Program Assistants

Yun-Yun Chang

A native of Taiwan, Yun-Yun Chang started her own piano studio after receiving her bachelor’s degree in piano performance. Before coming to the United States, she also taught music classes at middle schools and private music schools in Taiwan. As an active performer, Chang frequently collaborates with other musicians. She worked as an accompanist for the clarinet and trumpet studios at the College of Music at MSU, as well as the string group classes in the Suzuki program of the MSU Community Music School. Chang earned her master’s degree in piano pedagogy from MSU, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance under Professor Derek Polischuk.

Mary Gossell

Mary Gossell grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri area and loved classical music from a young age. She began taking piano lessons when she was nine years old, eventually deciding to pursue music not only as a hobby, but also as an educational pursuit and career. In May 2015, Mary completed a Bachelor’s in piano performance and a minor in mathematics at the University of Central Missouri. Currently, Mary studies at Michigan State University, where she is working to attain a Master’s in piano performance and a Master’s in music theory. Besides playing solo repertoire, Gossell loves accompanying, especially for choirs; in addition, she hopes to research several music theory topics, such as analysis and performance and active listening of musical form. Outside of music, Gossell enjoys reading, card-making, exploring and being outdoors, and learning about other cultures. Following graduation, she would like to teach both piano and music theory.

Hsin-yi Huang

Taiwanese pianist Hsin-yi Huang was born in 1990. As a soloist, she attended 2008 International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, 2012 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and 2013 InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. She performed for Vitali Berzon, Alexander Kobrin, Nina Lelchuk, Robert Levin, Victor Rosenbaum, Daniel Shapiro, Boris Slutsky and Eduard Zilberkant.  Huang is also an active collaborative and chamber musician. She is the pianist of University Symphony Orchestra in University of Michigan since 2014 to 2015. Also, she, Rachel Rosenbaum(clarinet), and Kellen Degnan(cello) together comprise the members of the Broadway Trio, the MTNA representative to the 2015 East Central MTNA Chamber Music String Competition and the prizewinner of Division Competition. Huang received BM degree from Tainan National University of the Arts, studied with Grace Chuang, and MM degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from University of Michigan, studied with Arthur Greene. She is currently pursuing DMA degree in Piano Performance in Michigan State University with Derek Polischuk.

Ling Lo

Ling Lo, Pianist from Taiwan, has received many rewards in several piano competitions, including International Bohemia Metro Cup, Taiwan Cultural Cup Music Competition, National Student Competition of Music. In addition to her solo performance accomplishments, her dedication to chamber music has helped her receive several scholarships. After receiving her masters degree at Boston University, she serves as Graduate Assistant in Michigan State University, where she is pursuing her Doctoral degree with professor Deborah Moriarty.

Lisa Summers

Lisa Summers is currently a DMA candidate for the degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University, studying under the tutelage of Professor Panayis Lyras. This summer, she participated in Encore V, a series of masterclasses and performances alongside her colleagues and professors in Todi, Italy. In addition to frequent collaborations with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists as a pianist, Summers also serves as Event Manager on the MSU College Music Events Staff—overseeing more than eighty performances and events throughout the academic year. In her free time, Summers enjoys reading, watching films and improving her skills as a church organist.

Natsumi Takai

Natsumi Takai pursued a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy at MSU. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Nihon University in Japan, and a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with honors from MSU. She will start her Doctoral career at University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant this fall. Takai is an active teacher and a researcher. Her teaching experiences include private teaching, as well as choir conducting for operas, a classroom assistant in early childhood music program and a group piano class at Michigan State University Community Music School. She also received K-12 teaching certificates in Japan. Her research curiosity contains the integration of music theory and performance/piano teaching. Her thesis “Research of Donizetti operas: Mainly about the opera L’elisir D’amore” was recognized as one of three best bachelor theses at Nihon University School of Music. She recently finished writing the researches “Why Performers Learn Music Theory: Tool to Develop Cognitive Ears” and “Comparison of Piano Exams – with Emphasis of Music Theory Portion” at MSU. She presented pedagogical topics at several piano pedagogy conferences. Takai is currently a collegiate member of Michigan Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Her teachers include Deborah Moriarty, Derek Polischuk (Piano Pedagogy), Kyoko Nagato, and Hiroko Ebi.