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Geraldine Ong

Assistant Professor

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 

Dr. Geraldine Ong recently received a tenure-track position at Valley City State University as Assistant Professor of Applied and Collaborative Piano. Her duties at VCSU will include teaching applied piano and class piano, collaborating on faculty and student recitals, accompanying vocal ensembles, and co-teaching piano pedagogy courses. Dr. Ong previously served as adjunct faculty at Houston Community College and University of Houston. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Houston Moores School of Music studying with renowned pedagogue Nancy Weems. She was a recipient of the University of Houston Presidential Graduate Fellowship, awarded to students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary academic credentials. Prior to doctoral studies, she received Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Northwestern University and Missouri State University. Her past principal teachers include Alan Chow, Wei-Han Su and Chong Lim Ng.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia, pianist Dr. Ong was surrounded by music from an early age. Growing up, Geraldine studied piano because she loved playing for fun, but when the opportunity arose to pursue piano performance in the United States for college, she became serious about piano as a career.

An accomplished concert pianist, Dr. Ong has been featured playing Rachmaninoff‚'s Second Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Ravel‚'s Left Hand Concerto with Houston Civic Symphony, and Mozart‚'s C-Major Piano Concerto K. 467 with New Orleans Civic Symphony. She has performed internationally, with concerts in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including a debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., and Parc de Bel Ebat in France, where Ravel‚'s Piano Trio was premiered.

In the past two years, she has been performing solo and chamber recitals regularly with the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist and Greenbriar Consortium. She has also collaborated with the Houston Grand Opera Co. and AURA Contemporary Ensemble. In addition, her performances have been featured on Fox Television Network KRIV Channel-26 and KUHA 91.7 FM radio The Front Row. Her recent accolades include special recognition at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, fourth place and audience prize at the Ima Hogg National Concerto Competition, first place at the New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition, and third place at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.
Office Location: Foss Hall 117A
Division Fine Arts