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Sheryl Hung <a name="sheryl"></a>

Sheryl Hung

B.Mus., MYC Certified, MT Certified, ECE Certified

Sheryl Hung holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of British Columbia. Her primary teachers include Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Heidi Krutzen, principal harpist from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and Lani Krantz, principal harpist from Vancouver Island Symphony.

 

[showhide type="sheryl" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”]Her many ensemble rehearsals and performances have shaped her into an accomplished interpreter and teacher. A solo, chamber, and orchestral harpist, Sheryl has played with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra. Sheryl has performed in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, China, and Taiwan, and has performed in master classes by world-class harpists including Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga, Natalia Shamayeva, Willy Postma, Ann Yeung, Cristina Braga, and Judy Loman.

 

A great lover of the harp repertoire, Sheryl is passionate in sharing her talents with her students and the community at large. In her lessons, she focuses on building a solid and relaxed technique while playing with joy and appreciation of the arts.

 

Sheryl also teaches piano, theory, early childhood music, and ballet. Sheryl is fluent in English and Mandarin.[/showhide]

Miya Otake <a name="miya"></a>

Miya Otake

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Miya Otake is an active harpist contributing her talent in both performing and teaching.

 

At age of seven, she began to study harp with Taeko Okajima. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her musical studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music with[showhide type="miya" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”] scholarships. She has always achieved high scores for her musical exams and won many awards including the Kiwanis and other musical competitions. She has appeared in many recitals and numerous TV programs studying under Taka Kling who is a former professor at the University of Victoria.

 

After completing her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Daphne Boden, Skaila Kanga, and Marisa Robles in London, England, she pursued further studies in Nice, France with Madame Fontan-Binoche.

 

Miya has performed in Canada, USA, Brazil, Europe, and Japan. Her notable performances include the Harp Duet with her sister, Kaori Otake at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

She is the founder of the award winning Westcoast Harp Ensemble and currently, she is the principal harp instructor at both Langley Community Music School and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

 

Her students have received many Awards from the Kiwanis International Music Festivals and also many Gold and Silver Awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving the highest score for their Examinations.

 

Miya has been awarded the Teachers Certificate of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music for her student’s highest achievements.

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