Music Faculty

Peijong Hsieh

Associate Professor, Chair

Department: Music

Areas: Piano

Peijong Hsieh brings a wealth of professional performance, management, and teaching experience to her post as the Music Department Chair of Fei Tian College since 2020. She was a production manager and pianist with Shen Yun Performing Arts since its founding, with which she performed in many of the world’s great venues. Professor Hsieh earned her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Boston University and Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

Guimin Guan

Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Voice

Guimin Guan is widely regarded as one of China’s most celebrated tenors. He has taught vocal studies at the China Conservatory of Music and the International Technological University in California. He was named a National Performer of the First Rank by China’s Ministry of Culture. He is also a former tenor soloist with the Chinese Film Orchestra and has recorded over 50 film and television soundtracks. He is a graduate of the Voice and Opera Department of the China Conservatory of Music (Professional Diploma). He joined the music faculty at Fei Tian College in 2014.

Chia-Chi Lin

Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Strings, Conducting, Chamber Music

Chai-Chi Lin studied at Rice University and the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University. She is a former principal second violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and former first violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1992-2008).  In 2006, she joined Shen Yun Performing Arts, serving first as concertmaster and then as conductor.

Susan Liu

Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Music Theory & History, Piano Performance

Dr. Liu is a professor of applied piano, music theory, and music history, as well as an accomplished piano and guzheng (Chinese zither) performer. She is also a prolific composer: many of her works have been featured worldwide in the performances of Shen Yun Performing Arts. She holds a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.M. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She taught and performed piano in Texas for many years with her students receiving many high honors and awards in competitions. Professor Liu herself was a recipient of a NISOD Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding pedagogical achievements. She is also an active adjudicator for various piano competitions and was invited to arrange the commissioned piece for the 2016 NTDTV International Piano Competition. Dr. Liu has been a member of the music faculty at Fei Tian College since 2016, teaching both theoretical and applied music.

Becky Yao

Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Piano

Becky Yao has extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New York, Korea, and the southeastern United States. After earning her B.A. in Music from the renowned Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China, she studied for four years with Seymour Lipkin at the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship. A former teacher of piano and music appreciation at North Georgia State University, she earned her M.M. in Piano Performance from Georgia State University, where she also took first prize at a piano concerto competition. From 2008-2009, she was the jury member of the NTDTV International Chinese Piano Competition, and she chaired the jury panel for the NTDTV International Piano Competition in 2014 and 2016, and 2019. Since 2012, Professor Yao has been a member of the music faculty at Fei Tian College.

I-Chen Huang

Associate Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Strings, Chamber Music

I-Chen Huang is the second-prize winner of the UFAM International Chamber Music Competition (Paris) in 2007, the Kaohsiung Regional Cello Competition (Taiwan), and the Kaohsiung Regional Junior Piano Competition (Taiwan), and first prize winner of the National Junior Composition Competition (Taiwan). She received the Diplôme Supérieur d’etude from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris where she studied with Marcel Bardon. She also holds an M.M. and B.M. from L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where she studied cello performance, and chamber music. She is also a graduate of the Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan). She joined the music faculty at Fei Tian College in 2011.

Lisha Li

Associate Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Music Theory & History, Composition, Pipa

Lisha Li received her M.Phil and D.Phil (A.B.D.) from Oxford University, where she was named the Moberly Graduate Scholar. She specializes in cross-cultural music, ethnomusicology, and composition. Before joining the music faculty of Fei Tian College in 2012, she taught graduate-level Chinese music theory at London University. She contributed to three music research books on Chinese music published in China, and she has published over 30 academic papers in leading journals in China and also in worldwide publishing houses, including ‘Year book of Ethnomusicology’ (U.S.A.).

She is a prize winner of several composition competitions in China and has composed over 500 pieces for CD/DVD published in the United Kingdom and the United States including CD/DVDs of the London Chinese Orchestra (UK), Shen Yun Performing Arts, and the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. She has composed for several films and dance dramas in the United Kingdom and the United States, including the 9-category Oscar winning film “The Last Emperor.”

Yi-Chin Lin

Associate Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Ear Training, Piano

Yi-Chin Lin is the first prize winner of the 93rd Taipei City Music Competition (2004). She holds an M.M. from the Institute of Music of the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) and a B.M. from Taipei Municipal University of Education. She trained under flutists William Bennett and Christian Cheret. She joined the faculty at Fei Tian College in 2011.

James Geiger

Assistant Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Music Theory & History, Trumpet

James Geiger is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he earned a B.M. in trumpet performance. While there he studied with Alan Siebert (Dayton Philharmonic) and Philip Collins (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). During the summers he attended Eastern Music Festival studying with Mark Niehaus (Milwaukee Symphony), the Opera, Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy studying with Marie Speziale (Rice University), and the Chautauqua Music Festival studying with Chuck Berginc (Phoenix Symphony). He earned his M.M. in Trumpet performance from the University of South Carolina School of Music where he studied with James Ackley. After earning his Master’s, he was offered the position of Graduate Assistant at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where he studied with Judith Saxton and completed the one year Professional Artist Certificate program, for which he received the Gradate Achievement Award for Excellence in Performance. He has performed with the Charleston Symphony (SC) and Salisbury Symphony (NC). He joined Shen Yun Performing Arts in 2013 and has been on the music faculty of Fei Tian College since 2018 where he teaches music theory and Western music history.

Chia-Jung Lee

Assistant Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Music Theory & History, Winds

Dr. Lee has won numerous awards including first alternate at the 2011 Orchestral Excerpts Competition of the National Flute Association, second prize at the National Young Artist Competition at the Mid-South Flute Festival in 2010, first prize at the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2010, and first prize at the Kaohsiung City Music Competition (Taiwan). She earned a D.M.A. on full assistantship from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. on scholarship from Boston University, and a B.F.A. on scholarship from National Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan). She joined the music faculty at Fei Tian College in 2014.

Yevgeniy Reznik

Assistant Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Winds, Chamber Music

Praised for his “round, gorgeous sound” by The Austin Chronicle, Yevgeniy Reznik has been a member of Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2012. Winner of the Young Artist Music Teachers National Association Woodwind Division Competition, State Competition and Collegiate Competition, Yevgeniy was the only clarinet finalist in the National Young Artist Woodwind Competition in Denver, Colorado, 2008. As a performer Yevgeniy have collaborated with distinguished musicians such as members of the Tokyo String Quartet, pianists Andre-Michel Schub and Anton Nel, violist Ettore Causa.

An active educator, Yevgeniy has held a two-year appointment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas-Austin, where he earned his D.M.A., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he also was a recipient of the Centennial Fellowship and was on the faculty of the Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet. A recipient of the 2011 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from the Yale School of Music, Yevgeniy attended Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, one of the most selective music programs of that kind in the World. He was ranked as top clarinetist and alternate to overall winner in the 2005 Young Artist MTNA Competition in the state of Michigan. A native of Ukraine, he attended both – Interlochen Arts Academy and Grand Valley State University on full scholarship. His primary teachers were Valeriy Altukhov, Nathan Williams, Artur Campbell and Diane Barger. He joined the music faculty of Fei Tian College in 2014.

Eric Robins

Assistant Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Music Theory, Trumpet

Eric Robins has been a trumpeter with Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2012, and was a soloist with the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Eric earned his B.M. from the University of Illinois studying with Dr. Michael Ewald and Prof. Ronald Romm. Eric completed his M.M. from The New England Conservatory where he studied with Ben Wright. While pursuing an Artist Diploma from Rutgers University under the tutelage of David Krauss, Eric won the position of principal trumpet in the Daegu Symphony Orchestra (South Korea).

As an orchestral musician, Eric has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Gardener Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the orchestra of the National Orchestra Institute. Eric has been a soloist with the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra, the Masan Symphony Orchestra, and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra.

As a music educator, during each stage of his musical career, Eric has been dedicated to teaching trumpet lessons to all ages and abilities. More recently, Eric joined the music faculty at the Fei Tian College in upstate New York where he teaches music theory.

Jurai Kukan

Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Double Bass, Chamber Music

Juraj Kukan received his bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from the Prague Conservatoire in the Czech Republic and his master’s degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He has freelanced with the Czech Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Germany).

Fan Li

Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Violin, Chamber Music

Fan Li is a professional violinist specializing in baroque music. She has over ten years’ combined experience performing with such orchestras as Beijing Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of China, China National Opera, court orchestra of Mannheim, and Main-Barockorchester Frankfurt. She is a graduate of Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany (postgraduate studies) and Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China.

Sheung-Tzu Ma

Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Piano, Composition

Sheung-Tsz Ma is a gifted pianist, piano instructor, and musical arranger. She was an adjunct lecturer in the Music and Fine Arts Department of Hong Kong Baptist College. She is also a former pianist with the Shanghai Philharmonic Society. She is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Affiliated Secondary Professional Music School (Professional Diploma). She joined the faculty at Fei Tian College in 2012.

Ching-Ya Mahlen

Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Piano

Ching-Ya Mahlen is a professional collaborative pianist with expertise in accompanying classical Chinese dance as well as bel canto singing in the Chinese language and various instrumental soloists. In particular, she has an in-depth sensitivity in combining traditional Chinese music with western classical piano accompaniment. She has been an on-stage piano accompanist with Shen Yun Performing Arts for over a decade. She is currently a part-time teaching specialist for the Department of Music.

Shao-Yi Deng

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Harp

Shao-Yi Deng has been honored as a National Second-Class Performer of China. She was a member of the Pearl River Film Production Company Orchestra of Guangdong Province for 17 years, and has recorded the soundtrack for more than a hundred films and television documentaries.

Janara Khassenova

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Piano

Originally from Kazakhstan, pianist Janara Khassenova is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory where she completed her postgraduate studies. While in the United States, she completed an Artist Diploma Program in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music. She has performed as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras in countries of the former Soviet Union, Italy, Greece, as well as the United States.

Brian Marple

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Percussion

Brian Marple is a versatile and highly skilled percussionist who got his musical start on the drumset at age 10. He studied for years with internationally renowned jazz performer Steve Grover before transitioning to classical music, studying both Western and Chinese traditional percussion. Today he is a percussionist of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Brian earned his M.A. from George Washington University, and his B.A. from the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Georgetown University.

Pavlo Baishev

Affiliated Associate Professor

Department: Music

Areas: Trombone, Bass Trombone

A distinguished and experienced player, Pavlo Baishev is the former assistant principal trombone of the National Opera of Ukraine, a position he held for 16 years. He also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kyiv Classic Orchestra, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Choir, as well as the Kyiv Virtuosi chamber orchestra. Winner of the Grand Prix of the 2002 International Competition of Young Performers (Ukraine), and second place winner of the 2004 Ukrainian National Competition for Brass and Percussion, he studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and postgraduate (equivalent to a U.S. doctorate) degrees.

Alexander Dardykin

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Cello

Alexander Dardykin began learning piano at age four and cello at age eight. He has been invited to serve as principal cellist of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he made over 200 recordings, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and the Taiwan Soloist Symphony Orchestra, among others. He earned his Diploma from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.

Chunlin Gu

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Oboe

One of the few oboists of his generation in China to obtain the honor of “First-Class Performer,” Chunlin Gu served as the principal oboe of the Henan Opera, from which he earned his professional diploma, and was a member of several prestigious music associations in China. Over the years, many of his students have been admitted into China’s top music conservatories and become professional oboists.

Sergey Loginov

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: French Horn

Sergey Loginov is an award-winning french hornist originally from the Ukraine. He has performed with the National Radio Company of Ukraine, Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, National Academic Operetta Theater of Ukraine, among others. He is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Paulina Mazurkiewicz

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Viola

Paulina Mazurkiewicz received her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the United Kingdom. She also received her Bachelor of Music from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland.

Xiaochun Qi

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Erhu

Xiaochun Qi is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1991, she received the Performer’s Award at the 14th “Spring of Shanghai” International Erhu Competition. From 2004 to 2006 she performed in New Tang Dynasty Television’s annual Chinese New Year productions. She has been an erhu soloist with Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2006.

Jie Shen

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Percussion

Jie Shen was formerly a Western and Chinese percussion instructor at the Music School of Wenzhou University, as well as the director of the Shanghai Percussion Association. He graduated from the Zhejiang Art School where he studied Chinese ethnic percussion, and went on to earn his B.M. and Diploma in Chinese percussion from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China).

Rong-Wen Tsai

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Dizi, Suona

Rong-Wen Tsai is a professional dizi (Chinese flute) and suona (Chinese oboe) player. He completed his B.M. in Chinese music at the Chinese Culture University (Taiwan).

Aleksander Velichko

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Bassoon

Recognized for his extraordinary musicality and superb technique, Aleksander Velichko is the former principal bassoon of the Moscow State Symphony. He has also held the assistant principal position in Russia’s other most prominent orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic of Russia. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and postgraduate (equivalent to a U.S. doctorate) degrees in bassoon performance at the prestigious Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, and performed as a soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra.

Yu Lian

Affiliated Teaching Specialist

Department: Music

Areas: Pipa

Yu Lian began learning pipa from an early age when she lived in China.  She has pursued graduate studies both in China and the United States, and is currently the principal pipa of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.