Wan-Chin Chang earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where she was the winner of Pi Kappa Lambda awards, Outstanding Graduate, and the Leni Fe Blend Foundation scholarship. She also attended Aspen Music Festival with a full scholarship. Performing regularly as a chamber musician and soloist, Dr. Chang has been invited to perform for Music Teacher's Association of California, Woman's Club in Orange, Aliso Viejo Holiday Celebration, and White Lake Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist with the Inland Valley Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Orange County Wind Symphony, and the MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra and was featured by and recorded with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. As an avid music educator, Dr. Chang has served as an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California, staff accompanist/coach at East Los Angeles College, and has been the accompanist and adjudicator for various competitions and student evaluations. Currently, Dr. Chang teaches at MiraCosta College, Orange County High School of the Arts, and Soka University of America. During the summer, she is the piano department coordinator at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. Also an accomplished violinist, Dr. Chang is the principal second violin with the Orange County Symphony and the assistant concertmaster with the Dana Point Symphony.
Victor Shlyakhtenko, 12, has been studying piano at the Colburn School of Performing Arts with Teresa de Jong Pombo since he was 5. A winner of many piano competitions, Victor was awarded 1st places in both CAPMT State Concerto Competition and State Honors Auditions (2014), 1st place in CAPMT district VIII Sonata Festival (2013), Piano Solo competition at MTAC Orange County West branch (1st place in 2011 and 2013, 2nd place in 2012), and 1st place in CAPMT district VIII ensemble auditions for performing piano duets with his brother Robert in 2012 and 2013. An avid musician, Victor also studies violin with Tamara Chernyak and was the concertmaster of the String Ensemble at the Colburn School in 2013-2014. Passionate about composing, Victor studies music theory and composition with Douglas Dutton. Victor’s other interests include model aviation, cooking, ocean sports, and marine biology.
Piano has always been an integral part of Emily Wang's everyday life, as she began playing at the age of five and a half. When she was in 4th grade, Emily began studying with Suzanne Wong and has since garnered awards at numerous competitions such as the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and the OCKCC Young Musician's Competition. She was also asked to perform alongside the La Mirada Symphony for their annual benefit concert. In 9th grade, she passed the Advanced level of the Music Teacher's Association of California's Certificate of the Merit Exam (CM) with Branch Honors. The following year, she auditioned for the annual CM Panel Auditions and was selected as a Panel Finalist. Subsequently, she was invited to perform at the MTAC State Convention in July 2013. As a current senior at Troy High School, Emily has also been involved with many other academic and extracurricular activities on and off campus. An AP Scholar with Distinction, Emily has also received the honor of being part of the Rotary Top 100 Club for two years, a merit-based distinction given to the top students at Troy. She has also been part of the girls varsity tennis team since freshman year and was named Freeway League Player of the Year in 2013. After discovering her interest in speech and debate throughout middle school, she has continually been dedicated to the program as president of Troy's debate club and was a qualifier for the CA High School Speech Association (CHSSA) State Tournament in Lincoln Douglas Debate. In her spare time, Emily loves playing tennis with her father, enjoying her mother's homemade food, and traveling with her family. This past summer, she took the opportunity to return to Taiwan for a genetic research internship at Yang-Ming University.
Born in California, thirteen year old Elizabeth Zietz is a ninth grader at Northwood High School. She began studying the piano at the age of six and has had the privilege to study with two highly-respected teachers, Claudia Xi and Dr. Valentina Gottlieb, who prepared her for this performance. At the age of seven, Elizabeth made her debut performance at the Nixon Library after winning first prize at the Musical Arts Competition of Orange County. She passed her Certificate of Merit Advanced Level at age eleven with the highest honors. That same year, Elizabeth won the 1st Alternate at the MTAC Southern Region State Concerto/Solo Competition. Elizabeth has won 1st prize for six consecutive years in the open categories of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Additionally, she has won 1st prizes at the Irvine Classical Music Competition, CAPMT Sonata Festival, and the OCS/CAPMT Young Musician's Concerto Competition. Elizabeth enjoys performing in fundraising benefit events and has been an invited guest soloist for the Raise Foundation and the County of Orange United Way of America for several years. She has also appeared in recitals for senior citizens in retirement homes. Outside of music, Elizabeth enjoys reading, public speaking, mathematics, science, and swimming. She has been on the National Honor Roll for the American Mathematics Competition 8 for the past two years and volunteers for Orange County Math Circle – Santa Ana Math Club and Elementary School Math Club. She is a CTY SET Member.