Prof. Betty Woo in a workshop entitled:
“Which Performance and Edition Should I Choose?”

Friday, January 27, 2017,  10:00am-12pm
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA
Kennedy Center, McElroy Hall

The talk on performers and editions arise because of the popularity of YouTube where one can hear countless performers that range from the
mediocre students to the famous names, and websites where one can freely download all kinds of scores that vary from rare first editions to heavily
edited scores of the classics. In an attempt to equip the teachers and students with sound judgment on performers, the talk will break down what
constitutes a good performance of a baroque piece, a classical piece, a romantic piece and a contemporary piece. The presenter will present
performances of a piece by different performers and comment on what makes a performance great. In the discussion on editions, the presenter will
compare different editions of pieces from the baroque, classical and romantic periods, and give different lists of editions suitable to teachers,
serious students or budget-minded students respectively.

On performance:  1)Bach: Giga from Partita No.1; 2) Mozart: Fantasy in d minor; 3) Schumann: Traumerei; 4) Bartok: Evening in Transylvania
On edition: 1) Bach: Invention in d minor; 2) Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1; 3)  Mozart: Sonata in F major, K332; 4) Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major

Betty Woo, pianist, received her D.M.A. degree in performance practice from Stanford University and the Artist Diploma from the Royal Academy
of Music in London. Earlier in her musical career, she was an active performer, received a special prize for the best performance of a twentieth-
century piece in the Gina Bachauer International Competition and a special award in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. She
has made major solo appearances in London and New York, conducted masterclasses, gave lectures at conservatories in Hong Kong and Shanghai,
and appeared in such festivals as The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Olympics in Washington, Yachats in Oregon and Music in the Mountain in
California. She has also collaborated with contemporary music groups such as Earplay and the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, and
dance companies such as the Oakland Ballet, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company Group and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Since the beginning
of this century, she has devoted more of her time to teaching in various capacities—on the faculties of Holy Names University and University of
California, Berkeley, runs a successful piano studio and frequently gives talks to various music teacher groups in the Bay Area. She is also a board
member of the MTAC Alameda County Branch and US Open Music Competition, and has judged in many competitions.

SMAC-BAPB Workshop
Friday, June 9, 2017; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Holy Names University, Oakland CA;  McElroy Hall.

Beginning at 10:00 am:
Hillary Nordwell will Present: STORIES OF THE SCHUMANNS

       This lecture-recital will feature live performances of selections from Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 and Clara Wieck Schumann's Soirées Musicales, Op. 6, as well as a look into their lives and letters during the years leading up to their eventual marriage. The two works featured in this presentation (significantly) share an Opus number, and give us insight into the musical and romantic relationship between two of the great musicians of the 19th century.

Beginning at 11:05 am:
Kent and Mei-Ling Tchii will present: TEACHING ENSEMBLE MUSIC 

Kent and Mei Ling will share their philosophy and methods of teaching music that focuses on students’ performances of ensemble repertoire of many different genres.  They will help us understand how to overcome the “lonely” solo performer life, and motivate students to work together to create exciting and exuberant musical experiences. 

Please join us for these special presentations by outstanding teachers. 

The books below are bursting with ideas about how to improve teaching and practice, and how to optimize learning.  Bring your questions, your teaching dilemmas, and share your experience as we discuss these thought provoking books!

Andrea Simms will present: The Practice Revolution, by Philip Johnston
Hillary Nordwell will present: The Perfect Wrong Note, by William Westney
If time allows, Katharine Austin will present:  Make it Stick, The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown.
(Get these books from

SMAC-BAPB Workshop

Book Club

June 10, 2016 at 10:00am

Holy Names University, VCPA 539