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Class and teacher assignment for each student will be determined by the coordinator.


John Ellis (private teacher)


Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn (Group teacher, Private teacher)

Faculty Members

Cheng, Amy (Private teacher)

Born in Taiwan, pianistAmy I-Lin Chenghas appeared in recitals and music festivals across the United States, in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil and Israel. Amy made her US debut as a concerto soloist at age 17 in Jordan Hall, Boston, under the baton of Benjamin Zhander. Since then, she has given solo recitals in venues such as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, and National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, Amy is the co-Artist Director of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Ensemble, and pianist for Trio Solari. In summer season, Amy has taught in Amadeus Music Festival, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, and InterHarmony International Music Festival. In addition, Amy is a faculty member of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Amy is currently a Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Prior to her move to Michigan in 2009, Amy was the Head of Piano Department at the Oklahoma City University Wanda Bass School of Music (06-09). She also served as an Assistance Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University (02-06). As a teacher for pre-college students, Amy has over 15 years of experience teaching privately as well as through community music school programs. Her students regularly participate in public performances and have won regional and national prizes. Amy holds degrees for Piano Performance from the New EnglandConservatory (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and Curtis Institute of Music (BM). She studied with Wha-Kyung Byun and Claude Frank.

Choi, Christine (Group teacher, Private teacher)


Korean-American pianist Christine Choi is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has participated in international festivals and has given recitals in Europe, South Korea and the U.S. She has performed in masterclasses with Charlene Biggs, Angela Cheng and Ralph Votapek. Over the years, Dr. Choireceived various scholarships, including Ann Arbor Symphony Women's Association Scholarship, SKR Scholarship and Kiwanis Scholarhip. Dr. Choi earnedherDoctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she was fully supported by Rackham Graduate Studies. Previously, she was at New England Conservatory in Boston, where shestudied under Saj-nicole Joni Endowed Scholarship for four years and received her Bachelor's degree with special honors. Her primary teachers include Arthur Greene, Bruce Brubaker and Patricia Zander.

Claiborne, Leah (Private teacher)

Hwang, Hyae-Jin (Private teacher)

Siciliano, Mary (Private teacher)


Mary Siciliano is a distinguished pianist, clinician, and teacher from Livonia, Michigan.  She performs frequently as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician.  She has given Masterclasses, Workshops, and recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and France.  Her performances have been broadcast on CBC and WRCJ.  She has collaborated on several acclaimed CD recordings with members of the Windsor/Detroit chamber musicians. In addition to her very active private studio, Mary has taught at Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, the University of Michigan, and was chairman of the Piano Department at Oakland University.  She continues to mentor many piano teachers and provides them with the support and teaching tools that result in logical, artistic, and inspired musicianship. Her students have won many awards at the local, state, national, and international level.  Many students have continued their piano studies at acclaimed conservatories and music schools.


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