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Kelly Wong

Kelly W.

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I'm a student biologist, chemist, writer, violist, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and music arranger (not usually at the same time). I primarily play viola in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles; occasionally I'll jump to violin in pit orchestra productions for musicals. I'm currently pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Music. I've had an effusive passion for learning and an ineffable desire to share it with others for as long as I can remember. I hope to go into science education after graduate school, while still maintaining my strong ties to the music programs I'm fortunate to be around.

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Subjects taught: viola, violin, piano, arrangement & orchestration

- Youth Music Monterey Honors Orchestra, principal violist (2017-2019)
- Carmel High School Orchestra, principal violist (2016-2019)
- Carmel High School Pit Orchestra, violinist (2018-2019)
- Sandpiper String Quartet/Trio, violist (2018)
- Youth Music Monterey Orchestras, volunteer violist (2018-present)

Honors and Awards:
- Carmel High School Orchestra Most Inspirational, Outstanding Achievement (2019)
- Youth Music Monterey Pam and Chuck McGowin Award for Outstanding Contributions (2019)
- Central Coast Section Honors Orchestra (2018, 2019)
- California Orchestra Directors' Association Honors Orchestra (2017, 2018)

Recently, I was named Most Inspirational and given an Outstanding Achievement award for my work in my school's music program. I was incredibly lucky to be able to arrange and orchestrate 'Ripple' for the string orchestra, in honor of a late teacher. For the same teacher, I later arranged five more campy 70s tunes--among which were Mr. Blue Sky and September--for a benefit concert that I helped lead.

I'm unfortunately unable to give advice to advanced students, since I'm always learning myself. However, if you're just starting out on the viola or violin, I'd love to teach you using what I've learned! The memories of my own journey are fresh for me, and I know it can sometimes be discouraging or aimless. My goal is to guide you towards the blinding light at the end of the tunnel and to help you out of whatever plateau you're in, whether you're in a transition period to a higher-level orchestra or if you don't know where to start putting your fingers.

- a c a d e m i c s -

Subjects taught: biology (AP), chemistry (AP), language arts (AP), literature (AP), US history (AP), psychology (AP)

- AP Biology (5), AP Chemistry (5), AP English Literature (5), AP US History (5), AP Psychology (5), AP English Language (4), SAT Chemistry (770), SAT Literature (800)

Honors and Awards:
- Carmel High Top Science Student (2019)
- Rotary STEM Scholar (2019)
- Carmel Valley Women's Club Scholar (2019)
- National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction/Honor (2018, 2019)

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  • Speaks American Sign Language, French, Cantonese, English
  • Teaching since 2018
  • Biological Sciences/Music from Monterey Peninsula College

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Naty L. Jul 28, 2019
Violin · Online

Great experience! Learned alot.

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School

I’ve never felt a religious sort of love more often than when I’m studying molecular biology, both because of its incredible complexity and its promise of discovery. Life has a kind of chaotic silliness that I’m charmed by: incongruities, inefficiencies, and imperfections that remind us of ourselves. I'm passionate about the biochemical sciences and I'd love to help you through your questions and be a conduit on your path of discovery. (I'm also fresh out of the AP Biology curriculum, so if you have any questions, now's the time to ask!)



Program Assistant/Ringer
Sep 2019 - Present

Youth Music Monterey

Redesigning the website, digitizing old databases, transposing parts. As a ringer, I play viola for the Junior Youth/Honors Orchestra during concerts.

Private Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present


Tutoring middle school and freshmen students from the local youth orchestra, leading them through the season's repertoire, and building confidence in their parts.

Recreation Leader
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Whispering Pines Day Camp

I led a group of 7-8 children from ages 5-9 all day through a tight schedule of activities, throughout which I ensured their physical and emotional safety. Though the conversational topics would change wildly by age group, I interacted with every one of them as a friend and mentor. I was given the unique opportunity to supervise multiple children with language barriers.

Lab Tech Assistant
Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

Carmel High School AP Biology

Assisted teacher in setting up labs for AP Biology and Honors Chemistry classes. Perfected the art of preparing 80 agar plates at a time.


Biological Sciences/Music
Aug 2019 - Present

Monterey Peninsula College


American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


National AP Scholar
Jun 2019

College Board

Outstanding Achievement
May 2019

Carmel High School

Top Science Student
May 2019

Carmel High School

Pam and Chuck McGowin Award
May 2019

Youth Music Monterey

Most Inspirational
May 2019

Carmel High School

Most Improved
May 2018

Carmel High School

CCS Honors Orchestra (2)
Feb 2018

California Music Educator's Association

CODA Honors Orchestra
Nov 2017

California Orchestra Director's Association

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