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Music Faculty

Wen-Wen Chou

Music Advisor

Wen-Wen Chou is an adjunct music advisor in Fei Tian’s Music Department. Prior to joining Fei Tian, Ms. Chou had been touring with Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra, which performs in major venues such as Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center.

Ms. Chou has also served as the Assistant Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of National Taiwan Normal University Symphonic Band, Vice Conductor of China Youth Corps Youth Wind Orchestra, Affiliated Wind Ensemble and Affiliated Youth Band of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, First Resident Conductor of Tao-Yuan Symphonic Band, etc. She founded the Youth Vacation Symphony Orchestra (1993), the Alumni Band of Taipei Municipal Hongdao Junior High School (2000), the Taiwan Wind Ensemble (2004), and the Taiwan Youth Band (2009). She is also the Music Director of the Tian Guo Marching Band.

Ms. Chou majored in Orchestral Conducting, and graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and Graduate Institute. Afterwards, she became the Director of NTNU Symphony Band and has led various orchestral groups to international events. Before majoring in conducting, Ms. Chou was Concertmaster of CYC Youth Wind Orchestra, NTNU Symphonic Band. She also played Clarinet in Symphony Orchestra of NTNU and the Affiliated Wind Ensemble of NTSO.

wenwenc@feitianacademy.org

David Fiedler

Violinist and Instructor of Instrumental Music

David Fiedler is currently Violin Instructor at the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in New York State.  As a chamber musician, Mr. Fiedler was previously first violinist of the Dakota String Quartet, and has performed in ensembles with noted artists including Daniel Heifetz, Sidney Harth, Paul Doktor, Janos Starker, James Dick, and others.  He was concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony, and played in the violin sections of the Dayton Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.  Concerto appearances include performances of the Mendelssohn and Beethoven concertos, Brahms Double Concerto with the South Dakota Symphony, and Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Fiedler’s significant teachers include Ivan Galamian, Lewis Kaplan, Burton Kaplan, Robert Mann, and his first teacher, his father Israel Fiedler, an amateur violinist and devoted music lover.

davidf@feitianacademy.org

Anastasia Solberg

Violist and Instructor of Instrumental Music

Anastasia Solberg, violist, completed her graduate studies in performance at the Hochsule der Kunste, Berlin, with Prof. Bruno Giurranna. She is founder and director of Ensemble Solange, a mixed chamber ensemble who performed primarily in Europe, focusing on works and composers of rarely performed works. The ensemble also was involved in numerous radio productions. After returning to the States in 1995 she went on to form other chamber ensembles for performances closer to home. The Ellenville Chamber Players and VIOLent PERseCutiON are two of the most recent groups that have been performing throughout the Tri state region since 2008.

Anastasia is/has been the violist for the American Festival of Microtonal Music since 1996 and has many solo/chamber world premiers to her credit, including works by Victoria Bond, Anton Rovner, Violetta Dinescu, Luc Marcel, Skip Laplante David Tcimpidis and John Eaton. Anastasia rewrote and arranged the 17 songs of LiPo by Harry Partch for adapted viola and intoned voice which is being performed every year due to its popularity. Anastasia and Christopher Earley ( Percussion), with their duo, “VIOLent PERseCution” have been commissioning new works as well as performing those already in the repertoire, bringing to light another world of chamber music with a wonderful array of sounds. Anastasia brought together the leading players of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic to form the “Ellenville Chamber Players”.

Aside from her life as a performer she is a full time instructor teaching violin, viola, chamber music and directing varied levels of community string ensembles at various schools including her own.

anastasias@feitianacademy.org

Katie Miller

Trumpet Instructor

Katie Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera, Steve Emery of the Boston Pops, and Matthew Muckey, the Assistant Principal of the New York Philharmonic.

As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Artemis Orchestra, the Patriot Brass Ensemble, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, and many others in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington State.

Katie was also a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. She was a faculty trumpet artist with the Luzerne Music Center’s Summer Festival Brass Quintet, performing chamber music alongside some of the best orchestral and freelance musicians on the East coast. She has performed with many notable Broadway musicians as a second and third trumpet player in Lincoln Center’s most recent production of The King and I.

In addition to her playing career, Katie maintains an active trumpet studio in Montclair, New Jersey, where she welcomes students of all ages to experience a multifaceted approach to the trumpet. She is a former teaching artist at “Play on, Philly!” an El Sistema based program dedicated to providing children with musical lessons and classes while helping them become stronger members of the community. Katie also coaches the Tian Gao Marching Band giving lessons and group masterclasses to students of all ages. She is a dedicated member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s “REACH” program, which is devoted to helping people from all backgrounds experience the power of music.

In addition to her teaching and performing, Katie is an avid student of the Alexander Technique and looks for numerous ways to incorporate an understanding of efficiency and movement into both musical and everyday life.

katiem@feitianacademy.org