Lim Angela Tchoi holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Arizona State University. She studied performance with Professor Robert Hamilton and is mentored in pedagogy by professor emerita, Dr. Janice Meyer Thompson. Ms. Tchoi has completed her doctoral course work with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and received Special Talent Awards from the ASU School of Music. Dr. Tchoi earned the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Stewart Gordon at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she also received the Bachelor of Music cum laude. Previously, she has been taught by Professor Dennis Thurmond, Dr. Myong-Joo Lee (student of John Perry and Paul Schenly), and Mihyang Keel (student of Daniel Pollack and Nak Ho Paik). At age 14, Dr. Tchoi made her debut in Torrance, CA playing a Beethoven Concerto under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta. In the following year, she also performed with the Bellflower Symphony as a winner of the Concerto Competition for Young Artists. She enjoys chamber performances as well; her work on Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, op.81 was coached by the Juilliard String Quartet in a master class, and her performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E- flat, K. 493 with director Peter Marsh was aired on KUSC 91.5 fm as "Pair of Prodigies" on the Thornton Center Stage program. Dr. Tchoi developed an active studio in San Pedro, CA for over 7 years, and continued her career in Tempe, AZ. She has taught group classes and individual instruction as a Faculty Associate for the ASU Piano Prep Program, after serving as its Teaching Assistant for three years. Some of the curriculum she was responsible for at ASU include: group piano courses for music undergraduates, weekly lessons for undergraduate and graduate music majors, and assisting in piano pedagogy courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Her students' achievements include admissions to the Bachelor of Music program (in piano) at the Manhattan School of Music, B.M. in Music Therapy (with piano as primary instrument) at ASU, and the Master of Music program (in piano performance and pedagogy) at ASU. Ms. Tchoi has served as the ASU chapter president of the Music Teachers National Association for six years, and is an evaluator for the Arizona Study Program. She has been published in the e- MTNA journal, and presented at the annual Arizona State Music Teachers Association state conference and East Valley Music Teachers Association pedagogy workshop. In California, she served as an adjudicator at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and was also a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, as well as the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. Dr. Tchoi is fluent in English and Korean, and has studied French, German, and Italian. She has been recommended twice to the final selection for a Study/Research Grant to Germany offered by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, for which she had been selected as an Alternate in 2015-16. Dr. Tchoi was the Second Prize winner at the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in 2016. With a generous scholarship from the Vladimir & Haewon Feltsman Piano Foundation, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany in fall of 2016.
EVMTA (East Valley Music Teachers' Association), ASMTA (Arizona State Music Teachers' Association)
Beginner thru Advanced
Classical, Music Theory
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