ESTHER CHANG WORLEY
Born in Taiwan, Esther began piano lessons at the age of 5 and started providing music for her local church at age 9. She has been teaching piano for over 13 years and instructs all levels from pre-school to adults. She is experienced in both virtual and in-person settings and has led students to superior ratings at local festivals, in recitals, masterclasses, and service performances. She studied with Dr. Ning Lu at the University of Utah and received first place in several categories of the 2013 Summer Arts Competition and honorable mentions in the UMTA concerto competitions. Esther performed with the Salt Lake Symphony and American West Symphony. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Scott Holden. Esther was actively involved in multimedia performances while at BYU and presented at the 2019 MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium in Washington D.C. as well as the 2020 MTNA National Conference in Spokane, WA, on the topic. Esther also spent time in Vienna, Austria performing and studying with professors Maria Prinz and Walter Fleischmann.
She recently earned her Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Southern Utah University where she was handpicked by the faculty as the single Outstanding Student of her program and is publishing along with the faculty in the Utah Journal of Communication in 2023.
Esther also enjoys working with nonprofit organizations and has worked with Utah Symphony Utah Opera in both 2019 and 2022 seasons of the Deer Valley Music Festival. She served on the fall benefit committee with the Women’s Artistic Leadership Initiative in which she helped engage female artists with leadership skills and business acumen through collaboration with the CEO and board members.
Esther loves to watch students get excited about the music they are learning and accomplish hard things each week. When Esther isn’t playing the piano, she enjoys hiking with her husband Alex and their pup Mozzie (Mozart).