MM Music Education
Mrs. Emily Eldridge started lessons with Francisco and Mireille Silva at the age of 8 and continued her progression through the Silva Piano Method. She attended Georgia State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree while studying piano with Dr. Brandt Fredriksen. During her studies, Emily began instructing piano students at Silva Piano Studios where she was extensively trained and certified to teach the Silva Piano Method.
After graduating from GSU, Mrs. Eldridge taught choir at a private school while also teaching Yamaha Music Programs and private students in Atlanta. After a few years teaching in the schools, Emily wanted to learn more about teaching and made the decision to begin her graduate education. She obtained a Master’s in Music Education from GSU and completed her master’s thesis titled “Piano Instruction for the 21st Century: A Case for Alternative Instruction”. Additionally, Mrs. Eldridge is a published author and has had one of her articles published in The South African Music Teacher.
As a product of the Silva Piano Method herself and her subsequent success in the music profession, she is an invaluable asset on the teaching team at Silva Piano Studios.
MM Choral Conducting and Piano Performance
Justin Han recently graduated with a double Master of Music degree and an Artist Certificate in choral conducting and piano performance from Georgia State University, where he was awarded the Robert Shaw Choral Scholar Award and Stegner Piano Scholarship. Justin is in high-demand as a pianist, conductor, singer, and violinist in the Atlanta area. He has worked with multiple universities, K-12 public schools, churches, and other ensembles, including the University of West Georgia and the Atlanta Homeward Choir. He is currently the Director of Music at Emory Presbyterian Church. Before Emory, Justin has held music director positions at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, Commerce Presbyterian Church, Greensboro First United Methodist Church, and Our Hope Metropolitan Community Church. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of a chamber choral ensemble called Consolari and an ensemble member of Atlanta’s professional choral ensemble, Coro Vocati.
DMA Orchestral Conducting
Violin, Viola and Piano Instructor
Grant Gilman is an orchestral conductor known for his expertise in American orchestral music from the 19th-21st centuries. Grant was recently appointed Music Director of the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra and Alpharetta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Grant is also Music Director of the East Cobb Chamber Orchestra, and Conductor at the Atlanta Music Project. Previously, he held the positions of Associate Music Director of the Round Rock Symphony, Music Director with the Harbor Opera Company, Resident Conductor with the Astoria Symphony, Assistant Conductor with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Guest Conductor with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. With a lifelong commitment to developing young talent, he has been Director of Orchestral Studies at the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University, Music Director with the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Director for the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Summer String Camp.
Recently, Grant launched a podcast titled American Muse (www.americanmusepodcast.com) centered around the orchestral music of composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. The podcast is complimented by his blog American Orchestral Music, and his forthcoming book Secrets of American Orchestral Music due to be released in 2021.
Grant has conducted orchestral and opera performances in Cincinnati; Newport News & Norfolk, VA; Round Rock & San Antonio, TX; New York; Baltimore; Toms River & Newark, NJ; and Greensboro, NC. Most notably, he led a Nutcracker performance with the Moscow Ballet in Baltimore’s famed Lyric Opera House.
Grant earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. His undergraduate studies in violin performance were with Pamela Frank, Martin Beaver, and Misha Rosenker, and his graduate studies in orchestral conducting were with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. He also earned his Doctorate of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), while studying with Mark Gibson.
Grant’s Website: https://www.grantgilman.com/
DMA Candidate, Piano Performance, University of Georgia
Lingyi Guo, currently attends the University of Georgia pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. David Fung and minoring in piano pedagogy with Dr. Pete Jutras and Dr. Grace Huang. She also received her Master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in August 2019 under Dr. Washington Garcia, and her Bachelor’s degree at the Sichuan Conservatory School of Music at Chengdu, China under Prof. Mai Wang. Born and raised in China, Ms. Guo has performed as a solo pianist throughout China, Singapore, Europe and United States. Her recent performances includes the concerto winner recital at the University of Georgia, the final recital at the Piedmont University hold by Chopin Academy of Atlanta, as well as the upcoming recital in Carnegie Hall as the first price winner of the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition. Lingyi Guo is a top prize winner of the Liszt Memorial Prizes HongKong-International Piano Open Competition in 2011, ZhongXin International Music Competition in 2012, University of Georgia Concerto Competition in 2021, GMTA State Audition Upper College Devision in 2021 and the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition in 2021. A dedicated pedagogue with eight years of experience, Ms. Guo’s students range from age five through adult, of all levels and abilities. Ms. Guo loves working with her students and enjoying sharing her music thoughts through her teaching.
DMA Candidate, Piano Performance, University of Georgia
Tsai-Wei Li is a winner of multiple contests in her native Taiwan, including the University of Taipei Concerto Competition, as well as the Taipei and the Keelung National Music Competitions. In the US, Tsai-Wei won the competitions of Georgia Music Teacher Association, Atlanta Music club, and Atlanta Reginal Osaka International competition. Tsai-Wei was recently invited to perform at Steinway Hall in New York City. She won the University of Georgia Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with its orchestra, Lee University Concerto Competition and received the competitive Dean’s Award as well as the opportunity to perform an Honors Recital at Georgia State University. Tsai-Wei was invited to be a soloist for five performances with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and had previously performed Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the University of Taipei Orchestra and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lee University Orchestra.
Tsai-Wei participated in the International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York City, the International Piano Festival of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, the Miami Music Festival in Florida. She participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists including Boris Slutsky, Alon Goldstein, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Natalya Antonova, Ching-Yun Hu, Chun-Chieh Yen, Peter Takacs, Marina Lomazov, Yakov Kasman, Francesco Monopoli, Alexander Kobrin, Jerome Rose, Victor Rosebaum, Nina Tichman, Ming-Qiang Li, Michael Oelbaum, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Gesa Luecker and Gabriele Leporatti.
Ms. Li’s professional experience is notable. She was pianist with Hodgson Singers, Rote Hund contemporary ensemble, UGA University Chorus, Lee University Chorale and others. She taught piano majors for Dr. Cahill Smith at Lee University, piano classes at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia, at University of Georgia Community Music School and private lessons.
Tsai-Wei holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Taipei and a master’s degree from Lee University where she was a full-scholarship recipient of Musicianship, Dean’s Music, and Asian Pacific awards. She earned an Artist Certificate from Georgia State University as a graduate teaching assistant. Her principal professors have been Chin-Chuan Chang, Hui-Chi Liu, Ning An, Cahill Smith, and Raffi Besalyan. Tsai-Wei is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at the University of Georgia working with Dr. Liza Stepanova. She is minoring in Piano Pedagogy and was awarded a full graduate teaching assistantship. Tsai-Wei is currently teaching at Community Music School at the University of Georgia and teaching group piano classes for music majors.