Chin-Wen Deng earned a B.A. at Soochow University in Taipei , Taiwan and an M.M. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University . Ms. Deng’s teaching experience includes a Department Assistantship as a part-time lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department. Her professional performances include a Masters Degree Recital at Rutgers University and a senior recital at Soochow University in Taiwan . Ms. Deng plays double bass and the Er-Hu (the Chinese violin) in addition to the paino. She has performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei , Taiwan as well as Singapore and Hong Kong .
Siu Yue Hung
Siu Yue Hung earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Temple University , Philadelphia , PA. She also attended Central Conservatory of Music, Peking , China . Her teaching experience includes St. Margaret’s Girls College in, Hong Kong, Academie St. Cecile – Academy of Music , Windsor, Canada and Conservatory Without Walls, Moorestown , New Jersey. Many of her students have won top honors and scholarships in the Kiwanis Festival and are on the Academy Directrice Honor list. She is a member of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Efrat Shapira – Violin, Viola, Piano, Vocal Music
Efrat Shapira possesses a wealth of professional experience in the music industry. A graduate of both Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree and of the University of Tennessee with a Master of Music degree, Ms. Shapira taught both private and group instruction for the past 15 years. She draws upon Suzuki, American, Russian and contemporary schools for music education and includes technical development based on the study of movement and technique, including the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques and physiology and physics.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Shapira is an experienced performer. She recently completed the international Broadway tour of Oliver and has been the concertmistress for several Olivia Newton John concerts. She has also played in numerous orchestras in New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Israel, and is the founder of JADE Quartet, an all-girl string quartet that plays all types of music, even jazz, with no arrangements. They have recorded for such notables as Ja Rule and Ashanti.
An arranger, composer and performer, Ms. Shapira’s experience spans most genres of music such as classical, jazz, country, R&B, gospel, swing and musical theater. Her credits include TV appearances, recording soundtracks, and appearances alongside various artists such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, David Baker, Harry Whitaker, Joe Magnarelli, Rusty Holloway, Charlie Acuff, Mark O’Connor, Red Spyda, and Bobbie Eakes.
Michael Rosin – Piano, Organ, Flute, Bass
Westfield resident Michael Rosin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Theory from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, and a Master’s Degree in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently the organist and Director of Music Ministries at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ.
Mr. Rosin is also active as a writer and Music Historian, writing for New York’s classical music radio station, WQXR, and The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, where he provides program notes and lectures.
During his time in San Francisco, he tutored conservatory students in theory and musicianship, and taught piano privately. Mr. Rosin has accompanied choirs at MSU, and was the harpsichordist for both the MSU and SFCM Baroque Ensembles.
Mr. Rosin maintains an active performing career, playing piano and organ weekly at the Baptist Church in town, and piano recitals for The Westfield Musical Club, of which he is a member and scholarship recipient.
Helen Ryba (Yelena Rybalskaya) started studying music at age of four at Mykola Lysenko Music School in Kiev, Ukraine, and earned a B.A. in music from Glière Music College in Kiev, Ukraine. She then earned a M.M. with high honors from Kiev State Conservatory with four major specializations – classical piano soloist, teacher, accompanist, and chamber orchestra performer.
Ms. Ryba worked as a piano teacher and vocal coach. Among her students are prominent singers and performers. She is also an accomplished piano solo performer herself. The highlights of her career include complete Book I Well Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations by J.S.Bach.
Ms. Ryba currently teaches private piano students in New Jersey and New York. Her teaching concept promotes parallel development of ear training, sight reading, and creative and technical piano skills, as well as music history and theory.