Professor, Violin

Wanchi has been praised numerous times (“...her incisive technique and an exceptionally rich and beautiful tone...” Phil's Classical Reviews, Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2015) for her recordings and performances in chamber music, solo recitals, and as a soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Asia, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and numerous music festivals in the world.

Wanchi, born in Taiwan, started playing violin at age six and came to the U.S. at age 13 to study at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, soloing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under conductor Catherine Comet a year later.  She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Julliard School, and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University.   She has served as an adjudicator in several major string competitions nationally and internationally in the U.S., Hong Kong, and mainland China. She has been a resident performing faculty artist at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan since 2008.

Deeply passionate about her commitment to bridging the gap between music education and music performance, she has presented at the ASTA National Conference on multiple occasions.  Her CDs of Eugène Ysaÿe Sonatas and complete Partitas and Sonatas of J.S. Bach for Solo Violin were released in the fall of 2013 and 2015 respectively, under the Centaur Records label.  Both CDs have earned very favorable reviews. 

Wanchi is currently a professor of violin and teaches a full violin studio at the James Madison University School of Music in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she resides with her family.  She is looking forward to her next recording project of the music of Benjamin Brittan and William Walton for Violin and Piano under Centaur Records, Inc., to be recorded in the spring of 2018.

Strings Professors and Instructors
Diane Phoenix-Neal

Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola
Assistant Professor

Sam Suggs

Sam Suggs, Bass
Assistant Professor

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