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VIVIAN CHANG-FREIHEIT
The Juilliard School, DMA, MM
Oberlin College, BM

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TEACHING

Vivian performs as Artist Faculty and Curriculum Consultant for the Juilliard K-12 Department and Piano Lead of Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. As Founder of Vivian Chang Studios, Vivian engaged 40 artists and 200 students through creative offerings during the pandemic and continues to offer workshops and performance opportunities for the studio. Vivian has recorded numerous educational programs for Boston and NYC public schools and maintains an active private piano studio; her students perform in monthly studio concerts, and participate in local productions and ensembles.

As Piano Chair of Pixical from 2020-2022, Vivian helped build a new educational program, hired and trained 25 new piano faculty and enrolled over 350 piano students. In recent years, Vivian was invited to speak at Oberlin Conservatory and the Brigham Young University School of Music about networking and entrepreneurship. At the University of South Carolina School of Music, Vivian adjudicated and awarded student grant proposals.

PERFORMANCES

Vivian made her solo piano debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. She has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and as core member of the ASCAP/NEA award-winning Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston for the past 23 years.  As a collaborative pianist, Vivian has performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, the MoMA, Taiwan National Hall and in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Czech Republic. For almost a decade, Vivian performed as Staff Pianist at Juilliard, as an Official Pianist for Juilliard entrance auditions, and for numerous competitions and auditions in official capacity, including Artist International of Europe. She also collaborated and toured with singers in performances presented by the Marilyn Horne Foundation and performed as Artist-in-Residence at the Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy in 2019 and 2016. In addition to freelancing in the metro DC area, Vivian performs as Pianist with Paragon Pops and as both Pianist and 1st Violinist of the NIH Philharmonia Orchestra.

VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Vivian is a champion for inclusion and accessibility, and is committed to providing musical opportunities for children with special educational needs. In 2016, the Westchester Jewish Council of NY recognized Vivian with the Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award for her work with the special needs population and creating interactive, musical programs for these children and their families. While living in NY, she served actively on committees that provided community based resources for special needs families.  In 2018, Vivian began collaborating with the Music Therapy department at the Levine School of Washington, DC in piloting new class-music offerings for children with special educational needs. During 2017-202, Vivian performed regularly for patients and their families at the Safra Family Lodge and Children's Inn on the NIH campus.

EDUCATION

Vivian earned DMA and MM degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Sanders, Jonathan Feldman, and Albert Fuller. As recipient of the first Citibank-Juilliard Stipendium and the Huntington Beebe Award, Vivian studied in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, as a vocal coach at the Leipzig Opera House, and with pianist Phillip Moll in Berlin, Germany.

Vivian earned both Violin and Piano Performance degrees at Oberlin College-Conservatory, where she graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was recipient of the Conservatory Dean's Talent Award and Faculty Prize in Accompanying. She studied piano with Joseph Schwartz and Robert Shannon, violin with Stephen Clapp, chamber music with Robert McDonald, and accompanying with Jeanne Kierman Fischer and Phil Highfill. Vivian also taught as Music Theory and Keyboard Skills Assistant under Professor Allan Cadwallader.

While pursuing further training at the Summer Kodály Institute at NYU, Vivian studied Vocal Pedagogy, Choral Conducting and Kodály Methodology, focusing on best practices in teaching school-aged students. She also trained in Stanley Greenspan’s “Floor Time”, an approach which continues to inform her teaching.

TESTIMONIALS

You have truly taught me the power of sincerity, dedication, and the courage it takes to unabashedly sprint for my goals. These are lessons I will keep with me in all walks of life. (Student 2023)

Before my daughter started lessons with you, I had to help her with the piano practice everyday and she was often frustrated. Now, she is so independent and can practice by herself! And naturally, she really enjoys playing piano. We can't be happier!  (Parent 2019)

Your positivity, energy, and love of music come through in every interaction.  (Colleague 2023)

My daughter learns so much from you and not just musically. Poise, presentation, public speaking, problem solving.... (Parent 2019)

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