The Gallery Performing Arts School 113 West First Street, Dixon, IL 61021 815/285-4924  

Broadening each student's exposure to the many facets of the Arts through Master Classes,
    workshops and performances by professional teachers and musicians.

Ann Chen Ann Chen, holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance and currently pursuing her Performer’s Certificate with Dr. William Goldenberg at Northern Illinois University. Currently, Ann is a piano instructor at Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts.

Teaching philosophy: Ann’s teaching philosophy is to let students build performance skills with solid musicianship.

Growing up in Taiwan, Ann started taking piano lessons at age five and has received several piano examination certificates including the one from ABRASM, YAMAHA, and KAWAI. With minor in Clarinet, she performed with many chamber ensembles during her college years, which includes Hwa-Kang philharmonic and Hwa-Kang wind ensemble. She also performed in National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan regularly.
Ann graduated from Chinese Culture University in Taiwan 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. During her time in Taiwan, Ann not only served as a piano teacher at YAMAHA Music School and professional music schools (middle school and high school) for years, but also ran her private piano studio with the students’ levels varying from elementary school to college. She also hosted students’ recital each semester in many recital halls.

In addition to private lessons, Ann also instructed entrance examinations for music schools, such as ear training, and aural skills as well as teaching music history and music theory classes in middle school, where she plans music lesson for students who are going to conservatory in high school. Her duties included organizing the wind ensemble concert in city concert hall each semester. Moreover, Ann is a piano accompanist for competitions, juries, and music festivals. She also served as a church pianist both in Taiwan and the United States.

Constance Deal

Constance Deal, violin, began her musical training in Hickory, North Carolina. Her summers were spent in study at Brevard Music Camp, Brevard, North Carolina and later at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. She studied with Varton Manoogian, Jeri Lucktenburg, Gabriel Pegas, and Louise Polay.

Ms. Deal is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with the American Suzuki Association. She teaches ages 2 ½ and up in the Annawan, Geneseo, Peru (at MUSIC SUITE 408).

Ms. Deal is an active member of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly at local churches and community functions. She is a founding member of the Piano Trio Music to Remember which performs at weddings and special occassions. She and her students have performed the National Anthem at games for the Peoria Chiefs Baseball team and the Peoria Rivermen Hockey team, recitals at the Hegeler Carus Mansion (LaSalle), the Reddick Mansion (Ottawa), Jeremiah Joes Coffee shop in Ottawa, and not to leave out her "Violins on Tour" at Christmas at nursing homes in the LaSalle-Peru area and the Geneseo Christmas Walk.


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