ZhiYi (Emma) Dong, born in Beijing, China P.R.C., began to play music at
the age of four. At the age of 15, she decided to come to the U.S. in
search of a greater music education. Emma received her high school diploma
in May 2016 at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston,
PA. During her three years at Wyoming Seminary, she was selected as the
Student Representative of the Music Department at Wyoming Seminary. She
performed frequently both on and off campus as soloist and chamber musician,
and served as the concertmaster of the Orchestra and the String Ensemble,
as well as the section leader in the Chorale and the Madrigal Singers.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, Emma served as the concertmaster of
the Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA) District 9 and Region
IV Orchestra Festivals, and placed top ten in the PMEA All-State Conference.
She is also the winner of the 2016 Bloomsburg University Classical Young
Artist Competition, and participated in the winners’ recording recital
at the WVIA Radio Station.
In addition to her career as a performer, Emma found her passion in composing
during her sophomore year in high school. Her most successful compositions
include the String Quartet and the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and
String Orchestra, which was performed in May, 2015. The String Quartet
was later selected by the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival
and was performed in the summer of 2015.
In the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2014, Emma participated in the Performing
Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. She took advantage of her ability
of speaking Mandarin and English fluently to help communicate with new
international students. Emma first encountered teaching during her junior
year and immediately found it to be wonderful. She believes that people
are passionate about music in different ways, and every kind of passion
should be respected. It is the responsibility of each instructor to help
the individual discover to extend his or her unique passion for music.
Emma is currently an undergraduate at the Aaron Copland School of Music
at Queens College where she continues her studies as a professional musician.
Emma has taken private voice lessons from Ms. Elizabeth Duhr Ramirez.
Her principal violin teachers include Mr. Xiong Da Jiang (Beijing, China),
and Mr. John Michael Vaida (Kingston, PA). She currently studies with
Prof. Daniel Phillips.