California-born flutist & pianist, Christy Kim, enjoys an active career as an educator, orchestral and chamber musician. Christy has over 15 years of training and background in piano. She has been trained as a pianist through the Music Teacher’s Association of California and completed the Certificate of Merit program. In 2008, she performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. She currently teaches piano and flute at the West Portal Lutheran School and Henderson Academy of Music. Her principal teacher is Ornela Ervin.
Between 2016-2018, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, becoming the Flute Fellow in 2017-2018. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony, joining them on their International Tour in 2017. She has performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, and under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti, David Robertson, Han-na Chang, Christoph Eschenbach, and Leonard Slatkin. Her chamber music appearances include performing in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. Christy has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. Future engagements for the 2018-2019 season include performing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Christy holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California. Christy’s principal flute teachers are Mark Sparks, Tim Day, Jim Walker, and Susan Greenber.
Christy believes that freedom of expression is the ultimate goal of any musician. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and fundamental building blocks of musicianship: scales, tonal exercises, and technical etudes in addition to theory, orchestral excerpts, and solo repertoire. In addition, she draws awareness to the physical demands of playing an instrument to help prevent injuries and ensure longevity in our musical journeys. Her ultimate goal is to instill a sense of curiosity and encourage a lifelong love for music.
Bryan Kiang began his music career as a pianist when he was eight years old in elementary school and has been playing the piano for 14 years. He has completed Level 8 of ABRSM exam. He also started playing flute since fourth grade and has been playing flute for 12 years. Starting out in his elementary school band, he worked his way up to playing the flute and piano as he went through the band programs at Cupertino Middle School and Homestead High School. It wasn’t until high school, where Bryan started to have the passion in learning the flute. That was when he decided to continue his passion for music as a flutist and a pianist at San Francisco State University.
Currently, he serves as an active principal flute player in the San Francisco State University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble while playing in the University’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles. Bryan has also given performances at San Francisco State University on the flute and piano. His most recent performances was playing in this year’s piano studio recital playing the Prokofiev Sonata No. 1, a guitar and flute duo with David Solis and his Senior Flute Recital. In 2018 and 2019, Bryan served as the principal flute player in the University’s Orchestra as they performed Peter Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite in the winter performance of 2018 and the University’s Opera Production of Old Maid and the Thief and Amelia Goes to the Ball, works by Gian Carlo Menotti in the spring of 2019.
Through Bryan’s love of music and his passion for teaching, Bryan has been inspired to help music students in the Bay Area. As a music educator, Bryan helps shape the musicality of young musicians aiding them forward in their musical journey. Bryan has coached high school ensembles, such as the George Washington High School in San Francisco; and has volunteered annually to host the San Francisco State String Festival, guiding music students interested in pursuing a future in music. His expertise in flute and piano allows him to accompany his colleagues and students in music performances and festivals. In addition, Bryan has been teaching piano students and giving music theory lessons, molding the foundations of young musicians.
Oboist and Pianist Vivien Kong received her Master’s Degree from the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Glenn Gould School of the
Royal Conservatory of Music with the Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Award. Originally
from Toronto, Canada, Vivien has over twenty years of piano performance experience
and nine years of orchestral experience playing the oboe. She teaches one-on-one lessons and group classes to children and adults from beginner to advanced level. She also teaches RCM and ABRSM examination materials. She speaks fluent Mandarin and English, and can teach in both languages.
Vivien has a strong passion for teaching. She believes music helps children be more
intuned with their thoughts and emotions, as well as broadening their minds, giving them
a creative outlet to be themselves. Vivien deeply values each individual's unique learning
style, and always develops a personalized way of teaching that best suits their strengths
and weaknesses. It is her priority to make each student feel special, valued and encouraged. Vivien is driven to inspire her students to explore and appreciate the beauty of music, and to help them create their own.
Trumpet & Tuba
Carolyn Tillstrom is a Bay area musician and teacher. Originally from the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Carolyn grew up playing piano, guitar, trumpet and tuba. She moved out west to pursue a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Jeffrey Anderson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she serves as the brass department graduate assistant. She hold’s a Bachelor’s Degree in performance and has won first place in the Mid Atlantic Brass Band festival solo competition. Carolyn has performed and taught with numerous youth organizations such as: Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Sinfonia Player’s, Philadelphia Youth orchestra, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Rowan Youth orchestra, Bravo Brass and various brass quintets. She has taught group lessons and Master classes to all brass at various schools in the bay area.
Carolyn’s students usually range from age 4 to adult, and she encourages the skills of learning music to be adapted for all of children’s activities and for them to grow with an ability to use music to expand creativity.