Member Spotlight

Hao-Wen (Wendy) Ge: Taiwan, London, United States

Hao-wen (Wendy) Ge, Taiwanese pianist, is experienced to work within many musical areas: vocal and chamber music, church music, choral work, etc. She has performed in Taiwan, London and United States as a solo recitalist, chamber pianist and collaborative musician. Wendy also participated as a collaborative pianist in recording ‘Thanksgiving’, an album which was nominated by Golden Melody Awards in 2010.

Wendy gained her Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Education of Music from the National Taipei University of Education and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music for an MA in Performance. During her study time, she has received inspiration from masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Pascal Nemirovski, Roy Howat, Mark Markham, William Goldenberg, Ning An etc.

As an educator, she has over 10 years of experience of piano teaching in Taiwan, London and United Sates. She had worked with young musicians in the Triangle area, NC, as a master class clinician. She had also worked as a freelance accompanist for the music department at Duke University. As an adjudicator, she had served for NCMTA Piano-Contest.

She had served on the board for Durham Music Teachers Association. She was also a member of Music Teachers National Association and North Carolina Music Teachers Association.


Annata Black: The Craft of Creative Artistry

New member, Annata Black, has a wide range of experience in piano performance, music education and somatic practices. Annata’s teaching draws upon a range of study and depth of experience. Her intent is to discover how each student might:

Access his/her innate musical and somatic intelligence, thus expanding beyond habitual limits.
Gain the confidence and joy of playing piano developed from careful learning of the craft.
Discover his/her fulfillment and freedom through an integrated mind, body and spirit.
Annata has studied with such piano luminaries as Rhosina Lhevinne and Jeannine Dowis of the Juilliard School & Aspen School of Music, Gladys Gladstone at the University of Utah (student of Schnaebel), Paul Pollei at Brigham Young University (founder of Gina Bauchauer Competition), Suzanne Rabaud (student of Rachmaninoff).

Black studied at the Juilliard School of Music, as well, holds a B.A. in Musicology(University of Utah) and a B.A. in Music Education (University of Wyoming). She was on the faculty of Western Wyoming College and an Artist-in-Residence for the State of Wyoming – solo recitalist, founder of Prisma Chamber Artists (a touring chamber music ensemble), music educator and curriculum developer for the Integrative Arts for Gifted and Talented Programs. She taught Classroom Music (K-12). As a solo recitalist and chamber music player she performed outreach programs extensively in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho.

Annata has incorporated into her teaching approach principles of Mind/Body Disciples. She holds certifications in Massage, Cranial-Sacral, Touch for Health, Reiki, Human Design, and has studied forms of Qigong & Taiji.

Recognized in the visual arts for her large-scale montage works. Exhibits include solo exhibition at the Kaprissi Galleria, Kuopio, Finland, Turku Galleria, Turku, Finland, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, University of California, Gallery of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, Stanford Californa, Artis Award, Wyoming Council on the Arts.

Annata’s definition of life is the craft of creative artistry.


New Member Kim Bakkum: Piano in Taos

Pianist Kim Bakkum has recently relocated to Taos from the Akron/Cleveland area, where she has been performing, teaching, adjudicating, and working in community arts for twenty five years. She holds her professional degrees in piano performance from Montana State University, Western Michigan University, and the AIMS Opera and Lieder program in Graz, Austria. She has also completed additional studies in collaborative piano in Vienna, Austria, where she resided for a year. Her collaborations in Vienna included summer seminars with members of the Vienna Symphony in their summer flute and percussion seminars. Kim has enjoyed a variety of chamber collaborations with Singers Company, of Akron. The group has performed internationally in competition; concertized at numerous venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; presented residencies in Italy and Spain; and has also been featured in performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. . Instrumental collaborations have included performances at the National Flute and National Clarinet conventions with flutist, Jane Berkner and clarinetist, Kris Belisle-Jones. Jane and Kim can be heard on their CD entitled “In Cynthia’s Garden” – which features composers from the Akron/Cleveland area.

While in Ohio, Kim developed a vibrant, independent piano studio in Akron, where she became recognized for her creative and imaginative work with younger students. In addition to their regular participation in studio recitals, competitions and festivals, her students also contributed performances and outreach activities which served community-based venues such as retirement villages, Hospice facilities, and public school performances. Kim has always been active as an adjudicator and clinician, having most recently adjudicated for the Gilmore Keyfest, a student event sponsored by the Gilmore Piano Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to her independent piano studio teaching, she has also served on the faculties of Kent State and the University of Akron, where she taught private piano, was a guest lecturer in piano pedagogy, and performed as collaborative pianist. Kim served the Ohio Music Teachers Association as member and officer. She served the Akron local affiliate as its president, vice president, and secretary. For two years, Kim was Program Chair for Ohio’s State Convention. She has also been an active member of the Federation of Music Clubs, entering her students in concerto and solo piano events, and has served as a frequent Adjudicator for the Federation.

For five years, Kim also chaired Western Michigan University’s two-week Piano Seminar for talented high school students, who attended from throughout the U.S. She has also authored pedagogical articles for Keyboard Companion and Junior Keynotes, as well having contributed concert reviews for Tuesday Musical Association (National Federation of Music Clubs) meetings in Akron.

Currently, Kim continues to perform collaboratively while developing a private studio in Taos, New Mexico.