Our faculty members are creative, artistic, articulate, and highly accomplished individuals with exceptional performance and pedagogical training from the leading piano pedagogues in the nation. Musicians in the Making faculty members regularly perform in North East Region and are competition winners in many capacities (concerto competition, regional and state-level competitions). With the latest insights on today’s teaching techniques, they are passionate pedagogues who love teaching and working with students!
Director and Piano Program Coordinator
Pianist Candice Choi is excited to bring her exceptionally unique East Coast musical training back to her hometown, San Francisco. Her imaginative and festive performance of Richard Danielpour’s Enchanted Garden crowned her the winner of New Jersey Music Teacher’s Association (NJTMA) Young Musicians Competition and her fervent interpretation of Saint Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 awarded her the honorable 2009 Concerto Competition winner at University of the Pacific. As a former member of world renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir, Miss Choi has performed prominent choral works at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, United Nations, Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Princeton University Chapel with the Dresden Staatskapelle and many of the world’s leading orchestras. Committed to giving back to her community, Candice Choi has presented solo and collaborative recitals for educational outreach in Stockton Unified School District, academic scholarship fundraising for Now Generation Chinese, world-wide mission trips to Kenya and Haiti for NextGen Church, and for the elderly at Forrestal Pavillions Assisted Living.
Miss Choi earned her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance with distinction from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and her B.M. in Piano Performance from University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. Miss Choi has performed in master classes with Leon Fleisher and Richard Ormrod. Her former piano teachers include Ingrid Clarfield, Dr. Rex Cooper, Frank Wiens, Craig Nies, Mack McCray, and Eva Tang. She has studied piano pedagogy extensively with Ingrid Clarfield, Marvin Blickenstaff, Phyllis Lehrer, Paul Sheftel, Lillian Livingston, and Amy Glennon. She recently co-presented a lecture entitled It’s Only Natural: Planting the Seeds for Growth in Elementary Teaching at The National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy in Lombard, IL.
Passionate about educating tomorrow’s world, Miss Choi finds joy in cultivating a love and appreciation of music in her students! Her students love performing, composing, improvising, and getting creative with music! They have won Composition Contests in their age division, performed at Communiversity, a street festival in downtown Princeton and one student even won Miss New Jersey by performing her musical composition, “Peaceful Forest”! She is the owner and director of Musicians in the Making in Daly City, CA and has held former faculty positions at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ, Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ, Amabile School of Music in San Francisco, CA and Toones Academic Music in Foster City, CA.