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 14 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 has taught over 1,000 online lessons since 2020. 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 presented at the 2019 MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium in Washington D.C. and her group was chosen to present at the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, WA. Esther also spent time in Vienna, Austria performing house concerts and studying with professors Maria Prinz and Walter Fleischmann.
She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Southern Utah University in 2022 where she was handpicked by the faculty as the single Outstanding Student of her program. Her thesis was published along with the faculty in the Utah Journal of Communication in October of 2022.
Esther is a faculty member and accompanist at South Side Suzuki Cooperative in Chicago, Illinois, and received Every Child Can! training from Suzuki Association of the Americas. Esther also enjoys working with nonprofit organizations, including two seasons of work as the house manager at the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Deer Valley Music Festival.
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 spending time with her husband Alex and their pup Mozzie (Mozart).
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