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Katie Miller

Trumpet Instructor

Katie Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera, Steve Emery of the Boston Pops, and Matthew Muckey, the Assistant Principal of the New York Philharmonic.

As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Artemis Orchestra, the Patriot Brass Ensemble, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, and many others in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington State.

Katie was also a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. She was a faculty trumpet artist with the Luzerne Music Center’s Summer Festival Brass Quintet, performing chamber music alongside some of the best orchestral and freelance musicians on the East coast. She has performed with many notable Broadway musicians as a second and third trumpet player in Lincoln Center’s most recent production of The King and I.

In addition to her playing career, Katie maintains an active trumpet studio in Montclair, New Jersey, where she welcomes students of all ages to experience a multifaceted approach to the trumpet. She is a former teaching artist at “Play on, Philly!” an El Sistema based program dedicated to providing children with musical lessons and classes while helping them become stronger members of the community. Katie also coaches the Tian Gao Marching Band giving lessons and group masterclasses to students of all ages. She is a dedicated member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s “REACH” program, which is devoted to helping people from all backgrounds experience the power of music.

In addition to her teaching and performing, Katie is an avid student of the Alexander Technique and looks for numerous ways to incorporate an understanding of efficiency and movement into both musical and everyday life.

Hsiao-Ching Hsieh

Piano and Music Teacher

Ms. Hsieh is an accomplished pianist, pedagogue, and composer. She acquired extensive experience in solo performances, vocal and dance accompaniment, and orchestration at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria.

Ms. Hsieh received instruction from renowned musicians, including Professors Georg Kern, Wolfgang Brucker, Schneider Cuvay, Harmut Holl, and Schirai Holl.

She received a Master’s degree in Instrumental Pedagogy and Piano from Mozarteum University in 1997.

In the past decade, Ms. Hsieh worked as a private instructor in Taipei, Taiwan and as a resident artist at the Niaosong Academy of the Arts in Yunlin, Taiwan. She received the Best Instructor Award at the International Talents Competition (2004) in Taoyuan, and her students received awards at the 2015 National Taiwan Steinbach Piano Competition.

In 2007, Ms. Hsieh performed her original compositions (“Return” and “Nu Wa”) in a concert tour throughout Taiwan. In 2009, she held a solo recital at the Taipei International Exhibition of Arts, where she also performed original compositions.

Mei Xuan

Er-Hu Instructor

Mei Xuan started learning Erhu when she was only ten years old. After graduating from Anhui Arts University, Mei Xuan performed as the principle Erhu player with the orchestra of the Opera House for over 25 years. Meanwhile, she also produced many recordings for movie and TV program soundtracks of.

In 2007, Mei Xuan began a new chapter in her career when she joined the world renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts Company as their Erhu soloist.

In the past decade, she has toured with the company in more than one hundred cities around the world, including the world’s top venues like Kennedy Center in Washington, and Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. She also played with Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall.

Apart from performing, Mei Xuan also works as a music teacher. She previously taught in the Music Department of the California College of the Arts. She currently teaches at Northern Academy of the Arts in Middletown, NY.