New Heart Christian School of Music Faculty

New Heart Christian School of Music

新心基督教音樂學院

General Inquiry: school@newheartmusic.org

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Dr. Ching-Fang Judy WU, cello

Judy Wu

A native of Taiwan, Chingfang Judy Wu received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello performance under internationally renowned pedagogue Phyllis Young from the University of Texas at Austin. Second Prize winner of the 2nd Annual WRR Chamber Music Competition in 2005 and outstanding recognitions from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Accumulated over 20 years of teaching experience. Currently the School Director of New Heart Christian School of Music.

STRINGS

Dr. Yenn Chwen ER, violin and viola

Yenn Chwen Er

Yenn Chwen Er, a native of Singapore based in Houston, Texas. Received Doctor of Musical Arts in 1997 under the late Sergiu Luca and Rapheal Fliegel at Rice University. Currently serving in his 18th year as the Director of New Heart Music Ministries. Was first violinist with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Concertmaster of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.

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Ye-One CHUNG, violin

Ye-One Chung

Born in Seoul and raised in Jerusalem, Ye-One Chung started learning violin at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance at the age of 9. She moved to the U.S. and studied with Ms. Patinka Kopec at the Precollege of Manhattan School of Music, and won various awards such as the Keren Sharett and Max Varon Music Scholarship. However, Ms. Chung decided to rest her musical pursuits for awhile and studied English Literature at Boston College, where she received her Bachelor's degree in 2016.

Yet in the midst of her studies of English Literature, her passion and love for music kept her coming back to the violin. She continued to explore classical music through joining the Chamber Music Society and winning the Concerto Competition at Boston College. She held her debut concert at Trinity Chapel in Boston College, where she played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and was accompanied by the Boston College Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Finney.

Ms. Chung was invited to participate in the Keshet Eilon International String Master Course as an artist in the Summer of 2017. She has performed in various cities all over the world, including Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, New York, New Jersey, Boston, Houston, Liege, Antwerp and Brussels. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Violin Performance at Rice University under Mr. Paul Kantor.

Jonathan LI, violin

Jonathan Li

Jonathan Li was born in New York and raised in Houston. Solo with the Houston Civic Symphony. Concertmaster of the all-region orchestra. Studied Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin, and violin under Dr. Eugene Gratovich. In September of 2005, he joined New Heart Music Ministries as a full-time staff.

PIANO

Rachel CHAO, piano

Rachel Chao

A native of Taiwan, Dr. Yi-Chiu Rachel Chao has performed in solo and collaborative recitals in Taiwan, Canada and the United States. She has won prizes including Taiwan National Piano Competition, MTNA Competition, Phoenix Symphony Guild Young Musicians Competition, Sorel Medallion Piano Collaboration Competition in New York City, and Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Solo appearances have taken her to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center.

As a music educator, Dr. Chao has served on piano faculty at Camp Encore-Coda in Sweden, Maine, and has taught in California State University, Bakersfield. As a collaborative pianist, she served as the staff pianist for the voice and opera program at Rice University, and has collaborated with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. She is currently the pianist for Houston Masterworks Chorus.

Dr. Chao studied with Walter Cosand at Arizona State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Music, and with Alan Chow at Northwestern University, from where she holds a Masters and a Doctor of Music in piano performance.

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Joshua CHUA, piano

Joshua Chua

Born in Malaysia, Joshua Chua started his musical training at the age of five. He was awarded the “A.B.R.S.M Grade 8 music theory” in 2003, and the “Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music diploma certificate” (L.R.S.M) in 2005. He also received his master degree in collaborative piano performance from Moores School of Music under Timothy Hester. He has more than sixteen years of piano teaching experience, and has helped numerous students achieve excellent results in A.B.R.S.M piano and theory exams. Besides, he has more than fifteen years of experience in collaborative piano performance, and has worked with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists in diploma exams, concerts, and competitions; as well as serving in worship music team. As an experienced church pianist and keyboardist, he had conducted workshops at different churches in Houston and Asia.

Ken LI, piano

Ken Li

Born and raised in Houston, Ken Li has studied with Joyce Webb, Annette Chan and John Weems and was awarded several top prizes and has performed with several orchestras within Texas. Received bachelor of music degree in piano performance at Rice University in Houston, studying with Robert Roux.

Voice

Dr. Ephraim CHENG, baritone

Ephraim Cheng

Ephraim Cheng received Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston under Elena Nikolaidi and Katherine Ciesinski. Winner of the University of Houston Music Competition and the Carlo Bergonzi Vocal Competition. Accumulated over 10 years of teaching experience and over 20 years of worship leading experience. Founder of New Heart Music Ministries and he dedicated himself to full-time Christian ministry.

Dr. Yen-Yu SHIH, mezzo soprano

Yen-Yu Shih

Dr. Yen-Yu Shih is a multi-talented musician who in addition to being an accomplished vocalist and pianist, has served as stage manager and producers for a wide variety of musical productions including music festivals, musical theaters, operas and concerts. Her performance experience is extensive, having been worked with several philharmonic and chamber groups and as a guest soloist to even more.

Dr. Shih has won a list of honors and competitions in academics and has received rave reviews for performances given both in the U.S. and abroad. She has been honored with the Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement from ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts throughout her graduate study and received the full-scholarship to pursuit her doctoral study in ASU. Since the start of her career, she has devoted to perform and promote the vocal chamber music that involved other musical instruments including piano trio, string quartet, piano quintet, Baroque ensemble and small chamber orchestra.

Dr. Shih possessed the Master’s degree and the Doctorate of Music Arts in Voice Performance from Arizona State University. She also received an additional Master’s degree in Performing Arts Production from Florida International University and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the National Taipei University of Education.

After completing her degrees, she served as faculty at the Sierra Music Academy, Sacramento, and held her own voice and piano studio in Pasadena(CA). She has offered professional vocal clinics, private lessons and group classes to students, choirs, music theaters, churches and schools throughout her teaching career. In 2010-2012 she established and served as the music director of National Taiwan University Alumni Chorus, South California, which performed several choir concerts under her direction. In 2012 with her husband, Dr. Ding-Shyue Yang and the family, she relocated in Houston(TX). She currently accepted the position of Music Director for the CAMA Chorus in 2017.