Accompanists

Dylan Lee Protrait

Ensemble Group 

Dylan Lee

Dylan Lee has grown up with NOCCC; he was a member of PG, JG, and IG, and currently, sings with CG. Now in 8th grade, Dylan has studied piano with Ying-Chien Wang since the age of four. He was awarded the 1st place in the Baroque Festival, Contemporary Festival, and Theme Festival competitions. Dylan was also the winner of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the Bach Festival competitions. Not only is he a solo pianist, but he is also a vocal accompanist who has performed in several vocal recitals. His instrumental support has helped singers win 1st place in their vocal competitions and now plays piano accompaniment for EG. As a trumpet player, Dylan was selected as a soloist at Canyon View Elementary School. He is currently playing with Mr. Miller, the band conductor at Sierra Vista Middle School. In addition to being a musician, Dylan is also an accomplished swimmer and a Rubik's Cube enthusiast.

 


 

 

Nathan Chu Protrait

Concert Group 

Nathan Chu

Nathan Chu is thirteen years old and currently attends Irvine High School. He started taking Junior Music Course when he was almost five years old at Yamaha Music Center in Irvine.  He completed the Junior Special Advanced Music Class at Irvine Yamaha at age ten and passed the Yamaha Grade 6 examination (Level Advanced).  He’s currently studying piano playing and composition with Ms. Su-Shing Chiu.  Other than school and piano, Nathan enjoys playing cello (since 4th grade), playing tennis, and cooking.  He won State first place in MTAC State contest, National second place in MTNA National composition competition, second place in National JOC, PTA reflections, and ARTS Club competitions.  Nathan also co-performed with his sister at the Yamaha National Junior Original Concert in Arizona.  He also performed as a guest performer in many Yamaha annual/holiday concerts.  He has completed Certificate of Merit for piano level 9.

 


 

 

Michelle Chuang Photo

Training Group

Michelle Elizabeth Chuang

My name is Michelle Elizabeth Chuang.  I am a Senior at Northwood High in Irvine.  I began my piano studies with Yamaha at
the age of four, graduated from Yamaha Special Advanced Course at the age of ten, and am presently continuing my studies under the guidance of Ms. Su-Shing Chiu.  I have won places in competitions such as Musical Art Club of Orange County, Reflections, Baroque Festival, Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, Contemporary Music Festival, Bach Festival, Theme Festival, Sonatina Festival, and Cypress Piano Competition.  In 2008, I won MTNA composition Competition National 3rd place.  Since 2013, I have been one of the piano accompanists for New Orange County Children's Choir (NOCCC).  The examinations I have completed include: Yamaha Grade 6 (Level Advanced), Certificate of Merit Level 10 Advanced, and Royal Conservatory Grade 9.  I also play Cello and was selected to participate in the Middle School Irvine District Honor Orchestra in 2013.


 

 

Marina Chang Portrait

Intermediate Group 

Marina Chang

Marina Chang is 15 years old and in the 10th grade at University High School. She started YMC at Yamaha Music School when she was seven years old. She has won numerous awards at MTAC competitions, including first places in the Baroque and Romantic festivals under the teaching of Ms. Su-shing Chiu. She was the winner of the Arts Club piano competition and recently passed the MTNA Level Advanced. In addition, she won First Place in the CAPMT Orange County Piano Contemporary Competition and was chosen as a state finalist. She played viola in the Irvine Unified School District Honor Orchestra. She was a member of the All-Southern California Honor Orchestra and NOCCC.

Last year she performed for the City of IRVINE Veterans Day Ceremony and City Chamber meetings, and this year she was chosen to be the YAMAHA special Guest Performer for their Annual Concert.


 

Emily Rao Photo

Junior Group 

Emily Rao

Emily Rao is a 9th grader at Tesoro High School. She has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Ying-Chien Wang since the second grade. As a pianist, she has won several awards in festival competitions, including the Contemporary Music Festival and Theme Festival—in both of which she placed first—as well as the Baroque Music Festival and SYMF. She is a piano accompanist for vocal recitals and her orchestra as well. In her church's worship band, Emily positions on the team as the keyboardist. Besides piano, Emily plays the violin and was selected to play in the CUSD Honor Orchestra; she is currently the first chair of her school’s string ensemble. She loves art and has received many awards in the PTA Reflection’s Contest for her artwork, musical composition, and literature. Emily also enjoys dancing and Taekwondo and was a representative of the LRMS Math Counts Competition team last year.

 


 

 Photograph of Mandy Zhao

Preparatory Group

Mandy Zhao

Mandy Zhao is now a sophomore at Woodbridge High School. She started playing the piano at the age of 5. Right now, she is taking piano lessons with Ms. Ying-Chien Wang. She has won a lot of piano competition awards, including two golden national awards in China, and the Baroque Festival and Contemporary Music Festival in her freshman year in the United States. 

Also, she performed in the senior center. She is the vocal accompanist for recitals and competitions. Addition to music, she enjoyed swimming and drawing.


 

 

Jeffrey Zhou Protrait

 Kinder Group

Sirui (Jeffrey) Zhou

Sirui (Jeffrey) Zhou is 13 years old and 8th grader at Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School. he was a member of NOCCC’s JG , IG and CG. He began to study music at age of 4 with YAMAHA’s JMC, at the age of 6 passed the audition got into Junior Special Advanced Course at Irvine Yamaha Music Center, study piano, Electronic & composition with Mrs. Su-Shing Chiu, eventually passed the Yamaha grade 6 examination (Level Advanced). He recently passed CM level 9. Over the course of his 7 years of experience, he has won various awards at the Baroque Festival, Theme festival, Contemporary Festival, etc. Additionally, Jeffrey has also won the Yamaha National JOC Superior Young Composer’s award and won State First Place of the MTAC Composers’ Today State Contest. Aside from piano & Election, Jeffrey also plays violin/viola under the guidance of Mr. Robert Lau and is currently playing violin in Four Season Youth Orchestra (FSYO) at the La Primavera ensemble, as well as String Orchestra of SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra) in 7th grade. He also studies Percussion under the guidance of Mr. Michael Rydzynski. He enjoys reading fan fictions, watching anime, and playing table tennis.