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.  Her AP Chinese students have also made great achievements. In 2019, most of her students who took the AP exam received a perfect score of 5 points, with no students graded lower than 4 points. 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. 


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 

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Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh  Music Theory | Piano | Composition

D.M.A.- University of Toronto

M.M.- University of Ottawa

B.M.- University of Ottawa

Dr. Mehdizadeh is currently based in Toronto and is the Composer-in-Residence for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been involved in both national and international festival series. He is regularly commissioned and holds numerous performances in Europe and North America. His works have had global exposure and have been broadcasted across Canada and US including appearance as guest composer on CBC Radio. Dr. Mehdizadeh is also a dedicated teacher and mentor. Specializing in Counterpoint, Harmony, and Analysis, his expertise in composition gives students full confidence when taking RCM exams and adds an extra dimension to his piano instruction.  Full bio

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Ms. Catherine Tan  Piano 

B. M.- University of Toronto

Catherine Tan is a music enthusiast who shares her passion for the arts through performing and teaching. She has over ten years of piano experience and has earned her Level 10 Piano Certification with First Class Honours at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently studies at the University of Toronto specializing in Music Education (Classical-Bassoon) and minoring in psychology. She is well-rehearsed in a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop and musical theatre. She performs as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble member and has worked with the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra, TCDSB Staff Arts and with emerging local artists. She actively performs in the GTA utilizing music as a tool to heal and inspire those in her community. In addition to being a performer, Catherine has also been teaching music. She has taught private piano and bassoon lessons, directed musicals, led songwriting workshops and was the co-director of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Honour Band. She invests time in getting to know her students and finds appropriate teaching strategies which support them in their musical development. She is very approachable and excited to work with students to help them achieve their music goals.


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. 


Dr. Teng Fu, China (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, USA (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, USA-Japan (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 


Dr. Regina Tanujaya, USA-Indonesia (Masterclass Only) Piano 

D.M.A - University of Missouri-Kansas City

M.M - University of Michigan

B.M - University of Kansas

Regina Tanujaya is a Chinese-Indonesian pianist, collaborator, and educator. Ms. Tanujaya is rapidly distinguishing herself amongst her peers as a pianist of growing accomplishments. She is the winner of both national and international competitions including the University of Pelita Harapan's 5th National Piano Competition in Indonesia in 2012, the IBLA International Competition, where she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the grand prize, amongst many others. She actively participates in summer music festivals leading to performances around the world. She performed at “Viana Do Castelo International Music Festival” in Portugal in 2004 and she performed with Ashdod Symphony Orchestra conducted by Uri Segal in Perugia, Italy in 2013. She also did a solo performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City in 2013. In summer 2019, she had a tour concert in six different cities in Czech Republic, including Prague. She was featured in several music magazines and TV broadcasting in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Tanujaya also actively performs as a collaborator in numerous chamber music series and premieres new works. Full bio 

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