Faculty 

Ms. Shana Gao DEAN | Director of Academics | Chinese

M.Ed - Shandong Normal University

B.Ed - Qufu Normal University

Ms. Shana Gao has over thirty years of teaching experience. A certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers, she received a Bachelor of Education degree from Qufu Normal University and a Masters of Education degree with a Minor in Psychology of Education from Shandong Normal University. After graduation, she started her teaching career at Shandong Normal University, and became one of the youngest associate professors in 1993. While at the university Ms. Gao published extensively in educational journals. Her article “The Inner Characters of Peer Group and Its Influence on Youth’s Socialization” (1989), a translated book Education at a Crossroad (1994), and a co-authored book Research on Sociology of Education (1998) are all still considered valuable resources to the education world.  Ms. Gao was honored as the top 10 excellent teachers in 1992 due to her outstanding achievements. After moving to Canada, Ms. Gao did a two-years research program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and was guest lecturer at the department of East-Asian Studies.  To broaden her teaching repertoire, she then applied for the Alberta Teacher’s Certificate and taught at the junior and high-school level in Edmonton public schools. She specializes in applying educational theory in her teaching and focuses on scientific pedagogical methods,taking into consideration students’ psychological development as well as catering to different learning styles. Ms. Gao’s high school Chinese IB curriculum has set the standards for many Edmonton public schools and her students’ consistently high test scores reflect her prowess as a teacher and mentor.  Ms. Gao is also an avid amateur mezzo-soprano, basketball, and ping-pong player. Her interests in music, sports, and public-speaking make her teaching very popular and interesting. 

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Dr. Rosy Ge DIRECTOR | Keyboard Studies | Music History and Literature

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - Indiana University

B.M - Oberlin Conservatory

Described by many as a pianist with enormous potential, Dr. Ge has won numerous prizes and scholarships both locally and internationally. Rosy is also a dedicated teacher and mentor to young musicians. She taught her first lesson at the age of 13, and it continues to be a major part of her career. Besides having a private studio, Dr. Ge has given lectures and masterclasses extensively in China, Canada, and the United States. She held assistant teaching positions in all the schools she attended and is also director International Relations for the United States Music Certificate Examination (USMCE). Full bio 

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Dr. Mei Lee  Voice / Alexander Technique 

D.M.A - University of Western Ontario

M.M Vocal Performance and Pedagogy- University of Toronto

B.M - University of Toronto 

Soprano Mei Lee is a performing artist, voice teacher, and music educator with a vision. A creative and versatile performer in operas, oratorios, concerts and recitals, Ms. Lee has performed in Canada and abroad with the Canadian Opera Company, Mooredale Concert Series, Taipei Philharmonic Chorus, and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra among others. In 2010, she founded the C Sharp Trio, performing alongside pianist Eldon Ng and violinist Emily Sun.  In addition to her performing career, Mei is equally active in studio as a voice teacher. Under her guidance, many of her students have been accepted into graduate and undergraduate vocal programs, and some have competed at international competitions, including Concours musical international de Montréal. She is also one of the leading authorities in the integration of musical performance and pedagogy with Alexander Technique, an effective mind-body method to improve psychophysical coordination and enhance musical performance. Full bio 

Ms. Rena Lu  Music Theory/History | Piano 

B.A. Honors- McMaster University

With over ten years of teaching experience, Ms. Lu has successfully guided students of all levels through RCM exams. Her strong academic background allows students to gain a deeper understanding of comprehensive materials.

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Ms. Marianna Lozynska  Piano | Children's Choir | Musikgarten

Music has no limits. It’s never to late too start!

For Ms. Lozynska, music has always been her love. She was born into an extremely musical family in the city of Lviv, Ukraine. Her mother was a famed concert pianist and professor.  Ms. Lozynska's talent was evident from an early age.  At 6 years old she was admitted into the International Academy For Gifted Children. This was where her musical journey really began - for the next 8 years, she studied all aspects of music, from practical theory, harmony, history, to playing solo concerts and headlining for the Philharmonic Conservatory of Lviv. By the time Ms. Lozynska had turned 14 years old, she has accomplished many of her creative goals and realized that her calling was teaching and passing the knowledge to younger generations. Her family also moved to Canada around this time and the Lozynska family opened a music warehouse/store.  Ms. Lozynska's unique experiences allows her to bring different perspectives when teaching.  Since becoming a mother of 3, she wanted to settle into a more family oriented atmosphere. This change allows her to focus on what she love most - her children, and spreading musical knowledge to the younger generation. These days she is enjoying her time as a music instructor at Illumine Star Academy.

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Ms. Xiaoyang Xu  Violin 

M.M.Ed- Yokohama National University

Violinist Xiaoyang Xu was born into a musical family. She begun her studies with her father, then with renowned Chinese strings pedagogue Yuxia Liu, Youbin Zhao, and professor Jiaji Min. While at Yokohama National University, Ms. Xu's research area was on Early Violin Pedagogy, and many of her students received top prizes in national and international competitions.  Besides teaching, Ms. Xu also collaborates with many orchestras. She was the concert master for Tianjin University's Beiyang Symphony Orchestra, and played under the baton of famed conductors such as Peiyu Zhang, Zushan Bian, and Elahiu von Erlenbach. She is currently playing with Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Mr. Michael Giroux  Guitar / Bass 

Guitar Performance Diploma, Humbler College

Music Production Diploma, Trebas Institute of Recording Arts

Having taught Guitar and Theory in various private music schools since 1984, Michael believes in comprehensive music education and his lessons include technical work, ear training, rhythmic training, music theory and recitals. He is also very experienced in RCM exam preparations. He also believes that young children learn better by playing fun and simple games to develop technical and musical skills. Michael strives to teach his students not only how to play, but how to practice so they can work independently in-between lessons. He is happy to teach Beginners, intermediate and advanced students of any ages, sharing his 34 years of experience with casual gigs as well as performing and recording with some local cover/Tribute Bands.


What sets Michael apart, is his versatility on his main instrument, the guitar. He is equally at ease gliding over Classical and Jazz finger-style pieces or playing any other style of music such as Progressive and Classic Rock, Jazz, Fusion Jazz, Blues, Country and Pop.

Dr. Teng Fu (Masterclass Only) Piano 

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - Mannes School of Music - The New School  

B.M - Mannes School fo Music - The New School

An avid solo recitalist and chamber musician, Chinese pianist Teng Fu began his musical journey at the age of six. At the Wuhan Conservatory he had the opportunity to study with the late Lazar Berman and after he auditioned at the Central Conservatory with top honors, Mr. Fu has participated and won many national and international competitions.  Aside from his performance career, Teng Fu is also invested in passing down his musical knowledge to others. He taught private piano lessons to elite/ high-profile clients in New York City and gave numerous lecture recitals both in and out of the United States. He also taught masterclasses to pre-college level students and is presently mentoring piano performance majors at the University of Kansas.  Mr. Fu was asked to be the Associate Editorial Web Content Coordinator for Clavier Companion Magazine. He is also the executive artist for United States Music Certification Exams. His recordings of all the levels in the collection are being used as educational models in China and the United States. Full bio 

Dr. Rachel Alves Pereira (Masterclass Only) Piano 

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - University of Kansas

B.M - University of Kansas

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, but raised in the panhandle of northern Idaho, Brazilian-American Pianist, Dr. Rachel Alves Pereira, brings a unique perspective to her performances. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Pereira has given numerous masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States. Her students have won top prizes at regional and state competitions. She is also an avid collaborator and solo performer and has performed extensively with vocalists and instrumentalists in recital. Full bio 

Dr. Yuta Sugano (Masterclass Only) Piano 

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - University of Michigan

B.M - Oberlin Conservatory

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Yuta Sugano started playing the piano at the age of five. He made his debut as a soloist with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra when he was eleven. After being awarded numerous prizes in various competitions in Japan, Yuta moved to the United States to further his studies. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber collaborator in numerous countries such as Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, United States, and others. Yuta has served as the soloist and speaker every summer since 2009 at the C. F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy held at the Oberlin Conservatory. His CD recording “Romanticism in 1828” has been published by Rose Planet label in Japan, and has been reviewed favorably by several media outlets. Full bio 

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