Mavis Pan was born in Taiwan where she started taking piano lessons at the age of four, attending the Stella Matutina Girls School, where she was enrolled in the prestigious Specialized Music program. Ms. Pan received rigorous training in piano, voice, music theory, and ear training until the family immigrated to the United States, New Jersey. There she studied privately with Sherry Fan, performed with the high school big band and choir groups, and won “Best Accompanist” at the High School Choral Festival competition in 1996. Upon her high school graduation she gave a debut solo piano recital at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University.
As an undergraduate, majoring in jazz piano performance at New York University, Ms. Pan studied jazz piano with Don Freeman, Frank Kimbrough, and Peter Malinverni, classical piano with Fabio Gardenal, and jazz vocal with Ann Phillips. She sang with the five times Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and continued her studies at Columbia University, where she studied conducting and voice with Dino Anagnost while earning a Master’s Degree in Music & Music Education.
Ms. Pan was a finalist in the YPMP/CACA piano competition and has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s David H Koch, and the Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space. She has also performed at the Opening Night Gala of the Asian Nights celebration at Shea Stadium.
A composer, pianist, conductor, and vocalist Ms. Pan has performed her own original works, including but not limited to orchestral, choral, jazz, chamber music, and solo instrumental and vocal works across the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. She was the composer-in-residence and choir director at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in New York for five years. There she premiered numerous new works with the choir and chamber orchestras. Her choral work, “A Christmas Carol” was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic Symphony, under the ERM label, available on Amazon.com.
After Ms. Pan made her debut Jazz album “On My Way Home” in 2010, she spent a year in Shanghai performing and teaching. Students from all over China participated in the Jazz Intensive Music Camp in Shanghai, where she served as a Jazz piano instructor and translator for Master Classes. Her second Piano Solo album “Not Alone” was released December of 2016 and was distributed both in U.S.A and China.
Graduating summa cum laude Ms. Pan earned a Master’s degree in Musical Composition from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music studying under renown contemporary classical composers Tania Leon and Dalit Warshaw. She was given two composition awards, Morton Feldman and Miriam Gideon, by the conservatory and was selected to be on the Dean’s list upon graduation. She has performed and arranged for The Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA under the baton of Mr. Fei Fang. Her latest album “Set for Love”, in collaboration with lyricist David Keyes and produced by Ulysses Owens Jr., is featuring 12 original Jazz love songs and will be released on Valentine’s Day 2019 on m iTunes and other major distribution.
In addition to Ms. Pan’s musical life, she has also obtained a M.A. degree in Urban Ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary and is currently the choir director at the Church of Grace to Fujianese, Lower Eastside Manhattan.
Eimi Tanaka is a freelance composer, pianist, and teacher in New York City. She began her love of music with classical piano studies throughout her youth, and when in high school, discovered her love for jazz and improvisation during studies at the Mannes College of Music preparatory division in NYC. She later went on to pursue jazz studies at Berklee College of Music and her M.M. in jazz and composition at New York University. She has studied with renowned and inspiring musicians such as Joanne Brackeen, Jean-Michel Pilc, Gil Goldstein, Ralph Alessi, Debbie Jamini, and Wayne Krantz; and has performed in the Boston and NYC areas, as well as in Florence and Siena, Italy, through NYU and Florence’s Jazz Festival.
As a composer, she has created original jazz trio music, scores for short films which have played in festivals in New York and abroad, production music for television shows on CBS and CW networks, and also classical compositions which have been performed by various groups in NYC. She was a former composer and executive member of the Composers Collective, and was a selected participant in the BMI film scoring program Composing for the Screen 2016. Currently, she is the Music Director at Redeemer Jersey City, and maintains a private piano teaching studio in New York City.
Alicia J. Lieu, composer/conductor, studied composition in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger in Paris under the tutelage of Dr. Philip Lasser of The Juilliard School, Narcis Bonet, Mark Shapiro, and École Normale de Musique faculty member Michel Merlet. She earned her Masters in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory under Elinor Armer and Bachelors at UC Santa Barbara under Dr. Leslie Hogan. Alicia later spent time abroad in Shanghai, China studying Chinese music composition, Chinese, and piano. Her ensemble Musikapiphany’s upcoming engagements include a vocal program presenting arias from MADAMA BUTTERFLY alongside the folk songs that influenced Puccini, as well as UNWRAPPING FORTUNE, Alicia’s first opera, to be performed at the Sounds of Arts Festival. She is the co-founder of Composers Collective in New York City and the New York Conducting Institute where she created the International Women Conductors Workshop. She has guest conducted for OperaRox, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, Spring Hill Orchestra, and the OneWorld Symphonic Festival. Having conducted in orchestral master classes in New York, St. Petersburg, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria, her teachers include John Keenan and Paul Nadler of The Met Opera and coaches Donald Schleicher, Larry Rachleff, Diane Wittry, Mark Stringer, Alexander Polishchuk, Kirk Trevor, Tomas Netopil.