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  • Sarah Chan

    Sarah Chan

    Faculty, Music

    BioSarah Chan, DMA, Lecturer, Department of Music, Stanford University.

    An international concert pianist and teacher, Sarah Chan has performed throughout America, Europe, and Asia, including at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Salle Cortot-Paris, Künstlerhaus Munich, Sala Atenu-Bacau-Romania, Beifang Performing Arts Hall, and Ningxia Normal Concert Hall. Chan has appeared as concerto soloist with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic of Romania, Romanian State Symphony, New York Concert Artists Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra. Chan’s debut recording album, “Portraits of France and Spain: Piano Music from Impressionism and National Romanticism to the Avant-Garde, 1880-1960", is anticipated for release in 2024.

    Awards and residencies of international, national, institutional, and professional distinction:

    Performance artistry:
    - The American Prize in Piano Performance
    - New York Concert Artists Rising Artist Distinction
    - PianoTexas Festival Professional Prize

    Teaching:
    - 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award of the U.S. Presidential Commission, U.S. Department of Education
    - 2022 California State University-Stanislaus Outstanding Professor Faculty Award
    - Award for Excellence in Teaching, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester

    Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity:
    - 2021 California State University-Stanislaus Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Faculty Award

    Artist-Teaching Residencies:
    - Ukraine - “Toloka” Center for Educational Initiatives, University of Educational Management of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Ukrainian Global School, Mariupol Specialized School of Music.
    - China - Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beifang University of Nationalities, Ningxia Normal University.
    - U.S. - International Music Festival, Sacramento State University, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Missouri, Charleston Southern University, Erskine College.

    Chan’s work engages a simultaneous depth of focus and breadth of multidimensional expressivity in performance and teaching of interpretive (historical/contemporary), creative (music improvisation/extemporized art), and interdisciplinary (music/visual arts, music in the humanities, music/STEM) engagement. Insight into Chan’s work may be gleaned through interviews on Ukrainian TV (https://youtu.be/z1995uXTiw4), Berlin Fueilletonscout (https://www.feuilletonscout.com/ein-moment-mit-pianistin-sarah-chan-gewinnen-sie-zum-abschluss-der-konzertreihe-the-berlin-debuts-tickets-fuer-das-konzert-in-der-berliner-philharmonie/), and in her journal article, “Innovative Teaching Practices in 21st-c. Music Pedagogy”, Мистецтво та освіта (Art and Education) (No. 3 (93) 2019), published in the international Ukrainian journal founded by the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine.

    Dr. Chan serves as Lecturer in the Department of Music at Stanford University. She also serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies/Music Theory) in the Department of Music at California State University, Stanislaus. Chan trained musically at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (D.M.A.), Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Paris Conservatory of Music), Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M.), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), and the University of Michigan. She studied liberal arts with a concentration in French and French Literature at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan. Sarah Chan is a standing adjudicator for The American Prize Competitions as well as Board Member for Performance and Chair of the Performance Council for The College Music Society.

  • Hongchan Choi

    Hongchan Choi

    Adjunct Professor, Music

    BioAs a musician/engineer, Hongchan strives to push boundaries of the open web platform for music technology.

    He studied with Jonathan Berger, Chris Chafe, and Ge Wang for my doctoral research at CCRMA between 2010 and 2014. After completing the doctoral thesis 《Collaborative Musicking on the Web》 in 2014, Hongchan joined Google Chrome where he currently leads various web music technology projects as a Technical Lead and Manager.

    Outside of Google, he serves as a co-chair of W3C Audio Working Group driving a collective effort of multiple industry professionals to design advanced audio capabilities for the web platform. Hongchan also continues to engage with academia as an Adjunct Professor at CCRMA, Stanford university.

  • Debra Fong

    Debra Fong

    Academic Staff Hourly, Music

    BioViolinist Debra Fong is Concertmaster of the Peninsula Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Second Violinist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She spends her summers as a first violinist with the Grammy Award-winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.

    Also dedicated teacher, Debra is a Lecturer in Music at Stanford University, teaching violin and chamber music, and she maintains a private violin studio. She is a faculty coach for Young Chamber Musicians, a guest conductor for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and a judge for several annual young artist concerto competitions. Debra is a former violin faculty member at The College of William & Mary, The Music Institute of Chicago, and New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School.

    Debra received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance with Honors and Distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Eric Rosenblith, James Buswell, Eugene Lehner, and Louis Krasner.

    Debra has been a featured chamber musician at Toronto Summer Music; Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine; Grand Teton Music Festival; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont; Sarasota Music Festival; and Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut. She has been a guest artist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, North American New Music Festival in Buffalo, NY, and the New Music Festival at Santa Clara University. Debra is an avid proponent of contemporary music and has worked closely with composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Thomas Adès, Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, and Kaija Saariaho.

    Debra's discography includes recordings with The Santa Fe Opera, indie pop vocalist Vienna Teng, Stanford Chamber Chorale, composer John Luther Adams, Mannheim Steamroller, and she has performed on numerous film soundtracks.

    Debra plays a Giuseppe Rocca violin kindly on loan from Stanford University’s Harry R. Lange Instrument Collection. In her leisure time, Debra enjoys reading modern fiction, practicing yoga, playing word games, and seeking out excellent coffee.