Biography: Yi-Meng (Betty) Teng, Program Founder

Betty is a junior at Mira Loma High School IB program. She has learned piano for about thirteen years and studied with Alice Enns (UBC School of Music), Joan Walker, Veda Zuponcic (Professor of Piano at Rowan University), and Betty Metzger. Her recent teacher is Tien Hsieh.

Betty has earned numerous awards including first place prizes in the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, and CLEF Society Music Festival. She also won two scholarships from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival. She was one of the eight 2005 Ontario Provincial Finals for Piano Grade 8. She gave recitals in New Jersey as a recipient of High Honors and Honors by NJMTA. She won third place at Young Musician Competition by Mother Lode Friends of Music in 2010.  Betty was also a semifinalist at Classical Masters Music Festival in 2011.

Betty also excels in academics as well as Tae Kwon Do and art. She has been a black belt for Tae Kwon Do since 2010.  Her art won the most creative award at Chuck Byron Art Contest in 2009. Betty strongly believes that music can touch people’s hearts and make people happy, and she has performed for seniors at Eskaton in Cameron Park and Park Folsom Senior Retirement Community. She loves animals very much and she’s donated her scholarships from past piano competitions to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary four times in past years. She has been an active volunteer at Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary since 8th grade. To do even more to help animals, Betty is organizing this piano concert in order to raise money for animal shelters: Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary and Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

Biography: Miss Tien Hsieh, Guest Performer

Acclaimed for exceptional temperament, personal expressivity and insight, pianist Tien Hsieh has enjoyed a far-ranging career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.  While performing intensively throughout the America West, she has appeared on major series in San Francisco and Seattle, as well as concert series as far afield as Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Lane Series at University of Vermont and Impromptu Concerts in Key West, Florida.  New York Concert Review praised Tien Hsieh’s 2008 return to New York’s Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall as “Unusually impressive, compelling, thrusting, extraordinary, most memorable and deeply moving.”  Tien Hsieh is currently the Cover Featured Artist in the February 2012 Issue of Sacramento Talent Magazine. 

As a prize-winner of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, she played an all-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum in Budapest, Hungary.  She has also performed solo recitals and chamber music in China and Germany.  Her recent orchestral appearances include soloist with the Spokane Symphony at The Festival at Sandpoint, Redlands Symphony at Redlands Bowl and Oregon Mozart Players.  As a collaborative musician, she toured with the Czech Republic’s Graffe Quartet with the Schumann Piano Quintet and new choreography with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara.  Recent highlights include solo recitals throughout California, Washington, Alaska and recording ‘Mostly Transcriptions’ CD – released in November of 2010.  Released on the Titanic label, Harris Goldsmith of New York Concert Review (February 25, 2011) writes, "...Miraculously and convincingly recreated”.  American Record Guide (May/June 2011 Issue) writes, “The effect is that Liszt himself was sitting in my living room…Hsieh plays with grace and energy.  She has a keen ear for the music’s architecture, and make the piano sing in every register.”  Tien’s performance in San Francisco was selected as Top 12 of What is Remembered in 2009 by New News Publisher for World News. 

 A grant recipient of the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant, Tien Hsieh’s achievements include 2008 Distinguished Artist Award from Artists International Presentation, first prize winner of both Pacific Piano Competition & Festival and Texas Music Teacher Association Collegiate Concerto Competition, as well as award winner of competitions across the U.S.  Tien Hsieh’s collaborations as orchestral pianist include Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Gold Country Chamber Players, Orff's Carmina Burana with Sacramento Ballet and Stravinsky's Les Noces at Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall at UC Davis in California.  She has been heard on radio broadcast WFMT in Chicago, KXJZ of Sacramento, Northwest Focus on KING in Seattle, Key West, Eugene, Eureka and on PBS for International Piano Festival in Houston, Texas. 

While a scholarship recipient at the Manhattan School of Music, Tien Hsieh received the prestigious Roy M. Rubinstein Award and Bettingen Corporation Grant, where she received the Professional Studies Diploma and Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Dr. Marc Silverman.  She earlier was a full scholarship student at University of Houston where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Abbey Simon and Ruth Tomfohrde.  She was also a scholarship student at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Jane Allen and Carol Tafoya. 

Born in Taiwan of Chinese parents, Tien immigrated to the United States when she was nine years old, and currently resides in Folsom, California.  She began her musical training with her mother, Sylvia Hsieh, who maintains an active piano studio in Sacramento.   Tien Hsieh is a touring roster artist of both the California Arts Council Performing Arts Touring and Presenting Program and Northwest on Tour.  She enjoys making jewelry in her spare time and occasionally playing as a headliner for her sailing audiences at sea. 

Amanda Meroux
   Amanda is 17 years old and a Junior at West Campus High School. In addition to playing the flute and piccolo, she is also the drum major of her high school marching band. Recently, she played in the CMEA 2012 Honor Band and she received the Gold Medal Award from the CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival at Sac State.

Jolie Huang (Piano)
Jolie, age 14, has been studying for 8 years, 6 of which have been under Tien Hsieh. She is a freshman at Granite Bay High School and has received several awards from piano competitions such as United States Open Music Competition (USOMC) and California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).
Julie Lim (Violin)
Julie is 17 years old and just finished 11th grade at Mira Loma High School. She has played violin for about 9 years and currently play in the Premier Orchestra of the Sacramento Youth Symphony.
Lois Lim (Cello)
Lois is 15 years old and attend Mira Loma High School. She will be a Junior in the 2012-2013 school year. She is also in the Sacramento Youth Symphony (Premier Orchestra). She has been playing cello for about 7 years.

This trio is being coached by Susan Lamb Cook, and they have competed together several times in various competitions like VOCE (Vocalists, Orchestral Instruments, Chamber Music, Ensembles).

Jayna Fishman

Jayna is entering her junior year at C.K.McClatchy High School. She plays cello with her school orchestra and with the Camellia Symphony Junior Orchestra.

Olivia Ang

    Olivia is 8 years old and she is in third grade at Lakeview Elementay Shool. She was awarded from Classical Masters Music Festival. She really enjoys playing piano, drawing, and playing sports outside with her friends. 
William Ang

    William is 11 years old and he is in fifth grade at Lakeview Elementay Shool. He has 6 years of experience from National Piano Playing Auditions. He also enjoys hobbies like Lego and golf. 
Kristine Chiu
   A senior at Mira Loma High School, Kristine has been playing piano since age five.
Michael Dai
Michael is 6 years old and he likes music.
Tiffany Dai
Tiffany is 9 years old and she likes to play piano.  
Naomi Dudgeon

Naomi is 5 years old and attends Phoenix Elementary School. She will be starting first grade in the fall. She loves animals, including her two dogs, Shasta and Lulu, and her cat Marvin. When she grows up she wants to be a vet.
Jonathan Hu
Jonathan is 12 years old. He goes to Winston Churchill Middle School and he is about to go into 7th grade. In his school band, he plays the trombone and has made it into honor band. He enjoys going outside. 
William Hu
William is 10 years old. He goes to Excelsior Elementry and is in 4th grade going to fifth grade.
Tyler Jin

    Tyler loves music and music is part of his life. Playing piano has helped him for learning more instruments. 
Zachary Jin

    Zachary has learned many favorite music pieces.
Vivian Li

Vivian is going to be a freshman at Mira Loma High School this fall. In addition to playing piano, she also enjoys dancing, reading, and taking care of her pet fish. 
Stephanie Shi

Stephanie is 9 years old in fourth grade at Ridgeview Elementary School.
Veola Sun
   Veola currently studies under Tien Hsieh. She was a finalist of several regional and statewide piano competitions, including a third place in the 2011 Classical Masters Music Festival. Veola also studies flute. She served as first chair in the 2011 Capital Section Junior High Honor Band.
Jennifer Tan
   A sophomore in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program at Mira Loma High, Jennifer has played piano for nine years and has reached Level 10 for Certificate of Merit. She won the Young Artists Competition and received the opportunity to perform with the Paradise Symphony. In addition to her musical achievements, Jennifer is an excellent artist, has medalled at the national level in Science Olympiad, and speaks three languages.
Annie Wang

Annie just turned 7 years old. She started piano class when she was 5 years old. She attended last year Classical Master Piano Competition and learned a lot from big sisters and brothers. She started learning flute this year.

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