Violin | Viola – Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
Piano – Beginner
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Violin and Piano Instructor
Ms. Michelle grew up dreaming of becoming a great violinist. She started playing her violin and particularly enjoyed playing in a piano trio with her sisters and loved to perform at her church, home gatherings and especially at special parties her family hosted at their home. Her parents were renowned pastor and professors and they always had big parties to entertain faculty, pastors and staff. Ms. Michelle loved to show off her violin skills in front of people and she worked hard to become a skillful and equipped player and a teacher herself. She loved performances in small and big events at churches, schools and a variety of events. Music became the focus of her life at a very young age!
Michelle received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Ewha Women’s University, one the largest women’s universities in the world. When she came to the United States for further studies in violin, she started falling in love with all the opportunities she could get. She often practiced her violin and piano at the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary Chapel and studied abundant books and the Bible at the seminary library.
She attended Montreat Anderson College, in North Carolina, where she studied Liberal Arts, Religious Studies and Piano. With the encouragement of her teacher, she auditioned and became a member of Asheville Symphony Orchestra. At ASO, she performed with one of the most respected Korean violinists, Mr. Dong-Suk Kang!
Michelle attended Eastman School of Music, Rochester, in New York, for further studies in Violin, Pedagogy, and Ethnomusicology. She thoroughly enjoyed every concert Eastman offered, including the faculty concerts and Rochester Philharmonic concert series.
She received her first Master of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, her main focus was to be an equipped soloist as well as an academically proficient instructor. Here, Michelle dedicated her time equally to developing her piano skills. During her second year at BGSU, she had a strong desire for further studies in violin and decided to attend Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music for another Master’s degree. She was gladly accepted at CCM and studied with Dr. Won Bin Yim for her second Master of Music in Violin Performance. She thoroughly enjoyed the curriculum and competitiveness and was truly challenged in the academics and level of performances at CCM. She believes she became a more desirable violin instructor and player from the experiences and education at CCM. During her time at CCM, she also ventured out to local symphony orchestras and performed at several orchestras to gain experiences in professional orchestras.
Her passion is teaching children to adults about the beauty of the violin and its immense repertoire. She incorporates Suzuki method with other materials including scales by Carl Flesh/Hrimaly/Ivan Galamian, Etudes by Kreutzer, Mazas, and Sevcik. She also teaches basic music theory, note-reading, rhythmic training and sight-reading. Michelle would welcome beginning piano students as well.
Her passion for music as led her to various ensembles: the Ewha piano trio, Bowling Green Graduate string quartet, 18th Century Orchestra, East West String Quartet and Pneuma Piano Duo. Her orchestral experiences are Northwest Symphony Orchestra (served as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster), Federal Way Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic and Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Rhee freelances and actively performs with various groups and concerts. She resides in Mill Creek with her husband and loves practicing Korean martial arts, Tae Kwon Do. She and her husband dream of becoming Black Belts this year. She also loves to travel to all the immaculate places that Pacific Northwest offers!