Yao Wang, Cellist, Instructor


Graduate at University of Southern California


​Yao Wang, a cellist, was born in Xinjiang, China, and began cello study at the age of five with his father. After attending Shanghai Conservatory in China from 2004- 2005, he completed his Performer’s Certificate at La Sierra University in Riverside under the  study of Professor Pin Fei Tang. Accepted to the Thornton School of  Music, University of Southern California, Yao began study with Eleonore Schoenfeld in 2006, and have received his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance as a full scholarship student under the instruction of Professor Alexander Suleiman (Student of Deniel Shafran and Natalia Gutman) and Daniel Rothmuller (a form principal assistant cello of Los Angeles Philharmonic). In 2013, Ya has received his Master Degree of music performance under the  instruction Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz in Azusa Pacific University.

                              In 2000 Yao was awarded 2nd Prize in the National Competition and top prize in the Central Conservatory String Competition in China. In 2002 he received a full scholarship to the Itzhak Perlman Music Program, and performed with Perlman in that year. Also in 2002, Yao was featured soloist in a performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Xinjiang Philharmonic. Yao won 1st Prize in the American String Teachers' Association competition in Redland, Los Angeles and California State divisions in 2005, followed by a full scholarship to the International Cello Master Program Gregor Piatigorshy Seminar that year. He attended ASTA’s Summer Institute for Chamber Music in 2007. In 2008, he became one of winners in Sigma Alpha Iota Competition. He has been invited to play in many concerts in Los Angeles, Hollywood and he has been principal cellist of the Corona Symphony Orchestra from 2008to 2010.  During his Master degree studying at Azusa Pacific University (2010-2013), Yao was pointed to be a teaching assistant of the cello studio in Azusa Pacific University. In 2013, Yao played as a soloist with Corona Symphony Orchestra, and he was invited immediately after the concert to give cello

master classes and lecture recitals in La

Sierra University, California State

University Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles

City College.

Not only to the cello performance, but also

to the conducting practice, Yao has great

interest and passion to it. In his primary

school studying, Yao had shown the talent

on his conducting. He was appointed to

conduct the student choir from his primary school at sixth grade and had received a great success. Later, he had won choir conducting awards many times from his high school, the Attached middle school of Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guang Zhou, China. In 2011, Yao has decided to take conducting practice as a major study under the instruction of Professor Christopher Russell in the Azusa Pacific University. He conducted the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra on the September 23rd, 2012 for his debut practice in the U.S. for the public. Yao currently play principal cello in Dream Orchestra and teach cello in Yaola Orchestra.

Katherine Marsh, Flutist, Piccolo Player, Educator


Graduate at Eastman School of Music


Flutist Katherine Marsh is an active professional musician

and teacher. She is currently the solo piccolo player of the

Santa Barbara Symphony, principal flute of the San

Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has performed

with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Grand

Opera and Master Choral, the Hollywood Bowl Orcheatra,

Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony,  as well as

other symphony and chamber ensembles throughout

Southern California.

Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Bonita Boyd, Samuel Baron, Roger Stevens, and Louise DiTullio. She was a member of the LA Philharmonic Orchestral Training Program and was selected to perform in The Round Top Music Festival and the Orchestral Institute in Graz, Austria.  In addition Ms. Marsh has performed in masterclasses with James Galway, Jean Pierre Rampal, Sarah Jackson and Catherine Karoly.

                             This past November Katherine premiered James Domine’s Flute  Concerto with the San Fernando Valley Symphony. Her piccolo and flute playing can be heard in many Star Wars Video games performing with the Skywalker Orchestra. In addition to orchestral work, Kathy is a member of the California Music Teacher's Association and is a coach for Junior Chamber Music. She is currently serving as a board member for the Arts High Foundation. Flutist Katherine Marsh is an active professional musician and teacher. She is currently the solo  piccolo player of the Santa Barbara Symphony, principal flute of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Grand Opera and Master Choral, the Hollywood Bowl Orcheatra, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony,  as well as other symphony and chamber ensembles throughout Southern California.

Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Bonita Boyd, Samuel Baron, Roger Stevens, and Louise DiTullio. She was a member of the LA Philharmonic Orchestral Training Program and was selected to perform in The Round Top Music Festival and the Orchestral Institute in Graz, Austria.  In addition Ms. Marsh has performed in masterclasses with James Galway, Jean Pierre Rampal, Sarah Jackson and Catherine Karoly.

This past November Katherine premiered James Domine’s Flute Concerto with the San Fernando Valley Symphony. Her piccolo and flute playing can be heard in many Star Wars Video games performing with the Skywalker Orchestra. In addition to orchestral work, Kathy is a member of the California Music Teacher's Association and is a coach for Junior Chamber Music. She is currently serving as a board member for the Arts High Foundation. 



Our Teachers

Brass:   Caster J. Teoh

Winds:  Cathy Marsh

Stings:  Cello, Yao Wang

            Violin, Kim Hain


Student Teachers: Crystal Cho, Tiffany Kim, Evan Zhao, Erin Kim


Kimberly Hain, Violinist, Recording Artist, Educator


Kimberly Hain began her musical studies at a young age, and continued to study the violin seriously through high-school and college. She received a B.M.E. from Cedarville University, an M.M. in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.M. in chamber music from Kent State University, and a D.M.A. in violin performance from The Florida State University. As an avid chamber musician, Kim studied for two years with the Miami String Quartet, and has spent many years playing in professional string quartets. In 2011, she moved to San Diego and began Quartet Nouveau, a non-profit musical organization dedicated to high-quality chamber music performances and educational programs for young musicians. Kim moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to further her music career. She serves as Concertmaster for Center Stage Opera, Directs the Center Stage Chamber Players chamber series, regularly plays with the Dream Orchestra and Bakersfield Symphony, co-directs Classical Revolution, and started an LLC in music events with her business partner. In addition to performing, Kim has been teaching privately for over 10 years and maintains a studio here in Los Angeles.

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 Dr. Caster J. Teoh, Trumpetor, Conductor, Educator


DMA at USC


Hails from Penang, Malaysia, Caster started playing the

violin when he was 6 years old but switched to the trumpet in

1997. Caster was serving as principal trumpet in the Penang

Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2002. Since coming to the

United States, Caster has appeared in numerous orchestras,

including the American Youth Symphony, Corona Symphony,

Orange County Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Quad City

Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera, etc and currently serving as

co-principal trumpet/ assistant conductor with Santa Monica

Symphony and principal trumpet with Los Angeles Dream Orchestra. While in college, he was a finalist in the Maia Quartet competition and was awarded outstanding Pi Kappa Lambda award in 2007. Caster has been performing with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazil), National Orchestra of Malaysia, Kumamoto International Orchestra etc. under numerous conductors and artists, such as Kees Bakel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Mazur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and many more. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada.


 A doctorate graduate from the USC Thornton  School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2007 and 2013. While at school, he was also a Fulbright     scholarship student and has been awarded 2013 outstanding Brass Chamber Music award. For the past summers, Caster has been performing in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Music Festival in Brazil, Alba music festival in Italy, etc. Recently, he was invited to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio (Baltimore Symphony), Boyde Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic), David Greenhoe (Quad City Symphony), John Bourque and William Theis (Malaysian Philharmonic). Aside from being an orchestra musician, Caster has served as Music Director/ conductor of the Youth Symphony West Orchestra (YSW), an orchestra under the Los Angeles Philharmonic umbrella.  




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