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Min Kyung Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is a current doctoral candidate student in piano performance with Joseph Banowetz and is studying music & medicine as her related field with Dr. Kris Chesky at the University of North Texas.
She started to play the piano at the age of seven and studied piano at Kay Won Arts High School with Kichoung Lee. Min Kyung completed a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance with Jung Kyu Kim at Myongji University in South Korea and then earned a Master’s degree in piano performance with Joseph Banowetz and did her instrument collaborative work with Dr. Steven Harlos as her related field at the University of North Texas in 2011.
She has won a number of piano competitions including those held by Music Education News Competition, the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra Competition and the Ye Won University Competition in South Korea. She was recognized as an outstanding student in piano performance while at Myongji University and received the outstanding role model scholarship in 2005. Throughout her graduate studies, she has been the recipient of the James T. Rhea Scholarship, College of Music/USC Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarships and the Raupe Grant. As a piano teacher, she has taught students for over 10 years in Seoul, South Korea and the Dallas area. She also earned a Piano Adventure Certificate in South Korea in 2006.
Andre Echeverria was born and raised in Guatemala and influenced with music at an early age, he started giving piano lessons to children, ages, 4 to 14. At the age of 19, Andre began teaching ESL classes at IGA, a government-backed institute for English learning. He taught young people as well as adults there for one year. He then started teaching ESL classes at a Korean academy, preparing students for their entrance exams in English-speaking schools. In 2010, Andre moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in music. While studying at college, he taught private lessons.
Andre graduated from UT Arlington where he successfully completed his Bachelor’s Degree with a 4.0 in Music Composition under Dr. George Chave, and Audio Engineering under Micah Hayes. He plans to further his studies by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Film Scoring. Now, thanks to his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Audio Engineering, he has a wider and deeper knowledge of music, which enables him to share with his students. Andre teaches piano, voice, guitar, and drum lessons.
Bok (Yena) JeGal, native to South Korea, started playing piano at the age of five. Ms. Yena earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Music at Se-Jong University in Seoul, Korea. She has won several competitions throughout her music career, such as the Se-Jong University Orchestra competition, the Dongju University competition, and the KyungNam newspaper competition. In several occasions, she has played as a soloist with Se-Jong University Orchestra.
Ms. Yena is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Harlos. She is also studying Piano Pedagogy as a related field under Dr. Beckman. She is the principle pianist of Wind Symphony Orchestra at UNT.
Over the span of ten years, Ms. Yena has taught a wide variety of students. She loves teaching music and enjoys working with kids.
Patricia obtained a Bachelor Degree in French Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. Tsai was the elected 3rd vice president of Denver Music Teachers Association and the secretary of Colorado Pace Setters. She won top prize at the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church (ACCC)’s contest of Annul Talented Spring Festival, from her leading the performance of the 4th-grade class and the self-composition for chorus and piano accompaniment based on the poems of Tang Dynasty.
In recent years, Tsai has been selected as Teacher Performer at Piano Texas International Academy & Festival. She participated the Symphonic Workshops & Professional Development at Kromériz (Czech Republic). In the Workshop, she experienced the performance as piano soloist with the Kroméríz Festival Orchestra and the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic. She completed credit courses at TCU Piano Pedagogy Graduate Program with the content including preschoolers to seniors.
Tsai has been piano instructor since 2011 at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. On April and November of 2016 and 2017, Tsai was awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the College for her years of service and dedication to its Senior Education Program. Patricia Tsai is member of FWMTA, TMTA, FWPTF; Committee member of Fort Worth Piano-Instrumental-Vocal Solo Contest sponsored by FWMTA: Committee of FWPTF’s Group Communication. She enjoys teaching student of all ages.