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. 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 Stony Brook School, 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. 

 

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 Don Yau, Violin, Viola

Don Yau is a violinist, tutor, and You Tuber. He received a Bachelor of Music
degree in violin performance with highest honors in 2010 from Purchase
College (SUNY). Mr. Don received numerous awards and scholarships during his
college years. He was selected as a Violin winner performed in the famous concert
halls throughout the N.Y. area, including Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
Mr. Don began learning violin at the age of 4 and continued to learn and study
the art of violin playing with various teachers around the world, including
Vladimir Zyskind while he was in Manhattan School of Music Pre-college and
Laurie Smukler while he was in Purchase College.
Mr. Don graduated from Syosset High School with honors in both math and
music. He was the 1st place winner at Queens College Cultural Heritage competition
as well as winner of the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council Competition. Mr. Don
was a winner of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society competition and
performed as a winner at the Alice Tully Hall in 2004. Mr. Don was also a winner of
C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival and winner of Long Island University Summer
Music Festival Concerto Competition.
Mr. Don currently teaches violin at iSchool of Music and Art in Syosset, and
actively freelances with various groups in the tri-state area. You can find him on
Youtube.com/Kopikostar.

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