PHOTOS

Half-day

So nice to work with students earlier in the day when there are half-days at school! Especially during this season when it gets dark so early. November 2022

Lulu

There's always so much tenderness going on under my piano. I am grateful for Lulu, who keeps me company and brings out the best in us. November 2022

Lesson

My student and I met with Professor Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan for an amazing piano lesson on Chopin's 2nd Ballade, where we learned about getting "lost in the passion" and creating layers and depth of expression. Also noteworthy was our ability to meet from our pianos in India, DC and Ann Arbor! November 2022

Practicing

I am back on a practice schedule to prepare for upcoming concerts. Also, checking in on my own progress by recording practice videos. November 2022

ChameleonDress

For Andrew List's "Gargoyles of Notre Dame" I have strings marked to be plucked, a credit card for the plucking and a strategically placed ipad so that I have full access to the piano. I am also wearing flat shoes for easy standing and getting to my page-turning pedal! There is a lot going on! October 2022

ChameleonArts

Dress Rehearsal of Andrew List's "Gargoyles of Notre Dame" with Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston, MA. October 2022

Sound Check

Chameleon Arts Ensemble is celebrating 25 years! And I have had the great fortune to work with clarinetist Gary Gorczyka during this time. Here we are getting some feedback about balance and presence from our Director Deborah Boldin. October 2022

JuilliardVisit

Stopped by the Juilliard K-12 office to say hello and begin work on some administrative tasks. October 2022

StudioConcert

I am so proud of my students who performed with so much heart and finesse! As I told the pianists today: every time you share your music and your hard work, you not only get stronger and find more purpose in your practice, you make this world a better place. To all the music makers out there: play on and play strong! October 2022

Studio

I forgot to take a picture before many pianists left, however I am so proud of each of them for sharing their hard work in our first in-person concert of the year! October 2022

HalloweenCenterpiece

Finished our centerpiece for the Halloween Studio Concert. For those tasting, this "spooky mansion" has 30 servings at 120 calories per serving. October 2022

HalloweenConcert

First Virtual Concert of the School Year; so proud of our hard-working studio pianists! October 2022

Duo

What a thrill! A little brother played his first duet with older sister, ready just in time for our Halloween Concerts! October 2022

Videos

We continue to track progress both in and out of the studio by recording our run-throughs for analyses. Even a phone at the end of the keyboard does an adequate job! October 2022

Memory

Pianists are getting ready to perform their pieces for our upcoming Halloween concerts. Very proud of everyone's hard work as they focus on playing with feeling, confidence and from memory! October 2022

Waiting/Practice Room

Experiment: brother pianists helped move the electric keyboard with headphones to the waiting room, this way one could practice while the other had their lesson! I also LOVED that they played 'rock, paper, scissors' stating that the "winner" (and not the loser!) would get the first lesson! Leaving the set up this way to see if other students appreciate it. I personally love it! September 2022

Practice Party_edited

I truly have so much to learn from these pianists who showed up for Practice Party. Not only did they share details of their daily practice routines, they also analyzed why some days and weeks can be hard. We discussed the difference between process and outcome goals, and why it's helpful to focus on the process: the little steps needed to accomplish a big goal well. These pianists warm my heart, what a great way to start a Saturday morning! September 2022

Juilliard Summer Planning

We are in full swing, planning for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2023! Stay tuned for more news. (Here with Seth Baer and Tracy Hendrickson of Juilliard's Global K-12 Department) September 2022

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Rehearsal with Gary Gorczyca on this gorgeous piano as we prepare for Chameleon's 25th Anniversary Season! September 2022

Reception

I am so touched! My sweet and talented student came to my concert with the Paragon Pops! September 2022

Paragon

Fun times backstage with wonderful friends of the Paragon Philaharmonic. September 2022

Paragon Pops

Rehearsing with friends in the studio. September 2022

Studio Recording

The pole should not have been there when the wall came down...! And my little video cam, not the best. Still, the pianos are tuned and sounding great, and my student is well-prepared to record for a competition. Wish us luck! July 2022

Piano Studio Juilliard 2022

Blown away by our studio's enthusiasm, high level of engagement and incredible support of oneanother. Thank you to these young artists! Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, July 2022

Students

Very proud of Tyler and Jacob, talented and hardworking pianists who study with me during the school year. It was amazing to see them grow as pianists and develop friendships at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2022!

Piano Class 2022

With a few of our amazing pianists at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. Pictured here are young artists from Germany, Australia, California, Maryland, Texas and Washington. July 2022

Juilliard Faculty Concert

With my incredibly inspiring colleagues Lynelle Joy Jenkins and Rachel Calloway at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, I learn so much from them and my heart is full! July 2022

Piano Studio

Thrilled to be setting up our studios for the pianists of Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, 2022 and reunited with my fabulous piano colleagues Scott Holden and Elizabeth Schumann.

Studio Signs

Hanging signs in preparation for the arrival of our pianists at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. June 2022

Juilliard Winter Festival 2022

Working with my colleagues Scott Holden and Elizabeth Schumann at Winter Festival. January 29-30, 2022

Pixical Teachers

A happy hour with a few of our excellent piano teachers. At Pixical, we work with over 300 young piano students in private lessons and studio classes and our community continues to grow! (Learn more at Pixical.com) January 2022

HybridLessons

For some students, continuing on Zoom for piano lessons has worked beautifully. I am happy and feel lucky to be online and in-person. January 2022

JuilliardK-12

With the leadership dream team of the Juilliard K-12 office, planning a virtual Open House: Seth Baer, Tracy Hendrickson, Matt Cahill. January 2022

Holiday Studio Recital

Beautiful music to end the year! December 2021

Concert

Incredibly proud of our pianists, who have been working so hard and sharing their music. December 2021

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Boston

So happy to be in person again, making music with longtime friends. November 2021

Backstage

Rehearsing with cellist Joshua Gordon of Brandeis University for Chameleon Arts Ensemble Boston. November 2021

UtahConcert

Amazing to meet my assistant teacher Mariah Sam in person for the first time after working closely together for the past 18 months on Zoom! So special to be able to attend Mariah's graduation recital and pictured here with her teacher/my colleague Scott Holden at her side. November 2021

First Composition

A very sweet tune composed by a studio pianist! November 2021

DSO

What an experience to hear live music again! The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Sergei Babayan performed Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto and we savored this evening out. November 2021

HalloweenConcert

The studio pianists dressed in costumes for our Halloween Concert! We were all delighted and amused to be performing in this way. October 2021

Backyard Reception

Treats after our Halloween Studio Concert, the best way to celebrate our performers' hard work! October 2021

Concert Day

Lots of setting up for studio concert day! October 2021

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Pianists are working hard to prepare for our October Zoom and In-Person concerts! October 2021

Waiting Room

Lulu and "The Guinness Book of World Records" help pass the time in the studio waiting room. September 2021

Practice Party

First pop-up Practice Party of the year! So proud of these pianists for showing up and sharing their challenges and ideas in achieving mindful, productive practice. September 2021

Two Pianos

The studio welcomed a second piano in time for the new academic year! It means a lot to the previous owner, who is downsizing, that the piano will be played everyday and loved. And for me, it means the world that this piano will give me opportunities to continue learning and growing. I look forward to introducing piano duets and quartets to the studio this year! August 2022

Maram

I am so proud of this courageous, hard-working pianist. During my 3 years of mentoring her, she taught me about working hard and keeping hope, even when there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes dreams come true! (And given current circumstances, I feel her arrival is what we could also call a miracle!) On August 10, she touched down from Afghanistan, days before the Taliban took over Kabul, and soon begins her piano studies at the University of Michigan. Fly, Maram, fly!

For Fun

As we continue to be mostly at home (and our nest begins to empty), the hubs and I learn new music and improvise on tunes. July 2021

Mindfulness

Participating in a virtual Mindfulness & Meditation workshop at Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. July 2021

Piano Faculty

Working together with the Piano Faculty for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, July 2021 Mika Sasaki (Juilliard), Blair McMillen (Bard Conservatory), Scott Holden (Brigham Young University)

BLM

"Black Lives Matter: The Stage as Your Protest". An important and informative workshop with Dr. Leah Claiborne at Pixical. July 2021

Studio Reunion

Celebrating Summer and Father's Day in our first Studio Concert in 16 months! June 2021

Reception

Sweet, savory and healthy treats to follow a meaningful and beautiful in -person studio concert! June 2021

JuilliardWinterFestival

Juilliard Winter Festival, January 2021

PianoStudio

Juilliard Winter Festival Piano Studio January 2021

We continue on Zoom during these stay-at-home months, but the occasional in-person lesson has been an absolute thrill!

Chevy Chase Studio

The Studio has been modified for increased safety and is now open on a limited basis. Please inquire for more details!

Winter Studio Concert

December 19, 2020

Piano Lesson

Afghanistan - Utah - Washington DC

Zoom Lessons

Lessons have continued on Zoom. I could not be more proud of everyone's hard work!

Piano Lesson

A student prepares for studio class.

Performance Class

Beautiful performances today at today's studio class! October 2019

run through

A student prepares for Sunday performance class. October 2019

studio

Setting up for performance class and excited to hear my students. October 2019

Studio Greeters

Bailey and Lulu are thrilled and ready to play with students and their families. September 2019

NIH Philharmonia

Delighted to be playing violin as my sister's stand partner in the first NIH Philharmonia concert of the season! National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD September 2019

Concerts in Tuscany

Performances with my good friends Met Opera violinist Sylvia Volpe and soprano Liesl Odenweller Chies Sant'Andre Sarteano, Italy August 2019

Fazioli concert grand

So special to be in Italy practicing and performing on this gorgeous Italian piano. August 2019

Skype Lesson with Afghan pianist

Lesson with a very talented pianist and her teacher Janielle Beh. Inspired by these women for their courage, hard work and hope during difficult times. Afghanistan National Institute of Music June 2019

First Music recording

The First Music at Levine Music recorded a Children's cd. So much joy and creativity went into this effort and I loved every minute of working with my talented colleagues! June 2019

Welcome 2019

International greetings from our pianists! Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland

Piano Performance Class 2019

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland

Piano Studio 2019

Proud of our pianists from all around the world! Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Schumann Piano Quintet

With violinists Annaliesa Place and John Marcus, cellist Diego Garcia and violist Jessica Meyer. Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Good times playing this arrangement for 2 pianos, 8 hands! With pianists Scott Holden, Matthew Odell, and Mika Sasaki. Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Vivian's Music Studio

Beautiful performances at our end of the year class. June 2019 Chevy Chase, MD

Backstage with Chameleons

"Up Close and Personal" with soprano Mary Mackenzie and flutist Deborah Boldin. Old South Church Boston, MA April 2019

US Premiere with AU faculty

Rehearsing for the US premiere of Gyorgy Kurtag's "In memory of Rozsnyai Ilona" for English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Pianino and Prepared Piano. American University Katzen Arts Center April 2019

Duets

I love reading music and teaching with the fabulous pianist Jose Ramos-Santana! April 2019 British International School Washington, D.C.

with Jose Ramos-Santana

Teaching "Chamber Music with Juilliard" at the British International School in Washington, D.C April 2019

Studio Class

Sweet, savory and healthy treats for after studio class. April 2019

Studio Class

Setting up for the 4th of 5 studio classes during the school year. April 2019

Juilliard Teaching Artists

Chameleons spent a fantastic day teaching and performing at the British International School of Boston. March 2019

Thea Musgrave Night Windows

A delight to always be playing new rep with my good friend Nancy Dimock! Chameleon Arts Ensemble First Church of Boston March 2019

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio

In concert with friends violist Scott Woolweaver and clarinetist Gary Gorcyzcka. Chameleon Arts Ensemble First Church of Boston March 2019

Messaien Le Merle Noir

Love this gorgeous piece with Deborah Boldin! Chameleon Arts Ensemble First Church of Boston March 2019

Juilliard Summer Faculty Concert

with Matthew Patrick Morris, Clara Kim, Caroline Caro at the British International School in Washington, DC. February 2019

Multi-tasking

Babysitting my niece while her parents have a dinner out. I used to practice like this when my kids were young! February 2019

Studio Class in Chevy Chase, MD

February 2019

American Songbook Chorus

with my fabulous colleagues Glen Sewell and Tamara Tucker in the Adult Education program at Levine School of Music. January 2019

Shepherd School of Music

A little emotional while catching up with my wonderful instrumental accompanying teacher Jeanne Kierman Fischer, who I hadn't seen in 25 years! Shepherd School of Music Rice University October 2018

Catching up

A big hug to the amazing Larry Rachleff, who was my conductor at Oberlin Conservatory. Shepherd School of Music Rice University October 2019

Piano Studio

Thank you to our wonderful young artists from all over the world and grateful for my amazing piano colleagues Mika Sasaki and Scott Holden. Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2018

Rite of Spring

The Piano and Dance divisions explored the musical and historical significance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring through movement and live performance. What an exciting class, which got us up and moving to irregular meter and rhythms! Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2018

Tu Qui Santuzza?

Post concert with the fabulous Jean Paul Bjorlin and Rachel Calloway Streisfeld. Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2018

Tempus Trio

Rehearsal with violinist Sylvia Danburg Volpe and cellist Joel Noyes at the Met Opera's List Hall. 2018

The Juilliard School

Paused in front of my alma mater for a quick picture. 2018

Violin Showcase

End of the year concert with 50 violinists at George Washington Masonic National Memorial. 2018

26th Oberlin Reunion

Celebrating with Phil Highfill, my wonderful Vocal Accompanying teacher at Oberlin Conservatory. 2018

Sonatas Class

Sonatas Master class the violin studio of Stephanie Simms Flack in Alexandria, VA. 2018

Music at the Children's Inn

Chamber music for the families, Karoake with the highschoolers and musical games with the young ones at the NIH Children's Inn. 2018

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

performing with the exuberant Soprano Mary Mackenzie First Church Boston, MA

Educational Outreach

Music Class at the Silver Spring Library in Maryland. 2017

First Music Class

My youngest student is blossoming and delights in all the action! I really love my morning classes at Levine where there is so much wonder and discovery happening. In these moments, everything good seems possible. 2017

Christmas Pageant

Beautiful singing with my students in Chevy Chase, MD. 2017

Levine School of Music

Holiday Sing-a-long with the talented Emily Magenheimer at the Faculty Holiday Party. 2017

NIHNancia

Post NIH Philharmonia Concert with the amazing Maestra Nancia D'Alimonte. 2017

BolkoskyKitayama

The bride and groom rented 2 dozen instruments so that any guest could read the Bach Double with them. Such a beautiful day! 2017

Phoenix Phest Grande Reunion

Making music with Zara Lin, Steffani Kitayama and childhood friend Gabe Bolkosky August 2017

Phoenix Phest Grande

Fun times with violinists Gabe Bolkosky and Stephanie Simms-Flack. Phoenix Phest Grande August 2017

Phoenix Phest Grande

Celebration post faculty concert Ann Arbor, Michigan August 2017

Brahms Liebeslieder

Faculty Concert: Scott Holden, Vivian Chang, Rachel Calloway-Streisfeld, Jean-Paul Bjorlin, Julia Potulova, Tim Keeler Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland July 2017

Piano Studio Photo

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland July 2017

Piano Performance Class

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland July 2017

Ear Training

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland July 2017

Eiger class

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Geneva, Switzerland July 2017

Practice Session

Sleepy audience in Chevy Chase, MD. August 2017

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Rehearsing at Goethe-Institut Boston. Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Tuscany

With the stunning Sylvia Volpe Danburg pre-concert in Tuscany, Italy, performing as Artists-in-Residence at the Monteverdi.

Apparition

With the exquisite Mary Mackenzie to perform Crumb's Apparition for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Phoenix Phest

Post Kerrytown concert with the amazing Miriam Bolkosky and Gabe Bolkosky.

House Concert

A little Nachtmusik with hubby Mark Freiheit.

Bow work

A beginning student works on her bow grip and rocket ship song.

Coaching at Phoenix Phest

Coaching chamber music at Phoenix Phest at Eastern Michigan University.

Wedding

Sound check for a ceremony at the Crabtree Kittle House.

Afternoon Concert

Performing with Sylvia Danburg Volpe, violinist with the Met Opera Orchestra. Briarcliff Manor

Nursery School music

Vivian and Mother Ducky interact with her students.

Prepared Piano

Vivian performs Crumb's Apparition at First and Second Church in Boston MA for Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Needham

Chameleon rehearses Clint Needham's Axioms. Deborah Boldin (flute), Eunah Koh (violin), Scott Woolweaver (viola), Rafael Popper Keizer (cello), Kelli O'Conner (clarinet), Bill Manley (percussion) Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Goethe-Institut

Rehearsing at the Goethe-Institut Boston for "Up Close and Personal" concert with Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Photo by @Tess Popper Keizer

Up Close

Post-duo recital with the fabulous Rafael Popper Kiezer at Goethe-Institut. Joining us is Debbie Boldin, our amazing, visionary Director.

Silver Music

With the incredible Ellen Silver, Cellist and Director of Silver Music.

Movement Game

Vivian's class marches to the beat.

Movement Game

Vivian's class breathes and listens carefully to next instructions.

Dancing

Vivian's class dances to fiddle tunes.

Bloch

Performing Three Chassidic Pieces with the fabulous Alexi Kenney at First and Second Church in Boston, MA. Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Selfie

Taking a selfie pre-concert with Violist extraordinaire Scott Woolweaver. Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Charles Ives

With Violinist Tessa Lark and Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Calloway-Streisfeld following our performance of Charles Ives' "Sunrise." First and Second Church in Boston, MA for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Crumb

Mary Mackenzie and Vivian perform Crumb's Apparition at First and Second Church in Boston, MA. Photo by @Matthew Wan for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Brahms Sonata

Rehearsing with the beautiful Gary Gorczyca at Goethe-Institut for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Janacek

With the passionate Eunah Koh rehearsing Janacek Sonata for Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Great musicians and great friends! Post-concert at First and Second Church in Boston, MA. Pictured here: Vivian, Kelli O'Conner, Deb Boldin, Lynn Lundburg, David Cronin, Gabe Langfur and Scott Woolweaver.

Warm-up

A student runs through his piece before performance class at the Studio in Pleasantville, NY.

MOTYL

Motyl Chamber Ensemble: Anoush Simonian, Aleeza Wadler, Julie Becker, Ellen Silver and Vivian Chang Freiheit.

Sally

Post-rehearsal with the wonderful violinist and vocalist Sally Barr.

Phoenix Phest

Fun concert at EMU with Stephanie Sims Flack, Steffani Kitayama, Simon Fischer and Meg Lanfear.

Sesame Street

Taken after our holiday concert at Lincoln Center. Fun times!