String Instructors

Cecilia Huang

Cecilia Huang, according to world-acclaimed violinist Franco Gulli, “is a remarkable virtuoso of the violin and a fine musician with the charm and the authority of a true artist.”

Born in Taiwan, Ms. Huang  early on showed her musical talents. Starting violin at age 6 and piano at age 9, she has won several outstanding prizes.  Ms. Huang received her B.A. in Music from the National Taiwan Normal University, and her Master of Music degree from the prestigious Jacob School of Music,   Indiana University at Bloomington. She also studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Trio, and took orchestral conducting (under the tutelage of Thomas Baldner and Christopher Russell), in which she earned the highest distinction upon completion.

Ms. Huang enjoyed a very active solo, orchestral and  chamber music career in Taiwan, including a performance in the Presidential Hall for the then President of the Republic, Mr. Lee Teng-Hui. She was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, and held the position of Lecturer of Violin at Shih-chien University, and has also been juror member of several auditions and competitions in Taiwan and here in California.  Chamber music has always been Ms. Huang’s passion. She has been a founding member of the Arco String Quartet (Taipei) and the Arioso Piano Trio (SF Bay Area), which gave many performances in Taiwan and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Huang has been a member of the Oakland Symphony (since 1999) and the Pleasanton Chamber Players. Other Bay Area groups she has performed with include the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra; the Festival Opera; the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra; The San Jose Symphony; The Pacific Chamber Symphony; the Livermore Valley Opera (as Principal 2nd Violinist). and the Golden Gate String Quartet.

As Professor Gulli commented, “her deep understanding of different musical styles and extensive repertory of solo and chamber music works” has indeed given Ms. Huang “the power of communication necessary to a performer.”

Rebecca Wishnia

A San Francisco native, Rebecca Wishnia began teaching violin at a young age, while attending School of the Arts. She continued her studies with Roy Malan at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she won the 2012 Concerto Competition and was the 2013 recipient of the Hortense Zuckerman Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music Performance and Scholarship.

After earning her master’s degree in 2015 and returning to the Bay Area as an active music educator, Rebecca joined the faculty of Villa Sinfonia Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing string musicians of all ages and abilities. She also maintains a private teaching studio in addition to teaching at ViBO Music Schools in San Bruno and San Francisco.

Rebecca believes that collaboration is the most fulfilling aspect of music, and the study of chamber music is integral to her teaching method. As an undergraduate student, Rebecca was a member of the department-sponsored Resident String Quartet; at summer festivals, she received instruction from several renowned chamber musicians, including members of the Emerson, Del Sol, and Ives Quartets. She was also featured playing new chamber works in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and at April in Santa Cruz. As a teacher, Rebecca strives to transmit the knowledge gained through these performances to her students, instilling in them increased attention to the techniques of communication and listening. In her spare time, Rebecca reviews concerts for the San Francisco Classical Voice, and has contributed as a music writer to American Public Media

Joyce Park

Joyce Park was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Piedmont, CA at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Music Education at California State University, Sacramento where she was a student of Andrew Luchansky. At Sacramento State she was the winner of the 2014 concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra as well as being an apprentice teacher in the String Project. She is currently attending San Francisco Conservatory of Music for graduate school. For the past five years, she has been teaching privately in the Sacramento area and the bay area. She is currently the cellist in the Mersonacta Quartet where she performs throughout California. Aside from cello, she is an active pianist and is currently the piano accompanist at the S.A. Church in Sunnyvale.

Angel Chen

Angel Chen received her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Joel Smirnoff and David Updegraff. In 2017, she received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Ian Swensen.

Angel has been privately teaching students for the past three years and has coached young chamber ensembles.

Angel has also won several competitions and the chance to perform with the Phoenix Symphony on two separate occasions. She has also been concertmaster with the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.