Janet Yao- Piano
Li-wen Yao (Janet) learned the piano since the age of four and had taken private piano lessons from famous pianists and professors Panan Chen, Ho-Hui Lin and Lina Yeh in Taiwan. Janet has been a piano soloist, piano accompanist for all kinds of music instruments, solo singing, chorus, Chamber musician with various ensembles since 1987. She had also been an elementary school teacher for 5 years and maintained a private piano studio for more than 7 years.
Karen Lin- Violin, Piano
Hsuan Wen Lin (Karen) is a native of Taiwan and attained her doctoral degree in performance at the University of Minnesota. She is also a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Lin has frequently been invited to perform in professional orchestras and local concerts. Her performance, Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello, was featured in World Journal in 2012. The Minnesota Daily also covered and published her solo recital on, Schuller’s Duologue.
Her recent solo performances include the Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2015 and the premiere recital for the 50 States Project “Amerigo” in 2016. As a devoted educator, Lin successfully coached students into becoming concertmasters in school orchestras, becoming active performers in summer music festivals, and getting accepted by audition-required events.
Tina Cui - Voice, Piano
Ms. Tina Cui graduated from the Shenyang Teacher's College in 1983 with a music focus, and from 1983 to 1986, she taught music in elementary school. In 1985, she received recognition from the city of Shenyang for exceptional music education. In 1986, was admitted to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, graduating top of her class in 1990, and she was chosen as the faculty to the Shenyang Teachers' School's music department.
During her time in the Shenyang Teachers' School, the two choirs she directed received 1st place in the Shenyang City University Choir Competition in the professional and aspiring categories. In 1994, Ms. Cui competed in the Liaoning Music Teacher Skill Competition, which judges piano, voice, conducting, improvised accompaniment, sight-singing, aural, and lesson planning skills. In the 1996 National Music Teacher's Competition, she received 1st place in voice and 3rd place in piano.
Whether it be a university or an elementary school level, Ms. Tina can teach either in accordance with their ability. She is serious yet entertaining, allowing her students to learn various aspects of music in a lively environment.
Jennifer Chancellor- Flute
Jennifer Chancellor has studied the flute for over thirty years. Love of music, professional training from well-renowned instructors, and gifted abilities are the reason behind Jennifer’s passion for teaching and playing music. During her tenure playing as a student, and professional in weddings, funerals, community orchestras, and ensembles, Mrs. Chancellor has acquired a solid understanding of both the theoretical and practical applications of music. Technical abilities such as breath control, finger technique, tone, and intonation are critical foundational skills a good flautist should master.
Justin Sheppard- Guitar
Justin Sheppard was born in the small south Georgia town of Tifton. Showing an aptitude in music throughout middle and high school, he played jazz trombone, concert tuba, and marched the baritone horn. His early love for music allowed him to perform and travel with the local college while in high school, and he also taught private brass lessons on tuba and baritone to middle school students in the area at the time. Justin attended the University of Georgia from 1997 to 2000 studying music performance and music education, where he also worked in supervising and tutoring kids at a local elementary school. He finished his bachelor of Science degree in Classical Performance from the University of Georgia while studying under international performer and Professor of Guitar, Daniel Bolshoy.
He enlisted in the Navy in 2000, deciding to step away from music for a time, and was educated as an electronics technician and nuclear reactor operator. After being selected for a Navy Officer commissioning program, he completed a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Florida State University. As an Officer, Justin served in various positions both aboard ship and ashore in San Diego and also completed a second degree in Nuclear Engineering Technologies from Thomas Edison State University. After an honorable discharge from active duty service in 2011, he returned to Georgia to continue education at GA Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He bought his first classical guitar at this time and self-taught himself, working through the Christopher Parkening method books for classical style. After two years studying biology and foreign language, he took the opportunity to move abroad and study in a Masters program in International Business at the Russian Presidential Academy in Moscow, Russian Federation. While in Moscow, Justin taught private English language lessons to both children and adults and also taught group English lessons to businesses desiring English improvement.
In 2015, Justin decided to return to Athens, GA in order to return to his musical roots. He auditioned on classical guitar and was warmly welcomed into the UGA Guitar Studio within the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He has been teaching private guitar lessons while finishing the Guitar Performance degree at the University and is a current member of the UGA Guitar Ensemble and UGA Choruses. Starting in the Fall of 2017, Justin has looked forward to combine his love of teaching and love of the guitar with students at the Vivo Music and Arts Academy.
His teaching style can be best described as both disciplined and flexible, emphasizing development of a well-rounded musical education within the context of the instrument of the guitar. Development of each student on an individual basis is key, and he commits to the learning styles best for each and every person. Justin instructs each student to learn the skills necessary to play their favorite music, and he also wishes to open students’ eyes to the full range of the guitar’s music, capabilities, and history.
Hailing from Kentucky, Justin grew up in his father's hometown guitar store learning all about the music industry and picking the musical brains of local music heroes, learning to play guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums along the way. Upon graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Music in the summer of 2005, he was placed on a national tour in support of American Idol’s Diana Degarmo. After wrapping up touring later that year, he began teaching privately for several Atlanta area teaching studios, directing rock bands for summer camps and aftershool programs, in addition to teaching clinics and masterclasses dealing with music theory and guitar ensemble. In between teaching, Justin has played guitar and bass for several Atlanta based artists as well as writing and performing with his own bands. He has also lent his talents to various Atlanta recording studios most notably doing sessions for Britney Spears and R&B singer, Mya. Currently, Justin is focusing on directing his rock band program and is accepting students to join bands as well as private instruction.
Eric Brown- Percussion, Drum Set
Eric received his undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied under Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Dr. Arvin Scott. Mr. Brown went on to study with Dr. Julia Gaines at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his masters degree in Percussion Performance. Eric is currently the Director of Percussion at Lambert High School in Suwannee, GA in addition to working closely with the percussion programs at South Forsyth Middle School and West Forsyth High School.
Through his performance career, Mr. Brown has had the privilege of performing in the XXXIV Super Bowl Halftime Show, at Carnegie Hall, as well as internationally in Spain, Italy, and China. Mr. Brown was a marching member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps as well as WGI World Class Finalist ensembles Pariah Indoor and Odyssey Percussion Theatre. As an educator, he has worked with Forsyth Central High School, Young Harris College, the University of North Georgia, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri, Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Gateway Indoor.
Eric is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and Remo drumheads.
Daniel McCrary- Percussion, Drum Set
Daniel was Born and Bred in St. Louis, Missouri. He recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Major in Music Business and Minor in drum-set performance. His musical career dates back to before he could even speak. Ever since he was young he have been playing drums and doing music. He was Influenced by his musical family that dates back to him being in youth choir. He also began playing drums in church in elementary school. By the age of 6 Daniel decided drums would be my primary instrument. He began to study all genres and broaden my horizon as a musician. All throughout high school he studied Jazz, Pop, R&B, soul and funk while maintaining a mild stint in choir. He also played gigs and did studio work.
After high school, Daniel was not only accepted but received a generous scholarship to attend my dream college Berklee College of Music, the only school he applied to. He was blessed with wonderful opportunities such as playing different gigs around Boston, participating in cafe shows, and starring as an Extra in detroit. He accompanied Robert Glasper, and last but not least participated in a promo video for Alesis drums that debuted to thousands of musicians at the world renown NAMM this year! He also have a passion for fashion and photography.
He is now living in Atlanta concentrating on Drums, A&R, Music Production & Engineering as well as the Music Business.
Xiaolei Yu- Piano
Xiaolei Yu (Yinyin) was born in China in 1986 to a family of musicians. She started her musical life when she was 5 years old. Xiaolei Yu had the honor to learn piano from one of the greatest piano professors Zhu, Yafen. She finished her undergraduate and Graduate degress from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. She has over 10 years of teaching experience on piano, music theory and solfeggio. Xiaolei Yu is a patient teacher who enjoys sharing the joy of music to her students.
Noah Xu- Piano, Drum
Noah was born in Shanghai in 1986. He began to learn piano at the age of four, and performed Haydn's first piano concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10. In the same year, Noah was invited to the Shanghai Television Audiovisual Publishing House to produce the award-winning player CD.
In 1998, he was accepted into the preparatory classes of the Julia School of Music in New York and also the Manhattan School of Music, and became one of the "SURDNA Foundation Full Scholarships" for the Manhattan School of Music.
In 2007, he joined the U.S. Navy, graduated from the U.S. Naval Conservatory of Music and toured around the North East with the US Navy Band.
In October 2010, Noah was performed at Lincoln Center. In March 2011, he had a recital at the Carnegie Hall. In 2012, Noah work as a music director at Shanghai International Bilingual School and performed at the Shanghai Concert Hall.
In 2013, Noah served as the piano accompaniment performing at the Radio City Hall in New York City.
In October of the same year, Noah participate in the sixth season of the Voice television Show in California.
In February 2014, Noah participated in the Flushing Voice of New York and won the annual championship after three rounds of selection.
In June 2016, Noah was participated in The Voice of China, in Zhejiang Satellite TV.
In November 2016, he was baptized at Bethel Christian Church and serve in the Worship Band.
In 2017, Noah joined the New York City Police Department Of Auxiliary Police Section, and Graduated from the Police Academy.
In 2018, he graduated from The Faith Bible Seminary as a bachelor's degree and continue his Master. In 2019, Noah was employed as youth pastor of The Korean American Presbyterian Church.
In 2020-2021, Noah was employed as Assistant Pastor under Senior Pastor Benny Zhu in the Church of Family In Lord.
Shiow Tseng- Piano
Shiow (Stella) Tseng holds the view that beautiful music is good for the soul and brain. Whether you are learning music for pleasure or pursuing a professional career in music, she will tailor the teaching to suit your needs, encourage and inspire you to reach your goal. She started piano lessons with Ms. Ling Lee Chen at the age of 6. Later, she was accepted into the prestigious government-sponsored Music Education Program at Kuang Fu Elementary School in Taichung, Taiwan, where she received a well rounded music education in music theory, composition, music appreciation, orchestra and choir while minoring in cello. After moving to the US, she obtained a M. Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with emphasis on Engineering Management and Environmental Engineering. Read more
Throughout her life, she has played piano for various churches, accompanied choirs, played at weddings and senior centers. She is currently a pianist at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, Georgia. Besides music, she enjoys gardening, traveling and learning different languages. She is also fluent in Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
She enjoys seeing people reach their potential. She has been a homeschool teacher for over 15 years and has inspired her own children to be members of Georgia All State Orchestra, Concertmaster of All State Orchestra, member of Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Some of her children’s accolades include GMTA’s Concerto winner in the string division and MTNA strings state winner in Georgia.
Helen Kim- Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Todd Markey- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Ukelele
Wilson Tong- Violin, Piano, Guitar, Ukelele, Viola, Cello
Wilson Tong currently teaches in Academe of the Oaks (High School) as orchestra teacher. He serves as Artistic Director of Atlanta Metropolitan Symphony in 2017 Fall. He graduated with Master of orchestral conducting degree in Georgia State University in 2013, served as an assistant conductor, conducted and played violin in Georgia State University Orchestra under maestro Michael Palmer, Artistic Director of the annual Bellingham Festival of Music. He conducted Pleven Philharmonic of Bulgaria in 2012 under Diane Wittry, music director Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Donna Bailey- Piano
Donna Bailey holds a Master of Music degree in Piano and Music Education. She is a retired Georgia music educator, whose experience includes teaching in Douglas,Cobb and Forsyth counties. Mrs. Bailey began teaching private lessons in 1975. She is trained in various methods of music for young children, with a published music curriculum for young children. Teaching lessons in Forsyth and Dawson counties, she has added voice instruction and vocal audition preparation to her teaching.
Mrs. Bailey is a member of GMTA, NFMC and GMEA. This affords her students performance and festival opportunities. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, and levels, from young beginners to adults.
She also continues to study and perform, serving as accompanist for many school choirs in Forsyth County.
Jia Lee- Piano
Jia Lee has been a certified piano teacher and player for over thirty years and continues to practice and teach to this day. Her studies include a degree in piano-organ performance from Seoul Shindae University (1995) and an organ master’s degree from LSU (1997-1999). Not only is her background education diverse, with training from both in and out of the states, her experiences also range from both formal and informal practices. From performing with the Atlanta Chamber Singers society from 2011-2016 to being both the pianist and organist at the largest Korean church in the southeast (2007- ), she continues to grow her love and knowledge of music everyday. Jia currently works with students of all ages from Fulton and Gwinnett counties as a private piano teacher since 2001. She believes it is never too late to pick up music and has also been working with the seniors of Happiness College of seniors choir in helping elders discover and grow their own love for music every Saturday since 2015 and sometimes indulges in conducting as well.
Her ability to nurture and push students is the driving force behind her extensive work experience. She believes that music is a language itself and has the ability to connect all different types of people. Learning styles are different for every student and Jia is keen on working with each student’s personality and adjusting as it is key in a student’s progress. Her goal is progress over perfection and truly helping each student learn to develop their own relationship with the piano!
David Yao- Violin, Viola
Mr Yao has over 35 years of teaching experience. Upon graduated from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 1982, Mr Yao worked as principal violinist in Chengdu Symphony Orchestra in China before coming to US in 1991 to pursue higher education in music. He received Master’s in violin performance from University of Georgia.
Some of Mr Yao's achievements include: first place of Louisiana music teacher association violin competition in 1993, principal violinist in Mississippi Symphony for 8 years and concertmaster of Ray Charles orchestra in Memphis.
He played many orchestras throughout the Southern States including:
Principle viola: South Arkansas symphony
Principle viola: Monroe symphony
First violin: Shreveport symphony
First violin: Meridian symphony
First violin: Birmingham Symphony