
· Violin · In home
My family loves Sam! What a treasure! He has so much skill, talent and patience. 5 Stars is not enough
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Rebecca K.

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About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Ariana P. October 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
The teacher is very knowledgeable. Very impressive on my first meeting.
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Cameron September 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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wayne July 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
very encouraging and knowledgeable teacher!
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Vallejo, CA 94590
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About Amber W.

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Schenectady, NY

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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Tina September 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son takes piano from Amber and I cannot say enough on how talented she is. She has so much patience and cares about her students. He responds well to her and is learning so quickly! She challenges him to continue to grow but does it in a way that is fun for a child his age. We think she is great!
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About Christine F.

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Whether you are new to string instruments or have a background in previously playing violin or viola in the past, I can help you learn the basics or brush up so you can play at a level for your own enjoyment.

About Christine
I have been teaching for many years which include experience teaching all ages in different contexts including homeschool children, an after-school elementary school program for disadvantaged children, a college course in string instruments for music education students, as well as my own private studio. With my experience and love of music, my goal is for each student to learn about music in a holistic way, not just learning about basic technique of their instrument but also incorporating interesting tidbits of musical history in each lesson. My firm belief is that music should be a creative and fun outlet outside of school and work responsibilities, as well as a great way to develop problem solving skills. Learning an instrument has been scientifically proven to work out both the left and right side of the brain. With a mixture of a stru
ctured program, encouragement and following the students interest, I hope to serve the student and help them learn and grow at their individual pace.
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Christine F.

Christine F.

Online
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About Lisa W.

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Austin, TX

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A private Viola instructor for almost 15 years, my students have gone on to participate in prestigious Youth Symphonies, and festival orchestras at the Regional and All-State levels. I focus on building a strong foundation of bow and left hand technique, with students participating in selecting repertoire they enjoy for auditions, talent shows, or just for fun! I specialize in classical, but have worked in multiple styles, and utilize a variety of books for scales, exercises, and solo pieces.

About Lisa
Lisa has a Bachelor's of Viola Performance from Brigham Young University, where she had access to little known music in the Primrose International Viola Archive. At BYU she studied primarily with Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Dr. LeeAnn Morgan, and Scott Lewis of the Utah Symphony.

Lisa has been teaching viola for almost 15 years, beginning with the co-founding of a non-profit program at her local high school teaching low-income elementary students, and spanning over a decade of private instruction for students of all ages and levels. She is well-versed in multiple methods such as Galamian, Flesch, Auer, Primrose, Kreutzer and more!

Lisa gears instruction to the needs of the student. Although she teaches primarily classical style, many students like to supplement with more modern music, and Lisa is adept at choosing appropriate solos and e
xercises to support techniques in any genre. Lisa believes music lessons should be fun and help students feel at ease!
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Eric August 18, 2017
· Viola · In studio
My son Peter started with Lisa as his first Viola teacher. He had studied piano for about 5 years and Lisa came with high recommendations as Peter went from piano to viola. Peter eventually progressed to an hour long session. Peter performed with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for 2 years and his first year with the Phoenix Youth Symphony all with Lisa guiding his talented bow. Lisa has been a major influence in Peter's continued success with the viola as he has performed with the Arizona State Orchestra in 2016 and 2017. Lisa is an inspired teacher and a wonderful person.
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Rhonda June 6, 2017
· Viola · In studio
I been taking lessons from Lisa for over a year. I picked up the viola after a 25 year break. She has always been very patient with me. I have learned a lot and am very satisfied with my progress. She is knowledgeable and a skilled musician. Lisa is a very friendly and up-beat teacher. I would recommend her to students of all ages and abilities.
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Geoffrey May 6, 2017
· Viola · In home
Lisa Williams has been my daughter's 1st viola teacher for the past year and a half. What she has accomplished with her has been nothing short of amazing. My daughter, Lillie, has progressed through the 1st 4 Suzuki book levels, & is preparing with Lisa to audition for the Phoenix Youth Symphony. Lisa quickly developed a rapport with Lillie & gave her the foundation for playing, reading music & understanding how to prepare for auditions. Lisa blends traditional approaches of classical music instruction & music theory with contemporary methods & musicality. She instills confidence through her teaching & positive reinforcement & gives effective critiques without negativity. Lisa is a consummate professional who cares about her students & her passion for music is infectious. Lisa challenges Lillie & as a result, she can't wait to play new music & learn new scales. Lisa has also inspired Lillie to help her friends with tuning & technique at school. :). Great teacher & better person.
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Play with a beautiful tone without excessive tension! Learn simple tunes by rote, how to read music, and advanced techniques like shifting and vibrato. You'll receive specific tools to help you improve!

About Lucy
I have taught violin and viola for over 40 years to beginners through very advanced students. A former student of renowned violin teacher Paul Rolland, I have taught in the public schools and most recently as a college professor teaching others how to teach. I love working with students of all ages and watching the delight and pride a student enjoys as new goals are reached!
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Caleb September 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter took lessons with Lucy for a little over a year. She grew and learned so much with her. We miss her!
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Susan Ruzow Debronsky September 6, 2017
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Lucy is a first-rate violinist. She can play with the best of orchestras or chamber music groups. She is also a wonderful, warm person, and an experienced teacher of violin and viola.
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Jeannie September 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lucy Manning and I have known each other for approximately 9 years. I have found her to be very dedicated to her craft and professional in every way. Lucy and I worked together for 6 year while I worked as a violin instructor at Old Dominion,. In addition, I was able to watch her teach at a Paul Rolland workshop at George Mason University where I again witnessed her excellent teacher first hand. I can easily say that she has a great deal of experience and knowledge of teaching both the violin and viola.
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About Chensi T.

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Want to play your favorite melodies? Feel hard to play a nice sound with string instrument? I will help you to explore the violin and viola! I am a professional and experienced teacher, my students’ age range from 5 to adult. In the lessons, you will be not only knowing how to make a nice sound with string instrument, but also building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, music knowledge, sight reading, chamber duo, and more. Welcome for all lever students.

About Chensi
I am a professional musician and a music teacher, joined New England Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2015. I gained my Bachelor and two Master degrees from Manhattan School of Music. My BM and First MM are on Music Performance; while my second MM is on Orchestra playing.

I start teaching sine 2012. I am a passionate, serious, traditional teacher, and I really enjoyed teaching. I always encourage my students to think, to learn, and to explore the music in their way. For children, I do ask the parent to stay in their lesson if possible, only because the parents will be a great help for their kids' practice after the lesson.

Here are some more information of my music background:

Performance:

United States:
- Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Concert, New York
- Manhattan School of Music Borden Concert Hal
l, New York, Guest performance with American String Quartet
- Viola Recitals and Graduation Recital (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Chery Hills Community Church, Chamber Performance, Denver
- St. John’s Church, Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey

Canada:
- National Art Center, Chamber Concert, Ottawa
- Queen Elizabeth School, Chamber Recital, Moncton

China:
- Shanghai Conservatory invitation for String Quartet Recital, Shanghai
- French School, String Quartet with School Chorus, Beijing
- Central Conservatory Recital Hall, Viola Recital, Beijing

Scholarship and Award:
- Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, 2008-2016
Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Winner, 2008-2015
Hugo Kortschak Award, For Chamber Music accomplishment, 2014
- Third Prize, MSM String Concerto Competition, 2011
- Second Prize, 5 Towns String Competition, 2010
- Third Prize, Heida Hermanns String Competition, Westport, CT 2014
- Special Award, Bled International Viola Competition, Bled, Slovenia, 2006
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Anna October 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher! Very professional and patient. Highly recommend!
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Ruby October 10, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Chensi is very helpful in teaching me read music. As a beginner, read music was the most difficult part, since it would slow down the practice pace. Chensi is very skillful in reading music through a faster way, which letting my progress efficient.
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Chensi T.

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