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Instructor Bios

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.

Rhonda Hackworth: Concert Choir Teacher

In addition to conducting the GCC Concert Choir each week, Dr. Hackworth teaches graduate music education courses online for Rutgers University. Dr. Hackworth served as associate professor of music at Rutgers from 2006-2016, when her family moved to MD for her husband’s job in Washington, D.C. She received a Ph.D. in music education/education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and also holds an M.M. in vocal performance. Her research interests include vocal health for music teachers and music perception, and she has published articles in Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education,UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Educationand others. In addition to research and choral conducting, Dr. Hackworth also performs as an alto soloist in concert & opera settings with her most rewarding roles being wife to Matt and mother to Noah.

Jason McFeaters: Chamber Choir Teacher

Jason McFeaters teaches choral music and chairs the music department at North Bethesda Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland.. McFeaters' choir program, boasting more than 250 singers each year, earns Superior Ratings at all adjudications. 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, and in 2016, his students gave youth premiere of a work by Stephen Schwartz.

Winner of numerous competitions and prizes, Mr. McFeaters has performed extensively in the US and abroad.Mr. McFeaters has performed as a soloist with the symphonies of Baltimore, Fairfax, Fort Collins, Gettysburg, Georgetown, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the Capital Wind Symphony.He regularly performs with the Capital Winds, the Baltimore Symphony, and the District Saxophone.This summer, Mr. McFeaters will go on tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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. Mr. McFeaters has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Windsor, and currently teaches at North Bethesda Middle School and the Levine School of Music.He is a Conn/Selmer performing artist.

Chris Fox: Chamber Choir Teacher

Chris Fox (M. Ed.) is the Director of Choruses at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Howard County, MD.  Mr. Fox received degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and The University of Loyola, Baltimore.  He received his Kodály certification from The American Kodály Institute.  He has twice been awarded “Teacher of the Year” and served for eight years as adjunct faculty for the University of Mary Washington Theatre Department.  Mr. Fox is an active guest conductor for honors choirs throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  He is Co-Director for the Howard County All-County Honors Chorus (6th Grade) and Glorystar High School Treble and Chamber Choruses (Rockville, MD).  He regularly presents workshops to educators across the tri-state area and serves as the Music Theory Instructor at Young Artists of America Summer Performing Arts Intensive Camp.  Under his direction, the Bonnie Branch Middle School Concert Chorus was chosen as the demo chorus for Henry Leck at MMEA's 2018 State Conference.

His choral compositions, Kyrie Eleison and Fly Away, are internationally distributed through Hal Leonard Corporation and several of his choral compositions are under consideration.  In 2014, Mr. Fox was commissioned by The Fairfax Choral Society to compose a poem setting for their Annual Poetry of Music Fine Arts Project.  Awake My Song premiered in March 2015.  Other recent composers for this project have been Stephen Hatfield, Betty Bertaux and Jim Papoulis.  In 2017, Mr. Fox was commissioned by two schools to compose songs in memory of classmates who were tragically taken from them.  Live On premiered in Spring 2017 and Run Home will premier in Spring 2018.  Visit www.christopherfoxmusic.com to learn more.

In his free time he loves to play and travel with his wife, Stephanie, and children, Lily and Porter.

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, recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Solo Piano and Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms Lee received her BM from the University of Michigan where she studied with Logan Skelton, and her MM from the University of Maryland, under the tutelage of Santiago Rodriguez and Bradford Gowen. She has been a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. 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. In 2016,  she received second prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition.  She currently teaches piano at the Suitland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, where she also regularly serves as a staff accompanist. In addition to maintaining a private studio in Virginia, Ms Lee has also served as the pianist and organist at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church since 2014.

Hsiang-Ling Hsiao: Accompanist

Hsiang-Ling Hsiao, a native of Taiwan, recently graduated with her doctoral degree in Collaborative Piano studying with Rita Sloan at the University of Maryland. In addition to her work in the DC area, Ms. Hsiao commutes regularly to Macon, Georgia as a staff pianist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. In the summer, Ms. Hsiao has been serving as a staff pianist at the Aspen Music Festival and School. 
Additionally, being an avid choral pianist, Ms. Hsiao had worked with the acclaimed University of Maryland Chamber Singers under conductors Helmuth Rilling and Masaaki Suzuki in preparation for their performances with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra respectively. She also enjoys every Saturday’s rehearsal at Glorystar because it is a joy to work with these kids.

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.