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Who Are They?
Where Are They Now?
Jacqueline Chen

My name is Jacqueline Chen. I am a sophomore at The Lawrenceville School. I started playing the piano at age 5 with Mrs. Ursula Ingolfsson. At age 10, my family and I decided I needed more of a challenge, so I went to audition for Professor Clarfield, and fortunately, was accepted. Mrs. Clarfield opened a whole new world of piano playing for me. With exposure to new techniques such as musical artistry and expression, I have been able to take my piano playing to the next level. Mrs. Clarfield has also taught me how to conquer nerves before playing, and my confidence has grown immeasurably. With Mrs. Clarfield, I won high honors at the New Jersey Music Teacher's Association (NJMTA), 3rd place at the Piano Teachers Congress (PTC) in New York, honorable mention in Steinway Society, Crescendo Competition, Music-Fest, Hartford Chopin International Competition, Golden Key, and many others. I also performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other great concert venues.

In addition, I play the violin, and I was chosen as concertmaster for a local orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. I enjoy playing tennis and rowing for Lawrenceville, too. I will continue to work hard and push myself in music, and I'm excited for what's to come this year!

-- Jacqueline
Sarah Chen

Hello! I am Sarah Chen and I am a sixth grader at Princeton Charter School. I started playing piano at six, with Mrs. Clarfield’s student, Victoria Chow. I am very fortunate to have Mrs. Vicky as my first teacher; otherwise I would not be where I am today. She continues to help me with music theory and gives me invaluable advice whenever I see her. In May 2018, I joined Mrs. Clarfield’s studio. I had an exciting year. Mrs. Clarfield picks great pieces for me and through these pieces I learn how to make piano whisper or roar, tell a humorous joke or a sad story. Under Mrs. Clarfield’s guidance, I earned 3rd place at the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, 1st place at VIVO International Music Competition, 3rd place at Camerata Artists International Competition. I was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Lincoln Center. I also won 2nd place in the Best Haydn, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and 1st place in the Best Eastern European Music in the Great Composers Series.

In my free time, I like to read, swim, hang out with my friends and go running.

-- Sarah
Taksh Gupta

Taksh Gupta, age 12, is a student of Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has been a student of Professor Clarfield for 6 years. He is a 7th grade student at Grover Middle School at West Windsor, NJ.

Taksh starting participating in piano competitions at the age of 5 and has won numerous awards in the last 7 years. The awards include two time First prize winner at NJMTA Fall Young Musicians Competition, six time High Honors recipient at NJMTA Spring Audition, four tims Gold prize winner at Golden Key Music Festival, two times First Prize Winner at Steinway South Jersey Competition, two time First Prize winner at Crescendo International Competition, Grand Prize winner at Music Fest, Second Prize Winner at Piano Teachers Congress, two time First Prize winner at Forte International Music Competition, First Place Winner at Elite Music Competition, Second Place Winner at Camerata Artists International Competition, and 4 time Winner at Young Pianist Competition of NJ.

He has performed at many prestigious venues including performing sixteen times at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, twice at Rutgers University, five times at Rider University, twice at Stockton University, and also at the Kimmel Center.

Music has always been a big part of his life and he enjoys listening to all types of music including classical, jazz and Indian music. Taksh is committed to helping the society and community through his music, by participating in fundraising events like Children Helping Children Performathons to support Ronald McDonald House. He has also performed for local nursing homes. Taksh has also helped to organize a benefit concert for Sphoorti, a charity that helps orphans and destitute children.

Taksh also enjoys percussion in the school band as well as playing the piano in the Grover Jazz Band and accompanying the choir. He enjoys to compose music as well, writing the first movement of his sonata, Malum, earlier this year.

Other than music, Taksh enjoys playing a variety of sports. Taksh is a part of the Peak Training program at Princeton Tennis and the Elite Program at Hopewell Tennis Center and has won numerous U10 and U12 tennis tournaments.

Gracelynne Hao

Hi, I’m Gracelynne Hao and I’m 13 years old, an eighth grader at the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School in the school year of 2019-2020. I started piano lessons with Professor Ingrid Clarfield in June 2013 though I started learning how to play at four and half years old. Since then, I’ve been really grateful to have Mrs. Clarfield, and I’ve also been fortunate enough to win and place in prestigious competitions like NJMTA, the International Chopin Competition, Crescendo International, NYYPP, American Youth Talent and Art Contests hosted by Sino-Vision, and Forte International which is to name a few. I’ve also gotten to play in venues like the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and NJPAC. Furthermore, I love singing and musical theatre. In fact, for 2 years, I was accepted into the Papermill Playhouse Summer Conservatory. I’m also concertmaster in my school orchestra, and also auditioned into Regional orchestra. Overall, I love to be surrounded by music and work hard on it.

Even though I work really hard on music, I’m what some might call a nerd. I all around love school and my favorite subjects are English and definitely math. I have placed in math competitions like MATHCOUNTS, JHBC Math Competition, AMC8, and the National Math League as well as getting into MathPath which was a select camp for other math fanatics like me. In my free time, I love trying macramé, bullet journaling, and reading books. One of my favorite authors is Holly Black. However, for this upcoming year, I’m really determined to work hard and push myself, and I’m really excited for the new opportunities this upcoming year will bring.

Hannah You

Hi, my name is Hannah Zou, and I am 10 years old. I am in 5th grade at Village Elementary School in West Windsor.

I am currently studying piano with Mrs. Clarfield after I luckily got accepted into her studio. Mrs. Clarfield always has a positive attitude, a good teaching technique and I have enjoyed learning with her a lot. I started playing piano when I was 4, with Chloris Li for 6 years. During the past few years, I received many awards, including NJMTA Young Musicians Competition 3rd place for 3 years, NJMTA Composer Commission Competition 2nd place, NJMTA High Honors 5 years in a row, Princeton Festival Finalist, NJMEA Solo 2nd place, NJMEA Concerto 2nd place, NJMEA Duet first place 3 years in a row, Music Fest Grand Prix Winner for 2 years and Chopin International Piano Competition Honorable Mention. I was invited to play at Carnegie Hall twice, for the Music Fest Grand Prix awards.

Aside from piano, I am also playing cello. I was in my school’s chamber club last semester. I got top ten awards in both 2017 and 2018 WWP school district Math Tournaments. I also received medals and awards in other math competitions like MOEMS, CML, and Math Kangaroo. In my free time, I like to read, play games, and run. I am very happy to have the privilege of studying with Mrs. Clarfield.

Effie Li

Effie is 12 years old. She was 4 years old when she first started learning piano and she took classes with her grandfather. After that she learned with her aunt and got the 3 year award and the 5 year award for the NJMTA Spring Audition. Effie also competed and was awarded in the MEA competition, the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, and the Composer Commission Competition.

Effie started out as a special student in Mrs. Clarfield’s studio and eventually got accepted as a regular student. With her help, Effie received 1st place in the CAI Competition and the VIVO Competition and was also a winner for the Cecilian Club Competition. She was also awarded the 7 year High Honor/Honor award for the NJMTA Spring Auditions. She has also performed in winners recitals that were held at NJPAC, Kaufman Center, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Effie also has participated in the Sphoorti Fundraiser, Performathons for CHOP and Homefront, NJ, and nursing home performances.

Effie is a 7th Grader and Montgomery Upper Middle School. Other than piano, Effie plays Oboe in her school band. She likes to draw and read. Her favorite book is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

-- Effie
Sammi Li

Sammi Li, 15, was born in Illinois and first studied piano there with her dad at the age of 3. In 2007, she and her family moved to New Jersey, where she then studied piano with her aunt, Yuhui Chloris Li, with whom she has studied with for approximately 7 years. While studying with her aunt, Sammi was awarded in the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, gold for the IMPACT Competition, and received the 3 year, 5 year, and 7 year High Honor/Honor awards for the NJMTA Spring Auditions. After that, her parents and her aunt decided that she needed a different taste of music. As a result, they found Mrs. Clarfield.

Fortunately, after auditioning, Mrs. Clarfield accepted Sammi into the studio when she was 11, and she is now going into her fifth year of studying with Mrs. Clarfield. With her help, Sammi has won numerous awards. Most recently, she was a semi-finalist in the Kaufman Youth International Competition. She was also the first place winner in the West Chester Annual Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition, the Piano Teachers Congress of New York Honors Program, the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Piano Scholarship Competition, and the New York Debut Young Musicians Competition. She also received second place in the Israel Bookstaber Memorial Competition while being the youngest competitor, third place in the Chopin International Competition at Hartford, Ct, and Honorable Mention for the MTNA Junior Category. Sammi continues to participate in both the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition and the NJMTA Spring Auditions, and recently received the consecutive 11 years High Honors/Honors award. Sammi has had the opportunity to perform at NJPAC, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center, and has appeared on WWFM’s Kids on Keys series. Mrs. Clarfield also strongly emphasizes the importance of helping others through music. Inspired by this idea, Sammi participated in Performathons for CHOP, the Ronald McDonald House, and Homefront, NJ. She also routinely performs at nursing homes.

Sammi is a sophomore at Montgomery High School. She enjoys playing piano in chamber groups at her school. Other than piano, Sammi is a flautist in the Montgomery High School Symphonic Winds. She likes to swim, read, write, draw, and watch YouTube in her leisure time. Her favorite YouTube channel is TwoSet Violin.

- Sammi 
Charlie Liu

16-year-old Charlie Liu began learning piano at age 4 and has been studying piano with Professor Ingrid Clarfield of Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 2007. He has taken part in the most renowned International and National competitions in the USA and won multiple top prizes, including 1st Prizes in the David Dubois Piano Competition and Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, 2nd Prizes in the MostArts Festival and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition at the SouthEastern Piano Festival, 3rd Prizes in the 7th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. He is a seven-time 1st place winner in the New Jersey and Massachusetts Music Teacher Associations (including MTNA), and won 1st place of Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, Gold Prize of American Fine Arts Festival, and many more. At age 11, Charlie made his orchestra debut with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since soloed with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, Ambler Symphony Orchestra, twice with the MostArts Festival Orchestra, and twice with the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra in the Millennium Park in Chicago.

In 2008, Charlie won the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholarship and remains the youngest ever selected by the Foundation. He set a world record at age 8 by completing a Carnegie Hall "Grand Slam" (performing in all 3 concert halls of the world-famous Carnegie Hall). Charlie performed in the Youtube Symphony Orchestra debut in the Carnegie Hall, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Oprah Winfrey Show as well as for luminaries such as Queen Rania of Jordan and Bono of U2. He also performed at other top venues across the U.S. from Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in NY, to the Segerstrom Concert Hall in California.

Charlie is committed to helping the society and the community through his music, by initiating and organizing benefit events such as "Young Artists for Haiti" and 5 benefit solo recitals since age 9 that raised nearly $12000 for UI Children's Hospital, The Preemie Project, Plainsboro Rescue Squad and his own Rescue Music Foundation. He also regularly helps out at other charity events, fundraisers and community events, bringing the joy of classical music to local schools and communities through public solo recitals.

Charlie is also a recipient of the Scheide Fund, Elmer and Louise Menges and Dr. H. Korkina Scholarships and a participant of the Westminster Conservatory's Young Artists Program and various chamber groups. In his leisure time, Charlie enjoys a variety of video games and excelled in top level individual and team Math competitions. He was a travel hockey player for 8 years.

Charlie's Video Links
Liszt La Campanella 
Beethoven 32 Variations (13 yo, his NJMTA performance)
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 Mvt I (12 yo, Millenium Park in Chicago in 2013)

Charlie Liu Wins Lang Lang Scholarship

Charlie Liu (see biography above), an 11-year-old student of Mrs Clarfield's, was selected to be one of the first three scholarship winners ever of the inaugural Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a foundation created for introducing children to classical music. Also the youngest winner, Charlie performed first with the immensely popular Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 2 to the enthusiastic applause of hundreds of New York City school children as well as adult classical music lovers. Mrs. Clarfield taught Charlie the piece using her special edition of this beautiful Nocturne. Ever so encouraging, Lang Lang even joked that Charlie performed better than he did! After the concert concluded, the Time For Kids magazine chose to interview Charlie after being "very impressed with his Bio".

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu, 16 years old, is a junior at Montgomery High School. She started to learn piano at four and she has been studying with Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College, since she was 12.

Jennifer has won numerous awards from competitions including the "I Got Rhythm" Young Artist Competition, Music-Fest, IMPACT, Hartford international Chopin Competition, Golden Key Music and Art Festival, Cecilian Club Piano Competition, Crescendo international competitions, AFAF international Romantic Music competition, Forte music competition, VIVO Youth International Competition, Concert artists international virtuoso competition II, AMTL, Elite international music competition, NJMTA composer competition and spring audition. She made her concerto debut at the Killian Hall of MIT, and she has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and other musical halls.

Jennifer is also committed to using her music to help the community. She has actively performed for fundraising events and other community outreach programs.

Besides piano, Jennifer plays the guitar. She also enjoys drawing and painting, photography, reading. She also likes to travel.

Sarah Liu

Sarah Liu, age 15, is a sophomore at The Wilberforce School. She first started to play the piano right before she turned five years old, and learned with her great aunt, May Liu. From the start, it was apparent to her family and relatives that she had a strong passion for music and the arts so they put a lot of time and effort to help Sarah achieve her full potential. Sarah put in hours a day to play the piano leading her to win numerous awards.

After a couple years of studying piano, her great aunt was very impressed by Ingrid Clarfield who is a piano professor at Westminster Choir College. Sarah and her great aunt had heard many of her students play in recitals, performances, and parties and they were both awed by how exceptional they were. Sarah's family and piano teacher concluded that this was a result of a great piano teacher. Shortly after, Sarah auditioned for a spot in Mrs.Clarfied's studio in hope of being as good as the other students in her studio, and after working very hard, she was so excited to be accepted.

Sarah loves working with Mrs.Clarfield. She is always so welcoming and cheerful during lessons even when she is exhausted from such a long day. She has such a positive attitude towards her students, not putting them down if they had a memory slip or down day during a performance, competition, or audition, only encouraging them to move on and learn from their mistakes. At the same time, she pushes her students to do better every time.

As a result of her correct teaching, Sarah succeeded in piano. She won numerous awards in competition such as Young Musicians Competitions, NJMTA, Cecilian, Young Pianist Competition in New York, Piano Teacher's Congress, Crescendo, Music Fest, IMPACT, etc. As a result of winning some competitions, Sarah was able to perform in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and many other places. She also participated in the Ronald McDonald donation foundation Center that helped kids who were sick, where she raised hundreds of dollars and performed no one of Van Cliburn's pianos.

Other than practicing piano, Sarah loves spending time with her friends, drawing, and playing soccer. Sarah plays soccer in a club called Mercer FC and her team name is Santos.

Sarah is very excited to take on her second year in high school and hopes to do well in her extracurricular activities too, such as piano and soccer.

- Sarah
Amber Wang

Amber Wang, 14 years old, is a sophomore at Peddie School. Amber started playing piano at the age of four and has enjoyed learning and performing ever since. She started out as a “special student” of Professor Ingrid Clarfield at the age of 5 in 2010. In 2015, Amber became a regular student of Ingrid Clarfield. Studying with Mrs. C has been eye opening for Amber and helps take her piano performance to another level. Amber enjoys being part of the studio and appreciates all the hard work Mrs. C has put into helping her develop.

Amber has won many awards over the years: including first place in NJMTA young Musicians for many years, Ciclian Club Competition, Crescendo International Competition. She recently won the state division of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and represented the state of New Jersey in the sectional competition. Amber is also frequently heard on “Kids on Keys” on the Classical Radio station.

Prior to being on the Peddie Swim Team for school, she was on Xcel Swimming. She has competed in various state and east coast championships such as the Junior Olympics and Eastern Zones Championships. Amber is an active student and enjoys spending time helping the school community. She is a tour guide and student ambassador for Peddie School, she is also Chapel Committee. Amber loves math, reading and playing cards with her friends. Amber loves practicing and performing. and hopes to continue doing what she loves.

-- Amber
Grace Wang

Grace Wang, age 14, studies with Professor Ingrid Clarfield in New Jersey, USA. Grace has won many awards in the last three years. Most recently, she received 3rd prize in ENKOR Int'l Music Competition, first prize in Great Composers Competition for Best Mozart Performance (UK, age 14-16) and third prize for the Artist of the Year in the same age category. She also won third prize in II Future Stars International Piano Competition, second prize in 2018 Camerata Artists International Competition and Honorable Mention in III Paderewski International Piano Competition at the most competitive Young Artist category (age 13-17). The awards also include first place (age 13-15) in Piano Teacher's Congress of New York Honors Program, second place in American Protégé International Competition of Romantic music, first prize in American Fine Arts Festival, second place in Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, third place in NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, Grand Prix award in Concert Festival Competition, Gold award in the IMPACT Young Artists Competition, second prize in VIVO International Competition, Grand Prix in Music-Fest Rising Talents Festival, First Prize with Perfect Scores award in Crescendo International Competition, and first prize with Outstanding Performance award in the Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition II.

Grace loves to do anything creative, she enjoys making gifts for her friends and playing basketball. She taught herself guitar, CS Python, Photoshop, photography and film. She is an active member in her school Film productions club and Digital Design club. Grace is a Harry Potter connoisseur and is into writing. She has published several poems in Creative Communications. Currently Grace is in a competition dance team, has won 2nd overall, 1st place and Platinum awards for Solo, Duet and Group at the national and regional levels. Most recently she won National Dance Show Case 2nd overall in Teen Lyrical.

Besides piano, Grace has also played violin, won several awards and performed in Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill Recital of Carnegie Hall. She was also a two-time Tri-state area highest scorer in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Inspired to help others using music, Grace regularly performs at charity events and nursing homes. Currently, she is responsible for the website in her piano studio charity group.

-- Grace
Averie Wu


My name is Averie Wu and I am nine years old. I started learning piano with Dr. David Leifer when I was five. Shortly afterwards, I studied piano with Chloris Li for two years who helped to build a solid technical foundation for my piano performance. I was lucky to join Mrs. Clarfield’s studio last year. Studying piano with Mrs. Clarfield is so much fun. She is a wonderful teacher who is extremely knowledgeable about music and piano performance. She teaches with a good sense of humor and has a lot of imagination. She always challenges me with a positive attitude and I enjoy every minute in her class. I appreciate her efforts to help me understand and enjoy music and become a better pianist.

With Mrs. Clarfield, I have won prizes in NJMTA Young Musicians Competition (HM), Greater Princeton Steinway Society Classical (2nd place), Piano Teacher’s Congress of New York Honor Program (1st place), Cecilian Club Young Artist Competition (1st place), VIVO competition (winner) and NJMTA spring audition (high honor). I have played in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and in Victoria Theater in NJPAC. My performances have been aired on radio via ‘Kids on the Keys’ program.

Besides piano, I also like drawing, reading, biking, and swimming. I also play violin and will join the school orchestra this coming fall.

-- Averie
Alyssa Xu

Alyssa Xu is a 14 year old freshman at High School North in New Jersey. She started to take piano lessons with Dr. Zhong Chen when she was about 6 and after moving to New Jersey in 2017, started studying piano under Professor Ingrid Clarfield. Alyssa is very thankful to her teachers and the guidance that she has received from them, which has helped shape her into the pianist she is today.

She has won a series of piano competitions, such as first prize in the Art of Piano of the Greater Composers Competition Series, second prize in the Young Musicians Future Stars International Piano Competition, second prize in the ENKOR International Piano Competition, and third prize in the Concert Artists International Concerto Competition. She has also performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Victoria theater of New Jersey.

Alyssa is also passionate about helping others. She has played in benefit concerts in support of wonderful causes such as Homefront, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a teacher fighting cancer. She is also part of a student led group that works to reduce the stigma around mental health.

In her free time, Alyssa likes to read Webtoons, binge watch Youtube, do math, and continue to gather stuffed animal penguins to add to her collection.

Dennis Ji

My Name is Dennis Ji and I'm 10 years old. I started playing piano at 7 years old with Doren Danis, and switched to Chloris Li shortly afterwards. From there I studied for 3 years, then came to study with Mrs.C.

Studying with Mrs.C is a very different experience from studying with other teachers. It gives me much more enthusiasm when I practice piano. She has a way of keeping me happy while still pointing out parts that went wrong(Maybe this is why I didn’t like practicing before). When I was waiting for the results of the audition, I kept thinking I wouldn’t be accepted and would have to go to a different teacher instead. But sometimes life gets lucky, and this was a perfect example!

Besides piano, I also enjoy reading, swimming, running, biking, and math. I came in 2nd at CML 2019, and I also came 2nd in YWCA Princeton ETS Firecracker 5K in 2017.

Lilian Ji

Lilian Ji is 6 years old. She started learning piano when she was 4 years old with Ms. Chloris Li, and came to study with Mrs.Clarfield after two years.

She loves every class she had with Mrs.Clarfield. Lessons are always challenging in a fun and encouraging way that she is looking forward to the next one every week.

Lilian enjoys performance. In her words, performance makes her feel wonderful about herself. She is calm, focused and joyful when she was on stage. She won first place for the njmta young piano competition for the 5 years age group in 2018, first place for the 13th Tzu Chi Cup Chinese Speech Contest for the 6 years age group in 2019, and also got Future Star Award at Berwin Arts and Dance center 2019.

Beyond piano, she also loves dancing, reading, and playing with friends and family.

Arielle Chen

My name is Arielle Chen and I am a fourth grade student at Princeton Charter School. I started piano when I was four and half years old with Ms. Victoria Chow. I was very fortunate to be her student. Under her guidance I earned top scores in Princeton area twice for Level 2 and Level 4 RCM Piano Practical exams and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall. In spring 2019 I received Grand Prize in Music-Fest Rising Talents. In May 2019, I auditioned successfully for Mrs. Clarfield’s studio. I’m so thrilled and I look forward to the next chapter of my music journey.

During my free time, I like drawing, writing, and solving math problems. My favorite subjects at school are English and Math. I also play soccer at Players Development Academy, one of the top soccer clubs in the state of New Jersey.

Melissa Redway

Melissa Redway is a senior music major. She has enjoyed her involvement with the NJMTA Collegiate Chapter throughout her years at Westminster. Melissa is currently working towards her senior recital.


Mrs C visits 3 alumns and their kids - Jon, Jennifer, and Jonathan Law
Chris Alaimo

I studied piano with Mrs. Clarfield for about ten years while growing up in New Jersey.  Although she had me on the classical track, I also found time to learn jazz piano while I was in high school.  I left NJ in 1986 to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  After college, I moved to Boulder, Colorado, to work as a software engineer.  Here in Boulder I met my wife Laura, and we now have two children – Charlie (6) and Simon (2). 

I still play the piano quite a bit.  In fact, I occasionally drag out some of my old sheet music, still marked up with Mrs. Clarfield’s magic marker.  I have also been playing in various jazz and rock bands for several years.  At one point I was playing every week at a piano bar in Denver; however, this is getting harder now that I have children.

I have fond memories of the years I spend with Mrs. Clarfield as a child, the hours of practice, and the countless recitals.  She is definitely a great teacher.

Davina Barr

My name is Davina Barr. I was born in Ghana, South America. I began playing the piano at the age of three and began formal lessons at age five. In 1979, when I was ten years old, my family moved to the United States. Shortly after moving to the US, I began taking piano lessons with Ms. Clarfield, along with my older brother, Wayne. I studied with her for seven years. During that time, I competed in numerous piano competitions on the state, national, and international levels. I have many fond memories being a part of Ms. Clarfield's piano studio. While in high school, I also started my own studio, teaching piano lessons after school, under Ms. Clarfield's guidance.

After high school graduation in 1987, I entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms. Clarfield's alma mater, as a piano performance major. I had the privilege of studying with Joseph Schwartz, who was head of the piano department at that time. One of the highlights for me at Oberlin was performing in a master class with pianist, Leon Fleischer.

During my time at Oberlin, I gave my life to the Lord. My mind was now focused on ministry and reaching out to help people in whatever capacity. After graduating from Oberlin in 1991, I was part of a fellowship where we ministered, spreading a positive message through music and drama.

In 1997, I came to Ghana, West Africa, working with Oiada International (, a nonprofit organization based in Newark, NJ and Cape Coast, Ghana. Since 1997, Oiada has been working in Ghana in various communities in the areas of education, healthcare, and community outreach. In 2009, we opened two cultural centers, one in Newark, NJ, and the other in Cape Coast, Ghana. The cultural centers specialize in distance learning. Using equipment donated to us by Polycom, we connect Ghanaian students with their peers all around the world, from Alaska to Australia, through videoconferencing. Through live, face-to-face interaction, the students have cultural exchanges and learn that they have more similarities than they do differences.

I'm also a music teacher at an informal school called Mate Masie. I teach students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. I teach a variety of instruments including the piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, and bass guitar. The biggest challenge for me as a music teacher here in Ghana is the availability of instruments. My mission is to equip as many students as I can, with the instruments of their choice. I have a wish list of students and the instruments they would like to play. There's an eight-year-old on my list who wants to play the violin. She checks with me every week to see how our wish list is coming along. It is with her in mind that I make an appeal to anyone reading this page, who may know of individuals, schools, colleges, churches, or organizations that are interested in donating instruments they are no longer using, to music students in Ghana. Please contact us at Oiada International (email:

Last, but not least, I am the keyboard player in a band called Rewop, which is "power" spelled backwards. Our music is a fusion of funk, jazz, gospel, and R&B. We perform original music and also music of artists such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Kool && the Gang, and a variety of Ghanaian and international artists. Rewop performs at various venues such as schools, universities, concert halls, outdoor festivals, churches, hotels, etc.

I thank Ms. Clarfield immensely for the example she has been to me, and for being such an influence in molding me into the musician that I am today.

Wayne Barr
"Hello, everyone. After high school, I followed Ingrid to Westminster. After Westminster, I spent a year as an intern at a church in Nashville. I then went to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where I earned masters degrees in sacred music and choral conducting. From there I went to the University of Michigan, where I earned a D.M.A. in church music. I am now Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Tuskegee University in Alabama the place of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, William Levi Dawson, and the Tuskegee Airmen. I also teach private piano, organ and voice."               
-- Wayne Barr
Mike Chao
"I have accepted a position at Cal State San Bernardino. I'm married and the proud father of my 5 year old daughter Jessica. Something about music: I'm not playing the piano anymore unfortunately. I can wing my way through most things by ear in the key of C (thanks for the play it by ear lessons!). I now play the electric guitar and bass; I guess I wanted to be Eddie Van Halen more so than Elton John.
-- Mike Chao
Asst. Professor of Biology
Cal. State University
Mike Chao

I studied piano with Mrs. Clarfield for about ten years while growing up in New Jersey.  Although she had me on the classical track, I also found time to learn jazz piano while I was in high school.  I left NJ in 1986 to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  After college, I moved to Boulder, Colorado, to work as a software engineer.  Here in Boulder I met my wife Laura, and we now have two children – Charlie (6) and Simon (2). 

I still play the piano quite a bit.  In fact, I occasionally drag out some of my old sheet music, still marked up with Mrs. Clarfield’s magic marker.  I have also been playing in various jazz and rock bands for several years.  At one point I was playing every week at a piano bar in Denver; however, this is getting harder now that I have children.

I have fond memories of the years I spend with Mrs. Clarfield as a child, the hours of practice, and the countless recitals.  She is definitely a great teacher.

Gloria Cheng
"Gloria Cheng (graduated 1991) is now known as Sola Choi and is married to Jin Choi (a violinist and computer programmer). We live in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Jin works from home as a software engineer and I work as a dermatologist in a private group practice. We don't even have a piano in our house any more but hope that will change soon. Our daughter Mia was born in November 2007 and we are expecting another child in March 2008. We also have a dog and three cats."
--love, s. (Gloria)
Jennifer (Liu) Cheng

"My five years study under Mrs. Clarfield's were among the most defining memories of my childhood and high school days. Mrs. Clarfield has left lasting marks on me and in my piano books with purple, blue, green, pink, and yellow markers. It took five long years for me to really understand how to feel the music but when I finally did, it was and has been amazing. Sorry, again, for breaking the piano string during my final NJMTA recital. It was Prokofiev! Thank you for everything, Mrs. Clarfield!

Upon graduating Holmdel high school in 1999, I went on to study Business Administration at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And for the past ten years, I have have been working and living in New York City in the financial services industry. My husband and I were married one month ago in October 2013 and recently returned from our honeymoon in Patagonia. While I've never been able to keep a piano in my apartment, I do have a full-size Sony keyboard with 88 weighted keys, and two headphone jacks so I can play away any time of the day or night as softly or loudly as I need to. We are moving to a larger place hopefully next year and one of the first items on my list is my own piano.

On a side note, I recently bumped into a fellow student from the Clarfield studio, Laurissa Yee, in my apartment building! It's so nice to see a familiar face 15 years later."

- Jennifer
Emiko Janice Edwards

"Emiko is currently enrolled in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and studies there as a full-tuition scholarship recipient, having won its Bachauer Scholarship Competition.  Emiko studies piano performance with Julian Martin.  Before attending Juilliard, Emiko studied piano for approximately 8 years with Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  Emiko is eternally grateful to Mrs. C for her piano performance instruction, love and steadfast support.

Born in 1991, Emiko began her piano studies at the age of six.  At the age of ten, Emiko made her piano concerto debut with the New Sussex Symphony as a result of having won the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (“NJMTA”) concerto competition.  At the age of eleven, she won First Prize in the 18th International Young Artist Pianist Competition, held in Washington, D.C.  Emiko has also had solo appearances with the Westfield Symphony and the Manalapan Battleground Symphony as a winner of the NJMTA Concerto Competition and the 9th Annual Concerto Competition for Young Artists, respectively.

Recently, Emiko won the Open Class (under age 25) in the 2009 Princeton Festival Piano Competition, held in Taplin Auditorium, at Princeton University.  In addition to winning the top age category, Emiko was also awarded The Richard L. Tang Yuk Award for overall best performance among the winners of all five age groups.

Emiko was also awarded First Place in the top age group in the 2009 Steinway Society Piano Competition (Greater Princeton, NJ).  She was a previous winner of that competition in 2001.  Also, in 2009, she won Third Prize in the 5 Towns Music & Art Foundation Young Musician Competition (open to pianists from 17-to-28 years of age), held in Hewlett, NY.

In 2008, Emiko was a prize winner at the Fourth Julia Crane International Piano Competition in Potsdam, NY.  Also, in 2008, she won First Prize Ensemble (piano for four hands), with Ms. Xiaopei Xu, at The New York Piano Competition, presented by The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.  Emiko was the New Jersey State Winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s Performance Competition in both the Senior Division and the Junior Division (in 2006 and 2005, respectively). 

Emiko has received numerous top honors in past NJMTA Annual Auditions and Young Artists’ Competitions.  She has participated and performed in Master Classes for acclaimed artist-pedagogues, including Marc Durand at the 2009 Banff Summer Arts Festival in Alberta, Canada, the 2009 Orford Festival in Quebec, Canada and at the 9th Annual International Piano Festival of Gijon, Spain, in 2008; Andre-Michel Schub (past Van Cliburn winner), at The New York Piano Competition; and, Joseph Kalichstein and Jerome Lowenthal, both of The Juilliard School.  Emiko has performed at Weill Recital Hall (at Carnegie Hall), Merkin Concert Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all in New York City.  She has also performed in Japan and Spain.  As a member of several chamber ensembles, Emiko has performed in Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall and Morse Hall at The Juilliard School.

For the benefit of senior citizens, Emiko has both organized and performed at numerous concerts at managed care facilities in New Jersey.  She has also performed at Patriots Theatre at the Trenton War Memorial to benefit the Hope for Henry Foundation and also played at another venue to benefit that foundation.

Emiko performed for and was interviewed by Cable Channel 27 & 3 (West Windsor and Plainsboro, NJ television programming), which was broadcast multiple times, on a daily basis, for several months, in 2008.  Emiko’s performance and interview during the 2008 Julia Crane International Piano Competition was recorded as part of a documentary entitled “Piano Forte: The Julia Crane International Piano Competition” that was televised on WPBS in upstate New York in April, 2009.  A forthcoming documentary of the 2008 New York Piano Competition, during which Emiko performed and was interviewed, is also expected to be televised on American Public Television in more than 100 cities around the United States, in 2009.

In the fall of 2009, Emiko will be entering her senior year at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, NJ. In addition to piano, Emiko plays cello and is a member of her high school orchestra. 
-- Emiko
David Geng

Hi everyone! I'm David and am a rising Senior at Duke University. I've been studying w/ Professor Randall Love for the past three years, and before Duke studied w/ Professor Ingrid Clarfield for eight years. Crazy how quickly time flies by!

Though not easy, I feel lucky to have been able to keep up music seriously the past few years. Most recently, I was featured on WQXR, one of the biggest classical music radio stations in the US, and performed Ravel's Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit. Last May, I made my Professional Carnegie Hall Debut, performing a 15-minute solo recital (Mozart's Fantaisie in D Minor, K. 397 & Ravel's Scarbo from Gaspard de la Nuit) as the 3rd Prize Winner of the Professional Category (Ages 19 - 32) of the Debut Int'l Piano Competition, where I competed against those from 10 countries. In June, I was the youngest of 14 semifinalists at the Washington Int'l Piano Competition (Ages 18 - 30), where contestants came from top conservatories such as Juilliard and Curtis as well as professionals. Back in October, I was the 1st Prize Winner of the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition (Ages 19 - 26), and representing NC I placed 3rd at the Southern Division Semi-Finals. Also last year, I was awarded a prestigious Benenson Award in the Arts at Duke, the youngest of 16 recipients, and through this award received a full scholarship to study at the Brevard Music Festival this summer. At Brevard, I studied piano intensively for three weeks and had the wonderful opportunity to perform at a singer's recital.

My Freshman Year at Duke, I founded Devilish Keys, Duke's premiere all-pianist's ensemble. We hold benefit concerts every semester featuring multiple hands and multiple pianos (we once had 5 keyboards!) and all of our proceeds to go A Child's Place, a nonprofit in Charlotte, NC that seeks to combat the effects of homelessness on children's educations. I have also been a volunteer pianist at the Duke University Hospital since my Sophomore year, and always love uplifting the environment through works like Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. Aside from the Duke Hospital, I have previously volunteered at the Zhuhai No. 9 Middle School the summer after freshman year through a DukeEngage fellowship, where I taught 150 Middle Schoolers English, math, and music. Presently, I am also a volunteer at the Durham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Besides music, I am passionate about medicine, math modeling, technology, and health policy and hope to work at the intersection of those fields one day. After graduation, I hope to pursue an MD / PhD, with the PhD in either applied math or machine learning. At Duke, I am a Math Major, and minoring in Computer Science and Chemistry, while completing Pre-Medical coursework. Last year, I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an honor typically awarded to excellent Seniors but given to Juniors at the very top of their class in terms of academics and extracurricular involvement.

Outside of music and academics, I will be serving my second term as the President of the Duke University Math Union and previously served as the Director of the Duke High School Math Meet. I also started and am lead instructor of a course at Duke, ‘AI, Medicine, and Policy, Oh My!', which explores the nexus of medicine, AI / technology, and health policy with a particular focus on their sociological implications. My research is primarily in the mathematical /computational biomedical space, and I have undertaken four projects during my time at Duke. My first seeks to explain musical expression as a science, rather than an art, using quantitative techniques, and I have worked on this as a PRUV Fellow the summer of my Sophomore year, and plan to use this as my Senior Honor's Thesis. I have also worked with Electronic Health Records previously, and am currently working on a project that analyzes sleep signals through a signal processing / machine learning lens. This summer, I completed a research internship at Harvard Medical School, where my project focused on signatures in cancer genomes, and I am also continuing that project this semester. While at Harvard, I also had the wonderful chance to take part in an extensive seminar series, where I learned even more about the intersection of technology, policy, and medicine.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to reach out if you want to talk about anything!

-- David

David's Video Links
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Jackie Hua

Jacqueline Hua, age 18, is a freshman at Northwestern University. She is currently on the pre-med track, and is interested in majoring in Sociology and becoming a sports medicine doctor. Her career aspirations stem from her status as a student-athlete, as she was recruited to fence on the Northwestern Women's Fencing Team.

At age 5, she began to study piano with Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Since then, she has won several piano competitions since age 5, including first and second places in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association competitions, first place of Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, Cecilian Club Young Artists Competition, Golden Key music festival, Chinese American Cultural Association Young People Music Program and the American Fine Arts Festival Piano competition. She has also received High Honors/Honors from the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Annual Auditions for the past eleven years. She has performed several times in New York including Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. However, her greatest experience as a pianist was her performance during the Princeton High School Winter Concert, when she performed the first movement of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor with the Princeton High School Orchestra at the Princeton University Chapel.

While college brings the end of her long time in Mrs. Clarfield's studio, Jacqueline will continue to play the piano as a hobby. Among her previous repertoire, she will try to maintain Debussy's Claire de Lune and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, as those remain as some of her favorite pieces of all time.

Emily Huang

I finished med school in 2009 and then moved across the country to do residency in general surgery at UCSF, where I graduated in 2016 then stayed for a year as an acute care surgery attending. The most recent big move was just this summer, to Chicago, where I'm doing a fellowship in colorectal surgery. I'll be looking for a faculty job soon, so I'll let you know where I end up! Fun trivia tidbit: in homage to the fabulous teachers in my past(!), I conduct surgical education research (how to teach better), got a master's in education at Berkeley during residency, and was the most junior faculty at UCSF to win the resident teaching award in 2017.

-- Emily Huang

William Huang
Billy Huang was a student of Ms. Clarfield for 12 years from 1994 until 2005. Billy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 earning duel Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology and Management.  He prides himself in being the only former student of Mrs. Clarfield’s to have qualified on an M16 rifle, an M9 Pistol, and to have repelled out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.  While at West Point, Billy continued to play music and participated in various extracurricular activities such as Strings, Glee Club, Chapel Choir, and intramural sports on top of multiple military requirements.

After graduation, Billy married his college sweetheart Krishel. He then went on to attend five months of training in his chosen military branch, Air Defense Artillery, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma before joining Krishel in Fort Hood, Texas. While at Fort Hood, Billy led a platoon (approximately 40 Soldiers) of short-range air defenders using the Avenger weapon system that fired Stinger missiles. Billy deployed in November of 2011 to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait while leading a different platoon in a Patriot Missile Defense System Battery. Upon returning from deployment in November 2012, Billy was chosen to serve as Executive Officer of a Patriot Battery, second in command to the Battery Commander. Billy also served in other roles as an Assistant S3 Operations and Plans officer, and was later hand selected by the Battalion Commander to be his Battalion Adjutant. Billy also attended the Captain’s Career Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Billy and Krishel had little Charlie in April of 2014 at Fort Hood, Texas. He plans on playing piano better than his father and has already started dabbing the ivory keys a little. Perhaps he will follow his parent’s footsteps and also be a military officer!
--    William B. Huang
Phyllis Ho

"I am currently still an eCommerce Consultant and mother of two (ages 8.5 and 6.5). But, I also started teaching piano again! I now have 12 students and 3 more families are interested as well. It's tough juggling 2 jobs while practicing tennis and piano with my 2 children; but, we're managing."

- Phyllis
Kayo Iwama

"American collaborative pianist Kayo Iwama has concertized extensively with singers throughout North America, Europe and Japan and has performed in some of the most prestigous venues including the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The Washington Post has called her a pianist “with unusual skill and sensitivty to the music and the singer” and the Boston Globe has praised her “virtuoso accompaniment…super-saturated with gorgeous colors”. She was formerly on the faculties of the Hartt School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston Conservatory. For the past ten years she has taught at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she is also the coordinator of the opera and vocal studies programs. There she has worked with some of today’s most exciting young singers and collaborative pianists, and assisted Maestros Stefan Asbury, Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano in major operatic and concert productions. Her teaching has also taken her to some of the foremost universities of the United States to give master classes and performance/demonstrations. A former resident of the Boston area, she was a frequent performer on WGBH radio, and has performed with such groups as the Handel and Haydn Society and Emmanuel Music. In addition she was the pianist and music director of the critically acclaimed Cantata Singers Chamber Series, programs devoted to rarely-heard works of art song and vocal chamber music. This fall she became the Associate Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory, under the artistic direction of soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Miss Iwama earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master’s at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied with Gilbert Kalish. She also attended the Salzburg Music Festival, the Banff Music Center, the Music Academy of the West and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she worked with such artists as Margo Garrett, Martin Isepp, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz and Erik Werba. She has served previously on the music staffs of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Miss Iwama can be heard on CD on the Well-Tempered label, with baritone Christópheren Nomura in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, and on two ISMM discs devoted to French mélodies and the songs of Schumann with tenor Ingul Ivan Oak. She is married to pianist Frank Corliss and has two children."           

-- Kayo
Misa Iwama

"Lyric mezzo soprano Misa Ann Iwama is known as a musician of exceptional scope. She has performed on opera and concert stages throughout the United States, and appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King & I. Her artistry and musicianship have been critically acclaimed, and the Boston Globe wrote that “she has the gift of utter conviction in everything she does."

"Ms. Iwama's orchestra and oratorio engagements include the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem, under the direction of Zdenek Macal at the NJ Performing Arts Center), the New York Choral Society (Vaughan Williams' G minor Mass) the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers), the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Chamber Symphony. She has also appeared in New York as the soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B-Flat and the Cesar Franck Messe á 3 Voix en A-Majeur, and in Honegger's Le Roi David and Poulenc's Bal Masqué."

"Misa Ann Iwama was born with perfect pitch and is an avid performer of contemporary music. She appeared at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of its Festival of Contemporary Music. She also performed in Boston with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to rave reviews. She was featured in a recording of the opera Grifflekin by Lukas Foss, which is distributed on the Chandos Records label. Recently, She also sang in a recording of a world premiere of "Sundry Notes" by Joshua Rosenblum for Albany Records. Her Lincoln Center debut came as the mezzo soprano soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning with the National Chorale. With the Omni Ensemble she has performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Ravel's Chansons Madécasses. Other repertoire which she has performed as a soloist include Berio's Folk Songs, Berg's Altenberg Lieder, and Corigliano's Fern Hill at venues that include Harvard University, Underground Composers, and public television."

"Opera companies with which she has performed include Opera Carolina (Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado), Central City Opera (Stephano in Roméo et Juliette and Javotte in Manon), and Glimmerglass Opera (Paul Bunyan). She also toured nationwide with the New York City Opera National Company (La Traviata). Ms. Iwama has appeared with Florida Grand Opera in Manon Lescaut, as well as in the American premiere of Cristoforo Colombo. In addition, she was Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro for Piedmont Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Bronx Opera, and sang Annina for the Opera Festival of New Jersey in its production of La Traviata."

-- Misa
Yumi Iwama

"Yumi is the third Iwama daughter who studied with Mrs. Clarfield. She remembers multi-colored markings in her piano books, sweaty palms during workshops and recitals, and playing the world premier of "Amanda's Caprice" at the barefooted Mr. Collier's home. She also fondly remembers babysitting Amanda when she was "just two and a half years old" (Amanda's own words). She nominates her as one of the cutest toddlers of all time.

"Athough not having studied piano since high school, music continues to be a big part of her life. She sang in theatrical productions throughout the US in shows such as "A Christmas Carol" at Syracuse Stage, "The King and I" at Sacramento Music Circus, and "Follies" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at East West Players in Los Angeles.

"Other acting credits include "The New Swiss Family Robinson", "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman", "Once and Again", "Diagnosis Murder" as well as several national commercials including Toyota, Southwest Airlines, Toys R Us, ADT, and one recently for Botox. How time flies.

"Yumi currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Mulligan - an actor as well as a drama teacher at Crossroads School, and her twins, Kieran and Clara. On occasion she plays the piano on the digital Yamaha grand she won on Hollywood Squares.

-- Yumi
Constance Lin Kaita

Since studying with Mrs. C from 2000-2006, I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2016, where I majored in English and Writing Seminars, and did a dual degree in Piano Performance at Peabody Conservatory where I studied with Yong Hi Moon.

After that, I spent a couple years in Philadelphia working on a PBS arts show called Articulate with Jim Cotter. Now, I'm living in Portland, OR and continuing my film career as the Production Manager of an Emmy award-winning film studio called Muse Storytelling.

In my free time, I'm a marathon runner and of course, I still play whenever I get the chance!

Christine Kim

Christine Kim is currently a senior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Music. Her talents and interests are varied. She continues to learn and apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the political, social, and economic implications of government. She is interested in pursuing finance as a career upon graduation.

Her most recent experience is working in Leveraged Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She accepted an offer from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to join its Investment Banking Analyst program in July 2017. In line with working in finance, she hopes to continue encouraging and supporting her non-profit organization, Redefine Her Street, that seeks to help women from elite liberal arts colleges to successfully navigate the finance recruiting process and help provide resources for career-building.

Christine is also a pianist, and she uses her musical talent in support of non-profit organizations such as the Harmony for Peace Foundation, Hope for Henry, and Tune Up Philly. From June 2012 to December 2015, she was the pianist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, having previously played in this position for the Swarthmore Orchestra (2013 - 2015) as well.

At Swarthmore College, she served as Student Body President. She was chosen as a Richard Rubin Scholar and Swarthmore Foundation Grant recipient. She was honored in June 2015 as a National Association for Asian American Professionals Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship recipient, and she was honored in February 2016 as a Scholarship of Distinction recipient from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Jennifer Law

"My son, Alex, was born at the end of March and since then, I've been enjoying an extended maternity leave. He is a happy chubby boy and we are thrilled to have him. We are currently living in Houston where my husband, Andy, is an orthopedic trauma fellow. Alex has already started "playing" the piano. He loves banging on the keys loudly. Maybe he has a future playing modern music."

-- Jen
Amanda Li

"It has only been a few months since Amanda graduated from Mrs. Clarfield's studio, but she already misses her piano lessons with the teacher who never fails to make her laugh and smile. Amanda knows she won't be missing her laughter and music-filled lessons for long though, as she hopes to continue studying with Mrs.Clarfield when she heads off to Princeton University in the fall. As Amanda spends her senior year summer with relatives in China, she is mentally preparing herself to head off to college, an experience she is both extremely excited and nervous for. Amanda hopes that as she adjusts to both the academic and social life at Princeton, she will continue to make music a part of her life, as it has been all these years.

Thanks so much!"

Sincerely, Amanda Li
Beatrice Liang-Gilman

After finishing high school in Montgomery, New Jersey, I am now a freshman at Rutgers University. I first started to learn to play piano with Mrs. Jolanta Szewczyk in Yorktown, Virginia when I was 4 1/2 years old. She was a wonderful teacher who I studied with for 5 years. I went to the Virginia Music Teachers Association state piano competition twice, winning 2nd place in November 2007 and 1st place in November 2008. After moving to New Jersey, I studied briefly with Mrs. Malvina Potop.

I spent the next eight years of my piano carrier studying with Mrs. Clarfield. Lessons with Mrs. C. were always fun, and thanks to her guidance, I was able to earn Honors and High Honors in the spring NJMTA audition multiple times, as well as Honorable Mention in the fall NJMTA competition. I played multiple times at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall. I also played at Baruch College Engelman Hall three times as a guest soloist with the Omega Ensemble, and at the State Department in Washington DC. Outside of competitions, I liked to play for NJMTA's Performathon, which helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. I was also a piano accompanist for the Bartle School Chorus for two years and in pit orchestra for three musicals.

While I don't expect to continue studying piano as seriously as before, I believe it will remain something I can turn to whenever I am stressed or just have some free time. Playing the piano and studying with Mrs. C have helped me grown in many ways: as a pianist, as a student, and as a person. As I continue into college and so on, I hope I will continue to use all I have learned as a foundation for my new experiences.

Jun Liu
"Jun Liu is a resident of Edison, New Jersey and studied with Mrs. Clarfield from 1998-2003. She graduated from high school in June 2003 and is currently in her third year at MIT. She is a double major in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Music, and hopes to pursue a Ph. D. in neuroscience or a related field. She has gotten involved in research for over a year and has worked in Professor Mriganka Sur's lab at MIT and Professor Michael Goldberg's lab in Columbia University. Her projects in those labs have consisted of studying the interplay of attention and vision in macaque monkeys. She has recently become interested in artificial intelligence and hopes to take on some research projects in that field. She keeps music an active part of her life, playing with chamber groups, studying privately under the Emerson Music Scholarship, and taking theory classes. "
-- Jun
Ralles Liu

Ralles is a senior 17 years of age studying at West Windsor Plainsboro High School North. He has been studying with Ingrid Clarfield, Professor of Piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, since 2011.

Being a senior means that life is changing rapidly for Ralles. Not only are college applications fast approaching, but also school workload continues to mount. However senior year isn’t all negatives, being a senior also means being much more independent. Mainly thanks to his license, Ralles has much more freedom to go where he wants or do what he pleases. Despite these various changes that come with senior year, Ralles is glad to know that piano is something that will remain in his life. As busy as he may be he will always make sure to allocate time to play piano.

Ralles began playing piano in kindergarten and always loved music. Before studying with Mrs. Clarfield, Ralles studied with Mr. Yining Wang and later with Mrs. May Liu. Ralles feels lucky to have these two great teachers. Looking back, Ralles is amazed with his progress in piano, and is proud to be able to study with Mrs. Clarfield. He has received awards in various competitions such as NJMTA and Golden Key, Crescendo and performed at many renowned stages such as Carnegie Hall.

Each of Mrs. Clarfield's piano lessons are both beneficial and engaging. Whether Mrs. Clarfield is reprimanding Ralles for his lack of dynamics or poking fun at his inconsistent tempo, every lesson helps improve Ralles' piano ability. Last year he won 3rd place at the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition which was something he had not expected. This year, Ralles will be going into the competition with higher expectations and more confidence. In addition to piano ability, Mrs. Clarfield's lessons are also filled with life lessons. Ralles feels that these life lessons are even more important because they will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Outside of piano, Ralles has been playing travel soccer for over 6 years. This year he is excited to play for the varsity squad. Playing sports has always been a way for Ralles to release stress and stay healthy. The workload of senior year has significantly increased but, Ralles enjoys his classes and socializing with his friends in school. Outside of school, Ralles enjoys playing video games such as League of Legends.

Ralles is excited to be able to continue his musical career with Mrs. Clarfield, despite the occasional scheduling conflict.

Christine McLeavey
(Princeton University '01)

I'm now at Stanford, studying Neuroscience & doing a Masters in Medicine. I won the concerto competition & will be performing with the orchestra probably this November (either Prok 3 or Chopin 1, I haven't decided yet). I graduated Juilliard in '04 with my masters, and stayed around NYC for a while freelancing (probably most interesting is I was rehearsal pianist for the NY Phil at one point, and play house concerts for Ms. Whitney - head of the family that owns the art museum). I won the Coup de Couer de Bayer Cropscience prize in the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in '06, and was on French TV and Radio France for that. I also attended Tanglewood in '04 and Banff Keyboard Festival in '06 and '07.

*note from IC -- Christine graduated as Valedictorian Majoring in Physics with Certificates in Engineering and Piano Performance

Kelly Chung Mukherjee

I had the honor and great fortune of studying with Mrs. Clarfield for about 5 years in the early 90's during my middle school / high school years. I have wonderful memories of video-taped lessons, colorful markings all over my music, countless number of competitions, and performing at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, all thanks to Mrs. Clarfield. I truly believe it was because of Mrs. Clarfield that I got an Ivy League education. All of my college essays were about piano, and I couldn't have gotten as far as I did without Mrs. Clarfield. I went to Cornell University and received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering. I started off my career at Motorola and later worked for various software companies as a project manager / business analyst / systems engineer.

I am currently married with two children, Aidan and Kyle. I didn't play the piano much after I went to college until I started teaching my kids piano a couple of years ago in Phoenix, AZ. Then I realized how hard it was to teach your own children and I wished I had Mrs. Clarfield around to help me! They currently study with another teacher and I can share some of the techniques that Mrs. Clarfield instilled in me to help them practice.

We recently moved to NYC and we hope to reconnect with Mrs. Clarfield and take the children to one of her performances/recitals!

-- Kelly Chung Mukherjee

Anand Nanduri

I am a freshman at Yale University planning to major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ever since the age of 5, I have loved practicing and performing piano. Exploring the beauty and magic of music was what originally enticed me to play the piano. Now, having played pieces written by all-time-greats including Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy, I know that beginning piano at the age of 5 was the right decision - but that there is still so much more to explore.

My sister, Aparna, initially introduced me to the fundamentals of piano. I continued learning piano under the tutelage of Mrs. Marina Kreslin who guided me in the right direction, introducing me to many new pieces, composers, and concepts of music theory. In the summer before 9th grade, I was very fortunate to have been accepted into Mrs. Clarfield's music studio. Under her teaching, I was able to broaden my understanding of music by learning how to practice more effectively and perform with confidence. With Mrs. Clarfield I have competed in many competitions with fruitful results, including 1st place in the NJMTA fall audition, first place in Crescendo Festival, Grand Prix in Music Fest, third place in the Steinway Society Competition, High Honors in NJMTA's spring audition, several performances in Carnegie Hall, as well as participating in the Children Helping Children Performathon event, helping to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House each year.

I truly am so fortunate to have been a part of Mrs. Clarfield's studio for four years. In that time, I have grown immensely as a pianist, a musician, and a person in general. In those years, I somehow grew more disciplined, more competitive, and more able to enjoy music at the same time. At Yale, I am still trying to figure out how to explore music further, but I find myself returning to a piano whenever I feel stressed out.

-- Anand
Amanda Clarfield Newell

"Amanda Clarfield Newell is busy raising her two kids (see Grandma Ingie’s pictures), teaching General Music in Manalapan (just got tenure – woo hoo!), working on her Masters in Music Education at Westminster, teaching private piano and in her free time (ha ha) started a business making custom hairbows for little girls (visit us at .

-- Amanda Clarfield Newell
Andreea Pauta

Andreea Pautza In Concert
Friday, January 20th
Cafe Vivaldi, Listening Room - 7:30 pm
With the full band!!
*Josh Feinberg, bass * Eric Platz, drums * Jeremy Udden, saxophones
Free show for directions

"I was a private student of Mrs. Clarfield all throughout highschool. I attended the New England Conservatory of Music, and graduated with my Bachelors in Piano performance.Most recently, I graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with my Masters in Arts in Education. Performing and teaching are very important and fulfilling aspects of my life. I recently relocated to New York City, in hopes of pursuing both. I currently have an album out of my original compositions for piano and band (sax, drums, bass, others), which is more in the third stream character (third stream being a mixture of the first 2 streams, classical and jazz).  I'm currently working towards my second album, just recorded in June in Boston.  I'm also part of a metal band (yes, metal), as a singer (kind of like Evanescence), and my current passions involve songwriting for the piano and voice.  Please stay in touch, if you have any questions, or if you're ever in NYC to see a gig.  You can also check out my websites and listen to some tracks: for the metal tunes as well as bio, and tracks from the first CD.  The second site, contains new band information, with some excerpts from the second album (yet to be released). Also, you may email me at  Looking forward to hearing from all of you! "

Yanjie Qiu

I am a junior at Amherst College and previously attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. I have played piano for fourteen years, five of which were spent with Mrs. Clarfield, and have competed in several competitions including the PTC of New York, where I won the best performance of an American composer award in 2013 and 3rd place in 2014, Cecilian Club, where I won first in 2013 and 2014, NJMTA, where I have been awarded Honors in 2010 and High Honors since 2011, and Bravura Concerto Competition. In addition, in the past I have been selected for master classes with renowned pianists Jerome Rose and Steven Spooner, and have accompanied other musicians multiple times in string instrument and singing auditions. I have also performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center, and participated in the NJMTA Performathon from 2012 until 2016 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. In 2012, I organized a Hurricane Sandy relief concert with the studio and raised over $1,000 for those affected by the storm.

Outside of piano, I spend a lot of time taking care of the three fish tanks and windowsill full of various types of plants that I keep in my dorm room; a hobby that I share with my younger sister. Even though I'm away from home, I also devote a few minutes every day to fawning over my dog (who I miss very much while I'm away at school!). I also enjoy singing, writing, and creating art. My awards in art include two Gold Key awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition as well as several publications by Celebrating Art, and I am continuing to paint in my free time at school. I have also played violin for eleven years, and in 2014 my high school orchestra went on a tour to Italy to perform in Bologna and Padua. After high school, I have performed music including Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad," Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique," and Dvorak's New World Symphony as a violinist in the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to study with Mrs. Clarfield and am continuing to practice piano at Amherst College in my spare time, working on both classical piano repertoire as well as my own compositions (of which there are not many, and the ones that exist are still quite simple). I am part of the Amherst crew team on which I have also served as diversity representative for two years, and the sport definitely takes up a good part of each day, six days a week. I am also taking classes towards a neuroscience and music double major. This past summer, I interned at Harvard Medical School to conduct neuroscience research on the development of specific types of neurons, and in the future I hope to be able to combine my interest in neuroscience with my passion for music in a research setting.

-- Yanjie
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Leslie F. Su

"Hello, Everyone! I was one of Mrs. C’s earlier students and I was also Amanda’s childhood duet partner (see picture with Amanda circa 1979). After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Michigan where I majored in Political Science. After college, I went to Boston College Law School and graduated in 1998. I am currently an attorney in Boston at a firm which specializes in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation. I live in Andover, Massachusetts (home to Phillips Academy) with my husband, Gene, our son, Max, and our dog, Zack. I have not played the piano since college, but I think that will change as my son gets older. I can only hope that I can find a teacher for Max who is as wonderful and as dedicated as Mrs. C!

-- Leslie
Daniel Suo

Hello, everyone! I was a Clarfield rugrat from the early aughts and, after a 15-year leave of absence, have come back home to Princeton. We (wife, Lisa; daughter, Charlotte; son, Lucas) live right across the street from the Choir College and I'm currently a Ph.D. student at Princeton University in Computer Science. What this really means is I chase after the kids (Charlotte's recently become mobile) and Lisa earns our keep. Despite our proximity, I haven't been able to make that many of the recitals, but plan to now that the kids are a little more under control!

Vivian Xu

Vivian Xu, 18, is a freshman at Yale University thinking of being an Applied Mathematics major concentrated in Economics. She studied piano for 13 years, 7 of which with Professor Ingrid Clarfield of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her former teacher was Mrs. AnLi-Young. Vivian has won numerous top awards including First Place in American Protege International Concerto Competition, First Place in American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, First Prize and Best Performer in VIVO International Music Competition, Third Place in International Young Artist Piano Competition, Third Prize in ENKOR International Music Competition and International Grande Music Competition, Finalist in Dubois Piano Festival & Competition, Alternate winner of MTNA New Jersey Junior Performance Competition, and Third Prize in International Grande Music Competition. She has also received First Prize for Associated Music Teachers League Scholarship and New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Musicians Competition. She won Third Prize and Best Performance of Work by a Living Composer in the 2016 Piano Teachers Congress Honors Program. In 2017, she received the twelve-year award at the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Spring Auditions. She was also the Gold Prize winner of Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey for scoring the highest in all three competition divisions. Vivian was also the Third Place winner of the Distinguished Artist Competition of Shore Music Educators Association and has won prizes in the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, National League of Performing Arts, and Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. Being one of the five Elmer and Louise Menges Scholarship Recipients, Vivian made her orchestral solo debut performance with the Ambler Symphony in 2013. Vivian has performed as a soloist in many prestigious venues including all three halls of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Vivian studied piano at the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) and worked with renowned pianists including Steven Spooner and Dr. Jack Winerock for two summers. As a result of being selected as the winner of the New Jersey State Conference Master Class, Vivian has also worked with distinguished pianist, Dr. Barry J. Snyder.

Vivian is also an avid flutist and was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Central Jersey Intermediate Regional Band. At the 2014 Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region II Concert Band Festival, Vivian received the "Outstanding Musicianship" award for her flute solo. She has been seated first chair for her school's band for five consecutive years. In 2015, she and her high school band appeared on American Idol for performing at Jax's homecoming parade.

Most importantly, Vivian is committed to using her music to help the community. She actively worked with Ronald McDonald House's Children Helping Children Performathon, The Chelsea, New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, and Saint Peter's Hospital. She has also worked with Bravura Youth Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble and accompanied violinists and singers. Vivian especially enjoys teaching beginner pianists.

At Yale, she is planning on joining Yale Undergraduate Piano Collective and Instrumental Connection (teach New Haven kids piano lessons). She is currently a pianist for Yale's Saybrook College Orchestra in their 2017-18 season.

In her spare time, Vivian enjoys listening to music, swimming, playing tennis, skiing, traveling, and attending music concerts and festivals.

Pauline Yang

"Twenty-year-old pianist, Pauline Yang, began her piano studies at the age of five. While a student of Ingrid Clarfield, she won her first international piano competition at the age of seven in Washington, DC. In March of 1998, at the age of eleven, Ms. Yang made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in a performance of the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Academy of Music as a result of winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. In the same month, Pauline made her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

While a student at the Juilliard School, Ms. Yang won both the Pre-College’s concerto competition and Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Competition in her first year. Her prizes included a full scholarship for her studies at Juilliard, as well as a solo appearance with the Pre-College Chamber Orchestra at the Juilliard Theater. Other accolades include the 1999 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Award, third prize in the 2000 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, first prize in the 2002 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, first prize in the 2004 Lennox International Young Artists Competition in Texas, and first prize in the 2006 Klaviersommerfest Competition in Germany.

Ms. Yang has performed as soloist with the Plainfield Symphony, Battleground Arts Center Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Festival Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony (WA), Reading Symphony (PA), Ridgefield Symphony (CT), and Dallas-Richardson Symphony (TX), and most recently, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra at the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Pauline has also performed solo recitals at the Vancouver Academy of Music in British Columbia, the Frederic Chopin State School of Music in Poland, and the historic Ruïnekerk in Holland to a sell-out crowd. She has also performed several gala concerts at the San Lorenzo Castle in Cremona, Italy, as well as on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” Young Artists Showcase at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. Ms. Yang was invited by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation to perform at the 22nd European Piano Teachers Association International Conference at Franz Liszt Music Academy’s Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary. In 2006, she was invited to perform at Australia’s prestigious Queensland Expatriate Awards Gala, hosted by the Deputy Premier of Queensland. Pauline was also a scholarship student and performer at various international music festivals, including the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy, Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, Orford Academy in Quebec, Gold Country Piano Institute in California, the Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland, the International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, Sarasota International Music Festival in Florida, and the Klaviersommerfest in Germany.

Pauline is honored to be an Ambassador of Music for ‘Music in Me,’ a non-profit organization associated with the United Nations™ (UNESCO and UNRWA) and the International Music Council, that reaches children “who would otherwise be deprived of music due to war and poverty” in the Middle East, namely Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. Ms. Yang donates her time and fees when performing benefit recitals on behalf of Music in Me.

She is also an active chamber musician and has performed in masterclasses with members of the Shanghai Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Eroica Trio. A founding member of the Pegasus Piano Trio, the winner of the 2007 USC Chamber Music Prize, the Trio has performed at USC’s Chamber Music Marathon in Los Angeles, the South Pasadena Chamber Music Society Concert Series, the Nevada City Composers Cooperative Concert Series, and the Music in the Mountains Festival’s Wet Ink Concert Series in northern California. In August 2007, the Pegasus Trio performed a series of concerts at the Rencontres Franco-Américaines de Musique de Chambre in France as well as the Rio International Cello Encounter in Brazil. They have also had the honor of having several commissioned pieces written for them by American composers, Mark Vance and William Jay Sydeman. Pauline’s chamber music recordings have been broadcast on New York City’s WQXR and Los Angeles’ KUSC classical music radio stations.

Ms. Yang graduated from East Brunswick High School (NJ) in June 2005, where she was the Secretary General of the nationally-acclaimed Model United Nations team, a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Italian Honor Society, a member of the varsity swim team, an AP Scholar and an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. As an active member of her school’s Institute of Political and Legal Education team, she won both a state and national championship in the 2005 “We the People: The Citizen and Constitution” competition in New Jersey and Washington, DC, respectively.

Pauline has studied for several years with Lee Kum-Sing in Vancouver and Susan Starr in Philadelphia. She is currently studying with world-renowned pianist, John Perry, at the University of Southern California, where she is double-majoring in piano performance and political science. She has served as the student assistant coach for USC’s Varsity Swim Team and is a contributing member of a groundbreaking medical anthropology and occupational therapy research project funded by a $2.4M grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Ms. Yang has been honored for her academic achievements by Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Golden Key International Honor Society. She was named the 2006 USC Mortar Board Torch & Tassel Scholar, selected from the entire sophomore class “for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service” and was also awarded the 2007 USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Summer Fellowship. Consequently, Ms. Yang interned with her Congressman, Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12th), at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC this past summer. She will be interning with Senator Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Exploratory Committee in New York City this winter.


"I had the pleasure and honor of studying with Mrs. Clarfield during high school, when I first moved to New Jersey from Canada. I am now an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, and am thinking of majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Music. At college, I take private piano lessons with Sally Pinkas and try to join as many chamber groups as my crammed schedule allows. I also love languages. I speak fluent French and I took Italian last year and am going to Rome this winter on a Language Study Abroad program. My future goals include going to optometry school, and keeping music in my life forever."               

-- Theresa
Jonathan Yao

I'm now starting my second year of medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson. Studying piano under Mrs. Clarfield has greatly influenced my medical studies. As with music, medicine is both a science and an art. With patience and grit, one can learn the technicalities of medicine. With humanity and soul, one can seek transcendence in the human condition. The time spent with Mrs. Clarfield has been a precious honor, teaching me so much about curiosity, resilience, and dignity.

Laurissa Yee

" Hello everyone! I have studied with Mrs. Clarfield for eight wonderful years. I am now a sophomore at Princeton University majoring in Operations Research & Financial Engineering. Although I had never heard of the subject prior to entering Princeton (and, to my chagrin at the time, realized that nobody seemed to know what it was either!), I love the study of probability, stochastics, and finance. I hope to pursue an MBA in finance and/or a Ph.D in Operations Research. Life has been great this past year; I've learned a lot and made a lot of friends. Though I was pretty busy this year, I managed to find a little time to play piano to balance my crazy days.

I missed performance so much that I decided to take a Beethoven class this semester. I know, I know. Why not Chopin? Or Liszt? Maybe if I beg enough, they'll open a course for me next year! I still remember those days when Mrs. Clarfield would put beanie babies on my shoulder during a sedate Chopin nocturne to keep me from moving too much! I have never had a teacher more energetic, more passionate, and more inspiring than Mrs. Clarfield. To all the present students of Mrs. Clarfield -- keep up the good work! You are truly lucky to have Mrs. Clarfield as your teacher.

I would love to hear from everyone from the studio; feel free to email me.              

-- Laurissa
Jennifer Ying

"2010 has been a big year--Bought a house, graduated from law school, took the bar, passed the bar, had a cat adopt us, and got married! Currently living in Wilmington, Delaware with my new husband and cat. Life is good. Hope all is well with everyone!"

-- Jen

Raymond Zhang

Hi! My name is Raymond Zhang, and I’m 13 years old! I was a student of Ms. Clarfield for four fantastic years, during which Ms. Clarfield was just a fabulous piano teacher. Last year I had to say goodbye to Ms. Clarfield (sniff…) and move to Seattle, Washington, where I am now part of the Early Entrance Program at the University of Washington. (I can’t believe I’m a freshman in college now!) I plan to major in Computer Sciences (otherwise known as Information Technologies), and Medicine. I also hope to keep the piano in my life by minoring (or maybe even majoring) in Music. Here in Seattle, I have piano lessons with Mr. Schultz, who is a wonderful teacher. That’s about it about me!

P.S. And to everybody back in Princeton, especially dear Ms. Clarfield, her husband, and her studio: “Hi! Hope you guys are doing well, and for the students, keep practicing!”


--Raymond Zhang

Jennifer, Jon and Jeff Law visiting with Mrs. Clarfield at the Rehab Center on Mother's Day

Jon (Psychology '99), Jen (Religion '01) and Jeff (Math '04) all graduated from Princeton University.

Jon, his wife Jasmin and two cats, recently moved to Illinois where he is attending law school after he finished his Masters degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. He still loves all things related to computers.

Jen got married in June '06 to Andy after meeting at Princeton and dating for five years. She received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is currently practicing with her mother, and her husband is an orthopedic surgery resident. They have two dogs and are hoping to start a family of over-achieving musical children in the near future.

Jeff has been trying out various professions since he graduated. He spent some time at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing his Masters in Performing Arts for cello, then worked at a trading firm in Manhattan while playing with various choral and orchestral groups in NJ. He is now in the Masters program for Operations Research and Finance at Princeton University. He plays piano and cello often at home and has picked up other hobbies such as rock climbing, cycling and guitar.

-- Jen,Jeff and Jon