Biography

Colleen Wang

Western Music
Violin Teacher

 As daughter to the former concertmaster of the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Colleen Wang began violin studies with her mother and ever since, music has been equated with life. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, her performance experience ranges from back-up strings on American National Public Radio for A Prairie Home Companion, contemporary music world premieres at the American Midwest Composers Symposium, traditional Taiwanese music at the Taipei National Concert Hall, collaborative publications of jazz/classical fusion, pasticcio opera and Swahili reggae/bongo flava; to pit orchestra for 18th-20th century operas and 21st century musicals, symphony concerts under the batons of world-renowned conductors Lorin Maazel (New York Philharmonic), Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Michael Stern (Kansas City Symphony), Leonard Slatkin (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Lawrence Renes (Royal Swedish Opera) and David Zinman (Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich) at the festivals in Aspen, Ravinia and Castleton (USA); and the first ever classical symphony orchestra performance in Tanzania in March 2015.

Colleen was previously the Violin Teaching Fellow for the Umoja Music School in Arusha, Tanzania and Co-Director of the Suzuki Violin Program at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor in Michigan, USA. Always striving to give musically around the world, she has volunteered her time to teach for outreach programs in Belize City (Belize), Nairobi (Kenya) and Michigan (USA). She graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA as an Artistic Excellence Fellow.

As an artist and teacher, Colleen is committed to nurturing social progress in individuals and communities through music as an accessible and integral part of this world with the hope that her students will be learners, explorers and creators for life.

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