Rachel Huang

Instrument: Violin

Program: Violin Program

 Violin - Master Teacher

A.B. Radcliffe College, Harvard University

M.M., D.M.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Rachel Vetter Huang holds the rare distinction of being honored by both the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has received NEA grants towards production of chamber music festivals in New York and Colorado, and has enjoyed the privilege of being chosen to participate in an NEH Summer Seminar, the 1989 ""JAZZ: A Comparative View"" at Yale University, directed by John Szwed. Dr. Huang has been invited to make presentations on the topic of violin-piano duo repertoire as the chamber music at state and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association and the College Music Society. She was selected through international tape auditions to be a featured performer at the 1994 World Conference of the International Society for Music Education. She has concertized extensively on both coasts and in the Far East, from Merkin Hall of the Abraham Goodman House in New York City to Washington D.C.'s Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress to Beijing Central Conservatory Hall.

Violinist Rachel Huang has appeared as 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 and 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 Greensboro.

Mary Keating


Instrument: Violin


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Bachelor of Music, California State University, Northridge


Mary Keating is a professional violinist in the Los Angeles area. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from California State University, Northridge. Mary has collaborated with many well known artists, such as Kendrick Lamar, Yoshiki, HAPA, JMSN, When in Rome UK, Whitton, and Monique Benabou. Her most known work is on Kendrick Lamar’s most recent album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Mary has had the opportunity to perform with Shirley Jones, Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan, the Broadway-bound musical, Jekyll and Hyde (featuring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and Grammy nominated vocalist Deborah Cox), and has also had the opportunity to perform for former president, Jimmy Carter. Composers Mary has worked with include David Newman, John Williams, Mark Watters, Garry Schyman, as well as other famous film composers. Mary’s orchestral experience includes Debut Orchestra, GSPO, San Fernando Valley Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Central Philharmonic, and L’Orchestra Italiana del Cinema. Mary has studied mostly under Michael Ferril and Arnold Belnick, but has also participated in masterclasses with Martin Chalifour, Rebekka Hartmann, Michelle Kim, and Armen Anassian. Mary has played in several venues, including but not limited to, the House of Blues, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Thayer Hall, Palacio de los Deportes, Grammy Museum, Warner Grand Theater, California Theater, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Plummer Auditorium.

Chu Ping Lin


Instrument: Viola


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Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory of Music

Master of Music, Eastman School of Music at Rochester University

Chu Ping Lin was a former viola principal of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2004. She won the "Music New Star" audition of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 1998, giving many solo recitals, concerto and chamber music concerts in Asia, Europe and the United States. She performed in several music festivals including Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale University in 1994. She was also a founding member of Taiwan String Quartet from 2000-2004, giving various chamber music concerts in major national concert halls in Taiwan and Romania.

As a member of 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 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 B. M. from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. She studied viola with Martha Katz, John Graham and Michael Tree, and chamber music with Cleveland String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet and Fine Art String Quartet.

Olga Meisel

Instrument: Violin

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Bachelor of Music Arts, Performance, Togliatti College of Music, Russia.

Diploma of Togliatti School of Music, Russia.

Seminar  with Larisa Mageramova, Professor of Conservatory (Tasckent), Training  with Sergei Kravchenko, Professor of Conservatory (Moscow), Master class  with Eduard Grach, Professor of Conservatory (Moscow).

Olga Meisel started her musical pursuit at the age 7 on violin and piano.

Violin  teacher for 30 years to students of all ages. Was nominated to Teacher  of the Year, Togliatti, 1999. She gives local school of music master  classes. Her students won city, regional and country competitions in  Russia. She has had many students go on to professional careers in music  over the years.

Olga Meisel has played throughout Russia with  Togliatti Philharmonic Orchestra, Togliatti Chamber Orchestra, Samara  Ballet Orchestra.

After relocation to the United States, she  became a regular member of the Claremont Symphony Orchestra and  performed as soloist with Robert Sage for a variety of events.

Deanna Morrison


Instruments: Voice, Violin


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Bachelor of Music, Point Loma Nazarene University

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 when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Jurupa Valley High School having participated in the choir department, under the direction of her mother, Melva Morrison. Deanna was a member of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra for 5 years and several honor orchestras and choirs including the LA Philharmonic High School Honor Orchestra and the Southern California Vocal Associations’ High School Honor Choir. Deanna graduated with a bachelors in violin performance from Point Loma Nazarene University where she was concert master for 4 years. While in college, she participated in choirs and small ensembles in addition to private vocal training and solo experience with both violin and voice. She has taught in the public and private schools for 7 years as well as teaching summer music camps and working with honor orchestras. During this time, Deanna taught in San Diego for the Sweetwater Unified School District and at Coastal Christian School in Arroyo Grande. She has also performed professionally many times as a violinist and vocalist at various venues and continues to frequently. Deanna is currently teaching at Claremont Community School of Music as well as subbing in the Jurupa Unified School District.


Taylor Sullivan


Instruments: Violin


Suzuki Method Trained & Registered

Linda Tajima


Instrument: Violin & Viola


Suzuki Method Trained & Registered

Bachelor of Arts, credential and graduate work at California State University, Los Angeles

Coordinator of Claremont Unified School District's After School Program from 1994 to 2003. Instrumental music teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District, 1976 - 1981. Suzuki teacher since 1970. Suzuki TeacherTraining with Elizabeth Mills, Shannon Murphy Gron, William Starr and Louise Behrend.

Wendy Waggener

Instrument: Violin

Program: Violin Program