Our Teachers    

 Sing Ing Ho, Piano 

Ms. Sing Ho was born in Taiwan and came to America when she was 18.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she studied with Morey Ritt.  She subsequently received a Professional Studies degrees in piano from Mannes College, the School of Music in New York, where she studied with Diane Walsh. While at Queens College Ms. Ho received numerous awards and scholarships, and was an accompanist for the Choir/Choral Society under Dr. Robert White and Dr. Lawrence Eisman. She also performed with the Violin and the Wind Repertoire Ensembles under the direction of Daniel Phillips and Ronald Roseman at Queens College. She had toured with the Canticum Novum vocal ensemble as an accompanist under Harold Rosenbaum.  Ms. Ho has also performed extensively throughout Europe, specifically in noted concert halls in Salzburg, Vienna, London and at the Saracusa Summer Music Festival in Sicily.

 Ms. Ho had a Suzuki piano training at Trinity College in Chicago 1991. In years 2006, Ms. Ho was trained under Lisha Papert Lercari in the "Music and the Brain" program in NYC, specialized in the piano group teaching. Ms. Ho was the former piano faculty at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. She is currently a piano teacher at Suzuki on the Island and Music  director at Calvary Lutheran Church of East Meadow Long Island.

 

 

Janet Holmes, Cello  

Janet Holmes, Cellist, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Baldwin, L.I., where she began her cello studies with Carol Purdy and Aaron Shapinsky. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music as a student of Barbara Stein Mallow, and studied subsequently with Timothy Eddy and Evangeline Benedetti.  A winner of the college concerto competition, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Queens College Orchestra under the direction of Maurice Peress.  Her numerous chamber music performances include several seasons at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, ME, one of the oldest and most significant chamber music programs in the country.

Having always found great joy in teaching, Ms. Holmes began her teaching career at the age of fourteen. She is a former faculty member of The Friends Academy and Portledge School, and the Suzuki Programs at C.W. Post and Queensborough Community College. In 2006 Ms. Holmes received an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Brooklyn College.  She has been a member of the applied music faculty at Suffolk County Community College since 2010. 

 

Hyunju Ji, Violin, Viola

Violinist Hyunju Ji has moved audiences in her native South Korea, Canada and the United States with her violin performances. An avid collaborator, Ms. Ji has played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups. She served as the concertmistress at the LIU Post Orchestra. She regularly performs with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra and One World Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Nick Chapman’s Symphony No. 1 and Majid Khaliq’s Sound of Flower. She just played at NJPAC with Mr. Khaliq for 4 sold-out shows. In 2016, she joined Traumerei Piano Trio. They performed several concerts in their inaugural season, including a performance at the Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center, and a sold out concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

 

Ms. Ji received both her Bachelor of Music (with Summa Cum Laude) and Masters of Art degrees in violin performance and music history/ literature from LIU Post. She was awarded scholarships from Dong-A University, Tongbaek Rotary Club (Korea) and LIU Post. Ms. Ji has also participated in masterclasses, where notable musicians from the Emerson String Quartet, NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra residency taught. She currently teaches violin at Waldorf School of Garden City, Love Violin for Children USA, Inc. and serves as a mentor with Kammermusik

Born in Tokyo, Japan, AKARI YAMAMOTO is an active freelance clarinet player and teacher currently based in New York City.  In addition to  her frequent orchestral engagements, she is an avid chamber music player and a member of the Eastern Winds woodwind quintet, a recent winner of the Artists International 2005 Young Artists Chamber Music Award. She attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where she earned her BM.  Upon graduation, she was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and moved to New York in 2000 to further her music studies at SUNY at Purchase where she earned her MM.  Akari has participated in many music festivals around the world including the Martha Argerich Music Festival in Japan (where she played under the esteemed conductor Myung-Whun Chung), the Kirishima International Music Festival (Japan),  Sarasota Music Festival (Florida), and the Bayreuth Young Musicians Festival (Germany).

Her teachers include Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.

 Akari Yamamoto, Clarinet
 Leslie DeGioia 
 Viola , Violin

Ms. Leslie DeGioia received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she studied with Patinka Kopec and Emmanuel Vardi. While at Queens College, she was the recipient of the Adele Lerner Prize in Chamber Music. Ms. DeGioia’s interest in teaching led her to the School for Strings in Manhattan, where she studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Louise Behrend. Subsequently, she received her Master of Science in Education Degree at Queens College, and was a conducting student of Dr. Lawrence Eisman. In 1990 Ms. DeGioia joined the faculty of the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College, where she formed the school’s first viola ensemble, conducted the school’s String Orchestra and coached chamber music. Concurrently, in 1994, Ms. DeGioia began teaching at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, where for six years she directed the string program, and conducted the orchestras from grades 4-12. In January 2003, Ms. DeGioia had the honor of conducting the All County Division I Orchestra at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post College. Ms. DeGioia has performed has performed extensively, with appearances at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and on various live broadcasts, including WQXR with Bob Sherman on “The Listening Room”.

Ms. DeGioia is currently on the string faculty of the Jericho School District, and maintains a private teaching studio. She has served for many festivals and considers herself privileged to work with young people.  

 

 

 

Se-beng Koh received a Bachelor of Music degree from Soochow

University in Taiwan in 1981. He holds Master degrees in Piano

Performance (1986) and Orchestra Conducting (1989) from Aaron

Copland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY, where he studied

piano with Morey Ritt, orchestra conducting with Maurice Peress and

organ with Paul Maynard. He attended conducting and church music

workshops at Conductor's Guild Summer Camp, Westminster Choir

College and Eastman School of Music. Mr. Koh is Music Director and

Organist at the Eastchester Presbyterian Church, Bronx, NY. He also

leads bell choirs at Eastchester Presbyterian Church and St. Raymond

Catholic Church in East Rockaway. He accompanies group classes

and performances, and teaches piano at the center for Preparatory

Studies at Queens College. Mr Koh is also the accompanist to the

Suzuki on the Island in Manhasset. He performs as an organist and

pianist in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and on Long Island.

 

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Se-Beng Koh, Piano

Accompanist, Conductor.