String Faculty

Piano | Strings | Voice | Drums/Bass/Guitar | Woodwinds




Sharon Gayoung Cho, violin/viola

Born in South Korea, Sharon began playing the violin at 2 years old.  She moved to Austria and when she was fifteen and became the youngest student to enroll in the Universität für Darstellende Kunst Wien earning her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts degrees, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Violin Performance.  She went on to earn her Artist Diploma Certificate at Yale School of Music with full scholarship.    She has taken part in festivals in Germany, Slovenia, Italy, and Spain.  Sharon is currently enrolled at Mason Gross School of the Arts receiving honors and a full scholarship to pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts under the guidance of Todd Phillips.

An accomplished and internationally known performer, Sharon has performed chamber music at the Presidential Palace in Austria, as a soloist with the Cosiche Chamber Orchestra of Slovakia and in ensembles including the Anton von Webern Orchestra with Ricardo Muti and Symphony-Orchester der Konsevatorium Wien.  At Yale, she served as concertmaster for the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra.

Sharon is a multiple prizewinner at numerous international festivals including the ‘Citta Padova’ International Competition in Italy, second prize and the Governor’s prize for Modern Music at the Gavrillin Governors International Competition in Russia, as a first prize winner at the Hanmi National Competition, Yejin National Young Artist Competition, and Youngnam National Violin Competition.

As a instructor – Sharon has worked with students of all ages teaching Violin, Viola, and chamber music at the Yale School of Music Community School and now at SpeakMusic Conservatory.

Lessons offered in: English, Korean, German


James Keene

 James Keene, violin

James Keene is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and music pedagogue. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, he received his B.M. from Rutgers University, and received his Masters from San Francisco Conservatory. Starting in high school, he has played solo, chamber, and orchestral performances for audiences throughout China, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the USA. His principal teachers have been Todd Phillips, Carmit Zori, Lenuta Ciulei, and Wei-He.
Lessons offered in:  English, Spanish, German


Hyojin Lee, cello

Cellist Hyojin Lee has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Europe, Asia and U.S.A. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Slovak National Philharmonic, Hungary Symphony , Soli Deo Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic, Kyungbook Symphony among many others. She took part in several masterclasses with Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Julius Berger, Werner Thomas, and Timothy Eddy. She also participated many music festivals in Europe such as Mozarteum music festival in Austria and Zagan Music Academy in Poland.  As an orchestra musician, she was principal of the Daegu Contemporary Music Orchestra, and Indiana Concert Orchestra.

Hyojin received her Masters degree and Performer Diploma from Indiana University as a as a dean’s merit scholarship recipient. She currently pursuing her doctoral music degree as a graduate fellow and a student of Jonathan Spitz at Rutgers University with full scholarship.

As an enthusiastic performer and music teacher since 1999, Hyojin has taught cello students and lead student string ensembles. Hyojin’s students have won first prizes in many big competitions in Korea and USA and performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln center in New York, and others in the New Jersey area.  She joined the faculty of SpeakMusic
Conservatory in 2014.

Lessons offered in:  English, Korean

Mike Noordzy, acoustic/electric bass and guitar

Acoustic, Electric Bassist and Guitarist, Mike Noordzy brings an incredible passion and experience as a performer and teacher of diverse genres including country, jazz, rock, afro-cuban, and bluegrass. He has performed as leader and sideman for diverse groups in the NYC area and has graced the stages abroad in Canada and Australia.

Mike holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Jazz performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University studying under Kenny Davis, Mike Richmond, Vic Juris, and Victor Lewis.  Alongside legendary bassist William Parker, he has performed avant-garde music with the Intro-Scopic Music Ensemble.

He leads his own projects that vary from punk rock, jazz, afro-cuban, and experimental music.

An experienced teacher working with children and adults, Mike brings his infectious energy and love of music to his students.