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Spring Workshop Details

Event Date | May 5, 2024

Event Time | 9:30-11:30am

Location | Portland Piano Company

Fees | FREE to MTACC Members! $20 for Guests

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Spring Workshop |
Dr. Michelle Huang

Mind and Body Connections for Practicing and Performing

Join us as we explore a multitude of ways to strengthen and connect our mind and body when practicing and performing!

We'll examine how our physical and mental struggles are inseparable, and how they affect our music-making in a profound way.  Dr. Huang will lead us as we investigate alleviating these struggles through: 

  • Developing effective and healthy practice habits

  • Increasing our sensory awareness and mindfulness when practicing

  • Exploring the idea of "play" in practice sessions

  • Developing a stage presence

  • Overcoming performance anxiety

These important skills will cultivate the "thinking musician" in ourselves and our students, making practicing and performing more rewarding and meaningful.

About Dr. Michelle Huang

A native of Taiwan, pianist Michelle Huang has performed and taught extensively throughout the U.S. as well as abroad in the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, China, and Taiwan. She has appeared as soloist and guest artist in numerous recitals and has given lectures, workshops, and master classes. As a chamber musician, Michelle Huang has collaborated frequently with vocalists and instrumentalists as well as various chamber groups, such as the Mary L’Engle Ensemble, the River City Trio, the chamber group-in-residence at Friday Musicale in Jacksonville, Florida, the Jacksonville Symphony and Richmond Symphony musicians. In 2017, she received a faculty grant to commission ten paintings by two Virginia Commonwealth University art students. These paintings were presented with the complete performances of Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition during her concert tour in 2018 - 2019. In July 2020, she also collaborated with Richmond Symphony concertmaster and presented a Beethoven program in the Richmond Symphony Summer Series as a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Most recently, she completed a concert tour with Polish pianist Magdalena Adamek on an eclectic two pianos program. 


Michelle Huang holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University, Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her principle teachers include Read Gainsford, David Northington, and Barbara Rowan. As an educator, Huang has held teaching positions at both Walter States Community College and Lincoln Memorial University. She served as Assistant Professor of Piano at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2012, she launched a Concert Series at Edward Waters College in which high caliber performing artists performed concerts as well as conducting master classes, workshops, and lectures for the continuing enrichment and exposure of classical music to both the school and the community.


As a strong advocate of mind and body connection and overall musicians’ health, Huang has conducted numerous performance anxiety workshops in various universities as well as music conferences to help musicians understand and cope with anxiety related to performing. She has also presented workshops on a wide variety of topics including musicians’ wellness, art of practicing, and music entrepreneurship. Most recently, she was on the piano faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In the summer, she is on the faculty of East/West International Piano Festival in Seoul, South Korea. She is also the co-founder of the Online Young Pianist Summer Symposium, which launched in May 2020. The Symposium was conducted virtually, in which guest speakers were invited to present topics such as the art of practicing, the art of memorization, and Alexander Technique, as well as a masterclass to college and pre-college pianists.


In addition to teaching in the collegiate setting, Huang also maintains a private studio both online and in Seattle, WA, where she works with talented pre-college students. She is an active member of the Seattle Music Teachers Association and Eastside Music Teachers Association. She is also a frequent adjudicator for local and state festivals and competitions. Many of her students have won top awards and successfully pursued studies and career in music.

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