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With MTNA's long history of service to music teachers, it is particularly appropriate for the National Conference to showcase two young artists in one of its conference concerts, demonstrating what the powerful combination of talent, hard work and fine teaching can produce. Both of these gifted performers have achieved success in their pursuit of a performing career, and both possess that unique ability to communicate the emotional essence of a composition to the audience. Allow me to introduce you to one of the performers: pianist, Hsing-ay Hsu. She has graciously agreed to offer us a glimpse into her life and to provide us insight into the circumstances that have brought her to this stage of her career.

Born in Beijing, Hsing-ay Hsu began her piano studies at age of 3. Her musical talent is not surprising given her rich musical heritage. Her mother, principle harpist of the National Opera, was her first teacher; after immigrating to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , she was taught by her father, a well-respected and renowned artist in China who performed for former President Nixon. She eventually began working with her uncle, Fei-Ping Hsu Fei-Ping Hsu (July 20 1952 - November 27 2001) was a pianist.

Fei-Ping Hsu was born on the island of Gulangyu in southeast China, the youngest son of a Christian pastor whose conversion to Christianity had resulted in the loss of his government job and the family's
, Gold Medallist in the Arthur Rubinstein Noun 1. Arthur Rubinstein - United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
Artur Rubinstein, Rubinstein
 International Competition. "We worked a lot on tone and phrasing. His musical expectations inspired my technique to move into unknown territory. Every technical exercise was in service to communicating musical intent. As I was constantly asked to imagine more contrast and more nuances, I began to develop more color in Verb 1. color in - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour
 my playing and a musical conviction that comes from careful study."

It is fascinating to hear what she has to say about her theory studies and how it impacted her musical growth. "Studying theory with Xu Jing-Xing in Beijing was a vital part of my education. With private one-hour weekly lessons, I finished all my college theory requirements before age 8, when I left for the United States. Learning theory at such an early age has been a tremendous help to me in my musical understanding."

Hsing-ay relates how she felt about the piano as a child: "The piano was my only toy. I spent all my time making up stories on the keyboard--improvising. My mom had read a great deal about child education. As a result, although she demanded thorough technical training, she also put a lot of creativity into her methods. Even exercises were a game--she competed with me an octave above in `who can avoid playing a wrong note.' My accuracy improved in no time." Citing the benefits of a performing role model within her family, she said, "My dad was a very engaging performer who drew audiences in with his passion. I absorbed a lot of that as our family toured around American churches on fundraising trips for a Christian college For the university in Oregon formerly called Christian College, see .

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." Practicing was never a chore for Hsing-ay. "I had a natural love for it, so I didn't mind the work as much as others may have. I practiced three hours a day from age 6 and five hours a day from age 14 while in high school."

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The student with the second highest academic rank in a class who delivers the salutatory at graduation exercises.

Noun 1.
 of her graduating class at James Caldwell High School James Caldwell High School is an American four-year comprehensive public high school in West Caldwell, in Essex County, New Jersey, as part of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools. The school is named after American Revolutionary War figure Reverend James Caldwell.  (JCHS JCHS Joint Center for Housing Studies (Harvard University)
JCHS Junction City High School
) in Caldwell, New Jersey, she notes, "I was especially honored when chosen by my fellow students for the JCHS Spirit Award," an award presented in recognition of her spirit of pursuing excellence, as well as her involvement in the school community. She followed in her father's footsteps by continuing her musical education at the Juilliard School Juilliard School

Internationally renowned school of the performing arts in New York, New York, U.S. It has its roots in the Institute of Musical Art (founded 1905) and a graduate school (1924) founded through an endowment from the financier Augustus D.
, where she studied piano with Herbert Stessin. "Juilliard has a reputation for being competitive, but Mr. Stessin was a caring professor who cared about all aspects of his students' lives, and to this day remains a mentor. He used to make cassettes of good performances for me so that I could study them." She completed her graduate degree in piano at Yale University Yale University, at New Haven, Conn.; coeducational. Chartered as a collegiate school for men in 1701 largely as a result of the efforts of James Pierpont, it opened at Killingworth (now Clinton) in 1702, moved (1707) to Saybrook (now Old Saybrook), and in 1716 was , working with pianist Claude Frank Claude Frank is a German-born, American Jewish pianist whose career has included appearances with highly reputed orchestras, at major festivals, and in major recital halls around the world. . "I first heard Mr. Frank perform at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where I was a Performing Fellow. I turned pages for him when he performed the Schubert Arpeggione The arpeggione is a six-stringed musical instrument, fretted and tuned like a guitar, but bowed like a cello, and thus similar to the bass viola da gamba.

It enjoyed a brief vogue, perhaps a decade, after its invention around 1823, by the Viennese guitar maker Johann Georg
 Sonata for Viola and Piano; everyone must hear his Schubert. It was so special and melted from his being into our hearts."

In the ensuing years, she has participated in a wide range of competitions and been the recipient of many awards. These achievements have helped her gain international recognition. Her first competition was the 1989 Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition. "At age 11, I was too young to be very nervous. When I realized that, as part of the prize, I was awarded a concerto appearance at Alice Tully Hall The Alice Tully Hall is a concert hall that is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. It was created from the donations of Alice Tully, a chamber music benefactor and patron of the arts.  in Lincoln Center, I experienced more excitement than ever before." She went on to win a top prize in the 1993 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (known by the acronym NFAA honors the most talented high school seniors in the performing, visual and literary arts from the United States through the youngARTS program.(formerly known as the acronym ARTS).  Artist Recognition Talent Search (highest honor) in 1995, the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1997 and second prize in the 1996 William Kapell International Piano Competition. Ms. Hsu was the 2000 Juilliard William Petschek Debut Pianist and is also the 2001 recipient of a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant. As a 1995 United States Presidential Scholar of the Arts, she was awarded a USA Gold Medallion by President William J. Clinton at the White House. Beijing Times noted that she was the first honoree born in China to receive this American honor.

Making her stage debut at age 4, performing has always been a part of her life. After she appeared with the Baltimore Symphony playing the Brahms D-Minor Concerto, the Washington Post review stated that her performance was "full of power, authority and self-assurance." She also has performed on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Beijing, Prague, Kromeriz, Shanghai and Taipei, as well as countless venues throughout the United States. Engagements in the coming year include performances with the Pacific Symphony (California) and the Norwalk Symphony (Connecticut), and solo appearances at the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes.  and in Taipei. She also is in the process of recording a compact disc of the Barber Piano Concerto.

Asked what advice she would have for other young pianists who want to launch a performing career, she replied, "Focus on becoming one with the music. The rest will follow." She offered the following thoughts about competitions and having the right attitude, "The important factor is timing. It's a challenge to enter a competition, finding that perfect time when you feel ready. There's always the danger of having a bad experience. I once had a student who cried after playing an audition badly. There are risks in every endeavor. The important lesson is to be able to get on to the next goal." Although her performing schedule keeps her very busy, Ms. Hsu has enjoyed taking on a few private students. "Teaching is an absolute joy when there is good two-way communication between teacher and student." She also likes serving as an adjudicator ad·ju·di·cate  
v. ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing, ad·ju·di·cates
1. To hear and settle (a case) by judicial procedure.

 for student competitions.

Hsing-ay lives with her husband, Daniel Kellogg, a composer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticut's land-grant university. It was founded in 1881 and serves more than 27,000 students on its six campuses, including more than 9,000 graduate students in multiple programs.

UConn's main campus is in Storrs, Connecticut.
. "He has been a influence on my contemporary musical understanding. I commissioned a solo composition from him before our marriage for the 1998 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. From that experience, I gained a new connection to the inner workings of composition." When not busy with professional commitments, her favorite pastime is going to the ballet. "There is something so freeing to watch physical motion in space. In piano performance I can only make the illusion of motion through space, but in ballet that experience is an actual event."

When you watch Hsing-ay perform, you will see the influence of choreography in her playing, the fluidity in her musical gestures that enables her to effortlessly project the emotional intent of the music.

Catch the "Rising Stars" Concert Saturday, March 16, 8:00 P.M., in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel during the 2002 MTNA MTNA Music Teachers National Association
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 National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gail Berenson, NCTM NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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 is professor of piano and chair of the keyboard division at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She chairs the MTNA National Conference Committee.
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