Program Assistants

Weizhu Chen

Weizhu Chen, Piano, has performed on the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Hunan Keyboard Academy and Helen Piano Presentation and has appeared as soloist in China Olympics Cultural Festival in the University of Cambridge. A winner of several local competitions, she was the winner in 1st Yamaha China Piano Competition in Hunan province.  In 2017 she attended Vianden Music Festival as an accompanist in Luxembourg. Weizhu assisted and observed in high school and Hunan Special Education School as music teacher. Weizhu is currently pursuing M.A degree for Piano Pedagogy in MSU College of Music, where she studied with Dr. Derek Polischuk and Dr. Margarita Shevchenko.

Elizabeth Clarke

Canadian pianist Elizabeth Clarke is active as a performer, teacher, and scholar.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, and a master’s degree from the University of Victoria.  She has also studied at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, the Nice International Summer Music Academy in France, and, as a winner of the University of Alberta’s 2009 Johann Strauss competition, the Wiener Meisterkurse in Austria.  Elizabeth currently works as an organist and choir accompanist at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing, and for the past two years taught class piano and private lessons as a teaching assistant at MSU.  She has received many academic prizes, including a Governor General’s Silver Medal from the University of Alberta and a graduate scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Elizabeth currently studies with Panayis Lyras at MSU, where she is completing her DMA in piano performance as well as a second master’s degree in music theory.

Hsin-Yi Huang

Young Taiwanese pianist Hsin-yi Huang was born in 1990. As a soloist, she attended 2008 International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, 2012 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and 2013 InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy and performed for Vitali Berzon, Alexander Kobrin, Nina Lelchuk, Robert Levin, Victor Rosenbaum, Daniel Shapiro, Boris Slutsky and Eduard Zilberkant. Hsin-yi is also an active collaborative and chamber musician. She is currently the pianist of Musique 21, which is a contemporary music ensemble devoted to the performance of works written by composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in MSU. She was the student mentor of the Celebrating The Spectrum Festival last year. Hsin-yi received her MM in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from University of Michigan, studied with Arthur Greene. She is currently pursuing DMA degree in Piano Performance in Michigan State University with Margarita Shevchenko.

Brenna Hudgens

Brenna Hudgens is an undergrad student from Traverse City Michigan. She is a senior at Michigan State University working towards her bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies. This is her second year involved in spectrum and she is looking forward to working with the students once again!

Ling Lo

Ling Lo is concurrently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with Deborah Moriarty, and a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano with Zhihua Tang from Michigan State University, where she also serves as Graduate Assistant. In addition to her solo piano career, Ms. Lo dedicates her time to chamber music. As a member of the Lumi trio, Ms. Lo collaborates with selected students and supervising faculty to prepare performances of contemporary chamber works. She recently traveled to Italy as assistant pianist for the musical program “Centro Studi Della Giacoma,” where she collaborated with vocalists and presented her own solo repertoire. 

Ms. Lo spends a week every summer participating in “Celebrating of Spectrum: A Festival for Music and Life”, a program for young autistic pianists, sponsored by Michigan State University and the RAIND program. Ms. Lo had the opportunity to present research from this experience at the DOCTRID and MTNA conferences located in Ireland and Texas.

Lisa Summers

Michigan native Lisa Summers regularly performs in collaborative and chamber recitals, and works as a piano instructor at music studios in Holt and Grand Ledge. This will be her third year participating in the “Celebrating the Spectrum” festival. In January of 2018, Summers and her Spectrum colleagues were selected to present at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium held at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin, focusing on the advantages of programs like the Spectrum Festival can offer to student participants, graduate mentors, and the community. Summers is currently a DMA candidate for the degree in Piano Performance, at Michigan State University, studying under the tutelage of Panayis Lyras, and a MM degree in Piano Pedagogy.

Jemal Tavadze

Native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Jemal Tavadze is best known in his country as a theatre composer and a pianist performing a wide variety of solo and chamber music repertoire. He has performed as a soloist in the Big Hall and Small Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory and has played solo recitals in Sweden, Germany and Italy.  In most recent years, he has regularly participated in the Contemporary Music Festival in Tbilisi, premiering the works of contemporary Georgian composers. His performance of Giorgi Janiashvili’s “Muffling Fog” (multimedia work after M. Heidegger) has gained a wide acclaim among Tbilisi Conservatory faculty and composers.

As a composer, he has cooperated with the State Drama Academical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Akhmeteli Drama Theatre and others on music for the stage, and his music is still heard in many theatres of Georgia. His interest in diverse musical styles and genres also led him to found the first klezmer music band in Georgia, for which he still serves as artistic director. 

Tavadze holds MA in piano performance and composition from Tbilisi State Conservatory. Currently he is pursuing DMA in piano performance at Michigan state University under the guidance of Deborah Moriarty

Lia Wang

Pianist Zhao (Lia) Wang was born in Guiyang, China and displayed musical talent from an early age. Ms. Wang received the first piano lesson at the age of 3 and gave her solo piano debut in the Guiyang Piano Festival and Competition the following year. Before coming to Michigan, Ms. Wang received degrees from Eastman School of Music and Peabody Institute. Currently, she is completing a doctorate in Piano Performance with Prof. Deborah Moriarty, a masters in Piano Pedagogy with Dr. Derek Polischuk, and a masters in Collaborative Piano with Dr. Zhihua Tang at Michigan State University.
Ms. Wang is a dedicated teacher and an avid soloist and chamber pianist. She has presented with her colleagues representing Michigan State University at 2016 MMTA conference in Midland MI and 2017 MTNA in Baltimore MD, and has joined the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 2016. Her concert performances have taken place throughout cities in Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, the U.S., Japan, Thailand, and China.

Jingyu Xu

Jingyu Xu, an award-wining pianist who currently studies with Professor Deborah Moriarty at Michigan State University, where she is pursuing Bachelor's degree in piano performance. She began piano lessons at the age of 6 and has studied with many famous pianists when she was in conservatory of music.