Huang has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Concord Symphony Orchestra and others. She has participated as an American representative in the Respighi Festival in Citta de Castello, Italy as well as on scholarships to the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. She has been featured on radio broadcasts from WQXR-FM in New York, WGBH-FM in Boston, and on both South and North Carolina public television and radio networks. Her teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Robert Koff and the late Ivan Galamian. Dr. Huang holds degrees from Harvard University and the State University of New York Stony Brook. She formerly served as violin professor for Converse College and the University of North Carolina at Greens
Chu Ping Lin is a former principal violist of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2004. She won the "Music New Star" audition of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 1998, giving many solo recitals, as well as concerto and chamber music concerts in Asia, Europe and the United States. She performed in several music festivals including Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale University in 1994. She was also a founding member of the Taiwan String Quartet from 2000-2004, giving various chamber music concerts in major national concert halls in Taiwan and Romania.
As a member of the Taiwan Viola Society, she performed serial viola music, recorded viola music albums and introduced viola literature at Taichung and Taipei broadcasts from 2000-2004. Besides her intensive performing experiences, she frequently served on numerous major viola competition juries in Taiwan. She was also a former viola faculty member at Tung Hai University, National Taipei University of Education, and National Taichung University of Education from 1998-2006.
She received the Graduate Award, M.M. from Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester, NY and the B.M. from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. She studied viola with Martha Katz, John Graham and Michael Tree, and studied chamber music with Cleveland String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet and Fine Art String Quartet. She is currently a member of the MTAC Pomona Valley branch. She has been on the faculty of the Claremont Community School of Music since 2014.
Olga Meisel started her musical pursuit at the age of seven on violin and piano. She has been a violin teacher for 37 years to students of all ages and was nominated as Teacher of the Year, Togliatti, Russia in 1999. She gives local music-school masterclasses. Her students have won city, regional and country competitions in Russia, and she has had many students go on to professional careers in music over the years.
Deanna Morrison is a Southern California native and has been involved in music to various degrees her entire life. Claremont Community School of Music was where she started violin at the age of four. She graduated from Jurupa Valley High School, having participated in the choir department under the direction of her mother, Melva Morrison.
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, California Baptist University
Taylor Sullivan grew up in rural Missouri and began playing violin at the age of seven. Her first violin teacher gave her the invaluable gift of a solid musical foundation, emphasizing proper technique, having a strong ear, and enjoyment in listening to all kinds of music. With the confidence and freedom that came from this foundation, Taylor was able to pursue both her love of old-time fiddling and a traditional education in classical repertoire. She won numerous fiddling competitions around the state of Missouri, including the Missouri Junior Fiddle Championship and Mid-America Junior Fiddle Championship. Taylor went on to receive a full scholarship to study music at California Baptist University, where she was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra and chamber ensembles. She was a member of the Corona Symphony Orchestra for five years and has been a member of the Redeemer Baptist Church music team for six years.
In 2018, Taylor became a registered Suzuki teacher and completed Unit 1 training with Ed Kreitman at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute. She believes one of the most important aspects of the Suzuki method is the parent-teacher-child relationship, known as the “Suzuki Triangle”. Taylor remembers her mom sitting through countless lessons for both herself and her younger sister: “To feel her [mother’s] support and understanding both in the lesson and in my practice time at home was essential to my success as a musician.” Taylor is currently the director of beginning strings for the Enrichment Orchestra Program at Foothill Country Day School in Claremont and is in her fourth year of teaching at Claremont Community School of Music.
Bachelor of Arts, CA Teaching Credential in Music
Graduate Work in Musicology, California State University, Los Angeles
Suzuki Long-Term Training, Books 1-10 with Shannon Hawes (Grön), Elizabeth Mills, William Starr, Louise Behrend, Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki, among others
Ms. Tajima has held several positions at CCSM, including, but not limited to, being String Chair, Ensemble Coordinator, and Co-Recital Coordinator with Carol Hendrixson. Ms. Tajima presented groups for the City of Claremont’s Concerts in the Park, Fourth of July Celebration, and the Village Venture Street Fair.
One of Ms. Tajima’s great passions includes developing special programs for students. The Summer Ensemble Institutes, first held at Cal Poly Pomona and continuing at Scripps College (1998-2003), introduced many students to chamber music. As a result of her teaching instrumental music in the Pasadena Unified School District for five years, Ms. Tajima developed and served as Program Coordinator of the After-School Instrumental Music Program for the Claremont Unified School District (1994-2004). There she organized instrumental music classes at all of the elementary schools for grades 4-8, serving about 400 students annually.
About 10 to 15 students from Ms. Tajima’s studio participate in two annual evaluations (NFMC’s Jr. Music Festival & MTAC’s Certificate of Merit Program), and receive very high marks, whether it is in performance (JMF) or performance, technique, sight reading, theory, and ear training (CM)! Several have performed at the annual MTAC Conventions over the years and JMF Gold Cup/Superior Recitals. One of the programs, STEM [String Theory/ Ensemble/Master Class], was developed to aid students in their performance ability, further studying of theory as it applies to string instruments, and focus on performances dealing with nervousness. Beginning students (Suzuki Volumes 1 & 2) participate in the "Watch Us Grow!" Combined Repertoire and Performance Workshops, which are invaluable for the students.
Another passion that Ms. Tajima shares with her students and others is chamber music! She feels quite strongly that students who participate in small ensembles learn how to work together and form an amazing bond. She currently coaches two piano trios, the Gypsy Trio & Trio con Brio, and a violin quartet. It is such a thrill to see the groups excel year after year!
Other joys include performing solo and chamber music, learning as much as possible about others, striving for high levels of achievement, and helping others when possible. She truly enjoys attending concerts, master classes, and spending time with family and friends. Professional organizations with whom Tajima is affiliated are MTAC, NFMC, and SAA.
Instrument: Violin, Master Teacher