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Class and teacher assignment for each student will be determined by the coordinator.


John Ellis (private teacher)


Aya Higuchi Hagelthorn (Group teacher, Private teacher)

Faculty Members

Acone, Kate (Private teacher)

Chen, Rachel (Private teacher)

Choi, Christine (Group teacher, Private teacher)

Korean-American pianist Christine Choi is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has participated in international festivals and has given recitals in Europe, South Korea and the U.S. She has performed in masterclasses with Charlene Biggs, Angela Cheng and Ralph Votapek. Over the years, Dr. Choireceived various scholarships, including Ann Arbor Symphony Women's Association Scholarship, SKR Scholarship and Kiwanis Scholarhip. Dr. Choi earnedherDoctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she was fully supported by Rackham Graduate Studies. Previously, she was at New England Conservatory in Boston, where shestudied under Saj-nicole Joni Endowed Scholarship for four years and received her Bachelor's degree with special honors. Her primary teachers include Arthur Greene, Bruce Brubaker and Patricia Zander.

Coppola, Melissa (Private teacher)

Espejo, Claudio (Private teacher)

Freeman, Alissa (Private teacher)

Jeng, Annie (Private teacher)

Sahin, Ceren Su (Private teacher)

Yang, Susan (Private teacher)


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower