- B.M. (Piano Performance) University of Michigan
- M.M. (Piano Performance) Rice University
- D.M.A. (Candidate, Piano Performance) Rice University
Ms. Zhu presently teaches many private students in the Houston area and at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, as well as directing the first Kawai School of Music in North America.
Ms. Zhu completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in the studio of Dr. Logan Skelton, where she received the Stanley Award as the most outstanding undergraduate student at U of M. She’s currently a doctoral candidate of Piano performance at the Shepherd School of Music where she also completed her master’s degree.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies Ms. Zhu has become an accomplished and prolific teacher, both in the arenas of private piano and the classroom. She created and taught a music history/theory course involved with traditional Chinese music: “Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture” to an understanding of the people and culture of China through an expressly musical lens. She was also one of two graduate students from the entire university awarded the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship for outstanding achievement and promise.
Ms. Zhu believes as a teacher, she will cultivate and enhance her students’ abilities to understand and appreciate art music, regardless of their ultimate professional pursuits. One of her passions continues to be public performance. She performs frequently with local music organizations in both classical and contemporary musical field, such as Musiqa. Ms Zhu is a member of HMTA and HMFC, and her students have won numerous local piano competitions.
LYNN KILLINGSWORTH received her early training at age five from her grandmother, Grace Lister. During her college years at Arizona State University she studied with Professor Emeritus Patricia Keating, concert pianist and jazz artist Dr. James Ruccolo (graduate of Eastman School of Music), and was adjudicated with praise at the conclusion of each and every semester by fine teacher and concert pianist Eugene Pridonoff, who studied under the great Rudolf Serkin at Curtis Institute of Music, and Dr. Jean Barr, all of whom served as esteemed ASU faculty members and Artists in Residence. Years later Lynn continued her studies with Peggy Salkind of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with James Gardner (Juilliard graduate) at their private studios in Mill Valley and Concord, California, respectively. During her stay in Portland, Oregon she was fortunate enough to experience a very high level of performance coaching and interpretive guidance from renowned performing artist from England, Paul Roberts, who is recognized internationally and featured for his interpretations of the piano music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and others of the Impressionist Era in particular.
Lynn’s performing experience includes recitals at Phoenix College, Arizona State University, University of Maryland, American University in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Vienna, Virginia, Sherman Clay Pianos in Phoenix and Portland, the Historic Old Church in Portland, the Encinitas Library, Fallbrook Library, and numerous private venues, including parties and other social events. Her main focus for over a decade has been guiding the pianistic development of students of all ages, along with writing and performing her own piano jazz arrangements of her personal favorites from the Great American Songbook. Her first piano jazz CD, “Classically JAZZ!” was released in February 2017 and is available for digital download on iTunes, Google Music and Amazon under her jazz stage name — JacLyn Worth. Her unique jazz stylings are classically influenced and inspired by some of her favorite jazz pianists — Marian McPartland, Clare Fischer, George Shearing, Sir Roland Hanna, Eliane Elias, Bill Evans, and others.
Having been praised as “a true artist” by the late Aldo Ciccolini and described as a pianist of technical brilliance, great imagination, and a special communicative skill, Timothy Krippner brings depth of experience and knowledge to performing and teaching alike. He is on the roster of the Da Camera Young Artists for the 2017-2018 season in Houston, the resident pianist at the Kalmia Gardens Chamber Music and Arts Festival in Connecticut, and is on teaching faculty at Kawai School of Music in Houston. As the resident pianist at Kalmia Gardens, he frequently performs on chamber series and solo recitals and has the opportunity to engage his audiences with preconcert talks. This commitment to education extends to his private studio and work with other local music schools in the Houston area. He has mentored and taught all levels from young children to adult students as well as college level musicians for courses at Rice University. He has won top awards in numerous competitions including Seattle International Piano Competition, and the University of Michigan concerto competition, and performed with musicians such as cellist Desmond Hoebig of the Rice University faculty. He recently received his Master of Music at Rice University with Dr. Robert Roux, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan studying with Dr. Logan Skelton.
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