Our music instructors, all performers coming from prestigious musical backgrounds, look forward to forming exciting and rewarding musical relationships with Wayne Art Center students.
Narine grew up in Yerevan, Armenia in a family of musicians. Her parents recognized her talent, and she was often seen playing difficult pieces at a young age. Her first piano concert was at the age of five, and she continued to play in public throughout childhood. Narine attended the Aram Khatchaturian Music College, and later attended conservatory for five years, graduating with a Masters in music. She has over 20 years of teaching experience.
Elizabeth received her AB from Bryn Mawr College and a Diploma in Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she was the student of Michael Shahan. She performs with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philly Pops. In addition to her work as a bassist, Elizabeth is the organist at Central Baptist Church in Wayne, PA.
Guitar · Piano
Paul teaches at the Wayne Art Center and at Friends Select in Philadelphia. His students enjoy playing a wide variety of musical styles ranging from the Renaissance era to the present. He is a composer and former member of the American Composers Forum. Performances include numerous pieces for string quartet, brass ensemble, and small chorus, including performers from the Curtis Institute, the Opera Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Orchestra 2001. He has been a performer/arranger for various jazz ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his BA in composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sharon has taught at the Wayne Art Center for ten years, and privately for 15 years. She obtained her BA from Michigan State University and has also studied with Gisa Adler at the New School of Music.
Violin · Viola · Piano · Composition
Sarah coordinates the Wayne Art Center music program. She is violinist with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and a former professor of violin and viola at Immaculata University. A nationally recognized composer of classical chamber music, she has been represented by Theodore Presser and Shar Music. Sarah is a recipient of the Tanglewood Fellowship, and has studied with Geoffrey Michaels, David Nadian, Leonard Mogil, and Joseph DePasquale. She has a BS in Music Education from West Chester University, and received a full scholarship for the Masters Program at Temple University.
Angelica received her Bachelor’s in Classical voice from Webster University where she performed in their Opera Studio and Jazz Singers programs. She spent a year at University of Missouri Columbia doing graduate work in vocal performance and teaching in the Community music program. Angelica has been a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Past students have been awarded vocal scholarships to universities and AMDA and have sung on American Idol and at the White House.
Oboe · English Horn
Ms. Chiun-Mei Huang is a performer, a reed maker, and a teacher. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied under Professor Laila Storch. Ms. Huang has studied extensively under Mr. Jonathan Blumenfeld of Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mr. Bernard Shapiro of Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is the principal oboist of Orchestra Concordia. She has also performed with Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Delaware County Symphony Orchestra, and Merion Concert Band. Ms Huang is a native of Taiwan, where she started her journey with oboe.
Jay is a performer, composer, teacher and conductor who has taught piano at the Wayne Art Center since 2001. He serves on the faculty of the Boyer College of Music at Temple University where he teaches tuba and euphonium, as well as directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is a tubist with the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company and with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. As a composer, Jay has written over 70 works for a wide variety of media.
Shannon holds degrees in performance from the Seoul National University in South Korea and Temple University. She has served as concertmaster for the Ohio Light Opera and the Seoul National University Orchestra. Her performances include soloist in concertos with the KBS Symphony and the Seoul Chamber Orchestra. First prize winner at the Seoul National Music Competition and the Nanpa Violin Competition, she performed a solo recital at the Kyoto International Music Festival and performed in the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Concert. Shannon currently plays with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, and a number of other orchestras in the Philadelphia area.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Lee received her Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from West Chester University and completed her DMA in piano performance at Rutgers University. As a pianist, Soh has been actively performing in Seoul, South Korea, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the United States. Dr. Lee is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society, and currently teaches at Montgomery County Community College, Ursinus College and Wayne Art Center. With a lifelong commitment to church music, she is a also a pianist at Pughtown Baptist Church in Pughtown, Pennsylvania.
Yi-Chih obtained her BS in Piano Performance from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, with further studies at the National Taiwan Normal University. She received her MA in Music Therapy from Immaculata University, as well as a certificate in Expressive Art Therapy. She has been teaching piano for many years, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and experience levels.
Violin · Viola · Piano
Irina received her formal training at both The Samara and The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatories and a Master Concert Performer’s degree at Kharkov Academy of Performing Arts in Ukraine. She has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout the US and Europe including The Riga Music Theater in Latvia, The Vorpommern Philharmonic Orchestra and Coburg State Theater in Germany, The Malmo Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, The Symphony Orchestra of Murcia in Spain and domestically with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. As an educator Irina has been a faculty member of TCU (Texas Christian University) and currently teaches at the Wayne Art Center and Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford.
Frances is an active teacher and performer in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. She is currently second flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, piccolo with the Lancaster Symphony, and co-principal flute with the EMM Festival. In addition, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, as well as the Charlotte, Delaware, Annapolis, Knoxville and Richmond Symphonies. In 2002 she was the second place winner in the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition. Frances has a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Robert Willoughby, Leone Buyse, and Laurie Sokoloff.
Christine is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She currently teaches cello for the Wayne Art Center, and is the author of many books for the young cellist, including: Cello Method, Book & CD, The Sliding Book, Changing Positions from One to Four, and Improvisation & Theory for the Young Cellist. In addition to writing and teaching, Christine performs with local chamber music groups, and has performed solo twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
B.M. Piano Performance & Theory, Temple University
M.M. Piano Performance, Temple University
JJ has studied with Prof. Harvey Wedeen at Temple University and received a full Scholarship of Boyer College of Music for Bachelor & Master degree programs with President Award at Temple University.
She was instructor at Westminster Conservatory of Music, Rider University, at Temple University for Secondary Piano major students, and Trenton Music School. She performed piano recital at Ethical Society, Philadelphia.
She was accompanist for Concert Choir of Pennsylvania Youth Chorale and Main-Line Presbyterian Church, and Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church many years.