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Cherie Jeng: Artistic Director

Mrs. Jeng is one of the founders and takes on the leading responsibility in teaching music for Glorystar Children's Chorus. Born in Taiwan, Mrs. Jeng attended the Shih-Chien College as a piano major. After graduating, she became an accompanist and instructor of musicianship of the Taipei Rong-Shing Children's Chorus. There she studied music education and choral training with Professor Chuang-Shien Lu. Professor Lu helped Mrs. Jeng develop strategies for inspiring children and developing their music potential. Mrs. Jeng received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since she moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1987, she has been active in the music community. She was the choir director of Our Lady of China Pastoral Mission for ten years and conducted the Hai-Tien Chorus for many seasons. Recently, she studied choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone and Rod Eichenberger, and was a guest conductor at the McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. Recently, Mrs. Jeng was nominated for the 2009 County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Mrs. Jeng is an active member of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Teachers National Association.

Jing Ling-Tam: Honorary Artistic Director

Dr. Jing Ling-Tam is professor of Vocal Studies and the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Professor Ling-Tam has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. A brilliant conductor, Dr. Ling-Tam has conducted over thirty- five All-State Choirs and numerous American Choral Directors Association national and divisional honor choirs. An innovative and much sought after clinician/master teacher, she has been featured as a headliner at prestigious international, national, regional and state choral conferences. Prof. Ling-Tam serves on the board of  Chorus American   A choral series in her name is published by Alliance Music of Houston, Texas.

Ming Hsieh: Assistant Music Director

Ming Hsieh is an experienced early childhood music teacher. She has taught music in numerous and diverse settings including music school, preschool, music camp, and private lessons. Ming was a long-time faculty member of the Early Childhood Music Department at Levine School of Music, Washington, DC where she taught early childhood music classes as well as group piano. She has specialized pedagogical training in Musikgarten, Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff-Schulwerk. Professionally, Ming is a member of the national organization ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association) and is a Founding Member of the ECMMA's Greater Washington, DC Chapter. She is also a member of American Choral Directors Association and Music Teacher National Association.

Jason McFeaters: Chamber Choir Teacher

Jason McFeaters teaches at North Bethesda Middle School in Montgomery County, MD. In the ten years that Mr McFeaters has taught at North Bethesda the choir program has grown from 28 to over 250 singers. In each of those years, his choirs have received an overall Superior Rating at county and State choir festivals. Mr. McFeaters has been recognized for his outstanding teaching by the Gazette, Bethesda Magazine, Washington Parent and the Grammy Foundation. He has served as a guest clinician or conductor throughout Maryland. In 2007, his students were selected to perform at Strathmore Music Center with the Kings' Singers.

Jason McFeaters is a native of Baltimore where he received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of the John's Hopkins University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Michigan.

Carol Tseng: Prima Choir Teacher and Music Administrator

Carol Tseng is a choir teacher for the Prima choir. She is the director of two children's choirs for the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland at Rockville. She was also the choir director for the combined Chinese/English adult choir at CBCM for several years. Currently she is a Worship Leader for the English congregation.

Hai-Bo Bai: Vocal Teacher

Ms. Bai has been the vocal teacher of Glorystar since 2002 and has taught vocal techniques since 1986. Born in Liaoning Province, China, Ms. Bai received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tianjin Conservatory and the Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1991. She also studied with Marlena Malas, Mikael Alison, Sylvia Lee, Todd Duncan and Mary Ann Stabile Cooper. She has won numerous prizes, awards and fellowships, including the first prize at the 1987 Tianjin Cup of Hope Vocal Competition, the first prize at the 1987 National Competition of China, and the Li Foundation Fellowship Grant.

Ms. Bai made her debut in 1993 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and has performed extensively in Germany, Italy, Canada, China and the United States. She has won critical acclaim for her magnificent performances in "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Cosi fan tutte," "La Boheme," "Madama Butterfly," "Tosca," and "Il tabarro."

Jasmin Lee: Accompanist

Jasmin Lee, a native of Northern Virginia, is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland. Ms Lee received her BM from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton, and won the University of Michigan concerto competition. Following her undergraduate career, Ms Lee continued her studies at the University of Maryland where she completed her Masters of Music under the tutelage of Santiago Rodriguez and Bradford Gowen. While at the University of Maryland, Ms Lee was awarded first place in the University of Maryland Concerto Competition. Ms Lee was the recipient of the third prize in the Mary Lasley Scholarship Competition, and, advanced to the national final round of the MTNA Young Artists Piano Competition in 2012. Besides maintaining an active solo career, Ms Lee is also a dedicated collaborator, and previously held an Orchestral Piano Fellowship under the Collaborative Artists Program at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Hsiang-Ling Hsiao: Accompanist

Hsiang-Ling Hsiao, a native of Taiwan, is a third-year doctoral student in Collaborative Piano under Professor Rita Sloan at the University of Maryland. While in her undergrad, she discovered that her passion for collaborating with instrumentalists was more than just a hobby. In addition, participating in Maryland Opera Studio's productions has sparked her obsession with opera, along with an ever-growing fondness of art songs. Though being a collaborative pianist and performing frequently with instrumentalists and singers keeps her busy, Ms. Hsiao enjoys playing as much solo music as time permits, and she was honored to perform Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto with University of Maryland Repertory Orchestra as a result of winning the third prize in the 2011 UMD Concerto Competition.

After spending summers of 2010-2012 at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado as a recipient of the three-year New Horizons Fellowship, Ms. Hsiao is looking forward to returning this summer as a staff pianist. In August 2012, Ms. Hsiao was invited by David Halen, the Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony, to join the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, Missouri where she played the piano and harpsichord with members of the symphony in sold-out concerts. Ms. Hsiao holds a Master's degree in Collaborative Piano from Maryland and a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied with Gregory Allen and Ling-Ju Lai, and performed in masterclasses with Christoph Eschenbach and Leon Fleisher.

Te-Wen Shen: Accompanist & Teaching Assistant

Ms. Te-Wen Hsu is a choir assistant for the Cantabile Choir. Her musical awards include twice the first prizewinner of trombone solo performance in the Taiwan Regional Music Competitions. She received a scholarship for “Exceptional Musical Achiever” in the Department of Music Education, National Taipei Teachers College. Mrs. Hsu obtained Orff-Schulwerk Certification from Eastman School of Music. Ms. Hsu was the piano accompanist for Buffalo Chinese Chorus for two years and for Hua Xia Chorus (formerly the Gaithersburg Chinese Chorus) for three years.