SUN JOO LEE
VIOLIN & VIOLA INSTRUCTOR
A lifelong lover of music, Sun Joo Lee started playing violin at six years old in Seoul, South Korea, before coming to the U.S. at the age of 17. Her extensive orchestral experience includes serving as concertmaster for the Chicago Covenant Presbyterian Church Orchestra and violinist for the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Her chamber music experience includes violinist roles with the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Music Academy of Chicago.
Before receiving a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Alabama, Sun attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts and played in the Alabama Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she was the 2001 winner of the concerto competition. While earning a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, she was a violinist at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she worked with conductor Cliff Colnot. She has also studied with Patrick Rafferty, Daniel Szasz, Peter Rovit, Jenny Grégoire, and Stefan Hersh.
As a teacher of violin and viola for all ages, she has prepared students for music festival and orchestra auditions, with many receiving positions in the Chicago Youth Symphony, Illinois Music Education Association Orchestra, and various high school orchestras. Her goal is to make every lesson enjoyable, inspiring her students to practice by giving them fun music to play and using composer software to create arrangements for different levels. In her previous role as conductor for the Youth String Ensemble at the Music Academy of Chicago, Sun led her students to a state championship in the INPASS competition, with the ensemble performing at Carnegie Hall for the winners’ concert.
Sun moved to the Bay Area in 2019 with her husband’s job relocation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and fishing with her husband.
David Wang first picked up the violin at the Shanghai Children's Art Theater in China. He went on to study Music and Arts at the University of Xiamen, China. He had the privilege of studying under the illustrious Chinese violin master Sheng Zhongguo. In America, David was under the tutelage of Clayton Haslop, perfecting his craft as well and his instructional technique. David performed with the highly esteemed China Radio Orchestra, as well as traveled with the Fujian Art Troupe as the first violinist. After moving to California, David played with the DeAnza Chamber Orchestra of Cupertino. More recently, David instructed and conducted the Young Song of Songs Youth Orchestra of San Jose Christian Assembly for three years. David Wang has over 15 years of experience teaching in the Bay Area.