I am a moonlighting musician in my hometown of Houston. Most recently I organized and performed in the Eastern Echo Concert, kick-started with an artist grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. For this project I collaborated with a talented group of contemporary Asian fusion musicians, as well as my good friends who are local jazz musicians. I have also performed with the Rice University Jazz Band and the Houston Chinese Traditional Music Group. I love the city's diversity and enjoy meeting new people and potential collaborative artists.
I think I began singing shortly after I was born, but I didn't start piano lessons until I was 12. Within two years of formal study, I was accepted into the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts piano program under the direction of Sylvia Strong. My teachers included Changlu Wu, John Weems, Robert Roux and Boaz Sharon. I went on to earn two degrees in piano.
Despite my success on that musical behemoth, I've always felt more natural when singing. Growing up, I adored MTV, but I never saw any Asians grace the mainstream stage, so I assumed Asians weren't supposed to sing. That is until one day in high school, when I belted out some Mariah Carey during an impromptu jam session with my fellow music students, and they were floored that I exhibited "soul." A closet singer since I was a toddler, I decided at that moment it might be cool to be an Asian girl who sings, and it set off a new voracious appetite for a wide range of vocal repertoire. I participated in choir and singing competitions and began voice lessons with the extraordinary Mrs. Ann Ostrow (who sadly passed away in 2012; the music world has lost a great star and mentor). However, I couldn't give up the piano, so I continued my studies in college. Between singing in benefits, jazz band concerts and Jacaré Brazil, I earned my master's degree in piano performance.
Today, when I'm not working out the kinks to my newest musical number or whipping my weekend piano students into shape, I'm pulling nine-to-fives as a technical writer. A passionate wordsmith, I strive to remain active in local workshops and organizations. My most notable publication to date is an essay in Asian American X, but I hope that list will soon grow to include some personal projects.